Mascara Wars – Great Lash Big ‘V’ 3D Volume

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When it comes to mascara I really don’t get that excited about it compared with other make-up. On my budget mascara lands around a cost verses how long it will last. Mascara just doesn’t last long enough for me to justify the cost which is why I’m a drugstore girl at heart. I haven’t tried many but I like to give them a decent go but I don’t expect miracles for my money. So when my 2014 mascara favourite was given a new and improved contender I just had to put my two penneth in with…

Mascara Wars

What I Want In A Mascara

When I look for a mascara it might not be how you would choose one. I always go for blackest black in any brand and I’m not looking for false lash effects either. I want a smooth application that doesn’t irritate my eyes which love to water up. I really hate spiders to begin with so I don’t want all my lashes to be stuck together, oh and clumps are a deal breaker. See I don’t ask for much!

I just want one coat, quick application & no itches!

 Mascara Wars – The Contenders

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Mascara Wars – The 2014 Classic – Revlon 3D Volume

As recommended by another blog I really did get on well with this one and at £10.99 it’s probably at the high-end of my mascara spending. It has one of those plastic comb type wands with very fine tips and a spikey end to catch every lash. It’s a very wet formula to begin with but it didn’t clump the lashes together but defined them more. My big problem was the spikes were so fine they did feel scratchy, I didn’t like using this for my bottom lash. A good few times I did try it & ended up involuntary blinking giving me A Clockwork Orange kinda of look! I liked that I could get the very inner lashes on my eye which are very blonde. It coats them in a blackest black shade but I wouldn’t say it lengthens but it does give some curl to them. This will last you a fair time but I’m going to say goodbye to this one as it has started to clump which it never used to do.

Mascara Wars – The New Old Love – Maybelline Great Lash Big

When I was much younger I was completely stuck to using Maybelline’s Great Lash. I just felt like it got what I was about, I needed colour on my mousey lashes and to make them stand out more as I rarely wore eyeshadow of any kind. Mascara was the thing make-up wise I could manage without messing up. I trusted and stuck with it for a long time but us girls do love to flit to others too. When I saw Great Lash on the shelves with a New sign with it that was all it took to pull me back in. I’m a sucker for any products new & improved. The new Big version has a new huge wand and a rebooted formula at the bargain price of £4.99. More along the tradition bristle brush type of wand I instantly fell back in with why I got on with it all those years ago. This is almost fool proof as the wand covers most of your lashes in one or too brushes through. The formula means that you can go back over while it’s wet & go back through as much as you like if you want to adjust your lashes. I haven’t had this clump once yet or had to take it off and start again. This is the mascara for girls that want natural enhanced lashes for every day use which is basically me.

The Winner Is…

Well it’s Maybelline of course that have won me back, my only problem is I haven’t seen these in very many stores in the UK. I got mine in Superdrug & keep looking out for it as I’m going to get another just in case hopefully. If not my solution maybe to buy an original and see if the wand fits the pot as I think it’s the same. You can seem to get it on Superdrug’s website but I rarely order anything online (see link on price above).


New Look Pure Colour & Other Budget Bits – Part 2

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This is part two of my New Look Pure Colour mini reviews, including the other budget pieces I’ve use to create this look. For part one which is all about the eyes see Part 1 where I’ve written about the eyeshadow. This one is all about the (base bout the base no treble) ok so digressing with Meghan Trainor’s track that’s now stuck in my head.

Cause I’m All About That Lip & Base

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New Look Pure Colour Lip Liner £1.99

When I picked these few bits from New Looks new beauty range Pure Colour this was fancied but not loved. I’m not used to nude lip colours & this wasn’t something I was keen on straight out of the bag. I did like that the packaging was very sleek & black a little Nars-esque. It’s a sturdy pencil that need sharpening but the formula is creamy and easy to apply. When I first wore this the peachy tone was a bit crazy for me but I think I’m growing to love it. One of the things I like about blogging is having photos of my make-up and seeing the photo above has made me like it more. I wore this with my Neutrogena Nordic Berry lip balm to add some shine. Let me know what you think.

Natural Collection Blusher in Rosey Glow £1.99

This is one of those things where you have a product and like it then forget about it. Not anymore! This is ridiculously beautiful but super cheap, it’s as finely milled as any other powder blush I own. Just at a super decent price! It’s a matte shade that’s just as the name describes, it adds a warmth to my pale skin without looking too flushed.

Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry Foundation in Buff £12.49

Now I’ve already mentioned this one a fair few times but it’s happening again. Out of all the drugstore foundations I’ve tried up to now this has been my favourite. It has a pale enough shade that has no orange tones what so ever. I can apply this sheer & build it up just in the areas I need it without the cakey-ness (yes it’s not a “word” – meh!). The only thing that could make it better would be a pump & maybe a plastic bottle for travel.


After trying these pieces from the Pure Colour range I’m still wanting to get some more bits. I think it maybe other lip liner shades and the lipsticks next.

Pink & Curls – Beyond The Comfort Zone #fotd

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I’m not quite sure what I was thinking when decided to get ready this morning. I guess I’m just not you typical girly girl when it comes to blogging about makeup. I’ve had a long hate for curl so I’ve straightened my hair with Ghd’s for the last decade. Only in the last year have I allowed them to dry into a wavy mess. I’m not exactly fond of pink either at least on me. I wasn’t a fan of Barbie Dolls or of any kind of dolls full stop. When I went for the pink shade below it’s because I want to explore out of my comfort zone. Continue reading “Pink & Curls – Beyond The Comfort Zone #fotd”

Loved Lipsticks – The Ones Most Reached For …

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Last year I didn’t own any lipstick at all. For me lipstick was something my hands didn’t have the ability to master. I couldn’t get an even line or even just apply it to my lips without staining my face in the process. I didn’t trust myself not to end up smearing it across my face. The thought alone of needing to reapply it without any wipes as backup was daunting. When I started blogging it was my choice to change & start caring more about myself. Makeup for me adds a boost of confidence that allows my inner madness to be shown without words. Here are my most loved lipsticks.

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Five Product Face #fotd

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All You Need For A Natural Look – Five Product Face

I’ve been thinking about the five product face ever since I got into reading blogs a few years back. It isn’t that I can’t leave the house without make up on I do that all the time. When I do wear makeup though I just would always feel unfinished. I’ve tried it out multiple times but always ended up using something extra. Today just somehow fell into place where what I choose worked but also didn’t feel heavy in the heat.

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Five Product Face – Reviews

  1. Loreal True Match in N1 Ivory £9.99 – This is a bit of a turn around I haven’t had any love for this one until recently I found a way to apply it. Now I can wear this easily, it’s light in shade and comfortable on the skin. Almost has the my skin but better quality without looking like I’m wearing much.
  2. Sleek Blush in Flushed £4.99 – Another much avoided product, not because of the blush but the packaging. The damage you can see above was from me trying to open it and digging my nails at the same time. This made my blogging heart bleed, finally I’ve got over it and I like it. If I had gone any heavier I think it would have had the looks of a cold winter flush. Very pigmented so be light handed and build up.
  3. Bare Minerals Liner Shadow in Fashionista £14 – This is something new I’ve just gotten into using but it’s right up my street. I like that I can get a smoother line and get close into the tight line when I use it wet. This way it stays in place but is easy to remove even with your regular cleanser. I like that I can build the shade up in layers to get a darker look. The shade is a brown with a hint of red but has been discontinued but I’m wanting to try more of them anyway.
  4. Revlon Photo Ready 3D Volume in Blackest Black £10.99 – This was bought on a whim to see if it was any better than the 2true mascaras with the similar spiky plastic spoolies. They are but I do prefer the brush on this one as it separates the lashes more and the black really is blackest over the other two. Way too spiky for the bottom lashes even scratchy if it touches skin
  5. Carmex Moisture Plus in Berry Sheer Tint £4.29 – This is a recent addition as I have come to love a sheer wash of red when I’m in a rush. It’s quite glossy and has quite a strong scent to it that I can’t quite put my finger on yet. There’s enough colour so my lips aren’t bare and the thinner than normal tube means it’s easier to reapply.

Five Product Face – Close Up

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