I’ve never claimed to be a beauty blogger and I won’t pretend that I know things about make-up. Or that I own so many make-up products that I have to ‘organise’ them in one of those plastic tower things. I am a complete n00b and my make-up bag draw er… The space in which I leave my make-up laying around usually includes:
- A Naked 2 palette
- A black eye liner pencil
- A mascara
On super special occasions, you’ll also find:
- BB cream
- A blusher
- A powder
- A foundation
And now you’ll find two mascaras.
I actually googled ‘mascara blog reviews’ to see how I should go about reviewing this, what type of photographs to take, what I should talk about etc etc out of fear of looking like a massive knobhead (which most you know, I am). I probably should not have admitted any of the above to you. But if this review is a bit naff, then that’s my story. and I’m sticking to it. The end.
Last year I took the plunge and paid £18 for Benefits They’re Real mascara, which is the most I’ve ever spent on a mascara in my whole life. I pretty much regretted it from day one as it didn’t do anything for my lashes and dried out really quickly. Every time I read a review of it on another blog, I tend to go into moany-rant mode about how disappointed I was with it. I’m glad to be finally writing about my experience on my blog. Maybe now I can start getting over it.
After seeing a post on Forever Amber’s blog and noticing her eye-lashes looking fantastic, I asked her how she got them looking so long and full. She recommended this rather expensive mascara, but then she also recommended the Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Waterproof Mascara as a cheaper alternative.
I had to use my Google skillz (again) to google ‘How does fiber extension mascara’ work. Because (again) I’m clueless. Apparently it means the formula contains nylon or rayon fibers that stick to your lashes, making them appear longer. Cool story, bro!
I immediately went into hunter/gathering mode and found one on Amazon for £5.99 and kept it in my wishlist. Last week, added it to my shopping basket and checked the hell out.
A few days later, it arrived through my letter box in a #RoyalFail fashion – The post(wo)man had not pushed it all the way through, leaving it open to burglary. Luckily, my stalker who lives opposite me was keeping an eye on my house and fought away all the thieves who attempted to steal my spoils with the 24 inch machete that he is eventually going to use to kidnap me.
Wait, that last bit was a lie.
I immediately did what any blogger does, and snapped photographs quickly while it was still daylight . I even put a candle in the background. Isn’t that cute? I leant that from reading all the other mascara blog reviews I found on google. Most of them use flowers, but the only flower we had was a fake rose that Christine bought for Lilly and it was all flat and looked a bit wank. I considered my cactus (that I’ve just remembered I need to water) because I bet nobody has ever used an ugly cactus as a background to their make-up review posts. But then I saw the candle. So I took the opportunity and ran with it. Good choice, Corinne!
Anyway, less babble, more review.
Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara Results
As you can see from the photos below, my eyelashes are really long but rather thin. I applied 3 coats and was very happy with the results!
My amateur self didn’t consider the whole ‘waterproof’ thing until I had a 30 minute shower and the mascara (and all it’s tiny fibers) was still clinging to my lashes. How I manage to get it off will be a whole new adventure for Corinne the Knobhead Beauty Blogger….
I’ve now used these Peppadew Piquante Peppers that I got in my Degustabox TWICE! Well, the first time Lilly used them to make an amazing pesto, tomato, chilli and cheese tart. Which will be documented on the blog in the next week.
I used them to make this lovely salad, which contains the peppers, sun dried tomatoes, avocado, spring onions, green and black olives, lettuce, cucumber, spinach, rocket, carrot and chicken all mixed up in a lovely rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper dressing and drizzled with a balsamic glaze.
And I made this all by myself!
It’s fair to say that my diet is going well. I’ve also entered a 10K race which I will be running next Sunday. Ouch…