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Aug. 25.

Tried Tuesday: Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara

mascara-thI’ve talked about Wet n Wild mascaras before on Robyn Rants and Raves, and they haven’t necessarily been top of my list. I remember one I tried started off very wet, before eventually becoming usable. I’m always willing to try out another product though, so today for Tried Tuesday, I have their Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus mascara.

mascara-tube

This bills itself, as the name suggests, as a volumising mascara, but there is something more to it. It took me a while to figure out what exactly that was, but then I paid more attention to the brush…

Here is the brush in all its spindly rubbery bristleyness (I did just make that word up, but it may yet catch on), and I realised it. It is quite reminiscent of the brush from my beloved They’re Real, minus the end bristles. Okay, it is a bit more sculpted than the Benefit brush, but as I love what They’re Real does for my eyes, I was interested to see what this does for me. There is of course only one way around that, and that is to wear it.

For these product photos there is nothing else on my eyes. I wanted all the focus to be on the lashes. To start with, here is a bare eye.

mascara-eyenone

It’s plain, dull, uninteresting. Now, lets get some mascara on there. One coat first.

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Hmmm… We may be getting somewhere. After one coat there is already so much going on. My lashes appear fuller, blacker, lengthened and curled. So far so good. One more coat should do it.

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And with the second coat, there is no huge clumping that you can get with some mascaras, there is yet more volume, and the length and curl are still there, not dragged down by the weight of product.

This is a great result from Max Volume Plus. I’ve worn it for a full day on a couple of occasions, and it performs admirably. It doesn’t flake and scatter over your face, and it doesn’t transfer, unless you are really rubbing at it.

For a reasonably cheap mascara (Max Volume Plus is €5.49, above some others in the cheap ranges, but still a fantastic price) it punches far above its weight. I do see myself happily reaching for it time and time again that I want a nice everyday mascara, and I thoroughly believe you should too.

If you haven’t yet found your nearest Wet n Wild stand, you can find your nearest stockist here, but if you have, what do you think of their mascaras. Am I missing anything? Let me know in a comment.

Robyn

 

* Product was provided for review

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Apr. 10.

Something Else Saturday: Makeup Revolution Haul

ses-revolution-thI was fortunate enough that on Friday the postman arrived with a package. Just a small package of bits from Makeup Revolution, the young gogetter company from England, who only recently celebrated their first birthday. As they had an offer on to celebrate, where if you spent £25 or more you got freebies worth £26, I felt it would be wrong not to try some bits and pieces. This is what arrived.

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The haul in all its glory

There’s only 17 items there. Not a lot really, but to make it easier to work through, I’m going to break it down into sections. We shall start with face products.

FACE:

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm (£5):

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm outer packaging

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm outer packaging

Primer compact

Primer compact

Primer product (not shown: applicator sponge)

Primer product (not shown: applicator sponge)

I ran out of primer recently, so this was a good choice to try a different one. It is tidy, compact and comes with an applicator sponge.

Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blusher – Blushing Heart (£4.99):

Blushing Heart Outer Package

Blushing Heart Outer Package

Blushing Heart Box

Blushing Heart Box

The Blushing Heart (so adorable)

The Blushing Heart (so delightful)

Seriously, how cute is this. I may never use it, it looks so adorable, but I do like how there are three shades included in it.

Vivid Blush Lacquer – O’ Boy (£1.99)

Vivid Blush Lacquer Bottle (pump under protective lid)

Vivid Blush Lacquer Bottle (pump under protective lid)

Very pigmented swatch

Very pigmented swatch

This is a liquid blush with a pump lid, but I will caution you now. Be gentle. This thing is seriously pigmented. I can still see some on my hand from where I touched it on the sheet I was using earlier.

LIPS:

Amazing Care Lipsticks – Electric Love & Love Pink! (£3):

Cute Rose Gold Packaging Boxes

Cute Rose Gold Packaging Boxes

Lipstick Tubes

Lipstick Tubes

Electric Love Bullet & Swatch

Electric Love Bullet & Swatch

Love Pink! Bullet & Swatch

Love Pink! Bullet & Swatch

These are glossy lipsticks with an inner colour core surrounded in an Argan Oil jelly outer. They look like you would have to reapply them often, but your lips would be super comfortable wearing them.

#Liphug – I think you’re amazing (£2.50):

Red #Liphug box

Red #Liphug box

#Liphug tube (longer and slimmer than others)

#Liphug tube (longer and slimmer than others)

I think you're amazing bullet & swatch

I think you’re amazing bullet & swatch

A product named after its own hashtag! A mix of comfort, colour and staying power, it is probably not a shade I would have picked for myself, but I do love the name, and I think I’m amazing too!

Lip Power – Can’t Escape Me & Anticipate It (£3):

Double Ended Lip Powers

Double Ended Lip Powers

Can't Escape Me bullet, gloss & swatches

Can’t Escape Me bullet, gloss & swatches

Anticipate It bullet, gloss & swatches

Anticipate It bullet, gloss & swatches

I do like rooting through my lip drawer for glosses to put on top of lipsticks, and here we have them perfectly matched up into one pack. There’s also two completely different shades here, a vibrant pink and a dark, almost vampy berry.

EYES:

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer – Matte (£2.99):

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer Tube

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer Tube

Eye Primer nozzle & swatch

Eye Primer nozzle & swatch

A large tube of the matte version of the I Heart Makeup Eye Primer. I find myself reaching for the Focus & Fix primer a lot lately, so it will be interesting to see how the two stablemates compare to each other.

Amazing Volume Mascara – Ultra Black (£2):

Amazing Volume Package

Amazing Volume Package

Amazing Volume Mascara Tube

Amazing Volume Mascara Tube

Mascara Brush

Mascara Brush

I’m always confused by products that come in black and beyond black (in this case ultra black) but I can see beyond that. It does also come in a waterproof version, and the brush looks quite nice. I am interested to see if it can do what it says!

Pure Pigments – Levity & Starless (£1):

Pigment Jars. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Pigment Jars. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Swatches. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Swatches. Levity (l) Starless (r)

I already have one of these (a sparkly brown called Grandeur) and happily added Levity, the pinky purple to my basket. As part of the free gift I received the sparkly black, Starless, and… Another Levity. I am guessing the free gift packs were pre picked, and it is luck of the draw, but I am not complaining either way. When applied over a primer to give them something to cling to, these guys pack serious power.

Baked Eyeshadow – Electric Dreams (£2.50):

Baked Shadow Box

Baked Shadow Box

Electric Dreams Shadows

Electric Dreams Shadows

Electric Dreams swatches (l-r from top left)

Electric Dreams swatches (l-r from top left)

Swatching these was a little more difficult than some of the other shadows, mainly as the baking process leaves them a bit drier than normal, and then working dry onto a dry surface is awkward. There is a hint to how pigmented these are, and built onto a primer or worked wet, these could be beautiful! I am also giving away my love of purple here 😉

Palettes:

Here’s the piece de resistance! Three palettes that in most cases do almost everything, and the other is just too spectacular to include in the eye section. Starting with:

I Am Naked (£5.99):

I Am Naked Palette

I Am Naked Palette

I Am Naked Shadows

I Am Naked Shadows

I Am Naked Swatches (l-r from top left shadow, lipstick at end)

I Am Naked Swatches (l-r from top left shadow, lipstick at end)

6 neutral eyeshadows, and a nude lipstick, in 1 cute portable set. It’s all there, ready to go for whenever I want to get naked (stop sniggering, Cat ;-))

Go! To The City (£6.49):

Go! To The City Palette

Go! To The City Palette

Go! To The City Products

Go! To The City Products

Go! To The City swatches (top, middle rows are shadows. Bottom is blush & highlighter)

Go! To The City swatches (top, middle rows are shadows. Bottom is blush & highlighter)

6 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, and a highlighter. All pigmented, all colourful, and all ready to go!

Salvation Palette – Give Them Nightmares (£6):

Give Them Nightmares Package

Give Them Nightmares Package

Give Them Nightmares back cover with shadow colours

Give Them Nightmares back cover with shadow colours

Give Them Nightmares Palette

Give Them Nightmares Palette

Give Them Nightmares Shadows

Give Them Nightmares Shadows

Give Them Nightmares swatches (same layout as palette)

Give Them Nightmares swatches (same layout as palette)

12 shimmer shades and 6 matte, at 33p per shadow. That and, well look at it. How gorgeous is everything, EVERYTHING to do with this palette. Never mind nightmares, this is like my dream palette!

So, that is my haul. A lot of fun to be had with it, but tell me, what caught your eye out of everything here?

Robyn

Note: While some products were free, they were a gift with purchase, and were not given for review consideration.

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(top - bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner
Mar. 10.

Tried Tuesday: Paese Liquid Eyeliners

tt-paese-thI have a love/hate relationship with liquid eyeliners. I love what they can do, but hate applying them. It seems one slip, one unfortunate little shake and you have ruined a lot of hard work. That’s why I tend to avoid them. However, in the interest of finding the one that I can actually get along with, I have three to work with for Tried Tuesday, and they are all from Paese, in the form of their Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner and waterproof Penliner.

(l-r) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner & Penliner. Photo credit: Paese

(l-r) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner & Penliner. Photo credit: Paese

There are three different products to choose from here, depending on your own personal style of liner. You can go for the easy to use, go anywhere Penliner, which is exactly like a felt tip marker for liner. Or you can choose from one of two pot and brush style products, which offer contrasting brush styles for fine or bold lining. All come in sleek, minimalistic black and white packaging, which I believe looks quite stylish. It doesn’t need to shout at you.

(top - bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

(top – bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

Here you can see the difference between the brushes, particularly showing the difference between the Deepliner and Eyeliner. The Deepliner is a dense felt tip, kind of like a marker pen, while the Eyeliner is a finer, flexible bristle brush. The Penliner is of course, exactly that. All offer high pigmentation, in a kind to eyes, non flake formula, which avoids nasty additives like parabens and alcohol, which can irritate the eyes.

(top - bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

(top – bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

And here are the swatches side by side, on the back of my hand, as unfortunately I only have two eyes, and three products. These are all just one pass, which shows the pigmentation. It helps, as I would never trust myself to follow the same line again on my eyes. Less attempts needed means less chances for mistakes, a big plus in my book. You can see the difference in lines between the two brush and pot options, while the pen is somewhere in between, though you can vary the width of the pen line by changing how much pressure is used.

Overall, I’m really liking these. They are giving me the confidence to work with liquid liners. While I am yet to really get the hang of the Deepliner, I am particularly liking the Eyeliner brush, and find myself popping the Penliner into my bag for to have with me when I am out and about. With three different options to choose from though, there should be an option to suit anyone.

All three liners cost €9.99 and are available from Paese stockists nationwide. A full list of stockists and an online shop is available at Paese.ie.

Robyn

*Product was provided for review

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(top - bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved)
Nov. 25.

Tried Tuesday: Random Bits from Makeup Revolution

MUR-Swatches-thMakeup revolution is a budget brand that has been making quite a splash since its launch at the end of last year. Pitched in the same price point as brands like MUA, they want to make professional quality makeup affordable by all, and from reading numerous reviews online, they seem to be succeeding in that regard. But, I always prefer to try things out for myself. So, in a case of needing some retail therapy a couple of weeks ago, I placed an order, which arrived last week. That means that for Tried Tuesday today, I have a selection of swatches to share with you.

I bought essentially two categories of product, lips and eyes. We’ll look at the lip products first.

Lips

I bought three lipsticks to try out, all of which were £1 each. Two came from their “Scandalous Shades” while the third was a “Vamp Shade”

The first thing I noticed upon opening them was that a couple of the lipsticks appeared to have impacted on the top of the tube at some point. This is especially noticeable on the deep red (vamp) lipstick, a shade called “Rebel With Cause”, and to a lesser extent on the purple (scandalous) lipstick “Depraved”. The pink, “Crime” was unaffected. As they were still in their tamper proof plastic seals, I know they weren’t used, but it does slightly concern me as to the quality if this is allowed to happen. I’ll be honest in saying that I’m less concerned about it in a £1 lipstick, compared to something more expensive, but it does bother me a little.

Though, I said I have swatches, so here are some swatches. The top is the three tubes, the second is swatched on the back of my hand, and the third is on my lips.

(l-r) Crime (Scandalous), Rebel With Cause (Vamp), Depraved (Scandalous)

(l-r) Crime (Scandalous), Rebel With Cause (Vamp), Depraved (Scandalous)

(l-r) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

(l-r) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

(top - bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved)

(top – bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

These were all done after a single application on the lips using a lip brush, and there is fairly good colour payoff. You could of course reapply to bump up the colour.

I’m most intrigued by Depraved. It is a curious colour, that I actually quite like, but I’m trying to figure out how to actually wear it. I’ll have to have a think about that.

Eyes

I also have three eye products to show you. The first two are a primer and a pigment. I’ll get to the third in a couple of moments.

The primer is one of three in their Focus & Fix range of primers. The one I have here is Brighten, which I’m told is suitable for metallic shades. The other two are original, and matte (for matte shades). These cost £2.50 each. Alongside it, I have a loose pigment Eye Dust shadow (£1) in a shade called “Grandeur”, a metallic bronze/copper. There are 25 shades of pigment available, so you should be able to find one to love!

In the pictures below you can see the primer by itself on the left, the pigment in the middle, and then layered over the primer on the right, both without flash and with.

Witout flash

Without flash

With flash

With flash

I can understand how the primer is designed for metallics, as you can see the metallic sheen from it. The pigment itself is a little lacking on its own. While that can be useful if you want to go subtle, I always think of pigments as being for intensity. That problem is greatly alleviated by layering it over the primer. It really makes the pigment come to life in both pictures. I wouldn’t mind picking up another couple of pigments to see what else they can do.

Awesome Eyeshadow Collection

Awesome Eyeshadow Collection

The third and final eye product I picked up, really deserves its own post, so I will keep it brief. It is the Awesome Eyeshadow Collection, a palette of 100 shadows, covering nudes and smoky shades, in a mix of matte, shimmer and metallic colours. What’s more is that it is only £12! That leads me to why it should get its own post. I have to wonder just how good the quality can be, to offer 100 shades for such a low price. We are talking 12p per shadow. Just out of curiosity though, I chose 10 random shades from the palette to swatch a couple of evenings ago. With no special preparation, and no primers, these were done using a cotton bud on the back of my hand. The shades I chose are outlined in pink below, and correspond to the colours on my hand, reading left to right.

Awesome Eyeshadow Swatches

Awesome Eyeshadow Swatches

For such a quick test, I think there is some promise there. Yes, a couple of the shades do look a little weak by themselves, but I would need to do something more thorough to test this out. I can see it being a quick and easy way to build up a collection of different colours though, as the shades are quite varied.

Now, the good news, for those of you who absolutely must play with your makeup before buying, is that Makeup Revolution are available in Ireland! The bad news at the moment is that they are only available in Superdrug in Omni Park, Santry. But, if you are in the area, it would be a shame to not go in and have a look. My spies tell me that the price differential between the UK and here is only about 35 cent in the pound. If, however, you are unwilling or unable to make that trek, you could always do as I did and order online from Superdrug or the Makeup Revolution Store, and then Parcel Motel the parcel.

Have you tried anything from Makeup Revolution? Is there anything that is tempting you? Or do you believe that the price is just too low to be good quality? The comment line is open!

Robyn

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2coats
Nov. 11.

Tried Tuesday: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara

mascara-thI always seem to have a (half) dozen or so mascaras on the go at any one time. They are different colours, different styles, different uses. Today I added another to that list, when I opened the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara. The question is, can it be love at first use. Today for Tried Tuesday, I am going to answer that.

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One of a variety of Organic Wear mascaras from Physicians Formula, they are all 100% natural origin for their ingredients, and offer different benefits depending on the version you pick up. As an added benefit, 1 of the ingredients are ingredients of organic origin. The particular version I have here is their pink Fakeout mascara, which contains natural origin fibers, which attach to your lashes and extend them, giving the appearance of false lashes, without having false lashes. It builds volume and length, and helps to retain lash curl.

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The brush is an interesting prospect. As you can see it is a big, thick brush, but the bristle density is very low, consisting of rubber bristles. It doesn’t look much, and looks like it would be difficult to apply mascara to every lash with it. You can also see some of the mascara formula on the brush, which doesn’t look wet and gloopy. It, in this photo at least, looks relatively dry.

A relatively dry mascara, with a low density rubber brush. Is this combination going to work at all? Well, below are three photos. The first is bare lashes. The second is after one coat, and the third is after two coats.

Bare lashes:

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One Coat:

1coat

Two Coats:

2coats

I’ll be honest. I wasn’t even trying when I was applying this. It was literally done as an on the go job, with a tiny travel mirror in one hand and the brush in the other, and I am amazed at how well it turned out. My lashes look really defined, deeply coloured, and have lovely length. I am now thinking that with a little bit of time, care and another coat or two, just how much further can this go. I know I have only used this once, but I think it is the beginning of a long and joyous relationship.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara is €14.90 (RRP) and is available from selected pharmacies nationwide.

Robyn

Note: Product was provided for review

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nyx-powder
Sep. 30.

Tried Tuesday: NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

nyx-thWhen it comes to my brows I normally have two things for them, one more often than the other. One is getting them professionally tended to, which happens about once a decade. The other is Maybelline’s Brow Drama. That said though, I am always willing to try something else out, and that brings us to today’s Tried Tuesday. It is a brow product (if you haven’t guessed already) and it is from NYX. Specifically it is the eyebrow cake powder from NYX.

nyx-product

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder is available in 6 shades, running the gamut from blackest black to ash blonde, covering many stops for brown and one I have here for auburn/red. The packaging is uninspiring but solid. It’s a thick rectangle of black plastic with a frosted lid that has clear sections to see the product. It is easy to open, but still closes with enough of a click for you to feel that it is secure. I can hear it snap closed while I am wearing noise cancelling headphones, so it’s nicely done. I hate getting products that refuse to open, or that you feel will never stay closed. Kudos for that.

nyx-spoolie

nyx-brush

Inside the package you get a clear wax, two complimentary shades of powder (you can mix the right shade for you) and tools, in the form of a mini spoolie brush and a mini angled brush. The spoolie brush doesn’t feel too bad run across the back of my hand, but the angled brush is a different story. It feels hard and scratchy, and while it will probably always be in the kit, will not be getting much use beyond today’s swatches. I much prefer using my own proper brushes for these things and would rather not have scratchy brushes on my face. That’s just me though.

nyx-wax

nyx-powder

Here we have the three products, the clear sealing wax, a matte red brown and a matte brown with slight red undertones. The colours don’t look at all bad, and I like how you can mix them to get the right shade for you. The wax also feels smooth, soft and easy to use.

nyx-swatch

And finally, now for some swatches. Working left to right you have the wax (it picked up some residual powder from the brush) the red brown and the brown with red. The pigmentation of these is really quite something. There is a lot of colour in there. I’m also liking the look of the brown more so than the red brown, but I am sure with work I can find the right mix to suit.

I think that if you can find a NYX stand these are worth looking at. With a mix of shades you shouldn’t have much difficulty in finding one to suit, and, if you don’t care about the little brushes not being all too useful, you could be on to a little powerhouse brow product.

Robyn

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stargazer-eyeclosed
Sep. 26.

Face Friday: Stargazer Eyes

ff-stargazer-thI did a post recently where I looked at the Undressed Palette from MUA, and I noted that I also had the Stargazer Palette to try out at some point. Well. I did eventually get a chance to give it a whirl for something, so today let me share with you a look I did with it.

stargazer-face

And, as the eyes are so important here, let’s have a close up of them.

stargazer-eyeopen

stargazer-eyeclosed

Face:

  • Foundation: Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation (40 – Light Ivory)
  • Highlight: MeMeMe – Beat The Blues (Pearl Pink)
  • Blush: No.7 – Natural Blush (Soft Damson)
  • Powder: Maybelline – Fit Me Powder (125 – Nude Beige)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (01 – Light)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Primer: MUA – Pro Base Eye Primer
  • Shadow: MUA – Stargazer Palette (Shades 1,2,9 & 12)
  • Liner: Maybelline – EyeStudio Lasting Drama Liner (10 – Ultra Violet)
  • Mascara: Benefit – They’re Real (Black)

Lips:

  • Lipstick: NYC – Cityproof Twistable (031 – Gramercy Park Plum)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Blush & Highlight
  • Blank Canvas – E23, E24, E25 – Shadows
  • Blank Canvas – E28 – Liner
  • Real Techniques – Angle Liner Brush – Undereye Shadow

A lot went into these eyes, but unfortunately I didn’t write down exactly what (my bad). Sometimes though, you just have to break out the colours, grab a brush and see where you end up. I think I ended up in a good place! Maybe a nude lip next time, but the intense/neutral rule is made to be broken :-)

Robyn

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xxl-brush
Aug. 19.

Tried Tuesday: Wet n Wild XXL Lash Mascara

tt-xxl-thWay back in March I posted about my first impressions of Wet n Wild Cosmetic’s lineup, ans while it was generally positive, I did note that I was somewhat disappointed with their XXL Lash mascara, but that I would have to revisit it. Now, nearly 6 months later, for Tried Tuesday I have gotten around to it. And, have I changed my mind?

In my March post I commented that:

It’s billed as a “thickening, amplifying mascara” but what I found was the formula was so wet it did nothing for me, and ended up everywhere but on my lashes.

xxl-brush

Fortunately that has changed, with the time it was given to mature. It is no longer as wet, and coats the brush, a fairly thin, but finely bristled affair without either flowing off the brush, or getting into sticky clumps on the brush and hence on my lashes. So far so good. Nothing truly spectacular to report, but nothing disastrous either.

Now, as for how it performed on my lashes, which is, above all where it counts (and I do love things that perform where it counts!). Below I have 3 shots of my left eye (my better of the two, but still half blind) showing lashes without mascara, with 1 coat, and with 2 coats. They’re numbered 0, 1 and 2 for obvious reasons.

xxl-eyes

You can see that it has done a fair job of it. There is no sign of it transferring to my eyelid, or down my face, and while it hasn’t made my lashes look XXL, it does make them look better.

All that said, yes I do take back what I said in March. I am no longer somewhat disappointed by XXL Lash. I am not entirely bowled over by it, but it will be entirely suitable for a daytime look, where I don’t need my lashes to be huge. They look tidy, with a bit of thickness and curl, and for just €5.49 that’s good enough for me. What do you think?

Robyn

*Product was provided for review

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ses-hair
Aug. 09.

Something Else Saturday: More Dealz Purchases

ses-dealzYes, I do like looking around in Dealz, but I have a problem. You really can’t go in there and not buy something… And something else, and that third thing because it’s only €1.49. It all gets a bit dangerous really! But, when I do buy bits in there, I do try and make it worthwhile. And so, during the week, I bought the following.

Hair:

ses-hair

It was only 6 weeks ago that I got my hair done last time, but it is growing really well, and is back at that stage where it starts to flop down in front of my face if I’m not careful, so these barrettes should do a job of holding it back. They’re also an effective decorative piece, adding in sparkle or colour, depending on whatever mood I’m in.

Nails:

ses-sinful

Sinful Colors polishes are seriously impressive, and since finding them in Dealz, I have built up quite a collection, having amassed currently 12 of them. It seems that, if there are some on the shelf when I’m in the shop, I will buy them. The latest two to add to the collection are Cloud 9 (left) and Hot Spot (right).

Eyeshadow:

ses-loreal

I already have a couple of these L’Oreal Color Infallible eyeshadows, but, as I didn’t have any in these colours, I just had to pick them up. There is Coconut Shake (left) which is a great light neutral for brightening the eye during the day, and Purple Obsession (right) because I love purples so so much, ans it is a great intense colour.

So, that’s my recent shopping from Dealz, and all for less than €9! What do you normally look for in Dealz? Is there anything I am missing out on? Share your secrets, we’re all friends here!

Robyn

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eyeko
Jul. 02.

Tried Tuesday: Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner Pens

eyeko-thYes, I know this is Wednesday, but as I ran out of camera batteries and had to wait to take pictures for this, it still counts as a Tuesday post. I’ll remember to charge batteries more often next time. For today’s post, I’m going to take a look at the gift with purchase from the July issue of Glamour Magazine, which is the Skinny Eyeliner pen from Eyeko.

pens

There were two of these available with the magazine, a choice of black and navy. Naturally I chose both, but I’m weird that way. The idea is fairly simple, it’s a felt tip marker of eyeliner. The pens are thin, light and easy to wield, so you don’t need to worry about trying to use something heavy and awkward around your eye.

tips

The felt tips go from super thin at the very end, and thicken up quite quickly, depending on how much pressure you use to get a thin or thick line, and they are really quite pigmented, giving a superb level of colour.

As for how they look? Here they are on my eyes. For this I just have liner and mascara on. The black is paired with the Rimmel Scandaleyes by Kate Mascara in Jet Black, while the navy is paired with the sapphire mascara from the same Rimmel range.

black-eye

navy-eye

The black, while nice, I don’t think is quite nice enough. It may be that the pen, being a freebie product, had been sat and knocked about a bit, and wasn’t delivering a perfect line, or it may have been my technique. I do quite like the navy though. It is deep enough, and yet delivers enough of a colour pop to be used without much else, on days when you just want to keep things simple

Getting these has made me consider looking for another felt tip style liner, so I must ask, which ones do you recommend?

These Eyeko eyeliner pens are with the July issue of Glamour, which should be available for another couple of days at least.

Robyn

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