Sunday, 10 June 2012

Benefit Freebies, Courtesy Of Glamour..

Okay, so I know this is probably the hundreth blog post you'll have seen on this month's Glamour magazine giveaway.. But I do think that when Glamour do freebies, they just do it so well (better than a lot of other magazines, in my opinion) and it deserves to be raved about.
So, this month, for the tiny price of £2 you could buy the July issue of Glamour as well as bagging one of 3 Benefit cosmetics: That Gal primer, Bad Gal mascara or The Porefessional pro balm. I'm a big Benefit fan, so snapped up three copies of Glamour to ensure I bagged one of each product!

I've read a lot of blog posts and tweets about how so many people have found 'That Gal' a hard product to find with the magazine. I picked up all three items in one trip from magazines that I found in my local Marks & Spencer, a place that not everybody always associates with magazines, so if you're still looking for that elusive primer, that could be your next stop!

I loved the mini packaging all three items came in! Even though they were magazine freebies, including them in boxes showed the reader that a lot of thought had still been put into it and indicates that it's still quite a high-end product. 

That Gal is a shimmery, pink-tinted primer that can be worn underneath make-up as a base for your foundation to stick to. It also promises to smooth skin and create a brighter complexion. It can also be worn alone if you're lucky enough to have perfect skin!
I've always been a big fan of That Gal, it's a favourite primer of mine but my bank account won't always let me purchase it so a little freebie will happily tide me over till I can buy the full-size bottle.

Up next we have one of Benefit's cult products, Bad Gal mascara. With it's jumbo brush, many bristles and deep pigmented colour formula, Bad Gal effortlessly pumps lashes with length and volume that not many other brands have been able to rival. This mascara is an item that's a long-time resident in my make-up bag so to receive a cute handbag size tube is ideal for nights out or weekends away when packing space is at a minimum!

Finally we have one of Benefit's newest cosmetics, The Porefessional, a nude, light feeling cream. The box informs us to, ' apply this silky, oil-free formula to minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin.' Now, until I received this freebie, I'll admit I've never tried it before. On first use, it does make skin feel soft and smooth, and I did think my make-up lasted a little longer with this as a base but I can't really comment on how effective it is until I've used it for a little bit longer!

You can purchase the full-size editions of all three products here:
With Bad Gal retailing at £16.50, The Porefessional at £23.50 and That Gal is £21.50.

Each copy of Glamour also has a different cover girl depending on your freebie, pick from Kylie Minogue, Eva Longoria or our very own, Fearne Cotton (my personal favourite!)

So, did you mange to pick up a Benefit freebie, or three? What did you think of them?

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Ball Gowns Galore!

Hello everyone!

Well, it's official, I've submitted my last assignments and completed my last over-night sessions in the library, aside from receiving marks back, the University life is over, sob sob. I've made some great friends who are all heading back to their respective home towns whilst I settle back in at home in a little village in the middle of nowhere (think Emmerdale, with more nosy neighbours and less pretty scenery..) But let's not dwell on such sad events, I'm here to tell you all about the fabulous Graduation Ball my friends and I went to last night, and more importantly to show you what we wore!

All us girls decided to go full-length and fabulous and hit the shops to find the best maxis England currently had to offer!

I decided on a Northern designer Lucy Bennett, owner of brand Roc & Doll after seeing one of her designs on the red carpet earlier this year and was delighted to find out she was stocked in a local Sheffield boutique, Each To Their Own. I chose a beautiful full-length navy maxi which from the front looked elegant and sophisticated.. But turn around and it was backless with beautiful beige draping. I stand by the statement that it's probably one of the most beautiful pieces of clothing I've ever owned! I teamed it with a gorgeous Accessorize rose flower bando, pearl studs and my prized possession... My Tiffany pearl bracelet.

Dress, Roc & Doll
Headband, Accessorize, £7
Pearl Studs, Accessorize, £2
Pearl Bracelet, Tiffanys

Whilst the colour variation of my dress is no longer available, the current Roc & Doll collection does the same dress in a black/coral version. You can find the whole collection here:

Now, it wasn't all about me last night, I have to mention my beautiful girls and dashing boys! Like I said, all of us girls opted for full-length dresses, and they all looked gorgeous, don't you think? The boys suited up and looked very dapper, a big change to the usual jeans and t-shirt combos many of them rock on a day-to-day basis!

We started the night off in a sophisticated and demure manner with a Pimms reception and 3 course meal before painting the town red in a club till the early hours! I even managed to fashion my dress into a mullet style to stop my fellow clubbers standing on it (there are no photos of this fashion fix, much to my disappointment!) But a lovely, and drunken, night was had by all and it was definitely the perfect way to finish off my life at University.

Despite heading to the ball with the friends I've made from my course, I found plenty of my other friends had gotten tables there last night too! So we found plenty of time to gossip over Pimms and pull some shapes on the dance floor.

I waved goodbye to the girl I'd consider my ''best Uni friend'' (she'll laugh at the terrible phrasing of that) today and it was definitely as sad as I'd expected it would be. I'm used to seeing her on a near everyday basis and not a day goes by where we don't text, yet now she's however many miles away back in her hometown. But she won't be getting rid of me, she's got no chance, I'm already forging plans to invade her hometown and she's already a firm favourite with my Mum so I'll be dragging her back to the Steel City in no time!
I didn't think it was possible but I think I've possibly found my bitching soul mate in this girl. We're thick as thieves and when we're together, nothing and nobody can stop us. I love you!

Hope you've enjoyed reading this post and nosying through the photos as much as I've enjoyed writing it! It's been an emotional day but last night couldn't have been any more perfect