Max Factor Makeover

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I was heading out for coffee with friends and wanted a natural fresh faced look. I was feeling really tired and needed a real lift and I managed to achieve that using just four Max Factor products.

I began with the Max Factor Skin Illuminizer foundation, I put a little product under the eyes, along the forehead and down the nose and blended it outwards with a stippler brush so it was pretty natural but concentrated to the areas that really lift your face. Then I took the blusher and just blended it outwards from the apples towards the ear. I finished with 2 coats of mascara – one just wasn’t enough with my sleepy eyes. I finished with the rosy lipstick, I didn’t realise how much of a difference four products can make until I saw the pictures side by side!

Splash Launches Elle Cosmetics Line

Elle has launched their make-up range right here in Dubai! You can get your hand on the goodies above at Splash stores across the region. Inspired by the glamorous Parisien woman, this make-up collection will unleash your inner glamour puss giving you that effortless beauty. There are 123 make-up products available that will help you capture looks that translate across night and day. The range is very affordable and priced between 45-90 Dhs, we can’t wait to get our hands on those babies!

20 Questions About Make-up

I got these questions a couple of weeks ago from the lovely Laila, sorry its a little late but finally found time to answer them! I love receiving your emails! Your requests help me to know what you enjoy reading so keep them coming ❤

Do you remember your first make-up item? 

My mum bought me a Tinkerbell kids make-up set when I was 5 and I was completely obsessed with it!

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications? 

I like mascaras that separate and push up your lashes without leaving clumps. For really dramatic lashes I use Dior Show, its really black and gives loads of volume and thickness but its REALLY hard to take off… that’s the downside. I love
Bad Gal by Benefit and Clump Defy by Maxfactor, the wand is amazing, you can use any mascara and define and remove clumps with that wand after.

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What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?

I like good coverage that looks natural, Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation and Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua are my favourites.

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Favourite high end brand? 
I don’t actually have one, if you look at my make-up collection you will find it is very mixed but I would say the items I couldn’t live without are made by Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Make up Forever.

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? 
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Favourite drugstore brand? 
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Do you wear fake eyelashes? 
No, I only wore them once to a fancy dress party.

Is there any kind of make-up you can’t leave the house without? 
I never leave the house without make up unless I’m going to the pool lol but bare minimum would be concealer and bronzer

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What is your most cherished beauty product? 
My Chanel Bronzer ^^^ I have used it since I was 15 and cannot live without it.

How often do you shop for make-up? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once? 
A bit of both, before I used to shop for make-up a lot more often but now I tend to make a list of what I need and then go on a bit of a haul, I do pick up items off the list too as I like to try new things and sometimes if I see offers while I’m shopping I’ll get some bits.

Do you have a beauty secret? 
Hmm not really because I like to share all my beauty secrets with you guys! umm…let me think…. I hate wasting products so if my lipstick is almost finished or breaks I scoop it out and mix it into one of my lip balms or with Vaseline to make it tinted. If one of my eye-shadows cracks I spray make-up fixing spray on top of it put a tissue on it and then a 1 dirham coin or 10p and apply pressure for 30 seconds, when you lift it its as good as new! (obviously change the object you apply pressure with depending on the shape and size) Also you know when your powder/blusher/bronzer compacts are about to finish and there’s some around the edges that eventually cracks I mix them into my bronzing pearls (if they are similair shades).

What type of product do you buy the most of? 
Lipsticks and lip-glosses

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

I try to read ingredients and pick up the ones with less but generally they are difficult to avoid! I also always do a lead test with lipsticks, put the lipstick on your hand, rub a gold ring on it and see if the lipstick colour turns black, if so it contains lead.

Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?

In London the beauty floor in Selfridges is like Paradise for me, seriously I’m like a kid in a candy shop and in Dubai its gotta be Sephora!

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? 
I love trying new skincare products, I always feel my skin becomes immune to a product after a certain time and the industry is constantly churning out new and improved formulas. I am a Clarisonic convert though, I will use that forever with different products.

Favourite bath and body brand? 
Sanctuary, OMG that sugar scrub ❤

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 
No, So far I find they always do one better then the other and I never use them for both.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup? 
No

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? 
Yes! I want to learn special effects makeup.

What do you love about makeup? 
What don’t I love? I love all the colours, textures and packaging. I love how you can use products to enhance your natural beauty and it probably shouldn’t but I definitely feel make-up gives me more confidence. It changes the way so many women feel covering those things we hate people seeing like spots, pigmentation, scars, yeah… I LOVE MAKEUP!!

Urban Decay All In One BB Cream

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We just had to share this product with you! If you love the idea of slicing your morning makeup routine in half, it’s time for you to join in on the beauty balm craze that shot straight up to the top of our must-have products with Urban Decay’s first BB cream. Aside from smoothing skin like a primer, covering blemishes, moisturizing, toning, and brightening (as if those reasons weren’t enough!), the light beige tint is universal. Its factor 20 sun protection make it perfect for the summer, unlike foundation that feels like its melting in the heat, it literally just feels like a light moisturiser.

Bobbi Browns BB cream is another favourite, it gives more coverage but is slightly harder work to blend, you can get away with swapping it for an evening foundation whereas Urban Decays gives you that barely there (or should we say NAKED) day look!