Sunday Tittle Tattle: Hello From The Other Side…

bathtime remedies

Oh man, I honestly thought I’d never feel normal every again after my two-and-a-bit weeks of cold/cough/throat/chest things. I started to get a bit depressed, lying in bed all day, and even my marathon reading sessions didn’t really cheer me up. (On that note: I have so many new book recommendations for you. I’m going to do a post or a video next week!) I had to dig out some of my best anti-cold products for the bath (see photo above, read about them here) and I pretty much lived in my two-vests-underneath-two-sweatshirts illness outfit, which Mr AMR forced me to wear as well as a SCARF. Indoors. And in bed. It’s amazing I didn’t strangulate myself in my sleep.

Bathtime cold and flu remedies…

Anyway, here I am, limping at half-speed back into work and trying to get going with all of the things that need doing. The biggest project at the moment is to get my office/studio sorted; we moved back into our house in September and I still can’t get into my office because it’s packed with boxes almost up to the ceiling. I keep finding things broken every time I go in there (last time it was a photographic light, more often than not it’s bottles of nail polish that have been crushed and broken) and so I almost dread opening the door. The worst thing about the whole situation is that one whole side of the building is window, so every time we look from the house into the garden we see into my rubbish-tip of an office! But finding the time to go in and tidy is proving to be rather difficult; I did two hours just after Christmas but barely even made a dent in the piles of stuff that needs to be sorted… Though I did find two out-of-date boxes of Marc de Champagne truffles and my eyelash comb, so that was a bonus. The truffles (two years past the sell-by) had gone as hard as conkers, but the comb was a good discovery. If rather boring by comparison.

Favourite thing of the week – and I had really been looking forward to this coming out – James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” with Adele. I don’t have Sky TV, so I didn’t know about Carpool Karaoke until a friend sent me a link to a Youtube clip, but I’ve watched most of them now (James Corden interviews pop stars in his car and they sing along to some of their best-known hits) and I find them quite addictive! This episode with Adele is just brilliant – she has the dirtiest laugh and a great sense of humour. I’ve watched it three times now… I’ve embedded it above for your viewing pleasure. Continue reading

My Cardiff Hair Soirée – Join Me!

colab extreme volume dry shampoo

For those who missed the December Favourites video: I have a new product launching into the Colab Dry Shampoo Range called Extreme Volume. You may have seen it creeping into stores this week and it’ll be online very soon indeed. The feedback on the original Sheer & Invisible formula has been absolutely incredible and I can’t thank you all enough for your support, those who have sent great feedback and who have blogged or tweeted about it have honestly made my day, every time.

The Sheer & Invisible dry shampoo has become one of my staple beauty products – I use it liberally in between hair-washes to give my roots a bit of a revamp. But the new Extreme Volume has even more of a root-boosting effect; it’s a souped-up version that adds volume and texture and it reminds me a lot of those styling “root boost” powders that you can buy. Except that you don’t have to shake it all over your head like a weird dandruff snowstorm – just shake the can and spray it on. It has a little bit of residue, unlike the sheer version, but that’s a necessary addition to give that extra bit of oomph. For those who like a more hardcore dry shampoo, this will be right up your alley!

I’ll be doing a full review when the new product goes online, and I’ll make sure that I do a little how-to as well, but today’s post was actually to tell you about the meet-up I’m having in Cardiff to celebrate the Extreme Volume launch. It’ll be on the 22nd January at the Superdrug Beauty Studio store in St David’s Centre and I will be there from 7-9pm. There are thirty pairs of tickets available but they are only being given away through Superdrug’s online competition, so if you’d like to come to my little hair soirée then please do fill in the entry form here. I really enjoy meeting readers – past meet-ups have always been a great success with plenty of chatter (I usually lose my voice the next day) and lots of laughing, and this time there will be canapés and bubbly as well as a Colab Hair Masterclass. It will be a brilliant evening and so if you’re from that neck of the woods, or planning a visit, then please do register for a ticket. It would be lovely to see you.

Entry form for Cardiff Meet-Up

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The Christmas Gift Guide: Presents for Men

men christmas gift guide

Some Christmas present ideas for men. I’ve tried to keep the whole “soap and socks” element minimal, but there are some really very smart-looking shave and grooming kits about this year and it seemed a shame not to include them! I particularly like the tattoo care set from Billy Jealousy because it’s something a bit different – I have no idea if using a special wash on your tattoos would make them look any more vibrant or whatever it’s supposed to do, but it’s sort of novel and I like the packaging.

I’ve tried to put in a little something for everyone in this video – book suggestions, toasty slippers, electronics and some extremely warm and cuddly cashmere – and so I hope that you find it useful. I struggle every year with buying man stuff at Christmas, so if this saves you a few hours of trawling then I will be pleased to have been of service.

More Christmas ideas…

As always, there’s a list of products underneath the video screen if you want to cheat and skip the main feature. Although you might quite like this video – I brush my hair with a beetle brush and have a mini-perv over David Gandy’s arms.

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Coco Noir Parfum: Shadowy Boudoirs and Exquisite Lingerie…

Coco Noir Extrait Chanel Perfume Review

Earlier in the year I wrote about Chanel’s amazing Les Exclusifs; highly concentrated perfumes in teeny, beautifully-crafted glass flacons with perfectly formed stoppers and chic, minimalist labelling. Just a few drops of these special perfumes and you’re scented for days; Beige stayed on, if I remember rightly, through two baths and quite a few nights!

Read more about Les Exclusifs

And now there’s a new, very potent version of the incredibly popular Coco Noir  – not only more concentrated, but quite different in scent, too. This one is, in my opinion, far darker and sexier than the eau de toilette; it makes me think of shadowy boudoirs and exquisite lingerie, peacock feathers and smoky mirrors. (Good grief. You don’t even want to know what I’ve been reading on my Kindle lately.) It’s in the same, gorgeously miniature bottle as Les Exclusifs, though this one is black not transparent, and it has a similar longevity on the skin. (ie: ages. If you apply a few drops for a night out, it will have worn in beautifully by the next day so that it’s not too overpowering or inappropriately seductive!)

Coco Noir Extrait Chanel Perfume Review

A beautiful present for the perfume connoisseur and a very indulgent must-have for lovers of Coco Noir. I can see this doing very well at Christmas, despite the fact that the price-tag keeps it firmly placed in the luxe-luxe-luxe category – it’s £165 for 15ml. Though I must say, I think that this version would outlast the traditional spray because you need so little of it – and if you’re into experiencing your fragrances in their truest form, then the Extrait, with its super-potency, will give you a satisfying hit. You can’t of course, do one of those “full body misting” procedures with it (anyone else sometimes spray a curtain of perfume to walk through?!) because you apply it from the little dropper, but you can be far more specific as to where the scent is placed (behave) and it’s very sexy when it drifts up from the pulse points…

Read more fragrance reviews…

This is perfume at its most precious and covetable; it makes me want to have a little secret cabinet to keep it in. There’s something very old-fashioned about the styling, which only adds to the appeal. You can find Chanel’s Coco Noir Parfum at

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Laugh & Give Back!

Giving Tuesday is coming up, and we’re definitely feeling the urge to pay it forward. We were craving a more creative way to give back this year, so we’ve teamed up with the Love Is Louder movement for a two-day social media fundraiser to spread the laughter!


Love is Louder is a movement that helps prevent bullying, negative body image and depression through clubs & events. Their mission is all about amplifying the message that love & support are louder than the voices that try to bring us down. Research shows that laughter is a powerful way to reduce stress and, as every Benebabe knows, “laughter is the best cosmetic” to boost your self-confidence. So our collective goal is to bring a smile to your face for a good cause. 

From December 2-3, if you post or repost a funny-face photo on Twitter or Instagram with #LaughOutLouder, Benefit will donate $1 for each share! You can make a difference just by pulling out your camera instead of your wallet, sharing your goofiest expression with your friends (which we know you’re doing anyway!) and tagging #LaughOutLouder on Instagram or Twitter.

Use that gorgeous grin to make a difference & get silly for a serious cause. All you have to do is Tweet or Instagram your gorgeous, goofy, smiling face or retweet or repost one of our participating celeb or advocate pics (think Sarah Hyland, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Chenoweth, Love is Louder co-founder Brittany Snow & more).

We’re seriously looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Nothing makes us happier than seeing your smiling faces 🙂

So, are you ready to Laugh Out Louder for a good cause?

On Instagram, include @BenefitCosmetics, @LoveisLouderPics and #LaughOutLouder.

On Twitter, tag @BenefitBeauty, @LoveisLouder and #LaughOutLouder.

For more information, visit

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