Sep 22, 2015

Beauty By Benz Approved: The Body Shop Oils Of Life Skin Care Collection

I've been itching to talk about all the cool, new, eco-friendly stuff that The Body Shop is up to lately, but I wanted to really test out their new skin care collection before posting my thoughts on it.  I've been using the Oils of Life skin care collection for a full month, and can safely say that I'm in love.  The line is powered by 3 potent seed oils, that are packed with nutrients for the skin; black cumin, camellia, and rosehip see oils.  They are cold-pressed to get the very most out of the oils, because, like with all our fancy cold-pressed green juices, once you add heat you lose some of your potency.  So these oils are cold-pressed so that they're the absolute freshest they can possibly be when they're added to the products.

The line is a 3-step regimen, starting with an Intensely Revitalizing Essence Lotion.  The name can be a little deceiving because it's not a lotion at all, but a water/oil combo liquid that you'd use in the place of a toner.  Those who are in-the-know with Korean skin care regimens are already privy to all the cool things a facial essence does, but basically this formula is the first thing to go on your skin after cleansing, giving it moisture without feeling heavy.

Next up is the Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil, and, as a love of facial oils, I can testify that this stuff is pure gold.  It's SUPER lightweight and non-greasy compared to a lot of my other face oils, so it's been perfection in the warm weather.  Also, the good folks at The Body Shop recommended to me to go a drop at a time, which is new for me.  I'm more of a pour-all-of-it-at-once type, so going a drop at a time was pretty much the same scenario as actually tasting my food, or not chugging a delicious alcoholic beverage.  Sometimes a little goes a long way.  I've learned that 4 little droplets, rather than the whole amount that's in the dropper, covers my whole face.  It leaves my skin moisturized and primed for the next step in the routine, and not covered in oil like it was with my usual routine.    
The last step in the routine is the moisturizer.  The Intensely Revitalizing Gel Cream is, again, super lightweight, yet incredibly hydrating.  Are we noticing a theme here?  This is no cream, though, this is such a feather-soft gel texture that it's surprising how nourishing it is.  It also has illuminating properties, so it gives you the finish of some fresh, young model backstage at Fashion Week.  While I have combination-to-dry skin, I think a multitude of skin types can use this formula.  Even people with oily skin need moisture, and this lightweight formula is a great place to start.    

Sep 21, 2015

Get The Look: Lady Gaga at the 2015 Emmy Awards

Who: Lady Gaga
What: 2015 Emmy Awards
Makeup: Sarah Tanno

Tanno prepped Gaga's skin with my new favorite primer: Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer.  Next, she used Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate in Ivory (#12).

Under Gaga's eyes, Tanno used Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen in Rendeezvous (#1) to brighten.  She used Shameless Bold Blush in Obsessed (#204) for a warm, pink glow on the cheeks.

Next, Tanno used Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in Three Shakes (#404) all over Gaga's lids.  She used shades from The Free Spirit Eye-Con No. 20 Plush Shadow Palette on the lids, and then defined the lash line with Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(out).  She finished the eyes off with a few false lashes and Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara.

To finish the look, Tanno lined Gaga's lips with Beauty (P)Outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in Prim(rose), and applied New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel In Understudy (#114).

Get The Look: Amy Schumer's Smoky Eye at the Emmy Awards

Who: Amy Schumer
What: 2015 Emmy Awards
Makeup: Andréa Tiller

I have so much respect for any celeb that acknowledges her glam squad, especially when it's as hilariously done as Amy Schumer did last night at the Emmy's.  Here's how Andréa Tiller gave Schumer her now infamous smoky eye look:
Tiller started with Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Copper as a base on the eyelids, and right underneath the bottom lashes.  Next, she used the bronze shade from Charlotte Tilbury's Golden Goddess Palette on the crease, the outer corners of the eyes, and under the bottom lashes, blending all with a fluffy blending brush.
Tiller used the dark brown shade from Dior 5 Couleurs #796 Palette for "smoke" on the outer corner of the eyes on the top and bottom.  With her finger, she applied a dab of Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Baked in the center of the eye socket and the inner corner of the eyes near the tear ducts.
On the waterline of each eye, Tiller used Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Turquoise for a pop of color.  She then used a super thin line of black liquid liner near the lash line.  She coated the lashes with MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash mascara and applied some Velour Lashes in Strike a Pose.

Get The Look: Katy Perry at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons Party

Who: Katy Perry
What: Harper's Bazaar Icons Party
Makeup: Todd Delano for COVERGIRL

Starting with clean, hydrated skin, Delano used COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation in Buff Beige on Perry's skin for luminous coverage.  He warmed the skin by using a little Cheekers Blush in Rose Silk on the apples of her cheeks.

Next, he defined her brows with COVERGIRL Bombshell Pow-der Brow in Medium Brown, and set them with a clear brow gel.  He used COVERGIRL Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Chestnut, buffing into Perry's upper and lower lids as a base, followed by COVERGIRL Eyeshadow Quad in Notice Me Nudes on the lids.

He lined the upper lashes in Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Black Onyx, and finished the eyes with two coats of Lash Blast Volume Mascara in Very Black.

To finish the look, Delano used Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Phantom Pink.

Sep 14, 2015

Benz On A Budget: My Latest Drugstore Beauty Crushes

I love a good beauty splurge just as much as the next person, but my wallet does not.  I love a good budget-friendly beauty product, and these days I don't feel like you have to sacrifice efficacy just because it's cheaper.  Drugstore brands have really been stepping it up lately.  Here are some of my new faves:

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum
As a no-makeup-makeup kind of gal, I think this stuff is brilliant.  It has the skincare benefits of a serum, like Vitamins A, C, & E, grape seed oil, pomegranate oil, and goji berry, but it also has a light tint to cover imperfections while still letting your skin shine through.

Rimmel London Wonder'Lash Lift Me Up Mascara
I've been rocking a lot of eyelash extensions this summer, and my poor lashes have felt the damage.  Fortunately, this mascara formula is made with nourishing cucumber and vitamins to help condition my brittle lashes.  

Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum 
I'm absolutely in love with this serum.  It's more of a gel consistency than your regular serums you're used to, but I feel instantly moisturized when using it.  Because it's so light, I don't feel like anything's on my skin, but it contains the coveted "Dragon's Blood" (an extract from a flowering tree) that is known to protect from environmental stressors.  It also has velvet flower and hyaluronic acid to give you maximum moisture, but not at maximum price.  

Simple Skincare Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes 
I think many beauty buffs were psyched when Simple came out with their Micellar water, because who can really afford the Bioderma version?  But now Simple has made our lives even better by putting that formula into a portable skincare wipes version.  If you haven't tried a micellar water yet, there's no better time to get on board.  There's no alcohol, oil, or synthetic fragrances.  You just get a gentle clean and no gross residue left behind.  They're great for non-makeup days as well, if you need to freshen up mid-day or after a workout.  


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