Just Charlie G
14. 10. 2015

I have so much make up, its partly passion and its partly just down to being a blogger, but one thing is for sure, as I try new things so often and find new favourites, old favourites get left behind, tucked away in my make up drawers. Today I decided to trawl through my collection and dig out a few old favourites for today’s look, which I wanted to be light and natural and quick (school runs really eat into my beautifying routine!).

Here’s what I dug out.

shop my stashStarting with the No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation.

no7 Stay perfectI did review this on my old blog but sadly the post has been lost somewhere along the way but I love this foundation. It’s been replaced by other foundations I like slightly more, but this is still a great foundation. It’s watery and thin to apply, it looks like it offers no coverage whatsoever, but when you apply it the finished effect is great. Coverage is as heavy as you want it, you can have it sheer, or build it up more for a heavier finish, I like it somewhere in the middle but love that it magically allows my skin to show through but still evens my skin tone and overs coverage for small blemishes (not that I’d ever skip concealer), but this is great stuff. It’s £14.50 and I would definitely recommend.

Next I dragged out the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Lovely Honey.

Clinique Almost LipstickYou can see my original post on these beautiful lipsticks here. These are beautiful sheer lipsticks that offer a sheer tint of colour and a beautiful moisturising  balm like texture. The depth of colour depends on the shade worn and the colour of your lips, and I love how they moisturise without feeling greasy, I can’t bear a greasy feeling lipstick. Lovely Honey is a really natural pink shade on me. Beautiful. It looks like Black Honey is the only shade still available which is real shame but it is also lovely. They are £18 each.

Next is Bourjois Volume One Seconde Mascara.

Bourjois One SecondeMy original post on this mascara is here, and you’ll see that I absolutely loved it but even then I was aware that things change! I do have a new favourite but I decided to drag this out of its home this morning and try it out and of course I remember why I loved it so much. Its a great, black mascara at a reasonable price and it makes my lashes look great. It’s £9.99.

Finally, I dug out the Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush in Candy.

clarins multi-blushThe Clarins Multi-blush Cream Blushers are really magic. When you rub a finger into the pan, it feels like powder almost, and as though you are not picking up any product, but of course you are, and the same goes for application, it feels like applying nothing, you can blend them in with the lightest of touches for a lovely flush of colour. Candy is a lovely pink shade. They are £18.50 and lovely for days where you don’t wear finishing powder, although I must add they work very well on top of powder too.

Here’s how I look today, nothing exciting, but it has been lovely to dig out some old favourites! I must try to do it more often!

Shop My Stash

 

So after a few days hiatus, I’m back with a little look at the new No7 Summer Collection.

No7 Summer Collection 2015

Shade wise, it’s a really unusual set of colours for Summer and most definitely something a bit different from the normal bronzes and teals! Dusky Pinks and plums are unusual, but beautiful and are complemented by some pops of brighter colour.

Starting with the No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Trio in Tea Party (£9.50)*

No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Trio in Tea partyMauve grey, dusky pink and deep, dirty plum suit either day or evening and look beautiful on either pale or bronzed skin.  It looks great it if you apply the grey-ish shade all over, adding the pink over the top for a shimmering finish, you can add as much or as little of the plum shade as you like for day or evening. It’s a versatile palette, which can create pretty pink shimmering looks as well as deep smokey looks.

No7 Stay perfect Eyeshadow trio in tea party

The other item I was sent was the No7 Gel-Look Shine in Rose Gold (£7)*

No7 Gel Look Shine Rose GoldI personally wouldn’t call this a rose gold, it’s more of a bronze shade but there are definite hints of rose gold in there (see the first photo for a shot of the bottle). My nails are not in a good state right now so you’ll have to forgive the lack of swatches on my nails and settle for the swatch above. I know it looks a bit brush-strokey, but trust me when I tell you that with a little care, its easy to get a nice finish on your nails, with no brush strokes.  I don’t find the nail polishes last terribly long on me, but its fair to say that could be because of the condition of my nails. There are also polishes in Pink Grapefruit and Bluebell which looks like a gorgeous cornflower blue.

There’s also a High Shine Lip Crayon in shade Pink Petal. I don’t have this one to try but I have a couple of other shades and these pencils are gorgeous, lightly moisturising and a gorgeous shine.

The collection is available now exclusively in Boots and Boots.com.

*Items received free of charge for review purposes.

Ooh! Lovely product alert! No7 have just released two new Shimmer Palettes, just in time for Summer, available in Rose and Caramel. I believe I have Caramel but confusingly it has a Rose label!

So meet the No7 Shimmer Palette in Caramel (but it could be Rose!)*

 

No7 Shimmer Palette The palette itself is a beautiful metallic rose gold, mine doesn’t look it because its reflecting my textured ceiling and light fitting, but its really nice.

Inside are four gorgeous soft, stripes of shimmering colour.

No7  Shimmer Palette (4)The colours swatch beautifully, they are soft and they are indeed shimmery, but happily, glitter free. Below are all four shades swatched separately, followed by a larger swatch on the far right of the shades blended together.

No7 Shimmer Palette

 

This is a beautiful product for Summer and I actually love how this looks on my skin, it’s radiant and glowing. I would also think you could use it on your eyes, picking out the shades you wish to use with a brush, and that makes this a nice versatile purchase too.

Both shades are £13.50 each from Boots and there’s a three for two offer on at the time of writing, so go forth and shop!

*Product received free of charge for review purposes.

It’s a bright sunny morning here in Devon at the moment so it seems a good moment to keep the Spring vibes going and to share with you the Spring offerings from No7.

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Starting with the two nail polishes. There are two shades in the Gel Look Shine formula. Coral Crush and Sweet Lilac. (£7 each)*.

P1160382The colours are beautiful and opaque in one coat, although I would always recommend two coats. Gorgeous Spring shades. I found Coral Crush applied like a dream but Sweet Lilac was a little trickier, having a bit of a tippex type formula, I also didn’t find Sweet Lilac that shiny, but with a careful application and and nice top coat, neither of those things are too much of an issue. Nice Spring colours.

The highlight of the launch is the No7 Mini Eye Palette (£11)*.

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P1160363Although it’s called a mini palette, I wouldn’t say it’s especially mini really! There are eight shades, each shade is taken from one of No7’s other palettes and you can find the details of where each shade is from on the rear. Mine unfortunately turned up with one shade crumbling. It’s a soft shadow though and I’m not overly surprised or concerned. The shades in the palette are all amazing.

P1160369Each shade has some shimmer, the darkest shades have minimal shimmer, it’s more like sparkle, and very little of it and there are a couple of shades that are richer shimmery shades.

The palest shade is my favourite, it’s the best kind of highlight shade. It’s a white shade with the faintest tinge of pink, and no obvious sparkle or shimmer although there is a slight pearl. My descriptions aren’t the best, but trust me, it’s a great highlight shade.

I thought when I opened the palette that I’d experience some fall out on application and that the dark shades might be a bit tricky to blend, but that hasn’t proved to be the case at all. I would definitely recommend this palette if you are looking for a neutral set of eye shadows, and this one works especially well for night or day with a good range of shades and finishes.

My top pick is definitely the Mini Eyeshadow Palette, it’s a great all rounder.

The collection is available now from Boots counters and Boots Online.

*Items received free of charge for review purposes

 

 

 

Me and tans don’t really work, natural or otherwise. The best I can get when it comes to natural tans is a light golden glow, I’m so just pale. When it comes to fake tans I’m a failure. I’ve tried everything and I always streak. Whether I use streak free formulations, exfoliate well, it really doesn’t matter. I suck at tanning!

I do have a couple of products that I use once a year at the Christmas party, namely Guerlain’s Jambes de Gazelle, it’s never flawless and I’m always grateful not to be in a well lit venue!

So when I was sent the new No7 Stay Perfect Instant Tan Lotion, I approached it with trepidation.

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Available in two shades (I have Light/Medium and assume the other is Medium/Dark), this light gel lotion is designed to absorb into your skin leaving a totally streak free sheen. It’s water resistant and transfer resistant for up to 24 hours and it washes off with soap and water.

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The texture is a light, cool gel and it looks alarmingly dark when you squeeze it out of the tube but I have to say I have been amazed. That blob there was far too big for the back of my hand and covered a very big area. And it was impossible to create a streak. I was so amazed when I started to blend it out. I can’t explain it other than to say it was smooth and foolproof.

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Despite the yellow cast to my photographs, the colour was gorgeous and natural, you can see a clear difference on the right hand side of my photograph, so the Light/Medium shade still packs a punch.  It’s also buildable, bearing in mind how much product I used, you could probably go sheerer or heavier. I will try it out on my legs at some point, but thats something I won’t be showing here.

So anyway, from an absolute tanning dunce, I can highly recommend this, especially if you’ve just got a one off occasion you’d like a bit of glow for!

The No7 Stay perfect Instant Tan Lotion retails at £12.50 and is availble from Boots online and in stores now.

*Product Received Free of Charge for Review Purposes

 

As you may know, I’m a trained nail technician, although I don’t really work full time at the moment, but what you might not know though is that I’m a picker, particularly when it comes to my nails and skin around my nails. I was a nail biter for most of my life, managing to stop about eight years ago. Unfortunately I managed to swap one habit for another.

The most popular service I offer is gel polish, and I’ve been wearing it regularly for a couple of years myself. But gel polish and picking do not go well together and I’ve damaged my natural nails quite badly. As such, I’m giving myself a break from the gel and just opting for treatments and/or sheer polish to build up my nails strength again. What can I say? Do as I say, not as I do. Don’t pick!

Anyway, I was delighted to hear about the new No7 Nail Care and Treatments line of products and very grateful to receive a couple of the products to try out, particularly good for me while I’m taking a few months off the gel. I received the No7 Nail Cleanse and Prime* as well as the No7 Ridge Filling Base*.

No7 Nail Care

I’m really pleased to see the Nail Cleanse & Prime product.  As a nail tech, I’ve been using similar products on clients since I qualified. Essentially, this liquid paints on like water, it doesn’t leave a finish on your nails, but what it does do is cleanse the nail plate of oils, priming your nails for your manicure. It’s a fairly important step in the process, as it will really help with the longevity of your manicure. Oils can create a barrier between your nail plate and your polish, meaning it won’t adhere as well as it could.

I was also sent the No7 Ridge Filling Base Coat to try out. While my nails are not traditionally ridged, because of the damage I’ve done to them by peeling off gel, they are uneven and flaky. This base coat covers them all, smooths them and ensures no trace is visible at all.

I topped off both of these with a sheer colour, leaving off the top coat and I’m chip free on day three so far, which is more than I expected with my nails in this state. I’m imagining I’ll get another day or two, and if I’d worn top coat, who knows how much longer my manicure would have lasted.

Both products live on my desk for easy access and will be a must-have for the foreseeable future and I’m especially happy to see the Nail Cleanse & Prime available from a retailer consumers can purchase from (as opposed to Trade Only).

Each product in the range is £8 and also available is the Nail Strength and Glow Treatment to tackle weak nails and encourage growth, as well as a Cuticle Oil, an absolute essential for everyone, to keep nails and skin around your nails in tip top condition.

Good Job No7! The entire range is available here.

*Product received free of charge for review purposes.

Gorgeous collection from No7 for Spring…the very title of the collection, Ballerina Beauty, conjures up ethereal, light, pretty and spring-like colours and that is indeed what No7 Creative Director, Lisa Eldridge has conjured up for us this season.

You need to get your base right for this look and for that you’ll need the No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream (£12.95).

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream

Given my current skin issues I’ve not actually tried this one out yet which is a shame, but I’m currently sticking to things I know from experience won’t cause my skin to flare up. I’m saving this one though for better days in the future.

Once you’ve got your base sorted it’s time to start on the eyes. There are two Stay Perfect Eyeshadow shades in the collection, Innocence and Wheatsheaf (£7 each). I have Wheatsheaf.

Stay Perfect Eyeshadow

A very light wash of colour for me, with just a hint of shimmer. Very pretty it is too. It’s a little washed out by sunlight in the photograph before but the shade is a peachy beige shade, whereas I believe innocent is a white-ish shade.

Then you need to add your liner. In this case the No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eye Liner (£8)

No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eye Liner

 

No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eye Liner

The finest felt pen style liner I think I’ve ever used! I’m still absolutely rubbish at applying it, but it’s very impressive and very black. You can see both of the above in the two pictures below.

Spring With No7 - Ballerina Beauty

 

Spring With No7 - Ballerina Beauty

Then there’s the lashes… Extravagant Lash (£7.50)

Spring With No7 - Ballerina Beauty

Extravagant they are indeed! I have to confess I’ve not put these on yet! I took one out and held it up to my eye and it looked so big and scary I chickened out. I’m not a false lashes kind of girl, I only wear them once a year, but these are very fluttery indeed!

Moving onto the start product in my opinion, the Ballerina Beauty Blush Palette (£12)

Ballerina Beauty Blush Palette

 

Ballerina Beauty Blush Palette

So so pretty! Lovely sturdy compact that screams quality. I find this blush to be very pigmented (I suppose it’s the darkest of the pinks in the fan shape that adds the most colour) and the first time I wore this, I majorly over did it… since then I’ve used less and this is a perfectly pretty pink flush of colour. It’s absolutely gorgeous.  And such a beautiful looking product to own!

Then there’s the lovely Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlilly (£9.50)

Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlilly

 

Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlilly

 

Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlilly

My second favourite thing in the collection.  A beautiful lipstick, a gorgeous shade and a lovely soft shiny (but not glossy) finish, and fully opaque, although it is very easy indeed to apply lightly to get a softer finish. It feels really beautifully moisturising too.

Finally the nails, there are two nail varnishes, Get Wed and Tip Toes (£6 each).

Spring With No7 - Ballerina Beauty

I’ve not yet tried these out, my nails are very short and not in a good enough condition for me to want to photograph for the blog, but both shades are very pretty, lightly shimmering and perfect for the Spring. I don’t find the wear time too great on No7 polishes in general, but I’ll be trying these out as soon as I can with my best base and top coats. I want to wear them!

So there we have it, a beautiful Spring collection from No7, here’s my full face, minus the BB Cream and Lashes!

Spring With No7 - Ballerina Beauty

I know, I look absolutely nothing like a delicate ballerina, but I certainly feel set for Spring!

Anything here take your fancy? I think it’s a really beautiful collection, full of stand alone items that are staples!

Available now from No7 counters and of course www.boots.com

*Disclosure PR Samples*

So I showed you the Boots Optician and No7 videos earlier with make up advice for those who wear glasses and advice on choosing frames and now I’m going to show you a couple of the No7 items used in the videos. Namely the Poppy King Lip Crayons and the Extravagant Volume Mascara.

Poppy King is quite simply legendary in lipstick terms and this isn’t her first collaboration with No7. The Rain Drops Lip Crayons. Loving the packaging!

No7 Poppy King Lip Crayon

There are five lovely shades available, all £11.50 each.

These are sheer, but not too sheer, moisturising and have a sharpener on the end which is really helpful!

No7 Poppy King Lip Crayon

Before using them I was a little worried they might be a bit gloopy like a thick lip gloss because one of them had a sort of pulled bit, that looked like sticky product

No7 Poppy King Lip Crayon

That’s not at all the case though, these are soft, balmy and comfortable but not at all sticky.

The three shades I have are Smiling, Playing and Dancing.

No7 Poppy King Lip Crayon

Smiling

No7 Poppy King Lip Crayon

Playing

No7 Poppy King Lip Crayon

Dancing

No7 Poppy King Lip Crayon

All beautiful wearable colours with a fabulous texture.

The other thing I wanted to show you from No7 is the New Extravagant Volume Mascara which is £12.95.

No7 Extravagant Volume Mascara

Love this mascara. I was just reading reviews while I was trying to find the price for this post and it seems to have a lot of bad reviews saying it’s clumpy and the brush pulls out too much product, that hasn’t been my experience at all. I find it defines my lashes perfectly, absolutely doesn’t clump at all and stays perfect pretty much all day. I wonder if there has been a bad batch produced or something because reviews seem to veer from one extreme to another.

No7 Extravagant Volume Mascara

Love it. Both products highly recommended. Well done No7, I think you’re winning me over!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

At last! I have it! I am of course talking about the much blogged about Fantasy Fire from Max Factor. I’ve been trying to get it for ages to no avail until a week ago when I walked into Boots and a choir of angels sang whilst a beam of light parted the clouds to shine over the Max Factor stand. There it was. I grabbed it. Looking furtively around with my elbows at the ready to tackle other mad nail polish addicts that may try to steal my precious.  Actually there were none and I just went to the till and bought it along with a few other things… which meant I earned myself a No7 £5 voucher. Normally I bin these as I’m not a No7 fan but I decided to inspect the polishes to see if I could find something to go under the Fantasy Fire as I know it’s a sheer one. There were actually several I fancied but it was Violetta that came home with me.

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

No7 Violetta, beautiful colour but I can’t say much else about it because the application was shocking. It had a gluey thick consistency, as I was brushing it onto my nails it seemed to stay stuck to the brush which gave me a very  patchy finish. This is two coats.

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

You’ll see the patches showing through in all the following pictures too anyway.

Now onto the Max Factor Fantasy Fire. Truly a polish worthy of the hype. No more words, just a few pictures, some of which are blurry but still give a good impression of the polish.

Max Factor Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Boots £3.99.

No7 Floral Brights

Gorgeous packaging no?

I’m not a huge No7 fan, I’m sure I might have mentioned it in the past! When I saw the press release for this collection, created by the fabulous Lisa Eldridge, I was initially sucked into the gorgeous packaging and then I spotted the cream blushers and I was won over. Blushers are my weakness. I keep having to blog sale them because I keep buying so many but you know, I can’t resist!

So anyway, I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of items from the collection, the Vital Brightening Eye Palette (£13) and the Vital Brights Cream Blusher in Blooming Pink (£10).

No7 Floral Brights
No7 Floral Brights

Beautifully presented I’m sure you’ll agree and I haven’t swatched heavily, these were all just quick dabs of the products and then transferred onto my hand with no primer.

The Vital Brightening Eye Palette is essentially four neutral shades with a small pop of yellow… which I have to confess I didn’t manage to use in my look. I found the palette gave me a soft natural effect and the finish of each shadow is satiny I think, there is shimmer but it’s not overtly so and certainly not on the eye.

No7 Floral Brights
No7 Floral Brights

It’s soft and gentle but of course you can ramp up the depth of colour with primers and layers, they are blended out a lot on my eye. The yellow is recommended for the inner corner of your eye. It’s very pretty, not something I’m lacking in my collection but if you’re looking for a reasonably priced palette for every day eyes you won’t get prettier than this.

The Vital Brights Cream Blusher in Blooming Pink is gorgeous! It’s buildable but I find it adds a gorgeous natural flush. It unfortunately hasn’t shown up too well in the photographs, but it is there and it’s more obvious in real life, but still a subtle flush, well it is the way I’ve worn it, you can see from the swatch above what’s possible!

No7 Floral Brights
No7 Floral Brights
No7 Floral Brights

It’s super pretty and gorgeous and the cream finish gives it a great blendable finish. I really recommend it. My only thought is that the having pink in the name is deceptive as this is decidedly orange/red/coral toned with the merest hint of pink.

Also in the collection are a fuchsia creme blush, a gorgeous Highlighter and two lipsticks. I think I’ll be popping into Boots to have a look at the highlighter as this is the first time I’ve been really impressed with No7. I love it!

This collection is in stores now, until 6th March and available from http://www.boots.com

What do you think? I think it’s fresh and pretty. What say you?

*Disclosure – PR Samples*