We had delicious appetisers courtesy of Délifrance, as well as a lovely beverage composed of orange juice+sparkling water. I usually mix orange juice with Sprite but the people at Benefit told me that using sparkling water makes the drink less sweet, so that was a nice tip.
After our refreshments, we were introduced to the brand’s history, as well as several products. Here’s Benetint, the brand’s star product, in the 1970s. How quaint it looked!
Here’s the Benetint family.
Having tried a number of Benefit items, the counter was somewhat familiar to me. That said, I saw a few new-to-me products. Some of them were:
That Gal – A pink-based primer that can be used under and over makeup.
Some Kind-A Gorgeous – A cream foundation with sheer coverage.
Gee…That Was Quick! – An oil free cleanser that is so popular that its label bears translations in several languages!
Confessions of a Concealaholic – A set containing a small tube of That Gal, Boi-ing concealers, Erase Paste, Lemon Aid (I love this!), Eye Bright and concealer brushes.
The charm and whimsy of a typical Benefit Cosmetic counter. :)
The highlight of the event was a cupcake-decorating session. The Benefit people had prepared several cupcakes, together with coloured icing and toppings, for us to play with. To our surprise, we had to don Sugarbomb aprons and ribboned hairbands (!) as we undertook this endeavour. I say ‘endeavour’ because I have never done this before. All I can say is the toppings concealed many of my icing flaws! :P
Here we are, looking ‘cute’. I’m too old to be attired in such a manner, not to mention plump (I guess my matronly girth makes the baker image more authentic? :P). Nevertheless, these photos will make nice Benefit beauty memories. :)
Sarah’s pretty cuppie (the one at the bottom left corner with all the neat piping) was picked as the best one and she received two full-sized Benefit products as a prize.
As for the rest of us, we were each given a little goodie bag containing Benefit samples and a Bad Gal mirror. We could also keep the hairbands that we had worn earlier. ;)
Special thanks to Benefit for the inspired cuppie-deco idea and for organising this event. I was happy to have been able to catch up with Sesame (it’s always illuminating talking about skincare with her), as well as glad to see Sarah (great icing skills) and Joyce (such lovely pins she has) again – I’ve not seen them since the Shiseido Spring 2010 preview!
Image source: Benefit Cosmetics