Tallulah does the Hoola…

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Benefit’s Hoola is one of those ubiquitous beauty products which, while not raved about constantly, is something of a make-up bag stalwart for many women. I first clapped eyes on Hoola about ten years ago, and I was thoroughly unimpressed – the twelve year-old me couldn’t fathom why someone might wish to use brown blush. Evidently, the concept of bronzer was lost on my preteen self. Fast forward a decade, and Hoola was sitting on my beauty wishlist, waiting for the day when, finally, it became mine.

 

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 The packaging is, naturally, gorgeous – what else would you expect from Benefit? Included is a cute, soft bristled brush. It’s not so great for applying the product, but I can’t bear to throw out the dinky little thing either. Beauty blogger problems, eh?

 

 

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(Please excuse the wonky photo, my laptop wasn’t playing ball)

Anyone familiar with beauty blogs knows the deal with Hoola; it’s a warm-toned matte bronzing powder. It’s neither orange nor muddy, and suits most pale to medium skin tones. The powder itself is very finely milled and there isn’t a heap of fall-out; ideal when you’re paying a fair whack for it! 

I’m something of a newbie to the world of contouring, but now I have the tools to attempt it, I think my efforts could be worse!

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Yep, it’s the return of the Pre-Work Selfie. Needs must, sometimes. And we can blame that white cast on Estée Lauder Double Wear.

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Being the amateur that I am, I tried to keep things simply by dusting a tiny amount of Hoola onto my temples, cheekbones and the hollows of my cheeks, and blending like crazy. It’s very easy to go heavy-handed with this, a bare sweep of the pan is enough to work with on any particular area. Once I realised this, I managed to sculpt out something resembling a cheekbone, and was pretty happy with it.

 

Hoola adds a lovely warmth to the complexion, without looking glaringly obvious either. If I manage to develop a tan this summer, I think I can afford to apply Hoola more liberally. It does tend to cling to any spots I’ve got going on underneath my make-up, so by that logic I’d imagine it would cling to dry patches too. But it doesn’t look bad either, it just calls for a light hand and more nifty blending. I suspect that the brush I was using isn’t really up to the task, so I think I could achieve even better results whenever I replace it with something else.

Overall, I really like Hoola. The tone is spot-on, it lifts and warms the complexion, and little goes a very long way if you’re not particularly tanned. When a product is on the pricier side (€34), you want to be sure that it’s going to last a loooong time! Hopefully any little spots I have on my cheeks will heal, leaving a smoother base for Hoola to do its thing. But in the meantime, anything that gives the illusion of bronzed, sculpted features gets a gold star from me!

Have you used Hoola before? Does any particular brush work well with it? Let me know in the comments!

Em X

PS: I was very kindly nominated for a Shine On Award by Cassieandara and a Very Inspiring Blogger Award by All Things Beauty and Fashion – both in the same week! Thank you so much ladies, I’m so flattered! Go check these two gals out, folks! X

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4 thoughts on “Tallulah does the Hoola…

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