Dark Circles Begone with Benefit Boi-ing!

When it comes to makeup, there are probably one or two things that, if I really had to ditch, I could manage without. But when it comes to my most-used makeup, concealer is up at the top of my list! I wear concealer daily (for reasons we’ll get to in a moment!) so, when I heard about a new collection of Benefit Boi-ing concealers, I was more than a little intrigued.

I often joke that without makeup, my dark circles could give Uncle Fester a run for his money but sometimes I feel like I’m only exaggerating a little! I’ve been in a long-term relationship with concealer since my late teens in an effort to hide those bad boys. Ever wanted to know what the greatest cover-up in human history is? Look no further.

But all joking aside, a good concealer goes a long way to making me look and feel a little more like myself (along with a bright lipstick of course!) and, with four concealers in the range, it seems like the Benefit Boi-ing line-up has something for everyone looking to conceal in a flash.

Did I mention the new candy pink packaging is as cute as a button too? Let’s take a look at all four…

To start, there’s the Boi-ing Airbrush concealer, which is a lightweight, buildable formula that is easily patted onto the skin and gives a lovely smooth finish. I tried this recently to even out red patches after my last eyebrow wax and was really impressed.

Next up, I tested the Boi-ing Hydrating concealer which is a stick concealer enriched with Vitamin E and aims to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Although my skin looked smoother and felt really nice with this one on, it just wasn’t a full enough coverage for me and I would probably use it combined with another product next time.

BUT WAIT… did someone say ‘industrial strength’?!! Now yer talking! The Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength concealer is a full coverage matte concealer – it’s the original Benefit Boi-ing concealer from back in the day with a sassy makeover. I’ve used this one on dark circles, breakouts, broken veins and more. It lasts for ages too, with minimal touch-ups required (once it’s on, it’s on). This one is my favourite of the collection (even though it’s the least pink of all the packaging!).

A very close second is the Boi-ing Brightening concealer though, which is another full-coverage gem. This one is specifically designed for targeting dark circles (some of you makeup aficionados may remember it by its former name, Erase Paste) and has brightening, colour-correcting undertones to help give that coveted illusion of a gal who’s had 12 hours rest and no need for caffeine (who are these people? Do they live among us?!). Top tip: use a little brush to blend this one in. 

I might not be able to wave a magic wand and take away my dark circles but this new collection does a pretty awesome job of smoothing, evening out tone and covering things up. Each item in the Benefit Boi-ing collection is £17.50 and available now!

Have you tried any of Benefit’s new concealers? And be honest, when was the last time you had 12 hours’ sleep…?

 

 

 

This post features PR samples but all testing, views and resemblances to The Addams Family are my own.

The Return of the Blogger Sleepover

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Take six gals in their nightwear, add a seriously gorgeous hotel and throw in some tasty treats, pampering and crafts and, well…you have the return of the mack blogger sleepover my friends! Actually, make that the return of the #grandcentralsleepover because it’s not a real gathering unless it has a hashtag, am I right?

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Some of you might remember that we enjoyed a pyjama party last year in Glasgow’s luxurious Grand Central Hotel to kick off the holiday season. We were super excited to be invited back again this year (TO THE DAY!) to do it all over again!

As soon as Laura, Ayden, Lori, Lisa & Sami and I checked into our rooms and changed into our pyjamas, we met up in our main room to begin the evening of festivities. The room was decorated with a pretty Christmas tree sprinkled with faux frost and brightly coloured baubles – just the thing to get us into the seasonal spirit!

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What’s a girly sleepover without some beauty fun? Luckily, Frenchie from Grease wasn’t around to pierce anyone’s ears but we DID have the lovely Emma from Benefit at House of Fraser to give us a round of brow treatments! I was absolutely thrilled with my eyebrows afterwards, which were tinted and waxed using the same techniques you’d find at the Benefit Boutique in store.

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Next up, we took our make up off in one Clean Sweep to try out some face masks by Soap & Glory and did our best Mrs Doubtfire impressions (“hellooooo dear!”) – while the masks worked their magic. I tried the No Clogs Allowed clay mask, which has a warm sensation on the skin as it cleanses. I felt fresh as a daisy afterwards! DIY gel manicures were also on the agenda thanks to Sensational’s nifty polish to gel transformer kit and tools from Brushworks. Sami gave herself some ruby red nails to rival Rudolph’s nose!

All this pampering was bound to have us peckish and, right on cue, a delicious buffet from Grand Central Hotel’s Tempus restaurant arrived at the door!

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The spread was utterly delicious and we had just about enough room left to nibble some candy and popcorn (and Poshcorn!) while having a catch up. The run up to Christmas can get so hectic, it was lovely just to relax in our PJ’s and chat.

We were kept hydrated with a selection of drinks from the likes of Botonique, Rejuvenation Water, 6Somewhere, Naturelly and Virtue Drinks before moving onto our next activity: making our own Christmas tree decorations!

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We had lots of Hobbycraft materials to play with including pom noms, glitter, stickers and paint. I was so pleased with my first attempt that I made a second one (and I’m happy to report that a few weeks later both have held up perfectly!).

After that, we all piled onto the oversized bed and watched some TV before calling it a night… or so we thought! Turns out we were all still up chatting and messaging each other for an extra couple of hours after that. We were pretty sure by the time we fell asleep that Lori was being followed by a celebrity ghost but I guess you had to be there to really understand the level of heebie jeebies involved!

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There was just enough time for us to grab breakfast in the morning before we headed our separate ways. Does it really get any better than a hotel buffet breakfast? To me, they are one of the best parts of any hotel stay and it was great to finish up our get-together over eggs and coffee.

This year’s blogger sleepover was so much fun, and the BEST way to celebrate another year of blogging (and another year of being friends with this bunch!). Our Laura (AKA the #grandorganiser) truly outdid herself by co-ordinating such a wonderful event! Same time next year, ladies?

Here’s to staying up way too late, sugar highs and face mask selfies…

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The #grandcentralsleepover couldn’t have been made possible without Grand Central Hotel being such amazing hosts (again!!). We also had some fabulous brands to help make the event a success – all of which are mentioned and / or linked above!  

2016 Makeup Gifts for Beauty Belles

2016 Makeup Gifts

Sleigh bells ring, are ya listenin’? Today marks the first of my holly jolly holiday gift guide series, a new(ish) blog project for me. Last year, I really just shared one bumper edition to cover all manner of gifts and recipients and the year before that was a post dedicated to gifting on a budget. But this year? Oh, it’s ON! Brace yours-elves (sorry).

Every Monday for the next 4 weeks I’ll be talking about the treats we (or someone we know!) would love to see waiting under the tree. To kick things off, I am starting with the 2016 makeup gifts to thrill the beauty junkies in our lives!

With so many sensational sets available this year it sure can be overwhelming to narrow things down so, to give you a little helping hand, I’ve hand-picked three releases that I think are rather special. All you need to do is try not to keep them for yourself…

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The suit-everyone palette: The Wish List by bareMinerals 

bareMinerals are a brand that have really knocked it out of the park with their Christmas collection this year. Urging us all to be present (geddit?) with a range of gifts including everything from Happy Glow Lucky skincare to mistletoe-ready Moxie lip colours. The Wish List palette is a sleek eyeshadow kit with 12 shades to compliment all skin tones and encourage us to get experimenting!

The pretty black and gold packaging makes this gift feel gloriously Christmassy and the shades within the palette range from soft matte neutrals to shimmering rich shades; making them easy to wear alone or blended together for a statement look. It also has a big ol’ mirror, which doesn’t seem like much but trust me – when you come across a palette that DOESN’T have a mirror, you’ll notice! This gift is £39 (though is valued at over £87) and you can pick it up here!

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The perfect stocking stuffer: They’re Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit by Benefit

You know what they say…good things come in small packages! Benefit are well-known for their seasonal special editions, and this year is no exception, but this little beauty is a new release and from the brand’s mainline collection. The Big Sexy Eye Kit (from Benefit’s They’re Real! range) has everything you need to create a defined eye makeup look with just one sweep!

This pocket-sized tin contains 3 different colour combos (in Beyond Nude, Bombshell Brown and – my favourite – Naughty Neutral) and a custom shadowblender sponge, designed for applying two shades at once (i.e. to your lid and crease). Ideal for the gal on the go! They’re Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit is cute as a button, and is available in-store and online at £27.50.

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The Big Guns: Dreamy Look in a Clutch by Charlotte Tilbury 

Dreamy? Dreamy doesn’t even COVER this one, my friend! Charlotte Tilbury’s Christmas gift shop has luxury written all over it, from small trinkets starting at £16.50 to a pretty legendary advent calendar which comes in at a cool £150. The Dreamy Look in a Clutch is packaged in Charlotte Tilbury’s signature rose gold and contains… well, a full red-carpet-worthy makeup look!

The Dreamy Look was created to be super flattering and radiance-boosting with a touch of golden shimmer. It includes an eye palette, eyeliner, lipliner, mascara, lipstick and even a USB stick with a tutorial video from the lady herself! At £90 it’s definetly at the top end of a lot of budgets, but it is a beautiful box of goodies and if you’ve been especially nice this year then it’s worth adding to your letter to Santa. Point the big guy towards House of Fraser, or click here to shop.

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Choosing the right gift for someone that deserves a treat is never easy, but hopefully my top picks from the many 2016 makeup gifts available will give you the head start you need.

Do you have any makeup lovers to buy for this year? And which of these would you love to unwrap on Christmas Day?

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