Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Bargain Alert - Seventeen Doll'd Up mascara & 3-way Liquid Eyeliner

I'm thoroughly ashamed of how long it's been since I updated this blog - unfortunately, Chritsmas and my dissertation have had to take priority! That said, I want to make everybody aware of a great offer going in Boots at the moment when you buy their brand new 'Doll'd Up' mascara by Seventeen.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I'm a massive fan of Seventee's 'Wild Curls' mascara - it's by far the best value budget mascara I've found to date. Interestingly, the 'Doll'd Up' mascara is also being marketed as a curling mascara, which made me curious to try it out to see if it matched up to my old favourite. Boots is currently selling the mascara at the introductory price of £5.29, which will go up to £6.29 after this period. However, the thing that sealed the deal for me was the added incentive of a free gift - for a limited time, when you buy this mascara you receive Seventeen's 'Doll'd Up' 3-way liquid eyeliner free of charge. Both of these products (particularly the mascara) are packaged beautifully, and having had some very positive experience of Seventeen in the past, I couldn't wait to try these babies out.

As you can see from the photo (excuse the shoddy quality - in order to speed up the process of blogging I've been lazy and used my iPhone camera) the eyeliner has three prongs, which allows you to create graphic lines simply and without fuss. The pen can also be used to create a dotted effect, which is great when applied to the upper lash line in order to give a little added thickness to the look of lashes without committing to full eyeliner. I tend to use this pen when I want winged eyeliner - with a normal liquid or gel liner I am HOPELESS at creating neat, matching flicks, but this tool makes it easy. The liner does not smudge or fade throughout the day, and is easily applied over eyeshadow. This is by far the most pain-free experience I have ever had when it comes to winged applying winged eyeliner - result!

The mascara has not impressed me quite as much - although it's perfectly adequate for shoving on for days when I'm not really doing anything, I find it to be a little too lacking in volume for everyday use. To remedy this problem I simply add a top coat of 'Wild Curls' for a fuller effect. When this amazing offer ends, the 'Doll'd up' mascara will be the same price as 'Wild Curls', and there's no doubt in my mind as to which one I'll be buying. (Oh, and it doesn't curl my lashes either. Neither of them do. Do curling mascaras simply not work, or do I have the most poker-straight lashes known to man?)

I'm unsure how Seventeen will price the eyeliner once the offer ends, but based on the liquid eyeliners that they currently sell I don't imagine it will cost more than a fiver, which is OUTSTANDING value. In the mean time, I urge everyone to get down to Boots and snap up the offer while it lasts - think of it as paying £5.29 for a fantastic eyeliner, with a free mascara to stick in your handbag as a spare.

Seventeen 'Doll'd Up' Mascara - 2.5/5
Seventeen 'Doll'd Up' 3-way Graphic Liner - 5/5

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