No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation REVIEW

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

I think I've done it. I think I've found the perfect foundation for the Spring/Summer months. After being a devotee to No7's Beautifully Matte foundation, I decided to try their latest offering, the No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation, when it hit stores a couple of months ago and I'm so glad I did.

It's probably one of the sheerest foundations I've ever tried and it's also incredibly liquid hence why I feel this is better suited to the summer months. I would definitely say this is a day foundation, as it's a little light for anything fancy in the evening. It gives a nice medium coverage that leaves your skin lovely and dewy, but not oily looking. It's also build-able so if you are looking for a little extra coverage you can layer it up nearer your areas of concern.

A few tips of application:

1. I've found this works better with a sponge. It just doesn't work as good when you use a brush. Even better, try using a slightly damp sponge. I've been using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which is hands down, one of the best makeup sponges I've come across so far.

2. You want to 'pat' it onto the skin. Almost press it in, mainly around the areas that you need it (which for most people is around the T-zone and under the eyes).

3. It's got some sort of shaker in there to ensure it's very mixed so make sure you give it a good old shake before you dispense it.

In terms of longevity I've found this to last a good six or so hours before you would need to touch up some areas, which for me is around my nose area.

I chose the same shade as I am in all No7 foundations, Cool Vanilla, which is perfect for my colouring. I'd highly suggest that if you want to buy that you have your skin tone reading done by the No7 foundation matcher to ensure you get the exact shade for your skin.

The No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation costs £14.50, but it's probably best waiting until they have an offer or the No7 vouchers available.

Have you tried any of the No7 foundations? Will you be switching up to a lighter formula for summer? Let me know by leaving a comment below. 

Aesop Exfoliation

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Continuing on the recent Aesop obsession, today I've got reviews of two of their exfoliators - the Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Exfoliant and the Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste. Both products have been regulars in my skincare routine recently and have only added fuel to the fire when it comes to my urge to try more from the Aesop range. Before I review them though, a few notes on exfoliation:

1. Both of the scrubs below contain small grains and particles. I heartily advise you avoid them if you have acne, acne-prone and sensitive skin. The grains can hugely irritate the aforementioned skin conditions and types so its probably better to get your exfoliation from chemical exfoliants instead - think AHA/BHA's etc.

2. For everyone else a manual scrub can be a great addition to your skincare routine when used in moderation. Just don't be zealous with your 'scrubbing'. Let the grains do the work, not your fingers.

3. With exfoliation it's absolutely imperative that you hydrate your skin afterwards to ensure that your fresh new skin cells get the moisture they need.

Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Exfoliant - I love the custom approach to this product. It's essentially a 'powder' of clay, ground tea leaves and finely crushed nut shells that you can add to your current cleanser to give it an exfoliating boost. This means that you can control how exfoliating you'd like it to be. Simply dampen your hands then mix the desired amount into your cleanser into your palm before using small, circular motions over your face and neck. You can also use this on your lips to slough them of dead skin cells. For those wanting a natural alternative to the scrubs available on the market, the Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Exfoliant is just the ticket.

Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste - Using a sophisticated mix of both manual and chemical exfoliators this paste from Aesop really does leave you with incredibly soft skin. The smell is incredibly spa-like due to the lavender, primrose, chamomile and rosemary oils and the finely ground river bed quartz does a great job of exfoliating dead skin cells off the surface of the skin. Again, you use it in a similar way by dampening your hands then gently rolling it over the skin in circular motions before rinsing it off. The addition of lactic acid to this exfoliator does give it an extra boost over the tea tree exfoliant, but if you use chemical exfoliators elsewhere in your routine it shouldn't make too much of a difference.

I think if I were to repurchase one of the above again it would definitely be the Tea Tree Leaf Exfoliant as I just love how customisable it is. The Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste retails for £35.00 and the Aesop Tea Tree Exfoliant retails for £27.00, both can be picked up in an Aesop store or online.

10 Happy Things

Monday, 14 April 2014

1. Watching the runners in the London Marathon. A group of us when down to watch and I have to say it was incredibly inspiring, especially when we saw people in fancy dress!

2. Changing up my laptop background with one of techlovedesign's backgrounds.

3. Booking accommodation for our Summer holiday. We're going to Sorrento and have booked the cutest working farm to stay. The owner offers cooking lessons with the produce from the farm and the sea view rooms we've booked looked incredible. I cannot wait to start planning some Holiday posts.

4. Switching my usual coat for my trench coat. Apart form the odd shower here and there, the weather in London has been lovely and mild recently. It's so nice to wake up to sunlight bursting through the window.

5. Really getting into Pinterest again. Sitting in bed at night with my iPad and having a good scroll of Pinterest has been bliss recently. You can find my boards HERE, but do let me know yours below so I can follow you.

6. Discovering the Nike running app. I've used MapMyRun since I started running in October, but recently gave the Nike running app a go. It's a lot more sophisticated and lets you know whilst you're running if you're beating a personal best. I'd recommend giving it a go if you're into your running as its totally free.

7. Seeing Joe's Grandma & Grandad looking so happy at their 60th Wedding Anniversary last weekend. There are some pictures on my instagram if you'd like to have a look.

8. Nubar 'Barbara' on my nails. It's such a classic red shade that I've not dug out for a while.

9. I know I say this all the time but I am so thankful that I live in Greenwich and that my house is on the edge of the park. I can't wait to start eating al fresco in the summer.

10. Three words. Cinnamon. Swirl. Pancakes. Recipe here.