Benefit Cookie highlighter

Benefit Cookie highlighter

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My current highlighter of choice? The Benefit Cookie highlighter. I bought this when I was in New York and immediately put it to good use. I made it part of my November Shop My Stash and loved it so much that I continued it into my December Shop My Stash. So for me to keep a product around for another month means I genuinely like it. So what makes me love Benefit’s Cookie so much?

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Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Gimme Brow

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When you say brows, there are only two brands that really made a name for themselves in the beauty world. On the one hand we have Anastasia Beverly Hills and on the other there is Benefit. I haven’t tried much by ABH: the brand just doesn’t appeal to me and I have a tendency to prefer drugstore brands for brow products. One of my favorite brow products is Essence’s Make Me Brow, which is a dupe for none other for Benefit’s Gimme Brow. It was about time, I tried the original, don’t you think?

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Benefit Dandelion Twinkle & Hoola Lite

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle & Hoola Lite

When two cult makeup products are released in new renditions, all of the makeup loving world of course has to jump on that bandwagon. And so did I. Benefits Dandelion blush and Hoola bronzer are some infamous makeup products that are loved by many. So when they released the first as a highlight and the second in a much needed lighter version, I knew I wanted to try them. These are my thoughts.

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Benefit Dandelion Twinkle highlighter
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Benefit Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit

Benefit Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit

When I spotted the Benefit Christmas make up kits, I was instantly intrigued. I knew they did one for cheeks last year but I didn’t see it around anywhere in Holland. But since this year, Benefit is now being sold in my home town, which makes the brand a lot more accessible. I had a bit of a browse and decided to take home this year’s Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit.

Benefit Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit

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Make Up Collection: Single Eyeshadows & Pigments

Make Up Collection: Single Eyeshadows & Pigments

I thought it would be time for me to show you another part of my make up collection. There are only a few parts left and then, in the course of roughly one year, I will have shown you my entire make up collection in a bit more detail. Today I will show you my single eyeshadows and pigments. I don’t have that many single eyeshadows anymore as I have depotted most of them and put them into Z-palettes. There are a bunch that don’t fit snuggly into Z-palettes as they are too high or because I didn’t have any space left in the palettes anymore. So these post features my remaining eyeshadows and pigments. I have also swatched all of these for your viewing pleasure.

Overview of mono eyeshadows

Overview of loose pigment eyeshadows

Bourjois: 48 Vert Pétillant, 71 Or Raffiné, 16 Ambre Nude, 05 (nameless) & Famous Eyeshadow Shimmer in Shade 7

The green Bourjois eyeshadow is the oldest one in my collection. I’ve had it since I was a teenager. I know make up has an expiry date, but the shadow smells, feels and looks fine so I’m still using it.

Accessorize: Cocoa, Molten Copper, Golden Caramel & Famous baked eyeshadows in Shade 5 (purple) & Shade 1 (green)

These are impossible to depot. They are round and dome shaped, which makes them unsuitable for putting in the very narrow Z-paletets. They are super pretty though. The green eyeshadow got busted when I dropped it while taking these pictures :-(. Luckily most of it is still in tact.

Yves Saint Laurent Ombre Solo Double Effect in Shade 1, Chanel 70 Platine, Benefit Fishnets

Again these three are oldies but goodies. As you can see the YSL and Chanel shadow have been well loved. I used to wear these all the time when I first started wearing make up on a regular basis a few years ago. The Benefit one is a super dark and pigmented eyeshadow which is hard to work with. It’s very easy to go too dark with it and the texture is creamy and powdery at the same time, but it’s great for a dark brown smokey eye.

Gosh Waterproof eyeshadow sticks in Love that Real Gold, Love that Champagne, Love that Copper

I bought these three on sale at my local drugstore. And they truly are waterproof. Great for hot weather or when you want to go swimming or know you’ll be out in the rain for hours. These simply won’t budge.


Top row: Gosh eyeshadow sticks in copper gold and champage, Chanel Platine, YSL light pink & dark pink, Benefit Fishnets, Famous Shade 7, Famous baked eyenshadows in Shade 1 and Shade 5.

Bottom row: Bourjois 48 Vert Pétillant, 71 Or Raffiné, 16 Ambre Nude, 05 (nameless), Accessorize in Golden Caramel, Molten Copper & Cocoa

Barry M Dazzle Dust & Gosh Effect Powder

Left (bottom to top): Barry M Dazzle Dust in 90 Pearly Mauve & 88 Winterberry, Gosh Effect Powder in 05 Plummy & Mink

Right (bottom to top): Gosh Effect Powder in Glamour, Meringue, Azure & Apple Jam

I’m not huge on loose eyeshadow, but I of course wanted to try them. I found the Gosh pigments all on sale at my local drug store. The Barry M ones I bought in England.

Swatches (f.l.t.r.): Barry M Dazzle Dust in 90 Pearly Mauve & 88 Winterberry, Gosh Effect Powder in  & Mink, 05 Plummy, Glamour, Meringue, Azure & Apple Jam

MAC Pigment samples

Left row (bottom to top): Pink Pearl, Kitchmas, Bright Coral, Melon

Right row (bottom to top): Copper Sparkle, Cocomotion, Old Gold, Golden Olive, Mutiny (blue)

Like I said I’m not one for pigments, but I was willing to try them. I bought these 9 pigment samples from MAC pigments online from a store called The Body Needs. I think I paid 15 euros including shipping for these 9 shades. Less or roughly around the price of a full sized pigment. And since a little goes a very long way with these, having only a small jar will still give you enough of product to try out and make some great looks with.

Swatches (f.l.t.r.): Mutiny, Pink Pearl, Kitchmas, Bright Coral, Melon, Copper Sparkle, Cocomotion, Old gold, Golden Olive

Do you like using pigments? If so, then please tell me how you use them, because every time I try I end up making the worst mess of myself and my workspace!

Make up collection: small eyeshadow palettes

Make up collection: small eyeshadow palettes

Another part of my make up stash: my small eyeshadow palettes. Next to nail polish, eyeshadow is quite possibly my favorite make up related item. So I have tons. I already showed you my MAC eyeshadow palette a while ago, and today it’s time for more eyeshadow! I will be showing you my smaller eyeshadow palettes, meaning: 2 – 5 shadows in one container. I don’t have that many duos, trios, quads and quintets but that doesn’t mean they aren’t pretty! Let’s have a look shall we?

All of my small eyeshadow palettes together

I have a bit of everything here: cheap, drugstore, middle range and high end. I will tell you about my favorites along the way.

Drugstore palettes 1: NYX Shimmer/ Peach/ Copper, Catrice Tickled Pink, Catrice Mustard & Custard, MAX Grey Combo, MAX Black & Beige, Revlon Berry Bloom, Rimmel English Rose.

Apart from the Rimmel palette these are all cheap palettes. My favorite must be the Rimmel one. I bought that because of that gorgeous rose color in the middle. The NYX trio is perfect for traveling s those three colors are great for a complete and neutral eyelook. The MAX eyeshadows are the cheapest in the bunch and they actually have some great pay off, despite costing me only a few euros per palette at a local discount store.

Drugstore 2: Bourjois Or Baroque, Bourjois Vert Trendy, Sephora Pin Up Show, Sephora Cocktail Show, The Body Shop Shimmer Cube in Green Light, The Body Shop Shimmer Cube in Chocolate Box

The Bourjois trios are some very handy trios to use. I don’t use green or gold all that often, but when I do these are pretty much the colors I go for. I love how the gold colors have this antiqued look to them. The gold one is also pretty rare: I only saw this one once at a Sephora and I have never seen the same one since. The Sephora shadows are nice too, but my favorite one of the two is Pin Up Show, especially that burgundy color is gorgeous. The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes are very nice too, but very shimmery (duh!) so I wouldn’t use these colors for a complete eyelook, but the shimmery turquoise and bronzy brown colors are some of my favorites.

High end 1: Benefit Smokin’ Eyes palette, Make Up Designory palette, Inglot Freedom System palette

This picture features some of my favorite shadows as well! The Benefit kit is my go to palette for traveling. It’s so handy and great for a quick smokey eye look. The Make Up Designory quad doesn’t have a name, but I did buy it as such. It was part of a special Valentine’s Day kit which included a make up bag and a lipstick. The Inglot palette is quite brilliant. I definitely want more of this! The colors are great and because you can decide on your own colors you can do whatever you like.

High end 2: Dior 5 Couleurs in Midnight Butterfly, Graphic Lights, and Twilight and a mini in Élégante

There was a time, before I discovered MAC, Inglot and other make up brands that these were my favorite eyeshadows. They don’t look all that used on this picture, but trust me these have been through quite a bit. I love Dior eyeshadow. They feel a bit chalky at times, but that was perfect as I used these without a primeIr most of the time and they would stay put for a long time even without a primer. The pigmentation is great and the colors are fun. I believe all of these have been discontinued by now. Graphic Lights has been for sure as that was a limited edition from a summer collection.

What’s your favorite small eyeshadow palette? Mine: my M.U.D. palette, Inglot palette and Dior!

Make Up Collection: Blushes

Make Up Collection: Blushes

I already showed you all of my lip products in a few separate posts, here, here and here. This time we’ll move up the face and it’s time for blushes. Here are the ones I have, I will indicate which ones are my favorites as we go along.

***Warning*** This post is picture heavy. I’m only posting pictures of the opened products, so you can see the different colors. To also show you what the cases look like would turn this into a 5 week series of blushes, which I find a bit too much. To give you an idea of most of the packaging: see the picture below.

General overview of all my blushes

Benefit box powders in Coralista, Dandelion & Sugarbomb

Benefit box powders in Georgio & Bella Bamba

I love love LOVE Benefit box powders. These are some of my favorite blushes. They last you a life time and the colors are amazing. From very subtle peach to in your face pink: you can go a long way with these. They are pricy though, hence I bought a few of these on Ebay. No clue whether they are genuine, most likely they are not, but they work: they are pigmented and go on as smoothly as the ones I bought at a Benefit counter, so I’m not complaining.

NYX powder blush in Angel and Taupe (top row)

NYX cream blush in Boho Chic, Tea rose and Rose Petal

Favorites: Taupe (for contouring) & Boho Chic.

Sephora blush in Romantic Rose Rose Rebelle (top)

Sephora blush in Meringue Jalouse & Framboise Attraction (middle)

Sephora blush in Abricot Plaisir & Coral Frisson (bottom)

Favorites: Abricot Plaisir & Framboise Attraction. The top two are very nice as well as they are fully matte and go on very natural.

Sleek blush in Coral & Scandalous (top row)

Sleek blush in Pan-Tao & Pomegranate (bottom row)

Sleek blushes are also amazing. They go on smoothly, aren’t that expensive, but are pigmented like there is no tomorrow. These should all be handled with care when you are as fair-skinned as me, especially the bright red one! Apparently the bright red Scandalous is a dupe for a NARS blush in Exhibit A. Two of these are limited edition (Scandalous & Pan-Tao) so they might be hard to find.

MAC powder blush in Margin (frost) & Shisheido RD 103 (top)

NARS Sex Appeal & Orgasm (bottom)

Again, two of my favorite blushes in this lot: MAC Margin & NARS Orgasm. Two very nice go to blushes. The MAC one warms up my face nicely and give it a good glow. And what can I say about Orgasm? Well, I think that this blush should be in every make up lover’s stash (or NARS Deep Throat, Sleek Rose Gold or any other dupe that is out there). This color is amazing.

NYC Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder in Pink Cheek Glow & Catrice Tickled Pink (LE – Expect the Unexpected) (top)

Eyeko blush in My Coral Crush & Beauty UK blusher/ bronzer in BE 2074/3 (bottom)

The Body Shop Cheek Blush Shade in Golden Coral & Bourjois Blush in Rose D’Or & Rose Coup de Foudre (left, top to bottom)

The Body Shop Cheek Bloom Shade in Dune Pink & Desert Rose (right, top to bottom)

Benefit Lip & Cheek Stain Bene Tint & 2True Cheek ‘n’ Lip Tint in Blush Pink

ELF (Eyes Lips Face) All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade, Persimmon & Golden Peach (f.l.t.r.)

These can be used not only as blush, but also as a highlight. That’s what I use Persimmon for mostly. The other two are very nice to just take with you on the go or when you are staying somewhere for the night. At only 1 euro a piece I think these are worth having.

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in Berry, Peach & Apricot

The replacements for the popular Dream Mousse blushes. Super pigmented and hard to work with, but they go on very smoothly. You do need a very very light hand with these.

ELF (Eyes Lips Face) Studio Line Blush in Mellow Mauve and Berry Merry

Two of my favorite blushes! I especially love Berry Merry.

ELF (Eyes Lips Face) Mineral Blush in Bliss

Q: Well, I have told you about my favorite blushes. Now I’m curious: what are yours?