No 7 Sheer Temptation Knows No Season

I know it’s autumn, but I don’t care. I love this spring-ish lippy, which is on its way to being AUU {All Used Up.}
This is Pretty Please from No7, from the Sheer Temptation line {€12.95.} I love being able to lash on a pop of colour without looking.
So lazy. But: so pretty, this colour! It’s light, too, which makes a difference when I’m working in an office, sitting all day, and grazing. Blot, eat an apple, reapply. Or, in fairness, a bag of crisps.

I got colour-matched at Boots, and wisely went in on a day when I was wearing no make up, and it definitely made a difference in terms of getting a good match on the foundation. I came up Cool Ivory {€18.25} under these circs; when I got colour-matched at a recent Boots event, I came up Deeply Beige, I think due to the foundation I was already wearing — despite some of it having been cleared away.

The device used is similar to a photographer’s light meter, and once your ‘family’ of colour is established, you get a handy little card that has your colours on it. Here’s my colour-matched face, sporting the Stay Perfect Foundation and Moisture Drench lipstick in Soft Berry {€12.95.}
The foundation really is a terrific match; I find it to be not-as-long-lasting as I’d like. The lip colour? LOVE. It’s not nearly as low maintenance as its lighter cousin, but sometimes, a little extra effort is worth it.


Feeling very boldfaced today!


Snap! Judgement: Seventeen Eye Eye Crayon and Stay Pout Lipstick

Both got a big ‘Ooh!’, especially the eye crayon. Look!
SEVENTEEN Eye Eye Pencil
Bright, shiny — amazing pigment! I was going to say that, as this is a Snap! Judgement, I am only reacting to peeling the Eye Eye Crayon in Jewel out of its little plastic protection, not about putting it on my actual face, so I don’t know anything about application/wear… except them I did this:
SEVENTEEN Stay Pout Date Night
I just couldn’t help but try it. Nothing like a red lip, eh? Stay Pout in Date Night is meant to stay put, and I must say it certainly does. I took it for a walk down the village to do my messages, and it drew no end of notice — maybe because it was a Sunday afternoon, and who wears red lipstick on a Sunday afternoon to go to Tesco? {Me!}

It’s meant to have moisturising waxes in it, as any matte-ish lippy that is meant to last can often be drying… the waxes worked on application, but I must say that by the time I was mooching around in the deli section, my lips were feeling rather dry. And me without a balm to hand? When I wear this again, I’ll know better.

Price points for the entire line look to be, mainly, less than a tenner, and the colour range on the lipsticks and the eye crayons are just what you need. There’s an Instant GLOW Skin WOW Tan that looks verrrrry interesting…


Eye Eye Crayon: €5.09
Stay Pout Lipstick: €5.69
Instant GLOW Skin WOW Tan: €7.59

Available at Boots nationwide.


New and Spectacularly Improved: Colorsport Eyelash & Brow Dye Kit

In between HD Brow sessions at Carter Beauty, Blackrock, I daren’t try to tweeze because I am useless at it, but I do find that a dye job goes some way to keeping the look going without too much drawing-on-the-brows error. I hadn’t been terribly impressed by Colorsport the the first time I tried it; I gave another brand a go, which shall remains nameless {okay, not: 1000Hour} and disliked it mightily. It didn’t mix up well at all, and I ended up sacrificing a lip brush to use as an applicator.

I was on the hunt for yet another brand to try, but there is a dearth of brow dyeing kits in Ireland — dare I say, the world? Googling comes up with nothing. SIGH. I found myself, as I often do, in Boots and thought I’d trust the packaging — IMPROVED & FASTER FORMULA — and give their Dark Brown dye another chance.

Glad I did! Look:

Thank you, genius, who thought that an actual mascara wand would be a good idea. Seriously! This makes it fairly foolproof — a designation I almost proved false, as I was going to take out the paper things and start mixing up the stuff for the bottle with the stuff from the tube in that little well, until it occurred that perhaps the instructions might best be consulted…

Right. Those papers are for when one dyes one’s lashes. Otherwise, this now could not be simpler, and less messy: apply the Eyelash Colour Solution directly to the brows with a cotton bud {or pad, if you’re me}; then, squeeze some of the Eyelash Contour Gel onto the wand, and brush it on. My first squeeze was, er, robust, and I got enough for a brow and a half, so easy does it.

One thing that is unclear is how long you are meant to keep it on, and how you are meant to remove it. Not great to be desperately scanning the directions when you’ve got this stuff working away. Somewhere it said 2-3 minutes; I’ve just looked back and actually can’t find that information again. Really not great!

I decided that the time it took to take a couple of photos was long enough.


Insert Groucho Marx impression *here*

That mascara wand applicator is the biz. I coated every single hair.


Lydia, oh Lydia, oh have you met Lydia…

Just about there ^ I started getting worried that it was going to be too much…


Nope, not so much! I mean, I could have groomed them before I went deliriously snapping away, but honestly, that’s exactly what I was looking for.

So, no messy mixing up of the two potions, and this dye job happened in 1/5th the time it took in the unimproved and slower version. Sold!

! I did it AGAIN: ‘before’ pictures might have come in useful! Argh!


€8.50; also comes in black.