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Monday, 28 July 2014

Lengthening Mascara Comparison: L'Oreal Telescopic vs Maxfactor Lash Extension Effect

L'Oreal Telescopic Extra Black - £10.99
Maxfactor Lash Extension Effect - £10.99

Lately I bought the L'Oreal Telescopic Extra-Black mascara after seeing several people on Youtube using this in their tutorials, the fact that L'Oreal has 2 for £15 on their mascaras also helped. I've also had the Maxfactor mascara for a while so I decided to do a little comparison of these products because they both make the same claims. Anyway, let's start with the wands first, shall we?

The Telescopic wand has 4 rows of short, stiff bristles running along the wand, whereas the Maxfactor one has lots of slightly longer bristles. Overall I think that the Maxfactor wand separates the lashes better than the Telescopic wand does. The telescopic wand also applies more product than the maxfactor wand, which I'm not too keen on. 

Moving swiftly onto the product itself. The maxfactor mascara is a relatively dry mascara, but it still manages to stay completely clump-free (which really is fab). Whereas the telescopic mascara is much thicker and more clump-prone. The telescopic mascara is a much blacker formula and makes your lashes stand out more, however I could barely get a second coat on my lashes because of the thickness. So overall, I prefer the maxfactor product.

Okay, now here are some demos of the products. (Prepare for some serious close-ups of my eyes). My lashes have not been curled and I am wearing no makeup on my eyes whatsoever.

First coat of Maxfactor mascara

Second coat of Maxfactor mascara

First coat of Telescopic mascara

Second coat of Telescopic mascara

Overall I think I'm going to stick with my trusty Maxfactor mascara, but what do you think?

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Summer Makeup Haul

So lately I've been collecting quite an amount of makeup between birthday presents and buying the stuff myself. That means that today I am going to be bringing to you a nice little collective haul (because you know I love those types). With that said, let's dive on in!

First off I've got this Maybelline Cover Stick in the shade 'Nude' (£3.99). You previously saw this in my travelling makeup essentials (linked here) because I got it before I went on holiday. I think they've changed the formula a bit since I bought the old one and so far I'm not too sure that they changed it for the better.

Moving swiftly onto the No 7 items that I got (there are quite a few bits and bobs). Starting off with this Beautifully Matte foundation in the shade 'Cool Vanilla' (£13.50). I got colour matched while I was in boots with one of the fancy No 7 machine-type things. I am overall pleased with the experience because the colour matches me perfectly and is apparently suited for my skin type (combination-oily). The foundation contains SPF 15 and is medium to full coverage.

Another No 7 product here which is their Moisture Drench Lipstick in 'Winter Berry' (£9.75). I have to say that the No 7 products are a bit more expensive than the usual high street makeup prices but I thought that I would treat myself and give it a whirl. I already have 3 different shades of this lipstick which I thoroughly enjoy so I thought I'd add to the collection. These lipsticks feel more like a balm and have an SPF of 15 which is fab for the summer time.

With my 2 No 7 products I got this box set free (which made me extremely happy). I have tried all three of these products already and I absolutely adore them. Here I have the BB Lips in 'Blink Pink'. This is just a tester size but the original size costs £9.00. The swatch does this absolutely no justice whatsoever because on the lips it looks a gorgeous natural pinky tone. Again it has SPF 15 like the rest of the products. We then have the Extreme Length Waterproof Mascara. Again this is the tester size and the original is £12.50. I have to say, I think I may prefer this over my trusty Maxfactor lash extension effect and it's only a tiny bit more expensive! Lastly I have a single eyeshadow which is a gorgeous shimmery champagne colour. This is actually the middle shade of the Stay Perfect 'Good Earth' trio and the trio is £9.50. Love this bad boy.

I then have a little Soap and Glory Lipstick palette called 'Wowed Mouth' (love their little puns) that I got for my birthday. This actually came out last Christmas but it can still be found on amazon for £19.99. This palette contains 6 shades from the 'Super-Colour Fabulipsticks' (again with the pun) range, which are all gorgeous.

Lastly I finally got the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette which came with this little tester pack of all their primer potions which means you can try them all before you buy one! I got this from Debenhams for £37.00. I am in LOVE with this and it is now my baby.

Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed! If you would like to see any full reviews or swatches for this video make sure to leave me a comment below to let me know (ooh check out my rhymes).

Emma :) x

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Monday, 7 July 2014

My Makeup Travel Essentials 2014

I'd prepare yourself for this post because I'm a bit of an over-packer. Because it's the summer time now and it is the time that a lot of people go on holiday (much like myself). I'll be going on holiday on Friday so I decided to show you what I'll be taking on holiday by means of makeup, skincare etc. Anyway, here goes! Oh and before I begin, I'm not going to add links because it'll take me forever and I need to get this done ASAP!

Starting with skincare, i am taking quite a few bits and bobs. I'm not going to include a  review of each product because it's most likely that I've reviewed them before or mentioned them in a previous post and I want to make this post as short as possible. Okay, here goes (from left to right).
Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel
St Ives Naturally Clear Face Scrub
Boots Vitamin E Gentle Eye Cream 
Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser.
Lush Grease Lightning 
Lush Mask of Magnaminty 
SImple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes 

On to hair. Again, from left to right.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo 
I'll be taking this along with the conditioner. I've already reviewed this and the link is here.
Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner 
Tresemme Heat Defence Spray
Garnier Ultimate Blends Dry Shampoo 
I also reviewed this and the link is here.

Ooh, my babies: lip products.
Baby Lips in 'Peach Kiss'
I also wanted to take the 'Cherry Me' shade but I couldn't find it! 
No7 High Shine SPF 15 Lip Gloss in 'Smile'
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in 'Crush' and 'Honey'.
Maybelline Color Sensational in 'Hollywood Red'
I already did a review of this product here.
Nivea Lip Butter in 'Raspberry Rose'
I also am bringing my EOS lipbalm, but I couldn't find it.

On to my eyes.
Sleek i-Divine Palette
A review is 
Natural Collection Liquid Eye Liner
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Paint in 'Rich Russet'
Revlon Colorstay Gel Eyeliner
Maxfactor Lash Extension Effect Mascara
Seventeen Mascara
Eyelash Curlers
Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner Pencil

Face product time.
Maybelline Coverstick in 'Nude'
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation with SFP 18 in' 101 Classic Ivory'

Face powder products now.
Sleek Face Contour Kit in 'Light'
Sleek Blush in 'Flamingo'
Sleek Blush in 'Rose Gold'
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 'Translucent'

Onto my brushes. Which are in the process of drying on my ironing board, so please excuse that. I'll be going through these top to bottom.
QVS Angled Eye Shadow Brush
Coastal Scents BR-C-S20 (concealer brush)
Coastal Scents BR-C-S17 (eyeliner brush)
Random eBay Eyeshadow Brush
17 Eyeshadow Brush
17 Cheek Brush (I use it for highlighter)
Coastal Scents BR-C-S02
Coastal ScentsBR-C-N09
Coastal Scents BR-C-S07
Coastal ScentsBR-C-N24
Coastal ScentsBR-C-N27
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Real Techniques Complexion Sponge

Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed finding out what products I'll be taking with me on my trip!


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