Benefit Magical Brow Stars Gift Set.

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Hello beauties, you may remember that a few weeks ago I was invited to a Benefit event to talk about the 2018 Christmas goodies that have recently launched. I was already a huge fan of their brow products and this new gift set caught my eye so I thought I would share my thoughts as it’s a fab set for anyone who loves doing their brows.

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This limited edition brow set contains 5 FULL-SIZE faves, 1 PRO tool and brow tips & tricks…all at an AMAZING VALUE! From brow pencils to powders to gels and more, this set has everything you need to transform your brows..all in an adorable magic brow trunk worth £118

Packaging

Benefit can do no wrong when it comes to packaging, always so bright and playful with it’s bold text, colours and imagery. I love that this set comes in a little magic trunk, this will definitely be used as storage afterwards.

Contents

Inside you will find five brow products and one handy brush. It literally has everything you need and then some to create either a natural looking brow or a statement one. I’ve linked all products where to buy them separately if you don’t want the whole set.

Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Filling & Shaping pencil

This is a new product to me, I’m always skeptical of Brow pencils because they often are quite dry and scratchy but this is the opposite. It has a easy to use twist up device that saves the need of having to sharpen it. The texture is very smooth and it’s super easy to apply, either to outline the brows or to fill them in fully. This dries down to a matte finish. This is the perfect product for those who want a fuller more pigmented brow. This costs £20.50 to buy separately.

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil

This pencil is different to the one above as it has a ultra fine end that draws natural looking hair like strokes. Although it wasn’t drying and the formula was spot on for me, I had to use quite a lot of product as my brows are thicker. I definitely prefer a larger tip to really cover my brows. This costs £20.50 to buy separately.

Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumising Tinted Brow gel

I always have to set my brows as they are quite fluffy so can end up going astray, i like a brow gel that has a tint to add that much needed bit of colour back into my brow. It contains tiny microfibres to add volume and definition. I love the small tapered brush that makes it super easy to get into the edges. This costs £20.50 to buy separately.

Benefit Ka-Brow Eyebrow Cream-Gel colour

This product is one of my go to brow products for a simple natural brow, it’s A Pomade with a gel like texture, it applies well with a angled brush and looks so soft and gives my brows the much needed colour in areas where they are sparse. This lasts me months and costs £20.50 to buy separately.

Benefit Foolproof Eyebrow Building Powder

The last product in the set is something for the full ‘instagram’ brow look lover. This has a velevely smooth finish and makes short work of any sparse areas. It is split into light and dark in the pan to create a gradual look to the brows. I found it super easy to use with a angled brush, although I do use this very lightly as it’s a little too pigmented for my taste. This costs £20.50 to buy separately.

Benefit Brow Defining & Blending Tool

In this kit you will also find a really handy duel ended brow brush. On one end there’s a angled brush which in my opinion is the best brush I’ve used to apply brow products. This can be used to apply gels, creams, waxes and powders. On the other end is a great quality spoolie to brush though the hairs. This costs £16.50 to buy separately.

Price

This set is priced at £49.59 which is a bargain considering it would cost you £118 to buy these items separately! If you’re interested in buying you can find it here.

My go to natural looking brow using Gimme Brow+ and Ka-Brow Gel.

A fuller, darker brow using the Goof Proof pencil and the Foolproof Building powder.

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Benefit #BrowsOverBase Event. Christmas Launch

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Hello beauties, the lovely Georgia who works for Benefit was kind enough to invite me and a few other blogger babes to the Brows Over Base event. This was to talk about a few new releases, the Christmas/holiday gift sets that have just launched and a mini masterclass. I wanted to share some pictures from the event along with some information about the fab gift sets on offer from Benefit for the festive season.

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Benefit are well known for their eyebrow products and two of my holy grail brow products are from Benefit (Ka Brow & Gimme Brow).

This first gift set I wanted to share with you today is something for those of you who love doing your brows. Enter the Magical Brow Stars gift set, which includes four full sized brow products and a slanted brush with a spoolie on the other end.

Inside you will find:

Foolproof Brow Powder, Goofproof brow Pencil, Ka- BROW Cream Gel, Gimme Brow+ and Precisely, My Brow Pencil.

I picked this up to stock up on my current favourites and also try some new brow products along the way as I saved so much money by buying the gift set. It’s priced at a bargain £49.50 when the contents value is £118, it literally has everything you need to create the perfect brow and makes the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. This comes in two shades, medium 3 (which is my shade for reference) and Deep 5. I will be doing a separate review of this set shortly so keep your eyes out for that!

The second gift set I wanted to show you beauties is their new Blush Bar which has four blushes and a contour/bronzing powder. Inside you will find (one of my personal faves) GALifornia, Gold Rush, Dandelion, Rockateur and the well known Hoola. Each blush has a different shade, some matte and some shimmery. This blush bar costs £49.50 with a content value of £127.50 and makes the perfect gift for a loved one who love their makeup.

Next up we have some new gift box launches which have such fun packaging, shaped like a luxurious three tier cake but in tin form, I’d definitely be reusing that packaging to store things in.

The blue cake pictured above is the Goodie Goodie Gorgeous set which contains three of Benefits best sellers. This set includes a full sized They’re Real Mascara, a full sized matte Hoola bronzer and a mini The POREfessional Pearl primer. This costs £35.50 with a contents value of £57.50

The purple cake (pictured below) is the Confection Cuties set which contains three minis. Inside is The Porefessional, Roller Lash and Gimmie Brow+. This a great set for those who haven’t tried Benefit before. This is priced at £14.50 with a content value of £31.50. This minis also come in handy to travel with.

Next we have the green cake which is for the skin care lovers. This set is the B. Right! Delights! This includes a full sized Total Moisture face cream, Browvo Conditioning Primer (full size), a funsise It’s Potent eye cream and a funsize Instant Comeback facial serum. This costs £39.50 with a content value of £70.42.

Pictured below is the pale pink cake which is Gimme Some Sugar set which includes a full sized Roller Lash Mascara, a full size The POREfessional Primer, full sized Hoola bronzer and a full sized High Beam highlighter. This costs £39.50 and has a contents value of £96.50 which is a amazing bargain! I’ll be picking this up for myself as I need a new Hoola bronzer and want to try the highlighter.

Lastly we have the dark pink cake which is the Triple Decker Decadence which had 4 full sized Benefit best sellers inside. This set includes BADgal BANG Mascara (one of my favs), a The POREfessional Primer, a High Brow highlighting pencil and a Gogotint lip & cheek stain mini. This set costs £34.50 with a contents value of £78.50

I also wanted to share with you these cute mini Stocking Fillers which will make great secret santa presents or just something to hang on the tree for a loved one. These range from £10.50- £12.50.

Here we see Georgia giving the lovely Marta a makeover and I loved the way the Hello Happy Foundation looked on her and have since picked it up!

There is definitely something for the Makeup/skincare lover when it comes to gifts or even if you want to pick up a few bits for yourself and save some money along the way! A huge thanks for the invite!

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Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick

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Hello beauties, before the start of this year I had never contoured my face as the fear of it making my face look dirty scared me. I then picked up this product and starting practising different ways to contour and it’s safe to say I’m hooked.

Today’s review is on the Benefit Quickie Contour Stick that I picked up when at the Airport in duty free when I went to Berlin.

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Chisel those cheekbones, slim that nose and get an overall sculpted look with this soft bronze, cream-to-powder contour stick. Hoola quickie contour stick’s dome shape tip ensures a smooth, targeted application every time!

You probably already know or have tried the Orginal Hoola bronzer which is one of The box ‘O powders from Benefit. I prefer working with a cream contour/bronzer so was excited to see that it comes in a cream formula.

Packaging

Benefit always get it right with packaging, they always have funky colourful boxes and eye catching containers and this is no exception. I love the tropical theme and the stick is housed in a gold bamboo shaped bullet. It has a twist up mechanism and a rounded top which makes for easy application directly onto the face. It’s super easy to draw lines ready for blending. There is also a bamboo shaped brush in this collection for blending if you wanted to be extra fancy!

Formula

The first thing I noticed about the formula and possibly the most important is how creamy it is, it has a super smooth texture. The creamier the product the more it will look like ‘skin’. This blends out really easily, I like to blend with a dense brush but a beauty sponge works just as well. I really like the colour of this for my pale skin, it warms up my makeup look without looking muddy or dirty and doesn’t cling to any dry patches. Perfect for those who like a subtle contour.

How to use

On the side of the box you can find a few handy ways on where to apply the product. I have a really round potato head so I like to contour my forehead, under the cheek bones and under my chin to create a slimming effect.

Price

This costs £24 for 8.5g which is a great price for how stunning this looks on the skin and how long it will last me. I will definitely be picking this up again! If you’re interested in buying this then you can find it here.

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Testing Out Benefit Brow Products: KA Brow And Gimme Brow+

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Hello beauties, You may or may not know that I recently had a hair colour change back to my lighter natural hair colour, I’m absolutely loving it but only had brow products that were suited to dark brown or black hair. I thought it was a great time to treat myself to some new brow products to try. I decided to pick up two products from the Benefit brow range.

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I decided to pick up the KA BROW Pomade as I am used to using the ABH Dip Brow and also picked up the GIMME BROW gel as I love using it after a Pomade to not only spike up my brows but keep them in place. I have been opting for a more natural looking brow recently but still have sparse areas at the tail of the brow that need filling.

Ka-BROW Eyebrow Cream Gel Colour

Packaging

The gel comes in a clear glass jar with a pretty silver lid that twists off. At the top you will find a angled brush that pulls out for you to apply the product onto your brows. I found this brush really handy to use as it managed to create really natural looking brow hairs as it was so small and precise. This is extremely travel friendly due to the size which always a plus for me.

Formula

The formula of this gel/pomade isn’t creamy and is tougher then ones I’ve used in the past, this isn’t a bad thing however. It’s super easy to pick up colour onto the brush and transfer it into the brows. It provides the most gorgeous hair like brows and a natural finish. So if you like a full on brow you may have to go in a few times to get that level of pigmentation. As it’s a stiffer formula I found this dried down fairly quickly which I loved as I worry about my brows smudging throughout the day.

Price

This cost £20.50 for 3g which admittedly is pricy, but I’m used to paying £19 for the ABH Pomade which I find far too pigmented for a natural looking brow. A little does goes a long way with the Ka Brow and ‘Shade 3’ worked perfect for my hair colour so I will definitely be repurchasing.

Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

Packaging

One thing I was slightly disappointed in when i received this was the size, I honestly thought they had sent me a travel sized version but no it’s the full sized. The gel comes in a sturdy plastic tube which again is amazing for travel due to the size. How cute is the little wand it comes with though? It makes it super easy to get into all the brow hairs to direct them upwards. I have read that this is this reformulated version of Gimme Brow hence the added +.

Formula

This has a very gloopy kind of formula, it’s not sticky however. It’s super easy to apply to the brow and isn’t messy at all. This has a very sheer pigment to it and has just the right amount of cover to give a natural look. Perfect for those who like a slight tint to finish but I wouldn’t recommend this to people who love a very strong brow unless you were looking to just set the brows with this.

Price

This costs £20.50 for 3g which to me is way too pricey, it’s just so small. I love the look of the brow and how well it stays put with this but I’m going to go through this too quickly to justify spending out on it each time. If it was larger and say the same size as a average mascara I wouldn’t mind, so I will be sticking with my trusting ABH clear gel in future as it’s better value for money and does the same thing.

Overall I really like both products, the colour was spot on and I adore the natural finish, it looks like I haven’t done anything to my brows and gives it that bushy look that I love.

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Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara

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Hello beauties, if you follow Benefit on any of their social media platforms then you will know that for weeks they had a countdown to a new product, everyone was waiting and trying to guess what their new release would be, we’re given space themed teasers which led most people to believe (including myself) that it would be a highlighter. It was in fact a new mascara, it is the younger sister to the BADgal mascara. After watching a few videos on YouTube I just had to pick it up and review it for you beauties.

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BADgal BANG! 36-HOUR* FULL-BLAST volumising mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch-black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. Its custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH!

Smudge-proof, water-resistant, volumising mascara. ProVitamin B5 known to fuel thickness & strength.

This mascara claims to give 36 hour full blast volume, with space technology to make a light formula, whilst being smudge proof and water resistant.

Packaging

This packaging is very similar to the original BADgal mascara, with its black tube and bold printed text. The tube itself is matte, sturdy and looks appealing to the eye with its studded handle detailing, It looks so bad ass. The box it comes in has all the handy information you need to know about the mascara on the side, talk about great advertising for those looking at it in store.

Application

The application wand is long and thin and is easy to hold and get into the corner lashes without making any mess or poking yourself in the eye (it’s happened too many times for me). The wand is also flexible so it makes it easy to wiggle onto the lashes to make sure every single one is evening coated . I love that it has a thinner consistently as I find thicker formulas slightly daunting, worrying that they will give that spiders legs look.

Results

I’m extremely pleased with the results, as someone who isn’t very good at applying false lashes and don’t have the time to apply them daily, this is a amazing alternative. This coats the lashes and makes them look full and thick whilst making them longer and still look natural.

(After one coat of mascara)

Price

This mascara costs £21.50 for 8.5g which I think is expensive for a mascara, however based on the fact that lashes can be pricey and the effort and time I will be saving not faffing around with falsies, I say it’s definitely worth the splurge. When I run out I will be repurchasing this as I love it so much!. You can find this mascara on the Benefit website here.

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Benefit GALifornia Blush and Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter Review

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Hello beauties, I was recently gifted some vouchers for Christmas from family members for Boots so thought it was the perfect chance to pick up two Benefit products I had been lusting after. I was in need of a new blush anyway and hey a girl can never have too many highlighters right?. Today’s review will be on the GALifornia Blush and the Dandelion Twinkle highlighter, both from Benefit cosmetics.

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Benefit GALifornia blush

Benefit’s NEW GALifornia golden pink blusher is part sun, pure fun! It blends bright pink with shimmering gold, capturing the warm glow of California sunshine in a box. The signature GALifornia Dreamin’ scent features notes of pink grapefruit & vanilla. Comes complete with a custom rounded blush brush for soft, diffused application.

Golden pink powder blush

Artwork inspired by vintage California surfer girls

Includes rounded blush brush and mirror

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First off, I think it has to be said how gorgeous the packaging of this blush looks. With its groovy 70’s style design it is definitely easy on the eye. All of their box of powders in the collection come in a magnetic flip top box that contain 5.0g of product. On the underside of the lid you will find a cute sturdy mirror which is handy when traveling or on the go. Inside of the box you will find a small brush (I didn’t end up using it though) the bristles do feel quite scratchy so I don’t know how great this would be at picking up product. Once you lift up the brush you will see a gorgeous sun print on the front with gold dusting. The dusting is only slightly dusted on top so doesn’t carry on all through the blush. I am completely in love with the peachy pink tone of this. This blush does have a scent and it’s a slight fruity smell of peach. It gives such a gorgeous amount of colour and a natural healthy glow to my cheeks, it was really easy to apply with my Real Techniques blush brush and you don’t need much product to get the desired look. This is on the pricer side for a blush costing £24.50

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle powder highlighter

Get your glow on with dandelion twinkle superfine highlighting powder. Special baked technology delivers a strobing formula for a sheer, whisper-light texture. Wear it alone or on top of your favorite blush or powder and step into the dreamy spotlight.

Quick, easy strobing

Highlighting powder

Signature dandy daydream scent

Dandelion twinkle’s baked technology creates a superfine, whisper-light radiance…a little goes a long way. Dandelion twinkle provides the same number of uses as your other box o’ powders!

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With a more simplistic design this blush is the second version of ‘dandelion’ which is a blush. This one is their Twinkle highlight, this has a very faint smell of sweets which i find so appealing! The highlight itself is gorgeous champagne pink with very fine flecks of glitter, I am not normally a fan of ‘glittery’ highlights but this is so subtle. I found that the texture is so light and not at all powdery. The only problem I had with this highlight is that is gives too much of a natural look and if you know me then you know I love a blinding highlight. Although I did remedy this by spraying my highlight brush with some setting spray to make it more popping and it totally worked!. This blush costs £24.50 for 3.0g of product.

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All in all I loved both products and will be repurchasing! Especially the blush. They both look so beautiful on the skin,giving it a gorgeous healthy glow. I really want to try the Hoola bronzer next!.

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