Monday, 20 August 2012

Review :Max Factor Eye Brightening Mascara

Yes I'm aware, I haven't posted in a while...I've been working so much recently, my free time has consisted of sleeping, eating, or eating whist sleeping... I call it sleeating..

Anyway, I'm a big fan of mascara, will be doing an epic mascara post soon but for now, this is a quick review on Max Factor's Eye Brightening Mascara

I've been chasing around for the Covergirl Eyelights Mascara for a while, but haven't been able to get my hands on it; so when this replica hit the shops, I was pretty much on it like bees on honey! Both claim to achieve the same thing which is basically to "enhance" your eye's natural colour with customised "gem toned colour beads" for brown, hazel, green, or blue eyes. The "light reflecting particles" supposedly brighten your actual eyes too. 
CovergirlMax Factor

Firstly, the packaging: Not much to say; I am quite partial to it, it looks pretty... the eyes on the tube are pretty too. I was disappointed that they didn't have any extra information about how this mascara actually enhances eye colour but such is life. 

The brush: I was impressed with the brush; the bristles were long enough and weren't too close together so it actually did separate my eyelashes no matter how many coats I used. I think this is one of my favourite mascara brushes. 

The formula: I'm torn between whether I like it or not. On one hand it seemed a bit too thick and dry for me, but on the other hand, that may have made my eyelashes look more intense. I'm not sure, I think if it were slightly more liquid I would love it more. Makes it less prone to clumping 

Before and afters: 



Does it work?: It definitely made my eyelashes look longer and more voluminous which I loved!  Even after one coat they looked longer and fuller. I only applied around 3 coats, could have kept going but it was hot, and I was getting impatient so I stopped at 3. As for the "enhancing natural eye colour", and "light reflecting particles" ... uh... yeh... that's a pile of tosh! Absolutely no reflection taking place, and no, it didn't brighten my eyes. To be honest I don't understand how that would work anyway; what exactly is being reflected where?? I'm guessing that's why there is hardly any information on the packaging because there's no science behind it. Also, if you do want to try this out, you're better off sticking some glitter eyeshadow in your mascara (old trick). 
And my brown eye colour wasn't enhanced whatsoever, again, there's no explicit science behind it, maybe it works better for those with green, hazel, or blue eyes, because the mascaras are varied colours. Mine was plain black. They can call it whatever; "black pearl", "tonal black" whatever it was but what's that saying? A spade is a spade.. and plain black mascara is...well, plain black mascara 

I would recommend this for those with short, sparce, or thin lashes

Overall, I am pleased with how my eyelashes looked after application, to me personally it did make quite a big difference. I usually wear eyeliner but since getting this mascara, haven't felt the need for it. It's easy to apply, separated and lengthened my lashes, which I love.... As for the whole "eye enhancing" jargon.... well...personally, I think it's a bunch of nonsense. If you want a really good value mascara for dramatic lashes then this is certainly up your street; however, if you want a magic eye illuminating, colour popping, light reflecting mascara then I suggest you look elsewhere...or stick a torch behind your eye sockets. 

At the moment it's only £4.99 as an introductory offer in both Boots and Superdrug so if you want to test it out, now is the time. Let me know what you think of it, it might work for other eye colours 

Friday, 10 August 2012

Website Of The Week: Cheap Smells

I like perfume...a lot. My purse however, does not (aw, that almost sounded like a poem)...but yeh, I like perfume but it's crazy expensive. Came across this website a good few years ago and we've pretty much been inseparable since. It sells cheap perfumes, and cosmetics too, displaying the retail price so you know how much you're saving..WINNING!!  

Here are my favourite bargains


Estee Lauder

MakeUp Palette

Expert Color Palette

RRP £54.95
Our Price £34.95
Saving £20.00 (36%)

Vera Wang

Rock Princess

100ml Eau de Toilette Spray

RRP £58.00
Our Price £29.04
Saving £28.96 (50%)



Lash Stiletto Volume Mascara

Black RRP £7.99
Our Price £4.49
Saving £3.50 (44%)
Black waterproof RRP £7.99
Our Price £3.99
Saving £4.00 (50%)

Hightech Cosmetics


Instant Lash Extender 13ml

RRP £19.50
Our Price £8.65
Saving £10.85 (56%)

Model Co


Dannie Colour Essentials Set

RRP £85.00
Our Price £12.49
Saving £72.51 (85%)

Nina Ricci

Ricci Ricci Dancing Ribbon

50ml Eau de Parfum Spray

RRP £41.50
Our Price £24.75
Saving £16.75 (40%)

Urban Decay


Book of Shadows Volume IV

RRP £46.00
Our Price £27.55
Saving £18.45 (40%)


24 Hour Skincare

400ml Gentle Toner

RRP £14.99
Our Price £4.95
Saving £10.04 (67%)

Also, free delivery... :-) 

Monday, 6 August 2012

20 Beauty Tips

After a long day at work I'm having a mindless internet browsing session, and decided to look for the top beauty tips which I'm going to share with all you lovelies. 

For uber soft hair, leave a conditioning hair masque in overnight and rinse out in the morning. 

For a defined yet subtle eye, use black eyeliner on the top lash line, and brown eyeliner on the bottom lash line. 

Run your eyelash curler under warm water or stick it under your blow drier for a second before using it to make your eyelashes curlier 

This is no secret, if you want bigger looking eyes, line your bottom eyelid with white eyeliner. (I however use gold because it blends more with my flesh tone and doesn't scare anyone) 

Try and carry a hand sanitizer around with you; touching random things on your outings could lead to bacteria build-up on your hands...and if you touch your face a lot...SPOTTTSS!!


Eat "detergent" foods. Firm or crisp foods like apples, celery, carrots, or popcorn (yes, you now have an excuse to munch on popcorn more often) are said to help clean teeth as you eat.

For thicker and more voluminous hair, spray some dry shampoo at the roots of your hair..BOOM VOLUME! 

 For yellow nails, scrub them with a nail brush and whitening toothpaste 

Apparently coconut milk makes your hair grow long and thick "“Rub it onto the scalp, leave it on for an hour or so, then wash it out.”

Avoid very hot showers/baths first thing in the morning. Hot water followed by cool, dry air leads to rough skin


Keep your eyes open when applying liquid liner — otherwise your line will look uneven


Rose and lavender "work wonders" in calming skin inflammation (according to ingredient information specialist Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, Michele VanLandingham) 

When waxing at home, apply tooth-numbing cream in the area you plan to wax about half an hour prior to your session. It will temporarily numb the skin, making the experience a little less painful.


When your lips look small, the rest of your face looks larger by comparison. Dab a shimmery gloss in the middle of your lower lip to make it appear bigger


Use a deep-cleansing mask once a week to rid your skin of impurities and dead skin cells that may be clogging pores.


For a more "pulled together" look without much make-up, make sure your eyebrows are tamed and in order as these frame your face. (I need to start taking my own advice)


For more profound, eye catching lashes, apply two different types of mascara. It adds length and definition. 


Spray a light shot of fragrance into the bristles. Run it through strands from roots to ends and your hair will smell amazing throughout the day.

For afro hair, try steaming it regularly to enhance the condition of your hair, locking in moisture and reducing breakage


Be careful where you apply your blusher as it should hit the middle of your cheekbone. If it's any higher and too close to your eyes, it will make your eyes appear red and if you place it too low, it will make you look tired

Hope you likey....Feel free to comment and add your own... the more the merrier :-)