Sunday, 26 April 2015

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Review & Swatches

I feel myself getting more and more adventurous with my daily make-up - particularly in the eye and lip department, and I think a way to get maximum impact with minimum effort in the morning regarding eyes is a good cream eyeshadow. These can be used on their own or as a base to layer with powder shadows to create an even more dramatic look. At the end of last year Max Factor released a new line of cream shadows and I've got three of the shades and wanted to share my two cents:

Max Factor Excess Shimmer's retail for £7.99

Top - Copper, Bottom Left - Onyx, Bottom Right - Bronze

A look created with all three shades!
With this formula, you need to think less cream like the MAC Paint Pots or Maybelline Colour Tattoos, but more of a light, moussey texture. This type of formula lets you cover the lid more easily because the product glides right over. These shadows are also smooth and not blotchy at all so the pigmentation and consistency really lend themselves to each other and make for a really great shadow. You only need to pick up the smallest amount of product on your finger/brush to cover both eyes and I think this product works well with both fingers and brushes because the texture helps the product blend so well. Also side note on the name as I feel it may be a bit misleading, sure these shadows are far from matte, and do contain their fair share of glitter, but the name makes me think Christmas card glitter but that isn't this, it's far more classy, if shimmery eyeshadows can be classy... But enough of what I think of the shadows as a whole, let me walk you through each shade I currently have:

Copper: I wouldn't personally call this shade copper, but I do think it is a nice shade all the same. On my complexion it meshes in quite well and leaves a veil of glittery sheen so this for me is a great option if I want a more natural lid (like glitter can be natural...) or want to team it with some serious liquid liner.

Bronze: A shade with a more appropriate name, this is a fantastic rusty brown shade which makes for a great one stop Olsen-esque smokey eye and the first shade which kicked off my little collection. I think with a colour like this in your collection, it's deep enough to make a statement but it's still a neutral colour so I think it's a great gateway into more adventurous colours on your eyes. I've worn this with a nude lip colour during the day and added a bit of black kohl and MAC's Rebel for an evening look. If I were to recommend one shade, it'd be this one.

Onyx: I don't know whether I'd wear this shade fully built up on it's own, but sheered out a little bit I'd merrily wear this shade on it's own, although I know that won't be to everybody's tastes. I think where this shade will really work is when it's used as a base to make other shadows stand out or blended into other shades (which, by the way these cream shadows blend beautifully together) to intensify the lashline. 

These definitely get a great write up from me, and the line also hosts some pastel colours which would be great for Spring. I'd love to see Max Factor expand this range with a greige taupe, a deep burgundy and maybe even a navy blue because this formula really lends itself to bold colours and they are a dream to use!

What's your current favourite eyeshadow?
Have a favourite shade?

Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

We Need To Talk About: Cream Products (Video)

With the sun finally rearing it's head in the UK I thought I'd make a video on something else which tends to do the same in the warmer months - cream products! I used to be strictly a powder girl for a lot of things but I've been opting for creams recently as they offer a more natural, diffused look to the skin. If there are any other videos you'd like to see from me, feel free to comment below, also don't forget to subscribe for updates!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Tinted Moisturiser I Used Up Without Even Trying - Laura Mercier Oil Free Review

When the Summer of '14 rolled around I saw a fair few bloggers crack out their tube of Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser - a brand I'd never tried but always heard good things. So, one Sephora trip I took the plunge and took this babe home and I've never looked back. Fast-forward 6 or 7 months later and I find me wincing at every use of this as I'm scared it will be my last. This product has appeared on my YouTube a fair few times and even landed itself in my 2014 favourites but I've only just realised I've never put my full thoughts down on my blog, so let me tell you just why this base is just so fab:

This is not a full coverage option, this is one of those 'even out but still look like skin' options so your own skin still comes through, it's just... your skin but better, you know? It's sheer, but perfecting, and is quite literally everything you would want out of a light, daily base. The finish is skin-like, a hint of dewiness but not overly glowy and it works well and sticks around on my fairly oily complexion, it's not the longest lasting of formulas but this will see you through the work day. I love applying this with my hands as I find it really helps melt the product into the skin. I use the shade 'Porcelain' and I find it's a great match for a pale girl like me, but there are 13 shades in total so I think there will be a good match for everyone. Although this probably isn't the base I turn to on my really bad skin days, it's one I've become dependent on for when I can't be bothered to think about what's going to work for me that day, because I know 9 times out of 10 this will. The price tag looks a little steep from the outside looking in, but remember you do get 50ml instead of the standard 30ml you get with a foundation.

The day this bites the dust will be a sad one in the Alice Thomas make-up collection, and trust me, I know the end is nigh, and if you're somebody who is on the look out for a new daily base option I'd strongly urge you to give this one a whirl because it does what it says on the tin and my god does it do it well.

What's your favourite base product?
Have a favourite Laura Mercier product?

Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Drugstore Haul? First Impressions! (Video)

Hey guys! I've got a wee haul to share with you and it's all from the drugstore! Have a watch and tell me what your favourite product is!!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm & Queen of Hungary Mist Review

Online shopping is a wonderful thing. My bouts of online indulgence are both meticulously planned and spontaneous all at once. In one of those whirlwinds of clicking and jamming in my PayPal password I ended up with a pretty good deal on Cult Beauty where these two were in a bundle together and a discount code was making the rounds, and after having these in my possession for a while, I thought I'd tap down my thoughts.

Let's tackle the Queen of Hungary Mist first, this is an absolute princess product, and definitely a product which is more about how it makes you feel than what it actually does. And sure, I've read the stories on Queen Elizabeth of Hungary looking like a Grade A hottie down to a similar blend of ingredients but as much as you dress it up, it is just a spray toner and when I use it I don't see a dramatic change in my skin but I do think this would be a nice product for those who enjoy the process of skincare and like spending that extra bit for higher quality, I just don't know whether or not I am that person.

And now onto (in my opinion) the star of the show - The Thermal Cleansing Balm. When I first got this I wasn't crazy on the smell (after further research it smells very similar to the Emma Hardie offering) but once I dragged my heels to the bathroom sink and gave it a whirl it turned out I really liked it. I think this is used best in conjunction with a konjac sponge as I find it works the product into the skin whilst taking off the excess and not turning your bathroom into the splash zone at a Shamu show. The consistency is almost like a waxy sorbet which I think helps the product to work with the skin rather than just sit on top of it. After I use this I find my skin feels clean but soft and plump and honestly, incredible. I don't use this every night, I would say I turn to this 2-3 times a week partly out of laziness and partly out of how expensive this product would be to repurchase so I almost see this as a treatment for my skin, however seeing as I'm roughly half way through if you were to use this as your nightly cleanser I do think you'd get serious milage out of it, but personally I'm okay with interchanging this with cheaper options to keep this tub in my collection longer.

So, one product I'd be sad to see go and will begrudgingly repurchase and another which deep down I know isn't necessary in my collection but will continue to use. I don't know how much dabbling I will do in Omorovicza's line-up simply down to pricing, however if you're someone who really wants to spend their pennies on skincare this does seem like a stellar brand to invest in.

What's your favourite skincare brand?

Let me know in the comments below!!