17 Spring Picks and Giveaway (NOW CLOSED)

I recently had the opportunity to sample a few of the additions to the spring line of 17 make-up for the beauty blogger challenge which you can check out here.  Here’s a run through of my favourite items from the range:

Miracle Matte Foundation

I was sooo sceptical about this foundation as I’m used to very high expectations due to only really using fairly expensive brands, so I was really impressed when I tried this as the coverage is not only very natural, but very buildable too.  It has a completely matte finish so no shine shows through for a good few hours (I have determinedly greasy skin) but it isn’t that chalky matte that usually makes me avoid anything with a matte finish.  It covers redness perfectly and is quite a thick consistency so it works really well as a concealer if you prefer less of a full cover finish.  For £5.99 this is an absolute steal and can be purchased here.

BB Blemish Balm

This is a light coverage foundation that works just as well as the more expensive brands and leaves skin looking fresh and dewy without looking shiny or greasy.  If you’re like me and prefer to use a light all over coverage and then touch up with a concealer then this works as a great base that’s easy to apply and very natural.  It’s £6.99 and available here.

Perfect Definition Eye Liner

I like as natural a line as possible when it comes to eyelining and this pencil has hit the right balance between being soft enough to not drag along the eye line, but firm enough to create a neat and natural line without smudging all over the place.  If you have a look at my FOTD post here you can see just how easy it was to create a natural and neat line, but what’s also great about this is that it can be smudged effectively for a smoky eye as it doesn’t set immediately.  It lasts well, doesn’t bleed out and again is incredibly cost-effective at £2.89 here.

Peep Show Mascara

I’ve raved about this in a few other posts as it gives such a beautiful finish.  It’s a little tricky to describe what I like about this mascara, but I’ll try! The finish is kind of “naturally dramatic” meaning that it really does boost both the volume and length of my lashes, but it doesn’t look overdone and it feathers the ends of the lashes so they look fluttery rather than spiky.  I also absolutely love the pink, fishnet-style packaging and it costs £6.29 here.

Berry Crush Lip Stain

This is my absolute favourite product from the range as it ticks all my lip colour boxes.  It’s a really flattering colour, it applies beautifully and with ease, it works both as a stain or as more of a lipstick when topped up with the included lipbalm and it lasts really well.  The lipbalm works as a perfect base if you’re prone to dry lips like me, so I tend to apply the lipbalm, let that sink in, then apply the stain and then if I fancy a glossier finish I apply the balm again.  It’s soooo pretty on the lips and if I’ve overslept (which is a regular event) then I can go with minimal make-up and apply this to make me look like I’ve made much more effort than I have. I CANNOT WAIT to see the other shades in the range which are arriving soon.  I can’t find it on the Boots site so it might not have arrived yet, but when it does, if you’re a fan of popping brights that are easy to wear then I strongly recommend checking these out.

So there you have it, these are my picks of the spring line from 17.  It has been such an eye opener getting to know 17 make-up as the range has really come a long way since I last used it…back in the day….when I was a young whippersnapper…..*sigh*

Anyway! The lovely people at Boots have offered me a couple of goody bags to giveaway to my fabulous readers which will include some of the best bits from the spring range.  Included in the goody bag:

Blush and Glow in Peachy and Bloom
Spring Fling Eye Palettes in Spring Bright and Hazy Days
Berry Kiss Lip Stains in Cherry Berry
Lasting Finish Nail Polish in Spring Petal

I have two to giveaway and to be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is follow me on here, Twitter or Facebook and post a comment below letting me know what your first ever make-up item was.  My mum bought me a trio of Mary Quant goodies that I fell in love with instantly, so I look forward to reading about what you first tried as well.  Don’t forget to leave your Twitter ID or e-mail address so I can let you know you’ve won.

Normal comp rules apply and this will close at midnight 1st April 2012.  Good luck everyone!

*All products mentioned were PR samples

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