Review for Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Colour 24Hrs

Dear Ladies,

A few weeks ago I announced that I will be writing about my favourite liquid lipsticks and then I shared a teaser photo on my Facebook page all.things.lady. (Don’t forget to press ‘Like’ to see all my updates!)

When it comes to liquid lipsticks, I first fell for the ebay hype but found these rather drying. I had also tried one by NYX and another by Rimmel a while back. I have recently also tried Matte Me by Sleek. However I do not think that I’ll be spending money on other brands because I am pretty confident that nothing compares to these lippies by Max Factor.

You will find other liquid lipsticks at a cheaper price, but I don’t think you can compare the quality. These retail at €13.99 but they are totally worth the price tag as you are getting a good quality product which is truly longlasting.

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These are the three shades that I have so far. Each lip colour comes with step one which is the colour and step two which is the shine. I usually only use step one as this gives a very long lasting matte colour. But occasionally I do use the shine when I feel like going for a different look.

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I find that these lip colours are super long lasting and not at all drying. They do not budge not even after eating or drinking hot coffee as with other liquid lipsticks. These truly stay in place all day long and when I get home after a long day I can still see the lip colour perfectly in place. You need a good makeup remover to take these off.

Here are the swatches of the three shades I have. This is what the shades look like before they dry. By the way, these dry in seconds but still give you enough time to correct any errors.

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Swatch no. 1: 350 Essential Brown
Swatch no.2 :125 So Glamorous
Swatch no.3: 180 Spiritual

And here’s what they look like when dry… Right above the colour swatches, I swatched the shine stick.

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They have a doe foot applicator which gives you the right precision. I do not usually have time to use lipliner or go round my lips with concealer before going to work… So using the doe foot applicator only, I apply the colour and I’m good to go.

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Here are some photos of me wearing these lip colours. I apologize for the quality but I took these early in the morning when I was still sleepy…

350 Essential Brown

350 Essential Brown

 

125 So Glamorous

125 So Glamorous

 

180 Spiritual

180 Spiritual

 

As I said earlier, these are by far the best liquid lipsticks out there. Without the gloss stick they are completely matte, not drying but not sticky. They do not crack or budge and do not leave any residue on cups and glasses either. When using the shine stick, I noticed that colour is less longlasting but still lasts a good 4-6 hours. It gives a polished glossy look which is always in style. The glossy stick gives you a good 6 hours of hydration.

My only regret is that there are hardly any deep shades in the range but I’m hoping that these will be added soon…

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As for shades, I find that Essential Brown is more of a mauvey colour while Spiritual is the perfect brown toned nude. So glamorous is the classic red which, by the way, is as long lasting as the rest – perfect for a Saturday night out with the girls! I can’t get enought of these lipsticks and 390 All Day Seductive is my next one.

That’s all about these babies. Have you ever tried them?
What are you waiting for? 🙂

Love,
M.

 

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My Current Favourites

Dearest Ladies,

Today I’m back with a post about my current favourite products. Some of them might be relatively new in my collection, while others are products that I rediscovered.

Take a look at the products I’m going to mention today…

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The first product I’m going to mention is one that I had also mentioned in my most recent “Favourite products at the time” post.

Pupa Milano Professionals BB Cream + Anti-Eta’

This product has become my go to product. I use this everyday especially because I usually want something lighter than foundation for everyday but would still like a little bit of coverage. I’m also happy about the fact that it has SPF30. Oh, and it smells fantastic!

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Clinians HYDRA BASIC Moisturizing Mattifying Face Cream with Apple Water and Zinc

I bought this product on a whim… I urgently needed something moisturizing for my under eyes but as I was looking I saw this face cream and thought it might be a good idea to try it out as well. The product comes in a small glass jar and the cream itself is a pale green. It feels very refreshing on the skin and has a faint fresh smell which I can’t quite put my finger on. I don’t always use this in the morning but when I do, it gets absorbed by the skin rather quickly.

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ELIE SAAB le parfum

This was a gift… one of those gifts that I hinted for 😛 I had tried a tester of this perfume and totally fell in love with it and then came the next Christmas or Birthday… and as I had hoped, I got it as a present. I’m not very good at describing perfumes but I can say that it has a sophisticated scent.

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I strongly suggest that you go to your closest perfumery and try this out especially if you want to give a loved one a gift they’ll enjoy.

Essence lipliner  shade: 11 in the nude

I apologize but I couldn’t photograph this one well because the text is starting to wear off off the pencil. This is a very basic nude lipliner which I am currently really enjoying using on its own. Stays on for quite a while and looks just right with my skintone. I will definitely try to take a picture the next time I wear it. Oh, and since it was from essence I’m sure it was a steal!

Essence liquid ink eyeliner

I thought I’d give this a try after having seen many bloggers saying good things about it. It has a simple brush applicator that does the job well and is easy to use if you want detail and precision. While I have never tried it myself, there is also the waterproof version of this which comes in blue/black packaging.

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KIKO Milano Soft Focus Concealer in shade: 02

I bought this when I was abroad as I had ran out or forgotten to take concealer. I remember the salesman putting it on me after a day full of shopping. I was tired and this definitely gave my undereyes a little wake me up. It’s a pretty regular concealer, nothing out of this world but it does the job. Reminds me of the Catrice Re-Touch Light Reflecting Concealer since the packaging is identical except that for this one you press the bottom of the pen instead of twisting it.

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e.l.f. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder

I had this for ages and at the moment I am going through a phase where I’m trying not to buy any new makeup unless I really have to. I have therefore ran out of most of my blushes and decided to give this a try once again. I actually love the blusher. I am not usually keen on shimmer but it doesn’t bother me in this one and I have been using it daily. In a way it highlights the face as well.

I haven’t been using the bronzing powder it comes with because it is also shimmery which is something I’m not sure I can live with.

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P.S. This is the first one e.l.f. had. If I remember correctly, after this one they had a range of similar duos in different shades and some of them were cream products.

MAC lipstick in JIST

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This is by far my most favourite lipstick in my collection. It is the only MAC one but is always the one that saves the day. When I am in doubt about what colour to go for, I go for this. It’s perfect with a dark smokey eye look. This is a frost lipstick and I think goes very well with my complexion especially now that my hair is more coppery toned.

That’s all I have to say for today! I hope you found this post helpful especially if you are looking for something in particular which I happened to mention.

P.S. Here is my updated self in cartoon thanks to Bitstrips. Yes, I wear glasses now!

Do you use any of these products? Which ones do you like and which ones not so much?
I’d love to hear about it in the comment section.

Love,
M.

Favourite products at the time

Dearest Ladies,

It’s been a while since I posted on this blog but a few days ago one of my readers made me more aware of this and it sparked a (small) fire for me to post once again. Today I will be mentioning 5 products and a pair of earrings which I have been reaching for very often.
These are the products below…

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Pupa Milano Professionals BB Cream + Anti-Eta’

I was given this product by Pupa Milano in Malta and to be honest I never thought I would like this this much. Mine is in shade 001 Nude. It has SPF 30 which is always a good thing and makes me skip one thing from my routine. It is oil free which makes it perfect for all skin types. It gives a medium coverage which is enough for every day use without being to heavy on the skin. This has become my go to daytime product and has replaced the use of foundation. Oh, and it has a really nice smell… sort of fruity.

Max Factor Masterpiece Transform High Impact Volumising Mascara

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I love this mascara because it makes my tiny lashes appear and look transformed as the name says. It does not give me great length but gives me darkness and volume.

I know the picture quality is very poor (I had to use my selfie camera) but here’s me without mascara and me wearing 2 coats of the Max Factor Masterpiece Transform High Impact Volumising Mascara.

Rimmel London Wonder’full Mascara with Argan Oil

This mascara is a basic day to day mascara I use. Unlike the previous mascara, this one gives me length but not enough volume. However I feel that it is good for every day use and gives very natural looking lashes even if the picture below does not show this clearly. The first picture is me without any mascara.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear nail color in 170 hot tamale

This colour is so vibrant and solid that I was asked more than once whether I have gelish on while wearing this. I got complimented on this colour several times and it looks great in summer. The colour is a tinge more closer to orange than the way it shows up in the picture as it is hard to capture the colour on camera.

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Pupa Milano New Chic Brilliant Lipstick in 38

This is a coral to red lipstick that suits me and my skin tone well. It’s great for summer as well. The only downside to this is that it doesn’t stay long on the lips and that kind of bothers me because I rarely reapply my lipstick when I’m out. Once I’m out, I’m out and I don’t usually retouch my make up unless I have smudged eyeliner.

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Parfois Earrings 

I have been wearing these quite often and I got compliments about them too. I think I got them on sale a while ago. I will definitely be using these as they have become one of my favourite pairs.

That is all from my side… I hope you enjoyed this post.
Have you tried any of these products yourself? What did you think of them? Leave your comments down below.

Love,
M.

Most used products in 2014

Dearest Ladies,

I hope January is being kind to you and I wish you luck if January means you have exams coming up!

Over the past year, I haven’t written many reviews so I thought I would list a number of products which I enjoyed last year and used religiously. I tried to include a bit of everything to get a general idea of what I liked. These were my go to products last year:

  •  NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in 02 Soft Beige
  • Vivo Blush with Highlighter duo in Shade 3 Sweet Peach
  • MAC Frost lipstick in Jist A23
  • Pupa Milano I’m Lipstick in 308 Burgundy
  • Wjcon Lasting colour stick eyeshadow in tiger eye 04
  • Wjcon Lasting colour stick eyeshadow in rose quartz 03
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara
  • Essence longlasting eye pencil in 01 black fever
  • e.l.f. Makeup Remover pen
  • e.l.f. Small Angled Brush (for eyebrows)
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (+ most of their core collection and starter set)
  • Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish (I don’t have this one’s number)
  • Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish in 026 California Soul
  • Pupa Milano Gel Top Coat
  • K Co Brow Powder

And to start with Face products…

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in 02 Soft Beige

I have been using this foundation for over a year. I like it because it matches my skin tone perfectly, is light weight but gives good coverage. Definitely worth a try!

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (+ most of their core collection and starter set)

While I love my e.l.f. brushes (I’ve written all about them here), I think I prefer the Real Techniques brushes as I have never had any shedding and I have had them for almost 2 years. I think out of all of them, my favourite is the Expert face brush (which is NOT in the core collection). From the eye set, my favourites have to be the Deluxe Crease Brush and the Base Shadow Brush which is really soft and fluffy.

Vivo Blush with Highlighter duo in Shade 3 Sweet Peach

I love this blush for everyday use and I have finally hit pan. I have nothing similar to this shade and I find that it is quite natural and fits my complexion. I must say that I have so gotten used to this blush, that when I wore a different one, I thought it looked strange on my face. While I love it, I look forward to finishing it so that I move on to other blushes that I haven’t used yet.

And now for Eye products…

Wjcon Lasting colour stick eyeshadow in tiger eye 04 and rose quartz 03

I must say that I really love these products. I use them when I am in a hurry but still want to look like I made an effort. With just these two shadow, I manage to create a simple smokey eye which is wearable day and night. If you want to read more about why I love eyeshadow sticks, click here.

Essence longlasting eye pencil in 01 black fever

This is my go to eyeliner. I have never tried an eyeliner that is better than this especially for applying on the waterline. This doesn’t smudge and I have rather teary eyes but I have never had any problems with this. It’s also really affordable.

e.l.f. Small Angled Brush and K Co Brow Powder

This is a combination of products which I use every single day. I love the brush because it is small enough to give me control over my very thin brows. I also love the brow powder and I have written about it here.

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

This is a fantastic mascara. I have very short and light lashes and this manages to give me length, volume and darkness with just a couple of coats. It has a big wand and has normal bristles (it is not made out of plastic or silicone). If you have tiny lashes but like them to show more and in a lovely volumized way, try this out.

e.l.f. Makeup Remover pen

This is a lifesaver when you ruin your liquid eyeliner. It solves the problem instantly and cleans your face up nicely! Definitely a must have! You can get it off the e.l.f. website and I have a hunch that it was actually cheaper on iherb.

And now, Lips…

MAC Frost lipstick in Jist A23

I love this lipstick. It is my first MAC lipstick and the colour is really one of a kind. It has an orange tinge to it which seems to look good with my skin tone. I wear this almost everytime I have a formal occasion as it is quite dressy.

Pupa Milano I’m Lipstick in 308 Burgundy

I had been looking for a dark red lipstick and then Pupa Milano Malta sent me three of their I’m lipsticks. Out of the three, this is my favourite and I have used it quite a bit over the holidays.

And finally, Nail polish…

Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish (Red)

This is a lovely red polish which I have used regularly this year. It was given to me by Pupa Milano Malta and I have really enjoyed it as to me it is the perfect red for a nail polish. I’ve always used this with the Pupa Milano Gel Top Coat as without it, it didn’t last as long.

Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish in 026 California Soul

I actually got this quite recently from Sicily. You can read more about what I got from Sicily here. I haven’t used it much in 2014 simply because I got it in December, but I will definitely use it up this year. This is how it looked on my nails after 9 days, thanks to the Pupa Milano Gel Top Coat. I was given the top coat by Pupa Milano Malta and have always used it with these polishes. It is incredible how long nail polish lasts using this combination of products.

That’s all from my 2014 favourites! Do we have any in common? What have you enjoyed using last year? Let me know in the comment section.

Until the next post…

Love,
M.

Happy New Year + Sicily Makeup Haul

Dearest Ladies,

First of all, I’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year! 🙂
I spent New Year’s Eve in a square near the duomo in Catania where a concert was being held. We had champagne and sparklers in our bags to celebrate after the countdown. At the countdown there were some amazing fireworks… As for the dress code, the idea was not to freeze to death!

Once again, it has been a while since I blogged but having just returned from Sicily for a holiday with my parents, I thought it would be the time to post a small haul for makeup and beauty products. Sicily was great fun and me and my mum did a lot of shopping but I didn’t get too many products. I must say that I regret not getting a gift pack from Bottega Verde, especially once they went on sale… but my luggage was quite full. I also regret not getting more Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polishes as they were much cheaper than from Malta.

This is what I got…

 

From Pupa Milano…

I had already tried the Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish here and I also have the gel top coat, so when I saw them I picked up another colour.

Since I used to work with Pupa Milano, I know about the wonders of the Vamp! Mascara. I have it in purple as it was given to me as a gift but it was time to get it in black, so I did.

I also got this make up kit for my fiancé’s mother:

From Kiko I got a concealer (which I needed on the trip) and an eyeshadow stick for myself and a lipstick and an eyeliner for my sister. I love eyeshadow sticks and I find them very practical to create a quick look. I wrote about why you’ll like them here.

While in a shop for decorative items for homes, there was a small stand for a brand called Stillday. My nail polish was chipping so when I saw nail polish I picked up this blue colour and nail polish remover since I didn’t have with me and redid my nails when I was back at the hotel. The nail polish was so cheap… some 1 or 1.50 euros and the nail polish remover was around 2 euros.

Because of the cold weather, my lips started to get dry and chapped and while I did have lipbalms with me, they were not doing the job. I popped in Bottega Verde and chose this one with Argan oil. I must say it’s really effective and the burning sensation I had on my lips was gone in a few hours after a couple of applications.

That’s all! I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope I’ll be able to post again soon. I might be posting a few photos from the trip as there was quite some beautiful scenery.

Love,
M.

P.S.  If you would like the specific number (for colour) for any product, leave a comment down below.