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Mini Benefit Haul

Posted by Aura Charisse on September 4, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Ola, dear readers!

It's been a while since my last makeup post, so I hope you'll enjoy this mini haul.

Let me share with you the new goodies I've purchased from Benefit. 

This mini haul includes three main products: the GALifornia blush, the 1st Prize Highlighters set & the Eye Got Brow set.




I prefer my daily makeup to be very light and doable. It’s highly incovenient to be wearing thick lathers for everyday, don’t you think? I like my makeup to feel very light, though still providing quality pigments. I find that Benefit products work quite well on my skin. Every now and then, I like to repurchase their products when I’ve hit pan or to try some of their newer ones.


Mandatory to my daily makeup is a coral blush with fine shimmer. My go-to blush product has been Benefit’s Coralista, but because I use it every single day, I’ve consumed nearly all of it. Originally I planned to repurchase Coralista, ‘til I saw they released a new coral blush, GALifornia. GALifornia is absolutely beautitul! It shares a similar shade of sunset orange hues with Coralista, but with MUCH MORE gold shimmer. Trust me when I say the amount of gold shimmer is very generous. You’ll be like a glowy California goddess wearing this blush! From the lovely sun pattern mold to the hipster packaging, I love everything about this blush. Absolutely gorgeous!




Next is the 1st Prize Highlighters set, which is a sampler entirely dedicated to strobing & highlighting. I’ve been experimenting with highlighting recently so I figured, what better way to test it out by getting a sample each? All three products come in mini sizes. Yes, the sizes are quite small and there isn’t a lot of product, but it’s just exactly what I needed. Would I recommend this purchase for replacing your staples? No. Would I encourage you to get this for product trial? Definitely.


The set comes with three products: Shy Beam, High Beam & Sun Beam. Shy Beam, from the name itself, is a very subtle strobe. It’s a very light nude, opaque shade. It’s very similar to that of a concealer actually, except for the light consistency, which a concealer would otherwise give a heavy one. My only problem with this product is that it’s very close to my natural skin color, so it doesn’t make much difference! If you have a darker skin palette and you’re not into shimmer, then Shy Beam will suit you more. I would much rather prefer to wear the other two of the set. High Beam is a pink, champagne shimmer that gives you a nice rosy glow. It’s subtle enough for an everyday look, but still giving you a classy shimmer. Contrastingly, Sun Beam is a warm shimmer that’s perfect for a golden look with a tad more glitter than High Beam. I think this highlighter is very suitable for a beachy, summer makeup look! Sun Beam has to be my favorite. I highly recommend it!


Lighting was not on my side when I shot the photos, thus my skin's yellow undertone was ever so prominent! Please excuse my Simpson skin. Here is a swatch of the highlighters. From left to right: High Beam, Shy Beam & Sun Beam.


 Last in the haul is the Eye Got Brow Set. Quick story about this purchase, I wanted to replace my Goof Proof brow pencil in 04 Medium to an 03 Medium, simply because I find it to be slightly too dark. Dad was traveling when I asked if he could kindly buy me the lighter shade, ONLY if it weren’t a hassle and if he would come across a Sephora store by chance, which didn’t happen, by the way! Instead, Dad literally made time for a trip to Sephora to purchase not just the brow pencil but the entire set! And my dad is truly not familiar at all with anything makeup, so imagine my surpise and kilig! Of course he could’ve gotten it by mistake… but I’d like to believe he merely had the best intentions to gift an entire set hehe. Nevertheless, thank you Poppa!


It really excited me that I get try the other two products as well. Along with the Goof Proof brow pencil, the set also includes the Roller Lash mascara in mini, & the Ready, Set, BROW! setting gel also in mini.



The Roller Lash mascara comes with an interesting convex brush designed to really curl the lashes, which I very much like. One swipe really elongates and curls and definitely adds the much coveted length and volume. Although, I did notice that when the heat gets super intense, it has a tendency to melt and smudge a tad bit under my eyes. Just a little heads up if you stay in a tropical country like me! Nevertheless, it’s still a really good product I would repurchase as it applies evenly and smoothly. Its black pigment is also really good without being too over the top.


Ready, Set, BROW! gel came in really handy. It’s the holy grail product I never realized I needed! You see I have naturally thick, uneven, bushy brows, which without the aid of a tweezer would look absolutely horrendous, and the setting gel conveniently keeps every strand in place. It’s perfect for keeping my brows neat the entire day, whether I’m wearing a full glam look or I simply just want my brows to look extra on a “no-makeup” makeup day.


The Goof Proof brown pencil is perfect for my fellow brow enthusiasts who are just getting into the art of drawing your brows in. Goof Proof is very forgiving as it allows easy application, with the strategic shape of the pencil tip to the ergonomic handle of the product . It glides on very easily without the mess. Also the pigment is really good, not too much to give you Sharpie brows and just right to offer a natural finish. I absolutely love using this product everyday for my brows! 


And that wraps it all up, I hope you enjoyed this mini haul.

Let me know if you'd like more posts like this. I'd be happy to create for you!

Have a great week ahead, dear readers!


*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post- though it would be lovely if it were, wink wink!


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