The absolute best way to do this is to visit a counter, and have a Benefit Experience. This is basically a makeover, and a way to try all the goodies you've heard about...or have specific products recommended for you according to your preferences. You can also have your brows taken care of, while you're there which is BRILLIANT! I'll go into more detail about the brow experience very soon- they have a great technique called Brow Mapping that I really want to detail. The makeup application was great- and takes 30 minutes or under- which is perfect if you're in a hurry and need to have your makeup done for a special event. You can also be assured of having a lovely, high quality result because not only are the products great, but the Benefit staff are talented and experienced. Thank you, Sarah and Madalina, you BABES!!!! The staff are super sweet, so never be shy or too intimidated to pop in and see them on counter- you'll be so glad you did, and there's nothing like being able to experience a product in real life before purchasing. Speaking of products, let's go!
If I know that my makeup has to really last, then I'll reach for Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer. This does exactly what you'd expect, trust me. If I have an event to go to, or if I get up early knowing I'm going to have a long, busy day ahead with little opportunity to touch up. So, the trick is to have your foundation close by ready to apply straight away because it does dry quickly- blend it into moisturised skin in sections, smoothing and tapping it in. Benefit describes it as acting "like a magnet"- and this is absolutely correct! I don't need to use it every day, but I love having it at hand for the occasions I do.
the POREfessional Pore Balm is probably the primer I'd read the most about, particularly on MUO- you guys LOVE this product! For good reason too, because it's so special to me that I use it sparingly...one of those, "If I run out I will surely perish" kind of products. Pores? Fine lines? Goodbye. POREfessional sorts them out, and gives you the most perfect canvas to work with that you could ever hope for. You only need a thin layer for it to work its magic, and I like to concentrate on my problem areas, aka, my frown lines and my smile lines. At least I keep a balance? I also love this because you can pat a tiny amount on over the top of your foundation during the day on the areas that need a little extra care, and it won't mess up your base- it'll make it BETTER! Ohhh, it's really really good, and worth every dollar.
I'm the first to admit that I tend to look pretty tired on the regular. I don't have problems with under eye bags (yet), but dark circles and shadows are a constant problem, which is why Erase Paste is saving me from having some serious mares. This little pot of joy contains an awesome concealer that comes in 2 different shades (fair, medium and deep) with peachy undertones to counteract any dark colours underneath your eyes. It's REALLY creamy, so you really only need 3 dots, and I recommend using it over the top of an eye cream so you can blend it all out easily. You can also use it on small blemishes but I prefer to use Boi-ing concealer for those, and save Erase Paste for my eyes alone!
Rockateur is one of Benefit's super popular Box O' Powders, and is the latest pretty addition. I think I gasped when I first opened it, I love the embossed pattern on the top, and it smells so good- I can't even put my finger exactly what the scent is, but it is gorgeous, sweet and pretty. Just like the product, in fact! This is used as a blush, and gives a beautiful rose gold glow to your cheekbones. I love the packaging, and I love that it comes with a brush. I don't generally use brushes included with product, preferring to use my own ones, but I make an exception in this case because it's so soft and fluffy- and dispenses the product exactly where I want it. This product is a must-try.
Because there are currently only Benefit counters in Auckland, this only applies to Auckland readers (I'm sorry other loves! But your time will come, I promise!). What I need you to tell me is if you would like to come to a special Makeup Obsessives event held on counter instore at Benefit! It will be during a weekend most likely, and will be an amazing chance for us all to come together, have a catch up/meet up, and try the beautiful Benefit products IN REAL LIFE! You'll also get to meet the BeneBabes, put names to the faces, and really become acquainted with what Benefit is all about. I think it will be amazing, and I hope you guys will too!
So...if you think you'd love to come, let me know in the comments below so Benefit and I can get an idea of numbers. Obviously hundreds can't come (can you imagine?), but when I have a final list, we'll use an application like woobox to draw names, so everything is fair.
It'd also be lovely if you could tell me which Benefit products you'd love to try, and/or Benefit products that you have tried and loved. I want to know, because I need more! Love to you all xxx