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Madonna’s Custom Tour Lipstick Coming Soon to Sephora!


Madonna’s makeup artist Gina Brooke teamed up with Make Up For Ever to create a custom lip color for the pop star’s MDNA tour—and now it’s moving from the stage to the store! Aqua Rouge #8, the crimson hue with extra staying power made especially for her Madgesty, will be available for $24 at starting August 9th. “I wanted to come up with a perfect, pure red lip color that would exude confidence and beauty,” Brooke said. “To me, the shade looks iconic, which is the perfect word to define Madonna and her career.” We agree—pucker up!


Coming Soon! Benefit Instant Beauty Kits.

We always love a challenge, but when it comes to looking pretty–I say the easier, the better. Equipped with our quickest and most effective products, these new complexion, lip & cheek kits simplify flawless makeup with easy to follow tips & tricks–all in a tidy little box. If putting on makeup sometimes feel like an epic novel, consider these kits your CliffsNotes.

hit the books!

Feelin’ “too busy for beauty”? Dont’ fret my pet, open up our how to look the best at everything complexion kit (the assortment comes in three shades light, medium and deep) and remind yourself, “you ARE the best at everything!” Kit contains the POREfessional, hello flawless oxygen WOW, bo-ing concealer in 2 shades and hello flawless powder. The price is $30– a saavy steal!

Does your skin have a case of the “dull n’ drabs”? Never fear my friend, take four steps forward to fab with our new lip & cheek kits in feelin’ dandy, sugarlicious and go tropiCORAL (which has proven most popular with the people who’ve previewed it). The kits contain a lip & cheek stain, high beam highlighter, blush and matching lip gloss for $28.

This week, be sure to check back on Friends with Benefits for tips & tricks on how to use the kits…and for a special announcement on how you can get them! Which ones are you most excited to try?

June GlossyBox Review: Summer Simplicity

I have been so impressed with GlossyBox! The sample sizes are huge, and each box contains some full sized products. The brands are all major upscale brands, with truly great products. The July box theme is Summer Simplicity- pampering your body and revitalizing your skin and hair to bring out your natural beauty.

If you haven’t tried out GlossyBox yet, I suggest you do!  Glossybox is a beauty sample subscription service that sends you travel-sized luxury products from around the world on a monthly basis.

Summer Simplicity

First Aid Beauty Smooth Shave Cream ($16.50 for 6.8 fl. oz- I received 2.0 fl. oz)- I love the First Aid Beauty lines but had not tried their Beauty Shave Cream yet. It super thick and creamy and not only made a close shave a cinch it left my legs feeling super soft and moisturized, perfect for summer!

Beauty Addicts Show-OFF Mascara ($20 for a full size product – I received a full size)- The Beauty Addict brand is new to me but I am very impressed. It definitely lives up to its name, not only does it make my lashes look super long but it also gives them a ton of volume.

Kinerase Restructure Firming Cream ( $98 for 1.7 oz- I received .24 oz)-Ahh Kinerase such amazing products the box is a great deal for this huge sample alone! I have been using it every night and it leaves my skin so soft and I have started to see an improvement in texture. Love, love, love!

Shea Terra Organics Ultimate Moisturizing Body Creme in White Chocolate ($18 for 9 oz- I received 1 oz)-  This stuff smells amazing! Its crazy thick but it absorbs so quickly and leaves no residue.

Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturizing Treatment ($12 for 5.07 oz- I received .84 fl. oz)- A great deep conditioner only 5 minutes does the trick. Even with super fine curly hair this conditioner was able to deep condition without weighing down my hair. Left it silky smooth and very moisturized.

BONUS: Perfume Sample of Urban Organic from a Perfume Organic
- ($65.00 for Full Size, I received 0.41 oz.) The scent is described as “a sweet lemon sorbet with bourbon, tangy lime peel, basil, ginger and smoky vetiver…” and it’s as rich and complex as it sounds. I’m really impressed with this fragrance, very fresh and citrusy but the deep undertones are such a great addition. The best part is how long wearing it is, I could still smell this delicious scent hours later.

Bonus and New GlossyBox Addition: Another new edition the my Glossy box was the summer Glossy Mag – a small pamphlet that included some product information and how-tos.  Usually these magazine are just a flip and toss but the Glossy Mag had some really great tips on summer beauty and hair looks and tips for looking good in the heat.

Order your GlossyBox here!


Disclosure: MHU was sent complimentary samples for review, all opinions are 100% our own and honest.

Shakira Debuts New Fragrance, ELIXIR.

Elixir by Shakira introduces us to a new dimension of Shakira, a stunning interpretation of a powerful femininity inspired by an exotic sensuality. The story of Elixir takes place in the deserts of Morocco, evoking images of the sun setting over golden sand.

Neroli flower mixed with the exotic freshness of white pepper provides the opening of this oriental fragrance. The top note gives way to a feminine floral heart composed of freesia and peony wrapped in a fruity, velvety ‘apricot skin’ accord. Elixir’s bottom note reveals a balsamic mix of benzoin and sugar cane, with white cedar wood, musk and warm amber.

Elixir by Shakira, $29 – $36 USD, is available at Kohl’s and Sears.

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