An Easy (Affordable) Everyday Makeup Look

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Some of the Youtube-phobes amongst you might actually like this video; it’s really short and I don’t speak! I’m planning on doing a few more music-only videos, mostly because it’s a relief not to have to sit there listening to the sound of my own voice for hours on end as I edit. I’m not sure that they’re as effective, really, when it comes to showing how the makeup is applied, but…a change is as good as a rest and all that jazz.

This video is an “affordable everyday makeup look”. I was trying out bits and bobs, researching for my Makeup Starter Kit video which will be out in the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, two of the staple products featured no longer exist. They are both from Avon – an eight colour neutrals palette and the Earthen Rose blush that I have been harping on about for years. It’s just a brilliant matte bronzer or contour for very fair skin and I’m incredibly sad that they’ve stopped making it. Especially as I spent about six hours filming and editing a video with it in! Fear not, though, for I have tracked down the eyeshadow palette on Amazon here, and if you want an alternative to the Earthen Rose then I’d go for the Honey Bronze bronzer from The Body Shop (here) – I use shade 2, but if you’re really fair then shade 1 will do the trick.

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L’Occitane Almond Collection

L'Occitane Almond

L’Occitane Almond

The L’Occitane Almond Collection is one of my favourites – it’s ultra nourishing and so prettily scented. Almond Oil Shower Gel has so many awards I’m surprised it hasn’t found an agent and left for Las Vegas. So, a little upcoming news for the range – line extensions aren’t usually that noteworthy but one of the new items is Lighter Legs (£20) which I’m certainly interested in.

I once got very, very told off by a PR for making fun of a ‘heavy legs’ gel they had in their range – I’d never heard of heavy legs so I really didn’t understand but ever since then, I’ve made sure I’m more educated about it because tired and aching legs really aren’t funny. If you’re in the first flush of youth then tired and achy legs probably won’t have happened at all, but as you get along in life all sorts of aches and pains pop up that you hadn’t factored in. In France, ‘heavy legs’ is much more of a thing than it is here which isn’t to say that we don’t get achy and fatigued limbs, but more that we don’t really factor in treating them with non medical products. While L’Occitane Almond Collection Lighter Legs isn’t a medical treatment, the inclusion of menthol and peppermint essential oil certainly will refresh the sensation (although, of course, not deal with the cause) of tiredness in feet and legs. In fact, having used this kind of product (and my dad, who at 78 goes skipping off to Egypt every five minutes swears by them) it’s just a lovely, hot weather fatigue kind of relief. And if your limbs feel fresher, they also feel lighter.

I’m expecting L’Occitane Almond Collection Lighter Legs to get as many awards as Almond Oil Shower Gel when it launches in May. And if you’re wondering why the ballet book in the picture, it’s because the new products have been put to the test by members of the Royal Ballet – their top picks are going to appear as a collection, also in May. It’s tu-tu exciting!

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Get #LuckyBoost!

So, St. Patrick’s Day is on a Monday this year—thanks, world. But, let’s be honest, who’s going to let a little weeknight get in the way!? We say: get your jig on, girlfriend!

Then, on Tuesday morning—when the luck o’ the Irish runs out & you’re stumbling to work—we’ve got something extra special for Benebabes in Boston, Chicago & San Francisco. Because we love you. And you’re gonna need all the gorgeous you can get. 🙂


#LuckyBoost Survival Kit

WHO: Benefit Cosmetics, TaskRabbit & a handful of survival sponsors

WHAT: Care packages filled with recovery goodies, hand-delivered by TaskRabbit, including FREE full-size Benefit product, dry shampoo, the miracle hangover cure, Blowfish + more!

WHERE: Within 5 square miles of San Francisco, Chicago & Boston proper

WHEN: Tuesday, March 18 9 a.m.-12 p.m. local time

WHY: Because, trust us, you’re going to need it.


  1. Follow & Tweet @BenefitBeauty with #LuckyBoost, and tell us why you deserve to be rescued in 140 characters or less.
  2. Fill out the form we direct you to—be sure to include your full address & Twitter handle!
  3. Put your sunglasses on & cross your fingers—we’ll Tweet you if/when we’re on our way.
  4. Oh! And read the Terms & Conditions here.

Here’s a peek of what’s inside:


Benefit Cosmetics goodies: minis of they’re real! mascara, fakeup, POREfessional & a full-size ooh la lift (you’ll walk into the office looking like you got a full 12 hours of sleep, TRUST)

$20 TaskRabbit: to use on everything from house cleaning to furniture assembly to your afternoon burrito delivery, whatever

Blowfish hangover cure: you’ll thank us later, this stuff is seriously a life-saver

Lara Bar: just in case you’re not ready for that breakfast burrito… yet

Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo: because hot mess hair at work is frowned upon

Skyn Iceland eye relief pen: to help with puffiness. why is everything so bright!?

Suja Juice voucher: which you’ll start tomorrow, obvs

Zico coconut water & Voss water: because hydration

We hope you enjoy this care package filled with everything you’ll need to survive last night’s shenanigans. We got you, girl.

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Ask an Aesthie: Auriana

It’s been a while, Benebabes, & we sincerely apologize! We’ve been so wrapped up in Under the Gunn, big easy, LeSportsac… the list goes on!

But we’re back in action with our Ask an Aesthie! In case you need a refresh, so far we’ve sat down with Amanda, Rosheen & Dalia. This month, we’re featuring Auriana—Auri if she’s feelin’ flirty (wink, wink)—from our Chestnut St. boutique here in the lovely San Francisco. Below she spills about her favorite brow tips, how to combat dry skin & much more!


What inspires your daily makeup look? 

Music and current trends, as well as always looking fresh, presentable and professional.

What is your favorite gloomy day trend? 

Deep wine colors for lips, cheeks, eyes & nails.

What’s your most favorite & newest product from Benefit? 

Agent zero shine! Everyone can benefit from it and it’s a perfect top layer.

What’s the number one question (or complaint!) you get from customers during the dry, cold months?

How to combat & soothe dry skin! I always suggest using total moisture and ultra radiance facial re-hydrating mist to de-stress the skin.

How do you recommend achieving the perfect Benefit brow? 

First, start by visiting your local Benefit Brow Bar & your favorite aesthie for monthly upkeep—it’s an absolute must. Second, I definitely recommend brow mapping. Once you see how brows can perfectly frame your face, you’re sure to always keep them in check.

Do you mix tints together? Which ones? Tell us your secrets!

YES! Chachatint and posietint for a hot vibrant pink. If you’re feeling frisky, throw on some hydra-smooth lip color in dare me with bella bamba ultra-plush gloss for the perfect hot red lip!

Which box o’ powder do you recommend going into spring? 

Coralista for a perfect tropical flush!

Tell us a hobby outside of makeup.

Music! I love going to live shows and keeping up-to-date with the latest music.

What’s your skin care regimen? 

Morning and night I cleanse my skin with our foamingly clean facial wash, then saturate a cotton round with moisture prep toning lotion for extra balance on my skin. I finish with total moisture and, of course, fight those dark circles with it’s potent! eye cream.

Last, but not least—What makes you want to be a beauty artist & why Benefit?

I like to call it a beauty therapist. I chose this industry and Benefit because I love making people feel good about themselves. At Benefit, laughter is the best cosmetic & looking good is the best revenge. Can’t go wrong with that!

Have more questions for our aethies? Ask away in the comments below! Until next time. xo

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Under the Gunn: California Dreamin’

Did you catch last night’s Project Runway: Under the Gunn? We’re in week 8 and it’s only getting better & better.

During this week’s episode, the designers were challenged to create a “California Look” made up of not only fabric, but other tangible items you would find at a beach party—think sunglasses, tablecloths, umbrellas, etc. Where are our beach party people!? Hands up! With summer fast approaching, minimal makeup is on our mind. The beauty look for this week is so effortless & flawless, we can’t wait to try it! And hey, who needs a beach party when you look this good?



Go Home or Go Big Easy

First, start with a great base. Right now we’re obsessing over our new multi-balancing, bigger than BB, big easy cream as a foundation—it even has SPF—win! If you’re looking for even more coverage, sweep hello flawless powder for the ultimate flawless finish.


Higher Than High Brow

High brow is definitely one of our favorite products. Bring the pencil right under your eyebrow, then draw a smooth, thin line and blend—its light pink hue will create an instant eye lift! Another amazing way to use high brow is to apply the pencil to the inner corner of your eye. It opens up your eye & adds a bit of sparkle, making it appear like you’ve had a full 12 hours sleep (wink wink).


Fake It ‘Till You Make It

The last step for this look is contouring. We’re going to go out on a limb here, but this is definitely the most important piece of this look. Everyone is in the same boat coming fresh out of winter, so grab that hoola and get to work! Suck in those cheekbones and apply starting at the apple of your cheek to the top of your cheekbone. Violá & helllooo summer time!


Be sure to tune in Thursday @ 9/8c on Lifetime for new episodes of Project Runway: Under the Gunn. Catch you next week on the runway, gorgeous!

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