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Blush is one of those products which I probably play around with most. Depending on the weather, and what kind of look I’m after, I tend to rotate through a few favourites, and I have to say – a new blush can really change your look!

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For easy everyday looks, a bright pink blush is my usual go-to. I love the brightening qualities it has, but if I’m wanting a more dressed up look, I usually plump for a rose or coral shade.

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Obviously the clever people at Sleek Makeup feel the same, as they have just released a line of Blush by 3 palettes which include a range of three different blushes which are perfect for creating a variety of stunning natural looks. There is a mix of colours and textures, all of which are stunning, and, if you’re looking for a suitcase friendly blush, this has got to be a serious contender!

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Pink Lemonade is a trio perfect for those wanting a pretty, natural finished looked. The mix of two pinks as well as a bronze based shade feel perfect for summer, as well as being pretty much the colours I rotate through anyway! The first thing I noticed though, was the shade on the far left looked awfully like a dupe for Nars’ Orgasm. It’s the same mix of pretty pinky-peach with golden shimmer. Considering how closely the Sleek packaging resembles Nars, I don’t think the similarity is a coincidence. Happily though the swatch is pretty comparable – on the skin Sleek’s peachy pink is pleasingly colour saturated with a good colour payoff. The golden shimmer is subtle enough just to give skin a glow and it lasts all day.

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The centre shade is a sunny rose pink cream blush which feels like it was made for wearing every day. When applied with fingertips, it just melts into skin, leaving cheeks looking believably peachy. I love a quick swipe of this on days where I want a no-makeup look as it really brightens my complexion without looking too done. The last shade is the tawny, almost bronzer shade on the right hand side of the palette. It’s a really beautiful shade if you’re looking to add a little warmth to your skin. I can’t wait to use this one more when I’m tan (I’m currently Casper-white at the moment) as I think it will look super pretty!

Sleek Blush by 3 is priced at £9.99 and is available here.

 

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When it comes to Kiehl’s, I’ve never come across a product I didn’t love. I rely on their body creams on a daily basis, their face cream is a real HG item, and I’ve adored the lip balm since I was in my teens. But, for some reason, I’d never gotten around to trying the brand’s hair care.

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So, post my double hair bleaching, my ends have been feeling in need of a little TLC, and I’ve been using a much gentler routine than normal. One of the brand new products I’ve started to reach for on a daily basis is Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Leave In Concentrate. It’s an absolute godsend if you’ve got thick, dry or frizzy hair, and the great thing is how versatile the product is.

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Two pumps of the Concentrate combed through wet ends is perfect for preparing my hair for a smooth and bouncy blow out. It doesn’t weigh hair down, instead, after blowing my hair dry with a large barrel brush, ends feel soft and smooth, and it doesn’t puff up like usual either. Instead, a quick flick of the straighteners (I know they’re bad for hair, but I can’t live without them) is all I need to corral my hair into place!

Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Leave In Concentrate is priced at £19.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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What I think I love most about Bobbi Brown make up is how pretty and easy it is. You’ll never see a Bobbi girl looking too made-up, too forced, or like she took hours to do her makeup. Instead, the brand is all about easy prettiness – like you on a really good day. And in the summer, what more could you want?

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I’d never tried Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Color Cheek Tint before, so when a stick of it popped through the letterbox, I got rather excited! Available in a range of three shades which encompass a bright candy floss (the aptly named Bright Pink), a deep berry (Sheer Lilac), and mine, a warm toned bronze (Telluride).

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If you’ve been lucky enough to spend a few weeks sunning yourself in more exotic climes than Edinburgh, you’ve pretty much got to treat yourself to a stick of Telluride. It’s the perfect warm bronze which will highlight your tan, and make the beach feel like it’s only a step or two away. Whilst, for those less fortunate, Telluride adds the perfect amount of subtle sheen and colour to let you convincingly fake that vacation glow.

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Using the Sheer Color Stick couldn’t be easier. After applying a lightweight base (my current favourite is Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua with a couple of drops of oil in it) I swipe a couple of dots of the blush over the apples of my cheeks towards my temples, then, using a dampened Beauty Blender I blend it in, making sure that it buffs seamlessly into my skin. I absolutely love how easy it is to control the colour – if I want a sheer wash of colour I just need a quick swipe, but a more intense look is easily achieved with a firmer sweep and less buffing. On the skin, it looks so natural, and leaves a subtle glow behind which is seriously stunning. It’s also a great little multi-tool to pop into your handbag when you’re out and about. I love a little of the formula dabbed onto lips and eyelids for a little subtle definition.

Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Color Stick is priced at £19.50 and is available here.

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I’m not sure about you, when I’m a little bored, or trying to kill some time, I usually end up on Twitter. I’m not terribly witty in however many characters you get, but it is quite a spot for stumbling over new brands, and that’s exactly where I came across Maggie Anne nail polishes.

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With a choice of 24 stunning shades, I opted for one of the lightest, and one of the darkest. I figured that they’re the polishes that are the hardest to get right (plus I swing from neutral nails to dark almost weekly). The first polish I tried was Scarlet, a perfect neutral beige which is the definition of chic.

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The formula applied evenly, although I did need three coats to achieve a fully opaque finish. The varnish dried quickly to a high shine, and it looks so pretty on! Scarlet is definitely a shade to try if you’re in the mood for something toned-down but still beautiful.

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Tansy is the shade I was probably most excited to try – it’s a deep midnight blue, with a generous sparkling of glitter. I’m a sucker for sparkly nails, especially in the winter, and I’ve been dying for something a little different, and Tansy is an absolute stunner.

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The mix of navy with fine glitter shot through the formula, it kind of feels like it’s galaxy inspired, and I just love it! Depending on the light, Tansy can shift from looking blue to violet, so it’s a fun choice if you’re in the mood for something a little different!

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Tansy took just two coats to be entirely opaque, and I got four days of glossy wear before it started to chip! I have to say, I’m impressed!

Maggie Ann polishes are priced at £10.50 each and are available here.

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When it comes to false eyelashes, I’m far from an expert. Thankfully though, Esqido make looking glamorous a whole lot easier thanks to their game-changing mink lashes. I’ve said before about how much I love them. They’re lightweight, super fluttery and they’re cruelty free, which is why they’re a favourite of everyone from Victoria’s Secret Angels to me!

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As if creating the prettiest lashes weren’t enough, Esqido have produced their Companion. Packaged in a chic frosted and rose gold tube, it’s a long-lasting, latex free glue which is designed to keep the mink lashes in place and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive eyes to use.

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Unlike most lash glues I’ve tried, which come in unwieldy tubes which I have to daub lashes in puddles of glue, the Companion has a delicate brush. This means it’s as easy to use with single lashes as it is with the full sets. I simply brush the glue across the band, wait a minute or two for it to become a little tacky, then place the lashes, hold them for a few seconds, then I’m good to go! The glue dries to a completely clear finish, meaning my lashes look and feel super natural. Then, at the end of the evening, the lash glue is so easily removed from my lashes, meaning I can easily reuse them – genius!

Esqido Lash Companion is priced at $10 and is available here.

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