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Benefit-breakfast-with-a-twist-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell How cool is this breakfast invite from Benefit Cosmetics, for the launch of its new Porefessional skin priming collection? All in my favourite Tiffany blue hue.
Benefit-Cosmetics-UK_Rise-and-prime-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I’m loving all the attention to detail. Look what greeted me as I arrived at the cafe for the breakfast event.
Benefit-porefessional-matt-rescue-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I couldn’t wait to find out about the new Porefessional range.

I was certainly impressed with this life sized version of the Porefessional Matt Rescue at the door. Rise-and-Prime-breakfast-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The breakfast was all kinds of wonderful and definitely ‘greasy-less’ as stated on the sign at arrival.

I had a Skinny Buttermilk Pancake served with natural yogurt, blueberries and honey. All washed down with a lovely cup of filtered coffee.

I absolutely adore that blue and white plaid table cloth. Benefit-cosmetics-Rise-and-prime-breakfast-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I loved the event so much, that I decided to reproduce the look at home for my product shoot. Benefit-cosmetics-Porefessional-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here you have the new Benefit cosmetics Porefessional range – The Instant Wipeout mask and the Matt rescue gel.
Benefit-cosmetics-2016-photo-by-Geraldine-of-Little-Big-Bell I couldn’t resist adding this bright pink sprinkled donut into the mix. A little harmless change to the healthy skinny pancakes and yogurt above right?

So, let me tell you about The Porefessional Matt rescue gel. I have had an opportunity to try it a few times now.

If you want to smooth over pores, get rid of excess shine or if you have slightly oilier skin, then this lightweight, water-based gel is ideal for you. Apply over your freshly cleansed face and that thin layer of application literally absorbs the excess surface oil. Pores and fine lines become visibly less.

Now for that top secret ingredient. Can you believe it contains Diamond powder?
Benefit-porefessional-instant-wipeout-mask-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell How about Benefit’s instant wipeout mask? It’s great for clearing out the pores. It’s so fun to use too. You have to press on the blue button to automatically release the cleansing fluid onto the wipes.

Place the wipes over pores around the nose, forehead or chin area to draw out those pore clogging impurities. On the other side of the wipe, is a textured fabric which you can use to help you exfoliate and remove the impurities.

The secret ingredient here is a special extract of mushroom. Benefit-Porefessional-Matt-rescue-Little-Big-Bell After treating my pores with the Porefessional range, I’ve noticed that my skin is visibly smoother and make up application, especially after using the matt rescue gel seem to glide on much more easily.

Which one will you Rise and Prime with, or both? Benefit-cosmetics-porefessional-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I usually follow the basic skincare routine of cleanse, tone and then apply a base foundation. But I’m now convinced to start my morning routine of priming my pores before make up. It’s so quick and easy. Benefit-cosmetics-hello-flawless-foundation-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell After the pores routine, I’m now using my new Benefit Hello flawless foundation. A sheer and smooth layer that brightens up the face. You can find your perfect skin tone match, just ask at a Benefit counter. Benefit-breakfast-with-a-twist The excess shine may be gone but the glow of healthy pores will come through.

Apologies for more donut photos but that blue sprinkled one is the perfect colour match don’t you think?

Hope you have enjoyed this beauty themed post filled with pretty shades of blue, and that you have found the information on this new product useful. Do let me know how you find it, if you do try it.

The Porefessional range will be widely available nationwide from January 30th, only a mere few days away.

Next week, I will be back with an interiors related post, where I will show you an unseen corner of my home. Can’t wait to show you. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The Porefessional make up were gifted from Benefit. All opinions are my own.)

Pantone-colour-of-the-year-2016-Rose-Quartz-and-Serenity-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell-blog It is an honour to be asked by Pantone this year to announce their Colours of The Year for 2016 on the blog.

Yes, you heard right. It’s not just one colour but it’s a pairing of colours.

I have kept this secret knowledge for weeks and have been bursting to tell everyone.

Today is the day! I can now shout it loud.

Introducing you to SERENITY (blue) and ROSE QUARTZ (pink).

The swatches above were sent to me by Pantone. They came specially vacuum packed to preserve the true likeness of the colour.

Love! Love! Love! is all I can say. Both my favourite colours.

Direct your eyes to the general template colour of my blog. It looks pretty close to Rose Quartz and Serenity right? No wonder I love these colours so much, they are very Little Big Bell.

Pantone have stated that they have picked this harmonious pairing of shades to embody the mindset of tranquility and inner peace, an antidote to the stress of modern day lives.

They are not wrong there. I’m already feeling an instant calm. Pantone-colour-of-the-year-2016-Pantone-color-of-the-year-Rose-Quartz-and-Serenity-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog I’ve gathered a few objects around my house that match the new Pantone shades to make a little moodboard.

I’m loving my new blue wire mesh board from Block Design that I have used as my display. Hook and clip objects and cards on. It would be a perfect template for pinning your advent calendar pouches on. I’m a bit late for that this year.

The blue of my mesh board is a lighter shade than Serenity. It’s more of a light Turquoise, but I wanted to demonstrate that Serenity is that perfect tone that could mix and match with other shades of blues.

Finding an object in the house that was the exact same colour as Serenity was difficult. It truly is a novel blue. To be honest, I’ve been transfixed by it, trying to figure out the pigment composition of this unique tone.

It has a dusky element to it and also reminds me of a very smooth and light medium tone of denim.

I found two products that have colours closest to Serenity. They are the White Company’s blue Cashmere socks and Arro home’s Whale and ladder tea towels. Pantone-color-of-the-year-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell-blog Rose Quartz Pink has been described by Pantone as likening to a serene sunset. I can see what they mean. It’s that rosy pink you sometimes see amongst the billowy white clouds. That pink that lights up the sky and you need to capture it on your camera phone ( oh well, I do anyway ).

When I examine the swatch closely, I realise that Rose Quartz is not a dusky pink. It has a vibrant note in it, maybe a little tinge of a light coral. It pairs well with the calm of Serenity. I have placed the two shades together for you to see. Pantone-color-of-the-year-2016-styled-by-Geraldine-of-Little-Big-Bell_

Arro home has shown in their tea towels how Serenity can look great with black and even better, with another one of my favourite colours, a bright pop of Canary yellow. Gold will look great too with these two new Pantone colours.

I have placed Serenity and Rose Quartz against different shades and tones of blues and pinks. They seem to be able to mix and blend well.

I am so excited to see these colours being adopted in the world of Fashion, Beauty and Interiors. I can’t see there will be much objection. They are beautiful. These are no longer gender colours as society moves towards equality. I can see crisp male shirts in Rose quartz or even as a Seersucker pink striped tie.

I’m excited for Spring. Despite it being Winter, I think pastels are holding their own. There is no longer the conventional ‘have to’ all moody shades for colder seasons.

What do you think of the new colours?

Kate-Spade-NY-Stacey-wallet-get-gifted-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell At the start of the holiday season, I always turn to my favourite brands for Christmas gift buying.

Kate Spade NY is one of my all time favourite brands ( Say I, with the huge colourful collection of Kate Spade handbags!)

The thing is, there is no such thing as leaving empty handed once you step foot into that store.

I feel like a kid let loose in a candy shop. Pay day is Kate Spade day!

So, it was such a lovely surprise to be sent a Christmas gift from them this year, as part of their #getgifted campaign. Kate-Spade-NY-Get-Gifted-styled-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The #getgifted campaign is all about personalising the gift, adding that ‘that’s so her’ twist which makes it unique to the recipient.

The persona of my gift was ‘She’s a work of art and likes to look at it,too’ and comprised of the Cedar Street Stacy purse, the Holly Drive compact ‘Kiss and Tell’ and the Live Color Fully fragrance.

The wonderful UK team of Kate Spade NY chose the perfect purse for me. It was my favourite bubblegum pink and now I can display all those beautiful and creative business cards I have collected.

That compact mirror will definitely come in handy for when I apply make up on the go.

The fragrance with its top notes of mandarin, pink water lily and star anise is simply divine.
Little-Big-Bell's-handbag-drawn-by-Kristina-Hultkrantz
My new Cedar Street Stacy purse perfectly matches my Kate Spade handbag, seen in this illustration, done a while back by Emma Kisstina. Kate-Spade-NY-Get-gifted-ribbons-by-Little-Big-Bell

I’m loving the idea of the #getgifted campaign. Last Saturday, I got to show the lovely customers of Kate Spade NY in Covent Garden, London, how to personalise their own gifts with ribbons.

I created two types of bows, the stacked bow and the floral bow, both in the image above.

I’m proud to say that they were all made from scratch. It was so much fun creating them and I’ve now lost count of how many I’ve made.

One thing for sure, with so much practice, I can now create them in a matter of minutes.A good skill to have for this festive season right? Kate-Spade-NY-Get-gifted-London-styling-and photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Last but not least, the £200 Kate Spade NY gift voucher giveaway.

All you have to do is to either LIKE and comment on my Instagram image or to comment on the blog here.

I would love to know what what your perfect Christmas gift would be. Good luck in the giveaway.

(8/12/15 Thank you to all who have entered. I really loved reading your comments. The winner through random selection is Angela Townley. Congratulations Angela.)

(The competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over and ends at 11.59pm December 3rd 2015. The winner will be contacted via Instagram DM or email within 7 days and announced at the end of this post. Only one entry per individual. The Instagram promotion is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram.)

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaboration with Kate Spade NY. The above purse was gifted to me by Kate Spade NY.)

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