Benefit Hoola & Watt’s Up + Matrix Oil Wonders Review


Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer $38.00 at Sephora

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

This bronzer has been my absolute favourite for the past 3 years. That’s how long I’ve had it, and tells you how often I do a full face of makeup, but I also haven’t wanted to replace it in 3 years! So that tells you something. I’m a big fan of Benefit in general, and this bronzer is definitely one of their better known products. It’s the perfect bronze shade, for my skintone at least (fair af) and it doesn’t give me that weird, bruised, murky grey-ish tone that some bronzers do (Smashbox, I’m looking at you). It’s also light enough that I can use it to frame my face, if I’m looking particularily ghostly. It’s a reasonable price (if it lasts you 3 years like me) and Hoola is fun to say.

Watts Up

Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter $40.00 at Sephora

Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter

Now this one is a Benefit anomaly, because I sometimes loved it, enough to rebuy it. But sometimes really hate it, like right now. I first tried this as a beauty point perk at Sephora in high school, so a solid 4-6 years ago. It was my first highlighter, and I applied it so poorly its really difficult to reflect on. I thought I looked great though and bought the full size. Fast forward to someone telling me that powder highlighters are great, and this rolling to the back of my vanity. I eventually re-fell in love with it, but the product’s consistency, and my skin textures inconsistency, are where the issues lie. It’s a really creamy, really pigmented product, which is great if you constantly have beautifully hydrated, naturally dewey skin. However, if you’re prone to or experience even the slightest, and I mean slightest (I have normal to combination skin) dryness, this Watt’s Up does not cut it. It sits on top of your skin in a weird kind of oily, unnatural way. TLDR? If your skin is flawless and hydrated 24/7, this is a great highlighter for you. For us normal people, maybe a highlighter better suited for the summer months.


Matrix Oil Wonders Indian Amla Oil $17 on Amazon

Matrix Oil Wonders Indian Amla Strengthening Oil

I have been using this Matrix hair oil after every shower, for probably over 5 years now. I have left for trips and turned back around, when I realized I forgot this. For years, when I was much more blonde, I could not, physically could not, brush through my wet hair without this. I haven’t cut my hair in 2 years, and I feel like it’s finally healed my split ends enough that I can now forego it maybe once a week? But it’s seriously incredible. It smells amazing, it’s light enough that you can use it midway to your tips, but still so hydrating, and so affordable. You use one pump, maybe two if you’re a modern day Rapunzel or Sugar Bear Hair peddler, and this bottle will last you a year.

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