Posts Tagged ‘Benefit’
Seeing this on the blogs of other beauty bloggers, I thought I’d give it a try. The biggest difference is that mine is collected over a long period. I am not really fast in terms of consuming items, but I’m trying to be more diligent in collecting empties, and actually emptying stuff. That said, here’s my first empties post.
It’s not really a lot, but the one I’m kind of proud of is this set of Bifesta Cleansing Lotion empty bottles. I’ve started using Bifesta approximately at the beginning of this blog, so almost two years ago. Thus far I’ve only used up three (or four, I’m pretty sure I’ve tried the Sebum variant), and I’m currently trying out a new variant, Agecare. I really like how this makeup remover performs, and will always be my go-to for that purpose. I also really like the bottles, very well made. I will be keeping a collection of empty Bifesta bottles! (Bifesta Cleansing Lotion costs Php419 and available at Watsons.)
Next we have this Clinique 3-Step Trial Kit #2 (for dry-combination). About half a year ago I wanted to get into a good skincare habit, and decided to try Clinique. Luckily they provide a trial kit such as this, to see if it actually works for me before I commit to (huge) full size bottles. I think this set costed me something like Php950, and lasted me for about five months. Among these I really like the facial soap, but overall I think the 3-step system works for me. Unfortunately I won’t be rebuying because Clinique is not cruelty-free.
These next two are Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50 and FCUK Pure Body Spray. As far as I know, the Neutrogena one is the best facial sunscreen I’ve used so far. I might rebuy this, because I’m having no luck in my current sunscreen trials. The body spray I got from a friend, I think. I’m really pretty indifferent to fragrance, as long as it’s not too strong. I’m probably not rebuying this either. I have no idea how much either of these cost.
Two Celeteque items are next: Celeteque Advanced Anti-aging Cleansing Oil (the old formulation) and Celeteque Hydrolyzed Moisturizing Mist. I’ve always liked the cleansing oil for removing waterproof makeup. I’m not really sad that this is phased out, as the new formulation is at least just as good if not better. The moisturizing mist is of course one of my most favorite moisturizers, especially since it’s a spray-on. It’s a tamad blogger’s best friend! It also comes in quite handy during summer. The mist costs Php350 and is available practically everywhere. I need to rebuy this, stat!
Lastly we have another batch of samples: Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream, Shiseido Benefiance Balancing Softener, and Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream. I think I got these in various BDJ boxes last year. The eye creams were not really remarkable, which means again I’m still on the hunt for an eye cream that works for me. The softener is amazing, though, especially when applied using a sheet mask. Very luxurious, and leaves my skin feeling ultra pampered! I’m might buy full sized as soon as I determine Shiseido’s stance on animal cruelty.
There we have it! I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at discussing my empties. I’m not really sure how often I’ll get to write something like this, but I will be diligent in saving up my empties.
Today I was feeling the pink, so I decided to unearth my pink eyeshadows and lipstick to feature this color.
For contrast I used the #4 from Purple Pop as eyeliner. I used Benefit They’re Real Mascara for my lashes.
To top it all off I used Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop for my lips.
Barenaturals Face Primer
Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream
Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Peach
Snoe Poudre Extraordinaire (shade unknown)
Last month I was not able to put up a haul post, so I am doing a collective haul post for these past two months.
Celeteque Clarifying Shampoo
I’ve already posted an initial impression of this clarifying shampoo, and I can say that this is such a great product! It resets your scalp and rids it of product buildup. In addition it also somehow conditions the hair, making it soft and silky. Just a note of warning: this shouldn’t be used more than once a week. This retails for Php200 for a 250-ml bottle.
Fabulosa Rings and Necklaces
I received a simple necklace from Fabulosa in my Secret Santa Glamourbox. I loved it so much that I immediately purchased three ringsets. About a week later Fabulosa held an auction for more of those simple gold fashion necklaces, and I won it! I now have four new necklaces (the fifth will be included in a giveaway!). Fabulosa’s Amanda is so personable and easy to deal with, and I am looking forward to getting one or two of the statement necklaces. The ring sets are normally Php350 (set of 3 rings) but if you purchase two or more sets it goes down to Php300.
Paper Chic Studio Washi Tape Set
One of my purchases at the World Bazaar (same day that I visited Bloggers United 6) was this washi tape set from Paper Chic Studio. This is my first experience with washi tapes and so far my daughter is loving it. Myself, I’ve only tried it on a cannister of ear buds and my it looks fab. I got this set for only Php50.
Gift from Kira of Elegantly Wasted
Let me just gush like the fangirl I am. One of my goals when visiting Bloggers United 6 was to meet as many of my blog heroes as I can. Kira of Elegantly Wasted is one of them, and luckily enough I did get to meet her there! She is so sweet and charming, and she didn’t mind so much that I looked quite dorky in this photo (check out her rad necklace!). After a quick chat and the photo session I took my leave. It was therefore quite a shock when she sent me this gift, and wow I was flabbergasted when I opened it. The pack included a cute desk calendar, a bliv face mask, three samples of a VMV cream cleanser plus a voucher, Maybelline Color Sensational in Tinted Taupe, a sample of Benefit They’re Real Mascara, and three pots of Silk Naturals mineral eye color. Holy wow! Did I mention wow? Thanks so much Kira!
Models Own Nail Polishes
As part of my holiday order from Glamourbox Boutique (I gave away gift sets to my girlaloos), I got myself a couple of polishes I’ve been lemming for a while now. These are Fuzzy Peach (a nice bright pink-leaning peach) and Blizzard (a color-fest silver gliter topper), Php365 each.
This very useful canvas tote from Glamourbox is a bonus item when you purchase more than Php2000 worth from the Boutique. I easily went over the minimum when I went christmas shopping and got this wonderful tote.
OMG Nail Polishes
A chance trip to Landmark Makati brought me to the OMG display shelf, and I was excited to see some new shades. I bought three for myself that day: Jive (a deep blue), Happy Hour (a shimmery dark purple), and Gold Digger (a bright metallic gold). I’ve already swatched the first with great results. Each bottle of polish costs Php19.75.
That same trip to Landmark got me a bottle of nail glue. I need this to try out my new nail studs which I won from The Nailinator‘s giveaway. I think this costs Php40 or thereabouts.
I am typically not a flats person, as I prefer going around in socks-and-shoes/boots combo. My office christmas party required a filipiniana attire and I needed appropriate shoes for it. Luckily I saw these black Solemate flats with some sort of woven texture and can readily pass for filipiniana. Solemate at SM Makati was having a sale, buy-1-take-1 of selected flats for Php399, so I got this nice cream pair with bow detail as well. I think I am now a convert! These feel so nice and comfy on the feet!
Sample Room Haul
On the 11th day of christmas I grabbed a Colour Collection Age Defying BB Cream CoQ10 & Green Tea Extract SPF45 and a Sappe Beauti Drink (Fiber 8,000 mg with L-carnitine), all for 140 points. I enjoyed my first CC BB cream (reviewed here) and I expect I would enjoy this one as well. And since I had extra points, I grabbed that beauty drink as well just to try it out.
Dazzle Dry Essentials and Nail Polish
Dazzle Dry had a holiday sale where all items in their store got a major discount! I grabbed myself some essentials, two bottles of Nail Prep (Php100 each) and a top coat (Php400), as well as four bottles of nail polish at Php360 each. I was able to score the following shades: Arctic Sunset, Morning Dew, Pixie Green with Envy, and Blueberry Sno Cone. Can’t wait to show you my swatches!
I’m admittedly bitter about some things that happened lately, but I will choose to focus on the bright side. I got the second BDJ Elite Box to make myself feel better about things, and I have to say that it did cheer me up! I received this over the weekend and I eagerly took pictures for the unboxing.
The first thing I noticed is that there is no box. Yes, you heard that right. This Elite Box does not actually come with the big elite box that I got for the first one. It came in with a cardboard sleeve, and a humongous black pouch! The pouch is bigger than I expected, and a lot more glam too!
Here are the products included in this Elite Box (they all fit into the pouch!).
As usual it came with the set of cute cards that discuss each product, and included the size of the product included, and the price of the full-sized product (note: the product included is not necessarily all full sized as I’ll show you below).
As there does not seem to have an order specified in the curation cards, I’ll do another Tellie and present them in the order of my preference.
1. Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream
I definitely bought this set mainly for this product. I was a little sad that it was not full sized, but was only a teeny tiny 0.1oz sample. It’s great that I will be able to try this out as I’m still on the search for my HG eye cream and this is actually in my short list of eye creams to try. The full sized product is 0.5oz, and costs Php1800, so this sample should cost Php360.
Benefit is largely cruelty-free. Update: Benefit does not test finished products on animals, but they do not guarantee the same for ingredients or chemicals. Thanks Carina for the info!
2. Fairydrops Platinum Mascara
I’ve been reading raves about this mascara, primarily from Liz of Project Vanity, and I’ve always wanted to try it out. The price is a little steep at Php1195 for a tube of mascara so I’ve never gotten the nerve to buy one. Since it’s included in this Elite Box this is also a big reason why I purchased the box.
I don’t have information on Fairydrops’ stance on animal testing. Update: Fairydrops is most probably a cruelty-free company as they are carried by Beauty Bar and BB’s brands are mostly CF.
3. Revlon Photoready BB Cream Skin Perfector
I’m a big fan of Revlon, and have been wanting to try their BB creams for some time. Unfortunately they are not entirely a cruelty-free company so I’ve decided not to buy from them. However I will not turn my nose up when it is included in the Elite Box. I got the shade 020 Light Medium and I hope this is a good match for my skin tone. This is a full sized tube, 30ml, and costs Php725.
4. Goody So Bright Brush
Goody is one of those brands that I deem “nice to have” because of the price of the products. I believe that they have good quality products, but it really is a little steeply priced for me. This Elite Box has one of their brushes! It’s just a standard hair brush (good quality though!) but it already costs Php399.75. I have made a preliminary test of this and I love how it feels on my scalp. I got the pink version which is my second-favorite color. I don’t have information on Goody’s stance on animal testing.
5. L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil
This would have been higher on the list, had I not just acquired the Lucido-L Hair Treatment from the SM Beauty Box. I am starting to be a fan of hair oils and this bottle seems really luxurious. Perhaps the heavy glass bottle (breakable!) and the gold sheen just screams luxury, but I’m definitely hoping this is a performer. This 100ml bottle costs Php499. L’Oreal is not cruelty-free.
6. Ralph Lauren Big Pony Fragrance
Now this would have been lower on the list, except I’m actually out for a replacement for my everyday fragrance (I ran out of my FCUK body spray). BDJ gives you the choice of the four variants of this fragrance, and I chose RL Yellow (pear and mimosa). It turns out to be a roll on fragrance which is a first for me. I love how this smells so far. This 10ml roll on tube costs Php750. RL is not cruelty-free.
7. Nippon Cleansing Kit
This is low on the list because I don’t really need a new makeup remover (I’m already contented with my current combo of Bifesta Cleansing Lotion and Celeteque Cleansing Oil). What I’m interested in is the Parian Wipe, which is a brush cleaner. The round sponges are a bonus and will definitely be used in the future. The total cost of this kit is Php410. I don’t have information on Nippon Esthetics’ stance on animal testing.
8. Covergirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner
The reason that this is last on the list is called Eye of Horus Eyeliner. This Covergirl eyeliner basically has the same function as the EoH one and I’m not even using that often. This one costs Php450.
I don’t have information on Covergirl’s stance on animal testing. Update: Covergirl is not cruelty-free.
Bonus: Goody Come Play! Invite
This would actually be #3 on the list since I would really want to go to this event!
My impressions of the Girls Night Out Elite Box: I love that almost all the items in this box is full sized. Only the Benefit eye cream and the brush wipes and sponges are the sample sized ones. It also seems that the products really do tie in with the overall theme of the box (Girls Night Out) and I can see myself really using almost all of the products in that respect. I love the pouch as well and would not scoff at using it as my clutch for an event.
Value review: The total value of the box is around Php4700, which is around 3 times the cost of the subscription (Php1680). Most of the value is in the first three items, which I would have paid to buy. All the other items can be considered free, and is definitely such a great value. To be honest the Covergirl eyeliner is the only one I didn’t want to get from this. And I get a nice pouch too! I’d say this Elite Box is a great buy.
Time for my first product review! In this post I will review the Benefit Porefessional sample I received from Sample Room.
First let me refresh you on what sample I am talking about.
This tiny tube contains a lot of power, I tell you. Benefit Porefessional is basically a face primer, meant to go under makeup to even out the pores and make them appear smaller. The product looks like this out of the tube.
The box of the sample reminds you to first moisturize before applying the product. After moisturizing, apply the product on the problem areas where the pores are. In my case, my pores are concentrated on the cheeks right below the eyes and on the bridge of the nose. Here is the problem area I am talking about. (Face moisturized already) Notice the big pores on the nose.
Here is where only the Benefit Porefessional is applied. There is a distinct reduction in the appearance of pore size.
Finally here is where the rest of the makeup is applied over the Benefit Porefessional. Note that there is a distinct reduction in the appearance of pore size.
It feels great on the skin. It doesn’t make me feel that I have anything heavy on my face, and in addition the product turns very powdery upon application. I can definitely see this becoming part of my routine, especially since I am very conscious of my pores. The price is a little steep though, at Php1600 for the full size (22 ml).
One of the recent interesting things going around the beauty blogging sphere is this thing called Sample Room. It’s a site where you get to try beauty products through free samples. The mechanism here is very simple: upon signing up you are given 100 points with which you can claim samples for certain amounts of points each. You pay a minimal amount for shipping, then you receive your sample straight at your home. You try out this sample, then go back to Sample Room, write a review for the product you tried, then you get your points back! As a bonus, you get extra points for writing a review! The aim of course is to make Sample Room a review hub for beauty products.
I signed up shortly after Sample Room went live. Unfortunately there must have been hundreds of other girls who are waiting for that moment, and I ran out of samples to try in the first round of samples. Fortunately, a few days later Sample Room restocked and I was able to score a Benefit Porefessional sample. It was a breeze to go through the check out process. Unfortunately, I chose GCash as a method of payment, which meant I had to pay an extra Php20 on top of the Php100 delivery fee all because I paid through a GCash outlet. Perhaps I will try to use GCash through my phone instead next time. Or use Paypal.
On to the actual unboxing!
I ordered and paid last December 7, and the package arrived December 10! They are pretty fast! It came wrapped in the blue XSEND envelope, and inside is a brown paper bag with the Sample Room sticker seal.
Inside is the Porefessional sample, which came in a very attractive box.
Opening it up, I finally see the tiny tube of Porefessional nestled inside, with nice illustrations on how to apply it.
Here’s the actual tube alone.
To show you how tiny this tube is, I put it beside a standard gel pen. It is after all just a sample.
There you have it! I will have a separate post for the review of the product itself.