My Top 3 Mascaras

My Top 3 Mascaras

As mentioned in my previous post, I apologise for the complete hiatus and start up of a blog and then a disappearance of the blog…

But I’m here now! And my blog post about my top 3 favourite lipsticks seemed to do really well so I’ve decided to stick onto the make up topic for today and discuss my favourite mascaras (at the moment!).

So as anyone who has a love for make up, I have tried and tested a lot of mascaras. Mascara was really the first area of make up that I ventured into. I wasn’t interested in make up in high school but I remember all the ‘popular’ girls who would wear a full face of make up for every day at school, and for some reason I decided that I wanted to try that out too. Spoiler: It didn’t last long or go well. I had the classic Maybelline dream mousse and a Rimmel setting powder- But that’s a story for another day…

My first mascara was from a Christmas gift set that honestly was awful. I saved up my £2 a week pocket money and bought myself my first mascara. I can’t remember now which brand it was but I know I was devoted to that mascara and used it throughout high school. However, for some bizarre reason, I felt like mascara made my lashes too long. What?! Who would think mascara makes your lashes too long when that is the whole point of it? I don’t know what was going through my head either. I’m literally hanging my head in shame as I remember applying mascara and using my nails to break off the ends of them so they weren’t too long…

Then, after a school trip to Barcelona I purchased a mascara from Kiko Milano. I told everyone that that mascara was the best mascara ever. I reckon if I tried that mascara now, I would completely disagree. But as of then, I loved that beauty. And that started my obsession with mascara. I soon gave up on all make up as I could never get a shade that matched me for foundation, and I spent years wearing just mascara and eyeliner.

I’ve narrowed down my mascara collection and decided on 3 favourites. I don’t list any of these as a number one all time best ever, because for 1) new mascaras get released all the time and there is always good mascaras left undiscovered, and 2) I use different mascaras depending on what look I want to achieve for that day. I also have two honourable mention mascaras- The one’s I wouldn’t use for a full look, but I appreciate them.

No 1. Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

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Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

I first tried this mascara from a sample size from my Birchbox. I have since purchased this full size but I can’t find the tube! Hence the photo of the sample tube, I apologise!

I absolutely adore this mascara and if I was going to vote for a number 1, it would be this. It makes my lashes so so long with no gloppiness, the formula is a good texture with no thickness to it. I can wear this mascara and my lashes feel light and feathery rather than weighed down. I’ve also been known to apply up to 4 coats of this mascara to keep adding on the length and volume- and it NEVER got clumpy. No lie, no exaggeration..I despise mascaras that leave you clumpy and with about 5 eyelashes. I prefer the mascaras that give you lots of thin long lashes. I appreciate all of you who like the clumpy look, go you! But it’s not for me, hence why I love this mascara. I can get my lashes super long whilst still being fluttery and separated.

The only downfall? I can no longer find this mascara anywhere. Like, zero places. (Apart from Amazon for like £50?!) I purchased my full sized tube off Birchbox as they always supply the full size items after giving out the samples. But they stopped selling it after a few months, which coincided with me running out! And now I’m at a loss with none of it left missing it dearly. Does anyone know where I can buy this?

No. 2 Maybelline Total Temptation

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Now some of you may not believe me with this one, as you may have seen that I posted it was my first time trying this mascara yesterday. But from that one application I knew. I also knew before I’d even applied it that I would love it. The consistency is perfect, not too thick and no clumps on the brush or around the lid. The brush has lots of bristles which separate the lashes perfect. I did two coats and my lashes stayed fluttery, separated and looked fantastic.

No. 3 Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect

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YSL Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect

Now I am forever in the debt of my boyfriends mum for introducing me to this beauty. I am one who admires high end make up from afar. I watch the YouTube videos and I pine to hold in my hand something as glorious as YSL or Marc Jacobs or even Natasha Denona, sigh. I received this in a gift set with their eyeliner and their eye make up remover. If it wasn’t such a good mascara, I’d still love it due to the sleek packaging with a subtle colour change between lid and tube. It feels weight and luxurious, as the name suggests. The formula is a little thick but doesn’t feel that way on the lashes. It leaves my lashes long and with a lot of volume. I choose this for when I want my lashes to be thick and noticeable, as opposed to the others for length and flutter.

Honourable Mentions…

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L’Oreal False Lash X Fiber Mascara

Now this is the only ‘lash fiber’ mascara I have used that I can actually say that I like. I usually hate the fibres that fall down all over your face and mess up the rest of your make up. This mascara doesn’t do that as long as you’re careful. Now the mascara itself, number 1 of the duo, is a bit lacklustre. The brush is small and thin and one of those brushes that is spiky to your eyelids if you press too hard, you know? And the formula is not really strong enough to do a lot to your lashes at all. The second part of the duo is the fibres. This part does tend to add a bit more length but what comes with that is also clumps and just thick spiders legs. I don’t like the look of this mascara however I will often use this just for my bottom lashes. The small dainty brush of part 1 makes it perfect to get into the bottom lashes and coat them.

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L’Oreal Lash Paradise Extatic

I watched videos for MONTHS on the US Lash Paradise mascara and how everyone was using it and how amazing it was. I waited so long for this to arrive in the UK only to be baffled. What’s extatic? Why is the packaging different? Now obviously I’m not paying the crazy customs for the American lash paradise, so I don’t know for sure if there are any true differences. But from when I’ve used this, I feel like they definitely changed the formula over here. The formula gets so clumpy, it stills all over the edge and all over the tube. It also dries out super quickly because it’s so thick and clumpy. This mascara is honestly great- if you only want one layer. But for the majority of us who like to layer up, this is not suitable. The more layers you add, the less workable it becomes and you can end up with just one big clump.

If none of these sound like they suit your taste, stick a pair of false lashes on! Instant win.

So sorry if this blog went on far too long, no ifs I apologise I know this rambles. But thank you to those that have took the time to actually read this! I love that people have been liking and following, really helps me get excitement to write more!

Lots of love x

My Top 3 Ultimate Liquid Lips 👄💄

My Top 3 Ultimate Liquid Lips 👄💄

In today’s world of make up popularity and competition with brands releasing items all the time, it’s hard to keep up on which products are actually worth your coin. In 2016, (which seems like a decade ago now) liquid lipsticks blew up a storm. Liquid lipsticks sudden had the popularity of the world. And when I think back, I think liquid lipsticks were the main reason that I got so involved into the love and adoration of make up.

I always watched Bunny on YouTube, (grav3yardgirl) and enjoyed her attitude to life and her excitement. At this point I was very early on into the YouTube community and didn’t watch a lot of bloggers, and I also had no interest in make up whatsoever. However I remember a video from Bunny that featured her swatching a whole range of liquid lipsticks (forgive me, I can’t remember the brand!) And I remember being so amazed, a lipstick that dries down and can stay on for hours?! A transfer proof lipstick? This is when I encountered beauty bay, and from here I purchased my first lipstick from Gerard Cosmetics.

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Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Lipstick in ‘Skinny Dip’

Now I’m one of them complete lovers of make up, forever wishing I had the commitment and popularity to be an influencer and receive all the free make up. Oh, what a dream. Of course for that, you actually need to be fairly skilled at make up. And I’d call myself amateur at best.

Now as my love for make up grew, my real love stuck with liquid lipsticks. I felt like they were the true end to any make up look and were so easy for looking done all day. Now, I have over 30 liquid lipsticks in my make up drawers and I decided to discuss with you which ones are my favourite!

No. 1- Lime Crime Matte Velvetines

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Lime Crime Matte Velvetine in shade ‘Bleached’

When I first received my lime crime lipstick, I was still fairly new to make up and wasn’t aware of different consistencies in make up. Long story short, as I tried to swatch the colour on the back of my hand the tube fell over. No problem normally, right? Nope. The lime crime liquid lipsticks are unusually runny and I lost about 5 applications worth. (I have tiny lips)

However this isn’t a negative point against these, as the lime crime range are my absolute favourite lipstick to wear. They are that perfect lipstick that will last all day, unless you’re really putting it through it’s paces. My absolute favourite for feeling like nothing is on my lips whatsoever. The runny consistency makes them much more moisturising and comfortable when laying on the lips. They also give me no image of the butthole lip* and also no horrible shrunken wrinkles all over my lips! Fab!

No. 2 Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

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Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in ‘Lolita II’

Kat Von D was one of them names I had heard of since I was a child, mainly being swayed away from her as she was seen as ‘bad’ being covered in tattoos which when I was young was almost a taboo. I found her absolutely stunning and her tattoos, as well as her TV show where she tattooed, completely mesmerising. When I saw the buzz on YouTube about her make up line, safe to say I was excited. But of course being in good old England I had to wait a little while until I could get my first trial of the make up line. Americans you have no idea how lucky you are when it comes to make up. There is so SO much I am dying to try but we can’t here! And customs can kill you.

Anyway. I remember getting the email that the range had finally launched in Debenhams. I jumped straight onto my phone to order myself something. Being still in college with a part time job, I couldn’t afford much. This was my first taste into high end make up. I purchased the ‘London’s calling’ limited edition set that included the Tattoo liner in ‘Trooper’ (Side note, the BEST eyeliner I have ever used and I have tried a lot. The pen is so thin and makes it so simple to create wings-and to keep going over them when you eff up). It also contained a Studded Kiss lipstick in the shade ‘Lolita’ and an Everlasting liquid lip in the shade ‘Double Dare’. Lolita was also a colour in the liquid lipstick which I managed to purchase before it got discontinued, and reproduced as ‘Lolita II’. At this time as the range was new, Debenhams was also posting this set out with all orders. So I had two of everything. Fab.

The Everlasting liquid lipsticks are gorgeous. The colour range is ever growing and they are all stunning. You can go for a subtle pink, or you can go for a bright gold or blue. The line represents Kat completely, as well as the absolutely stunning packaging with the black floral details around. Such a lovely looking cosmetics range that honestly if I had the money I would buy just for display as everything looks so pretty! Now if I don’t apply  a balm beforehand, these can have a tendency to wrinkle my lips out a little bit. But that’s my own fault if I have dry lips! I don’t believe the staying capacity is as long as some other lines, but it looks so beautiful applied that I can forgive that.

No. 3 Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks

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Now I’m no stranger to the controversy surrounding J*, and I’d like to say now that I am in no way a fan. I can bare about half of one of his YouTube videos as I find his demeanour way too overwhelming and to be honest I don’t really like him as a person- Don’t give me hate, we all have opinions. But when his cosmetics line dropped and there was SO much drama surrounding it, it was hard not to notice and not to get curious. My first purchase was ‘Rose Matter’ in the liquid lips. This is a PSA to never trust the pictures that brands show you of shades. I was like ‘Ooh yeah, this is a nice subtle pink that’ll match my skin tone really nice’, and at that time £16 was an expensive price for a lipstick. Well, ‘Rose Matter’ is more of a very neon Barbie pink is the only way I can describe it. It would look beautiful on some skin tones, but me? Nah. Especially as at this point I was still fairly self conscious and I hated make up that drew attention to me. But for a laugh, have a look at the only time I actually worse this shade and it was for Halloween…FB_IMG_1509531920831

Yeah, the only time I felt this lipstick was suitable was when I was Daphne from Scooby Doo…

However, (I’m saying however a lot, I apologise) my next purchase was from the collaboration with Manny Mua. At this point, I hadn’t overly heard of Manny. I watch a few videos of his from time to time but he’s on the same kind of level as Jeffree where I just get a little irritated sometimes with the personality. But I have to say, when I have the confidence to wear it, ‘I’m Shook’ is my absolute favourite lipstick I have. Now it’s not my favourite ever, as I said above that that is lime crime, but it is my favourite shade and my favourite for how it performs. It’s a beautiful bright coppery red, and it is so opaque. In key with the name, I applied that lipstick and I was shook. The colour was so vibrant and applied beautifully as well as being so bright and eye catching, and with my tiny lips I usually hate reds but I love this.

Also shout out to the lovely scent that J* cosmetics lipsticks hold as they smell amazing.

*Honorable mention to the lip ammunitions from Jeffree also. I don’t like wearing actual solid lipsticks due to the transferring and the slip/longevity. However, I have the shade ‘Birthday Suit’ from the Summer collection and I can apply this and eat a full meal, and the lipstick is gone of course. And I don’t know if this is on purpose, but it’s almost a lip tint. I will have that pink colour on my lips ALL night and usually until the next day*

So that’s that summed up! My top 3 liquid lipsticks. Sorry if this was long and rambly, this whole blogging thing is still new to me. Please leave a like if you enjoyed reading, and please leave me a comment with your thoughts and feedback!

Lots of love x

*Shout out to Safiya Nygaard for creating ‘butthole’ lip where you apply a lipstick and you can still see the inner colour of your lips.