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22.3.17

The NYX perfect lip pair

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A girl can not have too many almost identical lipsticks. And a makeup bag would not be complete without 68 different nude shades would it? There was no way I was letting my standards slip when I saw NYX had a new lipstick range out, even with a questionable range name Lip Lingerie - really?

Not one to be swayed by names (well only sometimes)  the NYX Lip Lingerie in Satin Ribbon (£6.50) made its way into my hands. A pale nude pink which sold me on the liquid to matte formula. Admittedly when I first applied this I wasn't overwhelmed, luckily I was only standing in Boots, but after a few minutes once this had dried I had to march back to the NYX stand to make sure I got the last Satin Ribbon. Do not mess with a woman on a nude lipstick mission.

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Then what happened? Not surprising considering my apparent lack of self control, but I did also buy the NYX Slide on Lip Pencil in Nude Suede (£5.50). The had two liner options, and please do me a favour and don't bother with their Mechanical liner but go straight to this 'Slide on' option. This is one of the creamiest lip liners I've tried, and with the pinky nude tones this makes it the perfect pairing with my new lingerie...and that is never a sentence I thought I would be hearing myself say...


Have you tried the NYX lip lingerie range?



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19.3.17

The Spring Makeup Cliches




Although technically we are not quite in Spring, March for me is spring. Come 28th February (or 29th every now and then), I get into full on Spring mode, and with that is my makeup follows. Gone are dark warm tones, and I pull out all the stops to make sure I am a walking Springtime cliche.

Firstly with the L'Oreal Rose Nude Eyeshadow palette. A mixture of rose shades (who would of guessed) is the ideal choice for me to replace the darker more brown and nudes shades that help me and my eyes throughout the winter.

Next, my Rose Gold Eye Lash Curlers. And I am aware these are not makeup, nor Spring related, but what is more of a cliche than Rose Gold? Actually...wear is my marble?

Back to makeup with my L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. Purple, shiny and round, I was very much a foundation magpie with this. Gone is my Estee Lauder Double Wear for the winter, well part from a few more spot covering sessions, and in is this lightweight dewy foundation. This provides more coverage than your typical lightweight foundation, and I can build this depending on how much my face needs a cover up. This is the ideal winter to spring transition foundation as I still get my coverage, just in more a of velvety finish. Plus it is so pretty to look at.

Sticking with my face and the Makeup Revolution 'The One' Blush Sticks. Hello the Nars iconic 'The Multiple' stick in a cheaper version. Foolproof to apply (if I can apply this blush then anyone can), and with a coral pink matte finish this is ideal for me in the spring as it make me look more alive than the winter has left me feeling, but isn't as heavy as a bronzer would look. And not to mention fake, no one in the UK can manage a natural glow over the winter period. In fact, if you have please tell me your secret.

Lastly finishing up with my lips and the NYX Lip Lingerie Gloss in Satin Ribbon. No, I don't know why this is called 'lingerie' either, but does it matter when a colour is this pretty? Again like my eyeshadow choice for the winter, this nudey pink shade is a step away from heavy winter lipsticks and onto a gloss which for some reason just feels more spring like that a matte finish. I just have seem to forgotten we are not quite out of winter and those winter winds does make my hair stick to my lips...roll on proper springtime.


Do you stick to Spring Makeup Cliches?




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15.3.17

Rimmel Wonder'full Mascara with Argan Oil


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If you ever wondered why my blog is called Mascara & Maltesers, now you know. Is it even normal to buy this many mascaras? You can just imagine my Malteser intake, I don't have blood, I have Maltesers.

So my latest purchase? Slightly different (or as I keep telling myself) mascara from most, is the Rimmel Wonder'full Mascara with Argan Oil. As the name suggests, this mascara contains Argan Oil. My first thoughts? This will just slip off my lashes, it seemed contradictory to use a oil in my makeup when its sister product coconut oil can be used to remove makeup. But as my hair loves a bit of Argan Oil I thought I would give it a whirl. Again with being slightly unique, this comes in a bronze metallic tube, and offers a plastic bristled spiky brush. This could be due to the Argan Oil softening properties but this is a very velvety and cushiony plastic, if there is such a thing. Sometimes plastic brushes really drag and catch on the inside of my eye making them water, but it you was blind testing this (which obviously is very hard for a mascara) you wouldn't guess this was plastic.

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The brush reaches the real bottom of my lashes, without jabbing my eye, to push them up and out without the dreading clump, and even managing to produce a curled finished as well. This is more on the natural side of mascara finishes compared to L'Oreal or Max Factor yet it is easily buildable, and considering I normally layer my mascara anyway this really isn't a problem. Plus it may make me wear less mascara during the day...

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The finished look of the Wonder'full mascara lives up to its name sake, and is very much a featherlight like mascara with its non crispy and natural finish, that does feel more conditioning that other mascaras. Whether this actually conditions lashes like a typical Argan Oil remains to be seen...and I doubt it seeing as mascara probably isn't the best thing to coat your lashes with daily. 

And no, this didn't slip off my lashes....shows what I know.

Have you tried the Rimmel Wonder'full Mascara with Argan Oil?



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12.3.17

The beauty mistakes I am glad I made


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It was only half way through writing this post (I was writing my 'mistakes' first FYI) that I realised I might actually insult people with this post, and that really isn't my intention. So let me start, the word 'mistake' in the post is a very loose term, and only a 'mistake' for me - if any of the below work for you then I am insanely jealous...I do not like learning the hard way.

1. Over plucking my eyebrows, again.

What is that old saying, 'hurt me once, shame on you. Hurt me twice, shame on me.' Well me and my tweezers are having that sort of relationship currently. I have let them get their way once leaving my eyebrows (or lack of), just stupidly over plucked that I can't even describe a shape. So what did I do recently? I did it again...because when you don't suit thin brows for numerous reason of course I would go through the pain twice. Twit.

2. Dying my hair brow.

This one is the reason for my very PC intro to this post as I realised I was probably going to insult half the people who may actually read this. Brown hair is amazing, and that was my issue, as I love it just that bit too much that I wanted to join the club. What I failed to realise is that it looks great on others, and that no, I did not look like Cheryl Cole (current name?!) once the dye had covered my blonde tresses. Washed out, puffy faced, pale and natural hair that was in fact lighter was what I ended up with - see my problem?

3. Never conditioning my hair.

For some reason I was under the elusion that using conditioner on my fine hair would just make it limper and even more lifeless. But then I learnt, so did badly conditioned hair. I don't use loads, but starting at about ear level, I do use enough now for my poor hair to get some looking after, and to be finally appreciated by the head that it lives on.

4. Racoon Eyeliner 

This was due to my gothic stage I went through as teen, nothing wrong with the gothic look I may add, but when your like me and can't pull off the gothic look then it isn't such a good idea. I just wanted to look like Avril Lavigne/ Ashlee Simpson, but I just wasn't cool enough. Yet without this epic mistake, and Facebook evidence, I would not of found my beloved cat eye style liner, which I would like to think is much more flattering. 

5. Lack of bronzer

More so matching my ears with my face, as even with bronzer I still very much like my pale look. Yet this showed me quite how much I was wearing as my ears often looked like they either weren't mine, or that I had brought joke stick on ears (plus it doesn't help I have big ears). It took me surprisingly long to remember I actually have ears, and am very glad I went all those time forgetting them as I have hopefully ended up with a far more natural glow. 


What beauty mistakes are you glad you made?





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8.3.17

Bee Venom Facial Serum


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Why does the word 'venom' just sound so scary and horrible? I know it is a toxin but for a skincare product it sounds like a odd choice...especially when the product is actually rather very nice. But hello to the Bee Venom Facial Serum from skinChemists. I also often avoid bee related products as a few years ago I sat on a bee (insert crying face emoji) so I tend to just keep our lives separate.

But then I know what a good reputation skinChemists have for their skincare, and when I heard they have come up with this Bee Venom serum, I caved, which for a serum does claim to do a fair bit;

Number 1) The Bee Venom aims to plump and firm the skin while 'stimulating collagen production'.
Number 2) Manuka Honey in one of the ingredients to nourish skin.
Number 3)The Hyaluronic Acid in this aims to maintain moisture within the skin.

If you apply the bee venom to your skin daily after cleansing, the product is designed to give a bea sting mimic (lovely eh), just much more gently of course - and not like those memories for me of sitting on a bee. I'll be honest and say this doesn't feel like a sting at all and feel no different whatsoever to a normal non venom serum. This applies with a light non greasy texture, and the manuka honey does give this serum scent of, well, honey. If you're not Winne the Pooh and honey scents bother you, then this isn't the serum for you.

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After applying this my skin felt moisturised, and once it sunk in I added my own day cream as my skin needed a bit more attention, and after a week of use I can notice the difference in my skin. You can probably guess at 26 the appearance of lines and wrinkles isn't a issue for me, but I do use anti again products as a method of prevention rather than cure, and this serum will be staying part of my skincare routine. Hopefully over time, and as I get older (sob), this serum will do as it says and 'restore a plumper and firmer skin structure, slowing down skin sagging and dramatically reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, particularly in areas of the skin most prone to aging around the eyes, forehead and mouth'.

The only downside to this for me, and I'd imagine most people is the price, £135 is well, ouch. But but but, skinChemist are currently offering this for a steal of £19.99 with the code MASCARABLOG, so now would be the ideal time to copy me and top yourself up with bee venom - just don't follow me when it comes to where I choose to sit when there are bees around.

Have you tried the Bee Venom Facial Serum?




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5.3.17

Best of Jo Malone


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I say best, and by that I mean the three fragrances I own,. Undoubtedly I wouldn't of brought these if I didn't like them, therefore for me, they are the best.

Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay. Can you tell this was a present? Just compare sizes of the bottles I brought with my own money (crying face Emoji needed). This is the perfect mixture of fruitiness and freshness, there is something weirdly comforting about this scent. It doesn't edge on sickly sweet at all like the name would suggest, but this is my current 'go to' Jo Malone scent.

Jo Malone Peony and Suede Blush cologne, this is a sweet and romantic scent that combines the freshness of red apple, jasmine, the luxury of peony (favourite flower) and the unusual mix of suede into the one heavenly fragrance.Think a floral scent with a touch of leather won't work? Think again. This has no trace of leather at all, so no worries that you'll smell like a new car. The combination leaves a scent I think is a tad musky but the floral edge leaves it warm and understated. Think Marc Jacobs Daisy or Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, but nicer.

Jo Malone London Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne. No I can't pronounce 'Juniper' either, but regardless of what I end up calling this, it will always been known as my 'surprise' scent. First sniff actually led to the words, "Mum you can have this one" as it was too strong and woody for me. Yet one week down the line once I tried it again, and let it settle on my skin my mind was changed. It is dark, spicy and woody still, yet the Juniper (its a plant according to Google) gives it a little fruity freshness. Very much a evening fragrance in my books, but if you're after something different from Jo Malone, this is the one. And yes, my mum did let me have it back.

What are your favourite Jo Malone products?




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1.3.17

Liz Earle Sweet Orange and Mint Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish

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You know when you get a limited food item that doesn't quite beat its original (chain cafes I am looking at you)? Well I thought that this would be the case with the limited edition Liz Earle Sweet Orange and Mint Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish, as what really beats the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish? Unless you have a lovely budget of course. Admittedly this sat in my bathroom for a few weeks (Christmas edition and all that give it away...) before I took it out the tin and used it.

Oh and that was a mistake - the not using sooner, not the actual using of it. The same method as the original applies; lotion added to dry skin, rub in, and then rinse and wipe off with the muslin cloth included, but for some reason the Sweet Orange and Mint seems creamer. The scent comes through straight away and banishes the originals slightly 'older lady' smell which doesn't take much beating. To rub into my skin, it feels like it is really giving my skin a clean and then once wiped off with the cloth my skin feel like it has already been moisturised as well as having a mini facial on a Tuesday night.

There is defiantly more to the Sweet Orange and Mint than just the scent, the texture and finished product would of had me guessing I was using a far more high end brand. I am just gutted once this goes that it is and I have to go back to the plain old original...

Have you used the Liz Earle Sweet Orange and Mint Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish?




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