Review: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour Stick

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So if you read my post last month, then you already know how excited I have been to try Benefit’s Hoola Quickie contour stick. Seriously, I am not by any means an expert at contouring. In fact, I still don’t understand how it works. I won’t lie though, I have tried it out at different events because of this very product but I’ve never really been able to master it…until I tried THIS product.

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Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is a cult favourite. Anyone and everyone that knows anything about makeup has heard of that particular bronzer. When they decided to come out with a cream-stick version of it, I was beyond excited to try it. It’s a cream-to-powder formula which means that it goes on like a cream and it dries as a powder. Since it’s in a form of a stick, you just have to line the areas you’re trying to contour (hence the quickie part of the name) and blend either using your fingers, a brush or the Beauty Blender.

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This soft matte bronzer has been one of my favourite products to try. I have to say when I tried this to contour my cheekbones, nose and jaw line…it worked like a charm. Never has a contour looked so natural in my life. It’s super bendable and the packaging is super cute. There’s no fragrance to it and I loved how easy it was to use. You can definitely build up the formula and layer with other products, if you’re looking to look super sculpted.

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However, there is ONE slight issue. In a world where there are tons of different skin tones, I can’t see this working for my dolls that have a darker skin tone. In fact, it doesn’t really show up A LOT on my skin, unless I layer or build. But I like to use this for a natural looking contour, so it works out in my case. Although, I will mention…when I wanted to see if this can give me that Kardashian look, I found I was using a lot more product than any of my other bronzer/contour powder.

With everything being said, I do think this is a really good product Benefit has put out. Those who love the original boxed powders are going to absolutely love this because it’s easy to use, looks very natural and it’s very easy to build. Plus, it looks SO cute on your makeup counter. This product retails for $38 (CDN) at any Benefit counter!

Pros:

  • Cream stick dries to a powder
  • Doesn’t irritate skin
  • Soft Matte bronzer/contour, doesn’t look shiny
  • Buildable and blends really easy

Cons:

  • Shade might be a little to light for darker skin tones
  • You do end up using a lot of product if you have mid range skin tone

Rating: 8.5/10

 

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Review: Benefit’s The Porefessional Balm

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Oh my! Where has the time flown? We’re 4 months away from the New Year (okay, I know that’s still a while away but you catch my drift). Today, I’m back with another product review! This time it’s a foundation primer/pore minimizing balm created by Benefit Cosmetics. If you aren’t already aware, then let me tell you how much I love Benefit as a brand! They’ve barely let me down (at least from the products that I’ve tried so far). This particular product is touted by them as a professional translucent balm that minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines. Since it’s also a foundation primer, it claims to create a smooth canvas for the application of makeup! On top of all that, the silky and lightweight formula mattifies any shiny parts of the face too. It’s oil free & contains Vitamin E. So after all these claims, you know I had to give it a whirl!

My verdict?

Before I get into how I feel about this product, let me tell you that I’ve been trying this product for roughly 6-7 months now. With that being said, this is one of the most smoothest foundation primers I have ever tried! First of all, your pores are blurred out completely with this product! I have large pores and I know that you can’t get rid of them that quickly, but this product does minimize the appearance! Which is great because when you apply a light to medium coverage foundation, you won’t have to worry about your pores! Also, it’s completely translucent, which is perfect for any skin tone. Secondly, the formula is incredibly easy to use and apply to your skin. It’s silky, smooth and pretty much melts into your skin when you apply it. It doesn’t feel heavy, which is a HUGE plus point for any foundation primer Thirdly, it works fantastically as a base for any sort of makeup application. I found that my makeup stayed on and didn’t really move around, which is a standard with any good primer. Also, when I applied this as a base, it definitely did mattify my T-Zone area. All in all, this is a phenomenal primer and has worked wonders for me! The only downside to this product is its hefty price. At a whopping $39 (CDN), it’s expensive but I think totally worth it, especially if you have large pores. If you’ve got the funds, then this is definitely worth the try. I picked mine up at Sephora, you can get yours at any Benefit retailers!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Pros:

  • Lightweight, easy to use, silky formula
  • Minimizes the appearances of pores
  • Great foundation primer
  • Mattifies oily areas, translucent

Cons:

  • Price

Rating: 9.5/10 (I deducted half a point for its price because I feel like there might be similar products out there for a lower price but personally, I found this primer to be pretty amazing for my combination oily skin.)

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Review: Benefit Cosmetics’ Browzings in Dark

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Benefit has been my favourite brand of cosmetics for a while now. I’ve never really been disappointed by any of the products that I have tried from them. So when I picked this up, I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed. Benefit Cosmetics’ Browzings is an eyebrow shaping kit, that includes a mini tweezer, a blending brush, an angled brush, pigmented wax and setting powder. I picked up the shade dark, since my eyebrows are dark (duh). My first impression of this product was pretty good. The size of the product is great for travel and it comes with a compact mirror, so you can’t really go wrong!

My verdict?

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I’ve been using this product for a couple of years now and I can safely say that this has to be one of the most useful makeup products that I own. First of all, I absolutely love the size and packaging of this product. It’s perfect for travel as well as it’s discreet enough to toss into your makeup bag (no matter the size). Secondly, this kit has everything you need. The tweezers are perfect for little stray hairs that appear in between me getting my eyebrows threaded. Also, the blending brush & the angled brush are perfect for the powder and the wax in this kit. Third of all, the powder and the wax are amazing! The pigmented wax defines and shapes my brows perfectly, while keeping them in place. The setting powder is great to fill in sparse areas. On top of that, the powder has a soft finish. Honestly, I use this for every occasion and I find that this kit does everything you want it to do for your brows. All in all, this is a phenomenal brow kit! At $42 (CDN), it really is worth every single dime. It will last you a long time and you really are getting a lot of product for the money. I picked mine up at a local Sephora, but you can get yours anywhere that sells Benefit products!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Pros:

  • Pigmented Wax keeps brows in place
  • Setting Powder has a soft finish
  • Kit includes everything that you need
  • Compact packaging with a mirror; simple & easy to use

Cons:

  • None!

Rating: 10/10 (This is one eyebrow product I know I cannot live without! This is definitely worth a try for anyone looking for an eyebrow kit)

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Review: Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara

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I have been dying to try this mascara out for the longest time. Mainly, because everyone I knew that has used it, keeps raving about it. Since, everyone is now well aware of how obsessed I am with trying new mascaras. I had to go ahead and give this one a whirl.

What’s is it?

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Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara is a mascara that has been formulated to transform your lashes for the better. It’s a jet-black mascara that lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts, and separates your lashes for a wide-eyed “spectacular out to here look”. The brush is not your typical brush. It has staggered bristles that grab close to the root, so that the formula covers every bit of your lashes. Even the tip of the brush has bristles, so that you can reach even the tiniest of lashes. The formula is long wearing, but not completely waterproof. But it does promise you that you will have silky lashes that won’t smudge, clump or dry out and it’ll give you a luxurious effect.

My Verdict?

Okay, I’ve been using this for a little while now, and I must say it’s a pretty decent mascara. This mascara, 100%, curled my lashes from root to tip with no clumping or problems. It also gave my lashes a thick jet black coating with one swipe, which is a huge plus for me. My lashes weren’t clumpy or dry. In fact, they were soft to touch. My only issue with this mascara is the fact that it isn’t waterproof and there isn’t a waterproof formula out yet. I get really paranoid with the fact that it might smudge and make me look like I have raccoon eyes, so that is why I always opt for any waterproof version of any mascara. With that being said, the product did claim not to smudge and to be completely honest, it didn’t smudge. Despite not being waterproof, that was something that really impressed me. The brush is pretty unique. I found that it really did get to every single lash on my eyelid. At $29 (CDN), I definitely think this is a must try for any mascara lovers. I did see a definite change in my lashes and the product’s claims are one thousand percent correct. I only wish it was waterproof or there was a waterproof version of this mascara! But I will say, that for a formula that isn’t waterproof, this product didn’t once budge nor did it smudge. You can purchase this at any Benefit retailers!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Pros:

  • Jet black colour
  • Great formula, lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates lashes
  • Doesn’t dry out your lashes
  • Doesn’t smudge easily, long wear
  • Easy to use, great brush and bristles

Cons:

  • Not Waterproof

Rating: 9/10 (I deducted a mark mainly because it wasn’t waterproof but despite that, this is a pretty amazing mascara everyone should try out!)

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Makeup Diaries: The Green Glittery Smoky Eye

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Here’s one of my favourite eye looks for a night out! With spring just around the corner, I find myself incorporating more colours into my makeup and wardrobe! This particular eye look can be paired up with any outfit, but below you will find an outfit that I have paired this look with! Have fun recreating this look. But remember, you can always change things around to add your unique personal twist to it!

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This is one of my favourite go-to palettes I picked up a year ago from Sephora! This Too Faced Cosmetics’ palette is inspired by The Sound Of Music and includes pretty much everything I need to create different makeup looks!

The Green Glittery Smoky Eye

1) First apply an eye shadow primer all over your lids (including your lower lids). I used Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

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2) Take a light beige shade and apply all over your lids, including your brow bone, with a flat shadow brush. I used Cream Colored Ponies.

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3) Using a flat shadow brush, take a dark shimmery green colour and apply all over the lids, packing on the shadow. I used Evergreen.

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4) Take a dark shimmery brown colour with a fluffy crease brush and apply into the crease, blending the harsh lines. Make sure to apply the same shade in your outer eye corner. I used Buche de Noel.

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5) Using a liner brush, dip into a shimmery dark teal shadow and line your upper/lower lash line. The thickness of the line is completely up to you. I used Blue Satin Sashes because it has a little bit of gold glitter to it.

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6) Line your upper/lower lash and waterlines with your favourite black liner. When lining your upper lash line, make sure to line 2/3 of your eye lids. I used MAC’s eye kohl in smolder.

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7) Take a pencil brush and slowly soften (in circular motions) the liner by retracing the line you created with the brush. Pull in the liner into the whole lid.

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8) Take that same shimmery dark teal shadow, you used earlier to line, and with the same liner brush; reapply the shadow on top of the softened black liner. This will create a smoldering effect between the black and teal colour!

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9) Using your favourite product to fill in your brows (mine is Browzings from Benefit), fill them in. Using a lash curler, curl your lashes and apply your favourite lengthening dark mascara. I used Benefit’s “they’re real!” mascara.

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10) Wipe off any excess fallout from the shadows or glitter. Apply the same green eye shadow you used as a base into the inner corners of your eyes.

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11) Finish off your foundation routine: To prime my face, I used Benefit’s Porefessional. I used MAC’s mineralize SPF foundation. Also, rather than using blush; I decided to use a bronzer to contour my face. I used the Chocolate Soleil bronzer (it smells like chocolate I kid you not) from the palette. Make sure to set your makeup, I used Make Up Forever’s HD finishing powder. For my lips: I used Revlon’s Lip Butter in Candy Apple.

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12) Now that you have completed your makeup routine, you can go ahead with your hair and outfit!

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Dress: H&M

Cardigan: Kohl’s

Shoes: Aldo

Purse: Rebecca Minkoff’s Mini MAC

Accessories: Michael Kors, Ardene, Kate Spade, Suzy Shier

Hair: The Braided Bun 😉

Have An Awesome Sunday Dolls! x

Review: Benefit’s Posietint

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I have been loving trying out Benefit’s line of liquid lip/cheek stains lately (read my review on Benefit’s Benetint right here). Benefit’s line of cheek and lip stains have been getting rave reviews lately, so I was extremely excited to try this particular colour. I was very impressed with Benetint, so my expectations for Posietint was probably a lot higher than it should’ve been. Benefit’s Posietint is the same thing as their Benetint, only in a light petal pink colour. This product is meant to give you a natural looking flush on your cheeks and a natural tint to your lips. The colour is sheer, but it’s meant to leave a noticeable amount of colour wherever you apply it. According to Benefit, this product is completely smudge/budge proof. It’s a liquid-gel formula, which makes it easy to blend on to your cheeks/lips. It’s supposed to be perfect for all complexions and the longevity of this product is amazing. Now with this many claims, I was dying to try this out especially since Benetint is one of my all time favourite stains!

My verdict?

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I can’t say I love it more than Benetint because that to me is perfect as a stain, but I do like this product for what it does. Firstly, the packaging is one of my favourites. It’s like a nail polish bottle and the size is pretty generous. The brush tip is perfect for application but make sure you blend right away because the product dries really quickly. Secondly, the longevity of this stain is one of the best I have ever seen or experienced. It didn’t budge, smudge or move at all. I had to use makeup remover to remove it. Thirdly, I love the formula of this stain. The liquid’s consistency isn’t runny and it’s gel like, which is perfect for when you have to blend this. It blends incredibly well, which is great because it leaves you with the most natural looking application (although this might take a few tries to achieve). Lastly, the colour pay off is not completely horrible. It’s a sheer colour, which I expected, but I found that for the colour to appear on my cheeks, I had to apply it a few times to build the colour. Also, I think my expectation was extremely high since I was comparing it to Benetint, which has an amazing colour pay off. After trying this for a while, I figured that perhaps this colour is meant for lighter complexions than darker ones. Not to say that it didn’t work, I still did get a natural flush but as I said I had to build the colour up. I think this will be an incredible product with people with lighter skin tones. All in all, this is a fantastic product. You aren’t really being lied to when you read all about the claims this makes. At $36(CDN), you can purchase this at any Benefit retailers (I got this from Sephora). Buy this, if you want a super natural light pink stain on your lips and cheeks.

Happy Shopping Dolls! x 

Pros:

  • Smudge proof; doesn’t budge until you use make up remover.
  • Doesn’t dry out your skin.
  • Looks super natural when you apply, blends really well
  • Lasted literally for the whole day.

Cons:

  • Price (not a huge issue for me but could be a problem for others).
  • Make sure to apply to one cheek at a time to avoid streaks.
  • Takes a few tries before you can master using this, especially as a cheek product (which again once you get a hang off, it’s easy).
  • The colour might be too sheer for my skin tone, but you do see a subtle colour.

Rating: 8/10 (This is a great product for someone with a lighter skin tone than mine. The formula is phenomenal!)

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Life Diaries: December Favourites

Happy New Year Dolls! Thank you for reading, subscribing, commenting, sharing, etc.! I appreciate it! Hope you guys had an awesome New Year’s Eve. Here are some things I was completely obsessing over in the past month!

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  1. Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Paradis (Even though it’s winter, you can never go wrong with a coral pink lip!)
  2. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Boy (One of the best moisturizing nude lipsticks I have tried)
  3. The Naked Basics Palette (My everyday go-to eye palette!)
  4. Clinique’s High Impact Mascara in Black (Separates your lashes so wonderfully)
  5. Maybelline’s Clear Lash Mascara (I’ve been using this to set and shape my brows on a daily basis)
  6. Benefit’s High Beam (It’s a model in a bottle, enough said!)
  7. Bollywood Movies (I’ve been binge watching some of my old favourites)
  8. MAC’s Eye Kohl in Smolder (The best black kohl liner for a smoldering eye)
  9. Aquamarine ring (This was a gift from my parents when I was 16 and it’s also my birthstone)
  10. Bumble and Bumble’s Invisible Hair Oil (This is just plain old awesome!)
  11. Beyonce’s self titled CD (…because she’s awesome)
  12. Keeping Up With Kardashians (Thanks to E!’s marathon, I’ve been watching the old seasons obsessively)
  13. Bath and Body Works 3 wick candle in Merry Cookie (It smells deliciously Christmasy)
  14. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Body Lotion (It smells great and keeps my skin super moisturized)
  15. Tarte’s Eye Lash Curler (This curler has made my lashes look gorgeous)

Top 5 most played songs on my playlist:

  1. Chandelier – Sia
  2. Night Changes – One Direction
  3. Style – Taylor Swift
  4. I’m Not the Only One – Sam Smith
  5. High For This – The Weeknd

Have an awesome first day of the new year dolls! x