A love affair with dandelions
When you are a little girl, dandelions don’t seem like a weed, instead they are simply beautiful little flowers that you can pick and give to your Mom or perhaps put in your hair. You certainly don’t have the faintest idea as to why adults seem to concern themselves with their removal. I’ve always thought they were pretty little rays of sunshine, poking their heads up among the grassy forest. It seems like sort of a needless fight really… yet people spend their hard earned money every year waging war. Don’t worry, I live in an apartment, so I’m not your neighbour and you don’t have to worry about my lawn being the bane of your existence.
Their sunny little faces always made me happy. In fact, I should probably use the words “make me happy” given that it was just over a year ago that I found myself picking a small dandelion bouquet on Prince Edward Island, right after my husband asked me to marry him.
Yet I digress… this is after all a beauty and travel blog.
What I mean to say, is that I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with dandelions and I now have a new reason to rave about their existence.
You guys might recall my being stoked about my most recent Topbox that featured samples solely from benefit cosmetics. I was so excited about it, I really wanted to make time to go into extra detail for some of the products. First up on my hit list is (you guessed it) the sample set I received featuring both the dandelion brightening face powder and the corresponding dandelion ultra plush lip gloss.
These two products have quickly raced their way up my list of favourite products.
The brightening face powder is a gorgeous soft pink shade. It creates a very subtle and natural looking glow. This “dandelion” powder applies nearly sheer but is easily built-up for a more noticeable look. And don’t forget the soft shimmery kiss this “everyday” blush leaves behind on your cheeks.
If you’ve been wanting a blush that leaves a nice natural look without being overloaded by shimmer or looking flat with matte, this product might be just what you need.
The full size product is .25oz complete with a brush for easy dusting. It retails for $36.00 CAD or$28.00 US.
Now, as much as I love the blush and think its a very versatile and flattering shade, my favourite of the pair is the gloss.
This “dandelion” Ultra Plus Lip Gloss smells absolutely amazing for starters! It smells like peaches with a slight touch of mango but isn’t too overpowering, it’s just strong enough to be noticeable. When I first did my Topbox research and I discovered the full size gloss from Sephora was $18.00 CAD or $16.00 US (for a 0.5oz) I remember thinking to myself, who is going to pay that much for a gloss…gloss is gloss. But honestly…I’m now one of those people that would be happy paying that for this product. This lip gloss by benefit is soft, smooth and as far in the opposite direction of “sticky” as you can imagine. It glides on incredibly smooth with no dragging.
The only draw back with this non-sticky lip gloss in “dandelion” is that the product isn’t really pigmented. Don’t pick this shade if you are hoping for a soft pink, it is mostly clear, but will do the trick if you just want a pop of shine…and for your lips to feel amazing. benefit does offer this gloss in a variety of colours, so if you are wanting something with more colour, perhaps check out their darker shades.
Here is a swatch of both of the dandelion products for you. It really allows you to see how sheer and soft the blusher is (very faint, yet visible on the left) as well as the clear finish of the gloss (on the right):
I also used them both in the below makeup look. Whenever I go heavy on the eye makeup I like to keep my cheeks and lips soft and subtle, so both dandelion products worked great for that purpose:
Now if you are wanting to try out these two products, but don’t feel like spending $54 CAD or $44 US, benefit cosmetics actually has a great value set for those interested in rocking these in tandem this Spring. It is called “feelin’ DANDY” and is available where benefit products are sold. Sephora carries it for $32.00 CAD or $28.00 US.
You’ll also be able to try out “posie tint” and “high beam” minis as well. It’s a hard deal to beat and allows you to try multiple products for a very affordable price!
Have you tried the dandelion Ultra Plush Lip Gloss or Brightening Face Powder by benefit? What did you think?!?
And now for my most important question: how do you feel about the dandelion weed?