When I was asked if I'd like to go and play with some make up..... I couldn't say yes please fast enough. My make up routine is actually pretty simple, I'm don't wear foundation 100% of the time but I do like a few dots of concealer under my eyes, a bit of powder, I like to give my eyebrows more definition and of course I'm a huge fan of liquid eyeliner and red lippie. Oh and mascara, I do like my mascara and don't feel I have my eyes on without it.
Benefit Boutiques are always a feast for the eyes....................
|High Beam is possibly one of my most fave products. Ever.|
|Left to right: Karen, Lucy, me, Gemma|
|Each person had a little bag of sweeties and a book of post it notes to jot down thoughts along the way.|
*WARNING* you are about to witness my freshly cleansed make up free face. Put down any hot beverages and move small children and those with heart conditions away from the screen....
I've never used a primer before but we were all given some Porefessional (£23.50) to use and several hours later my make up was still intact so I can now see the benefits (pardon the pun) of a primer and all the make up brands seem to do their own version, so I will be looking further into these.
With the help of Amy-Lou and each other we selected the right shade of foundation for ourselves and we happily started to put our make up back on. I was introduced to a concealer called Boi-ing (£16.50) this is a product that you you can not only use as a concealer but also as a cover up for scars, birth marks and even tattoos.
You basically just keep patting it on and layering it up until you have the coverage you need. I was very interested in this as in the summer I do get slightly darker freckly patches under my eyes due to sun damage from my teens and twenties. I'm much more careful about sun exposure now but this could be a could product to try again I think. It comes in 3 shades simply called 01,02 & 03.
We all seemed to like the product Hervana (£23.50) which is a blush made of a swirl of individual shades. You can swoosh your brush around them all or use individually. On the day we used this not just as a blush bit as eye shadow to - I do like a product that can double up.
|This is a very good version of my concentration face...|
|Check out my eyelashes!|
The Benefit masterclasses are £50 which is redeemable against any products purchased on the day. We were talked through the products during the session but not in a selling way, it was all very relaxed and informal. If you are thinking of topping up your make up bag or you have a special occasion then this would be a good way to get more for your money. Or they could make a nice gift to give someone. There were a lot of make up hints and tips along the way.
You can find more information on Benefit products on the Benefit website
If you are in Norwich or you're planning a visit you can follow Benefit Norwich on Facebook which has all the contact details if you'd like to book a masterclass.
Alternatively you can just pop in store and say hello. You can find the Benefit Boutique on the ground floor at Debenhams (the entrance opposite Clarks)