Since I have had to stay at home at home for the last few weeks now, I have not been able to go outside and enjoy my regular life. One thing I have really missed quite a lot is being able to go to different stores to buy makeup and clothes. However, thanks to modern technology, there is a glorious thing called the Internet. Last week I decided to go online beauty shopping and my orders finally came in the mail! Since I finally stocked up on a few of my essentials, I thought it would be a good time to share it with you all.
Since a few days ago, I have only tried Benefit's makeup products, but never their skin products. I thought now would be as good of a time as any to try out something new. For me, clean and soft skin is an absolute must. I have to admit, since I have been at home for so long and haven't had much energy, I have been a little lazy with my cleansing routine, so my skin started to get a bit dry. Time for an intervention. I expected this product to be quite good considering Benefit is such a highly rated brand, but I certainly did not expect it to exceed my expectations by so much. Within one exfoliation my skin was completely smooth and silky. I have tried many exfoliators, however this one trumps them all by far. Not only does make your skin extremely smooth in one go, it is not harsh on the skin at all. I am absolutely LOVING this exfoliator and would not be able to recommend a better one at the moment. Not only do I love the product itself, but it also comes in a super cute box and bottle!
I've always found Benefit to be a very good brand, however after testing out these products, I am more than surprised about how well they work with my skin. After trying out Benefit's exfoliator I decided to test the moisturizer as well. The only way I can describe this moisturizer is completely PERFECT. Once I had finished the exfoliating and moisturizing routine, my skin was softer than I have felt it in a long time. When I first bought the product I was a little worried that it would make my skin oily throughout the day because it is quite creamy, however this was not the case and left my skin at a perfect medium. The moisturize is quite condensed so it's really only necessary to use a few pea-sized amounts for a complete coverage. One thing I was also a bit worried about when I first bought this product was that it looked like it would not have an attached pump. When it comes to bottles that you have to pour the makeup or moisturizer out onto your hand, I am really not good at it and often pour too much and make quite a mess. However, much to my surprise and delight, when you pop the lid off of the bottle, there is actually a pump, which makes things quite easier! Similar to the exfoliator, the moisturize comes in the cutest little bottle and I absolutely love it. It is a glass bottle though so I do have to be extra careful I don't drop it.
Based on my two previous products, one could only guess that this one as well is most likely a Benefit product. That is absolutely the correct guess. I actually have not tested out this product because I have had not had the need to as I haven't been out in a while. However, I was watching a Zoella Youtube video and this product really caught my eye, so I decided to buy it so I could test it out in the future. When it comes to bronzer, I am not a sparkly kind of girl. I find that the shiny, glittery look makes my face look too shiny and oily and prefer to go for a matte look, whereas many people prefer the dewy look, which is perfectly pretty as well. For those of you who like a matte looking finish, or just a matte bronzer, this seems like a great pick. One thing I really really liked about this product was that it was a pretty neutral color and not too dark, whereas I normally have a hard time finding bronzers that are not too dark for me. This bronzer is perfect for adding some natural extra color to your skin on the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline. I cannot guarantee it, but I have a feeling I will really be loving this product once I have started using it.
Last, but not least, the one and only product that I did not buy from Benefit, the Photo Finish Foundation Primer by Smashbox. I haven't opened my primer because I have not had a need for it yet, however, I have borrowed it from a friend before an evening out, and I can say I was thoroughly impressed. When I put it on, my face felt very soft and smooth and it was very light weight and fresh. Before this instance I was never really a primer-goer, except here and there on certain occasions. Since then, my thoughts on always using a primer under my makeup has completely changed. My makeup held throughout the evening, but also made my makeup look a lot better and smoother to begin with. I have tried other primers since then, but none have them have satisfied me as much Smashbox's primer. That being said, I took to Smashbox's website to see what other choices there were and if any were better. When I saw all of the MANY options of primer they had, I realized how much more I need to learn about the world of makeup. After doing a little soul searching, I decided to stick with the classic primer, as I really could not see the great differences and benefits of between the classic one and the others. I am sure there are downsides and upsides to each product, however I was most experienced with this product and found it worked extremely well for me with no visible downsides.
~I highly recommend each of these products and hope you enjoy them as well if you already have them or choose to go out and purchase them. Let me know what you think or if you have any new recommendations about new products!~