Sunday, 13 November 2016

Seventeen Makeup: First Impressions*

I can't even begin to explain how excited I am to finally be writing up this post. It's been a long time coming (since August, in fact), but it's here, and I couldn't be happier about that.
So, back in the summer, I applied to become a part of Seventeen's Bloggers Network. After a little while, I was contacted by the lovely PR Assistant that works for them, who goes by the name of Louise. I'm sure most of you know about the brand, but for those of you who don't, I'll just give you a little run down right now! It's only fair that I keep you in the loop after all.
Seventeen is a Boots own brand that is on the much more affordable end compared to others. They sell a variety of different products, ranging from highlighters, to lipsticks, and there's guaranteed to be something for everyone, no matter what you're looking for.
The Seventeen Bloggers Network is essentially exactly what it says it is. An online space where bloggers alike can connect, and share their thoughts on products, makeup tips, and anything else that they fancy - even the latest news about potential meet-ups!!
I was lucky enough to get sent 3 different products from the brand, and I've really enjoyed trying them out over the past few months. In the parcel, I received an eyebrow kit, and 2 lipsticks. I'd never tried any of these products before, which meant that I was obviously incredibly excited to see what they were like, so that I could share my thoughts with all of you.
Words can't actually describe how much I'm in love with this brow kit. This is coming from someone who literally thinks that eyebrows are everything, and more. Okay, maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but honestly, the way my eyebrows appear is pretty important to me. For the longest time, I've been playing around with different products, and testing them all out, because I could never find anything that was absolutely perfect. Over the past few months, I've been going to school with bare eyebrows, and they haven't even been in the best condition either, which isn't exactly great, lets be honest.
Prior to receiving this product, I'd literally just run a pencil through my brows, and then I'd leave it at that. Recently, I haven't actually been doing anything at all. Trust me, I'm as ashamed of myself writing that, as you are reading those words. It sends a slight shiver down my spine actually.
In this quad, (can you even call it that?), you get a brow pencil, a soft wax, a setting powder, a little brush, and a brow bone highlight. It's honestly got everything that you could possible need when it comes to eyebrows! Well, apart from tweezers, and a beautician to thread them every once in a while, but I can deal without those things, considering I have tweezers myself anyway!
Something that I noticed when I bought Seventeen's Easy On The Eye Palette a while ago is the little sheet that comes at the top of the product. I was so impressed to see that you also get one with this product too, because it really does make things so much easier, especially if you're a beginner with brows, or if you just don't know what all the individual bits do. Personally, I just follow the diagram, and the step-by-step guide! You can't go wrong with that. If you have any sparse sections, or you like going over your brows with a pencil first, then you can do that right away. It's not vital, but that's just one way that you can prepare if you want, or if you feel it's necessary. It's suggested that you start from the inner corner, and work your way out, which is actually probably the easiest anyway!
After that, you want to dip the little brush into the soft wax, and just use light strokes, yet again, going from the inner corner, and working your way out. Don't apply too much of a heavy hand though! You can then use the same brush that comes with the kit to apply the setting powder, which will further ensure that your eyebrows stay in place all day, keeping the strays at bay. Finally, you can just dip your finger into the highlight shade, and place it underneath your eyebrow (on your brow bone). Now, you're all set to face the day!
I absolutely love this nifty kit, and I can definitely see myself using it for a very long time. The packaging is really sleek, and it looks expensive as well, in my opinion, which is always a bonus. If you slide off the sheet, there's also a small mirror, so you can hold it up to your face, and see what you're doing if you're on the go, or if you don't have access to a full face mirror, as well as having access to all the products in the same place. Honestly, I don't have enough good things to say about this creation. It's definitely become a staple in my makeup routine though, that's for sure!
Next up, I got sent 2 of the stunning shades from the Mega Matte lipstick range. I'd heard quite a few things about them before they came out from fellow bloggers, and so when they came through the post, I was absolutely ecstatic! Some people may find that matte lipsticks can be a bit hit, and miss, depending on the actual product itself, but I think that these are both lovely!
excuse the dent in the purple one - that's totally my fault!

The shades that I was lucky enough to receive were 'Roses Are Red' and 'Violet Summer'. I was actually pleasantly surprised when I saw what they looked like, because I feel like they were chosen perfectly! Some people would probably feel slightly put off by a deep rose red, and a dark violet, but honestly, I really do like them. They may not be your everyday kinda nudes, but that's what excites me! I like being different, and I like wearing shades that other people might not necessarily consider to be the most natural, because surely that's more fun than copying the trends, or what's thought of as being 'the norm' all of the time?
Out of all of the shades that I could have got, I definitely think that these 2 were the right choices. When applying these lipsticks, they really do feel so smooth, and so luxurious. By looking at the packaging, and even at the product itself, you wouldn't think that they only cost £4.49. It's actually insane! They stay put for a while without having to touch up, which I suppose you would expect from any matte lipstick anyway, but they definitely do the job, so that gets a massive thumbs up from me. I do find that they're quite challenging to get off, but yet again, you don't want them to come off easily, because that's the whole purpose of matte lipsticks. They're meant to stay on all day without bleeding, or wearing away! I was actually so impressed that I couldn't resist going into Boots myself, and picking up the nude shade 'Looking Buff'. I just couldn't help myself! They go on super nicely, and if I'm being honest, I can't actually think of any bad things to say about them at all. There are different shades for any skin tone that you could possibly think of, and I'm sure you'll find your perfect match, as they literally range from a light lilac, to a rosy red!
Thank you so much, once again, to the lovely PR lady Louise for being an absolute pleasure to talk to, and for sending me these gorgeous gifts. I am super grateful, and it's made me fall even more in love with the brand than I was in the first place.
Have you ever tried anything from Seventeen? Are you going to now you have read this post?
Lots of love always,
Jade xo



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