Monthly Archives: October 2015

Review: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

23 October 2015

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maybelline lash sensational review
The hunt for the perfect mascara seems to be a never ending saga, so it was only natural I tried mascara of the moment, Maybelline Lash Sensational, which claims to lengthen and volumise lashes from root to tip.

Firstly, the plastic wand is pretty innovative, curved on one side, with the bristles varying in length. The short bristles help you get the tiny inner lashes and the longer ones are robust enough to get to your main lashes. So far so good. The curved wand also helps to give lashes a decent amount of curl – I didn’t curl my lashes in the photos above.

For me, Maybelline Lash Sensational doesn’t quite hit the mark in the volume department. Like, it’s fine but it’s not wow. This is probably due to the lightweight formula, which is pretty comfortable to wear. I just didn’t get that multiplied, layered look they were going on about.

One thing to note: when you remove this from your eyes, it doesn’t do that horrific panda-eye thing, it sort of flakes off – a bit like a tubing mascara – which is always welcome.

I’m not saying Lash Sensational is a bad mascara – it’s actually good, but I was expecting so much more. Nevertheless, I’ve been using it every day for work, but will usually opt for something else for night out.

All in all, a nice enough mascara for everyday use but I like my lashes really OTT so I probably won’t be repurchasing. Saying that, I’ve never really loved any Maybelline mascara so if you are a Maybelline die-hard fan this could very well be for you.

Maybelline Lash Sensational is available at Boots and costs £7.99

Non-Makeup Beauty Essentials

14 October 2015

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Sometimes the things that make or break a beauty routine are the less glamorous tools that you take for granted. I’ve rounded up the non-makeup essentials that are the real stars of the show – at home or when travelling, I wouldn’t be without them.

Seche Vite Fast Drying Topcoat, £9.00
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: I refuse to paint my nails without this. It makes nails dry SO quickly, so when you inevitably need to use the loo 30 seconds after you’ve given yourself a manicure, the chances of royally screwing it up are drastically reduced. Yes, it goes super gloopy by the time you get half way through the pot but the results are worth buying a new one.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler, £12.99
The only hairbrush that I’ve ever re-purchased. My hair isn’t the type that I can just casually run a hairbrush through, unless for some explicable reason I want to rock the frizzy mane look. I don’t know what it is about the Tangle Teezer but it’s the only brush that makes my hair look sleeker and shinier while gently detangling the knots. Plus the ‘Compact Styler’ versions come with a handy cover – perfect for chucking into your handbag.

Tweezerman Wide Grip Tweezers, £19.50
Spending £20 on tweezers might seem excessive but it would be money well spent. These are essential for grabbing those teeny-tiny hairs from around the eyebrows in between threading sessions. And, you know a bright pink product is good when you incessantly catch your husband using it to tend to his own unruly brows.

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, £4.99
Another forever repurchase. Who has time for bottles of nail polish remover, cotton pads, annoying spills and noxious fumes? This pot takes nail polish off in literally two seconds, and leaves nails nourished and smelling great. Especially useful when you’ve only messed up one or two nails and don’t want to risk using acetone soaked pads and ruining your other nails. Also essential for travelling.

Duo Eyelash Adhesive, £4.99
All false eyelash wearers fear the dreaded inner corner lift. More often than not, the glue is to blame, especially when it’s not waterproof. Duo lash glue is by far the best I’ve tried, and nine times out of ten, I don’t get any lifting. I have cried, danced and slept after using this glue and my lashes are always still secure the next morning. Quids in!

Let me know what your favourite non-makeup essentials are and if there is anything I need to pick up during my next foray into Boots.


Save, Spend or Splurge: Powder Highlighters

12 October 2015

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When it comes to highlighters, I’m of the opinion that more is more. Highlighter is one of my favourite makeup products and rarely leave home without a quick swipe on my cheekbones. And with so much choice around at hugely varied price points, I thought I’d pick out a few from my collection to suit a variety of budgets.

SAVE: MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder, Pink Shimmer, £3.00
When once highlighting powders could rarely be found on the shelves of Superdrug, now they are a lot easier to track down away from the beauty counters. At only £3, Undress Your Skin in Pink Shimmer is a pretty decent offering. It’s not the most finely milled nor the most pigmented but for the price, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better. This would work especially well on lighter skin tones, and the swirl effect is to die for.

SPEND: The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, £17.50
I don’t have to say much about Mary Lou, do I? Much like most of the blogging community, I love this stuff and reach for it most days. Mega shimmer might not be everybody’s cup of tea on an average day but I personally can’t get enough. The most golden of the bunch, this flattering highlighter is guaranteed to look beautiful on every skin tone. You can see it in action here, although my photo definitely doesn’t do it justice.

SPLURGE: Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder, Candelight, £35
Do you remember before Mary Lou came along and everyone used to rave about this? If I’m honest, I hardly ever remember to use this these days. When I looked up how much I paid for it, I must say it smarted a little. However, I’ll be making a conscious effort to use the Celestial Powder more often. You really notice how finely milled and smooth this is after swatching the previous two highlighters, and it does give an almost ethereal glow. If Mary Lou is too full-on for you, and you have cash to burn, try this out. It gives a gorgeous gleam without much shimmer which is difficult to find in cheaper products. Gorgeous colour too – not quite gold, not quite pink but somewhere in the middle.

Have you tried any of these highlighters? Which one is your favourite?

September 2015 Favourites

8 October 2015

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I was actually flabbergasted when I realised my last favourites post was almost a year ago. There have been plenty of products I’ve enjoyed so I can only put this down to laziness. Soz! Anyway I’ve got all of my favourites on my face for demonstrative purposes above.

Anastasia Beverley Hills DipBrow Pomade, Dark Brown, £15.00

I’ve just reviewed this and you can find it here. Basically I hardly ever used this until I ran out of my last Brow Wiz (review here) and I haven’t looked back. Sweat proof, perfect brows.

Rimmel Glam’Eyes Liquid Eyeliner, Black, £3.99

I’ve probably gone through about 20 of these in my life but stopped in favour of pen liners or gel liners. After about a two year hiatus, I’ve come crawling back to Glam’Eyes. Yes, it’s very wet, messy and doesn’t survive more than a drop of rain, which may seem pointless for anyone in a maritime climate, but for precision and smoothness, it can’t be beaten. Perfect for flicks.

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Oil-in-Cream, Dry Rough Hair, £6.99

You know when you’ve been out in the rain, and your hair has gone all frizzy and you don’t have time to wash it so you attempt to ‘just run the straighteners through it’ and it ends up inexplicably looking greasy and dry at the same time? Well, this stuff is the secret ingredient – it turns weather-beaten hair into a soft and shiny mane. Plus it can be used as a leave in conditioner for wet hair or as a pre-shampoo mask.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, £17.50

I’m sure I don’t have to go on about this. Stunning, stunning, stunning champagne highlighter with no obnoxious glitter.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil, Nude Perfection, £4.99

As far as matte lip products go, these pencils are some of the cheapest, least drying and easiest to wear I’ve tried. Nude Perfection is literally, the perfect nude and has been my go-to lip almost every day. Thinking about it, I think this is the only lipstick that I’ve ever finished and repurchased. Full review of the range here.

Review: Anastasia Beverley Hills DipBrow Pomade

1 October 2015

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anastasia dipbrow review
If you’re sick to the gills of hearing “brow game strong” and “eyebrows on fleek” then you’re in good company. All I’m here to do is talk about good eyebrows without the infuriating lingo.

I’ve tried more eyebrow products than I care to think about it so naturally I had to try Anastasia Beverley Hills DipBrow Pomade. I’ve had mine for a while but have only recently been using it on a daily basis since I ran out of my Anastasia Brow Wiz (review here) and haven’t gotten round to replacing it.

In case you didn’t know, DipBrow is a waxy pomade in quite a dry and pliable texture. The best way to describe it would be like a chocolate bar that’s been sitting out in the sun, minus the mess. I bought mine along with the Anastasia Mini Duo Brush #7, which has an angled brush on one end and a spooly on the other.

The Anastasia colour ranges are almost too good – I put off buying this as I was unsure which colour would suit me best – it could have been Chocolate, Dark Brown or Ebony. In the end, I tracked down where I could see it in the flesh (Blow Ltd, if you’re in London) and settled on Dark Brown. The colour match is quite frankly, perfect, for my almost-black eyebrows.

A little bit of this stuff goes a very long way – be warned. The easiest way I find to use it is to lightly outline my eyebrows, extending the tail slightly then brushing the product though, from top to bottom. Because it’s got quite a dry texture, your brush doesn’t end up slipping all over the shop when outlining, giving you a decent amount of control. It takes a bit of practice but these days I can do my eyebrows with DipBrow in a couple of minutes.

The stand out feature for me is the longevity. I’ve put this on in the morning, gone to work, then gone out, gone to bed, woken up the next day, haven’t washed my face and gone to work again (don’t judge) and my eyebrows have stayed perfect when the rest of me was a mess. If there was a nuclear blast, all that would be left is cockroaches and eyebrows.

Personally, I absolutely love Anastasia DipBrow but I’m generally an eyebrows kind of person. If you are too, then I would highly recommend you get your little paws on a pot if you want that perfect look you see on Instagram. If you’re not that bothered about eyebrows then I don’t think it’s a necessity – you’d probably be better suited to the equally brilliant but user-friendly Anastasia Brow Wiz (review here).

A few tips should you choose to proceed:

  • DO use the Anastasia #7 or #12 brush. The angled side is VERY thin and relatively stiff, giving you all the control you need
  • DO dust your brows with powder before starting if you’ve got your base on – things will be less slippery
  • DON’T load up your brush with too much product

Anastasia DipBrow is available online at Cult Beauty and in store at Blow Ltd and costs £15.

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