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

MAC Wonder Woman Collection Packaging

The day make-up turned me into wonder woman

MAC Wonder Woman Collection Packaging MAC Obey Me Nail Varnish with Matte Effect Finish

This past month I have been very excited at being able to buy MAC products online from @debenhamsbeauty and as a big Superman fan MAC’s latest lust-have collection Wonder Woman had been the talk of the office for months… so when March 3rd FINALLY arrived I clicked, bought and eagerly awaited the arrival of my beauty bounty.

I wasn’t disappointed – my superhero stash arrived last week and so with a *happy smile* set about painting my nails with MAC Obey Me from the Wonder Woman Collection. The Colour was a fantastic vibrant American Superhero red and all in the first coat, this was proving to be a match made in Marvel heaven.

The finish is nice and glossy but I wanted to give it a little edge so I applied @NailsInc Westminster Bridge Matte top coat, this was my first time using a matte effect varnish and I have to say the jury is still out on a final decision. The application is super simple and with the fat brush only takes one or two strokes to cover the nail leaving a pro effect. However the Matte effect does seem to really dull down the colour – which after going for the Superhero Red look was a bit disappointing.

I do find (and hopefully I’m not alone in this respect) that painting your nails red can cause a nightmare if you don’t quite manage to colour within the lines so to speak – for this I have a handy little tip… Pour out a small amount of Nail Varnish Remover into the cap of the remover, then using an old lip brush wet it with the remover and use the brush to tidy up around your nail, dip the brush back into the remover and ta-da pro perfect nails!

Check out the finished look and why not cast your vote – Do we love Matte?