Hot on the High Street….

Girls (and guys) it’s time to get out your diaries and make some room for some all important beauty perk up time! Whether you’re a 5 minute lunchtime treat shopper, a sneaky online buyer at work or simply love a weekend trip around the beauty and fragrance aisles

Here’s my top pick of what not to miss…

Find your Mr Bright at Benefit – 19 March

Benefit Finding Mr Bright

This spring is dominated by hot brights as seen on the catwalk and now hitting the high street but the thought of really living this trend can be a bit daunting especially for those of us like me still clinging to their safe dark (aka black) winter wardrobe, now there is an answer! Thanks to Benefit you can give your make-up bag a spring over with their latest offering Finding Mr Bright.

My photo does not do the dayglo palette justice,  the oh so cutely named ‘brightening MANual’ comes with all your Benefit faves:

Girl Meets Pearl (which I love to twin with Nars Orgasm Blush – the two in combination give you a gorgeous pink flush with a pearly luminous glow!)

Posietint – I prefer this version than the original Benetint its shade is far more wearable and I find much easier to blend too, again you can easily mix this with Girl Meets Pearl for a similar effect as above.

Erase Paste – I like to think of this as industrial strength concealer, I tend to save this concealer for those post work drinks or nights out you know you need that bit extra coverage or brightening! Can be a god send on those mornings after the night before too….

High Beam – this product is the one that is in my most memorable make-up line up, it was THE thing to own when I was buying premium make-up for the first time.

It is a very cute palette and has a great dating make-up lesson that comes with it too, however I do have a few negatives namely that the palette isn’t that portable, it’s not huge don’t get me wrong, but for it to be a carry around palette I would have substituted High Beam for an Ultra Shine Lip Gloss – maybe even California Kissin’ to cover all your needs on the go – however this is just my opinion and does not distract from the fact this is a fab & fun little kit!

If you have time do check out the really fun dating video on Benefit UK’s YouTube Channel

(I picked James from Finance for Gabbi… you’ll understand when you watch it!)

Step into the world of CHANEL exclusively at Selfridges Oxford Street – 22 March

Keira Knightley for Chanel

I am always in awe of the truly amazing Chanel installations and creative design and to bring every beauty gals dream to life from 22 – 30 March you can step inside a supersized bottle of CHANEL’s Coco Mademoiselle – where you will find Chanel’s very own cinema!

You’ll be able to be one of the first to see the new Keira Knightley Chanel film for Coco Mademoiselle and take part in their interactive journey for your chance to take away samples of this coveted fragrance.  For Coco Mademoiselle lovers you can also get your hands on the limited edition 200ml bottle exclusive to Selfridges

I saw the amazing new film last month in a private CHANEL boutique courtesy of Chanel UK HQ and enjoyed being transported on a Parisian adventure… if you can’t wait till the 22nd you can also find a mini preview on Chanel.com and Chanel’s YouTube Channel

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Can Benefit revolutionise our skincare routines?

Earlier this year I was invited to the EXCLUSIVE reveal of Benefit’s hush-hush new skincare launch, held in the stylishly hidden away boutique Hempel hotel in London. Until now we have been under the secrets act to not spread the word… but now the word is out – B-Right is soon to be the word on every Bene Babes lips…

So what’s it all about? Can the cute fix-its brand do what it has to make-up and start a skincare revolution?

Well one thing is clear from the off – this is serious skincare, with over 4 years research and development from the clever bods at the LVMH laboratories Benefit have developed and patented their very own dullness erasing skincare ingredient (in Benefit language this is Tri-Radiance Complex)

I took time to talk directly to LVMH senior vice president of R&D Eric Perrier, a man who has spent his career finding the best of the best skincare ingredients and formulas to bring us the products we covet so dearly today (and I have to say I have never been so taken with science before – or maybe it was the french accent that gave it a whole new spin)

“Benefit’s exclusive tri-radiance complex includes several vegetable-based sugar and glycol derivatives plus a perfectly selected set of different sizes of hyaluronic acid, to boost hydration in the skin as much as 73 percent within two hours after application (measured in triple performing facial emulsion SPF 15 PA++), an incredible result in an SPF 15 PA++ emulsion!” Eric Perrier

From creating a skin care texture that sounds & feels the same as silk, to a feeling of clean (which apparently feels and smells differently globally) to testing thousands of different application techniques – I realise that this is not just some cute, fun products to brighten our bathrooms this has serious technology that will like all Benefit’s fix its – deliver.

Benefit founders Jean & Jane Ford asked him for the solution to every woman’s skincare wish – not to rid them of wrinkles (as much as we’d love that) but to simply Brighten, awaken their skin from looking dull and give it that perky lift that is just soo Benefit! So B-right!

The collection is cute, on first looks you may well be surprised – it isn’t overtly colourful or quirky. It smacks of old school pharmacy bottles, with a wash of light aqua’s and greens – it looks and indeed smells fresh and I’m surprised at how taken I am with the range.

I’m an avid fan of Chanel Hydramax Serum by day and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair by night both times coupled with Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream so I don’t sway from my usual routine that far (and I get to try and test a fair few products) but I really liked the fresh take on skincare that this collection is taking and think this is going to cause just a little ripple in the beauty waters…

My favourite of the range and my tip as the one to watch out for is the Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF15 – this literally felt like no other product I have put on my skin, no residue, no oil just my skin only a bit less thirsty!

The range is hitting Debenhams counters exclusively in the UK from 2nd April as well as on Benefit’s own UK website and in the Benefit Boutiques, it has just launched online in the US so you can check it out Benefit’s YouTube Channel for a sneaky peek