Monday, 14 October 2013

I LOVE Benefit | Part 2

 Last week i posted part 1 of my Benefit make up review and step-by-step of my daily make-up routine, and now here is part 2!
So to pick up where i left off, i had just applied my winged eyeliner and Benefit World Famous Neutrals. As mentioned in the previous post Benefit sent me some goodies to review, one of them being the They're Real Mascara.
4) When applying mascara after using liquid eyeliner, i find that it can get on my eyelashes and dry, making it difficult to apply mascara without it clumping.
With Benefit's They're Real mascara i found that the brush really seperated my eyelashes without having to apply too much mascara. I only applied a couple of coats and my eyelashes were seperated and lengthened rather nicely! I feel like if i wanted to apply more for an eveing look it would still keep my eyelashes seperated, but give me a more thicker glamorous look.  
5)Now my eye make-up is complete, i next touched my foundation up beneath my eyes to cover any fallen eyeshadow. I then applied a thin dusting of Bobbi Brown bronzer all over my face.
Next i used the last product Benefit sent me to review; Rockateur highlighting powder. I have always loved Benefit's High Beam and Sun Beam liquid highlighter, so i was excited to try a powder version. Before you even use the product, the cute packaging and mini brush had already won me over!

I applied the powder to the tops of my cheekbones and found it gave a gorgeous but subtle and natural sheen to my skin. I have since used it everyday as it makes my skin glow, but doesn't look too much for day time.

6) Now my eyes and face are complete, the last thing to apply is my lipstick. I used Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Perpetual Flame and matching lip liner. I wouldn't normally wear this lipstick in the day time as it is quite heavy, but i just wanted to show you it as it's my favourite at the moment!

And here is the final look!


I absolutely love my Benefit goodies and definitely intend on trying other Benefit products in the future.
I hope you found this two-part make-up post interesting/informative!
Hope everyone is having a good Monday :)
CC x  

Sunday, 6 October 2013

I LOVE Benefit | Part 1

So this week Benefit very kindly sent me some goodies to blog about, how exciting is that?! I have always liked Benefit, but over the last year i have grown to love them as i have become more experimental and interested in make-up (plus the packaging is so preeeetttyyyy!!).
As well as testing the make-up they sent me, i am also going to do a step-by-step of how i apply my make-up due to getting asked quite often how i do my eyeliner and eyeshadow etc. It will be in two parts due to how long the post is!

Here is all the make-up i will be using...
(From left to right)Benefit Porefessional, Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, Benefit Foundation brush, Estee Lauder Touch Eclat, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder and bronzer brush, Benefit Rockateur, Benefit World Famous Neautrals, Collection 2000 liquid eyeliner, Benefit They're Real mascara, Rimmel eyebrow pencil, Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Perpetual Flame and matching lip liner.
Before i started i applied Dermalogica Intensive Moisturiser to make my skin nice and soft, waiting 5 mins or so to let it soak in. 
1) Firstly i began with my base. I could have shown you what i look like completely make-up free, but nobody deserves to see that! For my base i applied Benefit Porefessional mixed with my foundation. You can apply Porefessional before your foundation or on top of it; it helps minimize pores and makes your skin feel and look super smooth and silky. I already had this product before Benefit sent it me, so it's safe to say i am a fan! I also used my Estee Lauder Touche Eclat under my eyes as i had a late one the night before.
2) Next i applied my eyeliner. I tend to put my powder and blusher on after i've done my eye make-up, as i usually apply more foundation under my eyes to cover any loose eyeshadow that may have fallen.
I get a lot of people asking how i do my eyeliner, but unfortunately it really is practice makes perfect! 8 times out of 10 i do have to use a cotton bud to correct it; a steady hand and a good eyeliner does help though. Expensive eyeliners don't necessarily make it easier to apply either. I use Collection 2000 liquid eyeliner and i swear by it! 

3) Time for the fun part, the eyeshadow! My best friend bought me this cute Benefit eyeshadow kit for my birthday and it is literally amazing. It has a little book which shows you how to do a daytime and evening look with the eyshadows provided, using a combination of cream and powder eyeshadows.

When applying eyeshadow i do highly recommend investing in a good eyeshadow brush kit as it makes all the difference when you're applying it. I have a really good kit from Crown Brush, which was also a really decent price!

Andddd here is the result after following the booklet instructions for a daytime look:
I had to go over my eyeliner as the eyeshadow did cover it up. You can apply your eyeliner after your eyeshadow if you prefer, but i find it easier to shape the eyeshadow to my eye when i apply my eyeliner first.
I love how subtle yet effective the colours look. One thing i do love about Benefit is how their products enhance and highlight your skin to really give you that natural glowing look. I also would have never gone near eyeshadow cream before, but now i have definitely been converted!

So that's the end of part 1! Next time i will be testing the Benefit 'They're Real' mascara as well as the Rockateur highlighter, and showing you the final result.
I hope you've enjoyed this post! Look out for part 2 :)

CC x