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It’s been a very busy few weeks here at HQ so as a result the motivation to post has left me a bit this month. Work has been incredibly busy, Dan has taken longer than anticipated to recover from surgery, and February has been just as dark and cold as January was, so I still feel like I’m in hibernation mode. I’m incredibly cheered to see that now, as i get ready for work in the morning, natural light is sneaking around the edge of my blinds, and that as I leave the office at 6pm, there’s still a little brightness in the sky. I’ve survived another winter – hurray!

Whilst I’ve been getting on with real life, I’ve been using some makeup goodies that I bought around last payday, and that have now had a very thorough, month-long road-test. The product I’ve been using the most is Boots No. 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation in Cool Ivory.


I have shiny, oil and spot-prone skin which can be a bit dry in cold weather – a winning combination, for which I thank Mother Nature every single day (not). More than anything, I need decent coverage without too thick an application required, and something that is going to last all day without the need for constant touch-ups. A tall order, I know. During the slightly more temperate months, a cleverly applied combo of No. 7’s Triple Protection Tinted Moisturiser and bareMinerals Matte Foundation does the trick nicely, but the winter months have been calling for something a little more heavy-duty. Happily, No. 7 haven’t left me wanting.


The foundation formula is heavier than I was used to, so it took a couple of days to nail the technique required to get an even finish. Using a good foundation brush helps, but for me the key was not loading too much product on the brush to start with! The coverage is incredibly smooth and even, but doesn’t leave your face feeling like it’s caked it makeup. In fact, it’s so good that my need for concealer has reduced significantly, and the formula hasn’t aggravated the condition of my skin at all.

Crucially though, this stuff lasts. On my forehead, chin and cheeks there is no need for any touch-ups at all during an average day, whilst my nose usually just needs a quick dab of powder around the middle of the day, to keep my ‘look’ ticking over. Even with awkward, sensitive, combination skin like mine, there is a formula out there. Bless you Boots, and your clever £5 skincare/£3 makeup vouchers!