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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

Peachy Valentine’s Day Makeup

Hey babe, grab a glass of wine and sit back and relax while we take you through our V-Day makeup look for 2017 featuring the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow palette.

In all honesty, we will both be sitting on the couch with our mum and dog and wearing comfy pjs but hey… we think this makeup would work for any date night or special occasion.

The Base:


For this look we wanted to stick to products we know and love and create a flawless, fresh base. To prime N’s skin we used the Nars Radiance Primer (which we believe has been repackaged… does anyone know?) which is a beautiful glowy primer with some SPF to help if you are on a daytime date. To even out the complexion we used N’s holy grail drugstore foundation, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation with round top buffing brush. For undereye concealer we used the Bare Minerals BareSkin complete cover concealer with a beauty sponge and set that and N’s T-Zone with a small eyeshadow brush and the E.L.F Undereye Setting Powder (seriously the best glowy powder!).

The Brows:

To lightly fill in N’s brows we used the MAC Eyebrows pencil in the shade Lingering and set them with our favourite brow gel of the moment, the Rimmel Clear Brow Gel.

The Face:


To Contour a little bit we used a new(ish) favourite of ours, The Balm Bahama Mama bronzer on a tapered face brush under N’s cheek bones and along the sides of her nose. Then to warm up her skin and give it an even glowier look we used our favourite Too Faced Sweet Tea bronzer (available in Mecca stores) around the perimeters of her face and through her cheeks and topped that with Tarte Blush in the shade True Love (how fitting) on the apples of her cheeks for the ultimate girly blush. For a peachy highlight to compliment the upcoming eye look we used the peach shade from the Sleek Solstice palette. And voila! Your complexion is super girly and glowy!

The Eyes:

To prime N’s eyes we used the MAC Prep and Prime 24HR Extend Eye Base from lash line to brow bone and set it with the peaches & cream shade from the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. We ran Georgia through and just above the crease  to create a nice transition and then put Candied Peach directly through the crease and under the lower lashes. Then we used Just Peachy quite liberally through the entire lid and in to the outer-v of the eye. To top it all off we used the shade Luscious on the inner third of the of the upper and lower lid. We decided to not go too dark or anything with this look as we wanted to keep it light and feminine.

For mascara we used one we got in our Mecca Beauty Loop Level 3 box, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. This is such an amazing mascara! Can’t wait to keep trying this out!

Finally, we used the same peachy shade from the Sleek Solstice palette to highlight the inner corners of N’s eyes and her brow bone.

The Lips:


Chi Chi has some of the most creamy, pigmented liners that we have ever come across, and they’re only $9.95!! We used the shade Shy Girl to outline and fill in N’s lips. Because they are so creamy and long lasting we decided to just top them off with the Rimmel Oh My Gloss in Crystal Clear and call it a day. We think they turned out absolutely stunning, so lushes and will last through all your nights activities ;).

Whatever you’re doing this Valentine’s Day enjoy, look after yourself, stay Happy and remember how fantastic you are!

N & M xx

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