Thursday, 26 March 2015

A Mascara To Rival The Benefit Roller Lash?

Hello Lovelies,

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few weeks, I'm pretty sure you'll have heard of the new Benefit mascara, the Roller Lash mascara. I wrote a post about roller lash a couple of weeks ago  (read that post here) and gave my thoughts but since then I have discovered a new mascara from Maybelline, the Lash Sensational mascara.  I also wrote a review on that recently too (read the review here)

Both the mascaras claim to do very similar things and have a very similar wand so I thought I'd compare them for you because although they have quite a few similarities, one thing which is quite different is the price. The Benefit mascara sells for £19.50 and the Maybelline for £7.99 so as you can see, a noticeable difference, but is the Benefit worth £11.51 more than the Maybelline? Or will the lash sensational be a rival for the roller lash? Carry on reading to find out...

Both products L- Maybelline & R- Benefit

My Benefit mascara is a sample size product that came free with Elle magazine so it does look a little different from the full size product, but the packaging of both mascaras is still different so worth showing I thought. 

Now for the wands, the wands aren't exactly the same, but they are similar as you'll see in the photographs below. 

L - Maybelline & R - Benefit

Obviously because the Benefit is a sample size, the wand handle is much smaller in size than the Maybelline, but you can see the similarities of the wand although again there is a size difference in the handle.

Close up of the wands

In the close up photograph above you can see the wands are very similar with the only real difference being that the Maybelline wand is a little more chunky than the Benefit wand. 

Both mascaras claim to give fullness and length to the lashes and the Maybelline promises to define and fan the lashes where the Benefit promises to curl the lashes. 

My lashes without any mascara, aren't they pathetic?

I have really pathetic eye lashes I really do so any mascara that promises length and fullness and I'm sold, I'm not too bothered about a curl or my lashes looking fanned out but it's a bonus if it works I suppose. As a rule I can only really wear waterproof mascara, I have a real problem with smudging or blobbing as I call it, and mascara loves to smudge or blob onto my socket bone and leave unsightly black marks on my make up, this happens with most mascaras unless they are waterproof, the only non waterproof mascara I have tried that doesn't blob is the Smashbox full exposure mascara. But usually unless a mascara is waterproof it will blob.

My Thoughts

On first application I found both mascaras easy to use, both have a very wet formula but don't go all over the place when applying. I liked the wand on both products which is unusual for me because I don't usually like a plastic wand but I did like both wands. I noticed a massive difference when using both products for the first time, my lashes looked longer and fuller and with the Maybelline were nicely defined and fanned out but I didn't notice a curl with the Benefit. 

Wearing the Benefit mascara for the first time (2 coats)

Wearing the Maybelline mascara for the first time (2 coats)

As you can see from the photographs above, both mascaras do give me length and fullness but I don't think I have any sort of curl from the Benefit Rollerlash, I took another photograph and uploaded it to my Instagram account and asked which my followers thought was a high end mascara and which thought was high street. 

This is the photograph I uploaded to Instagram and people chose the right eye as you look at the photograph as the high end mascara and the left as the high street mascara, the photograph below shows the results.

The mascara my Instagram followers chose as the high end product was in actual fact the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara and the left was the Benefit Roller Lash. I think you can tell from the photograph that my lashes look much more defined and fanned out with the Maybelline and less "clumpy" too. 

Overall thoughts

Overall I liked both mascaras but for the the stand out product was most definitely the Maybelline Lash Sensational, it did exactly what it said on the tin, it is far more affordable and the results were outstanding, don't get me wrong I did like the Roller Lash but it didn't blow me away and whilst it did give me length and fullness to my lashes, it didn't curl them and it just wasn't groundbreaking enough for me and I personally don't think it's worth the £19.50 price tag. Maybelline is the stand out winner here for me and is definitely a rival for the roller lash, the wands are similar the formula is similar and both promise similar things but for me the Maybelline stands out a mile and I would most definitely re purchase it. 

My only negative about both mascaras is that they both blobbed on me, this as I said isn't unusual and something I expected since neither mascara is waterproof, if Maybelline bring out a waterproof version of the lash sensational I'll be a very happy bunny but for now I have found a way to make it work, so keep an eye out for that post coming soon

I would highly recommend the lash sensational mascara, it does exactly what it says on the tin and is affordable, I haven't loved a mascara so much for a very long time.

It certainly does give the Roller lash a run for it's money! 

If you would like to try the Maybelline Lash Sensational, it is available to buy on line at Boots and Superdrug for £7.99, and the Benefit Roller Lash is available to buy on line at the Benefit websiteBootsDebenhams and John Lewis for £19.50.

Have you tried the Maybelline lash sensational mascara or the Benefit roller lash? Which was your favourite? 

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Barry M Speedy Nail Polishes

Hello Lovelies, 

One of my favourite beauty products is nail polish, obviously I love all beauty products but nail polish just seems to draw me in somehow and especially new releases of nail polishes, combine that with pretty pastel colours and I'm in love.

Recently theres been a lot of "blogger hype" surrounding a new release from Barry M, their Speedy Quick Dry polishes and they have been all over the blogosphere (did I really just use that word?) with rave reviews all over the place,  so when I was out shopping a few weeks ago I picked up my 2 favourite colours from the collection, Kiss Me Quick, a lovely pretty pastel pink and In a Heart Beat, a pastel coral colour, pink and coral are my favourite nail colours for the spring and summer so I was really excited to try them out, I even bought my mum the same 2 colours as part of her mothers day gift because I knew she'd love the colours and the reviews were fabulous. 

Kiss Me Quick

In A Heartbeat

My Thoughts

As I said I have read numerous blog posts on these polishes all claiming them to be fast drying as their name suggests and that they are opaque in just 2 coats and look great, all the usual blog post stuff really. I had a slightly different experience to be honest and as you know, that's one thing I always am 100% honest. 

The first thing I noticed was the brush, it's different from the usual Barry M Polish brush, it's wider and flat I like the wider flat brushes on a nail polish and find them easier to use so I was happy to see the brush.

The brush.

Unfortunately the only good thing I have to say about these nail polishes is that I liked the brush. The polishes are appalling, they are very thin and to be honest I think that is why they dry quickly because they are very thin in consistency. Their name is true they do dry quickly but I needed 5 coats of the pale pink colour and 4 coats of the coral. 

The above photographs show 1 coat of the polishes and this is a good coat too, I am always liberal when applying nail polish so for someone who is a little less so I would hate to see what they're left with! As I said I had to use 4 and 5 coats of the polishes and still to me they didn't look brilliant and they bubbled. 

4 coats of In a heart beat

5 coats of kiss me quick 

The above photographs speak for themselves, you can see the bubbling on both polishes and they are streaky too. The first time I tried the polishes (and in the photographs shown in this post) I didn't use my usual top coat because I wanted to see how the polishes looked and also how long they lasted without chipping. The pale pink one (kiss me quick) lasted less around an hour before it chipped and the only thing I did was film a whats in my bag video before the polish chipped, and the coral one (in a heart beat) lasted less than 12 hours before chipping, now considering I don't work and have a terminal illness and can't do much, I don't do much to chip nail polish so they should have lasted longer than they did in my opinion. 

After an hour the polish chipped on my thumb. 

Overall Thoughts & Would I Re Purchase

Overall I am extremely disappointed with the polishes but also disappointed with myself for yet again falling foul of "blogger hype" when will I learn? The thing that upsets me the most is that I bought my mum the same polishes as part of her mothers day gift, so I've bought my mum something rubbish as part of her mothers day gift, brilliant! 

The polishes looked slightly better when I used my favourite Orly glosser top coat but close up they still look awful, it is such a shame as the colours are lovely and I would have worn them so much over the spring and summer, but how can I wear them and have bubbly/streaky nails that chip fast? I did get a little longer wear time with the Orly glosser top coat too so maybe I can use them on my toes then nobody will be close enough to see any bubbles or streaks. 

I won't be re purchasing the speedy polishes, I had such high hopes for these polishes and am so disappointed in them. I can't speak for any of the other shades but the 2 I have are terrible and I am not risking wasting any more money on the other colours, I'd rather spend my money on a polish I know will look good, so for me these were a complete fail and I won't ever buy them again and don't recommend you do either. But if you do want to try them, you'll find them on line at Boots and Superdrug for £3.99 each. 

Thank you for reading, much love as always,

Zoe x

Monday, 23 March 2015

Whats In My Bag?

Hello Lovelies, 

Today I uploaded a very highly requested video to my You Tube channel as you can see from the photograph its a "whats in my bag?" video. I got so many requests for this after showing the bag in my What I Got For Christmas video and then I got a new bag for my birthday and got even more requests for that, so I thought I'd best crack on and film the first one!

If you'd like to watch the video, click on the play button below or on this link.

I hope you enjoy the video, I have linked the bag in the description box of the video if you are interested in finding out more about it or purchasing it for yourself. 

Thank you for reading/watching, much love as always, 

Zoe x

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