Benefit Cheekathon

Benefit have released this amazing blush kit, it’s an absolutely bargainous way to collect all of the Benefit box o’ powders blushers as each pan is full sized and the kit costs just £44.50. A single powder £23.50 on it’s own meaning this kit’s value is over £100.

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The catch (and there’s always a catch isn’t there?) is that you can only get the kit online directly from Benefit or from House of Fraser.

The kit contains 5 full size pans of blush and bronzer in ‘Dandelion’, ‘Hoola’, ‘Rockateur’, ‘Dallas’ and ‘Coralista’ plus one of their little blush brushes as you would usually get in your box o’ powders.
The magnetic closure cardboard palette has a plastic mirrored surface inside the lid and the same illustration as you can see on the outer packaging is on the top as well on the leaflet that comes with the product. The leaflet gives a few different ideas and tips on application.
benefit1A great thing Benefit have done with the packaging this time around is that they have put the blushes on a removable tray meaning you don’t have to struggle to tear bits out in order to re-use the box! Underneath the tray is a lovely gold surface ready for you to use to store whatever you like be it jewellery or more make-up. I’m glad Benefit have realised that we all like to re-use the boxes!

The Blushes & Swatches

‘Dandelion’ – A brightening ballerina pink with a hint of shimmer

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Larger version over on Flickr

‘Hoola’ – A matte bronzer for a natural sun-kissed glow.

‘Rockateur’ – A gorgeous rose gold flush

‘Dallas’ – A blush or a bronze depending on your tone

‘Coralista’ – A warm coral pink with a slight hint of pearl

Overall this is a brilliant buy if you love your Benefit blushes and don’t already have all of these shades or are running low on them. I don’t know how long this set will be around so go get yourself one while they’re hot!

Are you a Benefit fan? Love the blushes but hate on another product? What’s your favourite Benefit product? Do tell me in the comments!

February & March Favourites!

Feb/March Favourites

I didn’t do a February favourites post between being busy and it being a slightly shorter month so I’ve rolled it in together with this bizarrely cold and snowy month of March!

Feb/March Favourites

This last couple of months I have been reaching for:

L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm
I’m on my second one of these this winter already as I easily get dry lips when exposed to cold weather and central heating. This is is my go-to product for dry lips and has barely been out of my hands this month!

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Burt's Bees Lemon Cuticle CreamI am so happy to have found this product – it is so much less messy than cuticle oils! More of a balm or butter than a cream as it’s solid in the tin and melts with the warmth of your skin, it works into the cuticles nicely and leaves them nicely moisturised and healthy. I’m often not a fan of anything lemony but I don’t mind this, I would prefer a different scent of course but the product its self is good enough I really don’t mind.

Rosie For Autograph Gel Pencil Liner in ‘Envy Me’
I love this plum gel pencil liner – it really accentuates my already very green eyes. I’ve found myself reaching for this a lot since I got it, it’s become a firm favourite and I will definitely be re-purchasing when it runs out!

Avon Extra Lasting Cream Shadow in ‘Lasting Lilac’
Avon Extra Lasting Cream ShadowThis had been in the back of the drawer for a while but I pulled it out when I was in need of a very quick eye look as I only had about 5 minutes to do it in. It really does last all day with no creasing and no primer or anything underneath. I was quite surprised because of how solid the product is – I expected it to be hard to work with which is why I’ve pretty much ignored these shadows since they arrived. I’ve used it a few times since that day but with a little more care and finesse! I’ve been teaming it with a bit of the darker purple from the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow range on the edge and in the crease and a touch of pencil or gel liner – it works wonderfully.

L’Occitane Almond Tonic Body Oil 
I got this for my birthday at the end of February and have been using it all month since, it’s a dry body oil with a spray dispenser which makes it really easy to use – no risky pouring and accidentally getting too much product! As well as the obvious almond it contains 5 essential oils (immortelle, palmarosa, mint, carrot, and cypress) and a micro exfoliating lemon extract. I’ve been using it on my legs post shaving and it’s really improved my skin’s reaction to shaving as well as it’s general condition, love it.

Laura Geller Baked Impressions Blush in ‘Mauve Mocha Latte’
Laura Geller Blush Mocha Mauve LatteThis has come out quite a bit this past month as it goes really ridiculously well with my new Clinique lipstick in ‘Mocha Pop’ so as well as reaching for it whenever I’ve worn that, I’ve developed a new found love for more ‘nude’ blush shades. I love the textured finish pressed into the powder on these but if I keep using it at this rate I doubt it will look this pretty for much longer!

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Lipstick in ‘Love Liberty’
Charlotte Tilbury 'Love Liberty'A gorgeous berry shade – totally up my street! The Charlotte Tilbury mattes are very long wearing and survive eating and drinking too making them great for work days when you have no time to yourself. I absolutely adore this kind of colour and don’t have anything else quite like it in a true matte.

Have you tried any of these products? What were your favourites this month?