Mascara Stash!

Hello Everybody,

I love mascaras. Mascaras lift your eyes and makes them pop! I always feel that my eyes are naked without it as they can totally change your look.

I have had a stash of mascaras which I have used and finally I can write about them! Some good, some not so good.

Tanya Burr Cosmetic Selfie Lash has a rubber wand made of small rubber bristles. The brush is small and slightly rounded but flexible and is easy to work with. It elongates the lashes and you can build up the mascara for a more dramatic look. It lasted for quite a long time during the day and only at the end of the day did I notice some slight smudging. I did like it and very reasonably priced too.

No7 Extreme Length Waterproof Mascara is the only waterproof mascara I tried. The wand is a simple and straight lade from a rubber material and is quite spiky. It separates and elongates your lashes very nicely. It stayed quite well for the day and to remove it you need to use waterproof eye make up remover. A very good everyday mascara.

Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Water resistant has a small, fat rubber wand with small bristles. It was not water resistant at all. It gives a natural wet look which I didn’t like and it gave me no volume or length. I was not very impressed with this mascara so a big let down.

Max Factor Dark Magic Instant Dramatic Volume Mascara has a strange wavy bristle wand. I presume it was designed to give the mascara more volume to your lashes. It did leave the lashes with a heavy, dramatic look. Obviously it didn’t separate the eyelashes. A downside for me was that it dried up in the tube quite quickly. It was an OK mascara but I won’t be buying it again.

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils has a small, slightly rounded bristled wand. This gave a beautiful look to the lashes, volume and length were fantastic. It built up easily with the easy to use wand. It was effortless to get the ideal look for my eyes. The stand out mascara I used over the time.

The YSL was excellent and the best but then so it should be. The Tanya Burr and the No 7 for the tighter budget were very good too use and great everyday products.

Thankfully we are all different and every person has a different view on what the mascara should do for their eyes.


Mascaras of 2017!

Hi Everybody,

This is my third post on Mascaras which shows the importance of them to me! Every year there is always something new in Mascaras. A new brand, a new ‘improved’ version.

One thing I have learned about mascaras is that I never go by first impressions. I always give them a good trial to see if they work. One thing I dislike about certain blogs is that they try them once and say ‘it’s no good’, ‘it doesn’t do what they say’. You can’t do that. Mascaras need to be used for a good week before you can come up with a opinion.

These are the six I tried in 2017.

Maybelline ‘The Falsies Push up Drama Mascara’ has a rubbery brush with small bristles. It gave good depth and volume and opened the eyes OK. It was clumpy on the lashes so I did have to work quickly with it.

Max Factor ‘False Lash Epic’ Mascara has a very disappointing brush which I didn’t like at all. Plasticky and a prickly ball at the end. If you are not careful you could prick your eye out! It separated and elongated the lashes OK but I did find that at the end of the day, I had dark eyes underneath.

Revlon ‘Volume+Length Magnified’ Mascara has a bristle brush which was very good. The formula is thicker than the Maybelline or Max Factor mascaras.  I did have a little smudge under the eyes but I really liked the volume and length from this mascara. This was my first Revlon mascara from the new range and I have to say I was quite impressed and I will have to look at the other mascaras from their range.

Beauty Pie ‘Uber Volume Boost’ Mascara has a small curved bristle brush. It gave good volume and length to the lashes. It grabbed the lashes well and only gave a slight smudge to the eyes at the end of the day. A good everyday budget option.

Beauty Pie ‘Uber Curl Drama’ Mascara has a small curved bristle brush. I found this to be a perfect size to use on the eyes. Not to big as some can be. It really settled the curl and lasted very well throughout the day. At the members prices I don’t think you can go wrong with either of the Beauty Pie mascaras.

Smashbox ‘Full Exposure’ Mascara has a large, almost too large, bristle brush. I wasn’t sure about this mascara. I used it for longer than normal and found you had to work carefully as you can easily smudge the upper lid! With technique it really gave depth and volume to the lashes. I have never tried Smashbox mascaras and this was a great one to start with.

New year and new mascaras started already!


My Year of Mascaras!


Hi Everybody,

Mascaras are one of the most difficult make up choices around. With so many different types of mascaras and what they can do, the choice is overwhelming. The brushes, the formulation, the textures, the price range. All make it difficult to find the elusive perfect mascara. Here are the mascaras I have used through 2016.

‘The all-right-but-nothing-special-mascaras’

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara was only a sample size to try the full size. Trying this sample size saved me from buying the full-size version! The bristle brush is quite thick and didn’t give me the false extreme lash look at all, only gave me a natural look to the lashes. Nothing WOW for me.

Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara has a very spiky and plasticky brush and that spoils the effect of applying it onto the lashes. I accidentally poked my eye with it as it’s too spiky!  Through the day it eventually smudged and gave me the panda eye look! It did elongate and separate the lashes though.

Clarins ‘Wonder Perfect’ Mascara applies nicely, eyelashes look pretty but the downside is that it smudged through the day. Not a perfect mascara then. I also tried ‘Be Long’ Mascara but this also smudged on me! It did give a really nice effect but the smudging was very disappointing on these Clarins. Maybe the samples were faulty?

Laura Mercier ‘Full Blown Volume Supreme Lash Building’ Mascara wins the award for the longest name in Mascaras! This didn’t give the volume as it says but the lashes looked natural, elongated and separated and also didn’t smudge. For the price, it was a bit of let-down in my view and didn’t leave my lashes with the full blown effect as promised.

The best-of-the-rest-mascaras’

L’Oreal ‘False Lash Sculpt’Mascara has the weirdest, rubbery brush I’ve used on a mascara, the shape looks like a dragon’s head and small. But in spite of this, it gave my lashes the elongated and separated look I wanted. It didn’t smudge either and I was very impressed by this one and the price was good for under ten pounds. A great everyday mascara.

Rimmel ‘Volume Colourist’ Mascara has unusual squared off bristles but this obliviously helps the look as it separates and gives you volume to the lashes. It also has lash tint complex in it and the longer you use it, your lashes get darker. It did for me and I have been really happy to use this mascara.

Benefit ‘Roller Lash’ Mascara was a Benefit mascara I did use and liked a lot. The brush is so nicely curved and small. The rubber bristles are soft compared to the They’re Real’ mascara. It really opened the eyes, curled the lashes and separated them perfectly. I really liked this mascara.

Kevyn Aucoin ‘Essential’ Mascara has a slightly curved brush which makes it easier to apply onto the lashes and work into them. It also has ultra-soft fibres which blends into the lashes easily. A really nice mascara that delivers on volume and doesn’t clump the lashes. A true black mascara as well, like all the others.

It’s always good to experiment with mascaras, the different things they can achieve makes it interesting. The mascara is a competitive market and one mascara may be right for one person but not for somebody else. After all we humans are very picky!



Mascaras I Used Throughout 2015!



Hi Everybody,

Mascaras are so important to how you look, they make your eyes pop and gives you that wow look. You can be without eye shadows but you can’t be without mascara!

Here are the four I used throughout 2015.

First Mascara is the No 7 Exceptional Definition Nutrient Enriched Mascara. I purchased this for the second time as it makes your eyes so beautiful. It has triple effect brushes which gives good volume and definition. A lovely everyday mascara.

Bourjois  One Second Volume Mascara is opposite to the No 7 mascara as it has a fatter brush to it. This gives you a much thicker volume and was impressed by it. I was unsure about it at the beginning but when I started using it everyday my mind was changed as it made beautiful eyelashes. One to repurchase again.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara has a curved brush but similar bristles on the brush to the No 7. The curved brush does help to give you a curled lash effect to them. A very good mascara.

My last one is the Dior ‘Diorshow’ Iconic Overcurl Mascara. This is my first luxury mascara and it has not disappointed me. It has a lovely overcurl brush which grips your eyelashes beautifully and gives a fantastic volume. It has the perfect formula. You buy it, you apply it and you get the exact, instant look you want.

Drugstore mascaras are a wet formula from the beginning when they are new so they need to dry to get the best out of them but they still good when you allow them that time.  The Dior doesn’t need that, the formula is so right from the first moment you use it. It is the best I have tried and it gives you the million dollar baby look!