Benefit’s Watt’s Up is the newest addition to the brand’s already impressive range of highlighters. It houses a champagne-colored cream to powder highlighter on one end and a sponge applicator on the other. The color is just lovely. On my skin, it’s got a touch of rose gold, which I love. True to its namesake, Watt’s Up helps amp up the luminosity in a mega way. In fact, Watt’s Up brought out my brave side.
Usually, I use a light finger dot application or a brush to apply highlighting products, but with Watt’s Up, I applied straight from the tube on my cheekbones. Depending on the product, this technique can result in over-accentuated pores or streakiness, but not with Watt’s Up. After I swipe, I take a brush and blend it in and the result is a natural, soft highlight. The sponge on the one end is quite useful for blending in along the browbone, down the bridge of the nose and other small areas, but I would have loved to see a brush on the other end of the this product! Worth noting is the staying power. It’s fantastic — all day on my skin!
Watt’s Up is available where Benefit is sold for $30. Which is a bargain compared to the $45 Euros I saw it for in Madrid. Seriously, you poor beauty-lovers of Spain!
My favorite time of day is misting time. And the best part of misting time is that it can be any time. Summertime necessitates frequent facial misting. Nothing feels better, especially on a hot and humid day. I mist in the morning before applying makeup. I mist myself and others at work. I mist on-the-go. I mist at night after washing my face. Basically, I mist constantly. As such, I’ve grown to rely on a few favorites.
Best in Botanics: AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System. This water-free hydration mist contains the brand’s signature blend of indigenous Asian botanicals, including bamboo sap, a blast of antioxidants via red ginseng and a blend of mineral and amino acids to increase the skin’s defense against environmental stressors. It does a great job at keeping moisture locked in, and is very calming. $35 for 2.7 oz, available at Sephora.
Best in Scent: Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Radiance Facial Re-Hydrating Mist. I seriously love the packaging of Benefit’s b.right skin care line, and this mist is no exception. The smell is refreshing with a hint of floral — I call this one the “facial perfume.” It does a good job at soothing and hydrating, thanks to the magnesium PCA and white & blue lotus extracts. Worth noting – the nozzle on this mists out perfectly. In the world of obsessive facial misting, this is important. $26 for 4.5 oz, available at Benefit boutiques and counters.
Best in Energy: By Elizabeth Dehn Face Spray. Not only is this Face Spray uber-hydrating, misting it gives me serious energy. It’s my summer alternative to an afternoon coffee run. That energizing effect is thanks to the burst of organic essential oils of Melissa, Bergamot and Sweet Orange. Available at By Elizabeth Dehn for $28 (1.7 oz.)
Best in Travel: Caudalie Beauty Elixir To-Go. This mist is loaded with plant active botanicals and essential oils, including rosemary, peppermint and grape extracts. It’s like a visit to the spa with every mist. It also comes in a convenient travel size that makes this a purse essential. $16 (1 oz.travel size), available at Sephora.
What’s your position on misting? Ever tried it? Equally obsessed? Let us know. In the meantime, I’ve got to go mist!
When Benefit does a tint, we pay close attention. Benetint is a pioneer, and Posie Tint is all sorts of perfection. For years, we longed to see another tint introduced, and Cha Cha Tint was worth the wait. This mango-tinted lip and cheek stain might just be the best yet. It’s got a creamy consistency, much like its sister stain Posie, and wears like iron. It’s a beyond bright orange straight out the bottle, but Cha Cha reads beautifully on the skin. I can’t imagine a skin tone this wouldn’t liven up.
Benefit’s newest kit, Finding Mr. Bright, is quite the catch. It has everything you need to get a luminous complexion — a total package! The kit includes some of our favorites:
Erase Paste, brightening camouflage in medium, .11 oz (full size is .15 oz)
Girl Meets Pearl, golden-pink liquid pearl, .25 fl. oz. (full size is .4 fl. oz.)
Posietint, poppy-pink tinted lip & cheek stain, .13 fl. oz. (full size is .42 fl. oz.)
High Beam, luminescent complexion enhancer, .08 fl. oz. (full size is .45 fl. oz.)
This set is currently available at Benefit for $36. The Erase Paste is very close to being full size, so assuming medium is your shade, this is a fantastic deal. Also a good opportunity to try Benefit’s newest highlighter, Girl Meets Pearl. This was a 2010 favorite of ours, and you can check out our review and comparisons here.
As we continue our wrap-up of the best of beauty in 2010, we wanted to share the products we think made our faces look flawless and brighter this past year. These are tried and true, and will stick with us as we enter 2011.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - This just may be my favorite concealerever. I love the consistency, the wear, the fact that it doesn’t crease (at all) and that it covers any imperfection on my face. I also love the price. I’ve been stockpiling a few shades so I always have a good color match.
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl – Highlighter junkies are we, and Girl Meets Pearl was a welcome surprise. It’s a rosy gold that melts into the skin in a very natural way. While it’s a rock star any way you use it, Carla really liked to wear this under a dusting of powder for that lit-from-within glow.
Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmer Brick - We really enjoyed the coral trend this spring, and Bobbi’s Nectar Shimmer Brick stands out in a big way. It’s the perfect coral with a touch of pink. It’s more than just a highlighter, but a beautiful shimmering blush.
MAC Joie de Vivre Cremeblend Blush - More on the aforementioned coral trend. I liked all of the creme blushes in MAC’s Lillyland collection, but Joie de Vivre delivered the perfect pinky-coral cheek. In fact, Joie de Vivre and Bobbi’s Nectar Shimmer Brick were perfect mates all spring for me. Love this blush. Hope we see more Cremeblends in 2011, MAC.
Becca Mineral Powder Foundation – Carla saw this at the Makeup Show in May and couldn’t pass it up. Becca’s known for their foundation and this pressed mineral foundation is compact and super portable plus it leaves skin looking like actual skin with medium coverage. She loves that it makes her skin glow without the shimmer.
Tarte Matte Waterproof Park Ave Princess Bronzer - Tarte’s classic Park Ave Princess bronzer got even better with the release of the Matte version this summer. I use this pretty much every day, and have also used this on many other people. It’s the perfect bronzer to contour the skin with, and Tarte certainly knows how to package a product.
Benefit granted two Christmas wishes for me: 1) they gave me an awesome spray tan and 2) a new boxed blush, Bella Bamba! Benefit’s newest face powder brings something new to the line-up, with promises of a 3-D brightening effect.
One of my favorite gifts to give to the ladies in my life are lip gloss sets. They’re functional and fun — and the choices seem endless so you’re bound to find the perfect set for pretty much everyone. Here are a few of my top picks this year!
Benefit’s Triple the Glossy Set, exclusive to Ulta, is a serious great deal. For $18, you get three full-sized Ultra Shine Lip Glosses. Isn’t that amazing? Also amazing…the formula. They have a light fruity scent (apricot-lychee to be exact) and the gloss is so cushy. I’m obsessed with the middle shade shown above…Fresh Squeezed. It reminds me of NARS Orgasm a bit.
Senna’s Lip Pics Kit is adorable. Inside are five tiny glosses, and slots to hold pictures (or other papers, cards). While I like the idea of toting photos, they’re mostly all on my iPhone, so I like to toss this in my purse and use as an organizer for lists, business cards, notes and I think I even threw a few hair ties in there! Definitely a great gift idea.
I was a happy girl when I saw this addition to Korres Lip Butter line: Lip Butter in tube, glaze form. You can purchase them individually, but three is always better than one! If you live in a cold climate — which is practically the whole United States this week — this gift is sure to get a lot of use. These babies are moisturizing to the max.
I do love this set of Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glaces — especially the colors chosen. I have turned my mother into a Laura Mercier junkie (she loves the Tinted Moisturizer especially), so I think this would be a perfect gift for her. I like to pamper her and gift her with things she wouldn’t normally buy on her own.
Anyone else like to give the gift of gloss for the holidays? Let us know your top picks!
Disclosure: We received a sample of the Benefit Ultra Shine glosses, but I also purchased the set on my own. We also received a sample of the Senna Lip Pics Kit.
My thoughts on Benefit’s POREfessional are long overdue. Especially since I bill this as somewhat of a wonder product that I use all the time. Seriously, my tube is so “loved” (a.k.a. battered) because it lives permanently in my purse and is abused by all of the stuff I cram in there!
I picked this up on a whim on a Sephora visit this past summer. It was hot, humid and the end of a long work-day, and I took one look in the mirror at Sephora and gasped. I looked shiny and my pores were all exposed — it was not good. I happened to see this product and thought, why not, let’s just dab this on my face. And in an instant, I looked normal — maybe even better than I did that morning before braving the day.
I’ve tried it under makeup, as a traditional primer, but I find it works best over makeup in the areas where my pores look enlarged or I just need a little smoothing over. I usually apply in my tzone and around my nose about mid-day or so. I’m not the type to reapply makeup, but this is easy and it WORKS! Can’t be without this one.
It’s no secret that Laurie and I both love anything that highlights and gives the skin a glow so it is no surprise that we’re both crazy about Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl. The packaging may look like a relative of their That Girl primer but this product is all luminizer. At first glance I was instantly reminded of NARS Orgasm Illuminator. I’m not sure why Moon Beam or High Beam did not come to mind but this is a rose gold shade that is just gorgeous on the skin, not a peach like Orgasm. Continue reading →
Jo Malone introduced a new scent – English Pear & Freesia – inspired by a walk in the orchard. Every note sounds divine!
There’s a new liquid lipstick in town, courtesy of Korres. The Raspberry Antioxidant Liquid Lipstick is available in five, high-pigment shades and contains raspberry and pomegranate extracts and certified organic acai palm pulp oil.
Nordstrom is running a 12-piece gift with purchase with any $100 purchase. We’re digging the bag – always a sucker for a great makeup bag.
Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense is formulated with 50 percent more pigment than traditional lipstick – and it was released in 50 (yes 5-0) shades and three finishes, from matte to pearly to satin.
Tarte Cosmetics is now available at Ulta. This excites us very much – another place to access a brand we heart.
In sustainable packaging news: Procter & Gamble will begin using renewable sugarcane-derived plastic in select Pantene, Cover Girl and Max Factor products next year. (via Environmental Leader)