review

MASCARA MARCH – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara by Tarte

Aside from the brilliant play of words Tarte used in the name of this mascara (love me a pun), the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara boasts four major qualities; Tarte says this mascara is ” a lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara infused with olive esters to condition, treat, and protect lashes.”

One coat of Lights Camera Lashes


So how does it deliver on those four promised features?…

Volume: 10/10 on the volume front.  This baby turns it up to 11. I’m not sure how much the primer has to do with it; I have used the mascara on its own before and don’t notice much of a difference with the primer added into the equation.

Length: 8/10. Whilst it’s not the most lengthening mascara I own, it definitely provides dark pigment right to the very tip of my lashes and doesn’t wear off during the day. So all in all, it ain’t bad.

Curl: 12/10. This is my FAVOURITE mascara for giving my short lashes dat curl. I think this would be ideal for anyone that has down-turned or straight lashes as it maintains the curl throughout the whole day.  Add in an eyelash curler and you’ll have curl for days.

Conditioning: ?/10. Tbh, I haven’t noticed any difference in the condition of my lashes at all. Although, I’m not really sure what I’m looking for.  So imma leave this one blank.  It’s not like it made my lashes worse, like they didn’t fall out or anything though so…I look for that quality in a mascara.

(little extra note from me) Colour: This is the blackest mascara I own. All the pigment baby. It is just SO black.  I LOVE IT.

 

Stay tuned for more Mascara March! What is your favourite mascara! We are keen for any recommendations. 

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

REVIEW: Davines MOMO haircare

Over the last few months I have gone from brunette to blonde and have been testing out the Davines MOMO haircare range. I’ve finally formed some pretty solid thoughts of this line and thought I would share them with you. I have the MOMO shampoo, hair potion and moisturising conditioner, all from ry.com. They are all infused with yellow melon extract and formulated for dry, dehydrated hair.

MOMO SHAMPOO:


My first thought about this entire line was, “woah, this better be good for the price!” I’ve never been one to spend much on hair care but going blonde has certainly changed my mind on that. This shampoo is amazing! A little goes a long way, so the once seemingly steep price seemed a little more manageable once I realised this shampoo was probably going to last me the better part of ten years. It foams up really nicely and leaves my hair feeling super clean but not stripped. It’s aimed towards people with dry, dehydrated hair which is why I think it works so well. I’m left with clean hair without the dreaded squeak. 10/10 for this shampoo! I will definitely be repurchasing if/when I ever run out!

MOMO MOISTURISING CONDITIONER:


I have to say, the packaging of this conditioner did intimidate me when I first opened my ry.com package. I’ve never seen any haircare product quite like this one but I soon came to love its simplicity. It has a flip-up lid that is so easy to use in the shower and makes it easy to decide exactly how much product you want to use. I usually keep the conditioner in for around 3-4 minutes while I’m washing my face and body and when I rinse it out my hair feels like an angels harp string! If you have dry hair this is the product of your dreams! I don’t know what I did without it and can’t see myself straying from it’s beautiful smoothness anytime soon!

MOMO HAIR POTION: 


This hair potion had me in all types of emotional states. The first time I tried it I almost passed out from its strong scent. It has the same smell as the conditioner and shampoo but they’ve somehow managed to intensify it 1000 fold! If you are sensitive to smells I would probably steer clear of this one.

Since my first harrowing experience with this potion I have figured out how to best use it. It says on the bottle that it can be used on towel-dried or dry hair as a hydration boost (essentially a kind of leave-in conditioner) but I found out quite quickly that if I used it on dry hair the scent became too much (I’m talking an I-needed-to-sit-down-otherwise-I’d-be-hitting-the-floor-soon kind of too much) and I was better off opening the bathroom door, doing my skincare routine and then applying it to towel dried, dampish hair. This gave me a chance to take in as much oxygen as possible before applying it in an open, air-filled environment. I know what you’re thinking – why go to all this effort for a hair product? My answer is simple – like the other MOMO products, the hair potion has been like a gift from God from my dehydrated locks! It’s so good that I can, with sufficiant oxygen, look past its strong scent in order to adorn my hair with this magical elixir!

In conclusion, I think I have found my new favourite hair care products! They are incredible at re-introducing moisture and life to dry, dull, dehydrated hair and I will continue to purchase them until (by some kind of a miracle) I find something better!

Stay happy,

-M xx

 

*Although I was sent these products for consideration all opinions are my own. I only rave about products I believe deserve the review.

 

 

Empties: November 2016

I don’t know about you, but I love an empties post. They seem so honest and informative! If you want to see what I thought about the products I have finished and whether or not I would repurchase them, keep on reading.

 

Hair 

Cedel Dry Shampoo


This is not the first time I’ve used this dry shampoo and I doubt it will be the last. Is it my favourite dry shampoo I’ve ever used? No. Having said that, it is affordable, readily available at most supermarkets/Priceline/pharmacies and it does the job. The only two things I don’t love about it is the white cast it gives off (which can be frustrating on darker hair) and that it doesn’t leave me with run-my-fingers-leisurely-through-my-locks softness. But, really no dry shampoo does that and, like I said, it cleans my hair.

 

Repurchase? I’d say so.

 

Bumble and Bumble Prep


I’m really very lazy when it comes to doing my hair. I find it time consuming and frustrating and I’m just not very good at it. So, naturally, my blow-drying routine normally consists of me flipping my hair upside down and waving the hair dyer around until it’s dry enough.   This prep spray has my lazy routine looking like I’ve had a professional blowout. Thick, luscious volume. If you have pancake hair like me, get this in your life.

 

Repurchase? ASAP.

 

Skin

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water


I honestly don’t even know how I came to have this in my draw. I’m assuming at some point it came free with another La Roche Posay product as it’s certainly not something I would normally bother spending my money on. Having said that, I really enjoyed using this both as a toner and as a refresher on long-haul flights. But, to be honest, it’s water in a can and you can find much more affordable alternatives.

 

Repurchase? Nah. Well, maybe if I’m feeling fancy.

 

The Fix Coffee Scrub


We are Tassie girls, born and bred, and we love to support local brands, businesses and communities. So when we saw this coffee scrub at a twilight market, as both Tasmanians and avid coffee scrub enthusiasts, we snatched it right up. It’s available from their Etsy page and makes a really awesome gift (it was our gift of choice for friends and family in 2015).

 

In comparison to say the Frank coffee scrub it is less…moist (sorry, I hate that word too).   At first I thought this meant it would be less moisturising, but it was equally as moisturising, it just left our bath tub less slippery. So it was actually a plus! It also smells like peppermint. Honestly it’s heavenly, get around it.

 

Repurchase? Yes.

 

Skin Republic Foot Peel


I’m going to keep this short and sweet. M has used foot peels in the past (not this brand) that, although completely disgusting, looks fun as hell and left her with the feet of an angel and I wanted in on some of that action. This foot peel promises to remove dead skin in seven days. It has been 3 weeks and I am still sans angel feet. In fact I think they may be worse, just a little peely but with none of the satisfaction that M experienced.

 

Repurchase? Nope. Total waste of $15.

 

NKD Body Scrub – Mint


As mentioned above, we are skin scrub junkies. It is a bandwagon upon which we have well and truly jumped. This scrub from NKD Body is….meh. Don’t get me wrong, it smelled lovely and it exfoliated my skin, it just didn’t do it as well as other products (such as The Fix mentioned earlier). My skin was softer, it just wasn’t “omg you have you feel my leg, isn’t it the softest things you’ve EVER FELT” soft. This scrub may be perhaps suited to people with more sensitive skin.

 

Repurchase? Perhaps as a gift.

 

Michael Todd Intensive Organic Cream Eye Treatment


That is quite the lengthy title for what is essentially an eye cream; An eye cream that I really enjoyed. I saw visible difference in the fine lines around my eyes and mouth (because I apply it there also), it kept my dry skin moisturised all day, and was perfect prep for undereye concealer. If you have oily skin I would steer clear of this product, it sometimes even left my dry skin looking greasy if I used too much product.

 

Having said all of that, I am currently using a cheaper drugstore eye cream that is giving me very similar results for a much smaller price.

 

Repurchase? Perhaps in a sale.

 

Makeup

 

Benefit Fake Up Crease Control Hydrating Concealer


As mentioned in my recent(ish) Travel Makeup Bag post, it is one of life’s great mysteries to me why this concealer is not more popular.

 

As it’s name suggests it both hydrates and conceals my under eyes whilst looking completely natural. It doesn’t highlight, but for everyday that is exactly what I’m after. It is honestly my favourite under eye concealer for every day. If you have dry skin, you have to try this out.

 

I have used it for blemishes when I don’t have any other product on me and, for a short term solution, it worked fine. It is very moisturising so it works best set with powder.

 

Repurchase? I already had a backup.

 

BeautyBlender BlenderCleanser – Liquid


I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think this was worth the money when baby shampoo has been doing a pretty good job for me all this time. I was wrong. This is the only thing that gets my BeautyBlenders/beauty sponges looking like new. It does have a pretty strong scent (which I didn’t notice until Karima McKimmie pointed it out – thanks for that gal!) but if you can get past/don’t mind that then you have to try this out.

 

Repurchase? Yes. However, M tells me that the solid BlenderCleanser is even better and without the scent, so maybe I’ll check that out first.

 

Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious


I have a feeling that this product may be discontinued, but I’m going to review it anyway. Did this make my lashes grow? Nope. Was it a good mascara otherwise? Yeah. It wasn’t the best mascara I’ve ever tried but it was waterproof, a lovely jet black and it did the job at a reasonable price. I definitely used this mascara well past the time where it should have been replaced.

 

Repurchase? I would have if it wasn’t discontinued. I will if I see it in a discount shop.

 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge


I’m sure I can’t be the only one who had their life transformed by beauty sponges. I am a HUGE fan of the way they apply my foundation. Yes, the OG BeautyBlender is really fantastic, but to be honest, I think I prefer the Real Techniques sponge. It is a bit softer but without soaking up any more product, and I think it just gives a better finish with less effort for me. The only downside and the only reason I am throwing this out (aside from the fact that it is 2 years old and that is disgusting and it probably has diseases by now) is that it tears reeeeaalllly easily. Which is not an issue I have had with any other beauty sponge.

 

Repurchase? Definitely.

 

Have you tried any of these products? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay beautiful,

N x

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