Settling back into life after a hectic two week travel schedule has been so hard, but I'm (officially) back to normal now. What I'm happy to be changing, however, is my Makeup collection with some new additions from Seventeen and Benefit to brighten my summer makeup looks. If you've ever shopped in Boots then you'd have seen the radiant Seventeen section full of affordable surprises. This is my first time using Seventeen makeup and it's been so much fun exploring the line; what's not so new is, of course, Benefit with their gorgeous Watt's Up Highlighter that happened to land in my basket at the Airport duty free store (sorry not sorry). What are your recent Summer Makeup purchases?

Before we get into the makeup I thought I'd mention that I've finally purchased Real Technique's Concealer brush after much procrastination. Before this I was using their blending sponge but much preferred the idea of adding their concealer brush to my purely Real Technique's brush collection. Whilst I'm nowhere near close to completing my brush collection, this is a brush I knew I'd need to add pretty soon. Anyone else got it?

I feel like I've missed out all these years, having never tried a single highlighter from Benefit. I love the brand, but until now I was yet to take advantage of their vast highlighting powers; so why not start with the latest? Sun Beam has been recommended to me many times and whilst I know I'll eventually get it, I really wanted to see what Watt's Up was like. It's gadget like appearance and application style really intrigued me. It might look difficult to operate at first, but once you have it figured out, it couldn't be easier. 

I paid £20.45 at duty free for my Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter, but it usually retails for around £25. It can be applied over your base or straight onto the skin with the product located inside the tube and blended easily with the visible sponge. I'm always banging on about how great creams are for summer, so this highlighter couldn't have joined my collection at a better time. The formula impressed me straight away, it's so smooth and blendable plus it doesn't smudge the makeup underneath. I'm very happy with it so far, but will keep you updated throughput the summer as to whether it's met my exceptions and how it compares to my other cream highlighters! Ever tried Watt's Up? 

New to my makeup brands list is Seventeen from Boots, a brand I highly regret not trying sooner. I was excited to see they stocked a range of gorgeous eye shadow palettes one of which I've been trying out. Seventeen's Easy On The Eye 'Birthday Suit' Palette* (at just £7.99) is a radiant set of pinks, nudes, and neutral tones in mattes and shimmers that are accompanied by a unique set of three metallic cream shades and an eye primer! I've never before used a palette with such a range of colours and types of eye shadow, plus the inclusion of a cream primer is just ingenious. Can't wait to use this throughout the season. 

I've never been a huge fan of red lipstick mainly due to the fact that they hardly ever suit me, but I may have finally found one that does. Seventeen's Stay Pout Red Lipstick* in it's new and improved packaging (note the gorgeous jewel top) is yet another great cream formula product that I am already loving. It glides smoothly onto the lips and it's design makes it really easy to apply with or without a lip brush. At £4.99 you can't really go wrong when adding this to your lipstick collection; mines in the shade 'Make An Entrance' and is among 15 other versatile shades you can chose from. 

On the mascara front, Seventeen's Long Lash Mascara* (which I believe is a new product), comes as a welcome summer addition with the aim of creating long, elegant lashes without the need to retouch. One of my biggest bug bears when it comes to mascara is clumpy spider lashes, because personally they don't look or feel right on my eyes, especially in the hotter weather. Summer time for me means longer, more separate, care free lashes that I don't need to top up so I can travel light. With a small, efficient applicator I can focus on separating and lengthening each lash as well as accurately applying to my bottom lash. 

This last addition is probably Seventeen's most buzzed about product of the moment, and I can't help but see why. Not only is it a great dupe for YSL's Touche Eclat Concealer, it has one of the nicest soft haired applicators to ensure even, smooth coverage. The Skin Wow! Concealer* has many uses besides concealing dark circles and blemishes, and in doing so adds noticeable radiance to the skin. It can also be used as a highlighting tool for the cheekbones, brow bones and cupids bow with the simple click of the bottom. I love the design, look and formula; its blendable yet stays in place, smoothing out bumps and imperfections along the way. It's name perfectly sums up the word that first sprung to my mind when I used this concealer and saw how cheap it was at only £4.99 (a darn sight cheaper than £25 for YSL's).  

Have you tried any of my new summer makeup additions? How do you like to switch up your makeup collection for the hot weather?

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