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1 October 2015

Seventeen Cosmetics Cheek Stamp Blush

Seventeen Cosmetics Cheek Stamp Blush
Seventeen Cosmetics Cheek Stamp Blush
Seventeen Cosmetics Cheek Stamp Blush

It's not often I pick up a new blusher but this actually came as a free gift for spending more than £5 on other Seventeen products. I thought it was extremely cute and not like any other blushers I've seen on the high street before so I thought I'd give it a try.

The packaging is really interesting, the little mirrored pot contains the blush packed into its lid and a sponge stamp applicator on the opposite end. You simply press the sponge into the blush and stamp away at your cheeks - luckily this doesn't produce bold pink circles on your cheeks like some kind of circus clown, it just distributes a faint touch of colour, which can be blended in as you see fit. I picked up the lightest shade 'Blushing' but there is a range of shades right up to a darker, almost bronze colour.

For £4.99 this is pretty reasonable. If it wasn't a free gift it might have been something I'd have paid for anyway if I was in need of a new blush just because it's so sweet. It's great for keeping in your handbag and reapplying through the day and it's very convenient too as you simply twist the spring loaded lid and go about your application. There's no mess, no fall out and no need for brushes.

Have you tried the Seventeen Cosmetics Cheek Stamp Blush? Let me know what you thought in the comments.

29 September 2015 - a one stop shop for nail polish

I don't know about you but my local Boots/Superdrug stores can be very limited on nail polishes. It's often the same old shades on the stand and there's some brands that the bigger Boots stores stock that my local one doesn't so I sometimes find it difficult to try new brands and shades.

I recently discoverd, which stocks 1,000s of different brands and shades, all for great prices. I was recently in touch with the website and was lucky enough to receive two polishes of my choice for the purposes of this post. I opted for two Essie polishes in 'Mind your Mittens', which is a deep grey shade and 'On a silver platter', which is a gorgeous glittery top coat. I thought these would look pretty lovely together and I certainly wasn't wrong. The top coat is silver/grey/blue in the bottle and it can be worn on it's own for a snowy/wintery look or as a top coat on something darker, as per the above pics, where it actually appears gold on application, so perfect for party season!

I realise these are both from the 2013 ranges and are in older packaging, but for a knockdown price I don't think it really matters. Both polishes are gorgeous, apply like a dream, have great staying power and are going straight into my already very full collecion.

It's not all older stock on the website though, having a browse through the Barry M section and I came across lots of new releases, so the site is perfect for anyone that can't get to the shops or whose local shops aren't so up-to-date with their stock rotation.

There's so many different polishes to choose from, they're all full-size and 100% genuine as well so no nasty fakes. Some of the polishes are a bit cheaper than you'd normally find in shops so it's well worth having a good look around.

The polishes also came really well packaged and despatch is super quick too. If you order before 2pm Monday - Friday you'll get same day despatch. Spend over £15 and you'll receive free delivery too.

Overall I think this is a great little website for nail polish fans to discover old and new favourites and you can save 10% on your next order with the code POLISHED. You're welcome!

*This post contains PR samples.

28 September 2015

Seventeen Cosmetics Define & Conquer Contour Kit

Seventeen Cosmetics Define & Conquer Contour Kit
Seventeen Cosmetics Define & Conquer Contour Kit
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I've been on a bit of a spree of the old Seventeen stand in Boots recently. I think it was three for two on items and you also got a free gift for spending over £5. I'll be featuring the free gift here at the end of the week so look out for that. What I wanted to feature today was the Define & Conquer palette/kit, which is a cute little compact containing a light and a darker powder for contouring.

I have to admit contouring was a bit like a foreign language to me. It was really scary when it first became a 'thing' but now I'm seeing these sorts of kits come out that don't have such scary looking shades in them, so I thought I'd pluck up the courage and try one out.

Thankfully this came with a handy little guide, telling me where on my face to apply which shade of powder. I found it extremely helpful and a bit less nervewracking when applying. After applying foundation I usually look a little pale and while blusher does help to add some colour into my cheeks, I'm still a little ghostly elsewhere so the darker contour powder really helped my face to look a little less dead, while the highlighter helped to add a bit of a glow.

I have to admit I applied it very minimally, just because I wasn't sure what I was doing and had this fear of ending up with brown stripes across my face, but I was pleased with the finished result and could definitely see a bit more colour in my face, which may not show up in the pictures incredibly well, but I promise you it's there!

I definitely think practice makes perfect when it comes to contouring so I like the fact the powders are blendable and buildable, enabling you to keep things quite simple or you can go all out Kim /kardashian if you to choose. This is a great little foolproof compact for people like me who have never tried contouring before and are a bit scared of it. It's like contouring for dummies!

Have you tried the Define & Conquer kit from Seventeen Cosmetics? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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