Discovering Seventeen

seventeen-makeup - 1Seventeen is one of those brands I’ve been familiar with for a while, but never actually tried anything from.

Maybe because I’m more on the No7 age bracket, but never mind! It turns out I got quite the surprise…

As a proper introduction, I was delighted to give some of their best selling products a go.

seventeen-makeup - 2Their Define & Conquer count our kit is super slim and fits well in any makeup bag. The highlighter is light and matte, which makes a huge change from all the powder highlighters I use, which have some shimmer in. It does work well to lift the highlighted points very subtly, which I really liked.

The contour powder is a light tan, not very warm, that works as well as a count our as it does as a subtle bronzer.

seventeen-makeup - 1The kit also comes with an easy-to-follow, straight forward guide for application.

Both apply and blend well, as have a decent durability.

seventeen-makeup - 3The Skin WOW! Concealer is clearly a dupe for the YSL Touché Eclat, and works in the same way, to highlight and conceal.

Used under the eyes, it brighten it up, and works in other parts of the face as a discreet highlighter.

seventeen-makeup - 4The formula is less rich than the more expensive cousin, and that reflects a bit on the pigmentation and overall effect, but means it blends easier.

Now, what cannot go unnoticed are the prices: Seventeen delivers great value for money.

Maybe I am indeed on the Seventeen age bracket!

The Define & Conquer countour kit costs £5.99 and is available in two shades: Fair and Medium. Skin WOW! Concealer is priced at £4.99 and also comes in the Fair and Medium shades.

At the moment, you can get a second item half price on selected Seventeen products – and let’s not forget all those precious Boots cards points!

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Say “hello cheekbones!” with the new Sleek Cream Contour Kit

sleek-cream-contour-kit-review - 6God do I like a good contour. Not just the crazy-85-layers-of-30-product contour, but also an everyday, quick and efficient one that gives you just that extra oomph – definition and fierceness.

Sleek has made our lives easier with their new Cream Contour Kit. The palette has six creme colours and is available in three different shades to suit different skin tones. Because there are six shades in each, they blend among each other, making the skin shades it covers really great.

It also comes with a handy guide to make sure you make the best of all colours by putting them in the right place.

sleek-cream-contour-kit-review - 1For this review, I used them all, as instructed on the guide, plus a little bit of shade 1 over my cupid bow, down my nose too and brow bones.

The cream is great – quite firm for consistency in the palette, but melts away on the skin, making the blending process a whizz. Pigmentation is good, so not a huge amount needed for each area; it is also buildable.

sleek-cream-contour-kit-reviewI first did my base with my usual primer and foundation, then using the medium palette, added the colours in the respective areas with a duo-fibre applicator brush (I used MAC 282).

sleek-cream-contour-kit-reviewThen I blended quite a bit with a very light touch, starting with my lighter colours to the darkest, using another duo-fibre brush (MAC 130 which I highly recommend for flawless cream/liquid blending; I use with concealer a lot).

I have to say that the creams are so velvety that blending was very easy.

After blending, I retouched a bit, adding shade 1 to my cheekbones for extra highlighting and a little bit of 6 to the hollows of my cheek for a little bit more definition.

Even though I used all the colours in all recommended places, I think the result is quite natural, there is definition, but no thickness or a massive makeup build up.

sleek-cream-contour-kit-reviewTo finish off, I set with a translucent powder (coloured powder can mask the contouring, I used GOSH prime ‘n set), a little bit of blusher (Charlotte Tilbury First Love), subtle mascara (Benefit They’re Real Lash Primer used solo, as a brown mascara) and a lipgloss (yes, a lipgloss! Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Apricute) .

The contouring and finishing whole process didn’t take more than 10 minutes. I usually do my skin base in under 5.

For everyday, I’d probably stick to shades 1 and 2 for highlighting and 5/6 for the cheek hollows. Of course, shades 3 and 4 can also be used as a concealer.

Sleek, you got it right, once again. And it gets better: this baby costs only £10.99. yes, you read it right. £10.99.

The Sleek Cream Contour Kit launches on the 6th April, comes in Light, Medium and Dark, cost £10.99 (just in case you missed – or didn’t believe – it above!) and can be bought from sleekmakeup.com, Superdrug and Boots.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Bronde, strobing, baking and clown-contouring: are they really new?

feature1Recently we have seen “new” beauty “trends” popping up everywhere: strobing, bronde and clown-contouring.

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