HAVE you ever really wanted to like something, but no matter how much you try, you just can’t seem to fall for it?
Like that colleague at work that everybody else thinks is hilarious but you want to punch in the throat repeatedly until you are quite sure he is dead? You know that guy, right?
For me, it’s the Benefit Cosmetics brand. I just can’t get along with it. And I’m GRIEF STRICKEN about it.
I so want to love it, I really do. Everyone raves about it and the stuff comes in lovely little nifty packages and all, but at this stage, I’m just going to have to give up.
I haven’t tried the whole range, of course, but the things I did try, I just couldn’t get along with.
For example, I recently won a competition and got three Benefit products to try – a Stay Flawless primer, their Lollitint lip colour and their new Gimme Brow eyebrow stuff. Out of the three, only the eyebrow stuff was any good. That was nice enough, deffo filled in the brows without leaving you with Scouse brow.
But the primer was the worst make up product I’ve ever tried in my very long life. It was like rubbing Pritt Stick all over your face. A horrible glue-y sticky stuff that made ALL the other products stick to it in big clumps. Big brown patches of bronzer, big pink cheeks, there was no blending with this stuff. It was awful.
The Lollitint was a lovely colour but when I put it on my cheeks, three lines as directed on the packaging, it INSTANTLY set on my face before I could rub it in, leaving me with three visible lines on each cheek, like war paint. When I used it on my lips, it stung really badly.
I’ve also used a concealer and a highlighter over the years which simply didn’t live up to the hype.
Which brings me to my most recent – and sadly last – Benefit product. Their cult They’re Real mascara.
This stuff is supposed to be the business, makes you look like you’re wearing false lashes, volume, length, curl, the works. So good that people won’t believe they’re your own lashes, so they won’t.
So I rocked up to Boots, shelled over the €26, got home, put it on, looked at myself in the mirror and thought.
Ah lads, it’s just a mascara. I’ve had similar effects from other mascaras I’ve used, better actually, at a fraction of the cost. I found the texture very messy and wet, it clumped on my lashes and clogged them all together, it went all over my eye lid and under my eyes. In short, a disaster. I had to do a major clean up job with a cotton bud before I could leave the house.
I’m lucky in that I have naturally dark eyelashes and they’re long enough, so I knew that the transformation wouldn’t be as dramatic for me as it might be fore another person who has fair or short eye lashes, but I expected something more. It’s not so much that the mascara isn’t good or doesn’t work – it does, my eyelashes were defined – it’s just that I didn’t think it was deserving of its cult status as the Best Mascara in the Universe Ever. I didn’t see what was so different about it.
I will say though that the one claim that it did live up to was that it didn’t budge at all, all day. So that was good. But unfortunately I don’t think that one positive is worth the hefty price tag.
So with a heavy heart I say, Benefit, it’s good night from me.
IT WAS my sister’s birthday this week so I headed into Boots to pick her up a present. Of course, I bought her a voucher in 16 seconds flat and then spent the rest of the time browsing for myself.
*sings* Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters. Hey, it was three for two, what was I supposed to do?
Anyway, I picked up three things that I had been lusting after since reading about them on the real beauty blogs, so in my defence some bigger girls told me to do it.
First up is the Seventeen Cheek Stamp in ‘Bashful’ a gorgeous little blusher compact, kinda like an ink stamper, that comes with a dinky mirror in the lid which I had read about on Beaut.ie and Nurse Fancy Pants.
You stamp the blusher on to the apples of your cheeks and then blend with your fingertips. Bashful is a kind of a dusky rose pink with a subtle shimmer and it’s really beautiful on. I only put on a single light stamp and then blended it and it was just enough for a daytime flush. This is absolutely buildable for night time wear or if you wanted to make a feature out of your cheekbones.
Next we have Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Rockin’ Curves mascara (Kerrriiiiist, the names they put on these yokes) which I had seen on So Sue Me.
The thing about this mascara is the wand as it’s twisted to catch the tiny inner lashes as well as the longer outer ones. I was a bit confused though, not sure which way to hold it – the scoopy part facing up or facing down? Anyway, I gave both ways a go, but I probably should have watched a tutorial or summat.
The mascara itself is a pretty dry formulation so it doesn’t clump at all and my lashes felt nice and feathery soft afterwards. It coated all my lashes and gave nice volume but it was quite subtle. I needed two coats to really look like I was wearing mascara. It’s nice ‘n’ all, but were my eyes scandalous? Hmmm, not really.
Finally then I picked up the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in ‘Frambourjoise’ a gorgeous red that just lovely and vibrant and I adore it. I had seen it over on Lovely Girlie Bits and knew I had to have it.
This goes on liquid like a lipgloss, but instantly turns to a matte lipstick on your lips. It’s so lovely and soft and velvety, it feels GORGEOUS on your lips. It sets pretty firmly and would certainly last for work or going for a drink. However, when I was testing it I put it on just before a big meal and by the end of the meal all trace of the lipstick was gone. Now, that could just be because I’m a horse and a sloppy eater, so don’t let that put you off.
Overall I’m pretty pleased with my purchases. Have you tried any of the above, or have I enticed you to try?
** Note: In all of these pictures, yes, I’m wearing a towel on my head, I had just washed my hair!
I’M mad late to the party on this one, like that permanently late friend we all have who turns up days late to everything huffing about the traffic.
But anyway I’m here now (that M50, bane of my life) so let’s talk about the Cleanse Off Mitt – the cloth that claims to remove all make-up with just water.
I’d heard about this but was skeptical about the claims – make up needs something to remove it, I thought, water just won’t cut it.
Well, does anyone have a hat I could eat, because I was wrong.
I gave it a go last night with a full face of make-up, saturating the soft blue microfiber cloth in warm water as per the instructions and then wiping it over my face.
The cloth immediately became dirty with foundation removing every scrap. I rinsed it between sections of my face and more and more make-up came off.
I then wiped it gently over my eyes and piles of eye-shadow and mascara came off.
Determined to experiment fully, when I was finished cleaning my face I lashed a splash of Micellar water onto a couple of cotton pads and wiped them over my face, looking for any last vestiges of make-up or mascara. I was sure there’d be some, so unconvinced was I that the mitt would work. The cotton pads were clean, there was no make-up left on my face. The mitt had removed everything as you can see from these pictures.
Colour me impressed!
I’m wondering long term though if my skin would miss the nourishing that a cleanser brings – my usual cleanser has lovely cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil which leave the skin super soft and radiant which I’m very reluctant to give up. Over time I’m wondering if the mitt would be a bit drying.
But that remains to be seen, I suppose. For now I’ll certainly use it as part of my routine, probably in the mornings to freshen up and clean my skin after my night’s sleep. And for those lazy days where I can’t be arsed faffing about with cleanser and cotton wool, this mitt will be top of my list. I know one thing anyway, I’ll never use a facewipe again!
Available online from Beauty Emporium, the mitt is currently priced at €3.50.
**Product provided for review purposes.