NEW FROM JUST ESSENTIALS - Exposed Cosmetics + Amazing Shine Lashes!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Now, at this point, I've been asked numerous times about where exactly it is that I source my more affordable cosmetics and haircare products. Well, the truth is, Just Essentials is the site that I resort to nine times out of ten.

Just Essentials, as well as being a physical store, is a fantastic UK based online outlet for professional hair, nail and makeup products that won't break the bank. Their range of items is so extensive that you'll definitely find everything you're looking for (and more...) - the only way is Just Essentials. Pretty accurate motto if you ask me.

Recently, the team over at Just Essentials have been working incredibly hard on expanding their stunning in-house cosmetics brand Exposed Cosmetics and, today, I have the absolute pleasure of showing you some of their fabulous new goodies, plus a couple of extras from Amazing Shine. So, without further ado, let's get into some makeup!


Bold Definition Highlight Kit* - £2.99
As usual, I decided to be predictable and start with an absolute BANGER. You guys know exactly how much I adore a good glow and, quite frankly, this one has impressed me on a level that I wasn't quite ready for.

I have a lot of trouble finding highlighters that give my skin a more wet look rather than a glittery one, however, this formula, for me, is absolutely spot on and 100% what I've been searching for. The texture of these is beautifully buttery, smooth and very finely milled - none of that vile chunky glitter that I openly despise. 



The kit contains three very versatile shades (a pale champagne, an iridescent rose and a glistening bronze) that cater to a variety of skintones and can also be used as eyeshadows if desired. I've absolutely fallen in love with these high sheen powders - they really do help to create an amazing glow.



Bold Definition Contour Kit* - £2.99
Going on to the next one (cue the Jay Z track), here we have a small, dainty cream contour kit, perfect for cutting and sculpting those features. The layout of the palette is exactly the same as in the highlight kit (which is fabulous, as I'm a fan of coherence within a product range) and contains three pans of pure goodness.



These are very long lasting on the face and blend in flawlessly, as they're rather loose textured and naturally creamy - I don't need to spend ages warming the product up with my fingers in order to achieve a suitable consistency.

For me, the colours are absolutely ideal - you cannot get any closer to my perfect highlight, bronze and contour shades! However, I know that, in reality, for anyone darker than myself or on the other end of the spectrum (i.e. fairly pale), this palette may pose some problems. Therefore, a shade range expansion would be the only real suggestion that I can give here because the formula is simply stunning.


From top to bottom: Chocolate Brown, California Blonde
Auto Brow Pencil (Chocolate Brown & California Blonde)* - £1.99
To be perfectly honest, the minute I set eyes on these pencils, I was incredibly unsure of the shades as, normally, I like to do my brows with a cool toned dark brown (almost black) colour to suit my hair and keep them looking on fleek! However, due to the sun, my hair has gone slightly more mousy than usual - I just about get away with using the Chocolate Brown shade (if you're not a brunette, California Blonde is the one for you!) and I'm loving the formula.

I really enjoy the fact that it winds up to reveal more product (I personally prefer auto brow pencils to normal sharpenable ones) and the pencil itself is very soft and creamy, yet provides a natural finish to the brows, filling them in evenly. I couldn't ask for more, really - I'll be using this frequently throughout the Summer period!


Unicorn Highlighter* - £2.99
For a while now, I've seen a lot of unicorn/rainbow products floating around the Internet and have been dying to try one. In other words, I was way too excited to try this highlighter. (Honestly, when it comes to strobing products, I'm like a kid in a candy store, it's ridiculous...) However, luckily for me, this one lived up to my expectations, and maybe even exceeded them slightly.


I adore the spectrum of hues, as they range from a warm red to a more cool toned violet, but you can even create your own custom shades by mixing as few or as many together as you like. These are all soft, creamy and smooth and apply stunningly - I love to use these for a nice pop of colour on the eyes too and they blend really well with my other shadows! Versatility goals SHOOK.

I think this is a really high quality product with a rather creative edge that's 100% worth trying if you like to break the boundaries with your makeup.


Rose Gold Oval Brush Set* - £9.99
Oval brushes. Where do we begin? Lately, I've been seeing so many oval brushes on the market and wondering why they're so special and if they really have the potential to completely change my blending game. And the result? Well, let's just say that I'm suitably impressed.

Firstly, the rose gold packaging is absolutely gorgeous and really makes the brushes stand out within my collection; aesthetically, these were an immediate YES. I also love the fact that Exposed Cosmetics have marked very clearly the function of each brush - for somebody new to makeup who's not so sure, I reckon that would be an incredibly handy thing to have.


With regards to the brushes themselves, I'm also over the moon and bowled over by the quality of the bristles. These are just so soft! And, better yet, I've had no shedding since receiving them, so I'm very optimistic for the future.

I'm having a fabulous time using these for flawless blending of the contour (especially on the cheekbones), however, they can totally be used for other purposes, as they're multi-use so, for the price, you really are getting a HUGE bargain. 


Eyebrow Definer Brush* - £1.99
In reality, I don't have an awful lot to say about this brush, mainly because it doesn't have any real flaws. First of all, the price point for this quality of brush is ridiculously good - the bristles are very dense, allowing for precise application every time. I've been using it to fill out my brows lately and (although I shouldn't, as it's an eyebrow definer brush) draw out the perfect wing and, for both, it's been amazing. I can see myself doing my makeup and travelling with this baby for a long time - honestly, I'm beginning to favour it over some of my more expensive picks, which just proves that it's worth it.


Amazing Shine Eyelashes (326 & 503)* - £1.99
And, last but not least, we have these beautiful and inexpensive lashes by Amazing Shine, which have, admittedly, been the star of the show when it comes to my eye makeup, as they really enhance an otherwise regular look. Made from 100% human hair, these adhere and camouflage themselves seamlessly with your lashes. And it also helps that they look AMAZING on. 

503 is my favourite pair for adding some subtle length and flutter for a more natural finish, whilst 326 gives you the length AND the volume simultaneously, creating that dramatic effect that's ideal for a night out. Both are lightweight and reusable, so for £1.99 per pair, you've simply got to ask yourself the question: why not?


Thank you so much for reading today's post on some wonderful new bits from Exposed Cosmetics and Amazing Shine! These products are all available on the Just Essentials website and in stores, so get purchasing now for some fantastic deals on so many affordable brands. Oh and one final treat for you guys (you deserve it!): you can get 10% off of all of your purchases from Just Essentials using my exclusive code 'marina10'. 

What are your thoughts on Just Essentials and the products featured in today's blog post? 

As usual, let me know in the comments section below, along with any extra questions/queries you may want to add in for me. In addition to that, don't hesitate to follow/subscribe to this blog - you'll never miss a post again!

Until next time,
Marina Rosie x

90 comments:

  1. This is a new brand to me. I love finding affordable brands. The oval brushes look really nice, I like an oval brush for foundation. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

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    1. Yasss Jennifer - Oval brushes are stunning! I've used them to blend contour but I haven't yet tried them out for foundation! I simply must give that a go! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xxx

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  2. Hello,

    Oh, beautiful !

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr

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    1. Thank you gorgeous! xxx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  3. I've never heard of that brand, but I keep seeing rainbow highlighters everywhere. I really want those oval brushes they are so fancy looking.

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    1. OMG same Amanda - I've been seeing them for such a long time so to finally have one was amazing! xx Yess, rose gold is such a bougie colour tbh! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  4. I've not heard of the site before, but oh my god they have so many gorgeous brands! That Essence highlighter looks beautiful and there are so many ways you can wear it too! I'm loving your swatches too, they're always so good! Great post as usual xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Thanks so much for reading beautiful! xx Just Essentials stock so many amazing yet affordable brands! x I'm obsessed! Loving a good highlighter too - especially the unicorn one, as I use it on the eye really - I don't think I'm experimental enough to pop rainbow shades on my cheeks! xx Thank you so much, that really means the world to me - you post consistently amazing content too though, so I'll never stop reading! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  5. the oval brushes are so like the ones from artis which are too dear for me to afford so i think these would be a great choice for me! a highlighter never goes a miss on my face either so i would like to try the kit and unicorn one xxx
    Ell xxx

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    1. Thank you for reading as usual Ellie! Yes, I was going to say - those are exactly the brushes I've been seeing lately too! Aren't they EXPENSIVE??!! These are soft and apply makeup stunningly, so I personally don't see the point of splashing out on the Artis ones - go for these! 100% - you'll glow like a goddess with these hunty! The kit contains some of the best formula I've ever tried - you'll love it.
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  6. Oh wow that unicorn highlighter is gorgeous and totally Instagram worthy!! I love how you're always sharing such affordable yet fantastic products, my wallet thanks you! <3

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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    1. Definitely Jenny - I'll have to post on instagram very soon because these products are totally stunning! xx Awe, thanks so much Jenny - I absolutely love a good set of affordable makeup products! I do sometimes post on high end items, however, for the regular person who can't really splash the cash on a regular basis you'll find some good bits here! x So yes, tell your wallet I said 'you're welcome'! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  7. I've never even heard of this brand before but I'm so glad that you shared this! The highlighters look amazing I can't wait to try them... xx


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    1. So psyched to be sharing this with you too! xx They're honestly stunning - the formula has me SHOOK! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  8. I've never heard of this brand but so glad to hear you really like them! I love that they're high quality and affordable!

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    1. Perfect combination, isn't it Rach? xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  9. The highlighting kit seems to be really nice! I just followed you :)

    Kiss*

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    1. It's so worth buying Daniela, especially if you love a good glowy look! Thanks very much, I'm heading over to your blog now! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  10. Ooh these products are so affordable and I can't go past the Unicorn Highlighter, how pretty is it!? I'd be as excited as you about it hehe! xx

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. Definitely SO affordable Di! xx I love rainbows and Unicorns, so when I got this, I was SHOOK! xx I've seen some rather pricey rainbow/unicorn highlighters on the market but why invest so much when you've got it all here. These are so smooth, creamy and pigmented! x Thanks for reading darl xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  11. Those brushes are gorgeous and I've been wondering for a while if this oval brush trend is just because they're pretty or if they actually make putting on make up but now I think I'm going to have to invest in a set!

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    1. They're stunning, aren't they Kim!? xx Me too - that's exactly why I hadn't yet bought any, however, I was proved wrong by these. They do an amazing job at blending out my contour! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie x

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  12. Thanks a lot :D

    I'm a biggest fa of this brushes. So functional :D
    The shades are amazing and all products seems to be fantastic

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    1. You're so welcome - so glad you liked the post! Yes, oval brushes are my new favourite thing - gorgeous and useful! xx All of them are great choices Miguel, spot on! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  13. These products sounds great. I'm particularly interested on that rainbow highlighter and contour palette :) BTW CoverFx highlighter drops are really shiny and dewy, it's my favorite higlighter. Although, it's pricey. My fave alternative is ColourPop Churro :D

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    1. Thanks so much for reading today Alyssa! xx I love a good highlight and contour - my two favourite parts of the process! Thanks so much for the recommendations - I've tried samples of the coverfx drops and they are so blinding! A little really does go a long way! Never tried Colourpop because of the ridiculous shipping and custom charges but I know that, at some point, I will so I'll definitely bear that in mind hun! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  14. Just official sounds incredible! The Unicorn Highligter IS SO PRETTY! xx

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    1. HAHA It's Just Essentials but you're right - they're fabulous and I'm honestly in love with that highlighter! xxx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  15. Very interesting! The contour palette and the rainbow highlighter seem great!

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    1. Glad you found it to be a good read for you! xx Yass the contour is SO creamy and the highlighter is just so crazy, I love it! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  16. The highlighter looks gorgeous! I have yet to try this kind of highlighter x

    Laura
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    1. It's totally worth investing in this unicorn highlighter Laura - there are SO many uses for it!
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  17. Oo I will definitely be checking their store out. Everything seems really good quality and I love the prices. I'm loving the unicorn highlighter...because unicorn AND highlighter!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading Helen! It's so worth checking the store out, there are so many amazing and affordable bits! xxx Yass, unicorn AND highlighter - you can't go wrong! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  18. The unicorn highlight had me shook! I heard of different unicorn highlighters and products but I never actually thought they were any good but by looking at your pictures I defiantly want to buy the product for myself now !!

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    1. Yass girl, seriously SHOOK. Honestly, this one I know is good, so if I were to recommend a unicorn highlighter to you, this would have to be it! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  19. The unicorn highlighter is beautiful!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    1. It is, isn't it Sof?! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  20. Palette looks amazing!
    I like this oval brush!
    Have a nice day, dear!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading darling, so glad you're loving the look of the palettes and brushes! xx You too, have an amazing week! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  21. I have the same highlighter it's lovely!

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    1. So glad you've picked up some Exposed cosmetics GOODIES! The highlighter is amazing!
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  22. I like the look of these products. The prices are also very affordable. I will check them out.

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    1. Psyched that I could introduce you to some products you like the look of! Yes, do check them out! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  23. Wow these sound like amazing value for money! If there's one thing I hate, it's a highlighter with chunky glitter so I agree on that front. That palette looks lovely.

    Amy - https://amyevans.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much for reading Amy, I love your blog! xx Yes, that chunky glitter is a nightmare, I'm telling you, so I was overjoyed to see that that wasn't the case with these!
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  24. Wow their products are so affordable! I love the look of the contour kit, the shades really do look spot on. Those oval brushes are amazing! x

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    1. Amazing value for money hun! xx Yass, love a good contour and the oval brushes do a fabulous job with it! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  25. The 503 lashes look so natural but still so glam, I wouldn't mind getting a pair of those! Nominated you for a Liebster award on my blog Marina :)
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    1. Definitely hun, Amazing shine do some STUNNING lashes so you should for sure check those out to add a bit of an edge to your look! x Awe, thank you so much Demilade - I'm flattered! I did do the Liebster a while ago I reckon, but I'll definitely check it out! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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    1. Thanks very much, I'll keep on sharing! x
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      Marina Rosie xx

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  27. Great post and products! Thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. Thanks very much Barbara - thanks for reading gorgeous! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  28. Hello!
    I loved your post hehe. I just discovered your blog and I'm following you, would you follow mine?
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    1. Of course gorgeous! Thanks so much, glad you liked it! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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      Marina Rosie xx

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  30. That Unicorn highlighter looks fab and I`m so happy it lived up to the hype. I`m dying to try it, it`s so pretty.

    Georgiana / Beauty Nerd

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    1. Definitely worth the hype and worth investing that small amount for! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  31. Oh my goodness - all this makeup!! I'm surprised how well toned the contour kit is for it's price since most affordable contour kits are always so orangey or wayyy too warm! I love the oval brushes as well <3

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

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    1. Stacey! xx Thanks so much for reading - so glad you enjoyed! Yes, makeup galore and some amazing makeup at that! x Yess, the contour shades were very wisely selected, as were the oval brushes - they're stunning! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  32. The unicorn highlighters and the brushes are stunning. I need to get some. Have a lovely weekend. xoxo Cris
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    1. Thanks so much for reading again Cris! xx Yess absolutely worth getting some! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  33. I like your post! I'm following your blog, can you follow mine?

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    1. Thank you very much Claudia! xx Of course I can darling! x
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      Marina Rosie xx

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  34. Oh! these are so beautiful shades I totally love it
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    1. Gorgeous, aren't they? xx
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      Marina Rosie xx

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  35. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.
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    1. Awe that's such a wonderful thing to say! x I love making the effort, as people like you make me want to! See you on the next one! x
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      Marina Rosie x

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  36. ¡Hello!
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    1. Awe so glad you love the photography and post! x Of course, I'll give you a follow now! x
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      Marina Rosie xx

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  37. I can surely concur that "JUST ESSENTIALS" products are of good quality and AFFORDABILITY. It's amazingly affordable, considering the calibre of products. I am now in love with the Unicorn Highlighter!😍😍 And it's a UK-based company which is even better! 😄 Thanks so much for sharing!😘❤❤

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    1. Babe, you're an absolute sweetheart - I love reading your comments, they really make my day. xx Just essentials is such an amazing outlet for products and Exposed, their own line, is really standout! xx You're so welcome, can't wait to read your latest posts, been away from the blogosphere for a while, got to catch up! x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  39. Congratulations on such great achievements! Your blog is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see where you go next with it, I know I’ll love it anyway!
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      Marina Rosie xx

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    1. Thank you as always, Regine x
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie x

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    1. Thank you, I sure will! x
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      Marina Rosie x

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  42. The contour kit, highlight kit and the oval brushes look absolutely stunning! Missed you tonsss during your leave but I'm so glad to be reading one of your posts again xx I've never heard of this brand before but I love how you always share less well-known brands with us xx

    Big Hugs,
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    1. They're gorgeous babe - you picked out some of my faves! xx Missed you too, it's great to be back and I'm so glad you appreciate the writing! xxx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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    1. I will do, keep reading! xx
      Lots of love,
      Marina Rosie xx

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  44. Amzing post dear ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,keep posting!!
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    1. Thank you - Of course I will! xx
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      Marina Rosie xx

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