Boots No 7-Honest Mum

Those that follow this blog know my great, sometimes obsessive LOVE of make up. I refer to it as my armour, it gives me confidence and helps to hide dark circles from the many sleepless nights I suffer sadly (thanks kids)-making me feel awake on the outside if not in.

Funnily enough lately, due to aforementioned fatigue and the many shoots I’ve had recently, I’ve been going bare-faced a bit more too and it’s liberating. I’ve had compliments on my skin and my eyes and even been told how young I look. Thanks randoms in the street and the woman who ID’ed me in Waitrose.

I won’t be throwing out the make up collection just yet but it’s made me think a lot about embracing the ‘real me’ and feeling happier in my skin (literally)

That’s not to say I don’t still adore dark eyes and a luscious deep berry lip though and nothing says a festive look than that, to me. High octane glamour with Hollywood waves for my hair, this is the style I like to rock come Christmas time.

And of course, this time of year means lots of fabulous family get-togethers (you guys know how glam my family is) and of course birthday celebrations (which are going on all month-might as well milk it huh) and it’s all rather exciting isn’t it?!

I love the ritual of this family all getting dressed up for festive parties and make up is such an important part of that for me.

…When Boots No 7 got in touch asking me to try their latest collection as part of the stunning #TaDah campaign, I literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on it all.

Foundation-Honest Mum

Stylishly packaged products including concealers, foundation, highlighters, eye shadows, lipsticks and new nail gel-look polishes, this collection is sooo me! They also sent over some superb NEW Limited Edition mascaras titled Midnight Lash too that really opened up and emphasised my eyes!

Definitely gave me the #TaDah feel at the end of it and my husband who photographed the shoot said I looked fabulous which was lovely!

So here it is, my Christmas look:


Make up-Honest Mum

– Blend No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation SPF 15 into skin using my foundation brush and finger tips.

– Concealed where necessary (under eyes and around my nose) with No7 Match Made Concealer.

-Applied No 7 loose powder over my face

– Pressed No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter on to cheekbones for an extra glow.

– Applied No7 Natural Blush Tint Powder in Coral Flush to the apples of the cheeks with a blusher brush and blended outwards.

cream blush-Honest Mum


eyeshadow-Honest Mum

– Using the No7 In The Navy Eyeshadow Palette, applied the natural shade over entire lid. I used the shimmery shade to highlight the inner corners of the eyes and under the brow bone.

eyeshadow-Honest Mum

– Lined the top lash line and tear line with No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in Deepest Blue, blending into the lash line. It is blue/ nearly black and I loved it.

eye pencil-Honest Mum

The first time I have deviated from black and it really adds some edge. I’d strongly recommend going for this!

No 7 eyeliner-Honest Mum

-Added 2 coats of No7 Lash Impact Mascara in Black which helped exaggerate my lashes and add impact to my look.

No 7 Mascara-Honest Mum

Lip:- Applied No7 High Shine Lip Gloss in Plum Blush.

blush-Honest Mum


I then lightly brushed No7 Gold Christmas Highlighter Palette on the cheekbones for a polished sheen. As I’m olive skinned it carried all of the above really well but fairer complexions might want to choose between the three.

I also added some Natural Blush Cream in Maple Silk too.


nail polish-Honest Mum

– Filed and buffed nails then applied a coat of No 7 Stay Perfect Base Coat.

nail polish-Honest Mum

– Once dry, applied two coats of No7 Stay Perfect Patent Navy, again a nearly black shade I fell in love with. A mixture of black/blue and almost purple, I will be alternating between this and No7 Nail Gel Look Shine Nail Polish in Golden Sands this Christmas.

– Completed the manicure with No7 Stay Perfect Top Coat.

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…Ta dah!

Jacket on and a quick check in my compact!mirror-Honest Mum
Stunning, long lasting-make up I’ve already used lots of times since receiving!

Thanks No 7 for making me feel FABULOUS!

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34 Responses

  1. Notmyyearoff

    You look fabulous, I’ve never really considered No 7 makeup, besides maybe the odd eyeshadow but I think I might have to take a wander through their counters!

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much darling, love that-definitely is an empowering colour to wear too as is the lipstick, thanks for your lovely comment x

  2. Ting at My Travel Monkey

    Red really suits you! I do bare-faced a lot. Because I am super lazy, although it means when I do make an effort people notice! Loving the blue nail varnish – it’s one of my fave colours! #sharewithme

  3. Beth Twinderelmo

    WOW! You look fab as always. I’m really impressed with the nails though – they look amazing and so professional. I need to find these nail varnishes for myself! x

  4. Wendy

    Oooh I love No 7! So I’m hitting the big 4-0 shortly and have a daughter with dyspraxia who never sleeps, so I defo need that concealer under the eyes 🙂 Love the coral blush too, and… You look fab 🙂

  5. Jenny

    WOW you look amazing Vic! If only I could do that to my own face. I have written down some of the things you mentioned. I could do with a great concealer. Might try it I have never used No 7 before so would be amazing to test some out. Thanks for sharing your tips and christmas look. Fab as always. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me.#sharewithme


    I am always bare faced. If I’m going somewhere a little nicer I put a little BB cream on. For me to do full make up requires something like a engagement party. Thanks for the tips, because when I do actually put make up on, I always need help 😉

  7. Cerys

    Feeling fab and looking fab, lady! I’ve always been just an eye make up lady up until around last year, since then I’ve worn more (because, let’s face it, I needed it). But not too much! Just a hint of blusher and more emphasis around the eyes, and that little bit more confident xx

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling and you don’t need make up! Def think it makes me feel better about myself but also embracing barefaced more too, love this No 7 range x

  8. Mel

    I love those blue nails! You did a fab job making your eyes stand out. Gorgeous look… and how on earth do you manage not to have dark circles?

  9. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    I’m either no makeup whatsoever (not braveness, just laziness), or an absolute ton of it, often with what appears to be an evening look in the daytime. I like loads of dark eye makeup and dark lips. Would love to see this No 7 makeup in a vlog, Vicki. Incidentally, I never get compliments on how great I look without makeup. I recently walked into my mum’s house with a bare face; mum’s reaction: “gosh, you look rough. Are you ill?” Charming.

    • honestmum

      I can be like that Fiona, tiredness means no make up in the day or loads! My Mum can be like that too, aren’t they lovely x

      • honestmum

        My Mum is the same although she told me how nice I looked barefaced the other day whereas she does encourage a bit of colour, it’s more from a ‘give yourself a life perspective’ and funny as she was never into make up when I was growing up! I’ve created a monster! Don’t understand re swearing!!! x

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