I was asked about the Clarins Be Long mascara so many times… This is why I am happy to share my opinion about it.
Lately I’ve been loving volumizing mascaras that give a real wow-effect, such as Chanel’s Le Volume de Chanel and Max Factor’s Excess Volume Extreme Impact , so I was a bit afraid that this one could be too subtle. But, luckily, you can get not only “natural looking lashes” with this mascara. You can achieve more dramatic results, too.
Be Long has a small rubbery bendy brush which makes the application very easy, you can also apply it to the bottom lashes, without getting the product everywhere. Plus you can get even the smallest and the shortest lashes with it. Win-win!
So what are the results? You get
It’s not a secret that my favourite mascara of all times is Hypnose by Lancome but I like trying new mascaras from time to time.
While a lot of people say that it’s a waste of money to buy a high-end mascara I have to disagree because I personally see a HUGE difference in a high-end and drugstore mascara. Yes, I do love Max Factor mascaras and some others are not so bad but they can’t replace the high-end mascaras for me. But I am talking about my own lashes. On some other people I can’t really tell the difference.
And I am obviously not trying to say that all the high-end mascaras are brilliant but most of those that I’ve tried are really good and in my opinion are worth the money. Maybe if you have long and thick lashes you can get a £5 mascara and be happy with it but I am not so lucky, so I can’t.
So today I want to tell you about one of those good high-end mascaras. And it is Film Noir mascara by Hourglass Cosmetics.
I have to start with saying that I love the design so much. It is simple and elegant, just what you would expect from a mascara which retails for £20/$28.
And what is about the mascara itself?
- It is
For a full coverage, polished make-up look with a surprisingly weightless feel, enhance your natural features with our Xperience Make-Up Collection. It’s everyday luxury.
Max Factor Xperience Foundation,£12.99
The formula contains natural jojoba extract and flawless coverage with a surprisingly weightless feel.
- 40 Light Ivory
- 45 Raw Silk
- 50 Beige Linen
- 75 Brown Hessian
- 80 Dark Gypsum
- 85 Deep Soapstone
Max Factor Xperience Volume Mascara, £10.99
Lightly lifts and luxuriously volumises your lashes. Who said full, fluttersome lashes have to feel
Don’t you just dream to create a smoky eye with only one product?
Soon it will be possible with Max Factor’s Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadows. They will be available in September and the price should be £7.99.
This is what Max Factor creative design director Pat McGrath says :
“Today is all about how real women wear make-up, so gone is the 10 step smoky eye. Max Factor smoky eye effect is the new beauty essential. It makes creating the smoky eye quick and easy and it’s available in a variety of shades to play up the latest eye trends and classic smoky looks.”
Designed with 2 simple steps in mind, the pen features different shaped heads; step 1 is rounded so you can effortlessly apply the lighter shade across the full lid, step 2 is darker and tapered to define the eye shape.
Velvety in texture, smoky eye effect blends easily to help you achieve a smouldering eye with total ease and without a make-up bag of brushes!
There will be 6 shades:
- 01 Max Factor smoky eye effect in Purple Dust
- 03 Max Factor smoky eye effect in Bronze Haze
- 04 Max Factor smoky eye effect in Onyx Storm
Here is the detailed information about Max Factor’s brush collection.
Max Factor Tool Expert collection includes six luxurious capra hair makeup brushes, eye lash curlers and eyebrow groomer, alongside precision tweezers and nail clippers and is completed with a luxury crystal nail file. Brushes are made of finest soft capra hair and are used for flawless application of liquid and powder makeup.
Manufacturers Original Additions recommends for all brushes: washing the bristles in warm, soapy water. Squeeze out any excess water and allow to dry naturally.
Makeup artist top tip- ‘Use a quality shampoo and conditioner as the brush is made out of real hair- treat the brush like real hair. I would recommend washing all brushes every couple of weeks.’
Foundation Brush £10.00
Max Factor makeup artist Caroline Barnes advises, ‘Drop a small amount of your foundation on the back on your hand to create ‘palette’ from which you to dab your brush and mix your foundation. Blend your foundation onto your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin, even your eyelids, starting from the nose and working outwards.
Blusher Brush £11.00
Top makeup artist tip: Before applying blusher make sure that you remove any excess colour on your blusher brush. Sweep the blusher across the cheek bones making sure that the blusher extends no further than the centre of the eye and no lower than the base of your ears.
Powder Brush £14.00
Caroline advises, ‘Gently brush the pressed or loose powder all over the face and neck to achieve a natural and light application. When you use a powder brush, the bigger the brush will allow a lighter application of powder to your skin. This is why this brush is perfect for translucent powder in order to set your make up in a very natural way. The Same rule applies when applying bronzer as the effect needs to be soft and gentle.’
Lip Brush £6.00
Essential makeup artist tip: Coat lip brush with lipstick and stoke onto lips, blending into any lip liner. For longer lasting colour blot lips and apply a second coat of lipstick. After use make sure that you remove any excess colour on your lip brush.
Brushes for Eyes
Eye shadow Brush £6.00
For advanced application Caroline states, ‘Before applying eye shadow make sure that you remove any excess colour on your eye shadow brush. Apply colour to eyelids in desired way and gently blend. When using an eye shadow brush first dab the colour onto your eyelid using the brush, this helps the colour sit well on the eyelids then use the tip of the eye shadow brush to blend up into the socket.’
Eye Definer Brush £6.00
For accurate application Caroline recommends, ‘Dampen brush and