On Wednesday, I took a bit of an extended break from packing my life up into boxes and tote bags (oh to be a blogger!) and hopped on a train to Bournemouth with Corrie for a seaside escapade with Benefit Cosmetics. My Benefit story began when I was 15 or so: my Mum took me for my yearly birthday – obviously yearly…! – shopping trip, and let me choose four products from the Benefit counter as part of my present. For a 16 year old, you can only imagine the excitement when presented with such adorable, quirky packaging and quality goodies inside.
Wednesday evening saw Corrie and I, along with Kia, Lauren and Jemima see Benefit’s latest products being demonstrated by the head of make-up and trend artistry, Lisa, and celebrate the launch of Sunbeam, which is released on Monday! It was a very intimate affair, held at their newly opened Benefit Boutique which is situated inside Debenhams in the Bournemouth town centre.
One of the ‘perks’ of being a blogger is that, once in a while, you are invited to preview products to share with your loyal readers, and I can honestly say this was one of my all-time favourites. We were treated to afternoon tea at The Print Room, and chatted away about make-up, vintage ballgowns, wedding planning ideas, careers, Craig David (yep!) and, of course, blogging, over tea, scones, Victoria sponge and finger sandwiches. A bloggers’ heaven? I think so.
Sunbeam is the newest addition to the Benefit collection, and is described as liquid sunshine in a bottle. It’s the bronzer version of Highbeam and Moonbeam, which I also own, yet Sunbeam is my favourite of the three. I’ve worn it twice since receiving it on Wednesday underneath a Missha BB cream (although a light/sheer foundation is also recommended if you’re not a fan) and it gives the loveliest summer glow to your skin. I use it very sparingly on the cheekbones, browbones and dotted on my forehead, for a subtle bronze shimmer underneath your base of choice, and Corrie has popped up a tutorial video using hers!
At the Sunbeam launch, I was also kindly given They’re Real mascara and the Porefessional with their new packaging, as well as an It’s Potent eye cream, all of which I’ll be giving a proper test run now that all of my belongings are in one place again! A huge thank you to Lisa and Jasmine for having me at such a well thought out event, it was the perfect surprise and so nice to see a brand who truly understands their market. ♥