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24 Mar 2014

Review: L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

I tend to stick to a couple of lengthening mascaras, but while out shopping the other week in Sainsbury's, I spotted the new L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara on offer and thought I'd try it. The mascara comes in three colours, a turquoise, purple and black, of which I bought the black. 

The mascara claims to give a "manga eyes" look using a volumising formulation with a bristle brush meaning it picks up a lot of the mascara to give a thick coating. The mascara brush is really flexible (see that joint in the middle of the wand?) and the bristles are in a cone shape making it really easy to apply to smaller and bottom lashes.  

To use this mascara to the maximum impact, I find you need to only dip it in the mascara once (don't keep dipping!) and using a wiggle at the base, keep going over the lashes again and again to coat and define the eyelashes. The formula clumps really easily but with practice it can be applied really well. If you look on the L'Oreal website you can see how they recommend it's applied which is much too clumpy for me, but suits the manga look 

As you can see it doesn't provide much lengthening, but good volume. The black formula is really coating on all the little lashes, but the huge bristly brush means it is easy to get all over your skin too, so for best effects wear a good flick of black eyeliner and look downwards into a mirror when applying. However, it does lift your lashes (I haven't curled my eyelashes here) and gives good volume. My favourite mascara look at the moment is applying a good layer of this mascara, with a layer of L'Oreal false lash flutter on top for lengthening and really high impact! 

Overall, a nice mascara although I think I'll stick the mascaras which lengthen, and I'd be interested to try the purple one - apparently it brings out the green in eyes


19 Mar 2014

Video Tutorial & Giveaway: Hollywood Starlet Hair

I've been crazy about heated rollers recently for styling my hair. They are so easy for daily styling (as shown in this video) and give a soft, smooth but voluminous Hollywood look. I was using velcro rollers to style my hair but I discovered that my fine hair was snapping and now I have lots of little fly-aways everywhere which is very upsetting. However, as long as you use heat protection spray this should be safe for damaged hair. 

As the video shows, it only takes an extra 5-10 minutes to add rollers into your hair styling routine but leaves your hair super-smooth and with flicky waves. In the video I use the ghd air hairdryer (my review here). The rollers I use in the video are the Andrew Barton I Love Volume rollers which are currently £22.99 from Argos

If you want help styling your hair smoothly, here's your chance. I've been offered a John Frieda Frizz Ease Shampoo, Conditioner and Perfecting Spray to give away To enter, simply follow the steps on the app below. It will ask you to follow me on Facebook, and for extra entries you can tweet about the giveaway and follow me on Bloglovin', but just follow the instructions on the app for easy entry



6 Mar 2014

London Retro Glasses and Giveaway!

A few weeks ago MyOPTIQUE offered me to try some London Retro glasses and also offer a pair for giveaway!

Confession - I'm not actually a glasses wearer, but I thought it might be fun to try out how I would look! MyOPTIQUE have a huge range of super-stylish glasses, and as a big retro-style fan I was very drawn to the London Retro range. I'm a huge fan of the cat eye shape so I chose the Bakerloo pair in tortoise which are £79 including lenses.

These glasses are unisex and come in a range of colours, shapes and sizes. The Bakerloo pair are quite big and I think look fab! I like wearing them to work and looking intelligent! However they also go with my hipster look!

The frames are bold, but the softer tortoise-shell colour makes them softer and I love the 50s shape. The without prescription ones come with lenses in which are coated, and the hinges are springy so will fit most sizes of head! 

The glasses are really easy to order. You select what you would use them for (e.g. reading, varifocal, computer), then add your package of how thin the lenses are, coatings and scratch resistance level, and then you can choose a tint and have them as sunglasses if you like. Finally you enter your prescription and the price is all calculated up for you. 

THE WINNER IS! Natalie Henderson! Congratulations! 

Browsing Reddit made me think of my glasses earlier today:

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