Benefit Box Powders: Dandelion Twinkle, Galifornia, & Hoola Lite

Benefit Box Powders

I’m a big fan of the Benefit box powders and have every one so of course I had to complete my collection with the recent releases of ‘Dandelion Twinkle’ and ‘Hoola Light’.
I’ve been meaning to show you ‘Galifornia’ for a little while but I’ve been a bit busy finishing up my course so I rolled that into this review too. The box powders are thankfully one of the things Benefit haven’t messed with the packaging on and I hope they continue leaving it alone. I love the way they all match and I can easily locate whichever one I want in my drawer whereas other brands blush products leave me hunting in among a sea of black compacts of various sizes.
The box powders cost £24.50 in the UK and contain 3g, 5g and 8g respectively.

Cheek Parade

Benefit Cheek ParadeThere is also a palette set called ‘Cheek Parade’ available for £49.50 which contains full size versions of both ‘Hoola Lite’ and ‘Galifornia’ as well as three other powders.These palettes are a great option for those buying multiple different Benefit powders, to buy these separately would be over £100! It’s very similar to one I’ve looked at on the blog previously, Cheekathon.

Dandelion Twinkle

Benefit’s first powder highlight since the discontinued ’10’; this is a subtle warm peach-pink toned powder with a sparkle. It’s a very fine powder that imparts a natural looking glow, you’re not going to end up looking like the Tin-Man with this little beauty! It blends well and can also be layered up for more effect. This highlight is perfect for fair skins but may also work very well for other skin tones too as I haven’t noticed any chalkiness at all.
I’ve always been a big fan of the original Dandelion face powder/blush (which I’m hitting pan on again!) so I’m glad to see it getting a little sister to wear with it.

Galifornia

A bright coral pink blush with a gold over-spray sun design. The gold glitter doesn’t seem to carry on past the first usage so whatever you do, don’t buy it just for that! The colour is not orangey and not too rosy, it’s quite a unique coral pink. I found it to be very blendable and easy to work with, I also didn’t notice too much kick up with this one. The scent is of pink grapefruit and vanilla but it’s very subtle and you can only really smell it in the box – it’s not an overload like with the Too Faced perfumed products.
While this looks fine on my pale skin tone I think it will come into it’s own on tanned and medium toned skins.

Hoola Lite

This is a lighter version of the popular Hoola bronzer and is aimed at the paler skinned among us, however, it is quite yellow toned so it might not suit all paler ladies many of whom tend to have a cooler, pinkier complexion. Lucky for me it’s right up my alley! I’ve used it practically every day since I bought it! It does kick up quite a bit of product from the pan but the box packaging means that none of that powder is lost.
Just like it’s big sister it is a matte powder – perfect for those of us who like a more natural look – and blends very well.  My main pet hate about the Benefit bronzers is their insistence that you can contour with them. No. Bronzers are not for contouring! Cut it out Benefit and release an actual cool contour powder for heavens sake.

What’s your favourite Benefit powder? If you’re a pale lady, what’s your favourite bronzer or contour product?
Kath x

New Rosie For Autograph: Insta-Glow

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I hadn’t seen any press releases or even other bloggers mentioning these ‘Insta-Glow’ powders but one day while shopping I spotted these new additions on the Rosie stand in M&S and decided to investigate. Given the high quality of the other products I’d tried from the brand and how much I’d liked the highlighting products especially, how could I not?

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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!

New Benefit: Dew the Hoola!

Benefit’s ‘Hoola’ bronzer is hugely popular so I suppose it was only natural for them to expand on it’s success and bring out more products inspired by it. Queue ‘Dew the Hoola’ and ‘Hoola Zero Tan Lines’, there is also a matching bronzing brush available which is very covetable. In this post I’m only going to review the former as I’m not a huge fan of fake tan products, however, if you guys really want me to I will review ‘Zero Tan Lines’ as well, let me know in the comments.

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First let me talk about the gorgeous packaging! It’s good to see the design goddesses are once again smiling on Benefit as for a while there I was starting wonder what on Earth was going on at their design HQ! There’s nothing childish or Barbie-esque about this beautiful bronze, bamboo inspired bottle and it will certainly look great on any make-up table. The product is dispensed via a pump which makes it very easy to use, no messy spills or shaking the bottle upside down to get product out.

26253030471_0e036d8fc2_mWill it look great on you is of course the most important question though! Just like the original ‘Hoola’ this is a matte product (no shimmer, shine or glitter) which is great for those who prefer a more natural look. It doesn’t completely mattify the skin though, it leaves you with a slightly dewy looking finish for a very healthy looking skin. One pump provides enough product for the whole face. I noticed that the product is very lightweight, it feels and in many ways behaves more like a gel product than a cream product.

The sheerness of the product means it can lend its self to a fairly wide variety of skin tones. The product can be blended out well for the super pale or built up for those with a more medium tone. You could also wear it together with the ‘Hoola’ powder if you wanted to really ramp it up! I don’t think this is a product suitable for dark skinned ladies but if you have dark skin, would you want a bronzer anyway? I don’t know?

My Swatch

Here are a couple of swatches of the product:
26046554250_d646b4038a_zAt the top we have completely unblended product. I’ve just spread out the small bead of product that was dispensed so you can see the caramelly colour.
Next we have a band of mostly blended product.
For my skin tone one layer looks the most natural but your tone might suit two layers or even more depending on how bronzed you like to be. This band is not fully blended out and is probably the equivalent of two layers on my pale skin. Over all I would say it is significantly more pale girl friendly than the original Hoola powder.

5 Under a Fiver: Make-Up

I’ve put together a list of five of my favourite bargain priced make-up products, everything here is under £5!

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I’ll start with the lowest priced item first, and not just because I really want to gush about it!

1. Wilko, Eyeliner Brush, 95p0348244_l
That’s right it was less than a quid! It’s synthetic bristles come to a very fine angled point and it’s actually a better and finer brush than some I’ve paid ten times that for. Talk about knocking it out of the park! They’ve even included a little circular bristle protector to keep it in shape and prevent damage. I am thrilled with this for the price and think I might buy a couple more.

2. Collection, Bronze Glow Matt, £2.998966745096222
This was recommended to me by a fellow pale girl and has become probably my favourite bronzing product. It’s pale girl friendly, it’s matte (I don’t know where the ‘e’ went on their packaging or is that a US spelling?) so your face won’t be shiny in weird places and you can use it for current trends such as ‘sun stripping’. All of this and it won’t break the bank either, awesome!

3. MUA, Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer, £3luxe-velvet-lip-lacquer-2015-tranquility-_web_
Available in a massive 18 different shades most of which are totally wearable for every day. This is a quick drying true matte liquid lipstick, no muss no fuss. These are simply amazing for a budget British high street brand and since they just released a black I’m really hoping to see some more avant garde colours from them soon for those of who like our lip art.

4. Boots 17, Eye Eye Crayon, £3.99
evoke-SEVENTEEN-Eye-Eye-Crayon-Jewel-Available in 4 different colours at the moment including this fabulous and on trend for spring/summer ’16 blue shade.
Cream shadows and crayons are always handy when you’re in a rush or want a pop of vibrant colour that won’t move. My favourite of the four from Seventeen is the vibrant blue which they’ve named ‘Jewel’ which has great pigmentation.

5. Shiro Cosmetics, Eye Shadow £4.99
lingeredintwilight1Okay so this one is only just under a fiver but I was really impressed by the quality of the loose shadows from this indie brand. Available through Cute Cosmetics in the UK their products are hand made, mostly vegan and have geeky themes such as ‘Harry Potter’ or ‘Game of Thrones’. Pictured is the shade ‘Lingered in Twilight’ which is my favourite of the ones I have, it’s a gorgeous blackened teal shade from their ‘The Hobbit’ themed collection which features art work by Robin Kaplan.

Have you found any great products for under £5 recently? Do let me know if you have! Have you tried any of these?