MAC False Lashes Extreme Black – Review

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Having recently received a sample of the MAC False Lashes Extreme Black mascara I was really excited to try it out straight away. I usually test mascaras for a week or so when deciding whether I like it or not. Now, I’m no high-end mascara aficionado. Mascara is one of those products that I believe the drug store has nailed, so any chance I get to try a high end product I have really high expectations for it.

Taken from the MAC website, this mascara claims to be:

  • Flake-proof and smudge-proof
  • Volumizing, 75% increase
  • Curling, over 100% increase
  • Long-wearing
  • Separates lashes
  • Lengthening
  • Features a carbon black formula

I liked the formula for this mascara, it applies really smoothly, isn’t clumpy after two coats and is very black. The formula definitely didn’t flake throughout the day but towards the very end of the day, by this I mean 14 hours later, there was some smudging on the outer corner of my eyes. It didn’t cause any irritation when I rubbed my eyes and is ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lens wearers. It’s a great long wearing option for work/ school days.

The brush for this mascara is your classic bristle wand. It is very thick, fluffy and tapers to a pointed edge for more detailed work. I found that this brush managed to tightline my lashes as well as coat all my lashes individually without clumping. This gives the appearance of thicker lashes at the root of the hair. Unfortunately, no matter how careful I was, this mascara always transferred to the upper lid very near the root of the hair and I’d have to spend an extra few minutes cleaning it up every time.

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Overall I found this mascara gave my lashes volume at the root, length, separation and it gives a good amount of curl that holds all day. It gives a fluttery look to my lashes which I find is more suitable for the daytime. The formula was very comfortable to wear, but the brush created transfer on my upper lid. Not something I’d expect from a high end product. With all that being said I don’t think I’m going to go out of my way to spend £19 on a tube of this mascara because I’ve had similar successes with high-street/ drug-store products.

Have you tried this product before? Comment below and let me know what you thoughts are. Also I’d really like to know, what are your favourite high end mascaras?

Until next time,

Jay x

 

DECEMBER FAVOURITES

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Hello hello! How are you beautiful people doing? I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of great food, gifts and time well spent with your loved ones  ^_^

I can’t believe we’re nearly at the end of 2015. I’ve decided to start one of my new years resolutions early, because, why not?! I’m going to start doing a monthly favourites post covering not just beauty but fashion, snacks and any other things that come to mind. So without further ado, let’s go!

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BEAUTY

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993

I spoke about this lipstick in a previous post and I’ve really been struggling with wearing any other product on my lips. Seriously, I’m obsessed. The colour, the formula, the colour *sigghhhhh*, it’s beautiful.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Deborah

When day turns to night I like to opt for a deeper lipstick shade. I’ve been on the search for a brown lipstick in forever. This lipstick is very expensive but it’s offset by the amazing formula, very much like the Urban Decay formula but even better dare I say. The colour is stunning and a little bit different from your standard red or berry.

Koji Dollywink Eyeliner

For a long time this eyeliner has been sitting in my collection without use, however recently I’ve started using it again and I can’t remember why I stopped. It is easy to apply, pigmented, long lasting, doesn’t smudge and it easy to remove when used with a good eyeshadow primer.

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette

I don’t think I’m ever going to get bored with this palette. The warm brown shade is amazing for the crease and THAT glitter shade though! Whenever I wear this shadow and I catch a glimpse of the shimmer I take a second to appreciate how beautiful it looks. It’s amazing for nights out/ date nights.

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDP

Narciso Rodriguez is slowly becoming one of my favourite perfume brands. This has become my signature daytime scent. If you’re into your woody, musky, white florals then this is one for you. It’s fresh, subtle, sexy and grown up.

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FASHION

Camel Coat

I’ve been on the hunt for a camel coat in forever and I found the most gorgeous wool and cashmere blend coat in Debenhams AND in a petite size. It is literally the most beautiful thing and fits like a dream. There’s something about a camel coat that make you look put together, classy and chic making it a staple in every closet.

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Dune Trish Over the Knee Boots (Grey Suede / Leather mix)

For the longest time I’ve steered away from boots because high street shops in the UK generally don’t cater to slim calves like mine *sob* However! I took a random gander to Dune and came across this pair which looked unusually slim, I tried them on and my goodness they fit so well! I’ve always wanted to rock the over the knee look and this grey pair comes just over the knees and I love that it is half suede and half leather. I’m looking to purchase a black pair now!

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Nubian Skin Tights in Cafe Au Lait

Any darker skin ladies know the struggle of finding skin colour tights. Either you wear a pair that is too light, buy a £25 pair from Wolford or just go bare legged. Refusing to do either of the three I decided to try this pair from a relatively new brand Nubia Skin and I have to say I am very impressed. I picked mine up at House of Fraser for £8 a pair, the colour Cafe Au Lait is perfect for me and allows me to rock the bare legged look for less.

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SNACKS

Nakd Bar Caffe Mocha

I love Nakd bars, they are so delicious I can’t believe they’re actually good for you. This bar covers my chocolate addiction and has a strong coffee taste, it’s so decadent and makes the tastiest afternoon snack.

Nescafe Instant Coffee – Gingerbread Latte

I’m not a fan of instant coffee sachets, I always find that they taste a bit rubbish to be honest but constantly buying hot drinks from coffee shops always seems so wasteful. I recently tried this limited edition holiday flavour from Nescafe and I have stocked up on them for a significant period of time. They taste delicious, creamy and actually give a good amount of froth. My favourite hot drink at the moment for sure.

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So guys tell me what have been your monthly favourites and also what are you getting up to on New Years Eve? Comment below and let me know.

P.s. See you next year!

Lots of love,

Jay

MAC Haul! Feat. Soft & Gentle, Strobe Cream, Vegas Volt & more…

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Oops I did it again! Yup, I went shopping and did a bit of damage to my credit card at MAC. I think MAC is one of those brands that I will always keep coming back to because it’s the first make-up brand that really got me into make-up. Alas, here is what I bought at MAC this month…

Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base

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This eyeshadow primer is pretty darn amazing. I’m an Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP) gal, but this primer is just as good in my opinion. It’s very thick and has a silicone texture. This means that when applied to the eyelid it smooths down creases and uneven texture (great for mature skin). It also doesn’t catch onto the eyeshadow which I find I get with UDPP, so you don’t have to spend as much time blending. Eyeshadow lasts just as long with this product as with UDPP. The only down side is that it doesn’t fully neutralise pigmentation on my dark eyelids so I need to apply a concealer beforehand.

Prep + Prime Fix +

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Finally I understand the hype of Fix +. After doing my make-up I spritz this onto my face and it does an amazing job of setting my make-up and removing the cakey look of full coverage make-up. I definitely think this prolongs the wear and appearance of my make-up. My only gripe is that the mist isn’t as fine as I’d like it to be.

Mineralize Skinfinish – Soft & Gentle

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I know this is a favourite for a lot of people but actually I’m not a big fan of this highlighter. I find that the glitter is far too chunky and the colour doesn’t suit my skin tone as much as some other highlighters I own. It’s difficult to apply without my face looking like a disco ball, perhaps I need to try it with a fan brush or something- does anyone know a really good fan brush I can buy?

Strobe Cream

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Strobe cream is an illuminating cream to be worn under foundation/ BB cream. I wasn’t sure about this product before I bought it because I thought it may make my skin look greasy, especially having oily skin. Surprisingly this doesn’t make me greasy at all if used just on the high points of the face. It gives my skin a pretty glow when it’s looking dull. This product is great if you’re going for the strobing technique (will do a post on this soon). I do kind of wish they had a strobe cream with a gold undertone that would suit my complexion even more but this will do until then.

Lip Erase – Dim

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I think this is quite a new product from MAC and when I heard about it I knew I had to try it. I always struggle with lipsticks showing up their true colour on my lips due to the dark pigmentation on them. Lip erase is a lip balm that neutralises the colour of your lips. What makes this different from using foundation over your lips is that it doesn’t change the colour or mix with the lipstick applied on top. It is also hydrating on the lips so they won’t crack under your favourite lipstick. This is a game changer for sure.

Amplified Creme Lipstick – Vegas Volt

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This lipstick is such a gorgeous coral shade, I’m wishing I bought it earlier in the Summer. I love the texture of the Amplified lipsticks as they are quite hydrating and last a good 6 hours on the lips. The swatch of Vegas Volt is on the right and I used Morange by MAC on the left as a reference.

Obviously, me being me, I had to try all the products out at once! …

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That’s all for this haul. Have you tried any of these products before? Are there any other MAC products that I need to try? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

MAC Twig, Verve and Mocha – Swatches & 300 Followers!

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Hello peeps! How you doing this Sunday? I’ve currently got a really bad neck pain so I’ve been out of action all day (cue Sopranos box set). I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who is following my blog, this weekend I hit 300 followers! Thanks you, thank you, thank you! I’ve got so much appreciation for you all, this is an awesome community and I love the supportiveness of everyone I’ve met through this channel. I honestly didn’t think I’d get 10 followers let alone 300!

Anyway! I bought three new MAC lipsticks and I wanted to share the swatches with you. The three I purchased are Twig (Soft muted brownish-pink – satin finish), Verve (Muted brownish-plum – satin finish) and Mocha (Peachy yellow-brown – satin finish). I love how the MAC satin finish lipsticks feel on the lips, they glide on smoothly and don’t dry out the lips unlike some of the matte colours.

I mostly wanted to buy colours that I could wear to work so they are very muted and wearable shades for the daytime. Twig is your typical “my-lips-but-better” cool pink that everyone seems to be obsessed with. Verve is a darker plum colour with brown undertones, so again still wearable for the daytime and perhaps my favourite of the three is Mocha. I’d almost given up my search for the perfect “nude” lip for my skin tone but here it is! it is notoriously difficult to find a nude for darker skin that doesn’t wash us out completely, Mocha is dark and peachy enough to complement my warm dark skin tone – I love it!

Here are the swatches from left to right: Twig, Verve, Mocha in natural light and with flash.

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Twig, Verve, Mocha

Jay x