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All about the lashes. Always!

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All about the lashes. Always!

Isn’t it so?!

For me anyway, it seems there has been times when that is all it is about, the lashes. Okay, when it not about the hair or the scent but over the last year, I have tried four (and fallen for at least three) new mascaras, interestingly all from either L’Oreal or Max Factor. There was the Double Extension Tubes, the Lash Extension Effect, the Million Lashes and now, the False Lash Effect.

Max Factor’s latest release claims to double lash size to give the impact of false lashes.

False lashes, no glue?!

Kerching!

It is no wonder that this ended up in my mitts.

Here are my lashes before application.

Here are my lashes after one coat.

And finally, here are my lashes with a couple more coats.

To be honest, I think that on some lashes, it looks like I may gone a coat too far. In fact, one coat of this mascara would maybe have been enough if it applied uniformly but I always seem to miss some lashes in my clumsy application. I think it may be that I am not used to the fat brush, Max Factor’s biggest mascara brush ever.

I just can’t quite catch all the lashes. You can see clearly in the last picture of my lashes where I’ve caught the same ones again and again.

The fact that you need to use so little of the formulation to coat the lashes reminds me of the L’oreal Million Lashes. However, this formulation is not so inky or messy. There are the occasional smudges especially when I try to get those more obsure lashes but I have found any residue easy to wipe away.

Actually I think False Lash Effect falls between the two mascaras that have previously worn my Holy Grail mascara crown. False Lash Effect transforms the lashes and gives results almost as dramatic and divaish as the Million Lashes but the finished lash line also has some definition, seperation and certainly a whole lot of extra length. So in that way, I find it similar to the Lash Extension Effect.

I’m liking the middle ground where this mascara stands. Sometimes when I find a mascara that delivers extreme results then I love it for a month or two but then as it dries out, I find myself craving something a little different. Lash Extension was great but I have mentioned before that that evantually I just got a little bored of been able to slap my mascara on each morning without thinking about it. On the other hand, when I first tried Million Lashes, it made me feel like some glamorous star but it soon got tiresome blotting the brush and the smudges away each morning before work.

In False Lash Effect, I may have found my compromise. There are clumps but in reality, I think these are less in your face then they seem to be in this pictures. False Lash Effect does look false to a degree, it does look not look natural but it still looks in place. The final thing that I love about is this mascara is, despite quite a heavy formulation, it seems to curl the lashes and seems to really open the eye area up which makes me look wide awake which can only be good at 6.30 in the morning.

I know that False Lash Effect seems quite popular. Have you tried it? What do you think? What is your favourite mascara? Am I missing out on any other amazing lash jackets?

Oh and the eye shadow is one of faves at the moment (when I’m wearing shadow at all. With mascaras such as this one, I don’t always bother).

It is Frosted Almond from Front Cover. The colour is great and the quality is ok so you might see it here again sometime.

 

Written by essjay23x

December 4, 2010 at 11:27 am

Mascara, mascara. . !

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Mascara, mascara . . !

When I brought the Max Factor Lash Extension Effect mascara earlier in the year, I thought it would be my favourite forever. You will find an earlier rave here https://essjay23x.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/happy-valentines-day/

I was wrong.

Let me introduce you to my new best friend, Volume Million Lashes, from L’Oreal.

I am shallow.

This mascara may look all classy, ladylike, sleek and striking in it’s gorgeous gold tube but Million Lash is actually a lot more demanding then Lash Extension yet J’adore!

One of the things I loved about Lash Extension -and let there be no doubt about it- was that it really did extend how long my lashes look. I’ve done a post and you’ve seen the pics but I would say that Lash Extension Effect probably extended my lashes by about a third and yet they always looked natural. I am very clumsy when it comes to make up and grooming. I can be slap dash and boy, can I product overload but no matter how many coats of this mascara I lashed on, my lashes were always perfectly defined, ever so long and clumpless.

Perfect.

Yep almost too much so.

To be honest, it got a bit boring. I was applying the same product every day and getting exactly the same pay off no matter what I did. So samey that I guess I wasn’t even noticing (let alone cherishing) what the clever old Lash Extension was doing anymore. We needed a break so maybe it was good that Lash Extension seemed to dry up quite quickly (and started clumping ever so slightly) probably within eight weeks.

Enter Volume Million Lashes!

This really is a mascara to get the party started (what a cheesy line). It is so different from Lash Extension. This mascara makes such a statement and is quite extreme to the degree that I would imagine it will gleam equally extreme love/hate reviews.

It is not particularly easy to apply or to play down. It is very black (which I like since the shade I chose was Black) and seems to coat the lashes with the slightest touch. It can very quickly add some length and volume giving the false lash effect within seconds but be careful, because it only takes a coat more to do the not so fetching spider thing. I imagine this is how mascara was back in the day when it was first discovered/created?!

This mascara is heavy but you can wear it in the day with the right attuide, the right make up and a very slight hand.

However for me, this is first and foremost my glam mascara as with this in my collection then there really is no other choice for nights out and special occasions. It seems to do everything. It adds length not as much as Lash Extension but still, it adds volume, it curls and it almost seems to comb through my lashes and give them some direction.

I have difficulty applying false lashes but am quite confident that if I look after my lashes daily then I should be able to build a look, to compete with false lashes, using this mascara. I feel that Lash Extension was overshadowed and disappeared when worn in heavier eye looks and with dazzledusts. I might be wrong (though I don’t think so) but I can not imagine this mascara ever been in the shadows.

Here are some pictures.
These show just a couple of coats across the lashes.

With Lash Extension.
With Million Lashes.

These show the mascaras built up with a few more layers.

With Lash Extension
With Million Lashes

Please bear in mind that Lash Extension has dried out  but I think you will all still agree, a Million Lashes just looks more complete. However it is not as effortless as Lash Extension.

Apparently there is an anti-clump wiper in the L’Oreal tube. Well, lets just say that the Million Lashes formulation overpowers it. In the same way that I never got clumps with Lash Extension (until it started to dry), I always get clumps, to some degree, with Million Lashes. You will get clumps and they are a devil to get rid of. In fact, you probably won’t succeed so just try to keep the clumps quite small by making sure that the mascara wand has a minimal amount of formulation on before you paint your lashes. Small clumps sitting at the roots are not going to ruin your look in fact, they can help to line the eyes and add a little something to your look.

This mascara does smudge and takes a minute or so to dry. If you do big, open eyes before it is dry then you are likely to end up with dots on your upper eye lid and in your eye socket. The formulation is soft but thick.

When I first used this L’Oreal tube, there was an overpowering chemical scent but I have not noticed this so much recently.

I am finding it quite hard to remove Million Lash (to apply my L’Oreal Lash Serum). I have been using make up remover but I remember with the L’Oreal Double Tubes, you had to use warm water and this dissolved the tubes. Any ideas what to use with Million Lash? I don’t want to pull my lashes out just to clean.

I brought Million Lashes in Boots about ten days ago, it was on offer for £7.99. I think the normal retail price is about the same as Lash Extension (£10.99?). Lash Extension has 6.5ml of product and Million Lashes 9ml.

Oh and by the way Girls, I mentioned that I’m using the L’Oreal Lash Serum. Tell me, do I want to buy RapidLash from Boots? I can not decide. The lash serum is more to keep my lashes healthy and looking their best, I think RapidLash should help them grow like Ardell and Lipocils.

However, Laura, Lollipop26 http://www.lollipop26writes.com/2010/06/rapidlash.html, actually seemed to lose lashes but the lure of longer, longer lashes is tempting me. Please let me know if you have used RapidLash before or will be buying it. I’d love to know what you think. By the time I decide (funny how in the end, I know that I’m going to give it a go) there’ll be none left anyway.

So Max Factor, L’Oreal, RapidLash, eye products. . , any thoughts?

X

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July 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Lipstick crisis!

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Lipstick crisis!

 Hi Girls

I’ve had a bit of a crisis today. . , I couldn’t decide which lipstick to wear!

 

Option 1 was  Gosh Amersyth with Gosh Darling underneath to conceal.

There is Gosh Darling, Gosh Amersyth and then Amersyth over Darling.

 

Option 2 was Barry M 144, a very bright pink with Barry M 101 underneath to cancel out my natural lip colour. 

There is 101, 144 and then 144 over 101.

 

So I guess you want to know what I’ve chosen?

Well I’ve gone with the Gosh combo (above) simply because after all my flaffing around, taking pictures and on, off so many times, time has ran out and I should be out the door very, very soon (NOW really) and as I’ve got Gosh on my lips . . !

 

I also think in reality, 144 (above) is even brighter and pinker (the swatch gives a truer representation then the product image) and Gosh (which does look more like the product then the swatch when it is on my lips) is just a little more wearable for a day look.

I have to say today that when I wiped the 144 and 101 off my lips and started applying Gosh, I really noticed how nice Gosh felt and how easily it went on. I have heard that Barry M 100 and 101 can be drying but personally I have never noticed this until today, when I applied Gosh straight afterwards. There was a definite difference in how nice Gosh was to apply.

Other make up that I’m wearing includes Barry M Mushroom (yay) and chocolate dazzledusts, RSVP from Benefit as a base for the eyes, Erase paste, a combination of Bourjois 10 hour sleep effect foundation and my normal Revlon Colorstay in Ivory, Maybelline Peach blush mousse with Coralista over the top and then the Max Factor Lash Extension mascara which I discussed in a recent post.

Despite my earlier rave for this mascara, I have to say that the dazzledusts can seem quite strong and heavy on the eyelid even when you keep the look light probably because the dust is not as fine or as light as the particles of a more conventional powder eyeshadow. I have no qualms with this and love the dazzledusts as you all know but this Max Factor  mascara seems to slip in to the shadows a little when worn with these dazzledusts. The frame it forms for my eye make up suddenly seems a little foggy. It is still a wearable look and I have decided to keep it on for today but I’m not as impressed as I was when I previously tried this mascara. Maybe dazzledusts need more of a volumising mascara?!

What do you think? Do you always line and mascara with dazzledusts? What mascara do you use? What do you think of my lip options? Do you have any problems with Barry M 101 (or 100, noooooooo) drying?

X

PS Check out http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie . I think I’ve mentioned it before but this site covers so many things make up and beauty-wise and the blog is updated daily. Amy, the blogger and YouTube Guru (Dazzledust25) has said that she will be having a competition very soon and she promises very good prizes and has said that this will include some MAC. Even without the possible loot, I really do recommend this site, if like me, you want to learn.

 

In the red corner and in the blue . . .

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In the red corner and in the blue. . .

 ‘Life is not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself’ George Bernard Shaw

I’ve already said that I’m not going to follow fashion to the very latest rule. However, fashion is usually what is popular and what people are buying. People buy for a reason so many fashions and trends may actually make sense. It is not my duty to follow fashion this year but my mission is about learning and opening my mind therefore I do have a duty to know what is going on out there and consider if the current trends could benefit my mission.

I mentioned a week or so ago about painting your lips in two different colours. Well here are two more lip trends that I have heard about this week.

Red Lips

This one is courtesy of Lorraine Kelly (see http://www.gm.tv for more information). Apparently since the recession has kicked in, lipstick purchases have risen by 20%. The biggest increase in purchases is with red lipstick. Apparently this trend has also been seen in Armani and Dolce&Gabbana shows. Going back a lot further then that, this trend was also evident years ago during the Great Depression. GMTV’s enthuasism for the trend was contagious. So many benefits, instant face lift, instant mood lift, instant change, makes an outfit, instant glamour in a tube, quick to apply and cheap to buy so of course, I had to try it out.

Hmmm, suddenly I want to sing Hollywood, Hollywood! It may be quick to apply but  I found this quite hard to apply neatly. Lately I have been practising eye and foundation application and it seems I’ve had it easy using the nude and pink lipsticks but this red lipstick really shows how much I have left to learn. Smears, gaps everywhere. I hope that these are not as obvious in reality as they were on camera. I tried applying with both a brush and the lipstick itself. I think you lose the vibrancy of a colour doing it all with a brush. I think next time I will line my lips with a pencil as I did this time and then apply the lipstick as a lipstick and then use a brush and lipstick to reline and define the edges. See, I’m already talking about next time. . , converted!

My red lipstick is one I already had from Benefit called Frenched but GMTV tested some lipsticks (by giving a male model a kiss on the cheek. Obviously!) and they found that Estee Lauder’ s had good staying power but Max Factor’s Chilli was the ultimate shade of red according to the expert. I always think that red painted lips is the classic lip look, I’ve got it in my head that this is why women used to wear lipstick. So what are we thinking, do we do red lips? If so, when and what shade do you use?

Blue Lips

Not only did I get my second Barry M token in Fabulous Magazine this week but I had an interesting read about a make up trend for blue. Now I wasn’t that surprised about the colour. Blue nail polish seems to be everywhere and you all know that I’m lusting over Barry M’s Lavender Blue Polish but to talk about that here (again!) would be to ramble because this article was not about blue nail polish but blue smoky eyes (ok), a blue lower lash look (okk. . .) and blue lips (huh????). Now I am only just getting to grips with the idea of brown and purple lipsticks and now there is a blue one, Barry M’s Rocket Blue.

It does look gorgeous in the tube, such a pretty colour yet it is still vibrant.

I do love the look too that the model in the editorial (above) is wearing but to be honest, I’m not sure it would work like that on me. I promise you that if I ever do buy this lipstick then you will get a picture. Uh oh, those words could come back and haunt me. . !

So would you do blue? What other less conventional shades have you worn, have you seen?What trends for 2010 have you heard about? I love all your hints, tips and comments. So if you have any, fill in the little box please and why not subscribe as well?

X

Ps My competition is still alive, see the Competition post.

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January 27, 2010 at 10:55 am