It’s been a while since I had a little binge at Boots, so last month I took myself to my favourite one (Brent Cross – it’s just had a makeover and now I can’t find anything) to have a little mooch about and see what took my fancy.
The Bleach London Smoky duo is a pair I’ve had my eye on for a while, as it speaks to my need to keep my hair as ashy and grungy as possible – “smoky” is a really good way of describing it as I love the idea of smoky blonde hair. I’ve only tried this set once so far so it’s too soon to tell, but I wasn’t that blown away to be honest. However, I will give them a go again to see if I can make them work for me – I picked up bot the Bleach London Smoky Shampoo and Conditioner.
There was a 3for2 on at the No7 counter so I thought I’d indulge, especially as I haven’t tried anything new from No7 for absolutely ages. I had read about the HydraLuminous base pair, so I decided to pick them both up and take full advantage of the promotion. The No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation is kind of like a CC Cream, in that it provides both instant and long-term results. The instant results promised are “fresh and radiant skin”, whilst the long-term effects are achieved thanks to the inclusion of anti-oxidants. I like this foundation a lot more than expected, as it provides a good level of coverage (a strong medium, just slightly short of full) and the finish really is hydrated and dewy without any greasiness.
The No7 HydraLuminous Dark Circle Concealer is another interesting product that’s been effectively named so you know it’s just for the under eyes, which I think is important as a lot of newer concealers are quite vague in their use, and I believe there are very few concealers that work both for the under eye and blemish concealing – they do exist, but they are rare! This one gives light to medium coverage of dark circles, which is perfect for my needs as I don’t want anything too heavy as I think that perfectly concealed under-eyes look just as unflattering as bad dark circles, but that’s just me!
My final purchase was the No7 Laboratories CICA- Rescue Skin Paste, which I grabbed because I thought it was an interesting product that sounded quite unlike the usual ‘safe’ releases No7 tends to favour. I haven’t tried this yet, but I really like Centella Asiatica as an ingredient for soothing sensitive/inflamed skin, so I’m happy to see it slowly making it’s way into more commercial products. This is a soothing mask treatment that’s used like an overnight mask and it sounds like it’ll be a pretty powerful skin-soother, and as I’ve just moved up a level with my retinol, I think I might need this very soon!