Long time no haul? Benefit Cosmetics

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I know, I know........... It's like I disappeared off the face of the earth, right?

I don't really have an excuse, I just haven't felt inspired to blog so much lately. I was pretty unimpressed by my page set-up and got caught up in a rut. Laziness and procrastination don't help either. On another note my personal life has felt like a roller-coaster at late, so many ups, downs - loopty loops.

Anyway, I am making a conscious effort to dedicate more time to blogging and therefore myself.

Call it a form of therapy..... for shopaholics.

Although I have slackened on my blogging, i definitely haven't slacked off on the hauling side of things (eeek). In fact with the overflow of collections this season I've been shopping more then ever, I really need a project 10 pan and fast. 

Benefit Cosmetics is one of those brands that I just levitate towards in the department store, the design of the counters are always so pretty, retro, girly and glam with all the pinky corals and chic accessories.

But, alas, I have always been pretty good and avoided any major purchases (the prices for benefit products in Australia is so hicked up your looking at around $50 for a boxed blush?). That is until I came across a discount code on Temptalia for 25% off all purchases over $50 with free international shipping.

.....................add to cart!

Example of a Benefit counter in department store..... products stored in cute little cookie jars??SOLD.

CORALista Boxed Blush - $28.00

CORALista is definitely a product that has a lot of people singing it's praises and I'm happy to report that I can see why. If you are looking for a perfect almost neutral natural coral blush with a tinge of shimmer that i guaranteed to work on ALL skin tones. THIS. IS IT.

Dandelion Boxed Blush - $28.00

At first swatch Dandelion is a bit of a meh? colour to me, although it photograph's beautifully in the pan once swatched it loses something.... I can't quite decide what it is. Applied to my very pale skin it works as a brightening blush with a hint of flushed pink. But be warned, if you are anything over fair-light it will probably only worked as a strange sort of highlighter.

If you are interested in purchasing a colour like this I suggest you check out a brand like NYX Cosmetics, they have a blush that is almost identical for less then 1/3 of the price.

Bella Bamba Boxed Blush - $28.00

This blush in particular has been pushing me to shop at Benefit since it's release. Not only has it been buzzed about in the beauty community (Temptalia giving an overall rating of A) for a while but i keep seeing it pop up in fashion/beauty magazines. 

Now I don't understand the whole claim of the "3D" appearance, but i can see how if applied correctly it really highlights and brings out the cheek bones. Making your face appear more defined.

I just love the bright watermelon tone and NARS Orgasm-esk golden shimmer. Beautiful on all skin tones. 

Swatches of the aforementioned blushers

Top to bottom:
CORALista, Dandelion and Bella Bamba
With flash.

Top to bottom:
CORALista, Dandelion and Bella Bamba
No flash.

Creaseless cream eyeshadow/liner in Skinny Jeans - $19.00

On the quest to find a perfect cream eyeshadow base (I am a massive MAC paint pot devotee but often find myself yurning for some different shades) I came across a video review from Michele1218 (YouTube) raving about this particular shade from Benefit. 

After adding and removing it from my cart about 4 times I thought sod it, I'm just going to give it a try.

I have to say that the colour is just amazing, unique and out of this world flattering. I also love the buildable qualities of the texture, you can easily apply a small wash or tint of colour or pack it on for a stronger pigmented look. 

The colour itself is a mixture of merky steel grey, pewter and taupe with a sheen that appears golden in the light. A great base for the many neutral toned looks i have been sporting at late. 

Oh and best of all, no creasing!

Swatch with flash

Swatch without flash

Free Sample - Benefit BadGal Lash Mascara

See my full review here.

What do you think of my new blog layout? Comment below.


  1. Woww great haul!! i really wanna try the blushes <3

  2. Nice haul! the dandelion blush is such a pretty color and I love the new lay out of the blog, pink background looks so cute :)

  3. I adore your blog layout, Pink is my favorite color ^_^

    These products look so amazing. I have been wanting to try Benefit for the longest time, cant believe that I dont own anything from them :/ Their blushes look so pretty in the box and on your hand :)

    Love Christine ♥

  4. That is an awesome haul. I loveeeeee Benefit.

    Your site is looking totally awesome. Love it.

  5. Those blushes look great! Glad you're back. :)

  6. I have the POREfessional but I dson't know, it doesn't seem to do much for my huge pores...

  7. Thanks for all the positive feedback gals x

    @GABY Yes! I have had a few issues with the Benefit POREfessional, hence i left it out of this haul/review.... It needs a whole post of its own.

  8. I love the coralista blush too! It's a really great color :) I've been all about benefit too - just got my first cream eyeshadow in RSVP recently - it's gorgeous! And now I have the BADgal mascara to try :)
    oh, and I think the boi-ing concealer is pretty great too!

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