Makeup Tips

A’s Favorite: Lip Balm

Hello beautiful people!

I’m starting a new segment here on The Beauty Benefits where I will be sharing my favorites!

My all time favorite lip balm would have to be Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm. I’m sure all of you have heard about it or have seen it in line at Sephora  in those tiny boxes where they put all those small little goodies in while you wait in line. (It’s a trap! But I fall for it every time) Well after hearing so many people talk about it and seeing it everywhere, I decided to give it a go. I mean why not right?

I don’t know what I was expecting when I first bought this product. But boy is it great.

I love love love my minted rose lip balm! It’s one of the best lip balms I’ve ever tried. I do have to admit that it does smell more minty than rose. The formula is very nice and moisturizing. This is my pre-lipstick application staple! It’s my everyday staple. It’s just great.

The packaging is super cute and has sort of an old fashioned or vintage esk feel to it.

The only con to this lip balm would have to be that it’s a bit bigger than regular lip balms like the Chapstick brand ones or Burt’s Bees. So throwing it in my Lululemon Scuba Hoodie pocket doesnt look the best but oh well.

But other than that, it’s fantastic!

It’s definitely one of my every day staples and a little goes a long way. I bought this a long time ago and there is still a lot of it left. So for the price of $7, it’s kind of a steal.

If you aren’t a fan of tin lip balms but would love to try this product, they also offer a tube version of the original rosebud salve (not minted but just as good) that you can get here!

If you would like to try any of their other lip balms you can get the original Rosebud Salve or the Strawberry Lip Balm.

Rating: 5 stars

Price: $7

Where can I get it?: Many stores carry this product (ex. Sephora)


I hope you enjoyed the first A’s favorite! If you have any products you would like me to review please leave a comment below!





Henna it up!

Image I love henna! I recently went to a Tibetan shop and bought some pre-made henna in a tube. I have never done henna before so I decided to give it a try. I was so afraid I was going to mess up!

It wasn’t hard to use at all. Applying henna is actually really simple and super fun.


  • Buy henna paste or a kit. (Make the henna if you bought a kit)
  • Simply apply the henna paste to your skin like you’re laying rope on the ground, don’t use it like a marker. 
  • Leave the henna on for 4-8 hours
  • Then you can peel off the henna paste 

After you make your design, allow it to dry for a couple minutes and apply liquid bandage over your henna design. 

* I have also heard that you can use liquid hair gel, or lemon and sugar. For more information on ways you can set your henna, feel free to google it. (I’m sorry I’m no help in that department!)


 To set the henna paste, I applied liquid band aid to the location. This will allow the color to become darker and last longer. 

This only lasts for a couple of days! 


Makeup Tip #1

ImageDid you know that cleaning your makeup brushes every once in a while helps prevent breaking out and acne? Your makeup brushes collect a lot of dirt from sitting in your room, bathroom, being exposed to different beauty products, and from your face. If you don’t clean your makeup brushes, when you use them, the dirt will clog your pores… and poof! breakout! 

You do not necessarily need to buy makeup brush cleaning solutions at makeup stores. You can clean your brushes with Johnson and Johnson’s baby soap. A small travel size bottle from Target will last you a while. Baby soap is gentle and will get all the makeup off of your brushes. Just wet the brushes, apply soap, gently scrub, rinse, and let them air dry! 

The Perfect Red Lipstick

ImageI have been searching for a vibrant red lipstick that would last and look amazing with my skin tone. I have tried many different colors and brands and was never fully pleased. That was until I came across Nars Pure Matte Lipstick! This is literally heaven in a tube. Before purchasing this item, I already owned Nars Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita and I loved it. The thing I love about Nars products is that their products are so high quality and their pigmentation is phenomenal. So when I needed a new red lipstick, I decided to give Nars Pure Matte Lipstick a try. Nars also has a semi-matte version, but I prefer a fully matte lip.

Unlike other lipsticks, this one is super long lasting and doesn’t dry out your lips! Which I think is super great because who likes dry lips?

I have pretty fair skin and Vesuvio just pops and goes so well with my skin color. Nars does carry a few other red lipsticks and lip pencils so be sure to check them out and find one that fits you!

I love being able to put on this lipstick and some mascara and just walking right out the door. A rep lip is a great way to add something extra to your look. But remember to tone down your eye makeup when applying red lipstick. Keep your eye makeup somewhat simple (a small winged eye instead of a dramatic one). Too much eye makeup can over do your look and look really unpleasant.

Price:$26 (It make seem like a lot but it is so worth it!)

Where can I get this? You can buy this item at your local Sephora, Nars, or order them online at or

Rating: 5 Stars!

Have any questions or comments about this product? Leave a comment below!