Sunday, 20 November 2016

November 2017 Beauty Haul

The other day I went into Superdrug to get some headache tablets as having spent half the night up with my coughing 8 year old, my head was banging and I needed some assistance in making it stop.  So after my school run I took myself into town in the rain (which did not help my mood) and the plan was to pop into Superdrug, get the tablets, whizz into Sainsbury's to buy teabags, milk and bread and go home.

So that's what happened.  Well, almost. 

In fact what transpired was a 40 minute stroll round Superdrug after picking up said medication and I ended up buying so much that I had to buy a carrier bag (don't get me wrong I don't mind paying 5p) as it wouldn't fit in my handbag. 

Here's the haul.

Revlon HD Lip Color (Seduction)

I was so happy with the other colours I've purchased that I didn't have to argue with myself too much about getting another and I'm really pleased with this one too. I chose the colour Seduction as it's nude but not too nude, I like it because it doesn't wash me out like so many paler lip colours do.  It'll definitely be a Lipstick Love ... post in the future.

MUA Matte single eye shadow

I've only got a few things from MUA but everything I've got I really like, MUA is also great value, this single eye shadow was £1.00 and is a great base colour for neutral days.

V05 Frizz Free Cream and V05 Smoothly Does It Serum

Always in the market for products that claim to make my hair frizz free and smooth these were a bargain because it was on a 2 for £4.00 offer

Anelco Beer Shampoo and  Conditioner

This was an impulse buy, I used to use beer shampoo and conditioner sachets years and years ago and I wanted to see if this was the same.  I've yet to try it.

Pack of 2 printed emery boards

A girl can never have too many emery boards, especially someone with nails like mine that are constantly chipping and flaking. 

64 My Little Star Baby Wipes

These were on special offer.  I always carry baby wipes in my bag even though my kids are no longer babies as they are amazing for sticky fingers, mouths and you can even use them to catch a runny nose if you don't have a tissue. 

L'Oréal Color Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick (Rouge Gold)

Ooh, it's a long time since I bought a L'Oréal lipstick but I'm having a bit of a lipstick obsession at the moment.  I've currently got several Avon ones on the go (I will review them), I just felt like I needed some different colours.  This one is a gorgeous shade of red with a gold shimmer running through it.  It's not a bright red, more of a muted cheerful red so it's not too in your face.  I've only worn it once but thought it looked really nice.  And I've always loved the smell of L'Oréal lipsticks too.

I think the Panadol are self explanatory!

As I drove home I decided that I did feel less like a bear with a sore head and as not a single tablet had passed my lips at that time, I decided that it was the act of buying the haul that had improved my mood and my headache.  I think they call it Comfort Buying, it's in the same category as Comfort Eating but with less calories. 

It was only when I got home that I realised I'd forgotten to go to Sainsburys so I had to go back later in the day!

I'm not sure when my next haul will be.  Probably after Christmas as I really need to concentrate on Christmas shopping from now on, I haven't done any at all.  I wish I could be one of those organised people that has it done by the end of August or at the very latest, October, but I'm not.  I leave it until the last minute and then just do it all in one go. 


Friday, 21 October 2016

Have you tried Autograph Amazing Radiance Cream by Rosie Huntington-Whitely?

For a while now I've been wanting to try the new Rosie Huntington-Whitely skincare and make up range for Autograph.  Rosie has been modelling for Marks and Spencer for quite some time and has had her lingerie collection in store for a while now and this year she has branched into skincare and make up.

Marks and Spencer beauty department has changed!

Marks and Spencer have always had a beauty department but over the last couple of years it has really changed.  It used to be a few body creams and shower gels with the odd lipstick and eye shadow thrown in but they had a big refurbishment in 2014 and now the beauty department is somewhere I can get lost in for quite a long time, it's very nicely set out and has a nice mixture of brands from Stila, Ren and Cowshed to Pixi by Petra, Barry M and Bourjois.

Why did I buy it?

I knew when I went into the shop that I was going to get something from Miss Rosie H-W's range as I'd seen it advertised and had read about it but I just wasn't sure what I wanted.  The lipsticks were lovely colours but I wasn't in the market for another lipstick, then I checked out the blushers but again, they were pretty much what I already had at home.  So after much consideration I chose two products to purchase, the Amazing Radiance Cream and an eye shadow palette.  I have more than enough eye shadow palettes but they are my "thing" and I couldn't resist plus I knew I'd use it.

Autograph Amazing Radiance Cream

What does it do?

The 35ml Amazing Radiance Cream comes in a little bottle in a rose gold box.  I love rose gold, I know it's everywhere at the moment but I do love it.  The cream is a "brightening cream for instant radiance", sounds good, right?  An added plus is that it has a small amount of SPF in it (SPF 6) which is not a sunblock by any means but definitely worth having in a face cream. 

While this can be worn by itself or under a foundation I have actually only used it as a highlighter so far, on my cheeks and a little bit on my brows.  I can see why it is called a radiance cream because the shimmery pigments do perk up the skin considerably and I was pleased that it can be easily blended and that it sits well with blusher over the top, or over the top of blusher too.

Would I buy it again?

The only thing I'm not thrilled about is the price, this cream costs £18.  While it is lovely I'd have been happier paying around the £12 or £13 mark for it but I can see that there would have been marketing costs and the packaging is really pretty.  I'd have to think hard about replacing it as I do own other highlighters that do the same job for less money.

Here's the link to Rosie's Autograph range if you want to have a look.  By the way, I love the Rosie eye shadow palette and I'll review that soon.

Rosie for Autograph Make Up Range

Love, Maria


Friday, 7 October 2016

Lipstick Love ... No7 Classic Rose

We're going back a few years for this latest Lipstick Love, I think I bought it around 2008.  At the time I was going through a No7 phase, I was constantly in Boots trying and buying (I also had a thing for their eyeshadow palettes around that time).  I've just realised that if I bought it in 2008 it's 8 years old which means that I probably should have ditched it by now for hygiene reasons.  Oh well. 

No7 Classic Rose is one of my all time favourites. 

If the word "Rose" is in the name of the lipstick I'm drawn to it like a moth to a flame.  Something inside my head goes "ooh that might suit you" and that's because pretty much all Rose based lipsticks do suit me and I know they'll look nice. 

So why do I love this lipstick?  Here's why:

It stays on.  I do love a lippy that doesn't need re-applying twenty times a day.

Classic Rose is both a Winter and Summer colour which means I can wear it all year round.  Some of my other lipsticks, particularly the pinky based ones I only wear in the Summer as they don't look as good when my face is super pale.

The colour and non-drying consistency.  It's a matte lipstick (though not overly matte) which means that the colour is quite deep but it's subtle.

I always judge a lipstick by how I feel about replacing it when it runs out.  So would I replace No7 Classic Rose.  Yes, I definitely would!

Love, Maria


Thursday, 6 October 2016

What's in the September Glossybox?

I can't believe I've only just got round to unearthing the September Glossybox from under a huge pile of post.   I kind of feel like September whizzed past and I don't really know where it went, does anyone else fee like that?

It's got to be said that I do actually love the boxes as much the products inside the boxes, I re-use them as storage for my make up and other stuff.  September's came in a beautiful red box, that's because the contents of the box were chosen by Annabel Meggeson who is the Beauty Director of Red Magazine.

The contents of the box are:

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion
Revlon Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat
Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask
Rodial Smokey Eye Pen

I love trial sized mascara's as I always feel it's a risky business buying a brand new mascara because what if you use it once and hate it?  The trial ones are great, they're small enough to try, if you like it you can buy a full size one knowing that you're going to wear it.

Firming Body Emulsion - I laughed when I saw what this was called because emulsion to me is stuff you buy from B&Q and put on your walls not your body.  But anything that's got the word "firming" in it is definitely worth a try so I shall be enjoying testing this particular emulsion out.  Plus, it's much less boring than the one from B&Q.

This is perfect for me as I'm really into my top coats at the moment.  I've been using an Avon one and one I got from the Professional Beauty Show by Sparitual.  Anything that prolongs the longevity of a nail polish is fine by me as I can't stand my nails being chipped. 

I've no idea what this is except it's a face mask, an actual mask for your face.  I'll report back.

You can never have too many eye pencils in my opinion, I've got loads.  Black is always welcome as it's versatile and I've tested this on my hand and the tip is really soft so will be good for a smoky eye but also for lining the upper lash line which I like to do sometimes as it finishes off an eye look perfectly and as I don't wear false lashes (I've never got on with them) it helps my mascara define the eye area.  I did a bit of research on Rodial as I hadn't heard much about them, their site looks really good! And this pen is a full size pen and is worth £17.00!  I'd better not lose it.

Related post


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Summer Tan - what I used to fake it this Summer!

So here is a post to show you which products I used to feel less pale on holiday.  We had an amazing week in Southern Spain but it was super hot so the Factor 50 came out and I hid under a big hat in the shade.  I managed to fake a tanned glow by using a combination of the three products below and I was really pleased with the results.  Sadly, for me, these products have been wiped at the nozzle and put away in a dark place until the sun (and my legs) come out again next Spring.  Bye legs, bye tanning products, hello leggings and tights!

Hawaiian Tropic Touch of Color with Factor 15
I first used the Hawaiian Tropic a year ago and I reviewed it then.  I still love it.  I'm on my second bottle now, Hawaiian Tropic Touch of Colour.  I'm completely addicted to the smell, it smells like holidays, I love it.  The one in the photo is one I purchased in Florida earlier this year, my original one was from Boots in the UK.

Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer
If I'm honest I bought this quite a long time ago, used it once then it went back in the cupboard.  I found it when I was sorting out and decided to use it.  It was only after I'd sprayed it on my legs that I had the sudden thought that there might be a best before date on it and it might have gone off but by that time it was too late, whatever would be, would be.  Luckily for me it hadn't gone off and there were no orange after effects.  As I'm really quite pale I only needed two applications for it to change the colour on my legs, and even though I took it away with me I didn't use it as I topped up with the other products.  I'll probably buy another one next year.  It was easy to apply and it even though I'm usually terrible at applying fake tan this was easy and I didn't miss any bits.

Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Body Lotion with Tanning
Check this out!  Dove have come a long way in the last ten years, some of you will remember the original Dove tanning lotion that smelled like biscuits even after it was long dried (it wasn't only Dove, the Johnson & Johnson one was bad too).  Well, this is nothing like that one.  It feels more like a luxury body lotion than anything else and sinks in straight away.  To be honest, I'd use it as a body lotion anyway, regardless of the tanning element, it really did make my skin feel lovely and soft.  I found that the moisturising element was really long lasting and it didn't smell at all bad. 

Self tanning products


Saturday, 18 June 2016

Pixi Blush Duo - Rose Gold

As you will know from my other posts, I'm a huge fan of Pixi by Petra, even moreso now that I can easily get hold of it at my local M&S beauty department.  I'm currently reviewing my blusher collection as I seem to only have a couple that I use on a regular basis but one is sometimes too pink, it depends how pale I am that day (or how I've done my make up!).  What I wanted was a blush that gives a nice glow on days where I need something subtle but isn't too shimmery. 

I have to say that the thing that drew me to this blush was the fact that it came beautifully packaged in a box with it's own little kabuki brush.  I never normally use these brushes but frankly this one is just cute and is so soft it just glides across your face.  I also like the fact that it's a "half and half" one half blush colour the other a highlighter.  I chose Rose Gold as that's the one that I thought would suit my skin best but there are other colours as well.

It's such a lovely product, the effect is really pretty, particularly when twinned with the Amazing Radiance Cream from Rosie Huntingdon-Whitely.  There is a shimmer in the beauty blush product but not too much and you can easily build it up to the colour you want.  I also found that it stayed on which I was super happy about because I find that I nearly always have to top up my blusher during the day (I probably need a fixing spray - mental note next time I go shopping).

Photo 1 - Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo and Kabuki Brush
Photo 2 - Me wearing the blush, unfortunately I had a cold when this was taken hence the red nose!
Photo 3 - Me wearing the blush, this time without the cold and with lipstick.  More emphasis on the Rose than the Gold here.


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Phil Smith Cocolicious Shampoo & Conditioner

I've been a fan of Phil Smith products for a long time, which you'll know if you've read any of my posts on his other hair products.  Until now though, I'd never gone for a shampoo and conditioner.  

It's got to be said that I do think that this shampoo and conditioner truly are 'Cocolicious' (love that name), it really ticked a lot of boxes for me.  

I loved the coconut smell, which along with anything that smells like Vanilla is my absolute favourite.  

I also liked the consistency of the product, neither the shampoo or the conditioner are too thick, by that I mean they are easily rinsed out.  I find that sometimes products that are for dry or stressed hair take ages to rinse and I'm never sure I've got it all out and I hate feeling like there's a lot of residue. 

The first time I used this was I staying at my Mum and Dad's and they live in a hard water area so I always find my hair reacts differently when I wash it at their house.  I was really pleased to find my hair so soft once I'd dried it, in fact so happy that I left it at their house to use next time I visit.

I bought this in Sainsbury's in the UK but there's a lot more information about Phil's shampoos and other products  on the website

If you'd like to read my other Phil Smith product posts, please see links below. 

Phil Smith Life's a Beach Hair
This is a sea salt spray product for 'beach hair'.

Phil Smith Curly Locks
This is a curl cream for soft curls.

Phil Smith Cocolicious Shampoo and Conditioner

Monday, 22 February 2016

Disney and a little bit of make up

So here I am typing this from very sunny, sometimes rainy Florida where we are on holiday as a family, taking advantage of half term and whizzing off for some sun.  I've been coming here for a long time now and I love it, Disney isn't everybody's cup of tea but we've had a great time and if I could have dressed up as Cinderella and taken part in the parade, I would have!

As well as theme parks I've also had time to do a bit of shopping.  I love the stores here because they sell stuff that's completely different to the UK so it's always interesting to compare products and prices and I love finding new discoveries and recommending them to my family and friends, the choice of health and beauty products in the US supermarkets is amazing and I'm going there tomorrow to see what I can find (that probably makes me a bit sad, oh well).

We did go to the mall outlet the other day where I ditched the hubs and kids (sent them to sports shops) and went off by myself to do a little cosmetic shopping.  It was quite nice not to have someone telling me they were hot, needed a wee or a drink or the whole "he hit me" scenario which you get with young children and I was able to peruse to my hearts content without being interrupted.  I found some excellent bargains in the Elizabeth Arden shop where there were several buy one get one free deals and in the Clarins shop also, where I could have done some real damage but managed to restrain myself.  As I rarely buy Clarins in the UK it was a bit of a treat and the prices were really good as most of it was last years' range or excess.  All authentic products though so definitely a bargain.

I also found a fantastic cosmetic shop which sold brands like Bobbi Brown, MAC, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Origins, Smashbox and others.  I was there for AGES!  I think they thought I would never leave.  I did buy a few bits from there but again I was on a bit of a budget so I couldn't go mad so I had to choose the products that I thought I needed or would be interesting to try rather than just sling stuff in my basket.

I'll be reviewing a lot of these when I get home, I've popped some pics of my little haul below so you can see what I got.

We are off to the EPCOT centre this afternoon no doubt to stand for ages in queues for signatures of characters, but that's what you do when you've got a five year old obsessed with Mickey Mouse!


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Shock Wave

When I assessed my nail polish collection the other day I realised that most of them are pink - light pink, dark pink, red-pink and cerise but definitely all pink.  I love pink nails for every day because they are colourful but not too in your face, and the chips are easier to disguise.  I loved Rita Ora's Rimmel "Sweet Retreat" so much that I wore it for months!

Recently though, I've been wearing Sally Hansen products, and I'm just a little bit in love with her Miracle Gel Polish.  There are 48 colours to choose from (although it won't surprise you to know that I've just used pink so far). 

Here's the link to the Boots website where you can buy them.

The overall finish is that of a gel manicure and to be honest I was suspicious because how can you really get that without all the stuff they use in the salons? 

The blurb on the Boots website says "The only true 2-step Gel Manicure with no UV light needed"and it does seem to be a bit too good to be true but it has to be said that you do get a lovely finish.   What's more it doesn't take a lot of scrubbing with remover to get it off, a couple of wipes per nail and you're done. 

I do one coat which lasts several days and then go over the top which makes it last another two or three so I'd say you could easily get a week out of this with it still looking fresh.  The colour in the photo below is "Shock Wave" and though there isn't a photo of it actually on my nails the colour in the bottle is a true reflection of what you'd get on your nails.

Well worth £9.99 I think and I'll definitely be buying more.   

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail P:olish

Shock Wave - by Sally Hansen

Monday, 1 February 2016

Lipstick Love ... Pixi By Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm

It's been a while since I've written a Lipstick Love post so today I thought I'd show you this one from Pixi by Petra.  It should be noted that I love this one so much that I am now on my second one and I only discovered it about a year ago!

I first discovered Pixi on and became a big fan of their Flawless Primer but now I'm even happier because M&S now stock it as part of their beauty department which means that I can buy it online and in store now.   I was amazed the other week when I went in, M&S have had a total overhaul of their beauty section and now there are lots of well known brands both high end as well as the old favourites.

Anyway, this is about Pixi by Petra Shea Butter lip balm.  I find balm's can be a bit wishy washy in colour, not so with this one, it's a lovely deep pink colour which you can build up into a very strong pink should you so wish.  The balm part is really good, it isn't sticky or overly glossy so it doesn't slide off your lips, in fact it doesn't transfer easily, I find it does last quite a long time.  There are several colours in the range but this is the one that suited me most because it was a stronger colour, the one pictured is called Ripe Raspberry. 

Since I bought this I've also purchased a Pixi concealer quad which I have used far more than I expected to and will definitely re-purchase, it's a stable part of my concealer collection now. 

Pixi can be purchased on their own website or on and in M&S stores too.  I'll definitely be adding more of their products to my ever growing cosmetic and skincare collection in the future.  I would love to know your Pixi favourites if you've got any too.

Pixi by Petra Lip Balm
Pixi by Petra Lip Balm ... on me!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Why I love Chanel No5

An absolute massive favourite perfume of mine is Chanel No 5.   It always reminds me of my mum because she has worn it since I was little.

I don't use it as an everyday perfume, generally for special occasions, the fragrance is quite strong and lasts a long time so it's important not to slather it on, it has a tendency to get stuck in your throat if you use too much.

For me, Chanel equals glamour, remember the lovely Marilyn Monroe apparently only wore it to bed (?) and while every day isn't a always a glamour day I think I will always have some on my dressing table.  Even the bottle is elegant.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Why I love Hugo Boss Deep Red

I'll be honest, this isn't usually my kind of perfume as it's quite musky and I prefer softer, flowery smells but I adore this.  It was a present from my husband ages ago (he bought me a big bottle then another smaller bottle - pictured).  As it's a bit heavier I prefer to wear it in the evening, you don't need to use very much as I think it could be quite overpowering but the scent lasts for ages.   It's got base notes of Vanilla, Musk and Sandalwood in it, I've mentioned before that I'm a bit Vanilla mad so that probably explains why I like this so much.   

The best price for this at the moment is where you can get a 90ml bottle for £29.99 which is a total bargain, there are also a couple of nice gift sets as well, one with a body lotion which I think I've tried, I'm sure it was lovely as well.

Hugo Boss at John Lewis

Hugo Boss Deep Red

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Fragrance Favourite - Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever

This is my most recently purchased perfume, bought for me by my husband when we were out one day and I happened to say I liked the fragrance.  Truth is, I was drawn to the bottle before I was drawn to the smell, that's the power of packaging.  I just think it's such a pretty bottle and can be displayed so beautifully on a dressing table.  The blue colour is also my favourite shade of blue, you can see where I'm going here!  Word of warning though, the bottle is quite heavy, don't pick it up by the top because the top comes off and the bottle goes hurtling toward the floor (and your toes), I've done this several times and it's only because it landed on carpet that I didn't lose the entire bottle.

The scent is floral, sharper than Poeme, and fresher and it is also very light, it's a summery smell though I've been wearing it since the Autumn.  I've just realised I've actually used up quite a lot, I must really slather it on, still perfume is made to be worn and enjoyed I guess. 

Pricewise this one is similar to Poeme, about £59.00 for 50ml.  I'm very keen to try the other Marc Jacobs fragrances, if anyone has tried them and can recommend I'd love to know what you think.

Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs

Monday, 18 January 2016

Fragrance Favourite - Poeme by Lancome

I first started wearing this in 1998, originally my sister wore it and I loved it so much that she got me some for Christmas and I've been hooked ever since.  

The scent is flowery but subtle, it doesn't get up your nose or stick in your throat, it's sort of a warm smell.  It's also beautifully long lasting.  I had a gift set once which alongside the perfume had a travel body cream and a shower gel and it was gorgeous, I didn't want to use it up.  It's a great one to layer, shower gel, cream and then perfume, the scent lasts all day.  The gift set is always on my birthday and Christmas lists!

It comes in two sizes 30ml and 50ml.  The larger bottle is around £59.00 from stores such as House of Fraser and John Lewis, however I am sure I have purchased it at a much reduced price from perfume or cosmetic websites.  

Poeme at John Lewis

Poeme by Lancome

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Nivea Daily Essentials Eye Makeup Remover

I am so impressed with this eye make up remover.  Originally I bought it because I started wearing a waterproof eyeliner that did not come off with any of my usual nightly skincare products and it was starting to be a bit of a pain.  Then I spied this while out shopping and I thought I would try it because it is supposed to be for waterproof mascara.

I've had a variety of Nivea products over the years and I've always been happy with them.  One thing I like about Nivea is that despite having fairly dry skin I am able to use their products that say they are "for all skin types" because they seem to be very gentle.  Nivea do have a range for dry and sensitive skin which is also very good (it's completely fragrance free).

How to use

This make up remover is hypoallergenic and has been tested by the eye doctors, thus is fine for people who wear contact lenses or who have sensitive eyes.  As you can see from the photo, it is oil based so you need to give the bottle a good shake before you use it to mix up the liquid.  Then, just get one of those little make up remover pads, pour a little bit on there (a little bit goes a long way) and gently wipe over the eye lid and round the eye.  I am always amazed at how much make up comes off with one of these, even when I've cleansed already, this really does get rid of whatever's left.  It's really nice to go to bed knowing that my eyes are clean and all the mascara and eye make up is gone.  My eyes are quite sensitive these days so I have to be careful to get every last bit off.

I use this product every day, it's about £3.50 from Boots or Superdrug, or actually I've seen it in the supermarket as well.  It's super value too, as it lasts for ages.


Friday, 8 January 2016

The Best of the Rest of the Amazing No7 Calendar

Happy New Year Everybody!  This post is a "best of the rest", basically following on from the posts I was writing before Christmas about my No7 advent calendar.  I'd intended to do a post every three days but as I predicted there was just too much going on so blogging had to take a back seat.  However, I'm back now and thought I'd start the year by reviewing a few of my favourites from the calendar, ones that I hadn't shown you before, (not in any particular order).

No7 Glitter Nail Polish

I love this sparkly nail polish.  One coat is pretty, two coats is amazing, I wore it on Christmas Day. It lasted for quite a few days too.  Trying to get it off was a bit of a nightmare because the glitter sticks and it took quite a lot of polish remover to get it off the entire nail but I didn't mind that.  I'm thinking that it might also look quite pretty as a top coat over another colour.

No7 Stay Perfect "Sun Rays"

No7 High Shine Lip Crayon

I'm not usually into these crayon type lippies but I really have used this one quite a lot considering I haven't had it for very long.  The colour is what I would call mid-pink and I can only describe it as a balm in crayon form.  It's got a twisty container so you can push it up when it starts to run out, I've been using on weekends for a bit of natural colour and I've been popping it in my pocket to top up regularly, it gives a really lovely shine.  I probably would repurchase this actually, either this colour or a different one as they are a great on the go addition to anyone's make up collection.  I've got a Boots voucher so I can feel some spending coming on!

No7 High Shine Lip Crayon - Pink

No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow

I'm totally addicted to No7 eye shadow, in fact before Christmas I got this amazing nude palette which I've been meaning to show you, (I think I'll pop a photo on my Facebook page) and I literally didn't use anything else for weeks.  This eye shadow is from the No7 Moonlight Shadow trio and is a gorgeous nude which blends really well either underneath as a base colour or over the top to tone down a darker eye.  I was really pleased as it goes very well with the aforementioned palette.  I think the picture makes it look a bit dark, it's actually much more subtle than that when it's on your eyelid.

Stay Perfect Eye Shadow from the "Moonlight Shadow" trio

No7 Youthful Eye Serum

I'm a big fan of the No7 serum range, it's non sticky, hypoallergenic and does seem to do what it says it's going to do.  This one is a small tube (7ml) of their Youthful Eye Serum which isn't an eye cream, it's the serum that goes on before applying eye cream or this can be used by itself.  You just dot it around your eyes with your ring finger and let it sink in.  I like it because it's really cooling and is therefore great for early mornings and helps to reduce puffiness before putting make up on.  It doesn't fill in any lines but it does make the skin feel much smoother therefore making concealer much easier to apply.  I had a cold over Christmas and my eyes were sore and itchy so I couldn't wear a lot of eye make up, I found this serum really helped to calm the eye area and soothe the skin.  It also didn't irritate my eyes either  so I can vouch that it is indeed, hypoallergenic!

Youthful Eye Serum 7ml

No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil

Lastly (but not least by any means) is this gorgeous eye pencil.  I am a real eye pencil girl, I love them so I was very pleased to receive not one, but two throughout December courtesy of the calendar.  This one is a beautiful deep brown, perfect for under and upper lid lining.  The tip is soft like a crayon so doesn't drag across your eye but is also easy to blend if you want to use a little brush over the top to create a softer look.  It's hypoallergenic (yay!) and waterproof, it does really last all day.  I haven't checked to see what other colours there are in this range (apart from the lighter brown one also included in the calendar) but I can see that it would be worth having a couple of different colours to ring the changes a bit.  It's just occurred to me that this pencil is very like a Ruby & Millie one I had years ago (except that was blue/black) which I loved before Ruby & Millie discontinued themselves.  I must see if I can find that one in my drawer, I'm sure it's somewhere.

Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil - deep brown

All in all it's got to be said that I was super impressed with the No7 calendar and would recommend it, I didn't receive anything in it that I won't use and there were many things in it that I would repurchase. Roll on December for the next one (kidding, I've only just recovered from this Christmas!)

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