Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks

Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks Max Factor

If you’re looking for a pretty red lipstick then Max Factor have released some beautiful options in their Marilyn Monroe Collection*. I am smitten with 3 Marilyn Berry but they’re all stunning. Max Factor were behind the iconic Marilyn red lip with their Ruby Red and Max Factor have added 3 new reds to their Marilyn Collection so every woman can find her one true red.

Using undertones of orange, blue and purple, each shade works in harmony with individual skin tones of warm, cool and dark, to give a pop of bold colour. Which shade would you pick?

1 Marilyn Ruby Red

Inspired by Marilyn. The original shade loved by Marilyn, this iconic colour is a bold, true red inspired by her career-defining red lip. This is a gorgeous vibrant red and I think a truly glamorous red. I find it hard to pull off such a bold lip but this is a show stopper of a red and If I had glitzy party to attend this is the shade I would opt for.

2 Marilyn Sunset Red

Sunset red is a beautiful burnt orange/red shade, which will pop in warm or olive toned skin tones. I think this will be a gorgeous lipstick for the warmer months its not too fiery and is a very wearable orange toned red.

3 Marilyn Berry

This red will suit pale skin tones or cool skin tones. It has blue undertones which complement cooler complexions. This is my favourite of the four colours and I do tend to wear a lot of berry shades so this is well within my comfort zone. Its a beautiful and has a rich deep pink tone which looks a little more berry on the lips. I think this is the easiest of the four to wear, the most safe shade I guess. I think its gorgeous and I have worn it a lot these past few weeks.

4 Marilyn Cabernet

A rich, deep red with purple undertones, this is perfect for darker skin tones. Think luxurious full bodied red wines. Gosh this is a bold stunning really deep red and is quite a statement on the lips. The colour is very glamorous and sophisticated I haven’t worn this one out of the house yet but I am building up to it.

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks

Max Factor Red Lipsticks Marilyn Monroe Collection

The formula is silky smooth and just effortlessly glides on the lips. All the shades are vibrant and pigmented not to mention comfortable on the lips. They wear well but if you want your lipstick to look polished and give you that perfect pout then I would say use a lip liner – it will also ensure the colour doesn’t bleed throughout the day.

You can really build up the colour on these to be very bold or if you want a red thats a little more subtle for daytime then just apply a small amount and blend it out with your finger. Thats what I have been doing.

These lipsticks are enriched with nourishing grapeseed oil and avocado butter which will help keep your lips feeling soft and stop them drying out.

Marilyn Monroe Max Factor Lipstick Swatches

L-R Ruby Red / Sunset Red / Berry / Cabernet

New Max Factor Marilyn Monroe-Red Lipstick Collection

The packaging of this new collection is bold and really pretty its bright red and gold and stands out in my collection. I like that you can see the colour at the bottom of the bullet so its easy to grab the shade you want. I wouldn’t of considered myself a red lipstick kind of girl but I do like that Max Factor have created a collecton that will suit everyone – very clever and If I had to pick my perfect red from the four it would 100% be Number 3 Marilyn Berry, although come the Summer I think I will be switching it up to Sunset Red.

Have you tried any of the new Marilyn Monroe Collection or have you already found your perfect red?

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Collection available online & in store at Boots for £7.99

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Shopping My Beauty Stash December 2015

Shopping My Beauty Stash December 2015

I love rummaging through my stash each month and switching up products, its such a great way to rediscover old gems and also use products you’d completely forgot about. So these are the products I have added to my current makeup drawer,

HD Brows Quad in Foxy 

This was in a Glossybox quite a while ago and I used it a lot when I first got it, I really only use one of the shades & that is Warm Brown it was a good colour match for my brows. Then after I bought Benefit Gimme Brow this quad was pushed to the back of my collection. I do like filling in my brows but I am quite lazy so wouldn’t do it daily and that’s why I love Gimme Brow so much (its so easy & quick to use). I will try and use this HD Brow Quad more this month, I might try and depot the other colours & pass them on to people that will use them. Seems a waste to only use up one colour.

Clarins Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF25

Oh I do love this base, it wasn’t forgotten about but I have so many base products that its hard to use them all up. This Clarins BB Cream gives my skin such an even and healthy look, its formula feels lightweight on the skin but still offers a good amount of coverage without feeling or looking too heavy (if that makes sense). Its so easy to blend and over the Winter months it tends to be slightly dark for me so I mix it up with a little of the Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator and that makes it just the perfect shade. This BB Cream has SPF25 so its a great everyday option.

Essence Blush Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll

I must make a confession that I don’t always wear blush I find that my cheeks are always a little pink and flushed and I don’t want to look too much like Aunt Sally. When I do wear blusher I like a subtle soft pinky peach colour and think they suit me best, I had totally forgot I had this beautiful Essence blush and thought I should show it a little love. Its a nice dusty pink shade, very soft and natural. I am excited to get some wear out of this & I love Essence makeup, its so affordable and incredible quality.

Shopping My Beauty Stash December 2015

Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Safari

I have three of these mono shadows and I love them, this is in the shade Safari and its a beautiful taupe with a slight shimmer. Its a really easy colour to wear alone all over the lid, Its subtle but pretty. The eyeshadow is easy to blend and lasts so long on my lids. I’m pleased to have this back in my everyday makeup bag and I will be using it a lot over the upcoming weeks. I also like the classic Chanel packaging and its such a pretty product to have in my collection

L’Oreal Colour Riche L’Ombre Pure Eyeshadow in Golden Nude

I have a couple of these single shadows and they’re all beautiful I would say this golden shade is the one I have used the least. I think thats because its not a shade I would wear daily but its so pretty and I wish I had found it in December so I could have used it in my Christmas Party makeup look. This shadow is so silky and buttery and the golden colour looks almost metallic and wet on the lid, it reflects the light which makes it so much more intense. Excited to have a play with this colour again.

Collection Lip Butter in Vintage Rose

These lip butters are so affordable and I love this colour. I have been wearing more berry shades over the past few weeks so this is a welcomed addition to my daily makeup bag. I find this soft peachy pink, is quite a subtle colour, but you can build it up to be more pigmented and bold. It makes my lips look healthy and brightens up my face. It is the perfect everyday shade, the formula is creamy and glossy on the lips.

Shopping My Makeup Stash December 2015

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot

I always use a powder and have a few that I love and are on rotation this Soap & Glory one was my absolute go to powder in 2014 but I seem to have neglected it this past year. I must have used it a lot though because I have hit pan on it. I do get oily and this is great at keeping shine at bay, its lightweight and translucent so its not going to add any more colour to your base. Maybe I will be able to use this up over the next few weeks (thats exciting).

Bourjois Delice De Poudre Duo Bronzing Powder and Highlighter

I have had this for so long now & never used it, thats criminal because it looks so pretty. I like that you get a highlighter & bronzer in one product, I will be interested to see how it compares to my beloved Solar Powder from Soap & Glory, I use that all the time.

My 2015 Makeup Favourites

My 2015 Makeup Favourites

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

This gives a beautiful natural even finish and It does a very good job at covering the redness on my cheeks and a few old blemish scars around my chin. I also love that it blurs imperfections and makes your skin look so healthy and fresh. Its not heavy at all and wears beautifully throughout the day, it even stays put on those warmer days. I only have positive things to say about this product. So if you like a natural but good coverage, this is purse friendly option.

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation

This foundation gives more coverage than the Bourjois CC Cream as you would expect but it still isn’t heavy on the skin and I would say it gives a medium coverage. This foundation has a very watery consistency which I think makes it very easy to blend and when it dries down on the skin it gives a gorgeous satin finish. It makes my skin look incredible & flawless, I find I don’t need to powder unless I want it to last all day & into the night which isn’t often.

Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer

This is such a good brightening concealer, I use it under my eyes to counter my hideous dark circles. It is quite creamy and easy to blend out either with your finger or I have been using a beauty blender these past few months. This concealer makes my under eyes look awake and bright. I do like to use a lightweight powder over the top, it stays in place nicely all day. I love this concealer a lot & this tube has lasted me AGES.

L’Oreal Superliner Ultra Precision

I have to say that as a rule of thumb the L’Oreal liquid liners are some of the best I have used. They last the longest without drying out  & at the moment I’m using the Ultra Precision one. The pigmentation is so good – jet black, it wears all day without wearing off unevenly and it never transfers on to the upper part of my eye (I hate it when eyeliner does that). I love how flexible the nib is & how precise you can make your winged liner look! I always have at least one L’Oreal liner on the go at any one time.

My Top Beauty Products of 2015

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium Deep

This is one of my all time favourite products! Its all I have been using in my brows because It looks natural but gives them enough colour so they looked filled in, but not too dramatic. I also like that it holds my unruly brow hairs in place so they look neat and tidy on my face! The brush is just the perfect size, its small enough that you won’t get product all over your forehead and you will be able to tame those brows with precision. I have repurchased this on many an occasion, If you haven’t tried Gimme Brow you need to, its a must have in my opinion.

Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette

This Nude Bronze palette is beautiful and for an affordable brand the colours are pigmented and very good quality. All the shadows have some degree of shimmer in them, so if you want a more matte palette then the Nude Palette might be the one for you. The colours are easy to blend & have a little fall out but nothing that tapping your brush off won’t solve. This is a palette I have used the most during 2015, all the shadows are my kind of colours and I think they’re really pretty.

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Quad

What a stunning palette this is & every time I use it it makes me love it even more. The shadows are just as beautiful as you imagine. All four shades have an element of frost / shimmer to them, you get four colours one to Prime, Enhance, Smoke and Pop. All the shadows apply and blend like a dream and even if I don’t wear the full on Dolce Vita eye look every day the Prime, Enhance and Smoke shades can be worn daily and look so pretty. This is an indulgent palette but worth every penny, its one of those products you never regret having in your collection.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Seduction

I love that Charlotte Tilbury lip products have quite a sweet vanilla scent, they smell so good. Seduction is a gorgeous nude creamy beige shade which looks pretty and natural worn alone or paired with a lippy for more of a pop of colour. This gives the lips a glossy finish without feeling sticky or greasy, it feels comfortable and is so easy to reapply. It has reminded me that I need to wear gloss more often. The packaging of all the Charlotte Tilbury products feels luxurious and looks pretty. This is such a treat to wear & I am pleased I got quite a natural colour because I can wear it all the time!

Charlotte-Tilbury-Dolce-Vita

INIKA Mineral Foundation SPF15

I have reached for this almost daily for the past 3 months and its become one of my most used & loved products. It’s extremely easy to apply and it gives the skin a very flawless finish and can be built up to give a more medium coverage which is really good if like me you need to cover any redness or imperfections. Unlike liquid foundations this feels so natural and light on your skin and you don’t feel like you have a base on. This foundation has incredible staying power and doesn’t end up looking patchy or uneven after a few hours, it also holds up well in the heat which is great. I also like that it has SPF15 in & Its very easy to reapply throughout the day. Oh & it makes the most beautiful setting powder too, if you’re wearing a lightweight foundation & want a little more coverage & and velvet smooth finish to your skin then just apply this over the top and its just incredible. I love wearing it like that!

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Gorgeous Berries

I don’t wear that many blushers but I just adore this one. I do like a good baked blush and this beautiful Creme Puff one from Max Factor has to be the best I’ve tried. I have the shade Gorgeous Berries which is just stunning, it adds such a pretty warm rosy glow to your cheeks. I have read a few reviews comparing these blushes to the Hourglass Ambient Light Blushers which is exciting as I don’t think I could spend that kind of money on a blush. The shade I have gives your cheeks a really pretty wash of colour along with a sheen like glow, making it a two in one product. I’m impressed with the pigmentation and just how pretty this looks on my skin. I can’t believe I haven’t bought more of these (adds them to shopping list).

My Favourite Makeup of 2015

Soap & Glory Wonderbronze

This Wonderbronze is a gorgeous shimmer brick made up of 5 shades ranging from champagne to deep brown, all the shades have shimmer running through them. I tend to swirl my brush through all the shades and apply it to the tops of my cheeks & it gives a beautiful bronze glow. Its a bronzer and highlighter all in one now I apply it with a light hand I have mastered the subtle glow. You get a decent sized mirror which is always a bonus. I have to say the Soap & Glory face products are fantastic value for money. I think a Soap & Glory face product makes it in to my favourites almost every month!

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

I only treat myself to one of these each year, its my favourite ever mascara. One coat makes my lashes look long and fluttery. It never flakes off throughout the day and its pretty good at holding a curl. Even when I’m wearing no other makeup I wear mascara & this one makes my eyes look wide awake and makes such a difference. Its well worth the price tag!

Max Factor Lipfinity in Just Alluring

I think this is a pretty everyday shade, its a dusky pink and it looks so good on. This applies evenly on the lips and has a nice satin finish. The formula feels comfortable on the lips which is probably down to the fact these lipsticks contain 60% skincare ingredients including shea butter and acetylated lanolin, so your lips are being well looked after. I like the luxurious gold bullet & clear acrylic lid, it means you can immediately see the shade you’re looking for, which is very handy. This has been permanently in my handbag this year, its a good shade for any situation and it goes with most makeup looks too.

What were your favourite makeup products of 2015, have I mentioned any of your top picks?

Shopping With Zeek

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* Sell the gift vouchers or gift cards that you don’t need

* Buy gift vouchers for your favourite brands (like Amazon, Boots, Zara, John Lewis, Primark and much more) at a discount.

Zeek supports physical gift vouchers as well as electronic vouchers (e-vouchers), which can be redeemed immediately in-store and online.

So you could save a little cash buying vouchers or offload any vouchers you receive from an outlet you’re not that keen on. Its a win win, right!

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So when you purchase vouchers via the Zeek App you can get a great deal, many people sell their vouchers with up to 25% discounts, my vouchers were worth a face value of £56 but I paid £49. The app is also very clear at letting you know if your vouchers will be a physical card or an electronic voucher and they let you know if there is an expiry date on them, so you have all the information about the vouchers before you commit to purchasing them.

Zeek kindly gifted me £50* to spend using the App & being a beauty blogger I had to get some Boots vouchers, although I was tempted to get a John Lewis voucher. I bought 2 Boots Vouchers & they both arrived within 3 days of buying them, which I thought was very speedy & delivered via 1st class recorded mail, so secure too.

Zeek Vouchers

Boots Haul with Zeek

I am so excited to use the new L’Oreal La Palette Nude in Beige, I have the Rose one and although I like that one this Nude one is perfect for me. You get 10 shadows & they’re a mixture of matte and shimmer. The colours are beautiful and ideal for creating a neutral smoky eye. Its such a slim palette and you get a mirror in there too.

I have been using the Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation since I bought it & I have fallen for it in a big way. I love the medium coverage it gives my skin and the velvet finish. Its so nice to apply and you need the smallest amount, it is a very thin and watery consistency and doesn’t have a pump. I wish it had a pump, but I really like this foundation and it might be the best foundation I have tried.

I had to take advantage of the Soap & Glory cleanser offer, these new 350ml sizes were only £6 and I couldn’t decide which one to buy so I had to get both. I have never tried a cleanser from them & I love that they the Peaches & Clean one has a pump, makes life so much easier. The Peaches & Clean also smells incredible and so many people on Twitter recommended that one to me. The Vitamin C one might be nice for the morning to wake my skin up.

The Rimmel Wonderfull Mascara was a total blind purchase, I haven’t read anything about it but decided the packaging looked pretty & it contains Argan Oil so its nourishing for your lashes & my lashes could use a little TLC. I have used quite a few Rimmel Mascara’s and I tend to like them so I am looking forward to using this.

Zeek Cash for Vouchers

I love Soap & Glory makeup, I’m getting quite a collection of their powder products. I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous WonderBronze for a while, I bought their Love At First Blush a couple of months ago & like that so I thought this bronzing one would be pretty for Summer. Even in the pan it looks so pretty.

The Bourjois CC Cream I am hoping can be my Summer Base – I am looking for something that is lightweight and evens out my skin tone and some of the imperfections. This sounds like a good bet. I have never tried a CC cream before, I love BB creams so looking forward to giving this a go

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Gorgeous Berries – I would have gladly bought any of these new blush releases from Max Factor. They’re baked and all look gorgeous, I settled for this berry coloured one and it looks so pretty on, it is so pigmented and adds not only colour to my cheeks but also a slight highlight too. I am going to wear this a lot as the weather gets warmer.

This is Rimmel Polish in Breakfast in Bed a pretty Spring shade, I love this shade of green & think it looks pretty on fingers & toes. I can’t wait to paint my nails. I like this formula and think it drys so quickly and lasts a long time on my nails. I have a few shades now and think I will pop back and get a few brighter shades, maybe an orange and a bold pink.

So that is what I bought with my Boots vouchers, let me know if you have used Zeek to either sell or treat yourself to some vouchers. I would highly recommend it & as I said it was easy to use and I’m addicted to browsing for bargain vouchers on there now, you can get some very good deals.

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Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.