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Benefit Dandelion Review

I know, I know, I don’t give enough love to Benefit do I?

Honestly, I do like Benefit regardless of past entries! It’s just sometimes they have really miss products that make me want to throw myself on the floor and have a bit of a tantrum (well maybe nothing that drastic!).

Some items I’ve purchased from Benefit are absolute gems and one such item would be Dandelion.

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You need this. No questions. You need it.

Dandelion has to be thee perfect powder I have come across in this life (and maybe the next). As many misses as Benefit has in my book there always comes along one particular product that they create that I just fall in love with and need with me should I be stranded on a deserted island (Hmmm well maybe I’d need a hot guy too! We can discuss that later though!).

Dandelion, of course, is one of those products that I adore. It’s so difficult to explain this fine powder but I shall do my very best. I can only speak for my own skin tone but this powder weirdly enough, contrary to it’s sheer, rather colorless state within the box, is quite pigmented and actually gives my cheeks a stroke of color that is so very natural and flawless!

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Like I said the powder, strangely enough, is a very sheer pink (with almost a touch of peach). It comes in a cute little box with a strong sturdy brush with slightly harsh hairs (but I still love the brush).

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You’d never think looking at it that it would pack such a powerful punch. You can use it in one of a few ways. You can stroke it across your face as a finishing powder, you can use it for touch ups, you can use it alone for a pretty flushed look, and you can use it over your blush to tone it done some! I’m positive it has any number of uses and those are just a few ways I’ve used it for!

You simply can’t go wrong with this nifty little powder!

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The Ghosts of Christmas Past Collections

From year to year as collections come and go and change and rearrange I like to look over what I’ve stashed away over the years and compare price increases, quality, quantity, etc…

Some of my most favorite cosmetic possessions are from Holiday Collections and every year I am always excited to see what new items will be introduced.

Allow me to take you back on a journey into Christmas Past Collections! Maybe some of these are in your own personal stash, maybe you remember when they were released, and maybe you are still lemming them and hoping to find them on MUA or E-bay or some out of the way place that may still carry that particular item that has been on your wish list since it’s release from a Christmas that’s since past.

I’ve only taken on a few select pieces from my Holiday Collections! Hell if I did them all it’d make a bible of an entry icon wink Do enjoy the ones I’ve included in this post!

This year Smashbox hasn’t a single item that I’ve been tempted by but I remember being quite excited about last year’s Holiday Collection that was entitled Winter Nights.

The collection consisted of two parts, single cosmetic items plus kits and palettes named after legendary nightclubs.

Smashbox The Winter Lights Series
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Avalon
Consisted of two double-ended mini eyeshadow and shimmer duos. The picture of Avalon can be seen above on the far right hand side of the group photo!

Spider Club
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Consisted of a white leather carrying case which included a double ended palette (one side lips and one side shadow) plus three brushes

Troubadour
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Consisted of a similar white leather carrying case as the Spider Club and included a lipgloss trio and lip pencil

The Derby
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Consisted of a cream eyeliner trio and a flat end liner brush

The single cosmetics collection included a soft lights powder in Smashing Halo which was a soft shimmering white that showed up pink on your cheeks! It’s gorgeous and remains one of my favorite items from Christmas Past Collections! Also released was a shadow duo in shimmering shades of white and brown, a duo cream liner which included a shimmering gray liner and a shimmering white liner, and finally another of my favorite items, the Lux Shimmer Overlay which is a shimmering gold gel that can be apply to lips, eyes, and face.

Smashing Halo, Dual Liner, Dual Shadow and Lux Shimmer Overlay
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Smashbox, in my opinion, has not released a nicer collection than this in a long time.

I can’t recall a time that Stila has introduced a Holiday collection that I have actually wanted. It’s been too long a time that I’ve really had any hard lemmings for a Stila holiday collection! This year is another year of snore and thankfully so because it saves me money in the long run for other more interesting collections.

I believe it was two years ago (or last year I can’t really recall which) that the Stila Star Studded Event All Over Shimmer coffret was introduced. This consisted of four shimmers in a gorgeous box with a draw that pulled out to reveal four brushes! Really a lovely set!

Stila Star Studded Event All Over Shimmer Set
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Stila also did the grand collection which really needs no introduction from me. As you can see with your eyes while it was titled so!

The Stila Grand Collection
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Benefit has since resorted to just throwing together gift sets that include age old favorites. They take a little dandelion, a bit of bad gal mascara, a lipgloss or two and slap it in a brightly wrapped bag, mark down the price and Happy Holidays! Not that there is anything wrong with Benefit’s version of Holiday cheer but a special product or two is always appreciated by the masses. Two years ago (again I believe it was two! I have so many collections I tend to forget when items were released) they had introduced two pretty little kits one of which the Muse happened to pick up which was entitled Dancing Darlings. The kit included 4 mini shimmering lip glosses in gold, pink, bronze, and white! Benefit I speak for all of us please do something like this again!

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Tarte introduced a quad of four shimmers in a hard plastic case which was lovely! I believe this was around 2-3 years ago and I remember happily being able to purchase this at such a nice price because the shimmers are normally expensive and here was a little kit that included not 1 but 4 shades! The glistening powders you received were cute little pots that could stack into the plastic case all together!

Tarte also graced us with the Glitterati set which contained a mascara, silver glitter mascara, and silver glitter liner!

Tarte’s Glitterati Set
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Tarte’s Glistening Powder Set
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While in jolly old England last year around the middle of November I went to Pout and purchased three palettes from their very interesting Holiday lineup! One of which I don’t believe was introduced here in the states. Masque de Jour, Masque de La Nuit, and Spoilt Senseless each included a trio of shadows, a cream blush, a gloss, and a brush for application! I have high hopes that Pout will do a similar style palette this year!

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I believe, correct me if I am wrong, the Limited Edition Gold Shimmer Brick from Bobbi Brown was introduced last holiday season! However, I purchased mine in the summer at Nordies who still had one lonely palette in stock. This year I’m actually kind of excited to see the pink limited edition Shimmer Brick they are putting out!

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Ahhhh Givenchy. I remember going nuts searching out the Prismissime palette all over this bloody city. It was sold out virtually everywhere but by some chance I got it around the first week of January when it popped back in stock at the Times Square Sephora plus I happened to nab the elusive Lash Pearls to go with it!

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Bare Escentuals gave us the lovely Rose Gossmaer Gift Set which the Muse uses daily and adores! This year they bring us a new set entitled Precious Diamonds which is virtually the same style kit with a new exciting powder.

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Bourjois Paris gave us thee most gorgeous shimmering shades of gold and silver loose powder shadows with it’s Suivez mon Regard Eyeshadows.

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Dior gave us a few backstage items that the Muse had trouble locating and finally, bless her weak heart, she was able to locate both at Nordies. The coveted Lash Pearls and the limited edition Glitter Top Coat in Gold for lips (they have since released a silver version as well).

I can remember a time when Dior was a bit of a funky, fun brand. It’s since been introducing more elegant, couture themed palettes. The Diorglam palettes were on of the few items that were released in both colors something us statesiders are not used to getting!

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Prescriptives got exciting one year with it’s Startlight Shimmer Powder and Brush set! I can remember lemming this little set quite hard icon wink

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Around this time last year MAC surprised us with it’s anticipated Couture collection and the masses ran to the stores to snatch up these highly coveted items! The Muse only happened to get four pieces from the set. Those were the Richmetal Highlighter and believe you me she regrets not nabbing more from the collection!

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And finally MAC introduced us to it’s Formal Black Holiday collection which included gorgeous palettes in lovely black compacts with a swinging beaded tassel and the elegance of a compact that made you the envy of your friends when you whipped it out for a touch up!

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I hope you enjoyed this look at Christmas Past I’ll bring you Christmas Present in a future entry. It’s only October but already the shops are filling up with an array of treats to tempt and tease your credit card and cash right out of your very wallet. Heck, you don’t even have to hand over either they will gladly walk right up to the counter for you and make their own purchases icon wink

What are your favorite Holiday Collections from Christmas Past?

Have any of these? Love them?

Tell me what you miss or want back!

My ears are always open.

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Benefit Powder Pop

What if you spent $90 on these?

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And Benefit offered to give you all of them in a box set for $30?

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You’d obviously take the second choice wouldn’t you?

Benefit is gifting us this Holiday Season with the Benefit Powder Pop Set (As originally seen on Kiss and Make-Up). And I do mean GIFT! This is a steal at $30 bucks! Grab yourself some Hula, Dandelion, and Dallas plus a mini brush all in one cute box!

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Benefit is slowly healing my emotional wounds from past purchases! I may not need therapy after all.

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Benefit’s Miss Popularity

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Do you want to be Miss Popularity? Look no further, Benefit has got you covered!

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Taken from the Benefit Site:

Turn up your “all that” appeal with miss popularity. All you need is our new precision highlighter in all the right places and you’re “all that” just like that. This soft white shimmering highlighter makes it so easy.

Tips and tricks: miss popularity’s secret lesson for highlighting: For bright eyes… apply to the triangle of the eyes & blend. Perk up your smile… apply to the outer corners of lips & blend. Slimify your nose… apply 3 dots down the middle & blend. To enhance cleavage… apply above your bra line and blend.

Um ya….

Well we already know the story of “That Gal” don’t we? Oh you missed it? Click here and you’ll understand!

I’m a little skeptical of a product that promises to brighten and highlight me after my fiasco with “That Gal” however, I might just give Benefit a second chance to make things right in our relationship!

Anyone interested in this?

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The Weekend Beauty Shopper Steals 2007

I’m backkkkkkk!

Last weekend I had missed the Steals and Deals of the week but this weekend I’m back with some great finds just for you!

Click over and print out this coupon for a Free Wallflower or Scentport Starter Kit from Bath and Body Works! Get your home smelling lovely and hey it’s free! $15 Value!

Head on over to QVC and add a quad of Philosophy lipglosses into your cart for $33! These normally retail for $10 each but you can get all four for $33 (Item Number A12627). The kit includes lemonade, mint, apple, and coconut! And while you’re at it you might want to sneak on over and check out the Muse’s review on these glosses prior to purchasing!

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Since you’re at QVC browsing around for lipglosses on sale why not indulge your sweet tooth and check out their newest three in one shower gel duo for $30! You’ll get both Sweet Creamy Frosting and Red Velvet Cake with this kit! Mmmmm!

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And hey, the Muse advises and says that it’s never to early for Christmas shopping! So check out Item Number A5322 for a fab deal! This is a trio of full size (16oz) Philosophy Three in One shower gels with cute gift bags! The Muse purchased a few of these last year for various Christmas gifts, grab bags, etc..and they were a huge success! And at the price of $35 bucks for all three they come cheap (That’s less than $12 each!) The Muse advises purchasing these prior to November as last year they sold out and were on wait list forever! So grab ‘em while the grabbing is good! They make great gifts as a set or given away indivdually!

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Lush wants you naked! Head on over to Lush and purchase any two of their bare-ly wrapped products and get the third absolutely free! Promo Code: BARENAKED

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Keep your brows in order for free! Beauty.com will include a free Anastasia brow gel with any purchase!

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Enjoy Free Shipping from Sasa with any $50 Purchase! Did the Muse happen to mention how much she LOVES free shipping?

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Burt’s Bees happens to be one of the Muse’s favorite brands and it’s on sale at Drugstore.com! 30% Off All Burt’s Bees Stock plus Free Shipping!

Bobodave is offering 10% off All Sofina Stock from September 24th to the 30th. Discount will be refunded after purchase.

Glossy Lips anyone? Get a double ended gloss wand with any $50 Benefit purchase free! Enter Coupon Code GLOSSIX2 to receive your free gloss!

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Grab yourself Free Shipping and a Free Full Size product of your choice if you spend $39.50 at Beach Girl Beauty.

It’s not beauty but it is Bollywood! If you happen to love Hindi films, like me, the Muse advises you to click over to Nehaflix to nab some great deals on Bollywood DVD’s and receive Free Shipping with your order of $30 or more!

Nordstrom is giving away a soft traincase full of goodies to Lancome customers who spend $35 or more! Now might be a good time to nab yourself some of the Limited Edition Mystery Game goodies to get your free traincase!

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Happy Weekend! See you Monday!

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