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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

I have been testing this mascara out for a few weeks now. I purchased it from Woolworths.  The sales assistant applied it over my other mascara (not very sensible) but anyhoo I liked the look of it.

The brush is quite large, just like the Revlon Growluscious Plumping Mascara.  Large brushes give lots of volume, which I like.  I find I have to apply to the lashes on one eyelid, then do the second eyelid, then repeat the process on both sets of lashes, which I normally do with most mascaras.  Then I get good volume and length from this mascara.

I like both the Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping and the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascaras and feel that they both are the same.  I still think that the regular Growluscious (the one that came out first) is better than both these mascaras which gives extreme length, volume and extra black colour to the lashes.  The Revlon one is also cheaper.  As you know Smashbox is not cheap.  So I would buy Revlon and save money.

Overall I do like this mascara, especially since it has the huge brush that does give volume.  

Essence - I ♥ Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara

I have read a few posts on how good this mascara was.  I have tried a few Essence mascaras before and was not impressed by any of them.  I love most Essence products, but the mascaras never wowed me.    I have thin sparse lashes and am always looking for the best mascara high or low end.
Since Essence is very affordable, I thought I would try it out without breaking the bank and be sad if it was a miss.

I am happy to report that I like it.
- extreme volume thanks to the innovative large plastic brush
- the upper end is ideal for definition and for applying mascara to hard-to-reach areas
- extra-black lashes due to deep-black texture
- compatibility ophthalmologically confirmed

It really does give volume without having to go over the lashes a few times like I normally do.
It does not really give my lashes any length, but in terms of volume, I get fuller, thicker lashes in a shorter application time.

It is alway nice to find an affordable drugstore option.

Essence Colour Arts Eye Base

I was on my lunch break the other day when I stopped at the Essence counter, like I always do, and saw the Essence "Colour Arts Eye Base"  I am already in love with their first eyeshadow primer they sell  "I love Stage Eye Base".  So I had to try this one. As you know, Essence is very affordable.

It is a transparent eyeshadow base which allows a smooth application of  color pigments and guarantees long-lasting and intensive eye make-up thanks to its great bonding effect.

This product is part of Essence new trend "Colour Arts"  This eye base is supposed to be perfect when applying  pigments.  I applied this eye base with my normal pressed eyeshadow and it lasted all day.  I am sure when I do try it with my pigments, it will last all day as well.  Two of the pigment tester shades really impressed me and where gorgeous but alas I stopped myself from purchasing as I have so many already. These pigments are such good quality, comparable to high end pigments but at such an affordable price.

Other products from this trend:

Charlie Revlon Shine Divine Lipcolor

Hi there

I did a haul post on my blog about items I received from my bff, and these lipcolours where part of that haul. I did not use them when I received them and I decided this week to pull them out and see if they are any good.  I was so impressed on just the first application.

My Findings:-
- Opaque and pigmented.  Great colour payoff.  Only one coat is needed.
- Its like a combination of lipstick and lipgloss.
- Intense colour of a lipstick and the shine of a lipgloss.
- Moisturizing and non drying
- Long lasting
- Built in slanted applicator.  No mess no fuss.
- Twist up applicator. Only one twist needed.

003 Mocachinno on the left
001 Royal Plum on the right

I tried them with and without a lip primer (Mac prep and prime lip primer) and was happy with the reluts both times.

I went to.see what other colors they had in store but haven't found them yet at Dischem or Clicks.  They where purchased on sale at Edgar's so I will try there next. I hope these are not discontinued because they are awesome. My favorite out of the two is 003 Mochaccino. Its an everyday wearable colour that looked great with every eye look I wore to work this past week.
The other colour I have is 001 Royal Plum. As the name suggests, it is a rich plum colour, perfect for evening looks or day looks where you do dramatic eyeliner with no eyeshadow and deep plum or Berry lips.  I love this look.when I wear red clothes.