Last year, I was hovering around the Seventeen stand in Boots feeling self conscious about being at least a decade older than the target market when the Falsifeye HD mascara caught my eye. The apparently untouched before and after photos looked unbelievable so naturally in my basket the mascara went.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t bowled over by this mascara when I first used it. It’s got a plastic spiky wand and the forumla is on the drier side, and I felt like it wasn’t doing much for my lashes. At the time, I was drowning in new mascaras so I chucked it to the back of the drawer and didn’t use it for months.
However, recently I was after a natural look so thought I’d use it – I was astounded by the results. I have no idea if the formula changed (it’s by no means a ‘wet’ mascara) or if I was doing something different, but its lengthening and separating powers are amazing. There’s also barely any clumping so it’s great for the lower lashes too. It isn’t the most volumising but it layers well underneath volumising mascaras if that’s the look you’re going for.
If you’re after a budget friendly lengthening mascara, this is a great one to try (pretty sure Wayne Goss is a fan too).
Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara is available at Boots for £6.99.
There are two things about the Regent Street Kiko store that really rattle my cage. The relentless crowds of European teenagers who insist on swatching every single product in the building, and the nightclub lighting. However, a few weeks ago I was feeling particularly steely of mind and squeezed myself into the store as I was passing, ‘just for a look’. As ever, I left with enough makeup to warrant hiding the evidence from Mr TBL.
I tried the Kiko Volumeyes+ Active Mascara for the first time yesterday and I was impressed enough to knuckle down and bash out the review today. Take a look at the photos, it is mesmerising. No, that isn’t a tiny black Christmas tree on a stick, it is the mascara’s cone shaped applicator. I was glad to see it had a proper brush wand and not a plastic one, as I’m convinced they grab the lashes with a bit more wellie. It’s a pretty big wand but the shape is actually genius. The tiny, tiny tip is a boss at getting to tiny, tiny lashes and I was able to do that without making the usual amount of mess. The other end is massive and really helps fan out the outer lashes. And LOOK at those bottom lashes. I’ve got two or three coats on and it didn’t clump too badly at all.
Kiko Volumeyes+ Active Mascara isn’t waterproof but as I type this (10 hours after application), it has managed to hold the curl much better than my other mascaras. My lashes don’t feel as hard and crispy either which is a bonus, and so far, there’s no fall out.
This mascara contains some magic ingredients that are supposed to thicken your lashes after a month (obviously I can’t verify this) but I suspect that’s bumf. Not that is matters, it’s a great mascara and has zoomed into my top three favourites.
Kiko Volumeyes+ Active Mascara is available at Kiko online and instore at £7.90 but I picked mine up for a brain-tickling £3.90 so do check the bargain bin by the till next time you’re in a Kiko store.
P.S. Sincere apologies for the my messy brows – I’m having one of those days.
I mentioned Gosh Boombastic Mascara briefly in my June Favourites but seeing as I’ve used it every day for a month I thought it deserved to come out of the shadows and be publicly showered with compliments.
Horrible name aside, along with bothersome mental images of Shaggy, I’ve been entangled in a web of lust with this mascara. You can see the transformation my lashes are obviously enjoying (sorry about the poor quality of the before photo), going from shy and retiring to loud and proud. The formula is a tiny bit on the gloopy side so you need to wipe off the blob on the end (not nearly as vulgar as it sounds). The tiny, short plastic bristles really grip your lashes and help you get right in the roots so lashes are nicely coated. Because the formula is quite thick, it helps hold the curl, and I don’t experience any dreaded flaking. In the photo, I’ve put on one coat but sometimes I do two. A bit of clumping does occur if you’re too hasty between coats but I personally don’t mind spidery lashes now and again. Removal is a doddle too. I’ve had this tube for a couple of months and it hasn’t dried out or changed much in that time so it’s a big thumbs up all round.If you’re a fan of Max Factor False Lash Effect, I implore you try this. Even if you’re not a fan, I implore you to try this. Be warned though, it took me a couple of weeks to track this down and even then there was only one left on the shelf, so if you see it, buy two. All in all, a great mascara and definitely one to repurchase.
Gosh Boombastic Mascara is available at Superdrug for £8.49