Exclusive Benefit Fine One One is becoming the new hot spot for exclusives like Fine One One from Benefit, a cream to powder stick for cheeks and lips that has three shades for a dynamic pop to your complexion. You can swipe on a coral, watermelon, and highlight color all at once for a look that most makeup artists create using different products for a really polished, professional look. The vid below shows how easy it is to use, much easier I think than powders. I haven’t tried it out yet but the one piece of advice I’d add is to blend it from light to dark starting with the top highlighter shade so you don’t bring the stronger colors into the highlighter which would make its purpose useless.

You can see the stick’s three shades.

Make sure to enter the code BBLOVESBENEFIT at checkout when you purchase this, or anything else in their store with a $25 or higher value for a free sample of Benefit’s POREfessional throughout December.

Birchbox for the Holidays

I finally got to try out Birchbox, the original sampling service for beauty products and I’m beyond smitten. Every month you get 4-5 sample or deluxe sample sizes and you’ll not only get your $10 worth, but you’ll also be introduced to something fabulous that you probably wouldn’t have known about otherwise.

My Birchbox included:

Juicy Couture: Signature fragrance

Miracle Skin Transformer: Hydroactive Microderm Cleanser

One Love Organics: Aromatic Body Serum in Lavender

Oscar Blandi: Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo

theBalm: Mary-Lou Manizer (eye shadow & highlighter)

Chuao Chocolatier: Mini ChocoPod (chocolate bar)

Adorably packaged, just the right size.

A look at the goods.

Gift pouch included for the holidays, just in case you want to share!

I could do a whole separate post on Miracle Skin Transformer’s Microderm Cleanser- little sloughing granules in a creamy cleanser that you massage into the skin for a minute or so until it grabs onto dead skin which start to roll off. It works like a professional microdermabrasion treatment! I loved it (not surprising since their primer and concealer rank among my all time favs), and will be 100% buying it once my sample runs out.

Also a shout out to one of my favorite organic lines, One Love- this lavender body serum is a beautiful and light alternative to everyday perfumes, it’s just so hydrating and perfect.

AND- theBalm’s shadow that I got blew away Stila’s Kitten for the best shimmery champagne shadow. It’s light going on without a hint of orange, just a perfectly neutral nude that you can use for shadow, highlighting, inner corners, and for a trick I love doing- blend a fingertip sized dot into the middle of your lips on top of any lip color you’re wearing. It will add a pop of shimmer and interest to the lips that’s subtle but so pretty.

For $30 you get a 3 month subscription making this one of the easiest and best gifts to give. Something she’ll be opening and enjoying long after the holidays are over.

Check out to shop for full sizes of the products that are featured in the boxes often times sold at a discount with free shipping.