Benefit Cosmetics Make Up Haul

For the New Year I decided to treat myself to a few new products from Benefit Cosmetics.

Make Up Haul

I was a little leery at first but after the very nice Boot’s employee gave me a mini-makeover using the products I knew I’d finally found ‘The One.’

Benefit Pore-fessional Primer

The Pore-fessional Primer is oil-free and light weight.  It basically felt like air on my skin.  I rarely wear foundation and never use a primer.  Previously, all I needed was Origins tinted moisturizer and I was happy.  But now that I live in London and no longer have that Los Angeles sunshine to naturally brighten my skin I now find it necessary to wear foundation, which means the primer comes in handy.

Benefit hello flawless foundation

The Benefit Hello Flawless foundation is supposed to be good for your skin.  It feels nice going on, doesn’t clump or get all crusty looking and does the job of making my skin look brighter.  Paired with the Hello Flawless powder, I feel camera ready and pretty rockstar.

Benefit Hello Flawless Powder

I don’t know why it took me so long to finally get into Benefit (probably the price tag – eep$$$!  But totally worth it.) but I’m glad I came around.

Maybelline Falsies Mascara

I’m also using the Maybelline Falsie’s Volum’ Express mascara and I must say I’m in love.  The product really makes my eyelashes look longer, fuller – to the point where someone recently asked me if I was wearing falsies.  I was flattered because obviously I don’t have the patience to put on falsies for real so it’s nice to know that the mascara is doing the trick.

Bonus!  I went to a Christmas dinner where there was a secret santa gift exchange.  My gift was a figurine of a solar waving Queen but by some happy turn of events I ended up with an amazingly perfect gift set from The Body Shop that contained body wash, body butter and this coconut hand cream.

The Body Shop Hand Cream

This London weather has me on the hunt for a new skincare routine and especially for lotions that actually work.  I truly lucked out with this Body Shop gift set because it got me through my ten day Holiday in Italy.  Thanks extra Secret Santa!

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Happy New Year!!!

How you start the year is how you’ll end it…

happynewyearI vaguely recall saying that to a stranger at the bar just minutes before midnight.  She was in her 30s but she looked 20 and I thought I was giving her sound advice regarding her ex-boyfriend.

I’d already had 4 drinks and two other people I didn’t know offered to buy me drinks.  I accepted both and gave one to my date.  Then the countdown started and champagne was passed around and everything got really blurry after that.

Somehow we got home safe and sound but I woke up to a terrible hangover and almost no memory of the last night of 2013.

Not a good start for 2014.

But it was a fun night.  And even though it was a rough way to start a new year I’ve decided that it does not represent what my year will be like.  I will not drink and party way too much and eat hangover food and get distracted and sidetracked.  This is the year that I stay focused.

People have been saying “good things are going to happen for you this year” since I was a child.  I thought I was special until I realized it’s just something people say at the end of a year.  I still liked hearing it though.

Anyway, good things will happen for me this year.  2014 will be an amazing year.

Happy New Year everyone!