Inside my make-up drawer: Benefit How To Look The Best At Everything in Light

Inside my make-up drawer

**Disclaimer – I’ve purchased these products for myself. All opinions are my own and 100% bluntly honest**

I know I’ve promised to continue with my product reviews for a couple of months and I’ve finally found the time to get around to it! I’ve fully moved back home and the unpacking is nearly all complete. The past fortnight has been pretty busy as I’ve had to integrate two bedrooms into one, pack for and attend the Isle of Wight Festival (amazing!) and completed another week of primary school placement. The next few weeks before I start my summer job are going to be spent revising for and sitting my skills tests, catching up with friends and family, and I fully intend to blog more frequently!

Benefit How to Look the Best at Everything

Benefit How To Look The Best At Everything in Light £25.50 – Flawless Complexion Makeup Kit

Benefit says: ‘We wrote the book on complexion perfection! Our custom perfectors give you a luminous complexion by blending away imperfections and minimising the appearance of pores. You’ll be the first to finish flawless.’

I bought this set back in January and I loved it immediately. At the time I wanted to try Benefit’s Boi-ing, which is £17.50 on its own, and I was intrigued by their primer. This kit seemed like the ideal buy as it contained two shades of Boi-ing, a primer, and both liquid and powder foundations, for an additional £7 instead of one concealer. It’s a handy size for travel and comes with a mirror in the lid, hidden behind the ‘Tips and Tricks’ information. For a make-up novice like myself, this was incredibly useful as I got use to the products. The packaging is really cute – the picture above shows the front of the box containing the products and the back of the packaging for the box. It might seem a tad excessive and wasteful but it stops them being sampled in store and looks adorable. I’m not going to lie, the fact that it looked like a book appealed to my bookworm nature and it isn’t too big for overnight trips etc as you don’t to lug around other products. I’m going to do a mini review for each of the products which feature in the kit and link each one to its full size version on the Benefit website.

Benefit How to Look the Best at Everything

Benefit How to Look the Best at Everything

The POREfessional PRO balm (Primer) – This retails at £24.50 in full size (22ml). The mini size featured in this kit is 7.5ml. I imagine you would still get a substantial amount of use out of this size given how little product you need to get full coverage. The website claims its translucent, but when you squeeze it out onto your fingertips or back of the hand to apply, it looks like tinted moisturiser. As it’s a small tube, I found it difficult to gauge the correct amount needed for full coverage. I did like this product and it did minimise the appearance of pores in my face. I would either wear this on its own if my skin was behaving itself, or underneath one of the foundations.

  • Coverage: 4/5
  • Application life: 4/5
  • Ease of application: 3/5

Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW! Ivory “I’m pure 4 sure” (liquid foundation) – The 30ml bottle retails at £26.50. The mini size is 7ml and like the POREfessional it would last long enough to justify the set as you don’t need a great deal to get decent coverage. It matches my pale skin tone nicely and the pump applicator makes it easier to get the right amount each time. I haven’t used this as much as other products in the kit, as I have been using my MAC foundation or the foundation powder in the set. However, this product is lovely with a primer underneath. Without the primer my skin felt dry, even if I moisturised etc beforehand. As I said, the coverage was good and it seemed to last all day.

  • Coverage: 5/5
  • Application life: 4/5
  • Ease of application: 5/5

Boi-ing 01 and 02 (concealer) – By far the best thing in the kit. They are half the size of the individual products. I have used 01 fairly regularly and I’ve barely made a dent in pot. 01 is light and 02 is light/medium. I did try using them together as described in the ‘Tips and Tricks’ but I didn’t feel the need to wear it like that all the time, only if I was starting to look haggled from stress (funnily enough it was used fairly often from the end of March through to the middle of May). I loved this concealer. Benefit describes it as ‘industrial-strength’ and at first I was a bit hesitant with it, as I had several bad experiences with Erase Paste back in high school. This product, however, is amazing. I use an eyeshadow brush to apply it (I try to avoid using my fingers) and it covers/blends beautifully. It’s subtle and does the job. I always recommend this product to my friends as it is worth the price, it will last ages! I will definitely repurchase Boi-ing 01.

  • Coverage: 5/5
  • Application life: 5/5
  • Ease of application: 5/5

“Hello Flawless!”Ivory “I love me” (foundation powder) – This is my second favourite product in the kit. It comes with a short brush which I think I used twice at most. Instead I use my own powder brush, which is slightly narrower and has a longer handle, as I find it easier to get an even coverage with it. As with the liquid foundation, I prefer to use a primer first and then apply the powder, purely because it then lasts all day. I’ve used it just about every day since I bought it and decided to buy the full-sized product (7g, £25.50) to replace the 4g product in the kit which I have nearly finished. The powder blends nicely into my skin and does not develop an orange tinge or make-up line, as some products can. I know part of that is down to application, but still it’s a positive thing to note.

  • Coverage: 5/5
  • Application life: 5/5
  • Ease of application: 5/5

So the overall verdict? It’s an excellent product for people who are either new to make-up or new to Benefit. It’s particularly useful if you travel as it is a handy size to pack (although getting it fit into your make-up bag is practically impossible) and contains the main essentials for daily wear. However, I did not like wearing all the products together. It might simply be that as I have never worn a great deal of make-up, particularly after one disastrous incident in high school of being plastered in make-up by a friend, that I’m super conscious of heavy make-up. That was how I felt when I wore the primer, liquid foundation, combined the concealers and sealed it with the powder. Regardless, I would still highly recommend this product as it has made me realise that I prefer powder foundations with a light primer underneath, or simply just the primer, as my skin fortunately does not need a great deal of covering. As I mentioned the concealer is the best product in the kit, although I only really used it for blemishes rather than under my eyes. It’s given me confidence in applying and wearing complexion make-up and whilst I was initially hesitant at the price, it was definitely worth the money. I know that I could have purchased a primer, concealer and foundation for under £25.50, but given the quality of the products and their application life, I’d say it was money well spent.

  • Practicality: 4/5
  • Value for money: 5/5
  • Overall: 5/5
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LUSH The Kiss

**Disclaimer – I’ve purchased these products for myself. All opinions are my own and 100% bluntly honest**

LUSH The Kiss 8g/£5.75

LUSH says: ‘A delightful, whipped up gloss made from luxurious and protective butters including Fair Trade shea and cupuaçu. This preservative free tinted lip gloss gives a touch of colour to the lips. It’s so easy to apply you won’t even need a mirror!’

I thought I’d do a Valentine’s themed review this week. I bought this product a couple of weeks ago and I love the slight colour it gives my lips. It’s not as sticky as I’ve found generic lip glosses – yes there’s a small initial stickiness, but that quickly disappears, leaving a slight shimmer on my lips. I was a little apprehensive about this product because I have used one of their lip tints, which was the most useless product going (see I can be harsh on LUSH when necessary, that review hasn’t gone up because it was a Christmas product and I ran out of time to post it). This on the other hand, is easy to apply, smells delicious (like raspberry milkshake) and the finish is delightfully subtle.

However, I am currently unable to use my product because the lid has jammed on the pot! I was distraught during lecture when it refused to open, despite the efforts of myself and three others. I’m going to take it into town during the week and see if anyone in the store can open it. Instead I’m back to Lip Service which is my go-to lip balm at the moment. It’s in the pile of stuff to be reviewed over the coming months but frankly life is hectic. Anyway, I think it makes an ideal little gift as it is dinky enough to fit in any bag and it nourishes your lips – making them soft and shimmery (not shiny) – perfect for kisses!

  • Coverage: 5/5
  • Application life: 3/5
  • Product life: 5/5
  • Value for money: 4/5
  • Overall: 4/5

OOTD: Spots of glam

On Saturday Mum and I went into town for a bit of shopping and to see Fenwick window (a true Geordie tradition). We were incredibly lucky in the Primark sale and today’s outfit post shows one of my favourite items that I purchased. I know it’s been a while since my last outfit related post, but frankly I lack a decent mirror here to take the shots so expect lots more when I go back to Liverpool. This also shows off my new hair cut, I’m having to style it slightly differently, but it is growing on me!

Top: Primark, jeans: New Look, boots: Canterbury Sheepskin

You’ll have to excuse my shoddy editing of this post, my dad is updating my laptop so I’m posting from my tablet app and I’m struggling with the techno details. I personally never thought I’d be wearing this style of outfit as it has never suited my shape in the past but I absolutely love it. I felt rather 1950s glam but it was comfy and casual enough to go out shopping with Mum and Grandma. Primark describe this top as ‘Peter Pan’ which I guess is fairly accurate. The material is soft and it’s half way between a crop top and a normal top length, making it idea for tucking into high-waisted jeans or a pencil skirt. I could also dress it up with the right kind of smart trousers.

I originally wore it untucked, because I rarely suit tops tucked in, but I tried it when I was out and much preferred the look. My high-waisted skinny jeans definitely made it worthwhile. They are by far the best jeans I have ever owned as they hug my body comfortably and don’t need a belt. The button detail just added to the overall effect. Once I get back to Liverpool I’m looking for another similar pair to use my voucher on. Every girl needs a favourite pair of jeans and these are mine. I dressed the outfit down with my sheepskin boots that I purchased four years ago in Australia. They are so comfy and seeing as the rain held off, I thought they’d be ideal for a casual shopping trip. Since it’s still fairly nippy, I wore my Warehouse fake fur jacket and giraffe knit hat. I was incredibly toasty!

And now a close up of my hair and make up taken this morning before I left the house. Again, a lack of a decent mirror means my phone is the prominent feature in the photo, but you can still make it all out. I really like my hair, although it feels weird without my ‘sideburns’. I’m looking to try a few different products on it over the next month as it’s curly nicely naturally, but I’d like a bit more volume to it. Any suggestions? I used my Simple moisturiser, followed by Benefit mascara and pinky-red Fearne lip crayon. I wanted to keep it simple because it was more to complement the outfit. My skin has thankfully calmed back down, as it should have given the amount of moisturiser I was giving it!

I did promise myself that I would try a bit more nail art and my aunt gave me a Konad stamping kit for Christmas. I decided to try the spot stamp that I already owned on all but my ring finger. As you can see I need a fair amount of practice, but now that I’ve tidied it up, I quite like them. The pink is Ciate Kinckerbockerglory, which was behind one of the windows in my Ciate Advent Calendar. It’s quite a deep raspberry and goes very well with the Fearne lip crayon. I decided on white to match the white spots in my Primark top and although the spot stamper didn’t quite run with my nail shape, I’m sure it eventually will once I’ve had a bit more practice. The Konad kit was very easy to use, much better than my first knock-off set. I particularly like the white flower on my ring fingers. It provides a nice contrast, but still looks delicate and feminine. Any advice on how to improve my stamping would be greatly appreciated!

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And finally here’s what I purchased on our shopping trip. I’ve been eyeing up Benefit’s Boi-ing for a while and thought this kit would be the best way to sample a couple of their items at a more reasonable price. I also purchased a new eyeliner and body sprayto try out. Naturally I will write up my review on everything in due time.