Thursday, 20 February 2014

The Mother of All Hot Pink Lipsticks

I can't believe how fast this year is going and that it's nearly the end of February already! However, this means that Spring and Summer are on their way equalling in bright lips and pastel nails - which I love both. To get into the Spring/Summer spirit, I whipped out one of my favourite MAC lipsticks today that had been pushed to the back of the drawer for some time. I'm sure you'll of all heard of MAC Girl About Town?? Well, yep. That's the one. 

The colour is a blue based fuchsia, so it makes your teeth look very white when wearing it. It is an amplified finish and is also quite creamy. The lipstick is a opaque colour and will last a very long time before it is needed to be reapplied. I love this colour and it's making me very excited for Summer to be here!

I hope you enjoyed this post. What's your favourite MAC lipstick for Summer?
Love Em x

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Rita Ora for Rimmel

As you may have already heard, Rita Ora has worked with Rimmel and is releasing some items to Rimmel's Collection. If you don't know who Rita Ora is, she is a singer and the products she will be bringing out are 12 nail polishes and 5 colour rush balms. 

The nail polish collection consists of 12 shades ranging from white to a very dark almost-black red. They are also in the 60 seconds range of Rimmel's nail polishes, which I am a fan of, which means they dry quickly. Often with the 60 seconds nail polishes from Rimmel, they are very pigmented and can sometimes only need one coat which is always a plus!

Rimmel already have some colour rush balms out with their permanent collection, however five more shades are being added in Rita Ora's collection. All the shades are very bright, pink and girly. These are similar to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and are very pigmented, moisturising, creamy and have a very nice finish( they also smell of vanilla, yum). I think that despite the fact that Rimmel were one of the last brands to jump on the bandwagon with the balm stains, they have produced one of the best. 

Rita Ora for Rimmel will be available as of March 19th 2014 and priced at £3.69 for the nail polishes and £6.99 for the balms.

Hope you enjoyed this post - I can't wait to get my hands on a few of the products. 
Love Em x

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Valentine's Day Make-Up!

So, seen as it is Valentine's Day tomorrow, I thought I would do some Valentine's Day make up. Since it's Valentine's themed, it's very pinky, so I hope you like it!

The finished look

Products used:
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 200 Soft Beige
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light 2
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent
MAC Snowglobe Eye Shadow Palette (just the dark brown)
Urban Decay Primer Potion Original
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pink Gold
BarryM Kohl Pencil Liner in Black
Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in Black
Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Mascara in Black
NARS Bronzer in Laguna
MAC Blush in Fleur Power
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle
Rimmel Vinyl Jelly Gloss Lip Liner in 001 Moreish 

The finished look using Instagram filter Lo-Fi

I applied my foundation all over my face with the Real Techniques buffing brush and then went in with my concealer under my eyes, round my nose and on any blemishes using the Real Techniques deluxe crease brush. I then powdered my face using the MAC 134. I applied primer to my eyelids whilst I filled my eye brows in with the snowglobe palette and a MAC 266. I then used my finger to apply the color tattoo and darkened my crease with the same colour on my eye brows using a MAC 217. I then finished off my eyes by tightlining, adding winged liner and mascara. I then contoured my face and added blush with a Real Techniques blush brush and added highlighter with a Real Techniques contour brush. To finish the look I used the Rimmel lip liner all over my lips as it is a glossy liner and I ended up with the look above.

I hope you enjoyed this post.
Love Em x

Mermaid Eyes

I was so late on the bandwagon with the 120 colour palette, but a couple of months ago I finally got round to getting one. After playing around with the colours a little bit and testing them to see the colour pay off, I was really pleased with it to say that it was so cheap off eBay! 

120 colour palette off eBay £6.45

I played around for a few days with my palette and eventually ended up with this look. I'm not really one to wear colour eye shadows (I'm more of a neutrals girl, that's probably why it took me so long to pick the palette up) and it will probably take me a while to feel comfortable wearing colours I think, but I really like this eye. 
The finished look using the Instagram filter Brannan (Instagram: emmamaxwell)

This is literally the total opposite look than what I would normally go for, but I think it turned out pretty well to say I was only experimenting! The colours I used are circled below:

The second blue shade in used all over the lid. The one on the far right in the crease and the one on the left used to brighten up and add a bit of shimmer to the lid once blended.

First off, I primed my eye lids with Urban Decay Primer Potion, as always, and applied the three eye shadows and blended them. I then added the colour below the lashes as well as adding a highlight in the inner corner. I used BarryM Kohl Pencil on my tightline, Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner to do my winged liner and finished off with Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama mascara. I think this palette is great for creative looks or parties where your make up needs to be really out there! 

Have you tried out the 120 palette? What is your favourite look to do using it?
I hope you enjoyed this post.
Love Em x

Link to the palette on eBay:

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

L'Oreal Paris 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution Review

Getting hold of the hyped-up blogger-crazy Bioderma solution has been a struggle for me as I haven't been anywhere that sells it since everybody has been going crazy for it. So, when L'Oreal came out with their micellar solution, which is supposed to be like Bioderma, and everybody started blogging and YouTubing about it, I definitely wanted to get my hands on a bottle. 

Starting off with the packaging, I really like it. I think it is quite simple with the clear bottle, which is plastic, and the white top with a hint of girly pink where the writing is placed. 

I wanted to try this product out for a few days before writing about and I think I am now ready to give my opinion, so here goes...

I am literally SOO impressed with it. I have nothing to compare it to, due to me not trying out Bioderma before, but I am really happy with this L'Oreal version. 

The solution claims to: 1. dissolve make-up. 2. unclog pores and remove impurities. 3. tone and sooth 

I agree with everything it says on the bottle. I feel that it removes your make-up with ease. I just apply some of the solution to a cotton pad and wipe my make-up away. This product is also suitable for sensitive skin. I have combination skin and find it great.

The product is suitable for face, eyes and lips, so I have been using this all over my face and have seriously loved it. I heard rumours about it leaving a slightly oily residue on the skin, so I was a bit wary about buying it, but I am so glad that I did because I haven't had any problem at all with an oily residue and find that it leaves my skin feeling lovely and clean (and soft!). 

The L'Oreal Micellar Solution is available at drugstores such as Boots (£3.33) and Superdrug (£3.32). I definitely recommend this product and I will definitely be repurchasing another bottle when mine runs out. And on the plus side it's so cheap! 

Have any of you tried this product? Do you like it?
Hope you enjoyed this post.
Love Em x

Monday, 10 February 2014

Tanya Burr's Lips and Nails!

Tanya Burr is a person that I have watched on YouTube for quite a few years now and to find out that Tanya would be bringing out her own beauty line simply excited me. 

Tanya Burr herself

Tanya is a YouTube sensation who has gained nearly two million subscribers to her channel. Tanya started off by training as a make up artist and worked alongside some of the biggest names in beauty. Tanya then took to YouTube as well posting videos from beauty, tutorials and tag videos to vlogs and collaborations with other YouTubers. Tanya also runs a very successful blog.

Tanya then worked with eyeCANDY cosmetics company to create her very own line of lip glosses and nail polishes. Along every step of the creating of the products, Tanya was involved, using her own knowledge and taste to create a product range with something for everyone. Tanya also named each and every one of her products herself which I also think is a really nice touch.


From left to right: Afternoon tea, Let's travel the world, Champagne toast, Exotic island, Picnic in the park, Chic, Vampire kiss, Smile dream sparkle, Heart skipped a beat, Just peachy, First date, Aurora.

In the lip gloss range, there are twelve lip glosses ranging from bright to nude and creme to shimmer (there really is something for everyone). The lip glosses also include moisturising ingredients to help hydrate the lips and also claim to have a 'wet look' finish and long lasting shine. 

Creme lip glosses - Afternoon tea, Let's travel the world, Exotic island, Picnic in the park, Chic, Vampire kiss.
Shimmer lip glosses - Champagne toast, Smile dream sparkle, Heart skipped a beat, Just peachy, First date, Aurora. 

As you can see from the colour selection and finish range, there is something that everybody can wear. Priced at £6.99 they are also really affordable. I can't wait to get my hands on Afternoon tea, Picnic in the park and Aurora.


From left to right: Peaches & Cream, Be bright be happy, Little duck, Mini marshmallows, Bright and early, Mischief managed, Riding hood, Midnight sparkles, New York night, Penguin chic. 

The range also includes ten nail polishes. Again, like the lip glosses, there is a colour for everyone ranging from hues to brights. The nail polishes claim to be long lasting, chip resistant and non fade as well so if all this is true then these nail polishes are a bargain at just £5.99 each. The nail polishes also have a shimmer shade thrown in which is Midnight sparkles. I am excited to try out Little duck, Mini marshmallows and Midnight sparkles.

Tanya's lips and nails are available exclusively at In Tanya's latest YouTube video, the announcement was made that Superdrug were taking on her cosmetics and will be stocking them in the near future! There is not a date set yet for when the products hit stores, but its official, it's happening. 

I can't wait to get my hands on some of Tanya's products as I don't yet have any myself, but I am definitely going to grab a few of the lip glosses and nail polishes!

Have you tried any of Tanya's products? What do you think of them?
Hope you enjoyed this post. 
Love Em x

Tanya's links - 
YouTube -
Twitter -
Blog -

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation First Impressions

So, today I thought I would do a first impressions post about the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation. 

I went out shopping yesterday and picked this foundation up along the way as I had ran out of my MAC Studio Fix Fluid that morning. I will definitely be repurchasing my MAC foundation as it is my favourite and I always end up going back to it, but I like to try others in-between. I have tried the Rimmel Wake Me Up and I do enjoy it, but it can sometimes be a bit too glowy for me. 

No make up

Foundation applied

I would say that this foundation has a medium coverage but is buildable if you would like to go for a more full coverage. I like the finish of this foundation a lot better than the Wake Me Up as it is the perfect inbetween matte and glowy finish. The foundation is quite a runny liquid and I used my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply it and I was really pleased with how the foundation looked. 

Full face applied

As this was the first day, I wanted to test how long it stayed on for before I needed to touch it up. I didn't have this make up on all day (I had it on for around 7 hours) but the staying power was amazing to me. After the 7 hours had passed, it still looked as though I had just applied it and I was really pleased with how it looked. 

After 7 hours of wear

All in all, I think that this foundation has worked really well for me. My skin is combination. I have some patched which go a bit oily and I also have dry patches around my nose and forehead. I didn't find this foundation to be drying on my skin, I found it nice to wear and I liked the finish of it a lot. Nice one, Rimmel! 

The packaging of the bottle I also really like. The bottle is glass which I really like. A lot of drugstore foundations can be in plastic bottles, so I really like how it is a glass bottle. The lid is blue as well as some of the writing which I also don't mind. I love the fact that the foundation comes with a pump as it is easier to get the right amount out of the bottle. The foundation comes in a 30ml bottle with SPF 18. 

Products used:
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in shade 200 Soft Beige 
Collection Lasting Perfection 16 hour wear concealer in Light 2
Korres Multivitamin Compact Powder in MVP5
Nars Bronzer in Laguna
Mac Blush in Fleur Power
Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle

Eyes, Brows and Lips:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Palette - Sin (all over lid colour)
Mac Snowglobe palette from Christmas Collection - Dark brown (crease colour)
Collection Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner in Black
Barry M Kohl Pencil in Black (tightline)
Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Mascara in Black
Laval Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde (I know I'm not blonde, but the other pencils were too dark)
Maybelline Colour Sensational lipstick in 170 Darling Pink

Hope you enjoyed this post.
Have you tried this foundation? What do you think?
Love Em x

Saturday, 8 February 2014

The Disney Tag!

This is another non-beauty related post, but don't worry because the next post is coming soon and is beauty (yayyyy). So, because I am a HUGE Disney fan, I thought I would do the Disney tag that I've seen a lot on YouTube again, but I don't have a YouTube. So let's just get stuck in!

1. Which Disney scene do you wish you could experience?
I love the little mermaid so much and it's not really a scene, but I'd like to experience being a mermaid cause I'm so afraid of the sea, it might help!

2. The first time you went to Disney?
The first time I went to Disney World in Florida I was 7 years old and I went with my mum, my dad and my older brother, Joey.

3. Your most unforgettable moment at the parks?
I think the most unforgettable moment you can have at Disney is the first time you ever walk into Magic Kingdom and also when you make it to the castle and see it for the first time. 

4. A non Disney song that reminds you of the parks?
I'm not too sure on this one. It's mostly just Disney songs and songs played in the parks which remind me of them. 

5. The character that you would want to be your best friend?
It would have to be Belle - of course!

6. What's the first Disney film that you remember watching?
Either Bambi or Lady and the Tramp. I don't know which I watched first, but it was definitely one of these two with my Dad.

7. Favourite Disney princess?
Belle and Ariel - don't make me choose!

8. What is one of the scenes in a Disney film that makes you cry?
There's probably one in every film! It's going to have to be the classic moment when Mufasa dies in The Lion King - so sad!

9. What is the Disney film that will make you feel better when you're feeling down or poorly?
I think The Little Mermaid as I find the songs very cheery and I think the film is amazing.

10. What is your favourite Disney film?
I can't choose just one. Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid.

Okay, so thanks for reading guys! I know it wasn't a beauty related post but I love Disney and just thought this tag looked really fun! 
Hope you enjoyed this post. 
Love Em x