Benefit They’re Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit

15 Feb

Benefit They're Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit

Hi beauties! I started the year determined to control my makeup shopping, but I’ve already been giving in to temptation.

One of my latest purchases is the Benefit They’re Real! BIG Sexy Eye Kit. I picked up this kit because I was looking for every day neutrals and I wanted to check out the ShadowBlender tool.

What’s in the Kit

The eye kit contains three paired eyeshadow duos in matching light/dark shades with a formula designed to last 12 “budge-proof” hours. The shadows, which are softly pigmented, come in satin and matte finishes:

  • Beyond Nude: champagne (satin) and cappuccino (soft matte)
  • Naughty Neutral: soft pink (satin) and rosy brown (satin)
  • Bombshell Brown: taupe (soft matte) and sable brown (soft matte)

To apply the shadows, the kit also contains the ShadowBlender eyeshadow applicator. This blender, with a rounded sponge and a small handle, is unlike anything I’ve ever used before. Although it’s a little tricky at first, it works really quickly for a contoured look once you get the hang of it.

Using the ShadowBlender

To use the blender, you slide it across the eyeshadow pan then sweep it across the lid, starting in the inner corner. For an every day look, I positioned the applicator so that the lighter color went on the lid and the darker shade fit into the crease in one sweep!

You can also swipe the blender in different ways to get other looks. For example, for a more smoky look, apply the darker shade on the lid then blend in the lighter color into the center of the lid.

At $48 (CDN), this kit isn’t cheap. However, you do get six shadows and an on-the-go tool to apply them, so this Benefit eye kit is a keeper. 💕

If you want to try just one of the duos, you can get them separately now; you can also get a pack of the ShadowBlender applicators.

Red Lips for Valentine’s Day

7 Feb

Red Lips

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like red lips 💋, since red is the color of passion and love.

I searched my makeup “vault,” and found different shades of red that fit the bill whatever the mood.

NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick

For high impact, red lip color with blue undertones like Blood Love from the NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick collection is a definite standout. I took a look at the NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick late last year, and found the formula creamy and a comfortable wear.

Annabelle Twist Up Metallic

A lip crayon is an easy way to go for Valentine’s Day (great for applying in the dark!). This Annabelle retractable lip crayon with a metallic twist in Heartbreaker has an anti-drying formula and decent pigment.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

When it comes to a deep berry shade, nothing beats Urban Decay’s iconic Blackmail shade. I took a look at this Urban Decay Vice Lipstick last year and was blown away. This lipstick is highly pigmented with a formula that has a creamy texture.
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All-in-One Face & Eye Palette: bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready

4 Feb

Be Beautiful Ready Face and Eye Palette

The Be Beautiful Ready Face and Eye Palette is part of the bareMinerals’ Holiday 2016 collection. That may be the reason it’s on sale now in February at Sephora, which is why it caught my eye. ❤

This matte palette comes in a rose gold package with a magnetic closure. Inside, you’ll find a mirror, six eyeshadows, a setting powder, a blush, and two face colors (one is a bronzer). I’ve rarely seen an all-inclusive palette like this one with such pretty neutrals!

Since I needed a break from shimmery bright colours, the Be Beautiful Ready palette appealed to me. The formula for the shades is also soft and smooth, which is just about right for subtle neutrals.

The eyeshadows in the palette cover a good range of shades:

  • The top row includes an ivory highlight (Presence), light taupe (Graceful), and medium taupe (Exhale).
  • The bottom row includes a pinky beige highlight (Promise), mauve (Beautiful), and burgundy (Confident).

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