Maybelline Lash Sensational (Waterproof Black and Black) – Review

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This mascara requires no introduction. Ever since Lash Sensational by Maybelline first hit our shelves, every beauty blogger/vlogger has been raving about it. I held out for a while but decided to take the plunge and see if it lives up to the hype. I purchased the waterproof and normal version of this mascara from Boots for £7.99.

The wand for this mascara is made of plastic and is curved to mimic the shape of the eyes, so you can really get in right at the base of the eyelashes for maximum lift.

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Black 

When I first tried this mascara I have to admit I wasn’t a fan. I found that it gave a lot of lift and curl but the brush was difficult to use and gave a lot of clumping. Fast forward a few days, once I got my hands round using this brush, I found that it really is a fantastic mascara. It lifts right from the root elongating the lashes and gives a lot of curl for a fanned out effect. You can get 2 coats of this mascara on before it starts clumping. I found that this mascara stung a lot when I rubbed my eyes, so many not one for sensitive eyes. There was very, very little smudging by the end of the day (after a sweaty gym session), with no flaking AND the curl didn’t drop at all.

Waterproof Black

The formula of this mascara in’t great. I find it to be quite “sticky” and it clumps very easily. It’s difficult to apply more than one layer as it dries very hard and very quickly. Removal of this mascara is extremely difficult. Unfortunately this version smudges quite a bit and it flakes a little.

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Overall verdict

It’s been around 2 weeks since I bought this mascara and I have to say I haven’t stopped using it. In my opinion the waterproof version is awful, it’s clumpy, smudges and flakes, so save your pennies on that and opt for the normal version. This mascara requires some practice to get used to the brush but once you’ve mastered it is indeed a “sensational” mascara. I would go as far as saying this matches my holy grail mascara and I will be repurchasing it for sure.

Jay x

Maybelline Instant Anti-Age The Eye Eraser Concealer (Nude) – Review

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Hey lovelies! I picked this concealer up in Superdrug the other day for £7.99. To be honest I’m a bit confused because I’m not sure whether this concealer is the same as the much talked about “Instant age-rewind concealer” by Maybelline, but perhaps they’ve change the name for the UK? If anyone knows comment below! The colour range for this concealer is a bit dissappointing, there was only two to choose from and this is the darkest.

This concealer is said to instantly conceal dark circles and fine lines because it contains goji berry extract to care for the skin around the eyes.

To dispense the product you have to twist the top until product comes out of the sponge. Initially I wasn’t sure about the sponge as it could harbour bacteria in it, however on the packaging it says this  concealer has an anti-microbial system which doesn’t require any cleaning. The sponge applicator allows a nice even distribution of product.

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 L-R: Without concealer, application, blended out

As you can see from the pictures above the colour is a little bit too light for me but it is very highly pigmented and managed to conceal all the darkness. I like that this colour has a yellow tone giving my undereyes a highlighted effect. Once I applied my powder to set my undereye the colour evened out a bit more to match my skin tone. What was really impressive was that this concealer didn’t crease at all under my eyes throughout the day. There was also not a lot of fading throughout the day.

I think I’ll be using this concealer more for highlighting purposes because of the light colour, it blends easily and gives nice coverage for such a lightweight forumula. Definitely a great drugstore concealer.

Jay x

Drugstore Haul

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I went to Superdrug today for one item and well …this happened LOL. I found a couple of cool make-up things that I’m excited to try.

1) MUA Pro Palette Elysium £6.00. This palette has a nice mix of matte and shimmery eyeshadows leaning towards the pinker side. It also comes with a double ended eyeliner/highlighter pencil. I’m really excited to try this palette to create some girly spring looks. If you like Urban Decay Naked Palette 3 then this might be a nice dupe.

2) MUA Eyeshadow Palette Heaven And Earth £4.00. This is also a nice neutral shimmer palette again fantastic for the daytime. There’s lots of pretty golds in here which would look really nice in the sunshine ^_^

3) Maybelline Colorstay Stripped Nude Lipstick 728 Honey Beige £6.99. I got this lipstick as I actually don’t own any nudes in my collection. It’s a nice brown-nude with a satin finish.

4) Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Waterproof mascara £9.99. I need a new mascara and I got this after a recommendation from a friend who said it was amazing. Will probably do a full review later.

5) Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer Nude £7.99. This concealer gets a lot of love online, I’m interested to see if it performs better than the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, I will probably do a full review on this too.

6) Sleek MakeUp Brow Perfector DARK BROWN £4.99. This is my first eyebrow gel ever! I’m intrigued to see what kind of a difference this makes to my eyebrows.

I didn’t go too wild at the drugstore today thankfully, I’m so broke now it’s unreal (come on payday!!!)

What products have you been buying at the drugstore recently? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (Deep 35) – Review

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I’m a make-up snob…or at least I used to be.

This is the first drugstore base make-up that I have ever purchased. I never used to shop at the drugstore because they simply didn’t cater to darker skin tones, especially with yellow/golden undertones. However in the last few years I have been seeing more and more colour ranges popping up for women of colour.

I was in the market for a new daily concealer. I had been using the Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener for a few years but always felt it wasn’t pigmented enough on it’s own. I wanted something that felt light on the skin but also covered up my panda eyes. There has been a lot of hype about the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer as it is supposed to be a dupe for the Nars Creamy Concealer so I decided to give it a try.

I opted for the colour Deep, number 35 and bought it from Boots for £5.99. I feel that this colour is a good match for me, it has a pink-beige undertone which counteracts blue under my eyes but I wish it had a little bit more yellow in it, I’m an NC44 in MAC for reference.

The concealer comes with a doe-foot applicator which makes it very convenient to use. The consistency is creamy, highly pigmented and blends easily. This is best blended with a fluffy concealer brush.

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L-R: Without concealer, application, after blending.

I actually find that this concealer is way more pigmented than my Bobbi Brown one and it lasts much longer during the day. If I wear just one layer of this there is no creasing but if I wear two layers there is a bit of creasing by the end of the day.

This is a great little concealer and for £5.99 I can’t complain.  Yes I am now a drugstore convert. If you could recommend some more concealers for my skintone comment below!

Jay x