Monday, 18 June 2012

#66 Benefit Event

Around a week ago I was kindly invited to an event held by Benefit Cosmetics held in Leeds City Centre. When I woke up the rain was lashing down, I managed to get make up on the top I was planning on wearing, then couldn't find any black tights so had to change my whole outfit, and had to wear rubbish shoes so that by the time I got to Leeds, not only were the ankles of my tights a deeper burgundy than the rest of my legs, I was wet through and really wanted to just call it a day!! 

I met up with Sinead, Charlotte and Jade and we had a short mooch around some shops before meeting up with Phoebe, Ray and Tor and heading down to Fibre, the bar the event was being held. I have never been in Fibre before but when we got there we were a tad early so we bought a drink and found out all drinks were £2! Also Tor introduced me to a new drink I had never heard of before but I think it is set to be a firm favourite this summer, Midori and Lemonade! Pretty much as soon as we'd sat down we were taken up lots of stairs to the members room at the top and introduced to the rest of the bloggers at the event and split into two groups. 


My group pretty much consisted of who I'd arrived with, as we'd all sat together, and a few others, and Adele from Benefit came to join us. I instantly took a liking to Adele as she is a Leeds girl, is manager of my nearest Benefit counter, has fantastic eyebrows and was just one of those people you know you will get along with! She proceeded to tell us about the ethics of the Benefit girls, and then did a little showcase on some of the products to us - on me! She showed us what would happen basically if we were to go to a Benefit counter, what they were trained to do to the customers.

She took my make up off, using the Remove It Makeup Remover, then applied the Moisture Prep Toning Lotion, which is a toner/serum gel and honestly smells SO amazing, a smidgen of It's Potent Eye Cream and The POREfessional (which I think everyone and their mum will have tried now thanks to the Glamour freebies!) before matching me up to a shade in their new Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation & matching powder (£24.50). She also gave me a splash of colour using one of the famous box powder blushes, in CORALista .After she had done all this my face felt so smooth and brilliant, and this has made me desperate to finish off the cleansers and toners I am currently using so that I can buy the Benefit ones! Honestly, if you have never smelt these you need to get to a counter pronto. When it comes to foundation I am a MAC Studio Fix Fluid girl at heart and although I have tried different foundations in the past I always come back to it. But at the end of the day my make up still looked great and I am strongly considering picking up the liquid foundation when my MAC runs out. 


After Adele had finished, we swapped groups, and it was then Michelle's turn to give us a bit of a Benefit history lesson! I have to say that at a lot of the events I have been to these background tid bits are my favourite parts to take away and remember. I love knowing why a brand was started, perhaps why the name is what it is. For instance did you know the Benetint cheek & lip tint was made by the founders Jean & Jane because exotic dancers kept going in the shop and asking for something like it to put enhance their nipples?! Love this!! 


The event was, amongst other things, to celebrate the newest Benefit addition - Box O Powder glosses. Benefit are releasing in July six Ultra Plush Glosses, one in each shade of the Boxed Powder Blushers (bar Hervana). As you can see above I snapped a quick pic of the shades 'Dandelion' and 'Hoola'  - and I have to say that I am absolutely in love with Hoola and will be buying this as soon as it is released!

I used to be a massive fan of glosses and these days I would head towards a lipstick any day but these glosses are not sticky at all, they smell gorgeous and since receiving one in my goodie bag I have literally not used anything else, that's how much I love it!



I was so made up to receive a Brow Zings in my goodie bag, eyebrows are definitely something I am big on at the moment!


I have been using the above products every day together with my usual cleanser and am absolutely loving them. As soon as my current products have been finished I am going to buy the skincare Adele used on my at the event.


We also received this really cute USB! How fab is this!

Are you a fan of the Benefit skincare? Do you think the Box O Powder Glosses are something you would be interested in?


PS - If you head to the Leeds House of Fraser counter before the 30 June for a Benefit Make Over and decide to make a purchase, quote 'Girl with the Golden Touch' you could receive a fab free gift!


  1. Oooh exciting! :D

  2. I haven't tried anything by Benefit for ages, I like the look of browzings though!

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