Saturday, 14 September 2013

No7 Haul & Review

Ok, so I know it's been a while since I last did a post, but hopefully this juicy little review on these No7 products I bought recently will make you forgive me!


Clockwise from top left: No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator; No7 Beautiful Skin Deep Pore Purifier; No7 Beautiful Skin Pore Vacuum Mask; No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Grace; No7 Sheer Temptation Lipstick in Shy Pink; No7 Anti-Aging Shimmerinh Lip & Eye Screen (30SPF)

First, the lip products. I've always been a fan of the Stay Perfect lipsticks at No7, fab if you love a good matte lip that isn't too dry. This Autumn, vampy, femme fatale make-up is in (YAY, one of my personal faves) so I picked up a Grace lipstick in preparation. 




I was too excited to try it on so whacked it on as soon as I had the receipt (with the No7 Caramel lip liner to gives my lips a more defined shape) and I LOVED it! It would probably look better with a smokey eye and a more defined cheek, but still a fab colour especially for this Autumn!

No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in 'Grace'

Close-up

Ok, on to my Sheer Temptation lipstick in 'Shy Pink'.




This one, as the name suggests, is more like a gloss than a proper full-on lippy so perfect for those who hate anything too pigmented. Very hassle free and low maintenance, I like to put a slick of this on when I'm in a rush as it gives a really pretty, pearly, pretty look to my lips. 



The lip sheen with an SPF of 30 looks quite similar on to the Sheer Temptation lipstick except it's obviously a lot more holiday friendly and a shade lighter with less pink to it! I seriously love them both as my lips are naturally quite pink and this tones them down to a nice nude with a hint of shimmer. Neither of these lip products picture half as nicely as they look on in real life, which is why I haven't added some here - go into your local Boots and try them on yourself, see what I mean!

I was excited to get my skin products home as I've been struggling with my oily skin recently, particularly on the nose and forehead. Firstly, the Deep Pore Purifier. 


No make-up ahhhh sorry folks, avert your eyes! (I have some of the lip sheen on here - can you see it?! Looks better in real life, trust me!)
The Deep Pure Purifier has a fancy pants attachment to help apply the product:


I really like this application method as it's easier to control how much product you use, and the applicator is fab for gently working around the nose and chin areas. 

Gently massaging it into the nose

It really feels like it's getting the product deeply into the skin, and it's easy to clean afterwards. I think this product is really promising though I'll obviously have to try it for a little longer to see if it shrinks my pores any, however I'd say from the first use my nose feels really soft and feels very clean! Thumbs up from me!

On to the Pore Vacuum Mask!




Ok so you treat this like a regular mask, except focus it on oily areas/areas with big pores etc. Very similar to nose/chin strips, except in liquid form!

Well, I say liquid. It's got clay in it, so maybe that'll help you to picture how thick and sticky it is!

"Haha it looks like poo", my lovely, mature friend told me...
It's also green. Not very attractive, as you can see!

Dries surprisingly fast, which I was impressed with - normally with peel off masks I have to walk about for ages, prodding my cheeks to check for when it's set!

This is not beautiful to take off, in fact it's a down right pain in the butt (but also a bit satisfying...) Basically some of it peels off as it should, and other bits are a bit of a hassle and stick to your face. I can't stress how unattractive it is to be sat there picking bits of green gunk off your face as I was after applying this, so save this for a girls night in rather than when your boyfriends around, ok?!

Having said that, I quite liked it! As I said before, it reminds me of pore strips but in liquid form which I like because you can control how much you use and where you put it. My face did feel clean after, though whether it helps to shrink pores only time will tell!

Last but not least, my Body Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator. 






I was looking forward to using this because I've heard great things about micro-dermabrasion and haven't used anything like it before. I have keratosis pilaris (KP) on my upper arms (it's like small bumps, realllly annoying and look red when I'm cold) and was hoping this would improve the appearance and feel of them. 

This looks like a regular white exfoliator except the beads are teeny tiny, you almost can't feel them (finer than sand!) I worked it in circular motions on to my upper arms for around a minute whilst in the shower, then washed it off with the warm water. It's not uncomfortable to use at all, in fact I've had grainier exfoliators in the past and was expecting something a lot harsher for all the warnings it puts on the box and instructions. Afterwards... well, I actually can't notice an immediate difference which I'm HUGELY disappointed about, especially after reading other peoples reviews for it! I'm hoping because it's the first use it will get better after a couple more tries. Next time I shower I'll try it on another area of skin to see if I can feel a difference there. 

This product is supposed to be good for anti-ageing, getting rid of sun spots, discolouration and bumps, and you're supposed to wear an SPF after using it. Only to be used twice a week, so it may take a bit of time before vast improvement becomes noticeable, but I remain optimistic and have a good feeling about this product!

Anyway, hope you found this useful/interesting! What do you guys think of the No7 products? 

Meli xxx