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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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Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Bobbi Brown smokey eye smoky eyes mascara swatch swatches
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
Bobbi Brown smokey eye smoky eyes mascara swatch swatches
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
Bobbi Brown smokey eye smoky eyes mascara swatch swatches
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara & Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown smokey eye smoky eyes mascara swatch swatches
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara & Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass eyeshadow

 

Expensive as this brand is, I love it. When I first heard of the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara,  I did wonder what the point was. Surely the smoke in smokey eyes comes from eyeshadow? Does it really matter which mascara you use?

Well, this mascara is really quite clever.

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Behind the scenes: Mini mascara and Anita Grant reviews

Behind the scenes: Mini mascara and Anita Grant reviews- the kit
Behind the scenes: Mini mascara and Anita Grant reviews- the kit

In case you were wondering, here is why I have posted a bunch of mini mascara reviews wearing Anita Grant eyeshadows.

I acquired lots of mascaras through beauty boxes, magazines and general make-up shopping but I didn’t get around to sharing them with you. I also hadn’t used all of my Anita Grant mineral eyeshadows although I had used most of them. I ended up with eight mascaras to write about and I just so happened to have eight Anita Grant mineral eyeshadows.

One evening I decided that I would wear all the mascaras and all of the eyeshadows and photograph them to share with you.   That’s how the mini-series came about.

In all of the pictures I am wearing:

  • Make-up Revolution I ❤ Makeup Eye Primer;
  • Clinique All About Eyes Concealer in Deep Honey;
  • Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Powder Foundation in 17 to set the concealer under my eyes, and
  • Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany for my brows.

I used:

  • EcoTools Concealer Brush to apply the concealer;
  • No7 eyeshadow blend & contour brush to set the concealer with the foundation;
  • Teez flat stiff brush to apply the eyeshadows
  • Ruby & Millie angled eyeliner brush to tidy up any mascara mistakes, and
  • The angled brush end of my Bella Pierre dual brush to define my brows.

I also used my Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Make-up Remover to remove the make-up in between pictures.

Eventually this process did start to irritate my eyes so next time I will not wait until I have eight mascaras! I was fun to finally wear all of my Anita Grant eyeshadows – they are so beautiful and some are even a little magical. I will warn you though, the mineral powder will get everywhere if you are not very careful! This is why I usually avoid all types of loose powder but these eyeshadows are too pretty not to use. I have even made a new mental wishlist of more shades to buy!

I hope you enjoyed the mini-series – I would love to know what you thought of it!

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Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous

Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous
Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous
Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous
Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous
Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous
Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous

Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous is a pink mascara top coat, descibed by Ciaté as “luminous lash tip colour”. Rather than a brush, it has a comb applicator with two tooth widths. You apply your mascara first, wait for it to dry then apply the Lash Lights to the tips. It’s a fun concept but if I’m going for colour on my lashes, I’ll probably just buy a coloured mascara in a much more wearable shade. I really don’t know where I’d wear pink-tipped lashes!

Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous with Anita Grant Mineral Eyesahdow in Blackcurrant Liquorice
Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous with Anita Grant Mineral Eyesahdow in Blackcurrant Liquorice
Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous with Anita Grant Mineral Eyesahdow in Blackcurrant Liquorice
Ciaté Lash Lights in Famous with Anita Grant Mineral Eyesahdow in Blackcurrant Liquorice
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Givenchy Phenomen’eyes

Givenchy Phenomen'eyes
Givenchy Phenomen’eyes

I’ve always been intrigued by Givenchy Phenomen’eyes. The medieval mace-like ball instead of a traditional mascara wand is quite intimidating. I had no idea how to use the spiky sphere to apply my make-up so I avoided it. Then, when I went for a make-up lesson at the Givenchy counter it all became clear. The ball is a genius invention! It allows for maximum control and enables me to grab, coat and stretch each and every lash, top and bottom. The best way to use the wand is to use it with the wand parallel to your nose, pushing the ball up underneath your lashes. It can be used sideways like a traditional mascara but using it the other way enables the ball to grip the lashes from the root and tightly hug the ball, leading to amazing curl, separation and length.   It even adds a little bit of volume.   It might seem time consuming to apply mascara with this ball but I actually apply all mascaras bit by bit across my lashes, pushing them up as I go. The difference here is that I get perfect results every time. Givenchy Phenomen’eyes is my current favourite luxury mascara!

Givenchy Phenomen'eyes
Givenchy Phenomen’eyes
Givenchy Phenomen'eyes
Givenchy Phenomen’eyes
Givenchy Phenomen'eyes with Anita Grant Mineral Eyeshadow in Raspberry Coulis
Givenchy Phenomen’eyes with Anita Grant Mineral Eyeshadow in Raspberry Coulis
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Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

The Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara in black is one of the best drugstore mascaras I have tried. In just one coat I get good length, volume and separation. From two coats I get amazing curl, definition, volume and length. It must be all down to the spiky brush which looks scary at first but it is magical. It’s so quick and easy apply and I get maximum results with minimum effort. Although it doesn’t really coat my lashes in one second as let’s face it, that’s a tall order. I will repurchase!

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara  one coat
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara one coat
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara one coat
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara one coat
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara with Anita Grant Mineral Eyeshadow in Ginger Snap
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara with Anita Grant Mineral Eyeshadow in Ginger Snap
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara with Anita Grant Mineral Eyeshadow in Ginger Snap
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara with Anita Grant Mineral Eyeshadow in Ginger Snap
Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Wow! That was my first impression of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. With this mascara you get extra drama, mega volume, amazing length, and ok curling. And that’s with one coat! With this mascara there is definitely no need for false lashes. The effect is so dramatic I don’t wear it in the day, this is strictly for nights out. It has an hourglass shaped brush which took a few attempts to get used to but I love this mascara!

I love the packaging too – a pale pink metallic tube. It makes it feel special. The mascara was surprisingly easy to remove using a bi-phase eye-make up remover.

Now for the million pound question – is it better than sex? I’ll leave that for you to decide!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara one coat
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara one coat
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara one coat
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara one coat
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara two coats with Anita Grant Mineral Eyeshadow in Moroccan Orange Drizzle Cake
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara two coats with Anita Grant Mineral Eyeshadow in Moroccan Orange Drizzle Cake
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara two coats with Anita Grant Mineral Eyeshadow in Moroccan Orange Drizzle Cake
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara two coats with Anita Grant Mineral Eyeshadow in Moroccan Orange Drizzle Cake
Mascara

Review: Maybelline the Colossal Volum’ Express Cat Eyes Mascara in Wild Black

Review: Maybelline the Colossal Volum' Express Cat Eyes Mascara in Wild Black
Review: Maybelline the Colossal Volum’ Express Cat Eyes Mascara in Wild Black

Maybelline the Colossal Volum’ Express Cat Eyes Mascara in Wild Black is my favourite pharmacy/drugstore mascara for daytime and here’s why…

I am rubbish at applying mascara – it tends to end up all over my eyes and face! Plus, I always seem to be in a rush so that most of the time I don’t bother wearing any. Also, as I have black lashes already, for the daytime I just want to add a little length and open up my eyes.

This mascara delivers all that I want. The curved brush makes for very easy application on both the top and bottom lashes – it grips the lashes with hardly any effort from me. The curved brush is also great for curling my lashes.

Just the right amount of product is applied and it doesn’t clump. My lashes end up longer looking and separated in a subtle way. It’s easy to add volume layer by layer depending on my mood. Despite my love of this mascara, it can get a tiny bit dry and flaky towards the end of the day – I might be particularly aware of this as I have quite easily irritated eyes. It doesn’t stop me wearing it though!

It doesn’t necessarily give me cat eyes – I don’t know what that is and I don’t know if I want it!

I get clump-free enhanced length, separation and curl in a very easy to apply mascara and that’s all I need!