Don’t Believe the Hype: Disappointing Mascaras

These have to be some of the most hyped mascaras of 2016. And I dislike them both.

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Firstly, the L’Oreal Paris False Lash Sculpt Mascara – which every vlogger and blogger seem to be raving about. I don’t get it. The weird brush clumps my lashes, even by the first stroke. I have tried this many times, willing myself to love it, but I just can’t.

It dries my lashes out, leaving them brittle, and I actually find it quite uncomfortable to wear. It doesn’t tightline my eyes as per the promises it makes. Maybe it’s the almond shape of my eyes, or maybe it’s because my lashes are already quite long, but this just isn’t for me.

Now onto the Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara, of which I have very similar complaints. This is slightly less hyped but has still been a prominent product of 2016.

Of the two I slightly prefer this one as it leaves my lashes less clumped (if you are very careful not to apply too much) but mush more so than other drugstore offerings. The Lash Sensational is my holy grail drugstore mascara, and if you’re thinking of picking something up from Maybelline, I would 100% recommend this over the Push Up Drama.

The Lash Sensational is my holy grail drugstore mascara, and if you’re thinking of picking up a mascara from Superdrug or Boots, I would 100% recommend this over the Push Up Drama and False Lash Sculpt.

I have come to the conclusion that I dislike any mascara with those plastic bristles, which is a shame as they appear so popular these days. I acknowledge the Lash Sensational has a hybrid version, but perhaps the curved shape of the brush compensates somehow.

Do you love these mascaras or am I alone in my dislike for them?

laura

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Olay Complete BB + Moisturiser Cream

I thought I had it all worked out. I thought I had found my holy grail drugstore foundation. And then I discovered this BB and moisturiser duo from Olay.

This has the perfect mix of hydration and coverage, which is oh-so-important at this time of year. It doesn’t crumble around any dry patches (and if anything, prevents them), it’s a perfect match for my skin tone (fair), and also contains SPF 15 which is still important in the winter months.

The coverage is medium, yet buildable. Olay worked in collaboration with Max Factor to produce this tinted moisturiser and so you expect quality at affordable prices. These are two of my favourite brands. Therefore it is not surprising I love it.

Grab yours whilst it’s half price at Superdrug (otherwise it’s £9.99 which is still a bargain!).

laura

Ride or Die Make-Up | The Travel Edit

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It was only a matter of time before the beauty bloggers’ tag of the moment reached Vivify. Back in July, we spent three weeks on the other side of the globe for our honeymoon with limited baggage. Having to choose one product per category was a real life decision of my holy grail products.

I’m sure anyone who has gone long haul will be familiar with the woes of liquids and air travel. You can’t just chuck your usual makeup bag in your suitcase. The limitations of what you can and can’t take in your hand luggage mean you have to be picky with products. So here’s what made the grade:

Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
A lightweight, natural looking, medium coverage foundation. My skin, but better.

Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner
Waterproof, pigmented and easy to apply; this pen ensures my signature cat eye can face anything.

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational (original)
Yet to try this drugstore favourite of just about every beauty blogger? You should. The curved brush gets every lash and gives a natural lengthening and volumising effect.

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Lipstick: Mac Syrup
Nudes are so in right now it hurts, but nothing beats this near perfect match for my natural lips.  I’m not a big lipstick fan, and I’m wary of anything bold, so this was my first move into the world of lip wear!

Eyeshadow Palette: theBalm NUDE ‘tude
This is a compact palette and yet has an array of colours to create a range of looks. It’s not budget but I think palettes are worth the splurge as drugstore equivalents can be chalky.

Brows: Soap and Glory Archery
On a regular day, I tend to leave my brows alone. But when they need a little help, nothing gets the job done like this pencil. There is no need to lug a sharpener around either as the product twists up. Anything that reduces what I need to take on holiday gets the thumbs up from me!

What are you travel essentials? xoxo

Product Review: Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish (#34)

I’ve heard so much about this nail varnish that when I saw this shimmery red/purple shade in the drugstore I just had to try it out!

This polish from Bourjois is purportedly chip resistant and quick drying. Let’s see if it can live up to those claims.

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Application: I started off with a single, clear bottom coat to protect my nails before applying the product. I found the fan effect brush to really ease the application process and I ended up with a neat, highly pigmented coat.

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First impressions/colour: I expected the colour to be more red but found it more purple/brown but still pleasant. The slight shimmer is subtle but adds a nice party-ready finish, which is perfect for the festive season.

Usually I apply at least two thin coats of polish to get full colour coverage, however found this was perfect at only one!

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Drying time: It did live up to its claims of being quick drying, however it was significantly longer than one second and I think that is to be taken with a pinch of salt! However after about a minute from application I felt safe enough to use my hands again, which is quite something!

Longevity: I usually apply a clear topcoat but I felt safe enough to skip that this time. After a day there is only one very minor chip at the tip of my right index finger. Impressive.

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Rating: 4/5

It loses points for the actual colour when applied being slightly different to the packaging but the ease of application and drying time more than makes up for that. Plus it seems pretty chip-resistant!

The Bourjois 1 Seconde enamel is available at all good drugstores and costs about £6. Bargain.