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Thursday, 20 October 2016

A tale of two mascaras

This post has been a long time coming - two years since my last post! I wasn't planning to return to this blog but in the two year hiatus, a number of "mature" beauty and fashion blogs have sprung up in the UK, which makes me excited to return to the fold.

First up: some of my latest beauty hits and misses.


6-in-1 Perfect Lash 7.2ml by Studio 10, £26

Image: Marks & Spencer
I'm very impressed with the Studio 10 range which is aimed at the mature woman.

This mascara is the best one I've ever used, and I've got through a lot of them - Guerlain, Dior, Benefit, Lancome, Eyeko, Maybelline.....

I have a problem usually with "panda eyes." Most mascaras start to transfer and give me embarrassing smudges and rings under the eyes and sometimes above the upper lashes. Or, weirdly, I have the phenomenon where, after curling my lashes and applying the mascara I have va-va-voom lashes, only to find they've returned to their normal state an hour later.

This mascara has two sections, cleverly screwed together,. with a brush and a comb.  The brush gives very lush long lashes and the comb separates them.

Most importantly, I didn't get any transfer and the va-va voom effect remained all day. Very impressive. I've never had such generous lashes. You can buy this from Marks and Spencer and Cult Beauty.


Joan Collins Class Act Mascara 6ml, £33

Image: Marks & Spencer
I fancied that Joan, who knows a thing or two about makeup, might have a few good products  (and I LOVE the vintage appearance of her nail polish range), but this mascara is a real dead duck.

Very liquidy from the tube and instantly smudged and transferred to my eyelid and below the lower lash line. I cleaned it up and carried on applying, but strangely the good length and curl that I initially achieved simply disappeared, even though I had used an eyelash curler previously.

I can'd find anything good to say about this mascara except for the smart packaging. To add insult to injury, it's more expensive than the Studio 10 mascara and you get less.

If you've found any great mascaras lately, please let us know!


Monday, 25 August 2014

In search of the perfect Nude

I bet that's a headline that will win me a lot of traffic :-)

I have been searching for the perfect nude lipstick for many years. Some celebrities, like Victoria Beckham, Nigella Lawson and Eva Longoria, have definitely cracked it. I want what they're having.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Charlotte Tilbury reviewed

Celebrity make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury recently introduced her own range of skincare and make-up products. When you think about it, there aren't too many ranges designed by make-up artists  (I'm thinking Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier and ??) and it's a definite bonus having a regular user prescribe the products, rather than a huge anonymous beauty house.

Monday, 4 November 2013

New Shoes

I'm indebted to Tamera Beardsley who wrote a few weeks ago about her search for the perfect pair of shoes. She found them with a quirky London brand called Poetic Licence.

I was amazed that I've never come across this brand before. They're really perfect for me. I'm always hunting for shoes which are a little different and don't look "grannyish" because I don't like high heels.

These shoes, above, are from Poetic Licence. They're Barnard brogues and come in several different colours. The shoe boxes are very cute too! It's my birthday on Thursday and I've asked for a a slightly different pair of blue ones. Sharing with the lovely ladies of Visible Monday.
Shoes, Poetic Licence; jumper, Pure Collection; skirt, Boden; necklace and belt, Marks & Spencer

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