Reviews

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!

 

xoxo

A

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Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

I know I’m not the only one out there who plays this game and finds it’s somewhat entertaining.

It has become one of my guilty pleasures.

For those of you who didn’t know, Kim Kardashian released a game on the App Store a week or two ago and it is all the buzz! I first heard about this game on tumblr and thought I should give it a go.

At first I thought it was a bit ridiculous. I mean going to photo shoots and such and just using up all your energy I order to get rewards wasn’t all that exciting but after playing for awhile, I kind of liked it. I don’t know why, but I just did.

I personally just feel the need to get to the highest level and that is why I continue to play it.

I am currently on level 11 and on the A-list (which is the highest level you can get to on the celebrity scale).

I mean the game itself is pretty boring since you just do the same thing over and over again. I have to admit that it is only fun when you have energy as after you use them all, you have to wait 5 minutes for a single energy to be replenished which many people find irritating. (Including myself) But I can definitely see the younger audiences enjoying this quite a lot.

Overall I find the game to be somewhat entertaining if I am extremely bored or have nothing better to do.

Rating: 3 stars

Price: free! (Don’t we all love free things)

Where can I get it?: the App Store on your iPhone or android

Want me to review something else? What are your thoughts on the game? Leave a comment down below and tell me what you think!

Xoxo
A

Sweater Weather

ImageRecently I have been searching for new artists and I came across The Neighbourhood. Oh lord. They are fantastic. Their album I’m Sorry… is amazing and you can purchase it on iTunes.

The first song I heard from The Neighbourhood was Sweater Weather. (fantastic song!) I recommend this band to anyone who enjoys The Weeknd.(which is another favorite artist of mine)

If you like indie pop/rock/alternative music, The Neighbourhood is the one for you!

Check them out on youtube and iTunes!

What song are you loving right now? Leave a comment below!

xoxo

Movie Review: Spring Breakers !

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How is everybody’s spring break going? Mine is swell but is sadly coming to an end. Today, I thought I would write a movie review since I saw Spring Breakers last week.

There was an enormous hype about this movie everywhere, on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc… I have to admit, I was really excited to see it also.

Movies like this can be either really good or really bad. Not in between.

Spring Breakers starred Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Gucci Mane, and James Franco.

Summary: (yes there are spoilers in here)The movie is about these girls, Faith, Cotty, Candy, and Brit who all want to go on Spring Break. However they don’t have enough money to go to Miami. Cotty, Candy, and Brit rob a local fast food restaurant to get the rest of the money. When Faith finds that her friends used violence to get the money, she’s really disappointed. But they all go to Miami anyways and have a lot of fun. However, the fun ends when they get arrested from one of the many spring break parties. They either had to pay a fine or spend two more nights in jail. A drug dealer and rapper named Alien bails them out. Faith doesn’t feel comfortable with Alien and what he does so she gets on the bus and heads back home. Cotty, Candy, and Brit stay with Alien. Candy and Brit hook up with Alien and Cotty is passed out. Later Alien takes the girls to a strip club and talks to Big Arch, who is also a drug dealer. Big Arch was Alien’s childhood best friend but they are now enemies. Big Arch tells Alien to stop selling drugs in his part of the neighborhood. However Alien doesn’t listen to Big Arch and this results in a drive by shooting. Cotty gets shot in the arm and decides to leave. Candy and Brit are left with Alien and come up with a plan to get revenge on Big Arch. When they get to Big Arch’s house, one of Big Arch’s men kill Alien. Brit and Candy kills that man and continue to shoot everyone who comes in their way. They kill Big Arch, give Alien a kiss on the cheek, and drive away in Big Arch’s car. The End.

Review: They I’m not really sure how I felt about this movie. I didn’t have high hopes but it left me really confused. Like what exactly was the plot of the whole thing? I have no idea. I think that Alien wanted to kill Big Arch all along and after Cotty and Faith left, he was left with the strongest of the group: Candy and Brit. Maybe he knew that he couldn’t do this alone so since Candy and Brit are the strongest, they would  guarantee the death of Big Arch. That’s what I thought.

Another thing is that Selena Gomez was only in the movie for like 30 minutes, then she left.

Rating: I honestly have no idea. I still don’t know how I feel. I didn’t like it, but I don’t hate it.

Did you see Spring Breakers? What did you think? Leave a comment below!

xoxo

The Gingerly Touch… of shampoo

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Ginger shampoo? That’s so weird! Those were my exact thoughts when I saw this item at The Body Shop. I am a Love Your Body member at The Body Shop, which is a rewards program. You get 10% off of every purchase! To be a Love Your Body member, you only need to pay $10 a year. To find out more about being a Love Your Body member, visit your local Body Shop or visit their website.

Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo from The Body Shop is for dry and flaky scalps. I don’t necessarily have a flaky scalp but it really soothes my scalp and it feels AMAZING! The shampoo itself smells like ginger and lathers really well. I felt a difference after my first time using this and so did my friend because I bought her a bottle also! This has done wonders on my hair and I hope it does the same for you!

If you’re looking for a new shampoo, give this one a try! Or you can try the other shampoos from The Body Shop!

Price: $14

Where can I get it? You can get this item at your a Body Shop near you or here

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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 http://www.narscosmetics.com/color/lips/~/pure-matte-lipstick or http://www.sephora.com/pure-matte-lipstick-P273416

Rating: 5 Stars!

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

xoxo

a

FF

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FF. Flower fragrance. Daisy by Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite fragrances. It has a really floral scent (hence the name) which I love! This isn’t really overpowering like other floral fragrances. The scent lasts for the whole day which is a total win! If you love Lola by Marc Jacobs, you will definitely love Daisy too.

Price: $65

Where can I get it? You can get this at Nordstroms, Macy’s, or Sephora.  http://www.sephora.com/daisy-P191858

xoxo