Benefit Beauty Batch


I have a large amount of Benefit Beauty Products to write about for you guys today and part of it has to do with the fact that my last Luxebox was all Benefit products, which in turn, has had me buying and trying from them samples and some great Benefit products. What I love most about Benefit is a great deal of it is mineral makeup and the fact that they are moving away from testing on animals. I hope that ‘moving away’ part happens soon.

Benefit Serum1. Benefit Facial Serum – http://www.ulta.com – $55.00 – I have been searching for a great facial serum for sometime. Something that fights aging, leaves skin refreshed, and smooth. Well I found it. Benefit Facial Serum is awesome. It has made my skin so nice and I hardly ever break out when I use this serum. It plumps up the skin and smooths it out and is anti – aging, it is also is non-greasy. I was using this Retinol Serum before, which was great for winter but now that it’s summer, I need something that I can be out in the sun with because the Retinol Cream has Vitamin A and you are not supposed to spend a large amount of time in the sun with Vitamin A on your skin. Plus, Benefit’s Serum is non-greasy so I don’t have to worry about my face looking all sweaty with makeup dripping off by 5 pm in the hot summer weather. I completely recommend this product it is worth the price! And it lasts a good two months.

2. Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream- http://www.sephora.ca – $40.00 – 
I received this cream Benefit It's Potent Eye Creamas a sample from Luxebox but have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like it and how long the sample has lasted. I put it on at night and I definitely think it helps with dark circles in the morning. You need such little cream on each eye and I like how it feels on my skin — it doesn’t sting my eye skin like many eye creams do. So, if you are looking for an excellent eye cream, try Benefits It’s Potent Eye Cream. You won’t be sorry. But if you don’t buy it, I also think there are comparable eye creams on the market but the price and gentle ingredients make this a cream one I like to use.

Benefit Pore Perfect3. Benefit POREfessional – http://www.sephora.ca – $12.00-$37.00 – I didn’t expect to like this product given that it’s a product you put all over your face before your makeup. I tend to find when you layer products under your foundation, besides your skin care, they make you break out. But this product was awesome. For those of you with problems with bigger pores this is definitely the product for you but even if you don’t have bigger pores such as I, this product works greatl. It smooths out the skin and gives a great canvas for foundation to be applied to. I don’t even know how to quite describe it just makes your face feel so lovely. I got a sample of this and used it for a week or two and was convinced that it was a great product to buy for regular use.

4. Benefit Gimme Brow – http://www.sephora.ca – $28.00 – Strong brows have really become Benefit Gimme Browa point of focus on the face recently. I received a full-sized sample of this product and it has lasted me over 2 months. It comes in a lighter and darker shade and makes your brows look more dense. They stand out more and you can see the individual hairs on your brows after you have gone over your eyebrows with a brow pencil to darken them and fill in the sparse spots. I totally recommend this product and am going to buy it when I run out. It’s pretty amazing. It also can create little hair look alike so where your browns don’t grow far enough on one side or the other.

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5. Benefit Brow Pencil – http://www.sephora.ca – $26.00 – I am ambivilant about this product. I love the color and how it makes my blond brows contrast with my skin. I love how soft the pencil is so that it just blends right into my brows but it doesn’t last very long at all, maybe a month of use. Because having a soft pencil has a downside too, it gets used up fast and needs to be sharpened almost after every use. On the good side, it does have a little brush on the end so one can brush out their brows after using the pencil and then apply Benefits Gimme Brow. I think I can find a cheaper pencil that is a bit harder in just the generic drugstore section. Some brand such as L’oreal makes great eyebrow pencils for much cheaper. So it’s up to you whether you purchase this but after this time I am not buying this pencil again.

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Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer vs. Garnier Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer Serum & Moisturizer


Recently, I have attempted to cut costs on items I usually buy in certain categories of my budget. One of theses categories I have tried to spend less in is personal items which include beauty products such as the two I am focusing on today: Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer  ($54) and Garnier Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer Serum and Moisturizer ($22).

Of course, I am sometimes biased to the more expensive products to begin with, that’s just me. If you asked me to blindly choose which products I liked out of several beauty products, I would without fail choose the most expensive items. A lot of the time I find it’s true that the more costly beauty products work better than their cheaper counterparts but this is not always the case.  After watching a YouTube video comparing these two products I felt I had to give the cheaper Garnier moisturizer product a try. The lovely girl who did the video felt that the Clinique and Garnier moisturizers were working equally well on her skin and that the less costly Garnier product was the better beauty buy. Well I came to a different conclusion:

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Clinique Turnaround products are in my mind, some of the best beauty creams that exist. They make your skin feel baby soft and promote cell turnover so that your skin heals faster from marks left by acne and the inevitable dry skin that comes with winter weather. Also, the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Moisturizer specifically, can be used as a daytime moisturizer as well as a night-time moisturizer. But if you have very oily skin this moisturizer is not for you because it can make your skin feel greasy. But if you tend to be more of a combination skin type or have a dryer skin type, then this Clinique moisturizer is perfect for your skin. I have combination skin and use Clinique Turnaround Moisturizer twice a day and it works great.

Another aspect about all Clinique products is that they are excellent for people with sensitive skin, especially if your sensitive skin is the reason you are breaking out or having other skin problems. Clinique products are more than hypo-allergenic they have no perfumes or ingredients in them that will make your skin react to them. On http://www.clinique.ca the product description for Clinique Turnaround Night Cream reads that it ” [i]nstantly reveals a healthy radiance” and [g]ently replaces dull, worn-out surface cells with livelier, more luminous” cells. “Skin breathes [and a]ccepts moisture better” and the cream “optimizes up-and-coming cells to help” your best skin emerge. . . [d]ay after day, skin seems to glow from within” and [b]ecome . . . smoother over time.”

And I believe that the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Moisturizer is definitely worth the $54 per jar as it lasts me 3 to 4 months. A little moisturizer goes along way. And the very fact that I break out less when using this cream or any Clinique cream,  tells me that Clinique truly does live up to its customer’s expectations of producing products that are healthy for your skin and not irritating or damaging. This is why I like the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Moisturizer better than the Garnier product.

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Not only was Garnier’s cream oilier and made my skin break out much worse than it has broken out in a long time, the Retinol ( I think It was Retinol) caused a burning sensation on my skin. Not to mention, while the Clinique cream had no particular smell, just a regular cream like smell, the Garnier cream smelt like it was rotting, literally. When I tried a bit of the cream in Shopper’s Drugmart I did not feel that the smell would bother me that much but every time I put the Garnier cream on I cringed from the acrid smell. Who wants to buy any product that smells like it is rotting? Not to mention the cream made my skin feel greasy by the end of the day because it did not absorb well, unlike the Clinque cream for me. So, I was a bit disappointed as you can see that I even spent $22 on this product when that money could have gone towards the Clinique moisturizer.

Lesson learned, You Tube beauty product videos are not always right and a girl must always consider her own skin type and if it is more prone to be irritated by cheaper products from companies that do not always take skin irritation and sensitivity into account.