Benefit Cosmetics Get the Pretty Started Palette

Hello folks!

I have a small confession to make..despite being a makeup junkie, I have till date tried nothing from Benefit Cosmetics. What! How come you may ask? Well the main attraction for me has always been the box powders from the brand. I just could never decide which ones to get. All their holiday kits which have an array of their box powders get mixed reviews every year, plus they come in bulky packaging. However, this past holiday season I spotted the Get the Pretty Started palette which had the sleekest packaging I have seen from Benefit till date ๐Ÿ™‚

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Get the Pretty Started Palette

Its so pretty to look at! This compact travel friendly palette comes with 2 of their hit powder products ; Hoola Bronzer and Galifornia Blush. The highlighter included in this face palette is the Watts Up highlighter which is a cream product. I am not a fan of palettes that contain cream and powder products together, but in this case I was willing to over look that detail because the price tag was 20$ ๐Ÿ™‚ The pan sizes are generous and overall its an awesome way to sample some of their products without breaking the bank.

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Hoola Bronzer, Galifornia Blush and Watts Up Highlighter

The texture of both Hoola and Galifornia can be best described as being buttery soft. They do kick up powder if you go on a stabbing spree with your brush so I like to gently tap my brush in the pans. Both, Hoola and Galifornia blend really well on the skin. I like the undertone of Hoola ..not too red not too ashy..I now understand why it is so popular ๐Ÿ™‚ Galifornia is a pretty blush but I don’t find it unique enough to spend 28$ on the full size. I found it quite similar to some of the other blushes I own. Both the powders are scented and I was surprised that I actually like the scent ๐Ÿ˜€ I usually hate scented makeup products.

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Brush Swatches

Above are heavy brush swatches of the 3 products in the palette. I really like the cream highlighter. I usually shy away from cream products since I find them a bit bothersome to use but the Watts Up highighter is so gorgeous I feel like taking the extra effort ๐Ÿ˜€ It is the perfect highlighter for no makeup makeup days.

Overall, I think this palette is a steal for 20$. I do reach for this palette quite often ever since I got my hands on it. I see it still listed on Sephora, so do grab this palette if you’ve always wanted to try some of the powders from Benefit. The cream highlighter is a lovely bonus. It would be nice to see benefit come out with more sleek palettes like this!

Are you a fan of Benefit Cosmetics? What else do you recommend from the brand?

Until next time, ciao!!

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L’occitane Shea Comforting Cream light

I have been a big fan of L’occitane bath and body products for close to 10 years now..it was one of theย  little luxuries I enjoyed when I was in college on a student budget ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the scent that hits you when you enter their stores and have bought gifts for loved ones often from the brand.

Although I have enjoyed their products over the years, I noticed that I have never really tried any of their facial skincare stuff till date. So when my trusted moisturizer from Caudalie ran out I took the plunge. I picked out a foaming cleanser and the light version of theย  Shea Comforting cream. I’ll review the foaming cleanser soon but today lets talk about the Shea Comforting cream.

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L’occitane Shea Comforting Cream in Light

This moisturizer states that it has 5% Shea Butter where as the Ultra rich version has 25% Shea butter. I typically have very dry skin but at the time I picked this up my skin was leaning more towards normal than dry. They suggest the Ultra rich version for very dry skin types.

I found the moisturizer to be light and it spreads easily on the face. It does instantly make your skin feel moisturized. Despite all of this I was a bit underwhelmed..not sure why exactly but I was hoping for my skin to look healthy, moisturized from within and have that healthy glow (all the things my Caudalie moisturizer does (REVIEW HERE)). Somehow it failed to wow me as a night moisturizer.

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L’occitane Shea Comforting Cream

On the up side I found this to work really well under makeup. It does not cause foundation to ball up or oxidize or look patchy. It does not have SPF so you might have to use an additional SPF when used during the day.

The ingredients on this moisturizer look really good on paper. I got the ingredient list from the Nordstrom Website since I no longer have the outer box where it is listed. Take a look:

Aqua/Water**, Dicaprylyl Ether**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Glycerin**, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate**, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate**, Xanthan Gum**, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides**, Corn Starch Modified**, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Tocopherol**, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Geraniol.

Dicaprylyl Ether which is the second ingredient is a silicone free plant derived chemical which gives that silky feel on the skin we usually associate with silicones. This probably explains why it works well under makeup..you get a nice smooth base ๐Ÿ™‚ It is also an emollient.

Then we have the star ingredient Shea butter listed second. It is well known for its moisturizing properties.ย Octyldodecyl Myristate andย  Glycerin are also moisturizing ingredients.

The biggest deal breaker for me was the scent :|. This cream smells like baby powder/ baby diapers. It linger for a bit after application too.

Overall, I think it is a decent moisturizer if you have normal skin and want a no frills moisturizer. If you are on a budget and want to pamper your skin with Shea butter I highly recommend the L’oreal Hydra Renewal Continuous moisture Cream (REVIEW HERE).

What are your thoughts on L’occitane skincare products? Any suggestions?

Until next time, Ciao!!!