Monday, 22 February 2021

Essie Treat Love and Color


You all know my love for Essie polishes, I’ve made no secret of it over the years. They offer such a great selection of colours and perfect application.


Some of my favourites were mentioned in my recent post on Essie's best selling shades and I'm forever posting photos of my nails on my Instagram which often include Essie, especially when I want to go for something classic and timeless. 

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What if I told you they’re not just making your nails look pretty, they’re looking after your nails too?


Their new Treat, Love and Color range is here to give your nails the TLC they need.  Essie claim to treat damage in just 3 days while keeping them looking presentable too. The nourishing and strengthening formula is infused with calcium and camellia extract and promises 60% less peeling and 35% less breakage. This will leave dry, brittle nails feeling stronger and more nourished than ever before.



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You don’t need a base coat as 'Treat, Love and Color' polishes are applied directly to your bare nail to let all of that goodness soak in. 


I was sent a couple of their shades to try out for myself. 


Final Stretch  is a pretty nude shade and I applied it as soon as I opened the package, it looked so lovely, I just didn't want to wait! It's a great neutral for everyday with yellow and red undertones. The glossy finish makes it perfect for a sophisticated no-nonsense manicure. There is no need for a top coat so it really is as simple as sweeping it on with their exclusive brush which gives really quick, even application. 

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Essie Final Stretch

The next one feels so Spring like, which excites me greatly! I'm so ready for the lighter days. Punch it Up  is  a pretty, mid tone pink gloss with a subtle golden shimmer when light catches it. This has such  good coverage, I could have gotten away without the second coat.  Offering a beautiful pop of colour, it's such a great way to brighten things up a bit.

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Essie Punch It Up

There are 15 long lasting, sheer, shimmer & full coverage shades in the collection. It’s recommended to apply two or three coats but I only needed two on both of the shades I tried. Some shades may differ of course, depending on your desired coverage.

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To further nourish your nails, apply Apricot nail and cuticle oil  to the cuticle bed to leave cuticles feeling soft and supple. We’ve all been washing our hands more and applying hand sanitiser like it was going out of fashion so our hands need a bit of a treat. This little baby conditions nails and hydrates cuticles, helping to combat any dryness. The 97% natural formula with apricot kernel oil and jojoba oil, intensely conditions nails and hydrates which leaves your nails feeling so soft. It’s absorbed quickly so you’re not left feeling greasy at all and your nails are in great shape for your manicure. 



A little goes a long way, I can do one hand without having to dip the brush back in the bottle. I have this on my desk and apply a couple of times a week, especially after using nail polish remover which can really dry the cuticles. I’m really impressed with it, I like this a lot. 



I think I'll have to pick up a couple more shades, I have my eye on a pretty coral for Summertime!






*These were kindly gifted to me but all thoughts are 100% my own





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Sunday, 14 February 2021

Valentine's Day Nails and me




Listen, I love Valentine's Day. There, I said it. 


On the average year it's beneficial to throw a little extra love around but during a pandemic especially, it's good to show the person you love that you appreciate them. MAN, this past year has been tough, like really tough! Sam has helped me through so much and together we've kept our heads up during one of the toughest challenges of our lives. You wouldn't believe the stuff we've (figuratively) had thrown at us this year! 


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"Well I think Valentine's Day is stupid, you should appreciate your partner all year, not just for one day!" 
ok Karen.

Of course I believe you should appreciate your partner all year round ...who doesn't think this?!  If one Wednesday evening, you randomly think  'they're bloody great, I'm buying flowers, some lingerie, a bag of Crunchy Rocks and ordering us burgers (catering to my own tastes here but I'm never one to stick to tradition) or decide a night away in a hotel is needed 'just because' then good on you! But I think life gets in the way sometimes. Aside from anniversaries or birthdays we just don't think to make that extra effort as often, so if there's an excuse for a treat - go for it! Like you're allowed to buy loads of chocolate all year round but you still go nuts at Easter, right? 

If you're not about the love then this post might not be for you, scroll to the bottom for the nail pics instead! 

Cynics might say that Valentine's is just a way to make money (so is Christmas) but anything that means you get a little nudge to go ' hey you, I appreciate you'  can't  be bad. Plus there are some pretty fantastic meal deals out at the moment and if that's not reason enough to celebrate, I don't know what is! Marks and Spencer are doing heart shaped churros, for crying out loud. 

I'm not about the material stuff, I like the excuse to make a card or a reason to have a load of chocolate treats in the house. Flowers brighten up the place a bit too, plus they block the window a bit so prying eyes can't look in!  

I've had fabulous Valentine's days in my single days, whether it was at the early 'talking stages' where I had flowers delivered to work and text a guy saying thanks, only to find out it was actually from my 'it's complicated' ex. 
We had dinner parties as a group of single friends where we exchanged cards, had great food and spent the night pleased that none of us had any relationship dramas that year!

I've had a pretty underwhelming Valentine's meal out with a guy that was definitely wrong for me. Petrol station flowers, a drive to the restaurant with his mate on speaker chatting about cars and a strop about the waiter all adding to the ambiance. It made for a good story though and has been laughed about for many years since. 

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I loved Valentine's at school when you had cards left in your locker or on your desk - a lolly pop, rose and creme egg being a highlight of mine. Or remember when you got Happy Valentine's day texts as a cute heart picture message made of pixels? (showing my age here!).

10 years ago I shamelessly sent Sam a text saying 'What... no Valentine's card?'  little did I know we'd spend every Valentine's day together after that. The only year it wasn't celebrated was the year our daughter was born as we had other things going on and we were in our lovely newborn baby bubble. 

Sam has surprised me with trips to Disneyland and fancy meals in central but no matter how we celebrate, I know I'm with the right person and appreciating that time together - even if it's only a couple of hours before we're interrupted by our toddler who decides it's time to watch Zootroplis again. 
He treats me all the time as it is, it doesn't have to be a special occasion. By 'treats me' I mean in the small acts that make me appreciate the little things, like if he goes to the garage for milk he will always come back with my favourite chocolate or when I'm running around doing too much (as usual) he makes me sit down while he washes up. Things like that are far more valuable than roses and a teddy bear. 

This year is of course different. I really feel for the restaurants missing out on a weekend trade of guaranteed bookings and I really wish I could be one of the customers filling those tables. We'll be at home as Boris has ordered, but feeling more loved up while I think to myself 'Good GOD I'm glad I'm spending lockdown with you instead of anyone else!'. 

Anyway, that's enough of a trip down memory lane. I'm suitably feeling the love now. Shall we tie this in nicely with some Valentine's themed nail art? GO ON THEN!

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First is a little mixture of red and pink from Essie. I used 
Be Cherry!  on my index and little fingers (such a gorgeous red and fabulous formula!) and Lovie Dovie on my ring finger. I always like to add some sparkle to the occasion so popped on some gold glitter with the help of Barry M. A couple of kisses with a nail art brush and we're good to go.

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Pink and white feels damn cutesy, doesn't it? How perfect for Valentine's! This pink is two coats of Hoopla by Ciate and the white nail art brush paired with a steady hand allowed me to doodle on some hearts and stripes while I watched Married at First Sight Australia! 



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Sending love to you all, no matter how you spend this Valentine's day! Be kind to yourself, and don't go searching for negativity or things that make you angry - life is too short!





*for full transparency, these nail polishes were previously gifted to me 




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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

January Favourites


So I have done these monthly round-ups in the past which was a good way to keep in touch properly while being a bit more personal with you all. My aim is to to try to speak on a personal level and give this a 'chatting over coffee' vibe. With lockdown changing pretty-much everything for the last year, I've really missed my catch-ups with friends over lunch or a coffee. I'd normally share what I've been up to and no-doubt rave about a new product I've been trying. So let me emulate it here, grab yourself a beverage for full effect. 



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I tried to revamp the round-ups last year but it stopped at January. Februrary was when we heard whispers of Covid-19 and with the lockdown was staring to happen there wasn't a lot to write home about. We were actually fully hiding away, making Tik Toks and making Zoom Quizzes before we were told to as we were pretty clued-up on what was going on and knew how serious it was for our household. This has felt like a lifetime inside for us and it has had some really weird challenges (I can't go into it too much yet, but trust me... so weird.) but I'm now taking time to take in the small moments and not see this past year as a total waste.

2021 has started well, the rest of the country joined me in our home schooling challenge (and it is a challenge!) so I felt less alone there and am now pretty clued-up on everything KS2 related... except fractions. It's given me that daily variation that I need and I have to admit, a lot of it is interesting, dare I say it, some actually enjoyable! I may have missed my calling as an art teacher be honest...

Our neighbours had their baby girl who we've got to meet from afar which is torture as you can't beat newborn baby cuddles! Our own little one got to experience her first snow, and although my health hasn't been too great,  I never let that hold me back. I've had my vaccine, things are massively looking up and we’re all so positive. We’ll be dancing our way round town again in no time!

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While normal feels a long way off, let's try to adjust, I've always hated the term normal anyway. Here's a little recap of the first month of 2021. 


What I wore-
Obviously, lockdown has meant most of us have spent the majority of our time in loungewear. I could easily get into the mindset of "I'm not going anywhere, why should I bother getting dressed?" but that doesn't do my mental state any good. Getting ready for the day breaks things up a bit and makes me feel more 'me', so while the loungewear is about in abundance I'm making the most of wearing normal clothes too. 

 We limit our trips outside to a weekly walk to the school to pick up some work that they leave out in boxes for parents to collect at allotted times. Those weekly adventures into the world to get some air have been something to look forward to. While it’s been cold I’ve been all about layering. My Bershka zip bodysuit is a good base layer and it’s so soft too.  My leather-look trousers have a fleecy lining so they’re perfect for those chilly days. I wore them the day it snowed actually and I had no complaints about the cold, plus my legs stayed dry too!

I’m hoping the weather picks up a bit soon so I can get more adventurous with my shoes as I’ve been limited to various heeled knee boots. I'm not complaining, I love my boots but there's a lot of shoes in here that are not getting their time to shine!



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What I ate-

I’ve been cooking up a storm with various cottage pies and casseroles and even tried out a couple of new pasta recipes to spic things up a bit; I’m doing Gigi Hadid's one next. But after a long old week of home schooling, juggling work and housework while feeling pretty under the weather Sam uttered my favourite words 


"Let’s order Blacks Burgers tonight..."


It’s our friend's restaurant so they know exactly what we like and I can’t go long without craving one of their burgers. 



What I read-   
The other day I read something really close to my heart. I nodded along to Dale's article on ADHD  and how he doesn’t let a disability hold him back. I massively relate to this and think he’s spot on. I totally get not wanting to be be perceived as special or different and have always strived to get on with things as best I can, despite having health problems myself. Most people aren’t even aware of my struggles as I’ve always been determined to not let it define who I am. I love how Dale has looked at the positives that having ADHA/ADD has brought him, rather than the ones that may have held him back. Describing his hyperfocus as 'his superpower' was really lovely and such a great way to look at things.   His drive and ambition along with his passion has given him  a successful career he enjoys and you can ask him anything about the Beatles and he'll have tonnes of fab (four) stories for you. 

Recent events have really hit people hard. I’ve seen first-hand how so many businesses are struggling and know families who have had to cut back due to their income being effected by the pandemic. 

There’s been a lot of doom-and-gloom we could all focus on but it’s really nice to see someone look on the bright side. He explains how we shouldn't be hard on ourselves and not beat ourselves up if things aren't going the way we thought, just focussing on our health is the main thing -that's what this has all been for at the end of the day! 


What I bought- 
I don’t like asking for much for Christmas and if I see a gift set, I keep an eye out for it in the sales. You can get such a bargain when they’re half price, most of the time you’re paying for the festive packaging anyway. I usually stock up on some favourite skincare bits but also look out for products I’ve wanted to try. I treated myself to this Becca ‘Primed and Luminous Kit’ for £17. I absolutely adore the powder and the highlighter is really pretty. I think I’ll get a proper review up on this is a few weeks with a bit more detail. 


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What I watched-

Like many people, we spent our evenings binge watching The Serpent which is about serial killer Charles Sobhraj who murdered tourists during the 70s. I'd heard so many people raving about it so jumped on the bandwagon. Jenna Coleman is the lead actress and she was incredible in it, I loved her accent.  

We were up past midnight most evenings, trying to get in another episode and I now basically want everything from Jenna Coleman’s wardrobe.


What I used-

I’ve really been loving the Super Facialist Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. It’s been a lovely addition to my nighttime cleansing routine. Upon contact with water, the oil transforms to a milky texture and melts away makeup and removes daily impurities  It’s infused with Vitamin C and nourishing Olive, Grapeseed and Rosehip oils and is really gentle. Vitamin C helps to repair the damage caused by UV radiation and as I’m not without my SPF 50 on my face, I’m all about reducing sun damage.

My skin is so soft after I use this and all of those lovely ingredients really give me a glow too. I’ve been much happier going make-up free more often. 


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So we’re on to February. A month I love! Valentine’s day and pancake day being the biggest highlights and we’re stepping closer to spring! The mornings are getting lighter and there are already more gorgeous blue skies. I’m excited to see what this next month has in store for me! 







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Saturday, 16 January 2021

Putting my 2020 Diary to good use



Let's be honest, last year was a complete shit-show and although there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, it's all been really overwhelming. My kids have gone through a hell of a lot over the last year- I know most have, their normal lives are so different at the moment and they've really had to adapt quickly to all of the changes. Mine have had some really had some crappy stuff to handle on top of the lockdown. Oh very cryptic Jenn, I know, but I won't go into it here. Not yet anyway. So I won't be mentioning the bad stuff in here so sorry if bits and pieces don't make a lot of sense right now!


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2020 was like nothing we'd ever experienced. Every day had it's challenges and it was easy to get down, but over the last few years I've learnt this knack of picking myself up and powering through. I'm a tough old bird when I need to be!


At times it was really tricky to see the positives. We live in a flat so seeing families enjoying sunny days in their gardens was deflating, seeing people completely ignoring the rules, and people having a lot more time on their hands than me. It was a frustrating time. I constantly felt like my children deserved better.


On one hand I was feeling like we should have all the time in the world to binge-watch Netflix series, do crafts with the kids and make Tik Toks; on the other hand I was feeling so overwhelmed with everything going on, trying to juggle so many things at a time. My brain was going at a million miles per hour. I needed to find a way to switch off and give myself a break. 


So many people said that buying a 2020 diary was the biggest waste of money last year but in January I bought myself a lovely personalised one from Papier and I was determined to use it. So it became a way of documenting lockdown. I noted down everything and it became a part of my daily routine, sat by our window in our crappy little flat getting the fresh air I needed while writing and doodling away. In the morning reflecting over a cup of tea while my one year old climbed on everything pottered about. 



I originally started colouring in the days of the monthly planner to show which days were when we were in lockdown, little did I know I'd end up colouring in the rest of the year! 


There’s funny quotes from the day, usually something the kids have said or something that only Sam and I find funny. It started with speech bubbles highlighting a new word that Mila has learnt, then that evolved into little mini sentences. 


When homeschool started, each day I would write the list of subjects I needed to teach and it helped me get a bit of a lesson plan together. 


I've documented what we were watching, how I was feeling, who I chatted to. There's things that made me smile and any updates from the government or things in the news that were interesting. It's become a mini times capsule of the crazy year that 2020 was! Milestone-wise, it's been a pretty big year for my toddler too. I  think it will be interesting to look back on. I like having sentimental things like this.

 

The note pages are full of doodles of the drawings that M and I drew together along with Rob Biddulph’s online tutorials. Those were a lot of fun, I really enjoyed the mornings when we had some proper time together, it made a change from days out or our weekly hot chocolate trip after school. Though I really look forward to the day we can do those again; that normality feels a long way off at the moment. 


One thing that I loved reading back at the end of the year was my page of random things my best mate and I spoke about. 90% of our conversations are us pondering something ridiculous that results in long conversations and fits of laughter. After a conversation about why on earth Leeds Castle isn't in Leeds I realised we had spoken about such a range of things, it really interested me to see what else would come up throughout the year. So I decided to start keeping a note and I'm so glad I have it to look back on, this girl is absolutely hilarious and I bloody love our friendship! 


My diary is far from a waste, it's something I will love looking back on.


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Writing out what I was grateful for was really helpful to keep in a positive mindset. This is something I really needed to practice when things were getting me down. Some days I was so overwhelmed with what was going on that would have been hard enough without lockdown but it massively knocked us all mentally when we had no way to escape. 



 Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t every day and it wasn’t easy. There were times when thinking of one thing I was grateful for was followed by


 ...‘yea but there are 10 things that I hate!.


 It was tough to try and shake off the feeling of dread and I spent a lot of time worrying. But even writing this out, seeing it all together is really uplifting and it's made me see that I can get through the tough times. So adding those little bits here-and-there really do add up eventually. 


A little summary of some of the things I wrote down ...


Family

My parents, my brothers and sister for dropping over food or sending the kids little gifts to keep them smiling. My sister buying them a ball pit was a huge hit when they were stuck inside! Our group chats always cheer me up too. 


My mother-in-law and her Mum offering us a place to stay for our safety and our own mental health. Also their incredible cooking. 


I have to admire Sam’s work ethic. Money-wise, the pandemic hit us hard! Work for both of us suffered and finding new projects was difficult. Sam is so ambitious and so hard working, always coming up with new ideas and ways to keep us afloat. I'm really lucky he is like that. 


My children. They have shown that they are so resilient. M has even been more level-headed than me at times and they have both been a big old bundle of joy getting me through tough days.



Where we live

Last year the sun made a huge difference. Sunlight really improves my mood, plus I have very low vitamin D levels so it's a necessity. As much as living in little flat was unbearable, and it really would have been nice to have a garden for the children to run around in, it could have been worse. We are lucky to have a big balcony door for light, it became the place where the children played most of the day. At one point we had a paddling pool there (yes, there was mess but they had a great time!). We are lucky to only live on the first floor in a quiet road, not live on a busy main road up 10 flights of stairs. 


Having neighbours nearby that made us laugh. Talking over the balcony, laughing in our group chat, and sitting out by our building car park for an hour-or-so gave us that community feeling. We definitely got closer as a block during the year. They helped us with a lot. 


We've made a big point of supporting local businesses, a lot of my Christmas presents were from independent sellers along with new clothes I bought. 

Jess and the BeanstalkMihai Salon and Blacks Burgers are a few of our local small businesses who are not only being hit by the pandemic and doing a great job but also great friends and shoulders to cry on too. Jess ordering pumpkin spice syrup to keep my addiction going, Blacks Burgers sending out delicious cook-at-home kits to fill the burger-void and Mihai knowing my hair better than I do. They're all lovely people and if you live nearby I recommend them all. 


Having car has been really helpful, you don't realise how much you take these things for granted. During some of the worst days we would pack up some treats and go for a drive to get away from home. A petrol garage meal deal became one of life’s great pleasures. 


We're also really lucky to live within walking distance to shops, parks and have a pretty lovely views from the  downs nearby too. There are definitely worse places to be locked down in - even if I do fantasise about what it would have been like in a warmer country by the sea!

Friends-

My friends. God they are an awesome bunch. Even though I’ve not been able to see them I've chatted with them loads more than usual. Zoom, Instagram, Tik Toks and group chats keeping us all connected and forever making me laugh. I cannot wait til we're all together again. 



My friends on socials have been a massive help too, honestly some of my DM's have kept me going and often had me in fits of laughter. I class some of the people on Instagram as good friends now. Some are there for me in the middle of the night when I can't sleep, keeping me sane. I talk to a few of them more than I do some members of my own family and talk about them like I've known them for years. Sophie Rachel and Tiff, this is you especially. 



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Support-

To put it politely, the government have not done the best job during all this but I massively appreciated being sent a food box when I've been shielding. I felt like I was really being looked after when they would check in and see if I needed help with anything. Not enough gets said about stuff like this. 


Police, solicitors, school governors, all kinds of people in that department have been a massive help. They've given us advice and been at the end of the phone when we've needed them. I’m so thankful our voices are being heard and a weight has been lifted off our shoulders.


I thought about what a lockdown would have been a couple of decades ago. Technology has carried us through 2020, without it would have been much harder. Not only has it made us better connected with Zoom drinks (one day we attended a Zoom festival!), WhatsApp and social media but it meant M has stayed in  touch with friends with online chats, games and Zoom calls while he's been off school. 


We had Joe Wickes being a total superstar getting the kids moving each morning with his Youtube workouts, this also meant I struggled to walk on those days when he added in a ridiculous amount of squats and burpees! 

Homeschooling was made much easier with access to so many educational videos and resources, I would have massively struggled with teaching fractions without Alexa and now I know what a fronted adverbial is too. 


Or the more materialistic things like the existence of online shopping, not just treats like clothes and makeup but being able to have the food shop delivered (thanks to a high priority slot which I am so grateful for). 

And remember when we were all sharing Amazon wish lists to send out little gifts? That was lovely. 



It goes without saying that this year made us all more grateful for the NHS than ever before. I've spoken to many health professionals over the last year for various reasons and each time they've been absolutely fantastic. I can only refer to what I've experienced but I know they are all working so hard during the pandemic and clapping for them on a Thursday was lovely at first, seeing those rainbows in the windows and being outside clapping, banging saucepans with the neighbours gave us such a sense of community but they really deserve much much more than that. 



also just Dogs in general. I'm always grateful for dogs. They're ace. 




And most recently putting it all into perspective. The past year could have been seen as our worst year yet, but I thought about what it would take to make a year truly the worst year and it was picturing it with someone I love missing. Picturing a family dinner with one or more seats empty. That will be the worst year ever for me. One day it will happen and it terrifies me. So without getting too deep, while the last year has been absolutely horrific in so many ways- for me it could be a lot worse, and for that I'm grateful. 





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Monday, 4 January 2021

Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara Review

Wow! I fell behind a bit with the old blog last year, didn't I? Lockdown means I have been juggling a hell of a lot with my eldest off school and everything else to deal with. I might go into that all another time -it's been a while since I posted a proper personal post. We'll see. I plan to write a lot more this year and get back on top of things. 

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Falsies Lash Lift Mascara 

First things first (I'm the realist), I'm taking this blog back to where it all started, by sharing something that I love. Just like I do in real life, if I try something and I think it's great I want to tell anyone and everyone. and that's kind of why this blog was born. 

I know the world of beauty blogging isn't really the same any more, things have changed a lot since the disco pants and Jeffery Campbell days of 2010 when we all loved a Mac lipstick haul; But I think photo results speak for themselves and real thoughts by real people are far more authentic so for me blogs will always have a place in my heart. 

Even to this day I still search for reviews when I'm looking into buying a product. If I'm stood in Boots with a nail shade in my hand, I'm likely to also be doing a quick google search of the shade to see some swatches and read about the formula. It's also a good idea for me to take a look to see if I have a similar shade already.



Today it's not about nails, this is a mascara - and a mighty good one at that!
I always gravitate towards Maybelline when I'm after a new mascara. I think they are so good for affordable mascaras and I've been a big fan of them for years. 

I've mentioned a couple of their mascaras in the past, I love the Total Temptation Mascara,  the Colossal Big Shot Mascara and the Lash Sensational Mascara  so pop on over if you'd like some more info on any of those or if you just want to have a laugh at how bad my brows have looked over the years.

This is  Maybelline's The Falsies Lash Lift Mascara. With the beauty industry taking a huge hit during this lockdown it means we're all having to try and do our beauty treatments at home. Professional Lash Lifts (LVL) are out the window but this just might be the next best thing. 

This mirrored little beaut claims to be the 'first instant lash lift in a bottle' which was what sold me in the first place. The packaging may be a right bugger to photograph, but I do love that shade of purple on the lid.

 now do I have a nail polish that shade...?

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Apparently, the fibre infused formula is the first of it's kind, flexible film formers and hairstyling polymers work together stretch, life and hold lashes in place. Sounds good to me!

The double curved brush is so dense it really packs on the formula and distributes it evenly so it’s super easy to apply quickly. It reaches even the tiniest of lashes so it gives amazing volume while lifting the lashes to really open the eyes. My lashes are long but really fair at the ends so catching those ends of the lashes makes all the difference to me and the lift is great.



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Before and After

When I apply mascara I hold it at the root in the middle of the eye, give it a wiggle and then do the same at the outer corner. Then I go to the middle again and coat the lashes upwards and do the same all over. I don't add another coat as I think thats where mascaras tend to look clumpy and this one doesn't need one anyway. It doesn't feel heavy and gives a really nice curl.  I don't know if trying make-up during lockdown is a fair test as although I'm non-stop indoors all day I'm not out and about in the elements but so far I've found there's no smudging unless I've had a bit of a cry and it doesn't flake off unless I'm picking it while watching Youtube.   

Totally recommend it so if you're placing yourself a make-up order add it to your basket! At the moment it's 2 for £12 at Superdrug and retails at about a tenner everywhere. 


*I bought this product myself but I've previously worked with Maybelline 




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