Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Giant Benefit Haul

I had seen Hervana online and since I'd been looking for a new pink blush to depend on, she became it. Sadly, being in Australia means we have to wait an eternity for products to hit our shores. I decided to make my first order from the U.S. Benefit online store, which had free shipping when you spend $95 (normally free when you spend $115) Candice wanted a few things, too, so we combined our order and ended up spending just under $150.
I've never tried the Benefit Creaseless cream eyeshadows before, and when I saw this brand new golden shade Farenheit Fab I decided I would give it a crack. I recently realised I have a shortage of gold in my cosmetic collection, so I'm working on rectifying that.
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Knew I needed to try the new They're Real mascara after hearing raves from some of my favourite bloggers, including a YouTube review from Amarixe here!
I ummed and aaahed over which boxed blush to choose in my order, I was contemplating Coralista and Chris voted for it as well, but I went with my gut instinct and chose Dallas instead. It's a plummy sort of shade, and reminds me of Nars Sin a little. I love blushes like this on my fair skin, so I'll see how I go.
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Candice purchased the High Beam highlighter, and the Pocket Pal Benetint which is in pen form and contains their classic Benetint with a clear gloss on the other end. You are able to choose two samples with your order, and I chose the Stay Don't Stray shadow and concealer primer for Candice and the Hello Flawless powder cover-up for myself. (I don't have any pictures of Candice's items, she will have them up on her blog when she reviews them!) 
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So this is how you receive a pressed powder sample! It's a sheet of it pressed onto the cardboard, with a cute little powder puff included.
Now, onto the reason for the haul, the beautiful Hervana blush!
*cue angels singing*
Could this be any cuter? It smells like lollies and has four shades in a pinwheel design, and the box says the blush has good karma! I'm elated to have this in my hot little hands, and to have saved money overall despite hauling all of these beauties. I've shown the price comparisons below so you can see what you'd save if you chose to buy from the online U.S store as opposed to a counter in Australia.

Hervana/Dallas: $28 USD each / $51 AUD
They're Real mascara: $22 USD / $38 AUD
Creaseless Cream: $19 USD / $35 AUD
Pocket Pal: $20 USD / $39 AUD
High Beam: $26 USD / $45 AUD
Total haul: $143
What I would've paid here? $259

The price difference between countries is quite astounding, and makes me think about how expensive cosmetics in Australia really are.

Do you have a favourite from Benefit?
What do you think of the price differences?
Are you lemming Hervana,too?

30 comments:

  1. Great haul! Farenheit Fab looks so pretty. I'm a sucker for bronzes and golds etc.

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    1. Thanks Angela :) I am really loving gold atm, I think it's a great shade for summer and winter weather!

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  2. Great haul! I'm dying to get Hervana, it looks so pretty.

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    1. Thanks! It's such a pretty blush, and smells so good.

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  3. Wow they are so expensive in Australia!
    Hmm, I definitely like the Benefit crealess shadows, but now with the Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows, it defeats paying $19 for one of the Benefit ones. Other than that, I really love the Erase Paste and all of the boxed powders.

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    1. All cosmetics are expensive over here, it is ridiculous how much we have to pay. I have some of the Color Tattoo's on the way and I am so excited for them!

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  4. That is a CRAZY price difference... and I complain about the price hike Canadians have to pay. It isn't nearly as bad as that. Great haul though!

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    1. Glad to have made you feel better about Canadian prices Bailey ;P I adore my haul, thanks for commenting :D

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  5. I have Hula from Benefit but I never use it!!! I've got my eye on the Watt's Up! highlighter when I come off my ban.

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    1. Ohh I've got Watt's Up! but haven't really used it much, whoops.

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  6. It's a really fun range and I love the way the sales girls engage with you at the counter, I think they've got a great approach.

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    1. The girls are always really lovely there :)

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  7. Nice haul! Hervana looks good. Must resist, I have 4 Benefit box powders. I could sure use the mascara though :)

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    1. I have a whole stack of mascaras that are unopened, but I always use them up so thought this would be a good addition to the stash ;P

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  8. I'm absolutely jealous! I adore Benefit products so much They're Real is an awesome mascara I use it nearly every day. Would love to see a full review and swatches on Hervana.

    Can't believe how much better is it to order online, it's like why even bother going to a counter when you can pay US prices and get free shipping? xx

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    1. Oh I'm so glad to hear you love the mascara! :D I will definitely be doing a full on post for pretty Hervana when I get back from overseas :D

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  9. I haven't tried any Benefit products, but these look fab! The price difference is so crazy!

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    1. A crazy price difference for sure. I haven't tried any boxed blushes yet so am looking forward to that!

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  10. I've been lemming to get Benefit from their US site as well, incl a creaseless cream shadow, hello gorgeous powder (love this powder) but always somehow resist and hesitated hahaha maybe next time :) $95 for free shipping is a good deal !!

    So many raves on They're Real mascara, see how you go with it =)

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    1. It's so worth it if there are a few things you are interested in getting. I'm hoping I love the mascara as much as others have!

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  11. I've never owned anything from Benefit but I am seriously considering purchasing Hervana. What a fab haul! xo

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    1. I think Hervana would be a great first Benefit item!

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  12. I've commented on my blog before about the ridiculous markups. Even accounting for the strong economy, more than 50% is insane.

    I hardly ever buy cosmetics in Australia any more- only the things I can't buy o/s.

    Even Covergirl is $14.95 for the Advanced Radiance foundation, in Oz it's anywhere from $19.95-$24.95

    Don't get me started on my L'Oreal lipstick for work! Got it for $8.95US last time I was in NYC. Oz non-sale price? $29.95!!

    I have several Benefit items- Bella Bamba blush, some all-in-one travel kits & I used to love their clear lipliner. Really need to blog some of those soon, but it's hard when I wear the sme makeup for work all the time. I don't really feel like putting on makeup when I'm not working... must. try. harder! ;)

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    1. The price differences are so crazy. I am in Asia atm and everything is much cheaper here as well. I often get stuck in makeup ruts as well, I find blog reading can spark up my passion again!

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  13. Hervana is so pretty! I'd love to see a swatch and review :-) Fab haul!

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    1. She is a stunning blush :D Will be swatching and reviewing soon Claire!

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