Today I had one of those days that make having a beauty blog amazing. Not only did I get to meet some lovely people but also play with make-up all afternoon. The setting was Fibre Bar in Leeds city centre. The brand was Benefit, one I have loved for a long time and I can still remember the first product I bought, it was Dallas.
First up we learned more about Benefit's history. For instance Benetint was created after a request for a product to enhance an exotic dancers nipples, which it still does (I checked). They are proud to be different and so am I.
They let us in on a secret: their new range of lip glosses which will be available on 28th June (£13.50) and come in six different shades, each one to match a box o’powder. We got to be some of the first people to try them and even got one in our goodie bag. They all have a beautiful sheen, a hint of fruity scent and are non-sticky. To apply they feel as if you are putting on lip-balm as they feel soft and light against your lips. I loved the bella bamba, coralista, dallas, oh who am I kidding I loved them all. The coralista shade that was in the goodie bag has a great peachy pink tone to it.
We also got to learn more about the experience customers would receive at one of their concession stands. Each customer gets a pampering experience akin to a facial. They will prep, prime and perfect using their skincare range, even if you have only asked to try a blusher. They are extremely knowledgeable and passionate, and help you choose the products that are best suited to you. If you are new to Benefit you must experience the POREfessional, the UK’s best selling primer. My other personal favorites include the foamingly clean face wash, speed brow, BADgal mascara and their big beautiful eyes kit. After today next on my wish list is they’re real mascara because I have heard so many great thinks about it I have to try it, and sun beam, a gold shimmer that looks magical.
Not only is the brand concise in their ethos but also in their product line. Each product has been carefully developed, sometimes over years, and crafted to be the highest quality. They don’t sell a product if they don’t know it is really going to work. We learned some tricks, like using a foundation brush to apply POREfessional is more economical but still has the same fabulous effects. And to get the best results from they’re real mascara, wait a minute in-between coats to allow the mascara to curl. I was surprised at the perfumes as I had never tried them before and honestly Benefit wouldn’t be my first call for them but I really liked them, especially ring my Bella, a fruity scent.
A tasty lunch was provided, some drinks were clinked and we got to know more about some of the Benebabes. Turns out they are quite the lovely bunch.
Benefit are proud to be supporting Refuge, a charity established to provide help to women suffering domestic violence. 1 in 4 women are affected by domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence affects women of different races, ages, financial status and upbringing. Refuge treats them all. They offer a range of services and have a network of refuges across the country.
To raise money Benefit have organized the Mascarathon. Between the 15th and 29th June runners will travel over 500 miles from Edinburgh to London. Each person will run 2 miles and celebrities like Caroline Flack and Jorgie Porter will be doing a leg. People are still needed to run though, I would but with my dislocating hips and bendy back I am not allowed, I will be donating however and so should you, each pound helps.
If you want to find out more click here and to donate click here. Lets help raise awareness and money to support women suffering everywhere.
If you are on Twitter lets help get #mascarathonuk trending.
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Lastly for the ladies in Leeds, if you go to the Benefit concession stand in House of Fraser and purchase a product quote my blog name (Beauty Truths Not Ugly Lies) and you will get a free gift. Supplies are limited so the sooner you go the better. I would be really pleased if you did and make sure to send me a message and let me know which product you got and what you thought of it. I get Benefit products if enough people quote my blog and you all know what that means? give aways silly!