Max Factor Eye Makeup

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After using the Voxbox

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I received a Vox box from Max Factor, it contained An Eyebrow Shaper a Waterproof Eyeliner, two Eyeshadow Palettes and a Brow Contouring Kit.

Unfortunately the Brow Contouring Kit was damaged when it arrived, I used the brown shades which were still intact and if you give the powder a few seconds to set, it does not rub off easily or smudge and is good to fill in gaps. The brow shaper retractable pencil was my favourite item and I have been using it daily! It has a waxy texture and really allows you to define your brows and the strokes look like real hairs. Since I started using it, many people have asked me if I had my brows micro-bladed, as they are so well defined. This is the best eyebrow product I have ever used! It just goes to show that drugstore products can be better!

The eyeshadow palettes have a lovely range of colours however they are not very pigmented. They blend beautifully and are nice for daytime but for a more dramatic look, you need to spend time to build the shadow.

The Liquid Liner is also one of my favourite products. I already had one and was happy to receive a second as mine has almost finished. The consistency is just right, it is not too watery, nor too thick and has a precise applicator for drawing. The only weird thing is when you want to remove it, it peels off in bits but you get used to it.

I have already added the brow shaper and liquid liner to my makeup bag and highly recommend them!

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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!

Maybelline New York, Summer Collection

There is nothing worse then going into the sun and humidity with a full face of make-up, that melted face look is never gonna be hot and it leads to open clogged pores which often results in breakouts. Zizzle has some summer solutions for you that will have your skin looking flawless and sunkissed!

Rather then a heavy foundation, use a toner to close your pores and then apply a BB cream on top of it, Maybellines Bronze BB is great with SPF 25 to keep your skin protected from those hot summer rays. Its fresh water base hydrates, refreshes and smooths your skin. Pure color pigments unify and warm the skin tone, covering imperfections. Plus, its SunGlow Complex with golden shimmer crystals gives your skin an instant bronzed glow effect that’s stunning. The result is pure sun-kissed, luminous perfection that’s flawlessly natural, in two beautiful tone-adjusting shades, Light-Medium and Medium-Deep.

You can finish this look by dusting Sun Bronzing Powder on the areas of your face that are naturally sun-kissed. Your forehead, centre of the nose, cheekbones and jawline. Powders are also great for controlling oiliness and humidity, they absorb excess moisture on the skin so if your feeling a little sweaty dust a little more on. It comes in two shades, choose one a shade darker then your skin-tone for a natural tan effect.

Corals, oranges and reds really set off tans but red lips are not the most attractive in the burning sun, instead opt for a SPF barely there lip-balm and try these fiery shades on your nails. Maybelline New York’s ColorShow Sweet and Spicy Polish collection has some really nice shades to choose from, Paprika Pop, Tangerine Tango and Crushed Cayenne have those hot hues to set your tan on fire.

Sephora Make-up Haul Tried and Tested


Yesterday I had a bit of a make-up haul in Sephora! I am always excited to get home and try my new goodies out and that is exactly what I did!!

I had never tried Marc Jacobs make-up before and the Make-up Forever HD concealer I use in shade 335 is always sold out so I decided to look for a new one. I have quite oily skin and had heard that the Marc Jacobs ReMarcable concealer is Oil free, instead it contains a special blend of soy protein, shea butter, and coconut extract. I loved the way it felt on my skin, I also use Bobbi Browns concealer and this one is similar but a lot lighter in texture, not as thick and creamy and great for building coverage. Recently my circles have gotten quite dark so I opted for the pot rather then the lighter coverage pen and I am really happy with it. Remember to always set your concealer with a powder to prevent cracks forming and try and carry a beauty blender to smooth it all back into place on a night out.

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I absolutely love the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon too, the shade of black is really intense and when you first apply it you can smudge it for a smoky look but after it sets and it wont budge, exactly what you need in this humid weather! If you have oily skin its always better to finish with a little black eye-shadow on top to absorb any excess moisture and stop lines forming on your lid.

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I have used Benefits Bad Gal mascara for years and I have tried Real Eyes but I just love the wand on Bad Gal, it thickens, lengthens lifts and separates which is all you need from a mascara.

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I tried Sephora Extreme Liquid Lipstick in shade 10, it looks great but it dries very sticky and has a horrible texture. I managed to solve this problem by dabbing a creamy lipstick on top. My lip tip is to always use a liner to accentuate your cupids bow and then fill your lips in and really go as high as you can into your cupids bow to get that definition.


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I picked up Sephora’s Pro Angled Liner Brush #22 Its great for liner but for this tutorial I used it to fill in my eyebrows. I also picked up a replacement Pro Angled Blush Brush #49. Mine had seen better days and I love the angle for contouring and the fluffiness to blend.

I definitely would re-stock on all of them except the sticky liquid lipstick! Feel free to leave your comments and questions.

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!

J-Lo Glow

Here are some product suggestions to recreate J-Lo’s sun-kissed glow. Instead of a strong contour, why not opt for a beautiful natural glow! We love Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadow shades as well as the nude highlighter! Tom Ford and Anna Sui have some gorgeous pinky nude lipsticks and you will find some other little beauties we gathered to help you recreate the look.J-Lo Glow
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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!!

A Glam 20 minute make-over

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I loved this makeover because Amber is such a girl next door character that it was fun to see her glammed up. Her daily make-up regime is a liquid liner and a little mascara and actually that is more then enough to make her look great. I wanted a look that would surprise her so I decided to open her eyes up by putting a dark shadow in the crease of her eye lid. I used a beige Givenchy liner inside her water line and a dark brown eye pencil under her lower lash line. This creates the illusion of bigger eyes and Amber had never tried it before but she loved it.

It is often difficult to find the best red lipstick to suit your skin tone and its just a case of experimenting, In winter I like deeper reds as I am less tanned which creates a nice contrast but in summer I can get away with more corals and orangey reds. Amber could pull of a bright red lipstick perfectly and as I had used light golden tones on her eyes, a bright lip didn’t overwhelm her face. I finished with some bronzer on her cheeks and a subtle contour down the centre of her nose.

Sculpt and Pop Makeover

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Katrin has amazing blue eyes and I wanted to make them really stand out or “pop” as we call it in the make-up world. She has a beautiful smile and I wanted to sculpt her cheeks so I did a soft contour as her features are already pretty defined. Its important to always recognize features and face shapes and do what works. A strong contour would make her face look very harsh so I blended a medium brown into the hollows of her cheeks which really drew our her dimples and above that put a peachy blush and highlight to soften it. I slightly contoured her nose and added a highlight down the centre.

Brown eye-shadow really makes blue eyes stand out so I played with bronze tones on her eyes and lined with a brown liner. Since I wanted her eyes to be the focal point of this look I finished with a nude gloss on her lips.