Maybelline New Matte Maker Powder| Review|

Maybelline Matte Maker Powder

Maybelline Matte Maker Swatch

Maybelline Matte Maker Powder and Ecotools brush

A few months ago numerous beauty blogs expressed their sadness over the discontinuation of Maybelline Dream Matte Powder. Then along came Maybelline Matte Maker. This product has been much buzzed about online and naturally I had to try it to see what all the fuss was about. Being loyal to Rimmel Stay Matte powder since I began using makeup in my early teens, it was high time I tried another powder.

Until recently I had very oily skin, but this has taken a U-turn and I find myself battling drier skin than usual. However, I still need a powder to combat shine and set my makeup. I absolutely love the name of this product, I’m a fool for catchy alliteration! The packaging itself is nothing spectacular. A clear plastic tub with black base and outline on the lid. I know a lot of people criticise the Rimmel plastic packaging aswel, it is easily scratched and dirtied but for the money I don’t expect a mirror and puff. I’ll admit, I prefer the Maybelline packaging to Rimmel’s. The black trim is more appealing to that of the Rimmel packaging. However, the main thing is that the product is easily accessible.

As to the powder itself, I bought this in a serious rush during a whirlwind 5 minute visit to Boots in Belfast with my cousin. I didn’t realise that this product came in different shades, I took it for granted that it was an overall translucent powder.  I picked up the shade 30 Natural Beige. This wasn’t a total disaster, as I’m so fair skinned and pale, anything with the word beige in it is usually not for me. Thankfully this wasn’t as dark as the name suggests. I haven’t had a chance to check in person but according to the Maybelline website there are 4 other shades available, with Natural Beige being the second lightest.

This is a great mattifying powder. Despite not paying attention to the shade, I really like that the powder adds extra but light coverage and colour. It is light on the skin and  easy to carry around and store in your makeup-bag. Like all powders, it is easily applied, I like to use my Eco-Tools fluffy big powder brush. The Matte Maker won’t weight down your skin, cake or cling to  any dry patches.

You can find this product at any Maybelline stand for £3.99 or €5.99.

Christmas Nail Art and BornPretty Review

Merry Christmas VanessaTaaffe.wordpress

It’s the final week before Christmas!  What better way to embrace the festive spirit than a Christmas nail art review and tutorial? For the past week I have been using BornPretty’s Christmas 3D nail stickers.  The stickers come in colour and theme co-ordinated groups on a plastic backing. Some of my favourites included Christmas trees, jolly Santa’s and snowmen. These stickers are extremely long lasting, easy to use and look lovely on your nails. I work in a hairdressing salon part-time and my hands are constantly in and out of water.  After two days of work these appliques were still perfect! 

How to Use

  • Paint your nails with a base coat. When dry paint them any colour of your choice.
  • Once fully dry apply the Born Pretty stickers by peeling individual stickers from the plastic backing. This can be difficult at first but I found it best to bend and pinch around the area of the sticker you want to use and the edge will lift from the backing.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to lift and place the stickers on your nail. The smaller stickers can be trickier to work with so tweezers are the easiest way to apply them.
Nail Art Revlon Sangria

Born Pretty Nail Stickers with Revlon ‘Sangria’

  • Seal in your design with one or two applications of a topcoats. Glitter polish is also a great alternative if you want to get an extra few days out of your design.
Snowman Christmas Nails

Top: Plainer Snowman Nails using Rimmel “Aqua Cool”
Bottom: Glitter Snowman nails with Santa using Rimmel “Disco Ball”

  • You can go for all over design or just apply some to your ring fingers.
  • For the best results pair the silver stickers with dark colours and the greens, blues and whites with lighter colours or a white so the stickers stand out on your nails.
Christmas Nail Art White and Red designs

Left created using Rimmel white polish and Born Pretty nail stickers. Right created using red Avon polish and Born Pretty nail stickers

  • These work best on slightly longer nails but I tried them out on my Auntie who has shorter nails and they still worked out well.

Voucher Code

There is 10% off all BornPrettyStore products for all vanessataaffe.wordpress.com readers. Simply enter the voucher code VSSW10 at the checkout at http://www.bornprettystore.com/ and there is also free worldwide shipping.

For more inspiration have a look on http://bornprettyvideos.blogspot.co.uk/.

Let me know if you have tried these products before and how you styled them.