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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makeup

How I do the sales and stay calm in 8 steps

Lancome grandiose mascara smashbox light it up eyes contour lips clinique the iconic red artliner

Some of the best beauty bargains can be found in the Boxing Day sales.  Here’s how I get value for money and stay sane!

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makeup

Favourite make-up face of the day

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Favourite make-up face of the day

I just realised. Yesterday I wore a face full of favourites. It’s my simple daily look with a pink base so I felt oh-so-pretty! It’s a fresh, Monday morning pick-me-up look but I’d love it any day.

No proper pictures of my face (the commuter/outdoor selfies were awkward) but you can get an idea from my Instagram page (@tashasface).

On to the kit:

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Events, skincare

The Bel Age Anti-Ageing Health and Beauty Show 2016: Stands, products and advice

Lancom Hydra Zen Genefique Terre Verdi Bionix London Marine Cleanser
Lancome, Terre Verdi and Bionix London goodies

So here’s my third and final post on the Bel Age Anti-Ageing Show (the others are here and here). One of the best things about going to shows is that you can discover new brands and find out more about existing brands.  The people on the stands will have good product knowledge, can offer advice and for smaller brands, you might even get to meet the founders/makers!

At Lancôme, I was asked what my skin concerns are. I don’t think I have any huge problems – dry cheeks, oily nose, dullness in winter. I was advised to exfoliate, which I hadn’t bothered to do for some time.  Exfoliating has several advantages:

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Comment, Foundation

Lancôme, please make the Miracle Cushion in my shade!

Miracle Cushion
Miracle Cushion

I first encountered the Lancôme Miracle Cushion on the beauty blogs and was really looking forward to trying it and buying it.

I went to my local Boots counter and spotted that there are currently only six shades which has attempted to cover a broad range of skin shades from light to dark. Clearly with only six available shades, the range does not cater for all skin shades or undertones but I was hopeful that there would be one for me.

The consultant first tried 04 Beige Miel but this was way too light for me. She then tried 05 Beige Ambré but this was too dark! The foundation felt lovely on my skin but this time it just wasn’t meant to be. At best, I might be able to wear Beige Ambré in the summer after I get a tan.

I understand that as this is not just a new product, it’s a new concept in the UK so Lancôme are just testing the waters before they make more shades. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the Miracle Cushion is a hit so I can get one made in my shade!

Black, Eyes, Gray

Easy Grey and Black Eyes

Easy Grey and Black Eyes
Easy Grey and Black Eyes
Easy Grey and Black Eyes
Easy Grey and Black Eyes

I had several reasons for creating this look. I was going to a friend’s birthday party and I wanted to look like I had made an effort, but not over the top.  It was fairly casual.  I was wearing a lime green Zara top with black American Apparel high-waist nylon tricot leggings so I had to make sure my make-up didn’t clash.

I had also just bought Maybelline Color Tattoos, Soap & Glory kohl pencils and I had received a HD brows palette in the Latest in Beauty Glamour Edit box and I wanted to try them all out.  This look is quite simple:

Face

  • YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in B70 all over my face including under my eyes
  • Sleek Face Contour Kit in Medium 885 – the dark in the hollows of my cheeks, sides of jawline and sides of forehead with the highlighter on my cheeks and down the middle of my forehead and nose.
  • A little Seventeen Instant Glow Gold Bronze Shimmer Brick on the apples of my cheeks

Eyes

  • Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl waterproof eyeliner in Superblack on the waterline and lower lashline
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Immortal Charcoal on the eyelids only, applied with a medium firm angled liner brush
  • I blended the eye colours a little to soften the edges slightly using my No7 eyeshadow brush
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara
  • Dark Brown in the HD Brows palette to define my brows

Lips

  • No7 lip liner in 20 Nude all over my lips
  • Lancôme Juicy Tubes in Cerise

I used these together as I wanted glossy lips that were not too orange or too pink.

Voila!

Easy Grey and Black Eyes
Easy Grey and Black Eyes

 

Easy Grey and Black Eyes
Easy Grey and Black Eyes
Eyebrows, Eyeliner, Eyes, Lips, Nude, Pink, Quick, Silver

Quick Praline and Silver Look

Quick Praline and Silver Look
Quick Praline and Silver Look

 

I really wanted to try out my new e.l.f. matte lip colour in Praline so here’s my quick 6 product look:

 

  • Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation SPF12 in Golden 6 applied with my EcoTools powder brush
  • e.l.f. studio matte lip colour in Praline
  • Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany 10 to define my brows using the angled liner end of my Bellapierre dual brush
  • No7 Natural Blush Tint in Spice applied with my No7 blusher brush
  • Lancôme Le Crayon Khol in Silver 025
  • Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara in Black
Quick Praline and Silver Look
Quick Praline and Silver Look
Quick Praline and Silver Look kit
Quick Praline and Silver Look kit
Comment, Lips, Orange, Pink, Red

Comment: The Face USA Episode 3

 

The Face USA Episode 3
The Face USA Episode 3

 

Episode 3 of The Face USA currently showing on Sky Living HD was make-up wise, all about statement lips. The actual challenges were a Vogue eyewear test shoot and a lingerie commercial.

 

Devyn was rocking bold lip colours throughout.  She picked the colours I want and wear.  For the eyewear test shoot she wore red-pink lips with red-pink cheeks and pared back eyes.  This is a look I wear when my hayfever prevents me wearing eye make-up – I emphasise my lips and cheeks.

 

She then wore orange lips with what I will call a “done but natural” face. I love this – when I don’t have time for any make-up I just put on a bright orange lip and leave the house. I am still searching for my ideal orange – one that has the impact of fuchsia pink.

 

Finally, for the lingerie commercial, Devyn wore a simple smoky eye and nude lips. Stunning!  Sandra wore pale pink lips, almost pastel, with medium pink cheeks.

 

I have a real weak spot for fuchsia and Karolina Kurkova wore them in this episode.  Oh how I wish I knew what brand and shade!

 

Red-pink: Lancôme French Touch Absolu Limited Edition 312
Red-pink: Lancôme French Touch Absolu Limited Edition 312
Red-pink: Lancôme French Touch Absolu Limited Edition 312 - outside, with flash, without flash
Red-pink: Lancôme French Touch Absolu Limited Edition 312 – outside, with flash, without flash

 

Hot Pink Party Lips
Hot Pink Party Lips

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Catwalk Orange and Metal lips
Catwalk Orange and Metal lips

 

Catwalk Orange and Metal post