Max Factor Indigo Mist Smokey Eyes, a Review and Swatch

*Introduction* I work at a drug store and we sell many major cosmetic brands. Normally I am addicted to the cheaper budget proof brands like Catrice, NYC and Essence, but from time to time I like to try a somewhat more expensive brand. Not because I think more expensive brands are neccesarily better, but mainly because they tend to invent some new and unique cosmetic products. Max Factor introduced this Smokey Eyes eyeshadow a while ago, and because I love turquoise I decided to buy the Indigo Mist Coloured Smokey eyes eyeshadow. One side of this pen is Turquoise, the other side has a dark purple colour to it. As you can see on the DooYoo picture, there are six varieties of this product available. I would have liked the green one as well, but they didn't sell it at my drug store.

*Max Factor, a bit of information*Origanilly, Max Factor's last name was spelled differently, as Faktor. Max Factor was born in a Poland in the 1870s and because his parents had many children and they couldn't provide education for all of those kids, Max was send to a pharmacist when he was 8, to work there. In 1904 Max started selling his rouges and creames to the public, during the St Louis World Fair. The entire Faktor family had moved to the US by that time. Max kept developing better make-up and around 1914 he managed to introduce make up that wouldn't crackle or cake. Many major movie stars from that time went to the Max Factor make up studio because they loved his make up.

*The smokey eyes effect eyeshadow*
As I wear glasses, I sometimes need a bit darker eyeshadow to make sure my green eyes look a bit more stunning. So, this smokey eyes product seemed pretty nice. When I started to apply the turuoise colour, the somewhat round tip of the pen made it easy to apply the colour thoroughly. I was happy to see that the pigmentation of the turquoise part of this pen, was good. The eyeshadow is creamy and I did use a Gosh Primer before I started applying the eyeshadow, trying to avoid ugly stains. So after applying the turquoise colour, I started to apply the purple colour. And simply said, that was hell...

The colour was okay, dark and had a nice shine, but I kept making stains and just couldn't apply the darker colour decent in any way. Finally after a make up session that took me much longer than I had anticipated, I was of the opinion my eyes looked as smokey as they could get with this product. But... after only one hour, my make up was stainy, looked messy and my eyes felt irritated because the eyeshadow became a bit too liquid and glided into my eyes... No, I wasn't happy at all!

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*Final conclusion* This product from Max Factor only get two stars, because it simply isn't working the way it should. Especially applying the purple colour was very difficult and the effect I was hoping for, took me a long, long time. I do think the idea of a pen is smart, and the tips of both sides of this smokey eyes pen are useful as they make applying the eyeshadow a bit easier. But this is the only advantage I can think of with this product, as the eyeshadow itself just doesn't show any major quality to me.



Revlon Scented Nail Polish, a unique product

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Revlon, a brand everyone who has any interest in beauty, will know, has introduced a new product. Nail Polish that has a scent to it. Revlon was so kind to send me three colours of this original Nail Polish, and of course I've swatched them for you! I'll start with the yellow one, named " beach" . Price; around 9 Euros/7 Pounds/ 8 Dollars. There are eight colours available.

The colour " beach" is yellow with a hint of lime green. The polish doesnt cover in one layer, but in two and because it dries within a minute or 3-4, I didn't need the entire afternoon off to polish my nails. When I held my nails in the sun, I was stunned by the amazing glance this nail polish has to it. Very impressive I have to say. Well okay, but did the nil polish really smell nice? Oh yes it did. The polish has a bit of a
to it, which can be smelled even three days after polishing your nails. Nice! I kept sniffing at my nails...


NOTD W.I.C. Herome Purple meets Essence Cherry Red

As my nails are growing longer and longer, my nail polish collection gets bigger and bigger...and I tend to experiment more and more with all sorts of colours and designs. W.I.C. Herome send me two cool nail polishes last week, to test, and one of them was Light Purple, a colour I love to wear. The W.I.C. polish named Rabat dries pretty fast (about 2 minutes) but it isn't a quick drying polish. I needed two layers to cover my entire nail, and after these two layers the polish looked amazing and had a great shine to it! The polish became rock hard as well,which was a pleasant surprise.  The Cherry Red Essence Coulor & Go  polish also covered in two layers, which surprised me as most of the Essence products from the quick drying collection need 3 and sometimes 4 layers and aren't my favorites at all. I made some polkadots, and added a Sally Hansen top coat, to make sure my nails wouldn't damage that quickly. What do you think of this eperiment?

Rituals Mei Dao Nourishing Body Cream, a review


Rituals is one of my favorite brands when it comes to body creams. Although I have many body creams lying around in my drawer, some have hardly been used, except for the Rituals Body Creams. I have tried almost all sorts available, but the Mei Dao Moisturing Body Cream was new to me. When I ordered some clothes from an Online shop, I received a travel set containing 3 mini sized Rituals Mei Dao products as a present. One of these was this Moisturing Body Cream (30 ml) and as you can imagine, I was pretty curious about this product because of my earlier positive experiences with other Rituals body products. So, after a sunny day outside with no suncream (shame on me, I know) my skin needed some moisturing. And that's when I grabbed myself this Mei Dao cream.


The cream itself is white and feels smooth when you massage it onto your skin. The cream can be used for your entire body and contains some perfume and smell like White Lotus. The cream has a subtile scent to it, a bit flowery and sweet but not too extreme. I have to say within a minute after massaging the cream onto my skin, my skin felt extremely soft and silky! I wasn't surprised, most Rituals products make my skin feel really soft after using them and this one isn't an exception to that. My skin kept feeling soft and smooth the enitre day, and I didn't even use that much cream. A big jar will cost you 14,90 Euro and that isn't cheap, but I can tell you this, this body cream is worth its money...

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NOTD China Glaze 688 Delight, a swatch!

As you all know I am an Ebay lover. I like shopping there, simply because original products are sold there for prices that are generally lower than in regular stores. And well, I live in a tiny country named Holland, so we just don't have all the cool stuff you USA and UK citizins can buy...so, got myself a few cool new China Glaze nail polishes. I will swatch them all this week, but will start with a swatch of number 688 Delight, from the Romantique collection. Let me know what you think!
As you can see this China Glaze polish is pretty fancy and stylish, and has a hint of bronze in it. Besides that the nail polish has an amazing shine to it, especially when you are in the sun. I do like the teint but I will not be wearing this colour a lot. I think it mainly is a Fall colour and I prefer to wear lighter polishes during the Spring and Summer. The polish coveres really well, I only needed one layer and besides that the polsih dried within a minute and a half. Well worth my money, I have to say.

More swatches to come this week...

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