Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New from Benefit! Hoola Lite, Hoola Quickie Contour Stick, Dandelion Twinkle!

Samples / Affiliate links

Ah look, the Hoola family has just gotten bigger!  I think Benefit Hoola was one of my first ever "fancy" bronzers when I discovered the world of YouTube and blogging years ago and I used to attempt to contour the bejaysis out of myself with it!  Now they've gone and released Benefit Hoola Lite for us paler bridies and I kind of judge myself for not wondering why they hadn't brought out a lighter shade before...  There I was, happy to accept a life without Hoola Lite...  And if you like a cream to powder finish, you're sorted because Hoola Quickie Contour Stick will do just that.  More on that later.

Now, as I said above, with the original Benefit Hoola, I attempted to contour with it back in the day, but because it was on the darker side, it worked better as an all over bronzer on me.  I'm super pale at the best of times and am trying to embrace the less is more ethos, which is where Hoola Lite comes in.  This still has warm undertones to it, but not overly so and the cooler undertones help balance that out.  And this means I've been able to use it to give warmth to my face and also those much sought after cheekbones!

The finely milled texture means blending isn't a bother and it looks ridiculously natural on me.  Well I think it does anyway!  I love a bit of warmth and definition to the face and that's that Hoola Lite gives me.  Grand job altogether.

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle, where have you been all my life....  You're everything I look for in a highlight...  See I'm a bridie of a certain age who can't go too metallic when it comes to highlight, no matter how many NikkieTutorials videos I watch and think I can emulate her.  No, I love a sheen.  A sheeny looking cheekbone makes me look radiant, refreshed and healthy and even though I might be dying on the inside, the bones of my cheeks will say otherwise.

When I'm going to work and want to look natural and put together, I apply Dandelion Twinkle with a fluffy blending brush and watch the glow take over.  It has a barely there, superfine formula which stays put on me all day without the need for a setting spray.  It doesn't emphasise the texture that I can sometimes have on my cheeks and doesn't highlight (har har!) my fine lines around the eyes.  Yes, I'm a thick who can sometimes go a bit high with my glow, shut up you.

Now for the absolute craic, I decided to see what it would look like with the brush it came with that I usually forget all about.  Obsessed!  I'm sheenier, glowier but without looking glittery.  It's still natural looking and now I'm going to hold onto the brush.  It saved its own life by making me look fabulous.

When it comes to me and cream products, I like using a makeup sponge to blend it out and that's exactly what I did for these photos below using the Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick.  By all means use a brush or your fingers, but I find brushes can sometimes blend out a cream product too much, leaving me with nothing, so a damp makeup sponge does the job for me.  I dot the product wherever I want it, usually across my forehead, under the cheekbones and sometimes down the sides of the nose and then get to work.  There's lots of play time with this and I've plenty of time to blend it all out before it turns to powder.  This is a handy one for the handbag, no muss no fuss.

So Benefit, c'mere to me.  You've done good with three out of three products that I'm loving!  You can buy them all on Debenhams counters now or from the affiliate links below.  If you don't want to use the links, by all means just google the products and work away!

Benefit Hoola - Cult Beauty - Debenhams - Asos

Benefit Hoola Lite  - Cult Beauty  - Debenhams - Asos

Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick - Cult Beauty - Debenhams - Asos


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