This mascara guys. This is my ride or die. I want to give a shout out to Vogue Australia for providing this as a freebie on their magazine one month. Since the day I purchased that magazine I have been hooked on Max Factor’s Velvet Volume mascara; it is true love. Read on to find out why…
Volume: It gives a soft and natural volume that my long spindly lashes crave. Adding a thickness to the base of your lashes that makes you look like your lashes are always that gorgeously dense. Max Factor claims it leaves your lashes with a “touchably soft feel”, and I totally agree.
Length: Does it really look like you have falsies on like the name suggests? Imma be honest, it doesn’t. It’s not length to the extremes of say They’re Real by Benefit, but it still gives you some serious extension on your regular lashes. Again, it’s a natural finish. Something I personally prefer, especially for every day.
My lashes after 2 applications of Max Factor’s Velvet Volume mascara
Colour: Usually I’m after a black-as-my-soul kinda colour to my mascaras. This doesn’t deliver that level of pigment, it’s a softer black. This has reminded me why I went through a stage of wearing brown mascaras for everyday. This muted black makes this mascara perfect for everyday looks as well as those ‘no-makeup-makeup’ days; just added a subtle pop to your eyes.
Recommend? ’til the day I die. People need to get around this mascara, make it huge, it’s amazing!! I honestly can’t say enough great things about it. LOVE! 10/10. 100%. Would recommend to a friend. A+. High Distinction. etc.
In my experience so far, I’ve learned two things about Hourglass: 1) You have to mortgage your house to afford their makeup. I don’t even have a house so I really have to get creative, which leads me to 2) Their products are of incredible quality, which means you find yourself wondering if you really need that second kidney more than you need their latest product.
Which is exactly the place I was at when Hourglass launched their limited edition (holiday release) Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light. A face palette about the size of my hand that will set you back a whopping AU$116. So is it worth it? Read on to find out my thoughts.
I tentatively swatched this in Mecca just after its release, fully expecting to love it so much I would end up in tears trying to justify its addition to the budget. So I was (almost pleasantly) surprised by how awful it looked on my hand. A glitter bomb of little pigment. It did nothing for me, so I congratulated myself on saving a hundred bucks from not buying it online and continued my Mecca browse.
Cut to ten minutes later when the Mecca girl suggested I try it out on my face, an offer I begrudgingly accepted. Dammit. It looked freaking amazing, and no glitter in sight. I had to get it. There goes that hundred bucks I saved earlier.
What You Get
For AU$116 you will get yourself one ambient lighting powder in Surreal light, two ambient lighting blushes (surreal glow and surreal effect), an ambient lighting bronzer in surreal bronze glow, and an ambient lighting strobe powder in surreal strobe light. This palette is the perfect colour range to help you look like you naturally wake up looking like a freaking goddess every morning.
I’m not sure how the colour range would go on darker skin tones, the bronzer is natural even on my pale-to-the-extreme skin.
In a word, yes.
In many more words:
This palette just makes me feel so pretty.
The ambient lighting powder in surreal light is by far my favourite ambient lighting powder to date! That is saying something because they are all great.
The bronzer gives me the perfect natural glow. Gives my skin some warmth and definition without looking too done. I love it. It’s that sun-kissed look we’re all after.
The blushes may be my favourite part of the palette. There is a nude and a pink blush, both of which apply extremely naturally. They blend themselves. The nude blush is my new go-to. I cannot rave about them enough… they’re gorgeous! Unfortunately I think I’ll now have to try the other hourglass blushes out…dammit.
The highlight is beautiful. It’s not going to give you a beaming streak of light across your cheekbone but if you’re after a natural gleam then this is for you. I personally think it is stunning, just makes you look like you have perfect lighting on you 24/7.
The only downside for me (aside from the price) is the pan size. You do get a large pan (4g) of the finishing powder but the other four are small (1.4g). Aside from the fact you’re paying for not a heap of product, for the bronzer in particular, it is just annoying getting your brush into the tiny pan.
I’m so sorry to tell you this. But mortgage the house, get a second job, go sell your kidneys, cause you need this in your life.
100% in love.
Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!
I can always use a bit of help in the face sculpting department so I decided to pick up the Anastasia Cream Contour Kit in Fair a few months back to see if it was worth the hype and could help me look like a French model in the moonlight. Keep reading if you want to see what I think of it.
Price: I bought mine on Beauty Bay which was $66.40 and $4.60 cheaper than it is at Sephora Au (all about those savings).
Packaging: I really like the packaging! It has a sleek see through case with black edging and bottom and six magnetic pans that can be taken out and put in to any other palette or replaced as you use them up. I’ve got to admit, I think it would have been great to have a mirror in this palette but it doesn’t bother me too much as I always seem to have a mirror handy anyway.
What you get: The palette includes three Contour shades, two matte highlight shades and one shimmery highlight. I think they did really well with the selection of Contour shades in this palette as they suit a good variety of tones. Although they aren’t super dark, Anastasia does have four shades available in her cream palettes to suit everyone from super fair to extra deep skin tones. The two matte highlight shades are very, very fair and quite similar. I would have probably preferred if one was more yellow toned and one more peachy but I guess that’s harder to do in a palette marketed for such fair skin tones. The shimmery highlight shade is one of my favourite parts of the palette! It reminds me a lot of the MAC cream colour base in pearl and is such a beautiful, subtle highlight shade!
The Formula: I heard a lot of people saying that the formula of this palette was really dry and hard to blend which, to be honest, is why I didn’t get it until now. I’m happy to say I completely disagree with these people! I use a setting spray on my brush, face or the palette (or all three) before I use it and find that it blends so beautifully in to my skin which is a miracle for my super dry skin! It also doesn’t move my foundation around underneath it and blends seamlessly with any base! What I do find great is that because it isn’t the creamiest formula it’s no going to move around and be gone within a few hours. The coverage of the creams are amazing! If I’m having a good skin day I often don’t wear foundation or Concealer and think my skin look pretty ace! 10/10 from me!
How I use it: Depending on how deep my skin tone is at the time I use either of the darker shades under my cheek bones, along my jaw line and hair line and through my temples and the crease of my eyes to create a natural looking shadow and the illusion of some dimension! Then, using one or both of the two matte highlight shades, I highlight my undereyes, centre of my forehead, chin, Cupid’s bow, and under my cheek contour. This acts as a contrast to the contouring I’ve just done and brighten up my face a bit. I either use the brush I applied the product with or a damp beauty blender to blend it all together find that both work really well.
Overall thoughts: I really, really like this palette and think it’s totally worth the money! I might even grab a few more shades to use in my mua kit!
We all have those spots and tones in our skin that foundation just doesn’t seem to cover enough or the combination of skin tone and foundation can look ashy. This is where colour correcting comes in.
I’ve always wanted to try out colour correcting but never seemed to be able to find the right product. M loves her M.A.C concealer duo for correcting dark circles under her eyes but I suffer from a lot of redness around my cheeks and nose and needed something to fix that. I thought it was a lost cause and had accepted my red cheeks when I got a text from M with a picture of the Models Prefer Colour Correcting Concealer quad and immediately wanted to try it out to see what it was like!
First up, I have to admit that my hopes weren’t set to high as it was only $12.99 but, after testing it out, I was pleasantly surprised!
The quad comes with four cream shades to “create a perfect base and achieve an all over even skin tone” according to the packaging. The colours include a peach shade to counteract dark spots and correct discolouration, a green shade to neutralise red undertones (hallelujah!) and correct blemishes, a yellow shade to camouflage purple/blue undertones and correct uneven skin tones and a lilac shade to eliminate yellow undertones and correct dull complexions.
The packaging is very slim, light-weight and, in my opinion, pretty sleek for an affordable product!
The consistency of the creams is a really nice cream-to-powder finish! It feels so creamy and buttery when you apply it and blends out to a nice smooth powder finish but remains creamy enough that it can be applied under foundation without it becoming cakey.
I use the green shade with either my finger or a small buffing brush on my cheeks and nose and any pesky pimples. I use my fingers to apply the yellow shade directly under my eyes and in my inner corners to counteract my blueish under eye circles and then use the peach shade directly underneath that in an upside down triangle shape to brighten everything up. Finally, I use the lilac shade as a kind of pre-foundation highlighter placing is on top of my cheek bones, on my brow bone, in the centre of forehead and down the middle of my nose (you know the drill).
After I had applied the product I use a damp beauty blender or my fingers to blend it as much as possible in to my skin, you will still have colour on your skin after this step but don’t worry, we’ll be applying foundation next. Next I apply foundation as I usually would and bask in my even skin tone! I find that I normally still need to apply a little bit of concealer under my eyes to help with brightening but it is much less than I would if I hadn’t applied the colour corrector and doesn’t look ashy!
I absolutely love this concealer and would highly recommend it to those of you who have any uneven skin tones or even if you are a makeup artist as it would suit quite a few different skin tones! I use so much less foundation than I would otherwise too, so you are definitely saving in the long run!