Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Max Factor Creme Puff Review

Max Factor Crème Puff - £5.99

When it comes to powder I never seem to be satisfied and its the one thing in my makeup collection that I don't have a favourite of. I used to love the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder until they discontinued it, and since then I've just been constantly buying powders without being satisfied.
Until recently... (wow what a cliff-hanger).
I bought this maxfactor powder in January and after starting my blog I started to purchase even more products, pushing it to the back of my collection and forgetting how much I loved it.
The other day I stumbled across this again and decided to give it another go, and I can honestly say I've fallen back in love. It gives your skin a velvet-y (great use of adjectives there, Laura) finish with great coverage. One of the key points when looking for a powder, in my opinion, is seeing how long it lasts throughout the day. This powder remains on my skin looking untouched throughout the day which is great because I hate having to sneakily re-apply at school (we're not supposed to bring makeup, ha little do they know..).
Another good point about this powder is that it is high coverage, great on days when I'm feeling less confident about my skin. And if anyone was wondering, IT COVERS MY ECZEMA!!!
In order to get a full review I visited the boots website to read more about this product. Apparently it has 'light reflecting particals' to make your skin glow. This doesn't mean it is glittery, which is something I really don't like in a powder. I have to admit my skin does look more glow-ey (yet again, great adjective) when I use this.
Honestly, I don't know how it found its way to the back of my makeup collection! I'll definitely be using this some more from now on.
Thanks for reading!

ps: I am really sorry for the lack of posts recently, I haven't really been going through the best of times and I didn't want to channel any of my unhappiness into my blog. I'm going to really try and put more effort into my blog from now on because I really love it and everybody who actually reads it! You're all beautiful <3

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Beauty tip: why you shouldn't use carmex

Photo isn't mine! I don't have any Carmex to photograph, sorry!

Warning!!! I'm going to use the word 'lip' a lot in this post.. lip lip lip lip lip
When it comes to lip balms, I'm extremely fussy. I have very dry lips and I've been through every 'moisturising' lip product under the sun. Because of this, when I find a favourite, I stick to it.
This also means that I've been through my fair share of terrible products and one of those is Carmex. If I can pass on any advice, it would be to avoid Carmex at all costs. Why? Because it contains the one ingredient that should never be in any lip balm. Salicylic acid. Whilst this acid can be great on the skin (if you have oily skin) it's literally torture for your lips.
So why do Carmex use it? You may be wondering. They know for a fact how bad this ingredient can be, and that's exactly why they use it.
Basically, it's a marketing scheme.
The acid makes your lips peel which tricks you into thinking you need to use more lip balm, therefore you buy more. In some cases your lips don't star to peel until you've stopped using the product which convinces you that it works. It doesn't.
The worst thing is, this trick is used by many different companies! Next time you buy any kind of lip product, make sure that it doesn't contain Salicylic acid.
If you were wondering what products I do recommend, I 100% stand by the nivea lip balms. They're moisturising, simple, cheap and effective. They save my dry skin over and over again.

I hope you all enjoyed this short post, I know it was very negative but hopefully it can help you!
Thankyou for reading