Better than sex?

I really love how cheeky Too Faced are! What a great name for a mascara… 

As I mentioned before, my eye make up often smudges so I tend to opt for waterproof mascara most of the time. I stumbled across this one in Sephora and I must admit, the packaging won me over – I had to buy it. 
1944% more volume apparently… the claims are impressive! According to their consumer study, 97% said it increased volume and length and 94% said it stays put all day. As someone who works in market research, I’m curious to know how many people were interviewed…! 

I was pretty excited to see if this actually lived up to the hype, so I tried it out today. It absolutely increases the volume of your lashes, mine were multiplied and instantly more voluminous. However I didn’t get too much from it in terms of lengthening and it has lasted well but not perfectly all day. The brush is quite fat and fiddly, so if you hate clumps, this isn’t the mascara for you. I’d recommend purely for volume though, although at £19 it’s not the cheapest option out there. 

Better than sex? The jury’s out on that…


Post Bank Holiday Blues Pick-Me-Up

If you were back to work and feeling a bit meh after the long weekend like I was this week, I’d recommend booking in a makeover! My friend and I went to Charlotte Tilbury’s Covent Garden store for a fresh look & some make up advice. A session with them will set you back £35, but it’s redeemable on products you buy – although be warned! The products aren’t cheap so you’d only be able to get 1-2 max within that budget… needless to say I am now broke, but hopefully beautiful! 

I particularly liked the blush – here’s what they put on me…

The Filmstar Bronze and Glow plus the Cheek to Chic blush seemed to give me a great glow and you can barely see my dark skin spots – RESULT!

16-hour Bourjois Khol & Contour Eye Pencil?

Ok, so they claim it lasts for 16 hours straight… it doesn’t I’m afraid! I wear it on the waterline of my eye so that probably doesn’t help, but within a few hours (especially in summer) it transfers to my undereye and requires mopping up! But it does glide on easily with a strong solid colour, so with regular top ups, it looks pretty good! However, I wouldn’t try it on my upper lid as I expect it would transfer, but I reckon this would be great for a smoky eye if you smudge it for effect on purpose and at £5 it’s a bargain buy anyway!

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes

I tried out Legendary Lashes (£25) last week and I have to say, my lashes literally multiplied and grew in all directions. I couldn’t believe it! Seriously impressive but I’ll be looking out for it in a waterproof version because it definitely smudges – I wore it for the day and ended up looking very panda-like!! Shame really, because it is great in every other way and like most of Charlotte Tilbury’s make up, it comes in beautiful gold packaging. So maybe good for a short evening event when you can get back to your make up remover pronto, no good if you’re planning on sleeping in it… not that I recommend that of course!! 

Best eye make up remover (according to Stylist) and its much cheaper alternative that’s just as good…

I’d firstly just like to point out that I LOVE Stylist magazine. I must confess that I get very excited leaving work on Tuesday evenings when I can pick it up at Holborn station… So last week I was even more excited because they’d included their “Best Beauty” awards booklet and I just couldn’t wait to get my mitts on the coveted products that the mag I trust claims are the best! Check out the front runners here

Then I saw this:

I was very pleased to see that Clarins picked up the prize for the best eye make up remover – I have known that for years! The oil and water combo is a must for most mascara removal sans panda effect and it smells really nice too. But what I only recently discovered, thanks to my mother no less, is that Nivea’s Daily Essentials Double Effect eye make up remover is just as good AND a fraction of the price at around £3.75 (and often cheaper on sale!)

You’re welcome 😘

Nars ‘not so’ Audacious Mascara?

I just had to Google Audacious to make sure my understanding was correct… Bold, Daring, Fearless you say? I would say this mascara is none of those things, sadly.

I like to have thick luscious lashes and this absolutely did not deliver. Firstly, it smells a bit like glue, not in a strong way, but not so great either. It’s a bit runny in texture which is never going to help me achieve my thick lash effect and the worst thing about it, in my opinion, is the wand. The bristles are quite long, which makes getting to the root of your lash without stabbing yourself in the eye impossible. Cue tears and panda eyes to sort out before continuing application. It’s difficult to get to your bottom lashes with this wand too, so I ended up using a completely different mascara (le volume de Chanel aka Ye old faithful) to complete my look. Longer lashes? Tick. But they are not thick and plumped out and it took about 100 strokes to get anywhere near acceptable eyelashes. Unless you’re looking for a subtle lift and elongate on your lashes, I’d suggest saving yourself £21 and trying something else.

Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara

So here I am on hols but I am just dying to share my views on waterproof mascara with you! I love nothing more than luscious long and thick lashes, so I tend to opt for those ‘fake lash’ style mascaras. But as most of you will know, those are no good for beach holidays and the such – they tend to smudge super badly! So whenever I’m away I opt for a waterproof mascara that usually doesn’t really give my lashes the length & volume they need, rather they usually separate and look sparse!

A couple of years ago I stumbled across Chanel’s mascara Le Volume de Chanel in waterproof and I have to say, it is pretty bloody good! It doesn’t smudge at the first sign of water AND gives the long, thick lashes that I crave (minus extensions). Although I did look like a panda after a couple of lengths in the pool with my head underwater, but this mascara is fab and is at least sweat/splash proof. Result!