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

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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…

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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.

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Seven Korean Beauty Trends I Wish Would Come To The UK

This year I’ve really been struggling to get excited about the beauty industry. Although there are more launches than I know what to do with, the majority are either extensions or reinventions of something that already exists, or drill down to essentially ‘just another face cream’. After so many years of continual innovation and more trends than you could shake a stick at, it’s a hard situation to get your head around – especially when it’s your job to write about beauty. I’ve just been writing an article for Cosmetics Business (a trade magazine) about my beauty lethargy, and as part of my research I was looking at what was going on in other parts of the world that was so much more exciting than what was happening on UK shores. We may have been adopting Korean ideas and big trends over the last couple of years, but they extend to the rather safe and relatively dull products by Korean standards; why aren’t we getting the cool and exciting stuff?! After perusing the sites (and to be honest the English articles I can actually read,) I’ve found seven trends and innovations I would love to see on UK shores… Come on Big Beauty Brand, sort it out!

These lightweight face masks utilise the power of ‘reactive technology’ to bubble up when applied to the face, infusing the skin with oxygen for an immediate hit of radiance. Essentially the ingredients react to the natural oils or heat of the skin, causing a bubbling reaction that not only feels super tingly and a touch pleasant, but looks cool too. Bubble masks would definitely inject some much needed fun into the face mask market, and encourage consumers young and old to get on board with the benefits of a great treatment. I’ve tried one before and loved every minute; it’s a regime we’d all embrace wholeheartedly – because skincare can be fun too!
In the meantime, try: PoreTox Fruit Soda Bubble Mask £4.00

Half cream half gel, these blushers help to create a super natural and long-lasting colour result on the cheeks. The formulas tend to be incredibly blendable and much more flattering than a harsh powder or stain, making them perfect for ‘no makeup makeup’ looks. Models Own launched their own version via a limited edition collection last year (read my feature here,) but I’ve yet to see them anywhere else. Come on Makeup Revolution, you know you want to…
In the meantime, try: Much Real My Cushion Blusher £11.40

You’ve heard the old wives tale that says applying egg whites to your face brings out your inner glow? Well the Koreans have taken that one step further by infusing whole skincare lines with the benefits of egg – and not even in a novelty way. From moisturisers and masks, to treatments and mousse-like concoctions, they’ve got it all covered. Could this be the hot skincare ingredient of 2018? You heard it here first…
In the meantime, try: Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Cream £22.80

A mega trend in Asia thanks to their time saving abilities, ‘splash masks’ are essentially a fluid that can be mixed with warm water and splashed onto a clean complexion and then patted to aid absorption. It turns a fifteen minute ritual into a quick ten second job, infusing skin with goodness without overloading. Perfect for those with more sensitive skins (you don’t get the dry feeling or crunchy texture that’s hard to clean off,) I can see these taking off if enough brands get behind them like they did sheet masks.
In the meantime, try: Blithe Soothing & Healing Green Tea Splash Mask £43.00

A combination of a moisturiser, SPF and primer, these also provide a ‘blurring’ effect on the skin that conceals imperfections and ensures a flawless finish. I’m all over one-step skincare products and feel like this could be big news if it launched in the UK. BB Creams became popular because they were so easy and face blurrers offer the same benefit: wack it on and you’re done. A handful of Western brands have tried similar things, but nobody has yet to corner this market and launch something that’s truly as ingenious.
In the meantime, try: Etitude House Face $18.00

So many of us apply sunscreen in the morning underneath makeup, but then actually need a top-up throughout the day. It’s impossible to do so without removing your makeup or, worse, messing it up by trying to apply over the top; although spray SPFs have had limited success in the UK, they’ve not really garnered the attention they perhaps should’ve. The Asian market is far more concerned with sun protection than us, so it’s unsuprising to see that they’ve created something to get around this – a compact sunblock that looks, feels and applies like a compact powder. So when you say you’re off to ‘powder your nose’ you can also be topping up your sunscreen.
In the meantime, try: Hera UV Mist Cushion $45.00

With one bottle of the leading brand sold every 12 seconds in Japan, water exfoliators are big news for a reason. They apply just like a melting gel to skin, gently stripping away the bad but leaving all the good, meaning they’re suitable for even the most sensitive of skins. Traditional exfoliators can be harsh and cause irritation (while gentle acids aren’t always suitable for those with sensitive or eczema/rosacea/psorasis,) but this seems to be the solution for everything. I want some. I need some. Somebody get on this stat?
In the meantime, try: Cure Natural Aqua Gel £24.29

Which of the seven big Korean trends would you love to see over here? Have you discovered any others that you wish were available on our high streets?

PS: Because these products aren’t really available in the UK yet I can’t take any photos of them. So enjoy a picture of my face instead. Lolz.

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