Monday, 31 May 2010

Ive been a bad beauty blogger. Ive been using a new product on an almost daily basis for the last month and havent written up anything about it. What was I thinking? I did a major beauty haul a month ago thanks to the Sephora Insider 15% off sales, and Im still working through everything I picked up in terms of trying out and reviewing. I honestly have no idea why it is taking me so long to do this. Okay, I do. Ive made a major lifestyle change in terms of fitness and working out, and so time spent in front of the mirror playing with new toys has been cut back as I have instead been sweating my ass literally off at Physique 57 and bikram yoga. Review posts to come on this whole exercise malarkey. 

Anyway, it means that products have been tried and tested and I havent been sharing! One major new purchase was my Benefit Hoola powder ($28). Hoola is a mid-tone matte bronzer. Im an NW20, and I love the color on my. It definitely adds a warmed up glow to my skin. There are two factors for me that make it a great bronzer it is very buildable, meaning that I dont instantly end up looking like an oompa loompa, and it is matte. This is a major issue I have with summer products why do companies believe that every summer product must have shimmer? I get it looks gorgeous in the sun, but it is too much for the office, and sometimes I dont want to glow, I just want to look a little darker. Although it is buildable, it does require a light touch. Too much too soon leaves me looking a muddy and patchy.

Benefit Hoola is now part of my regular morning make up routine. As my final step I use a big bronzer brush on my forehead, temples, nose, chin, and neck. Since Ive started using it Ive had plenty of compliments about looking more tan, and whether Ive had some sun. I love the generous size of the Benefit powders although they are $28, you do get a lot of product. Normally I dont get too worried about the cost per oz for my make up because I so very rarely finish a product, but the simple gorgeousness of Hoola means that I know its going to be part of my daily routine for quite some time, so getting a good amount makes a difference to me. I know that Ill be picking up a couple more bronzers in the upcoming MAC To The Beach collection, but all of them have shimmer, so wont be replacing Hoola in my office appropriate every day look. 

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PoorCollegeStudent said...

I have wanted Hoola for so long; you are making me jealous!

Lipstick Rules said...

Hoola is on my wish list but I really need to use up my other bronzers first-- and I've just added to it by purchasing one of the MAC to the Beach bronzers...sigh...


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