Seventeen Doll’d Up Mascara Review

Sometimes I purchase a product with little or no expectations and I’m blown away. It’s a lovely little surprise and usually makes day, if not my whole week.

This was not one of those occasions. No, I had expectations for Seventeen Doll’d Up mascara. Somewhat high expectations, one might say, considering the kind of reviews its had on MakeupAlley (5 lippies all around?! u wot m8?!).

I was a little skeptical because of the price and because it’s by Seventeen, a brand that’s not impressed me on the rare occasion I have encountered it, but nevertheless, my expectations were quite high.

Well, on this occasion, my high expectations were exceeded, which is the kind of lovely surprise that can make your entire month. Did you just fart, Seventeen Doll’d Up Mascara, because you have blown me away.

I love everything about this mascara. I love the packaging, I love the brush, I love the formula, I’m just bursting with love for this stuff, so much so that I’m not even going to include a section for the negative aspects because, well, there are none.

The Good

It’s incredibly pocket-friendly at just £6.29. SIX POUND TWENTYNINE? I’LL TAKE FIVE!

The brush is so satisfyingly comby, it ensures all my eyelashes are nicely separated, coated with product, and fanned out like a baby cow’s.

Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara

The formula is amazing. It doesn’t dry too fast or too slow, which means it doesn’t glob everywhere and make a mess between coats, and dries quickly enough for me to add a few more coats before I need to leave the house in a rush.

To add to that, it doesn’t run or smudge (and I’ve tested it on a night out involving rain, humidity, and bumloads of sweat); it also helps my irritatingly straight eyelashes hold a curl, which is an absolute miracle.

It’s also easy to take off, no need to rub your eyes raw to remove all traces.

The packaging is cute as hell. It’s a nice shape and pretty to look at.

Did I mention it’s cheap as shit?

My Verdict

In case it wasn’t obvious, I’ll reiterate my point: I LOVE THIS MASCARA. It outperforms products 3 times the price and has given me faith in sparse, straight lashes (yes, all 6 of them).

100 kittens, puppies, unicorns and tap dancing liopleurodons out of 10.

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara | Review

 

I’ve tried a lot of mascaras over the years, but I’ve only just heard of bareMinerals mascara. Who’dve thunk, eh? I’ve been sat on my arse thinking they just do foundations and other skin-based makeup and didn’t even think to check out their eye goodies. And I’m glad I did – this bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara has impressed the hell out of me. Here’s a few reasons why I love it:

  • It gives great volume and length. Once coat looks great, very natural for work, 2 coats gives a dramatic impact, 3 and I almost take flight when I bat my lashes. 
  • It doesn’t clump, like, at all. Maybe that’s because the formula is quite dry, I don’t know.
  • It dries quickly, so I don’t have to worry if I need to clean up any mistakes I’ve made. I can just give it a minute and then clean up with a cotton swab.
  • It doesn’t gloop everywere. This is a huge and gross problem I have – a lot of mascaras leave goop in my eyes. Hideous, I know. But this one doesn’t. It’s by far the cleanest I’ve used.
  • To add to that point, it stays put all day. I find that most non-waterproof mascaras will smudge and give me panda eyes, but this one doesn’t, even if I give my eyes a good ol’ rub. 
  • It’s easy to remove at the end of the day, which you wouldn’t think from such a stay-put mascara. One cotton pad covered in micellar water does the job nicely, and…
  • …it doesn’t irritate my eyes! Hurrah!

An overall winner from bareMinerals, a brand I haven’t really explored (watch this space…). 

I wouldn’t mind a little more length/curl, and apparently the formula expires after 3 months (which isn’t really bad considering mascara should be thrown away after that amount of time anyway), so I’m giving it 9/10.

 

Have you tried bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara?

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Eye Zone Serum | Review

I bought this with my first ever pay cheque from my first proper job, so you’ll forgive me (’cause I sure as hell won’t) for waving goodbye to almost £50 for a piddly amount of liquid that’s supposed to sort out my panda eyes. The things we do for vanity…

This serum claims to target “the whole panoramic eye zone: crow’s feet, under-eye wrinkles, glabellar lines, as well as bags and dark circles“. Now, I don’t have any major problems with crows feet or wrinkles because *preens* I am only 22. I don’t have bags either, and I don’t even know what glabellar lines are, but I actually think they sound rather glamorous, don’t you? Like something a chic, Parisian fashion designer who wears headscarves and eats brunch would have. “Check out her glabellar lines – aren’t they just to die for?”, “Ugh, I’d kill to be as glabellous as her.

Anyway, dark circles: I suffer from them. Like, badly. Legend has it, if you look directly at them, they suck you in like a black hole, so this serum sounded perfect for me. The sales assistant did her whole song and dance about how great the product is and how Yves Saint Laurent idolised women and put them on a pedestal and blah blah blah are my dark circles gone yet? No? Then shut up and give me the damn serum, k lady?

I’ve had this for about 2 and a half months now, using it almost every day and still have a ton left, so the good thing is, it lasts quite a while – and I’m pretty generous with the stuff. The bad thing is, I don’t really think it’s done anything. I thought for a little while that it had, but I kind of think that was a bit of wishful thinking/placebo effect thang going on, ’cause I’ve stopped using it for about 2 weeks now and my dark circles don’t look any different to how they did 2 months ago. 

Shame really, ’cause it’s so fucking expensive. I guess it’s a nice moisturiser/serum to hydrate my eye area, and it doesn’t irritate me at all, but that’s about it. Would I pay £48 again for a nice eye serum? No.

I’d like to point out that my dark circles are probably hereditary more than anything, so maybe no amount of topical treatment is going to get rid of them? So don’t let me put you off trying this serum; like I said, I don’t have any wrinkles/crows feet yet, so if those are things you suffer from, this may actually work for you, but for dark circles? Not really.

My best advice would be to ask for a sample. It’s a very expensive product, so it’s absolutely worth trying before you buy.

Consistency: Serum, so watery and light.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5, doesn’t sting or hurt.

Price: £48 for 15ml. Typing that made me squirm.

Overall Rating: 4/10. I didn’t see any difference in my under eye circles, but it could be that I haven’t been using it for long enough. It could also be that they’re hereditary and therefore only fixable by surgery, so it might be worth trying if you have any of the other eye-issues this claims to fix.