At a recent beauty consultation, I was asked about my skincare regime for my face. I’ll admit now, I looked blank. My what?! I’m useless when it comes to taking care of my skin. I remove my make-up religiously every night. I give my skin a break from make-up every weekend. I exfoliate in the shower as and when my face feels like it needs it. But otherwise, I do very little.
So when two different people at two different brand stands told me they could tell I did nothing and that my skin was very dehydrated, I knew it was time to do something about it. Particularly with my wedding day just over six months away.
I was recommended Hydraluron moisture boost as an addition to use BEFORE moisturiser. Which I was also recommend to start using. I’m not sure about the science (as I don’t really understand it) but essentially, the pure hydraluronic acid which holds up to 1,000 its weight in water and therefore, I am told, means that it helps to soak up every last bit of moisture from your face cream and hold on to it.
They also do a moisturising jelly which can be used after the boost but with a load of face creams to use up (that have been used a little and then discarded due to laziness) I am using these until they are all gone – I think I do literally have enough to see me through to the wedding!
I had a quick search online – checking out any and every blog post that was written about this product! There was certainly a lot of hype. I’m not normally one to be taken in by any of that but with my wedding day fast approaching I figured I’d give anything a try!!
I’ll be honest, my skin rarely feels that dry to me. But I have noticed an improvement in the way my make-up goes on and sits as well as a general “glow”. Who’d have thought it?!
The product itself is pretty unassuming, a gel that has no colour and no smell and feels like nothing on your skin really. But that is the key here, it is absorbed almost immediately (or maybe it’s my poor dehydrated skin!) and doesn’t overpower with any scent that might then conflict with anything else you might be putting on your face. The packaging too is simple – I do like the plain white with the pop of pink at the opening!
How to you hydrate your skin?
Red lipstick is like the Little Black Dress of make-up. It is always in style. And you never look under- or over-dressed in an LBD, or red lipstick.
But finding the right red lipstick can feel like a minefield. The first time you put red lipstick on it can be quite a shock.
Red lipstick is a statement.
There are lots of tips and tricks on websites and blogs for finding your perfect red lipstick but I think the best advice I received from Rachael, No7 Business Manager, recently was:
“have fun and play around with some different shades”
I’ve tried plenty of “true” reds, the pillarbox shades, but have never felt very sure or happy with the results.
Rachael suggested that I try something a little more orangey as a way to “break-in” to reds. She suggested No7’s Flame shade (above), or even Hot Paprika. Turns out she was right! I tried both and loved Flame. More of a coral in some senses but with definite red undertones, I now have a red in my make-up bag that I will wear and be happy wearing!
I asked two of my favourite bloggers who wear red lipstick well what their top tips are:
Amanda, aka The Online Stylist, told me:
“Exfoliate, apply balm and then apply MAC Lady Danger. Blot and repeat”
Laura, of Wearing It Today and new must-read site Wardrobe Icons, advises:
“opt for “orange-reds” rather than “blue-reds” which are much more modern”
I’ve been wearing my new No7 Moisture Drench lippy in Flame ever since I bought it last week and I have had so many lovely comments about it.
Do you wear red lipstick? What are your top tips for finding the perfect red lipstick? Or are you still looking for the right red?
Want a Christmas inspired mani? How about a bit of glitter on your nails? Boots SEVENTEEN have launched their glitter top coats and a special edition sequin top coat too, just in time for the festive season!
With green glitter, silver, gold and mixed, your nails will be shimmering their way to the office party!
I’m planning on layering the sequin top coat over my dark navys and purples that I’m wearing this time of year.
How will you ensure your nails are party season ready?
Christmas is coming! Had you heard?!
It is my most favourite time of the year. I love the build up to the big day and feel like a little kid in the month or two before Christmas as the festive season really takes.
Last Thursday I was invited to kick off the Christmas season with Crabtree & Evelyn with their Cracker Spectacular at their Regent Street store.
We were invited for breakfast, cracker scratch cards and Christmas gifts galore!
Crabtree & Evelyn have a fantastic festival collection this season, including musical top tins filled with their famous hand creams, sweet treats and scrummy scented candles:
- Big Top Twelve Hand Therapy Musical Tin
- Chocolate Fudge Festive Bauble
- Hollyberry Large Poured Candle
- Noel 3 Wick Poured Candle
- Spiced Fudge Musical Tin
I was lucky enough to get a few goodies myself and I thought that in celebration of the upcoming Christmas season, I would share the joy with you! Head over to the Sugar & Spice Facebook page and tell me what your favourite thing about this time of year is and you could win a tin of three limited edition seasonal hand creams in floral Iced Rose, spicy Spiced Ginger and citrus Frosted Fruits.
If you’d like to get your hands on one of the Christmas crackers (above), you’re in luck! To celebrate their Seasonal Spectacular Christmas campaign, Crabtree & Evelyn have fifty Christmas crackers per store up for grabs, each containing a unique gift-with-purchase offer that can be redeemed in-store on the day with any purchase of £5 or more. To receive a cracker (while stocks last) all you need to do is visit a Crabtree & Evelyn store and recite the code word “CRACKER SPECTAULAR”!
T&Cs: This festive giveaway will close at midnight on Sunday 23 November 2014 and is open to UK readers only.
Anyone who follows us on Twitter or Instagram (if you don’t, you can @sugarandspiceSG) will know we took a trip to London last week for a few press events and meetings.
Thought we’d share our Instagrammed day out with you:
The day started Christmassy with a stop at Starbucks for one of their famous red cups!
Then it was off to Crabtree & Evelyn on Regent Street for their #CrackerSpectacular launch event! (Lots more on this in a post later.)
Things got a little more spring-like at the Next SS15 press day. Totally fell for this lush lilac leather jacket (want, want, WANT!!!!):
The biscuit version of the jacket was pretty tasty too!
Talking of sugary goodies – this clutch is pretty sweet! This Drumstick clutch bag might just have been the most Instagrammed item from the Next SS15 press day – totally getting this the minute it is released – we’ll keep you updated on release dates as soon as we know them:
A quick break over milkshakes and papers – as well as catch ups with friends who we only see every once or twice a year!
Metallic shoes were everywhere at the press day – we predict a trend for Spring Summer 2015:
Totally agree with this – anything else is just wrong!!
Then it was off for lunch with my super stylish sister – with a stop for a little retail therapy on route. Check out these uber cool earrings from & Other Stories:
Later in the afternoon I joined two of the girls from Boots No7 make-up and talked beauty and ate cake for a few hours – bliss!
Before heading home to the ‘shire, we spotted the limited edition Libery London beauty advent calendar that launched on the day:
How do you like to spend your days off work?
A peek inside my make-up bag reveals an obsession with one particular brand! I’ve been using No7 Make-up since my late teens. I started on SEVENTEEN and quickly graduated to No7. For fun, affordable additions to my make-up bag, I still turn to SEVENTEEN (see next week’s post for some great seasonal additions!). But for the foundations of my make-up look, No7 provides guaranteed quality every time. These are a few of my favourite No7 products that are must-haves for any make-up bag:
- No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in Mink – this offers a good neutral base, whether you build up with a darker shade or wear alone.
- No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream – in the summer I rarely wear more than a quick sweep of bronzer but in the winter, I turn to tinted moisturiser or BB cream to care for my skin whilst also offering some light coverage.
- No7 Extreme Length Mascara – I have so many different No7 mascaras on the go. This one has a thin brush which allows good definition. If I want lots of volume, I combine with No7 Lash Impact Mascara which has a much chunkier brush for adding length.
- No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer – the under eye concealer is a godsend for early mornings, after late nights!
- No7 Natural Blush Tint Powder – this is a lovely bright pink which adds a healthy glow!
- No7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhancer – I never used to use a primer but about a year ago I was sent the Airbrush Away primer and was sold. It really does create a great base to start from. This enhancer, leaves skin feeling silky.
Do you have a go-to brand for your make-up or do you prefer to mix and match?
Have you got a No7 voucher lying at the bottom of your purse? Don’t let it get to Sunday without spending it. They offer such great value for many of their cult products.
I have to admit to being something of a No7 addict. My make-up bag is filled with No7 products – as well as my dressing table. So I thought I’d share my top buys from No7 to spend your voucher on:
I have a serious addiction to No7 mascaras. I think I’ve tried them all. Regular readers will have seen reviews of many of them on here. Right now I’m using the Extreme Length and Lash Impact mascaras in rotation.
No7’s nail polishes offer great value for a really high quality product. With more than 50 colours to choose from, you’re sure to find one that you love – or more! The No7 polishes last well too and are quick drying. I love the blood red of Tempest (centre polish) – especially for Halloween! I’m also loving their Nail Effects right now, like the Matte Top Coat and Glitter Effects.
No7 primers are some of the best I’ve tried, including the Airbrush Away and Stay Perfect. Right now I’m using the Brilliantly Bare primer which is super lightweight, blends in seamlessly, smooths away imperfections and gives a naturally flawless base for your make-up.
I have just discovered No7’s Brush Cleanser and it is a revelation! Be sure to check back soon for a full review but suffice to say my make-up brushes are now squeaky clean!
Speaking of which, No7’s make-up brushes are another must-buy. Totally purse friendly (particularly with the voucher) and long-lasting. They have so many, for every eventuality. I use mine everyday and have had them for years and they are still looking great.
Plus, all No7 make-up is on buy one, get on half price right now – so you can save even more!
What do you spend your No7 vouchers on? Any hot pick from the collection that you just can’t live without?
*Remember the No7 Beauty Advent Calendar is out today!