Benefit Candy Coated Countdown Advent Calendar 2014. Review: Day 24.

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Today, Fakeup.

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I was pleasantly surprised this morning as it’s something I’ve not tried before and it’s also a decent size. I thought Benefit were being generous, what with today being Christmas Eve and all. That’s what I thought until I opened it. The amount of product you get is miniscule and the packaging is out of all proportion. Look…

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Yep, that little bit sticking up right at the top is all you get. All that packaging… for that!!

Packaging aside, I do like this.

I forgot to take a picture from above before I used it but here it is afterwards:

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It’s all a bit mixed up now I’ve used it but you can still see that the colour is down the centre and the outer part is white. It’s a bit weird. It is described as “hydrating crease-control concealer.” The shade is 02, medium. It is also available in light and deep. I take it that the outer bit is the hydrating part. It’s a kind of balm and when you put it on it mixes with the colour. There aren’t any streaks or odd looking bits!

You apply it by dragging it under the eye and then using your finger to blend by patting. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t pull the delicate skin. Here’s a swatch on the back of my hand:

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The shade is a little dark for me. I find it’s best to go a shade lighter under the eye. It does seem to hydrate the skin very well and it feels nice on. It’s not heavy. It instantly reduces under eye circles but not as much as my fave Stay Don’t Stray. Perhaps that is because it isn’t my shade.

It claims not to cake, crease or settle. Unfortunately I did find that as the day went on and it dried out and did cake a little. When it did that, it made the wrinkles under my eye appear more prominent. You can reapply it over the top of your makeup so perhaps if I had it would have rehydrated and fared a little better.

All in all, it’s decent enough but I’d have to try the light shade to really test its mettle.

Amazability factor: 7/10 (I like it)

So, that’s the end of the Benefit advent calendar blog it’s time for me to say what I thought about it overall. It’s all well and good Benefit saying that the contents are worth £40 more than I paid for it, but what would I have paid for them? Here is my hoard:

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I have been keeping a tally of what I would have paid for each item. It varies from 5p for the paperclips (pfft!) to £5.00 for the perfectly holiday sized Bad Gal Lash mascara. In total, it seems I paid £12.50 more for the advent calendar than I would have for the contents. Disappointing, but I have enjoyed it and have discovered some gems along the way. I am definitely adding Stay Don’t Stray to my makeup bag and I have some perfectly sized lippies for my 2015 holiday. I don’t know whether or not I will buy another next year. Perhaps. It’s certainly more fun than a chocolate version and the calorie count is low!

Next month: No. 7 advent calendar. I’ve got a feeling I’m going to need to treat my skin after the overindulgence that is Christmas.

Thanks for reading. Merry Christmas!

Lou x

Benefit Candy Coated Countdown Advent Calendar 2014. Review: Day 23.

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Today it’s Cha-Cha Tint.

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I’ve already mentioned this, on day 11. It’s a lip and cheek stain which is incredibly orange. Here it is on the back of my hand… see what I mean?

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Ugh. :/  However, it adds depth to the soft red colour you get if you use it with other Benefit products in the combo I mentioned on day 11.

Amazability factor: 6/10 (ok but only if used with other products)

So I thought I’d share with you something else I discovered today. Wet n Wild Glam & Care lipstick (shade E81522). Here it is:

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As you can see, it’s a little unusual. The centre is balm and the colour is on the outside. I wasn’t sure how it was going to blend when I put it on but I was pleasantly surprised. I now love this stuff! It moisturises lips straightaway and the colour is absolutely beautiful. It’s a sort of plummy shade with a hint of gold shimmer. It makes the lips look soft and dewy. It’s very flattering. Here it is on the back of my hand. I can’t quite get the camera to pick up the gold shimmer but I think you can see how it catches the light. It’s very pretty.

photo 2 (13)The only downside is that it doesn’t last long so you have to reapply fairly frequently. It smells and tastes a bit like berries, so reapplying isn’t a chore. 🙂

It cost hardly anything. It’s an absolute bargain and I will definitely keep using it.

If you’re interested in trying this, let me know. I’ve got some to sell!

Amazability factor (Wet n Wild Glam & Care) 8/10 (lovely)

Lou x

Benefit Candy Coated Countdown Advent Calendar 2014. Review: Day 22.

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On day 3 I tried They’re Real. Today’s I get to try another Benefit mascara. This time, it’s Bad Gal Lash.

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First thing this morning I applied They’re Real on the left and Bad Gal Lash on the right. It’s coming up to 10pm and They’re Real seems to be winning on the staying power front. Bad Gal Lash really needs to be reapplied.

However, I definitely prefer the overall look of Bad Gal Lash. It seems to have defined and separated my lashes a lot more than They’re Real and the brush is a heck of a lot better for curling.

Here are the two brushes, side by side:

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As you can see, they’re very different. Bad Gal Lash has a fatter brush and the bristles are much closer together.

A friend of mine swears by They’re Real and I know that it’s extremely popular. It’s going to come down to personal taste. The main thing I need from a mascara is curl. One eye has nicely curled lashed naturally and the other just sticks out all stupid-like. :/  I applied Bad Gal Lash to the sticky outy ones and they weren’t sticky outy anymore!

However, the lack of staying power lets it down and it doesn’t quite achieve the overall look I get from my favourite Bourjois Volume Glamour Ultra Black.

They’re Real got 5/10. Bad Gal Lash gets…

Amazability factor: 7/10 (very good but still not good enough to knock Bourjois off the top spot)

Lou x

Benefit Candy Coated Countdown Advent Calendar 2014. Review: Day 21.

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Today, one of the products I’ve been expecting/hoping to find – Watt’s Up. It’s another Benefit highlighter.

Here’s the dinky little version from the advent calendar:

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Like Stay Flawless (day 10), you apply it by dragging it over your face. Not ideal, but with this you don’t need to apply it to the delicate eye area, so it’s not so much of an issue.

Here is the full sized version (not to scale):

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Initial application is the same, but with the full sized product you also get an applicator sponge. I love the packaging (again!) It’s super cute. First of all you take the top off, apply the product to the parts you want to highlight (see day 16 for tips) and then flip it over and use the sponge to blend. Easy peasy!

When I was looking at High Beam on day 16, I mentioned a comparison between that and Watt’s Up. Here it is: High Beam has a pink tint and Watt’s Up is more of a warm beige. Both have a slight shimmer although I think Watt’s Up has just a touch more. I think for my skintone, High Beam is more of an everyday highlighter whereas Watt’s Up might be more appropriate for a night out. I’d prefer to wear Watt’s Up if I had a tan as I think the colour would make tanned skin appear radiant.

Here are the swatches on the back of my hand:

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They’re both lovely products and I’d like to have them both in my makeup arsenal. I think making a choice between these two is really going to come down to your skintone. If you have pale skin you may prefer the pinkish tone of High Beam. If you have darker skin, Watt’s Up might be the highlighter for you.

Amazability factor: 8/10 (very good indeed)

Lou x

Benefit Candy Coated Countdown Advent Calendar 2014. Review: Day 20.

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I don’t feel like blogging today either, so it’s another fairly short one.

Today, yet another lip gloss.

It’s Ultra Plush again but the shade is Fauxmance. It’s darker than the other two – a warm peachy colour. Very flattering but not too obvious.

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The consistency is like the Dandelion version I tried on day 9. In fact, as the last two have been similar in that respect, I dug out the one I tried on day 2  just to check whether or not I was mistaken, but no…  A-Lister definitely seems to be more sticky than Dandelion and Fauxmance. Weird, as they’re supposed to be the same product.

Anyway, I like this one. It’s a nice wearable shade and I will definitely use it. However, I’m over these lip glosses now. I hope the next 4 days products are corkers.

Amazability factor: 5/10 (marked down for lack of imagination. More variety next year please, Benefit!)

Lou x

Benefit Candy Coated Countdown Advent Calendar 2014. Review: Day 18.

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Today, I really don’t feel like blogging.

Behind the advent calendar door was this:

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That Gal, “brightening face primer.” I’ve not used it before.

Remember what I said about pink evening out skin tone? Well this pink liquid does just that. Amy – I think you will like this one. You can wear it on its own or under foundation (or in Amy’s case, BB cream). It is a lovely smooth consistency, smells of bubblegum and seems to give skin a bit of an instant boost.

I can’t say today has given me the opportunity to give it a fair run, staying power wise. I will try it again sometime soon so that I can update this blog. Keep your eye on this post if you want to know more.

Amazability factor: to be determined.

Lou x