[BEAUTY BYTES] Boots No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Kit

No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Kit

I’ve read time and again that if you’re a glasses wearer, brows should definitely be a part of your make up routine. I’ve never really bothered with my brows. They are thin and almost non-existent in places, after too much plucking as a teenager! So when No7 offered to send me their new No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Kit, I decided it was time I tried out the advice.

No7 Eyebrow Kit

The Brow Kit includes two brushes, a double ended slanted brush and a mascara wand. It features a brow gel, a highlighter and two shades of powder for filling in your brows. It’s so easy to use. This diagram via the No7 Facebook page shows you exactly what goes where:

no7 brows on facebook

You know what? It works! Filling in my thinning brows really does help to define my make-up look. I don’t use much at all, as I don’t want to suddenly have very dark brows but it works to frame my eyes and makes me look made up, without too much actual make-up.

Boots No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Kit

Do you fill your brows? Which product do you use?

[BEAUTY BYTES] Short Hair Products

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Create A Curl Scrunching Jelly

I had my long locks chopped off a couple of weeks ago. After growing my hair for the past couple of years in anticipation of my wedding, I was in need of a change. The long bob has been having a moment for the past 12-18 months and so I decided to join the bob gang!

Styling short hair requires more effort than long hair. Long hair can easily be pulled up if necessary but short hair doesn’t afford this luxury. So I thought I would share the products I’m using on my short hair right now.

VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray

After washing my hair I run my Denman Professional Comb for Grooming (D22) through to remove any knots and to smooth. What I use next depends on how I’m styling my hair.

TRESemmé Perfectly Undone Waves Creating Foam 150ml

If I’m leaving my hair to dry naturally, I’ll scrunch through Umberto Giannini’s Curl Friends Create A Curl Scrunching Jelly. I’ve been using this jelly for years. It does have a tendency to go a little crunchy as the hair dries but if you have a play it quickly disappears. It’s really important to use this jelly when the hair is wet, as it can make it really greasy if you use it on dry hair.

If I’m planning on rough drying my hair and curling it with my straighteners, I’ll use TRESemmé’s Perfectly Undone Waves Creating Foam. This is a nice light mousse which enhances curls without adding weight to the hair. I have also used this for second day waves/curls, to rejuvenate them after a night of sleeping on them!

If I’ve straightened my hair, VO5’s Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray is a great pick-me-up for the second day. It works a bit like a dry shampoo – without the grey – and helps to give hair a bit of volume.

Do you have short hair? How do you style it? Any products you swear by?

[BEAUTY BYTES] St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion

st tropez shower and glow

St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion is currently helping to prolong my honeymoon tan. I love it. So in a quick beauty byte, I thought I’d tell you the 3 reasons I love St. Tropez’s 3 minute tan:

  1. It’s quick and easy. 3 minutes is all this tan needs to work. Simply shower, turn off the water and, whilst still wet, apply the fake tan. Wait 3 minutes and wash it off. If you want to maximise those 3 minutes – grab yourself a hair mask and leave that to work its magic as you tan!
  2. It’s no mess. The fact that you apply this tan in the shower means it doesn’t go everywhere. And because you wash it off, there’s no stickiness and virtually no smell. Just remember to wash your hands.
  3. It’s so natural. This is a gradual tan and so it builds up over 3-4 applications. It might not be noticeable for the first couple of goes, but persevere as it will start to show and the results will be a beautifully natural tan.

If you want to try this tan, InStyle magazine is giving away a sample size tube of the In Shower Gradual Tan right now. If you want to tan your face, St. Tropez recommend their St.Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Face.

Have you tried the St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan?

[BEAUTY BYTES] No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Sun Protection

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED BB Facial Sun Protection

My husband* and I have just spent two and a half weeks exploring the Amalfi coast and island hopping through the Bay of Naples on our honeymoon.

The weather, needless to say, was hot, hot hot!! With my pale English complexion, it’s important for me to protect my sun from the sun.

No7 sent me a couple of products from their Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Sun Protection collection to try out while I was away.

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Anti-Ageing Sun Protection Spray SPF 30

The No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Anti-Ageing Sun Protection Spray is a fairly light formula which absorbs quickly without being too sticky. It is also quite moisturising which is great on holiday as you just need to use the one lotion when you’re on holiday which means less to pack and less time spent getting ready to get out in the sun!

The No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED BB Facial Sun Protection is unlike any other sun screens I’ve used before. While giving powerful triple protection against sunburn, it also offers the added bonus of a healthy, tinted complexion.

The No7 Protect & Perfect Intense BB Facial Sun Protection contains a skin brightening complex to help improve skin tone and colour whilst helping to prevent dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. It also works to help restore more youthful skin.

For holiday I was less keen on the facial protection as I don’t really like to wear make up when I’m in a hot climate. But for back in the UK, I’ve been swapping my foundation for work days and using this instead. If you can’t live without make up, at home or abroad, this is a great option to ensure you’re protected but also have coverage too.

If you’re heading off on your holidays soon and are looking for a package that does everything, this No7 Suncare Bundle is an absolute bargain – it contains the Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Anti-ageing Sun Protection Spray reviewed above, as well as the Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Facial Sun Protection, the No7 Facial Recovery Aftersun and the No7 Hair Spritz.

*still getting used to writing “my husband” but I love it!

[BREAKING BEAUTY NEWS] Beauty Industry first claim from No7

No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum

Last year we reported on the latest launch from Boots No7. The new No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum was clinically proven to produce even better anti-ageing results than the original.

A year on, No7 are excited to reveal that their No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum is the UK’s first serum clinically proven to deliver anti-wrinkle results that get even better over time.

In a 12 month trial, Boots skincare scientists discovered the serum delivers ground-breaking performance with results that get better over time. Something that has not been proved to the UK’s advertising advisors before.

Encouraged by the exceptional results after 6 months product use, Boots skincare scientists decided to continue the trial to 12 months, driven by the fact they wanted to see how long the results would continue to get better. Knowing that if they could prove these cumulative results, it would be a genuine beauty and UK first. Now, No7 can make the proven claim that they have:

“The UK’s first serum clinically proven to deliver anti-wrinkle results that get even better over time”

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum is available for the really affordable price of £24.95 in Boots stores nationwide and at www.boots.com/No7.

Have you tried this serum yet?


This week we’re talking nails. Wedding manicures to be precise. A French manicure is probably the most traditional choice for brides. But anyone who has been reading this blog has probably realised that I’m not necessarily going for the traditional bridal look.

I’m also not hugely keen on other people painting my nails after a few dodgy experiences. I have been planning for my bridesmaids and me to have manis or pedis the afternoon before the wedding as a bit of girly pampering but will be going for a pedi myself.

On my nails, I had been planning to wear gold glitter polish after reading that Alex at The Frugality did on her wedding day. Alex’s reasons for wearing glitter polish on her wedding day are exactly why it seemed such a good idea – glitter polish lasts well as chips aren’t so noticeable and gold is part of our extended colour scheme! Then I spotted this look over on the Bridal Fashion Week catwalks and fell in love:

bridal nails by Essie

I’m now planning to have a trial of something like this – I’ll report back!

If you’re keen to try this look but at a more frugal price, Boots No7 are currently offering £3 off vouchers and have a few polishes you could try out – try layering their pink glitter (Daisy Darling) and gold glitter (Sun Rays) over a sheer neutral shade, like Practically Perfect or Pink Meringue.

How did you – or would you wear – your nails for your wedding day?

[BEAUTY] NEW No7 Early Defence Skincare #SlowMoYourSkin

no7 early defence skin care

Boots No7 is launching its latest innovative skincare range: No7 Early Defence Skincare. The brand new skincare range is specially designed to keep young skin looking younger for longer.

With my wedding just 66 days away (!!!), I have been upping my beauty regime and committing to looking after my skin.

no7 early defence skincare

The experts at No7 have realised that many women in their late 20s and early 30s are putting their health and wellbeing at the forefront of the beauty agenda. Looking after their mind and body has never been more important, however anti-ageing is not yet a concern for many of these young women.

Committed to developing the best skincare solutions to fulfil women’s needs whatever their age, the experts at No7 have developed their newest skincare solution designed specifically to fit the needs of 20-35 year old women: NEW No7 Early Defence Skincare.

NEW No7 Early Defence Skincare (consisting of Day, Night and Eye Creams) works as a ‘stepping stone’ to help in the transition from everyday skincare to proactively delaying the signs of ageing.

The range offers No7’s new and most effective patent pending daily protection technology, ‘Double Defence’ that, in combination with No7’s unbeatable 5* UVA technology, gives skin advanced daily protection from the sun and environmental stress to help it look younger for longer.

I’ve been trying out the new collection for the past week and am totally sold already. My skin is looking brighter and smoother than it has for a long time.

no7 early defence

The No7 Early Defence Day Cream (£19.50) is a super-light moisturiser with 5* UVA protection and SPF15 which gives advanced daily protection. The smell of both creams is light and with a hint of citrus fruits – perfect for the summer. I usually find day creams too heavy when I’m wearing make up too and although this cream looks and feels quite heavy initially, it sinks into the skin really quickly and doesn’t leave any residue.

The No7 Early Defence Night Cream (£19.50) is a luxurious feeling hydrating cream that absorbs quickly for a boost of care that continues while you sleep. This cream also protects from daily damage that continues and helps your skin to recover. This has a similar scent and is divine. The night cream actually feel slightly lighter than the day cream which is unusual. As with the day cream, the night cream absorbs quickly and I wake up with my skin feeling smooth and not as all greasy or sticky.

The No7 Early Defence Eye Cream (£13.50) is especially designed for the delicate areas around your eyes, enriched with Vitamin C to help reduce puffiness and dark circles, for brighter more beautiful eyes. This is a light cream with no real scent. It aborbs quickly and actually, without really realising it, I have managed to not use my No7 Radiance Concealer on the under-eye area as much as usual this past weekend (despite a late night and a little alcohol consumption at my friend’s wedding!) – so it must be doing something!

The science part – patent pending Double Defence technology contains:

  • Ginseng and Mulberry, rich in polyphenols which are effective against superoxides produced in skin when exposed to sunlight or pollution.
  • Vitamin C, effective against ozone, which is formed from ultraviolet light and atmospheric electrical discharges.
  • Lipochroman and Vitamin E which are effective against singlet oxygen, an incredibly damaging free radical produced by UVA exposure.
  • Rice peptides and Alfalfa, which are effective inhibitors of age-accelerating enzymes (MMPs) in the skin. These enzymes are produced in the skin to help it remodel and repair after damage. They degrade breakdown fragments, playing the role of housekeepers and allowing proper repair to follow. In ageing, however, these enzymes become hyperactive breaking down healthy skin components such as collagen.

The No7 Early Defence Day Cream (£19.50 for 50ml), No7 Early Defence Night Cream (£19.50 for 50ml) and No7 Early Defence Eye Cream (£13.50 for 15ml) will be exclusively available at Boots stores across the UK and at boots.com from tomorrow (Wednesday 15 April 2015).

No7 Early Defence Day, Night and Eye Creams will replace the current No7 Protect and Perfect Day, Night and Eye Creams, whilst No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED Serums will still be available to be used in combination with the new skin care range.