Monday, 6 January 2014

Empties / December 2013 + Mascara Round-Up


Happy New Year lovelies!
I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and a wonderful start to 2014.
I didn't finish many products this month, however I decided to add an end of the year mini mascara reviews.


Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel: I'm actually falling in love with Yes To… ranges; this eye cream is no exception. It feels fresh and hydrating and  I also think my concealer looks better when applied above this gel. I like to keep it in the fridge to enhance the cooling effect of the gel.
Repurchase: Yes 

REN F10 Smooth And Renew Mask: I like all the masks that I have tried from REN but I think they are all very similar; like the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (which is my favourite), this is a chemical exfoliant that eats at the superficial layer to reveal a smoother skin.
Repurchase: Maybe 


Lavera Hand Cream: at first I loved this cream but soon the scent started to annoy me; It's just too herbaly for my liking, I wish it would just smell like almond & shea butter - the main ingredients. It's a shame because I like the fresh consistency: it really feels like a splash of water and dries super fast.
Repurchase: No

First Aid Beauty Gentle Body Wash: this wee bottle had been sitting in my cabinet for far too long. Scent-free and nothing special in my opinion.
Repurchase: Nope

I'm definitely guilty of not changing my mascaras enough but I recently bought some new ones and I kept these for this post; as a rule of thumb, I don't like wet formulas and I prefer volume to length.


THUMB UP
One of my favourite mascaras of all time is Clinique High Impact Mascara; I usually prefer a plastic wand to the fiber but this one is super soft and flexible and create amazing volume effortlessly. 
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara does exactly what it says on the tube - create tons of volume! As mentioned above, I like the short plastic teeth of the wand that are great to coat even the shortest lashes.
Benefit Bad Gal Blue Mascara: not a big fan of the huge brush and it dried out pretty fast but I always got loads of compliments for the colour.


t-b: Benefit, L'Oreal, Clinique

NEUTRAL
These mascaras didn't particularly impress me but I didn't hate them either. ;)
Ellis Faas mascara is impressive to hold the curl but the wand is too long, which makes it awkward to apply; I like the brush of the Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara which is flat on one side; I'm not a fan of scented mascara tho and this one has a strong floral smell.


t-b: Ellis Faas, Lancome

THUMB DOWN:
I know that many people like the Revlon GrowLuscious Mascara but it just didn't work for me: I think because the brush is too big and I couldn't really get in there at the root of the lashes; it also stung my eyes when removing it at the end of the day. Similar experience with the Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara that has an even bigger brush.
The downfall of the Collection 2000 Extreme Coloured Lenghtening Mascara is the quality; maybe mine was faulty but it was completely dry from the beginning… and I like dry mascaras so enough said. The colour simply didn't transfer and was flaky - shame because the brush looks good!


t-b: Revlon, Soap & Glory, Collection 2000

Anyway, I enjoyed having a wee break from the blog and just spend the holidays with the family… but now I'm looking forward to another year filled and shared with beauty with you! :)
xxx

22 comments:

  1. I love S&G Thick & Fast. Not tried any Yes to yet! x

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    1. I'm glad you like the S&G! :) x

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  2. I don't seem to get on with Lancôme mascaras, they just do nothing for my lashes. I'm currently using No7 Exquisite Curl which is amazing :) x

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    1. never tried any no7 mascara, will have to give it a go :) x

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  3. I really like the Clinique mascara! :)
    Also, how expensive is the Yes to.. eye gel?
    Ellie,xx
    Elephant stories and more

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    1. I love the clinique one, I want to try the high impact extreme next. I think the eye cream is around 12 pounds, I think xx

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  4. I've loved every thing I've tried from the Yes to... brand, I may have to give the eye gel a try!

    http://mercuteify.blogspot.com/

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    1. hehe, great minds think alike ;) I definitely want to try more from the other ranges too.

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  5. I just got a tube of Clinique High Impact mascara the other day and I'm looking forward to giving it a go! Happy New Year sweet :) xxx

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    1. yay! let me know what you think :) xxx

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  6. hi dear :) thanks for following me on GFC :) i am following you on GFC, bloglovin , Facebook and twitter :) xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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  7. I've never heard of the Yes To brand but I love cooling eye gels, so nice! I like that this one is in a pump instead of a jar with a lid. The blue mascara looks awesome! I didn't even know Benefit made something like this. Such a shame it dried out because I know it wasn't cheap! ;o

    katiechamel.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree, I prefer pumps too. The blue mascara is lovely and a nice twist from time to time but I think I will buy a cheaper brand next time. xx

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  8. You have great Ideas and a interesting blog, I really like it!
    what you think, wanna follow each other?
    I would be happy :-)

    Kiss from Swiss
    schuhRei.ch

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    1. thank you , glad you like it! :)

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  9. I use the Lavera handcream and my housemate absolutely hates the scent of it so you're not alone! Love the sound of the eye gel :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. haha and I also used to like it :( xx

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  10. I love that Benefit mascara but I agree, it dried up too quickly! I think The Falsies one by Maybelline is my all time favourite xxx

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    1. I want to try the falsies, glad you like it! xxx

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  11. I have tried the Benefit and Million Lashes ones (just in other colours) and I totally agree on what you said about bothg. The Million Lashes one is my all time favourite :)
    xx

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    1. I love the l'oreal million lashes, I can't believe it's not more popular. xx

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