Monday, 31 March 2014

The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Soap



This is a really quick post, and more of a question to any of you who've tried the soaps from The Body Shop...

Why am I reacting to it?

I absolutely adore The Body Shop and I have been loving their Cranberry Joy line from Christmas especially. The Body Butter and Body Polish got me hooked from the first trial so I was really excited to give this soap a go, to keep the scent topped up on my skin all day. But unfortunately after using this product for a couple of days I got a rash up the inside of my arms. This has happened with a couple of bar soaps I've used recently and I don't actually know what it is I'm reacting to because the rest of the Cranberry Joy range has been fantastic.

I have to assume it's bar soaps in general that are giving me this rash but I don't know what it is in them that I'm reacting to. If any of you have had the same problem, pretty please let me know what's going on.

As for the product itself, I don't feel like I can give it a review as I'm clearly maybe allergic to it and not everyone will be. However I will say that I found the little pieces in the soap (the darker red spots) too be quite harsh when washing my hands. Other than that, the scent was beautiful and it left my hands smelling absolutely dreamy.

At first sight - Sephora Wish List

I know I'm pretty late on the bandwagon when it comes to sharing my Sephora wish list now that Sephora ships to the UK (*cough* about time!). But needless to say I went on the website and had a little browse at what I would purchase, given half the chance/if I was made of money!

I know that shipping to the UK costs around £10 for orders over £75 but that already sounds pretty darn pricey to me. I'm hoping that one way or another the rates will be able to come down slightly to make the products a little bit more accessible. But for now I'll enjoy the temptation of buying the bits featured underneath.

If you've done a Sephora wish list, please link them up below so I can have a nosey :)

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Birchbox Review - Beauty Protector Protect & Oil Hair Oil


After liking the Beauty Protector Leave In Conditioner that I was sent a fair few months back now, I was excited to find another product from the Beauty Protector brand in my Birchbox recently.  This hair oil aims to help protect your hair from heat and UV rays, whilst smoothing and strengthening at the same time. Similarly to the Leave In Conditioner, it claims to do many things, but actually achieves them too. We love products that do what they say on the bottle, don't we?

I think the reason it took me so long to get round to trying this was because I wasn't sure if you were mean to apply the product to wet or dry hair. I know that sounds ludicrous and would take me only seconds to find out if I googled it, but I just never got around to it. Nevertheless, I simply decided to be a beauty daredevil and apply it straight to my wet hair from the shower and see where it took me. Turns out it only took me to great places.

Once I'd applied the oil to the lengths of my hair, I instantly recognised that same sweet scent which the Leave In Conditioner had. This was one of the reasons why I loved that product so much, so I was happy to see it carried through to the oil too. After I dried my hair with the hairdryer I immediately noticed a difference. My locks felt like cashmere - silky smooth, soft and shiny. Everything that hair should be in my eyes. Looking up close, the hair strands looked a lot smoother and less ruffled up from a tough 10 minutes under the heat of my styling tool. This is always something that's going to win my heart. I'm not the type of girl to section my hair off and dry it with a round brush, bit by bit. If only I could! No, I whiz through it, ruffling up my hair and trying to get it dry as quick as possible, which usually means roughing up the hair follicles too and therefore not leaving my hair as sleek as it could be.  But in comes the Beauty Protector Oil and the day is saved by it's smoothing qualities. Brilliant.

Although the oil feels lightweight and non-greasy in my hair, it definitely makes my hair greasy quicker than it would usually get. Sometimes I push for third day hair but not when using this oil. Two days is definitely a max before my hairs complaining that it needs a wash. I don't like to over-wash as it strips hair of the natural oils that keep it healthy, but I'm happy with going 2 days when my hair feels as good as this.

I'd definitely consider repurchasing this, though I've come across so many great oils through Birchbox that I don't know what to do with myself. The Montibel.lo Gold Oil Essence was rather epic too, so definitely check that out if you're interested.

Let me know your favourite hair products of the moment in the comments below :)

Beauty Protector Protect & Oil Hair Oil - £16 from Birchbox

Friday, 28 March 2014

March Favourites 2014 + Giveaway


Find out my favourites from March and enter the widget below to win a couple of the items yourself :)

The competition is open internationally and ends on 30th April. 
Please ask permission before entering if you are under 18 as I will need to ask for your address to post your prize. No entries from accounts set up purely for entering competitions please.

Good luck!


This Week's Wish List (Dune Shoes Edition)

Dune are having a 20% off sale which ends tonight at midnight! I've been eyeing up their sandal selection for a couple of weeks now, so I definitely think some cheeky purchases will be made on payday. They are killing it with their selection of simple but stylish footwear at the moment. These are my favourites but there are many more to choose from and the colour selections are great :)

Prices below include reductions.


Top to Bottom
Left Row - 1 / 2 / 3
Right Row - 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Blogger Of The Month - Charlotte from Ever In May


This month's blogger was so easy to pick. Just like the previous two bloggers, Charlotte from Ever In May has created a website to aspire for. Clean sleek design, concise reviews, picture perfect photography and an excellent swatching technique.

I find it hard to do these posts now without repeating what I said from the month before, as it seems pretty obvious that there is a pattern occurring with the type of blogs I like to read. Therefore I think it might be best to focus on a couple of posts they have done and why I like them, which might give you an idea of what gets me hooked on them and what I look for in a beautiful blog.

One of my favourite posts by Charlotte is one she did very recently on the Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick 110.



What I like so much about this post is that she's wearing the lipstick, so it's really easy to get an idea of what it would look like on, rather than seeing a swatch of it on the wrist. Secondly, she talks about how you can double the lipstick up as a really pretty pop of colour on the cheeks, and proceeds to demonstrate that in the photos too. I always love when you can learn new things and get new ideas from bloggers, so this instantly got me hooked.

Another post I liked was her 'Perfect Nude Lip for Pale Girls.'



Above all, posts that I can relate to and that I feel speak to me personally are ones I enjoy the most. Being a pale girl with dark brown hair like Charlotte means that I completely relate to her post about finding it hard to achieve the perfect nude lip without looking deathly. I now really want to try the two lip products she recommended as they look incredibly beautiful on her.

Finally, I enjoyed her post on the Sephora UK Delivery Launch and Wish List.



I know quite a lot of bloggers did posts like this when it was revealed that Sephora would now be shipping to the UK. But what I liked specifically about Charlotte's was the attention to detail. In her post she details all about the shipping charges, and includes information on how long it's taken for other people to get their parcels. I almost feels like reading a bunch of different blog posts rolled into one. Plus, instead of just showing you what she would buy from the website herself, she gives you a brief low-down on why she wants them too. I now officially want to try out the Josie Maran Cheek Gelee and Makeup Forever's Aqua Brow... Like I need more encouragement to spend pennies I shouldn't! Haha.

So yes, in general I think Ever In May is a little bit fabulous and you're certainly crazy if you're not following Charlotte already. I definitely felt like a bit of a fool when I realised I hadn't discovered her part of the web sooner. Don't make the same mistake I did and miss out! Head over there now and tell her I sent you :)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Styling Collection


If there are two things I look for in hair products, it's shine and body. For me these are the perfect combinations to make your hair look fabulous day-in-day-out. Therefore trying out the Luxurious Volume collection from John Frieda was an obvious choice. I loved their Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner when I tried that out and I've been pretty hooked on the brand since. I did try their revamped Thickening Blow Dry Spray from this line, which has been around for a long time and was mentioned in the Mirror as being one of the top volume sprays to use, but I didn't think much to it. Regardless of this, I was still holding out the hope that the rest of the line would pull through for me. 

As you'd expect, some products did and some products didn't. Find out my full opinions of each product down below! 

If you've tried this products too, let me know your thoughts in the comments :)

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow Out Spray* - £6.99 from Boots - This has to be my favourite of the three and was the one I was most interested in trying. I was skeptical from the offset as it's really aimed at fine hair and mine is anything but that. Thankfully I can reveal that this still worked on my thick locks and I'm really loving the results. A few spritz into the roots of my damp hair and I'm ready to blow dry. The volume is instant and the lift is weightless. The product doesn't feel thick or heavy in my roots because it's simply a light spray. It really is a fabulous product and one I'd happily purchase in future.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse* - £5.99 from Boots - This product was alright. Personally I feel I have to compare it to the product above as it claims to do the same thing but in mousse form. Honestly, the spray is better. This product certainly feels a little heavier in the hair and from my experience, it doesn't give as much lift, which I do find quite surprising. Because the product is a little heavier, it makes my hair get greasy quicker too. In general it's alright but if I had to pick between the two I'd spend the extra pound and get the spray.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo* - £5.89 from Boots - This product I have mixed feelings about. Pros start with the fact that it really does give limp, lifeless day-old hair a boost. It creates noticeable volume and makes my hair look and feel cleaner. It doesn't feel like there is a thick build up of powder, which I find can be an issue with other dry shampoos. But cons of this product are that it's incredibly white and powdery. I'm not talking a little, I'm talking a lot! The product shot out of the nozzle and made it look like i'd spray-painted a white streak in my roots - not a look I can work. After some serious massaging the grey cast faded enough for me to get away with, without anyone noticing. But i'm not sure this is a quick spray-and-go product for brunettes. It would probably work nicely for blondes, but I think it would be a lot more helpful if they brought out a colour version for us darker ladies. The other con was that it made my head itch ever so slightly. Nothing that would drive me to distraction but it's enough to be noted. In summary I'm torn because this is a lovely product but it's down to whether it's worth the effort or if there is something easier to use on the market. Please leave any dry shampoo recommendations you have in the comments below :)

Check out John Frieda's Youtube channel for ideas on how to style your hair for amazing volume.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Let's Bake - Oat & Raisin Cookies


My next baking adventure was to make cookies - a change from the usual cakes and brownies I lean towards. But to me it seemed to make sense, since my family always cave and buy cookies with the weekly shop. Why not bake our own? - know all the ingredients that go into them and hopefully get some more enjoyment out of it. 

Personally I've tried to be more healthier with my lifestyle. I've added some light exercise into my daily routine and generally try to steer clear from yummy foods that are bad for me, even if I do slip some times under bad influences.. But baking these means I can get enjoyment out of spending time with my dad and of course I'll be eating one or two as well. I just tell myself it's better when they're at least homemade.. right? 

Meh! 

I got the recipe from Delia this time. You can check out the instructions and ingredients here.

 

The only thing you could say I have altered are the oats. The recipe states oatmeal and I've bought porridge oats. I was assured by my dad that they were pretty much the same thing, and since we went to a fair few supermarkets and couldn't find this allusive oatmeal, the porridge oats had to do.

 

The first step to make the cookies is to melt your butter on a low heat in a small saucepan. Easy peasy!

 

When your butter is melted and cooling, whisk up one large egg. You need to make sure the butter has cooled because you'll be adding the egg to it and you don't want it to cook and scramble!

 

Once you think it's cooled enough, add the egg and stir. You'll now be adding this to all the dry ingredients.


Pop all the other ingredients into a big bowl...


Pour over the eggy-buttery goodness..

 

And stir into what is meant to be a paste. This is where I get confused because mine was so far from a paste it was ridiculous! I'm not sure if this is the point where I should realise that Oatmeal would make a difference, but I just went with the flow anyways. If yours looks like this too, don't panic :)


Lightly grease a baking tray. Then take some of the mixture in your hand and press it together. Surprisingly it does hold better than I thought it would. It's still slightly crumbly but nothing disastrous.

Cook the cookies at 180C for 16-18 mins on the middle shelf.


Finally I'm left with something that looks like this. They're pretty rustic and certainly not what I expected them to look like, but they're actually alright. They have a chew which I like and you can definitely tell they are homemade which gives them a certain charm - or so I like to think.

If you give these a go, I'd love to know how you get on :)

Budget Beauty at Superdrug

Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Body Shop Coconut Shower Body Cream


When I tested out the Coconut Body Milk from The Body Shop I was really surprised at how much I liked it, considering I'm not coconut's biggest fan. However I felt like the scent was really subtle and the product was so lovely in itself that I got on really well with it. Hence why I figured the shower cream above, which came in the same set, would have a similar effect on me. But there's something a little different about the shower cream that I didn't quite get on with.

I think it's the stronger scent on this that didn't work as well for me. Because other than that it lathered like a dream and worked perfectly well. But for a girl who doesn't like Coconut, this was always going to be a hit or miss. If you're wondering why I have this if I don't like coconut, it's because my lovely best friend bought it me for a belated Christmas present. I instantly couldn't wait to try it because she had bought me a Cranberry Joy gift set for my birthday which I am now addicted to, and I had high hopes I'd feel the same about this set. But unfortunately I don't feel like this is the right product for me. I'd be happy to use the body milk again but the scent on this shower cream wasn't my favourite. It wasn't horrible by any stretch of the imagination - just not what I would pick up for myself.

If you love coconut and have tried this, please leave your thoughts in the comments below. It would be great to get a coconut lover's perspective on the situation :)

The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream - £4 from The Body Shop

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

 

Garnier and I haven't always seen eye to eye in the past. Therefore I wasn't as excited about this micellar water launch as I have been about previous launches. I love the company's ideas and concepts but the products never really worked well for my skin, which was such a shame. Having said all that, I just didn't see this water actually cleansing my skin to the level which it needs to not break out on me like crazy. But it so happens that I may have turned the corner with this brand as the product's working nicely for me. It's better than the L'Oreal Micellar Water for sure, and certainly enough to rival Taaj and Bioderma.


This product actually feels like water on my skin. It doesn't feel soapy or striping - just gentle and soft. As it says on the label, it really is perfect for sensitive skin.

I simply pop a bit onto a cotton pad, often using more than the recommended amount as I like to thoroughly cleanse my face, and buff it onto my face. I repeat this until the cotton pad is left white. This always makes me feel safe in the thought that i've removed every possible trace of dirt. At this point I suppose you could leave it, as the bottle does say 'no rinsing'. But I always wash my face with a cleanser afterwards to be completely sure.

I've been using this water for 2 weeks and since then I've not had any make-up/clogged pore related breakouts. This is a sure and certain sign that a micellar water is working for me. The L'oreal version did let the odd spot slip through the net, and although I ended up liking it a lot more by the end of the bottle than I did at the start, now I've tested this I rate it much higher.

Could this be my perfect drugstore version of Taaj? I think so... No more pricey online orders! Hurrah, my purse is dancing with happiness. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - £3.33 from Boots

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Birchbox Review - Molton Brown Rhubarb and Rose Hand Cream

 

I've been very familiar with Molton Brown for a while now. There was a time when I religiously used their shower gels and absolutely adored them. But as you would expect, I moved on to try new things and drifted a little from the brand. Therefore it was nice to see a Molton Brown sample in my Birchbox this month, and a hand cream specifically because I'm about to finish my L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. It was meant to be. Perfect timing.

When I first noticed the scent, I did question it a bit. Rhubarb and Rose? How does that even work? But somehow it does - surprisingly well in fact. Despite my dad insisting it smells like Terry's Chocolate Oranges, I find the scent to be really accurate to its description. I feel like theres a hint of something Vanilla in there too but over all it's quite a fresh smell.

It sinks into the skin like a dream without leaving a trace of greasiness - one of my pet peeves from hand creams. And once it's completely worked its magic, you're set. I feel like even the look of my skin is softer, and to the touch it feels like velvet. I've never really experienced that with a hand cream before but that's the only way I can describe it. The feeling is almost addictive. I can't help but stroke my own hands - weird I know.

After washing them I definitely think that the moisture level is reduced, but it still enough to keep them feeling supple which works for me. I'm not sure how it would work out on women with drier hands as I feel like it might not be enough intense moisture with just one application. It might need to become a handbag staple where you top it up throughout the day. But again, without the greasy residue, that isn't such a hassle.

I'd definitely recommend checking this out if you're in the market for a new hand cream. Equally, it would make a lovely Mother's Day gift. I featured a Molton Brown Hand Cream gift set in my gift guide for Mother's Day if you're interested.

Molton Brown Rhubarb and Rose Hand Cream - £10 from Birchbox

Monday, 17 March 2014

OOTD - 17/3/14

I do love the sun but it does half play havoc with where I can get good photos! Excuse the many location changes. But since the weather is so pretty at the moment, I couldn't resist donning a skirt and heels - complete with my new and simple Rings & Tings Jewellery :)


Zara Blouse - £15.99 - As seen in my previous OOTD
Zara Skirt - £25.99 - As seen in my previous OOTD
Simmi Shoes Heels - £30 - As seen in my previous OOTD
Rings and Tings Midi and Bow Rings* - £2.70 Buy it here, £4 Buy it here
Zara Mini City Bag - £29.99 - As seen in my previous OOTD

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub

 

One of my treats for finishing the first 5 items in my Project Pan series was purchasing this gorgeous smelling scrub by Soap and Glory. I'd been eyeing it for such a long while, and after many recommendations I felt like I really needed to get my hands on it. So when I finished up my first scrub in Project Pan (of which I've just finished the other scrub too, so watch out for that in my next update), I decided to take the plunge and buy it.

It smells like Pancakes with Maple Syrup - what in heavens could go wrong?!

 

God, don't you just love brand new products looking all perfect and smooth?!

 This stuff literally smells incredibly epic. It oozes scent from the moment you remove the lid, so if you don't like maple I definitely wouldn't recommend this one. However being an american child, I'm all about it.

Packed with good ingredients like Oat, Sugar and Shea Butter, this product promises to be something special. It also contains banana, almond and honey extracts. Does this not sound like a food treat for your skin because if anything it at least sounds like music to my ears.


The product is more of a dense paste than anything else. A little goes a long way but I always like to be generous. It's unlike other scrubs I've used in the past because it literally just feels like scrub particles. There is no gel base or creamy lotion with bits in it - just pure scrub. Because of this, it can feel quite intense and abrasive on the skin. I certainly wouldn't use this product more than once a week because of that.

As you'd imagine, it's like an explosion of scents in the shower. Once buffed into the skin it becomes a bit thinner and can turn a little milky. It washes away a dream and you are left with the softest skin you've ever known. I certainly feel the hydration from the Shea Butter lingering after, which is really enjoyable, but I still like to moisturise afterwards to give myself that little bit extra hydration.

Over all, I'm really pleased with this product. It completely does the job and smells like such a treat. The last Soap and Glory scrub I used, Flake Away, wasn't as good. I felt put off of trying future products like it from the brand. So thank you to everyone that recommended this to me, changed my opinon and made me fall in love with Soap and Glory all over again.

Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub - £8 from Boots

Saturday, 15 March 2014

MayLash Serum Introduction


Recently I got offered the chance to test out a natural eyelash serum called Maylash. Usually I'm quite dubious about these sorts of products as my eyes can be very sensitive and I don't like to risk putting anything dangerous near to them. But after watching the promo video on the Maylash website, I was happy to find out that this serum is actually very organic. 

Maylash have cut out all of the nasty chemicals to create a safe and user-friendly serum that will help your lashes grow to their full potential with no nasty side effects.

I've always considered eyelash extensions as I feel like long lashes can completely transform a look, but I'm generally one for a more subtle and natural look. Being able to grow my own lashes isn't something I had considered before but I'm excited to give this a go and see how I get on with it.

Watch this space for my review in a month or so :)

Until then, if you want to test out Maylash for yourself, enter the code helena30 at the checkout for an extra 30% off your order :) This code is only available for 5 more days so don't miss out if you're interested.

Maylash Serum - £34.20 (including discount) from Maylash

Holiday Reads - Easter Edition


Want some new material to read on your easter break? Here are some of my picks for that perfect beach book.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Birchbox Review - Christopher Wicks English Laundry No7 For Her


This is definitely more of a first impressions review as I only actually received this in my March Birchbox today. But i've been wearing it since it came so I figured I'd write a little post on it tonight. After all, I feel like perfumes are pretty easy to get to grips with after a day or so. You know how long the scent will last, how it smells on your skin and over all if you're going to have any reactions to it. I've tried Christopher Wicks perfume before as the Pour Femme English Laundry fragrance came in my Birchbox a few months back and I liked that. Therefore I had high hopes that I would like this and that I probably wouldn't react badly to it either.

Although this is a pleasant scent, I definitely prefer Pour Femme to this No7 version. The original one I tried was a bit more sharp and distinctive whereas the No7 above just reminds me of an expensive smelling bathroom. That is by no means meant to make it sound unpleasant because it's quite the opposite. It's floral, soapy and clean. But for some reason it just doesn't pull me in and wow me. It's not something I get hooked on when I smell it. To be honest it does smell a little heavy for me at times. Having said that, it's certainly at its strongest for the first 3 hours. Once this period has gone it mellows and gives a much gentler fragrance.

Notes include:
Top Notes - Pear, Melon, Apricot, Jasmine Blossom and Gardenia
Bottom Notes - Sandalwood, Vanilla and Musk

From looking at the notes I'm surprised in myself for not liking it. It's intriguing to me that this perfume is meant to be so fruity and yet all I can smell is the heavy floral scents with some lingering Vanilla.

No7 was originally made for men, as Christopher Wicks is best known for male fragrances. However he tweaked this perfume to create the female version which is meant to be a lot lighter and fruity, with a hidden manly musk. Honestly, I'm not a fan and wouldn't purchase it myself, but I'm definitely intrigued to find out who likes it and why. If you received this in your Birchbox this month, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Christopher Wicks English Laundry No7 For Her - £48 for 50ml from Birchbox

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask



The last time I picked up some of my Hydraluron Serum I clocked these face masks sitting right next to  it. Intrigued to find out what was in the bigger box, I picked them up to have a look and discovered they were face mask.

At first I wasn't really tempted to buy them. They weren't the cheapest thing, at £19.99, and I was already spending £25 on my usual Hydraluron Serum which I figured did exactly the same job. But you know me, I'm a sucker to try anything new, and since I liked the serum so much I figured it would be worth giving these masks a try as well, to see if there was any extra added benefits.



If you don't know what Hydraluron is, it's basically a serum you apply to your face before moisturiser. This serum helps your skin to absorb moisture from the atmosphere and from the moisturiser you use. It's beneficial for all skin types and can be used daily.

Included in the box above are 4 sheet masks packaged in little wallets. In essence, these mask are simply soaked with the original serum. You simply apply the mask once a week for 15 minutes and let your skin soak up all the product. Afterwards you just peel off the mask and massage in any left over serum before discarding the sheet in the bin.



As I mentioned before, I didn't see how this mask was really going to benefit me. I use the serum on a daily basis, twice a day, and believe that my skin certainly gets enough help from that, along with my moisturiser every morning and evening. But honestly, I was pleasantly surprised with how much of a difference these masks made.

Over all my skin feels a lot more plump and radiant after a mask. I notice when I peel off the sheet that my skin has absorbed all the product where it needs it. My cheeks and chin seem to be the most thirsty, with my forehead generally not soaking up as much serum as everywhere else.

Throughout the week I notice that my skin feels smoother and my makeup looks more flawless. However as the week ends and my next mask treatment is coming around, I certainly notice a dip in the quality of my skin. I can tell that it's ready for another dose as I actually notice it getting dry, whereas I never noticed this issue before. I don't know whether my skin is becoming reliant on the masks or whether it was always this dry before and I never knew any different. You would think the latter is more accurate as it would be rather strange for my skin to get addicted to something so quickly. If it had, that would certainly be an expensive habit to maintain.

But honestly, I do feel like my skin is better over all for using this product and I do want to use it again. I'm tempted to buy a couple of boxes whilst they are in the 3 for 2 deal at Boots, as it would be cheaper that way and I know I'm going to get good use out of them. But realistically I do wish that the price tag was more around the £15 mark just to make them a little bit more accessible and affordable.

Do you use Hydraluron? Would you consider trying the masks?

Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask - £19.99 from Boots

Monday, 10 March 2014

This Month's Glamour - Model Co Fibre Lashxtend Extreme Black Lengthening Mascara



Included with this month's Glamour was a free Model Co gift. There were a few choices; from lip glosses and eyeliners to this mascara here. Naturally I chose the mascara as it's what I wear most out of the bunch. Plus I already had the eyeliner anyway :)

Fibrous mascaras have become one of my favourite types of mascara as I love that they give you full and yet natural looking results. I treat it as my equivalent to false lashes as I simply don't possess the skill nor patience to make them work for me. Therefore this Lashxtend Lengthening Mascara seemed like the perfect little addition to my collection. I've been throwing out a lot of old and dried up mascara's recently so my choices were looking a little depleted. This product certainly came along at the right time to catch my eye, but honestly, it didn't live up to standards.



I didn't mind the packaging too much. I thought that the thin mirror on the opposite side of the tube was pretty pointless but over all the sleek, thiner tube appealed. I like the simplicity of the black, pink and silver too - all positive signs.

The brush is pretty bog-standard for a mascara wand but that is fine by me. There's no fuss about figuring out how best to use it. A simple upwards wiggle motion will do just fine.



But as yo can see, this mascara simply didn't perform on the lashes. I'm not too sure where to begin.

Firstly, I find the claim 'Extreme Black' to be a little misleading as I find this to be slightly grey if anything. On another note I don't rate it's 'lengthening' qualities. Sure, I notice some difference but nothing to write home about.

Although I do feel like the fibres gave me some volume, the product is so thin that the density of my lashes doesn't look right. Each strand needs to be thicker and fuller to give that real doll eyed look. In addition to this point about fibres, every time I applied this mascara my eyes would become instantly irritated afterwards. It always felt like I had eyelashes in my eyes which I can only assume must be falling fibres. Incredibly irritating.

Finally, it seems that once this product was applied my eyelashes instantly dropped. I seriously don't get why as it's not like the product's thick and heavy. I curled my lashes with my Shu Uemura Lash Curler just before application, as I do every time I apply any mascara, and within 5 seconds of the product being applied my lashes drooped so low they almost pointed down. I've never experienced anything quite like it. It's so bizarre that I do actually feel like I'm going a little crazy!

So in general you can gather that I'm not overly impressed with the product. It's certainly not something I would pick up again. If you chose this product in your Glamour magazine I'd love to hear what you thought about it, as the product itself is quite pricey and should in theory perform better than it has.

Model Co Fibre Lashxtend Extreme Black Lengthening Mascara - £16 from Model Co

Saturday, 8 March 2014

March 2014 Mags - The Best Bits!

 

Marie Claire - April Issue
Sandal / Nail Polish / Rucksack / Luna
Knitwear / Foundation / T-shirt / Haircare


Glamour -April Issue (Left)

Elle - April Issue (Right)
Mask / Shorts / Nail Polish
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