Countdown To Love – Days 9-14

Only 10 more days until Christmas!!! Here is what’s been in my advent calendar the last few days:

Countdown To Love - Days 9-14

9. “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer

Full Size: 0.37 oz, $29
Sample Size: 0.25 fl oz, $8 individual price

Countdown To Love - Days 9-14 - That Gal

“A silky pink primer that makes skin appear smoother and brighter.”

I got another sample of this primer in the Confessions of a Concealaholic kit I ordered on eBay a while back but I never actually got around to using it. When I received it again in this advent calendar I took it as a sign to finally give this primer a try. I liked the consistency of it and I could definitely tell that it made my complexion look brighter but that effect went away when I applied foundation on top. It didn’t really do much to extend the lifetime of my foundation and I also felt like it was a bit drying.

10. The POREfessional

Full Size: 0.75 fl oz, $30
Sample Size: 0.25 fl oz, $8 individual price

Countdown To Love - Days 9-14 - The Porefressional

“A professional balm that minimizes the appearance of pores.”

This primer is very similar to “That Gal” except that it help to make your pores appear smaller instead of brightening your complexion. It works ok but it’s a bit too drying for my liking. One thing I don’t understand is why the Benefit designed the advent calendar to have the two primers on subsequent days. Maybe I’m being a bit nitpicky but I think that could’ve been spaced out some more.

11. BADgal Liner Waterproof

Full Size: 0.04 oz, $20
Sample Size: 0.02 oz, $10 value

Countdown To Love - Days 9-14 - BADgal liner waterproof

“Benefit BADgal Liner Waterproof Eye Liner contains a unique formula that glides on smooth and won’t smudge or smear.”

This is the cutest little eyeliner. It does go on very smooth which makes it great for using between the lashes. Once it dries it doesn’t smudge on me but it fades pretty fast. Not really what I was expecting from a waterproof formula.

12. Total Moisture Facial Cream

Full Size: 1.7 oz, $40
Sample Size: 0.1 oz, $2.35 value

Countdown To Love - Days 9-14 - Total Moisture

“Formulated for normal to dry skin, this concentrated facial cream provides immediate and long-term hydration for an ultra-radiant complexion.”

I really like the It’s Potent! eye cream so I have high hopes for the Total Moisture Facial Cream. Can’t wait to try it.

13. Bracelet

Countdown To Love - Days 9-14 - bracelet

This bracelet is the second of three jewelry add-ons in this advent calendar. It’s even flimsier than the barrette and looks more like a friendship bracelet for 8-year old girls. I really don’t understand what Benefit was thinking by including these items. This one will just go straight in the trash.

14. BADgal Lash Mascara

Full Size: 0.3 oz, $19
Sample Size: 0.14 oz, $8 individual price

Countdown To Love - Days 9-14 - BADgal Lash

“An unadulterated black mascara for dramatically full and voluminous lashes.”

This mascara actually does make my lashes look super voluminous. I love the finished look but it’s such pain to achieve it. The bristles are very dense which normally would be great but with this brush it’s almost impossible to get between the lashes. There is a lot of wiggling involved in order to get any mascara onto them. The upside is that this separates the lashes very well which causes the voluminous look. However, since it takes a lot of patience and effort to work with this mascara I only use it when I have a lot of time in the morning.

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