My Instagram Win! Haul and Review of Benefit’s Roller Lash, Maybelline Matte Maker and more…

My Instagram Win! Haul and Review of Benefit’s Roller Lash, Maybelline Matte Maker and more…

I won my first ever Instagram give-away last week and thought I’d share with you what I got! The lovely Rosie from Everything’s Rosie and George posted an Instagram pic stating that she would be giving away five of her favourite must-have make up items for mums, and of course, I entered, not holding out too much hope as always. Well, she tweeted to tell me that I’d won!

I was so chuffed, as a couple of the items in the giveaway were things I have bought and loved in the past but never got round to repurchasing, and the others were products which I’ve had my eye on for ages but not got round to getting for one reason or another. Win-Win situation right there.

I received my parcel in the post last week, and thought I’d do a little mini-review of each of the items that Rosie sent me, as I love them all and think that they’re well worth checking out. First up I just need to show a little appreciation for Rosie’s gorgeous wrapping and card that she sent with the parcel. How lovely is her writing?!

instagram giveaway review by ellemma

instagram give-away review by ellemma

Onto the products themselves, and the first goody I picked up was Maybelline’s Matte Maker Pressed Powder. Now I love a good powder, as I have quite oily skin and am prone to a bit of the old shine across my t-zone. I used to use Rimmel’s Stay Matte, which seems to still be one of the most popular powders for bloggers, and pretty much anyone out there who likes make up. Stay Matte is lovely, and like I said, I used to really enjoy using it, but I bought Matte Maker last year and honestly prefer it so much more.

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It is incredibly finely milled, to the point of feeling invisible on your skin after application, the shade range is great and very flattering to most skin tones, and the powder itself provides amazing shine-control, without that god-awful cakey feeling you can get with powders.

I don’t use a lot, and I don’t feel like I even need to use a lot with the Matte Maker to be honest with you; just a very light sweep with a big fluffy brush across the forehead and down the nose and that gives me the matte finish that I want for pretty much most of the day. Am so happy to have one of these again and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Such a bargain for just £3.99.

Next was another item which I’ve bought and loved in the past, and that is Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer. Again, this is another product that beauty bloggers love, and its not hard to see why. I was so impressed the first time I bought this. Its coverage is medium to high, but it blends into the skin beautifully and has a light, creamy texture which doesn’t build up in the creases under the eyes which is a huge bug-bear of mine.

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It claims to last for 16 hours but honestly….who would ever wear their make up for that long anyway?! I can confirm that it lasts a good 8-10 hours, and even when I take it off at bedtime, it still looks pretty fresh. I think I’m right in saying there are three shades available, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but I think that you would easily find at least one of the shades to be a good match for what you’re looking for. £4.19 and I’m shade 2 for reference which is a safe, middle-ground colour.

Third product in the box was Revlon’s ColorBurst Balm Stain. This is something I haven’t used before, but I’ve heard good things about them. Much like Clinique’s Chubby Stick, these fool-proof lip ‘crayons’ are on a twist-up stick and essentially provide a good hit of colour like a lipstick would, but with the moisturising properties of a lip balm.

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The shade I was sent was Romantic, which is a beautiful and warm red. The pigmentation is good, and can be applied lightly for a sheer finish, or built up to give a much richer colour. I really, really like this, and have found myself wearing it almost every day since the parcel arrived last week. It’s the sort of red that you can get away with at work and everyday-wear, as its not a full-on bright colour, but its bold enough to provide a hit of colour to complete your make up. I think this shade would suit most skin tones and hair colours, and I’m excited to try more of the shades from this range. They are priced at £7.99.

Soap and Glory’s Archery Brow Tint and Precision Shaping Pencil was the fourth goody in the box, and is a ‘brow tint and precision shaping pencil’. Essentially a double ended product; one end being a very fine bush to provide delicate strokes to the brow and inject some colour, and the other end is a twist up pencil which can be used to fill in any gaps and generally keep the brows looking in good order. I asked for the shade ‘brownie points’ which is a lovely medium-to-dark brown which was a good match for me.

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I’ve heard other bloggers compare Archery to Anastasia’s Brow Wiz which is a lot more expensive. I can’t really give my thoughts on that as I haven’t personally used Brow Wiz, but I can say that Archery is a very nice product, and as with the whole of the Soap and Glory range, it’s a good quality product for the price point. I still prefer using powder on my brows rather than a tint and pencil as I personally prefer a darker brow, but for minimal detail and keeping them tidy, this is lovely to use. Priced at £8.00 for that.

Last but by no means least, was Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara. My first Benefit mascara I have ever owned! I have heard soooo many good things about They’re Real, which I think is still the UK’s most popular mascara, and I vividly remember the hype when it came out. The same applied to Roller Lash’s release, especially as any new product from Benefit always delivers amazing marketing and PR. Now I’m sadly not blessed with naturally long lashes. In fact, mine are so short and stumpy, it takes something pretty special to make my lashes look semi-decent. But I was very impressed with Roller Lash as it makes a difference to the lashes in no time at all.

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Apparently 97% of girls who tried this said it visibly lifts lashes, and a further 94% said it made their eyes look more wide open. That’s pretty impressive stats, and it’s not hard to see why. I saw an instant difference in my lashes when I applied this. The brush is similar to Maxfactor’s Masterpiece mascara; quite a small and very thin rubbery brush which seems to grip to every little lash and coat them evenly. It provides good curl and lift, and manages to separate the lashes without leaving them looking clumpy, which is something that I find so many damn mascaras do these days and its bloody annoying! Roller Lash is well worth checking out. It’s a little on the pricier side of the high-street at £19.50, but you know what Benefit is like; they make gorgeous make up that really does provide good quality results. And the packaging is beaut as always! Love it.

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So that’s my little round-up of the giveaway! I hope you enjoyed this and found the mini-reviews useful. Thank you so much once again to Rosie for sending this gorgeous little bundle of goodies my way, I’m over the moon with them and can highly recommend each of them, for their own unique merits.

Back with a new review very soon xx



  1. March 23, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    I’m so glad you love them as much as I do! ❤️ Congrats again xx

    • March 23, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      Thank you my lovely, I love them all to bits! I feel so lucky to have won this comp, was super excited when the parcel arrived! xxx

  2. Emma
    April 1, 2016 / 9:49 am

    Congrats on winning! I recently one a blog giveaway and got the collection concealer, i love it! I really want to try the Roller Lash Mascara.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

    • April 1, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Thanks so much Emma! Congrats on your win too! I think I might start entering more competitions as you never know when you might win! I can definitely recommend the roller lash mascara, it’s lovely 🙂 xx

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