Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara Review

I heard a couple of months ago that Max Factor was coming back to the US and was pretty excited about it. When I first started watching beauty videos on YouTube, I’d heard great things about the brand, but that they were no longer being sold stateside. So when I saw the Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara on the shelves at Target I snapped it up immediately. I couldn’t wait to try it out, even though I’m still in the middle of another tube at the moment.

Here are my thoughts. I included a snap of the claims and application tips from the back of the paper packaging.

Packaging. It’s a pretty standard tube with gold detailing on the cover and gold writing. The design reminds me of Art Deco. The mascara wand has a brush with plastic bristles, which I’m typically a fan of anyway. It’s not quite as bulky as the Covergirl mascara brushes which is nice because it’s easier to maneuver in the inter corners of my eyes. Overall, it’s a win for me. Rating: 5/5

Performance. The plastic bristles definitely help to separate the lashes and coat them evenly. The formula delivers in adding volume to my lashes without getting too clumpy after two coats. With the third I had to work a little harder to keep the separation between my lashes, but it was worth it for the extra volume it added. Your lashes still feel flexible after the formula dries, but I think the Covergirl Lash Blast holds a curl better. The smudging of this mascara is practically non-existent, it only started showing signs of darkness under the outside lower lash line after more than 12 hours of wear. This stuff delivers on pretty much all of it’s claims, so it gets my full rating here. And sorry the test photos aren’t great, I’ve been sick and just don’t have time to retake them. Rating: 5/5

Price. I got this at Target for $9.99, which seems to be midrange for mascara at the drugstore lately. Drugstore prices are definitely creeping up these days, but if the product does what it says I really can’t cimplain. And because this one delivers on everything it says, I gotta say it’s worth it. Rating: 5/5

Overall impression. This is a winner in my book. If it was more lengthening it would be practically perfect. I’m going to experiment with using a lash primer to see if it will help to add some length. I’d definitely pick this up if you see it on the shelves and let me know what you think!

Fall 2016 Wardrobe Update

I took advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to get a few new items for fall, and I got a couple of pairs of shoes after, just to bolster what I already have for the colder weather. I’ve been weeding out my closet gradually whenever the mood strikes and just trying to add items that I think will be more well-loved from year to year. I have a really hard time letting go of clothes, even the ones I haven’t worn in years. I always have this “you never know” mentality and think I might somehow want to wear them again. But I actually put a few pairs of shoes in a bag for donation last week because seeing all the shoes pile up was starting to get to me. Anyway, here are the newbies to my closet crew.

1. Love by Design Mock Neck Patch Pocket Pullover

I actually wasn’t crazy about this when I was browsing in-store, but I decided to try it on anyway. I can never have enough sweaters for the winter. After that I had to get it. It’s just such an easy basic and I love everything oversized. The pockets add a little something different to a pretty classic top. I tried to link this but it sold out, this is similar.

2. BP Cross Front Woven Blouse

I thought this was a nice blouse to wear for any occasions that where I’d need to be slightly more dressed up and I love this deep burgundy color for fall. I like that it’s drapey and that its a bit longer in the back to hide any extra tush. Sorry it’s so wrinkled, but I quickly wanted to take some photos while my mom was hanging with Ava.

3. BP Plaid Square Scarf

I’ve been wanting a plaid scarf in this style for the past two winters and just never got around to getting one. But since this was in the sale it was the perfect opportunity to pick one up. It adds some interest to an otherwise more plain outfit and since it’s blanket style, it adds some extra warmth too.

4. BP Long Sleeve Tunic Tee

I know, boring right? Well I realized I don’t have enough long-sleeved basic tops in my closet. These are great for layering and go with everything. I have a black & white striped one from Target that I love, and I actually just ordered the white one because it’s on sale (even cheaper than the Anniversary price too!). I like the longer length for more coverage and I can always tuck it in for certain outfits too.

5. Madden Girl Two-Piece Block Heeled Sandals

I love the whole block heel trend for fall and needed a pair of nude strappy heels to round out my shoe options. These are a 3″ heel and added with the added thickness they are actually pretty comfortable. I used to think a 4″ heel was NBD, but ever since having Ava I just can’t deal with heels anymore. It can be kind of a bummer because most shoes I’m attracted to are at a higher heel height and I never buy them because I know I’ll likely never wear them. These I wore them to my cousin’s rehearsal dinner with no complaints. These are the only item I didn’t get from Nordstrom, they’re from Macy’s. They’re listed as a blush color, but I think they’re more nude/taupe.

7. Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry Capri Mules

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I had to jump into this mule trend for fall with these slide-on flat mules. I saw them on damselindior’s IG and immediately looked them up. I was initially kind of unsure whether I liked this trend at all, but she made them look so chic. I’m still waiting for these to come in the mail, if I’m in love with them I’ll update this post with a picture of them on. If you’re not into the mule trend, there is also a the regular loafer version with the back in the same style.

8. HM Belted Vest

I actually bought this in the beginning of the summer, knowing I wanted it for fall. It’s a great piece for layering and I’m looking forward to wearing it once the cooler air hits. It’s one of those things that you can just throw on when you feel like your outfit isn’t quite complete. I like this better unbelted, so I just tie the belt in the back to give more of a cinched waist appearance. It’s no longer for sale, but I found this one from Asos that is very similar.

What have you been buying for fall? Any good deals to share? I’d love to know!