Thursday, 21 August 2014

Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara - Review & Swatches

Hi everyone!  I have a bit of a problem when it comes to mascaras - I think because they don't last as long as other makeup products, I feel like it's more justified to own several.  That definitely doesn't make any sense.  I have a bit of a backlog of things I'm due to review, particularly mascara, so I'm trying to tackle that today!  Let's talk about Maybelline's The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara.

Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara Review
I've previously used Maybelline's original The Colossal and their The Colossal Cat Eyes mascaras and liked them, so I was excited to see how this new version compared.  It comes in the bright yellow, pointed tube I have come to associate with this particular range.  Almost of Maybelline's mascaras come in brightly coloured pointy tubes, making them instantly recogniseable!
Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara Review
This mascara features an 'extreme volume double pump wand', which is meant to deposit more mascara on the brush.  I'm not sure how that works, but I'll take their word for it :P
Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara Review wand brush
The brush itself is huge, with dense bristles.  I really like this particular kind of brush, but they can be a bit unwieldy to use due to the size.  You can see the 'double pump wand'
Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara Review
Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara Review
Bare lashes
Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara Review swatch swatches
Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara Review swatch swatches
With The Colossal Go Extreme applied - apologies for that rogue eyelash sitting the wrong way :/  I really like this mascara - it provides a deep black colour with lengthening and volumising effects in just one coat.  Lash definition is pretty good too, although not as fine as I'd like - I can't stand mascaras that stick my eyelashes together!  It gives a bit more impact than the very natural mascaras I've been preferring recently, but not so much that it makes my eyelashes spidery

This is a great, solid mascara, like most of Maybelline's offerings.  I'm too fickle to repurchase, but it's a great addition to the Colossal line, and I think I prefer it to the previous mascaras in the range - although it's hard to remember exactly as I tried those back before I was blogging!

What's your favourite Maybelline mascara?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Pretending I'm More Important Than I Am

Hi guys!  I just wanted to give you a heads up about a post on my lovely friend Ashton's blog, Blogged On My Face.  She's very kindly featured me as her first Blogger of the Week, so I answered some questions for her.  You can see what I said here!  It made me feel much more important than I actually am :P

In all seriousness, Ashton is pretty new to the blogging scene so I would love it if you'd check out her blog.  I have a feeling she already knows what she's doing!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Double Trouble FOTDs

Hi everyone!  I don't often photograph my makeup (unless I'm reviewing an item I'm wearing), but I did snap a few pictures of a couple of recent looks.  They've been sitting on my laptop for a while so I thought I'd write a post on them before I forget what I was wearing entirely!

Clicking the links will either take you to my review, where you can find product links, or if I haven't reviewed the item yet, it'll take you directly to the product :)

This look features my usual shape and style, but with slightly earthier, more natural greens.  I'm wearing Chanel Ombre Essential Soft Touch Eyeshadow in 54 Bambou all over the lid, with Born Pretty Store Glitter Shimmer Eyeshadow in #05 patted onto the centre of the lid and Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Zodiac on the outer corner/crease.  There's a little bit of MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in Shade 5 on the inner corners and a slick of Inglot Liquid Eyeliner in Shade 33.  I finished with Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara and Max Factor Liquid Effect Pencil in Green Glow on the waterline
I'm wearing Witch Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer, Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop, Benefit Watt's Up! and Bourjois Java Rice Powder on my face, as well as my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Ash.  I admit I have no idea if there's anything on the lips as this was quite a while ago!  It's potentially a combination of Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and MAC Creme Cup :) 
For this next look, I laid down a base of NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk and then used a brush to pat Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue over the line.  I then carefully applied some neon green loose glitter by NYX.  Using a large fluffy brush to dust away any fallout works a treat!  For mascara I'm wearing bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara which I'm yet to review, but I love it!  On the brows I have my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Ash
My base makeup tends to stay the same, so I'm wearing the same primer, highlighter and powder as in the previous look.  However, I've got Benefit Lollitint on the cheeks this time, plus my Born Pretty Store Cute Fruit Kiss Lip Gloss in Honey Peach.  I love the double glitter effect of my eyes and my glasses :P

I need to start writing down what I'm wearing if I take FOTD photos as it gets quite tricky to remember everything!  Do you like FOTD posts? Is there a particular look you'd like to see more of?

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Lush of the Week: You Snap The Whip

Hi everyone!  Today's Lush review is about an item I tried and blogged about absolutely ages ago.  I've since deleted that post on a recent spring clean and thought it was high time I gave it another go now that I'm a bit more aware of what body products I like!  Let's talk about You Snap The Whip.

Lush You Snap The Whip Review
You Snap The Whip is a body butter which looks rather dark and ominous thanks to the black colour!  This is a solid bar you use in the shower or bath to exfoliate and moisturise the skin.  It contains Cocoa Butter and Organic Macadamia Nut Oil to moisturise, Powdered Charcoal and Pumice to exfoliate, and Bergamot Oil, Cassis Absolute and Cypress Oil to give it a sweet, fruity fragrance
Lush You Snap The Whip Review
The pumice in this bar is really quite harsh, but I like a powerful scrub so this works for me.  Go gently if you have sensitive skin though!  The charcoal rubs off on the skin, which is fun but very messy - the bath/shower definitely needs a rinse afterwards.  The fruity fragrance (which is very blackcurrant based, like The Comforter) is delicious and lingers on the skin after use

This bar leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth!  Unfortunately, like most of Lush's solid body butters/scrubs, I find it's impractical to use.  The butters mean it melts in your hands as soon as you touch it, and you get very few uses out of it - 5 at an absolute push.  At a price of £6.25 for 95g, this isn't particularly cost effective.  It's a shame as this really is fantastic at what it does, but the lack of packaging is a real downside - I understand why it's not got any, but trying to reuse a melty product in the shower is tricky!  You can buy tins to put them in, but I'd rather not have to spend money on extra packaging when it's already quite expensive.

I may buy this for myself when I next fancy a treat, but the packaging issues mean it won't be a regular repurchase.  I'm interested in trying Rub Rub Rub as that packaging looks easier to handle!  Do you like Lush's body butters/scrubs?

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Born Pretty Store Soft Makeup Brush for Face Masque - Review

Hi everyone!  I have another Born Pretty Store item for review today - their Soft Makeup Brush For DIY Liquid Face Masque Transparent Twisted Patterned*.  Quite the mouthful!  I chose this item after seeing a few different people on Instagram using brushes to apply face masks.  It seemed like an unusual thing to do, but I wanted to try, and why not use a brush specifically for the purpose?

Born Pretty Store Soft Makeup Brush For Face Masque Review
This brush is medium sized, with long, flat bristles.  The handle is transparent blue plastic with a marble pattern.  It's not the best looking brush I've ever seen, but it's not the worst either!
Born Pretty Store Soft Makeup Brush For Face Masque Review
The bristles are tipped with blue, and are quite firm so the brush doesn't easily bend out of shape.  However, they still feel nice and soft on the skin.  I've used and washed it a few times now and have noticed no shedding, which is good!
Born Pretty Store Soft Makeup Brush For Face Masque Review
I've found it works with all of my various face masks as the firmness of the bristles mean it can withstand even the thickest, scrubbiest mask.  I either scoop mask out of the tub using the brush, or squeeze directly onto the brush from the tube depending on what format the mask comes in.  I did not expect to enjoy applying face mask with a brush as much as I do!  It feels so much cleaner and neater, and it's easier to apply an even layer without getting it everywhere.  Your hands don't get all sticky, and a quick rinse leaves the brush as good as new
Born Pretty Store Soft Makeup Brush For Face Masque Review
My one complaint about this brush is that the glue holding the handle inside the ferrule wasn't great, and it popped out with minimal tugging.  I was able to fix it easily with superglue, but obviously I shouldn't have had to do this!  At least it only costs £1.83 :P

Shoddy glue aside, this brush has blown my face mask world wide open!  Am I getting a bit too dramatic about this? Maybe :P  However, I do urge you to give it a try if you haven't yet.  I don't think you need to buy a specific brush - any brush with stiff bristles will do, like an old foundation brush or something.  Try it and let me know what you think!

If you fancy this brush for yourself, make sure you use my discount code AWH10 at checkout.  You can click on the image below to be taken to the website. 

What do you think? Would you use a brush to apply your face masks, or are you more hands on?

*Item sent for review