Benefit prize haul

I really need to iron my 'backgrounds'
I thought for my first proper comeback post I'd show you the prizes from a giveaway I recently won. I'll enter giveaways as and when they pop up, never thinking I'll actually win them so when Andrew from Beauty and the Boy got in touch with me on twitter to let me know I'd won his Benefit Summer Edit, I did actually do that sitting down happy dance. Before winning all these products I'd only tried one of them (I got the Ready, Set, Brow as a magazine freebie recently) so I was pretty excited to have a whole heap of things I'd never used before and if I'm honest, never looked that much into.

Benefit has always been a brand that I've been aware of but never actually used much from as it's a bit pricey, most products start at about £18 (if that's wrong, let me know) and that's just not in my price range. I can't really afford to spend that much money on one product so to win all these and get the chance to try them out is pretty fab. I'll no doubt do my usual of 'I don't want to use this product too much it's too pretty/I can't afford to repurchase/whatever other excuse my brain can come up with'. Look out for a post on that in the future actually!

Today's post will just be a quick run through then once I've tried out the products for a bit I'll get back to you all with reviews. Ok so in this first picture we have Hoola bronzer, Dew the Hoola liquid bronzer, Hoola bronzing and contouring brush and Hoola zero tanlines body bronzer. I'm the stereotypical pale Scottish girl so all this bronzing is quite intimidating! I even went so far as to pop in to the Benefit counter in Harvey Nics to ask one of the girls about the Hoola range. She very kindly popped some of the bronzer on my pus to show me how to work with it (use very little and a light touch by the way) and filled me in on other 3 products. I'll probably end up using the bronzer as a contour shade, I've tried bronzing before but I always end up looking stupid.

The liquid bronzer is probably the scariest product for me but I'm hoping that gorgeous brush is a miracle worker and doesn't make me look like a streaky mess. Again I'll probably just use this for contouring although I can safely tell you all now that it'll probably be a good while before I attempt this due to the brush. It's so beautiful I don't want to ruin it (sounds familiar right?) The body bronzer actually intrigues me quite a bit, especially that buffer brush that sits inside the lid. Plus now that we're approaching winter and tights are a staple, I can try it out on my legs and still cover them if I fuck up! 

In this picture we have Dream Screen SPF for face, Ka Brow eyebrow cream-gel (in shade 3), Porefessional matte rescue face primer and Ready, Set, Brow clear brow gel. I'll probably end up saving the Dream Screen for Spring/Summer when I'll need it most, it'll be pretty handy to fling in my bag for top ups throughout the day. Doing my brows is probably my favourite part of putting on a face so I'm looking forward to trying out the Ka Brow. I've no idea if shade 3 will work on me so if it doesn't I'll find it another home where it'll get used. While I love the tiny brush hidden in the handle I probably won't use it that much as I prefer using long handled brushes for a bit more control.

I've tried the original Porefessional before and while it's completely raved about, I didn't get the hype. I tried it and just did not get on with it, I didn't like what it did to my face. Hopefully this matte version is completely different but if not, again I'll pass it on to someone else who can get use out of it. As I mentioned earlier I've already tried the Ready, Set, Brow, I got it as a magazine freebie and to be honest, I love it. I haven't tried many eyebrow gels so there are probably just as good dupes out there for a fraction of the price (if you have any recommendations, hit me up!) but for now I'll keep using this and it's mini sister until I need to purchase another.

Well that's it for today. Have you tried any of these products? Love em or hate em? Let me know below and if you have any bronzing tips please give me them!


  1. Ah awesome! I've had baby skin as a dupe for pore professional and i find it is a good primer. I'm gonna try out the benefit one next for sure!

    Robyn Sparkles

    1. Oh I haven't tried baby skin before, will have to check it out. Gonna give the matte porefessional a whirl tomorrow so fingers crossed I like it!

  2. great post chick! I love benefit products so much, their boxed blushes are to die for. Hoola bronzer is actually my favourite contour shade. I find it doesn't work for bronzing as it's cool toned. POREfessional is literally my holy grail primer, I have rather large pores so it works really well for me. I haven't actually tried any of benefits brow products, I'll have to check them out! -xo

    1. Thank you lovely :) I'm not going to lie, I've still not touched anything! I don't know where to start if I'm honest. Haha. I might sit down this afternoon and just give everything a whirl!


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