My Week #43

A nice bright week in my planner this week to counteract the fact it’s getting bleak and grey outside.

Lots of to do lists again this week so I brightened it up with some cute stickers. My weekend is completely blank as a had a lovely weekend off just relaxing at home with Ed… there won’t be many more of those to be had between now and Christmas.


How was your week?

Em x


Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit Review

I’ve been eager to try some contouring for a while now but not been brave enough to take the plunge and buy some new products.

There’s that many different tutorials out there that I didn’t really know where to start but then I noticed a new product from Boots Seventeen: a contour kit.


At £5.99 it’s not a bad price and as it’s available in two varieties – fair and medium – it was a simple solution to my contour confusion.

As I knew I didn’t have any spare brushes lying around I decided to pick up a Seventeen brush set from the Christmas 3 for 2 section (they looked of a much better quality than the regular Seventeen ones).

17 brushes

These brushes feel really nice and there was no initial shedding, which I sometimes find you get with cheaper brushes.

Onto the contouring. These are the powders in the ‘fair’ set…


The kit came with a handy little ‘how to’ which was a nice touch and for my first try with the palette I decided to follow their instructions. First I started with the dark colour with my new ‘cheeks’ brush. The first thing I noticed was how soft and loose the powder was; I found myself shaking off the brush a bit so I could build up the colour (I was fearful of just having really dark smudges on my face). I applied the most amount of the dark colour to the hollows of my cheeks and then small amounts to the my forehead and either side of my chin. Next on the instructions was to use a small brush for either side of my nose, so I picked up the curved ‘eyes’ brush and applied. It probably showed up the most here out of everywhere on my face. Next I picked up my usual face brush to apply the lighter colour as instructed on the diagram and then blended it altogether. The dark lines on my nose didn’t want to blend at all so it took quite a bit of work but everywhere else it seemed okay. I then just finished my make up routine as normal.

Overall there wasn’t a huge amount of contouring going on but my makeup finish was definitely better than normal. It’s something I’ll keep on practicing with and I guess the more confident I get, the more likely I’ll be to get a full contour out of the kit. The blending skills will also need some more work in future. As something to try contouring for the first time I really liked it and will absolutely be using it more to practice with. I was really happy with the brush set as well and if you need a cheap selection of brushes, it’s a nice little set.

What do you think? Have you tried this kit?

Em x

First Christmas Card of the Year…

Don’t worry, it’s one I’ve made, rather than received. That would be strange. 

Although I have already started nagging Ed about putting up the Christmas tree soon and he just moans saying I’m on retail Christmas timelines (he has got a point about that and I’ll probably be sick of Christmas by the second week of December).

Anyway, I got some free time this weekend so I could finally start some Christmas cards! My mum has requested some so I’ve started making hers first. It’s really strange to get back into the festive swing so I’ve only made one to share today but will have more soon!

I decided to start with the Christmas in the Country papers and elements I picked up a few weeks ago. I wanted something simple to start with and saw an idea in a magazine of hollies die cut out of white card and then backed with coloured papers or ink so decided to try that out. I found a free holly design for my Silhouette online and altered it so the berries and leaves were separate cuts. I added three to a rectangle shape and cut it out of white card. I then picked out some red and green papers from the paper pack and set about backing the berries and leaves. It was a bit fiddly but I got the hang of it in the end.


I love the effect. Here’s how it looks at the back, in case you’re curious:

IMG_3498I then ran into an issue. The idea was to place that straight onto a white card blank and add a strip of paper and some ribbon underneath it. Unfortunately, the white of the card blank was a different shade to the white above so I had to think of something else. Instead I backed the card blank with my favourite paper from the pack.


To finish the card I then added some My Mind’s Eye bits that I picked up a while ago too – a sentiment and some wooden dots.

I’m loving the Nordic theme this year and will definitely be making more like this.

What do you think?

Em x