October 16, 2017

Benefit GALifornia Love Holiday Set Helped Me Learn How To Fill My Brows

I was compensated by a brand or company but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Benefit GALifornia Love Holiday Value Set ($29) is a new, limited edition Holiday 2017 Gift Set that comes with one of my favorite blushes at the moment, Galifornia. Seriously, have you tried Galifornia? If not you have to! It’s thee perfect shade of golden pink ever. I have a lot of Benefit Box o’ Powder loves but I have to say Galifornia is definitely on the very top of my list of must haves.

But I digress, I want to tell you how this set turned me on to Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel. I know, I know! I totally know what you’re thinking right now. You’re thinking, “But wait, you don’t fill your brows!” Too true! I never fill my brows. They are hairy beasts with a life all their own. I just never felt the need to fill my brows. Hell, I don’t even know how to fill my brows. It’s not something I’ve ever had to worry about in my little beauty world. I hate my brows since they are very full and quick to grow. If I let them go, within a week I’d probably be wandering around the streets of Manhattan with a nice uni-brow. It’s a lot of maintenance work when you have strong, prominent brows. I’ve always wanted to be that girl who has to fill her brows. It seemed much easier than heading to the nearest salon to have them threaded or waxed every two weeks or so.

Recently, I shaved off a little piece of my brow in a weird accident (I’m not going to even get into that story!) and suddenly, I was faced with the dilemma of filling in the area that I shaved off. I realized quickly I had no freaking idea what I was doing since I had never had to do this before. I was also running around Ulta trying to figure out what I should be buying to fill that little area in. I wish I knew about Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel at the time because it would have saved me hours of learning how to fill in my brows. Seriously, this stuff is awesome and it showed me that actually I have a few spares “empty” areas around my brows that can in fact use filling. It comes in three shade selections, you get Shade 3 with the GALifornia Love Holiday Set. Shade 3 was a good fit for me even though at first I was all like, “Mmmm this looks like a weird gray shade!” It has a tiny spoolie on one end and you can just sweep it across your brows gently. It instantly fills in the sparse areas. And since I’m actually still waiting for that little piece of brow to grow in that got shaved off, don’t worry it’s sort of already grown back, I just swept it across that area and my little mistake disappears!

I was concerned I’d look like this after using it:

dog meme brow

But in fact, it was very natural and it filled in the sparse areas without looking unnatural or weird! So, yeah, now I’m suddenly using this stuff everyday. Can you believe that?

Anywho! If you’re a fond fan of Benefit Roller Lash Mascara this gift set comes with a full-size version which typically is $24 so for an extra $5 bucks you get a mini Galifornia Blush (0.08 oz) as well as a full-size Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel (0.1 oz). I can’t praise Galifornia enough (I’m wearing it below) and this is a nice way to try it out plus get some other goodies.

Benefit Galifornia 14

Benefit Galifornia swatches

benefit galifornia fotd

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

The set comes housed in a crystal ball-like packaging which did have me doing my best Madame Leota impersonation. “Wizards and witches, wherever you dwell, give us a hint, by ringing a bell!” It’ll make a cute gift if that’s your plan. The bottom portion acts to hold the Benefit makeup goodies in a stand up position for easy access should you wish to pop it on your vanity or makeup table.

All in all, Benefit GALifornia Love Holiday Set is a cute little set for gifting or getting for yourself. Heck, maybe it’ll help you discover the fine art of filling your brows too. I know I didn’t think that would happen going into this post.

Benefit GALifornia Love Holiday Set is available at Ulta and Ulta.com for a limited time this Holiday season!

Are you planning on hauling any of Benefit’s Holiday 2017 Collection this year?

I was compensated by a brand or company but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • L

    I love Gimme Brow! I don’t have thin brows per se, but Gimme Brow helps them stay in place, look neat and just gives them a little bit of a fuller look that fills in any uneven patches. It’s kind of expensive ($24) for such a little tube but I love it!

    • Isabella Muse

      EXACTLY my experience! I was worried it would make me look weird as I already have really dark brows. But it actually fills those little sparse areas, acts like a brow gel to hold them in place and gives them a nice, neat look. ;-D

  • Saige

    Hey Muse!

    The Gimmie Brow in this set is actually full size! So its an even greater deal!

  • ruth

    have you seen the Madame Leota bracelet on disneystore.com? it’s an alex and ani bangle and may show up in my christmas stocking & it glows in the dark! how cool is that?!?

    • Isabella Muse

      got it, own it ;-D haha! I collect ALL da haunted mansion merch! I even have the dishware. I wish they’d do silverware, I’d buy that too!

      • ruth

        ha! dinners at your house must be spook-tacular! I just hauled both of the micky halloween bangles. I waited too long the first time they were on the site and prayed to our lord and savior, micky mouse, for them to return online and not have to pay ebay prices & and sweet baby ducklings huey, duey, and louie , my prayers were answered! I’m saving my pennies for SPN con in DC next month or would’ve hauled Madame Leota & Grim Grinning Ghosts as well

  • Megan

    The Gimme Brow in this set is actually full sized as well! I know it looks like a mini because the packaging is small but the Rollerlash and Gimme Brow are full sizes in this set! An even better value!! (I work at a Benefit brow bar at ULTA, and I’m obsessed with the value of this set, I don’t understand how it’s so cheap!!)

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks! I didn’t realize that ;-D I’m loving this stuff, just got a backup on Ulta with my 20% off ;D

  • Sara

    I wasn’t sure what I was going to spend my $125 Ulta rewards on (yes I know, I’m the ultimate point hoarder) and this just found its way into my cart. I was trying to avoid buying 4 new eye shadow palettes and this is a great value to try out! I’m like you and never touch my brows but I’m curious to try it out. I did throw Heavy Metals into my cart too among other things, couldn’t completely pass over all the new palettes…

    • Isabella Muse

      haha me and you both! I keep saying I am going to do a big nars haul with my rewards but haven’t pulled the trigger yet, waiting to see what else pops up before my 20% coupon expires ;-D It really is a fab pick. I NEVER touch up my brows and suddenly I started using this and I was like, “whoa I have little areas that really do need filling!” I like that it isn’t overpowering. it’s quite natural and works like an eye gel of sorts with a little hint of tint. Let me know what you think, curious if I am imaging how great it is ;-D YES! Good pick on heavy Metals 😀

      • Sara

        So I got to try out all 3 items in the set this morning. WOW that brow stuff is great!! So simple and foolproof, its like if you handle mascara you can handle that stuff. My brows look better without being too bold or dark, its like brow enhancer. The mascara and blush are also excellent. Thumbs up all around! I’m amazed at the price of this set too, especially after using my Ulta points on it.

        • Isabella Muse

          RIGHT? Am I not kidding about it? I would NOT have thought it would be something I’d make use of but suddenly I use it everyday! It’s like my brows but better haha! Yay! Enjoy it Sara!

  • Beta

    I picked this up at Ulta last night after reading this and used the brow gel. I’m like you with very full brows. And oh my gosh you’re right! It really does fill in areas nicely without look strange!

    Thanks Muse!