Seventeen ‘Easy On The Eye’ Eyeshadow Palette

IMG_3505 (2)IMG_3509 (2)Last week I was picking up a few bits in Boots, when the Seventeen make up display caught my eye. I’ve never used any of their products before, so I decided to give the ‘Easy on the Eye’ in Birthday Suit eyeshadow palette a try. I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I’ve worn eyeshadow – it’s not that I don’t want to, it’s that I have no idea what I’m doing! This palette appealed because it was reasonably priced (£7.99), it had a selection of natural pink and brown shades, and it came with a little guide on how to use it! I also love the packaging. It comes in an eye-catching box, and inside is a sleek black palette with a great mirror and brush, and 11 beautiful shades.

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“A collection of 8 matte, shimmer & pearl powders, 3 metallic creams & 1 eye primer with dual ended applicator, mirror & get the look guide.”

I’ve used this palette 4/5 times now, and I’m so impressed with the results! Here’s how I’ve been achieving a natural pink eyeshadow look, with almost zero effort and expertise!

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The palette comes with a dual ended brush, (which is so much better than the typical tiny sponge applicators you get with eyeshadows!), but I like to use a fluffier brush, so I’ve been using the Seventeen ‘Eyes’ brush, which I picked up for £1.99 from Boots.

 

 

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Before I do my eyes, I do all the rest of my make up. I know some people prefer to do their eyes before they even put their foundation on, but I’m so heavy-handed with my beauty blender I feel like I’d end up spreading eyeshadow all over my face when I put my foundation on!

 

 

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First off, I prime my eyelids with the eye primer provided in the palette. You can buy eye shadow primers separately from pretty much any make up brand, but because I never use eye shadow I’ve never felt the need to buy any! The primer in this kit does the job, and it’s easy to apply with your fingertip, helps your eyeshadow stay put and doesn’t leave your eyelids feeling greasy.

 

IMG_3625 (2)IMG_3649 (2)Next, I apply the metallic cream Pink Flush all over my lids, again using my finger tip. I like to concentrate the product in the inner corners of my eyes, as it acts as a highlighter and makes your eyes look wider and brighter, with a subtle hint of glitter. You could also use this on your brow bone just under your eyebrow arch as a highlighter to add a bit more shimmer to your look.

IMG_3788IMG_3778 (2)The first powder shadow I use is Gentle Pink. I use my brush to apply this all over my lids, making sure to blend from my eye socket up to my brow bone.

You should always start with the lightest shade as the base for your eyeshadow, because you can  gradually build the colour on top. Gentle Pink is a soft, delicate shade with a gentle shimmer that really brightens your eyes and acts as a great base for eye-popping colour. I’d be quite happy to wear this on it’s own with some eyeliner flicks!

IMG_3800IMG_3812IMG_3795Next I use the shade Sun Kissed Peach. With this one, I fill my eyelid, keeping it light in the inner corners and blending a darker colour out the outer corners. This is a matte shade, so the colour is more pigmented, so I’d advise starting off with a little bit on your brush and adding more if you need. Don’t panic if it looks a little bit dark when you first apply it – the trick is to keep blending!

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IMG_3891IMG_3867Finally I use Toasted Almond on the outer corners of my eyes, concentrating on blending into the crease of my eye and up top my brow bone to give it definition and a graduated look. This is a great shade to use last because it’s darker, but it also has a slight shimmer to it, so it’s not too intense.

IMG_3924IMG_3959To finish off the look, I line my eyes with Maybelline Master Ink Matte Liquid Eyeliner in 10 Charcoal Black. I like to use a nice, thin line, just to frame my eyes and compliment the eyeshadow, instead of my usual bold flicks.

 

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Finally, I use  Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara  in 1 Very Black to coat my eyelashes. I concentrate on my outer lashes to create delicate, fanned lashes, and also give my bottom lashes a light coat (I do this because my eyelashes are so fair, but if you’re lucky enough to be blessed with dark eyelashes, you don’t need to use mascara for your bottom lashes!)

So there you have it! My natural, pink eyeshadow look, that if can do it, anyone can! I would really recommend this palette to someone who, like me, has no idea where to start when it comes to eyeshadows! I love the soft, shimmery effect I get from these four colours, and I can’t wait to try out the others for a soft brown look! They also do an ‘Easy on the Eye’ palette called ‘The Big Smoke’, designed for creating that classic ‘smokey eye’.

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Jessica xXx

Get Ready With Me!

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In this blog I decided to do a step-by-step ‘Get Ready With Me’, showing you how I take achieve my daily make up look. This is the kind of make up I wear every day, it’s really versatile and perfect for someone like me who wants to make as little effort as possible- I know it sounds like a lot when you break it down like this, but it normally takes me about 30 minutes to do. Every product shown here (apart from the two Lush ones) were bought from Boots, and the majority of them are extremely affordable, with the exception of the Benefit products. I should also say I’m not sponsored by any of these brands (but I wish I was!)

Before I apply my make up, I cleanse and tone my face with LUSH’s Ultrabland and Tee Tree Water. These are great for removing any leftover make up residue and they help to balance the skin’s natural oils. I’ve been unwell this week so I’ve got a bit of a breakout on my forehead, so the antiseptic properties of the toner water are really good for helping calm that down.

IMG_2496I then moisturise my face with Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser SPF 15 (£4.35/125ml). This has a great, non-greasy texture and absorbs really quickly into my skin.

I also use Simple Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm (£3.65/15ml). This is soothing and cooling under the eyes, which are a definite problem for me.

 

IMG_2581IMG_2590I think it’s really important to use a primer before applying your make up. I currently use Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer (£5.99/30ml) which is bright purple! It sinks so quickly into my skin and leaves it really smooth. It contains hibiscus which is great for an even skin tone, and is a great base for keeping your make up looking fresh and lasting longer. It also helps to reduce the appearance of pores.

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IMG_2607Next I like to use a BB cream. I swear by Rimmel London BB Cream Matte in Light (£6.99/30ml). I have quite an oily T zone, so this is great for mattifying. You can wear it as a base for foundation or alone. It’s SPF 15 which is fantastic for protecting the delicate skin on your face from UVA and UVB rays. It claims to minimise pores, even skin tone, mattify, control shine, smooth, sooth, conceal dark circles, help prevent blemishes and provide all day coverage.

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IMG_2656I’m always changing up my foundation. The latest one that I’m loving is Maybelline Superstay 24H Foundation in 05 Light Beige (£8.99/30ml). It’s a really affordable, medium coverage foundation that lasts all day without transferring or rubbing off. It doesn’t crease too much around the eyes which is one of my pet peeves, and I don’t have to keep powdering throughout the day. This is great if you’ve got combination skin like me: it controls shine but doesn’t dry out my skin. It’s also a really good match for my skin tone, which is rare because I’m so pale!

IMG_2684IMG_2727The next product I’m loving at the moment is the Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye Concealer in Light (£7.99). This is a great buildable, non drying concealer that you can use for dark circles, blemishes and basic highlighting. In my opinion, it’s a bit on the pricey side for a concealer, but you only need a little bit so it lasts for ages.

IMG_2746IMG_2767Now I’m no expert in the whole ‘contouring’ craze, but the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette in Light/Medium (£6.99) is great for novices like myself. I usually only use the bronzer in this palette, because I prefer to use a liquid highlighter. It’s a subtle colour and blends well, while providing buildable colour. And it gives me cheekbones! Hurray!

IMG_2791IMG_2808I’ve used the same blusher for ages now: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Soft Ciolour Blush in 020 Pink Rose (£3.99). It gives me a lovely, natural tint to my cheeks and it blends really nicely. I naturally get quite flushed, so I tend not to use a massive amount of blusher, but this just adds a nice bit of colour.

IMG_2816IMG_2839Next: the brows! I was relatively late to the brow game, but now I feel completely naked without them. I’m naturally quite fair, and my eyebrows are very patchy. The two products I use are Benefit Brow Zings Eyebrow Shaping Kit in Light (£24.50) and Benefit Gimme Brow Eyebrow Gel in Light/Medium (£18.50). These products are quite expensive, but I absolutely love them, and after trying what seems like hundreds of brow products, they’re the closest match to my natural colour. The Brow Zings has a pigmented wax for shaping, and then a natural-shaded powder for setting. I then use the Gimme Brows to add fullness and keep the hairs in place. It’s also waterproof which is great- no one wants their brows running down their face when it rains.

IMG_2849IMG_2863I prefer a liquid highlighter, so I use Rimmel London Good To Glow Highlighter in 001 Notting Hill Glow (£4.99/25ml). You only need the tiniest amount of this, and it’s really good for people who want a natural glow. I use it on my cheeks and brow bone to add a bit of dimension and radiance.

IMG_2886IMG_2901When I want a little extra coverage, I like to use Max Factor Facefinity Compact in Porcelain (£10.99). This has SPF 15 and can be used alone as a powder foundation. I use a light dusting to mattify my make up and add a bit more coverage. It doesn’t dry out your skin, and if I do find I need to sort out excess shine on my face later in the day, a little bit of this sorts it out really well.

IMG_2927IMG_2938Moving onto eyes now. I’m not a bit fan of eyeshadow (mainly because I’m not very good at it!), but I do like to sweep a little bit across my lids before applying my eyeliner. For this I use Revlon ColorStay Shadowlinks in Oyster (£2.99). This adds a touch of sparkle and is a non-creasing powder. It also acts as a primer for my eyeliner and stops it smudging onto my upper lid.

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IMG_3004IMG_3018I’ve done the same eyeliner flicks since I was 16, and I’m really picky about the products I use. I’ve been using The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner in 01 Black (£9) for years, but it’s such a pain to get hold of. They only ever seem to have it in brown in store, so I normally bulk order it online which ends up getting pretty expensive. Last week I decided to try out the new Maybelline Master Ink Matte Liquid Eyeliner in 10 Charcoal Black (£4.99) and it exceeded my expectations. Not only is it almost half the price of The Body Shop one, it’s pretty much a dupe for it! The pen is slightly different, but it’s a nice fine tip that’s perfect for winged liner. It’s a long-lasting colour that doesn’t crack like a lot of liquid eyeliners, and after a particularly bad anxiety attack last week, I can now tell you it’s cry-proof!

IMG_3053IMG_3164Being fair-haired, my eyelashes are really blonde, so I’m obsessed with mascara. My all time favourite is the Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black (£19.50), which I currently layer with Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara in 1 Very Black (£7.99). I start with a coat of Maybelline, then Benefit, then Maybelline and then Benefit. I also use the Benefit one for my bottom lashes. It might seem crazy to layer them like this but I’ve been doing it for years and it’s become a habit!

IMG_3120To make sure my make up stays in place, I use the Maybelline Superstay 24H Setting Spray (£6.99/75ml). This is lightweight, quickly absorbed and refreshing and extends the wear of your make up. I’m one of those people who used to use hairspray (yes, hairspray!) to set my make up, so I’m so happy to have found an affordable setting spray that actually works!

 

To take this look from day to night, I can simply add a red lip. I start off with EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Vanilla Mint (£6.50) which smells incredible and leave my lips lovely and soft.

IMG_3177IMG_3190I then like to line my lips. For this look I used Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in 540 Hollywood Red (£3.99) – they do one in the same shade as the lipstick I use but I’ve run out! This is perfect to prevent the colour of your lipstick bleeding into your skin, keeping a nice clean line for your lips.

IMG_3206IMG_3217To finish off, I use my absolute favour lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 547 Pleasure Me Red (£6.99). I’m completely in love with this formula and the colour, and I currently have three of them (one for my make up stand, one for my handbag, and one for emergencies!). It’s a creamy, moisturising lipstick that gives a fantastic, bold, long-lasting colour that I find really suits my complexion. So if you ever see me out with red lipstick on, 9 times out of ten this is the one I’m wearing!

So there you have it! These are the products that I use every day, and I love every single one of them! Thanks for reading!

Jessica xXx