Benefit Cosmetics recently released tinted versions of what we all might recall as lip balms or lip butters. The shades released for these lip balms are all drawn from the existing lip & cheek tints in the Benefit family. They’re tenderly (not annoyingly) rose scented and come prettily packaged just like high-end lipsticks do. Many people are immense fans of sheer tint and balmy formulas that aren’t sticky, if you’re one of them, these are for you. I think I first saw Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup give a quick rave about these on YouTube over a month ago. The Benefit team just sent over the whole balm range and I’ve had a go at testing and trying them out.
“Benefit lip balms condition and hydrate lips with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate.” (rose scented) Php1000.00 from local Benefit Boutiques
These lipgloss sticks or lip balms feel quite luxurious on the lips, but I’ll have to be honest, for the sheerness I do feel it is slightly overpriced at Php1000.00. They’re great but…hmmm, I did expect more of a “Wow” factor swatching these and I sort of got the “wow” feel but not quite the visual “wow” I was hoping for. Maybe that’s just because my lips are quite strong in color and I don’t get the payoff I personally expect to see, someone with paler lips would maybe. I tried prepping my reddish lips with concealer to take photos but the buttery balm would mix with the concealer and the shade wouldn’t show up true on camera so I decided to skip lip photos and show these to you in swatches instead. They do smell nice though and feel awesome and comforting to put on. These balms in texture don’t feel cheap on the lips and are very hydrating, they remind me of the Korres lip butters but in stick form. The most pigmented shade of the lot and the one I like to go with is BeneBalm which is based on BeneTint’s rouge tint. It makes my lips look like I’ve pressed them together all the time.
The metallic lip balm packaging of these Benefit lip balms is well-made, all feel tightly assembled and not like they’re gonna come apart at one drop. Any shade would make a lovely present for a girlfriend. For evening occasions another possible use for these balms I just realized is when we’re wearing certain shades of lipstick our lips tend to feel dry later in the evening, topping up with one of these balms on top of the lipstick in the center of the lips (like Benebalm on red lipstick, chacha balm for peachy nude lipsticks e.g.) can add some comfort and moisture later in the evening when our lips are event-weary. All balms are available now from Benefit boutiques locally for Php1000.00. Follow @benefitbeautyph on Instagram for moreproduct and event updates for you Benebabes :).
Hi, yes I know a bit of a huge setback there huh, but yes I am still here. For those of you who haven’t been following my social media updates on the FB page and Instagram my father had his third hospital confinement since I arrived from New York in April. He was confined in April, in May overnight for something different, and this June for another stroke. While I was in New York he had already suffered from a handful of minor acute strokes and my mother was updating me via mobile while I was abroad. When I came back I found that my father had quite significantly changed from how I remember him before I left for New York City, he was kind of mentally grasping sometimes to complete statements he wanted to make, or he wanted to make a joke but would lose the thought and become sad, and my heart would melt with empathy. God has been faithful because Dad is still well enough to walk around and play golf with assistance, but sadly his memory has been somewhat affected. Right now he has a bunch of medications, follow-up checkups, and a restricted diet we all have to be hawks about since he has no caregiver so I’ve been having to adjust and I’ll admit I haven’t been 100% a saint about it half the time. I’ve been having to deal. Thank you for being understanding in this time of the blog being somewhat blank momentarily but please believe me when I say I really do not intend for it to stay this way for much longer, I want to be back AS IN BACK and with a bang. In fact, I wanted to share something today. While I was looking for some other older music by Regina Spektor I came upon one of her music videos, and while I might be the last person on the planet to see the art direction of her 2012 video release “How” (which is like a modern female rendition of Unchained Melody in my head lol) I was absolutely delighted by the art direction and how beautifully styled Regina was that it has inspired me to blog again and create future features for the blog despite the circumstances.
I like how porcelain skin was made the brief but done in a way that was somewhat vintage but not too dated. I like that the makeup is present, noticeable, but applied in a restrained manner so that it doesn’t clash with the quirky yet effective art direction.
There’s something muted yet simultaneously vibrant at the same time about this video. I love how they made her coral lips the key vibrance in the art direction. A current lipstick favorite right now in the blog community that people are raving about and that I’ve seen look similar online is Clinique’s Matte Mandarin from their new generation Long Last Soft Matte range (which isn’t a dead matte) lipstick and it is not yet available here on counters, I inquired at the Clinique Boutique (don’t you love how that rhymes) at SM Aura. MAC Lady Danger would probably be close but a little more intense orange-y red, but Clinique Matte Mandarin which I saw Ruth of AModelRecommends wear and apply over here on YouTube looks to be somewhat of a better softer match. Embedded below is Regina Spektor’s quirky yet wistful music video for her song “How”.
When I arrived at the Happy Skin Cosmetics summer launch yesterday high above the city at 71 Gramercy I could hardly believe that practically everything I saw there excited me to pieces.
Happy Skin makes this your happiest and hottest summer! The Happy Skin limited edition Turn Up The Heat Summer 2014 Collection features three (3) new sizzling shades of their bestselling lippie and two (2) new summer hues of blushes that deliver the same promise of a natural flush as their original blushes.
It’s pretty much like Happy Skin has expanded to become for us what Bourjois is for the UK beauty lovers, a solid, mid-range beauty range with products that delight as well as deliver. The news is that with the moisturizing lippies alone in terms of volume sales they are selling at a rate of 100 lippies a day! Happy Skin has launched their 2014 limited edition summer makeup collection which includes 3 lippie shades (that you can buy individually or as a better value box set) and 2 blush shades. Read more to see the rest of the post, Happy Skin’s local answer to Bioderma, and more new stuff now available in stores by the brand!
Perk up that summer selfie with Benefit Cosmetics’ two new “babes”, these makeup bits are as cute as ever! This summer step out with Benefit’s two new eye-catching products. First in line is their NEW Big Easy Oil-Free Liquid-to-Powder base (“Better Than BB”) with SPF35 to protect gorgeous you from harmful UV rays, and candy-crushin’ Lollitint their lilac/orchid color-of-the-year inspired (aren’t we hyphening lots today) lip and cheek tint. I’m going to use both these products together when I show you because it just makes a whole lot more sense that way :). This is a quickfire reaction and review!
BIG EASY SPF35, 35 mL / 1.18 US fl. oz. (Php2000.00)- BIGGER than BB! Why? Two reasons. First, big easy balances moisture & controls oil. Second, the cushiony liquid-to- powder formula melts in like a cream, yet finishes lightweight & velvety like a powder. This multi-balancing complexion perfector gives light-to-medium natural coverage to even out skintone and conceal imperfections. Non-comedogenic. Oil-free. (Available in 6 shades)
LOLLITINT12.5 mL / 0.42 US fl. oz. (Php1700)- Our candy-orchid tint treats lips & cheeks to a “pop” of dreamy sweetness. It’s the flirtiest flush you can get from a bottle…and its smudge-proof, smooch-proof color lasts from A.M. to P.M. Talk about stain power! (For a heavenly flush apply hervana orchid-blossom blush on top of lollitint.)
First thoughts on BIG Easy, it’s basically, generally Benefit’s version of BB Cream. The coverage is sheer to moderate and I’m pretty sure you can build it up, however it does tend to feel moderately heavy because of the higher level of sun protection. It smells mildly of standard sunscreen, the smell that the general, urban public have on them when they head out to shore, nothing offensive. The smell is clean and standard issue. I like the non-dewy, fresh finish of this, OOTDs in the sun will need less blot sheets on hand. Read more to get the full review, see application, and also check out Benefit Lollitint!
Lots of you liked this look yesterday, I was getting lots of likes for it on both Instagram and Facebook in both my personal and blog accounts. This was primarily shot to show the use of the lip and cheek product I featured but people kept giving me feedback on how they loved the look as a whole. It really is the most minimal sort of makeup I would ever wear usually on weekends or when with family (which is often), a “no makeup” makeup look if you will. Cue the acapella version of “True Colors”. I feel like I cast myself in a Dove ad ‘coz of this photo.
I put this look on the other day before heading out to visit my grandfather and since many of you liked it so much I’ve decided to share all five products I used to create it. It also just occurred to me that I didn’t need to use a makeup brush in general, I only did at the very end to do some buffing and retouching but I didn’t really need to. The look requires minimal effort and you can use your hands for every step except the brows and lashes.
1. BECCA Luminous Skin Colour Ultra Sheer Foundation in “Camel” SPF 25 (they were at Adora last I remember, hope they’re still there, my niece got me this in the US, any sheer base you have will do)
2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Ginger” user friendly because of the wand and its creamy consistency, sets to a matte finish, good enough for spots as well as under the eyes.
3. K-Palette Real Lasting EyebrowPen in “01″This is one of the closest local brow pens we have to match that phenomenal SUQQU Pen Lisa Eldridge always uses. It’s water and sweat resistant and doesn’t give the drawn-on brow effect, it gives a more natural look
4. L’Oreal Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara -This is the US mascara that does it all for me, volume, length, waterproofing, and superb curl hold. A good local one is L’Oreal Double Extension Curl Waterproof OR Majolica Majorca Edge Meister Waterproof.
It’s also the sort of look guys and people who know us best tend to appreciate, minimal, radiant, and fresh. For girls who have problematic skin just switch the sheer base for a foundation with more coverage. I like this look, I shall be doing this on myself more often this summer.