Eyes

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.

Lancôme Grandiose Mascara tasha's face
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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Eyes, Lips, makeup

The Debenhams Spring Sale Urban Decay Haul

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The goodies!

Oh my, what did I do? Debenhams has 10% off beauty at the moment and this time around it includes Urban Decay! This seldom happens!

I started off by being good and just ordering the Gwen Stefani Lip Pencil in 714 (which had 30% off), because I was so impressed with the other shades in the range and I needed a good bold red lip liner.  Then when I went to pick up my order I noticed there were a few Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass eyeshadow palettes. I don’t need any more eyeshadow. I really, really don’t. But it was so incredibly gorgeous. I had a long chat with the account manager about ways to wear it in the day to go to work, using it wet and dry and decided I had to get it.  The colours are just so gorgeous and unique.

Continue reading “The Debenhams Spring Sale Urban Decay Haul”

cheeks, Eyes, Face, Lips

My Kiko Milano Wanderlust Collection and why I almost didn’t buy anything

The gorgeous Kiko Wanderlust Limited Edition Collection packaging
The gorgeous Kiko Wanderlust Limited Edition Collection packaging

The moment I saw the Kiko Milano Wanderlust collection I knew I had to have it!

Not just because the textured package is in a luxurious golden hue. Or that it was designed by Robert Lovegrove. Or that’s it’s limited edition which always make my heart leap. It’s mainly because I knew that I would be purchasing amazing quality make-up for a very reasonable price. That’s what I love about Kiko.

Continue reading “My Kiko Milano Wanderlust Collection and why I almost didn’t buy anything”

Blue, Eyes

*Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue

Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue

When I opened up my post from Black|Up to see this Volumizing and Lengthening mascara in Bleu, I was very excited! I’m always on the hunt for a good mascara and it’s been a long time since I have used a coloured one.

I know someone who wears a very, very natural look but her mascara is always blue. The blue really makes her brown eyes pop. When I saw this, I wanted to try it for myself and then Black|Up gave me the perfect excuse. I want my eyes to pop too!

I knew what was inside because of the image on the packaging. That’s really helpful so you don’t leave the shop with the wrong shade which I have done a couple of time. Despite that, when I first opened the mascara, I was taken aback by just how bright it was. Could I really wear in the daytime or to work? Would I look too eighties? It is a bold, bright blue in the tube which comes up well on my black lashes.

Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue packaging
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue packaging

One coat works well for a flash of blue so for me I had blue tinted black lashes. That wasn’t good enough for me. I wanted high impact bright blue lashes which I got with two coats. The colour really did make my brown eyes pop and I found it was easy to wear in the daytime. It actually makes a good alternative to black.

The brush is a traditional bristle brush with different length bristles to grip all of the lashes. The mascara performed as promised; it added length and volume. It lasts all day without flaking and is comfortable to wear.

Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue - look how bright it is!
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue – look how bright it is!

The Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu is a good all-round product and the blue colour makes it just a little bit more special. I got the pop I wanted! Can we have some more colours please? I would love it in a rich, amethyst purple!

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Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue - look how bright it is!
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue – look how bright it is!

 

*I was sent a sample of this product and I have chosen to share my honest opinion of it with you.

Events, Eyelashes, Eyes

Olympia Beauty 2015: Salon System Lashes and Ardell Lashes

Salon System lashes
Salon System lashes

After taking a look at the Benefit stand, I ended up buying six pairs of lashes from Salon System, a professional brand. Yes, I know I am useless at applying them but practice makes perfect after all. To try to justify the purchase, I bought some pre-glued lashes to ease myself in. Here’s what I bought with the advice of the lovely Sam Simon according to my eye shape:

  • Natural 116 – pre-glued and extra-long
  • Natural 090 – delicate with a clear band
  • Natural 070 – pre-glued and just enough for a little length and volume
  • Volume 108 – thicker and longer lashes at the outer edges
  • Intense 206 – blue/black lashes with a “double light 3D effect”
  • Intense 202 – long, thick double lashes.

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Natural Lash 090
Natural Lash 090
Natural Lash 070
Natural Lash 070
Volume 108
Volume 108
Intense 206
Intense 206
Intense 202
Intense 202

The pre-glued lashes claim to be “faster than mascara”. I’m happy to put that to the test! I think you’ll agree I have a good range to try out.

After purchasing the lashes I had the option to either have a set applied for me or to have my brows shaped. I needed help with my brows because I am growing them out. Sam gave me a mini lesson on the brow shades to use from the Marvelbrow Brow Powder palette and the best brow stencil for me from the Marvelbrow Self Adhesive Brow Stencils. My ideal brow stencil was “natural arch”. The other options were “high arch” and “full arch”.

I now feel ready for party season. Thank you Sam and Salon System!

I also asked at the Ardell stand if there were any new lashes I could share with you. They’re not all that new but I was shown the lower lashes, number 112 in the Glamour range. I gave them a miss though as I couldn’t shift the image of me gluing my eyes shut! If you have used lashes on your lower lash line, show me by adding your link below. I’m definitely intrigued!

Ardell Glamour lash 112
Ardell Glamour lash 112
Eyes, metallic

Embrace metallics…on your face!

Metallic make-up

Metallic make-up

Much to my delight, metallics were here for spring and they will be back for autumn. Are you wondering how to wear metallics but not willing to buy a piece of metallic clothing that you’ll only wear once? Or perhaps you like to wear the current trends on your face but don’t know how?

Well I have an affordable fix for you – Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish eyeshadow!

I bought my first Awesome Metals eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper last year but it took a long time to find an occasion to wear it. I bought Magnificent Copper because I can get away with copper and golden tones during the daytime – they blend in with my brown skin.  See me wearing it in my “Quick Copper Smokey Eyes With Makeup Revolution”  post or my “Spring Pink, Violet and Copper” post.

I also decided that in the spirit of all things metallic, I would probably want to turn up the drama at night-time so I bought the Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals in Black Diamond. I’ll be posting this up when I share with you my “Casino Glam” look.

If you follow me on Instagram you might also have seen me wearing a dazzlingly bright silver eyeliner and I did a post about it here.  It’s by e.l.f.  which is currently not available in the UK anymore (but is supposed to come back soon). If eyeliners are more your thing, just find a metallic liquid eyeliner to join in the trend.   For a subtle foray into the world of metallics, try a gold liquid eyeliner such as Metallic Liquid Eyeliner by Barry M in No5 .  I’ll show you this in my “Pop of Gold” post soon.  Liquid eyeliners tend to give a much bolder colour pop than pencils although I acknowledge they are trickier to apply than pencil eyeliners.

If you do wear the metallic trend on your face, I would love to see.  Just leave me a comment below.

Blue, Eyes

Blue Eyes and Coffee Capsules

Blue Eyes and Coffee Capsules
Blue Eyes and Coffee Capsules

There is a little bit of a story as to why I decided to spend precious Boots Advantage Card points on three blue eyeliner pencils during my epic spending ban.

Last year a beauty box featured an aqua eyeliner pencil by Daniel Sandler. I didn’t get the box because the eyeliner was the only thing I wanted. It seemed like a waste of money to buy a whole beauty box for one product.

This year, I am seeing blue eyeliner everywhere! It’s trying to shun its 1980s reputation and bring itself up-to-date. I would wear any colour eyeliner on any day and I really wanted to participate in this blue trend. I even saw it in Stylist Magazine’s Trend on Trial.

The thing that tipped me over the edge was a coffee capsule delivery. The limited edition capsules came in a shade of blue that would make the perfect 2015 blue eyeliner.  In my mind, it was a sign. I simply had to go out and acquire a blue eyeliner, or three!

Luckily for me, Bourjois had a 3 for 2 offer on so I spend ages trying to find the perfect three shades of blue (which were in stock and had not been destroyed by people using them as testers).

I chose:

  • Contour Clubbing Waterproof 45 Blue Remix
  • Contour Clubbing Waterproof 46 Blue Néon
  • Khol & Contour 85 Bleu Espiègle

There are so many ways to wear blue eyeliner so I’m looking forward to having a play. Have you tried the blue eyeliner trend yet?

Blue Eyes and Coffee Capsules
Blue Eyes and Coffee Capsules
Comment, Eyes

Nudes for brown skin – now the eyes have it!

Nudes for brown skin - Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette!
Nudes for brown skin – Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette

If you have followed me for a while you might have read my post on nude lipsticks for brown skin. There was a time where there really wasn’t anything on the high street for us brown-skinned folk who wanted a nude lip. Thankfully this has improved greatly.

Later, the trend was for natural (or nude) eyes and the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palettes seemed to have led the way, being all over the blogs and still being incredibly popular.

I own the original Urban Decay Naked palette – the one with the gorgeous chocolate-brown velvet packaging. It took me a long time to decide to buy that one. Why? Because when you put very shimmery or too-pale eyeshadow on black skin, it just comes up looking either ghostly white or you can’t see the colour at all.

The original Naked palette seemed to have the best colour range so I felt it was more likely to be able to find useable shades. Naked 2 has the second best colour range although more of the colours may be too pale – perhaps I will still try it one day. I really wanted Naked 3 but shimmery pinks are the most risky for my skin tone.

Well after all that deliberation, Maybelline brought out their eye palette – “The Nudes”. This palette looks perfect for me and presumably it will be my perfect nude palette shade wise, as they had Jourdan Dunn fronting the advertising campaign. Needless to say, I’m pleased that at last, it has been acknowledged that nude can be brown based.

Then to add to my joy Maybelline release the Blushed nudes. Could this be my perfect Naked 3 alternative?

When I have reached the end of my epic spending ban, perhaps I will buy the Maybelline Nudes palettes. Please don’t let them disappoint me!