'dip a water dampened cotton ball into the powder then press on clogged area, wait 10 minutes & remove with toner or astringent'
Monday, 28 June 2010
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Sunday, 13 June 2010
Number 17 Mascara
I got sent a tube of this & basically i’m not even going to waste my bandwidth by writing about it, do not get it it is shit! Crispy, tarantula leg lashes are the result! ... & not in a good way
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
This mascara promises;
'Staggering length & black patent shine, 70% longer sleeker lashes'
I got this when I attended the Maybelline event in London (told you this review was overdue) Now I don’t quite know how the brown shade this is available in achieves black patent shine so i’d like to test that out! Anyway, this mascara although I didn’t notice the patent leather effect did lengthen my lashes & separated them well. However if you’re looking for volume which i am this is pants!
Price – 7/10 - £7.99 I’d say is about average for a drug store mascara these days so can’t grumble at the price i guess
Performance – 5/10 – all length no volume!
Overall – 6/10 – Not a bad mascara but certainly would purchase it with my own money!
Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara
This mascara promises to;
'Transform your lashes into a dramatic fan of length, for extreme dramatic length'
I got this when I attended the Aussie Party in Leeds and just as above this does lengthen & separate nicely but with the plastic wand gives you even less volume than the Lash stiletto. A very natural mascara if you like that look.
Price – 3/10 - £10.99 this will cost you which is ridiculous for a drug store mascara! & the reason I hate Max Factor!
Performance – 4/10 – All length & no volume in the slightest
Overall – 3/10 – Don’t waste your money I know i certainly wont on this!
Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express mascara
'A collagen enriched formula that loads lashes one by one delivering up to 7x more volume'
I got this mascara at the Maybelline event, this is a great mascara if you’re looking for volume & not needing any lengthening to your lashes, a couple of coats is all you need to achieve it however i found it can get really clumpy so you need a mascara wand to brush through after & then you’re good to go. Would I purchase this myself? No, its a nice mascara but not great.
Price – 8/10 - £6.99 i think is a great price, it lasts well & doesn’t dry out quickly.
Performance – 5/10 – the reverse of the stiletto all volume no length
Overall – 7/10 – not a bad mascara at all just not my cup of tea. I'm looking for perfection this requires work!
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
This mascara is;
'Designed to make your lashes look visibly thicker, longer & yet still natural looking,can be easily removed & the formula included Ceramide R which works to make lashes strong, smooth & full & Panthenol conditions & protects the lashes.'
This statement from L’oreal is complete lies, this mascara does not look natural, ok it may do with one coat but with two or more makes your lashes incredible, long & thick (which is the best) not only that as soon as i took it off the first time I noticed how soft the mascara was ie not crispy like a lot. It doesn’t flake or transfer but i do find that when applying it doesn’t dry quickly so there is risk of smudging across your face ... which i do ... often. Totally worth it for the effect it gives! I actually bought this one myself & have repurchased it which i only have ever done with my Rimmel Sexy curves!
Price – 10/10 - £7.99 for a mascara this effective after 2 coats is an amazing price!
Performance – 9/10 – Just the smudging is the only negative
Overall 9.5/10 – I really recommend to everyone I think this just may be my favourite mascara now!
I found with the 1st three if i combined either of the lengthening ones with the volume one i got a lovely effect, the effect i get from the L’oreal but the L’oreal is quicker, easier & much cheaper than buying 2 mascaras. So my obvious recommendation, I do have another mascara to do a review on which is possibly the oddest mascara i’ve ever used. But more on that at a later date once i’ve tested it out more!
Thanks so much for reading & if you’ve got any recommendations to top the L’oreal please let me know! I think i’ve probably tried the majority of mascaras now so your mission is to recommend to me a untested one!
Hope you've had a lovely weekend, i've had one filled with birthdays & weddings & lots of Pimms! its been lovely!
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Little update on my dog for you, he’s getting better & seems to be back to himself thank god, his name is now Super Snuff! It’s brought me peace & my stress levels have plummeted thank god!
Now that bit of housekeeping is taken care of I wanted to write my full review of the Cloud Nine Straighteners, I got sent these from Cloud Nine a couple of months ago & have been merrily testing them out since.
If you saw my YouTube video demonstrating how to curl & wave the hair you will know this is the main use I get from straighteners as my hair is naturally frizz free & straight so using straighteners on them would just cause unnecessary damage.
First of all the packaging you get these straighteners is great, a really lovely presented box which protects the straighteners perfectly, something you would expect from the price (but not something I remember getting with my GHD’s but I could be wrong). In the box there is the straighteners (obviously), a guard for the plates and a little manual.
*Image totally half inched from MizzWorthy (hope you don't mind Jen)
My first impressions were how great the cord length is, its so long which is always great for electrical products and I was impressed with how sturdy the straighteners feel in your hands which really helps when curling & waving.
I then experienced probably the only flaw that I found in the Cloud Nines, where the two halves of the straighteners meet you trap your finger/thumb/flesh in it & it hurts ... really hurts, I found after experiencing this 2 or 3 times I learnt how not to do it so once you get used to the straighteners its not a problem, just wear skiing gloves the first few times of using them! Problem solved.
Overall I think these are the best straighteners I’ve ever owned (& so they should for the selling price) I am comparing them to GHD’s because its a natural thing to do, they’re round about the same price & made by the original designers of the GHD’s. But i have to say there’s no comparison;
The Cloud Nine kicks my GHD’s arses! Once you’ve used them on the hair they leave it with a shine that I’ve never experienced with my GHD’s, the temperature control is invaluable in the fight against damage something GHD’s to my knowledge have never cottoned on to, the guards that come with the straighteners give you piece of mind that you’re not burning your carpet as does the straighteners turning themselves off automatically after 10 minutes. They’re a much more Zen straightener than the rock & roll ‘I don’t care about damage to your hair or rugs’ GHD’s.
Now onto the price, a nice touch from Cloud Nine is that the wide & regular plated straighteners are the same price – £130 which is a great thing if you have long or thick hair (why must we pay more right girls?) They also come in a travel size for £45 which is a great way to test out if you are suited to the brand before investing in the full sized. They also come with a 2 year warranty which again is great as most electrical items only are guaranteed for 12 months.
The question I always ask myself is would i buy these with my own money? & my answer is No! There’s no point in me owning such an expensive pair of straighteners as I don’t straighten my hair so a curling iron would be sufficient for me, however if you straighten your hair daily I would definitely recommend these as the temperature control will prevent so much damage than a GHD for example as you will be able to achieve the look you like at a lower temperature.
So there’s my thoughts on the Cloud Nines, think of them as investing in your hair both in the present i.e. the shine they create but also the future i.e. the lack of damage they will cause compared to other brands.
If you ever need to justify a purchase talk to me on twitter & I’ll be able to twist it so you’re saving money ... in your head!
Thanks for reading & I hope you all having a fantastic weekend, I had a great package delivery day which you'll see soon in a haul video i'm sure. If you've got any requests for videos let me know & i'll be happy to get them done!!