Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Boots No7 was one of the very first brands I bought when I first started wearing makeup in my teens, and I’ve been using their products ever since. Over time I must have spent hours asking the assistants questions about new launches and sitting on the stool in the middle of the store having my makeup done, they were always really helpful and you can guarantee I’d come away with at least one new product. I spent most of my Saturday afternoons in my local store I may as well have worked there! While most of my friends were treating themselves to Maybellene or Rimmel, I was in love with Boots No7.

Boots No7 is sometimes seen as a brand for a mature woman, but honestly, you’ll see teenage girls to women in their 80s buying their products. I think it feels like a bit of luxury without having that high end price tag, plus their range is suitable for anyone even those with sensitive skin.

As far as foundations go I must have tried them all and it became even easier to get the right shade when Boots brought out their Colour Match Service, which is an instore consultation for around 20 minutes to find the perfect colour and finish for your base, blusher and lips.

So when I saw Boots No7 had launched a new foundation I knew I had to get my hands on one and give it a try. I’d always loved the other ones I’d used and hoped this would live up to my expectations.

Boots No7 Skin Illuminator

After cleansing and moisturising my skin I applied a small amount of Boots No7 Skin Illuminator all over my face. I’ve literally been obsessed with this product ever since I discovered it last month. It instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radiance, it has an iridescent shimmer that reflects the light to give your skin that perfect healthy glow. It can be used in 3 different ways, as a primer before your foundation, mixed in with your base product or used as a highlighter on your cheeks and brow bones. It’s not glittery, so ideal for using during the day, whatever time of year it is.

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Boots No7 Aqua Perfect Cushion Foundation has been designed to achieve a fast flawless finish that’s easy to apply when you’re in a hurry or on the go. I’ve used cushion style foundations before which have left my base looking a bit dry and patchy, not one of them compares to how good this one is. Using a sponge applicator makes it easy to apply and it instantly covered any imperfections. The foundation’s lightweight, buildable coverage blends in seamlessly and left me with a beautiful radiant looking complexion that lasted all day. It dries to a soft powder making it easy to blend my bronzer over the top, I didn’t need to use a separate concealer or setting powder and it didn’t accentuate any of my problem areas such as dry patches or fine lines under my eyes. The creamy formula is infused with purified water to give a cooling effect making your skin feel refreshed and moisturised, it’s so comfortable to wear that I’d forgotten I had any foundation on. It also contains SPF 15 which helps protect your skin from the ageing effects of the sun

The cushion foundation comes in 8 different shades, so not a great choice, I’m shade Warm Ivory which is a perfect match for me. It costs £17.50 for 12ml, I very often buy Boots No7 when they have their 3 for 2 offers so it brings the price down a little. The handy size compact makes it easy for travelling, although the mirror’s not that great.

How To Use:

  • Gently press the applicator sponge down onto the mesh to release the foundation
  • Apply the foundation to your skin using the applicator in a patting motion until you have the amount of coverage you want.

I personally preferred to use my own beauty sponge as the one included didn’t have a strap on the back for your fingers and I found it very difficult to hold.

Boots No7 Bronzing Pearls

The look I’m going for is a healthy holiday glow, so I’m skipping contour and blusher, instead I’m using No7 Perfectly Bronzed Bronzing Pearls. The pots contains 3 different shades of pearls which are highly pigmented. I use a small amount by swirling a medium sized makeup brush across the pearls and applying the bronzer where I’d naturally catch the sun. Even if I haven’t been abroad for two whole weeks, this shade certainly helps give the impression that I have!

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Overall I really love the Aqua Perfect Cushion Foundation, I love the feel of it on my skin and the radiant look of my complexion. It’s quick and easy to use for a beautiful flawless base, and the super handy compact means it’ll definitely be coming with me in my travel bag.

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

I wasn’t expecting to take any photos of me wearing  Boots No7 Cushion Foundation but I was so pleased with the result that I was more excited about taking a photo rather than tidying up the mess my room first!

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Lush Spring Treats

Instead of chocolate for Easter this year I asked my family to very kindly put the change they would have spent into a money box for me instead. I eat far too much chocolate and decided to get a few pamper goodies from Lush, every girl needs a little treat, right? I normally get given Lush Bath Bombs for Christmas and my birthday, which are only two weeks apart, then never bother the rest of the year. I was kind of excited to see what wonderful products they have in store during Spring. I’ve loved Lush for ages and they always make my bath time seem a little extra luxurious, I get totally lost in my own little world, soaking in all the wonderful smells.

This time I popped into one of their stores instead of buying my treats over the internet, which was probably a dangerous move. There were so many amazing products all set out on beautiful displays, all I had to do was decide which ones I wanted.

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Lush Spring Treats

Adrian and I had taken a trip to Milton Keynes shopping centre, it’s been years since we took a drive over there and an awful lot had changed in that time. There were so many new stores, including Lush and of course I had to go in and see what new treats they’d got in for Easter. Luckily it was extremely quiet so I was able to have a good look round, it’s so much better than shopping on line. I was actually able to smell things before I decided on what to buy, obviously something you can’t do looking at an image on a screen. One of the lovely assistants came over to help, she talked me through their best sellers and any new items that were in stock, not once did I feel pressured into buying a thing. Once I’d chosen my pamper treats, they were wrapped in individual bags with their own label, somehow making them feel even more special that when they arrive in a cardboard box.

Lush Spring Treats

I decided on 2 bath bombs and 3 bubble bars.

Which Came First bath bath has the most amazing citrus smell with lemon and grapefruit oils, turning the water into swirls of orange and yellow. Crack it open and inside you’ll find a cute little chick shaped bath bomb so this one will last a while. The Free Rangers bath bomb comes in two sections, with a wonderful fragrance of burgamont and fruity blackcurrant, it turns your bath water a vivid purple and also comes in a range of other colours, you’ll get at least 4 baths out of this one.

Lush Spring Treats

Lush Spring Treats

Lush Spring Treats

I must have smelt a hundred bubble bars before settling on the three I loved best, which was not an easy thing, let me tell you.

Rose Jam Bubbleroon has to be my favourite out of everything I bought. It’s fragranced with roses, lemon and geranium, giving it a very sweet smell. the rose oil will help relax and lift your mood, while Cocoa Butter will moisturise your skin, leaving it silky smooth.

Cream Egg smells good enough to eat, I can’t wait to luxuriate in a bright neon coloured bath filled with bubbles and soaking in the delicious fragrance of mint chocolate, letting Shea Butter soften my skin and Spearmint lift my mood.

Citrus Are Doing It For Themselves is a wonderfully refreshing bubble bar with lemon, grapefruit and lime to help revive you after a long hard day, turning the water into the colour of a sunset.

The next Lush Haul will probably be for Christmas. Now there’s a scary thought!

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Spring Trends

Spring is practically on our door step and sadly it’s almost time for my knee high boots and chunky knits to go into storage until next year. It does mean new season clothes and making that transition from Winter to Spring. I thought you’d like to see the key trends that I’ll be wearing this year.

Spring is one of my favourite seasons when it comes to fashion, I get so excited to see pastels, lace and pink back in the shops. This year they were huge on the catwalk and now that high street brands have made them into more wearable, every day pieces I’ve been adding a few new items into my wardrobe so that I can start wearing some of the Spring Trends right now. I’ve tried following trends before, just because everyone else is wearing them, and I’ve bought things that simply don’t suit me. Last year I had a massive clear out, it was actually quite shocking how many items I’d not worn. The pieces that were left hanging in my wardrobe were things I felt good in, they were girly, feminine items and could be mixed together to make so many different outfits. I had followed my own personal style.

Spring Trends

Pastels

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s excited that pastels are actually a huge trend this year, yay my personal style is back in fashion. I’ve loved wearing pastels, pinks and nudes for so many years and I already have quite a selection of pastel knits, coats and accessories that work well together to make a pretty Spring outfit. I get my knitwear and tops from New Look, H&M, Topshop and ASOS, where I’ve found some affordable, good quality pieces. I’m also still in love with my pink cord mini skirt which I got for my Birthday, it look’s gorgeous with my new pink coat.

Accessories are a great way to bring your outfit up to date, if you don’t fancy head to toe pastel why not give a gentle nod to the trend by adding a bag or pair of shoes. I love this blush pink, faux suede bag from Topshop, it has a gold chain which can be extended into a single strap and worn cross body or pulled together to make two handles and worn on the shoulder. Considering it’s size, this bag is actually quite spacious so you can fit more than just your mobile and keys in it, and it doesn’t make your outfit look too bulky. I’ve also fallen in love with these round, block heeled shoes from Dorothy Perkins. They are super feminine and the rose pink shade goes with so many things I already own, they will be worn with my floral dresses and midi skirts over the coming months.

Spring Trends

Spring Trends

Lace

Lace was another Spring trend I was excited to see on the highstreet this year. There are loads of different styles of lace tops around and they can totally transform an outfit. I found this beautiful long sleeve lace blouse on ASOS, to make it wearable now I popped it on underneath a lightweight v-neck jumper as it’s perfect for layering. It looks gorgeous when worn alone with midi skirts or high waisted trousers. It’s the sort of top that instantly dresses up a pair of jeans, just add a cross body bag and pair of heels and you have a wonderful Spring outfit.

Spring Trends

Midi Shirts

I love wearing midi skirts, they’re a flattering length without looking too frumpy and it’s a style that suits my height (I’m just short of 5ft 8”). Midi skirts are a key spring trend that can be worn casual with a sweat top and trainers or pretty blouse and heels, whatever suits your personal style. I love to wear this pleated peach midi skirt with a high neck lace top, a thin knit and block heels, it will also look fabulous during the summer months with a camisole top and strappy sandals.

Florals

I was so excited to start wearing floral skirts and dresses again, I’ve been layering up with thin knits and a cream belted coat for a wearable Spring look. A floral dress is my go-to piece and it practically goes with anything, pair it with some ankle boots or block heels for a day look and a pair of pointed heels if I’m going out in the evening. This season I’ve been wearing my floral skirts a lot with pretty blouses and lace tops for a super feminine outfit and they will see me right through to the warmer months when I’ll throw on a t-shirt and a pair of sandals,

Spring Trends

Lilac

Lilac is another Spring Trend that I already have in my wardrobe. I found this beautiful lilac shift dress on Amazon last Summer, it’s probably not quite warm enough for me to wear it just yet but it won’t be long before I can style it with a cream blazer and nude heels for a fun girly outfit. These lilac shoes have been in my wardrobe for years and look amazing worn with a pair of white cropped trousers and a white lace top. I just need a bag like this one I’ve seen in Topshop and my look is complete.

Spring Trends

Trench Coats

Trench coats have been around for years and are the perfect way to transition your outfit from Winter to Spring. I absolutely fell in love with this blush pink wrap coat after seeing it on Katie Kirk’s Instagram. It’s slightly on the heavier side but just what you need for layering up on a crisp Spring morning, it’s a 3/4 length, making it a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe this season.

Then you have the more traditional style of Trench Coat which can make any outfit look chic and pulled together. I’ve been wearing mine with midi skirts and thin knits but this style of coat looks equally as good styled with a t-shirt, pair of jeans and ankle boots. Knowing the ever changing weather in the UK this coat will get an awful lot of wear over the coming months.

Spring Trends

Spring Trends

The Finishing Touches

Lets not forget those little extras that complete an outfit. If the rest of your outfit is quite plain, a pretty floral scarf will instantly give a lift to your look. You don’t have to spend a lot on accessories, I picked this pastel one up from Primark last summer for a grand total of £2. I adore wearing pretty gold jewellery with any outfit, most of the items I own are dainty, feminine pieces that work for day or night. I absolutely love wearing this Ted Baker cuff bracelet from ASOS, no surprise it has a pink floral design at each end. To finish off my outfit, I’ll add a spritz of my favourite fragrance. My current favourite is Victoria Secret’s Love Eau De Parfum, it has a light, fresh smell with hints of juniper and apricot blush, making it perfect for wearing on a Spring day.

Spring Trends

Spring Trends

Victoria Secrets Love Eau De Parfum

I also have my eye on some check prints at the moment, there are some gorgeous over sized blazers and knee length skirts, which I can team with items I already own. Keep an look out on my Instagram Stories where I often share outfit of the day photos and you’ll see me wearing these items a lot over the coming months.

What’s your favourite Spring outfit? Are you ultra feminine like me or do you prefer a more casual look?

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wax melts

Candles and melts are all around my home, no matter what time of year. A cosy Autumn evening with the delicious smell of gingerbread, a pamper night with relaxing lavender drifting round the bathroom or zingy citrus to brighten up a Summer’s day. They’re not just those little luxuries that fill my home with all kinds of delightfulness but candles and wax melts are a brilliant way of masking those other less pleasant smells that I’d rather not have wafting through the air, especially when you have an indoor cat!

I’d never heard of the brand Whiffy Wax until they contacted me to ask if I’d like to try out some of their melt pods. I’ll be honest, it was the brands fun name that caught my eye but when I looked into the company a little more I learned that they have been selling their products from their Facebook page for just over a year. Whiffy Wax now have an online store and you’ll also find them on Twitter.

Jodi very kindly sent out three packs of wax melts to try and they arrived a few days later.

Aloe Vera and Cucumber has a refreshing crisp fragrance with touch of citrus, imagine the smell of clean bedding right after you’ve changed the sheets and it makes you want to wrap yourself up in the duvet.

Country Clothesline reminds me of laundry gently blowing in the Spring breeze, surrounded by fresh flowers, I can just see myself sitting outside in the garden with my glass of wine right now. These pod melts have notes of pineapple, jasmine and lily which make them smell absolutely divine.

If you can’t quite decide on a fragrance the wax melts also come in double packs which contains different scents. The Scent booster Lavish and Scent booster Dream duo is probably my favourite of them all. Lavish has a delicious peachy smell with hints of vanilla and caramel, while Dreams has a warming lavender fragrance, perfect for those cosy nights in.

wax melts

Each pack costs £3.50 and contains 6 wax cubes which are so easy to use. Simply pop one onto a wax burner and light an unscented tealight below, before long the beautiful fragrance will fill your whole house but without being too over powering. They are such a handy size as you don’t need to cut them to shape like some of the larger ones I’ve used before. I already own a burner but Whiffy Wax also sell those as well.

On their website you’ll also be able to buy clamshell wax melts, carpet fresheners and room sprays, they literally have thought of everything when it comes to making your home or office smell incredible.

If you fancy getting your hands on anything from Whiffy Wax, I have a special discount code where you can save 20% off your purchase. Just type in rosie20 at the checkout on there website.

*Disclaimer: These products were sent for the purpose of a review, all photos and opinions are my own. I don’t earn anything from anyone using this discount code, I just thought you’d like to save some money on these fabulous products.

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GOSH Lip OIls

I have loved GOSH for quite a while now and their cosmetics have become some of my absolute favourites in my makeup bag. I originally featured them in a What’s In My Summer Makeup Bag post last year, then had so much fun trying out new launches from their Autumn Winter 2017 range. Now I’ve recently discovered one of GOSH’s new lip products for Spring Summer 2018.

I’ve never used lip oils before but kept seeing them everywhere on Instagram. I was so excited when I came across these beauties in my local Superdrug store, I picked up two shades, Flower Essence and Raspberry. both are absolutely gorgeous. I love anything that keeps my lips soft and moisturised and wasn’t disappointed as these lip oils are incredibly nourishing.

GOSH Lip Oil shade Flower Essence

I have always preferred glossy lip products as my lips do tend to dry out and these are perfect for a glowy summer makeup look or wearing over the top of a lipstick. I have totally fallen in love with these lip oils, I’ve literally been wearing Flower Essence everyday for the past week. Those days when I’ve not worn much makeup, just concealer, mascara and a lip colour, well I’ve been reaching for one of these lip oils instead. They’re so easy to apply using the sponge applicator and simply glide over your lips. Each one is an absolute bargain at only £7.49.

These lip oils are packed with essential oils and vitamins that help nourish and keep your lips super soft. They help to repair any damaged skin as well as being incredibly hydrating, it’s basically like having a lip gloss and lip balm all in one.

GOSH Lip Oil in Flower Essence (006) is a beautiful pearly pink shade and is fabulous for a natural radiant look. GOSH Lip Oil shade Raspberry is more of a clear gloss, even though it looks a bright pink in the tube. I’ve been applying this one over the top of lipsticks to make them look super glossy.

GOSH Lip Oil shade Raspberry

I haven’t used anything like these lip oils before, I was actually quite surprised by how much I loved them. They’re really lightweight, comfortable to wear and not sticky in the slightest. I think I need to pick up a few more, just in case I run out. If you are ready for Summer and something that adds just a hint of colour, then you need one or two of these lip oils in your life.

GOSH have a number of new products in their Spring Summer range, including a brightly coloured eyeliner, mascara and a creamy foundation compact. You can find GOSH in Superdrug stores or online.

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