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: Dr.Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum

These past few years, I had honestly given up on taming and styling my hair. For those of you who don’t know, my mane hair is naturally curly, dry, frizzy and tangle-prone. Cute, right? Even though Malta’s humid weather does not help, I was in dire need to nurse my hair back to health.

Watching multiple YT videos, I was a big fan of hair oils, but never really got around to buying one (I’m lazy like that). Luckily, after being invited to the Dr.Organic launch a couple of months ago, I finally got my hands on their Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum (what a mouthful!).

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Firstly, and not necessarily beneficial to my hair, the packaging is gorgeous. The frosted glass gives a fresh and elegant look to the product itself, making it even more appealing! As the name implies, this product is and oil-based serum, with Argan Oil being the most dominant. It also contains ingredients such as Clove Leaf Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Oil which give it its slightly spicy scent. I know this scent might not be everyone’s cup of tea, so do suggest you get a sniff of it before buying it.

The great thing about this Dr.Organic serum is that a little goes a long way – I roughly only use two pumps to work through my ends up to my roots. It is mostly applied to towel-dried, leaving your hair soft and silky. However, it can also be used on dry hair for extra shine. Even though I still struggle with having dry and frizzy hair, this serum really does eliminate most of my frizz, making my hair more manageable, without weighing it down.

Lastly, this serum retails in Malta at €16.87 – a fraction of the price of other serums on the market! Definitely a must have in your hair-care routine!

What is your favourite serum? If you enjoyed the post, like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

Review: TIGI Bed Head Duo

Quite a while back, I issued my first order from lookfantastic.com and got hold of two hair products (amongst others). Therefore, sharing with you my thoughts and review on these products, is long overdue.

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The two products are both from TIGI’s Bed Head line, them being the TIGI Bed Head on the Rebound Curl Recall Cream, and the TIGI Bed Head Ego Boost. As I mentioned, I got these products online off lookfantastic.com, but you can always opt for buying them in-store or from a different online shop. I should also remind you that I naturally have curly, frizzy hair – therefore, I will be sharing my thoughts from a curly-haired person’s perspective.

TIGI Bed Head Ego Boost (200ml) – €15.90

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The TIGI Bed Head Ego Boost, is probably the first ever leave-in conditioner I have ever bought with my own money. After using it for quite some time now, I do not regret getting this product one bit! As a leave-in conditioner, it has a light consistency, rather than being thick and heavy on the hair. Therefore, this product won’t weigh your hair down, which is something I personally struggle with when shopping for products or treatments. Moreover, it does not leave your hair tacky or damp for longer.

Personally, I find it best to pour roughly 2 or more full pumps (I have a lot of hair), rub it on the palms of my hands and distribute it throughout my damp hair – from the tips of my hair upwards towards the roots. I never actually GET to the roots, but I just run any excess product through the top part of my hair. After drying (naturally or using heat), you can actually feel that your hair is much softer than it would have been without the product. I also think that it reduces my frizz slightly – even though I normally use this in conjunction with other products so as to eliminate frizz, I have tried using it alone, and it did make a slight difference.

With regards to the packaging, the pump works just fine, and twists left and right to open or close. The shape of the bottle is the only thing that slightly bothers me as it is not travel-friendly. Then again, you definitely would not need all the bottle if you’re travelling. I just pour the product into little travel containers, and there you go!

TIGI Bed Head on the Rebound Curl Recall Cream (125ml) – €12.03

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If you’ve got curly hair, go buy this now! This cream has helped me manage my frizzy hair SO much! Unlike the leave-in conditioner, this product is a thicker cream that gives shape to your curls. Even though it has this consistency, it does not weigh you curls down – on the contrary, the more you put, the curlier and full-of-spring, your curls will be. One thing I am a bit iffy about is that if you put too much product, your hair may turn slightly crunchy. Therefore, just like the leave-in conditioner, distribute it as evenly as possible throughout. Moreover, start with a reasonable amount, and then if need be, add more. Due to having a full head of hair, I tend to use quite a bit which in turn seems to reduce most of the frizz I have. That being said, I do not end up frizz-free after using this product mainly because of the texture of my hair as well as the humid environment I live in. Regardless, I love this product and will definitely re-purchase it!

In conclusion, I really like these products and think they are a great addition to anyone’s hair care routine! Moreover, I might try out other TIGI Bed Head products!

Have you ever used 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

Review: Yves Rocher Shower Gel and Silky Lotion

A few weeks back, someone had given me a birthday present which I absent-mindedly put aside. It was only recently that I had stumbled on these products and actually got to try them out! So after using them for a while, I decided that it’s only fair to give them a bit of attention 🙂

The two products are the Yellow Peach Shower Gel and Silky Lotion by the French brand, Yves Rocher. I had heard of the brand before, but I think that only recently has it made a big splash in the Maltese market. These two products came as a duo but you can definitely purchase them separately at around £5 each.

Let’s just take a minute and talk about the scent of these bath products – damn do they smell nice! Personally, I’m not a big fan of fruity scents, so I was quite surprised that I actually enjoy this one.

What I really like about the shower gel, is that it’s not too overpowering, but just gives a light, fresh scent – basically, people wouldn’t be able to smell peach as soon as you walk past them, which I personally prefer. Another great thing about the scent is that it’s not specifically a summer scent, being that it’s fresh. I find that it blends in well with the any season making it a perfect gift, no matter the occasion! The shower gel lathers up A LOT so if you’re a loofah-user like me, a little bit goes a very long way! Seriously, this shower gel will last you for ages! Talk about value for money!

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With regards to the scent, I would say that the body lotion is quite similar – light and not over-powering. In addition to that, the lotion sinks into the skin amazingly fast! This is probably the one thing that really impressed me, because the lotion is quite ‘liquidy’, that it almost resembles body milk lotion. Regardless the consistency, it sinks in as soon as you work it into the skin, which is great because you won’t end up being sticky or slippery and having to wait for it to dry! I literally just slap some of this lotion on, continue with my ‘getting-ready’ routine, and in a matter of a minute or so, I would have ‘silky’ skin. That quick.

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These were the first two products I had actually tried from the brand – and what a great way to start! Needless to say, I will definitely be trying out some more products from Yves Rocher, once I find the time to pop by their shops, that is! Apart from that, these two products are a big thumbs up, and I would definitely recommend!

And that’s all for today!

Have you tried any products from Yves Rocher? If you enjoyed reading this review, like it! Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

Review + Demo: GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment

Today, I’ll be discussing the one of the award-winning face masks from the GlamGlow range. In the last couple months or so, bloggers and YouTubers have been raving about these products non-stop, so I decided to give it a go.

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I decided to go with the GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment and ordered it online from lookfantastic.com. This product costs around €44.50 (depends where you get it from) –  I know, I know, it’s quite the splurge. I’ve had honestly been stalling to purchase this for months and the reason I did is that I had started experiencing breakouts mainly across my cheeks and chin around 6-7 months ago. I’ve seen great reviews and demos about this product and many beauty people said that this product helps with acne-prone skin, breakouts and blemishes. So that’s why I decided to give it a try.

The packaging is quite big and original as well as quite luxurious. As you will see later on, the product is quite small in comparison to the box and part of the price you’re paying is packaging which is a bit frustrating because it’s something one can do without. Once you open the box, there is a leaflet laying on top with the major ingredients and benefits this product is made up of. There are little notations on each of the major products which I quite like as you can actually know what’s in it rather than simply applying it to your face.

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You are then greeted with a “Hello Sexy” which in my opinion, would make anyway smile. This seems to be their trademark touch to  each product they release. Once you open the “Hello Sexy” flap, you’ve finally reached the product!

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The jar itself is quite small – personally I knew that before I purchased it, so I can’t really complain. After all, it is a luxury product. The jar contains approximately 30ml of product which you can either use as a face mask or else as a spot treatment.

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It claims to tighten skin texture and pores whilst fighting common skin problems such as blemishes, breakouts and even ingrown hair. You can use it 2-3 times a week or else as often as you need.

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As you can see, the product is quite messy and dark in colour. In the jar and upon application, it is a dark charcoal grey but dries to light grey.

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Once you applied the product, leave on for 5-20 minutes depending on length of desired treatment. What this product is basically doing is that it’s sucking out all of the gunk out of the applied area. Therefore it’s thoroughly cleaning your skin leaving it nice and smooth.

Moreover, it contains Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acids that work to heal damaged skin and smooth pigmentation. I have been using it for quite a while and found that it is quite effective. I wouldn’t say it was incredibly effective on my skin simply because I have recently learnt that my breakouts are actually acne since I suffer (also recently discovered) from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Therefore, the product is not going to work as well as it would on people who simply have breakouts.

On the other hand, I did notice that my breakouts reduced slightly and my blemishes did fade slightly (obviously with constant acne breakouts it’s a bit difficult to tell if they did in fact fade or not).

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Once it starts drying you will notice that it starts changing colour from a dark to a light grey which is both cool and disgusting (it does look like you’ve got mould on your face) at the same time. If you’ve got any blackheads you can also notice that the oil will and dirt from those blackheads will start surfacing. That means that they were trapped under your skin and are now extracted.

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This is what it looks like after leaving it for 20mins. Obviously, you can’t see any blackheads that have surfaced because I don’t have any where I applied the product. The reason I applied it in that area is purely to help my breakouts. Once the mask almost completley turns light grey is when you know you can take it off. To remove, use a damp wash cloth or simply remove with warm water.

This product is great if you’ve got a breakout the day before and important event. What you can do is simply apply it as a spot treatment on the area and leave it overnight. When you wake up, the breakout will be almost if not completely healed and flat by the morning.

If you’re going to use this all over your face so as to have nice skin before an event or for example, before going abroad, I suggest that you do this at least 2 days before. This is because if you’re applying it all over your face, you will pulling out a lot of oil and dirt from your skin at once and this may cause you to actually breakout. So just as a measure of caution, it’s best to apply it roughly 2 days before.

Moreover, I suggest that after using this product, you either go in with a moisturising mask or simply with a good moisturiser as it may slightly dry out your skin. I personally think this product is more suitable for oily skin rather than dry. If you have dry skin and would like to try something from the GlamGlow range, I suggest the Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment.

I personally think this product is amazing, especially if you don’t have the skin problems I have. If you’re suffering from acne and being medicated for it, please be careful and consult with your dermatologist before using this as it may not be the best choice for you to use with acne medication.

Did you find this review interesting? Like the post! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

Review: ZOEVA Rose Golden Luxury Set

These past two weeks have been quite hectic for me as I’ve been sitting for a couple of exams, the last one being this Saturday. Therefore, I haven’t had much time to brainstorm about new things for the blog. I know, I’m sorry. Now most people who end up in a situation like this one, just skip the week’s blogpost – Well, I don’t want to!

Therefore, I’m re-blogging a post from one of my favourite bloggers/youtubers, EssieButton. She always brings a smile to my face and I thought – since I love her so much, why not share the love with you?!

May I stress that I DO NOT OWN any of the following content. All credit goes to EssieButton. You can find the original post, here.

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A couple of months ago I was browsing through my Bloglovin’ feed and came across a review of this brush set by From Roses. I wasn’t in the market for any new brushes, but I was completely blinded by her gorgeous photos. ….And let’s be honest, no one has ever won a fight against rose gold…it’s too good. Anyway, I decided to sleep on it, but the next morning they were still on my mind so I placed and order and waited for the postman.

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The set includes 8 brushes and a matching travel bag. I honestly wasn’t expecting to love these as much as my Real Techniques brushes, but the quality of these brushes is fantastic! They remind me a lot of the Sigma Brushes (Flat top kabuki etc.) because of their soft bristles. The set comes with both natural and synthetic bristles brushes (synthetic brushes are typically my favourite because they work really well with both cream and powder products and dry super quickly after washing), but the natural brushes are excellent blenders.

My favourite brushes from the kit are the 102 Silk Finish Face Brush, 110 Face Shape Brush (great for contouring) and the 231 Petit Crease Brush. 

Have you tried Zoeva brushes before? Are you also a fan of the luscious rose gold handles?

Review: Stila Palette

I’ve been racking my brain all week long trying to find something to blog about. Since I’ve been trying to use products I already have rather than buying new ones, I looked through my collection to see if something inspires me enough to blog about it. And here we are!

Today, I’ll be talking about one of my favourite purchases – the Stila In the Light Palette. This product holds a special place in my heart simply because it’s the first high-end product I ever owned.

I purchased the palette off feelunique.com for €32.50 – at the time I didn’t know of any sites that ship this product other than feelunique, so maybe you should try a couple other sites that might sell it for slightly cheaper. The product comes in a sleek, rose gold coloured packaging which is so beautiful. Moreover, the palette opens/closes magnetically and therefore is secure and great for travelling.stila-palette

The palette is made up of 10 gorgeous shades; 4 matte and the other 6 shimmery. In addition, it also comes with one of Stila’s famous waterproof smudge stick liners.  The colours are all powder eye-shadows and all have a great consistency. In my opinion, they are really pigmented (the swatches below don’t do them justice) and even though they are a powder, none of them have a chalky application. On the contrary, these eye-shadows glide on really nice and smoothly, and are super-blendable. What I love about the colours in this palette is that you can really buff them out to your desired look, from subtle to smokey these colours will work effortlessly.

Additionally, the eye-shadows stay do stay on for a long period of time (and that’s saying something in Malta!) and rarely crease. Probably, them sometimes creasing has to do with the climate here in Malta (in fact, in Winter they don’t crease at all!) since it’s super hot and super humid. I have worn them on their own, with a primer and also with a cream shadow under and most of the time there is no creasing whatsoever, but I thought it was still worth a mention.

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The colours I would say I use the most are ebony, bliss and bare. I also use sandstone and kitten quite a lot too. I actually use ebony (a very dark-almost-black-blue) as an eyeliner, creating a soft yet smokey line which looks really put together and is actually faster to apply than actual eye liner. The first shade, bare, is perfect for washing out any redness or veins on your eyelids and is also the perfect colour for highlighting under your brows. Bliss, sunset and sandstone are the colours I use mostly for blending and buffing out those harsh corners. I sometimes use bliss on it’s own just in the crease for a subtle definition. I can’t review this palette without mentioning cult favourite, kitten – I use this in the corner of my eyes (and sometimes exactly in the centre of my lid) to make look bigger and more awake. I can’t even begin to describe your gorgeous this colour is. It’s the right amount of pinky-champagne and I just LOVE it!

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I do like the smudge stick but I haven’t used it that much since most of the time I either use a black liner or ebony (from this palette) as I find it suits me more.

Below you can find swatches of each colour but I apologise in advance for how they turned out – the swatches really don’t do the palette justice – it’s just that i had to swatch them on my arm AND take the photo so it was a bit awkward and uncomfortable. Also, the lighting is not the best, but hopefully you get the gist. The swatches are in the order they are in the palette (per row) so I didn’t label the swatches because otherwise you actually wouldn’t be able to see the swatch itself (I hope I’m making sense).

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Do you have this palette? Which shade is your favourite? If you enjoyed this post, like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo