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Maxfactor mascaras. I really love them.

But at the same time, for some reason, they irritate me eyes.

Max Factor mascara

I love Max Factor

The Masterpiece Max is a really good product. It gives volume and lengthens, but for me it irritates the eyes and so I have given up wearing it.

The same goes for Max Factor Falsh Lash Effect. Excellent wand, but I find tiny pieces of mascara flake off and irritate my eyes.

The Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara, however, I found gave me no such problems. I found this and the waterproof version to be excellent. I even went swimming in it and it did not run. So if you are in the market for a good waterproof mascara then I recommend it.


Push liner brushes – how did we cope without them.

A push liner brush is a brush that has a square brush head and very stiff bristles. Just like the one below with the cream coloured handle. It is the perfect choice of all your makeup brushes to put on a liner colour.


The idea of these brushes is to push dark colour into the very base of the lash, creating what looks like a very thick lash line. It is also a perfect way to create a straight line at the base of your lashes without having to draw a thick harsh line.

I use mine with a Bobbie Brown liner colour. That would be the very darkest colour from this palette here.


Or I use it with a Laura Geller chocolate colour baked shade, as this give a more subtle look and is perfect for smoking out with a smudge brush like the one picture here.


I am a huge fan of push liner brushes and have purchased around three or four identical ones so that I create either a strong lash line or smoke it out with a smudge brush like this this fabulous No 7 brush Smokey Eyeliner brush from Boots.

A quick makeover challenge

If there was ever a difficult client, then it would be myself. I like to think of myself as a time served Make-up Artist, but I have been ill for sometime, a disc herniation at the L5 S1 area, means that I have been living on pain meds for months, and that takes its toll. The last thing I want to do is to put on makeup, but today I gave myself a challenge.  How quickly could I get ready to go out?

Allison bare faced                  makeover


It was 3.12pm when I started and 3.39pm when finished.

I started with Liz Earle Superskin Moisturizer and added a touch of a Gatineau anti-wrinkle formula. I then used Garnier roll on to lighten under the eye and on the eyelids. For foundation I used Lancome Tient Idole Ultra 24hr, but underneath I used a No 7 concealer crayon where needed..

Moving onto the eyes, I used the lightest shade I could get from my Laura Geller Balance and Brighten Foundation compact all over the eyelid. I then used Revlon matte eyeshadow in rich sable. I placed some on my outer eyelids and blended the colour over the crease stopping short of under the brow. I used some of the mid tone colours in my Balance and Brighten foundation in the inner corner of the eye crease and blended a little with the rich sable eyeshadow. To highlight just under the brow, I used some of my No 7 concealer crayon. To darken the eyebrow I used YBF brow liner and also filled in using the Laura Geller babycakes brown.

Under the eye I used the Babycakes eyeliner palette to line my eye in a rich chocolate colour. I then grabbed my trusted Boots eyelash curlers and gave my lashes a good curl. I then used my Estee Lauder lash primer and finished with one coat of Collection 2000 Lash Multiplier mascara.

I then took my Balance and Brighten and did some very quick contouring of the face..

Reaching for the first lip pencil that I could find, I took Foxglove from Liz Earle and filled in my lip area. This is the first time I have used this particular pencil in this way and I won’t be doing so again as it is very drying. I had also used some Gayle Hayman lip lift on my lips, so they were far from dry to begin with. I finished off with Liz Earle lipstick in Rosewood.

For blush I used the Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades, using a sweep of all four shades. As I had only just reviewed them, I thought it would work with the lip tone.

Some of the mess I left behind

makeup collection

After the makeover

My maths is not that good, but 33 minutes is a reasonable about of time for a quick makeover. And I would like to point out that the photos were taken on an iphone by myself and there is no Photoshop involved. But I do like to remain a safe distance from the camera, and that applies at all times. ,


No 7 Essentially Natural Foundation Review

This is a very recent purchase, I am a big fan of the Lancome foundations and Estee Launder’s, but this No 7 product was a revelation.


The texture was easy to work with and the coverage was light to medium. For a greater effect try using a powder like Bare Minerals or the Laura Geller Baked powder range to finish off.

There is no ingredient list on this product. I am guessing that I would have to go online for that to However, as I recently sent an email to Boots asking about how Boots as a  company assessed products and ingredients used in them, which has so far gone unanswered, I can’t say that I am that impressed. I think at the very least there should be some kind of leaflet at the point of sale. I am allergic or sensitive to lots of silicones and dimethicone products, so it would be nice to know what I am purchasing, or at the very least, taking a risk on.

But focusing on the positives, so far this has performed very nicely, but I have only worn it once. It is something I will keep in my kit to use again and on clients.

Ok, so curiosity got the better of me. I went online to Boots No 7 and found the product online, but still no ingredient list that I can find. Surely there are others out there who want to know just what they are putting on our faces? Even, if it is just a leaflet to discard. I guess I will just have to trust the powers that be on this one. I have to assume that Boots will adhere to all EU protocol.

It is just no good. Had to make a call to Boots and ask them. They are getting back to me. The man I spoke to confirmed there were no ingredients listed on the website. But as we were talking and I was looking at the product. I could see on the very tiny bar code label a “peel here” instruction. I peeled it carefully, but the whole label came off. I am guessing that, just with some medicinal products,this label is meant to separate and reveal ingredients. I am determined now to solve this mystery.

No 7 Foundation

Tools required to get at ingredients

With the help of my husband, two pairs of pliers, and a knife, we managed to separate the label and reveal what appeared to be a microscopic list of ingredients So I guess this means that Boots do comply with EU law technically, but I am not so sure about the spirit of it.