Review: Max & More Liquid Eyeliner (found at Action stores)

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The other day I mentioned how I was trying out a super inexpensive liquid eyeliner. I purchased it at budget store Action here in The Netherlands and it’s by the brand Max & More, which I believe is their store brand. And check this out: this eyeliner cost me only 79 euro cents!
This must be the cheapest eyeliner I’ve ever bought, at least here in Europe. I think I’ve purchased eyeliners at the dollar store in the US before (a dollar is about 72 euro cents), so that would be cheaper. However, for the Netherlands this is as budget as it gets! Anywho, I’ve been wearing this eyeliner for about a week now, every single day. Is it as good as any other liquid liner from the drugstore? Below is my review. :-)

Max More Liquid Eyeliner black budget Dutch Action review swatch

source: my personal Instagram

What it is:
A liquid eyeliner with a brush tip by the brand Max & More. The shade is ‘extreme black’.

Max More Liquid Eyeliner black budget Dutch Action review swatch



My thoughts:
For the longest I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, which is my all time favorite liquid eyeliner. This eyeliner stays all day without budging or smudging. For more details, I would check out this supershort review that I wrote back in November 2011. The last couple of months I’ve been enjoying Covergirl’s Bombshell Intensity Liner, a good one as well.
I prefer liquid liners over pencil. It’s all I use to line my eyes. I do use pencil eyeliners, but only in my waterline. I have very oily eyelids and liquid is the only thing that lasts for me. I also prefer liners with a brush over those with felt tip applicators. It just works better in my opinion. For me it’s easier to get a dark, thin line with a brush than with a felt tip.

Max More Liquid Eyeliner black budget Dutch Action review swatch


This particular eyeliner by Max & More is a liquid eyeliner with a brush. Brush eyeliners are a little tricky to use at first because they are thin, but (like everything else in life) practice makes perfect. It requires a steady hand and some skills, but once you get the hang of it, it’s as easy as pie. :-D

My expectations for this €0.79 eyeliner wasn’t high. I’ve spent $18 on Urban Decay in the past (multiple times even) and I didn’t expect this one to work just as well. Well, I was wrong! It’s not waterproof, but in normal conditions it actually stays on my oily lids! It doesn’t fade or smudge, which blows my mind. I’ve worn it on top of a primer & eye shadow AND on its own: either way…it stays!
It does require a little bit of effort to get an equally pigmented line (you have to go over it a twice sometimes) and I wouldn’t recommend walking in the rain or rubbing your eyes, but in normal conditions this eyeliner definitely stays.

Here are swatches on my arm, I did not use a base or primer.

Max More Liquid Eyeliner black budget Dutch Action review swatch


Below is the eyeliner in action. In the first picture, where my eyes are closed, you can definitely see that the line isn’t as pigmented in certain areas (you see little ‘holes’, the line isn’t even), but in real life you don’t notice this at all. It’s pretty dark and it dries matte. Works great for me!

Max More Liquid Eyeliner black budget Dutch Action review swatch


And here’s a ‘selfie’ I posted on Instagram of me wearing this eyeliner. Can you tell that’s that less that one euro on my eyelids? I can’t! :-D

Max More Liquid Eyeliner black budget Dutch Action review swatch



Where to buy:
Will this eyeliner replace my Urban Decay one? No, definitely not. Urban Decay’s has a different finish (it’s shiny and not matte like this one) and is 100% waterproof. Do I recommend the Max & More Liquid Eyeliner? I sure do! This is a great eyeliner. Don’t go swimming with it and/or dancing in the rain, but other than that… you’re good! It’s just as good as any liner from Essence or Wet ‘n Wild for example. If you’re in the Netherlands definitely go get this eyeliner so you can try it for yourself.
You can find this eyeliner at Action stores in the Netherlands. It retails for €0.79 (6.5 ml / 0.20 fl oz). Click here to find a store in your area.

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Which expensive spa treatment would you pick?!

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Happy Friday, everyone! Because Spring is here (or just around the corner in most cases), I thought it would be nice to look at some spa treatments for us to go to ;-) It’s no secret that celebrities spare no expensive when it comes to their appearance. Expensive spa treatments, latest in anti-aging technology, luxurious skin care products…nothing is too crazy to stay on top of the looks game! If you had to pick one of the three beauty regimes below, which one would you pick? 1, 2 or 3?

Gold facial

Bar Rafaeli

1/3 Gold facial

The gold facial combines caviar ampule, honey, sea buckthorn and gold and is meant to treat aging and brightens skin. And guess what? Even though a gold facial sounds very luxurious, it doesn’t cost more than $200!

Vampire facial

Kim Kardashian

2/3 Vampire facial

Kim Kardashian is a big fan of the vampire facial. This procedure involves them drawing your blood and re-injecting it under your skin. This too is supposed to help slow down aging. What do you think?

Evian Experience

Serena Williams

3/3 Evian Experience

Here’s Serena Williams enjoying the $5000 Evian Experience. This spa treatment involves a bath in 1000 liters of Evian spring water and pretty Gerber daisies. No idea what benefit a bath of Evian water would actually provide, but it has to be something special, right?

I myself would definitely go for the first treatment: the gold facial. There’s NO way in hell I would voluntary have someone take my blood and inject it into my face (not even if it was free!) and the Evian Experience doesn’t seem like it would do much. I can easily do it at home today if I want to. So gold facial it is! What about you?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Inexpensive drugstore products that are AWESOME!

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Yesterday on Instagram I posted a picture of the Max & More Liquid Eyeliner from Action (a store here in the Netherlands) that I got for just €0.79 (about $1.10, I kid you not!). I’ve been testing it out all this week, so I can write a review for you guys soon to let you know if it’s worth all this money. LOL! By the way, if you’re on Instagram and you’re not following me, what are you waiting for? My username is ‘Kizzyonline’.

I think this eyeliner is the cheapest makeup item I’ve ever reviewed! 79 cents! So this got me thinking: what other cheap makeup have I reviewed for my blog in the past and do I still like them? I browsed through my archive and found 4 products that were cheap and that I still use to this day! Check them out below. I also included the link to the reviews I’ve written on these products. :-)

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Catrice Made to Stay Long Lasting Eyeshadow, €3.49 (about $4.82), my review. This is a cream eye shadow that is long lasting, pigmented, very shimmery, easy to blend and beautiful! Great to use as a base or on its own. It reminds me of Maybelline’s Color Tattoos. This shade here is ‘Metall of Honor’, a gorgeous copper.

Catrice Made To Stay Long Lasting Eyeshadow Metall of Honor Kruidvat cream



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Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer, $6.00 (about €4.35), my review. I have it in the color ‘tan’ and it’s highly, highly pigmented. It’s probably the most pigmented concealer I own. This can pretty much cover anything you don’t want other people to see! It’s really concentrated and does a great job of covering my dark circles!

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer


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Essence All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder, €2.99 (about $4.10), my review. I have oily skin and this powder does a great job at temporarily getting rid of the shine without ‘messing up’ my foundation and blush. No white cast or irritation. Great compact for in your purse and definitely inexpensive!

Mattifying Powder Essence All About Matt Fixing Compact



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Essence ‘Stay With Me’ Long-Lasting Lipgloss, €1.99 (about $2.29), my review. This is a very pigmented lipgloss, feels great on my lips (not sticky, soft, moisturizing and creamy) and smells great (sweet, but not overpowering). My favorite shade is I Like Cotton Candy (pic at the bottom), a pretty lavender pink. Not long-lasting unfortunately, but still lovely, definitely for its price.

Essence Stay With Me Long-Lasting Lipgloss

Have you tried any of these yet? Let me know in the comments. :-)

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Why I don’t buy makeup at makeup counters

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The other day I walked out of Douglas, a perfume & makeup store here in Holland, with a smile on my face and a new foundation in my hands (more about my new foundation later). I then realized that I hardly ever shop in stores for makeup in the US. Yes, I do go to Sephora and Ulta once in a while, but I rarely go to makeup counters.
With ‘makeup counters’ I refer to makeup departments at Macy’s or Nordstrom for example. 9 out of 10 I do my shopping online. The reason for this is because I hate buying makeup at makeup counters. Why? Because there are certain things that people who work there won’t tell you! Keep reading and I’ll tell you what these ‘secrets‘ are.

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Yes, you get to play with new products, get free makeovers and hear compliments like “that lipstick looks gorgeous on you” and ‘you have amazing skin’ (true story!). However, there are a bunch of things that a salesperson at a makeup out counter does not want you to know. Here are a couple of them:

If you end up not liking something you bought, you can always take it back
In case you end up getting sucked into a makeover and buying a ton of stuff you don’t want, here’s a little secret: it’s way easier to get a refund than you think. Yep, even if it’s been used or swatched more than once. Every store has a different return policy, but most big department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s give full refunds or store credit back for products. I bet you didn’t know that!

The compliments are fake
Speaking of compliments: if you love it when a salesperson compliments you now “how pretty” you are or “how amazing” your skin is, you can stop feeling so special. They recite these lines to everyone, because it draws them to their counter. With this little ‘boost’ from a ‘beauty expert’, even the most confident women are more likely to talk to her about their skin or makeup concerns and buy products.

The counters are germ-infested
If you’ve ever walked right up to the counter, grabbed a lipstick tester, and put it right to your lips, you might want to re-think that! The testers on the makeup counter are filled with germs and bacteria. Trust me, you don’t want to touch them!

They won’t waste their time on drugstore product users
The first question a beauty counter salesperson asks you is usually: “Which products are you currently using?”. This is to judge how much money you’re going to spend with them. If you tell them you mostly use drugstore products, they most likely won’t give you as much attention. Sad, but true. :-(

They won’t be honest about scary ingredients
Ever heard of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy? Makeup counter salespeople know it well. In fact, even if a specific ingredient in a product you’re interested is questionable (think of parabens!), the salesperson won’t mention the ingredient when selling it to you.

Sneaky, huh? This is why I prefer shopping online. :-D

What about you? Do you like buying cosmetics at makeup counters?

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