Lancôme Grandiose Mascara vs L’Oréal Telescopic Extra-Black/Carbon Black Mascara

Lancôme Grandiose Mascara
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara and L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara

I started my blog as a creative outlet but somehow ended up doing reviews at the expense of creativity, probably because getting creative is so time consuming! I’ve decided that I would try a different approach to my reviews so let me know if you like it.

You might wonder how it could be fair to pit the £26 Lancôme Grandiose Mascara against the £10.99 L’Oréal Telescopic Extra-Black (now called “Carbon Black”). A more expensive product doesn’t automatically mean it is better.

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Lancôme Grandiose Mascara
Lancôme Grandiose Mascaratasha's face
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara

Lancôme Grandiose Mascara in 01 Noir Mirifique (which roughly translates as “wonderful black” or “marvellous black”) comes in a bulbous bottle to accommodate the bendy (swan-neckTM)wand, which rather than being a zig-zag is actually a gently curving spiral. At the end, there is a tapered, hard-plastic spikey brush. The bottle itself is very pretty with a “floating” Lancôme rose in the lid which evokes memories of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

The wriggly brush makes this mascara very easy to use – I spend much less time applying mascara. The bends in the wand mean I can put my hand in a more comfortable place. First I push the brush up from the roots of my lashes to add volume, length and a little curl then turn the brush around so that I pull my lashes up to add curl and really open up my eyes. The tapered brush makes it easier to grab the corner lashes and fan out the outer lashes.

Lancôme Grandiose Mascaratasha's face
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara

Lancôme says that the Grandiose Mascara gives a “wide-angle fan effect” and I agree. A good amount of product is deposited on first brush-through and it is buildable. It is a good, deep shade of black and is comfortable to wear. I am glad I bought this and I am likely to buy it again.

Lancôme Grandiose Mascara tasha's face
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara tasha's face
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara

I was incredibly impressed with the L’Oréal Telescopic mascara. At first glance I didn’t think it would be any good at all because the brush is long and thin with tiny spikes making it more of a comb than a brush. At the join between the brush and the long wand, it bends very easily so I wondered if this was by design or chance.

Tasha's Face L'Oréal Telescopic Mascara
L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara

I think it was by design because the flexibility came in handy on application. This mascara is some kind of miracle mascara. It elongated my lashes before my eyes – I didn’t realise my lashes had so much length potential! It is certainly telescopic and therefore perfectly named. My lashes ended up very long and defined and a little shiny which I like.

As for the shade, it is probably the deepest black shade I had ever tried. I have naturally black lashes so I didn’t think that they could get any darker but they did! It’s an astronomical black hole kind of dark. The comb applicator takes a little getting used to but it’s worth it. Similar to the Grandiose mascara, it was comfortable to wear and I would buy it again.

Tasha's Face L'Oréal Telescopic Mascara
L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara

Overall, it is difficult to choose between the two as they each make me equally happy! For quick and easy every-day application, the Lancôme Grandiose Mascara is best for me and I would wear the L’Oréal Telescopic Carbon Black for days when I have a little more time to get ready or when I am wearing contact lenses so as not to hide how beautiful it makes my lashes look.

Tasha's Face Lancôme Grandiose Mascara L'Oréal Telescopic Mascara
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara and L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara
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Signs of ageing: What does this mean?

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I decided to write this post after becoming fed up with being told we need to fight the “signs of aging”. Skin is meant to age, just as the rest of our body does, but it seems this is not allowed.

The real trigger point was a Sunday Times Style magazine article (28th Nay 2017) called “Is your screen killing your skin?” by Claire Coleman. The first paragraph ended with “But if the prospect of a sleepless night isn’t enough to have you powering down, would the news that this type of light could also be prematurely ageing your skin have you reaching for the off button?”

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Beauty Blogger Box Swap with Sarah Fynn

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Sarah Fynn asked me if I wanted to do a blogger box swap. It seemed like fun so I said yes!

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Facebook February on tashasface.com

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I have declared that this February is “Facebook February”. I was late in setting up my Facebook page, “Tasha’s Face Beauty Blog“, not least because it was just awkward to set up and I couldn’t decide which category to put page in. My content is across several social media platforms but I haven’t been making full use of Facebook.

This month, I want to show Facebook some love. I don’t want to duplicate what I put on my blog or on other platforms. I want to do more. You can already see all of my blog and Instagram posts on it but I want to:

  • Do status updates
  • Share blog posts I’ve written for Brown Beauty Talk
  • Share any blog posts I write for other people
  • Do Facebook Live broadcasts, both planned and impromptu
  • Share posts by other people which I like and think you would like

How does that sound?

I will do a regular Facebook Live chat every Tuesday between 2030 and 2130 GMT except the 28th when I am hoping I’ll be at Keziah Connections so I can broadcast the event (WiFi permitting).

In the first Facebook Live chat on Tuesday 7th February, I’ll be discussing the new-look Glamour Magazine. It promises more beauty and fashion so let’s put that to the test! See you there!




Curly-girls and brown-skinned beauties: why it’s important to see us in magazines

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In this post I’ll be commenting on three magazine editions covering fashion and beauty. Some of the looks will be going into my neglected beauty scrapbook. I need a new one and these images would be perfect to start it off.

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Cosmo and the mixed-heritage curly girl

Sasha Pereira
Sasha Pereira

After I whittled down my magazines into what inspired me, I categorised the articles into themes. There was some overlap but at the time I felt the groupings made sense. Now, I have written this blog post beginning with the body of text, rather than the title which I have never done before. I just wasn’t sure how to introduce this collection of cuttings.

In the June 2016 edition of Cosmopolitan there was a full feature on hair, or more specifically, “hairitage”. To my delight it focused on mixed-heritage hair which for the most part was curly. I could identify with the piece and also find it useful for product recommendations that I could use on my hair.

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Diversity in Beauty and Fashion 2016

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Last year in December I went through a year’s worth of magazines that I had bought to catch up on my reading to recap on the trends and to seek inspiration.

One thing I noticed was that towards the end of 2015 and into 2016 there was a real effort to be more diverse in fashion and beauty. There were more darker-skinned beauties on the catwalks, in fashion and beauty features and in advertisements in most of the magazines. There were even diversity features in themselves.

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Power dressing for your face

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I wanted to feel like I could conquer the world. What’s my world-conquering colour? It’s red! There was a time when I would never wear red at all, whether it be clothing or makeup but once I discovered the power of red, I knew it was here to stay in my life.

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