Benefit FULL GLAM AHEAD, Boots exclusive, £9.95
When it comes to high-end cosmetics I have never really seen the point in spending a hell of a lot of money on makeup which you can most certainly find at a much cheaper price by high street makeup brands. Although I won't be splashing the cash on foundations and mascaras, I do like he occasional treat, for example MAC is my go to place to grab a new lippy (I just bought one of their Dazzleglass lipgloss which I will review soon) and when it comes to makeup brushes I would consider investing in some real techniques brushes, so when I saw this handy little kit of mini benefit favourites I just couldn't resist!
The set consists of 3 miniatures of some of the most popular benefit products, the PORE fessional, BADGAL LASH mascara and High Beam highlighter. If I am completely honest I had absolutely no idea how to use the pore fessional or High beam so I had to do a little bit of YouTube searching for some tutorials, I have however used their BADGAL lash mascara before and I can 100% say it is the best mascara I have ever used. So, at just £9.95 I thought this was an absolute bargain if you just want to have a little play around with these products and see what you think of them before splashing out on the full size versions. Here's a little more info about these products and how to use them.
High beam is a highlighter which aims to enhance your complexion. To apply, I reccomend you use around 3 small dabs of the product spread evenly along your cheek bones, this is the area you need to highlight most, you can also apply this along the top of your nose, Cupid's bow or anywhere else you wish to highlight! Simply apply when you have applied your foundation and blend, however don't apply on top of powder as it can get a little caked up.
THE PORE FESSIONAL
The pore fessional is a pro balm which minimises the appearance of pores. I was very sceptical about this product as I just didn't understand how it could possibly work, however there has been so so much hype about this product so I gave it a go. It seriously does not disappoint, although I think the effectiveness of the balm really does depend on the severity of your pores, it really does work! Simply pat the product into any visible pores, for example at the side of your nose/ cheeks, nose or chin and then sweep away any of the excess and blend into your skin. Not only just it make your skin feel super soft, but it smooths out your complexion and really does minimise your pores, then when you apply your foundation the application is a lot easier and looks so much better. The product has a light fragrance and is a skin tone colour which differs from High street alternatives which have a more gel like consistency.
BADGAL lash is literally the best mascara I have ever used, despite retailing at around £17.50 it is expensive, but is perfect for keeping it for special occasions or when your eyes need more definition. It is so great for volumising and lengthening your eyelashes, whereas some others do either or, the brush is also highly effective, I much prefer bristle brushes for my eyelashes as I usually find plastic ones are absolutely useless. Highly reccomend this one, but keep an eye out for their brand new Roller Lash mascara which will be available in the March issue of Elle magazine (available next month).
Overall I have found all 3 of these products highly effective, however I am yet to decide whether to invest in the full size versions, I absolutely love these affordable miniature versions however as now I can get used to using them and it will only set you back £9.95 for all 3 of the products, a lot cheaper than the full size products which can cost anything between £17 and £28. For the miniatures bought individually the value would be £20.33 which saves you a massive 50%, definitely grab this one while you can!
Are you a fan of high end makeup? Do you use Benefit? Leave me a comment below! :)