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Is it acceptable to use the ‘c’ word? Well let’s not beat around the bush because Christmas is less than 12 weeks away.
To countdown to the big day, No7 is bringing back its Beauty Calendar*. That means 25 cosmetic and skincare beauty must-haves all in time for the festive celebrations for yourself or perhaps as an early Christmas gift to a friend.
I’m being very good and holding out till 1st December to open mine but I can tell you among the surprises included are No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream, No7 Youthful Eye Serum, No7 High Shine Lip Crayon Daydreamer and No7 Lash Impact Mascara to name but a few.
No7’s Beauty Calendar is priced at £35 (worth £130) and will be available from 29th October in store and on boots.com.
Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer is something I have been very curious about yet I knew very little about it. It took a Youtube video by Selina (also known as YazMakeUpArtist) who broke it down and explained what it is with a top-notch demonstration:
Sensual Skin Enhancer is a multi-functional formula which can be used on its own as a foundation, as a concealer, a highlighter or blended with moisturiser and as the name suggestions, it enhances the skin or mimics a flawless and radiant complexion.
The ingredients used to create a soft, dewy finish are honey and jojoba oil. I use the Sensual Skin Enhancer to conceal my dark circles and there is no creasing from it. I also like to mix a small amount with my foundation, and have used it successfully with NARS Sheer Glow; it instantly uplifts my complexion.
I’ve read reviews that people aren’t applying it correctly or in fact, are using too much. I followed Selina’s advice to scoop a teeny amount from the end of a small make-up brush and wipe it onto the back of my hand before dabbing it on under the eyes and then mixing it separately with my base. The key is to use very little for it go a long way.
The Sensual Skin Enhancer can be used for contouring and highlighting – you just need to select a shade darker or lighter respectively. However that is an expense I wouldn’t want to incur and I’m not exactly obsessed like Kimmy Kardashian.
It’s a pricey pot at £38, though saying that I’ve been using it for a few weeks and what you see above is how much I’ve got through so I can foresee this lasting a long while yet. I don’t use it daily, only on occasions when I want my make-up to stand out and last longer than I usually care to wear it for. I do love it immensely as it’s made such a difference, giving my foundation a boost and brightening the areas around my eyes.
There are 15 shades available and I strongly advise you get colour-matched – Space NK can help you out with that. I was paired up with SX 11.
The Sensual Skin Enhancer is my first foray into Kevyn Aucoin’s range and I would like to explore more of it. Do let me know if you are a fan and can recommend something. Also please check out Selina’s videos (AND SUBSCRIBE) because she is brilliant – and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t have a great deal of patience to sit through YouTube videos more than three minutes long.