A Day In The Life Of

Olivia-ma­ree Wil­son, 18, is a mem­ber of Ben­e­fit Cos­met­ics’ Na­tional Trend Team.

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I’ ve dreamed of work­ing for Ben­e­fit since I was 14 years old.

Af­ter vis­it­ing my lo­cal counter for the first time, I knew work­ing there was ex­actly where I wanted to be. I’d save up my pocket money to pur­chase a Ben­e­fit prod­uct ev­ery month!

In 2017, I was hand-picked to be­come a part of Ben­e­fit Cos­met­ics’ first ever Na­tional Trend Team.

Through this, along­side my daily role work­ing at the Ben­e­fit make-up counter, I also of­fer one to one make-up lessons and hold mas­ter­classes.

The mas­ter­classes are al­ways su­per ex­cit­ing!

They’re the best way for cus­tomers to see the lat­est make-up trends, learn some top tips and get a first look at any new prod­ucts we bring out.

My role in the Trend Team is re­ally spe­cial.

I’m one of only four Trend Artists in the whole of Scot­land, and there’s just un­der 30 of us na­tion­wide. Be­ing on this elite team also gives me lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to travel and work at ex­cit­ing events.

As soon as my alarm goes off, the first thing on my mind is break­fast.

First I’ll cleanse my skin and then head down­stairs to pour my­self a nice big bowl of ce­real. I’ll then go back up­stairs to mois­turise and give it time to ab­sorb into my skin. Once that’s done I’ll then get dressed and blast some mu­sic.

Lis­ten­ing to mu­sic whilst I get ready in the morn­ing is the key to start­ing my day off right!

My mu­sic taste is quite un­usual for my age. I’ll hap­pily choose Kylie Minogue over Cardi B, and I’m far more cul­tured in mu­si­cal show tunes than the UK Top 40 Chart!

I like to spend a bit of time on my make-up in the morn­ing.

My full rou­tine usu­ally takes me around half an hour, although this is en­tirely de­pen­dent on how well my eye­brows are will­ing to co­op­er­ate! Af­ter my make-up, I’ll style my hair then head to work.

I’m based in the Boots store in Brae­head but be­ing part of the Trend Team means I can go any­where.

Ev­ery other month I can be trav­el­ling to Lon­don for a master­class, Liver­pool for a PR event or Le­ices­ter for a na­tional sales meet­ing. The op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less and ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent. I ab­so­lutely love that!

My favourite part of the job is be­ing able to do some­thing I’m pas­sion­ate about ev­ery day.

I get to help women look and feel their very best on a daily ba­sis. I re­ally am at my ab­so­lute hap­pi­est when I’m work­ing! I love tak­ing the time to make real con­nec­tions with the cus­tomers.

If I didn’t work for Ben­e­fit, I’d prob­a­bly be pur­su­ing my other pas­sion...

mu­si­cal theatre! I’ve al­ways loved per­form­ing on stage.

I’ve been lucky to tick off some of my big­gest ca­reer dreams be­fore I even turned 18.

My big­gest achieve­ment so far was be­ing hand-se­lected by Ben­e­fit’s Head Make-up Artist, Lisa Pot­ter-dixon, to as­sist her at Lon­don Fash­ion Week. This was some­thing I’d al­ways dreamed of do­ing. I re­mem­ber sit­ting watch­ing videos of LFW dur­ing my lunch break at school!

If I ever needed help, I know I can al­ways rely on the Ben­e­fit team.

My man­agers Claire, Su­san and Han­nah are al­ways there for sup­port. We have a won­der­ful dy­namic and there’s such a strong bond be­tween us all.

Through Ben­e­fit, I’ve learned so many in­valu­able pieces of ad­vice.

My favourite motto is to al­ways fol­low your dreams re­gard­less of how wild, crazy, or out of reach they may seem.

When I have time off, I al­most don’t know what to do with my­self.

I like to keep busy how­ever and it’s so im­por­tant for

me to spend time with my fam­ily and friends. On my days off, I like to go out for lunch with my best friend or head into Glas­gow for a shop­ping trip with my mum.

Re­lax­ing in the evening is a work in progress for me!

I’ll come home buzzing with en­ergy from work, so wind­ing down can some­times be a lit­tle bit tricky. I’ve re­cently started med­i­ta­tion with a mind­ful­ness app on my phone which has helped me a lot. But I’m def­i­nitely a bit of a night owl!

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