Ok… So unless you’ve just stumbled across my blog, or come out of hibernation then you absolutely know that I am OBSESSED with make up. Not only am I obsessed with make up, but I am partial to a lip product or hundred. A girl can never have too many lip products, right?  So when I was selected by Influenster U.K. to be one of the first people to receive a U.K. VoxBox, and I heard it was Max Factor lip goodies, I was just a little bit excited!  I have to say, that (in my opinion!) the shades that I got are absolutely perfect for me, and I couldn’t be happier with them!

Max Factor

Honey Lacquer Gloss

I tend to reach for lipsticks or liquid lipsticks over lip glosses, so I wasn’t sure how I would get on with this product. I was sent the shade “Honey Lilac”, which I personally think goes well with my blonde hair! As soon as I swatched the gloss on my arm, I knew I was going to like it. It applied smoothly and didn’t drag on my skin. I headed straight to the mirror and applied a little slick to my lips, and to my surprise, it felt moisturising as well as applying smoothly, and was not sticky in the slightest (one of the reasons I’m not usually a huge fan of lip glosses). This lip lacquer does last relatively well, although needs topping up after eating and drinking, as expected. I like this Max Factor lip lacquer so much, that I’m going to buy another shade that I’ve got my eye on.

Max Factor

Colour Elixir Lipstick

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know how much I love a lipstick. If you don’t follow me yet, why the bloomin’ heck not?!

I was sent the lipstick in the shade “Dusky Rose”, which again, I feel just happens to go with my blonde hair. I’ve tended to opt for matte lipsticks lately, although metallics and lip toppers have been sneaking into my collection… And this lipstick has a gorgeous shine to it! I paired this with the Universal Lip Liner (that I was also kindly sent) to avoid the colour bleeding. The lip liner is slightly too waxy for my liking.  I do also prefer a coloured liner if I’m perfectly honest. The staying power of this lipstick is good – better than the Honey Lacquer Gloss, although I prefer the shade of the gloss over the lipstick. I would like to have a look at some of the other shades of lipstick in the Colour Elixir range, as I do like the formula of this lipstick.

Max Factor

Overall, I’m really impressed with the lip gloss and lipstick.  However, I probably won’t be adding the lip liner into my daily routine.

Max Factor

What are your favourite Max Factor products? Do you like the look of any of the above?

This post contains products that were sent to me for free, for testing and review purposes.  As always, all opinions are entirely my own.

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I know I’m at the age where I technically shouldn’t like Zoella, or be interested in her products as I’m well out of my teens, but… #SorryNotSorry I do like her, and I am interested in her products, OK?!  I am not ashamed to admit that Zoe totally inspires me.  The other week, I was watching her instastories, and saw that she was releasing new Zoella Beauty products.  Normally, this wouldn’t interest me, as I have never bought any of her other products before, but something really excited me about this release.  The Jelly and Gelato theme is absolutely perfect for summer.

Zoella, along with Alfie, Poppy, Sean and Mark, were in an ice-cream van down at the Brighton Pavilion giving out ice-cream in line with the release of the range.  Later on, Zoella vlogged about the Jelly and Gelato range, and without even smelling it, I was straight online ordering, as it just looked so super cute (who cares what it smells like when it looks so amazing!)

Zoella

The packaging has quite a retro vibe to it, and I adore the pastel colours.  Can we also just appreciate how adorable the details are (straw coming out the Shower Shake, anyone?!)  The gold writing detail also adds that certain “je ne sais quoi”.

Anyway, back to the products.  I originally only ordered three out of the eight – Shower Shake, Shower Sauce and Pink Bath Wafers.  I ordered from Superdrug online (here) and luckily there was an introductory offer on, so I got them cheaper than they would normally be.

Zoella

When the products arrived, I was so pleasantly surprised at the smell, that I knew I had to get more of the collection.  Zoella describes the scent of the collection as elderflower, pomegranate and double cream.  It is such a refreshing smell – slightly floral, with a sweet after-smell (is that even a thing, because it is now!)  I left the delivery box open, and the smell from the bath wafers permeated my room, much to my delight.

At the time of writing, Superdrug have a 3 for 2 offer on the Jelly and Gelato range, so I have now also picked myself up the Body Pudding, Bath Frosting, and another Shower Shake (because I know I’ll use this up first).

Shower Shake

The Shower Shake is definitely my favourite product in the Jelly and Gelato collection (hence why I bought two).  The packaging is undeniably cute with the little straw sticking out the top like a milkshake.  It is a moisturising body wash that makes you (and the bathroom) smell amazing when it’s been used!  The consistency is quite thick, presumably as it contains moisturising ingredients!  With the Shower Shake, you don’t need a lot of product to work up a decent lather.

Zoella

Shower Sauce

The Shower Sauce is another body wash, which looks like a yummy, scrummy sauce that you would drizzle all over your ice cream or gelato.  The consistency is thinner than the Shower Shake, as the Shower Sauce doesn’t contain moisturising properties.  I do like the Shower Sauce, but I prefer the Shower Shake.

Pink Bath Wafers

This is a moisturising bath fizzer, and although Zoella has released bath fizzers before, she says none of them have contained moisturising ingredients.  I am a total Lush addict, and I particularly like moisturising bath bombs, so I just know that I am going to love this bath fizzer.  It looks quite big, so I reckon I’ll be able to get a couple of baths from this.

Zoella

Body Pudding

Body Pudding is a body cream, which is really rich in texture.  It has little pink “bubbles” in it [see above photo] that melt into your skin as you rub it in, which is such a Zoella touch!  What I really like about this body cream is that it is not greasy at all, and soaks in to the skin straight away.  After wearing it all day, I can still smell it on my skin, which I also really like.

Zoella

Bath Frosting

This is essentially four sachets of powdered bubble bath, that you pour under your running bath water.  On first glance, the sachets look quite small, and I didn’t have very high hopes of the Bath Frosting, but I was proved wrong!  The The Bath Frosting makes the bath super bubbly.  You get four sachets in the tin, which means four lovely bubble baths – bliss!

Zoella

I’m really glad that I bit the bullet and bought some of the Jelly and Gelato collection as my first Zoella Beauty products.  Based on these, I would definitely buy more Zoella Beauty products.  I didn’t buy the Beauty Clutch (I’m not sure I fancy this), the Cream Body Scrub or the Body Mist – but there’s still time yet… Although I’m now really looking forward to the Christmas range!

Have you got any of the Jelly and Gelato collection?  Have you had any Zoella Beauty products from previous collections?

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When it comes to makeup, I would never normally be seen dead buying any from Primark (I know, I know).  I just prefer to stick to brands I trust, d’ya know what I mean?  However, I was strolling past the makeup section in Primark recently and the cute baby pink packaging of the “Cotton Candy Collection” caught my eye – of course it did, it’s bloomin’ PINK!  After checking that nobody I knew was around (just kidding!), I stopped to have a closer look, and ended up picking up a couple of things.

Primark

Eye Candy Pigment

The Eye Candy Pigment is a definite Mac pigment dupe.  The shade I managed to get my hands on is a really pretty pale nude/pink shade called “iced gem”. I believe there are three shades available… but not in my local Primark there weren’t! Swatched here, with no primer it looks a bit pale, but on primed lids it is actually pretty decent for the £1.50 price tag, in comparison to £16.00 for Mac pigment. Also, if put on with a tiny bit of mixing medium for applying glitter, it makes the shimmer really “pop” – wow I sound like I really know what I’m talking about here!

Primark

Super Matte Lipsticks

I could see three shades of lipstick in my local Primark when I went in.  The other one was probably a bit on the dark side for me, so I didn’t pick it up.  To be honest, one of the ones I picked up is a tad darker than I would normally wear too. The shades I picked up are called “whipped cream” and “cream soda”. Unfortunately, I didn’t look to see which came out of which box, so I’ve taken a stab in the dark with the swatches! These lipsticks have a lovely, sweet smell to them, which I really like. These lipsticks have relatively good staying power, but are quite drying and need topped up fairly regularly. Although again, for the £2.00 price tag, can you really complain?

Primark

There were other things in this range that I didn’t pick up, but that are probably worth checking out, as they are definite dupes of higher-end makeup.

Primark

Have you got your hands on any of the Primark “Cotton Candy” makeup range?  Do you venture away from brands that you know and trust?

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Jouer Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadows

Jouer Ultra Foil Shimmer Palette

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past seven months, you will know that I love anything sparkly. I also adore pretty packaging. When I saw the Jouer Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadows palette had been released, it went in and out of my basket begging the question “do I reeeeally need more glittery/shimmer eyeshadows?” But of course, the answer was yes. Yes, I seriously did need this palette.

Jouer Ultra Foil Shimmer Palette

Firstly, how could anyone resist the beautiful gold, shiny, metallic packaging? And secondly, how could anyone resist the gorgeous shimmery shades of eyeshadows inside this golden treasure chest?! Now I know that shimmers and metallics are not everybody’s cup of tea when it comes to eyeshadows, but for a sparkle-obsessive like me, these are just perfect.

Jouer Ultra Foil Shimmer PaletteInside the palette are six shades – Star Light, Bikini, Skinny Dip, Tan Lines, Magic Hour and Midnight Swim.

Jouer Ultra Foil Shimmer Palette

These shades are so pigmented (as you can see from the swatches – one swipe of the finger) and are easily layered and blended.  If you don’t fancy layering them, a simple accent of shimmer can be added to an everyday look to create that little extra sparkle.  I’ve been using Star Light and Bikini on the inner corners of my eyes and the other four shades in the centre of my lids (not all at the same time!) I personally prefer to apply these shadows with a flat shader brush and sometimes for even more intensity, I add a touch of fixing spray to the brush after I’ve “dipped” it in the palette (be careful not to ruin eyeshadows by doing it the other way round!)

Jouer Ultra Foil Shimmer Palette

These ultra foil shadows have great staying power. I use a bit of Too Faced “Shadow Insurance” primer on my eyelids before using these. On me, these eyeshadows last all day and don’t crease at all.

Jouer Ultra Foil Shimmer Palette

Naturally, you can tell that I would shout from the rooftops that you should buy this palette… Even if it’s to stash away to create a Christmas look (see, I’m thinking ahead!) as it is limited edition. Who doesn’t want a palette of just shimmers/metallics in their collection, especially when it’s as pretty as this?

Jouer Ultra Foil Shimmer Palette

Have you already got your hands on this Jouer shimmer palette, or will you be looking to get it while it’s still available?

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Roxanne Campbell – Luxury One Coat Nail Lacquer

As you will have gathered by now, I am the girliest of girls. I love nail polish and products.  That includes my nails – both fingers and toes always being painted.

I get my nails done regularly at a salon, but that doesn’t stop me from a little colour change in between visits to spice things up! (Did you know you can paint over Shellac and then remove using acetone free polish remover!?)

Roxanne Campbell Nail Lacquer

Roxanne Campbell is a Celebrity nail expert with over eleven years experience in the industry. She painted nails for gold medalists in the athlete’s villlage at London 2012 and she has even created nail designs for singer-songwriter Adele and supermodel Jourdan Dunn.

Roxanne spotted a gap in the market and was inspired to create her own line of luxury one coat nail lacquers, which are each influenced and inspired by fashion icons and seasonal trends.

I was very kindly sent two nail lacquers in gorgeous shades from the Summer Collection to try.

Roxanne Campbell Nail Lacquer

The packaging of the nail lacquers is very elegant, and reminds me of what you would expect when buying from a high-end designer brand. These will be sitting proudly on display on my dressing table.

Roxanne claims her luxury nail lacquers only require one coat… And I’m glad to say that claim is totally true! (I applied two coats on two nails that I have darker coloured shellac on, but all other nails I only applied one coat on).  These nail lacquers honestly apply like a dream.

Sitting Pretty

Of course when I saw I had been sent this fabulous bubblegum pink shade, I was delighted. Pink is my favourite colour, in case you hadn’t guessed, and this bright shade is absolutely perfect for summer.

Roxanne Campbell Nail Lacquer

Off to Jamaica

As in the name, you can just imagine yourself sipping cocktails on a tropical island with this shade on. It is a bright tangerine shade, again, ideal for the summer season. This shade will look amazing with a tan (whether from the Jamaican sun, or not!) 

Roxanne Campbell Nail Lacquer

Roxanne Campbell Luxury One Coat Nail Lacquers are cruelty free, three free (free from formaldehyde, toluene and camphor) and are made here in the UK.

These Luxury Nail Lacquers are very reasonably priced at £10 each, and if you’d like to check out the full range, you can do so here.

Roxanne Campbell Nail Lacquer

You can also check Roxanne Campbell out on social media in the following places:

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Which is your favourite shade?

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are entirely my own.

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