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My name is Jo I am in my 20s and officially a makeup beauty Addict. I have always loved playing with makeup. However It was at the beginning of this year that I finally discovered my passion. I first got into makeup in a big way when I searched for something on Youtube. I typed in the search and found all these girls talking about and experimenting with makeup. From that day on I was hooked. I have made a couple of really good friends on youtube who encouraged me to start blogging. So as I am unable to make videos myself here I am. It's early days but I have some interesting things to come. If you have anything to say about any of my posts please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks Jo x

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Benefit Update: Makeup fun!!

Mum and I went to the Benefit Boutique in Farnham Surrey on Saturday 6th March for the makeover / makeup lesson that had been arranged due to my recent complaint about an experience I had at a counter.

I'm not going to go into details about the complaint here. I did a post on it which I am sure most of you will have seen. If by any chance you haven't seen it you can click here. Now it's a case of been there done that, time to move on.

I have also already posted an update telling you what was going to be done about the complaint, you can read that here. This post is basically going to give you all a run through of the day.

We had a 45 minute appointment booked for 11am. I think the 45 minutes was a guideline, I am sure we were there for at least an hour. This was great because we were able to relax and enjoy the experience without feeling rushed.

We were actually told that one of the ladies would ring us a day or 2 before to confirm the appointment. This didn't end up happening but that wasn't the end of the world.

When we arrived we were greeted by lots of smiley faces, (this was an encouraging start after our experience at the counter).

The Lady I had (Jess) was very chatty which made me feel really comfortable. I told her about my blog and she said she would take a look. So if your reading this Hi Jess I'm sure I'll see you again one day as I will definitely be coming back to Benefit :).

I sat down with Jess and we discussed what it was I wanted done and before she did anything she asked all the relevent questions about the look I wanted, e.g. foundation coverage, colours of eyeshadows etc.

At the end Jess spoke to me about some of the products I was interested in.

I did end up buying a lot of the products that were used. The things I didn't buy I had either bought previously e.g. SugarBomb box powder, or I had samples in kits e.g. Lemonade eye primer in the Realness of Concealness kit. I was also given a sample of 'Some kinda Gorgeous Foundation Faker' which was used. I got a bit confused and I thought I had purchased this product, so I was so glad to find I had a sample.

Jess used Erase Paste on my undereye area which i really liked, but as I have concealers that I think I ought to use before buying new ones I decided to leave this product for the time being. I will go through everything else used in a seperate post.

I had decided I wanted a Pin-up style look, so Neutral eyeshadow, Bold eyeliner, Red lips and contoured Cheeks. I was very pleased with the end result. I will post a photo or 2 at the end of this post.

We were told that we would not be able to take photos in the shop. So we had come to terms with doing it outside the shop afterwards. However when i mentioned to mum 'not to forget to take photos' the lady that did Mum's makeup offered to photograph the two of us together in the shop.

Mum enjoyed it a lot more than she thought she would which was really good... She isn't really one for wearing a lot of makeup so she was a bit worried about how she would look at the end, but she was really pleased with the result.

Let me know if there is anything else you would like to know about about the day. Feel free to leave questions in the comments.

Here are the pics Unfortunately I didnt get a photo of my eyes closed but even so I hope u like the pics and the makeup looks.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Mac Permenant purchases

There have been quite a few permenant eyeshadows from MAC that I have wanted for a long time so the last time i ordered from them I decided to get a few of them.

There are still more shadows I want (as always lol) but I will be getting those another time. I have an empty palette to fill up so I think I will buy some blacks whites and silvers to create a smokey palette.

This will just be a quick blogpost showing the ones I purchased.

I would just like to add here that 4 of these shadows I purchased in the pan. One of them I had to purchase in the pot as I didn't see it on the website in pan form.

On the MAC website the Eyeshadow's cost £9.00 in the pan and £11.00 in the pot....Yes thats right you are paying £2.00 extra just for the POT!!! Also buying in the pan saves the hassle of depotting when you get home if you like your shadows in a palette.
Unfortunately Mac only sells the Pan's online or in stores, not at their counters. The pots are available anywhere you can buy Mac. You can only buy permenant eyeshadows in pan form.

Anyway back to the shadows I purchased

I LOVE this shadow. I'd say it's definitely up there with Woodwinked (my all time favourite.)

Although it does look quite scary I love it because you can apply it over different colour bases to give the Shadow a COMPLETELY different look. I will show you more about this when I do a more in depth post on this shadow.

The next shadow I purchased I am not sure if I like to be honest. I love it in the pan but it almost makes my eyes sore (like a lot of pinks.) I will have to work with it, I'm sure I will be able to find a way of making it work. Any comments and suggestions welcome.

Amber Lights is a lovely bright Copper colour although on it's own it can look a bit harsh. I find if i put a matte brown in the crease it tones it down slightly.

If u don't like the metallic shimmery look then AVOID this colour!!

Moon's Reflection is a very pretty Light blue I haven't played much with this colour so I can't really say much on it yet. I will update you when I can say a bit more. (Just remind me lol).

Well that's it for now. Hope you enjoyed.

If you have any questions Let me know in the comments.

Next up will be my Benefit Makeup Day Post.