Thursday, 20 March 2014

NEW No7 Spring Make-up Haul and Review

It's spriiiing, yay! And with the pretty flowers, warmer weather and beer gardens comes the new ranges of make-up fit to suit the new season in all it's beautific glory!

No7 have come out with a couple of new products, both in make-up and skincare, and I've done a little review for ya'll! Enjoy!

Products clockwise from left: Beautiful Skin Rapid Spot Rescue, Beautiful Skin Dark Circle Corrector, Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation, Pop & Glow Cream Blush in Rose Blossom, Shade & Define Eyeshadow sticks in Cool Mink and Coffee Bean, Lovely Lashes Mascara

I'll start with the foundation.


Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation is No7's newest foundation addition. Mine is in the shade 'Cool Vanilla'.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I actually like this foundation, though it is VERY light coverage and has quite a dewy finished, especially on my oily skin. It's quite watery, so be careful to let it run out of the container onto your hand and don't squeeze it or you're have a right unholy mess on your hands!
Not one for if you're having a bad skin day, it does cover up general discolouration and is very lightweight. I have a feeling this will be great on holiday, though I'd be careful of the shine it can give! Works in beautifully and has an SPF of 15 which I always like in a foundation. It is best applied with a buffing brush to really work it into the skin. A no make-up, make-up foundation!

On to the new dark circles corrector.

Has a 3-ball applicator which I like a lot. The idea of this product is that it not only covers dark circles immediately but it also lightens them over time if used regularly. The product that comes out looks almost yellow, but once applied and gently patted into the undereye area it doesn't really have a colour. 

Before                                                          After     

I can't say this lightens hugely but it definitely brightens and made me look more awake. It also felt very cooling and lovely and easy to use. Can't comment on whether it actually lightens the under-eye area over time, haven't been using it long enough but I have high hopes... 

Next, the new blush!

I quite like the packaging of this, mostly because of the colours. The new blush comes in only three shades, but boy are they summery! They'll definitely be a hit once the hot weather comes I predict as it comes in a bright, girly pink (like the one I have), a corally orange and a redder pink. It comes in an easy twist up applicator which I think is quite cute and quirky. To apply, I dotted a bit on my cheeks and used my fingers to smudge it out. Despite being such a bright colour, it really was pretty on and will be great for when the hot weather hits us! I can see these being quite a big hit!

Had to put on quite a bit so it would show up in this picture... damn my stupid, rubbish camera and crappy lighting!
Next, I tried the Shade and Define Eyeshadow Pencils.

This came out in a couple of shades over Christmas, but as they were such a big hit No7 brought them out as a permanent range and added some more colours too. I have 'coffee bean' and 'cool mink', two newer shades.

I want to say that I'm not actually a huge cream eyeshadow fan, so I wasn't very excited about these products - but I was pleasantly surprised! They're really easy to use and apply (though I did use an eyeshadow brush to blend them in a bit), and they even have a nifty little sharpener on the end to keep the tip as sharp as you want. They can be used as an eyeliner (though not in the waterline), so I used 'cool mink' as a base and 'coffee bean' as a liner. They're great if you want a quick look and I'm quite impressed! They only downside was that, once on, I felt like my eyelids were a tiny bit sticky... but it was nothing a dusting of translucent powder didn't fix. And these set to stay - very unmovable! All in all a definite win for No7!

Last but not least, the new 'Lovely Lashes' mascara!

This mascara is similar to 'Lash Adapt' by No7, a line I believe they are discontinuing. It has argan oil in to promote lash growth and claims to naturally volumise lashes. I've been using this for a few weeks and I'm still very unsure how I feel about this product! 
Firstly, it has a traditional bristle brush, which I think is OK. Secondly, it is very wet. Which means, if you don't have great patience, you can get it all over the place. I would say this is not a volumising mascara, but at a push it is a lengthening one - if you apply a second coat once the first is applied. It does coat lashes well and evenly, it has good colour and once on you can barely feel it, which is a nice, natural feeling. It is definitely a day time mascara and I can't see people wearing it for nights out! In the summer this will be nice for that no make-up make-up look, but I would be wary if you were going near water - it's not waterproof. I reckon this would be great for someone with sensitive eyes or someone who wants to take care of their lashes. I can also see the elderly liking this as it's lightweight, comfy, moisturising and easy to take off. 
I think I have to be in the mood to wear this mascara. It will never, ever clump and I kind of like that... sometimes I love how light and pretty looking it is... other times, I think it's far too natural! But I will be keeping it close by come holiday season, when I want to slick something on quickly and run! I can't think of any other mascaras like it on the market at the moment which I think is a good thing - though whether it will last, who knows!

'Lovely Lashes' mascara
So there you have it! New Spring items from No7... what do you think?


Monday, 20 January 2014

The best fake tan I've EVER used! 'L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir' Review

I am naturally veeeeery pale... a natural redhead with Scottish heritage, I'm bound to be! Sometimes (particularly in the summer) I like to have a little more bronze to my white skin, and since I've booked a holiday for the end of June I've been on a mission to find my perfect tan! Usually I really struggle to find ones that fit my bill - here's my list of needs from a tanner:

1. Nice/no smell. You know, so you don't wake up in the middle of the night choking on the smell of your own skin.

2. Dries quickly. I can't be bothered to stand around for ages in the nuddy waiting for it to dry!

3. Not patchy. Bit obvious really, it's not a good look on anyone.

4. Not orange! This one is sooo hard, everything looks orange on me, I want bronze not tangerine!

5. Easy to apply. Because I'm lazy like that.

Quite a long list, now I look back on it... no wonder I've been struggling!


That's right my beautiful bronzed buddies, I have stumbled across what is possibly my favourite self tan for pale people! The search is over yippeeee!

I actually literally did stumble upon this at work. I noticed it on the new summer shelf and didn't recognise the packaging, so I had a little read and got really excited when phrases such as 'lasts 2 weeks' and 'can be used on the face' jumped out at me. As I'm in the market for the perfect tanner (who isn't) I figured I'd give it a go... and it is SO. DAMN. GOOD. 

It's called 'L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir' and is brand spanking new.  The texture is like an elixir, meaning it's kind of watery, which means it dries and bonds to the skin in minutes. I was so impressed - there was no stickiness or residue afterwards! It made doing my entire body (including face) easy peasy and quick to do. The only thing I struggled with was my hands... you can't use bare hands to apply this, it's too watery and will bond to your hands too quickly for you to be able to wash the tan off. I used gloves to apply it. Usually I take the excess tan over the backs to give them a slight colour, but this absorbed too fast to do that so I ended up rubbing a bit blobbed on the back of my hands together. I went to bed dreaming of glowy, pretty skin and realised there is next to no scent once this is on - another bonus! The next morning, I got ready and dashed to work. The bottle says to apply a coat to your skin for 3 consecutive days for it to last 2 weeks, but I noticed a definitive colour straight away. I got slight patching on my arms (my own fault for not rubbing it in properly) but my face, chest and back look amazing and so natural! I put another coat on my face and neck that night and got 4 separate people tell me I had a beautiful glow today, and I even had a customer buy the product after asking what it was I'd used! I have never had such positive results from tanning before - I call that a result!

Before (please ignore my bruises haha)

After one layer

I have yet to apply 3 coats; I already look quite tanned from the one but I'm excited to see how dark it can go whilst staying natural. And I don't know how it's going to wear off yet, but even if it goes a bit patchy I'm still so impressed with this tan, it's a winner for me!


Wednesday, 8 January 2014

YSL Lipstick Review

So me and my best friend Hannah went into Derby yesterday and, while we were there, decided to have a little browse around the make-up counters in the Westfields Boots. The Boots has just had a major revamp so has loads of new counters since I was there. Having never had the chance to browse a YSL counter, we naturally gravitated towards the lipsticks and had a little look. My friend picked out a nude, I glanced over... And it was love at first sight!

Now it's not very often I make incredibly impulsive buys; ill usually look at something, mull it over, have a good think etc. But this lipstick is just BEAUTIFUL!

Firstly, the packaging. Like all premium lipsticks, this came in it's own little golden box. The lipstick I have is called 'Rouge Volupte' in 'Nude Beige'. Pretty unimaginative name, but it's more than made up for once the box is opened.

It's probably one of the prettiest bullets I've seen - this coming from a girl who isn't a huge fan of gold. I really love the coloured band around the middle, which perfectly replicates the colour of the actual lipstick. It's definitely on par with the Tom Ford lipsticks with regard to packaging and general feel - very pretty and classy! It also has a very nice weighty feel to it.

The lipstick itself is (and I can't believe I'm going to say this!) the best feeling lipstick I've ever tried on. I can't compare it to  anything else I've ever tried; it's silky and soft and smooth, but later almost 'sets' and stays on the lips. It's weightless, isn't cakey or chalky, feels moisturising but not gloopy or sticky. It's possibly even nicer than Tom Ford, and that's saying something! I can't comment on the smell just yet as I have a cold and a blocked nose, but I'm hoping it smells just as good as the faint vanillary scent you get with Tom Ford lippies. I'll have to wait and see when I'm better! 

The staying power is fab, the colour is gorgeous and the bullet beautiful. I know for a fact it is one of my favourite lipsticks already, and I've only worn it once! At a cost of around £24, it ain't cheap; but if you have some spare Christmas money or an upcoming birthday and want a product that makes you feel and look good, this is the one for you! 

Meli xxx