All aboard the Good Ship Benefit! with House of Fraser’s Cheekathon Palette

It’s not often that an email has me squealing at my desk with excitement.

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But when an iconic department store reaches out to invite you to find out more about your favourite makeup brand’s latest palette, it’s pretty damn exciting.

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If you haven’t been to Victoria Embankment to the Good Ship Benefit yet then you should get yourself down there now – it’s seriously incredible.

The Benefit team have really outdone themselves. The R.S. Hispaniola has been transformed into a gorgeous, incredible girly boat, as classically on-brand as you’d expect from Benefit. They are also offering some fantastic events and activities onboard, too –  from yoga classes on the Hoola deck, to brow grooming and afternoon tea, to delicious cocktails and more!

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I’ve loved Benefit forever. ‘Some kind-a gorgeous’ was my first high-end foundation, and Hoola and High Beam have been products I’ve used constantly for years. I was on cloud nine amongst all the makeup products and themed rooms on the Good Ship Benefit – and was even more excited to get a demonstration of their latest product.

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The Cheekathon palette is exclusive to House of Fraser, and features 5 full-sized bronzers and blushers for just £44.50. Considering one Benefit cheek product usually costs about £24.50, it’s incredible value for money, and they last ages, too.

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The packaging is stunning, as usual, and also includes a little brush, which is perfect for highlighting cheekbones. I’ve used it every single day since I got mine – it’s an incredibly versatile palette, and without a doubt my new favourite makeup product.

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We were also given a demonstration of how to use the product by the team, which was really useful. It’s always nice to see what tips and tricks other people use with their products – and in the process, I discovered that Hoola is also the perfect matte light brown eyeshadow, too!

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I had such an awesome time on the Good Ship Benefit, and I absolutely love the new Cheekathon palette. A little too much fun, in fact, getting my brows done and sipping on champagne, that by the time I disembarked they only had Gimme Brow left in a light/medium shade.

But my loss is your gain, readers, because I’m doing a giveaway! Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win a full sized Gimme Brow in the shade light/medium. This competition is UK-only, and if the winner doesn’t respond after a week then I’ll offer the prize to the runner up.

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What’s your favourite Benefit product?  Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

November Beauty Favourites

It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a post about my beauty favourites! Here are a few things I’ve been loving this November:

Lush Haul

I’ve repurchased the Big sea salt shampoo from Lush. It’s without a doubt the best shampoo I’ve ever tried – the sea salt is great for exfoliating the scalp, and it smells absolutely divine. The sea salt gives your hair volume, too – what more could you want? I tend to use it once a week, alternating different shampoos so as to avoid drying out my hair but it’s definitely a product I’ll be getting again and again.

Lush Jungle Solid Conditioner

The next item from my mini Lush haul is the Jungle solid conditioner. I was really intrigued by the concept, and I really like the scent of avocado and banana. I’m not fully sold on the texture, but it does a good job of conditioning the ends.

As mentioned in my last post, I’m ridiculously excited for this holiday season – and I LOVE Lush’s range of seasonal products. Snow Fairy smells like all the good smells from childhood – like cotton candy, or bubblegum.

They're Real Mascara

The next product up is Benefit They’re Real mascara. I recently had this brought over from America for me, and I am loving the brush in particular, and how it lengthens my lashes. My only gripe with the product is that it’s not easy to get off – this has lasting power, so make sure you have some good eye makeup remover to hand. I know Benefit sell their own remover, which is specially formulated to remove it but something about that just doesn’t sit well with me particularly – I don’t like being forced to buy an entire range of products.

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Next on my list of November favourites is Bourjois’ Happy Light Matte serum primer. I much prefer the consistency of this to Maybelline’s Baby Skin primer – it feels less greasy, and I like that it is light and mattifying. I like this product as a drugstore alternative to Maybelline’s primer, which I wasn’t a fan of.

Bourjois Matte Primer Elie Saab Perfume

I haven’t found a new scent I’ve liked in ages. I’ve been wearing the Chloe perfume for ages, and while I love it, I was looking for something a bit different. I always associate the Chloe scent with summer, and the patchouli, jasmine and orange blossom of this Elie Saab perfume is deeper – it has a smokier quality to it which makes it perfect for winter. If you are a fan of Vivienne Westwood’s Boudoir, or Calvin Klein Euphoria then I think you should put this scent on your Christmas wishlist.

Nars Orgasm

This Nars blush is a cult favourite, and something else I had brought back for me from the States. Nars blush in Orgasm looks really natural, but with tiny flecks of shimmer which creates a really lovely glow. My one is becoming a little worn because I’ve been using it so much – it’s definitely been featured on other beauty blogs so much for a reason!

Zoeva Brushes

My final favourite this month has been the rose gold brush set from Zoeva. It’s my first proper brush set – previously, I’d been using my bare minerals brushes and I finally couldn’t resist these. They are the softest brushes I have ever touched. They don’t look quite so nice at the moment as they do in the picture above, but I have it on good authority that they wash incredibly well – and for under £7 a brush are more affordable than ones from MAC. The case is great, and there’s a lot of room for other products too.

What products have you loved this month? Anything you’ll be putting on your Christmas wishlist?

February Favourites

I regret nothing! But…

February Makeup Haul

… It’s almost shameful how many new beauty products I seem to have acquired this month. It’s an occupational hazard I suppose – when you spend all day looking at fashion and beauty blogs it’s hard to resist the temptation! I say almost shameful, because luckily this month I seem to have only had good luck with my haul – so I might as well try and channel my compulsion and be productive by doing a little review.

Boots Botanics

I’m really into the Boots Botanics skincare range at the moment. As a ‘halfie’ I tend to prefer using Japanese skincare brands (which I’ll get into at a later date) because I find most drugstore brands in the UK to be quite harsh and drying. I’ve had a lot of success with the Boots Botanics range though – and they get extra points for being environmentally friendly, as well as being developed with Kew Gardens (which I love). This month I’ve got the hydrating day cream which I put on first thing, which has SPF 15. My entire family are completely obsessed with sun protection and I guess I’m not immune to it either. I also picked up the eye make-up remover. Embarrassingly I went up to someone at the store because the liquid was slightly brown at the bottom of the bottle – this is meant to be the case. All-natural, remember? So don’t make the same stupid mistake I did. You’ve been warned!

Benefit big beautiful eyes, hoola and high beam

Confession: these were all second time purchases. But I barely ever purchase anything twice so it is a testament to how amazing Benefit’s product range is! I very much prefer the big beautiful eye palette to the smoky eye version they do – this looks more natural, and you can always build on it and create a smoky effect with the colours. I can’t imagine this not suiting anyone. I’ve also been trying to do more ‘contouring’, and believe me, if you don’t have high beam there’s not much point. The hoola bronzer probably won’t get much use until next month when I start to get my tan on. Always good to be prepared, right?

Bare minerals get started kit

I’ve always been fairly lucky in terms of not breaking out, but this Bare Minerals get started kit has changed everything I knew about makeup. I’d always see those gimmicky ads on TV, or try to avoid those pushy sales people in department stores and I was so skeptical about this brand. Like, how is that powder sticking to your face? Why should I pay £50 a pop for these weird dyed powders? But now I am a total convert. My skin hasn’t felt this good in a long time. 10/10 would buy again.

Lush

Lush is one of those brands that I feel like I would hate on paper – where all the high-handed and smug shop assistants have bizarre names and everything smells of patchouli. But I really, really like it. I love a good bath and Lush does a good bath-time. This month though, I was duped into buying a pot of pink sugar – bubblegum flavoured, yes, and very beautifully packaged – but I’d recommend just buying an exfoliator like a normal person, or just rubbing sugar on your lips instead of buying a LIP SCRUB. What was I thinking!? It’s okay though – this cleanser, which you wipe off with a hot, damp flannel makes up for it.

Lip bullet topshop and flower crayon

Now that my lips are super smooth after being buffed with my pot of sugar I also ended up buying a ‘lip bullet’ (back in the game) from Topshop, and had my mom send over a Flower lip crayon from the States. Flower is a US drugstore brand of makeup developed by Drew Barrymore, and this lip crayon is a lovely neutral colour (sheer blossom). I love the lip crayon trend at the moment, because although skilled with liquid eyeliner (years of calligraphy class finally paying off) I am terrible at putting on lipstick. So having it in pencil/crayon form really helps.

Getting all of that off of my chest makes me feel slightly less guilty about all of this. Like I’m doing a public service or something. Oh dear. The things I do to live with myself….