Why is it so Hard to Find a Good Mascara?

Mascara is one of my favourite things to buy.  I regularly get seduced by the pretty packaging, and the claims that my lashes will suddenly become long and full and fantabulous. I imagine that I will be talking to my 1 year old, I will blink and she will be wafted across the room by the force of the breeze created. So why doesn’t his happen?! Huh? Am I asking too much?

Anyway, I bought three mascaras in the last couple of months (yes, I have a problem, what of it?).  They are all high street, rather than high end, but do any of them perform what they claim? Let’s take a look.

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The Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara is a new offering from Maybelline.  It claims to give a false lash effect, with the ‘cup-shaped’ bristles.  These special bristles are designed to collect plenty of product, and then push up the lashes while also fanning them out.  I’ll be honest, I don’t hate this mascara, it does a reasonably good job of giving volume.  It didn’t lift my lashes though, and the brush is pretty evil.  The bristles are so pointy, I had to take a deep breath before I could bring myself to go anywhere near my eyeball with it.  The mascara itself is wetter than I would like, which unfortunately makes it too heavy to push the eyelashes up.  It’s also a bit clumpy; I know for some this would be a deal breaker.

 

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Revlon have a whole range of boring looking mascaras,  all offering some variation of length and/or volume.  After standing in front of the Revlon stand in Superdrug for approximately 2 hours, I went for the Super Length MascaraFirstly; The. Wand. Is. Huge.  It is massive, and bristly, and pokey.  I simply cannot apply this mascara without it getting in places it’s definitely not supposed to go.  I can’t pretend to be some sort of mascara applying pro, but to get it in your eyebrows is a bit ridiculous.  I could put up with that if it actually made a difference to my lashes, but it just doesn’t. After applying three layers, I do end up with slightly longer eyelashes.  The effect is nowhere near as dramatic as I would expect though.  I really cannot recommend this mascara.

 

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The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara has been knocking around for ages, but it’s taken me a little while to try it out.  Of all my affordable mascaras, this is probably in my top three.  The wand is curved, which allows for a closer than usual application. This is useful for getting in nice and tight to the base of the lashes, and means you can really get some uplift.  As is common with Maybelline mascaras, the formula is a bit on the wet end of the spectrum.  It isn’t the worst I’ve ever used, but I prefer mascaras to be a little more dry, so that the layers can be built up without weighing down the lashes too much.

 

My mascara collection is growing steadily, and the majority are high street brands.  As much as I hate to admit it, my top two are high end.  It’s a tie between YSL and Nars, currently.  I balk at spending more than a tenner on a mascara, but with the amount that I own there is absolutely no logic to this method.  I think my plan for the future will be to be less impulsive and save up for a high end mascara that actually exceeds my expectations (if there is such a thing *sobs*)

 

Can you recommend any mascaras that thicken and lengthen?  Please let me know below!

 

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Having a L’Oréal Moment

 

Believe it or not, these are the only L’Oréal make-up items that I own.  Just three. I’m not sure why, L’Oréal have never done anything to offend me, I just never think to check their products when I’m in the mood for some spending.

 

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I had been eyeing up the L’Oréal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer (£7.93 here) for a while before I purchased it in the summer.  As a brightening primer, this one is the best I have ever tried.  I would compare it to the Mac Strobe Cream, but it is less heavy and thick.  When first applied, it is a little scary, as it leaves a white shiny cast across the skin.  Give it a minute though, and it settles and gives just enough glow.  It can be used alone, but I prefer it under make-up to leave my skin glowing and fabulous.

I am a serial mascara and concealer purchaser.  It simply isn’t a shopping trip unless I buy one or the other, sometimes both.  The L’Oréal True Match Concealer (£4.80 here,  or £6.99 here) is just lovely.  It offers good coverage, but isn’t in the least bit drying.   It is the perfect balance of wet, but not runny, and blending it out is ridiculously easy.  My only little grumble would be the colour selection.  I usually go for the lightest shade in a concealer (or second lightest, occasionally) and this one only has five to choose from.  Vanilla is the lightest (the one I have) and it could do with being a little paler, in my opinion.  This can be solved by adding a brightening concealer over the top, but not everyone is going to want to fiddle about doing that every day, I’m sure.

As mascaras go, the L’Oréal False Lash Architect Mascara is up there with the best in my collection.  When it comes to mascara, I am supremely fussy (I really should have named this blog The Mascara Diaries, it would be more fitting), but I actually really like the False Lash Architect (£10.99 here).  It’s not clumpy, and it adds a decent amount of length, without weighing down the lashes too much.

Now that I have dipped my toe into the L’Oréal pond, I may well be making some more purchases.  Next on my list? The L’Oréal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Colours – £8.99 look gorgeous; these Infallible Eye Shadows – £6.99; and despite the mixed reviews, I am intrigued by the Color Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Rose – £14.99.  FYI Boots have 3 for 2 on selected items at the moment, so it would be rude not to get all three.

What are your top L’Oréal purchases, if you have any?

 

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Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara

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I was very intrigued by the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara, when it came in my October Glossybox .  I will confess to having a little tiny obsession with finding the perfect mascara. I’ve mentioned it before, but I would really like to find a black mascara that thickens my lashes without giving me deadly spikes.  I also like them to stay curled, and ‘upright’. I have tried more than I should admit to (here and here are a couple, but I mention one in nearly every blog post; sorry, not sorry), and have multiple tubes on the go at all times.

So.  This Jelly Pong Pong mascara is supposed to continually curl lashes throughout the day.  Now this is not the time to get into a discussion about whether they mean continually or continuously, because I can’t say with certainty that it does either.

I have used this mascara a few times, and while being lovely, it certainly didn’t spontaneously curl my eyelashes.  However, ignoring my interpretation of Jelly Pong Pong’s claims, this is actually a really nice mascara.  It isn’t overly wet, but isn’t dry and clumpy either.  When I used eyelash curlers prior to applying, my eyelashes didn’t droop and straighten, which is a massive plus.  Despite being large and poky, the brush is fantastic for separating the lashes and giving lift.

If you want fairy lashes and don’t mind the high price (£17.95 here), then I would definitely recommend the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara.  Although it isn’t exactly what I have been looking for, it is pretty darned close, and I will definitely continue to use it.  Whether or not I will repurchase, I am not sure as £18 is a little more than I would like to pay.

 

Have you tried the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara? What is your holy grail mascara?

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Glossybox – October 2015

After the disappointment that was September’s Glossybox, I was not overly excited about the contents of this month’s pink box.  Fortunately I was at home when it was delivered this time – unlike last month, when I had to face the horror of the never-ending queue at my local Royal Mail Delivery Office.

I am not afraid to admit that I was a little anxious about opening it.  I know this sounds dramatic, but the fact is funds are pretty limited in our house at the moment, and when my lovely parents gave me some money for my birthday I put a lot of thought into which subscription box to choose.  Knowing that I possibly won’t be able to renew when this subscription ends, I was obviously hoping for fantastic contents each month.  Unfortunately Glossybox weren’t aware of this, otherwise I am sure they would have put more effort into my first box.

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Anyway *spoiler alert* I am more than happy with October’s box.  Yay.  So before I get on with what’s inside, let me mention that the contents this month are ALL full size, and the total value is just over £70! Not bad for around £10 (the amount you pay varies depending on the length of the subscription, and P&P is added to that amount – more info here)

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So Susan Haute Light Highlighting Pencil – £15

A pinky ivory crayon, designed for highlighting and bringing radiance.  So Susan claim that this pencil can also be used on dark circles to brighten.  I’m not sure about that, because it has the typical feel of a pencil product – waxy yet dry at the same time.  Personally, I would stick to using it to line the waterline, to make eyes look more awake.

 

Talika Photo-Hydra Day – 30ml – £24.85

Described as a deeply hydrating moisturiser, apparently this is the ‘first cream to use energy from natural light to delve deep into skin and moisturise it’.  I have no idea what that even means, but it sounds exciting! I have skincare coming out of my ears at the moment, so I have left this generous tube sealed for the time being.  As soon as I get an opportunity though, I will use it and will report back.

 

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Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara – £17.95

I have never used anything by Jelly Pong Pong, although their packaging is gorgeous, and their products are 100% cruelty free.  This mascara contains Moringa Seed resin, that ‘dries down and holds the curl of lashes for long-lasting results’.  I have used it a few times, and I do like it.  I am planning a more detailed review of it; this will follow in a few days.

 

Nicka K Airbrush Blending Sponge – £6.50

Blending sponges are a very handy tool for applying all sorts of liquid products.  Used damp they can give a really natural finish to the skin, when used to apply foundation. Of the four that I have used (read more about those here) the Nicka K Airbrush FX Blending Sponge is most like the Lottie London Blend and Snap sponge in texture.  It is quite heavy, and dense, which can make it feel a little hard and uncomfortable when pressing it on the face.

 

Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream – 50ml – £8.99

A hand cream that also kills germs?!  Not something I have ever seen before, but when I saw the Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream, I wondered why on earth not.  I do tend to carry around a hand sanitiser since having children (it’s a mum thing – I always have tissues and baby wipes too).  I don’t spend a huge amount of time thinking about germs, but I do like to clean my hands before eating and after touching any of my children (I jest!).  I do find hand sanitisers to be quite drying, and they sometimes sting a bit too, so the idea of a hand cream/sanitiser hybrid is genius.  In reality, however, putting hand cream on just before eating, or when hands are grubby, just feels a bit yuck.  The actual hand cream itself is lovely; it is very moisturising, and it soaks in quickly.  The scent is quite strong, which could be off putting to some sensitive skin types.

 

So that is the contents of the October Glossybox all unwrapped.  All in all, an excellent value box, with some really excellent products.  I am already looking forward to next month, hoping it will be just as exciting.

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Review: Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara

I have been on the lookout for an amazing mascara since the beginning of time.  Not to brag, but I am blessed with pretty decent lashes, however that doesn’t mean I don’t want them even bigger and longer. I have yet to find the perfect mascara, but that certainly doesn’t deter me from excitedly buying new ones every time I enter a makeup selling establishment.  My latest purchase is the Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express (here)

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Maybelline claim it will give colossal volume (9x the volume no less), with no clumps.  This mascara, although perfectly acceptable, did not give me colossal anything, and not even 2 times the volume, let alone 9 times.  The brush is quite large and nondescript, the formula is quite wet (and therefore heavy) and the smell is weird.  In fact, the scent is so strong I can smell it when it is on my eyelashes – which just seems so wrong.

  Now, generally speaking, I am a huge, you could even say colossal *snickers*, Maybelline fan.  I always gravitate towards the Maybelline stand before anything else when shopping, and would probably use my last £10 on something from them, over any other brand (assuming the kids didn’t need, like, food or anything).  So, I was disappointed that the Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara did not live up to Maybelline’s claims.

Having said all this, the price is decent (£6.99) and for someone with shorter lashes it may actually work. That may sound odd, but my lashes – although long and dark –  don’t hold a curl well (unless I go sans mascara).  Because of this I prefer a slightly dryer formulation that gives me length and fatness, without weighing my eyelashes down.  Maybe I will wait until this one dries out a bit more, then perhaps we can be friends.

In the meantime though, the search continues.

Do you have any mascara recommendations? Please let me know below! Or tweet me!! @JoyfulThings_J

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Rimmel Wonder’Full Wake Me Up Mascara

 

 

I bought this mascara on a whim in the supermarket.  I didn’t really need it, but I was curious about how exactly it would ‘wake me up’.  According to their website it has a ‘precision brush [to add] volume, lift and length’.

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I’m afraid for me it did neither add volume, create lift, or add length.  It was very ‘wet’ (that should be a plus, right?) and so all it did was weigh my lashes down.  I have to admit, I am blessed with reasonably long and healthy lashes, so they can get weighed down by heavy mascaras.  I do love to curl them though – a step I do even on makeup-free days.  I find this opens my eyes, and makes me look slightly more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  I suppose I was hoping that Rimmel’s new eye opener would help with that.  Alas, it was not to be.  Would I recommend it?  Possibly.  If you are looking for a reasonably cheap mascara with a mahoosive wand (the brush is nearly as big as… well, a very large thing), then go for it.  However, if, like me, you are still searching for the Holy Grail of mascaras, that volumises, lifts and curls, then I would give this one a miss.

 

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