Monday, February 16, 2015

Random Product Reviews - Benefit, Real Purity, Make Up For Ever

I bought The Real Steal collection from Sephora so I could get my free birthday gift for being a Beauty Insider.  The fact that I was getting the mascara and mini liner both for just $24 helped.  I've heard amazing things about these products and had been desperately hoping to try them... maybe get them in a subscription box.  But while all the other girls were raving that they got them in their Birchbox or ipsy Glam bag, I never did.  Cue tiny violin.

benefit they're Real! Mascara - A jet-black mascara that lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts, and separates lashes for a spectacular "out-to-here" look.  This breakthrough bestseller reveals lashes you never knew you had! The specially designed brush features staggered bristles that grab close to the root, boosting length and volume beyond belief. The custom-domed tip uses precision bristles to lift, define, and curl even your tiniest lashes. With a glossy, jet-black, long-wearing formula, you’ll flaunt luxurious, silky lashes that won’t smudge, clump, or dry out.
benefit they're Real! Push-up Liner - An innovative, waterproof lash-hugging gel liner pen that lasts for 24 hours.  This eyeliner’s soft AccuFlex™ tip is custom-angled to draw an easy line. Its flat, wide guard gently pushes lashes aside to get close to lash line. A gorgeous way to open up eyes, this matte black gel formula won’t dry out, and its cutting-edge tip ensures a precise line every time.

I cannot say that these were as easy to use as I had heard.  They did create a dramatic look, but I had to correct the eyeliner three times and pull chunks of it from my lashes, and the mascara did dry out quickly and left my lashes clumpy.  Although I was disappointed because of my high expectations, I will use them again.


I love Real Purity.  They use only the highest quality botanicals and plant-derived ingredients to make naturally good-for-you cosmetic, skin care, and body care products.  If the free sample color palette for the month looks like it will go well with my skin tone, I am more than happy to pay the $2.32 postage to try them out.  February 2015's samples were:

Eye Shadow in Plum - Consisting of only six ingredients, Real Purity eyeshadow is the all natural solution your eyelids have been waiting for. Designed to be wearable, non-irritating and long-lasting, our eyeshadows come in over 15 shades that can be used in hundreds of combinations to create the perfect eye look.

Powder Blush in Desert Rose -
Add a layered glow to your cheeks with Real Purity’s Powder Blush. Whether you’re looking for a daytime flush or bright, apple-colored cheeks at night, there’s a shade in our collection for you.  With only six ingredients, Real Purity’s array of blushes are designed for easily irritated skin.

Lipstick in Passion - Real Purity lipsticks are designed to make your lips sing with healthy color. Creamy and hydrating, each Real Purity lipstick is all natural and designed to be non-allergenic. Available in over 25 colors, these organic lipsticks are rich with antioxidants that will protect your lips.

All of the items I'm reviewing are available full-size for $15.  This month's samples were very pinky... perfect Valentine's shades.  The plum eye shadow is right down my alley.  Pairs perfectly with my green eyes.

I have not found another lipstick with the moisturizing effect and creamy texture that Real Purity's have.  If you try any of their products, the lipstick should be at the top of your list.  THERE IS NONE BETTER!

I swatched the colors on my wrist.  From left to right: Powder Blush in Desert Rose, Eye Shadow in Plum, Lipstick in Passion.


The Make Up For Ever kit was my birthday present from Sephora for being a part of their Beauty Insider program.  Isn't Sephora great?  If you've never checked them out, you get free shipping on orders over $50, free gifts on orders over $25 which you select from their Weekly Deals usually consisting of deluxe samples of amazing products, three free samples of your choice which includes perfumes, colognes, makeup and skin care products, AND, once you've spent enough money to become a Beauty Insider you get points to spend on luxury samples or full-sized gifts.  It's incredible.  Almost too good to be true.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara - A precision mascara that adds volume, length, and curl.  This clump-free mascara delivers long-lasting wear in one stroke. Using 4D technology, an exclusive microdefining wax complex envelopes the lash surface in ultrablack pigments for far-away impact and up-close precision. The dual-purpose, cone-shaped brush has a precision tip that separates lashes as the rounded base creates extravagant volume from any distance.
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N9 Lipstick - An ultra-creamy lipstick with a translucent soft, shiny finish.  Enriched with nourishing properties, Rouge Artist Natural keeps lips hydrated for eight hours after application. Its incredibly smooth texture glides on effortlessly for ultimate comfort while also leaving the lips supple and moisturized. Formulated with mother-of-pearl and colorful pigments, Rouge Artist Natural's translucent shine adds a natural sheen to the lips.

These were a great birthday gift.  The mascara did not clump, and lifted and separated my lashes.  The lipstick was rich and a beautiful natural color.

Check out Benefit and Make Up For Ever on Sephora's website ( and Real Purity's natural products at

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