Benefit Cosmetics Kit Power!

Happy New Year Makeup Junkies! Benefit Cosmetics is starting 2013 just right with these absolutely gorgeous kits exclusively available at Sephora! From sultry eyes to glowing skin, there’s definitely something for all your beauty needs.

Sun-Soaked Spring Look

The seasons have changed and we’ve got a special treat for you to ring in spring! Guest vlogger and fellow Benebabe Alexandrea Garza (a beauty artist in our Michigan store) shares her tips on how to achieve the perfect sun-soaked spring look. Take note & enjoy!

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“Spring is here! Whether you’re still watching the snow melt or dreaming of jet-setting somewhere for Spring Break, you’re probably looking for those few solid products that will make your skin glow. Think lounging by the pool or an evening walk on the beach. Here’s how to get this pretty coral & bronze look that’s perfect for welcoming spring:

Step 1: We want our skin to look naturally even and luminous, but we still need that protection from the harsh sun. That’s where big easy comes in! It’s SPF 35, medium coverage and a liquid-to-powder finish that’s lightweight & skin-safe!

 

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Step 2: Bronze baby bronze! Get out your hoola bronzer and contour your little heart out. Even if you’re not vacationing in a tropical paradise this month, just add a little bronzer and everyone will ask where you got your glowing tan!
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Step 3: Define those eyes! Don’t forget to line with some BADgal liner in black and load up on they’re real! mascara; I’m talking at least 3 coats!
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 Step 4: Let’s make those cheekbones pop! Pull out your favorite rose gold blush, rockatuer! Swipe this on the top of your cheekbones and across the bridge of your nose. Doing this will almost create a fresh-out-of-the-sun effect.
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Step 5: Put some bella bamba ultra plush lip gloss on that pout and you’re out the door!”
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xo—Alex Garza

Bath and Body Works Mad About You Body Lotion Review

The fragrance from Bath and Body Works “Mad About You” is fairly new, it just came out past February. Read ahead for more details.

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Product Description:

America’s #1 Body Lotion just got better! With 2x the moisture and 3x the Shea, our enhanced lotion contains more of what skin loves, leaving it feeling incredibly soft, smooth and nourished. Fortified with nutrient-rich ingredients like protective Vitamin E and fast absorbing Jojoba Oil, our ultra-nourishing formula delivers 16 hours of continuous moisture.  A love-struck pairing of soft peonies and black currant kissed with creamy vanilla musk.

 

Key Fragrance Notes:

Top Notes: Black Currant, Luscious Strawberry, Sparkling Cassis
Mid Notes: Ginger Lily, Bright Peony, Pink Jasmine
Dry Notes: Amber Wood, White Patchouli, Vanilla Musk

Our exclusive Mad About You fragrance captures the rush of falling truly, madly, deeply in love.  Our triple moisture body cream is the perfect deep, daily moisturizer.  Provides 16 hours of continuous moisture.  Infused with Shea butter and with your exclusive Daily Moisture Complex of protective Vitamin E, Aloe and conditioning Vitamin B5.  Non greasy formula absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and nourished.

Price:

$12.50

Ingredients:

Packaging:

Okay, I am a sucker for pretty and cute packaging and this also has won my heart. This lotion has such sweet and simple feminine packaging which I would have even bought without even sniffing it :P It’s a transparent bottle with a silver color cap which you press the top to dispense product. The lotion is itself a very light pink color, so the bottle looks like it is that color too. The packaging also has “Mad About You” written on very pretty looking flowers. I am really glad BBW has new style bottles, I really got bored with the old packaging.

My Experience with Bath and Body Works Mad About You Body Lotion:

Before I bought this product, I had tried samples of this, so I knew what I was getting into. I received some free samples from my friend who had received these sample bottles even before the product came out. Ever since I became a fan of this scent and just had to go out and buy it.

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Whenever I buy any type of lotion, the scent is always the main factor for me. The scent of this is just amazing! It is a smell which is hard to describe, something of various flowers and fruits and fruits – something sort of roses, jasmine, and berries. I just love how the scent lingers on my skin many hours later. I get so many compliments from my husband :D. I apply lotion all over my body after shower most mornings and when I return home around 6 or 7 o’clock I can still smell it all over me, though it is not as strong as it first smells, but it is still lightly there which is longer than usual lotions.

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The consistency of this lotion is fairly thick. It is definitely not runny and when applied it goes on thick. It feels a bit too thick when applying but my skin absorbs it quickly and after some time, the thick heavy feeling is gone. I have combination skin tone but it mostly depends on the season. My skin tends to be on the dry side in the winter since most of my time is spent in central heaters so my skin over dries. I have been trying out this product since this winter and it has kept my skin from drying up and instead I am left with soft and supple feeling skin. Even after 6 to 7 hours, my skin still looks and feels moisturized. I do not have to worry about re-application (except for my hands). It works exceptionally well for dry elbows, knees, and heels. For the price of this product, I think it is definitely worth it and even currently BBW is having a huge sale so all you ladies must take advantage.

Pros of Bath and Body Works Mad About You Body Lotion:

  • Smells very refreshing and fruity.
  • Provides perfect amount of moisture for skin.
  • Perfect for winter time use.
  • Moisture lasts a long time.
  • Lingering scent, stays on skin for hours.
  • Pretty packaging.

Cons of Bath and Body Works Mad About You Body Lotion:

  • Consistency can be a bit on the thick side.

IMBB Rating:

5/5

Would I Recommend Bath and Body Works Mad About You Body Lotion?

Yes, I recommend. When I compare this with my other BBW lotions, this one has given me much better results.

Would I Repurchase Bath and Body Works Mad About You Body Lotion?

Yes, I would repurchase this.

Sisley Paris Phyto Cernes Eclat Tinted Eye Concealer Review!

There are definitely advantages to having a dedicated under eye concealer; lighter texture, light reflecting properties, hydrating qualities etc.  I am partial to a liquid concealer (I love Nars, Jill Stuart, Origins in particular) but they are for my facial blemishes.  I was pleased to try this eye concealer from luxe brand, Sisley, which is especially made for the under eye area.

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They say: This tinted concealer instantly camouflages dark circles and shadows to perfection, reduces puffiness and signs of fatigue, visually smoothes out wrinkles and fine lines and beautifies the eye contour area. Day after day, it helps significantly minimize puffiness. The supple, melting formula guarantees easy application, a natural finish and long lasting hold.

 

Sisley Paris Phyto Cernes Eclat Tinted Eye Concealer comes in three shades (I chose 03, the darkest) and comes with a synthetic brush.  At a pricey £58, it certainly is expensive, but I found it to be a very very good under eye concealer which seemed to care for the eye area too (in the sense that my eye area can get dry and flaky throughout the day and I didn’t get that when using this product).

So in the box you get this long brush (not a mini one like you sometimes get) which is great for blending in the product or applying it on other areas or on the lid, if you like to wear concealer on the lid (I do).  Otherwise, I found this product blended in nicely with just my warm finger.

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The tube had another nice feature which is a silver ended applicator (it’s a squeezy tube which is like a lip balm). The applicator is very cooling and soothing, and it helps reduce puffiness.  It was very welcome when applying to my tired, hot eyes.  It can also be used to massage a little, a bit like my beloved La Mer eye cream which comes with a metal ball applicator (I kept it, but never could bring myself to rebuy the eye cream).

I wondered if 03 would be the right shade for me – concealer that is too dark under the eyes looks pretty bad, but this worked really well without looking too garish or racoon like, as under eye concealers can.  It has a yellow-peach edge to it which covers my dark circles perfectly well and brightened up the whole area without looking too much.

It has a nice texture that is not as light as say, touché éclat, but isn’t as thick as a cream concealer or say, NARS liquid concealer.  It’s just right – thick enough to cover but thin enough to sink into the skin and not look heavy around the eyes.

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You can see the difference here (concealer applied on the left side – you literally only need 2 – 3 dots under the eye). I like how natural the finish is – brightening without being too obvious.

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If there was any criticism, it would be the price and that it can settle into deeper under eye lines towards the end of the day.  I don’t know any concealer that doesn’t.

This eye concealer costs £58 from various websites such as Spacenk – sometimes there are offers on for 10% off on websites like John Lewis. It’s expensive but it is really very good and I believe it would last at least 1 year with regular use.  I certainly don’t like all the liquid under eye concealers I use – they either don’t cover enough, or are too heavy, or the shade is way too pale – so I think this is a very good product because it doesn’t have any of the above problems.

 

KINACTIF NUTRI 3

WITH ARGAN OIL AND KERATIN PROTEINS, REGENERATES THE HAIR FIBRE FROM THE SUMMER EFECTS. 

KINACTIF Nutri 3 treatments enriched with Argan Oil and Keratin Proteins is the strongest and the best ally of KIN Cosmetics Nutrition family for all hair types.

Formulated with AIS Technology, a revolutionary system of encapsulated active ingredients, this treatment nourishes the hair fibre and promotes cell renewal intensely repairing the hair giving it maximum smoothness, brightness and comfort.

SHAMPOO
Intense nourishing treatment that gently washes very dry and damaged hair. Nourishes and repairs hair fibres, strengthening their internal structure.
250 ml. / 1000 ml.

INJECTOR – EXCLUSIVELY TO USE IN HAIRDRESSING SALONS
Concentrated treatment that restructures, hydrates and deeply repairs dry and damaged hair.
24 x 18ml.

RECONSTRUCTOR
Ultrafast reconstructing treatment that strengthens and regenerates the hair’s internal structure, repairing and smoothing hair fibres.
150 ml.

EXTRACT
Thermo-repair treatment that protects hair from blow-drying and straightening. Nourishes and repairs hair fibres, working directly on the areas where it is most needed.
150 ml.