Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Review: Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer

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(Photo Above) From L-R: 40 "Glazed Colbalt", 20 "Vivid Vermillion", 30 "Twinkling Pink", 45 "Gleaming Teal" & 35 "Lacquered Violet"
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Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer £7.99 (link)*
The latest editions to the Max Factor make-up range are their Gel Shine nail polishes, promising to give a smooth, high shine finish that is long wearing allowing your nails to stay chip-free for longer. With a vibrant shade range, from autumn reds to vibrant colbalts. To even each of the shades being inspired by a decade of glamour, right from those 1950's red's to 90's burgundy's. These nail polishes are quick becoming a favourite accessory of mine this autumn/winter.

So I put them through the test of the daily wear and tear, and can say they lasted just under a week. With the days of "streaky" nail polish gone when you've tested these. Seriously though, some of these shades only needed one  ("Twinkling Pink" & "Glazed Colbalt") to two coats ("Vivid Vermillion","Gleaming Teal" & 35 "Lacquered Violet") to achieve a highly pigmented colour! As well as offering a gel-like finish without the price tag. You can't really go wrong with a purse friendly nail polish that can instantly add a sense of retro glamour to any ol' outfit.
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Within the Flowers

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It seems as though summer hasn't truly left us just yet, with warm summery spells staying with us that extra bit longer. This subsequently means embracing those summer dresses and skirts (without tights) for a couple more days. It's a peculiar thing really with October soon glooming upon us *gasp* we (I) automatically assume wearing the faux fur and layering up the knitwear is "acceptable" for the season. Yet in reality (and before you know it) you're experiencing a "serious" melt-down on the tube-that's not the diva kind either.

Today though I finally (!!!) managed to get over to The Somerset House, to get some street style photos for my Uni assignment. With it being my first "LFW" you could only imagine how (unbelievably) excited I was to be in one of the most talked about places, of the fashion calendar. In fact I went down for both yesterday and today-because one day obviously wasn't enough. Let's just say I wasn't disappointed by the "inspiration" on offer and the styling ideas I can't wait to try out. I even got to experience what it was like to be "street-style photographed" myself by someone other than my Mum (or family relations). Which I'm not going to lie was kind of a "odd" experience, that I definitely won't forget (or get used to). So expect to see some street style photos popping up soon on the blog.

Hat-Primark | Tunic Top-Topshop | Shorts-Zara (worn underneath) | Bag-Ted Baker | Sandals-Zara
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Review: Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation

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Max Factor Skin Luminzer Foundation (link)*

Glowing skin, natural looking, medium coverage and skincare benefits. So this is the latest offering from Max Factor. It perfects the 'barely there' appearance of make up but by still giving a decent amount of coverage, through evening out your skin tone and correcting imperfections. In fact it was the foundation used for the models skin, at the Victoria Beckham AW14 Show (by make-up maestro Pat McGrath). To be honest I was at first sceptical by the use of  the word"glow," as I had an image in my head of the product adding to my oily skin.  However that's where it proved me wrong, as I 'road tested' it on my daily tube commute-hard-core make-up testing I tell ya'. Which if you've experienced is a (very) sweaty/sticky place where make-up goes to melt off your face-quite literally really.

When first applied, I used a real techniques stippling brush, I found it blends seamlessly well into my skin and feels very light. Coverage wise it covers my redness and blemishes fairly well, though I do need to go back in with a heavier coverage concealer to touch-up those areas. With the colour range limited to six shades, I was surprised to find that "Light Ivory" matched my skin near-to-perfect. Pale skins gals' will know that when it comes to matching your skin tone, with your foundation, it can sometimes be near to impossible. As they always seem to have a slight orange tinge to them, or even (thanks to my oily skin) turn orange throughout the day.

Now to the important part. "So did it hold up with the daily commute?" I hear you ask. Well actually it did-pretty well in fact. Throughout the day I did need to blot the t-zone, but that's pretty normal for me with foundations. However besides from that I can *proudly* say that it has become a welcomed edition to ones make-up bag.  Anyway if it's good enough for NYFW show, it's good enough for me.