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?

Clinique High Impact Mascara | Review

I got this as part of a free gift set when I bought 2 other Clinique products (anyone else absolutely love these free gifts? Go to Debenhams, John Lewis, or Boots and you’re guaranteed to find a great free gift offer) and I absolutely love it! I’ve never been big on mascara; I always used to just buy those Maybelline ones in a yellow tube (colossal something?) and I thought they were doing a great job, despite me ending up with dark smudges in the corners of my eyes after a long day at uni – I thought: that’s what happens with mascara; if you want it to stay put you need to get a waterproof one, right? Wrong. Turns out I just settled for a mascara with a shitty formula that just didn’t work for me.

After dabbling with a few different brands and formulas, I discovered this gem after buying two Clinique products and getting it as part of a free gift. It really is amazing – I find I can get a good 6 hours wear out of it, longer if I don’t rub my eyes. Better yet, if I do happen to rub my eyes or sweat a lot (eww, gross!), this somehow never seems to smudge or leave black residue around my eyes. Even if it does wear off a little during the day and becomes less visible, I don’t end up with panda ayes. Amazing!

The formula is not too wet, not too dry, and never clumps. It also gives good length and volume, without looking too dramatic. For this reason, I think it’s best as an everyday mascara for work, university, going about your daily business etc. because it’s so natural-looking. You’re not going to get the false-lash-effect with this mascara, and I’m totally cool with that, because that’s not what I want in day-to-day life. I’d rather have another mascara for that look. Another positive is that it doesn’t sting my eyes, like some mascaras can (Max Factor and L’Oreal’s formulas are often guilty of this). 


Consistency: Not too wet or too dry. Not clumpy or smudgy.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5

Lasting Power: 6 hours-ish.

Price: £17.50 from Boots.

Overall Rating: 8/10. For the price, it could be improved by being more buildable to a dramatic, false lash effect. 

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.

 

Benefit “They’re Real!” Push Up Liner | Review

Apologies for the crap image: I actually gave this eyeliner away because I didn’t like it, so it wasn’t available for a photo shoot, unfortunately. 

Actually, “Didn’t like it” is not quite a strong enough expression – I hate this. Hate it. It’s awful, and made me want to throw it out the window in a fit of rage. 

I’ve calmed down now, so here’s why it was so crap:

The twist-up packaging design is flawed. I either had a dud product, or Benefit have just cocked up the mechanics, ’cause I had to twist and twist and twist to get something to come out, then when it eventually worked, it shat eyeliner all over the place. I then had to rub it on the back of my hand and dip the stupid rubber slanty nib in it, then apply it. It was time consuming and gross. Great news though, the longevity is good, ’cause it left smudges of eyeliner on my hand all fucking day…

…which wouldn’t have been so bad if the same happened with my eyes. NOPE. I found this smudged, flaked and basically just fell off during the day. Brilliant

It’s just not worth the effort or the price. I’d rather use a crayon than this abomination. I don’t use eyeliner that often, so I would say I’m not the best judge of this, but the friend I gave it to (who’s an eyeliner fiend) also thought this was rubbish. So there you have it. 

Am I using it wrong, or did anyone else have a cataclysmically shit experience with this product too?

Consistency: waxy, shitty, flaky, awful.

Sensitive skin suitability: 5/5, didn’t irritate me, which is probably the only thing going for it.

Price: £18.50. And your soul.

Overall Rating: 1/10. It could be worse; it could have kicked a puppy or something.