Makeup Review: Ben Nye Banana Powder

Fab photo by: freestocks 

This week I wanted to show you all 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! I bought this when Ricky’s was closing down, so I think I got a huge discount (miss them). I don’t trust Amazon makeup or anything related to skin or vitamins unless it is 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 it’s 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 added too much, just use a face mist to help it evenly spread across your skin.

Color: The one I have is the banana color which is excellent if you have a 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

I cannot believe I finally found a foundation that actually looks glowy/expensive and only cost me $13.00. I found this at my local Rite Aid!!!

Review time: It gives me a great sun-kissed dewy look (muahah)! It doesn’t sit on your wrinkles; if you’re 30+, you know what I’m talking about.

I suffer from dry skin, and throughout the day, I get flaky. I also use heavy-duty retinols, so I’m always a bit crispy.

by: Silvia 😉

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. 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.

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

How skin feels after: It feels incredibly moisturizing. 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 because I wanted to make sure my skin had enough time to react to it. ❤️

DIY Organic Coconut +Coffee +Sugar Scrub

By far one of my favorite DIY body and face scrub that smells high-end without the hefty price tag! The ingredients are as natural as you want them to be, and most of them you probably already have. 

I would advise a light pour with the coconut oil because of the not-so- pleasant oil stains in your tub later (trust me). Also, if you live in an old building, chances are your pipes will clog too. Less is more.

The real benefit of this scrub is its soothing properties for dry, damaged, and dull skin. I use this scrub when my skin is taking all kinds of hits. It’s the best thing to do the night before a major event. Please be gentle, and if you are using it on your face, maybe scrub two days before a major event.

Ingredients you’ll need:

100% Unrefined coconut oil – 1.5 tablespoon – is an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. 

Organic honey – 1.5 tablespoons – a humectant, excellent for dry skin, and acne. My honey is from Ecuador.

Sugar – 4 tablespoons – organic is excellent if you have it, but mine is plain old sugar – great for acne, and clogged pores.

Coffee – 2 tablespoons – organic is great, but I used the regular old Folgers brand. Make sure it’s not flavored coffee!

You’ll need a container with depth; that way, it won’t go flying around the countertop when you mix the sticky solution (honey). I used an old container and then poured the ingredients into the saucer in this photo.

Don’t clean utensils with alcohol since it can mess up the smell. Use regular dish soap and then pat dry with a towel or napkin. 

Step 1. Gather all of the dry ingredients, sugar and coffee, and mix them in the container.  

Step 2. Once they are thoroughly mixed, pour a tablespoon of coconut oil, and mix again. 

Step 3. Add the honey and mix until you can see the grains combine. 

Finish: The consistency is supposed to be the soft clump kind. Not too sticky where it turns into balls, but not too weak where they can’t combine. That way, when you scrub your body, it can actually cover the areas you want to polish. 

After your scrub, lather some oil or your favorite moisturizer as if your life depended on it and you’re finished!

You can leave the scrub in the fridge when you’re not using it. I keep mine for about a week since I scrub about 2-3x a week. Don’t let it sit too long in the fridge since it goes bad sooner than later. Since there aren’t preservatives like “citric acid” you may want to toss after five days. I make small batches to limit waste.

I hope you liked it!