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From Office Chic to Party Rocking | How to Transition from Day to Night Makeup with Benefit Cosmetics | Holiday Look Book & Extras!

November 26, 2013
From T to B, L to R: Benefit Skinny Jeans, My Two Cents, Hoola, Watt's Up
Shimmer Down, Kiss Me I'm Tipsy, Brow Zing, Hello Flawless Powder
Gilt-y Pleasure, Tickle my ivory, Benetint, Fling Thing

It's the time of the year again when your inbox is filled with invitations to all the holiday parties and gatherings.  It's great and fun but usually you will have to go straight from work and there's not enough time in between so we can all use a quick turnaround in terms of makeup.  So here's what I propose...

Daytime Office Look
Benefit Groovy Kind-a Love Makeup Look

For everyday office look, I like to start with a good canvas.  I usually would use a concealer with a powder foundation so it doesn't look too cake on.  But it might look a little flat so I always go for some contour and blush.  For the eyes, I like using cream shadows because they usually last longer for an 8+ hour day.  To set the cream shadows, I would use a light shimmer powder eyeshadow and a dark matte taupe to give my eyes some definition.  During the day, I don't usually go for liquid liner, so a waterproof pencil liner on the tightline would be all I need.  With any look, you just can't forget mascara.  And a longlasting lip colour will definitely help when work gets too busy.

Product used (from Benefit cosmetics unless otherwise stated)
Foundation: Hello Flawless Custom Powder Cover-up for Face in Champagne
Concealer: Fake Up in Light and NARS Radian Creamy Concealer in Honey
Blush & Contour: Box O' Powders in Rockateur & Hoola
Brows: Brow Zing in Deep and Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep
Eye Primer: NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadows: Creaseless Cream Shadow in My Two Cents & Skinny Jeans, and Longwear Powder Shadow in Nude Swings & Quick, Look Busy
Eyeliner: BADgal liner waterproof
Mascara: They're Real
Lips: Benetint

Nighttime Party Look

Benefit Groovy Kind-a Love Makeup Look

To go straight from work to party is tough.  I usually switch up my hair style and also my makeup.  Instead of starting from scratch, I would touch up my base and brows to save time (make sure you blot first if you're as oily as I am).  And then I would go for a more enhanced look for eyeshadows, like a taupey smokey eyes (Shimmer Down all over the lid, Kiss Me I'm Tipsy in the outer corner and crease, Gilt-y Pleasure in the inner corner, Tickle Me Ivory as brow highlight) but not too intense.  If I want my eyes to pop, I would apply some liquid liner.  And to add a glow, I like to use a cream highlighter that would go well on top of powder.  Since it's a party, it's the perfect time to ditch the "my-lips-but-better" and go for a darker lip.  Finally, I always wear a dress, so getting something to make your legs shine and more importantly look smooth is a must.

Product used (from Benefit cosmetics unless otherwise stated)
Touch Up: foundation, concealer, blush from above
Brow touch up: Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep
Eyeshadows: Eyeshadows in Groovy Kind-a Love Kit
Eyeliner: Magic Ink
Mascara: They're Real
Highlight: Watt's Up!
Lips: Hydra-smooth Lip Color in Fling Thing
Leg Shine: Bathina Body Oil Mist

Speaking of Benefit, last week Michele from rubanxrose and I had Breakfast with Benefit.  We got to sit down and chat about all things girly and just get to know one another.  After breakfast, we went to the Benefit Canada Headquarters to browse around and see where the magic is made.  There's so much pink and cuteness in the office, I just couldn't help but squealed every time I see something cute.  But apparently, the office is "not pink enough"...

It was such a treat to hang out with the gals at Benefit.  Even though we didn't get to look at some top secret projects (bummer LOL), we really got to experience the spirit of Benefit, which translate very well to their office decors.  If you want to see what Benefit and other Beauty Bloggers, including yours truly, were up to, follow the hashtag #BreakfastwithBenefit on both Twitter and Instagram to find out more!

Until next time,

x Rica


  1. woah the event looked so fun and you put so much work into the tutorial photos! it's so well done!

    both these looks are so spot on for the type of event you suggested for them. i esp love the party look. its so gorgeous!

  2. On A Silver Platter and Hors D'oeuvres are /so/ pretty. they are so holida/party w/o being over the top. i appreciate that.

  3. The Benefit Canada office is so girly and fun. I hope we didn't create too much noise while we were there because I was pretty excited.
    And thanks! I think I have decided to wear it tomorrow when I did the look book :). I wish it photographs nicer 'cause photos suck up all the intensity :/

  4. great minds think alike! Those are my faves too!

  5. Really like this format of get ready with me :) Keep it up!

  6. Lots of Lux is my favourite! look so damn beautiful

  7. Beautiful nail polishes. All of them are so cute :D

  8. Rhea Liza Lirios MunozJanuary 6, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    I love those nail polishes specially the Belugaria and
    Peak of Chic. I like the color and the shining shimmering effect..

  9. Rhea Liza Lirios MunozJanuary 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    nice!!! thanks for this make up tutorial. You gave me an idea how to transform my looks from daytime to party night..

  10. I've only recently jumped on the glitter nail polish trend (so awful to remove!) so a few of these are too much for me haha but i do love Peak of Chic! xx

  11. I've read other reviews abouth this collection and they say that Belugaria is a pain to apply and that feels weird. Is it that way?

  12. thanks for make up tutorial! very nice)

  13. I like this collection very much! thank you for swatches!

  14. Nice colors and glitters,I love Essie

  15. i love the peak of cheek among the rest. i love the design, it's so unique.

  16. wow, the transformation is amazing. thanks for the very helpful tips.