On Friday, my friend Jessica and I made the 60 mile trip to Belfast. Jess is heading to Bali in a couple of weeks and I'm heading to Spain in four (excitement is killing me), so we wanted to do some holiday shopping. Unfortunately though, we did not come back with very much for holidays because our first stop was the Benefit counter in Debenhams.
I swear when I'm around makeup I feel like a kid in a candy shop. And Benefit have such glamorous packaging and merchandising that it really does appeal to the eye and draw you in. When one of the girls then offered to try some different products on me I was on the seat quicker than she could blink.
It turned out that it was the girl's (Laura I think her name was) first day, but she knew the products inside out, which really impressed me. Jessica also got her makeup done and we had loads of fun.
Laura showed me a huge range of products, including the porefessional. It's a balm that minimises the appearance of pores. Put on before your foundation it evens your skin tone and gives you a good base. You can also use it on its own like a tinted moisturiser. I really loved it, but I am currently trialing Dermalogica (a blog post on that is coming) so I didn't buy it then and there. I definitely will be in future though.
I also got to try the hello flawless oxygen wow! foundation. It's an oil free brightening foundation and it really does feel extremely light on your skin. It's perfect to wear during the day.
I am extremely passionate about contouring my face (creating light and shade to give it definition). I use Hoola bronzer to create shadows, but I was in need of a good highlighter. I ended up getting two!! Typical me! high beam is a liquid highlighter. I love it under my eyes to lift them and mixing it with foundation to give my skin a bit of a lift.
watt's up! is a soft highlighter that is great for the top of your cheeks. I also use it down the middle of my nose to try to make it look a bit smaller.
I also ended up coming away with a Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans, which is perfect for creating a subtle smokey eye. I also then got a good powder shadow brush to help improve how I apply my eyeshadows. I've really come to learn that brushes are often more important than the products when it comes to how you do your makeup.
I've had loads of fun playing with my new products and am loving the foundation. It really feels good to wear a light foundation that doesn't clog the skin. I would definitely recommend calling down to your local Benefit store and getting one of the lovely artists show you what is best for your skin. They will also give you tips on how to apply the products so you'll be a pro in no time.