When the divine Kathryn of MissKathryn’s MissTakes first pipped up on the old Twittersphere with the idea of a blog challenge that was a little different from what us fatshion bloggers usually pontificate over, I jumped at it. Mainly because whilst I love and adore blogging clothes, and I occasionally allow myself to write the odd opinion piece there are certain things I don’t wax lyrical on. Namely some of my other passions such as books and handbags. Although they do creep in a little….I cant help it.
One such passion is makeup. Well one specific makeup brand to be precise….
Yes, My name is Sara and I’m a BeneFit-aholic. It started oh so innocently enough with this one (which really is so old it should go in the bin, and I don’t ever use it, but its got sentimental value…)
Kitten Shops in New York
Back in the day, which was oooh, about six or seven years ago, this glittery beauty was my most treasured item. Around the same time we’d gotten a BeneFit counter in Boots, and my 22-year-old self would spend hours oohing and ahhing at the gorgeous products….
So my best friend presented me with this one Christmas, and I have to say that every time she doesn’t get it quite right, present wise I always think ‘But she started my BeneFit collection off….’
Bad Gal Blue and Bad Gal Plum mascara, Magic Ink liquid liner and High Brow brow illuminator
Creaseless Cream Shadowliner: back row, left to right – Get Figgy, Skinny Jeans, Strut and Towne Car ; front row, left to right – Bunny Hop, R.S.V.P and Pre-Nup
Four of my all-time favourite BeneFit products – That Gal brightening face primer and Girl Meets Pearl liquid pearl for face, Posie Tint lip and cheek tint and High Beam highlighter. Oh and Moon Beam which I don’t really ever use.
Four used to death products – Hello Flawless powder cover up in Shell (which smashed and thus meant I lost a lot of it…sad times), Smokin’ Eyes palette (I wear it alot….if I’ve ever got a smoky eye going on, it will be this), one of their box shadows which has been discontinued and I have no lid for….oh, and Pink to please a woman, Gold to get the guy eyes and lips palette (does NOT do what it says on the tin!)
Shimmer Powder in Ruby Doo, Meringue and Miss Moon
Skinny Dip Lipstick; The Gloss in Streakin’, Chaperone and Kiss Me; Her Glossiness in Who Are You Wearing? and Talk To My Agent and Pocket Pal BeneTint and Gloss (BeneFit, make a Posie Tint version of this, pretty please!!)
The rest of the collection I’ve built up over the last five years….yes, some of my products probably should have found home in the bin if I was following the laws of makeup, but I go through the most important bits more frequently, so at least that’s something!
But to me there is nothing quite like the BeneFit experience….I’m a regular visitor to my main counter in Boots, but I’ve cheated on her with a visit to their flagship boutique in Covent Garden, and other Boots, House of Fraser and Debenhams counters up and down the country. I’ve even stopped by my local one on a couple of occasions where I’ve forgotten to put my mascara on when leaving the house. But as soon as I perch myself on one of their trademark stools, and let them show me their latest wares, I’m transported to a world where I’m a different creature entirely.
Before I found BeneFit, two things were true – I couldn’t apply makeup for toffee and never bothered with it, and also I’d have horrible reactions if I wore makeup all day long and thus never bothered with it. Its one of only three brands that don’t make my skin go ‘But I’m Combination along with being super sensitive….get that muck off me!’
Thats what gets me going back again and again….if it was only a brand that had pretty packaging, I’d probably have not remained so loyal, but as their products are just so ridiculously fab, for me at least, I go back again and again. In fact, here’s a secret I’ve not previously shared – when I went to the Simply Be Doncaster store launch, I had far too much time to kill, and spied a counter through the doorway of their Boots. Needlessly to say, I was sat letting their assistant apply Hervana to me in no time!
I just covert their stuff so much that I get giddy when they release a new catalogue so I can take it home and lust over its pages….my current items of lust that I wish to be mine are as follows….
They’re Real Mascara
Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Foundation in Ivory
Hervana face powder
But lets take a minute to mourn those that are no longer mine….(in other words, ran out completely or gave away because they didn’t suit me 😦 ).
Hoola, 10, Dallas, Dandelion (oh, I miss you the most!) face powders, ErasePaste concealer (used that to death!!), You Rebel Lite (ditto), Bad Gal Black, Brow Zings and Non-Fiction foundation….you are sorely missed…
So that’s my collection….I do have a marginally big Radley one too, but that’s for another time!
If this post has tickled your fancy, why not tootle along and see the other collections of my lovely fellow bloggers!