Blogger Night Out: Goose Island x Benefit

The past week has been absolutely nuts for this city girl and a debrief on the latest & greatest adventure I had is much overdue.

It’s not often that I get to pair my affinity for beauty and beer and thus the event put on by Goose Island at the Newbury Street Benefit store was such a treat.

Keep reading for who I met, what I wore and where to find some of my favorite new products!

Welcome to a little piece of heaven.
Welcome to a little piece of heaven.

I LOVE getting invited to cover events. It’s easily one of the best parts about being a blogger. Which is why, when I got an e-mail inviting me to try a new kind of brew with Boston-area bloggers in the comfort of the Benefit store on Newbury Street, I couldn’t wait to RSVP!

When the day finally arrived, I made my way to Newbury Street after a great day at the office. The ladies at Benefit welcomed me a few minutes early which gave me plenty of time to snaps a few photos of their fabulous displays.

B is for beer, Benefit & bloggers.
B is for beer, Benefit & bloggers.

One of the first people I met was make-up artist Christine, who sat me down for a complimentary make-up application focusing on Benefit’s specialty: eyes & brows. I had never tried any kind of brow-specific make-up before so I left it up to Christine, the professional, to teach me the “ins and outs” of this revolutionary, face-framing technique. Following that, she introduced me to Benefit’s lip tint which is the aster to every girl’s “where do I find the perfect pink hue for my lips?!” question.

The presentation of the products at Benefit are the things blogger dreams are made of.The presentation of the products at Benefit are the things blogger dreams are made of.
The presentation of the products at Benefit are the things blogger dreams are made of.

Next was my first eyebrow wax ever. (Yes, you read that right.) Up until this point, I had strictly been an electrology-threading-tweezing kinda girl. The idea of hot wax on my face sounded dangerous but I figured that if I was ever going to put the fate of my brows in the hands (literally) of anyone, then there really wasn’t a better spot to give it a shot. The verdict? I LOVED it. The wax has a subtle vanilla aroma and was the most calming amount of warmth. It actually didn’t feel all that different from my experiences with threading, but I like how I didn’t have to be a part of the process (i.e. hold any parts of my face tightly) and could just relax. It felt like a real spa treatment and I’m very much looking forward to my next one.

#MigrationWeek. So luxe.
#MigrationWeek. So luxe.

While learning about all of these amazing products and services at benefit, I was also introduced to some pretty amazing ladies (and I’m not just talking about the lovely reps from Goose Island who joined us for some make-up and treatments)! This event fell during what is described (and trending) as #MigrationWeek, a celebration of Goose Island beer and the cities their reps have been visiting to expand the brand.

Trisha Rooney, one of our many lovely hosts.
Trisha Rooney, one of our many lovely hosts.

“When the first Goose Island Brewpub opened its doors in 1988, domestic, mass-produced beer was deeply ingrained in Midwestern culture. The craft beer industry was still in its infancy, with only a handful of brewpubs in existence in the Midwest. In his travels across Europe, beer-lover John Hall had enjoyed a distinctive local brew in each region he visited. Hall was convinced that Midwesterners could produce beers as good or better than those he’d tasted in his travels. Living on the shore of the largest system of fresh water on the planet Earth, in a city with rapidly evolving tastes – John decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to do just that.”

Goose Island: Pairs well with warm city nights, beautiful make-up & Boston bloggers.
Goose Island: Pairs well with warm city nights, beautiful make-up & Boston bloggers.

First up was Sophie, a “80% Belgian Style Ale, 20% Belgian Style Ale aged in wine barrels with citrus peel. Champagne color, white pepper aroma, citrus & vanilla flavor, sparkling body.” I loved how lights and fresh it was! It felt like a hoppier version of a glass of champagne and who doesn’t like champagne?!

Meet Sophie: Your new best, fermented, friend.
Meet Sophie: Your new best, fermented, friend.

Beer wasn’t the only treat we got. I learned about another lovely liquid treat from Goose Island named Matilda, a “golden sunrise color, baking spice aroma, fruity biscuity malt flavor, dry body“. I also walked away with the Bene-tint and Brow Zings Christine had used on me, along with a swag bag complete with a bottle of Matilda, a glass Goose Island goblet, and tee shirt featuring all the stops on the #MigrationWeek tour.

What I wore.
What I wore.

Many thanks to Benefit & Goose Island for hosting me and the other lovely ladies from the Boston blogging community! For more on adventures I’m having, #workinggirlproblems (& solutions) and summer beauty tips, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest & Polyvore.

xo, Vanessa

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

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