During the month of March bellabox collaborated with Benefit Cosmetics to run a number of competitions and special activations for our bellabox members. As all of our memebrs received a POREfessional Pro Balm from Benefit cosmetics in their bellabox, we ran a competition to get our members involved on Instagram showing us how they use their #bbPOREfessional. We selected two winners to attend our Benefit x bellabox Master class in Melbourne and Sydney and here is what our Melbourne winner The Beauty and the Geek AU had to say...
Some of you may know that I was super lucky to win a competition from Bellabox to attend their Benefit x Bellabox Porefessional Master Class!
The prize included:
Paid flights and accomodation to Melbourne for me and a friend
Airport transfers to our hotel
Admittance to the master class
A goodie bag to take home
The master class was a few days after Mother’s Day, and seeing that I couldn’t be with my Mum for her special day because we live so far away, I really wanted to take her along with me.
We were put up in the Vibe Savoy Hotel on Little Collins St. It was a beautiful, classic 4 star hotel right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Melbourne. Originally, we were booked in for the Queen Room, but when we arrived the staff gave us a complimentary upgrade to their Executive Suite. Just to add to the already generous trip we were having!
The next day, we were treated to a full buffet breakfast at the Hotel, another gift from Bellabox! We then made our way towards the Bellabox HQ for the master class.
The room was set up nicely when we arrived. There were bellaboxes and benefit products scattered all through the room, and two tables set up for the guests that were full of Benefit’s most popular and well-loved products. Another thing Mum and I spotted were the incredible little cupcakes served, that was enough to make our day.
Once everyone arrived (it was a Melbourne beauty blogger event), we met the gorgeous Luci, an official educator from Benefit Cosmetics. She talked us through the structure of the masterclass and made us feel really welcome. She had a massive smile that was just infectious!
Luci started off by discussing the importance of prepping and priming the skin before makeup application. She demonstrated some of Benefit’s skin care line on a model, while we also got to play around with these products on our tables. Mum and I absolutely loved the makeup remover! It was at this stage that she introduced the latest products from the Porefessional line and what each were designed to do. We were able to trial the new Matte Rescue gel (amazing!) and my personal favourite of the day, The Agent Zero Shine mattyfing powder.
After priming the skin with the Porefessional and Matte Rescue, Luci applied the Hello Flawless Foundation, which I have been dying to try. Then came Mum’s favourite product of the day, the Hello Flawless powder. She loved the way it made her skin feel like velvet.
Of course Luci then followed with perhaps the most popular makeup products from Benefit, including the Hoola Bronzer which she applied on the eyes as a shadow as well, the They’re Real Mascara, and the What’s Up highlighter (which is absolutely stunning by the way).
During the demonstrations and education of the products, we were able to play around with those products in front of us, so we could experience them for ourselves. I felt like this was really good as sometimes hearing and seeing something is definitely not as good as feeling!
Once the master class was over, we were asked specific questions by Luci about the products on demonstration and what we thought about them. During this time we had a filming crew film those that answered the questions. The filming crew were present for the whole class, and filmed all the happenings so that they could make it into a sort of mini-movie. Some girls weren’t too pleased about this, because we weren’t told this was happening until we arrived. Others like Mum and I weren’t so bothered.
The class lasted for about 1 hour and half, and at the end we were given a goodie bag filled with some bellabox samples, and also some samples from the new Porefessional line, which included their full sized oil blotting stick. Mum and I are super keen to try out the new Porefessional face masks we were given too.