NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Benefit Rockateur Powder Blush Review

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A huge welcome to the new kid on the block!

Yesterday I was blessed enough to get my hands on the new Benefit Box O Powder 6 weeks before the official launch. I have had quite a few of the Benefit face powder boxes and I have adored every single one and Rockateur did not disappoint!

photo (2)Firstly, the colour is perfect, it looks quite dark in the box but when you apply it, it is much lighter. It is a rose gold with a satin finish. I’d describe the shade as somewhere between a blusher and bronzer. I’m quite pale and so I can’t usually get away with bronzer as I just look ridiculous, however this shade is perfect for me as it is still fairly pink but gives me a gorgeous sun-kissed look.

I know a lot of people dislike the brushes provided in Benefit blushers but I always love them, in fact I keep them once them once the powder is finished. They’re always gorgeously soft and I manage to get an accurate application to my cheek bone. This one has also had a redesign, it’s a new brush that is more accurate. The overall result of this one is quite natural and very pretty.

It lasts really well, I put it on yesterday about 11:30am and it was still there at 6:30pm looking lovely. I also like to ad a bit of high beam to define my cheeks and it works well with this one too.

Have you ever noticed how good all the Benefit blushes smell too? This one is just as good as all the others. It smells wonderfully fragrant, which makes it feel even more luxurious.

There is clearly less powder in this one than most of the others, Benefit do print the weights on the front of all the boxes so they have made that clear, they also assure us that it will last just as long as you need less each time. The price is still the same as all the others even though it has less product but the formula used to make this costs more. It uses the latest ‘prisma technology’ which combines all the best bits of a cream, powder and baked blusher. This product really does work so I forgive them for the lower amount of product and it wouldn’t deter me from repurchasing it.

It’s out on sale from 7th September 2013 and retails at £23.50 so get that in your diaries now. It’s also out in time to make it onto the Christmas list… if you can wait that long!

www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

logo_compBenefit Rockateur is the second product to receive the Naked Beauty Seal of Approval!

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It’s in the Bag!

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A day later than normal but today we’re delving through graphic designer Becky’s bag. I’m so blessed to work with Becky, not only is she incredibly talented at what she does, she loves makeup nearly as much as I do.

Peeping into Becky’s makeup bag, the first thing I notice is a few of my own favourite products, including Benefit’s High Beam highlighter. Becky uses a fantastic range of budget and more pricey items. Today we’re going to look at her top 3 in more detail: Benefit High Beam, L’Oreal Double Extension Mascara and Max Factor Facefinity compact.

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Becky loves the L’Oreal Double extension because in her words it gives her ‘massive eye lashes’, I’ve seen them and she’s not exaggerating! Not only do the results rival many more expensive masaca it also lasts all day with not a single ‘panda eye’ in sight. It also reasonably priced at around £12. It also lasts a long while without getting all crumbly. This is Becky’s must-have mascara and she’s totally in love with it. This is definitely one I am going to have to try, discovering fantastic products from friends is exactly why I do these posts.

Becky know’s her best feature is her gorgeous peepers and so she likes to highlight and draw attention to this area. Becky has found that Benefit’s High Beam is perfect for this. She uses it below her brow and cheekbones to high light those oh so lovely features. Becky has had this pot since December and it still has plenty left, it only needs a little at a time and so has lasted forever, well forever in terms of beauty items. This is the one product that Becky’s makeup bag always contains.

I say: Add a little bit under your shin and jaw line to make you face appear slimmer.

Lastly, we look at the Max Factor Facefinity Compact. This item is great to carry around, it has the brush and mirror all included so it is amazing when you’re out and about. It’s oil and fragrance free as well as containing an SPF of 15 to help protect your skin from the sun. It leaves the skin with a satisfying glow and satin finish. Becky usually applies this with a brush rather than the pad included as you really don’t need very much to achieve a good coverage.

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what Becky uses and Becky, thank you for letting me snoop through your bag!

 

Pocket full of posies

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Benefit Posie Tint – Poppy Pink Lip and Cheek Stain Review

Until this product I had not used a lip & cheek stain before and I was pleasantly surprised. It was really easy to blend into the cheeks and lips and as lasted a long time.

It is quite a pale colour so really nice if you just want a natural bit of colour and of course it is multi-tasker too. It is really handy to keep in your handbag for lip and cheek emergencies.

It looks a really bright colour in this photo but once blended down it is barely noticable, but it can be built up for a deeper colour. It does dry really quickly so you have to be quick of the mark to get it blended in. It doesn’t transfer easily which is also great.

This is one of my top pics for festival essentials.

Try it: £24.50, www.feelunique.com

Top 5 Thursday: Mascara

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Mascara is probably my favourite, can’t-be-seen-without product. It is my secret addiction and so it makes sense that not only have I tried hundreds but I also have plenty barely used, sitting in my drawer. These 5 lovelies however, have been used, used and used again.

It can be so difficult standing in Superdrug trying to decide which new mascara to choose, they all boast fantastic abilities and very few live up to expectation. Rarely can you try them out before your shell out and so you only have advertising to go by, leading to let down and a second trip to town. This is why I’ve put together a list of my top 5, these ones will not let you down. Arm yourself with my easy list before making your trip and you’ll waste less time on wonga on mascaras that just don’t cut the mustard.

1 – Benefit – They’re Real

This is my top mascara at the moment, it is hard-working and looks amazing. It also stays on far ages, actually it’s quite a job to get off at the end of the day, perfect for the working girl! It also doesn’t melt and run in the heat! See my full review of this here.

2 – MAC – Zoom Lash Mascara

This one doesn’t give so much volume as number 1 but it boy does it provide length, this is for you if you want lashes that go on and on and on. It is much easier to remove than They’re real but still stays on for a fair amount of time. Full review here.

3 – Jelly Pong Pong – Fairy Lashes Mascara

I love this mascara, it comes in a cute purple tube and a gorgeous box too. It feels really light to wear but looks beautiful on. Full review here.

4 – NO7 – Extravagant Lashes Mascara

This one is great for boosting the volume of your lashes without clumping. I haven’t reviewed many No7 products lately but this is one of my favourites.

5 – Rimmel – The Falsies Volume Effect Express Mascara – Flared

This mascara comes in different styles from rocket to flared. This is the flared one and it is fantastic for giving definition to your lashes. You use one side to lengthen and curl the lashes and the other to flare out the corners. It works really well and is a good price but perhaps doesn’t last as loon during the day as others.

I hope this has been useful and I’d love suggestions for next weeks top 5!

Tams xx

 

Reach for the Stars – Benefit They’re Real Mascara Review

3Reviewed by Tams

I finally got on the band-wagon and tested Benefit’s well spoken about Mascara – They’re Real and I am not disappointed!

This mascara performed well in a consumer panel survey. 94% saw dramatic length & volume, 90% saw base-to-tip curl, 94% saw visible lift and 100* saw long-wearing results. It has a lot to live up to with statistics like that and I was really excited when it landed on my desk this week.

I m happy to say I agree with the majority and saw amazing things happen to my lashes in one lovely swoop of this mascara. My lashes were definitely a million per cent curlier than normal, thicker and longer.

It was really friendly to my sensitive eyes and they haven’t been agitated at all by it. It didn’t smudge or clump and was really easy to use. It also dries really quickly which I always give a bug thumbs up to. It also lasted all day.. it’s still exactly the same s when I put it on this morning… 12 hours ago!

Below are photos of this mascara in action after just one coat.

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What I love most: Everything, this mascara deserves the hype it gets.

What I like least: NOTHING!

Try it: RRP £19.50, www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

Love at First Sight – Benefit Fine-One-One Product Review

5Reviewed by Tams

I fell in love when I saw this product. 

Benefit Fine-One-One has a 3 shades pink champagne, sheer watermelon and soft coral that combined highlight, define and colour your cheeks.  Its a beautiful sheer cream that instantly brightens your skin.  It can be used all together or individually on cheeks and lips and comes with a handy little tip booklet too.

At first sight I absolutely loved the typical gorgeous Benefit packaging however, it is quite a small item for £23.50 which is a little disappointing. I also adore all the colours together, they’re so beautiful!

1The way I like to use it is to just sweep from the rose of my cheek up to my temple along the cheek bone. Alone it is not very vibrant, it is quite a sheer blusher cream which is perfect for natural look during the day but for the evening I use either a MAC Blusher or Benefit box of powder over the top as well.

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I love that this product is an all in one, it skips 2 steps for me saving me a few minutes each morning. It’s beautiful matte result also lasts really well all day.

You can also glide it over or pick an individual colour to go over over your lips for a qucik burst of brightness. It is definitely a handbag must-have!

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I recommend this product for anyone who wants to add a bit of a pop to their makeup without going over the top.

What I love most: It’s really easy to use and looks natural.

What I like least: It is quite sheer so needs blusher too for evening makeup.

Try it: £23.50, www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

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MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Mocha – Product Review

I love blusher. I’m very pale and without blusher I just look plain ill. I have everything from Benefit and MAC to Rimmel and Maybelline but this is one of my favourites. It’s right up there with Benefit’s Coralista blush.

I always apply my blush from the rose of my cheeks right up to the temple to give my face definition and a super healthy glow. I added some of Benefit’s High Beam to this when I used it too and it looks lovely.

When I first put this onto my blusher brush it didn’t seem very powdery and I was skeptical about how good it would look. Turns out I was worrying needlessly as a little bit goes along way and it looks awesome!

It also lasted really well throughout the day at work which is fantastic news and the colour was perfect, it is called Mocha but it isn’t a brown, it’s more of a rosy red which I love!

What I love:  That it goes a long way.. Economical!

Try it: RRP £17.40, www.maccosmetics.co.uk