Review: **NEW Benefit Roller Lash mascara.**

Hey, hey, hey! 🙂

So… I wasn’t planning to blog again in January but I just have to post a cheeky last-minute one to tell you about Benefit’s new mascara, Roller Lash.

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I’ve tried it today and am in LOVE! It has a curved brush covered in tiny little hooks to catch and curl the lashes (sounds painful…   isn’t). The hooks are finer on the underside of the curve and thicker/longer on top. I was sceptical as I’ve not found curved brushes to be particularly effective in the past. It claims to be “super curling and lifting mascara” and it is!

Here… see for yourself with these before and after pics (I’m not in a makeup mood today so forgive the otherwise nude eye!)

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As you can see, I only used it on my upper lashes and it really lengthened and lifted them. The effect is quite dramatic although you don’t have to use a lot to get that look so the lashes are still quite fine and natural looking (just prettier!) so I think this is a great mascara for everyday use.

I only used one coat although if you wanted to pump up the glam for an evening out you can build up the look by using more (and of course you shouldn’t neglect your lower lashes like I did – shoddy, shoddy, shoddy, Lou).

If you can’t tell by now, I love, love LOVE this mascara so I had to share. I hope you love it too!

It’s not officially launched until March although if you’re quick you can get a mini version (like mine) free with the March edition of Elle magazine which is on sale now for £4. I think that’s £4 well spent. Enjoy!

Lou x

P.S. I have updated the above since first posted as I thought it was due to be launched at the end of Feb but apparently it is March. My bad!

Boots No. 7 Advent Calendar (2014) Review: Day 25.

photo (34)Initially when I opened the door I thought this was a lippy and was just a tad disappointed when I realised it was a nail polish duo. As I’ve already said, I love nail polish but the wine coloured polish I tried on day 22 was a let-down in the staying power stakes so I wasn’t left with a particularly positive opinion of No. 7 polish. It would have been lovely to find something completely different behind door number 25.

That said, I do think it’s a great idea to have a duo with complimenting colours and the shades are nice (particularly the bright coral pink). They are (gold) Hot to Trot and (coral) Cheeky Chops.

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As you’d expect, the two brushes are in the centre so you unscrew the middle and hold the other colour between your fingers, applying it as if you’re holding a pen. Is it weird to say it’s comfy to use?? I think you’ll know what I mean by that. It feels solid in your hand and you’re able to apply the polish with precision. If you’re using both colours it’s also very easy and convenient to simply flip it to apply the second.

I’m still ahead of myself so I can report back on staying power. Again… disappointing. The first signs of chipping appeared after just over 12 hours.

The colours are lovely and if you want a striking look for an evening out, apply it before you go and you’ll be fine. You won’t be disappointed unless you expect it to look the same the next day. It won’t.

Amazability factor: 7/10 (marks for ingenuity and colour. Lost marks for lost polish.)

When I’d opened the last door on the Benefit Advent Calendar in December, I totted up how much I would have been prepared to pay for all of the items if I’d bought them individually. In that case, I reckoned I had overpaid by £12.50 when buying the calendar. There were a lot of ‘filler’ items in the Benefit calendar, but none here.

This time, I’ve definitely underpaid. I’ve been keeping track of how much I’d have paid for each item as the month has gone on and even taking into account the disappointing aspects of some of the items, I would have been prepared to pay more than £50 more for the individual items than I paid for the calendar! Wowzers!

As much as I love Benefit products, I’ve enjoyed this calendar more and felt I was really getting my money’s worth, receiving several full sized items and lots of Protect & Perfect goodies which usually cost a bomb! This calendar definitely represents the best value for money.

Here is my No. 7 haul:

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That brings me to the end of this daily blog. I will be back again soon, but not tomorrow!

Don’t forget to keep sharing the blog and Facebook competition post to increase your chance of winning the giveaway beauty bundle. Good luck and speak soon.

Lou x

Boots No. 7 Advent Calendar (2014) Review: Day 24.

Today it’s No. 7 Protect & Perfect Intense night cream.

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As I mentioned in an earlier post I’m already using this. It smells lovely – the same as all other Protect & Perfect products. It’s thick and creamy and doesn’t sink in quickly so your skin feels well moisturised and pampered when you go to bed. This is my go-to night cream. Well, this and (after discovering it in December) Benefit’s Total Moisture face cream. I don’t like to use the same moisturiser all the time.

I also like to give my skin an extra treat every now and again. I used to love Soap & Glory Wish Upon a Jar for that and used it for 21 days every few months. It used to be a collagen rich intensive treatment but they reformulated it and it’s so great now. It’s just another night cream. Very disappointing. I’m on the lookout for a replacement intensive treatment. I do love Mary Cohr moisturisers but they are far too expensive to use all the time. 😦 If there’s an intensive moisturiser you love, let me know in the comments.

Let me know if you have a favourite night cream too. Although I like this and Total Moisture, I don’t really love either, so I’m open to suggestions! 🙂

While we’re on the subject of night time skin routines, did you know that cotton pillow cases aren’t really face-friendly? Satin or silk is best (satin is cheaper). Also, make sure you sweep all of your hair off your face when you go to bed. You may not look super glam but your skin will thank you for it. You’re more likely to have a skin breakout around the hairline if you don’t tie your hair back while using a thick moisturiser.

Amazability factor: 8/10 (very nice but I don’t love it)

Lou x

P.S. This is a 25 day advent calendar so there’s still one more treat to come! 😀

** COMPETITION UPDATE **

Hey girlies. 🙂

I’m adding a mini version of my favourite Bourjois Ultra Black mascara (the one I keep going on about) to the prize package.

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To improve your chance of winning, like the blog on Facebook and share, share, share! The more friends you get to subscribe, the more entries you will earn.

Good luck!

Lou x

Boots No. 7 Advent Calendar (2014) Review: Day 23.

How unimaginative. This again…

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Another Amazing Eyes Pencil although this time in brown (shade 10)

There’s really nothing to add to what I already said about the black version on day 15. It’s easy to apply, the colour intensity is kinda rubbish and it’s not great on the staying power front. The only difference is that it’s brown. At least it isn’t black. Brown is almost as dull as black, but not quite.

Amazability factor: 5.5/10 (an extra half point for colour)

Lou x

Boots No. 7 Advent Calendar (2014) Review: Day 22.

Anyone who knows me in real life knows how much I love nail polish so won’t be surprised to hear that I was VERY excited to find this richly coloured nail polish behind door number 22. It is B.E.A.Utiful. ❤

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(yes, that is Ellie sleeping in the background!

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It’s No. 7 Gel Look Shine nail colour in Deep Wine.

It’s so gorgeous, I skipped the fake nail and got stuck straight in. Here it is on my real life nails, after just one coat.

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GORGEOUS. It’s a beautifully shiny bold red. Great coverage in just one coat.

After two coats…

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A deeper shade – more wine coloured. Still beautiful and super shiny.

The shine was so lovely I was reluctant to add a top coat. On this photo I’ve got a top coat on my index finger (top, in case you can’t tell) but not my middle finger. I used a high shine top coat so as not to spoil the overall effect and I think it added to the overall look.

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I used Rimmel Finishing Touch Ultra Shine Top Coat although my Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat would have worked just as well (if not better). I applied it to only half of my nails so that I could test the nail polish out in terms of staying power both with and without top coat.

As you can probably tell, I really like this. However, I was very disappointed by its lack of staying power. Still being a little ahead of myself with the blog, I was able to apply it last night. By mid-morning today it was quite badly chipped on both the nails with and without top coat. 😦 If you’re going out for the night and want gorgeously looking nails then this will do the job. The colour and finish is amazing. However, if you’re applying polish for work the night before, regrettably I’d say stay away.

Perhaps if I had used the Nails Inc top coat it would have lasted longer. I will have to give it a go.

Amazability factor: 7.5/10 (I so loved this, but it’s let down by fragility)

Lou x

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Oops… sorry for spamming your inboxes.

This is just to let you know that I have clarified and simplified the contest rules on the blog and the Facebook page.

All you need to do now is:

* like on Facebook

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That’s it! 😀

No more posts today, I promise! 😉 xx