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Product Review and Tutorial on How-to use Benefit Cosmetic’s ‘Fine-One-One’

Benefit-Fine-One-One-4752Here is my quick Review and How-to for Benefit Cosmetic’s ‘Fine-One-One’ Sheer Brightening Colour.

Links for the product and brushes used are below the video.

As always, please feel free to email me any requests to  info@nualacampbell.co.uk

Benefit Cosmetics ‘Fine-One-One’ – £23.50

Deluxe Duo Fibre Shadow Brush – £5.49

Mini Duo Fibre Blender Brush – £7.39

Product Review: Benefit Cosmetics ‘Fine-One-One’ Sheer Brightening Colour for Lips and Cheeks

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I have been meaning to review this product for a while now, so apologies if you have been one of the people emailing to request this.

‘Fine-One-One’ is a new product launched by Benefit Cosmetics. It is the first of its kind from the brand. So I was excited to give it a go.

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The product itself is a solid creme trio of colours including, Pink Champagne,  Sheer Watermelon and Soft Coral. I have to admit I was a little dubious when I first looked at this product, I didn’t imagine that the watermelon and coral colours would have worked together, but after giving it a go I was really impressed.

This product gives quite a concentrated amount of colour which is great as you get to see the effect instantly. It absolutely requires blending, please do not go out of the house without first blending well! I like the fact that the product is buildable, you can use this as a natural, medium or heavy coverage blush.  I do not recommend applying any powder over the product due to it’s creamy texture.8800268910622

The Pink Champagne colour at the end serves as a great highlighter, so always have this to the top of your cheek. I find myself using the highlighter on its own too. It gives off a beautiful sheen and is easily to apply. With its creamy texture it glides over foundation.  In fact, I would love to see Benefit Cosmetics release a creamy stick of the Pink Champagne Highlighter on its own.

On the Benefit Cosmetics website, they recommend blending with your fingers. I have tried it with my fingers and yes, it works ok, however, I prefer to use a medium stiffness highlight/contour brush. It gives a more even and natural finish than blending with your fingers does. (I use the Illamasqua Highlighter Brush – I will come back to this brush in a separate post soon).

Illamasqua Highlighter Brush

Illamasqua Highlighter Brush

The only down side I see to this product is that the colour wont suit everyone. It would be great if the brand could develop a trio in Natural Bronzes and possibly another in more subtle pinks so there is something for everyone.

If you are thinking of buying the product, please do visit a counter to try it would on your own skin tones first.  For deeper skin tones, I recommend applying Cha-Cha tint first and then the Fine-One-One.

All in all, its is a great product. It is quick and easy to use.  You use very little of the product so it should last you quite some time.

Fine-One-One is available at http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk and is priced at £23.50 for a 8g stick.559254_569560379728638_2083302682_n

There is no reason to hideaway when you have the perfect stowaways!

Welcome back for my third and final instalment of the new little beauties released by Benefit Cosmetics this season! I could not be any more excited about these next two kits if I tried!

The first is ‘She’s so Jetset!

She’s so Jetset
Benefit Cosmetics

Upgrade your look in an instant! This posh and polished make-up kit for eyes, lips and cheeks will turn you into a high flyin’ head turner who looks effortlessly glamorous!

This kit is small enough to fit into even your most petite clutch bag so you can look beautiful wherever you go. It is the perfect kit for taking on those nights out or when you know you will have an action packed day, you can top up all the important parts of your makeup any time.

Follow the ‘in-flight’ makeup manual, filled with tips and tricks and lift off to lovely.

This kit comes in such a cute little festive inspired box, so it would make the perfect gift to slip under the Christmas tree this year.

This Limited Edition kit includes:

  • the POREfessional
  • 4 Shade eyeshadow palette
  • Double-ended applicator
  • they’re real mascara
  • first-class face powder with brush
  • lip gloss in ‘Life on the A-List

The colours in this kit are great so the A/W season. The golden eyeshadow’s and warm coral blush match in perfectly with the apricot coloured gloss.

Not to forget the practical mirror included so you can make sure you look gorgeous on the go!

This perfect pack is priced at only £29.50 (€39.50). In my opinion it is well worth the price as this kit is so versatile and can be used all year round for any occasion.

So are you ready? I’ve saved the best to last! I am such a sucker when it comes to practicality – products which are easy to carry and conceal when I’m out and about are definite winners for me. So when Benefit Cosmetics released their new kit ‘Sexy little stowaways‘ I have to admit, I did get a little too excited! After all…. it’s only makeup, right?? NO! They are little drops of heaven if you must know!

Sexy little Stowaways
Benefit Cosmetics

If ever you were looking for a set which would allow you to try, test and perfect your look with Benefit products, this is it!

Carry on looking gorgeous with Benefit’s bestsellers that prime, perfect and perk-up your complexion. These go-anywhere goodies are perfectly sized to take on any trip!

This collection of goodies includes:

  • it’s potent! eye cream – Brightening eye cream to fade dark circles
  • ‘that gal’ brightening face primer
  • the POREfessional PRO balm to minimise the appearance of pores
  • stay don’t stray – stay put primer for concealers and eyeshadows
  • ooh la lift – instant under-eye brightening boost
  • Sun beam – golden bronze complexion highlighter
  • Hoola bronzing powder
  • bella bamba – a 3D brightening pink face powder
  • cha cha tint – Mango tinted lip and cheek stain
  • BADgal lash Mascara

So, was I lying? Is this not the best kit of mini’s Benefit Cosmetics have ever released?! Ok ok, I know what you are thinking…. but you are wrong! This kit is not going to bankrupt you. Considering that Benefit products cost on average around £20 each, I can understand your concern. So this next bit is going to blow you away! Are you ready for the price? You get these 10 best selling Benefit Cosmetics products for a very modest £25 / $34!!

If you have any women in your life who are Benefit fans, pick them up one of these little beauties and you will be in the good books FOREVER!

That concludes my blog’s on my favourite new releases from Benefit Cosmetics – I hope you found some of these kits as brilliant as I have!

If you have picked up any of their new sets, why not leave me a comment and tell me what you think of it.

The above products are available at your local Benefit Cosmetics stores or online at www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk or www.benefitcosmetics.com – Remember these products are LIMITED EDITION, so when they are gone, they are gone for good! Boo Hoo! So dont delay, get online or down to your Benefit Store soon.

Happy shopping and Keep Smiling!

Enter the new Generation of Make-up with Illamasqua’s latest Autumn / Winter 2012 Collection!

Illamasqua Counter in Debenhams, Belfast

Try not to be too jealous, but I just spent the morning in Make-up heaven with Illamasqua in Belfast following the recent release of their newest Autumn / Winter 2012 Collection, ‘Generation Q’.

I love so many of the new products in this collection. The pigment in all of the products, including their Lipstick, Gloss, Eye-Shadow Palette, Liquid Liner and Blusher is perfection! There is no need to have to layer up on products to get a noticeable colour, with these products you get it first time. The new Generation Q productsare well worth a try

A collection of Pencils and Liners available from Illamasqua in Debenhams, Belfast

and shall not disappoint. Why not pop into your local Illamasqua store to try them for yourself.

Check out my video below to see what fun we got up to!

For more information on Illamasqua and their products or to find your nearest Illamasqua counter, visit them online at www.illamasqua.com

Get cheeky with your makeup….

I have had a few requests recently regarding how to apply blusher, what products to use and where.

Applying blush is a technique which, when applied correctly can make you look healthy and glowing. In contrast, if applied incorrectly it can easily give you the clown effect. Applying blush seems like something that should be relatively easy to pull off, which when you know the correct method and products to use, is correct. However to start off, make sure to take your time to get used to the technique, it takes a bit of practice but you will get the hang of it in no time.

To master the blusher technique, you really need to have contoured your face accordingly to begin with. Here is a link to a MAC video tutorial on how to contour and shape your face. Please note that this will change for each face shape, but this will give you some sort of idea as to how to contour your face. (I will write a full post on contouring for your face shape soon).

How to Contour your face:

http://www.maccosmetics.com/makeup_artistry/8386/Video/index.tmpl

When picking a colour for your blush, it is important to select one which is suited for your own skin tone. You will want to select a blush which is close to the natural glow of your cheeks after exercise or exertion.

To find the perfect blush, it depends very much on the depth of your skin tone. For example, lighter skin tones will wear lighters colours such as pink or coral shades; where darker skin tones will suit the darker colours such as burgundy or wine shades.

Your next step is to match your skin tone:

  • Yellow Skin tones should wear cool colours such as pink or plum.
  • Olive Skin tones should wear warm apricots.
  • Dark Olive Skin tones will suit colours with an orange base.
  • Neutral Skin tones are the luckiest, you will be able to wear most colours although rose colours are recommended.
  • Blue Skin tones (usually only seen in very dark skin) can wear reds or berries.

I know this may seem a lot to take in, but pop into any make-up store and the consultants will help you to find a colour to suit your skin tone and depth.

When applying blush, the angle in which you apply your colour is very important. This is the point where you could go from flawless to clown in seconds! The rule is generally that you contour, blush and highlight in three sections of your cheekbones. The lower, middle and upper cheekbone. You will contour on your lower cheekbone. This is usually the line which would join the top of your ear to the corner of your lips. Following that guideline you will move up slightly to your mid and upper cheekbone.

Here is a great tutorial I came across on YouTube to help you with where and how to contour, blush and highlight your cheekbones. It also shows you methods for different blush types.

How to apply blusher tutorial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtG5ILbf8mc

As an alternative to the MAC product used to contour in this video, a personal favourite of mine is ‘Hoola’ by Benefit Cosmetics.

I hope this information helps. If you have any questions about any of the information here, get in touch.