Today came the news that Max Factor have produced a mascara which claims to withstand day to day activities such as sleeping, showering, or even swimming up to three days.
Apparently flake-resistant, with a ‘PermaHold’ technology which gently bonds to the lash, Max Factor says will create a jet-black finish and acts like a semi-permanent tint. The price to pay for all of this, however, is £18.99 and will be available in Boots. With so many other good brands out there on the market, do we really need something that lasts this long? I personally would hate to have old makeup on, but if you have fair coloured eyelashes I can see some appeal.
A short time ago I was lucky enough to win a competition in conjunction with Feelunique.com and Figs & Rouge, a relatively new British lip balm brand which led to me receiving their whole collection. As a fan of the brand, I was ecstatic, mainly because my tin of lip balm had melted in my hot car and was no longer usable so I was in desperate need of some more!
The reason I love this brand and their lip balms so much is the ingredients they use, or to be more precise, the ingredients they don’t use.
The reason I knew about this brand in the first place is because whilst in Boots looking for a petroleum-free balm this winter, Figs & Rouge were the only one that didn’t contain mineral oil/petroleum (they are essentially the same thing, and what Vaseline is made of) in their balms. The latter is actually a byproduct of crude oil production, and provides no moisturisation whatsoever.
The reason why you constantly have to re-apply your chapstick or Vaseline every two minutes? And why your lips are still dry and peeling no matter how many times you put your balm on? The answer is in your balms’ ingredients. I bet mineral oil or petroleum will be a main one listed. This stuff actually coats your lips with a waterproof barrier preventing any moisture going in, and is therefore are useless at curing your dry lip problem. Figs & Rouge however, have raised their standards and have the following in their products which can be seen on their website:
Application : Their balms are easy to apply just like any other, and smell divine. Lovers of vanilla scents should definitely go for the Coco Vanilla tin. My personal favourites are Pomegranate and Cherry Blossom.
Packaging : Who can ignore these gorgeously packaged gems? All items have a beautiful vintage design, with the larger tins tins having unique ones reminiscent of different eras such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau, so they would look great on anybodys dressing table. They are hard-wearing too- I have the last two mentioned in regular rotation in my handbags and they have retained their lovely designs.
Verdict? 10/10 I just can’t fault this brand, what’s great is that their balms can be used on dry patches of skin too, and even on cuticles to provide extra moisturisation.
Stockists include Boots and Urban Outfitters. Items retail for approx £3.49 – £4.99
It’s my first post after the Christmas break and I hope everyone had a lovely time eating their own body weight in food and spending time with loved ones. Today I will be reviewing impulse purchase of the day, cuticle butter Lemony Flutter from Lush.
I originally had come into the store because I have a couple of dry patches of skin on my lower legs that just would not go away. I became a little frustrated at the number of lotions which contain mineral oil and in some cases palm oil, which is something I don’t want to be associated with. I figured Lush would be the ideal place since its’ products are also cruelty-free.
Whilst looking around I found this cuticle butter seeing as it said it could be used all over the body I thought this would be perfect. I was a bit hesitant as it seemed to be expensive at £6.25 for small pot which can fit in the palm of your hand, but it is definitely worth it.
Ingredients: The ingredients in this pot are one of the reasons why it’s worth the price, and why it has so many rave reviews on Makeup Alley (which, by the way is an amazing website for beauty product reviews). There is everything from avocado oil, to mango butter and lavender oil.
Application: Another reason is the longevity of this product- a little really does go a long way, because although it is a very thick cream, it almost ‘melts’ when warmed up with your fingers. The only drawback is that it can be a bit greasy. However, this is a product which contains many oils so this is to be expected.
Verdict? 8/10 This is a fab little product which will be added to my list of permanent items in my makeup bag. Marks are only taken away because I haven’t used the butter long enough to quite see a result on my cuticles, and there are some days when there’s only so much lemon you can take! (warning- it has a super strong lemony scent) but for the most part I enjoy the scent due to being a fan of citrusy scents
Dermablend is a line of cosmetics by Vichy which provides camouflage foundation for minor to severe skin problems, such as redness, vitiligo, or acne. A while ago they produced an advert to show how effective their products are, even when it comes to tattoo coverups.
Although this was produced a last year, I wanted to share this video in case anyone hasn’t seen it, as in my opinion it is one of the most effective adverts I have ever seen. (And it may also be because I also have a thing for once circus performer-turned-catwalk model Rick Ginest!) The power of makeup can be unbelievable.