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Lipstick Love ... Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm - Luscious Red

I love it when Max Factor release a new lip product, perhaps because they are my favourite brand for lipsticks, they never let me down.  I've been wearing a lot of lip balm lately as its still cold outside and I've also had a cold which basically renders a normal lipstick useless as it keeps coming off.

I happened upon these Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balms the other day in Boots (I only went in for paracetamol and tissues).  I remembered that I had seen them mentioned in a magazine (Look, possibly?) but other than that I don't think they have been very widely advertised, which is a pity because they are a really nice lippy product that will see you through the transition from Winter to Spring.

I chose Luscious Red because I am naturally drawn to reddish colours but there are paler colours in the range too.  Generally, I don't find balms particularly pigmented and sometimes they are a bit pale on my lips; not so with this one, it gives a good dose of colour with only one or two slicks and leaves a very pretty sheen.  It lasts about as long as a balm should and wears off gradually.  I loved Maybelline Babylips last summer and this is right up there with them.  My only slight gripe is that the packaging is a bit non-descript and if you're looking for a particular colour you have to really strain your eyes to find the place they put the little sticker that tells you what the name is (its the same with their Flipsticks which I reviewed last summer). Unlike their lipsticks they don't seem to print the name and number on the bottom of the casing, I'm not sure why. 

Result?

Regardless of that little moan, these babies are £8.99 in Boots at the moment (same pricing as Flipsticks and about the same as their Colour Elixir lipsticks), and true to form, I will be buying another in the same colour next time I go to Boots, just incase they don't take off and they don't end up being one of their longer lasting products!

Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm - Luscious Red
A hint of Luscious Red

Pantene BB Cream For Hair | Review

Hey there beauty bloggers, hope this weekend is treating you well.  Today I'm reviewing a product I've been using for a little while now.  Its a BB cream for hair by Pantene Pro V which claims to be a 7 in 1 perfector, an anti-ageing beauty balm for hair which professes the following advantages:  strength, shine, smoothness, lightweight nourishment, hydration feeling, damage repair and resilient tips.


Pantene Pro-V BB Cream


I've been using Pantene shampoo for a while now and I really like it so I was a bit intrigued when I spied this BB cream for hair, as it's the first time I'd heard of a BB cream that wasn't for your face. As with all Pantene products its got Pro-V in it and the smell is very similar to the shampoo.  It's a pump action container, the instructions are that you need 1-2 pumps in your hair, I use three because my hair is quite long and curly so generally always needs more product than they say.  I put it on after my leave in conditioner but only from about halfway down my head and then comb through to the ends.

I really wasn't sure this was going to work as I couldn't quite believe that it really did do all 7 things that it claims to but certainly I can say that my hair felt smoother and it was quite shiny too and it is a very light product, I didn't feel that it was weighing my hair down at all.  I don't use it every day, I alternate it with couple of other products but I do use it when I use my curling barrel because it seems to stop the ends of my hair from drying out so much.

Apparently, you can use it on dry hair as well, I haven't tried this so I can't comment yet!

I am also using another Pantene product for the first time (its new) which is a Fibro-Reinforcing Spray (these labels make me laugh, who came up with that one?!), which is for stronger, fuller hair, I'm not sure I'm overkeen to be honest, it but I'll persevere and review separately when I've decided how I really feel about it!

Maria
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