benefit Hoola Caramel & GALifornia Box-o-Powders

I swear I’ve sworn off benefit. For years I hadn’t bought anything from the brand I fell hard for in my mid-20s. It just happened organically; as I grew older, I grew less and less fond of this brand which tend to overhype their basic products with funky (unnecessary) packaging and “premium” price range. Plus with more commitments coming along, I simply have to economise and find cheaper alternatives. So I didn’t pay attention to this brand, until Cult Beauty came out with a 20% off promo in late January for benefit products. Oh-kay.

GALifornia blusher (full size), 5.0g. 22.50GBP on Cult Beauty UK

From what I could remember, benefit box-o-powders used to be around 12g-18g worth of products for RM125. Now I bought this (on sale) for 22.50GBP, and it’s like, five grams of blusher. Really, benefit? Sure, GALifornia has a cool-looking box with a groovy 70s vibe and the blusher is embossed with pretty sun pattern and I gotta admit, it is a lovely blusher that brigthens my cheeks. But, five.grams.of.product. For over RM125.

Hoola Caramel, 8.0g. 22.50GBP (price on promo)

Meanwhile, they’re a little generous with Hoola Caramel, a sister bronzer of Hoola and Dallas (I think). For the same price, it has 8 grams worth of product. It may be a bronzer but it’s good enough for me to be used as matte face powder especially if I go overboard with my sunscreen. I don’t really use this product often though.

Both GALifornia and Hoola Caramel come with a cute blusher brush but they’re useless. I’m much more comfortable using my H&M Beauty dual brush so I gave away these mini brushes as toys to Aida.

Are you a benefit fan? What’s your favourite blusher / bronzer ?

|Review| SILKYGIRL Shimmer Duo Blusher

As I’m bouncing back from two-year-makeup hiatus, I’ve been trying out affordable products from drugstores because, monthly visit to SEPHORA is way impractical. Since Silkygirl products are dirt-cheap and always come with great discounts, I picked up this Shimmer Duo Blusher from a Silkygirl section in my neighbourhood Watsons.

Left: highlighter Right: blusher

Available in four shades, this one is Rose Petal; a rosy colour with slight shimmer. I had no idea that these duo blusher is half highlighter (on the left) and half blusher (on the right). Rather, I had been using this as a regular blusher for a month until I knew about this, whoops! But with only 4 grams of product, that means each highlighter and blusher is only 2g each. That’s a very little amount of pink particles if you ask me. Moreover, I’m too impatient to meticulously sweep half of this pan and then another half, every time I use it.

Speaking of sweep however, I love how Shimmer Duo Blusher comes with a mini brush which is placed in a separate compartment underneath the blusher pan. That’s systematic and more hygienic. Not to mention travel-friendly too. As much as I love the soft brush, I prefer using my current favourite blusher brush , so this cutesy brush is now my daughter’s toy brush for her dolls.

In a nutshell, this is a decent blusher if you are looking for an affordable (priced between RM21-RM28,even cheaper when on sale) blusher that’s slightly pigmented and easy to be carried around, without having to bring along a blusher brush.