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The Review: Benefit Brow Collection

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Oh, wow, gimme some great brows! Behold, beauties, your perfect arch awaits… and every product you need to achieve that God-given gorgeousness was thought of — and created — by the experts over at Benefit.

Benefit Cosmetics has long been attributed with creating some of our favorite brow products (we’re looking at you, Gimme Brow ($24) and ), but now the entire collection — with some newbie launches — has been reformulated with additional colors added and new, futuristic packaging to boot. Everything you need to give good brow, right here in one collection.

Benefit Cosmetics BROWVO! Conditioning Primer Nutrient Rich Eyebrow Primer ($28) – Like skin, beautiful brows start with a primer. This one conditions hairs and primes the area so that you can create fuller arches. Ideal for those with thin, sparse, patchy, and unruly brows as product will adhere better — and longer — to brows and skin. Definitely a new BB favorite.

Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill ($24) – For those who are brow-filler-novices, this easy-to-use pencil has a slanted tip so that you can effortlessly shape and fill-in brows. The formula touts itself as waterproof with 12-hour wear. Comes in 6 shades, so it’ll work for every brow color.

Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra Fine Shape & Define ($24) – For those more experienced brow filler-iners, this ultra-thin pencil allows you to draw tiny, hair-like strokes. Again, comes in 6 shades with 12-hour wear. This is one of the best brow pencils on the market!

Benefit Cosmetics Ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush ($24) – If gel is your fill-in formula of choice, then this is the product for you. This buildable, smudge-proof color comes with a slanted applicator so that you can create natural or dramatic arches… your choice! Comes in 6 shades.

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings Tame & Shape Kit ($32) – On-the-go brow kit that includes a powder shade and a tinted wax/ pomade. Use and layer together or wear alone: The wax shapes with hint of tint while the powder gives color and wear to arches. Also comes with a set of mini tweezers and two brushes (one slanted). The duo comes in 6 shades.

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel ($24) – A BB favorite, the new and improved formula (and additional shade) tints, tames, and volumizes brows. The brush-on gel has tiny micro fibers that adhere to skin and hair, creating the illusion of thicker arches. Absolutely one of the best brow products on the market. Now available in 3 shades.

Benefit Cosmetics 3D BROWtones Instant Color Highlights ($24) – Highlights for your brows to add depth… yep. It’s a brow tamer but with bit of gold and bronze shimmer. We prefer Gimme Brow’s tints, but those with thick brows who just need a little contrast will appreciate this product. Comes in two shades to bring soft contrast to darker brows and depth to lighter brows.

Benefit Cosmetics Ready, Set, Brow! 24-Hour Setting Gel ($24) – A clear brow gel always comes in handy, especially if you have a few unruly hairs. This unique applicator has shorter bristles on one side and slightly longer on the other so that you can really control the sculpting that’s going on. Perfect to layer over any of the brow pencil or powder products as it locks in brow color for 24 hours, while providing topnotch hold.

Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Highlight & Lift Pencil ($22) – Highlighting directly under the arches (on the brow bone) is a pro trick that defines the arch while also covering stray hairs that may be growing in (in between waxing, threading, or plucking). This creamy pink shade is universal and adds a bright lift to the area to really define the shape. Obsessed! Comes in a shimmery finish called High Brow Glow ($22), as well.

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How To Video: Dewy Face

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What I used: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup in Petal, Benefit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer, Benefit Sugarbomb Blush, Benefit Dandelion Blush, Benefit Bella Bamba Blush, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Tattle Tale, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in R.S.V.P., Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Samba-dy Loves Me, Benefit Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter for Face, Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer, Benefit One Hot Minute Face Powder

Directions:

1. Mix foundation with a dollop of an illuminizing product and apply all over your face like you would with moisturizer.

2. Use a brightening under eye concealer to for the eye area and areas of the face that you want to add brightness to.

3. Dust a pinky blush on your cheeks.

4. Apply a highlighting product to the areas of your face that you want to brighten and define.

5. Apply a shimmering beige cream shadow to your eye lids.

6. Use a thickening mascara.

7. Apply a mauve gloss to lips.

8. Apply a shimmer powder to areas that need extra sparkle.

TIP: Spray your entire face with a water mist to add a moist effect.

*makeup courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics.
hair by Dry Bar.

The Little Things In Life…

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I just popped into my local Sephora for some beauty R & R. Actually, I was all out of my foundation (Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation), so I went in with a purpose, picked up my color, and walked directly to the cash register line.

And that’s where they get me every time. Either side of the line is filled with the cutest mini and travel size products that I don’t need but are dying to own. As if I don’t have enough beauty products at home! My eyes immediately focused on the Sephora Exclusive Benefit 3-in-1 Feelin’ Cheeky! Minis: 3 .13 fl oz. jars of Posie Tint, a poppy-pink tinted lip and chink stain for a fuschia flushed look, High Beam, a luminescent complexion enhancer that highlights brow and cheek bones, and the cult favorite, Bene Tint, a rose-tinted lip and cheek stain for a just-ate-a-basket-of-wild-strawberries-look!

A $26.00 value for $15.00 – what more could a beauty-obsessed girl possibly ask for? Not to mention, High Beam is one of my all time favorite highlighters and Bene Tint is legitamitely one of the most amazing, stay on all day long, red as blood, lip stains on the market. Plus, I’m quite keen on the travel size bottles. They’re actually more conveniently shaped to fit into my evening clutches. The original, larger size bottles are quite clunky and burdensome.

If you’re like me, and you love a good tint and highlighter, then this purchase is a no-brainer. Grab yours today, before Benefit realizes people are loving the minis better than the real thing and pull the plug on the entire trio!

PRICE TAG: $15.00

Beauty Party!!!

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My friend Diana Miller won a beauty party from Benefit Cosmetics for 8 of her closest friends. Naturally, I was included.

We all gathered at the Benefit store (yes, it’s just as girly and cutesy as the company’s packaging – see below) on 3rd Street in West Hollywood for champagne and finger foods, free make-up applications and beauty treatments – our choices: eyebrow wax, lip wax, or lash tint.

The store – products galore!

Well’s Butler (owner of Primp clothing – which she is rocking above) getting her tint on!

Sarah doing the brows

Mirror, mirror on the wall… Diana testing a new lippy

My makeover with Tiffany

I was introduced to some incredible new products including Erase Paste (part cover-up, part diffuser), Talk To The Tan (sheer, gel-based shimmery tint that washes off – Hair-Crazed Jenny was obsessed!) and Creaseless Cream Shadows (similar to the MAC paint pots) in very wearable colors. My old favorites were there to, like Bad Girl Black Liner.
Diana post makeover

Sarah and Wells post makeover

What a way to spend Thursday evening – champagne, beauty products and good friends! This is a beauty whore’s ultimate dream! Come to think of it, this beauty party would make a fab birthday or bridal shower… Hmmm…

Thanks, Lucky Diana! I had so much F-U-N!

Bright Eyes by Benefit

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Any product that promises brighter, less-fatigued, bigger eyes is a product for me! I discovered Benefit’s Eye Bright pencil a few years ago while combing the counters at a NYC department store. I wanted something that would make my eyes “pop,” give me that celebrity, I’ve just slept for hours, red carpet glow. Enter the Eye Bright pencil: a unique, creamy pink pencil designed to wake-up tired eyes. I used it religiously for about a year and then I (gasp!) lost the darn thing!!!

Well, on a recent jaunt through a local LA department store, I came face to face with my miracle pencil. My love reignited, I bought another one and have been tending to my tired eyes ever since.
Here’s how it works: The perfectly shaded pink pencil helps to brighten and conceal the shadows in the corners of your eyes.

Apply the pencil to both the inner and outer corners of your eye. The creamy texture allows for easy and gentle application. “Draw 3 to 4 short strokes in the area between the bridge of your nose and the inner corner of your eye where dark shadows linger. Also, draw a light line from the outer corner of your eye up and toward the end of your brow. Do not over blend.” I do, however, pat it down with my index finger so that it isn’t SO bright (but if you’re feeling – and looking – really tired, don’t bother patting). Use this as your final step in your makeup application for optimal “bright eye” results!

The best endorsement is a compliment. Eye Bright will have you basking in the glory of… “don’t you look well-rested” all day long!

PRICE TAG: $20.00

Summer Face 2008

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We all know how AWFUL the sun is for our faces, so make a vow to yourself… THIS SUMMER, I WILL NOT ALLOW THE SUN TO PENETRATE THROUGH MY FRAGILE FACE. I will take precautions when tanning (use SPF that protects against UVA AND UVB rays), and I will treat my skin with the love and care that it deserves…
So, please, I BEG YOU, use an alternative… bronzer, mystic tan (although I despise the orange hue), buildable color moisturizer, or tinted moisturizer.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Benefit’s You Rebel gives good summer face. It’s a tinted moisturizer with SPF 15 and it adds just the right amount of gold (without looking super fake) to your skin. **TIP** Try mixing it with a touch of foundation for an even, flawless, bronzed complexion with added coverage!

Chanel’s Soleil Lame Tinted Bronzing Gel is lightweight and basic. It’s a gel (which I love… doesn’t cake) that glides onto the skin to produce an even tan sans the sun. The color is natural and the gel absorbs without the shine of tinted moisturizers. Great for oily complexions!

Tarte Hotel Heiress is a long time favorite. It’s a powder bronzer (mineral) and I swear, it gives off the best damn sun-kissed effect. I’ve tried many a bronzers and this one continues to be an everyday must-have. It doesn’t give off that sparkle, fake tan look… this bronzer is way more matte and truly au natural.

Glow Fusion
is another favorite from last year. It’s the closest thing to a mystic tan (that I’ve found) AND you can do it yourself… at home! BONUS: It doesn’t give you that nasty, orange spray-tan look! The color is actually amazingly bronze! And if you follow the directions, it really does give you even, precise color.

Physicians Formula Pearls of Perfection Multi-Colored Bronzer is fantastic for those porcelain skinned folks out there. It has a pink undertone to offset the gold so it doesn’t appear too fake (instead it gives off a “warm” finish). I love the consistency – it’s soft and smooth – and it really leaves skin glowing. The pearls are also incredibly fun to play around with… it’s like a combination of loose powder (very potent) and pressed powder (matte, and not as messy). And you can’t beat the price: $11.95.

Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick Compact is shimmery and glittery and full of iridescent fun! Personally, I don’t like loads of shimmer in my bronzer, but for those of you who do, this is the bronzer to get. It has five shades, all ranging in golden hues, and it mixes together quite brilliantly to produce a healthy, vibrant, glowing face. I do, however, love this product as an added highlighter atop my matte bronzing powder. It really does create a gorgeous, golden dimension to the skin.

WEEKLY MUST-HAVE

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Benefit Cosmetics is kinda ingenious. They make a few staple products that a true beauty whore could never live without.
I blogged about Benefit’s Benetint a while back (CLICK HERE to read post), a red tint suitable for lips and cheeks.
Now, I have another must-have product to divulge…
Benefit’s Moon Beam is a soft pink, dewy glow to highlight cheekbones, eyes, chin, etc. It looks like a nailpolish with that great wand that makes it so much easier to dot on to your skin. A little goes a long way. Dot, then dab with fingers. I use it on my brow bone and my cheekbone, both are places that I want to highlight and sparkle!!!

Get dewy… perfect for radiant summer skin….

Fellow Brit Beauty Whore Recipes…

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I just received this in an email from a fellow Brit Beauty Whore:

“I also want to recommend an amazing self made mask its my mums recipe.
Honey, Yogurt, Olive oil and lemon mix together, place in fridg for an hour
then apply on your face for half an hour then wash… Ahhh feel how soft and
refreshed you will feel.”

Hey, if you don’t like it, don’t blame me! It’s how the Brits refresh their face!

Also, she recommends…

“I haven’t noticed you mentioning a particular item unndubotyl once you use
you will not stop. It is a liquid busher called BENETINT by Benefit.
TIP you
must apply moisteriser before you apply it or it will look blotchy.”

For those not yet in the know, Benetint is a lip and cheek stain. As the company raves, “it is kiss-proof and water-proof!” I do happen to like this product, but only apply it under a gloss because otherwise it tends to make my lips feather…. It is very red, so use sparingly (but when applied correctly, it does give that au natural “blushed” glow!)

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