Sneak Peak into Good Ship Benefit

I have been wanting to go to this for AGES and yesterday I finally clambered aboard the Good Ship Benefit moored on the Thames. If you like make up and wine and cocktails and food then you’ll probably manage to keep yourself occupied. Wandering down the walkway I found myself thrown into a pink world filled with plush sofas, a brow bar and even pink gin – it’s what dreams are made of! 


There’s a mini Benefit shop on board, the opportunity to have your brows waxed (although if you get sea sick like me I would not recommend doing that!) as well as a restaurant and bar with seating on the deck where you watch life go by whilst admiring the London Eye. Dreamy…. 


The ship has been hosting a range of events throughout the summer from pop up events to films to yoga classes to bottomless brunches which is the perfect after school activity for any Benebabe! Sadly there weren’t any events when I popped by, but I took a few sneaky pictures so take a look and enjoy…. 

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

If you weren’t enough of a Benefit addict already then their new brow collection is sure to push you over the edge! Brimming with wonderful products from gels to pencils to brushes it really does look amazing, and I want to try it all!

I’ve never really paid too much attention to my brows (I’ve only had them waxed once…). I’m quite lucky that I have fairly tame brows where a tweeze here and there generally keeps them looking neat and tidy. I do however LOVE to fill them in because who doesn’t want fuller looking brows – it’s the secret to unlocking your youth after all!
So, when this new Benefit collection aimed solely at brows launched I jumped (literally) at the chance to give it a go. Luckily for me Elle magazine were offering readers a free Benefit Goof Proof brow pencil. The product is usually £18.50, and with the magazine at just £4, this was a bargain that I just couldn’t turn down!

 

I can safely say that the pencil itself really is one of the best brow products I’ve tried! It’s so natural yet it also really helps to fill in any more patchy areas. The product itself is really soft, and so easy to use (the clue is in the title) so if you make any mistakes it’s so easy to wipe those away and start again! And, on top of this the packaging is fab – Benefit have triumphed again!

 

Before:

After:

Star rating: 5/5
As this is a 9 piece set I’m desperate to get my hands of some of the other products, so watch this space! Would love to hear if you’ve tried any of the other products!
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The Glamour Beauty Festival 

 
Yesterday I headed to what can only be described as a paradise. The Glamour Beauty Festival. The event runs all weekend, with brands from Rimmel to Liz Earle there with their own section offering amazing free treatments as well as great advice (I particularly enjoyed seeing how to really conceal my black under eye bags that you may have heard me moan about before…)

 The festival was held at the Saatchi Gallery, which admittedly I’d never been to (but definitely will be going back), where the aroma of beauty obsessives filled the gallery. There were four main sections; hair, make up, skin care and nails, where brands were set up ready to pamper and preen to perfection! I tried to get around as many as possible, but there was so much choice I just couldn’t!

 


 

In the makeup section I first headed to Laura Mercier where an artist showed me how to conceal my under eyes as well as any other areas of concern. I bought this little pot of magic, which amazingly concealed my sins from my work drinks the night before.

 I then headed to the Nars counter where I was shown how to properly highlight, contour and apply blush…


They developed this exclusive colour called Goule for the event which I absolutely loved, and so felt it was rude not to buy it….

After that, I headed to the skincare section. Balance Me were offering an amazing skin assessment service. I put my head into this box with curtains where there was a blue UV-type light with a small mirror.


The specialist then looked in from the other side to assess my skin. I had this done years ago before I underwent treatment for blemishes, so it really was amazing to see the difference it had made to my skin! The only issue she could see, which she said everyone would have, is the dehydration on my under eyes *grabs for water*. They had a pick and mix type shop, where 3 sample sized products were £10, so I bought….

I then headed over to Elizabeth Arden, where I had this amazing treatment which I sadly can’t remember or find the name of (if you can help please let me know!). It essentially looked like a mini spray tan applicator, which she filled with vitamins and sprayed over my skin. She then went back over when there was purely air pressure to massage the product in. It was supposed to be a ‘Madonna effect’, which for the rest of the day, my skin really did glow. I have to also say that on a slight hangover, this was the most amazing treatment! It was so soothing and refreshing that I asked her to do it again! She said they offer a 15 minute treatment for £15, so I would definitely pay for another.

They were the only treatments I had as the queues were fairly long, but I loved spending time just mooching around looking at products.

 

 

As part of the ticket you could also choose a talk to attend. I went to one where Jo Malone, Liz Earle and Thea Green (founder of Nails Inc) were talking about how they started and grew their businesses. It was so interesting and actually really empowering to hear about their journeys. Also, Liz’s skin was literally glowing from around 5 metres away, so I am SO excited to try the hot cloth cleanse and polish. Yes I finally have it!

Now for the best part, another perk of your ticket was that you received a goody bag full of amazing products (a lot full sized!). These are the fab things I received….

So stay posted as I’ll be posting a few product reviews of the great products I discovered at the event!

Would love to hear if anyone else was there and what they tried!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Everyday Make Up in 10 Minutes 

 

 I go through phases with my make up, and currently I’d say I’m fairly happy with my routine which for me is pretty impressive, so I thought I’d share it with you all! I like my sleep so I’ve tried to cut down the amount of time I spend on my make up in the morning as much as possible. So, please find below a quick ‘how to’ for everyday make up in 10 minutes. As you can see from the picture it’s a really natural look, meaning it’s pretty easy to recreate!

First, prepping your skin is so important to ensure you get a good base for your make up to sit. I don’t use a primer, but I do make sure to thoroughly moisture my face with my everyday moisturiser. Then, comes the most important part for me, the concealing. I cover any blemishes/red areas using a concealer, my favourite at the moment is Hide The Blemish by Rimmel. I then also use this as a base for my under eye area.

Following this, I apply Oil Free Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser using my fingers as I prefer to blend that way. I take Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Medium and apply under my eyes. To set this all using the real techniques powder brush I apply Mac Select Sheer/Pressed Powder in NC5 over all of my face. I’ll then gently define my cheekbones using the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Palette in Bronze.

To highlight, I dab 3 dots of Benefit High Beam under my eye area and then blend in. Moving onto my cheeks, I take The Multiple by Nars in Orgasm and apply to the apples of my cheeks. I then blend this out with a touch of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Quartz using the Bobbi Brown Face Blending Brush.

Moving onto my eyes, I first focus on my brows. I fill in using the dark colour in the Focus & Fix Kit in Medium by Make Up Revolution. I then brush over to really tidy up using the Benefit Speed Brow Gel.

Using my finger I then sweep a layer of Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Sparkling Champagne over my eye lids and up to the brows. For my eyeliner I turn to my trusty Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner in Sepia Ink and create a simple flick at the outer corner of my eye. I follow with a coat of mascara in Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in Black, and then another coat of Ultra Tech Curve Mascara by Kiko Cosmetics in Black.

Finally for my lips, I moisturise first using the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm and then follow with the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Staunchly Stylish. I then apply a coat of Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour Lipstick in Neutral Rose for the final touch!

Writing it down it seems like a long process but I promise it really isn’t! I’ve done it half asleep before so it is almost like a foolproof guide to applying makeup.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Shimmering Down The Catwalk 

  London was awash recently with beautifully long legged creatures and a selection of clothes to rival even Alexa Chung’s wardrobe.

One of my favourite shows was the Mermaid- inspired Sophia Webster show, where the make up look created was the most gorgeous glow, designed to mimic the reflective qualities of the water. The models were dressed to look like mermaids, and they absolutely did. Skin looked beautifully soft as it shimmered in the light, accompanied by soft eyeshadows and lipsticks. Stunning pastel colours were just one of the main attractions, with the footwear being of course the main spectacle of the showcase.

Some of my favourites shots from the show…

  

Make up artists from Benefit created the look which I found so exciting. I love Benefit make up, and to see products in my make up bag feature so heavily in a show was amazing! It’s great to be able to recreate catwalk inspired looks, without having to take out a mortgage! It’s a shame you don’t develop the modelesque legs at the same time…

The mermaid inspired look is a really simple one to copy, just as long as you have a good highlighter to hand. The one used for the Sophia Webster show was this Benefit High Beam (see below), which I use religiously; however, achieving the same effect doesn’t have to be pricey – it’s just finding something that gives your skin a beautiful glow. (In fact drinking a lot of water can help heaps in this!)

This is definitely a trend I’ll be jumping onto the bandwagon of, as glowing skin will always win over the dull days that define winter!

Have you guys given this look a try yet?

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Burberry Lip For Less

 

Happy Sunday all!

If you follow my blog regularly you’ll have seen on my AW15 Beauty Wishlist the Burberry Beauty Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Bright Plum. I became obsessed by this lipstick thanks to the Burberry catwalk show at London Fashion Week last week. A main beauty look was a gorgeous bold berry lip, which was complemented beautifully by a simple base. As soon as I saw the look I was completely hooked! Firstly I am IN LOVE with the colour; it’s great for autumn, and looks amazing against any skin tone. I also think it’s a fab colour to wear if you don’t like being adventurous with your lip colour. Yes it does stand out in the sense that it’s not a neutral colour; yet the fact that it’s so flattering against different skin tones means it’s not too overpowering, which makes it a perfect bold lip colour!

The look as seen at Burberry…

 

The Burberry lipstick used is quite pricey at £25, so I thought I’d try and find a cheaper alternative to recreate the look. I created my first ever video for this look (please be nice), so take a look at it here if you fancy! I’m really not a fan of hearing myself back (I’ve been cringing all morning), and know I have a few things to perfect when posting videos, but hopefully you’ll like it!

The look I created:

Products used:

 

Rimmel Long Lasting Lipstick in Starry Eyed , £4.99
Natural Collection Lip Liner in Mulberry, £1.99
Eve Lom Kiss Mix, £16
Benefit Boiing Concealer, £17.50

I hope you guys enjoyed the video and found it somewhat useful (sorry my phone buzzed during it, oops)! Any feedback on the blog/video is very welcome, and would love to hear your thoughts on the look!

Thanks for visiting!
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June Favourites!

 

I realise that this is a very common post amongst bloggers now, but I thought why not jump on the bandwagon and show you all a few of my favourite discoveries from June!

Firstly, I just had to include these silk cami pyjamas as my background for this post, as they are my new favourite things!! They are the perfect summer pyjamas, as they are so light and cooling on hot summer nights, as well as being super comfortable and so soft against your skin! I also love that they have a gorgeously delicate pastel floral print. I am the biggest fan of the Rosie for Autograph range as not only are they beautiful pieces, but they are without doubt the most comfortable things around! Marks and Spencer triumphs again! There are so many amazing patterns that reflect seasonal changes; from silky underwear sets to cotton pyjamas to the most amazingly fluffy dressing gowns. If you haven’t tried anything from this range, I seriously recommend you do!

 

This Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water is the perfect cooling remedy for all of this hot weather we’ve been experiencing recently in the UK! I definitely am not complaining, but it would be a lot nicer to have a swimming pool, or the sea nearby to cool down. (Being slap bang in the middle has its disadvantages when it’s so hot). So, in my quest to cool down I found this amazing cooling spray by Avène. It gives the most amazingly light water spray, which not only acts to cool you down, but also helps to hydrate and refresh your hot and bothered skin. I lay in bed spraying mine over me last night, and it was heavenly! As it’s essentially composed of water, this is amazing for all skin types as it basically acts to soothe the skin, so is a must have for anyone!

 

I’m not really sure why I stopped using this Benefit eye brightening product, but it really is amazing at doing what it says on the tin. I’ve been really run down recently, which always is reflected in my eyes; so, I needed a product that would help to lift and freshen my eye area, even when I’ve not been feeling so fresh myself! I use this on the inner corner of my eyes, and then cover with a reflecting shadow (I love using Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick). I also apply on the arch of my brows to give them extra lift, and sometimes on the water line of my lower lashes to really help open my eyes up. This product is called Eye Bright for a reason – it really does leave your eyes looking brighter and more awake!

 

I have always been the biggest fan of Aussie hair care, so when I realised they had released a ‘Shower Smoothie’ shower gel I HAD to have it! There are so many things I love about this product from the amazing macadamia nut oil scent, to the luxurious consistency; to the product actually being a subtle purple colour- amazing! For a few minutes every morning, I feel almost like I am back in Australia…. If only!

 

I’d been eyeing up this Lancome Hypnôse Eye Artistry Collection Hypnôse Palette in Star Eyes for a while because of the beautiful colours, so I decided to treat myself! I was looking for a small set to take away with me that had similar colours to my Naked 2 palette, and stumbled across this. There are four gorgeous metallic colours, with a pinky undertone, which I find works really well to take you from daytime through to the evening. There are two handy mini applicator brushes and mirror inside the compact, which makes it even more ideal for carrying around. I can’t really find anything I don’t like about this product!

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