Happy VALENTINE’S day bellas!
Sorry for the lack of posts recently. It’s been a crazy two weeks for me thus far. My niece and nephew, who are the cutest twins, just turned 1. We celebrated by having a huge party this weekend (70+ people) at my dad’s house and it took a lot out of me. From shopping for decor and theme decorations to planning meals and snacks, the grunt work of actually pulling it off took its toll on me. I’m usually all for being creative and setting up but with the uncertainty of rain, we did a lot of shuffling around to make decisions. Luckily though, the sun was shining and the event was amazing. The adults and kids had loads of fun and we all collectively probably ate more than we should have.
Most of my Sunday was spent sleeping and trying to recover from the birthday. Sunday night was filled with anxiety as my dad was scheduled for shoulder replacement surgery on Monday morning. Everything went well, the doc said it was an easy surgery and dad should be discharged later this week. I hope he doesn’t have any more pain because nothing makes him smile more than when his grandkids want him to pick them up. I’m still mostly drained and feel like I’m ready for another holiday but what’s a girl gotta do.
Today I want to share with you a few products I picked up from Benefit Cosmetics, two of them being new releases. If you’re interested to find out whether they’re worth the splurge, then keep on reading.
Benefit Porefessional Pearl Primer – R475
Once upon a time, the original Benefit Porefessional was my holy grail primer. I still use it occasionally so I was elated when I saw the new pearl version of it. I went to Edgars to try out the pearl primer but since there were not any testers, I picked up the mini (R175) instead. Packaging is the same as the original Porefessional but the tube is the most lovely shade of pink. I’ve been struggling with a bit of dullness so I figured why not try it out. It does what the original primer does, minimises pores, controls oil production, keeps skin matte, etc. Exactly the same but the soft, pink hue is meant to brighten and give radiance to the skin. I was a bit worried as using pink tones on my skin can come across as being ashy sometimes.
The first two times I used the pearl primer, I wore it alone without any foundation. My skin felt smooth and it had no ashiness whatsoever. My face looked brighter and more youthful and I was so pleased with it. When I wore it under foundation, it lost its effect completely. I don’t think it has anything to do with the coverage of my foundation since I used this one which has a medium coverage. I then decided to do a half and half test to see if there was a difference, On one half of my face I used the original Porefessional primer and on the other side, I used the Porefessional pearl primer. When my makeup look was done, I couldn’t notice a difference between the two and they held up exactly the same throughout the day.
I’m on the fence about this product because while I love wearing it and will repurchase it, I can’t say it works any better than the original formula. As long as my pores are hidden and my skin stays matte, I’m a happy chappy. For those that want a boost of radiance that’s better noticeable, I’d rather recommend using the Girl Meets Pearl highlighter mixed in with your regular primer. Just a reminder, don’t use a lot of the Porefessional as it does pill up on the skin due to its silicone ingredients.
Benefit BADgal BANG! Mascara – R355
This has probably been the most hyped up product I’ve ever seen in my years of beauty. Benefit US cleared their Instagram of all posts just to tease and countdown until the launch of the Benefit BADgal BANG! mascara. The Benefit Roller Lash Mascara has been another holy grail product of mine so I was excited to try this one out. I decided to pick up the mini (R175) to see what all the fuss was about. First off, the packaging is kinda insane. I love the sleek black tube with the studded lid. It is so stunning it makes me want to whip it out and flaunt it around. I recently read a review where the blogger said that the tip of the lid could poke your hand but I’ve used it quite a number of times thus far and have not experienced that. I wonder what she thinks she’s holding, mmm?
The wand and the formula is a tricky combination when it comes to this mascara. I prefer plastic wands with short bristles as it helps to curl the lash during application. The formula of this mascara is quite wet so if you don’t clean off the wand before using it, it can clump the lashes together and make it look spidery. It took a few tries to find out which application technique works best for me but regardless each time my lashes looked long and very voluminous. I think my perfect mascara would be the Benefit BADgal BANG! formula with the Roller Lash wand.
The BADgal BANG! Mascara claims to have a 36 hour wear time which I think is great. However, if you’re sleeping with your mascara or makeup on, you probably need to be shot anyways. It also claims to be smudge-proof and water-resistant. The longest I wore it for was 10 hours and I didn’t have any flaking or streaking in sight. I also got caught in the rain one day and there were flecks of mascara on my undereyes. I dusted it away with a tissue and it looked perfect. So once it dries, it is truly dry and I was very impressed by that. While the formula is lightweight, I do feel it does struggle to hold a curl so I have to use a lash curler beforehand with my straight, cow lashes.
I have tried all of Benefit’s mascaras from the infamous They’re Real to the original BADgal mascara. As I said, a combo between this and the Roller Lash would probably be perfect for me. My only negative about this product is having to wipe the wand because then again I feel like I’m wasting. Gosh, these days I feel like such a miser when I’m on a no-buy but it’s the truth. There is nothing worse than your favourite products running out. Meh. If you haven’t already checked it out, I have a giveaway running on Instagram where you could win yourself this mascara. Don’t forget to head on over so you don’t miss out.
Benefit Cheek Parade Palette – R875
I’m not sure what’s happening but two of these products have blown me away. I don’t think they’ve reached holy grail status yet, but they’re definitely in the top 5. Let me tell you the story of this baby. A couple years ago, Benefit Cosmetics launched the Cheekathon palette. It was similar in that it had 5 full sized shades with a brush for just $58. That’s amazing value for money since a single shade retails for $29. I waited for it to launch in SA but sadly it never did. When the Cheek Parade launched, I emailed BenefitSA and they said they weren’t sure if the palette was going to launch here. I waited for two months and when nothing transpired, I got my friend to order it for me from Sephora. It worked out to roughly R800 including shipping but then customs hit me with another R700. I figured R1500 was still ok since all 5 shades would cost me R2075 (R415 each) and it was limited edition.
Can you imagine my dismay when another two months after that, I saw the Cheek Parade on the Red Square website for just R875? A part of me was so livid I wanted to cry. There was nothing I could do about it so I just had to keep on going. I’ve been using the palette for a few months now so I have a pretty good idea of what I reach for frequently. I use the Hoola bronzer at least thrice a week to warm up the face and contour so it is the most used in the palette. I’ve owned a mini Hoola before and I loved it so it was only fitting to get a full sized one. I barely reach for the Hoola light but I sometimes use it to set my undereye concealer and brighten up the face.
My second favourite product is the Galifornia blush. I picked up one for my friend’s birthday and after seeing it in her pics, I had to get myself one. The gold shimmer was just overspray but the pinky-peach blush does have a subtle golden reflection to it. It is very pigmented so I dust it very lightly for it to show up. It’s perfect for darker-skinned beauties and it gives the cheeks a rosy flush for the entire day. The Dandelion blush is better suited for fairer skin as it is very light toned. It hardly shows up on my skin and looks grey if I try to build it up.
Lastly, and probably the main reason I decided to buy the Cheek Parade palette, the Rocketeur blush. I’ve been eyeing this blush for the longest time. I swatched it hundreds of times in store but I was more enchanted by the pattern than the actual colour of the blush. It’s more of a mauvey-brown but still gives off some colour to the cheeks. It contains gold micro-glitter particles but it comes up as a slight shimmer on the skin. It’s a great blush for a variety of skin tones. As much as I like the colour of the blush, the pattern is deteriorating very quickly so I tend not to reach for it often. I think one day when I have some extra cash I’ll buy a single one just to look at so I can start using this one.
Out of the products I’ve shared with you today, I would repurchase the Porefessional Pearl primer, BADgal BANG! mascara and the Hoola bronzer. However, with the fact that all the shades in the Cheek Parade palette are full-sized, I doubt they’ll be running out anytime soon.
If you search the brands in the menu bar above, you’ll notice that Benefit has continuously impressed me time and time again. I actually surprised myself at the number of products I use from the brand so frequently and didn’t even take note of it. I realised I should have included a review of the Browvo Conditioning Primer since it is another product I have been testing out from them in the last few months. However, I’m thinking of doing a post on my entire skincare routine and including it in there. What do you think?
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a day filled with love and lots of prezzies. Everyone deserves to be spoilt. MWAH
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