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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!





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!


Movie Review: Spring Breakers !



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!


The Gingerly Touch… of shampoo



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