I'm a sucker for a good bargain but only really when it's a brand I love or a brand or product I've wanted to try for a while. Benefit are one of those brands and over the years I've fallen in love with many of their products, They're Real in particular.
I heard about their customised kit offer last week and initially I thought 'pah' it probably wasn't going to suit my needs that much because there's really only a selected few products I would jump at purchasing and most bargains consist of buying products that may look good but won't really get used. It was only when I clicked over that I realised how awesomely fantastic this kit is because you can choose your own products - and - save money in the process. Hells Yes.
△The POREfessional Face Primer - I personally chose The POREfessional. I know it works, it's light enough to smooth out my wrinkles and pores but light enough to make me feel like my face is naked.
△Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! - You can also choose a shade to suit your skin tone and it seems they have all shades in stock. Apparently this is supposed to cover and brighten your skin.
△Agent Zero Shine - Marketed as a powder version to The POREfessional. Some bloggers had issues with the packaging but loved the products, others not so much.
I've never tried Hello Flawless and Agent Zero Shine's always been less durable on my combination skin.
The next step is to choose your pop of colour. You can choose from:
△The iconic Rockateur blusher - Rose gold multi-dimensional tones to give you a pop of natural colour, highlight and brighten your skin.
△Hoola bronzer - Soft toned bronzer to give you a natural glow.
△Lollitint - If you are looking for a cute pop of feminine pink or a subtle youthful glow then this is the product for you. With the whole strobing trend you could totally rock some Lollitint on your cheeks, brows and cupids bow for a cute but natural strobe effect.
I personally chose Rockateur because I love that it is a build-able colour and, the packaging's also pretty awesome.
△They're Real mascara is my go-to lash definer simply because it's easy to apply, doesn't smudge and my super short and stubby lashes are noticeable with this blacker than black formula (there are other shades if you'd prefer not to opt for black). The only thing negative with it is it's tough to remove but on a positive note, at least you can be sure it's not going to leave you with panda eyes. If you're after a less defined lash you can opt for
△Roller Lash which is Benefits newest mascara formula. Get some curl on those lashes.
△If you don't fancy mascara there's They're Real Push Up Liner in a variety of shades which a lot of bloggers have been raving about. I've yet to try it but apparently the packaging makes this liner super easy to apply.
△Longwear Powder Eyeshadow - In my opinion is far better than the MAC baked shadows for pigmentation and durability. I actually wore Dear John eyeshadow to my wedding eleven years back! You can also choose from
△Creaseless Cream Shadow - Ten shades to choose from. Nudes all the way to charcoals so you can go full out smoky eye or get your natural on. I'd also wear this as a liner during the day too.
△Ultra Plush Lip Gloss - Shades vary but you have six shades to choose from. All choices will leave you with a wet lip look so if you're a matte lover you should keep that in mind when choosing your freebies.
I'm sure I saw on the website that they were giving you a makeup bag also to hold your kit in. The whole kit would cost you in excess of £90 (depending on which products you choose) but Benefit are doing it all for £66 which is an absolute bargain because it contains products for everyday use and each product type is usable throughout all seasons, price per wear is phenomenal.
Skinflint Tip | Cause being a skinflint is just wise sometimes.
✓ Have to shop for teenagers or kids at that in-between stage? This is a perfect option. It's not too in-your-face and garish and the packaging leads it to be suitable for all ages from teens to adults. You'll get a bargain and save money and they'll get an amazing gift or two.
✓ If you're a super bargain hunter you could also buy another, split them up and use as gifts - I know I'd be super grateful for Benefit for Christmas and no-one needs to know you got it as a bargain deal *wink*
Which products would you opt for in each stage? You can find the offer over on the Benefits website guys.