Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit, Medium | Review & Swatches

Seventeen are a brand I often overlook in Boots, I usually head straight to L'Oreal, Maybelline etc. But this Define and Conquer Contour Kit* has really won me over!

Seventeen's Define and Conquer Contour Kit is housed in a sturdy matte black case - similar to Nars - with a good size mirror, a matte highlight and a matte contour shade.

The highlight shade is a pale beige - which if you weren't so pale like me, would make a great under-the-eye-highlight. Although I can't highlight with this shade it does make an excellent face powder as it's finely milled. It leaves a soft matte finish.

Now the contour kit on first glance looks way too warm for pale skin - which is often what has put me off it when swatching it in-store, but how wrong I was! It defines the face very naturally and doesn't look like an orange swipe on my fair skin. I pop a little of Makeup Geek's Contour shade in fair cool right under the cheekbone to give the ultimate chiseled look. 

For £5.99 this is a great affordable contour kit! It also comes in the shade Fair, which I would be keen to see how the shades compare (slight poet over here, haha...).

Have you tried this kit? What do you think?
- Daniella

*PR Sample

Grounded Body Scrub, Chocolate Orange | Review

Coffee body scrubs are all the rage lately and I've been testing out Grounded's Body Scrub* in the scent Chocolate Orange, mmm!

First of all the scent is divine! The combination of chocolate orange and coffee smells good enough to eat! 

The packaging is super cute, it is waterproof so you can store it in the shower, just simply close it back up when you're not using it so it doesn't dry out.

The scrub contains Robusta coffee beans, himalayan rock salt and brown sugar to buff away dry skin, leaving your skin soft and nourished thanks to the vitamin E and cold pressed almond oil.

I use the scrub when I've popped some purple shampoo in my hair and I scrub away! It's an abrasive scrub that scrubs every inch of dead skin off, it'll be great for fake tanning too (but I'm pretty much Casper, so).

It does say to leave the scrub on for 10 minutes so it can do it's work but I 
normally leave it on for a couple of minutes and still see amazing results. 

One thing to be cautious of is the mess it can create, so I like to work in sections so I don't waste any product and get it everywhere.

As far as body scrubs go, this is by far the best one I have tried! I feel silky soft when stepping out the shower and it leaves you smelling amazing too.

At £15, it is at a higher price point for a scrub but a little definitely goes a long way!

Have you tried a coffee scrub before?
- Daniella
*PR Sample

L'Oreal Infallible Sculpt Contour Kit | Review

Hello dear readers, you haven't forgotten about me have you? No? Well then, lets get to it - reviewing a new release from L'Oreal, the Infallible Sculpt Contour Kit.

I'm all for contouring, it's an everyday thing for me - I like to go all out! When I heard about this kit from L'Oreal I couldn't wait to try it as there are hardly any cream contour kits on the market.

Housed in a rectangle sturdy black casing it features a highlight to the left, a contour shade to the right and at the bottom comes a handy contouring guide - great for beginners.

The highlight is rubbish, it cakes up and goes patchy when applied to the skin and it just ruins any foundation underneath which is so disappointing.

But, the contour shade is fantastic! It's a neutral, leaning cool shade which is perfect for pale skin when contouring. It doesn't bunch up and it blends like a dream. I love using it as a base for my powder contour, for a beautiful sculpted look.

I definitely recommend this kit for the contour shade alone, there is nothing on the drugstore market like this!

Have you tried the L'Oreal Infallible Sculpt Contour Kit?

- Daniella

Cognito Skincare Bath and Body Oil - Lemon Drizzle | Review

Oh, hello there reader of Freshly Pressed Beauty - it has been a long time, hasn't it? With the combination of never being at home when it's light enough to take photographs, working full-time and a big lack of motivation the posts and social media activity have been slacking over at the FPB headquarters. Apart from Twitter, I'm partial to a rant to Northern Rail...

Anyway, we are not here to talk about trains are we?! We are here to talk about Cognito's Bath and Body Oil* in the their delicious Lemon Drizzle scent.

Cognito Skincare are a new brand to myself, originating from suffolk they specialise in fresh handmade skincare and bodycare. Their Bath & Body Oil's come in a variety of scents ranging from Victoria Sponge to Eton Mess in their aptly named range - Afternoon Tea.

Designed to be used all over the body as a moisturising oil or in your bath to soothe your skin while you soak this oil is simply amazing! Lemon Drizzle smells exactly like lemon curds, which happen to be my current obsession - super healthy, I know...

As a body oil it sinks in so fast and leaves you smelling delicious for a good while afterwards. For only £4.99 this oil is a bargain and you're supporting a small business too - win!

What's your favourite bath time treat?

*PR Sample

Neal & Wolf Harmony Intensive Care Shampoo and Conditioner | Review

As a grey-haired gal I find myself more into haircare than I ever have been. As you know bleaching really damages your hair and it needs more nourishment and care. Neal & Wolf's Harmony range is developed to repair damaged hair, leaving it shiny, soft and manageable. 

In the range there is the Intensive Care Shampoo* and Treatment*. Neal and Wolf's products are a salon range that are sulphate free, cruelty free, paraben free and so forth.

With the shampoo being free-from sulphates it doesn't lather but it does feel creamy when rubbing into the hair. When rinsed out it leaves the hair feeling clean and soft - as opposed to a shampoo with sulphates.

The standout from the range is the treatment. It's an intensive conditioner that you leave on for 3-5 minutes. It feels like a luxurious cream that wraps around every strand leaving the hair feeling soft, smooth and shiny. It really is amazing! 
I definitely need to get myself the bigger size...

For me, haircare is something worth investing in and spending more than you would usually, especially because my hair is bleached.

I really recommend trying these products from Neal & Wolf as they're amazing!

Have you tried anything from this range?
- Daniella
*PR Sample

Jord Watches - Fieldcrest Maple | Review

A watch is an item that I have never really owned before, so when I was contacted to review a watch from Jord Watches* I jumped at the chance.

I picked the Fieldcrest Watch in Maple - a minimalist watch with a gorgeous maple finish. All of the Jord Watches are made from wood, which makes them unique to a lot of watches on the market.

The wood is smooth and comes in a variety of finishes. In the Fieldcrest series the watches come in Maple, Sandalwood and Zebrawood. I chose the maple finish because the light wash is the most feminine of all. The detail on the watch is gorgeous and I love how it has the added feature of the date as I'm always forgetting what day we are on.

When you're purchasing a watch from Jord Watches you can use their size guide to get the perfect fit. The watches arrive in a gorgeous wood box, wrapped around a pillow with an extra link in case you need it.

All of the watches come with a one year warranty for piece of mind. I love this watch and the unique wood finish has had many compliments when I have been wearing it.

What's your favourite watch?

*PR Sample 

February Wish List | Shoes, Make-up & Homewares

It feels like ages since I've last done a wish list, so here is what I'm lusting after this February...

Ever since Beauty Bay launched Makeup Geek Cosmetics I've been adding things into my basket but never checking out - anyone else do this?! Soon the time will come when I take the plunge and splurge on all of their gorgeous Duo-Chrome Shadows and a Z Palette to pop them in.

How gorgeous is this Blush Pink Mini Skirt from House of CB?! I'm channelling my inner Kim K with this one. There are also a few House of CB Discount Codes* floating about, making it easier for me to float to the checkout... 

Ankle boots are my weakness, they're my favourite shoes to wear for every occasion. These Dune Black Ladies Ankle Boots are perfect! I love the snakeskin print detail on the back too. 

One can never have too many make-up brushes right, there's no such thing! Especially when they're as gorgeous as these Spectrum ones, so pretty!

After Christmas my bath product stash is overflowing and this Wooden Tower Unit from Matalan would be great for storing all of my products in - it's gorgeous too! There's also a few Matalan Voucher Codes* too, so check them out before you checkout.

That's all for this months wish list! I'm sure as something new comes out my magpie self will be lusting over that too!

What's on your wish list this month?

*This post is sponsored by Dealslands

Valentines Gift Guide | For Her

With Valentines Day only being a under two weeks away I have devised a little  gift guide to help you buy a special gift for that lady in your life...

When Michael surprised me with this gorgeous Hourglass Blush in Luminous Flush for Christmas I couldn't not include it. It's easily the best blush I own, smooth, pigmented and glowy - love! The gorgeous packaging makes it an amazing gift too.

Something I'm personally wanting is an Nintendo 3DS in Pink, I mean I'm a typical girl so I love anything pink! You can also buy Nintendogs With Frenchie and Friends, how cute!

If you're looking to really spoil your love one this year why not splurge on a Panasonic Lumix DSLM* they look incredible. 

If you're a person that is more about spending quality time with a loved one then why not get some fancy chocolates and watch her favourite chick flick? I would love if Michael wanted to watch girly films with me, haha! 

Alternatively you can never go wrong with an Urban Decay Naked Palette, I and most ladies will agree that is a must-have! You can check out my review here.

What are your plans for this Valentines Day? 

*This post is in collaboration with Panasonic