Friday 13 September 2013

The Royal Favourite: No7 Gay Geranium

We've all heard of 'The Kate Effect'- Miss (or should I say Mrs) Middleton appears in absolutely any outfit and it sells out within hours along with anything that looks remotely like it. Well I actually partially bought this lipstick because of 'The Queen Effect'. Her Majesty has been a fan of this classic shade since it was first released into the No7 Fifties collection after WWII and I figured if it's good enough for the ultimate royal woman then it's certainly good enough for me...

'Gay Geranium' is a gorgeous orange/coral toned vibrant red lipstick, very similar in colour to MAC 'morange' and 'vegas volt'. It's a definite power shade and I always get compliments when I wear it! One thing that makes this colour stand out so much is the ridiculous pigmentation- full opaque coverage in one swipe that really does 'stay perfect' all day as No7 promises with only a slight top up or two. The formula is surprisingly creamy given the amazing colour pay off and the matte finish isn't overly drying either (My friend Rosie actually spent Tuesday telling me how creamy my lips looked). This creamy quality makes application a dream as the bullet glides on to the lips so easily and you never have to faff around with lip liner. It can wear off a little unevenly after a while though and it's a good idea to check the product hasn't escaped to other parts of your face after eating (I genuinely managed to get this on my nose and chin after eating an apple a couple of days ago), so it is a shade you have to pay attention to when you wear it but I think the amazing colour, pigmentation, finish, application and staying power makes this totally worth it and I can see why it is the only shade No7 have kept from their Fifties collection. As with most No7 products I do think it's a little pricey for the drugstore at £10 but then again there are always vouchers and offers on in Boots and the packaging is quite expensive looking so if you do make the investment I guarantee this will become an all time favourite lip product that will work just as well in the colder months as it did in the summer. The Queen clearly has good taste in lipstick as well as hats and corgis.

It feels like ages since I've done a regular post but I've had a pretty manic week. It started off with a trip to Thorpe Park on Monday with Dave which was rather wet but also hilarious. I then had a perfect day in London with Rosie on Tuesday pretending to be rich bloggers who could afford to shop at Liberty and Carnaby Street- a great deal of Hour Glass make up and Monki colothing has now made it onto my lust list. We also made a visit to my new favourite eatery, The Breakfast Club, where I tried the apple and cinnamon french toast and chai tea latte which I'd both highly recommend. This day was followed by a girly sleepover with the home gals where far too much chinese and wine was consumed! Then the past couple of days I've done a few shifts at the fun old library to make a bit of extra money before I move away and start my new job and also launched a Big Body Shop Giveaway to celebrate reaching my 1000 follower milestone and 2nd blog birthday. Phew.

I hope you've had a lovely week. Are you also feeling Gay about Geranium?    


  1. Oooo this is such a pretty shade!

  2. It looks so complimentary against your skin tone and hair! Beautiful shade!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  3. such a lovely colour! x

  4. This looks gorgeous on you, I don't seem to be able to pull off orange tined lippies though, wish I could cos it's lovely

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic


  5. This looks so pretty I'll have to pick it up next time I have a voucher xxxx


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