Ronna Bonifacio | Benefit Watts Up : Faking my ‘au naturel’ pregnancy glow + gender reveal :)
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Benefit Watts Up : Faking my ‘au naturel’ pregnancy glow + gender reveal :)

Since becoming pregnant a second time, I’ve been reminded of one of the “conversation starters” I quite dislike and I wonder why Filipinos think it’s okay to say, “Let me guess… (They take a step back and examine me from head to foot) I think you’re having a boy.” Filipino wivestales say a woman pregnant with a boy looks tired while a baby girl makes her look more blooming. This translates in my brain as:

Girrrrrrl, you don’t look too good. You don’t got that ‘pregnancy glow’. You’re not glowing, therefore, it can’t be a girl.

 

Of course I just smile, laugh it off, and change the topic then make a mental note to improve my makeup game tomorrow because clearly, whatever I did that day was not me-but-better. And then I also give myself an imaginary: Buti-nalang-Jesus-loves-me-as-I-am pat on the back.

I usually rely on blush want to make myself look healthier. But after reading from another blog that suggested to use highlighter, I thought, “Of course!” It was almost like a light bulb lit up in my head. (Uyyy, bagay sa product ang imagery!)

My go-to highlighters are from Smashbox (Masquerade collection) and theBalm’s Mary Loumanizer Luminizer. Last year I tried Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, and I have a couple of other liquid highlighters  but I haven’t used anything which I felt “melted” into my skin. Really something that I can confidently say makes me look like I’m “lit from within”.

And then I was introduced to Benefit’s Watts Up. SIGH.

Top view of Benefit Watts Up. Look at that beautiful champagne hue!

Top view of Benefit Watts Up. Look at that beautiful champagne hue!

I got the “soft focus highlighter for face” as a gift from the kind Benebabes (Hello Tasha, Kriska and Donna!) early this year and it was another one of those products on my “I’ve-been-meaning-to-try-them-but-stuff-happens” list. You know that list, right? 😉 To keep myself from rambling, here’s why this is now the highlighter I’m using:

1. It doesn’t look like highlighter. Yes, I want to use highlighters but right now, I don’t want to look like it’s highlighter. None of that Kardashian-y contour and highlight my face blended out with foundation on top going on for me. In fact, I sort of wish that look would end for everyday women (but more on that another day!). I want my highlighter to look like the infamous #iwokeuplikethis, or more better yet, #pregnantglow. 😉

2. It doesn’t take a lot of product. So this “little” tube goes a long way, therefore not making it little. Yay!

3. It blends really easily. I first started using my fingers to blend it out until my husband asked me why I wasn’t using the little sponge on the other end. That’s how I know he loves me, he’s become familiar with beauty tools after endlessly waiting on me at makeup counters. Fingers work and the sponge works too, and I don’t see any difference between the two so if you want to keep your fingers clean and be more sanitary, use the sponge.

A friend told me my blog lacks sample photos of what the product looks like on me so I'm getting over myself and will try to post selfies in the name of 'journalism'. I feel so weird posting my face this large as I type this caption! :-O (Hi Rinka.)

A friend told me my blog lacks sample photos of what the product looks like on me so I’m getting over myself and will try to post selfies in the name of ‘journalism’. I feel so weird posting my face this large as I type this caption! :-O (Hi Rinka.)

4. It lasts quite a while. Unfortunately I haven’t measured exactly how many hours until my, ehem, “natural glow” wears off but I do remember not having to apply it after being out for half a day.

5. The color is perfect. Not too gold where it looks like “Hello! There is highlighter here!” and not too pink where it looks like I’m abnormally glowing pink above my actual cheeks. I suppose the champagne hue is what allows it to blend into skin seamlessly.

6. And lastly, I’m glowing. I don’t have glitter on my face. I don’t have grease on my face. I have sheen. I have glow. Oh, but really, it’s just the pregnancy hormones. 😉

So that’s it, for my little review/reasons why I love Watts Up. Have you tried Benefit Watts Up? What do you think about it, do you love it as much as I do? What are your favorite highlighters?

Oh, also…

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Benefit is located at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-la, Mall of Asia, TriNoma, Alabang Town Center and BGC Central Square.

2 Comments
  • Jamie
    Posted at 18:52h, 26 February

    Awesome review Rona! I’m not one to stand in front of cosmetic counters trying each and every productsthen just to end up with nothing because I couldn’t decide. So this really helps! 🙂

    .. and CONGRATS!!!! Complete na the gender fam bam!!!

    • Ronna Capili Bonifacio
      Posted at 03:02h, 27 February

      Hi Jamie! Thank you for reading my post 🙂 Glad to know I’m helping someone with my kikay ‘adventures’, haha! And thank you for the greeting! <3