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MASCARA MARCH – Ultimate All-In-One Mascara by Revlon

Honestly, I’m hoping that writing this review will help me make up my mind up about this mascara.  At the moment we have a bit of a love/hate relationship and every time I use it I can’t decide whether to throw it angrily in the bin or make it a holy grail.  It’s all very confusing and emotional and it’s becoming a bit of a toxic relationship…this review is our couples therapy, if you will.

So let’s get cracking!

The Revlon Ultimate All-In-One mascara claims to deliver five benefits in one; volume, length, definition, lift and intense colour.  So how does it live up to these expectations?

Volume: 10/10.  But also 5/10.  Why? Because whilst it has the power to give my spindly lashes the volume of my dreams, it really makes me work for it.

Let me take a moment to talk to you about the stupid brush on this mascara.  WTF Revlon.  The bristley bits are minute, you can barely see them, and if you don’t wipe the majority of the product off on the side of the tube you are going to have clump city on your lashes; huge, massive, black, sticky, clumps that will get errywhere when you try to remove them.

Exhibit A


So, after 5 minutes or so of removing most of the product off the stupid brush, veryveryveryvery carefully applying it to my lashes and then working at it with a clean spooly/eyebrow comb, you get some amazing volume.  I just don’t know if it’s worth getting up 15 minutes earlier for.  Give me a different spooly, Revlon, and then maybe you’ll retain your 10/10 status.

Length: Similar to above, once you get this mascara working the length is about an 8/10.  Your lashes are longer, but it doesn’t happen easily.

Definition: Again, you can achieve this, but you’re going to have to reeeeeeaaaalllly want it and work for it.  Once you’ve done that the definition is amazing! Each lash looks perfect.  Does it happen with the spooly provided? Hell no. That spooly can f*&^ off.  You’ll have to use your own tools to get that what-dreams-are-made-of definition.


Lift: Umm…..yeah? Tbh, I haven’t really noticed this all that much.  So i’ll give it a 6/10.  It’s not like it weighed my lashes down, so there’s that.

Intense Colour: Straight up 13/10 in this criteria.  This is the mostly intensely jet black mascara I own! It is so pigmented! I love me some dark lashes, so it really ticks this box for me.

 

So…the final decision…do I recommend this mascara? As much as this breaks my heart (for some unknown reason) I’m going to have to say no.  The formula is fantastic, but the spooly is a piece of poo that should never have left the brainstorming stage of development.  Did they not try this mascara out before they sold it? Obviously not, because if they had they would have instantly gone “well that spooly is S%^&!” and replaced it with a normal spooly.

Sorry, Revlon, you stuffed up.  If you don’t mind working insanely hard for amazing lashes, then you will love this.  If you don’t feel like taking half the day off to apply your mascara, then this will probably annoy you as much as it did me.

Have you tried any of the other mascaras in Revlon’s “The Mascara Revolution” range? Let us know in the comments below if we should try any of them out!

Stay beautiful, N x

MASCARA MARCH – Fierce Eyes Mascara by Australis

THIS MASCARA IS LIFE. If we were in a beehive, this mascara would be the queen bee’s knees (all the analogies). Australis definitely delivered with their Fierce Eyes. And for only $11.49 as well.  I mean, honey (yet another bee reference?), it don’t get better than that.


Volume: This is the most voluminous mascara I have ever put on my eyelashes in my whole entire life.  Your neighbours are going to complain about all the volume. So get soundproofing.

Length: This length is, indeed, fierce. That is all.

Colour: It’s black. It’s great. You need it.

Waterproof?: It isn’t waterproof so I do need to set my undereyes, otherwise it turns into transfer city (it goes from the lashes terminal to the cheek terminal quick af). With the setting it stays put.


Recommend?: 12/10 consumers (all 12 being me) would recommend to a friend. Have recommended to a friend, in fact. Multiple friends.

More Mascara March reviews to come!

Stay happy, M x

MASCARA MARCH – Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara

I’m not really sure why volume is spelled without an ‘e’ in the name of this mascara and I can’t stop thinking about it.  I think they’re trying to be French, but it’s Maybelline New York so who knows. Are they saying it so fast (express, if you will) that the ‘e’ fell off? Are they saying it like a pirate that moonlights as a MUA? Is it not even meant to be volume and it’s a whole other word that I don’t know?…Imma google it. Nope, only in French. I dunno, I don’t get it. Anyway, on with the review.

To avoid me going on and on about the disappearance of the e, I’ll hereafter refer to this mascara only as “The Flasies”.

I was nervous about this mascara.  The ads are so obviously not real lashes that I expected the results to be the exact opposite. I understand that it is called The Falsies, and it is meant to make your real lashes look like false lashes but they are straight up false lashes.

I bought this because I have a shopping problem and I convinced myself that I needed to buy it, use it once or twice and do a review. And, well, here we are! So maybe I don’t have a shopping problem after all! Woo!  On I shop.

Image result for volum' express the falsies mascara ad

Ain’t nobody got lashes like that IRL.

I was very pleasantly surprised that this is a mascara I can happily wear regularly! It can easily work with a lashy day look or a sexy night-time look, a trick that not all mascaras can pull off.

Volume (with an e): Maybelline tells me that this mascara has Kera-Fibres that bring all the volume, and they’re doing a pretty good job.  I have mascaras that give me more volume but for the price it volumises beautifully.

Length: This is where this mascara really shines.  Lashes for daysssss.  I have generally found it hard to get delivery on both volume and length from one mascara; I tend to use two to get the look I’m after.  But this mascara does both! Well done Maybelline! The best part? No clumping.


Colour: It’s black. What more can you ask for? It’s neither the most pigmented nor the dullest mascara I own.  And I’m okay with mediocre when it’s delivering so well in the other areas.

Recommend? Yes! When I started using this mascara again for this review I kept saying to myself “Why on earth don’t I wear this more often!”. If you want one mascara that looks natural for everyday but can give you the va-va-voom you’re after for nights out, then get this into your life.

We will have more Mascara March heading your way very soon! Are there any mascaras you would like to see reviewed? Let us know in the comments below.

Stay beautiful, N x

Wearable Festival Makeup Look – #PricelineBeauties

Festival makeup is fun. But what if you’re not into glitter and gold temporary tattoos? Well, I’ve got your back fam. As my entry into the current #PricelineBeauties competition I created a festival look that is not only very wearable (and bloody beaut. If I do say so myself), but also produced using affordable products that you can find at your local Priceline. Like we needed any more of an excuse to go on a spree!!

If you want to see how I created the summery look above, keep on reading:

Skincare

I started off with my favourites Cetaphil moisturising cream. This is great for all skin types, I use it on clients all the time. For my under-eyes, that can be quite dry, I used the revitalising eye cream from QV. Finally I primed and moisturised my lips using the QV lip balm; this stuff is holy grail status!

 

Base

As you can tell from the ‘before’ photo, I’m suffering from quite a lot of discolouration and a few angry blemishes. So the first thing I did was use the Models Prefer colour correcting palette (I’ve done a full review on this product here). For foundation I used the L’Oreal True Match in shade W1 Golden Ivory which we are currently trialling…yes we are very late to this party, keep your eyes peeled for a review. For concealer I used Fit Me by Maybelline in the shade 15 fair. To blend the cream products in I used our trusty Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge.

 

Brows


For look I wanted brows of Frida Kahlo dimensions (although perhaps slightly less close together). To achieve this I used Maybelline Brow Satin in dark brown in short hair-like strokes to fill in my brows and set them with my ride or die Rimmel Brow This Way brow styling gel.

 

Face


To set my face and brighten my complexion I used a new(ish) favourite, the cult hit Banana Powder by Australis using the Real Techniques setting brush. I really wanted to make sure I looked chiselled and glowy-like-da-sun-girrrrllll for this look; Chloe Morello to the rescue. Her Sculpt and Highlight Contour Kit and brush in collab. with Revlon is seriously good quality. We have the kit in light/medium which is perfect for our fair skintones.

First off I used the brush that came with the palette with the sculpt shade to hard-core contour – I’m talking razor sharp edges – my cheekbones, forehead, nose, collar bones (yas! Get me some collar bones!), nose, neck, and under my lip. So essentially I reshaped my face and upper body – who needs plastic surgery when we have contour powder?

Next, using the same brush, I grabbed the bronze shade and applied it along my cheek bones and around the perimeter of my face. I also the glow shade in the Chloe Morello palette with the Real Techniques setting brush and a little bit of Australis make-up finishing spritz pretty much everywhere. You know the drill, we want to GLOW.

To finish my face I used a NYX blush in the shade Angel. This is the perfect neutral shade to compliment the bright lip we will be having with this look.

 

Eyes


To start, using EcoTools concealer brush, I dusted the bronze shade from the aforementioned Revlon X Chloe Morello palette through my upper crease and loosely under my lower lash line to help future blending. Because we want our makeup to last through hours of sweaty mosh pit dancing and sunshine and shenanigans, I used a combination of the Maybelline 24h Color Tattoos.

First cab off the rank is No. 80 Creamy Beige. Using the Real Techniques deluxe crease brush, I applied this all over my mobile lid and through the crease (this shade is da bomb. Why has N been hiding it from me?! The bitch.). Next I used No. 95 Chocolate Suede along the outer portion of my lash line. To create a golden pop I used No. 45 Bold Gold in my inner corner and inner third of my eyelid using the EcoTools concealer brush.

To smoke this out a bit I used L’Oreal’s Color Riche Le Smoky eyeliner pencil and smudger in 204 Brown Fusion. I popped this through my lower waterline and to tightline my upper lash line. The smudger on the other end of this pencil is awesome and makes it so easy to create a smokey look!

To finish off this eye look I used THE BEST MASCARA IN THE WORLD. I AM NOT JOKING YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE. THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS MASCARA.

Australis Fierce Eyes Volumising Mascara, you slay me. As you can tell in the photo above dey were not joking when they said ‘volumising’. All the lashes.

Get your asses to Priceline and buy this right now. Don’t walk, run.

 

Lips


To pay a bit of homage to Summer and Seth we finished off this look with a bright pop of colour brought to you by NYX Liquid Suede in Orange County. The formula of these is amaze. There’s something about a bright pop of orangey red that screams festival seaons, and has the added bonus of making your skin look so healthy and bright.

 

Setting Spray

To set it all in place, all day long, we used Australia make-up finishing sprtiz.

 

Ta da! Go forth and slay!

Stay Happy, 

M xx

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