Why I Use Ben Nye Banana Powder

A review of my favorite face powder (pros and cons) and how to get your hands on one!

Fab photo by: freestocks 

This week I wanted to show you the tried and true powder I use on my face for winter, summer, ––actually all the seasons.

Price: Not as expensive as you’d think and lasts for ages ($18-26)! I bought this when Ricky’s was closing down, so I think I got a huge discount (miss them). I don’t trust shopping for makeup on Amazon yet, or anything related to skin unless it’s a trusted seller. If you’re like me, check out Ben Nye’s online store locator.

Package: Cheap, very, very cheap. The one gripe, besides it being in a loose powder format, is the packaging. I don’t need it to be flashy, but because I’m extremely clumsy and lack balance, I tend to drop things… a lot. Especially if I’m wearing all black or white.

Travel-friendly: Clunky AF for travel. Instead, I transfer the powder into a smaller container, so I only use what I need and not lose my mind if I lose the powder. 

Amount: You need to go very light. This can become cakey if you use the wrong brush or have a heavy hand, but it’s absolutely incredible for hot summer days. I don’t remember this oxidizing on my skin. If you overapply, just use a face mist to help it spread evenly across your skin.

Color: “Banana,” which is excellent if you have yellow/peach undertones, but try them out for yourselves! I do not recommend this for pink undertones. They do have pink loose powder as well.

Repurchase? Yep, it’s been my repurchase for over 6 years. This is the only loose powder I love wearing, and lasts long enough for a workday.

Let me know how it goes. See ya! ❤

Makeup Review: Maybelline Dream Radiant Liquid

Affordable Makeup for on-the-go.

I cannot believe I finally found a foundation that actually looks glowy, expensive, and only costs $13.00. I found this at my local Rite Aid… I know!

Review time: It gives me a great sun-kissed dewy look (muahah). It doesn’t sit on your wrinkles; if you’re over 26 or suffer from dryness, you know what I’m talking about. Throughout the day, I get flaky and tend to use heavy-duty retinols, so I’m always a bit crispy.

Staying power: Probably the not-so-great part. It has the glowy effect I’m craving so I don’t really care that it doesn’t last as long as my full-coverage foundations. Also, it’s compact, so I can re-apply whenever, and super great for travel.

Color Selection: They are somewhat limited. I might have to mix colors. As you can see, it’s pretty dark, but the skin color on my face is different than my hand (not that different though, haha).

Coverage: The coverage lasts for about 4 hours max, and it’s light.

How skin feels after: Incredibly moisturized; I thought it would create milia (bumps on the skin), but it didn’t!

Do I recommend it? Hell. Yes. It’s not expensive, and if you’re looking to save on makeup, it’s definitely a great start. It reminds me of the Georgio Armani Silk Foundation (*I love but it breaks me out).

I recommend it for dry/ mature skin or if you’re currently on acne medication and need a boost of hydration. I waited a full two weeks before reviewing it because I wanted to make sure my skin had enough time to react to it.

G ❤️

Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Kit (DIY Nails Review)

Gel manicure set for those who are afraid of nail salons, Covid-19, and are introverts in general.

I’ve been restless lately, and it may have to do with my hair falling out more than usual (for a later post). While I can’t change the hair loss immediately, I can improve the way I think about the situation. I’m trying to eat better while managing my stress levels more (sleep, vitamins, water, and deep breaths people). 

For a few months now, I’ve been craving to get my nails done at a manicure place, but I’m terrified of getting nail fungus (it’s real) and Covid exposure. The next best thing? A DIY gel manicure kit. If you don’t have a beauty supply store, they are a bit hard to come by if you’re impatient like me, but some stores such as Rite Aid /Ulta carry them. 

I found the Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Kit.

I don’t think it’s for everyone, but I’m super excited about the results. I had to wait a week to see if there was significant chipping before reviewing it. Still, as a person obsessed with handwashing and alcohol spritzing (I’m pretty bad at moisturizing too), I’ve seen fantastic results! Check out my photos; officially a 1-week and two days post manicure. 

Price: $59.00 USD

What you get: The three-step gel system comes with alcohol pads, a file, cuticle pusher (wood), the UV light, and acetone to remove the gel if needed. 

Any additional colors (like the one I am wearing) range for about $15.00 USD (pretty steep).

What you need: Your credit card and some patience. 

Time: It took me about 15 minutes to do them all, and it was considerably simple. I usually paint my nails on my left hand, then the right, and I leave the thumbs for last since those are the ones I use to clean up with.

Grade: A

Show me yours if you buy it, please :)!!