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Friday, 5 December 2014

 


Mascara. One of my favourite items of make up, second only to foundation. On the days I don't feel like retreating into the comfort of a full make up bag, I can easily leave the house with a good base and lashings of my favourite mascara. No pun intended.

There seems to be a new never-seen-before brush size, finish or formulation almost weekly, it's hard to keep up. Plus, there's the particularly odd mascara innovations that I could just never get my head around... Remember the vibrating mascara wand phase? Time consuming and potentially very embarrassing. These are my personal top three hard working mascaras - no gimmicks, they just give wonderful full looking lashes, every time...


 

 

Lancôme Grandiose - £24.50

I've always been a fan of Lancôme's Mascara offerings. Grandiose initially caught my eye with its swan like angled brush. This claims to get to the root of each lash, and to help wing your lashes out - cat eye style. I can safely say it does that and more. It's ultra black, works well from day one and doesn't flake or cause fall out. I've noticed it separates each lash really well, my lashes appear suuuper long, and the curved brush means that I can reach all of my lashes. Even the teeny tiny inner eyelashes I'd totally forgotten I had. I never coat my stumpy poor excuse for lower lashes, as I've always found it really hard to get to them without poking myself in the eyeball. But the angled brush now makes it possible. I love this mascara, and I'm enjoying getting to know lashes I'd forgotten I had.

 


YSL Babydoll - £21.00

Let's take a moment to appreciate the packaging... It's soooo gold. I love glimpsing the instantly recognisable tube when I'm rummaging around in my makeup bag. It's so classy and really stands out from other mascaras. Now onto the product. At first glance, I was underwhelmed by the brush. It's skinny and long, with rubber bristles, nothing to write home about so far. But, and it's a big but. The application is a dream. It's easy to build and never clumps, no matter how many layers. Whenever I wear this mascara I get a ton of people ask me if I'm wearing falsies, or comments on how long my lashes are (they're really aren't) It works really well after an eyelash curler, and holds the curl all day. It's better at elongating, rather than volumising, and gives a very classy but powerful look of long full lashes - it's my perfect 'day' mascara. The only way YSL could improve? Make a rose gold version!



Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde - £10.00

I hate to admit it but I can be a bit of a mascara snob, and I wouldn't usually think to try out Bourjois for mascaras. Other makeup, yes, I love trying out their foundations and bronzers. But to me, Bourjois isn't synonymous with mascara. That all changed when I recieved this mascara in the 'Lastest In Beauty' Power box, in the summer. It initailly went to the overflowing graveyard of beauty box samples (the drawer under the bathroom sink) until more recently, when I ran out of mascara. I remembered I had this, tried it out, fell in love. The rest is history.

The brush is absolutely huge, with rubber bristles poking out in every direction - But this seems to work brilliantly, combing the lashes through and volumising them instantly. I love that it lives up to its claim of volume in 'one seconde' (in a French accent) so one coat is enough. If your anything like me though, you'll probably still apply a million coats, but that's ok because it doesn't clump. Lashes stay separated and triple the size, look ultra black and very dramatic. I even find I don't need to wear eyeliner on my lash line as often, as it seems to create a dark and full base on its own. I'm totally converted, and I'm ready to re-purchase my second tube. I'm no longer a mascara snob.

 

What Mascaras are you loving at the moment? Tell me in the comments... I love to find new ones to try out :)


17 comments:

  1. I love the YSL babydoll one, but I am recently out of it and vowed not to repurchase until I made use out of my mascara drawer *sigh*

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    1. I feel your pain. Sometimes using the mascara draw up is the only thing to do! At least you can look forward to replenishing it! :)

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  2. These all sound great! The results for YSL sound amazing!

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    1. Oops btw, I nominated you for the Christmas Tag, i left the link below, you can join in if you want to :)

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    2. Thank you for my nomination, it's going to be my next post and I loved reading your answers :) x

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  3. I used to be about all the high end mascaras until I got the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde one. It's seriously so so good for my lashes and I actually rate it a lot higher than the expensive ones I used to buy. I recently got the new version, the ultra black one and I really recommend this one too! x
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    1. Ohhh I've heard about the ultra black version, and I'm going to have to try it! It's such a good mascara isn't it, I am so impressed by the quality. Thanks for stopping by x

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  4. I really like the YSL Babydoll mascara! Would love to try it out someday! :)

    Colorful Closets

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    1. Do it! You won't regret it ;) thanks for you stopping by :)

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  5. Yep I love the Bourjois one - it is my fave at the moment! I really want to try the lancome one next as I have heard such fab things! xx

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  6. It's fab isn't it! I'm almost out - eyeing up the ultra black version next!

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  7. Try 'Gosh - Bombastic' mascara. I used to be a mascara snob too, only going for Lancome or Estee Lauder but I tried this one after seeing an article in Cosmo and have been using it ever since! Great for building volume and length. Thank you for sharing these mascaras, I want to try the Bourjois one now! :)

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  8. I want to try Lancôme Grandiose, I've been hearding such good things about it!! Lately I've been loving Essence Lash Mania Reloaded and Oriflame The One 5-in-1 Wonder Lash! xx

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    1. Ohh I've heard good things about Oriflame, next on my list I think! :)

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  9. I actually really liked the Bourjois mascara! I've tried out so many but I always go back to Maybelline's The Rocket. If I feel like making my long lashes even longer and spider-like, I'll use Benefit's They're Real mascara (but it's not worth the hype in my opinion!)

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    1. I'm not a fan of They're Real either, I found it really disappointing. The rocket is a mascara I still can't believe I haven't tried! Il pick one up for sure next time to give it a go :)

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  10. I loved the Bourjois Volume One Second Mascara as well!
    and that Lancome mascara looks super interesting :)
    xx Ann-Kathrin

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