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The Original Cheek And Lip Stain

I’ll never forget receiving my first catalog from Benefit. It’s close to almost twenty years now (where does the time go?). Back then, you couldn’t find the brand anywhere in Minneapolis, but luckily that didn’t last long. Good thing too! They have some of the best cosmetics products on the market and really pioneered the way for many trends. Case in point-cheek and lip stain. Benetint was one of their first (and most successful) products. It is the perfect rose shade and has real staying power. It was the first thing I purchased from them and the first stain I’d ever tried. It has remained a staple in my arsenal ever since.

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Benetint Cheek and Lip Stain $29
This is super easy to use. You just put 3 swipes on your apples and quickly blend with your fingers (and I do mean quickly). You can build the color, as it is quite sheer, but I think just a rosy glow is best. Very natural looking. And for your lips, just brush on and blend. Perfect, just kissed looking lips. It’s also waterproof, which is always a plus.

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Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15 $20
This is a great lip balm. It has SPF (a must) and contains Vitamin E. The color is very sheer and natural looking. It also makes your lips super soft with just the right amount of shine.

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Benetint Pocket Pal $20
Benetint to go! One side contains tint and the other side houses a clear lip gloss. No need to carry around your bottle. Just throw this in your bag and it’s there for emergencies (or for when a sudden dinner date appears on your schedule). Easy peasy!

Benefit also has tints in other shades, as well as many super cool products. I highly recommend checking them out. You can find them at Benefit Cosmetics, at Sephora, and all fine department stores.

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Primed Lashes

My Grandma was recently very intrigued by my eyelashes and how long they are. I’ve shared many of my secrets, but only briefly mentioned the true key to outrageous lashes. I’ve learned, through many trials and errors, that there is not (for me) one quick fix product. It’s a combination of several amazing items that give me long, thick, and curled lashes. I am lucky, my lashes have always been long and I’ve never used a curler, but I’ve discovered that by using a few key tools, my lashes are taken to the next level. I’ve posted about the Urban Decay growth product I use at night and I’ve written about the mascaras I use, but the one that makes the biggest impact is a lash primer.
Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and Primer is THE key to perfect fringe. I’ve used it for years and there is nothing that works better. My lashes look good when I just use mascara, but paired with this primer that are amazing. This maximizer combs, curls, and thickens each lash to create a smooth, even mascara base. The nourishing serum treatment promotes long-term growth, plus lash strength and vitality. You just apply it to lashes prior to mascara and voila! You will have plumper, longer and fabulous lashes. It can also be used at night to condition. I would never wear just mascara because the difference is that great. It is spendy, but it does last a long time (I know you’re supposed to throw out eye stuff after a few months, but as long as it isn’t dry I’ll use it). I promise you will not be disappointed!

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Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and Primer $28
available at Sephora and all major department stores

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Black Honey

I started wearing Clinique’s Black Honey over ten years ago. Back then it only came in their Almost Lipstick formula and it was my signature color. I loved the color (a deep, blackened raisin) and the feel. Fast forward a decade and now this color has a cult following. Why? Because it truly does look great on everyone. It does not matter what your individual coloring is, this will look amazing on you. I hate to admit it, but I had kind of forgotten about this unique lip shade until I started going through my new magazines. The ads are everywhere and it got me thinking-“Why did I abandon Black Honey?” I guess I just got caught up in all the new goodies that are constantly hitting the market. I pulled out the tube I had tucked away and tried it on. Perfection! And after looking into it, I found this color is now available in many different options.

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Black Honey Almost Lipstick $15
The original, this lipstick is really more of a balm. Transparent pigments merge with your unique, natural lip tone to create a color that is all yours. It’s sheer, glossy, and very lightweight.

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Black Honey Lip Duo $21
This is a two-sided gem. Almost lipstick is on one end, and on the other you have Long Last Glosswear. Worn separately or together, you will have beautiful and moisturized lips. SPF 15.

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Black Honey Superbalm Moisturizing Balm $15
This is a high-gloss balm that instantly relieves dryness and leaves you with radiant lips.

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Limited Edition Black Honey Shimmering Tones Powder $32.50
Inspired by the lip color, this brick can be used as a blush, eye shadow, or all around face brightener. Gorgeous!

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Black Honey Glow ($48.50 value) $28.50
This set contains four products to create the ultimate Black Honey look. Set contains Color Surge Eye Shadow Duo, High Impact Mascara, limited edition Black Honey gel blush, and Superbalm.

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Black Honey Gradient Powder Blush $29.50
This powder is great because it can be layered for a more dramatic look, or one sweep can create a natural flush.

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Black Honey Brush-on Cream Liner $15
A creamy eyeliner that is perfect for creating a smokey eye. This is a brownish raisin color.

All products available at Sephora. Most are available at Clinique or major department stores

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Loungin’ in my Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Whatever product you choose, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed with Black Honey. It’s delicious!

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