Being a complete skincare junky, I am ALWAYS open to trying any new brands or ranges. I think skincare is one of those things we must all pay great attention to. There’s no point spending lot’s of money on makeup to cover up our skin if we aren’t spending the money on making sure our skin is up to scratch underneath it. No7 is a brand stocked in Boots, and is one I am often drawn to in terms of skincare and makeup (their infamous exquisite curl mascara is still a firm favourite of mine).
The beautiful skin range is a more recent launch for No7. Amongst the collection, there are balm cleansers, water cleansers, foaming cleansers, gel cleansers, exfoliators, masks, serums and both day and night moisturisers for all skin types. I am definitely more of a “cream cleanser” girl. I feel as though a cream and a muslin cloth cleanse the skin a lot more thoroughly than a water on a cotton pad. However, in the more recent hot weather (which now seems to have left us for the more typical British climate..i.e. rain and grey clouds) I have been reaching a lot more for the water cleansers in the morning, as a quick refresh and instant pick me up. I still use my Liz Earle cleanse and polish for removing makeup at night, but i just find that a water cleanser is a nice morning boost. This water cleanser is among many I have tried, and I can’t say it is my favourite, but it is lovely. The smell of both these products are absolutely amazing, really fruity and summery. One thing I like on this water cleanser though, is the pump. Not a lot of the water cleansers I’ve tried have a pump, and require you to use the “tip and squeeze/shake” method (one which normally ends in an overly drenched cotton pad). The main thing that meant this cleanser wasn’t up there with my favourites though, was that I didn’t find it that good at removing makeup. Great for a skin boost in the morning yes, but removing makeup (even a light coating) took too many cotton pad refills and left my skin feeling a little tacky.
The moisturiser is also really lovely. The cream is a nice consistency and again, smells amazing. It does feel quite thick on the skin, even though it says it’s for normal/oily skin. I’m not too sure whether I slot into the normal/oily skin category, but it was either that or dry which at the moment, I’m not so much (since using my beloved ReGen cream). It would be nice if No7 came out with a beautiful skin range to suit “normal/sensitive skin” or just “combination skin”.
Overall I was impressed with the few products I tried although they haven’t taken the lead in the skincare stakes. I think that I will have to pop into Boots to have a little look at other items in the range, the cleansing gel and balm sound interesting. For now, my boyfriend has stolen both of these, and as far as I know (after a little lesson from me in how to use water cleanser – pretty sure he would have just splashed it all over his face over the sink) is enjoying using them, as he obviously doesn’t need makeup removal. ;)
No7 is a really well priced skincare brand, so even if these products aren’t for you, it’s worth taking a look at what they have to offer, especially when the nifty little £5 off vouchers are floating about! (NOW NOW NOW). So the above products could actually only set you back at £4 and £7.50 which is a TOTAL bargain.
Have you tried anything from the No7 Beautiful Skin range? Anyone tried the balm or gel cleansers?