Feeling Festive: Christmas Nail Art

Christmas is just around the door!! What better way to get into the  than to have nice-looking nails?!

In today’s tutorial, follow these easy tutorials that will leave your nails looking polished and stunning for the Christmas season!

And on that note, I’M ON YOUTUBE! Well, kind of (does not showing my face or speaking still count?)

If you give these designs a go, please share the photo by using the hashtag #MAXBEAUTY on Facebook and Instagram!

What are your favourite Christmas designs? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

Review: Colour Elixir Lipstick

By now you most probably know my love for lipsticks. That’s why, in the past week I have reviewed Max Factor‘s Colour Elixir Lipstick! The line consists of  about 15 shades, however, I tried the colour Chilli (853).

As far as packaging goes, Max Factor never fails to disappoint! The packaging of the entire Colour Elixir line is glamorous with gold tones and shades. A small detail that I love about the packaging is that the actual lipstick colour can be seen at the bottom of the tube, which makes life easier when scouting for a particular lipstick (let’s admit, we’ve all been there!).

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 The product is enhanced with Vitamin E, keeping your lips luscious and soft. This also adds with a smoother application as it glides on easier than regular lipsticks, which it did.Since the formula is so soft and moisturising, there is really no need to layer any lip balms/aids underneath, which is also means that it’s easier to wear in the colder months. Moreover, I found that even though it’s red (a soft red, to be exact), it’s still a “no fuss” lipstick – so it’s great for a quick fix.
The colour is obviously a creamy red, but with a slight metallic finish. I would consider myself a “numerous coats” type of person, as I want my lipstick to be opaque. That being said, this lipstick has good pigmentation and lasts for quite a while – I would give it a two rich coats. That being said, you would need to touch up if you intend on eating or drinking.
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Needless to say, I will definitely be getting my hands on other lipsticks from the line – possibly a me-to-me Christmas gift? Hmm..we’ll see 😉
Have you tried any lipsticks from the Max Factor Colour Elixir line? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments down below 🙂
Until next time,
Elaine xo

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Disclaimer:

blabberbeauty is participating in a University of Malta project regarding Social Media Strategies. The team leading project ‘MaxBeauty‘ is collaborating exclusively with drugstore brand, Max Factor, to assess Social Media efforts. This will be done through blabberbeauty, therefore, this section of the website will be dedicated solely to this project.  Stay tuned for brand reviews, tutorials and competitions!

Review: Max Factor Crème Puff Blush

Throughout my makeup journey, I’ve come to realise that there are a few makeup items that simply make or break a look. My first choice, would be brows, of course, but I’ve also come to appreciate the power of blush. Many times, I’m rushing my makeup and decide to skip my blush, and believe me, I regret it EVERY time. Thing is that without blush, I look really washed out. Luckily (is it, really?) I am not alone! So for all of you blusher-lovers, read on for my latest review!

The product I’ve recently tested is the Max Factor Crème Puff Blush in Alluring Rose (25). This baked blush is a shimmery rose colour, with brownish undertones due to its marbled texture. The idea of a marbled blush really appealed to me as sometimes one tone colours can wash you out just the same. Therefore, I feel that this colour combo provides the right balance of warm and cool colours to the face, meaning that it would probably look good on most skin tones.

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The colour glides on beautifully – however – you should be SUPER light-handed with this product as it’s quite pigmented. If you’re wondering – yes, I did look like someone slapped me when I tried it for the first time! Trust me, a little goes a long way. With that being said, the product itself is very buildable, so if applied gently, you can really be flexible with your application.

Since it does have quite an amount of shimmer to it, I would not suggest it for people with big pores as it will end up highlighting the pores themselves rather than your cheeks. Then again, you can always apply a primer underneath your makeup which should do the trick! On the plus side, due to the shimmer, it does leave your cheeks with that natural highlight, which looks beautiful for everyday makeup.

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With regards to longevity, I was very impressed – it stays on me all day! I mean, it does fade slightly, but by the end of the day, there is always a tint of the blush. To ensure it staying on your cheeks for longer, what I sometimes do is apply a tad of the product BEFORE your powder and then apply powder of it. This gives a soft “beauty within” type of look, and looks more blended into the skin. You can stop here if you’re after a very natural look. However, after applying powder, I go in again with the blusher and voilà! You’ve got yourself super long lasting blusher! I swear, it works every time 🙂

What is your favourite blush? Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

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Disclaimer:

blabberbeauty is participating in a University of Malta project regarding Social Media Strategies. The team leading project ‘MaxBeauty‘ is collaborating exclusively with drugstore brand, Max Factor, to assess Social Media efforts. This will be done through blabberbeauty, therefore, this section of the website will be dedicated solely to this project.  Stay tuned for brand reviews, tutorials and competitions!

 

Review: Max Factor Colour Elixir Gloss

It’s safe to say that one can never have too many lip products. Therefore, without further ado, here is my latest lip product discovery!

I am a lipstick kind of girl, so I normally dismiss lipgloss altogether. However, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try out the Max Factor Colour Elixir in Polished Fuchsia (60). Surprisingly, I don’t regret it!

The reddish-pink colour glides smoothly over the lips, for a gorgeous pop of colour. The product is infused with shine enhancers and smoothing oil, creating a conditioning formula that leaves your lips feel soft and moisturised with a high-gloss finish. Definitely gives you that “It’s my time to shine” feel – if you know what I mean!

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I must admit, the lipgloss looks appealing just by the looks of the packaging. Apart from the packaging being stylish, it’s also quite light, making it easy to carry around when on the go. The lipgloss has a subtle scent to it that compliments the feel and application of the product. One thing I really like about this product is that it just glosses over any dry lines leaving you with a soft feel, rather than a patchy job.

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This product is perfect for people who just want a hint of colour on their lips, while keeping them plump and moisturised.  The colour is natural looking and complimenting most peoples’ skin tone, giving off a “better than your lips” kind of shade. Mainly because it is a lipgloss, it does need to be re-applied or re-touched after eating and drinking, however it lasts up to 2-3 hours otherwise. I also tried it over lipsticks, giving them more depth yet a nice refreshing slight change in colour.

Which is your favourite lipgloss? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments down below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

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Disclaimer:

blabberbeauty is participating in a University of Malta project regarding Social Media Strategies. The team leading project ‘MaxBeauty‘ is collaborating exclusively with drugstore brand, Max Factor, to assess Social Media efforts. This will be done through blabberbeauty, therefore, this section of the website will be dedicated solely to this project.  Stay tuned for brand reviews, tutorials and competitions!

Review: Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara

Most beauty lovers would agree that we are constantly on the lookout for mascara that gives us BIGGER, BOLDER lashes. Read on to find out my thoughts on the latest mascara I came across…

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This is the Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions 3-in-1 Volumising Mascara (woah, what a mouthful!), possibly making it into my top 5 mascaras. The product comes in beautiful sleek black and gold packaging, complimenting the long, thin design of the mascara tube. As the product name implies, it does look more glamorous than other mascaras at the drugstore.

Apart from its gorgeous packaging, the product itself is amazing! I’ve tried out quite a number of mascaras so far, but hands down, this mascara is the blackest of them all! One coat of this, and you’re almost set to go! The wand is really small in comparison to regular mascaras, which makes it perfect for the bottom lash band as well as for overall precision. However, the product does not pick up too much product, reducing the chance of mascara-malfunction!

What I also love about this product is that it is very buildable. Many times, mascaras tend to make your lashes hard and clumpy just after two coats. I can say that this is the complete opposite – for a ‘no makeup’ makeup look, one coat would be perfect. Adding more applications will give a fuller, more dramatic effect. With that being said, I never found my lashes to clump together at all.

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What is your favourite mascara? Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

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Disclaimer:

blabberbeauty is participating in a University of Malta project regarding Social Media Strategies. The team leading project ‘MaxBeauty‘ is collaborating exclusively with drugstore brand, Max Factor, to assess Social Media efforts. This will be done through blabberbeauty, therefore, this section of the website will be dedicated solely to this project.  Stay tuned for brand reviews, tutorials and competitions!

Review: Max Factor Lipfinity

Exciting news! 🙂

blabberbeauty is participating in a University of Malta project regarding Social Media Strategies. The team leading project ‘MaxBeauty‘ is collaborating exclusively with drugstore brand, Max Factor, to assess Social Media efforts. This will be done through blabberbeauty, therefore, this section of the website will be dedicated solely to this project.  Stay tuned for brand reviews, tutorials and competitions!

Let’s kick off the project by talking about my latest lip discovery (and you all know how much I love lipsticks), the Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Colour in Glistening (102).

On the packaging of this duo product, it is stated that it is long-lasting, lasting even up to 24 hours! I never really tried long-lasting lip products mainly because I never thought the products would live up to their claims. Also, for the past year I had on and off dry lips so I always opted for moisturising lipsticks rather than longevity.

First of all, this product is really a duo product as there are two steps for a long-lasting application. First the lipstick itself needs to be applied – it’s more of a liquid lipstick, consistency-wise. The colour is really pigmented and dries super quick. That being said, it’s also easy to apply and actually applies really smooth. Additionally, the colour you see in the packaging, is what it will look like once it’s on the lips!

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After the first step is applied, you will have to wait around 30 seconds to continue to the second step. By then, the lipstick would have already gone tacky and probably dried. At this point, you will just need to go over your lips with a coat of the second applicator, which is a waxy product that seals everything in place and gives your lips that extra shine! 🙂 Throughout the day you would then only need to re-apply the second applicator and you’re good to go.

One thing to make sure when applying the product in general, is to have ‘dry’, clean lips – make sure no oil or product is on your lips before applying any of the Lipfinity range as the product won’t hold otherwise. Another thing to mention is that I have not tried this with any lip liner under it as I was told that it doesn’t really need one, which I have to agree.

After testing out the product a couple of times, I can definitely say that this one’s a keeper! It lasts all day! I’ve eaten and drank in it and it wouldn’t budge – especially if you re-apply from time to time, which I didn’t because I’m forgetful and lazy 😈

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Needless to say, I will be definitely expanding my Lipfinity collection…I don’t know how I’ve been without them for so long!!

Have you tried any of the Lipfinity products? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments down below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo