Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

Thai Curry- chicken, green curry paste, green peppers, bean sprouts, onions, spring onions, spinach lime juice and coconut milk. Oh... and the more experienced hand of T.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Recently I'm Wearing...

Seeing as the last one seemed to go down rather well, here's another 'Recently I'm Wearing...'

A mix of pictures from my phone, Molome and 'proper' photos, it's been a mixed bag over the last 10 days or so, and there are a couple of sneaky peaks of outfit posts coming up soon.

Top Row- L-R
Birds of a feather... ASOS shirt and Accessorise Necklace.
My new precious. Ring, Topshop
My not-quite-new-but-still preciouses. Boots, Topshop
A Hot/Cold favourite. T-shirt, ASDA

Bottom Row- L-R
Simple but effective, it always gets some attention. Ring, somewhere in Spain.
Keeping it classic. T-shirt, Primark. Jeans, Topshop.
Bringing the bling to work. Watch, gift from Spain.
Doing it my way. Pastel nail polishes- various.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pastels... MY Way

So pastels. All the rage for the coming spring. Unfortunately the make me look as though I'm about to be sick...

However, a recent detour wander into Topshop has left me with new hope for pastels... Meet my new precious...

Pastel Spike Ring, £8.50, Topshop

Safe to say that T is devastated by yet another lethal weapon  chunky ring with sharp bits, I on the other am in love!

From Thumb round:
OPI- shade unknown
Models Own- BlooBloo
Mavala- Elle Grey
Topshop- Gone Fishing
Models Own- Juicy Jules

C'mon folks, tell me I'm not the only one MASSIVELY struggling with this whole girl/female/pastels thing?


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pretty in Pink

This T-shirt is a funny one. It sits in my wardrobe for a couple of months at a time, then for a couple of months I decide I like it and wear it a few times, then it sits back in my wardrobe whilst I overlook it for another couple of months... Luckily for me it was a bit of a bargain from ASDA a couple of years ago, all of £5 and although it's not an instant go-to piece every single week, I wouldn't be without it for a bit of a refresh on the days I decide I desperate need to wear it.

T-shirt, Asda
Cardigan, H&M
Skirt, H&M
Tights, Primark

 Topshop Abena Boots, £75 £35

Still utterly in love with these Topshop boots, and it's been a great way to make me wear heels regularly, and learn how to walk in them properly.

For those interested, I'm wearing the ELF Mineral Moisturising Lip Tint in Blush, which I blogged about here in these pictures. I am still very much in love with it as an easy wear lip colour, even if it seems to be getting pink-er every time I wear it... and it gives me much needed moisture.

In other news... Thank you followers old and new. I recently saw my 200th follower on CLTT. Whilst I love my blog and wouldn't do it unless I did, that people want to read (and do, it would appear) is important to me. Without you, the reader, Chloe Likes To Talk would just be my teenage journals or me talkinbg to myself in the again. 

With that in mind, I'd love to know what you'd like to see more of- or less of on Chloe Likes To Talk. My Recently I'm wearing post seems to be popular (from the stats) and Chloe Likes To Eat is likely to remain a permanent fixture... would you like to see more food? More of me? More of my life? Hollah and let me know. 


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

A little mid-weektreat as my dad’s parents were staying with us for a couple of days. Dessert… during the week… this is quite novel as my parents are having a bit of a health kick and we’re not really a dessert kind of a family either…

 Amaretti Biscuits
Vanilla Ice Cream
Pocket Coffee
Maraschino Cherries (soaked in Kirsch... naturally)
Chocolate Sauce

All made by dad, except the Pocket Coffee. For those unfamiliar, Pocket Coffee are Italian liqueur chocolates. A dark chocolate exterior, a fine wafer base and filled with very potent coffee liqueur. These are loved by pretty much everyone in my family because my aunt who lives in Sicily brings them over when she visits, but you can actually buy them here from Amazon.

Spoiled... me.. much?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Not Quite A Pitbull

For a complete non-beauty blogger, there seems to be an awful lot of make up going on about the place lately...

One of the many things that blogging has given me is an insight into how other people do things and a chance to learn. I've always seen make-up as a necessity, it's functional, it allows me to look like a human being rather than my au natural pasty faced, tired, uneven skin toned self. But more recently, mostly from seeing other bloggers talk about products I never knew existed or how they create their beautiful looks, I've started to see the fun side and enjoy using new products and also new brands.

One of those new found loves is lip colour. I've always been a bit scared of bold lip colour, but I've  realised it doesn't have to be scary, actually it can be subtle. This is a recent purchase.

So I'm new to MUA. They're another budget make up brand to hit the market, and they have been on the edge of my radar for a while after they released an eye shadow palette that was similar to the much talked about Urban Decay Naked palette. But living in a rural abyss means that I've never seen MUA on sale in any of the Superdrug stores near me, until last week. Here's what I didn't realise... they have a £1 range. Everything- eyeshadow, lipstick, nail polish, etc etc. £1.

MUA Lipstick- Shade 11

So basically, it's like my lip colour, but better. It's a tiny bit more orange in tone than I expected, but I still love it for an easy to wear, everyday lip colour. I'm now eagerly awaiting the release of the Love Hearts collection which I've seen featured by numerous bloggers of late, as the candy colours are lovely. I look like I'm about to be sick if I wear pastels, so nail polish and coloured lip balms may well be the only opportunity I get to enjoy them.

As texture/application goes, well I'm no expert. I find it goes on just fine, the coverage after one coat (is that the right word, I feel like I'm talking about nail polish) is complete, the formula seems relatively moisturising. I reckon, for £1, it was definitely worth purchasing. It will continue to live in my handbag make up bag and I foresee further purchases as I continue to venture further into the world of wearing 'proper' make up.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness

So recently I took part in the Random Acts of Kindness parcel swap, organised by the lovely Char. My sender was Katy of It's All So Scarlett and it arrived, complete with squeals from me, when I got home on Friday night.

I think it would be fair to say that Katy took note and put together a beautiful package that couldn't have been more suited to me. I'm now going to have warm hands with a selection of green nails, I'll be wearing one of my own creations from a vintage pattern complete with not just another Matryoshka necklace, but one that has a another little Matryoshka inside it.

Thank you Katy. I love it!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tag, You're It.

I usually steer clear of these taggy things that you’re supposed to do because of a slightly strange award that floats around. But Alex tagged me in this ‘get to know you’ style version, and this being a reasonably personal blog, mostly about yours truly, I thought it might be good to do. And I wouldn’t want to incur Alex’s wrath…  So first up, answering the 11 questions that Alex set…

  • Are you a morning or a night person?

I’m a neither I suppose, years of working in catering used to mean I would go to bed around 0300 and get up around 1100/1200. Now I work more 9-5 type jobs, I’m still rubbish at getting up in the mornings. That said I’m usually sleepy by 2300 too….

  • Have you ever stolen anything? (be honest, I won't set the law on you)
Frequently… the last piece of fudge, a sneaky biscuit on a Friday afternoon, the pencil sharpener in the office- thought that's mine anyway…

  • What is your favourite word?

I don’t know if I have one… Not something I’ve ever thought about. Off the top of my head…antecedent. I have no idea why.

  •  What can't you live without?
Ribena. I’m addicted to the Really Light version, it makes my long days doable. I am a 5 year old inside….

Ribena Really Light

  • Who/what do you have an irrational dislike of?
Emptying the dishwasher. I would genuinely just rather wash up after each meal than empty the dishwasher. I’ve always hated doing it… I have no idea why…

  • Where is your favourite place to eat out?
Oh God… now this is hard. I actually would take eating in over eating out… nothing to do with the Master Chef dad or partner who cooks amazing savoury dishes of course…. Ummmm if I had to pick, there’s a fab Lebanese restaurant in southern Spain or possibly the Italian Restaurant near the Neues Rathaus in Leipzig that I used to eat at pretty much weekly…

  • Who is the cleverest person you know?

My mother, hands down. She’ll always say she’s not smart, but she’s the brains behind my parents business and pretty much everything that happens in our household.

My mum and I at graduation...
  • What was the last film that you saw at the cinema? Was it any good?

I had to think hard to remember this one, but I think it was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, so yes, it was good.

  •  What is your guilty tv pleasure?
Hollyoaks, 90210, the televised film Goodnight Mister Tom, Silent Witness, Gossip Girl… pretty much all my TV is guilty pleasure as I don’t often have a massive amount of time to sit down and do it, and I mostly watch TV on online catch up services. At present Big Fat Gypsy Wedding completes me.

  •  Where did you last go on holiday?

Last full holiday was June 2011, Lanzarote with T. But I do regular trips to London where he is based, which are weekend breaks and holidays of a sort.

  • What makes you go "GAHHHHHHHHHHHHH"?

At least a 100 things, but most prominently, at present, the internet dying just as I need to get online or send an email. 

Next, 11 things about moi...

Yours Truly...

1. Once upon a time I really wanted to work in fashion. I did a night class in fashion design a few years back and I used to write a fashion column for a local magazine.

2. I really really dislike it when people say/write ‘should/would/could of’ as it demonstrates that 1. They didn’t pay attention to basic English lessons at school and 2. That they have no understanding that verbs and prepositions are not interchangeable and that a conditional has to be followed by a verb.

3. I am still learning how to walk in heels. I’ve never really worn them much before and I find them really difficult. It’s proving to be a long and painful process.

4.I have appalling handwriting it’s kind of a scrawl and it’s really only just legible.

5. Despite being declared permanently unfit by the Air Force, my fantasy job would still be in military intelligence and I get a tiny little bit jealous when T goes off on exercise.

6. I have a really really tiny head. My mortar board for graduation was the smallest size they do, and it still was about  an inch too big. Hats are a no go zone…the last one I had (because I needed it at -18 degrees C...) was for an age 2-3 year old.

7. I can’t catch. Really. I can’t. I like to blame my eyesight…

8. My biggest fear is falling. Which is actually quite a rational fear as it goes, because it's one of only 2 fears we’re born with. A fear of loud noises is the other, apparently.

9. I’m exceptionally quite blunt and it gets me into trouble. I like to mean what I say and I wouldn’t ever say something about someone that I wouldn’t say to them. This also means I’m not the most likeable person in the world.

10. My favourite colour is green, and I have an unrealistic loathing of the colour orange. 

11. I'm totally addicted to glitter, something which my partner T indulges on a regular basis, in particular with regards to nail polish...

And now the fun bit. I've tagged the people I would like to get to know better, I'm tagging:

Rosie from A Rosie Outlook
Maria from Frills n Spills
Lauren from Laurenella

Here's the rules (according to Alex...)
1. You must post 11 things about yourself
2. Answer the questions set in the post you were tagged in
3. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag
4. Legitimatly tag people you would like to pass this on to- no 'tagged if you're reading this' 'tagged if you haven't already been' and go to their blog to tell them so. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Recently I'm Wearing...

You might have noticed my obsession with the photosharing app that  I mentioned in Chloe Likes To Eat, well it's not just food, what I'm wearing has been getting the Molotreatment too. Here's what I've been wearing recently...

Top Row: L-R
Primark breton style jumper, Topshop wide leg trousers, Primark belt, New Look shoes
Topshop Cat Slippers
(Indestructable) Steve Madden riding boots (via ASOS)

Middle Row L-R
Topshop Abena Ankle Boots
Primark Lace Dress
Bottom Row L-R
Primark Tights
Lady Umbrella (meets Peter Pan) tee
Sparkles... I'm only wearing them because they trail everywhere...


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

I'm currently using an Android phone (HTC Wildfire, for the record it's great... when it works. Hopelessly unreliable unfortunately) and although I love the camera, I really don't love that Instagram is only available for iPhones. So when the lovely Sarah recommended Molome, I was overjoyed particularly as it's also free. An Android version of everyone's favourite photosharing app (Molome is also available for Nokia and BlackBerry)! If you want to follow me, you'll find me as chloelikes2talk. Consequently, most of the pictures I'm taking at the moment are via Molome and this weeks Chloe Likes To Eat is no exception...

Lemon Bakewell Tart, Vanilla Ice Cream, Blueberry Coulis

My dad had a pudding fit this weekend and made this YUMMY tart, bakewell but with (homemade) Lemon Marmalade in it. Served after a naughty but nice Steak on Saturday night, and thoroughly enjoyed!

The recipe came from the Good Food magazine that my parents have a subscription for, but you can find it online HERE, I would say it needs more lemon... but then they don't say I'm acidic for nothing...

Although this is a Chloe Likes To Eat, I couldn't let the post go by without thanking everyone who commented on my last post, Is It Coz I Is...small?. I was expecting it to go down like a lead balloon, but it's been fantastic to see the various responses and to hear that so many of you understood where I was coming from.

Oh... today is also Valentines Day. I'm not a big subscriber, but I don't really mind it either. T is away and I'm at work, so we're not doing anything special. I did read some interesting things about St Valentines Day though....

Did you know that there are lots of Saint Valentines? They don't know very much about the Valentine whose feast day is February 14th... pretty much where we he is buried and when he died...

The first link with a Saint Valentine and romance is actually from a poem by Chaucer in the 14th century although it's debated whether he actually meant the Valentine who is celebrated in February due to the context... and it's only in the 19th century that it became a tradition to give flowers and confectionery on February 14th.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Is It Coz I Is... small?

I should prepare you, this is not sugar coated blogging.

Blogging, PR, Competitions, Freebies, it's a minefield. I don't pretend to comprehend any of it, I blog as a hobby, not my profession- that's not to say that I take what I do less seriously, but it's not my means of keeping a roof over my head, and therefore takes a lesser priority than, say, case prep or essay writing or showing up to work/work experience.

But as Chloe Likes To Talk has grown from 50 to 100 to almost 200 followers, all of these things are becoming a bit more prevalent. Earlier this week, I received an email from a brand who I have been 'in touch' with before. They've offered to send me previews of their lookbook which I've talked about and I've commented on the person's personal blog before too. They wanted me to advertise something that they're running.

What's wrong with that? It's not exactly novel is it? But my jaded feeling comes from this issue: This brand has had several big press events/blogger events/pr events in the last 6 months. I wasn't invited to any of them, my guess is, that it's because CLTT is quite small, and you know, that's cool. Why should a company spend money on a blogger who's blog doesn't have a big enough following or a relevant enough following to generate business from. But if CLTT is too small to be considered for an invite to an event (and all the nice things that go with it like freebies and parties and early viewing of new products...) then why should I (for free and with no benefit to myself) advertise their event for them?

Image Source

I recently saw another blogger- incidentally one who has around 2.5 times as many followers as I do, tweeting about a competition, stating that they didn't like competitions where bloggers needed to get votes as it was unfair to smaller blogs. The competition was being run by a brand. I wonder if the blogger stopped to think that the reason the brand was running the competition in the first place was in part to gain recognition and business. And why not. Why shouldn't they ask the winner to have the most votes, in order to give the prize to the person who will be most beneficial to them? Yes I know we all had to write a post and link to them to enter the competition, but I wanted the prize like everybody else, therefore to me, there's a tangible gain- a chance at lots of free stuff... HELLO. But what does a brand have to gain by offering the prize (which would have meant regular blogging about their products) to a blog that doesn't give them any return?

There's nothing wrong with having a smaller blog. I love that there are at present 194 people who like what they read enough to have my posts show on their reading lists, but I also like that I don't struggle to keep up with zillions of e-mails, events, product reviews or obligations as well as a full time post-graduate degree, a job and work experience... But why should I get the same opportunities, free stuff, event invites etc etc etc as all those people who have the potential to generate a whole lot more interest, exposure, maybe potential business for a brand? Having a space on the internet that you call a blog does not entitle you to anything except a URL. Making it something is 100% on you.

So there you have it, an issue which I find interesting to see debated. Should smaller blogs have a 'fair chance' for invites to expensive PR events or large volumes of freebies from companies? Personally, I think not. Coming from a business background, I know that everything you do has to be justifiable in terms of its return. But in turn, brands, PRs and companies, don't expect smaller bloggers to fall head over heels for you, gush about your products or your events, if you don't feel that we generate enough following to be worthy of any kind of return, because what you're actually saying, is that we're only ok because we don't cost you anything and it's any port in the storm of advertising.

Needless to say, I have chosen not to advertise the particular event I was e-mailed about.

All views are my own and I have chosen not to name bloggers or brands because I don't feel that this is a targeted or personal post, I am merely expressing my view on what seems to be a common practice.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mostly Mineral

I'm not sure I'd call myself thrifty, and I'll confess, I don't always have the burning to need to get the absolute best price. For me convenience has a price tag and there are times when I am willing to pay it. That said, I'm often on the look out for lower cost alternatives to products or services I use, if they perform in the same way or if they can reduce my need for the more expensive original. Normally, cosmetics is not an area I would consider for this, but having had a good experience with ELF Cosmetics so far, I have ventured further into their offerings.

My ELF Order, total £20.50 for all 5 products.

I've been using mineral make-up, namely Bare Escentuals, for 5 years. I was introduced to BE via my local beauticians, as someone who has battled with iffy skin for a long time, it was a no brainer to try out a switch to make-up which was made of natural products and that wasn't a heavier liquid as I had been using up to that point. I've never looked back, and just to be clear, I'm not criticising a preference for conventional liquid/cream foundations, I'm just stating that personally, after using mineral make-up, I couldn't imagine ever going back to something that sits on my skin in that way.

I don't think that the BE foundation is horribly expensive at £20 ish for a 9g pot (which usually last a couple of months of daily wear), but similarly, I do use it every single day, and having a cheaper alternative to use some of the time is worth looking into. The BE mineral veil, which I use almost twice as much of, because it's the base and finish to my make up (it's a neutral colour and helps my make-up go on smoothly and stay put) is a similar price for a smaller pot, and a couple of months ago, it caught my eye that ELF do a similar product, for just £5 for a much larger pot (10g which is LOADS as it's lighter in weight than foundation!). It's fast become a life saver to not have to feel so cautious about how much I use, which means my make-up is definitely set much better. And now the time has come to buy a new foundation, I thought I might just give the ELF version a try, having enjoyed my experience with ELF Mineral products so far.

ELF Personal Blend Mineral Foundation, £7 

ELF Mineral Concealer, £3.50

The concealer above, there's isn't masses to say about this. You get lots for your money, I get reasonable coverage when using a standard concealer brush (one of my BE ones) and it's a reasonable colour match.

The foundation is a bit different.

It comes as a quad, and the idea is that you create an individual shade to suit you as you use it, as the name 'Personal Blend' suggests.

I really like this as a concept, as my skin colour changes drastically through the seasons with a tan and without. There's a good variety in the four shades and there's plenty of each one in the pot- it's a generous size, and the little cut out bit stops too much product coming out and means you can only dispense one shade at a time.

So far, using it, so good. I've taking to creating the blend in one of my spare empty pots, so I can see a bit better the colour I've created, and to enable me to properly mix it together- and by mix, I mean shake the pot.... technical stuff here! I would say that the coverage isn't quite up to the BE standards, I need more of the ELF foundation, and I've found that it doesn't stay put for quite as long, although it does seem to 'wear off' more evenly than my BE does, meaning that I'm not left with patchy bits when I top up.

As a cheaper alternative, I'm definitely glad I tried it, and it's something I will probably continue to use alongside my BE foundation, although perhaps not as an out and out replacement.

My last little product in the box (aside the brush, which is, well, a full face brush... and Mineral Glow which I've talked about earlier in this post) is this little pretty. And was an indulgent purchase I had free delivery....

Mineral Moisturising Lip Tint in Blush, £3.50

Basically it's coloured lipsalve. And I love it. I've been after something that's not lipstick strength colour, but isn't just a drying stain or sticky gloss for AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGES. And this could be it folks. It's my lipsalve- which I need, my lips are forever dry and colour- discernible without being too strong or in your face, together. I will almost certainly be purchasing a couple of other shades, I'd quite like a red type colour as well as this shade, which I can best describe as natural lip colour, just better.

Would love to hear from anyone who uses mineral make-up and your experience with ELF and other brands. And if you have used mineral and gone back to liquid/cream/non mineral make-up, as it's really good for a complete amateur with make-up, such as I am, to pick up info and tips.

I'm no beauty blogger... in case you hadn't noticed. All views and technical terminology are my own. All products were bought and paid for by yours truly and I just thought I'd tell you about the good people at ELF and cracking service.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chloe Likes To Eat

A simple midweek dinner. Homemade, reasonably healthy and oh so tasty.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Nailing It

Sundays, for me, have become the sacred day of painting my nails, it's the only day I seem to have enough time to do it, and even then I don't always do a very good job. Rather pleased with the effect created with these, it reminds me of the 'Glalaxy' thing everyone seemed to be doing for a while, except this is just a coat of (George at Asda) Black with a coat of (Nails Inc 3D Glitter Effect) Sloane Square over the top. The latter is a gift from T- he knows my fetish for glitter a bit too well.... and it's pretty miraculous, I'll be honest. One coat is sufficient, it dries quickly and it's oh so pretty.

George at Asda Midnight Black
Nails Inc 3D Glitter Effect Sloane Square

Aside painting my nails, I'm actually braving the ice outside as I'm meeting a friend to go over our case for the mooting competition we're doing on Thursday. For those unfamiliar, mooting is something law students do, basically we get a pretend case with pretend clients and we pretend to be barristers and argue the case in pretend court. It's actually really good fun as Lauren and I found in the first round, and mooting is largely considered a mandatory extra on your CV especially if you have hopes of getting a pupilage and becoming a barrister (I don't, but it still makes me look good!).

Topshop Leggings, H&M Vest, Primark Jumper
Teacup Ring
Omnipresent Cat Slippers

In other news, this post was originally going to be all about my non blonde hair. I ventured into the world of dying my own this week, hoping to be brunette at the end. Although nothing went especially wrong, it didn't turn out as dark as I hoped, and consequently, I'm not sure my hair would actually look any different on a photo. Slightly disappointing, but next time I'll know I need a couple of shades darker.

Happy Weekend all of you, and there seem to be ummmm.... a fair few of you? I appear to be creeping toward the 200 follower mark, which is ever so slightly frightening... 195 people are actually interested in what I ramble about?!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Squeaky Clean

So you know all those £5 off No7 Boots vouchers? I never usually use them, but this time, I did! By and large thanks to a recommendation, but (and this is a HUGE apology) I can't for the life of me remember who reviewed this product. The worst thing of all is that I commented on the review, got really excited and made a point to purchase this product after reading the review. So if you know who wrote it, or if it's you, please please let me know, so I can link to it!

Anyway, apologies aside, this is the product. And given my usual avoidance of reviews concerning beauty/skincare products, you know it's either really good or really not. In this case, it's REALLY good.

The new No7 Skincare- Beautiful Skin Foaming cleanser. Full price £9 

A bit of background for you. I struggle with my skin. It's oily, and although I don't have full blown acne, I can't remember a time when I had clear skin. It's sensitive to anything with colour or scent. Consequently, I've been using Simple products for a few years. They're inexpensive high street skincare products, but as much as is possible, they work, they don't seem to irritate my skin particularly and they're easy to get hold of. But you know what, maybe it is time for a change, and swayed by aforementioned review and a discount voucher, I decided to give it a go.

First things first, it's a fair sized bottle, I'm not sure I'd buy it full price, but with the £5 off promotion, it's no more expensive than my previous face wash. You don't need much of the product, and it's a good sturdy bottle if you need to travel with it.

It seems to have a very light scent, kind of 'clean' if you catch my drift, but nothing overpowering and apparently it's hypo-allergenic, and if something coloured/scented is going to affect me, it usually does fairly quickly, so  I'm confident this isn't a problem here, as I've been using it for about a week now.

But the very best thing about this product? The result. I use this in the shower, twice a day. It has no problem removing my make-up- although I wear mineral make-up so that’s not usually a problem. It leaves my skin feeling all over, deeply clean. Something I realised after using this for the first time, that my Simple face wash wasn't giving me. It leaves me skin feeling soft too, and not tight or stripped bare, which is something I hate about so many skincare products that are for oily or even ‘normal skin’ whatever that is. The clean feeling also lasts. My skin doesn’t feel or appear oily just an hour later, which is a problem I’ve had before, and my skin continues to feel soft, clean and after moisturising, I might even go so far as to say my skin feels healthy.

So far, I’ve been using this for about a week. I know that sometimes results can appear to ‘wear off’ a product, but so far, so good. And based on my good experience with the cleanser, I’m keen to investigate other products in the line, particularly as my toner is starting to run low.

My one little gripe, is that I feel £9 is quite expensive. I don’t think I could justify this as a daily use product at that price. However, the £5 off No7 vouchers seem to run frequently, and these vouchers take it to a price I am happy to pay, so I may well stock up next time the vouchers are running and like several zillion other people, I have a Boots card, so the points will be welcome.

So there you have it. My new wonder product. Anybody else tried the new skincare (not just the Oily/Normal section)? I’m intrigued to know if anyone else is as pleased as I am.