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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Life Diaries: January Favourites

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On this snowy Monday, I bring you a list of my favourite things from the past month! Hope you enjoy! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest for updates on this blog and all things Daff. Also, it’s been a year since I’ve started this blog and I want to thank you all for reading! I appreciate it SO much. Big Virtual Hug and I love you like XO! 🙂

  1. Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream (My hands are so much softer this winter because of this!)
  2. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy (Such a pretty nude with a hint of shimmer!)
  3. Aveeno Fresh Essentials Hydrating Night Cream (My skin is grateful for this product this winter)
  4. Kat Von D’s Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi (I’m all about the bold lips now a days and this is a shocking pink that looks great)
  5. Michael Kors Nail Lacquer in Sensation (I feel ultra glam whenever I have this painted on my nails)
  6. Estee Lauder Take it Away Total Makeup Remover (Perfect for lazy nights when I don’t feel like washing my face, I can just use this to take the makeup off)
  7. MAC Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapid Black (Since I’m rocking a bold lip, I love pairing that with a stroke of black liquid liner)
  8. Make Up Forever Professional Lip Line Perfector (Your lip colour will not feather with this at all!)
  9. Bath and Body Works’ Sea Island Cotton Triple Moisture Body Cream (I slather this on every night before bed. It smells great and keeps my skin moisturized)
  10. Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo (This keeps making my monthly favourites, but it’s just THAT good)
  11. MAC’s Lipstick in Angel (Kim Kardashian wears this. Enough said)
  12. NARS Laguna Bronzer (The best way to beat winter blues is to dab on the perfect bronzer)
  13. Pizzelle Italian Vanilla Cookies (These addictive cookies are like a drug. They taste delicious and are a perfect snack while I’m at work, you can get them at Costco)
  14. Victoria’s Secret Pink Lounge Hoodie (I’ve been living in this for the past few weeks when I’m lounging at home. It’s comfy, cute and snuggly)

My top 5 most played songs on my iTunes:

  1. Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
  2. Restart – Sam Smith
  3. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  4. La La La – Naughty boy ft. Sam Smith
  5. Elastic Heart – Sia

 Have A Great Monday Dolls! x