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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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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Hair Styling Essentials

When it comes to my beauty routine my hair care is just as important. During the cold winter months and central heating on at full blast, whenever I go out I find I can get away with just sticking on a hat and hide any greasy roots. I do love having long hair, it makes me feel feminine, but it takes a lot of looking after. When the weather starts to get warmer I’ll spend more time styling it up, but I’ve often ended up with more products than I actually need. Then there’s all the little extras that change the look of my hair style, from poker straight to bouncy and curly, and occassionaly having a neat up-do or a messy bun, one great advantage of having long hair.

One of the best things I’ve ever done for my hair is to have a regular trim, I get mine cut roughly every 8 weeks to get rid of any dry, split ends. It’s no secret that I’m not as naturally blonde as I currently am, I’m more of a mousy blonde. I’m not the most patient of people and couldn’t sit in a hair salon to have my hair coloured, so at the moment I’m using Clairol Nice and Easy in the shade SB1. I’m sure it’s time for a change, but for now I’m happy with the way it looks. Although colouring does have it’s problems,  I’m still on the hunt for a great hair mask that gives my hair a deep condition without weighing it down too much, so if you have any recommendations for me, please let me know in the comments section below.  I try and leave it to dry naturally as often as possible and I go for as long as I can in between washes.

The 3 styling products I’ve been using for a couple of months all work incredibly well and are so gentle on my hair.

Lee Stafford Coco LoCo Dry Shampoo is one of my hair styling essentials

January has been a month where I’ve not felt like doing much with my hair, to be honest an extra 10 minutes snuggled in bed in the mornings felt so much better than washing and styling my hair every few days. I discovered Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo CoConut Dry Shampoo by accident while shopping for a few other beauty bits. This is now an essential for one of my “I can’t be bothered” days, it doesn’t leave my hair looking all white and powdery and it soaks up any greasy areas at the roots, without leaving it feeling dry. My hair feels soft and looks like I’ve spent a bit of time styling it as this dry shampoo adds some volume. Did I say, it also smells amazing too.

Hair Styling Essentials

Thanks to American English Seaberry Dry Oil  my hair has been frizz free and feels incredibly soft, it’s also given my hair a gorgeous shine. I’ve been using it as a heat protecting spray while using my straighteners or hair dryer, or on it’s own to make my hair look super sleek  This stuff is amazing and smells absolutely divine! It’s cruelty free and vegan too, so it’s suitable for everyone.

Lee Stafford Coco LoCo Heat Protection Mist is one of my hair styling essentials

I’ve loved using Lee Stafford Coco LoCo Heat Protection Mist it’s become one of my hair styling essentials, it’s a super lightweight spray that protects my hair from any damage when I’m using the hairdryer or straighteners. I’ll section off my hair a bit at a time and spray a small amount as I style each bit. It makes my hair look super shiny and healthy, which is what I need all year round. I love that it keeps my style in place for longer and is especially great for making my hair look poker straight after I’ve used my straighteners, no I don’t use GHDs, I own a simple pair of Babylis ones which at the moment are just fine and do a fantastic job.

A wet brush is one of my Hair Styling Essentials

There’s nothing worse than trying to drag a comb through wet knotted hair, I’ve tried various different brushes which seemed to do more damage than good on my long hair. I was originally looking for a brush to carry in my bag for when I got caught in a rain shower, but this Wet Brush has been so good I’ve been using it to comb through towel dried hair before I style it. It’s so gentle and combs through any knots or tangles without pulling, plus it can be used on wet or dry hair. I find it’s amazing for styling with the hair dryer and adding some volume, without my hair getting too tangled or frizzy and it doesn’t look as curly as it does if I use my round brush.

Accessories for hair styling

Apart from my straighteners, one thing I couldn’t live without is my Remington AS8090 Keratin Volume and Protect Air Styler, which is a hair brush and dryer in one. I’ve had it for about 6 years and it still work’s perfectly well but I should probably replace it soon. Sadly, this one is no longer available so I’m trying to find one very similar before my beloved curling brush completely dies on me and I end up in tears. It’s great for if I need to dry my hair in a hurry, and it’s fab for creating a bouncy blow dry or a style that’s more on the smoother side, whichever I decide to do this works really well.

One thing I find that’s slightly gentler on my hair for adding bouncy curls or some romantic waves is to leave my hair until it’s about 80 percent dry, then add some velcro or bendy rollers, both give me a different style. Then I’ll carry on getting ready and by the time I’ve done my makeup, put on my outfit for the day and made a cup of tea, my hair should be dry enough to take the rollers out. Hey presto, perfect curly hair, that’s taken no time at all. All I need to do its add a spritz of hair spray to keep the curls in place and I’m good to go. Velcro rollers are amazing for adding stacks of volume with minimum effort. You can also take it one step further and use sleep in rollers, these make your curls last all day if you can bare to spend the night with them in your hair, they are spongy but can take a bit of getting used to at first and you don’t mind looking like Grandma in a hair net over night. I only use mine if I’m going somewhere really special and want to save myself some time getting ready.

Let’s not forget the vast collection of hair accessories I’ve collected over the years, from hair clips in various pretty designs, pearl and diamante hair bands, silk flowers on clips for a cute pulled back style and plenty of bands, bobbles and scrunchies for that no effort, sleek pony tail, or in my case a messy bun. Whatever the weather, hair accessories are great for creating a different look with whatever hair style you have. I personally find it’s easier to switch up long, straight hair, I’ve only ever had mine cut short once and totally hated how it looked on me. One hair accessory that has become invaluable to me is the Invisibobble, they are much kinder to my hair when I’ve pulled it back in a pony tail, they don’t get snagged up or spilt and damage my hair. I have these all over the house and in my handbag, they’re also fab for tying my hair up when it’s damp, letting it dry to create a beautiful wavy style.

What hair styling products could you not live without?

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Testing Makeup Revolution

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will know that Makeup revolution is one of my favourite drugstore brands. I recently went into Superdrug for one particular product and came out with a few extra items. I thought I’d show you what I bought and how I got on testing them out. I was especially excited to get started on all the products because at first glance they all looked incredible. I think Makeup Revolution is an amazing brand and you’ll always find a lot of high end dupes.

Concealer

The product I’d gone into buy was the Conceal and Define, which I’d been so desperate to try. Sadly this was one of two items from this haul that I didn’t get on with. It’s meant to be a dupe for Tarte Shape and Tape and I love, love the packaging and the large applicator. I found it to be quite drying on my skin, which is a shame because everyone was saying how great it was. I won’t go on about it too much here, but if you’d like to find out more, head over to my full review.

Lips

I picked up two lip products, both very different, The first one I was drawn to because of the pretty rose gold bullet shape packaging, no surprise there then. I chose the shade Chauffeur, a browny nude shade (playing it safe here!). It’s got quite a sheen to it and I love that it’s a bit more moisturising, perfect for dry lips. The colour is absolutely stunning, it’s one I’d wear for an every day look, although it’s a glossy shade it’s still really pigmented. it doesn’t last as long as some I’ve got but I’d definitely buy this lipstick again.

I also picked up one of the Matte Lip Kits that contains a lip liner and a liquid lipstick. I bought the shade Echelon, a beautiful dark brown nude which I absolutely love. It applies really nice and dries quick quickly into a matte finish. It feels super comfortable to wear and lasts pretty well. It’s super affordable for a great lip kit. The liner has the creamy consistancy which I prefer as it doesn’t drag over my skin, but it’s long lasting and stays on for ages.

Blusher

I absoultely adore the Sugar and Spice Ultra Blush palette and have been using it for so long, I thought I’d try one of their single blushers this time. I chose the Vivid Baked Blusher in the shade All I Think About Is You, a pinky nude shade, which is just the perfect colour for for a simple natural look. It’s just as pigmented as the palette, I only needed to gently dab my brush to pick up any colour and it blends in beautifully. I honestly can’t believe this only costs £2.50!

Eyebrows

I’m not great at doing my eyebrows and most of the time I use an eyeshadow to fill them in. I was interested to try Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade and found that I really loved it. I got mine in the shade Blonde but there are a number of different shades. It has a beautiful creamy consistency that’s easy to work with but not too creamy that it slides everywhere. It’s just a really lovely texture to thicken your brows and create the arch. It does come with a tiny applicator but I preferred to use a Spectrum A17 brush to apply it with. The Brow Pomade is really affordable, so if your like me and not great at doing brows, then this is a brilliant product to get you started.

Eyeshadow

I already love their eyeshadow palettes, they have such a range to choose from and they all look incredible. I chose the Reloaded Newtrals 2 palette which has 15 warm brown toned eyeshadows, varying from orangy, pinky, red shades, to burgundy and neutral brown shades, it’s just such a gorgeous palette. The quality of Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes are amazing considering they are a budget beauty brand and this one is an absolute bargain at only £4! As with all their other eyeshadow palettes, the colours are really pigmented and I didn’t have any fall out, the shades blend in beautifully. I’ve been trying different looks using the metallic burgundy shade (bottom left) which is so stunning, it’s almost foil like.

Testing Makeup Revolution

Highlighters

What on earth made me choose 3 different highlighters from Makeup Revolution I don’t know, but at these prices I’m not breaking the bank. The first one I tried is the Sun Kiss Highlighter in the shade Champagne Kiss, and this has to be my most favourite thing from this haul. I mean, it looks incredible and I can’t get over the size of it, it’s huge. I love the rose gold packaging which makes it look much more expensive that it actually is. The highlighter is super intense, so I started of just using a small amount on my brush and gently blending it in. The colour looks so pretty, it’s perfect for any time of the year.

I then tried the Rose Gold Ingot Highlighter and all I can say is wow. It’s a gorgeous shade that will look amazing when I have more of a tan in the summer. It’s just as pigmented as the Sun Kiss highlighter and lasts pretty well.

I was super excited to try the Liquid Highlighter as it’s a multi purpose product. The liquid is highly concentrated, so you’ll only need to use the tiniest amount. It can be added to your foundation or skincare for an all over natural glow, or used to highlight specific areas. I wasn’t too keen on this one when I tried it all over my face as it’s a really glittery highlighter, but it does give such a pretty glow. I much preferred dabbing it across my cheek bones for a much more subtle look.  I think I’ll be saving this one for an evening out, plus it would look incredible at Christmas.

Eyeliner

Last of all I thought I’d give the Double Flick Liquid Liner a try in the hope that I’d be able to master the perfect winged liner first time. Sadly not, and I don’t mean just because I’m rubbish at doing them. The double ended felt tip pen has one thick nib and a thinner one at the other end, I love the shape of both brushes and the design of the pen was easy to hold. Unfortunately I found the liquid liner itself wasn’t as good as other drugstore brands I’ve used. It was very patchy and didn’t apply very well. It was quite a sticky texture that really didn’t feel comfortable to wear.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I’m super happy with most of the items I bought from Makeup Revolution, if there’s one product I’d recommend from this haul then it would have to be the Sun Kiss Highlighter, closely followed by the eyeshadow palette, they are both absolutely gorgeous. I’m also pretty chuffed with the Love Conquers All palette, at the time it was free because I’d spent over £12, it includes 6 eyeshadows and a stunning heart shaped highlighter (like I need another one!). It’s just a shame about the concealer and the eyeliner, but I did pick up a lot of other amazing items and I’ll definitely be reaching for them again.

Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favourite drugstore brand?

 

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