Maybelline The Falsies Mascara – Review.

Jesus wept with these product titles – “Maybelline The Falsies Instant Lash Lift Look Lengthening Volumising Mascara”

Blurb: “Promising results that rival those of the salon, the Maybelline The Falsies Instant Lash Lift Look Lengthening Volumising Mascara is the ultimate when it comes to achieving that well-defined flutter. Working to take effect instantly, the mascara is a quick, hassle-free solution to adding drama, length and lift to your look.”

Whilst the name is a mouthful, the actual mascara is amazing. It’s been getting rave reviews and for a tenner easily rivals high end products. It’s quite a wet formula and the brush is fantastic for both application and separation. If you like a more clumpy look then you can build it up but I have a feeling it might be more flakey throughout the day.

My only negatives for this one are that the brush is a smidgen too big (but if I concentrate I don’t get mascara on my lids) and there is some transfer throughout the day. Overall, definitely a winner!

N.B I’m a few weeks into using RapidLash, there’s not a noticeable difference just yet but worth mentioning.

EM Cosmetics – Mini Reviews.

The reviews are mini, not the products.

Color Drops Serum Blush (Pink Nectar) – like all liquid / cream blushers this looks far more intense in its concentrated form but sheers out beautifully using fingers or a sponge. My favourite part of this formula is that there’s no glitter or shimmer but it still has that gorgeously radiant glow to it.

My only niggle is the little pipette is a bit shite, they do say to “prime” it with a few pumps but I suspect that once I use up more of the product it’s going to be tricky to get any sucked up!

Photo above shows the Color Drops Serum Blush and the Micro-Fluff Sculpting Brow Cream in action.

Micro-Fluff Sculpting Brow Cream (Taupe) – I’m never happy with how my brows look. As I’m getting older they’re starting to lose the tail and my right brow has a weird patch missing near the front.

I like pencils for a quick “fill and go” but realistically, I would like a product that made them look a little fuller and provide a bit of holding power.

My other issue with brow products is that brands rarely signal the undertones and vary wildly in what they consider “brunette”. I tend to err on the cautious side when trying one for the first time and went with Taupe.

That’s a pretty dark taupe right? Shade aside, I really like this brow cream. It makes the hairs look super tidy and provides a bit of body and hold without achieving that Instagram look of two caterpillars that are having a snooze above your eyes.

Niggle with this one is that you have to do a fair bit of product scraping in the neck of the bottle before application. Otherwise it’s smudge-city.

Max Factor Miracle Second Skin Foundation – Review.

Or, to use its full name, “Miracle Touch Second Skin Foundation” but that’s just silly. And where has the “touch” come from?

Product blurb: Miracle Second Skin (affiliate link) is a unique hybrid foundation formulated with naturally derived coconut milk for a dose of hydration that lasts all day. The lightweight, rich, easily blendable formula glides over pores and provides undetectable coverage and a finish that looks like skin. Infused with pre and pro biotics to help skin’s natural defences, the Miracle Second Skin formula is clinically proven to support skin renewal and contains SPF20 for added protection. This foundation is suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin.

I heavily dispute “glides over pores”, it’s more “won’t exaggerate your quite small pores if you use a pore filling primer & a beauty sponge”. The first time I applied this I went in with a flat top kabuki brush and ended up with pore specks and a textured nose. Subsequent trials have been a lot better and I actually really like the finish it gives.

It has a light coverage but is definitely buildable – I have quite red cheeks and not used any concealer in this photo. I’ve not waited long enough for it to dry down completely but it’s comfortably tacky within about three minutes and wears nicely on my normal to dry skin.

L = MAC Face and Body (N1). R = Max Factor Miracle Second Skin (01-Fair)

If you have drier skin, it’s one of those products that looks nicer as time goes by. I was pleasantly surprised when I went to stare at it in the mirror about four hours after application. It’s dewy without having that greasy look some radiant finish foundations manage.

For £12.99 (and now I’ve figured out the best application method for my skin) I’m really pleased with this!