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 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

 

Event: Make Up Store Malta Makeup Weekend

Hey guys!

As you may know, I’ve been absent this past month due to my exams. To be quite honest, I’ve also been uninspired. I haven’t been buying new stuff because I’m really trying to stay within my budget and first make use of the products I really have. So please bare with me till I get back on track 🙂

Make Up Store Malta hosted a Makeup Weekend with offers throughout their ranges. For those of you who have never come across the brand, Make Up Store is a Swedish brand, with stores located in roughly 20 countries worldwide. With their ongoing offers all through the weekend, what better way to bounce back from my hiatus than to check it out?!

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Located at Tigné Point, Level -2, I would say the store was quite busy. Luckily, it happened that I was having quite a hectic afternoon myself, so I decided to go in for a quick look around, and then would check out the products closely on another day.

Once you enter the store, the variety of colour simply slaps you in the face! I think that is what I really loved about their products! Everything looks sleek, yet vibrant and makes you feel like you’re in a Make Up Wonderland. To my surprise, they’ve got a number of ranges; microshadows and marble eyeshadow to powder foundation and skincare!

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Another thing I liked (and will definitely be going back for) are their foundations – and more importantly, the foundations SHADES. So many drugstore brands only carry pinky foundations, leaving all yellow undertone people like me, unmatched. Thankfully, Make Up Store seem to have a decent range and shades that cater to a larger area of people.

Did I mention colour? If you’re a nail polish lover, you might want to check this brand out! And don’t get me started on eyeliners and lipsticks – almost every shade you may want, they’ve got. It’s truly amazing!

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I noticed that they’ve got brush kits as well as palette kits which in my opinion, would be a lovely gift for someone who appreciates makeup.

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For the event, they were giving out goodies bags when spending a certain amount. They were nice enough to give me one two goodies for going down to the store.

I ended up getting this beautiful matt blue pigment that makes you feel like a mermaid of some sorts – the colour is just breathtaking and so pigmented! Perfect for Summer!

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I will definitely be going there again soon, because, I mean – look at colours!! Lastly, I would also like to mention the kind and helpful staff at the Tigné store (shoutout to Carl!) who greeted the customers that came through their doors with a warm welcome 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

Event: The Body Shop Malta

Last Friday, I got the opportunity to go to ANOTHER Body Shop event – I know, I’m overdoing it – but I love the brand too much to miss out!

This event revolved around the launch of their newest ranges – the Fuji Green Tea and the Virgin Mojito. I sooo wish you can smell the products through the photos because the only downside to these products is that they aren’t edible. They smell divine!

We were welcomed with a choice of warm green tea or a cooling virgin mojito. It’s only April, but unsurprisingly already hot in Malta, so I went for the mojito. While sipping my refreshing beverage, my favourite local beauty bloggers and myself were learning a bit more about the ranges and the brand itself.

The Body Shop, has always been a pioneer in the beauty scene, with regards to being one of the first brands not to test their products on animals. Needless to say, they aim to still be on the forefront of the industry, shifting their focus on being more environmentally friendly and reducing their carbon footprint.

 

On to the ranges – the Fuji Green Tea range is perfect for detoxifying, cleansing and simply unwinding. Traveling all the way from Japan, the Fuji Green Tea range contains antioxidants that help with exfoliation so as to maintain that healthy-feeling skin we all want. If you are not really keen on strong smells or fragrances, I do suggest trying this out. The products from the range do not have a strong scent – just enough for you to relax, but not enough for it to bother you. I what I really liked about this range, is the innovative aspect of it all. Apart from the normal products such as the body butter and sorbet, this range extends to a cologne, an exfoliating soap and, WAIT FOR IT – actual bath tea and an infuser to go with it! Am I the only one who finds this cool?!

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Tea Leaves

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Range

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Soap

 

And when you think things can’t get much better, you stumble on the Virgin Mojito range. I must admit – I prefer the Virgin Mojito range over the Fuji Green Tea one, but solely because the Virgin Mojito smells like Summer. Literally. It is so refreshing and fragrant that you’ll just want to cover yourself in it and basically become a mint leaf. The range has its basic products like the shower gel and the body scrub that obviously smell amazing. However, the line has probably one of the best things ever – the newly released, Body Splash! If I had to describe it, it would definitely be the lovechild of a perfume and an eau de toilette…maybe slightly less strong that an eau de parfum, though. It is travel friendly and great 24/7 during Summer, or if you’re like me, just as an excuse to refresh. Love Love Love!

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Range

If you’ve read about any of the other occasions The Body Shop had us over, you will know how generous they are 🙂 For those who are reading about these events for the first time, shame on you! The Body Shop never leave us empty handed! Here is what I found in my goodie bag;

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So sweet of them to sneak in small body butters from the new ranges!

Needless to say, I can never go into their store, and leave empty-handed (I am aware, that we were given the goodie bag, so technically I wouldn’t have left empty-handed). I tried to limit myself to two products, so I decided to get these two beauties;

The Body Shop Items Purchased

 

As I said, I really liked the Body Splash. I wouldn’t be lying if I said that I’ll probably be picking up more products from these ranges! Absolutely love them!

If you want to see more of what went down at the event, go ahead and click through The Body Shop’s event photos 🙂

Will you be picking up any of these products? If you enjoyed this post, like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

Event: Femme Beauty Re-launch Party

As you might have noticed, as of late, I have been super busy, so much so that I barely have any time for blogging. However, I couldn’t miss out on last week’s event for the re-launch party of local shop, Femme Beauty.

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As soon as we were greeted, the beautiful hosts, Luisa Musumeci and Christina Martinez offered us a glass of champagne until we settled in and had a look around. Apart from the lovely ambience, it was great to see fellow bloggers and catch up!

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L-R: Luisa Musumeci who handles the beauty section, and Christina Martinez who handles the nail care section of the salon.

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L-R: Macs (Steph’s friend), Caroline, Steph, Marija, Christina, Me, Caroline, Maya, Fiona and Luisa

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I was definitely lured me in by the My Melts stand, offering deliciously-smelling soya based oils and scents in wax form. Their main use is to be burnt over oil burners and basically fill your room or house with the yummy fragrance. They have got a wide selection of scents, but I ended up going for Sandalwood and Cinnamon Crunch. I also went ahead and got a new oil burner as it seems my mother misplaced the one we had (and won’t admit it!).

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There were two other stands; a makeup stand containing all Makeup Studio products, and the other a little display of the newly released Cinderella collection gelish polishes.

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And here’s that mandatory, hard-to-resist group selfie 😉

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L-R: Charlene, Me, Maya and Lyndsey.

Last but not least, the lovely team sent us home with a little thank you gift bag.

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And that’s it 🙂

Go check them out! I know I will!

Did you enjoy the post? Like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below!

Until next time,

Elaine xo

February Favourites 2015

Another month, another favourites post! Time is really flying by, so much so that we’ll soon be back to Easter. These past few months, I have really busy, juggling Uni and work and a lot of other things, leaving only a short time to enjoy any beauty products. Yet, I managed to find a couple which I naturally gravitated to this past month, so I think they’re worth a mention.

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Sleek Makeup Blusher in Coral

I’ve had this blusher for a quite a long time now so it is more of a rediscovered product. I like to switch between blushers, from pinks to more orange tones and I just fell in love with this one all over again. And it also reminded me that I need to buy more Sleek products! These blushers are pigmented so a little goes a very long way. One thing I really like about Sleek products is that even though they are pigmented, they are buildable and very easy to blend for a gorgeous soft look. Love it!

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Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence

I only had this for a month (Lookfantastic Beauty Box) but I’m getting quite fond of the product. Let me just start by saying the smell of this is delicious. It is fresh and fruity, but not too fruity! I spray this on my damp hair (especially the ends) just after washing it but before combing it through with my Tangle Teezer. Over time, I do think my hair is not as tangled as it used to be (together with other products), so I do think this product does its job.

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Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Macaroon (96)

Again, had this for about a year or so but I keep coming back to it. I think it is something to do with the colour and the consistency that just appeals to me. As you may know, I absolutely love rose colours as I think they compliment my skin tone. Pair that with the softest, buttery (duh.) lip product and voila! – You’ve got yourself this pigmented baby! Additionally, it is really a lip butter for all occasions and styles. Definitely a “your lips but better” kind of product.

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Khol Liner in Pure Espresso

Saving the best for last. This is surely my favourite out of these favourites. Firstly, the colour is gorgeous. The colour can be intensified to your liking, helping you achieve natural to smoky effortless looks in minutes. Since it is a khol liner, it is meant to be a soft product. Basically, it is a smudgy product as it takes longer to set. What I like to do is run some liner on the top of my eyelid (no need to be neat), and then just take my ring finger, and lighlty run it over the liner (DON’T poke your eye out, please!) This will give you a smudged, smoky, grungy look without trying too hard. There are other ways to play around with this product, but this is definitely my fave! I also tight-line with this liner for extra intensity and holds quite well.

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And those are all of the products I have been loving this past month!

What were you February favourites? If you enjoyed the post, like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

Beauty Haul

Every holiday season, I swear that I am not going to splurge on beauty or fashion items…yet every season, I fail. Miserably. Long story short, here are the latest things I got!

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Lookfantastic Beauty Box – €19.54

The things I got in the January box were;

  • Molton Brown Templetree Body Wash
  • Gatineau Collagen Eye Compresses
  • myvitamins Lemon Flavour Vitamin C Effervescent
  • Goldwell DualSenses Color Extra Extra Rich 60Second Treatment
  • Nuxe Soothing and Rehydrating Fresh Mask
  • Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence

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I did not get to use everything yet, but I will keep you updated on the products that struck me.

Real Techniques Starter Set – €22.88

I can’t even begin to share with you how excited I am to have these in my collection. From the very first RT brush I owned, I have loved the range – and this Starter Set does not disappoint! I have not used all the set yet, but I will probably review it later on 🙂

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Paul Mitchell Firm Style Freeze And Shine Super Spray (500ml) – €18.06

This is the first time I ever tried a Paul Mitchell product. I have already tried this and I already really like this hairspray – it doesn’t get crunchy at all, and extended my look for a good 2 days.

Paul Mitchell Express Style Round Trip (200ml) – €13.22

Another Paul Mitchell product that I am eager to try. This is specifically for curly hair and is supposed to bring back that natural spring to your hair. I have only used it a couple of times, so I will get back to you on this product.

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Per-fékt Skin Perfection Conceal in Rich – €8.32

Let me just start by saying that this was a TOTAL BARGAIN. The original price of this concealer is €33.68! Luckily, I got it on sale for much cheaper. I had heard of the Per-fékt range, but they are quite pricey. Unfortunately, in a sale, the shades are not always the best ones for your skin tone. Nevertheless, I took the opportunity to get the product at such a reduced rate. It is really dark. Really dark. As saddened as I am, I will try to play around some contouring techniques using this concealer.

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Eylure Lash Edit Paris Collection – €12.86

Yes, I am still experimenting (and failing) with false lashes. Enough said.

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What have you got recently? If you enjoyed this post, like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo