All posts tagged: Benefit

Makeup of the Day…

Getting up for work at 6.30am sucks. Having about 30′ available for your whole skincare/ makeup routine sucks even worse. I somehow always manage to get everything done in time but, in the mad ‘locate keycard/ grab keys/ find phone/ organize bag/ head out the door’ dash that ensues, rarely have time (let alone the presence of mind) to¬† take a ‘Makeup of the Day’ photo. This morning was a shining exception. I was a bit late getting up, which meant I had even less time than usual. Having completed my usual AM routine (i.e. cleanse and tone, with Clinique’s Anti Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam and Clarifying Lotion respectively, then hydrate with the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay- Matte Hydrator), I opted to keep things light and easy… First I applied my all- time- favorite Tea Tree Flawless BB Creme by the Body Shop, mixed with the tiniest bit of my trusted MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation. My skin’s been acting up lately, so I needed that bit of extra coverage – and I have found …

(10 Item) Boots Wishlist

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Foundation Primer 2. L’Oreal Superliner Brow Artist Pencil 3. L’Oreal Glam Shine Balmy Gloss, in Mad for Pomegranate 4. Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation, in Nude 5. L’Oreal Paris Glamshine Stain Splash, in Juliet and/or Lolita 6. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm, in Sultry and/or Standout 7. Benefit ‘It’s Potent’ Eye Cream 8. Leighton Denny Small Crystal Nail File 9. Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette, in Au Naturel 10. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter, in Sugar Plum, Pink Truffle and/or Red Velvet Ever since I heard that Boots now delivers outside the UK, I’ve become obsessed with finally purchasing all the things that I covet, but cannot get my hands on (yet or at all) in Greece. I’ve spent countless hours perusing the website and now finally have a (10 item “budget friendly”) wishlist. I’m sharing it here, before going ahead with the actual order, in the hope that some of you may have already tried some of the products – and have opinions & reviews to share… There’s so many things on …

Sephora Haul

A couple of weeks ago, I headed over to Sephora with the (very honest and very innocent) intention of buying hairspray. Then…this, somehow, happened: Above, (kinda) clockwise: Benefit ‘World Famous Neutrals’ Eye Palette & ‘The Porefessional’ Primer, L’Oreal Elnett Satin Extreme Hold Hairspray, Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, Sephora Cotton Flower Moisturizing Hand Cream The only thing that wasn’t a complete impulse buy was the Benefit ‘Porefessional’, which I have been meaning to get for a while (and which, in my defense, was 35% off at the time). The eye palette (also at 35% off) was picked up instead of the Too Faced ‘Naked Eye’ one (which was not in stock) and has proved to be amazing and, when used with a primer, extra long-lasting. All six colors included (see below) are subtle & sultry at the same time and can easily be played down or up – for morning/ evening looks respectively. The Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara was something I kept hearing about and felt that I needed (my bottom lashes are real tiny, to …

Sephora Dash

Yesterday evening I headed downtown and got myself a couple of things, that I’ve been meaning to try for a while. I would definitely not call this a haul -maybe more of an (impromptu) dash into Sephora, before my scheduled glass of wine with friends. Still, here’s the cult items I got: – Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara Have been hearing great things & reading raves about this from friends and fellow bloggers respectively so, as you would expect, I just had to try it out. Here’s what I thought: The actual wand is very sturdy but quite slim, which makes for an extremely precise application. I followed the directions on the box and was surprised to see my lashes turn into a va-va-voom version of themselves (looking definitely longer and more curled than they do when I use my Maybelline Rocket Volum’ Express mascara). In fact, what they reminded me of once I was done (& throughout the day, really) was… dolls’ eyes (you know the porcelain ones with the impossibly long lashes?). Do note …

MAC, Dior, Essie & Benefit Haul…

A couple of days ago I was talking about how I should really stop obsessing over (and spending money on) make-up. Yesterday… I went on a little shopping expedition downtown and came back with these: Clockwise, from left to right: MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural, in Medium Essie polish (from the Winter 2013 collection), in Toggle to the Top Diorific Vernis (from the “Golden Winter” Holiday 2013 collection), in 751 Marilyn [3ml free sample of Dior Capture Totale ONE Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum] Diorific Long- Wearing True Color Lipstick (from the “Golden Winter” Holiday 2013 collection), in 042 Winter Benefit “Gimme Brow” brow- volumizing fiber gel, in Medium/Deep MAC Select Cover- Up, in NW20 I should probably thank my lucky stars that a. many of the Holiday collections haven’t yet hit the stores around here and b. Bobbi Brown is apparently only available in Athens. Both blessings in disguise, really (since otherwise, this little outing would have been far more destructive for my bank account – albeit extremely more satisfying for my inner shopaholic). Now… …