Just Charlie G

DHC MascaraWhen the actress of the moment, Emma Watson, proclaims DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection Mascara is her favourite mascara to wear on set, then I’m all ears. If there’s a mascara that won’t smudge, won’t run when my eyes water and stays put all day, then I want to try it out.

DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection MascaraAs you might imagine from this Japanese brand, the packaging is simple, the product looks simple but performance is excellent. I absolutely love the brush, I can’t bear mascaras with big brushes, this one is perfect and allows me to grab every individual lash with ease.

DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection MascaraSo what’s so amazing about this mascara? In essence, it’s a tubing mascara, one coat wraps each lash in a water resistant tube. It does not clump, flake or smudge and nor does it run. You won’t need fancy make up removers, this removes with ease with just warm water. I’ve tried, it comes off easily. Cold water won’t remove it, just warm, so you don’t need to worry about the rain. And most amazingly for me it doesn’t transfer at all to my upper eyelids. I not only have hooded eyes, but in addition they are starting to sag with age. Eye liners and mascaras always seem to transfer on me, but this doesn’t move a single bit. Amazing.

The finish might not be for those who want huge amounts of drama, but I find the finish is perfect for me. Every single lash is coated, black, and elongated, no clumping. I can add length easily by applying one or two coats as normal and then a final coat just to the tips (if needed!). As I’ve previously mentioned my left eyelashes are shorter and straighter than those on my right eye but its very easy to make them look equal with this mascara. I’m absolutely delighted with it.

DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection MascaraIn my personal opinion I much prefer this to the mascara I featured in my last post, with that one, as time goes on I’m more and more disappointed with my purchase. This however, is absolutely brilliant and I would go as far as to say one of the best I’ve ever tried. It’s easy to apply, doesn’t transfer, is easy to remove and gives me separated, natural looking lashes.

You can purchase the DHC Perfect pro Double Protection Mascara here for £15.90.

*product received free of charge for review purposes

I recently decided to treat myself to a new mascara, the one I had just really wasn’t cutting it anymore and after some research, chiefly the MrsGloss&TheGoss Facebook Page, I decided to plump for Benefit Roller Lash. I remember the hype when it was released, but I just haven’t needed a mascara for ages. I also found the price point of £20.50 a little off-putting, but I had a voucher code for Feel Unique and wanted another product so I took the plunge.

Benefit Roller LashThe claims this mascara makes are bold so I was pretty excited to try it out.

Benefit Roller LashSo, the promises…

It’s a roller for lashes. The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls…while the instance curve setting formula holds for 12 hours. 

So that brush, well although I know they are there, the hooks aren’t easy to spot. But what I do like about it is that it isn’t a huge brush, I don’t get on with big mascara brushes, so this one was easy enough to use without stabbing myself in the eye or covering my eyelid in mascara.

Benefit Roller Lash

To describe my lashes, I have one side where my lashes are pretty good. A good length and just behave generally well and on my other eye the lashes are rubbish. In the outer corner they cross over each other and they are shorter and straighter than my other lashes. I try to even them out by curling only the dodgy side, and that works well, and I tend to put a third light coat on those lashes too, concentrating on the tips of my lashes to create a tiny bit of extra length. It works for me, but I should probably just get some lash extensions and stop all the faff at some point! Until then though, on the days when I can be bothered, that’s my routine, so I was hoping that Roller Lash would add some extra curl to that side.

So here it is on my lashes, top only for some reason (I think I forgot my bottom lashes that day!), and then I’ll talk about the pros and cons.

Benefit Roller lash



So there we have it, it’s a nice mascara, I like it and will definitely use it up. For me it’s a good every day mascara for sure, it’s just quite as impressive as I’d hoped it’d be, and perhaps it’s a victim of the hype. My expectations were perhaps unrealistic, considering this is a perfectly good mascara.

It ticks lots of boxes for me, and I’d definitely recommend it, just with the caveat that people should have realistic expectations. It isn’t the best mascara I’ve ever tried, it is however very good.

Not too long ago I bought the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara and liked it a lot, I think it was my first Bourjois mascara actually so I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to try another, The Bourjois Volume Clubbing Mascara. This time give a Limited Edition Tropical Festival Makeover.

Bourjois Volume ClubbingNow this is really my kind of mascara. It’s not only blacker than black, but it separates each lash really well, adding definition without clumping, and joy of joys, its got a perfectly respectable brush size. If there’s one thing I can’t stand,  its a massive brush on a mascara. This one is just perfect.

Bourjois Volume Clubbing

This mascara ticks all my boxes. It’s affordable at £7.99 (currently on offer at £5.99 with Boots), but it does not budge. It doesn’t smudge, smear or flake at all during wear, and it doesn’t even wash off easily using my normal cleansers. This requires either a specific eye makeup remover, or at least an oil based cleanser, then it removes easily enough.

I love the look it gives as well, it’s somewhere between perfect day wear mascara and full on lashes, and I’d happily wear it every day, and I do!


Just a quick post from me really but this Bourjois Tropical Festival Volume Clubbing Mascara gets a very definite thumbs up from me!

*Product received free of charge for review purposes.

I love a good mascara, and can’t resist picking a new one up far more often than necessary. I’ve got stupid lashes that have changed over the years. They used to be curly, long and lush and now I have one eye that is still that way, the other eye’s lashes are straight and shorter. It’s really infuriating!

Anyway, L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara caught my eye.

Loreal False Lash Sculpt MascaraThis mascara promise three effects, volume, fanning out at the tips of your lashes and then to tightline too. If you’re not familiar with tightlining, it’s lining the waterline which creates a fuller lash look, with no gaps. I usually use a powder kohl to tightline so the thought of being able to skip that (not that I do it every day mind you) is appealing.

Okay so the brush is odd, and designed with tightlining in mind.

Loreal False Lash Sculpt MascaraIt’s more of a comb really, and it’s wedge shaped with the bristles just appearing along the bottom of the wedge.

To use, you just press the brush, gently, onto your waterline, then apply your mascara.

I don’t like it sadly.

Loreal False Lash Sculpt MascaraI find it impossible to apply without making a horrible mess for a start. I get it all over my upper eyelids, and under my lower lashes too. I am a bit fussy about mascara applicators but this isn’t one of the easier ones to use. It does tightline but you need to take extreme care with it. Whatever you do, don’t blink.

The mascara itself, is underwhelming. I get nothing like a false lash effect, but it does do is clump ridiculously easily. The first coat goes on well, but you don’t apply the second coat carefully and slowly, your lashes will stick together.  Don’t even think about attempting a third swipe.

In short, its not terrible, but it does require a lot of time and patience when applying, you can’t just quickly swipe this one on and look fabulous, and so for me, this isn’t any good. I want to quickly swipe a couple of coats of mascara so I can rush off and do the school run, without worrying about clumping and/or smearing.

Sadly this one isn’t for me, and nor would I recommend it. However, don’t just take my word for it as I do seem to be in the minority, reviews for this seem to be excellent across the board.

L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara is £6.99 and I bought mine in Superdrug.

14. 10. 2015

I have so much make up, its partly passion and its partly just down to being a blogger, but one thing is for sure, as I try new things so often and find new favourites, old favourites get left behind, tucked away in my make up drawers. Today I decided to trawl through my collection and dig out a few old favourites for today’s look, which I wanted to be light and natural and quick (school runs really eat into my beautifying routine!).

Here’s what I dug out.

shop my stashStarting with the No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation.

no7 Stay perfectI did review this on my old blog but sadly the post has been lost somewhere along the way but I love this foundation. It’s been replaced by other foundations I like slightly more, but this is still a great foundation. It’s watery and thin to apply, it looks like it offers no coverage whatsoever, but when you apply it the finished effect is great. Coverage is as heavy as you want it, you can have it sheer, or build it up more for a heavier finish, I like it somewhere in the middle but love that it magically allows my skin to show through but still evens my skin tone and overs coverage for small blemishes (not that I’d ever skip concealer), but this is great stuff. It’s £14.50 and I would definitely recommend.

Next I dragged out the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Lovely Honey.

Clinique Almost LipstickYou can see my original post on these beautiful lipsticks here. These are beautiful sheer lipsticks that offer a sheer tint of colour and a beautiful moisturising  balm like texture. The depth of colour depends on the shade worn and the colour of your lips, and I love how they moisturise without feeling greasy, I can’t bear a greasy feeling lipstick. Lovely Honey is a really natural pink shade on me. Beautiful. It looks like Black Honey is the only shade still available which is real shame but it is also lovely. They are £18 each.

Next is Bourjois Volume One Seconde Mascara.

Bourjois One SecondeMy original post on this mascara is here, and you’ll see that I absolutely loved it but even then I was aware that things change! I do have a new favourite but I decided to drag this out of its home this morning and try it out and of course I remember why I loved it so much. Its a great, black mascara at a reasonable price and it makes my lashes look great. It’s £9.99.

Finally, I dug out the Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush in Candy.

clarins multi-blushThe Clarins Multi-blush Cream Blushers are really magic. When you rub a finger into the pan, it feels like powder almost, and as though you are not picking up any product, but of course you are, and the same goes for application, it feels like applying nothing, you can blend them in with the lightest of touches for a lovely flush of colour. Candy is a lovely pink shade. They are £18.50 and lovely for days where you don’t wear finishing powder, although I must add they work very well on top of powder too.

Here’s how I look today, nothing exciting, but it has been lovely to dig out some old favourites! I must try to do it more often!

Shop My Stash


Really pleased to be blogging about this today. Allow me to introduce you to my favourite mascara ever.

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Feline Mascara (£9.99)

L'Oreal volume Million Lashes Feline MascaraThe mascara itself is formulated with argan and camellia oil meaning it conditions while you wear, and I’d imagine you’d have to go very heavy with it in order to get anything like crispy lashes.

It’s also very black.

The shape of the brush is designed  to offer curl and volume, while creating a feline flick, hence the name.

L'Oreal volume Million Lashes Feline Mascara


The reasons I love it are as follows:

I think that’s about it, but what more could you ask for?

The picture below is just a standard two coats,  and I think you can see what I mean, each lash is defined, incredibly black and the extra curl (thanks to the brush shape) is there on the outer corner. Please ignore my unkempt brows, for about the tenth time I’m growing them out!

L'Oreal volume Million Lashes Feline MascaraI quite honestly love this and think its the best mascara I’ve tried but mascaras are very subjective, we all want different things from them, I love this, and it offers all I want from a mascara.

I purchased this myself from Boots. It’s currently out of stock online I think, I can’t seem to get to it at all, however, it retails at £9.99, and for that price there is currently an offer that includes the L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim Intense, making hte liner free. You can find that here.



I’ve  got a new favourite mascara. I hesitate to say its the only mascara I’ll ever use again because, well, when you’re beauty product obsessed, there’s always something new to try out. What I will say is that this is my current favourite and I rate it higher than any mascara that I’ve tried before.

Meet Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

P1160656 P1160657I’m extremely fussy about mascara wands, I find many modern mascara brushes are so huge that I keep inadvertently poking myself in the eye with them. This one is large, but not quite Loo Brush sized and I have thus far managed to avoid an eye poking.

One coat is all you need, but I don’t let that stop me, piling it on until I get the result I’m after. It combs easily through my lashes which are curly and can get quite tangly, to coat from root to tip, and you could, as I say, quite easily stop at one coat. I usually go for somewhere between two and three, usually though, I concentrate a third coat just on the tips of my lashes to add some extra length.

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So things I love about it, its incredibly black, (although I spotted an “ultra black” version when I picked up this, it doesn’t clump on me at all, it separates, curls and makes my lashes look fabulous.

It doesn’t flake, it doesn’t smudge and it removes easily too with my gel cleanser.  Love it. The best thing about it is the lack of clumps though, building up to three layers with no clumping is pretty fantastic.

I picked up mine in Boots where I paid £9.99. There’s also the Ultra Black version and I think I spotted a waterproof one too but I can’t see this on the website. Highly recommend!

I’ve been really looking forward to showing you this collection. New season Clarins collections are always my absolute favourites of all brands and this is no exception.

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

The first thing I want to show you is the Be Long Mascara in Brown. It’s £21 and comes in Black and Brown and I’m thrilled to have a brown in my collection actually. It really makes a nice change from the intense black I usually opt for.

Clarins Be Long
Clarins Be Long
Clarins Be Long

I absolutely love everything about this mascara. I love the square sleek matte gold packaging. I love the brush which is just right. I’m on record as saying how much I loathe big brushes and I’m not a fan of funny shaped brushes either. I really like this though.  I like how it makes my lashes look longer but not only that I it includes ingredients that help the lash grow with each days wear, so it not only makes lashes look longer but helps them to BE longer too. Fantastic.

Then I want to show you the Crayon  Khol Long Lasting Eye Pencil. These are new and available in eight shades. £17.

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

First I have Platinum. A shimmering soft black or grey. In this picture I have it on my waterline and top lashes, blended out with a brush (which is on the other end of the pencil!). It doesn’t wear well on my waterline.

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

Then I have Taupe. The softest shimmering taupe. Again on top lashes and waterline and softly blended under my bottom lashes and shown with the Be Long Mascara in Brown. Again this doesn’t wear well on my waterline.

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

And finally Intense Brown. A shimmer free brown. Again on top lashes and waterline. This wears much better on my waterline. Again shown with Be Long mascara in Brown.

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

I really like these pencils, they are a bit hit and miss on my waterline but I have other fantastic Clarins kohls for that purpose which I love. But they are so soft and blendable whilst being long wearing. Really good stuff.

Other items in the “eye” portion of the collection include the 3-dot liner. This is actually a re-release from last year which I reviewed then. I liked it at the time but I’ve since really got the hang of it and now use it frequently to fill out my lashes. Such a great product. And of course there’s the usual Eye Quartet. This time called Forest, khaki’s and taupes, it looks gorgeous. Might buy this when I get some cash!

Then on to the Stand out product. The Face & Blush Powder.

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

These are released with every collection. Each is visually stunning and for me, each needs a bit of playing around with to work out how best to use them. Some for me are setting powders, some are blushes, some are bronzers. And this beauty is a blusher for me, or a light bronzer. In this case the gold stripe is just decoration and sweeps away with one or two uses. It’s a gorgeous colour, really gorgeous. If you buy one thing, buy this!

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

The final things I have to show you are the Joli Rouge Lipsticks. There are three new shades with this collection. I have Royal Plum and Pink Camellia.

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

Royal Plum.

Clarins Joli Rouge

Pink Camellia.

Clarins Joli Rouge

Both are a lovely hydrating lipstick with a hint of shine. I didn’t think I could wear Royal Plum as I thought it’d be too dark for me but turns out it’s lovely. Even if my kids looked at me like was from Mars. These are £18 each. There are also two new shades of Rouge Prodige Lipstick in Dark Cherry.

Swatches of the liners and lipsticks.

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

So here are just a few pictures of how I’ve been wearing all of the above.

Royal Plum Lipstick, Face & Blush Powder, Intense Brown Liner and Be Long Mascara in Brown.

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

Face & Blush Powder, Pink Camellia Lipstick and Platinum Liner.

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

Taupe Liner, Face and Blush Powder and Be Long Mascara in Brown.

Clarins Graphic Expression Swatches and Review

All in all a beautiful collection with the highlights being the Face & Blush Powder and the Be Long Mascara.

The collection is available now from counters or from http://www.clarins.co.uk/

*Disclosure – All items provided as PR Samples*

MUA Lash Boom Mascara

I’ve got weird lashes. On one eye I have perfect lashes, or nearly perfect at least. They are long and curly and perfectly spaced and they are good lashes. On the other eye it’s a whole other story, they are short and stumpy, don’t curl and they are gappy. Damn lashes. They didn’t used to be like this, I don’t know what happened to make them change, but change they did and I don’t know why. It’s really annoying because my eyes always look uneven. Talking to people on Twitter a while ago it seems I’m not the only one.

Wow talk about digressing! In short, because my lashes are like this demonstrating mascaras is always tricky for me because on one eye they never look good!

Anyway, MUA Lash Boom. It’s got one of these wands I don’t have a clue how to use.

MUA Lash Boom Mascara

But I muddle along! So I have mixed feelings. The wand comes out covered in blobs. In fact the very first time I opened the tube some splatted on my desk and then as I lifted the wand to my eye, some splatted on my cheek. It’s very wet. So when you take the wand out of the tube you need to be careful to wipe off any of the blobs before you bring the wand up to your eyes. It’s a bit of a pain.

That aside its a good mascara. It’s volumising but not terribly dramatic but in terms of wear it’s excellent. This mascara is £3 only, ridiculously cheap. Usually with cheap mascaras (and sometimes with expensive ones!) I find they spread, sliding off the lashes and around my eyes. This doesn’t, it stays put all day, until you wash it off at the end of the day. It also makes my two uneven eyes look nearly the same. Result!
MUA Lash Boom Mascara

MUA Lash Boom Mascara
All in all for £3 you can’t really go wrong for an every day mascara. Available in Superdrugs nationwide and from www.muastore.co.uk.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Hello! Hope you’re all well! I’m Karen from LiverpoolLashes Blog here doing my first guest post ever on Charlie’s blog!

Today I wanted to talk to you about my essential beauty products for summer.  If you’re anything like me I like to sieve out my regular products a little for the warmer weather, keep things a more minimal for make up but add more skin protecting products instead so lets get started.

Vaseline Spray & Go Cocoa Radiant – The last thing you want to do in the summer is apply a thick body butter so this product is ideal.  It’s a fine mist that barely needs rubbing in as it sinks right into the skin at a lightning speed and smells amazing.  It’s also lso available in Aloe Fresh and Essential Moisture.

Dove Hair Therapy Leave-In Conditioning & Care Spray – At this time of year it’s not just your skin that needs that extra boost of moisture.  This is another fairly new product that helps prevent breakage and split ends.  It can be applied to wet or dry hair and once it’s on it’s weightless so there’s no feeling of limp, weighed down hair.  Your hair is left feeling super soft with a gorgeous scent.

Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment – Lips can often be forgotten when applying your SPF so this is a perfect ‘on the go’ product with an SPF 15 whilst also providing essential hydration with a subtle rose coloured tint.

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser – Probably my favourite face moisturiser ever and that’s really saying something.  This lightweight gel-like moisturiser is dribblesome with it’s fresh and zingy orange scent.  It sinks in quickly so that you can apply your make up straight away and truly is really refreshing.  I’d even go as far as to say that this is actually one of my favourite parts of my morning routine.  Extremely highly recommended.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat – This is a product I don’t hear an awful lot about but it’s really good.  Officially it’s a moisturiser that gives a matte finish but I use it as a skin mattifying base for my make up.  If I’m not wearing make up I use it just to take the shine away.  It really is a great product!

Urban Decay De-Slick – When the temperature rises it can definitely take it’s toll on our make up so thankfully Urban Decay have this amazing make up setting spray to keep your make up on for longer.  It’s available in a two sizes so perfect for your handbag as well as your dressing table.

17 BB Cream – Most of us like to keep things lighter with our make up but 17’s BB Cream is an unexpected favourite of mine.  The coverage is brilliant, far better than the higher end brands I’ve tried but still feels just like a moisture on your skin.  I have a full review with swatches on my blog for this one.

Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Mascara – In summer I think that it’s a great look to go ‘fresh faced look’ with just a BB cream or tinted moisturiser and mascara.  Okay i’ll admit I threw this one in as a summer essential but it’s really a holy grail – there I’ve said it!  If you have straight lashes that don’t seem to hold a curl you need to read my blog post posted on the 24th June called ‘Keeping Straight Lashes Curled’ – it will change the way you think about your lashes!

If you made it to here then thank you and a massive thank you to Charlie for letting me write it!  I hope you enjoyed it half as much I enjoyed writing it.  If you did then feel free to come and visit my blog, I have a post up every single day which is mainly a product review but sometimes I post about my work as a nail technician & beauty therapist.

Karen x

Many thanks to Karen for helping out while I’ve been away, please do head over and take a look at her lovely blog!

Charlie x