Colour Me Right;Max Factor CC Colour Corrector Review

We all get them patches of skin that we just don’t like…whether it is redness around our nose, veins, under eye circles or anything else we can pick ourselves apart for. Recently all over the beauty tutorials, Instagram 1 minute makeover accounts and of course the Kardashians (How else would they look so flawless?) I have been seeing all this colour correcting, people going way beyond contouring into putting pink, green and yellow all over their faces. I questioned whether this method actually worked, so I decided to find out for myself.

I went into Superdrug and purchased these three CC colour correctors by Max Factor, green for redness, yellow for under eye and dark circles and a highlight. I have now been using these for a few days and decided to give my opinion for those of you out there like me who need a real girl’s opinion. ccI’m going to review each corrector separately taking into consideration, where I used them on my own skin, the blending ability, reaction with other products e.g foundation/powder as well as the sensitivity, packaging, price and all that jazz.

Let’s start with the green colouring for redness. I personally do have quite a warm and red toned skin so I was really curious as to whether this product would satisfy my skin. I used this colour on the sides of my nose, under my nose just above my cupids bow as well as on any spots I had. I blended this in with my finger instead of a brush as the warmness of the skin on the hands tends to make consistencies such as this product blend better on my skin personally. It blended incredibly; I have to say I was a little worried I was going to end up with green blotches on my face where I had used the product and no real redness recovery at all. It really has reduced the redness on my skin.

The yellow colouring for under eye circles is incredible! This has to be my favourite, I used this under my eyes which meant I didn’t have to use concealer, as well as it lasting all day which sometimes my concealers don’t. It also acted as a natural highlight under my eyes giving me that under eye look that the Kardashians really do have, which I thought I would never be able to achieve with a drugstore product. I also used this on my brow bone to conceal the line of my brows which worked amazing as well as blending in incredibly to my brow bone leaving no excess dramatic colour.

The highlight, I have to say is the one I was least impressed with as I don’t think it really did anything, I was lucky enough to purchase these colour correctors during a Max Factor 3 for 2 deal meaning I got this one free however if I hadn’t, I don’t think I would have bothered with this one, simply because I felt like it didn’t really show on my cheeks although it did do a good job at highlighting my nose and underneath my bottom lip but the main area I wanted it to highlight (my cheeks) it just wasn’t noticeable.

ccc2The whole set of colour correctors as a whole, I love the packaging in the fact that they are a crayon as well as loving their sensitivity as I do have rather sensitive skin to a majority of products and using a product with a creamy crayon consistency such as this did worry me, but there was no trouble whatsoever. The colours lasted all day and didn’t fade away leaving me with blotches or patches like I thought they might. More to the point they really do what they say on the packaging which a lot of products of this nature don’t. The only thing I would suggest is that although I think that having them to buy separately is great as not all people would need all three due to different skin types, but if like me you did want all three, to pay £8.99 per corrector seemed rather a lot, I would love to see these three in a set to save people like me who need all three buying them individually.

Overall I love, love, loved these three correctors and am happy to save I am now on the colour correcting wave and am loving it.


Let me know if you have any tips for colour correcting, I am always looking for new make up tips or if you do purchase this product, let me know what you think.

Stay Sassy x

Monthly Favourites 2015; August!

So it’s that time again; I cannot believe that Summer is practically over, I love love love summer but i’m quite looking forward to winter this year so these were my summer favourites in August.


So I have amac please me couple beauty favourites this month and the first one is two MAC lipsticks in the shades please me matte and craving amplified. Please me is a dusty pink matte shade which is just a beautiful colour and honestly the staying power is amazig with this lipstick and unlike majority of matte lipsticks I have used before, it doesn’t dry out my lips and still gives my lips the moisture that a normal lipstick would. And Craving, I think this is going to be an amazing shade for this winter; it is a very autumnal shade with a great shine to it and looks great with a brown eye or outfit.


Another beauty favourite is my tarte pallette, in particular the purpley shade. I actually have the pallette suitable for green eye shades. I not only love the shades in this pallette as they blend so well together but they also look great individually. The packaging is honestly one of the best packages for a pallette I have ever seen, that metallic glitter box is just so beautiful and glamourous. I have been applying the purple shade in this palletee frequently for a smokey eye look, into my crease and under my lash line. I have posted some pics of these looks including the lipsticks also mentioned below.


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In regards to skincare, I have been using nivea skin firming moisturizer all over my body this month and wow is all I can say. This is possibly the best all over body moisturizer I have used in a long time. It honestly has improved my skin and the moisture lasts, when I use this of an evening, I can still feel the moisture on my skin the next morning, which is great because my skin really dries out over night. As well as it smelling amazing; which is always a great bonus.


Clothing and Fashion 

This month I have been loving my new trainers I recieved for my birthday from my lovely boyfriend which I am honestly in love with and am always getting asked about when going out and about wearing them. They are my Nike plain white swarkoski crystal tick trainers. I got these from a independant shop in Bluewater and they came with a 6 month guarentee but all the crystals are hand placed on. These trainers are so comfortable, as well as glamming up an outfit whilst still having the comfort of trainers. I feel like a modern day cinderella in these!

Books and Reading Material 

I have read a lot of books this summer; in between holiday reading and on my journeys to and from work on the train as a change from my phone. But my favoruite has got to be The one that I want by Giovanna Fletcher.youre_the_one_that_i_want It was just an incredible and cap
tivating storyline and for anyone who loves a romance story as much as I do, it was great. As well as feeling like you really got to know the characters following them through their lives which I thought just made the whole read and connection to the story that much better. Definatly worth the read
and cannot wait to read some more of Giovanna’s stuff.


Okay so this month I have found a lot of new songs that I have been loving which you can check out on my public spotify playlist I have created for you guys with all the music I have been loving and think you will love to; it is constantly being updated and is great for a car journey, background music for a gathering with friends or just for chilling. So go check that out under the name Graceful Couture on spottily; go check it out! But moving on to my faves for this month;

JESS FRICKIN GLYNNE! Her new album is incredible; if you haven’t given it a listen go check it out; some proper great jams on there, every song is single-worthy if you ask me but some of my particular favourites are Take Me Home, Saddest Vanilla and Give Me Something.

Another one of my music favourites is Pia Mia, particularly Do it Again feat my babes Tyga and Chris Brown and F*** U featuring G-Eazy; both great songs if you like a bit of rap and singing. Pia-Mia-Final-1200-800-1026x684

Random Favourites; 

I have recently started a new job and a new college which if you follow me on my twitter or instagram you will know by now but if you don’t I will being doing a post on my new college certainly soon. However the point is that right opposite my college and my work is a Pret A Manger which I have always loved by recently have become obsessed with their Nicquiose Salad (which I am forever saying and spelling wrong) it has tuna, boiled egg, tomatoes, cucumber, capers, a sauce and of course lettuce. It’s just so yummy and so good for you, and has certainly become a new favourite. image1

Listed Products; (hover for links)

Please Me Matte Lipstick – MAC – £15.50

Craving Amplified – MAC – £15.50

Tarte Green Eyes Pallette – Tarte Cosmetics – Discontinued

Firming All over body lotion – Nivea – £2-5 (price varies in different stores)

Nike Swaroski Embellished Trainers – VIP fashion boutique Bluewater – £134.99

You’re the One that I want by Giovanna Fletcher – Amazon or any book store

I laugh when I cry album by Jess Glynne

Do it again and F*** U by Pia Mia

Pret A Manger Nicquoise Salad

5 Beauty Tips You Never Even Thought Of

We are all constantly looking for new beauty tips and tricks to improve ourselves, whether it’s our technique, use of product, mixing of products or just how to work it! I’ve got some new beauty tips and tricks that you’ve never even thought of…here we go.

  1. Plump your lips by applying a darker lip liner with a lighter shade lipstick in the centre

This is such an easy trick that I have been using for a long time. Many people result to doing a Kylie Jenner and overlining the lips drastically to achieve the illusion of a plump lip but this doesn’t have to be done. By simply applying a darker shade of lip liner than the lipstick you are planning to use around the outside and inner corners of your upper and bottom lips, you can create the illusion of fuller lips through the highlighted shade in the centre. This works especially well with red and light pink lips but can easily be adapted to any shade. And if you’re not a fan of lip liners simply apply a darker shade of lipstick first, job done.

2. Pick the correct make up shade for your skin by testing the colour on your jawline

Many people often make the mistake of picking the wrong shade of foundation by testing it out on their hand…something even the biggest beauty guru’s have been guilty of… ending up in the annoyance of a shade too light (making us look ghostly in the application process) or too orange/dark (making us look like we’ve just stepped off the set of TOWIE) the trick is to test the shade of foundation on your jawline which you will see that if the foundation looks as though it has disappeared means it is the correct shade for you.

3. Oil Blotting Sheets

Ever had that moment on a hot day or in a hot stuffy office where you mildly begin to sweat leading to your make up turning shiny in the process. Many think that applying more powder will fix the problem however this is not the case as it actually brings out the oil in the foundation more when you sweat causing the powder to create patches of foundation in the pores on your face. Therefore the best solution is to carry around some oil blotting sheets which can be bought at any drugstore e.g boots or superdrug. They also come in handy for lots of other things so are worth the try.

4. Tape to make your eyeliner even

Oh the struggles of eyeliner…it can be extremely difficult especially with liquid eyeliner to make the wings of your eyeliner even meaning they end up getting longer and longer as you try to even them out. My trick is to place a little bit of tape when you want your eyeliner and even eyeshadow if you wish for a smoky cat eye look. Therefore any that you go over will go onto the tape giving you a nice clean cut off as well as making sure both eyes are as even as possible.

5. Pressing your tounge to the roof of your mouth when smiling to enhance your features

It is important to appear as photogenic as possible when posing with friends or solo meaning you want to enhance your best features as much as possible e.g CHEEKBONES! I have found that the best way to do this is to press your tounge against the roof of your mouth when smiling to enhance your features as well as highlighting your contouring and making your face appear slimmer and more structured. Perfect for a catwalk worthy grin!

Would you Rather? Beauty Edition and GraceLaLaLand is 1!

So I had a very special guest for this latest video, my beautiful cousin Olivia, who is also a make up guru.

Go check it out and don’t forget to send me any video responses as well as giving the video a thumbs up and subscribing!

In other news and you will see from the title, gracelalaland; the blog, is one tomorrow and I thank anyone who reads or has read my blog ever! It means an awful lot to me as it is something I love doing and has also helped me realise my dreams of working in the fashion industry as well as giving me a new pastime and subtle confidence.

So here is to another year!

Stay Sassy xox

Skincare At It’s Best; Youtube

UntitledSo I have created my second youtube video, which is all about skincare.

My skin has always been very dry, i have always had problems with ezcema and rashes, allergic reactions and just genuinely having very sensitive skin. So as you can imagine, I have had to try many many products to find out what works best for me. So these are some of my ultimate favoruite products at the moment and I hope you enjoy it.

I would love to hear your favourite skincare products, I am always looking for new and different skincare products so let me know.

I have really appreciated all the support from you guys on my channel and really hope that continues so please subscribe, like, comment and share with others you think my like my videos!

Stay Sassy, Grace xox

From the catwalk to you…easily and affordably.

Who says you can’t rock the trends, we are giving you the tips on how to work the catwalk trends yourself, easily and affordably.

Bright blue eyes

Blue eyeshadow not only gives you a flashback to the 80’s but is a huge trend on the catwalks right now. There are also many ways to wear it, you can simply just line the eyes with blue as you would with your normal eyeliner, or work a smoky eye re-do as seen at Emanuel Ungaro, with a block solid blue colour all over the eyelid for extra stand out factor.

Here are some affordable yet amazing products to create this look;

Max Factor Excess Intensity longwear eyeliner in Aqua = £6.99

Barry M Dazzle Dust in Kingfisher = £4.29


Block colour tips

This trend spures from the ombre nail seen on last season’s catwalk. However sports a chicer, stronger clear cut colour.

House of Holland clashed red with pink where as at Giles Deacon forest green and black was all the rage.

TIP ALERT! Hands not so steady? Use nail tape to create that clean cut line you intend.

Plait Attack

Nothing says lazy summer like braids but the catwalk is taking it one step further. Ultra messy plaits went XXL in many shows this spring summer.

First prep damp hair with mousse and rough dry, tease with fingers before plaiting. After creating the plait loosen it and pull bits out and apart for that ultra messy catwalk appearance.

Mark Hill Just Tease me! Wide tooth comb = £3.29

John Frieda luxurious volume thickening mousse = £3.99


Red Lipstick Riot

When has red lips really gone out of fashion you ask? Agreed, however red lips has been made more of a winter thing at recent catwalks, however burberry are bringing red back this summer, clashing it with pastels for that stand out look.

As well as concealing and lining for that perfect finished look.

Sleek Lip liner in Rouge = £2.99

Elizabeth Arden Moisture lip in bold red = £21


Woodstock Waves

Them low- maintenance locks have been fashioned all over this season featuring in Chanel, Etro and Jill Stuart as well as being carried onto the red carpets of many award shows this season. Ditch the straight look for this 70’s festival inspired waves, parted at the centre and styled to look like they dropped during the day.00010h_426x639TIP ALERT! Avoid volume at the roots and instead only tong mid-length and ends for that drop out finished look.

Beautycon 2015

So as many of you know I am now part of another blog as well as writing my own, called ‘couture stories’ I am their social media manager, so on behalf of them I visited beautycon london at london Olympia yesterday! So I thought I would write and tell you a bit about it. 

So I went to beautycon with my beautiful cousin Olivia, we got there after a massive trek! I’m talking like 5 different train changes! And it was so beautiful, the colours were all the beautycon colours, lilac’s and pale blues and pastel pinks! Then when we went in there was massive balloons that were actually so amazing!  



Then when we walked further in there was so many stalls with all different beauty related things, including many giving away freebies! There was a beautiful Liz Earle counter with all like little bridges and huts and they gave us these adorable cookies and lemonades!  


Then because we followed them on Instagram and posted a picture of a Liz Earle sign and tagged them we got these bags, containing a amazing 50ml bottle of their cleanse and polish which is so amazing, I really recommend it, the texture feels so good on your skin and just leaves it feeling amazing, as well as smelling great! 




We then went over to the style uk stand which were giving away these beautiful tattoos, you know them metallic ones that kylie Jenner and beyonce have worn to festivals and cochella and things, well we got some of them and then the same kind of process had to post a picture and we got a massive free pack!    


Then we visited some of the panels that were going on during the day including a beauty Q&A with lily pebbles, Vivianna make up, Freddy my love, beauty crush, Lucy and Lydia and many more! We were lucky enough to snag a few piccys with them after as well!  




   We also got to meet one of my personal favourites, Helen Anderson, who is a youtuber and in a band called box of light in case you didn’t know! Go check her out, she was so lovely chatting to us and everything, they all were!  As well as them signing my business cards! 



But overall I think my favorite bit of the whole event was the BENEFIT COUNTER! It was beautiful, with 10% off, mini samples and lemonade!  


So overall yesterday was incredible! The only disappointment was not being able to meet Tyler Oakley, he just has too many fans! But yeah we loved every minute and will Definately be back next time! It has also inspired me to start doing YouTube videos of my own, let me know if you think this would be a good idea? 




Stay sassy! And go check out the posts on the couture stories Twitter and Instagram as well as mine for more!