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Voluminous eyelashes

If you’re after natural looking eyelashes, skip this one.  On the other hand, if you’re desperate to add a bit of oomph to your otherwise average lashes, this might be the right thing!

This is what I’m talking about:

The first pic is completely makeup-free, with nothing but Shu Uemura eyelash curler applied. Without it you’d probably have a problem locating my eyelashes altogether!

The second one was taken right after:

  1. curling eyelashes using Shu Uemura curler
  2. applying one coat of mascara (L’oreal Lash Architect Waterproof – always opt for a waterproof mascara if you want the curl to hold!)
  3. applying Essence Volumizing Lash Powder and a second coat of mascara

Holy cow, this stuff really works!

I have to be honest – splurging on luxury brands is what I do best.  I adore Chanel, Dior and YSL – to name just a few. However, whenever on a tight budget I go for Essence and it has never let me down. Quality and cute packaging – for less than a fiver.  Recommended! Check the brand out here!

Have you tried Essence? If yes, did you like it? 🙂

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Dior Diorshow Iconic (in black)

What Dior says:

A Dior exclusive innovation for a revolutionary oblique brush.The incredibly soft elastomer brush features slanted bristles to capture each lash one by one. In one quick stroke, with no special application method necessary, the brush acts like a brushing on lashes. Enriched with a unique lifting formula, Diorshow Iconic sculpts, stretches and curves the lashes with extreme hold and high definition.

Diorshow Iconic

What I say:

I love Dior. I’m a true Dior Addict. But no matter how much I tried loving this, I just couldn’t. .. Due to not-so-rave reviews on MUA (it’s always a good idea to check any high-end products there before splurging on them) I purchased this mascara as a GWP version on ebay.  So glad I didn’t pay the full price! Anyhow, Diorshow Iconic  is just your plain average mascara. Sure, it makes the lashes darker and somewhat thicker. But that’s about it. As my lashes are almost Asian-like poker straight, I always go for a curling mascara. Although Diorshow Iconic is clearly advertised as a curling mascara it did nothing to hold my curl. It did a great job of weighing the lashes back down after a careful application of Shu Uemura eyelash curler though! However, had no issues with smudging and the staying power is alright.

I haven’t found my HG mascara yet, so sticking with L’oreal Lash Architect Waterproof until I do so…

Would I repurchase? As I’m in dire need of a good curling mascara and this is all but, definitely no.

Girls, any recommendations for a mascara that holds the curl???

Shu Uemura cleansing oil review

I fell in love with Shu Uemura while living in Japan years ago. Unconditional love. Eyelash curler? The best ever. Cleansing oils? My absolute HG. Before discovering this little miracle removing makeup had been an unavoidable hassle: makeup remover, face wash, toner. This is all 3 in 1 – just spread it gently over dry face, massage gently around eye area (removes even waterproof makeup!), add a few drops of water to emulsify (this is important to remove very waterproof makeup), oil will turn milky white. Finally rinse it off with warm water. Voila! Clean, firm, nourished skin!
There are 6 different versions, I’ve tried this 2 so far:

PROS:

  1. removes waterproof makeup easily
  2. barely-there, clean smell
  3. no need for face wash and toner
  4. looks great on the bathroom shelf, convenient pump

CONS:

  1. price – 28 pounds for 150 ml (5 fl. oz) / 56.50 for 450 ml (15.2 fl oz) but oh-so-worth-it!

FOR DETAILS CLICK HERE:

http://www.shuuemura.co.uk/skincare/cleanser/makeup-remover/classic-high-performance-balancing-cleansing-oil.aspx

PROS:

  1. removes waterproof makeup easily
  2. no need for face wash and a toner
  3. anti-aging properties
  4. packed with anti-oxidants
  5. looks great on the bathroom shelf, convenient pump

CONS:

    1. price – 28 pounds for 150 ml (5 fl. oz) / 56.50 for 450 ml (15.2 fl oz)
    2. smells like olive oil, which I personally dislike

    CHECK IT OUT HERE: http://www.shuuemura.co.uk/skincare/cleanser/makeup-remover/cleansing-beauty-oil-a/o.aspx

TIP: the instructions say to use 3-4 pumps, however I find 1 pump enough for the whole face including eyes… Massive saving!

Would I repurchase:  Absolutely.

Beauty tips I wish I knew 10 years ago – part 2 (eyes)

I’ve been reading Gray’s anatomy (the book, not the series :D) for my studies for the past couple of hours so escaping into beauty feels like that much needed mid-afternoon caffeine boost! So here goes a continued  list of my beauty tricks that save me from ending up with overdraft fees:

EYES:

  • instead of curling my eyelashes by squeezing  Shu Uemura eyelash curler for half a minute, I found out I get much better results by squeezing 5 or 6 times for a couple of seconds! Alternatively, you can get your own heated curlers by heating them with a hairdryer for a few seconds to get a better, long-lasting curl. Be careful not to burn yourself – check the curler with your fingers first!
  • after a long day of wearing a lot of mascara my eyelashes deserve an overnight treat…putting a drop of castor oil on my fingers and gently rubbing it on my eyelashes  before applying eye cream does the trick! I started using castor oil after I clumsily pulled out quite a few eyelashes with the curlers (yup, bald spot, not pretty at all!), years ago… I remember being surprised how the castor oil really helped the regrowth. Highly recommended and very cheap!!!
  • one of the biggest makeup faux pas is applying eye pencil not close enough to the lashes, which looks rather cheap. You want the line to start in between eyelashes, so do it like a pro – instead of closing your eye while drawing a line keep your eyes opened and make dots with the eye pencil in between lashes and then connect the dots with a bolder line. Finish by filling in the line as close to the eyelash roots  as possible with a very thin, liquid liner (something cheap but long-lasting will do – I use S.he Quick eyestyler : http://www.s-he.at/en/products/eyes/)
  • finishing your eye makeup with a white liner on the inside rim of the lower eye will make your eyes look bigger and brighter! Especially useful after a long night 😉

STAY TUNED 😉

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