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Too Faced Bronzers (Review)

Too Faced Bronzers (Review)

There’s something about Too Faced that draws me in every time I step into a Sephora–the super-girly packaging, the fan-favorite products, the on-trend colors… Too Faced always catches my eye. While it isn’t cheap, Too Faced is reasonably priced for high-end, high-quality makeup. My sister […]

Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi is one of the higher end makeup brands I’ve stumbled across. I noticed the pistachio-colored packaging appear in Target a few years ago, but I didn’t try anything until the last year. To be honest, this was mostly because of the price. Dropping $20 […]

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to the online makeup world. The brand has a large variety of products, but it seems like only a few are really hyped. There’s the iconic Hoola bronzer (which is iconic for a reason) and the classic Benetint. However, there are other products in the line that nobody seems to talk about, but that’s not to say they aren’t great.

The greatest unsung hero of all, in my opinion, is the Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anybody talk about it online, ever. But I have talked about it with a fellow makeup-lover, who concurred: Dallas is beyond beautiful.

I admit, I was totally sucked in by the Cowgirl on the packaging. As a Nevada native, I’m a sucker for anything Rodeo-esque. I bought this blush a while back, when I was first getting really into makeup. I fell in love with it immediately, and I’ve been using it all the time as of late. I love the dusty rose hue. It’s actually marketed as a blush/bronzer, which is very accurate. It gives my skin a natural rosy glow, like a real tan or flush. It’s ever so slightly shimmery, but only enough to make me look luminous (not glittery or highlighted).

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

This blush has a lovely scent. I don’t normally like perfumed products, but the smell of this one is quite nice. The blush formula itself seems to blend right into whatever makeup is underneath it, and I think the color would flatter many different skin tones. You can use it to warm up the complexion all over the face, or just on the cheeks. You can even wear it as eyeshadow (I wear blush/bronzer as eyeshadow all the time, especially when I’m in a rush). Benefit’s Dallas blush is great for any type of look: something soft and natural, something warm and bronzer, something bold and glam…. I just love it!

 

What are your favorite Benefit products? Do you have any favorite products that nobody seems to talk about? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram, and drop by again soon.

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Colourpop was initially known for a few things: affordable prices, a huge color selection, and a signature pillowy-soft pigment formula. While Colourpop still manufactures these cushy pigments, they have also transitioned into making traditional pressed powders. And man, are these powders good. I love Colourpop […]

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

I love bronzer, because it gives warmth and dimension to my fair skin. I wear bronzer most every day; it’s even more integral to my routine than blush. A matte bronzer can be used for all-over glow or contour and a bronzer with shimmer can […]

August Favorites

August Favorites

August was a busy month for me. I visited friends, drove across the country, and started back up at work and school. During such a busy time, I was happy to have favorite makeup products to start my mornings and favorite books to read before I went to sleep.

I’ve had the Tarte Clay Pot Liner in Black since winter, but I really got into using it this month. I found a fine tip Morphe Brush (from the 18 piece vegan brush set) that I like using with it. It is incredibly smooth and creamy, so I like using it to paint on winged eyeliner. However, I tried using it in my waterline (and that was way less successful).

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I was pleasantly surprised by the Maybelline Better Skin Powder. I received this foundation in a promotional package from Influenster, and it knocked my socks off. It’s been really humid in North Carolina, where I’m living. I have normal skin that leans a little toward the oily side, and combined with humidity I don’t really need any “dewy” foundations. The Maybelline Better Skin Powder is ultra-matte and has salicylic acid. It didn’t break my skin out at all (even on the sweatiest of days) and it didn’t break up on my face like a lot of other foundations. As the day went on, the matte finish wore off and my skin appeared dewy (but not oily). I loved how beautiful and natural the Maybelline Better Skin Powder looks. I like using it alone as a foundation, but if I want a super full-coverage look for a special occasion I have used it as a setting powder on top of my MAC Face + Body liquid foundation.

The Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer has been a staple for me this summer. It smells like summer in a compact, and it gives my face a natural-looking tan. It’s a drugstore product, but it feels luxurious. I use it almost every day. I like that the matte finish makes it appropriate for a soft contour, or for an all-over bronze.

Another bronzer I have been loving is the Chocolate Soleil by Too Faced. My mom gave me a sample size of the bronzer, and I fell in love with it. It is my favorite contouring product ever. I use it to define my cheekbones, but it still looks soft and natural. It would be too dark as an all-over bronzer on my fair skin, but I absolutely love the Chocolate Soleil.

I’ve been totally in love with the Nivea Creme moisturizer, which I wrote about in a blog post last week. It is my favorite moisturizer ever. I’ve used all kinds of body butters and lotions (drugstore, high end, you name it) and this one is my favorite. It feels thick and luxurious, and it has the perfect fresh scent. I like using it right before bedtime.

Reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robet Galbraith was the literary highlight of my month. I rushed to the library immediately to buy the sequel, The Silkworm. I reviewed The Cuckoo’s Calling earlier this month because I loved it so much. I’ve never fallen so hard for a detective novel. I appreciate a good mystery here and there, but Galbraith’s compelling characters and writing style made this novel exceptional. As an added bonus, the mystery is about a supermodel’s mysterious death, so the fashion industry (swoon) plays a huge role in the plot. The Silkworm is all about a writer, so it deals with the publishing industry (less glamorous but also exciting). The Silkworm is much grittier than The Cuckoo’s Calling, but Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling) does an excellent job of expanding and developing his already wonderful characters, and the sequel is just as engaging as the original.

 

Those are all of my August Favorites.  I hope you had a great month, and that you are looking forward to fall as much as I am!

The Pale Girl’s Guide to Bronzer

The Pale Girl’s Guide to Bronzer

Summer is in full swing, but late July and early August don’t bring natural tans for everybody. Or, if you’re like me, you are tanner than you were in April, but that’s not saying much. You could even be the type of person who has […]

Benefit’s Dallas Bronzer

Benefit’s Dallas Bronzer

Benefit’s Dallas bronzer/blush caught my eye because of the cowgirl on the package. A native Nevadan myself, the Western world of cowgirls, cowboys, boots, and horses appeals to me. It is a dusty rose blush, but I like to use it more like a bronzer. […]

Summer Makeup Must-Haves

Summer Makeup Must-Haves

With each passing day, winter is further behind us. The changing season requires a few changes to your makeup bag, like a darker shade of foundation for those of us who get tan. Summer makeup is all about a natural, radiant complexion. Here are my tips and tricks for re-vamping your makeup bag for summer.

  1. BB Cream/Tinted Moisturizer: Lazy days and summer heat call for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream (these two products are similar, whichever you prefer will work. I like the Neutrogena BB Cream and the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream). BB creams and tinted moisturizers lie somewhere between foundation and SPF: they are lightweight, they usually provide SPF, and they even your skin tone with light coverage. Add concealer, blush, and bronzer and you have a full summer face, or wear alone for a day at the beach. Either way, a BB cream or tinted moisturizer will feel fresh and lightweight in heat and humidity.
  2. Cream Blush: Instead of caking on powder, I like cream formulas in the summer months. Dab a little on your cheeks right on from the applicator with products like the Tarte Cheek Stains, blend with your fingers and you are good to go. A rosy glow is good for all seasons, and pinks and corals are great for a summer flush.
  3. Lip Gloss: ‘Tis the season for glossy lips. So back away from those matte plum lipsticks! Swipe on a gloss to amplify your natural lips for an easy summer kiss. I recommend priming your lips with chapstick before you gloss, though, to protect your lips from the sun. I love the Buxom lip polishes.
  4. Highlight: I advocate for highlighters all year round, because I always enjoy a nice glow. However, glowing skin is even more important for summer looks. Keeping with a cream formula like Benefit Watt’s Up! will maintain an extra dewy look, but a smooth powder formula like the Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer will be just as beautiful.
  5. Bronzer: Bronzers are so versatile: they can be used as an eyeshadow, to contour, or simply to warm up your complexion. Apply to your cheeks and your forehead, near the hairline, to add color to your face. I like Hoola by Benefit because it gives a flattering bronze without orange undertones.
  6. Mascara: An easy summer look isn’t complete without long lashes. For a natural and beautiful look, Benefit’s Roller Lash curls and lengthens, so your eyes will look wide open and your lashes will look long and dark.