Archives for category: No.7

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Isostearyl isostearate, Sorbitan stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Dimethicone, Ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl acetate, Rosa moschata seed oil, Methylparaben, Sucrose cocoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethiconol, Sodium PCA, Xanthan gum, Potassium cetyl phosphate, Ethylparaben, Ascorbyl glucoside, Tetrasodium EDTA, Magnesium PCA, T-butyl alcohol, Citric acid, Dipropylene glycol, Zinc PCA, Biosaccharide gum-1, Potassium hydroxide, Manganese PCA, Potassium sorbate, Ascorbyl palmitate.

Hypo-allergenic

Skin Type: Dry / Very Dry

Product Description: “A rich and intensive moisture cream to instantly nourish and promote optimum hydration while you sleep. Designed to work in harmony with your skin, replacing lost moisture and leaving you with healthy looking radiant skin”.

My Experience: My papery skin has been in desperate need of TLC recently, so I scoured the shelves for an inexpensive yet nourishing night cream. As you know, I fell hard and fast for No7’s deliciously dessert-like Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask. And No7 has rescued me yet again. This is a rich and silky night cream with a touch of fragrance. I love it when a night cream sticks to my fingers in thick dollops, I suppose because I like the thought of giving my skin an intensive treat while I sleep. And I slather this on with abandon each night. My skin drinks it up, and after about ten minutes feels softly quenched, but not greasy. Upon waking my skin is velvety smooth. This is good stuff, and ever so reasonably priced. I’ve noticed since the brand revamp that No7 products closely resemble another of my favorite British brands, Elemis. And I’m not complaining, because I love the sleek and delicately shaded white and pastel bottles and tubes. Now, I’ve got my eye on their Melting Gel cleanser, which is the spitting image of the Elemis one. I’m curious as to how it compares. Kudos, No7. You get better by the day!

The Skinny: A rich, thick night cream that absorbs easily and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

Cost:

UK: £13.50 from Boots (but you can get this even cheaper if you happen to have one of those nifty Boots skin care vouchers!)

USA: $13.99 from Target

Rating: 4/5

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Ingredients: Glycerin, cocoa butter, ceramides, vitamin E, vitamin C

Skin Type: Dry / Very Dry

Product Description: “This mask has an intense moisture boost to leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth. Glycerin and Cocoa butter combine with emollients to nourish and deeply moisturize the skin. Ceramides and cholesterol will target the very surface of the skin, adding essential lipids (or oils) and strengthening its surface. Contains Vitamin E and C”.

My Experience: My skin has been paper dry recently. My normal Shiseido and Clarins moisturizers weren’t helping, and I was in serious need of moisture infusion. I was roaming Boots when I came across this mask. It was the packaging that got me at first. It’s really scrumptious. A chubby, transparent little pump tube filled with frothy layers of apricot-colored silky cream. As always, I’m an utter sucker for good marketing. An intensive hydration mask for your face that looks like a whipped dessert? Yes please! Obviously cans of whipped cream aren’t as pretty as this, but they should be (take note, whipped cream manufacturers!). Anyway, I digress. This is a great little product. The instructions advise you to sweep it over the face, avoiding the eye area, and let it soak in for 3 minutes before tissuing and rinsing off. For a more intensive moisture boost, you can leave it on for 10 minutes or even over night. One pump dispenses a perfect little blob of cream that is sufficient for your whole face. My skin soaks this up within minutes and my dry areas become smooth and silky. Most of the time, however, I leave it on over night and wake up to dreamy soft and plump skin. It’s been such a great dry skin remedy and I’m so pleased I found it. I’ve been using it regularly over the past couple weeks and my skin has been thanking me. And it’s reasonably priced. And you get a ton of it. I have a feeling this is going to be my new best friend in the moisture-sapping months of winter. Two thumbs up!

The Skinny: A reasonably priced, thirst-quenching treat for dry, flaky skin. Highly recommended!

Cost:

UK: £12.50 from Boots

USA: $16.99 from Boots

Rating: 5/5

Ingredients: Vitamins C and E

Hypo-allergenic

Color: 43 Calico

Product Description: “No7 Instant Radiance Foundation is a unique energising complex with vitamins C and E to help protect and revitalise dull-looking skin”.

My Experience: First of all, I apologize to my non-UK readers because the service I’m going to discuss is currently only available in the UK. That said, let’s get to it. So, I love the makeup artist Lisa Eldridge. I watch her videos religiously, and take most of what she says as beauty gospel. Recently, she posted a video explaining the new foundation selection service for the No7 brand that she has helped develop over the past three years. It’s truly fascinating. See her video explaining it here. Basically, No7 has developed a nifty gadget that, when held up to your skin, takes twenty-seven photographs and is then able to gauge exactly which color foundation is best suited for your skin. The brand also compiled skin profiles of women of all ethnicities and ages in order to formulate the foundations. I sailed up to the No7 counter at my local Boots and plonked myself down for the camera test. The process was very exciting. I waited in eager anticipation as the SA held the remote up to each side of my face and clicked. It took literally seconds. And then she showed me the result: Calico. Now, I must say I loathe that name. I hate to think of my perfect color being made up of different and uneven patchy colors. The other foundations names are more forgiving: cool ivory, beige, wheat, deeply honey, etc. There are seventeen shades in total, and at least six different formulations to choose from depending on your skin type. I chose Instant Radiance and flew home to try it out. I was deeply surprised by and apprehensive about the lightness of color. But as I applied the foundation, it melted seamlessly into my skin. Coverage is very good. Although my skin is in good condition, I have a little hyper pigmentation on my chin and this foundation covered it sufficiently enough that I didn’t need concealer. It also builds nicely. You can add more in certain areas without it caking. The finish is even and natural, although slightly dry. It doesn’t feel as light as a tinted moisturizer or some foundations I’ve used, but it isn’t uncomfortable. It had a bit of a brightening affect, but it wasn’t moisturizing enough to be radiant. Wear is so-so. For the first couple of hours it held up very well indeed, but after three it started to slip around and get quite patchy, particularly in the areas that had needed a bit more coverage. I also think the shade, although a very good match, lacks warmth. It makes me look a rather unhealthy pale that requires blush or bronzer. Do I think this is the perfect foundation for me? No, but I think it’s good for the price and I’m very impressed by the technology and effort No7 has put into revamping this brand. I would encourage anyone to go to a Boots that offers this foundation matching service and try it out. Above all, it’s wonderful to have the daunting task of choosing foundation placed firmly into the hands of an unbiased gadget that actually measures skin tone. And it gets pretty damn close.

The Skinny: A reasonably priced foundation that’s easy to apply, feels comfortable and provides good coverage. It’s not moisturizing enough to provide radiance, although it is a little brightening. Lasting power is just okay.

Cost:

UK: £12.95 from Boots

USA: Sorry, my lovelies, I don’t think this is available in the USA. Try Ebay or Amazon.

Rating: 3/5