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9 Aug 2015


No.7 80th Anniversary Limited Edition Cosmetics Collection

An astonishing 80 years have past by since No.7 was first launched by Boots in 1935. It was originally lunched as a skincare brand marketed as 'The Modern Way to Loveliness' with a cosmetics line following two years later in 1937. Following the outbreak of war in Britain though, production pretty much came to a standstill. The full range of products were re-introduced in 1949 and In 1952 the range was relaunched with a brand new tag line - "Better and lovelier than before".

To keep up with the changing trends over the decades, the brand has relaunched a number of times with numerous redesigns and is still one of the UK's most popular brands.

To celebrate being around for a whole 80 years, No.7 have launched a very special Limited Edition Cosmetics Collection. The full range consists of six new products, including three new Lip glosses, a radiant shimmer palette and two stunning new eyeshadow palettes. I've been lucky enough to receive three of the new products to share with you.

No.7 80th Anniversary Limited Edition Cosmetics Collection

If creating a gorgeous smokey eye is your thing, then this is one handy little palette to have in your collection. Housed in a gorgeous gold compact, the palette includes 8  shades raging from shimmer to matte and a handy little double ended applicator. The shadows are soft and creamy and apply beautifully. The compact is small and lightweight, so perfect for throwing in your handbag for touch ups on the go and for travelling. I'll definitely be picking up the other palette in Nude this week.

No.7 80th Anniversay Eye Shadow Palette in Smokey

80th Anniversary Radiant Shimmer Powder (£12.50)

Over the years, No.7 have released some stunning limited edition highlighters. Anyone remember the Natural Radiance Highlighter released in 2010, the one with the marble type packaging? I really must dig that out. It really was gorgeous and was being raved about on every beauty blog going at the time. The new Radiant Shimmer Powder is another stunner. Although its classed as a powder, I don't apply it like a powder, instead I sweep it across my cheekbones, for a radiant shimmering finish. The bronze and gold blend beautifully together and add the perfect finishing touch to my make up.

No.7 80th Anniversary Radiant Shimmer Powder

80th Anniversary Gloss Shine (£9.00)

Now, I'm not normally a Lip gloss kinda' girl, but the second I swatched this on my hand, I just had to try it on the lips. The coverage this gives in just one coat is seriously impressive. Its not sticky like some glosses can be, it feels comfortable to wear and the added Jojoba oil leaves my lips feeling moisturised too.  Its available in three shades, Blossom, Ruby and Graceful, Ruby being the one I have. Graceful is the one I need to check out when next in Boots though, as it looks like a gorgeous nude shade, which is right up my street.

No.7 80th Anniversary Gloss Shine

No.7 80th Anniversary Gloss Shine in Ruby

The full collection is available online and in store now, for a limited time only.

1 Aug 2015

Current Favourite Lip Combo

After having a rummage through my lip stash last week and trying out different lip products together, I found myself a perfect new combo, so perfect that I've been sporting the combo pretty much daily since discovering how well the two products go together.

The products in question are NARS Velvet Lip Liner in El Agua and ELF Studio Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose.

NARS Velvet Lip Liner in El Agua and Elf Studio Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose

NARS Velvet Lip Liner in El Agua and Elf Studio Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose swatch
Top: El Agua Bottom: Tea Rose
NARS Velvet Lip Liner in El Agua and Elf Studio Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose lip swatch

El Agua is described as a Lavender Rose shade, which I think describes it pretty well. It has a smooth and creamy formula which glides on the lips without tugging and has a matte finish. I have in the past wore it alone on my lips, and although its matte, when used to fill in my whole lips, it feels comfortable to wear and doesn't look dry.

Tea Rose is slightly lighter in colour than El Agua and is more of a dusty rose shade. Again its a matte finish, but the quality and staying power is not as good as the NARS liner. I guess this could be expected though considering the price difference between them both. The shade is absolutely beautiful though and every time I dig it out of my stash I fall in love with it all over again and just want to wear it constantly. I really should check out some other shades in the studio matte liners.

Next week, Ill probably have a whole new lipstick love, but for now... these two are rocking my boat.

What lip combo are you loving at the moment?

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27 Jul 2015

Budget Cleansing | Good Things Argan Oil Nourishing Cleansing Oil

Of an evening, the first step of my skincare routine is removing my make up. To do this, I generally reach for either a cleansing water or a cleansing oil. I can't say I prefer one over the other, as they both do the job I want them to do, although I do find that if its been a long day and I've been wearing quite heavy make up since daft o'clock in the morning, I do tend to reach for a cleansing oil rather than a water, as I feel this seems to break up my make up  and the dirt and oil accumulated during the day more easily, making my second cleanse more of a breeze too.

Good Things Argan Oil Nourishing Cleansing Oil is a new addition to my bathroom shelf and one that I cannot fault in any way, especially when it comes to the price tag (£5.99). Its Jam packed with skin loving ingredients, with the main one being Argan Oil - as the name suggests. Argan Oil is high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids making it ideal to hydrate and soften the skin.

To use, I simply apply a small amount to my hands and massage onto the skin and eyes. I then wet my hands a little and massage the skin again to emulsify the oil, then I simply remove with a warm face cloth and rinse my face afterwards. There's no need for a separate eye make up remover as It causes no irritation at all to my eye area and lifts away heavy eye make up with ease. After use my skin is left feeling completely free of make up, soft and hydrated.

If you're thinking of giving an oil cleanser a try for the first time, or are on the lookout for a new one to try then I'd definitely recommend picking this up and giving it a whirl. I doubt you'll be disappointed. This products has really impressed me, so much so that I now have a list of other Good Things products that I'm itching to give a try.

Available from Boots priced at £5.99

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28 Jun 2015

Giving it another try - Bioderma Sensibio H2O - Micelle Solution

As part of my double cleansing routine, Micellar waters are something I use often as a first cleanse. I also use them in the morning, when I'm feeling lazy or in a rush. I first tried the legendary Bioderma Micellar Water a few years ago. It was new on the scene and everyone who wrote a beauty blog was raving about it - so it was only natural (as a beauty junkie) that I had to give it a try.

Unfortunately though, we didn't get on. I used it the once, found it stung my eyes and left it unloved on the bathroom shelf, only to bin it a few months later while having a clear out.

As time went on, more and more brands started to release Micellar Waters, so I found myself trying new ones constantly and I never gave Bioderma a second thought - until recently.

Whenever Im reading a feature on the web about Micallar waters, Bioderma is nearly always mentioned and is definitely rated as one of the best on the market. With that being said, I decided I was a bit harsh to judge it last time - especially after just one use - so I decided to give it another try and I'm so glad I did.

I genuinely now believe that I must have just been having a bad eye day the last time I used it (my eyes can be quite sensitive at times and I am a contact lens wearer too, so bad eye days are not uncommon) because this time around I have felt no irritation at all. The last time I used it, I also remember thinking that it wasn't good at tackling heavy eye makeup, I was a cleansing water novice then though and have since learnt that the secret is to hold the cotton pad on my eyes for a good few seconds, before attempting to wipe away eye makeup. Some cleansing waters I've tried can still struggle with heavy eye makeup though, where as Bioderma removes it instantly. I don't even need to go over my eyes again, when doing my second cleanse. It really does remove everything, not only on my eyes but on my face too. I would still never cleanse in the evenings with just Micellar Water alone, but if for some reason I had to, I could go to bed confident enough that all my make up had been removed.

I can now fully understand why Bioderma is raved about so much, and I doubt I'll ever be without a bottle in the future. There's still quite a few Micellar Waters that I haven't tried yet, but right now, Bioderma is definitely in first place.

I'd love to know what Micellar Waters you rate or hate, so feel free to leave me a comment below.

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24 Jun 2015

The mask that gives a glow - Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque

Considering the fact that I'm currently 6 months pregnant, My skin doesn't seem to be seeing this so called "pregnancy glow" that I hear so much about. You know the one - that radiant flawless glow that supposedly comes with pregnancy. I did infact Google it, as I needed to know if it was infact a real thing - and to my surprise it is.

Apparently, while pregnant the amount of blood in the body will increase by 50%, this extra blood ends up showing through the skin, particularly around the cheeks. Also, hormones cause the oil glands to become more active, which then results in a softer shinier appearance.

Interesting. So let me just ask - where's my friggin glow then?! because I'm definitely not seeing one. Not a natural one anyway. The only way I'm managing to get a glow, is with some of the skincare products I'm currently using. One being Aveda's Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque (£30.00 for 125ml)

I initially purchased it expecting it to help my dull skin look more alive and radiant - anything with radiance in the name and I'm all over it - but it does so much more. The Finely powdered Tourmaline boosts skin radiance and naturally exfoliates away dull skin cells. The Avocado Oil and Muru Butter soothe and hydrate, while anti-oxidant lycopene, which is from tomatoes helps to protect the skin.

I use it generally about twice a week and each time my skin is left feeling so soft and smooth as well as looking and feeling completely hydrated. Its the next morning that I really notice the difference though and my skin really does glow. Trying to explain the phrase "glowing skin" isn't easy if I'm honest, basically I wake up to colour in my cheeks and soft, dewy, fresh, rivatalised and healthy looking skin. Instead of dull greyish, worn out looking skin.

Although it isn't the cheapest mask on the market, for me personally its worth every penny.

What products do you use to achieve glowing skin?

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