There is some beautiful colours in the No7 Spring 2014 collection and today I wanted to share my thoughts on some of the gorgeous products and swatches of course too…
Spring for me is all about embracing those beautiful shades inspired by Spring flowers and adding some colour back into your life after living with the darker shades of Winter. I think the Spring releases in makeup are always my favourite as it means a completely new palette, a fresh change with a new year if you like. The No7 colours I want to share with you today will see you through Spring and leave you fresh faced and glowing (Without a hint of the dark drab colours you may have been sporting just last month).
Here is a little information about the No7 Limited Edition Peony Petals Blush Palette…
No7 Peony Petals Blush Palette is a pretty blend of pinks and highlighting petals to create a gentle flush of colour. Hypo-allergenic.
How to Use
To achieve a cooler tone of blusher sweep the brush through the background colour only.
To warm the blusher tone sweep the brush through the rose colour.
For added shimmer sweep the brush across the gold and apply over the top of the colour.
To help stop blusher sticking to the skin in clumps and looking patchy follow the tips below:
• Ensure the surface of the skin is free from flaking skin, is well moisture and a layer of foundation has been applied.
• Apply a wash of translucent powder to the cheeks first
• Build colour by applying thin layers of blusher
• If cheeks are overloaded with too much colour simply apply a layer of translucent powder over the top of the blusher. This will diffuse the colour and give it a soft focus.
The Limited Edition Peony Petals Blush Palette is one of those products thats almost too beautiful to use. You just don’t want to mess it up and keep it looking as pretty as it is! Still, some products are made to be used and this blush palette is one of them.
It contains 3 different shades which can be used individually or mixed together. I have swatched them all for you to see just how pretty and perfect they are for Spring.
The Gold flowers at the top are perfect for a sun kissed highlight – a pretty champagne gold which looks beautiful in the inner corner of the eye and across the cheek. This could also be used as a brow high light if you like something that shimmers and sparkles.
The main blush or background of the design is a beautiful dusky pink with the smallest amount of shimmer. It gives your cheeks a natural looking flush which is perfect in my opinion for most skin tones. The formula is quite pigmented (As are all the shades in this palette, but this one more so) and very build-able on the cheek.
Lastly we have the other flower design at the bottom of the palette, a deeper Shimmery Rose which alone leaves you with more colour than the dusky pink and shimmer – this is perfect for more of an evening look I feel or for those with a slightly deeper skin tone. Being very fair at present I still found this shade looked pretty on my skin.
However, you can of course mix all these colours together with a swirl of your blush brush and then you truly get something special. A glowy rose toned blush which leaves your skin with that pink flush and a hint of Sunshine!
I truly adored this palette, I don’t think I own another blusher like it where you can mixed the shades and found it so adaptable that on my skin that its become a huge favourite of mine. This palette won’t just cover you through Spring but will be a lovely edition for Summer too.
I have been using the No7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush in Rose Blossom now a while and can only ‘gush’ on how lovely this product is. In fact I love it so much I have already ordered it in Mango Sorbet too (My store did not have the shade when I went to buy it – As soon as it arrives I will swatch it on a separate post). I love cream blush formulas and find them the most natural looking blushers on the face. You can create a very subtle hint of colour and build them easily on the skin.
What I really loved about Rose Blossom was how it gave me a flushed look and that perfect English Garden glow. Not too much that it looked unnatural, in fact it looked perfect. Since getting this product I have used it daily. Mango Sorbet is more peachy toned in shade (I swatched this in store) and I cannot wait too try this and layer it on my cheeks.
Generally I apply this directly onto my cheeks dotting it slightly and then blending it with a duo fibre brush. I then build this up to my desired shade. I find it gives the most natural look and if you do apply a little too much (They are extremely pigmented), you can easily blend a little more and make the colour less intense.
I love the finish of thePop & Glow Cream Blush too, its dewy with no sparkle at all and leaves your skin with a gorgeous glow.
Last but by no means least we have the 2 new Limited Edition shades of the Stay Perfect Nail Colours; Pink Blossom and Spring Meadow. As you will know I am crazy about nail varnish and often what I wear on my nails clients will ask me about. In fact, since I tried both of these (As you will see from my swatches I wore them together) I had so many people asking me what they were and how pretty they were I think my No7 counter at Boots may have been a little busy!
Both nail varnish shades are cream formulas, there is no sparkle in them what so ever and the finish is a beautiful high gloss. They look professional on your nails and also last a reasonable amount of time too (Even without a top coat). I was asking on Instagram how long these last and I got 4 days wear without a topcoat and no chipping (I was wearing a base coat underneath).
Pink Blossom is a beautiful dusky pink shade which looks brighter on the nails than in the bottle. 2 coats is adequate for an opaque finish. This type of colour looks beautiful on any length nails and is perfect for work or any occasion (I think this would be a beautiful shade for Spring weddings!).
If you like something a little more fun then I recommend Spring Meadow. A beautiful minty green shade with a hint more green than some. In the images it is coming off a little more turquoise, but in natural light I would liken it to a slighter darker pastel green. I personally loved wearing these 2 shades together as I felt they really complimented each other. The both will look amazing with any skin tones and will see you though Summer too in my opinion.