Max Factor Second Skin Foundation – Review + Photos

Max Factor introduced a while ago its latest foundation breakthrough, the New Second Skin Foundation.

I received this product only a few days after I just bought a new foundation from MUFE, so I wasn’t to excited to try it out. I usually don’t use foundation but when I do I ask a lot from it. I want to cover all my breakouts, I don’t want to feel it heavy of my skin like I was wearing a mask and I definitely want to have  a matte complexion for as long as possible.

I got the 40 Creamy Ivory shade which is the lightest from the 5 shades available:

  • 40 Creamy Ivory
  • 45 Warm Almond
  • 70 Natural
  • 75 Golden
  • 80 Bronze

The Package

The product comes in a transparent 30 ml bottle with a black pump (a plus for hygiene) which allows me to take just the right amount of product. It’s very practical and has 12 months availability. You can order the foundation online from Max Factor if you are sure of your shade, for the price of £13.99. Continue Reading

Chic Giveaway! Enter to win a Chic Bracelet, Vichy Thermal Mask, Nivea Styling Mousee and L’Oreal Cashmere Perfect foundation

Hello Ladies!

Welcome to the first Chic Giveaway of the year! I know it’s been a long time since my last Giveaway but I proposed to myself to make more Giveaways this year. This Giveaway, the same as the others, is opened for all of my readers, so anyone can participate, doesn’t matter which country you are from.

So, let me present you the 4 products that I will be giving away.

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Vichy Rehydrating Thermal Mask – 50 ml

This facial rehydrating mask is for all skin types even for sensitive skin. It contains Vichy thermal spa water and it’s allergy tested. It comes in a light blue tube that contains 50 ml of product.

Vichy Rehydrating Thermal Mask has an intense and long-lasting rehydration, soothes and softens the skin. You should apply this mask 2 times a week on the cleansed face and neck and you will how your skin will become smoother and relaxed.

Nivea Styling Mousse Extra Strong – 50 ml

NIVEA Extra Strong Mousse belongs to a new generation of styling mousses. It provides extra strong hold for creative shapes that last all day long. Moreover its new ThermoCare Formula not only offers passive heat protection, but for the first time even turns hairdryer heat into extra care for your hair. With the new Vitamin Fix System it ensures long-lasting hold and provides active care, leaving your hair soft and supple.

  • Provides extra strong hold for creative shapes
  • Gives visible shine
  • Turns blow-dryer heat into care
  • Does not weigh hair down and isn’t sticky
  • For healthy hair and a healthy scalp

L’Oreal Cashmere Perfect foundation – 30 ml

This foundation comes in the shade Warm Beige (Beige Dore) 16. It has a melting cream texture that transforms itself into a silky powder finish for a soft-touch sensation of cashmere and easy application. The result – skin is 2x softer. The complexion is incredibly velvety soft, matte and even. Perfect skin for up to 12 hours.

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Chic Bracelet

The star of this Giveaway it’s a very chic and trendy bracelet in black and white and with a finish in a gold shade.
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New: Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 by MAC Cosmetics for Spring 2010

MAC Cosmetics will launch on 18 February 2010 in the U.S. the  New Mineralize Foundation SPF 15. The date of the international launch is not confirmed yet but is due sometimes in February.

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Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 ($32.00 U.S. / $38.00 CDN)

  • NC15, NC20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC37, NC40, NC42, NC44, NC45, NC50, NC55
  • NW15, NW20, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW43, NW45, NW47, NW50, NW55

Brush ($38.00 U.S. / $45.50 CDN)

  • 130 Short Duo Fibre A short, round dual fibre with flat head composed of both natural bristles and synthetic fibres ideal for application with creams, emulsions, and various powder products.

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Preview on the MAC 2010 Spring Collections – New info, prices and launching dates

Hello Ladies,

You already know about the new collections that MAC had prepared for us for next year from my previous articles but now I’m bringing some new updates concerning the prices, launch dates and products that will be included on those collections.

My inspiration source (as well as the photos) was Lushious Beauty.

I’ve already made a previous post about Warm&Cozy Collection that you can check it out but Naked Brunette and Blonde Redhead is another beautiful collection that has prepared for us many good things and they both can be found in the shops starting with 2 January 2010.

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Here you can read the preliminary information:

  • Miner Alize Skin Finish: Comfort, By Candlelight SRP € 25
  • Eyeshadow: Chamomille, Mulled Cider, Embark, Lettering Clothing SRP € 15
  • Shade Stick: Nurture, Relaxed, Warm and Cozy, Cuddle SRP € 19
  • Lipstick: Spiced Tea, Warm Me Up, Siss € 17.50
  • Lipglass: 2N, 3N, Light That Fire SRP € 17
  • Nail Lacquer: Blissed Out, Dim The Lights SRP: € 11.75
  • Care Essential Oil Blend: Sweet Orange and Lavender, Grapefruit and Chamomille SRP € 21
  • Miner Alize moisture lotion all over: € 41
  • Lip Conditioner: Close For Comfort, Feelin ‘Good SRP € 15

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My experience at Make Up For Ever and Sephora beauty shops

Hi Girls!

Today I went to Make Up For Ever (MUFE) professional beauty shop decided to check out their goodies and to buy a new foundation. Almost 2 months ago I’ve bought All Mat Face Matifying Primer (I will review it shortly)  from Make Up For Ever and since I was so pleased with it I’ve decided to buy the foundation from the same brand.

The shop was not very big (almost the size of my living room) but full with all the products of the new collection and makeup accessories. When I entered the shop the 2 makeup artists present there were very polite and they offered to help me right away. It was a pleasant surprise to see that they have makeup artists in the shop instead of beauty sellers like in other beauty shops and let me tell you that the difference was huge. They were really aware of all the products in the shop (at least of all  that I’ve asked for) and they could also help you with makeup tips and advices . After checking out some of the new products I’ve stopped to look at the HD foundation and one of the makeup artist was glad to help me out.

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I told her that I’m looking for a new foundation (for oily skin) and she invited me to take a seat at the makeup table, where she will test some of the foundation on my skin. Here was the first difference (in the positive way of course),  because working with clients all the time she really knew what I needed and showed me the only 2 foundation fit for my skin type.

Since I knew that I was going to look for a foundation I didn’t put any makeup on my face (only mascara and lipgloss) so she started by testing the Mat Velvet Matifying Foundation (for oily skin type) after she used a makeup cream removal. Maybe in other countries is normal that when you are shopping for a foundation a makeup artist should assist you and test the foundation on your skin, but believe me that here this is not happening (most of the times sellers try the products on their own skin) and this was the first time when I’ve experienced this in my country and I felt great. I definitely told to myself that I will comeback since they were so professional in choosing the right shade especially since I’ve never tried their foundations before. Continue Reading

The New Make Up For Ever Look – Fall 2009 – Products details, Photos & Prices

Hello Ladies! We already know that purple is the “new black” this Fall. Being part of the actual trends, this shadow is included in most of the 2009 Fall Makeup Collections. It’s also one of my favorites eyeshadows colors and it adapts to all complexions and all hair colors. The trick consist in finding the right dose and depending on its intensity, purple can cover a range of very strong colors from taupe-like purple to pink and periwinkle. It’s also a very nice shade that goes well with bronze or turquoise. You can play with these combination and create a look that will give the eyes a greater depth and mystery.

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Today I’m going to show you step by step how you can achieve the Make Up Forever Fall 2009 Look.

The “must haves” for this look are the violet and steel gray eyeshadows and the Aqua line waterproof pencils.

COMPLEXION

Apply HD Primer Pink # 7 ( $32 ) to freshen up the complexion. This primer will nourish and moisturize your skin making it soft and glowing and in the same time creates a barrier effect so that the foundation will not be absorbed by the skin. The HD Primer has an non-oily finish so this mean that you don’t have to wait a few minutes before applying your makeup.

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Then use the HD sponge ( $12 ) to apply HD Foundation Ivory #115 ( $40 ) which is oil – free product. Because it has a medium-to-full-coverage this liquid foundation will cover skin imperfections flawlessly. Even if your are in bright or harsh lighting your complexion will look flawless, because the HD Foundation creates a soft-focus effect which was designed to meet the coverage concerns of a complexion in the spotlight. Continue Reading

NEW-Lancome Oscillation PowerFoundation! Micro-Vibrating, Polishing, Mineral Makeup SPF 21

Oscillation Power Foundation This month Lancome presents the Oscillation Power Foundation! Starting from October the first Micro-Vibrating mineral foundation will be available in the United States and only next month you can find it in Canada. I haven’t heard anything yet about international distribution.

After launching the vibrating mascara that is still sounds weird for many ladies, Lancome is surprising us with this Micro-Vibrating, Polishing and Mineral Makeup SPF 21 ( 48$ ).

skin for perfect coverage.Lancome promise that this amazing foundation will last on your complexion for about 14 hours. It’s very simple to use and not messy. All you have to do is push the button and let the velvety cushion applicator glide effortlessly across skin for perfect coverage. It’s talc, oil and fragrance free which makes it safe for all skin types, even the sensitive ones.

7000 micro-vibrations per minute break down the featherweight mineral powder for seamless blendability.

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Declare war to acne with Avon, Clinique, Vichy, Garnier, Boots and Maybelline products

We all have those days when we woke up in the morning we look in the mirror and we discover a fresh new pimple. These situations don’t happened to me very often, but when they do they kind of kill my day. For these kind of problems and even for others acne problems more severe I found a strategy. Out there are products designed to help us defeat the acne problems, we just need to look for the good ones.

The other day I was reading a post about How to Treat Post-Acne Scarring and I decided to develop this idea and talk to you about all the products that I have tried concerning this problems. Let me know in your comments if you have any other ideas about products that can help us fight the acne and their scars and even those red spots or pimples.

Avon Solutions Plus Pure Pore - Fection Self - Foaming Cleanser

If we just keep some rules in mind and follow them we can diminish the apparition of pimples and win the war against acne. So here are some steps that helped me in those situations and I hope to be helpful for you too.

  • Don’t sleep with your makeup on! It’s essential that your skin is perfectly clean during the night. You can use a makeup remover product that also has antibacterial action, morning and evening.

My recommendation: Try the Solutions Plus Pure Pore – Fection Self – Foaming Cleanser from Avon ( 150 ml) with bamboos and bisabolol extracts. It’s an oil-free product that will give you a tingly clean feeling. Cleanses deep down to remove dirt and make-up, leaving skin feeling refreshed and energised.

  • Clean the pores! For this you will need a mask specially created to reduce and prevent the apparition of pimples and dark spots.

My recommendation: Use twice a week, Clinique Oil-Control Cleansing Mask (19,50 $ for 100 ml), the new acne solution. This clay-based mask will help heal your blemishes, prevent breakouts and also will keep your skin shine-free. This is a good mask to use even for those ladies who don’t have acne problems but have an oily skin like mine, because its medicated formula gives your skin a deep clean, unclog  pores and rid skin of excess oil. Anyway it’s a mask designed for all skin types so it can’t have undesirable effects on your skin. All the process takes me about 7 minutes, while I apply the mask evenly on my face ( avoiding the eye area), then I wait 5 minutes and after I rinse off thoroughly with warm water. My skin feels smoother and clearer after this. I also like it because it has an oil-free formula and it won’t irritate my skin.

Clinique Oil-Control Cleansing Mask

Another great facial mask that I love and I’m currently using is Clinique Turnaround – 15 Minute Facial mask, and you can check out my review for more details. Continue Reading