Sunday, 11 October 2015

Benefit Christmas // Pucker Up Party

Christmas is my favourite time of year, I love how all the towns sparkle at night, shops begin playing festive music and gift sets start lining the shelves, one of my all time favourite gift sets comes from Benefit, and every year I get excited to see what they're bringing out. This year my favourite Benebabe, Lauren, invited me to my local Benefit store for a Pucker Up Party, we learnt how to create a 2 make up looks, are lots of sweets and then had a look at some of the exciting Christmas gift sets!

We started the afternoon learning how to create a simple day look, the best part of this event was that Benefit had provided mirrors, tools and makeup so we could recreate all the looks along with the tutorial. I was super excited to try out some new products as well as learn how to get the most out of some of my favourites. One of the best tips I picked up from the evening was combing Porefessional with Watts Up to create a more flawless and bright base. We then transitioned the day look to a night look in just a few simple steps, I got so into the whole ordeal that I completely forgot to take photos so I may have recreate the looks again in the near future and put a detailed post up about that!

After finishing up our final looks we moved on to the Christmas gifts, there were so many gorgeous sets to look at and with amazing savings it was nearly impossible to not buy everything. I've heard mixed reviews about the packaging this year, but personally I love the bright, fun colours! After coveting everything, I managed to narrow it down to just 2 gift sets (I also bought a Roller Lash too).

The first gift I picked up was the Real Cheeky Party, at just £29.50 (worth £110.23), this gift had savings of 73%! Filled with 5 'cheeky faves', this was definitely the first one that caught my eye, its just so pretty! This gift contains 4 bestselling Benefit blushes - Dandelion, Rockateur, Sugarbomb and Coralista - along with Hoola, my favourite bronzer, Watts Up, a soft creamy highlighter and 2 gorgous mini eye products - They're Real Mascara and They're Real Push Up Liner. With such a variety of versatile products, it's the perfect gift for any makeup lover.
To complement the face and eye products in the Real Cheeky Party gift, I decided to also purchase the Pucker Up & Party gift, featuring 4 lip products. At £19.50 (total value of £44.68) this gift has a saving of 56%, so you can see why I couldn't resist! This gift includes 2 tints and 2 balms, the posietint and balm is a lovely pinky-nude whilst the benetint and balm is a gorgous good red. As with the last gift, this set is super versatile too. The tints can be worn on both the lips and cheeks, acting as a stain they both last a full day on my lips. The balms are both hydrating and have a build-able colour to them, one coat has a completely different look to 3. However, my favourite thing about these is that you can wear the posietint with the benebalm, (and vice-versa) giving a completely different look all together!
I had a great evening at Benefit all thanks to the lovely Lauren and Kate who did a great job at organising and running the event, I even brought home some exciting goodies in the form of skincare samples and popping candy! Hopefully, there will be more events in the near future!
What do you think of these gifts, any that caught your eye? Leave a comment below letting me know!
Becca x


Friday, 2 October 2015

Prairie Pizzazz Luau Party Box

Prairie Charms has always been one of those brands that I have heard rave reviews from in the blogging world, I constantly lust over their gorgeous handmade accessories and I have meaning to get my hands on their products for way too long. So, when I saw on Twitter that they were looking for bloggers to join their special Prairire Pizzazz blogging team I leapt at the opportunity.
Prairie Pizzazz is a themed accessory and lifestyle box filled with exciting goodies from Prairie Charms as well as some bonuses from their friends. The concept of these boxes has always appealed to me, I love the idea of receiving a box full of little surprises in the post!
One of the most unique and exciting elements of this box was that they were personalised to each persons taste, the team at Prairie really spent their time getting to know everybody's style which made the whole experience much more personal. It was soon revealed that this box would have a Luau theme and so when I came home from my trip to Florida to find this box on my doorstep it was definitely a pick me up that helped make summer last just that little bit longer.
I opened this box as soon as I arrived home after travelling for over 28 hours from Florida, with that being said it's no surprise that the first thing that caught my eye in this box was the food element! There was a sweet little s'mores kit which included a Hershey's Bar, Coconut Marshmallows and a bag of Teddy Graham's- which I managed to devour in a matter of minutes and therefore didn't photograph, oops! There was also a punch making kit featuring Watermelon Kool Aid, a cute flamingo cocktail stirrer and some adorable bamboo inspired paper straws!
There was also some gorgeous hair accessories included in the box. These knot hair ties are my favourite because they don't leave that annoying dent in your hair like an average hair band does, and they also have a really cute print which is perfect for jazzing up a ponytail! There was also an adorable bow scrunchie which again I favour over a regular hair band as they don't pull on your hair and so feel much more comfortable! I also love the gorgeous shell clip that was included, it is simple enough for everyday wear and adds a hint of summer to any outfit! The main item of the box was a gorgeous, personalised floral lei, unfortunately I lost my photos of it however, it's so beautiful that it's bound to be on my Instagram in the near future!
I told the team at Prairie that I love all things pink and sparkly, so when I opened this pack of nail glitter I knew it had my name on it! My favourite item in the box was a gorgeous anklet, i love how simple it is and the teal colour is just beautiful! There was also an added extra from the Etsy shop 'Sweet As Honey Studio' who create beautiful confetti in a variety of shapes and colours. To keep with the theme, this pack was called tropical, confetti is such a versatile product, I can't wait to use it!
If, like me, you love all things pretty you're going to want to check out Prairie Charms, not only do they have the cutest products but their team is the absolute loveliest, which makes the whole experience even more enjoyable!
Becca x