False lashes and I are not friends and I think now it’s time to face up to facts. We are never going to be friends. Once a year I wear them for a Christmas party, but they are a pain to get on and I don’t feel comfortable in them really, usually they take multiple attempts to get in place, messing up my make up in the meantime and it doesn’t matter what make I use, what glue and what tutorial I follow, they are always just a pain in the neck. And what’s more I don’t really love how they look…fake. It’s just out of my comfort zone. I don’t mind them for the Christmas party because then I’m going for full on glamour, but otherwise, it’s just no.
So I really like the idea of this Magnetic Lash stuff. It’s full titile is Magnetic Mascara 1-2-1 Lash Extension System but basically it’s a mascara and brush on fibres to add volume and length.
So what you get is the Magnetic Mascara….
And the Lash Builder…
The process is simple, apply a good thick even coat of the Magnetic Mascara, gently and carefully brush and dab on the fibres of the Lash Builder.
Once applied you simply add one more coat of the Magnetic Mascara to smooth and seal the fibres in.
This is no quick apply and run out of the door product, application takes a great deal of care and attention to avoid clumps and it is possible, but it’s easy to mess up.
I really like this, but there are two things to look out for, one is that I found when applying the fibres I do get a little bit of fall out, not much but you might need to give under your eyes a little sweep with a soft brush when you’ve finished, the other of course I’ve already mentioned, apply with care to avoid clumps.
Here’s my end result. UP close you can see the fibres at work.
Lots of length and volume and really nice and black. I approve. I haven’t experienced any loss of fibres throughout the day and although there was a small amount of fall out on application, I didn’t seem to get any in my eyes or experience irritation of any kind.
It works really well for me, but this is for the patient make up wearer only!
Santhilea’s 1-2-1 Lash Extension System is £24.99 and available from http://santhilea.com/
*Disclosure – PR Sample*
Make Up Atelier Paris isn’t a brand I had tried out before but trust me I’m going to be trying more from now on. I’m amazingly impressed with the bits I’ve been sent to try. The quality is exceptional as is the performance so I’m really delighted to share them with you today.
I’m going to start with the eye shadow palette in Bois de Rose (T19). The colours are beautiful and perform really well alone, but over a primer they are unbelievable. They are water resistant apply like a dream.
Then there’s the Waterproof Gel Liner which I have in Black. It comes in loads of colours, 20 to be exact, so again there’s something for everyone.
Quite possibly the blackest black I’ve tried! It’s a strange texture, it’s very spongy to the touch so if you’re not careful you’ll plunge your brush right in so a light touch is all thats needed. It is totally waterproof and can also be used as an eyeshadow base which I’ve not tried but would definitely consider buying the white or ivory shades for that purpose. These are £13 each.
The final eye product I’ve been trying out is the Waterproof Mascara.
All of this stuff is perfect if you’re going to the beach or to a humid environment. This black mascara isn’t the most volumising I’ve ever tried, no matter, it doesn’t budge. Not one bit. It’s £12.
I’m wearing all of the above here:
It’s light reflecting, but not shimmery and erm…you need like a pin head’s worth for a cheek. I’m not even kidding. On the swatch photo a little further down, the small drop on my hand? Way way way too much. This is £14 and comes in 11 shades, I would absolutely consider getting more of these.
Then finally there’s the lipstick in Gardenia.
Here are hand swatches of the blush and the lipstick. The top line is the lipstick and the two bottom ones are both the blush. The large circle is a tiny bit blended out a little. I literally dipped my finger in the blob on the right and dabbed it and rubbed it out, you need very little:
And so all that remains is for me to show you how I’ve been wearing all of the above. And I’m wearing them all a lot, I’m seriously impressed!
Love, what a fantastic brand and one that deserves to be very well known indeed. The quality is absolutely astounding and if you’re looking for make for your holiday, look no further.
All products available from http://www.makeupatelierparis.co.uk
Oh and PS: Cruelty Free!!
*Disclosure – all items received free of charge for review purposes*
Just when you think you’ve found the best mascara every, your holy grail mascara, something else comes along and knocks your socks of. Hence I’m not going to declare this the best mascara in the world. I’m going to call this the best mascara I’ve tried to date!
The Big Blink Mascara is loaded with Vitamin E, Antioxidants, and fatty acids as well as Argan Oil.
There’s only so much you can say about a mascara really, but this ticks all my boxes. Shiny lashes, individually separated, lengthened and very black. They just look perfect.
The brush is easy to wield, and if a mascara isn’t going to work for me, it’s usually because of the brush. This just works so well, grabbing my many lashes and coating them and separating them.
All that really remains to do is to show you why I like it so much.
The Big Blink Mascara is £15 and available from www.marksandspencer.com.
*Disclosure – PR Sample*
The Topshop Make Up Edit for Spring/Summer 2013 is a trend led collection of the ultimate make up products that has been edited by the Topshop Make Up Artist Hannah Murray and the Topshop Deign Team.
There are several must have items in the Edit but I’ve been trying out two.
Firstly the New Mascara in Carbon Copy which is a black. This is in my opinion, on the pricey side. That said it is a great mascara. Doing exactly what I like to do. Adding depth, and a little length along with separating and coating each of my trillions of lashes.
The other item I’ve been trying out is the New Peel Off Nail Polish in Back Flip.
Love this colour, it’s darkest darkest blue and I’m a huge fan. As for the peel off formula, I know this has been hit and miss with other reviewers but for me, I found one thick coat peeled off easily in one go.
The peel off polishes are available in four shades and are a very reasonable £6.
Other items in the Edit include Stick Blushers, Lipsticks, Cream shadows and more so do head over and take a look at the Topshop website to see the full collection.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
So here’s something a little bit different! How about a range based on the methods Ancient Egyptians used to create eye products? The Eye of Horus is of course the Egyptian Symbol representing healing, wisdom and prosperity to it’s bearer. The Eye of Horus products are naturally formulated, as I mentioned, based on the methods used by Ancient Egyptians. What this means are that they are made with plant based ingredients and waxes, such as Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Rice Bran Wax and Candelilla Wax.
The range is the star product, a mascara, and a variety of eye liners and accessories. The idea is that the range is affordable, non irritating and effective and especially suitable for sensitive eyes.
I was sent the Mascara, Teal Goddess Pencil and Sharpener.
Absolutely love the packaging which is very in-keeping with the theme.
So starting with the Teal Goddess Pencil. £13
This pencil is formulated with Jojoba Wax and Mango Oil and is completely waterproof. Brilliantly, it comes with a smudger on the other end so you can blend it out. I can testify that this doesn’t budge all day on my upper lid (although didn’t last quite all day on my waterline), yet it did wash off easily and most importantly I didn’t get any of that annoying transfer onto my upper lid after a full days wear. This is really lovely and comes in a few different shades.
Then onto the mascara. £13
This has one of those brushes I don’t get on too well with , it’s by no means massive but I still manage to blob it all over my eyelid on application… that’s just me being inept thought, for me personally the smaller the better. This mascara doesn’t promise volume or length or curl. This simply promises to enhance your natural lashes and it really is remarkable. Zero clumping. Zero flaking. Absolutely no smudging over the course of the day. Washes off easily and best of all promises to condition and strengthen while you’re wearing it, and thus assist in lash growth. I find this does and amazing job of grabbing and separating each lash and evenly coating it with intense black colour. Very nice indeed. And a perfect every day mascara because it flatters and emphasises without being dramatic.
The sharpener, well it’s a great sharpener and is a great price of £3.50. The pencils, because they are choc full of lovely oils and waxes really need a good quality sharpener and this does a great job.
So here are the two products in use.
You Can buy the Eye of Horus range from Cocktail Cosmetics who are absolutely brilliant and I was buying make up from them long before I was blogger. If you buy any Eye of Horus product full price you can get 50% off several of the liners AND get a free mirror, purse and sharpener! I don’t know how long this offer runs for so hop to it!
Eye of Horus products are all Cruelty Free.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
There are some beautiful things coming from Guerlain this season and I’ve got some images to share with you along with a look at and review of the new Mascara. Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash is a Volume creating and curl scultping mascara that comes in very classy packaging. It’s simple, stylish and classic.
The brush is fairly standard looking, which is a good thing as far as I’m concerned as I can’t stand huge brushes and I’m not the biggest fan of odd shaped mascara brushes…
Despite looking fairly standard it’s actually been quite carefully designed to catch each lash and separate and it’s all bevelled and faceted to create your look.
I’ll show you the mascara in action then I’ll tell you what I liked and didn’t like about it.
Okay, so I love how black it is, and I love how I don’t get it on my eyelids when I apply it because it hasn’t got a massive brush. I also love how it makes my lashes look thick and striking even when I’m looking down, they still look long.
I also love how the when applying to my bottom lashes it doesn’t go underneath my lashes, it just goes where I want it to. I also like how it’s easy to apply with a very light touch. When I apply mascara to my bottom lashes, I simply want them to look black, I don’t like heavy bottom lashes, this is easy to apply without my bottom lashes looking too long or thick. It stays put all day, and doesn’t flake off over the course of the day.
I only have one negative really with this mascara, and it’s really nit picking, but it’s worth pointing out that when I apply this I really do have to apply with care because I find that if I’m a bit haphazard or too heavy handed it can clump. I don’t mind taking a little care with this though, it doesn’t exactly add much time to my routine! The mascara is available in two shades, Noir and Violet and retails at £22.
The rest of the Spring collection is really lovely looking too. Here’s a quick run down…
Guerlain KissKiss Gloss in #870 Cherry Pink and #849 Fizzy Mango. £18.90
Guerlain Liquid eyeliner in Noir Ebene (Not a Ltd Edition) £22.05.
Guerlain Rouge Automatique in 600 Ballade & 601 Romance and Shine Automatique in 761 Flirt and 762 Rendez-Vous £22.05
Then there are two Eye Shadow Palettes. Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Spring in 501 Attrape-Coeur £34.20
Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Spring in 502 Coupe De Foudre £34.20
And last but not least the Guerlain Meteorites Perles Do Paradis £38.70
A very beautiful collection, I like that they have catered for different tastes and colourings by having a pinky purple theme and a coral and green theme. Personally I’d like the two coral lipsticks and the Coupe De Foudre Eyeshadows, they just look so stunning.
Anything take your fancy? The collection is available now and I recommend Escentual (but I’m not affiliated in any way!).
*Disclosure – Mascara Provided as a PR Sample*
It’s been a quite some time since I’ve been able to show you any new Estee Lauder launches but here we are back with some new bits and I’m pleased to say they are insanely good!
I was sent a few bits, what I thought were four of the New Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paints, and a mascara, but it turned out to be three Shadow Paints and one Double Wear Stay In Place Gel Liner.
Left to Right we have the Double Wear Stay In Place Gel Eyeliner in Extreme Emerald, and then the Stay-on Shadow Paints in Neon Fuchsia , Steel and Halo.
Swatches of all of the above:
In addition I was sent the Sumptous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Emerald.
I’m going to show you how I wore all of the above and then after I’ll talk about how I found them (but I can’t resist just mentioning in passing they were all nothing short of amazing!).
Here’s Neon Fuchsia, worn as a liner:
Here’s the Extreme Emerald Eyeliner and the Extreme Emerald Mascara on the bottom lashes.
And then the Shadow Paints in Steel and Halo worn together, although they didn’t photograph well this is my favourite way to wear them, the combination of the warm and cool shades, so soft and subtle, is a really lovely day look.
Firstly the Extreme Emerald Mascara, not my first experience of a Sumptous Extreme Mascara, and I’m a big fan of the formula. Extreme Emerald is so bright and vivid I wasn’t brave enough to go with it on all my lashes, but it is fab, and looks wonderful on the bottom lashes as a pop of colour. If you like coloured mascaras, you can’t go wrong with this. Such a great mascara, £22.
The Extreme Emerald Stay-in Place Gel Eyeliner (£17) is also amazing. So vivid and does not budge. Not one little bit. Put it on first thing in the morning, it will be pristine at 10pm at night, perhaps a little faded, but still bright awesome green. I’ll be looking for more of these, I’m thinking Stay Midnight and Stay Coffee.
Finally the Shadow Paints, I’ve got to say I’m blown away by these. A cream eyeshadow that doesn’t crease. Not one bit. And like the eyeliner, it stays put ALL day. When you remove your make up at the end the day, you’ll be removing immaculate make up. The colours are amazing. I found the Neon Fuchsia needed a bit of building up as on one pass it was a bit patchy, I had to go over the line a few times to get my desired depth of colour, but it took seconds, so that’s really nit picking. These are £19 each which does seem like a lot but these are the only cream shadows that don’t crease, well of all that I’ve tried, not only that but they stay where you put them all day. And the colours are beautiful. I’m thinking Pink Zinc, Sinister and Bold Cobalt today.
You have got to check these out, they are outstanding.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Well, this is another one of these posts that is a couple of weeks too late thanks to my surgery especially since I now can’t find the vast majority of the range on the website. Which means I am mostly unable to give you any prices or useful information. The range must have sold out very vast since I only received the samples a couple of weeks ago, but I’m choosing to still blog about them in case you like the look of any of the bits and can find them in your local stores.
In case you skipped the title of the post, I’m of course talking about the Kelly Brook cosmetics collection for New Look.
To give you a quick overview before I tell you about the items in more depth. So this is a cheap range, all (from memory so please don’t quote me on this) priced around the £2 to £5 mark. The range is mostly functional and adequate, I think in the bits that I received to try out, one of the items is a total stand out and the, one of them is absolutely awful, with the rest being perfectly nice usable cosmetics. Also, loving the packaging. It’s very cute.
So a quick look at some of the items I’ve been trying out in more detail. Starting with the Lipgloss.
Pinky-nude and very wearable. Not too sticky either. Only problem is that it’s very chemically scented. For me this isn’t a huge issue, but it may be for others. Personally, I don’t mind!
Next, the Blusher.
This is a surprisingly nice product. It flips open on both sides, with the underside containing a brush (I haven’t tried it, I use my own brushes for blusher) and a mirror. The shade itself is a peachy pink and in the pan it looks full of shimmer/glitter. I found the colour to be really pretty and that shimmer, once on the cheeks that shimmer is much less obvious than I thought it was going to be. It’s really rather nice.
Then for the eye products. I have the mascara, the liquid liner, the smokey eyes eye shadow quartet and the brow set.
The mascara is great, it’s not especially lengthening, nor volumising, it is however very black indeed and a more than adequate mascara for every day use.
The liquid liner is my star pick from the collection. Incredibly black and incredibly easy to use. Lovely fine point with just the right amount of “give”. I’m never going to be great at liquid liner, in any form, but this is about as good as it gets for me. Really think this is a great product.
The eyeshadows are nice. They do feel cheap in the same way that Vivo or MUA eyeshadows do, but they pack a decent amount of pigment and achieve a great smokey eye with very little effort. I found the pale shade (which isn’t at all pink even though it looks like it) had a bit of fall out, but otherwise, no problems with this at all.
Finally for the eye products, the Brow Kit. This is terrible. Well, I say terrible, I mean terrible for me. This set is the “brunette” set, but I’d say this was suitable for only the reddest of redheads. You get a coloured wax, a powder, tweezers and a brush. The powder and wax are distinctly orange and looked horrific on me, really awful. I had to do my best to remove it and cover with a nice true brown product for the pictures I’ve taken of all the items in use. Avoid unless you are a redhead.
Finally the nail varnishes. I’ve not tried them all I have to admit, I was sent a red, blue, purple and a black with multicoloured glitter. I’ve been unable to polish with the old arm operation but I did manage a thumb swatch of the black.
It looks a bit gritty but its still glossy and quite pretty I think.
So thats my run down of the products I received. Here’s a little look at them all in use. My only additions were my base, black khol on my waterline and my own brow powder in an attempt to appear less orange 😉
Swatches of everything:
Again, I apologise for the lack of information in this post such as prices and availability, but I think if you fancy anything it’s worth checking your local New Look, just in case!
Clarins for Autumn 2012 is a subtle affair, but subtle in a really quite beautiful way. There are several stand out products and I’ve got a few things to show you today, all swatched and applied.
Don’t overlook this collection, there are some beautiful products.
I’m going to start by showing you the lipsticks. There are four new Rouge Prodige Lipsticks, Spiced orange, Fig, Orchid Pink and Dark Cherry. They retail at £17.50 each. I have Spiced Orange and Orchid Pink to show you.
I don’t know why the swatches on my hand look sheer, these lipsticks are most definitely full coverage. They are absolutely gorgeous, they last and feel super moisturising.
These are both beautiful and you can see them both being worn in the following pictures. I quite fancy Fig as well, it looks beautiful.
Next I want to show you the two new Limited Edition Eye Liners.
First up the 3-Dot Liner, which is £20 and comes only in black.
And then there is also a black Khol Eye Pencil, £15.
Okay, so the 3-Dot liner is a new thing, it allows you to sort of push the colour down between your lashes to give the impression of fuller lashes, but you can also, if careful, draw a nice line. I have found this takes a lot of practice and I perhaps should cover the dots with a liquid liner, but I have left my poor attempts undisguised. I actually rather like it, but it does take (me) some practice. The kohl is just fab. You can see both of these products in all the following face and eye pictures.
Here however are some hand swatches. Left to Right is the Khol, the 3-Dot Liner dotted (sorry it’s bled on my hand) and the 3-Dot Liner drawn as a line.
Next thing I want to show you is possibly my favourite thing, the Limited Edition Instant Definition Mascara in Intense Plum £20.
Love the brush, it’s got this little narrow tip to let you get right in close to the shortest lashes and the colour is divine, it’s an all round great mascara, you can see in this in most of the following pictures, but I’ll list each thing where they apply.
Next up is the prettiest product, Clarins Colour Accents Face & Blush Palette £30
I am, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned about a billion times, a huge huge fan of Clarins powders, they have the most incredible textures, whether translucent powder or blusher, they are just so incredibly soft and they leave the most perfect finish on your skin. This is one of those products I wasn’t quite sure what to do with… is it a blusher? is it a setting powder? is it a bronzer? Well the answer is, I think, all of the above depending on the colour of your skin. Clarins claim you can blend the four shades together or apply the pink shade as a blush, but the pink bars are too small for any blusher brush. There’s a Light-Optimizing + Complex which apparently reduced the appearance of wrinkles and imperfections. For me, the shades blended all together are not quite right, its a little too dark so I can’t really vouch for it’s imperfection concealing abilities, as a blusher or bronzer, on my pale skin, it’s just fine. You can see it in action in the following photographs.
Finally, there are the New Mineral Eyeshadows. There are 16 shades available and they cost £16 each. There are a variety of finishes, matte, satin, pearl and shimmer and they can all be used wet or dry. In all my pictures they have been used dry.
I have six shades to show you. All come in a beautiful gold compact, with a mirror inside the lid.
The texture of these is incredible. This is what you get when you use them dry, I’m sure they are incredible if used wet.
So I’m now going to show you them all on my lids and in the context of my face.
Golden Rose and Aubergine. Golden Rose is my favourite shade.
Here in addition to Golden Rose and Aubergine, I have the Intense Plum Mascara, 3-Dot liner, Khol and the Colour Accents Powder all over my face and Orchid Pink Rouge Prodige.
Then we have Auburn and Dark Chocolate.
This time I have the mascara and the two liners on, but have only applied the face powder to my cheeks, and am wearing Spiced Orange Rouge Prodige lipstick.
Finally, Black Sparkle and White Sparkle.
This time, I have the khol, the 3-Dot Liner, Orchid Pink Rouge Prodige lipstick, a black mascara and the face powder on cheeks only.
The eye shadows are beautiful and highly recommended.
My top picks from the whole collection are the eyeshadows and the mascara, but I like all of it. I’ll definitely be going to look at more of the single shadows in store soon. I’m fancying Taupe (!!)
The collection is due out in September but is now available from Escentual.com who I always recommend for Clarins as there seems to be a permanent discount on the entire range.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Clinique do great mascaras. I have pretty much tried them all and here’s the latest to be added to the range. Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara in Extreme Black.
It doesn’t disappoint. It’s a large wand but it’s not loo brush sized like the Max Factor ones which I always manage to stab myself in the eye with, it’s just on the right side of large for me. I could tell you a lot about the formula and how it contains Acrylates Copolymer, polymeric wetting agents and conditioning agents, but really it’s not necessary.
It looks great and I swear to god this doesn’t budge throughout the day. When I remove my mascara at the end of the day it looks exactly as it did when I applied it that morning. It’s my new favourite black mascara. Above any I’ve previously reviewed. I might pick another for a night out maybe, but for day to day wear, this baby is it.
Out now, this retails at £17.00 and I highly recommend.
*Disclosure – PR Sample*