Benefit b.right! Product Review

I’ve been using Benefit’s new skincare line “b.right” for about 2 weeks now, and I think it’s time I have a little review ready for you.

As I mentioned before, I was initially interested in sampling this line because a) I was desperately out of moisturizer, b) I’ve had great times with other Benefit products in the past, and c) the packaging is lovely, like anything else from Benefit.

b.right sampler, $24

The set comes with 6 pieces broken up into 3 categories of care:

Cleansing

  • Foamingly Clean Facial Wash: I loved the smell of this cleanser. It’s got a faint scent that smells just like Ralph by Ralph Lauren. It smells like a cool spring morning (picture that?!) My face felt squeaky clean after cleansing, and every morning and night I’d be like “F*ck Yes!!! I have the most amazing face in the UNIVERSSSSSSSSSSE…” Followed by a meltdown over having to brush my teeth.
    Sample size: 0.3 oz; Full size: 4.5 oz, $21. My verdict: Splurge on full-size. 
  • Refined Finish Facial Polish: This is a once a week scrub intended to exfoliate and minimize the appearance of pores. I can appreciate the exfoliation part, but at my age I’m not too worried about the size of my pores (Are they even there? Don’t know. Don’t care. Yet!) I think this product has good intentions, but I found myself being annoyed at how hard it was to get every speck of sugar/mud off my face.
    Sample size: 0.3 oz; Full size: 4.5 oz, $22. My verdict: Try the sample, but use St.Ives if you don’t like it.

Moisturizing

  • Moisture Prep Toning Lotion: I must be a heathen, because when I read the instructions for this sample kit, I scoffed at the fact that I’d need a toning lotion to put on BEFORE my moisturizer. “Uh, moisturizer is the thing you use to prime your face, idiots,” I thought to myself. Oh, how wrong I was. I used the toning lotion before putting moisturizer on one side of my face, and then applied just moisturizer on the other. It actually made a HUGE difference in my skin! The toned side was much softer and I felt downright luminous.

    Yes, "Tangled" boat scene luminous!!

    Would I normally buy toning lotion? Eh, I don’t think so. But I’m a new fan now.
    Sample size: 0.3 fl oz; Full size: 6 fl oz, $29. My verdict: At least try the sample.

  • Total Moisture Facial Cream: Provides a heavy dose of hydration. And I do mean heavy. And I do mean hydration, because after slathering on a light layer, my upper lip started beading with perspiration and I needed a drink of water. It’s nice and feels like a true moisturizer, but when layered over the toning lotion, it feels SO heavy. I might have to skip this when it gets hotter here in California.
    Sample size: 0.1 oz; Full size: 1.7 oz, $38. My verdict: Sample is good enough, especially since you’ll be using it so sparingly. 
  • Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF 15 PA++: Is the most intimidating product in this set for me, because I’m not exactly sure what it does. I’m going to take an educated guess and say it’s just like the other moisturizer, but with SPF, therefore it’s for daily morning use. As for the PA++? It protects the skin from sun damage with UV-A and UV-B filters. Alright, then. All I do is use this in the AM instead of the Total Moisture Facial Cream.
    Sample size: 0.3 fl oz; Full size: 1.7 fl oz, $28. My verdict: Lighter than the TMFC moisturizer, so yay!

Eyes
  • It’s Potent! eye cream: Contains enough Chinese anti-aging remedies and fruit extracts to make a delicious, low-cal dessert. ONLY KIDDING, do not eat under any circumstances.

    Try this instead!

    This product is mainly intended for restoring elasticity to tired, sagging eyes. I’m still pretty young, so I can’t say I saw any kind of result using this product. However, the sample size does last forever, so that’s great. I use barely a dab.
    Sample size: 0.1 oz; Full size: 0.5 oz, $32. My verdict: Not unless you need it! 

    There it is in a nutshell! I’m off to buy refills for my favorite b.right products.

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Products We’re Excited For!

As I may have mentioned, I’ve been freaking out since I ran out of moisturizer. I tried philosophy’s “Hope in a Jar,” but after just a day, I had to return it because the smell was overpowering. Its hard to describe what it smelled like, but just think of how a burp from a flesh-eating plant would smell like and you’re about halfway there. Don’t worry about me though, I’m surviving on moisturizer samples from online orders past.

However, I did order a little something to get me back in the game, and I’m really excited for it.

Benefit cosmetics is pretty much good at everything, and I’ve never tried their skincare products before, so why not? I’ve heard really good things about their “Dear John” moisturizer for years, but never got a chance to try it. It’s been since discontinued.

The entire b.right! line

I’m not gonna lie, it’s the packaging that attracted me to this 6-piece skincare set. I’m totally gonna line them up on my bathroom sink and pretend I’m sending messages in a bottle. You might even see me singing into the mirror holding my necklace shell.

Soon I'll have that little mermaid and good skin will be MINE!!!

This intro set includes: Foamingly clean facial wash, refined finish facial polish, moisture prep toning lotion, triple performing facial emulsion, total moisture facial cream, and their potent eye cream. I’ll let you know how this all goes!

Benefit b.right! Radiant Skincare 6-piece intro kit | http://www.macys.com | $24.00

YSL.

Did my heart love til now? Forswear it, sight!

For I ne’er saw true beauty til this night.

Many incorrectly assume that Romeo uttered these words upon his first sight of Juliet, but these words were actually written by Shakespeare upon seeing this exact tube of YSL lipstick in “Le Rouge”. And I don’t blame him. Look how beautiful she is.

Tis the season to TREAT YO’SELF to some fine lipstick. I’ve always been the biggest fan of MAC, Chanel, Benefit, Clinique, et cetera, but now that every dollar counts, I’m a fan of stocking up on drugstore brands for certain items. No matter who you are, you do not need to be wearing $30 lipstick every day.

Not even you, Biebs.

However, it’s a very worthwhile splurge. With YSL, you’re definitely paying for the pomp and circumstance that comes along with any of their products: fancy gold box, fancy gold case, fancy “YSL” impression on the lipstick, intoxicating rose smell. You’re also paying to be better than everyone else, obbbbbbbbbviously!

#Winning...oh, is that "not cool" anymore?

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture | Pure Colour Satiny Radiance Lipstick SPF 15 | http://www.ysl.com| $30

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