According to the brand itself, a tube of No7 'The Full 360' mascara is sold every nine seconds. NINE SECONDS. There must be a pretty good reason for it's cult beauty status.
We simply had to jump on the offer once we saw Boots were handing out No7 mascara for just €14, with four slick options available; 'The Full 360', 'Lash Impact', 'Exceptional Definition' and 'Lash Extender'.
No7 mascara is specially formulated for "instantly more noticeable lashes," according to the company, and produce the product in both brown and black tones.
The curved brush grips every lash, coating from root to tip for longer-looking lashes and a wide-awake curl.
Apply three coats for best results which last up to 12 hours, so whether it's a night out with the gals on a sweaty dancefloor or a morning meeting where you want to show off, you won't have to reapply.
The patented brush is made from paddle-shaped bristles which are carefully rounded at the ends to grip onto lashes, defining and coating them in layers of formula. We like the sound of that.
Fans have long been praising No7 mascara for the way in which it grips onto lashes, yet doesn't leave any clumping. Is this some kind of beauty sorcery? What miracle is this?
Boots has to carefully stock it's 'The Full 360' mascara so that it doesn't sell out, and now we know why. 'Lash Impact' and 'Exceptional Definition' use nutrients to enrich the intensity of the coating.
The incredible offer is only from July 3 until July 30, so get yourselves down to Boots ASAP before it expires and you're the only one without these perfect products. Bat them lashes to the MAX ladies.
We absolutely ADORE Valentine's Day, not only because celebrating romance usually gives us an excuse to pamper ourselves, but because it's a wonderful time of the year for cosmetics shopping.
Why buy roses or chocolates when you can get the best beauty products around?
We've decided to curate a list of our top 12 makeup, skincare and cosmetic goods for this year's Valentine's Day; whether it's for a hot date, a dinner for the gals or even a cosy night in with Netflix and a furry friend.
From your favourite smouldering red lipstick to sparkling pink eye-shadows and rose-scented perfume; 'tis the season for LOVE in beauty-land.
1. Charlotte Tilbury 'Hot Lips' red lipstick in Carina's Love.
Inspired by Chinese actress Carina Lau, this bold and sexy red lippy inspires confidence in any woman who wears it. It's siren red and has light-diffusing pigments that create a luminous finish for a full-bodied effect.
In Chinese culture, the colour red is representative of good fortune and joy, so it's positively perfect for Valentine's Day, right?
There's a great reason why Charlotte Tilbury is a globally renowned brand, and their matte lipstick range stands by their statement of good-quality products for women.
The creamy formula, protection from UV damage and seamless finish are just three reasons why this lipstick makes our top 12. Enjoy it in all it's glory, gals.
2. L'Occitane Romantic Rose collection
For Valentine's Day, it's only too important to smell and feel your best. We've found the ideal scent for the eve: ROSE. French powerhouse brand L'Occitane have gifted us with a set, that we all both need and deserve.
The gorgeous and elegant fragrance set includes: Rose Eau de Toilette, Rose Shower Gel, Rose Body Lotion and Rose Hand Cream.
L'Oreal Paris Go Purple shampoo is priced at €8.95 from all major retailers now.
6. Dermalogica intensive moisture balance
Promising to deliver nourishment beyond the skin's surface, the Dermalogica intensive moisture balance cream is 100 percent professional grade.
It's vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and uses NO artificial colours or flavouring; it's legit eco-friendly while clearing up all those dry skin worries. We'll take 10, please?
7. Rimmel London Wonder'Luxe mascara
Finally we have discovered the best clump-free mascara in town, with four oils to it's lash-loving Wonder collection.
For volumised, thick and full lashes, with maximum volume; Rimmel's your go-to product.
Rimmel has even infused argan oil into it's four-oil complex, as well as Maracuja oil, Marula oil and Camellia oil for conditioning and protection from hair splitting.
Argan oil is renowned for nourishing properties, so mascara won't have to damage those eyelashes anymore. Thank GAWD.
8. Sculpted by Aimee Connolly: The 4-in-1 lip liner pen
Why have one Valentine's Day lip liner when you could have four, stunning shades?
Grab yourself the Nude or the Pink edition, whichever you're in the mood for will light up your night. Each edition has four beautiful shades, from 'Buff', 'Bare', and 'Peach' to 'Rose', 'Blush' and 'Rouge', you're in for a treat.
Line the perfect pout with makeup guru Aimee Connolly, she's only gone and made the holy grail of lip liners.
9. Garnier Ultimate Blends almond crushshampoo and conditioner
Garnier Ultimate Blends are launching up to 98 percent natural origin haircare, and we could NOT be more excited about it.
Your hair will feel cleansed, nourished and weightless using their almond crush shampoo and conditioner, which is made with a blend of organic almond milk and agave sap.
The gentle formula is a complete game-changer; did we mention it's 100 percent vegan?
Garnier Ultimate Blends almond crush shampoo and conditioner are priced at €4.95 each and are available from all major retailers.
10. La Roche Posay Lipikar Cleansing Oil AP+
La Roche Posay have long been one of our go-to skincare brands, and their new cleansing oil for dry skin will save the day for those of you who are PLAGUED with this skin type.
It's a soap-free, paraben-free and alcohol-free pH neutral shower oil that gives your skin the lipids it needs to reconstruct the skin barrier,
Skin with atopic tendencies or extreme dryness will CRAVE this product, it also soothes that feeling of tightness many of us know and hate.
11. Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette
From white shades like 'Tempera' and 'Vermeer' to baby pink 'Bijon Fresco', bold raspberry 'Love Letter' and 'Venetian Red', even brown shades like 'Red Ochre' and 'Cyrprus Umber', we're dazzled by these Renaissance-inspired tones.
The range is gorgeous; this collection of matte and metallic eye-shadows is PERFECT for creating dazzling cosmetic effects this Valentine's Day.
Anastasia Beverley Hills always create the best products, which means they sell out fast. Grab yours now online from Cult Beauty to avoid disappointment.
12. Bioderma Sensibio Foaming Gel
Leading French brand Bioderma has introduced the new Sensibio foaming gel, and all we can say is: WOW.
The gel is specifically created to soothe and hydrate your skin to ensure it's free of trapped oil and impurities.
It's mild but cleansing active ingredients calm irritations and will leave your skin feeling squeaky clean just in time for your Valentine's Day make-up regime.
That concludes the round-up of our top 12 ultimate Valentine's Day beauty products: tried and tested.
You'll be getting a faster heartbeat and butterflies in your stomach just looking at these gems, let alone using them. They'll melt your heart, and self-love is all about treating yourselves, right?
Makeup can give you that special finishing touch for any prom look, so you can stand out from the crowd. Whether you are going for a low-key or high-fashion look, you want to make sure your makeup is done to perfection.
Although it would be lovely to have a professional come and do your makeup for the big night, this is not an affordable luxury for most people. We've got a few quick tips and tricks to help you take charge and get prom ready in no time, no stress.
Dress to Impress
You've probably spent a lot of time finding your dream prom dress, so it's important to centre your makeup look on it. Your makeup and dress should always compliment one another, rather than compete for attention.
For example, if you were wearing prom dresses in bright colours with embellishments such as this gorgeous number from JJ's House, a complimentary makeup look would be matching red lipstick with light eye makeup.
A heavily made-up eye area would be too busy for this style of dress and completely overdo your overall look.
If you're wearing a plainer style of dress like this JJ's House velvet gown, you can combine sultry, smoky eyes with your red lipstick as it's a makeup look that compliments the material and these styles of prom dresses.
It might not usually be a good idea to copy other people's work or ideas, but when it comes to makeup looks, it's practically a recommendation!
We often see celebrities or models made up in a way that we think will suit us too – prom can be the perfect place to try it out!
The key to making this look work can be summed up in one word: practice! If you leave it until prom day to try it out, chances are it will be a complete disaster – it might look like a mess or just not look as good as you thought it would.
Prom night is not the time to work this out.
If you want to mirror the look of your favourite celebrity, practice and preparation are the best ways for you to get there.
Testing 1, 2, 3
One of the biggest things most people forget to do is make sure their makeup looks good in pictures. This is something that again is best to practice and prepare before the big night.
Flash photography can wash out your skin and makeup, and can make you look pasty and startled! You would be shocked to know what the biggest culprit for this is: moisturiser – or more specifically, moisturiser with sunscreen in it.
The sunscreen reflects the flash, completely washes out your face and mismatches the tone from your body.
Make sure you plan ahead and check to make sure the face cream or foundation you use on prom night does not include sunscreen. If it's only a small amount, you can try and take photos to test how reflective it might be.
For most women applying mascara is a no brainer – find one you like, give your lashes a few quick swipes and off you go. But apparently this process should be a lot more labour intensive than you’d think.
According to Allure, using just a couple of layers of mascara applies nowhere near enough product to achieve the volumising and lengthening effects you’ve been promised.
Makeup artist Amy Nadine claims it takes exactly 30 strokes per eye to get lashes on fleek and the technique used to apply the mascara shouldn’t exactly be haphazard either.
Amy told Allure the stokes should not be long and precise and that instead you should use “quick brisk strokes” when putting on this product.
Given that she’s recommending 60 strokes per day, they’d want to be pretty brisk indeed.
Whether or not you’re a fan of the Kardashians you have to admit the girls do know a thing or two about makeup.
So it’s super exciting to hear that Khloe’s a fan of Maybelline’s super affordable Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara in the shade Extra Black.
According to Marie Claire, the reality star revealed on her app: "When it comes to mascara, more $$$ doesn't always mean more volume or length” before claiming that celebrity makeup artist Joyce Bonelli “beats” her lashes with the drugstore product.
Since the mascara retails at just €11.99 and is available in Boots stores and online, could you really go wrong?
There seems to be a certain feeling of joy when you get your hands on a new lipstick or that mascara that makes your lashes look killer.
And to be honest, we don't really want to throw away our make-up until we scrape every last little bit out. Right?
Wrong. We should, because the truth is that everything we put on our face must be clean and fresh or else some nasty germs could clog up your beautiful complexion. UGH.
And if you haven't a clueee when you need to throw your make-up out, no worries. Grazia spoke to Bobbi Brown pro make-up artist Hannah Martin and she gave us all the inside scoop to when we need to clear out our make-up bags.
Once you open a product, liquid and cream based make-up "are best used within a year and powder products within two years."
But Hannah said to watch yourself with mascara as it's "one of the exceptions and really is at its best for the first two months and should be replaced after three months."
As a general rule, "longwear shadows and liners are also at their best for the first six months but powder products "such as face powder, bronzer, blush and eye shadow will last longer that liquid products," so they're good for a couple of years (if they last that long).
The most important thing is to read the guidelines on the products and do regular clean-outs of your make-up bag and make-up brushes. You'll be sorted in no time!