No. 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil – Review

no7In my quest for cheaper dupes for my favourite products I came across this cleansing oil from No.7. I’ve been religiously using the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil for a few years now but at £22 for a 200ml bottle it isn’t the most economic option. The No.7 cleansing oil is just £11 for a 150ml bottle.

Packaging: This cleanser comes in a clear bottle which is great because you can actually see when you need to top-up. On the top is a pump which you can lock close when it’s not in use. I use around two pumps per use and there is 150 ml of product in the bottle.

Ingredients: This cleanser is based on mineral oil and numerous plant oils such as avocado, olive, safflower and rose which may be comedogenic for some people who are acne-prone. It also contains vitamins E and C. Unfortunately this product contains fragrance and the fragrance has a very strong floral smell. As this is a wash-off product the fragrance doesn’t bother me too much but if you have sensitive skin I’d skip this product.

Texture and appearance: This oil more “oily” than the Clinique oil. This means it clings onto the skin better, is more moisturising but also leaves an oily film on the skin when washed off. I’d say it is more suitable for dry to normal skin.

Application: I take the oil between my palms and massage it into my skin for around 30-60 seconds focusing on areas like the eye. I haven’t experienced irritation or stinging even when the product got into my eyes, making it safe for eye make-up removal. You can wash this directly off the skin (it turns to a milky emulsion) or use a soft face cloth. I do find that this product leaves an oily film on my skin and it isn’t as good at removing eye make-up as the Clinique cleanser.

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Above, I tested this product with different makeup; foundation, concealer, mascara, pencil eyeliner, liquid eyeliner, eyeshadow primer, eyebrow pomade, lipstick, liquid lipstick and eyeshadow. After massaging the product in for 60 seconds I rinsed off with warm water and patted dry. It did a great job of getting rid of all the make-up apart from the long wear liquid liner.

I wouldn’t say this is an exact dupe for the Clinique cleansing oil, which will remain my holy grail cleanser. It doesn’t perform at removing heavy make-up and I’m not a fan of the texture and ingredients for my oily skin. However, it is a good option for me on my lighter day-to-day make-up. With it being just £11 a bottle I may repurchase it but I’m looking to try some other drug-store cleansing oils first.

Have you tried this cleanser before? What is your favourite oil cleanser? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

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Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Red Carpet Skin – Review

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2015 was truly the year for Charlotte Tilbury. Her beautiful and luxurious make-up range graced our high-street and the beauty community can’t get enough of it!

As a skincare junkie I can’t help but lust over her skincare range, that beautiful packaging would make the even the most frugal want to part with their money. However, I’m always skeptical when a make-up brand delves into skincare. Nonetheless, the boy done well at Christmas when he bought me the Charlotte Tilbury Gift of Red Carpet Skin Set for me to try out her most popular products.

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This is going to be a LONG, detailed post by the way, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

My skin type is oily, non-acne prone, non-sensitive, blemish prone, hyperpigmented.

Taken from the Charlotte Tilbury website:

I often get asked what products I use on models and actresses to make them red-carpet-ready, so as it’s a season for sharing, I’ve put together this little box of travel-size versions of all my magic tricks to help you get that red-carpet-ready, flawless glow.

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GODDESS SKIN CLAY MASK

Claims: Packed with Bio-Nymph Peptide, Mediterranean Clay and Sweet Almond Oil, my GODDESS CLAY MASK will leave skin smoother, plumper and glowing.

To me a clay mask should be clarifying and cleansing on the skin. When applied, this fragranced mask didn’t feel tightening on the skin nor did I feel like it deep cleansed. When I washed it off my skin felt moisturised but I didn’t have that “glow” I get when I use an AHA exfoliant for example. For cleansing, my oily skin requires a deep cleansing clay mask like the Clinique Anti-Blemish Oil-Cleansing Mask.

Buy full sized version? No

MULTI MIRACLE GLOW

Claims: My luxurious MULTI-MIRACLE GLOW cleansing balm transforms the skin, leaving it noticeably soft and supple.

I’m not quite sure what this product is. It says it’s a cleanser, mask and leave-on balm. When squeezed out of the tube it feels like a cooling gel-balm which leaves a sticky residue on the skin, definitely not something I’d like to leave on. As a mask and cleanser it works okay, moisturising, but nothing special.

 Buy full sized version? No

MAGIC CREAM

Claims: My famous, miracle-working MAGIC CREAM contains a secret fusion of anti-ageing ingredients to instantly turnaround dull, ageing, lacklustre skin.

This is Charlotte Tilbury’s most popular product that I hear everyone speaking about. At £70 for a 50ml pot it’s one of the most expensive moisturisers I’ve seen around so I had it in my mind that it better make my skin amazing.

The product claims to lift and transform tired skin with BioNymph Peptide Complex which is said to fight the ageing process by stimulating collagen and fighting free radicals and hyaluronic acid to floods skin with moisture. It also contains rosehip oil, aloe, Vitamins A, C, E . It also contains SPF 15 (chemical sunscreen).

On to the product, the jar packaging means that is not hygienic and because it has light and air exposure the anti-oxidants are not stable. It only has SPF 15 therefore isn’t really suitable if you’re going to be outside for a long period of time. Also it is chemical sunscreen which I try to avoid. This moisturiser contains irritating fragrance which won’t be suitable for sensitive skin.

The cream itself feels emollient, hydrating and has a silicone finish on the skin. It does have a nice iridescence to it when applied and it very hydrating without being greasy but honestly, I can get the same effect with a cheaper moisturiser and a highlighting base like MAC Strobe cream.

I’ve used this cream a few times and my opinion hasn’t really changed. If you’re in the mood for a very luxurious product to have on your vanity and your skin is on the dryer side then go for it, but is it a must, absolutely not.

Buy full sized version? No

WONDERGLOW

Claims: And the genius award-winner, WONDERGLOW, uses breakthrough technology to steal UV light from its surroundings and radiate it as skin luminosity, transforming sleep-deprived skin in seconds.

Wonderglow is a anti-ageing primer which contains “Fluorescent Core Light Diffuser that cleverly steals UV light from its surroundings and re-emits it as skin luminosity to disguise and transform drab, sleep-deprived skin.” Like the magic cream it contains BioNymph Peptide Complex and Sodium Hyaluronate.

When I put a little bit of the product on the back of my hand I was pleasantly surprised by the colour. I had expected it to be a pink/cool toned primer but it is a very sheer beige/goldy tone. Perfect for warm complexions. When I applied this onto my skin it literally made my skin glow. Not that in your face, shimmery, glittery glow, but a very subtle, youthful glow that my skin has been lacking this winter. After a full days wear it didn’t exacerbate my oiliness. I can’t wait to try this on it’s own during the summer to see whether it affects my oiliness!

I can’t comment on the anti-ageing properties of the product but the air-proof and light-proof packaging means any anti-oxidants remain stable in the formulation. If you have ageing or dull skin this would be wonderful to use, I’m thinking of buying a tube for my mum as well. Important to note this product contains potentially irritating scents which makes it unsuitable for sensitive skin.

Buy full sized version? Yes

SUPERMODEL BODY

Claims: I poured all my makeup artist know-how into creating SUPERMODEL BODY, an incredible ‘slimmer shimmer’ that sculpts and highlights your contours for glossy perfection. It’s total body confidence in a bottle. The subtle pigment blended with contouring highlighters acts like an invisible film of shapewear lingerie for body confidence.

This is a nice product, a great one to put across your decollete and cleavage on a night out but I could honestly get the same effect with some cocoa butter from the Body Shop and a bit of liquid bronzer/ highlighter. I don’t particularly need any slimming so I can’t comment on that. Perhaps this product just isn’t for me.

Buy full sized version? No

TAKE IT ALL OFF

Claims: Die-hard makeup-wearers will love TAKE IT ALL OFF – my oil-rich, two-toned cleanser that removes even the hardest to shift makeup in one swipe.

As a make-up cleanser this performs well. It’s a bi-phase micellar cleanser. It’s a great little bottle for my travel bag but I know the drug store does a lot of really good micellar waters at a fraction of the cost like Neutrogena or Bioderma. I’m extremely content with my current make-up remover Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil from Clinique and therefore don’t see any need to for this product.

Buy full sized version? No

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I hate to write “negative” reviews, but as an honest blogger I’m a bit disappointed with my first experience of Charlotte Tilbury skincare range, because her make-up is some of my favourite. The Wonderglow is the only product I would consider purchasing. I feel like a lot of people will spend excessive amounts of money on these products when I personally feel there are cheaper alternatives available with much more potent ingredients and minus the fragrance irritants.

So tell me, have any of you tried any of these products before? Did you love them or did you have a similar experience to me?

Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

JAY’S TOP 10 BIRTHDAY WISHLIST

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Hey folks! February is one of my favourite months, because it is my birthday month weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I shall be turning 26 years old this month and I’ve compiled a birthday wishlist to show you guys what things I’m currently lusting and ALSO to make life easier for those struggling to find what to buy me *hint hint*. So in no particular order, here we go!

1) Dune London Trish Pull-on Boot in Black Leather £119

I spoke about the Dune Trish boots in my December favourites post and I’m obsessed with them. The only issue is that the wet UK weather means I can’t wear suede boots as much as I’d like to. Therefore I’ve been looking at the full leather black pair which should be able to withstand the rain a bit better. P.s. I’m a size 3.

2) GHD Arctic Gold Soft Curling Tong £120

Now that my hair is really long I can play around with styles a lot more. I love large loose curls and this curling tong looks amazing for that purpose. I already have GHD straighteners and the hairdryer which are amazing quality so I may as well add the tong to the collection.

3) Skagen Rose Gold Plated Mesh Bracelet Watch (Model 358SRRD) £115

I’ve been lusting over this watch for a while now, I think it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s rose gold (every bloggers favourite colour!) and got quite a small dial which should sit really nicely on my child size wrists. Also now that I’m approaching the latter side of my 20’s I think I need to be an adult and start wearing a watch everyday (boo!)

4) Kiko Mat Base Corrector Primer £8.90

This primer has been on my wishlist for months and month but I keep forgetting to buy it as I’m not a massive primer user. However, I’ve heard it’s amazing for oily skin so I’d really like to try put it to the test for you guys.

5) Sleek Blush in Sahara and Flushed £4.49 each

Sleek is an amazing drugstore brand, especially for people of colour. These two blushes in particular, Sahara which is a dark peach and Flushed which is a terracotta red would suit my complexion really well.

6) Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver £11.99

Over the past year my interest in cooking has increased immensely and I’ve always been a Jamie Oliver fan. All the food Jamie prepares looks right up my street and this book looks packed full of interesting, healthy recipes for me to try.

7) The Shredded Chef by Michael Matthews £8.99

When trying to eat a high protein diet I must admit, the weekly lunch preps of chicken, rice and broccoli does get a bit boring. This book has some different meals that I’d like to incorporate into my diet with the macro-nutrient info present. Handy!

8) Anthropologie Monogram Mug £6

I swear, every Instagrammer I follow has this mug from Anthropologie and I don’t blame ’em. It looks great for a cup of tea and it has your initial on it, cute!

9)  Anthropologie Crowned Leaf Measuring Cups £34

10) Anthropologie Crowned Leaf Measuring Spoons £18

I use measuring cups and spoons everyday when cooking/baking and these looks like a good, durable set whilst being adorable. Plus it’s from Anthropologie, what’s not to love!

So that’s all for now, what’s on your wishlists for this month? Comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

 

 

 

Balayage + Green Eyeliner

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It’s official, I’m a coloured eyeliner convert!

I went out for drinks for my brothers birthday last night and had an excuse to try a different make-up look with some new products that I’ve bought, specifically the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in black (Perversion) and a beautiful aqua called Deep-End. These pencils are really soft to apply and DO NOT SMUDGE so I really recommend them.

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Eyeshadow: Mary Lou Manizer, MAC Embark, MAC Carbon. Eyeliner: Urban Decay Deep-End & Perversion. Lips: Gerard Cosmetics 1995

If you look at any picture of me you’ll notice that I never wear black eyeliner on my bottom lashes because it just doesn’t suit my eye shape. Trust me, I’ve tried it every single way and I find it closes up my eyes and ruins the look. Even when I was experimenting with this colour I was so close to giving up, but after much practice I think I’ve got it down. I find that I need to put a highlight on the inner third, I used the Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm, the coloured eyeliner in the middle of the lashline and black just on the corners. I’m really happy with the way it turned out and I’m looking to try out more colours, what do you guys think?

I also got my hair highlighted (balayage) earlier in the day at Taylor Taylor who have previously won “Best Hairdressers in London”. After I saw the results with my own hair I knew exactly why. Black hair is notoriously difficult to colour but my stylist managed to lift the dark pigment in my hair and give it some sunkissed caramel highlights.

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DSC01013_editedI know this was a super short post but unfortunately I’ve got a lot of studying to do (I’ll explain in a later post). Any questions, comment below!

Jay x