mascara

L’Oreal | Miss Manga Mascara

I’m going to kick start this by saying I really had no interest whatsoever when L’Oreal first released the Miss Manga Mascara. I disliked the advert for it so much. I just felt like it was aimed towards teens more than anything, so I really didn’t pay much attention to it.

Then when it came to picking items for a beauty box subscription, this popped up as an option, and with little else to pick from that month, I decided to try it out.

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The packaging is standard for drugstore, with quite a chunky plastic tube. It’s pretty enough to look at with it’s black and metallic pink detailing, but I still get that hint of teen from it. Usually I find that L’Oreal’s packaging is aimed more towards the higher end look; it’s quite chic and delicate looking.

The wand is where the magic happens. When I first opened it I really wasn’t sure how exactly it was going to work. The bottom part of the wand has a small indent in it, which lets to brush move and bend 360 degrees. Usually I prefer to have quite sturdy brush to give something to push onto and really coat the lashes, but actually this mechanism works really well. The flexibility of it means that it gets pretty much every lash, without overloading and layering up.

The shape of the brush was new to me too, as it’s quite chunky but cone shaped one, which I’ve actually wanted to try out for a while now. It’s great at getting every lash, even the small ones, with the tapered end meaning that it’s a lot less tricky manoeuvre.

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The formula is brilliant; no clumping, no flaking and is kind to sensitive eyes. The wear time is good to and the colour payoff is really true with the black being quite a bold pigment.

The Miss Manga range comes in a variety of colours, so finding something to suit your taste should be a doddle.

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L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara – £8.99 – link here

Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara

I have hooded eyes. Not severely, but hooded enough that if I overdo it with the eyeliner even a tiny bit, it can ruin my entire make up. So I’m always on the look for new eye products that help to line and define the eye area.

My latest test was with Bourjois. I love Bourjois as a brand, their foundation, blushes and little round eye pots are a dream to use, but I had not tried anything in the form of mascara. When I saw their liner effect mascara, I was instantly interested in how it works.

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The idea is that you use the small brush to really get into the lash line, and ultimately use the effect of tight lining the eye using mascara instead of eyeliner, or shadow.

The concept does work pretty well. I’m not usually a fan of small, comb like brushes but this one is actually designed really well. It gets into the the lashes and separates easily, and the formula adds good length to the lashes too. It’s easy to use the brush to really hit the lash root, especially if you use with a good pair of eyelash curlers.

I wouldn’t say it adds much of a line though, nothing compared to an eyeliner anyway. I’ve layered this up a few times, and not really noticed too much of a difference really in terms of a liner effect, however it is a really nice mascara in itself.

The only cons are that the formula is a tad wet (it may dry down slightly after use), and the applicator is a bit long, so you have to be carful when applying, it’s not one for using in a hurry or on the go. It can also flake slightly, but I think that was from over-layering on my part.

I’ve mainly been using this for day time wear, and any time I’ve used fake lashes as it’s been a good mascara to use as a base.

You can find the Bourjois Liner Effect mascara in Boots, online and in-store for £9.99.

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara | Extra-Black

When I look at my make up collection, the one thing I don’t really need anymore of at this moment in time, is mascara. So what do I buy when I’m let out of the house alone? Yep…

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The L’Oreal Volume Million mascara was actually recommended to me by a friend, so let’s blame her. Bad monkey.

Having already tried, and quite liked a few L’Oreal mascaras in the past, I didn’t need much persuading. Also my friends eyelashes always look amazing, so obviously I thought mine would look like hers…

I’ll start by saying it’s not the worst mascara I’ve ever tried, it’s a very pigmented black colour, and the formula isn’t too bad once it’s dried. The brush is quite chunky though and I struggled to not get it on my eyelids when trying to get my shorter lashes.

I’ve had it and used it for a while now, and it does get better once the formula dries out slightly from usage. It stays put well, and doesn’t smudge or flake through the day/night. It’s also quite easily removed with make up remover, so there are no stubborn struggles.

I really thought this could be my “going out” mascara, but volume wise I wouldn’t say it adds much fullness or dramatic effect. It is just a nice day time mascara in my opinion.

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The L’Oreal Volume Millions Mascara is available in Boots and Superdrug for an RRP of £10.99.

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara | Review

How magical does a lash potion mascara sound?

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I was enticed in to buying it by the name, it’s also the prettiest looking packaging…so easily pleased.

Now I’m really on the fence with this mascara from Revlon, I like the formula, but I’m not keen at all on the brush. On first inspection it looks great, quite full, with a lot of tiny bristles – Revlon boasts that the Lash Potion has a triple grooved wand, which combs through lashes for clump free length.

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The mascara isn’t really clumpy, so much as it’s sticky, which I know sounds like a formula problem, but I actually think it’s the brush which isn’t doing the job of separating the lashes properly.

It does help to add the length to lashes, which is something I love about it, as it does give a really wide awake look to eyes, however if you’re looking for full, lush lashes then this might not be for you.

I have found layering it to be quite challenging too, because of the sticking lashes it makes it hard to build up the mascara for more dramatic eyes.

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The above picture is three layers of the Lash Potion mascara, and a bit of eyeliner.

Despite it’s stickiness and not so special brush, I really have found that I’ve liked the effect of the wide eye look. Unlike some reviews I’ve read, I haven’t found it flakey or easily rubbed off, nor have a noticed any actual clumps of mascara in my lashes like some others have.

At the moment I’m using it just as a day time mascara, with the hope that the formula might dry out slightly in time, and usage. I can’t really comment on the growth part of Revlon’s promise, as I’ve not been using it long enough to notice any difference at all, however if you’re a regular user then I’d love to know any thoughts or comments you have?

The Revlon Lash Potion Mascara by Grow Luscious is available in Boots, in-store and online for £9.99.

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

The tube is shiny, that’s where my addiction started…

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I tried a sample size of Lash Domination by Bare Minerals, and really loved the effect of it. I got lucky in duty fee and managed to get the full size with an extra £5 off the price, meaning I paid around £10 for it.

The applicator is completely different, the bristles twist around the brush 180 degrees, to help coat lashes from all angles. The wand is quite bulky, but not enough that it’s a problem, it actually helps to give a good application.

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The formula is lovely, and doesn’t irritate the eyes at all. It’s also easily removed with make up remover.

It separates lashes and gives a ‘wide-awake’ look. It’s also very pigmented, and adds fullness to lashes, I wouldn’t say it’s the best for adding length though.

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I’d definitely recommend this mascara, over and over again. I think for the price it’s a bargain. It’s not quite up there with my Benefit They’re Real, but it’s definitely much more kind to your lashes, there’s no violent fighting to get it off!

L’Oreal Paris False Lash Flutter Mascara

I’ve become quite a L’Oreal lover recently – what with their hair care, skin care and make up, I think I could open up my own pop-up store.

The latest addition to my collection is cosmetic based…

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The False Lash Flutter mascara is a pretty newish release from L’Oreal, and seen as Boots has a 2 for £14 offer across L’Oreal I though it would be rude not to give it a go.

L’Oreal says “False Lash Flutter extends the look of lashes towards the outer eye without clumps.
Get full on, fluttery volume with False Lash Flutter Mascara.Our first double winged butterfly brush together with Cocoon fibres lengthen the look of lashes towards the outer eye”
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I’ll talk about the packaging first, L’oreal seems to package and secure their items so tightly – this is good for those who, instead of using testers to try the products first (you know who you are!), they open up a new bottle and give it a whirl. It definitely deters this so at least you know when you buy something it’s freshly opened.

The downside is once you’ve bought it, and attempt to use it, you can’t get the wrapping off! I spent a good 15 minutes with a pair of nail scissors trying to pry the plastic off.

The actual product packaging is quite cheap looking – I only think that’s because it scratches quite easily, and the writing on the front has started to rub off already; nothing major though as it’s only going to live in my make up bag.

Now onto the product itself. I really like it. The applicator has a unique shape I haven’t seen on any mascara wand before. It curves up at each end, and has little spikes which catch the lashes right in the corner of the eye. It has one flat end which you place under the lashes, then zigzag from root to tip. I’ve found this technique lets the brush fan out the lashes and stops clumping.

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It’s not really a lengthening mascara, but it does add volume and eyes an ‘I’m awake’ look.

The formula applies well and coats the lashes evenly. It doesn’t smudge throughout the day, however I have notice a small amount of flaking, but I am an unconscious eye-rubber when I’ve been in front of a computer screen for too long so that could be the cause.

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(Excuse the messy application around the eye…it was done at 6.30 this morning, so I’m surprised I managed to keep then open long enough.)

The formula is easily removed with a standard eye-make up remover, so for those who liked the benefit They’re Real mascara but struggled taking it off then this may be a better (and cheaper!) alternative for you to try!

The False Lash Flutter Mascara retails at £10.99; you can find it here.