Max Factor Radiant Lift foundation

Max Factor Radiant Lift foundation

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Drugstore foundations is a category of makeup I love trying out. Often they are not only as good as high end brands, but they can even be better and at a more affordable price point. For instance while I love the YSL All Hours foundation, the very similar L’Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear is as good and a fraction of the price. As far as drugstore foundations go, I have tried a few by Max Factor, but they have never been perfect. Will the Radiant Lift foundation break with tradition and wow me for a change?

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Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony foundation

Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony foundation

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A recent but not a new foundation: that is the Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony foundation. A foundation that I haven’t heard much about. No buzz, no nothing, but I knew the minute I spotted this in stores that I wanted to try this. Why? Because this is the European version of the much talked about US Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir foundation. That had some raving reviews and I of course had to try it out.

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Max Factor Cappuccino Nudes eyeshadow palette

Max Factor Cappuccino Nudes eyeshadow palette

Max Factor, Cover Girl, so confusing when a brand operates under two different names in different countries! In any case, they have come out with three different neutral eyeshadow palettes and I decided to pick up one. This one is Cappuccino Nudes which is more cool toned (wait, cool toned shadows in the drugstore I hear you think, exactly my thoughts). The other two palettes consist of warm toned browns and rosy neutrals. I decided to pick up this one since it’s not every day that you find a seemingly good looking neutral shadow palette at the drugstore.

Max Factor Cappuccino Nudes eyeshadow palette

Max Factor Cappuccino Nudes eyeshadow palette

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Max Factor Excess Shimmer eyeshadow

Max Factor Excess Shimmer eyeshadow

A staple product in my spring/ summer make up look is cream shadow. Whether it is in a stick or in a pot: cream shadows are easy to quickly slap on, they usually stay on very well and they make a great base for layering other shadows on top. But come spring/ summer I love wearing them as is. I simply put them on over a bit of eyeshadow primer and I’ve got a good looking eye make up look in seconds. Max Factor released a new cream eyeshadow type product last fall and so I was curious to try them.

Max Factor Excess Shimmer eyeshadow Bronze & Copper

The Max Factor Excess Shimmer eye shadows are made of a gel formula and comes in 6 different colors. I find Max Factor quite pricey for a drugstore brand and these fall into their usual mid to high drugstore range of prices. The Excess Shimmer eye shadows retail for €12.99 a piece. Or you buy them on sale like I did: I picked up bronze and copper in a buy 1 get 1 free deal a few months ago.

Out of the 6 shades available the bronze and copper shades drew my eye immediately. They appear like very wearable shades that can easily be worn on its own or used as a base layer. Since those are my two favorite ways of using cream shadows that is why I went with these two. The other shades, a white, pink, mint green and black all appealed less to me and I know I would not get much wear out of those colors.

These cream shadows come packaged in a sturdy glass jar. You can easily see the color through the sides and bottom. The name is printed on the label on the lid for good measure. Here’s what Max Factor promises:

High pigment formula eyeshadows with lasting power, Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow give eyes an exquisite finish that lasts all day. Catch the light and the attention of the room and go luxe with shimmering eyes that take center stage. Available in a range of rich shades from The Excess Collection, create a decadent eye look that will take you  from dusk till dawn.

  • High pigment formula for depth of colour
  • Rich shade collection for a luxe look
  • Lasts for up to 12 hours

According to Max Factor these shadows are a high pigmented gel formula that should contain a lot of shimmer. They should be long lasting and versatile. According to the brand, these aren’t just eye shadows, but they can also be used as liner. I personally haven’t tried the latter yet, but it would definitely be worth a try.

When you take off the lid, the shadow is protected by a seal. This way you are sure no one has stuck their fingers inside the product yet and it is much more hygienic. It also ensures that the product doesn’t dry out while it is sitting on a shelf in stores, so you’re sure that your product is as fresh as it gets. Bonus points for Max Factor!

Max Factor Excess Shimmer eyeshadow in Bronze & Copper

The two shades I purchased are bronze and copper. Now bronze definitely looks to be a bronze brown in the pan, but copper is nowhere near what I would call a copper shade. It is more of a taupe with a purple undertone to it. Luckily you can see these shades through their packaging quite easily, so it wasn’t a surprise when I opened these, but still, the name couldn’t have been chosen more wrongly.

Bronze looks like a rich chocolate brown with golden flecks through it. The product looks like a mousse in the pan and so this product truly looked like something I haven’t tried before. I was a bit late to the mousse bandwagon when it was all the rage a few years ago, so I was curious to see how this would hold up.

Copper is more of a taupe than a copper as I pointed above. The texture of this is the same as bronze, but it looks a bit less whipped and more shimmery than its bronze counterpart. This is the type of shade I absolutely adore. I love taupe eyeshadow shades and so this looks like it could be right up my street.

Swatches don’t lie: these products indeed go on opaque and contain a lot of shimmer. Copper more so than bronze, but they are still pretty as is. The texture of these isn’t as mousse and whipped like as they appear to seem in the pan. This is definitely more of a gel texture and a little goes a very long way. Luckily, these are easy to blend. However, you do need to work quickly, because once they set these babies will not budge.

On the lid these shades perform very well. Like I said, these colors blend out nicely and that can be seen in this picture. You can wear these shadows full on or blended out for a more subtle look. I am wearing copper all over the lid and I blended bronze into the crease. Together they make for a great basic eye look.

Of these two I think copper is my favorite as these type of shades can be used for many different purposes. So far I’ve worn copper on its own, under other shadows and as an inner corner highlight. Bronze is the type of shade I will most likely only wear on its own and so it is a tad less versatile to me.

If I could recommend only one of these, I would suggest copper. Bronze however is an absolutely gorgeous shade and easy, one-stop-shop for a simple, basic eye look. These shadows last long with a primer underneath and so they are a great addition to my make up collection.

What is your favorite cream eyeshadow?

5x summer polish faves

5x summer polish faves

Summer is a great time for wearing nail polish. It’s a perfect time to do away with glittery top coats (although I like wearing those year round), and go with bright or pastel creamy colors. For summer, I like to go for extremes: the boldest blues, the brightest reds, but also some muted colors that remind me of summer. From the foam heads on crashing waves, to fruity watermelon and the prettiest flowers: these are my summer nail polish favorites for 2014.

1.) Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blue Grape

WAM! BOOM! KAPOW! This nail polish couldn’t be more blue. And that’s exactly what I like about it. In any case, the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes are some of my favorites when it comes to colors, texture and finish. It has a long lasting power and goes on like a dream. And this bright blue will go nicely on your hands or feet for that extra pop of color with today’s monochrome summer fashion trend.

2.) Essie Cute as a Button

You can’t go wrong with a pinky coral shade such as this one. It reminds me of fresh, ripe watermelon: one of my favorite and most refreshing foods for summer. It looks cute on the nails and is bright without being too much in your face. This Essie polish is fully opaque with two layers and has okay lasting power.

3.) OPI Mermaid’s Tears (Pirates of the Caribbean LE)

This muted muted green/ grey color doesn’t look like much in the bottle or the swatch, but on the nails this one is one of my favorite colors to wear. It has a very neutral undertone, yet still adds a bit of color to your nails. It looks especially nice against my pale skin tone (which doesn’t tan). The contrast makes for a very fresh look. And what else can I say about this polish? It is OPI, so you know I’m going to love it no matter what.

4.) L’Oreal Color Riche Nouvelle Vague

A pretty lilac shade always makes for a good summer shade. The L’Oreal Color Riche polishes are a bit thick and gloopy and go on opaque in almost one coat. Which, for a color this light, is actually a very good performance. For those days where you want something cute and colorful, but nothing too bright and crazy. Oh and did I mention I love the name? It’s the same as a French cover band’s whose music I love to play in summer.

5.) Max Factor Glossfininity Cerise

I don’t wear a lot of reds on my finger nails, but when I do it’s usually this bright orangy red and it’s always during summer. This polish has great lasting power, the color is amazing and it applies smoothly. The reason why I love wearing this in summer is because it goes with my favorite red summer lipstick (Topshop Rio Rio) and one of my favorite red summer dresses.

What is your favorite nail polish for summer?

Video: Collective shopping haul

Video: Collective shopping haul

I thought I’d try something different again and instead of bringing you a haul post in pictures, it’s now in video. And you can watch it in HD. Only thing is that for some reason my upload got scrunched and I don’t know why. It will probably be some setting I used when publishing the video with Moviemaker. Oh well. It’s here, it’s up and I think I got some cool stuff, so enjoy!

Like I say in the video I didn’t buy all of this in one go. It’s stuff I’ve accumulated in the past 2 -3 weeks. But here are the items featured in the video in chronological order:

– Max Factor lipstick in Mulberry
– Catrice Eye & Blush palette from the London collection
– Dark red/ brown (x2), beige w/ stars shirts (New Yorker
– Maxi skirt & maxi dress (H&M)
– Faux fur waistcoat (H&M)
– Peter pan collared button down (Asos)
– Cream & nude button down shirts (Asos)
– Multi-colored dress (Asos)
– Dark gray knit sweater dress (Vila)
– Green parka with teddy lining (Primark)
– Accessories (Primark)
– Camel zipper bag (random store)
– Dark green bag (H&M)
– Tall black boots (Shoe Outlet)

So there you have it, my shopping haul. I recorded another video the same day which will be up later this week. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more videos and if you do what it is that you would like to see! Thank you for your time.

Make up collection: lipgloss

Make up collection: lipgloss

Despite being sick I’ve decided to take a few pictures of my lipglosses. I actually wanted to do this in a video and swatch a few on my hand (my favorites), but I will do that during my vacation when I’ve got more time and am looking and feeling better again. The first three pictures feature my favorite lipglosses. The last three pictures feature lipglosses that I have, but don’t wear regularly or not at all.

So let’s start with my favorites, again within this batch I have more favorites, which I will show in a video some time soon in which I will include swatches.

Catrice: Light my Fire & Forbidden Apple (Alice in Wonderland Collection)

Benefit: So Frisk Me & Dancing Queen

Sephora: Fresh Peach Shimmer & Miami Pink Reflex

Maybelline: Naked Star, Pink Petal, Stellar Berry

Revlon: Papaya, Premium Pink, Stellar Sunrise, Platinum Petal

NARS: Dolce Vita

MAC: Richer, Lusher (cremesheen glass)

Bourjois: Framboise Magnific, Rose Pacific, Brun Exotic

Sephora: clear plumping lip gloss

E.L.F.: Trendsetter, Night Owl

Too Faced: Don’t Hate Me

Max Factor: Ivory

So those are my favorite/ most used lipglosses. I keep them separately in an easier to reach place. My favorites are definitely the Bourjois Rose Pacific, NARS Dolce Vita, Benefit So Frisk Me and MAC Cremesheen Glass in Richer, Lusher.

Essence: Sun Club in Summer Cherry, Pick me Up, Super Girl

HEMA: Jip & Janneke light pink & fuchsia

Bourjois: Rose Charismatic, Transparent Oniric

Sephora: The Red Shiny

NYX: Orchid

Revlon: Just Bitten Lipstain in Twilight

Duwop: Lip Venom in Twilight

NYC: Soho Sweetpea

HEMA: (can’t find a number, nor a name)

E.L.F.: Plumping Lip Glaze in Champagne, Lushious Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Tart & Caramel Candy

Eyeko: Liptastik Glossy Lip Pen in Raspberry (don’t know for sure)

Sephora: Lipstick Pencils in Coral Glow & Vinyl Raspberry, plumping lipgloss in number 05 & 07

Etos: Longlasting lipgloss, ultra shiny lipgloss

Sephora: Bronzed Beauty

So those are the glosses I hardly ever wear, or which I don’t wear at all. It may seem weird to keep products you don’t wear, but for some of these I just like the packaging. Or it’s a product that I only wear on one occasion and I keep it for those specific occasions.

Q: What’s your favorite lipgloss?