Monday, 14 June 2010

Diorshow Extase Mascara

This mascara is the newest edition to the Diorshow Mascara 'family' which, according to Debenhams website, consists of 8 mascaras. Before I get on with the review, here's a bit about my lashes, I have long lashes with a little bit of a curl, but they're not as full and 'false' as I'd like.
I chose Extase out of the Dior mascaras about a month ago as my first high end mascara (other than mini Lancome ones from my aunt) it claims to be an 'Instant Oversize Volume Mascara' with a 'couture brush', offering both length and volume along with a 'lash care' ingredient, I picked this one partly because the sales women at both Dior counters were pushing this one and were very reluctant to show me the other mascaras and if I asked about them they would refer back to this one and since it was the same price as the others, I figured it was worth a try since I had birthday money. On to the mascara its self...

It comes in a shiny gold tube which is very pretty and quite classy looking, with black writing showing the name of the mascara, the tube it's self is very sleek and it has a 'click' when you close it which is nice as you know that air is not getting into the mascara and drying it out. However, the top of the tube is to wide and lets too much mascara onto the brush which could lead to very clumpy lashes so you've got to sort of wipe it off in the tube which is a bit of a fuss. The mascara its self is quite wet feeling and thickens the lashes nicely, it can easy go clumpy though and if you have any left over mascara from the night before which didn't come off, it will clump pretty quickly as the brush can't separate the lashes, I'm not sure if that's because of the brush itself or because it has too much mascara on it, either way I find it difficult. For me, it holds a curl okay, but I've got a crap eyelash curler so I think it's difficult for me to say if this will or won't. This mascara only comes in black at the moment and isn't waterproof, neither of these are serious flaws for me, as I think brown mascara is weird looking with my dark hair, brows, lashes and eyes! and waterproof is often irritating for my eyes. One this that I didn't expect this to do and I assumed was just marketing is the fact that my lashes feel much stronger and look much nicer since using this which I think is due to the lash caring ingredients.

Overall I'd say this is a pretty decent mascara, nice volume and length, I'm not sure if it's right for me though, for others, it may be HG but for me I think I need considerably more volume! I'm not returning to the drugstore just yet as Diorshow Blackout is next on my list!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

May Favorites

I cannot belive that may is over! it's really scary how fast this year has gone by, I think it needs to slow it down. Sorry for the lack of posts which is due to the fact my exams are here, It sounds weird but I'm really happy my exams are upon me. Now, I'm not one of these people who just love exams (Anyone Hermonies face in harry potter when exams were cancelled?) but we've been building up for these preparing for about two and a half years so I can finally just get them over with and move on to a life without school. So yes, back on topic, I've been revising alot recently and then doing other things too to help my mother with the guide dog puppy who's recently become a nightmare as he enters the doggie equivalent of the terrible two's which seems to involve alot of chewing. 

Moving swiftly on, I can seriously talk for England. 

So in the past month, I have been loving...

Topshop Cream Blush in 'Crushed Berry' 

Since getting this, I think I've used it most days it's creamy and smooth but doesn't look OTT grease or anything. I disagree with the cream-to-powder formula it says it has as I think it's a bit more of a satin finish on me, but either way it's very good. It looks natural despite the fact it's a berry colour but it comes out more pink. I'm really egar to try the other blushes in the line (Flush and Pinch are on my list!) excuse the ickyness of the picture, i tried to use a too fluffy natural hair brush in it...just don't do it

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

This is my daily foundation and I truly love it, I normally only have one foundation open and 'in use' but I do currently have two on the go, the other being MAC's studio Sculpt which I plan to do a review on at some stage, and this is the one that I choose everyday to wear, I love the finish of it and it lasts all day without feeling heavy see my review here

Illamasqua Loose Powder

I love this powder, I got it back in December for Christmas and used it to set my revlon colourstay foundation, but the look wasn't good for me, overly matte and highlighted all my winter dryness, so I instead swapped to MAC and these were left in the draw. Until recently when my Illamasqua loose powder has been busted out and used to set my Sheer Glow, I have the colour 115 which is described as having golden undertones, I personally consider this to be crap as I cannot detect the slightest golden hint in the powder when in the jar or on my skin, but this powder does a great job of setting my foundation without making the foundation matte, but it does prevent me getting oily and the foundation transferring. It's a daily essential for me, even though people have told me that because I have dry skin I shouldn't use a setting powder I find it to be necessary to making foundation last and this does an outstanding job.

MAC 'A Rose Romance' Lipstick.

I recently got this in a swap so I've only been wearing it for about two weeks, but the colour is beautiful, the pink is just right and the formula is quite pigmented for a lustre. The slightly gold hint to it I think is what makes all the difference it feels pretty and summery. I must say, it is slightly more drying than other lustres I've tried but I'll put that down to it being more pigmented than others I've tried.
Image property of Temptalia 

NARS Eyeshadow In Ondine 

This is a lush colour to use in the crease or outer-v the purple is great on my dark eyes the colour is just perfect to use lightly over the lid for a wash of colour too.
Image found on google

NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong

This eyeshadow is so pretty, the picture doesn't at all do it justice you really need to have it! it's beautiful pushed over the top of black liner (I use a 212 brush and pack it on) to give a beautiful deep espresso brown and gold glittery finish but it also works nice in the outer-v and crease, I reach for this everyday! 

What have you been loving this month? or what things have you been hating this month?