After using the Voxbox
Rose Nudes palette swatches
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smoky eyes suit every single eye colour because they just add that intensity making your eyes look lighter or brighter. Sarah has beautiful brown eyes and you can see in the before and after how it really makes her eyes appear lighter and stand out. I create smoky eyes with layers of colour so I work with a dark urban decay eye palette with 3 or four shades of greys and blacks. I brushed all over her eyelid with a silvery grey then took a more granite colour and worked it into the creases of her eyes. I took a black and added it to the outer corners and worked it inwards in the crease of the eye not going too far in. Then I took a charcoal black and worked it along the outer lash-line and then blended everything in. I added some eye-shadow under the eye and smudged it a little then finished with quite a thick L’oreal liquid liner and lashings of Maybelline Mascara.
If you look at the previous makeover I did on Ruth you can see the difference with how high I took the eye-shadow, on Sarah I stayed around the crease of the eye and left the space under the eyebrow, you could make the look more dramatic if you went up a little higher but I think this was just enough. If you stayed below the crease this would become more of a casual look.
Smoky eyes really make your eyes the focal point of your face and you can literally mute the rest which is exactly what I did. I evened out her skin-tone with some Body Shop Mineralise Foundation, brightened under the eyes with a Pixi concealer to make them stand out that little more. Then I contoured her nose with Pixi’s neutralise palette, sculpted her cheekbones and finished with a nude Benefit lipstick. This is a great evening look!
Ruth explained that she normally uses a darker palette on her eyes, I could understand why as that would really bring out her gorgeous green eyes. Darker shades are great for evenings but I wanted to do something different, since we were going to a pool party/BBQ I thought it would be nice to do a bronzed look and then add some colour to her usual eye palette. I used a Sleek Palette and blended copper with turquoise on her eyelid and then took a brown eye-shadow up to her brow bone. When you have smaller eye-lids you can wear your eye-shadow really high, it gives you the illusion of bigger eyes. I have bigger eye-lids so if I did that I would end up looking like a drag queen. I only ever wear high eye-shadow for costume parties or if I need an OTT look. Its really important to recognize your features and work to enhance them, I’ve seen people try to copy a beautiful make-up look and it just looks terrible because they didn’t consider how to adapt things to suit there features.
I highlighted under Ruth’s brow and used an eyebrow pencil to add more definition, then I finished with a metallic turquoise liner under the eyes and two coats of Benefit Bad Gal mascara. I added a MAC bronzer and a little Inglot coral blush and highlighted on her cheek-bones and nose. I finished with a Lancome coral lip-gloss, I thought it was perfect for the summery look I was going for and it really suited her.
This post is for Sarahjane08, I love getting your feedback and emails and will always try and do what I can to help you guys out. Sarah said she is on a budget and wanted to know what are good affordable products. When it comes to Fashion and Beauty I really don’t believe you need to spend money to look good. I have a mixture of high street and high end products and believe you can always rock what you’ve got.
I want to share 5 high street products that will transform your face and I have used them on my face to demonstrate how you can go from being a plain jane (no pun intended Sarahjane08 lol) to really enhancing what you’ve got.
my 1st essential is a good concealer, I love L’oreals truematch range and used it under and a little on top of my eyelids, on blemishes and any areas that are generally darker just to balance out my skintone. Concealer makes you look refreshed and is definitely my number 1 product.
My 2nd must have is Clump Defy Mascara by False Lash Effect from Maybelline. This mascara was given to me at the Viva Beauty Awards and it is just as good as Benefits Bad Gal and Diorshow for just a fraction of the price. No surprise that it won beauty product of the year!
Thirdly I used L’oreals Super Liner Carbon Gloss. Eyeliner is a great way to define your eyes and really make them stand out. I know a lot of women struggle with applying liquid liners but there are some great youtube tutorials to help you out or try a gel liner for more control.
My 4th product is No.7’s High Shine gloss in a shade called smile by Boots. I love nude’s and natural pinks on lips and this is one of my favourite shades.
The final product I used is Topshops Glow Pot in Gleam. I used that in the inner corners of my eyes just to make my eyes pop a little more. I also applied some on my cheek bones and under my eyebrows to make them more defined.
If you use your makeup correctly it can really enhance what you have and learn how to make it give you what you don’t have (I create more sculpted cheeks with highlighter and contouring under my cheek bones). If you have big round eyes make your eyeline more straight at the ends to make your eyes longer, If your eyes are too close together, start your liner in the middle of your eye to create space between them.
Hope this helped Sarah x
I had 15 minutes to give Layan a quick makeover. She wanted something natural and fresh so I decided to stick with a pink dewy palette.
I began by applying L’oreals Truematch Foundation in D/W5 Gold Sand, I usually apply with a foundation brush and blend out with a flat Kabuki or Stipler but as I was pressed for time I went straight in with the Kabuki. I then took a light shade from Pixi’s neutralising kit and brushed it down the centre of the nose and under the eyes just to brighten and slightly contour. I sealed it in by patting Givenchy’s Loose Powder Prism Libre in Sweet Caramel, powders absorb excess product and keep the foundation matt allowing it to last longer.
I used Topshops Glow Pot in Shade Gleam to highlight under the brow with a Pencil Brush. Then I put Urban Decay’s Tainted eyeshadow shade all over the eyelid and added shade Deeper into the crease of the eye making the eyes bigger and more defined. I took a gel liner with a eyeliner brush and applied it along the lash line. I didn’t go over it with a liquid liner as I wanted to keep it as natural as possible. I finished the eyes with 2 layers of Clinique’s black Mascara.
I applied Givenchys lip liner in shade no.1 and then coloured in the lip with Lancome’s colour fever shine in 306. These lipsticks are really moisturising and have a glossy finish, not too shiny but just a little dewy to give you that fresh fuller lip.
Then I took my Large Angled Contour Brush and applied M.A.C’s Bronzing Powder in limited edition shade Solar Riche in the hollows of the cheeks to contour. I applied Benefits Coralista above the hollow on the cheek bone and then a touch of Bobbi Browns Shimmer Brick just above the Cheekbone to highlight and add another dimension. This is great to do on rounder faces as it gives you a more chiselled look.
Layans fresh and dewy look is complete 🙂