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

The Lipstick Color That Looks Like Pure Joy

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Certain beauty products — think NARS blush in Orgasm, Clinique’s Black Honey lipstick — are so good, they’re practically famous. And, while we do love so many of those well-known, well-loved products with a loyal following, we’ve been wondering why others have been quietly flying under the radar. With that in mind, meet our new beauty series, Cult Classics, in which we’ll introduce you to the products you really, truly should know about (and try, like, right now). They’re not brand new, but trust us: They’ve got staying power. 

Every spring, we ritualistically ditch all the dark, moody hues in our lipstick drawers (and cabinets and shelves) in order to make room for more vibrant, warm-weather-appropriate colors. It’s the beauty equivalent of molting and leaves us feeling rejuvenated and ready for outdoor adventures. But, no matter how many bright colors we line up, there’s only one we really need to attain unbridled joy: Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Lovemarc lipstick in Shout.

Despite its name, this color is definitely not as loud as a shout. It’s more like a song or like a single note sung into the spring air. It’s the kind of hue that just feels good to look at. It practically glows with prettiness. It’s vibrant without crossing the line into neon and has hints of coral to give it a melon-like vibe.

It also goes on like a dream with a semi-matte finish that looks almost like the natural texture of our lips. Though lip gloss tends to be more popular in the warmer months, there’s just something about matte lipstick that we want all year round. Combined with dewy skin and a ton of mascara, we think this is as close to perfect as a spring lipstick can get.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel in Shout, $30, available at Sephora.

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. 🙂

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#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.

HOW:

  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:

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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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The Best of NYFW!

Rodarte created these luxe rose-gold lips for their runway show. It certainly shows the versatility of a rose-coored lip. It works well on the majority of skin tones, and is safe for everyday. A little bit of glitter gives it such a luxurious touch! Transform this look into something wearable for a night out using our Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose and finishing with a layer of the Studio Glitter Gloss in Golden Glitz over the entire lip.

One of the big questions that beauty fans were anxious to answer concerned the dwindling trend in nail art. Is it truly on its way out? Nail art of previous seasons was replaced by natural, nude nails at Kate Spade and DVF. A bit of a surprise, but it seems that sleek, neutral nails will be the way to go this fall. Get this look yourself by filing your nails into a round, feminine shape and coating with our Essential 3 in 1 Base, Top & Strengthener, followed by two coats of our Essential Nail Polish in Nude.

Unexpected colors on the eye were pretty consistent during NYFW. Metallic emerald eyes at the Richard Chai show were a lovely, eye-popping change. This look is beautiful for both night and day. To start, use our Essential Eyelid Primer on lids and follow with the Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Mystic Moss. For evening, amp up this look using the Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick in Black/Smoke. Line the lower lash line with the Shadow Stick end (Smoke) and smudge using your finger or a Q-tip. Line your water line with the Eyeliner end (Black) and you have a dramatic, yet delicate look for a night out!

What were your favorite NYFW beauty looks?

Sara and Arielle (New elfette in town!)

Ecologic cosmetics

Linda Nicolau, founder of Ecologic by Linda Nicolau S.L. (1993), Ecologic Natural Spa and Ecologic Cosmetics, started her career in the beauty world and spas over 30 years ago.

After working for a tour operator in the world of tourism and collaborating in the design and management of a hotel in Spain, Linda Nicolau – born in Great Britain – returned to the United Kingdom where, having trained and begun her career in beauty therapies, was invited by Max Factor to form part of their sales team. She would later accept the role of executive in the Estée Lauder group and after training in the Harrods department stores in London, became the executive responsible for the south of England and Wales within the business. Eventually, Linda returned to Spain and opened her first beauty salon, Salón Venus, on the island of Mallorca. This small day spa soon became successful and within a short time became well known among the elite of Palma. After accepting a very tempting offer for the sale of her business, Linda founded her own cosmetic import company, Belleza Moderna S.A. As owner and manager of the business, she distributed well known cosmetics and fragrances such as Ultra-Glow, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, La Perla, Heathcote & Ivory…selling to important perfume shops and department stores all over Spain, including El Corte Inglés.

Caring for your Beauty, Caring for our World

The Ecologic Cosmetics by Linda Nicolau brand consists of natural facial and body products. These are manufactured combining traditional techniques with state-of-the-art technology and high quality, carefully selected ingredients which provide the skin withprogressive, lasting and effective results. The product packaging, which is sustainable and ecological is designed using PET recycled plastic bottles, glass pots, recycled and reusable outer carton containers printed with vegetable based ink, etc. It is labeled in English, Spanish, French and German.

REUSE & RECYCLE

Here are some practical ideas to reuse the packaging of Ecologic Cosmetics’ creams and facial treatments. Created to protect its content from the sunlight and manufactured in recycled carton and paper, our “tube-shaped” boxes can be turned into atractive vintage-style containers for our bathroom. All you have to do is remove the the label and, voilà!

Due to her passion for the world of beauty and her interest in the environment, Linda decided to create her own brand of natural, high quality cosmetics. The range cares for nature and ecology, and avoids unnecessary wastage in packaging. After many years of research and development with specialist chemists, the brand Ecologic Cosmetics by Linda Nicolau was born; an effective, environmentally friendly and sophisticated natural cosmetic line that currently consists of over 30 references.

In September 2003, Linda and her daughter, Alexandra, opened an exclusive, luxury Spa in Mallorca, Spain, as a showroom for their Ecologic Natural Spa franchise. Since then they have collaborated and launched many Spas and carried out training programmes for therapists and beauticians all over Spain and Andorra. At present, they manage 17 spas throughout Spain and have launched the Ecologic Cosmetics, Beauty & Lifestyle Store franchise.