15 January 2013

Makeup Haul: My first MAC experience & Benefit goodies! & 100 Followers!

MAC and Benefit Haul
MAC Mineralise Foundation in NC20
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Light PlusBenefit Porefessional SetBenefit Sun Beam Highlighter


Hey guys, I'm writing this whilst I clutch my tissues and drink my tea, yes, it's my turn to have those awful 'January germs' and to top it off I've had a rash on my face which has completely knocked my confidence these past couple of days. I've been drugged & creamed up by the Doctors so hopefully I'll be on the mend soon in time for the Laska Sak jam session on Friday! Anyway, more to the point of this post, last Friday I took a trip up to the Metro Centre in Newcastle & thought I'd share the wonderful things I picked up with you!

MAC - 'Gurrrrrrl you don't own any MAC products?!' I know, I know, I'm a terrible make-up junkie for not owning a single MAC product but I do now, okay! Unfortunately, there isn't a MAC counter in my town so it's not that easily accessible to me, but I took the advantage of going up to Newcastle to treat myself. I had the intention of buying a foundation & powder from MAC but literally had zero idea of where to start, so I want to say a massive thank you to Aleena from the MAC counter in House of Fraser for helping a little clueless girl out. She first of all asked what type of skin I had and what coverage & finish I was after and then told me that the 'Mineralize Foundation' would suit my skin & what I was looking for best! Aleena matched my colour up straight away with the shade NC15 (who knew I was so pale? Waaah!) & added the 'Mineralize Skinfinish Natural' powder in Light Plus over it to set the foundation & give it a matte finish in those shiny areas. When looking in the mirror I expected to see a ghostly version of myself but the foundation colour had surprisingly warmed my skin & I was amazed at the difference the powder made. I knew these products had to be mine! I was super appreciative for the help as I literally would have had every foundation in every shade swatched onto my arm if it wasn't for Aleena!

BENEFIT - As a self-confessed Benefit lover, I was so excited to spend the voucher my parents got me for Christmas. After getting a 'Porefessional' mini in my 'She's so Jetset' beauty kit for my birthday last year, I had my heart set on getting the full-sized version as I'd fell in love with the product. I have huge pores on my nose and this minimizes them brilliantly! The lovely Benefit assistant (sorry I didn't catch her name!) informed me that they had a deal with the 'It's about Prime!' where you get a travel size of the 'Triple Performing Facial Emulsion' and the full-sized 'Porefessional' for the price of the 'Porefessional' alone, so it was just a little added bonus! I was a little unsure of what else I was looking to buy after just purchasing the MAC products & owning a fair amount of Benefit products already. The assistant asked me about a highlighter and as I'd never used a highlighter from Benefit before I was a little reserved but I let her try out her favourite highlighter, 'Sun Beam', on me. As soon as she put it on my skin I could see the bronze gleam it gives, it definitely gave my face an instant glow. I feel this product will be perfect for those days when my skin is feeling and looking a tad dull!

I haven't had a proper chance to use the products in my make-up routine due to being 'poorly sick', but I can't wait to get better and use them! Perhaps I could review them in a couple of weeks! Do you own any of these already? What do you think? Let me know! Thanks for reading.

P.S. THANK YOU FOR 100 FOLLOWERS! I appreciate all of you so bloody much! I will be doing a giveaway to give a little back to you guys, what would you like to see in it?


Megan. xo
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  1. oh my goodness!
    i'm just a tad jealous of what you bought

    I just bought the benefit pore fessional and it is so so good!

    love your blog by the way

    http://erinaelizabeth.blogspot.com.au

    xxxx

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    1. Thank you very much! I did certainly splash out, I wouldn't usually! Thanks also for being me 100th follower! xxx

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    2. it's all worth it though!

      ooh i feel quite special being the 100th follower, i didnt realise :')

      congrats! xx

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  2. congratulations on 100 followers! :) great blog :) keep going because i love your posts!
    what a haul!

    http://iamcollecting.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks my love! I really appreciate it! xxx

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  3. You have to try MAC studio finish concealer, my fav MAC product!

    Yay for 100 followers! Following ya now -- Now you have 101 :)

    <3, Mel
    beautytribune.com

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation lovely! Thank you very much, will definitely follow you back! xxx

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  4. I don't really own many MAC products either. I only own a few eyeshadows but I'm building up my collection.

    And congratulations on the followers :)

    Black and Vanilla
    xx

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  5. Mac is great! Definitely try their lipsticks and eyeshadows. They have such a great choice of colours. Hope you feel better soon x

    http://whatisinherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm dying to try the lipstics! There's so many beautiful colours! Thanks lovely xx

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  6. I really need to give Porefessional a whirl, my pores are HUGE! I usually love Benefit products.

    Tara
    The Style Rawr!
    xoxo

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  7. i own basically no MAC too!! i just get so intimidated going in there! I really want to try the stereo rose mineralize skin finish! it looks gorgeous!! :)
    xxx
    http://eleanorcos.blogspot.com/

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    1. I was kinda intimidated too, but the assistant was really helpful & not too pushy! I know which one you mean, it does doesn't it! xxx

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  8. I've read so much about the porfessional by benefit that I think I'm just going to buy it and see what's it like. I just worry it will suck up all the moisture on my face because I love dewy look :)

    www.SamuelJamesMorris.com

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    1. I have dry skin & it doesn't suck up moisture I promise! It makes my skin feel fabulous before applying my foundation! Thanks for the follow lovely!

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  9. I also have the Mac Mineralise skinfinish and adore it, you're going to really love it!

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  10. Congrats on 100 followers! I love the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish. It works well on it's own as foundation in the summer too. I really want to try Sun Beam as I love Moon Beam and High Beam.

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    1. Thanks lovely! Ah that's great, so it's a all rounder! xx

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  11. These are all products I love!!!! Congrats on 100 xx

    http://littleandrandom.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. The Mineralize Skinfinish is such a good product! I always really want to try the porefessionals because I have quite big pores. What do you think of it?

    Lindsey. x
    www.elegant-chaos.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh I'm glad! I love it, it really does work wonders on my skin but get a mini first! Everyone's skin is different. xx

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  13. I love MSF Natural, it leaves such a nice finish on the skin!
    Congrats on reaching a 100 followers! I followed you and you now have 112 xx

    xoxo elín
    http://elinlikes.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm loving it so far! Thank you so much, followed you back! :) xx

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  14. Love Mac and love the products you bought!! Mac Select CoverUp concealer is one of my fave products by them used in a lighter shade than skin tone for highlighting as part of my highlighting and contouring routine. Looove

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation lovely! xx

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  15. I have the benefit facil emulsion which I love. I need to buy a MAC concealer ... I think I'll have to try the one. Congrats on hitting 100. You have a great blog it's no surprising people think so

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    1. I have yet to use it but I'm gonna use it tonight! Good to hear you like it! Thank you so much lovely! xx

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  16. Have to say MSF gold deposit is my favourite ever MAC product!, leaves the most beautiful finish!x


    http://www.bronkyy.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation sweet! x

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  17. Such a great haul :D love everything you got, MAC is my guilty pleasure haha. Just stumbled across your blog and couldn't resist not following :D
    Would love it if you'd take a peek through mine :) http://sophiameola.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm going to have to go there more often to treat myself! Thanks a lot, of course I will! :) xx

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  18. I also got the 'She's So Jetset' Benefit set for Christmas; the Porefessional stuff is so light and effective at keeping your makeup on and the eyeshadows are amazing! I got some of the Triple Performing moisturiser too from work, it's good at refreshing your face without being too heavy... they do a similar eye brightening cream as well which is brill at cooling your eyes and calming dark circles!
    Great blog Megan,
    Sophie.

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    1. I love the kit so much, it gave me a great insight into Benefit products! I love the feel of Porefessional on my skin, I need to try the moisturiser soon! Thanks for the recommendation, I have horrific dark eyes! Thanks Sophie! xx

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  19. I have just trieout the porefessional from my she's so jetset kit today! I love that kit, such good quality eye shadows! x

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