Recently, Benefit Boutique on South William St Dublin opened its doors, not only stocking the full range of Benefit products but also providing beauty services including a brow bar, spray tan, nail treatments, blow bar, make-up application and (kind of) lashes (they'll apply your own for you if you bring them in, although it does say "strip lash application" on their menu..I think this may be something they intend on bringing in at a later date). The decor in there is absolutely beautiful, everywhere you look there's lovely little touches like this:
I've wanted to try out the new boutique since it opened and as I had my Christmas bloggers dinner last weekend, organised by the lovely Lisa from Pink Sugar Sparkles, I said I may as well kill two birds with the one stone and look my best while at it!
I booked in for a wash and blow dry and had the option to choose from a range of hair styles displayed on the wall at the blow dry bar. I went for a mixture of two; a plait to the front with loose waves at the back. My stylist was lovely and did a great job. Bonus points also goes to her for being super quick; if you need to get ready in a hurry, this is a great option!
Next, I popped over to the make-up application station, which to be honest, is kind of heaven for a beauty addict.
Again, my make up artist was lovely and friendly; she listened to what I wanted and overall I was really pleased with the result:
I did feel the foundation was a better match under the bright lights of the shop, when I got home I had to blend it out a little bit as it was slightly too dark for me in places but once I did that, it was fine. I also really liked the contouring and the purple smokey eye (although again, I did have to "even up" the eyes somewhat- one was more smokey in the crease than the other).
In retrospect, I'm actually not a big fan of getting my make-up done, while it's always nice, it's never the way I would do it myself and then I'm never 100% happy with it. There's a lesson to be learnt there, if only I'd finally learn it...Having said that, it is a really great way to try out different products from a brand. I hadn't tried 'Porefessional', the 'World Famous Neutrals' palette, or the brand new 'Agent Zero Shine' yet, so that was a big plus.
I think it's definitely worth getting your hair done, it was €30 and then I availed of the 20% discount from beaut.ie (finishing on the 21st!) so that was a good saving, considering how much a wash & blow dry would be normally. The make-up application is one of those redeemable with purchase things, so if you're doing any present shopping or you know there's something you need to pick up anyway, booking in for your make-up is just a nice added extra!
If you want more info on the store, check out their facebook page HERE.
Have you tried the Benefit Boutique yet? If not is it something you'd be interested in?