They welcome drop ins, but I’d phoned ahead to book an appointment since Saturdays can get very busy. Throwing caution (and my debit card) to the wind I booked in for a makeup lesson and hair blow out.
London is hands down my favourite place to explore and for once I had a bit of spare time before my appointment, so I had a leisurely stroll down Carnaby Street.
Lambretta store where a crowd had gathered to take pictures and gazed longingly at the Plyones window display. I love their kitchenware
and accessories, it’s all so cheerfully bright and quirky. Why have normal pegs, when you can have crocodile pegs? Snap snap!
At the Benefit store there were people browsing the counters and perched on stools receiving demos from the friendly Benebabes, but I was whisked downstairs into the calm quiet for my pamper session.
with perfect liquid eyeliner flicks. When asked what sort of style I
was looking for, I replied helpfully, “I don’t know… bouncy??” With an
assured nod, Hilary set to work and my flat, frizzy hair was
transformed in no time into a glamorous wavy do, complete with the
merest hint of backcombing. With a flourish she spritzed on a little
hairspray before smiling and saying “oh your hair blows out so nice!” to which I became all “aw shucks really??” whilst swishing my hair back and forth in wonderment at the transformation.
I was then handed over to the equally lovely Cara for my makeup lesson. She asked me questions about my usual makeup routine and what sort of look I’d like to go for. As I was heading to a bar afterwards we decided upon smokey eyes, a nice berry lip and soft dewy skin.
Upon admitting that I had a gift sized version of Benefits Porefessional at home that I had never used, she demonstrated how to use it, why and where, passing me the mirror so that I could see the difference after application. I also confessed that I had bought two Brow-zing kits in different colours but felt that one was too dark and the other too red. She suggested Gimme Brow which is easier to apply and a more suitable colour for my eyebrows and I had to agree after seeing the results.
persuaded me to try a softer brown to enhance the smoky eye and I
really loved how it turned out.
My biggest concern about having my makeup applied was foundation. I never ever wear it myself as I have such pale skin that I’m petrified of looking caked and orange. She explained that my complexion is ‘yellow’ based as opposed to ‘red’ and recommended a colour from their Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow range, which gave me an even skin tone but still felt very light and natural. I’m a convert!
I really enjoyed the lesson. It was very relaxed and I picked up lots of tips on how best to apply my makeup and prep my skin correctly. Now that I know it’s so close to Kings Cross (Oxford Circus is 4 minutes
on the tube) I will definitely be making a return trip at some point.
The only side effect I shall warn you of is the urge to never wash your face and hair again for fear of losing the look – the struggle is real…
Hair blow outs are from £26.50 and the makeup lesson cost £40 which is redeemable against purchases.
You can find out more about the Benefit Beauty Services and store locations here.