Benefit – Boxes o’ powder

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Benefit started out their Box o’ powder collection with the now legendary Hoola (subtle bronzing powder with a cult following). It then expanded the collection to include Dallas and Dandelion and I thought they had every complexion covered and every need catered for, but they keep on releasing powders – and I want them all! I already own Hoola, which when used correctly offers my pale skin a non-obvious, non-fake looking sunkissed glow.  Dallas works just as well but with a little more use on the apple of the cheeks, works great as a blush too.  Dandelion is my all time favourite – this ballerina pink powder can be swept over the entire face to brighten, balance and enhance.  But I’ve been looking at the other powders and can’t make my mind up what the try next, I just know I need another one!

Should it be the UKs No. 1 bestselling blush? Sugarbomb
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“Swirl the 4 complimenting, shimmering shades of peach, soft plum, pink and rose powders together and sweep on cheeks for a natural radiance. It’s a sweet rush of gorgeous!”

Or perhaps the newest offering? Rockateur
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“Pick up the beat with a rush of heat! This rockin’ rose gold cheek powder gives a famously provocative flush that turns heads on-stage and off. The crowd will go wild for its sexy faceted design, accented in luxe gold. For an encore, the custom angled, dimensional brush gives rich, show-stopping payoff every time.”

Coral isn’t really my colour, but somehow I still want this one…. Coralista
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“Our warm coral-pink cheek powder is your “coral blush for a tropical flush”! This shade cheers up every skin tone in seconds.Complete with soft, natural-bristle blush brush.”

Or maybe I need this gorgeous rose & Berry powder? Hervava
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“Seeking a flush of enlightenment? Swirl on hervana… Our goodkarma face powder! Four complementary shades, lucky shell, divine peach, heavenly rose & berry delight – blend together perfectly for an orchid blossom blush. What goes around,,,comes around!”

In the end, I think a great way to try the powders before spending £23.50 on a box of powder is to try one of Benefit’s Mini Kits. They may be a little more expensive (£25.50), but you get 3 other mini products that you may use all the time anyway such as lip gloss, Benetint, High beam etc.  But you get the powder too, and if it works for you, then you have a mini kit that can go in your handbag and if you like the powder, you can buy the full size for your vanity or make up bag/drawer at home.

I think I need to go with Sugarbomb, and once I do, I’ll review it here.
Click the photo below to check out all of Benefits amazing powders.

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Author of the day – Neil Gaiman

I won’t be making Author of the day posts every day….just naming my favourite author on any day that I can be bothered to blog 🙂

Neil Gaiman

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Is there anyone with a wilder imagination that Neil Gaiman? Probably.  Maybe people like Stephen King (legend), Clive Barker (a world woven into a rug? Obviously) and JK Rowling (I’ll forget the Casual Vacancy if you will).  But Neil Gaiman has just captured my imagination lately like no other writer.  I’ve read in very quick succession : Stardust, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Anasi Boys and my next book all lined up on my Kindle ready to go is American Gods.

Anyone who has a section header on their website entitled Cool stuff & other things gets my vote. I know Neil writes for younger readers but I don’t really care – I am reading everything and anything I can get my grubby mitts on, and it all feels like it’s been written just for me. So far, The Graveyard Book has stuck with me the most and I am really hoping to see a movie of this….the potential for it to be good is really out there. I didn’t think they did too badly with the movies of Coraline and Stardust. Speaking of, I really need one (or all) of these:

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I would also love the Stardust Gift Edition, but at £163.99 I will need to win the lottery first.

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Anyway, after being thoroughly dragged into the world of Neil Gaiman, I have resolved to read all of his books, somehow manage to get ahold of the book above, meet him and get  him to sign it.  After American Gods, I wonder what I should read next…?

Want of the day….

THIS super cute shabby chic egg storage cabinet is my want of the day. My eggs often end up stuffed into the back of the fridge and I forget I have them, then rediscover them with intentions of making some wonderful omelette or scrambled eggs only to discover they’re out of date.  With this beauty sitting out in the kitchen, I’m not likely to forget.  The question is, do I give up the spot reserved for my baby’s sterilising centre for this? Haha.  I’m tempted….

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I want!

Bad news! After reading THIS blog from gorgeous little Irish writer Marian Keyes, I now find myself obsessively coveting £120 worth of cosmetics.  You’d think for that amount you’d get tons and tons of every last possible make up type that you need for your face, but no. I am drooling over just 2 pieces of make up, and after the write up Marian gave it, you will see why.  I HAVE to have them! It’s keeping me awake at night!!

THESE are the very amazing items in question:

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Selfridges say:

This unique, 3–in–1 foundation delivers a balanced complexion that glows with vitality and radiance. Extremely lightweight and luminous, it includes the skin–nourishing Tom Ford Infusing Complex to help protect skin and promote its vibrancy from within. Micronized pigments deliver seamless and undetectable coverage that is easy to build up or sheer down. SPF 15 protects skin from sun damage.

An essential tool in Tom Ford’s makeup regimen. Rich in hydrants, this foundation stick’s unique cream formula creates a flawless and smooth finish. Portable and precise, it achieves versatility of sheer, medium or full coverage, always beautifully natural and undetectable. Or, when used as a concealer, it swiftly diminishes imperfections.

Trouble is, when I popped over to browse Tom Ford Cosmetics at Selfidges online, I found a whole treasure trove of other beautiful, wondrous items.  They have an amazing looking finishing powder, an illuminating protective primer (NEED!), and the illuminating highlight pen (also need). And this is just in the FACE section! I then made a very large error in checking their lip section and promptly fell in love, absolutely and totally head-over-heels in love.  I mean, look!

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Indian Rose is the shade for me.  That’ll be another £36 on top of the £120 for the face stuff…..what I need is a spare £500 to spend online, right now. Alternatively, I should resist and head over to ELF where cosmetics start at £1.50. I mean, how different can the ingredients be, right?

But I still really, really want the Tom Ford stuff!

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Exclusive Tom Ford cosmetics, available online now from Selfidges.