Processed with VSCOcam with c2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetCreated by a Japanese MUA, Fairydrops Mascaras have taken the UK beauty market by storm, being stocked exclusively at Cult Beauty and in the Topshop BeautyMart.

Fairydrops Quattro claims to offer length, volume and curl by coating lashes in a film of carbon black formula, creating stand out false effect lashes. The wand is made up of four individual balls (?) which are designed to catch and grip onto each lash for an even coating spanning the whole lash line. I love this mascara, it’s a bitch to get hold of but is so worth the search. The formula is very wet and coats the lashes thoroughly providing a full look and a waterproof finish. I don’t feel as though it gives a false lash effect, more an enhanced real lash look offering a lot of length and volume with a subtle, eye opening curl.

Since purchasing this tube of goodness I haven’t layered up my lashes with anything else. It provides a pretty, fluttering lash look for day time and can be built up to create enough drama for an evening out. If you simply can’t find the perfect mascara, or just like to try out new ones I’d 100% recommend giving this one a whirl. If you can get your hands on it that is…

Too Faced Better Than Sex MascaraThe name of this mascara makes me cringe beyond belief, but it’s so damn good it gets away with it. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara has made it’s way through the blogosphere with nothing but good feedback, and of course I was keen to give it a try.

Housed in pale pink metal packaging, this wonder wand is weighty and I can already see the pretty outer being scratched beyond belief. Luckily, it’s the inside that counts. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara uses a revolutionary hourglass shaped brush to grip onto each and every lash, providing a generous coating of carbon black formula where needed. It’s very black and delivers great length and volume to even the most stubby lashes, as well as holding any tool induced curl. I have had no trouble with this mascara smudging, nor have I had to scrub to remove it at the end of the day.

It is a more expensive addition to my usual favourite weapons, but I do think that this mascara is well worth the extra pennies. I just hope it doesn’t dry out too soon…

   
 
To put it bluntly, this mascara is the bees knees and the cats whiskers.

As far as drugstore mascaras go, this one is pretty much top of my love list, despite having a number of affairs with it’s competitors. I really like Max Factor products however I did overlook them for a while thinking they weren’t very current or aimed at young people. They’ve recently brought out a plethora of newbies which have changed my mind, and it’s pretty evident that they’re trying to reach out to a younger market.

Anyway, this mascara comes in sleek matte black packaging (I love matte packaging, it’s so chic) with the trademark gold label. I’m 99% sure there’s a waterproof offering too but I pick up the original formula in the shade black. The wand comprises plastic bristles, something which I usually steer way clear of, however there are plenty meaning that you have no trouble gripping the lashes and giving them a thorough coat.

You do have to apply a fair bit of this to achieve the look in the pictures above, however I always do apply a lot of mascara anyway to ensure my lashes are full and long. This mascara does give it’s suggested false lash effect look, and I think the lashes look exceptionally fluttery.

Have you tried this?

      

I received maybelline the colossal volume express mascara in the cat eyes formula in my fashion weekend goodie bag. I have tried a lot of the other colossal volume mascaras and loved both the original, waterproof and the leather effect versions so was intrigued by the cat eyes one. 

On first look, the cat eyes mascara has a curved wand made of natural bristles, making it ideal for feline inspired curled lashes. The mascara offers length and curl and with enough of it a fair amount of volume. You can’t expect volume from a mascara if you don’t wear enough of it. 

What struck me almost immediately after applying this mascara is how similar the end result is to that achieved by my current favourite benefits roller lash mascara. They have different packaging and different marketing techniques but the similarity between formula and the wand is uncanny.

I’d definitely recommend trying out this mascara at less than half the price of it’s benefit twin. I’ll be using this up now my roller lash mini has gone but I’m yet to decide which I’ll purchase again. 

What do you think? Have you found a dupe for roller lash? 

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Following a gripping buildup comes a lot of hype, and this product is no different. Launching as a global exclusive first look and trial in this months edition of UK Elle magazine, the Benefit Rollerlash mascara has had everyone and their mothers rifling through the shelves of local newsagents, with everyone trying to get their hands on a copy.

I managed to get one in Brighton, I’m down here visiting my boyfriends family and found it in a Sainsburys local store. I was more than excited to get back and try it.

The mascara comes in a black tube with a pink lid (the full size lid looks like a hair roller) and has a thin, plastic bristled wand with a curved shape. The product claims to hook, lift and curl, and upon first application I can say it definitely offers length and curl and gives lashes a fluttery effect, somewhere between the false and natural lash looks.

I do really like this mascara, as with every benefit mascara it’s difficult to remove, but every cloud has a silver lining and that only means that it is long lasting and holds the curl and length all day. I will definitely be looking into buying the full size.

Have you managed to get your hands on a copy?

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Now if there’s one place I have no willpower, it’s the aisles of Boots and Superdrug. Their special offers and consistent new releases keep me coming back for more and I cant help but leave with a heavy carrier bag and a much lighter purse.

I do think that the drugstore has some good competitors for high end gems and I love taking home a bag full of new goodies to try, especially when I haven’t broken the bank too much in the process.

On a recent trip I was reasonably restrained and only picked up five products, all of which were new to me and ones which I hadn’t tried before so trying them out was particularly exciting and I thought I’d share my thoughts with you…

First in my basket were the two Maybelline products which were on a two for £10 offer in Superdrug. I picked up the Colossal Go Extreme Mascara in Leather Black and the Colour Tattoo Leather Effect in Creamy Beige (ooh leather). I have tried a fair few of the original Colour Tattoo’s from Maybelline but the new leather effect interested me and the colour Creamy Beige was right up my street. I am more than impressed with it. It goes on smoothly just like the original formula and is easily applied with fingers, the consistency is slightly different and I can’t quite put my finger on it but I think it may be slightly matte in finish and is slightly creamier to the touch. The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara in Leather Black also gets a thumbs up from me, just as every other Maybelline mascara does. It’s thickening, volumising and gives that false lash effect which we all covet. The colour, again, is slightly matte and is very black.

Next to make it’s way into my mitts was the L’Oreal True Match Concealer from the well loved True Match range which claims to hold the perfect match for every skintone with – now, I don’t think this is possible however the shade 2 ‘Vanilla’ is a perfect match for me and it is a good concealer for both under eyes and for blemishes or redness.

Finally were two of Superdrug’s own brand ‘Naturally Radiant’ skincare items which were on a ‘better than half price’ offer, meaning I got the pair for less than six pounds. I picked up the Hot Cloth Cleanser – a creamy cleanser which comes with a muslin cloth, and the Glycolic Peel – a gel which you leave on over night which renews and refines the skins surface using Glycolic Acid and AHA’s. Both products have impressed me so far, the cleanser melts down makeup with ease and is easy to remove with the provided muslin cloth however if you had particularly sensitive skin i’d recommend a flannel which would be less abrasive.  The glycolic peel did exactly what it said and refined the texture of my skin meaning I woke up with plump, smooth skin without the dry, flaky patches that I had previously.

Overall, a successful trip to the drugstore resulting in lots of new loves and fantastic product in my collection.

What are your favourite drugstore items?