Benefit’s Betting That the Eye-Catching Neon Packaging of Their Latest Face Kit Will Prompt You to Do the Bright Thing

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Wearing the products in Benefit’s new kit, Do The Bright Thing ($32)

They say that necessity is the mother of invention… Well, after seeing Glen do that thing with the zombie’s arm in last night’s episode of The Walking Dead (HOLY SCHNIZZ!!), I believe it!

I don’t know where I was going with that…but I think it had something to do with Benefit’s new $32 Do the Bright Thing Face kit.


I was thinking about decorating the house for the holidays, how I wasn’t sure if I have enough decorations, and then I looked at this kit’s bright, eye-catching packaging and thought, “Gee, this’ll work as a Christmas decoration in a pinch.”

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This little Sephora exclusive lives to make faces glow, and it comes with five-sample sized products from Benefit’s permanent line.

See that pretty girl in the mirror there? (What mirror, where?)

Sorry! — random music reference! 🙂

She turned up the dial on her outer glow by wearing Do The Bright Thing’s soft, shimmery pink That Gal primer under her foundation, and to give her cheeks some color, she swiped light pink Dandelion Blush on her cheeks. Then, she dabbed and blended a few dots of highlighting High Beam on the tops of her cheekbones.

To make her eyes look bigger and brighter, she smudged Jet black Bad Gal Waterproof Liner along her lash lines and applied They’re Real Mascara, which works like yoga for lashes, s t r e t c h i n g them out.

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benefit do the bright thing

benefit do the bright thing

benefit do the bright thing

benefit do the bright thing

benefit do the bright thing swatches

From the left: That Gal, Dandelion, High Beam, Bad Gal Waterproof Liner, They’re Real Mascara

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I could have really used the extra brightening help this kit promised to deliver (staying up too late reading in bed), but on my skin tone (NC 42), I feel like the brightening effect of the primer, highlighter and blush is maybe a little too subtle.

I like it…but I’d like even more!

The soft, pale pink face and cheek products would probably benefit (pardon the pun) paler pretties, at least in terms of their brightening power, more than I think they benefit me.

As for the black liner and mascara? Sign me up! You just can’t go wrong with that combo.

Like most people, I always try to Do The Bright Thing…but sometimes, you know, the temptation to be bad is just too strong. 🙂

PRICE: $32
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon exclusively to Sephora stores and

Some of the best writing on TV is on a show about zombies…

Stop right here if you haven’t watched last night’s episode of The Walking Dead.


I’m warning you… Don’t read another word.

Last chance! Spoilers ahead.

Um…how cray was that episode?! I literally felt my heart jump in my chest when Michonne stabbed the Governor in the eye.


That episode blew me away. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire 50-something minutes.

Just great, epic, fantastic writing. It’s a total turnaround from last season, too, which I thought kind of veered off the rails.

I don’t know if you’re a fan of the show (it is about zombies, after all), but I think it’s one of the best things on TV right now. The stakes are so high, the characters so believable, and the situations are just so…I don’t know, authentically disturbing, but not gratuitously so, that I find myself thinking about it for days after each new episode.

If you watched last night, did you happen to catch that commercial for Warm Bodies? I read the book a couple months ago and enjoyed it.


Three-word summary: zombie love story. love

Boom. ‘nuff said.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. I kept screaming at the TV: WAKE UP ANDREA!! He’s a JERK!!
    And finally Tyresse! I’m so excited for his character finally.

    This kit is really cute! I almost picked it up the other day. Almost. And then I remembered I have Posey tint lol.
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    • Karen says:

      Yeah, me too. The look on her face when she finally figured things out in the last scene — man!

      Did you scream repeatedly throughout the episode? I yelled during the zombie bone breaking scene, the eye stabbing and when Daryl got caught at the end. It was just SO intense.

  2. Christine says:

    Karen, you always give the best book suggestions! I read Warm Bodies at your recommendation & loved it so much. I just finished Before Ever After & loved that too! Maybe you could make some kind of weekly book recommendation/what are you reading post??

    Not that I’m unsatisfied with all the posts about Mr. Tabs & makeup of course :P.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christine,

      I’m so glad you liked both books. 🙂 I’m in between books at the moment and am looking for a new one… If you have any good recs please let me know!

  3. Hanna says:

    The pink of that gal is so pretty
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  4. Kim says:

    You’re right that the effect is subtle but I think it looks really natural and pretty on you. And I see High Beam is in this kit, so in the spirit of being kinder for the holidays, I’ll say that I think they do a really nice job of including product tips. 🙂

  5. Nina says:

    Warm Bodies might break my months long hiatus from going to an actual movie house to watch a movie. It seems funny!

    Can you believe how cray cray Guv’nor is? OMG!

  6. Catherine says:

    I love the art nouveau/70s inspired packaging of this benefit pack, so sick!

    Also, saw the trailer for warm bodies when I went to see twilight, it looks too good! I didn’t realize it was based off a book, that might have to be my next read, go to love zombies!

  7. Arianne says:

    This is really beautiful on you, Karen! This looks to me like a no-makeup makeup kit, and I like it.
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  8. S says:

    I’m very pale so I think this kit would be awesome for me! Need… money…
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  9. Shannon says:

    I just stumbled on your blog a couple days ago, and have been reading a great many of your posts and reviews since. I have to say when I saw your photos here, I just thought, “WOW!” You look absolutely beautiful!! You look so natural and healthy and glowy(is that a word?) So soft and feminine and pretty. I don’t think the brightening effect was too subtle at all, especially for this look. You look positively radiant!

  10. Rachel says:

    I haven’t been tempted by their sample sized kits lately but this one got me interested! 😀
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  11. “Bright” is right–you are positively glowing!!! 😀 LOVE Benefits sets–they really do the cutest ones!
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  12. Wow, this kit is really doing something for ya because you are GLOWING in these pictures! You skin looks incredible. *thumbs up*
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