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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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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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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Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Review

This little tube of concealer has caused quite a lot of excitement in the beauty world over the last few months. Every trip I made to my local Superdrug store I found there was a mass of people huddled round the small Makeup Revolution counter, pushing and shoving to get their shade in the Conceal & Define Concealer. When I I eventually got to the front there would only be few manky looking testers left. The internet wasn’t any better. When everyone’s talking about a product and you really want to get you hands on it, the words “Out Of Stock – Email me when back in stock” are the most frustrating words ever.

When I did get hold of the Conceal and Define, I was ever so slightly disappointed.

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define

First things first, it’s an absolute bargain, costing only £4 and it comes in 18 different shades, which is excellent for a budget brand. The rose gold packaging makes it look really pretty and it would look at home sitting next to any high end products on my dressing table.

Sadly, I didn’t fall in love with it as much as I thought I would. This concealer is a heavy formula with amazing coverage, any blemishes I had were completely hidden and you couldn’t see the tiniest hint of a dark circle. The short wand and sponge applicator made it easy to apply but it took a while for it to blend in. I found it to be extremely drying on my skin, with an almost powdery consistency and it felt slightly uncomfortable to wear. It wasn’t long before it had started to crease around my eye area. Imagine the disappointment.

I decided to give it another go, this time wearing it on it’s own and not over foundation. I thought I could use it on days where I only want very minimal makeup. Unfortunate the same thing happened. If you have any fine lines this will accentuate them even more. It’s a shame because Conceal & Define is excellent for covering up those blemishes, it was just the consistency I didn’t get on with.

I’ve seen a lot of people saying how wonderful this is, so it may work better for you. It’s also meant to be a dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape concealer, and £4 is an absolute bargain compared to £22. It’s got to be worth a try, who knows, you may think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Unfortunately, the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define wasn’t for me.

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a selection of makeup

For me, a change in seasons usually means a change in my makeup routine, or at least delving to the back of my beauty drawer and bringing out some long forgotten favourites. After months of wearing pastel pinks and a bronzy look, I’ll swap my every day makeup to something a little warmer, with the main additions being darker lip products. I feel much more confident when I wear makeup and use products I know will give me the best possible result.

a selection of make up from GOSH, Urban Decay and Too Faced

Before I go anywhere near my face with a scrap of makeup I’ll prep my skin by carrying out my daily skincare routine. Then I’ll apply GOSH Primer Plus+ is pretty amazing, it smooths out my skins texture and helps my makeup last longer. This primer is super lightweight and comes in a pale nude shade when you first apply it, it will quickly adapt to most skin tones. I only need one pump to cover the whole of my face and it blends in easily using my fingers, making my skin feel super soft. It contains oak extract, plus it’s anti pollution and is perfume free, which is great for my sensitive skin and a perfect base for my makeup.

a selection of makeup

Having the perfect base allows the rest of my makeup to come together for a flawless finish. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation has a lovely creamy consistency and doesn’t dry out my skin. I use one pump on the back of my hand and dot some across my face, blending it in with a damp beauty blender. This foundation is incredible, it’s smooth application gives my complexion a wonderful flawless finish with a medium to full coverage, concealing any blemishes. It’s lightweight, lasts all day and still looks amazing. This is my new go-to foundation, so I’ll be using this one for quite a while!

I simply love the Makeup Revelation Iconic Lights Contour Palette if I want to add a little shape to my face, taking a medium sized makeup brush I’ll sweep the warmer shade (bottom row, second right) into the hollows of my cheeks and across the top of my forehead. These powders are so soft and creamy and incredibly pigmented, so don’t go over board at first!

GOSH The Strobe ‘N Glow Kit in 002 Blush is a gorgeous cheek palette which includes a beautiful matte blush in a peachy shade, two highlighting blushers and a highlighter. All four shades are stunning, the powders are incredibly soft and blend in beautifully.

Hourglass Highlighting palette

To brighten up my complexion I’ll add dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder all over my face. I’m using the shade Dim, which is a neutral peach beige, without being too sparkly. It helps to blurr any imperfections and gives me a healthy radiant glow.

a tube of concealer from Urban Decay

I’ve been using Urban Decay Naked Skin Complete Coverage Concealer for covering up the dark circles under my eyes, it’s my little magic wand. I dot a small amount where I need it and blend it in with a beauty sponge, it has the most amazing coverage, concealing blemishes in a smooth matte finish.

yellowed toned face powder

I set my concealer in place with GOSH Prime ‘N Set Primer and Mattifying Powder in Banana, occassionally I use it after I’ve applied my foundation to help control  shine and create a flawless look. It’s so incredibly lightweight that it didn’t feel like I was wearing any powder at all. You can also use it under your makeup as a primer to help minimize pores, fine lines and redness.

eyeshadow palette

The Urban Decay Naked Palette is one of my all time favourite eyeshadow palette for an everyday look. The palette comes with 12 golden neutral toned shades, including matte, satin and  shimmer. Each eyeshadow has a silky texture and blends in effortlessly, the shades are super pigmented and have amazing staying power. I apply Naked all over my lid, Smog in the crease, then I’ll take Darkhorse in the outer corners, blending it up into the crease and along my lower lash line. I’ll finish with Sidecar on the inner part of my eyelid and Virgin right in the inner corner.

a mascara from GOSH

I use Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner to line my upper lash line, it’s absolutely incredible. I am rubbish at creating the perfect winged eyeliner and this one makes it so much easier to get right. It’s super pigmented in bold black and stays put all day, no amount of crying, eye rubbing or getting stuck in a downpour  is going to smudge this little beauty!

GOSH My Favourite Mascara gives your lashes a wonderful, natural, everyday look. The large fibre brush helps to lengthen and define each lash, yet adding loads of volume without going all clumpy. It puts quite a lot of mascara onto my lashes, making them look thicker and fuller, one coat is definitely enough. It wears lovely throughout the day and I’m not left with any flaky bits that have dropped onto my cheek. It’s smudge proof, lasts all day and still looked amazing when I got home, even after my eyes were watering!

a selection of lip products

For everyday I’ll apply NYX Lip Liner in Nude and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in the shade Monogamous, which is a gorgeous browny nude and is creamy, a moisturising formula. I’m also obsessed with Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in Allure which is a stunning metallic plum shade. I love wearing a bolder lip and some my favourites this season are NYX Butter Gloss in shade Red Velvet, Sleek Matte Lipstick in shade Russian Roulette, GOSH Lipstick in the shade Amethyst, and Rodial Suede Lips in shade Big Apple. These lip products are all incredibly long lasting and feel really comfortable to wear without drying out my lips.

rose gold makeup brushes

Rose Gold Makeup Brushes and a selection of makeup

 

I have a vast collection of different makeup tools including brushes from Real Techniques, Spectrum and Indy Luxe. More recently I’ve been using these rose gold oval ones from Luxe Studio Uk, if you’d like to read more about them I’ll leave the review I wrote about them here.

Have you got a favourite product you always use or do you change your look with the seasons?

*This post contains PR products but all opinions and photos are my own.

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