Mini Max Factor Haul | Beauty

Imagine it's midnight on a typical Friday, what would you usually be doing? Cocktails with the girls? Date night with the other half? Movie and a takeaway? Cuddling with your favourite fur ball? Snuggled up in bed visiting dreamland? How about being in the middle of an impulsive make up sorting session? Well that's what I was doing the other week. When Gareth is on his night shifts, my relationship with sleep suddenly seems to deteriorate. Coincidently, my imagination also seems to find new depths ridiculousness. So there I was laid in bed, thinking about sleep, wishing for it. But my whole body was buzzing with some sort of odd adrenaline and I had an amount of energy I've never been lucky enough to experience during daylight hours. Then I heard a noise that my imagination absolutely insisted was some one hot footing it up my stairs. So I ran around the house turning all the lights on, like the reasonable and mature adult that I am. I decided I needed a distraction, and my delirious night-time brain thought it would be a fantastic idea to go through my unorganised and overflowing make up drawers.

By the time 1 am rolled around, most of my left arm was covered in swatches, and I had an Asda carrier bag full of empty/dried up/'why did I even buy this?' make up.
During my midnight sort out, I'd discovered that I'd actually used up all my primers and that I had a gaping hole where the blushers were supposed to be. So I found myself browsing the Boots website when I should have been asleep and not putting a dent in my bank balance.

When I was younger I avoided blusher at all costs, seeing as I was always blushing naturally from continuous embarrassment and myself. When I got over my fear of blusher, I suddenly became obsessed and piled on the hot pink like my life depended on it. I call this my 'clown cheeks' phase. After I realised my horrific mistake I went in the opposite direction and covered my cheeks in what can only be described as brown. It was a terrible time. So blusher and I, we've never really got on. Since then, I've dabbled a little, but never really found that perfect rosy complexion I'm after. And my make up drawer spoke a thousand words after I'd thrown out every blusher that I knew didn't really do anything for my complexion.

After hearing countless great things, I chose to go with the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushers, hoping that they wouldn't steer me wrong. I went for two shades, Nude Mauve and Seductive Pink. And oh my, let me tell you these blushers are B-E-A-U-tiful! They're so silky soft and apply super easy using my Real Techniques Stippling or Blush brushes.

Seductive Pink is the cutest colour I ever did see. It gives my cheeks that swoon worthy rosey glow of a Disney princess. It's pigmented while still being subtle enough to look natural (and avoid my past  experience with clown cheeks).

Nude Mauve is exactly what you'd expect it to be. A perfect little natural blush, perfect for every day wear. You really don't need a lot of it, just a gentle sweep to add a touch of colour to the cheeks. It's ideal for that 'no make up' make up look. Just a subtle, natural looking enhancer.

Swatches in natural light. Bottom - Nude Mauve. Top - Seductive Pink.

All in all, these blushers have become an absolute staple in my make up collection. Since I've had them there's not a make up wearing day that's gone by that I haven't used one of them.

And the same can be said for the Max Factor Facefinity primer, I have become addicted to this stuff. My skin is an oily oil slick on it's best day, with dry patches dotted through out. If the oil on my face was the sea and the dry patches were the land, my face would make the perfect map. But anyway, I can't seem to get any foundation that isn't Estee Lauder Double Wear to grip. I absolutely love Vichy Dermablend but it slips on my chin and cheeks and doesn't last all day on me. Then this primer came in to my life, by way of me purchasing it, and all that changed.
It's a thin, white fluid, almost like a lotion. One pump spread evenly and thinly over my face does the job just nicely. My foundation last so much longer and I notice such a huge difference if I don't use it. I can't say it makes much of a difference to my actual complexion but this stuff acts like the glue that I needed to keep foundation stuck to my face (mm, lovely). I love to use it under BB or CC creams, which I tend to find don't usually last long on me at all. However, I can't use this with Double Wear, as it just gets all clogged up and sits weirdly, highlighting my dry patches and pores which isn't ideal. But I haven't had this problem with any other foundations. My current every day face is this primer with the No7 Beautifully Matte and it's just a dream combo for a decent coverage and long lasting base.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them? Also if you have any good primer recommendations for under my Estee Lauder Double Wear, that'd be fab! :)

- Adel x


  1. You've made me realise I really should dig out my Nude Mauve Creme Puff Blush as I loved using it earlier in the year!
    Have you tried the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer? I don't know how it will work under Double Wear but it might be worth a try and its such a good primer!

    Beauty and Me


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