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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

MASCARA MARCH – Full Lash Bloom Waterproof Mascara by Covergirl

This mascara was a quick grab from the supermarket when I suddenly realised I didn’t have a waterproof mascara to take with me on my summer holidays last year. I wasn’t going to risk panda eyes in my tropical beach photos! Having always adored the spooly design of Covergirl mascaras I thought this was a sure thing, even though I hadn’t tried this particular formula before.

In my opinion, full lash bloom waterproof mascara is…meh.


Volume: As you can see in the photo volume is pretty much non-existent. That’s exactly what my lashes normally look like (just longer and blacker). So when they said “full lash bloom” they really meant “spindly lash bloom”.

Length: It does deliver on length! There is definite elongation of lashes.  However, as can be a problem with long thin lashes like mine, it clumps like a mofo. Which I hate.  After some combing with a eyebrow/eyelash brush or a clean spooly they separate to what you see in the photo, but honestly that is a step I would rather skip.

Colour: This they did not overexaggerate; when they said ‘very black’ they meant ‘very black’.  Which, as I’ve mentioned before, is what I’m all about. I may have long lashes but they’re not particularly dark, so I’m really after some pigment in my mascaras.

Recommend? If you have shorter, thicker lashes, this may well be right up your alley! However, if I’m perfectly honest, I think you can get better mascaras in the same price range (see our review on this $6 essence mascara for instance!). It’s not terrible, but it’s not good either, it’s just meh.

What are your favourite drugstore mascaras? Let us know in the comments below!

Stay tuned for more of Mascara March!

Stay beautiful, N x

MASCARA MARCH – Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara by Max Factor

This mascara guys.  This is my ride or die. I want to give a shout out to Vogue Australia for providing this as a freebie on their magazine one month.  Since the day I purchased that magazine I have been hooked on Max Factor’s Velvet Volume mascara; it is true love. Read on to find out why…

Volume: It gives a soft and natural volume that my long spindly lashes crave.  Adding a thickness to the base of your lashes that makes you look like your lashes are always that gorgeously dense. Max Factor claims it leaves your lashes with a “touchably soft feel”, and I totally agree.

Length: Does it really look like you have falsies on like the name suggests? Imma be honest, it doesn’t.  It’s not length to the extremes of say They’re Real by Benefit, but it still gives you some serious extension on your regular lashes.  Again, it’s a natural finish.  Something I personally prefer, especially for every day.

My lashes after 2 applications of Max Factor’s Velvet Volume mascara


Colour: Usually I’m after a black-as-my-soul kinda colour to my mascaras.  This doesn’t deliver that level of pigment, it’s a softer black.  This has reminded me why I went through a stage of wearing brown mascaras for everyday.  This muted black makes this mascara perfect for everyday looks as well as those ‘no-makeup-makeup’ days; just added a subtle pop to your eyes.

Recommend? ’til the day I die.  People need to get around this mascara, make it huge, it’s amazing!! I honestly can’t say enough great things about it. LOVE! 10/10. 100%. Would recommend to a friend. A+. High Distinction.  etc.

Keep tuned for more Mascara March reviews!

Stay Happy, 

N xx

MASCARA MARCH – I Heart Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara by Essence

Hello beauties!

Can you believe that it is already March?! Wasn’t it new year’s eve only last week? Apparently not. Anyway…

We’ve decided to use March  to review as many of the mascaras in our collection as we can! Why? Because we have a lot of mascaras and also, alliteration is fun.

So without further ado, the first competitor off blocks is the I Heart Extreme Volume waterproof mascara by Essence.

The short and sweet of it is this: for AU$5.75, this mascara is the bomb. Is it the best mascara I have ever used? Negative.  It is, however, a very good mascara.

Its jet black pigment makes both your eyes and your eye makeup pop.  The volume is also not bad and it also lengthens my lashes really nicely! There’s also the added bonus of it being waterproof!

What else can you ask for in a mascara? I used this on a friend recently when I did her wedding makeup as I knew it would make her eyes look amazing and last through any happy-tears during the ceremony.  The only time it has ever flaked is when I have had a nap in it…and really that’s on me.


Recommend? Highly.  And, hell, if you don’t like it, you only spent $6.

Happy Mascara March beauties!
Stay Happy,

N xx

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