Max Factor Lash Crown mascara Brow Contouring kit

There are days, when I only have time to apply some BB cream, do my brows and thrown on a bit of mascara and lip gloss before leaving the house. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t care what I look like – it just means that something went wrong in the morning (which does happen with a small child in the house). These steps above are the absolute minimum of my make-up routine and when I’m in rush, I’m looking for products that will never fail me. Therefore, I jumped to the chance to test out the new Max Factor Lash Crown mascara and two new Max Factor Brow Contouring Kit.

Max Factor Lash Crown Mascara

First of all, let’s talk about the packaging. I think that this is one of the most beautiful mascaras I’ve seen in a while and that’s saying something. The sleek golden geometrical top gives it a feel of glamour which is a word I definitely associate with Max Factor in general. Each mascara holds 6,5ml of product and has an expiration date of 6 months, which is a great time frame to really use up the entire product.

Max Factor Lash Crown mascara

The wand is probably the weirdest one I’ve ever encountered on a mascara in my life. I actually had to read the entire PR attached twice to grasp the concept. But once I tried to apply it, it all made sense immediately!

Only about three quarters of the wand’s length are covered with bristles. In the middle of the bristles, there is an empty core so you can see where you’re running out of product on the bristles and where you still have enough product. At the very top, there is a small part that I can best describe as an additional tiny wand, perfect for the lower lashes. It’s a bit much to take in when you first start using it, but after a couple of tries, I got a hang of it and now I can officially say that it’s not a gimmick, but a really great wand!

Max Factor Lash Crown Mascara

There are also two other things that make this mascara stand out in my opinion. The first thing is that it doesn’t apply too much product. It gives nice length and volume, but doesn’t weigh down the lashes which means that with my lashes, the curl holds throughout the day. Secondly, I’m not using a black mascara in this photo – and you couldn’t even notice, could you? It’s actually dark brown and in person, it looks just a little bit softer which is a very pleasant difference to what I’m used to.

The results are great, if I say so myself. I really like that the wand doesn’t deposit too much product on the lashes which means they hold the curl longer. The smaller wand is perfect to get in the inner corner of the eye and to precisely coat the bottom lashes.

All in all, I think the Max Factor Lash Crown Mascara is a great option regardless of what’s troubling you with your lashes – you can achieve length, volume and precise application all at once.

Max Factor Brow Contouring Kit

Max Factor Brow Contouring kit

Personally, I’m not a big fan of any contouring kits because half of the time, I only end up using only a few shades in the kit. This Max Factor brow Contouring kit is different, because at least with my brow color, each shade has its exact purpose!

All of the shades are very well pigmented so keep that in mind before really going at them with the brush. You can use the brush that comes with the kit, but I think that you’ll be better off with a softer and denser brush which will pick up product more evenly. By using a brush with natural bristles, I can really get an even application all over the brow.

Max Factor Brow Contouring kit swatches

This kit can easily be used to create the perfect Instagram brow, but it will also create a natural looking brow which is something I usually go for. I use the darkest shade (far left) to line the bottom of the brown, fill the tail in with the second darkest shade and then start shading with the third, lightest shade once I get closer to the start of the brow. The highlighter can be used under the brow and in the inner eye corner to add some light and dimension to the eyes.

This Max Factor Brow Contouring Kit can be a great addition to your collection, especially if you struggle with finding the right shade. The colors are really easy to blend, meaning that you’ll be able to create your perfect shade.

Max Factor Brow Contouring kit Lash Crown mascara

Both products, along with some other cool new releases, will be available in drugstores soon. What are you most excited about? Until next time, stay beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

Long4Lashes eyelash serum

I think that one of the main things that make being a beauty blogger so much fun is testing out new products all the time. Even though I’m not unhappy with my natural lashes and I can usually get quite a nice look with most mascaras, I’m also quite keen on the idea of rolling out of the bed with full, beautiful eyelashes. I also got quite a few questions about such serums already and now, here’s the result.

Long4lashes Eyelash Enhancing serum bottle

For the next six months or so, I’ll be testing the Long4Lashes Eyelash enhancing serum and letting you know how it goes. I think that many of you are interested in these serums so I’ll be happy to report my thoughts and observations as we go.

The Long4Lashes Eyelash Enhancing Serum is one of the least expensive serums in the market – on Dragocena.si, you can find it for 23,50€.

long4lashes eyelash serum 5

Apparently, this little bottle will last for about 6 months of use. I’m supposed to be seeing first results in about 3 weeks and get great new voluminous lashes in 6 months. Well, time will tell if that happens, but I’m personally really excited for this experiement and I’ll be even more stoked if the serum works like it promises.

long4lashes eyelash serum igredients

Besides water and all that usual ingredients one normally finds in serums, Long4Lashes serum also contains an ingredient called bimatoprost which is apparently the N.1 active ingredient in this serum. Besides bimatoprost, it also contains hyaluronic acid (which definitely won’t hurt them) and pro-vitamin B5 which is often found in various shampoos and proven to strengthen the structure of hair, so it will probably work similarly on my lashes.

Long4Lashes before and after photo

These are my lashes today, before I start using the lash serum.

I’ll be using the serum once a day at night and run the wand along my lash line after I’ve removed my make-up.

long4lashes eyelash serum wand

The wand looks very simple to use so I don’t expect any problems on that part.

 

Expect an update in about 3 months time so we can see if there are any visible results. Until then, stay beautiful!

 

LOV cosmetics devoted to metallics open palette

Metallic eyeshadows are not something I normally associate with my everyday make-up. But after wearing only eyeshadows from the L.O.V. Devoted to metallics eyeshadow palette for a weeks straight and having nobody comment on my “different make-up”, I think I can safely say that this palette is unique – because it’s safe and daring at the same time.

Packaging

 

L.O.V. Devoted to metallics closed palette

 

The palette itself is quite thick, thicker than you might expect. It’s dressed in some smooth plastic material which feels really pleasant and you can get a good grasp on the palette. Downside – it does get dirty quite quickly. Upside – it’s also very easy to clean up with a wet wipe, unlike some suede or velvet palettes out there that just stain and get difficult to look at.  As an extra bonus, you’ll also find a huge mirror which definitely comes in handy.

Shades

L.O.V. Devoted to metallics colors

In the L.O.V. Devoted to metallics palette, there are 5 shades which comes down to about 3€ per shadow – if you’ll use all of them, this is definitely a great deal. In the lighter shades, you get a white, pink and gold shade which you can pair with a lighter brown and a black.

L.O.V. Devoted to metallics swatches

All of the shades are incredibly pigmented. The far left and far shade shade are a bit less shimmery so it’s easy to create everyday looks with this palette as well.  For the look below, I used the far right shade in the crease, the far left shade to deepen things out in the outer V and the golden shade all over my lid. Simple, quick and stunning!

L.O.V. Devoted to metallics look

L.O.V. Devoted to metallics eyeshadow look

Besides being super pigmented, the shadows are also very easy to blend – as goes for most L.O.V shadows I’ve tried so far. That means that even creating more complicated looks shouldn’t be that difficult. If you want some extra pop with the lighter shades, I’d suggest using a damp brush so you get that extra metallic feel to the color.

Verdict

L.O.V. Devoted to metallics eyeshadow look gold brown

This will definitely be my go-to palette in the holiday season – and all other seasons in the year. The colors are absolutely gorgeous, the palette compact and sturdy which also makes it great for traveling. I think, we found another contender for the best eyeshadow palette of 2017.

L.O.V. Devoted to metallics

Have you tried anything from the new L.O.V releases yet? What do you think of this palette? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time, stay beautiful!