When you see something that says it has 2000 calories and you are female, you might just run away screaming from it, because you just KNOW its all going straight to your thighs 😛 But when it promises you 2000 calories on your lashes… ah! that’s a different story altogether, if you have skinny lashes.

I’d read a lot about the Max Factor 200 Calorie Mascara on so many forums where girls raved on about how wonderful it was for their lashes. So, when I came across the Max Factor counter in Hong Kong, I knew I had to pick this up, and I did.

Max Foactor 2000 Calorie Mascara

The Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara is a mascara that promises to be everything a mascara should be – smudge proof, volumizing & lengthening.  Does it? My answer is that this is one product that under-delivers in my view.

The texture of the Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara in the tube I got was rather dry. I’m not sure if this is the way the formula is, because my tube was brand new and sealed. That said, I did not find it goopy so it applied fairly well. I find the brush rather like a Maybelline mascara brush – big. Too big for my little lashes but perhaps due to the shape, it bothered me less than Maybelline mascara brushes do.

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Lookee! The presents have been packed by me into environmentally friendly cloth bags all ready to send out to you.


You get to reuse the bags and I feel good saving some trees by not using wrapping paper which would most likely be discarded at the end of the day. Aww… I now feel all fuzzy inside… :)

So, have you joined the My Women Stuff Christmas Giveaway yet? If you have, have you made use of your bonus entries? Remember, the more entries you have, the higher your chances of winning something! :)

Here’s a sneak peek bit of information for you to gauge your winning chances – the Rootote, Envirosax, Stage and Beautilicious sets are far and away the most popular so far with a million entries for each (close anyway…) but the L’oreal and LovingMinerals sets are quite underpopulated!If you have been watching and waiting, those might be your best bets.

If you haven’t joined in the fun, what are you waiting for?

Grab a seat on one of the reindeer below and away we go! 😀

Christmas giveaway

Click the banner above and you’ll be taken to the Giveaway

Thanks to reader Vonvon, I’ve been informed of a glitch in Firefox. If you have been trying to enter the giveaway post but have problems finding the comment box, please switch to Internet Explorer. I’m not sure why there’s a problem with Firefox – perhaps there are too many comments?! Still working on it but IE it is for now! Thanks :)


Reader Dian left me a comment saying:-

I was hoping you could do Laura Mercier holiday 2008 edition and Cherries Noir as well… the lip velvet sounds enticing!

I can’t usually entertain all requests but it so happened I was in Isetan KLCC so I went to check out Laura Mercier’s Christmas 2008 collection and the Cherries Noir and new Lip Velvet liquid lipstick. Actually I did not have much time to look at the Laura Mercier collection because I was in a bit of a hurry. However, for some reason, Laura Mercier does nothing for me and so, I found the Christmas collection a little blah. Some day, I might pay a little more attention to the brand and check it out properly.

As for Cherries Noir, I found the whole collection very dark. Deep plum for lips, dark plummy eyes and cheeks do nothing for me. Personally, I think that deep shades look lovely on girls with darker toned skin but on light skin, it lends a gothic look that I personally don’t quite like, because in our tropical weather, it just looks too heavy. That said, I took a little trouble to check out the new Laura Mercier Lip Velvet which is the new liquid lipstick because I was wondering what Lip Velvet was.

Laura Mercier Lip Velvet

Laura Mercier’s Lip Velvet is a creamy pigmented liquid lipstick that slicks on opaque. It looks like a lip gloss and comes with a doe foot sponge applicator and you can see from the swatches I made that it is super duper pigmented. One swipe produced that colour intensity which is pretty awesome. Continue Reading ►


I was reading Kahani’s thoughts on how she successfully used a peach coloured concealer to conceal her undereye circles and it got me thinking. Peach concealer? Then I remembered myself saying that a peachy-orange eyeshadow colour made me look more awake though I couldn’t quite put my finger on why.

So, looking online for inspiration as to why this could be so, I came across articles that said that basically, it comes down to the colour wheel. If you have ever been in art class, you should be able to relate to this wheel. Colours opposite each other on the colour wheel complement each other and even help to neutralize each other. (source)

Colour Wheel for complementary colours

So, when choosing concealers to hide dark undereye circles (not bags – you can’t ever totally hide bags) first, take a good long look at the shade of the circles on your undereye area then use this little guide:-

  • Purple tones – use a yellow toned concealer
  • Blue tones – use a peach or salmon toned concealer
  • Gray tones – use a pink toned concealer

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