Makeup Review: Ben Nye Banana Powder

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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! ❤

FAQ [Frequently Asked Questions] Answered!

Fab Photo: Amy Hirschi

Get to know me better. Feel free to send me your post to read and tag your friends!

What do you do?  – Talent Acquisition. Ask me for resume or interview tips!

Do you have any pets? – Yes, I have a beautiful German Shepherd boy; he’s going to be four this year. 

Favorite foundation: It has to be the Mac NC 35 Studio Fix Foundation. It’s lasted longer than most,buildable and long-lasting—also the best for dry skin.

Moisturizer: Cerave face lotion for dry skin. The only one that softens my skin and doesn’t clog or break me out.

SunglassesKapten and Son all day every day.

Favorite drink: Right now, I’m on a six-month no-drinking challenge, but when I do drink, it’s the classic margarita.

Perfume you’ll wear on your death bed: Atelier clementine. It is by far my favorite perfume of all time and great for any occasion. It smells like, you guessed it, clementines. Citrusy clean smell ❤

Book you’re currently reading: “The Time In Between” its about a seamstress during WWII who becomes a spy ? 0.0

Currently missing? My senior dog. She passed in 2020, and it still feels fresh. I miss her energy, and our home hasn’t been the same. She went peacefully in my arms and lived a wonderful life.

What do you do for fun? -So, I really enjoy reading. The problem is, I can’t finish a book because I have this fear of finishing a book. I know, I know. I always think that I won’t find another one like it or better, which is somewhat true. But I’m trying to get over that fear!

Places you’ve traveled toI’ve been to the Dominican Republic (beautiful place) and Germany (another beautiful place).

Favorite shows:  Peaky Blinders, Chewing Gum, and a classic that will never ever get old. Frasier. When I as younger Frasier was so boring so much and never understand their humor until one day it just grew on me. I tried to do that with Seinfeld, but sadly it didn’t work. 

I hope you’re having a great day!

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!