BeneIsland Adventures with Benefit Cosmetics

Happy Tuesday my lovelies,

Today’s post is super duper exiting and I have been SO looking forward to sharing with you one of the most epic press trips ever! Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to Osea Island – enchanting and exclusive private island located surprisingly close to central London. It sits on the Blackwater Estuary surrounded by four and a half miles of its own beaches and coastline – yes it’s a little Paradise!

Team Benefit Cosmetics had hired the whole island and turned it into a ‘Pink Heaven’ to throw the most epic party. Osea Island aka ‘BeneIsland’ became home to myself and 60 other amazing bloggers and it was honestly the best two days ever…

Our day started in London; we all had to meet at the Bene Bus Stop near Liverpool Street quite early in the morning and I got there way before anyone else, I was super exited and I just didn’t wanna be late. It was so lovely to meet the Benebabes and all the other bloggers, I actually knew most of them which was really nice.

We were all given a pink luggage tag with our name on it, a delicious breakfast and drinks for the coach journey. We also received a super fun survival kit with some Benefit beauty products, and a few other fun essentials which was a lovely touch.

It took just over an hour to arrive on the island, we were laughing and singing along the way 🙂 We were all super exited to cross the causeway in order to get to BeneIsland, I forgot to mention that Osea Island is a tidal island that can only be accessed at a certain time of the day, which makes it so unique and amazing! A fun fact for you – the film ‘Woman in Black’ which is one of my favourite films was actually filmed there.

We were all so exited to arrive, greeted with pink confetti, party music and cocktails it was lovely to see everyone and go on a little tour of the island before heading back to our rooms to get ready for lunch. My room was within the very charming ‘Limes’ cottage I shared with four other girls which were all super sweet. The accomodation on the island has been stylishly restored incorporating period style with modern Edwardian features, so unique and full of character I just love the beach style theme.

Our cottage ‘The Limes’ had a spacious living room with open fire place and a lovely kitchen/dining area. It also had a huge garden with beautiful views of the island. My bedroom had an antique sleigh bed and a beautiful bathroom with roll top bath. I fell in love with the place! Benefit had also very kindly left some fabulous goodies for me including a whole goodie bag full of beauty products, the amazing Benefit brow collection, some slippers, a towel, flip flops, toiletries and more personalised goodies. I also had a gorgeous GHD hair straighteners which was very handy as I forgot mine at home but the most lovely touch was a little personalised message in a bottle! So incredibly sweet and generous of them!

We had a bit of time to relax and settle in before getting ready for the BBQ and Pool Party which I was super exited for. I opted for a swimsuit and denim shorts and put on my new Benefit sliders.
The pool area looked absolutely amazing, there were sun loungers and pink beach towels for everyone, cute pool floats, beach balls, DJ booth, a Bene Ping Pong table and all sorts of fun activities and games set out for us. There was also a Mahiki cocktail bar and a delicious food/BBQ area. I started off by having my brows done and makeup touched up ready for those fun selfies by the pool.

Everything was so pretty and insta-grammable, there were photo opportunities everywhere! Pink Heaven and a dream come true! The atmosphere was amazing, we danced and played party games it was such a laugh and being able to share it with some of my friends, especially the lovely guys from Benefit, made it even better. There was another little area with more fun activities including bouncy castles, ball pools, popcorn and candy floss. I even went for a little bike ride around the island with some of the other girls, which was super fun.

We went back to our rooms for a little rest and to freshen up and put our glam on ready for dinner. All the products I used were from Benefit and after sharing some selfies on Insta story so many of you asked me to recreate the look and share all the products I used so that will be coming up really soon. I can’t wait to share with you all the fab new Benefit launches and some of my all time faves.

Our evening started with cocktails and canapés at the Captain House which was situated right on the beach and looked absolutely beautiful. Then we walked to our dinner location the sun was starting to set and there were twinkling lights along the way, little fire candles, even the trees were lit pink. Our dinner setting was magical full of lights and flowers it was so dreamy and pink, the dinner was amazing followed by champagne and cocktails. We even had a personalised Dandelion Twinkle so many lovely little touches!

After dinner we all headed out to another beautiful setting with lights, fire and music for some dessert, more delicious drinks and the after party. We had toasted marshmallows, s’mores and doughnuts, baileys coffee and hot chocolate it was absolutely magical. We even had little pink blankets to keep us warm while sitting around the fire.

We headed into the bar to dance the night away, the music was brilliant. We partied till the early hours of the morning, I was so tired and my feet were aching from all the dancing but what a fab night we had!

I got up pretty early in the morning to pack and get ready for breakfast, it was Porefessional themed which was so cute, there were lots of delicious things to choose from so I opted for my all time fave Egg + Avo on toast. We had a nice cup of coffee in the garden by the pool, it was such a beautiful day. We then boarded the coach back to London, feeling so sad as we didn’t want to leave.

Once again I feel so lucky and extremely grateful to have been a part of such a fun adventure, a big thank you to the most amazing team at Benefit Cosmetics! Special thanks to Annie, Anthony, Ruth and Estelle, you guys are incredible!

Thank you all so much for reading, I’m in the process of editing my vlog, which should hopefully be up tomorrow so I will add a link so you can watch it but in the meantime you should all go check out Benefit’s YouTube channel and subscribe, they have the video up of Beneisland and I’m in it dancing by the pool, go watch it here.

Vxo

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