I have a problem, usually when I have finished one product I will always have a backup in place and then throw out the used product (that was before I started my project empties in which I am saving up all my empties from 2018 and seeing how much I use/spend throughout the year), but when it comes to Mascara I seem to buy one then throw the previous one in to a drawer never to see daylight again – some of the mascaras I am about to share with you I have had since 2014! I have thrown some of them away already, although these were repurchases.

When it comes to Mascara, I am super conscious of their short shelf life and abide by this as your eyes are so sensitive you really don’t want to mess around with them. I have clumped together the tubes in three brands – L’Oreal, Maybelline and Miscellaneous.

Please note that prices were correct at time of this post going live (24.02.18), I have no responsibility for any discrepancies following this date.


L-R False Lash Architect, Lash Paradise Extatic, Volume Million Lashes Extra-Black, Lash Superstar

L’Oreal is actually my favourite brand of mascara, it is my go to on a whim and most followed brand as I feel like the majority of their mascaras meet my lash needs.

False Lash Architect – £10.99. This was the first mascara that I bought by L’Oreal and it did not disappoint, I repurchased this one a couple of times and really liked the level of volume it gave my lashes.

Lash Paradise Extatic – £11.99. The most recent addition to the mascara family, this by far is the best mascara that I have ever used although it does dry up super quick. I have repurchased this once, for the full review click here.

Volume Million Lashes Extra-Black – £10.99. I have tried many of the mascaras from the Volume Million Lashes range as I really like the brushes and to be honest I prefer the Excess version more as it was not that much blacker as it had claimed to be, so I did not repurchase.

Lash Superstar – £11.99. I bought this as soon as it came out and although I loved the final result that it gave my lashes it was a faff to use in the morning trying to get ready and it dried up quickly too making the bottles at each end tricky to open.


L-R Lash Sensational , The Lift Volum’ Express and Lash Sensational Luscious.

Maybelline is a brand that I have a love hate relationship with, I love their concealers and hate their foundations, love and hate their mascaras. They have recently added to their family with the new Total Temptation and I will be giving that a full review soon.

Lash Sensational – £8.99. This was the second Maybelline mascara that I tried, I fell for the hype and purchased it to see if the results were as good as they were made out to be. I love this mascara, my favourite part about it is the wand and how it separates my lashes making sure that every one is coated and voluminous.

The Lift Volum’ Express -£5.99. This is the first mascara that I tried from Maybelline, I gave it several chances but I just could not get on with it – it was a mixture of the curved pipe cleaner wand and thick formula. In the end, as I didn’t want to waste it I used it on my bottom eyelashes.

Lash Sensational Luscious – £8.99. I bought this following on from my original Lash Sensational running dry, I don’t know why this one has such a low review but I personally loved it although I don’t like the wand and feel they should have just changed the formula and stuck with the original wand.


L-R Avon Superextend Extreme, Avon Winged Out, Collection Supersize Fat Lash and Rimmel Volume Flash x10.

In this group are mascaras from brands that I either tried once and didn’t like or I loved but was unable to repurchase.

Avon Superextend Extreme – £5.50 (I think). I loved this mascara, my aunt gave it to me for Christmas one year. The wand is very similar to Benefit’s They’re Real mascara and I just loved it, the only reason why I never repurchased is because I don’t have an Avon representative locally to me and didn’t remember to buy it when I was buying Avon from a lady at work who has now gone on hiatus with it.

Avon Winged Out – £5.50 (I think). I liked this mascara, but I didn’t love it. I used it to separate my lashes when my primary mascara got a little thick and caused clumps. The thin wand makes it a breeze to go from root to tip on your bottom lashes without any transfer on to the skin.

Collection Supersize Fat Lash – £2.99. I accidentally bought this in the shade brown, but I thought it would be ok I could make it work… I couldn’t, this mascara promises “fat lashes” but in all honesty, I would have seen the same results if I had used clear mascara.

Rimmel Volume Flash x10 – £5.99. I had previously used (and hated) their Scandaleyes Mascara so I have no idea why I went back for more, I didn’t even finish this mascara and kept it in my collection for a rainy in case of emergency moment but thankfully that day never came and I could not be happier to fling this one in the bin.

Have you tried any of these mascaras or have a makeup hoarding problem? let me know in the comments below.

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REVIEW | Wheesht skincare

In the beginning of January, I received two items from a new Scottish based natural skincare brand called Wheesht. After a brief discussion on my skin type, Kelly, the owner sent me over a sample pouch of Moroccan Detox Clay Mask along with a very generous sized sample jar of Mango Moisture Balm Cleanser and Mask. You can use these products on their own or in combination.

Before I get in to reviewing the products individually, I really liked the packaging. The Mango Moisture Balm Cleanser and Mask was sealed with an anti tamper label for hygiene and the Moroccan Detox Clay Mask was presented in a pouch that declared what it was with the branding all over it. Through and through it was a good first impression to open up. I also love the brand ethic as 25p from selected sales will go towards providing safe drinking water in Cambodia for up to 20days. Continue reading “REVIEW | Wheesht skincare”

TUTORIAL | Diamond outline nail art

Happy Pancake day! As it is Valentines Eve, I am sharing with you all another heart love inspired look and what better way to do it by loving your nails with Mavala. The Swiss brand is free from Formaldehyde, Toluene and Camphor which is why I love this brand so much. Continue reading “TUTORIAL | Diamond outline nail art”

YEAR OF THE DOG | Chinese new year makeup picks

Another year (well just over a year this time as it’s based on the moon) has gone and we are soon entering the Lunar New Year of the Dog 🐶

The Dog gathers the best traits of human nature: he is loyal, honest, smart and sociable. This could not be truer, my best friend is born under this animal and she holds all the best qualities to this sign.

Continue reading “YEAR OF THE DOG | Chinese new year makeup picks”

REVIEW | Krystal Kiss Cosmetics Velvet Petals Liquid to Matte Lipstick + 30% OFF!

Happy Wednesday, next week is a busy one with Pancake Day, Valentines Day and Chinese New Year in the space of four days – I am glad that I have the week off!

As it is Valentines day coming up, I thought it would be perfect timing to share this beautiful shade from the Velvet Petals collection by Krystal Kiss Cosmetics. You may have already seen my review on the brand back in November, and true to my word I decided to explore something new from their range.


Here are some of the reasons why I love Krystal Kiss: Continue reading “REVIEW | Krystal Kiss Cosmetics Velvet Petals Liquid to Matte Lipstick + 30% OFF!”