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benefit total moisture review

I’m here to review Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream, a product I’ve been using for about a month. I got it a sample size and definitely would splurge on a full size – it’s just that good.benefit total moisture facial cream review | as GOLD as it gets

I have a skin condition called seborrhea. It’s really common but occurs more often in men than in women and when you have a flare it makes your skin super flakey and seem like its overly dry when its really not.  You also get it all over your head, it’s the same thing as when infants get “cradle cap”, its just how your body reacts to a certain yeast. But that doesn’t matter for this review…

I’m sure there are thousands of other women out there dealing with the same problem but no one talks about it. I hate the smells of the sulfur and creams that the dermatologist prescribes me so I’ve been on the hunt for something better and I’m really loving Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream. It’s obviously not as strong as medicated creams but it smells gorgeous with a perfumey smell – think floral but kind fresh and soapy. It definitely smells more high end than drugstore.

benefit total moisture facial cream review | as GOLD as it gets

This works so nicely on me. I put it on before my primer and it really quenches all my dry patches. Seborrhea is largely flakey around your forehead, hairline and eyebrows. I can also tap it on during the day if I’m noticing I’m a little flakey – it doesn’t mess with my makeup.

If I have a big flare, especially in winter, I will need to use medicated creams to try to reduce it. But this is a great alternative for the meantime. I could also see this being hugely helpful to women with dry skin. It is super creamy and non-greasy. If you have normal to oily skin I would definitely use sparingly as it could make you more oily – it just has that much moisture!

Have you tried this? Do you have a favorite moisturizer?


everyday makeup routine

I’m excited to share my everyday makeup routine today. It’s pretty simple and not very involved, but I do use a few of products that I really love.
everyday makeup routine | as GOLD as it gets

moisturize prime foundation | as GOLD as it gets everyday makeup routine

First off I start by moisturizing (after washing my face..but I don’t think you need to see that!). Next I use Benefits Porefessional to smooth my face, minimize any pores and serve as a good base before my primer. I let that set up for a second before using Revlon Coverstay 24 hour foundation in 150 buff with a Real Techniques retractable kabuki brush.

powder bronze curl | as GOLD as it gets everyday makeup routine

I let my foundation set up for a minute and then I set it with Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder in 003 natural and Real Techniques powder brush. Next I use Tarte’s Park Avenue Princess (matte) to bronze as a contour. And then curl my eyelashes using a drugstore curler.

blush brows highlight | everyday makeup routine - as GOLD as it gets

I have been hesitant to use blush because I have pretty bad roscea. But good news – this Dream Bouncy blush from Maybelline in 05 fresh pink is so bright and pink (v. red) it really does brighten my face. Next I use Wet n Wild’s Megaclear brow and mascara gel to set my brows so they don’t go too wild throughout the day. Finally I hit a few places, with a tarte highlighter (I believe its champagne) from Tarte’s Park Avenue Princess palette.
line shadow coat color | as GOLD as it gets - everyday makeup routine
Next I do my eyes : Toofaced Natural Eye Pallette to shadow, Maybellines Master Piece liquid liner and a few coats of Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket. Today I’m wearing Revlon’s Stormy Pink lipstick.

These are my everyday products! A good mix of drugstore and high-end that really work together well. 

p.s. some of the above links are affiliate links – meaning if you make a purchase through the link I might make a small commission. 


Whats in my Bag?

I’ve been spending years perfecting my make-up bag. One of my favorite features of any magazine is the “whats in her bag” where celebrities share what is in their bag or make-up bag. Isn’t it fun to see what they find to be the best products?
In my hunt to find my perfect make-up bag, I valued that the products would work well with my skintone (obviously) but that I would also be able to afford them! Here are a few of my favorite and affordable finds!
1) I researched BB creams for about a month, reading several articles and other blogs to see what was best. I settled for one more in my price range than the other ones I had read about being “better” options. I’m really happy with it- with roscea I think it does a good job of hiding my natural redness.
2) Hands down my favorite foundation. Lightweight with good coverage and a perfect match to my fair skin.
3) Another recent find- the colors work well with my hazel eyes, with little wear throughout the day.
4) I actually use the black bottle of this with latex- who knew they could put latex in mascara….its awesome and makes you look like you have beautiful falsies on!
5) Burts- for the days I don’t whip out the red lipstick. Enough said.
6) This eyeliner is amazing. It goes on so smooth and evenly!
7) Perfect for a date night- it makes your cheek bones look like they’ve been kissed by summer.
8) This is the most affordable thing I have found for everyday. This bronzer is great- and at $3, it CANNOT be beat.
9) And of course to finish it all off- a dusting of this will make you look photo ready all day!
My Makeup Bag

Benefit face powder
$37 –

Rimmel waterproof mascara
$8.47 –

Rimmel eyeshadow
$11 –


Burt s Bees burt s bee
$9.16 –

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