The Beauty Edit: Benefit, Origins & Murad

Do I really need another foundation or lip gloss/balm? Yes, yes I do!

Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation – £25.50
I’d heard a lot about the Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation but didn’t realise it came in a shade dark enough for me to use. I tried ‘nutmeg’ – the darkest shade in the range and it suited me perfectly. It is very lightweight; it almost feels like I’m not wearing anything. It offers light to medium coverage and I think it does a great job covering imperfection and does a great job in brightening and illuminating the face. Although this launched last year, bloggers and beauty editors still rave about it; probably because it contains vitamin C & E derivatives, known to prevent signs of ageing, is oil free and helps boost cellular respiration for a ‘plumping up’ effect.

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Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm – £16
This sweet smelling lip balm contains orange peel wax and wheat germ extract to help boost lip moisture levels and retain hydration for up to 24 hours. While I didn’t wear it for that long it did give a nice hint of juicy colour to my lips thanks to the mineral pigments and mica. Other ingredients include aloe vera to soothe parched, dehydrated lips.

Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel – £49.50
According to Stylist magazine, all women of colour should use this brightening peel to fight against dull skin and hyperpigmentation. Why? Because of the amazing ingredients list:

Glycolic Acid exfoliates to accelerate turnover of dark damaged cells, removing dullness and improving skin texture to make skin glow.
Vitamin C and Indian Fig to protect against free radical damage while enhancing skin clarity and luminosity for an illuminated complexion
Myrtle Extract supports collagen production to boost youthful resilience and elasticity.

It tingles quite a bit on application but after just one use my skin did look brighter and felt incredibly soft.

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