VISITING LOCH LOMOND WITH BENEFIT

laura pearson-smith at benefit hoola con-tour van

On Saturday, I visited the beautiful Loch Lomond in Scotland with Benefit Cosmetics to see their Hoola Con-tour pop-up ice-cream van, go on a boat trip around the loch, and then have lunch at the luxurious Cameron House.

Loch Lomond is around 40 minutes from Glasgow and is the gateway to the Highlands. It’s a stunning freshwater loch and is part of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

Benefit Hoola Con-tour Ice-Cream Van

Hoola Quickie Contour Stick Samples

Benefit Cosmetics made shopping and dining destination Loch Lomond Shores the latest stop in their #NoLongHaul Hoola Con-tour – a Benefit-branded ice-cream van that’s touring the UK & Ireland promoting their new Hoola Quickie Contour Stick (£23.50 from Benefit Cosmetics). All visitors to the van can try out the product and learn how to contour, as well as receive a free mini sample of the product and a stick of Benefit rock. I really like contouring with this as you can keep it very subtle or really build it up for some serious cheekbone drama. It’s super easy to use and blends beautifully.

glasgow bloggers

laura pearson-smith

Benefit kindly brought myself and three of my long-time blogger friends Lynsay Loves, Forever Yours Betty and Bee Waits up to Loch Lomond for a day out. I annoyingly still have the brace on my leg from breaking my knee, but I still had a great time.

loch lomond sweeneys boat

benefit bags

After we visited the Benefit pop-up, we travelled by car to nearby Balloch (also on the edge of the loch) for a one-hour boat ride around Loch Lomond. The weather was very rainy and rather dull, but we made it work in true Bene-babe style – complete with our Benefit bags of sweet treats that were waiting for us on our seats in the car.

forever yours betty and bee waits

laura pearson-smith on boat tour

boats on loch lomond

On the trip we chatted all things social media and blogging, took lots of photos for our posts, and admired some of the incredible castle-like buildings that surround the loch – including the epic 5-star Cameron House hotel that we were going to for a late lunch.

cameron house the boathouse

Cameron House The Boathouse menu

cameron house the boathouse interior

cameron house the boathouse decor

After the boat trip, we popped back in the car and travelled the short journey to Cameron House Hotel to eat at their The Boathouse restaurant. Detached from the main house, and down by the loch’s edge, this chic place looks like it’s straight out of The Hamptons. It’s very stylish, but also relaxed at the same time. The food here is incredible and so comforting.

lynsay loves

black pudding & chorizo cameron house the boathouse

lobster mac n cheese cameron house the boathouse

How cute are Lynsay and my very good friend Claire the Benefit PR in Scotland?! I had a delicious started of Black Pudding, Chorizo and Hen’s Egg (£9); followed by a huge portion of Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese (£18) and a side of French Fries (£4). We were all well and truly stuffed full and had spent a lovely two and a half hours chatting at the table.

I want to thank Benefit Cosmetics for such a fun day out. If you want to catch the Hoola Con-tour van on its travels, it still has several more stops to make – Hartlepool on Friday 21st July 2017, Scarborough on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July, Hastings on 28th July, then Galway in Ireland from 31st July to 6th August.

This trip was complimentary, but all opinions are my own.

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