Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer

What we want and what we need are often complete opposites. In winter we don’t mind pilling on the heavy duty foundation and powder no bother, however, come summer we all want to look natural and only wear the lightest sheer foundation. Unfortunately with the heat and humidity of summer, un-powdered and sheer foundation will slide down our faces faster than you can get the deck chairs out. Here is where Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer comes in handy.

Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer

There are so many primers out there and all promising to do so many different things. Some add luminosity, others correct discolouration, or blur imperfections and so on. Max Factor All Day Facefinity just promises to make you foundation last longer and stay matte throughout the day and that is exactly what it does.


This was sent to me to test out and as you may already know, I usually wear Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour foundation. Since that already lasts all day and stays matte I decided to try the Facefinity Primer with some other foundations that I have floating around in my stash to give it a good testing. So here are the foundations I tried it with and how I got on:

Pari Mineral Perfection

Pari Mineral Perfection Foundation – This has pretty good staying power on its own and normally only starts getting shiny in the evening. With the Facefinity Primer, I only noticed the shine for the first time much later than normal, it was about 10 at night and I had applied my makeup at 8:30 in the morning.

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation – This foundation lasts well with powder and it has pretty good staying power on its own. It would normally last the work day without shine but it would start getting shiny about 6 ish. With the Facefinity Primer, shine wasn’t really noticeable until about 9pm.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation – This foundation really doesn’t work well for me unless I use a finishing powder. Without powder my face would normally be very shiny by lunch time and the foundation starts breaking up. In the interest of science I applied it over the Facefinity Primer and didn’t powder. When I got home at 5:30pm it was only the littlest bit shiny but still looked fine. About two hours later thought it was really shiny but it wasn’t breaking up as much as it normally would.

So all in all it does extend the wear time of foundations and it keeps my complexion matte for longer without the need for powder. Obviously the better the foundation is suited to my skin the better the results are with this primer. I did use it with my Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour and there wasn’t a hint of shine from when I applied it in the morning to when I went to bed. For me it works as well at keeping my foundation in place as my usual primer, which is MAC Prep and Prime but at €13.99 it is a lot cheaper and Facefinity has the bonus of SPF 20.

What is your favourite primer for surviving the summer humidity? Have you tried Max Factor Facefinity Primer?


Bourjois 1 Second Gel Bleu Moonlight

It’s been a while since I posted about a nail polish and since it’s March and the weather is finally picking up you are probably expecting a pretty pastel. Guess again because I am still having a love affair with all things cobalt blue. Truth be told I was looking for the colour Violine Hypnotique after seeing this post on Cherry Sue, Doin the Do but when that wasn’t in stock my attention soon turned to Bleu Moonlight.

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The formula of this nail polish in amazing; it only took one coat to be fully opaque. There is only one coat in all the pictures. I have never seen such a dark colour to be fully opaque with just one coat before, some dark nail polishes often need three coats which drives me nuts. Another thing is the brilliant wide brush. I can do most of my nails with one brush stroke. The brush is firm enough that even I can manage to paint my nails without making too much of a mess and yet it’s not too hard because a brush that’s too hard causes streaks and this doesn’t streak. If Goldilocks made nail polish brushes, this would be it. I’m hoping the formula of the other colours is the same as this one because it was so quick and easy to paint my nails with this.

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The colour is a stunning metallic cobalt blue. I really like the way the shimmer of the pearlescent finish catches the light.
If you think this colour is too dark for spring and summer then check out my upcoming post on Friday to see how dark nails can look good with bright clothes. Have you tried any of the other colours?


Clarins Eye Pencil Gold

A few weeks back I told you about the khaki eyeliner from Clarins that I picked up for €7. I also picked up this gold one at the same time. These eyeliners are lovely to use but I wasn’t sure that I would be using the gold all that often as it didn’t really make my eyes stand out when I lined around the whole eye with it. Luckily I have discovered that this gold is great at making my eyes look brighter when I use it on my waterline. Many people use white eyeliner for this but I find that the white looks chalky and unnatural on me and I just don’t like it. In the past I have used Benefits Eye Bright pencil, which is a pale pink, to brighten my tired eyes and it is fine but now that I have tried the gold, I definitely prefer the gold.

Clarins Eye Pencil Gold
The look below is a soft natural day time look to show you how the gold brightens my eyes. The difference is subtle but that’s what I want from makeup; subtle enhancements. In fairness the waterline of my eyes isn’t that red today but believe me the gold does a nice job at brightening things up when I am bit worse for wear. Here are the products used:

Lid: Max Factor – Auburn Envy
Crease: Max Factor – Feral Brown
Outer corner: Max Factor – Ferocious Black
Eyeliner on Top lid and below bottom Lashes: Bourjois Khol & Contour – Bronze Raffinè
Water Line: Clarins Eye Pencil – Gold

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L-R: Without any eye makeup, eye makeup but without the gold, with the gold

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L-R without the gold, and with the gold

What colour do you use to brighten tired eyes?


Bourjois Color Boost Fuchsia Libre

Bourjois Color Boost Fuchsia Libre

A couple of weeks ago I told you about my first purchase of a Clinique Chubby Stick and how much I loved it. I like the moisturising balm formula and sheer tint of colour. Since I liked it so much I decided to try one of the budget brand’s crayon style lipstick balm hybrids. Lots of the budget brands have something similar in their line up but the colour of Bourjois’ Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick caught my eye.

Bourjois Color Boost Fuchsia Libre
Fuchsia Libre is hot pink. Normally I wouldn’t go for such a bright colour but I figured it would be sheer so still subtle enough for me. The difference between this and my Chubby Stick is that Fuchsia Libre is definitely more pigmented and so the colour is a lot stronger. It packs a lot more punch than the sheer tint of the Chubby Stick. The cost of this extra hit of colour is that it is not as moisturising as the chubby Stick but it is still comfortable to wear. Bourjois Color Boost crayons claim to be waterproof. I find that there is little to no transfer onto cups and glasses so it does last well. What I have noticed, with Fuchsia Libre, is if I keep reapplying throughout the day the colour build up gets brighter and almost neon after a few top ups. Those of you who love a bright lip will love this but I prefer to use a tissue to remove some colour before reapplying to tone it down. So here it is in action:

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All in all, I like the formula of this Color Boost and I think it is a really good alternative to the Chubby Sticks especially since it’s about half the price at €10.50. The colour of Fuchsia Libre is on the brighter end of what I like for daytime but I will still wear it during the day especially if I am wearing fake tan and I definitely like it for nights out. I am tempted to try some of the lighter or more neutral colours. I am also interested in trying some of the similar offerings from other brands. There have been a lot of positive reviews of the Revlon ones. Feel free to suggest both brands and colours you think I should try.


Bourjois Bronzing BB 8 in 1 Cream

You are probably wondering why I am blogging about a bronzing product in the middle of winter. Let me set the scene. The week before Christmas I was out with some friends for a few drinks and the cameras were flashing like a paparazzi frenzy. When I saw some of the pictures the next day I saw that my face was way paler than my neck. Like most women I spent my teens with a face darker than my neck and just when you think you have a handle on buying the right colour foundation, fake tan throws a spanner in the works. I know a camera flash cuts through a powder bronzer, which is why I always buy a second foundation a few shades darker for when I am wearing fake tan. I also tend to stick to lighter or more subtle tans like Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan so I thought I had it all sorted until I saw those pictures. With the technology of purse size cameras and camera phones improving all the time, us mere mortals who don’t a have celebrity makeup artist in tow have a lot to contend with. I decided to try a tinted bronzing makeup base like Soleil Tan De Chanel, but since it was the week before Christmas there was no way I was going into a city centre to a department store. I headed to a local pharmacy to find the next best thing; many bloggers had likened the Bourjois Bronzing Primer to the Soleil Tan De Chanel and at €25 less I figured it was worth a try. Of course it wasn’t in stock and even after staring at the stand for ages, it didn’t magically appear.
I decided to get the BB Bronzing Cream since many BB creams on the market are primers and it said it is a sheer tint on the bottle, I figured I’d give it a go as a primer under my darker foundation . Let’s start with the 8 promises this makes as an 8 in 1 BB Cream:

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• Evens Skin tone – definitely evens out my red blotches
• Sheer tint – It sure is
• Boosts Radiance – Um ish
• 16-hour moisturisation – it’s not drying but not overly moisturising either
• Smoothes skin – not that I noticed
• Prolongs tan – don’t have a real one and am not likely to get one anytime soon so can’t comment
• SPF 15 – always a plus
• Refreshing sensation – can’t say I noticed

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L-R: bare face, with Bronzing BB Cream – no flash, with foundation – no flash, with foundation & with flash

As far as BB creams go, it’s a nice one; it evens out redness and feels nice on. The coverage wouldn’t be enough for me on its own but it would be good for someone who is happy with just a sheer tint. As a primer it worked really well for me. I was afraid I would look caked in makeup with foundation over it but that wasn’t the case and I thought it looked really good; the final result was a flawless complexion and my face and neck looked all the one colour in photos taken with a flash.
Have you tried any bronzing primers? Are there any face products you use to make sure your face is the same colour as your tan?


I have been dying to show you this since I got it. I have been playing around with it quite a bit and this is my favourite look. I picked it up in The Loop at Dublin airport for €34; I think it’s €40 at MAC counters.

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There are five shades in this compact making it really handy to keep in your makeup bag. The quality is what you would expect from MAC; they are soft, creamy and easy to blend. I am showing you a night time look below but you could use the middle shadow for a simple day look. The second shadow down from the top is really glittery and I will probably use it a lot over the Christmas festivities, either on its own or layered over other shadows to make them more Crimbo party-esque (I’m making words up now but I’m sure you know exactly what I mean). The top shadow has become my new favourite highlighter and the bottom is great for a smoky eye; it’s a great alternative to the usual greys and blacks.
So here is my look:


Brows: MAC Omega

Crease: bottom shade

Lid – Outer 2/3: second from bottom

Lid – Inner 1/3: middle shade

Inner Corner & Under Outer Brow highlight: top shade

Liner: Bourjois Khol & Countour in Bronze Raffinè

Mascara: L’Oreal volume Million Lashes Noir Excess

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Have you tried any of MAC’s Veluxe Pearlfusion Palettes?


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The promise here is 16 hours of radiance-boosting even, revived complexion. I would agree with all but the 16 hours bit. I have to say that I am fairly impressed with this budget foundation and I don’t say that lightly because if you have read this post then you will know that if Lancome Teint Idole 24hour foundation was a cult I would be the number one member. With my combo to oily skin, I would normally run a mile from foundations promising radiance. However, a few reviews suggested that it worked well with oily skin so I decided give it a whirl.

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My bare face

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One Pump of Healthy Mix

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Healthy Mix topped with concealer, MAC MSF natural powder, blush and eyebrows filled in.

I found the gel like texture to be easy to apply and one whole pump is kinda too much so I don’t press it the whole way down. There is a slight apricot scent, which I don’t mind, I actually like it but I know some of you don’t like scented products. The shade I have is 51 Light Vanilla, which is a good match for me. The coverage is medium so I need to top some areas up with concealer and the truth of the matter is I don’t care what a product promises or what other bloggers say, I know better than to leave the house without using a setting powder over my foundation. Even with MAC Mineralise Skinfinish powder I am getting less than 8 hours before this foundation starts to get shiny and breakup around the nose and chin. You can only barely make out that it is breaking up on my chin in this picture.

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About 8 hours after applying.

For the price of €14.99, I think this is a good foundation but it won’t be replacing my beloved Lancome Teint Idole 24 hour. Instead I will use this now and again when I know I won’t be out long or if I am definitely heading home after work, that way I won’t be wasting my €35 Lancome.