Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Review

Pros:

Doesn‘t smudge.

Cons:

Not always giving me the “I have a thousand more lashes then I actually do” – look.

More:

Usually I just grab the mascara that is on sale and pray for the best. This time I wanted to try a newcomer just to see if maybe maybe maybe it would not smudge and give me my classical panda look (a look I cherish and often carry with pride when I bike home, after long hours in front of the computer). This mascara actually doesn‘t smudge, it gives my eye lashes a nice and “full” look, and depending on which direction you chose to use the brush you can actually make your lashes look different of the “volume – scale”, which is nice when you want to tone it down a bit. I could review this mascara on and on from different practical point of views, but I want to tell you this little story instead: I was on a weekend trip to Berlin with my girlfriends recently, and mentioned I was trying out my new mascara not yet sure what to make of it, and encouraged my friends to try it too. The next morning my girlfriend comes back to me – she has now made the ultimate test of this mascara – by sleeping in it, it didn‘t smudge and therefore she approved of it. I though that was hilarious. End of review.

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Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

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Review of Sisley Eye Contour Mask

Pros:

I always bring this mask with me on long-distance flight since it really makes my skin appear and feel less tired…

Cons:

..you feel very oily after usage.

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I was on a long distance flight and had a stop in Abu-Dhabi, and after such a long flight my eyes were beyond tired. In the tax-free shop I asked for something to help my puffiness and tiredness, and was recommended this mask. I blame it on the jet-lag, cause normally I never buy anything this expensive, but being desperate I thought I deserve an eye mask for 145 dollars. It had an instant “wow” effect on my eyes, making me feel refreshed and the area under my eyes looking instantly better. Using it the second time I was really disappointed. Not being barely as exhausted as the first time I barely experienced any difference, surely it made the area under feel more fresh but no miracles. The instructions say you should use it for 10 minutes, but when removing it you feel more fat then fresh and also pretty disappointed. I bring it with me when flying long distance or use it after spending many hours in front of the computer, but expect no miracles.

Overall: starstarstarnostarnostar

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Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

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Mac Select Moisturecover Concealer Review

 

Pros:

Reasonably priced in the US.

Cons:

You need a thick layer and it only lasts for a few hours until those black rings come out again.

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I’m not a big pro when it comes to concealers, I have been faithful to this one most of my make-up life. But reading this great review of a MAC product I decided it was time to upgrade my game. While travelling in the US where MAC products are ridiculously cheaper then in Europe (I paid around 20 dollars for this one) I decided to make my first ever MAC purchase.

Impression? Big disappointment, first of all it seems I never seem to be able to get the amount i need, so you always use too much or too little when fishing it out of the package. And you actually need a lot of it despite its thick consistency.  Secondarily it gives good coverage, but a few hours later it is all gone, like you never applied anything, and the black rings under my eyes (studying for exams) are staring at me again, which is really annoying. Maybe I just didn’t chose the right tone you say? I actually got help from a make-up artist choosing so I think I did.

Please if you want to buy this, despite reading my review, try it in the store and then walk around for a few hours before you make up your mind.

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Review of Wonder Perfect Mascara

 

Pros:

Gives you are very natural look.

Cons:

It also gives you the panda look.

More:

Just like every mascara, this one promises your eyes the world and a bit more. I’m so happy I don’t work with advertising, I think it must be a nightmare coming up with new catchy phrases for make-up ads, because honestly – haven’t we seen it all? Isn’t it impossible to surprise us by now? They are all the same: always a new formula, and it will always change you forever, and maybe even give you a model boyfriend in Paris…

This mascara doesn’t disappoint in the promising section: the Clarins website description of this mascara promises visibly fuller, longer, curled and intensely coloured lashes after just one application.

Well: yes my lashes become longer, more intensely black, they curl nicely BUT no volume is added whatsoever. My poor lashes look like long spiders feet, but they look soo thin, and since their colour is intensified they look like very black spider feet. Of course this is no disaster, many mascaras don’t keep their promises, but this one does a deadly mascara sin: it smudges. Basically it dries very fast, no problem there, but as soon as you touch your eyes or god forbid, get some wind in your face, you look like a panda. I hate that, it’s unacceptable, and therefore this mascara only gets 2 stars. Also it takes ages to get off. But it doesn’t clump.

Overall: starstarnostarnostarnostar

Value for money: starstarnostarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

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Chanel: Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover‏

Pros:

Did not leave the area around my eyes feeling oily afterwards.

Cons:

I really had to rub my mascara off.

More:

I bought this product wanting to really indulge myself, hoping that an expensive and luxurious eye-make-up remover would make my evening routine a more pleasant experience. To express myself kindly I can say it did not live up to my expectations. I use waterproof mascara. I still had to rub for a longer period of time to remove all the make-up, making my eyes soar and I even lost eye-lashes. The good thing about this product is that it did not make the area around my eyes as oily as many other products.

Overall: starstarnostarnostarnostar

Value for money: starstarnostarnostarnostar

Does what it promises:starstarstarnostarnostar

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Max Factor: Mastertouch Under-eye Concealer

Pros:  

Takes away dark circles under my eyes.

Cons:  

Doesn’t cover the dark circles if those are very “dark” (lilac/blue) and it only comes in 3 shades.

More: 

I don’t have much experience with concealer, this is pretty much the only product I have tried, and it works for me. The reason why I have only tried this one is because Ive been lazy and too poor to try the more expensive products. First and foremost I always have dark circles under my eyes (I was born with them), this concealer manages to disguise most of it – though it has no effect on the darkest of circles – as when they are deep dark blue or lilac. So don’t expect that this one will hide you sleeping for two hours last night. But it takes away most of it – and that is why I keep using it. And the most important thing: it looks natural, you can barely see you have make-up on when you wear it.

It lasts for around 2 months when I use it daily, and the price is in the budget range. I use my fingers to smudge it out and I have never experienced any rash or oily skin from it. It also feels very light on my skin and it barely fades throughout the day. If you have tips for a better concealer please tell me!

Overall: starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money:starstar starstarnostar

Does what it promises:star starstarstarnostar

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Clinique: High Impact Mascara

 

Pros:

Good for a natural look. No clumping.

Cons:

It doesn’t really do the job for me. I have to apply it three or more times to get some long lash/volume effect.

More:

I was pretty disappointed with this mascara. I saw some good reviews of it around the web and wanted to try it out. The brush doesn’t really apply that much mascara to my eyes in one stoke, so I have to re-apply two or more times before I get an OK effect. This takes time and increases the chance of me getting mascara elsewhere (around my eyes) and having to use a cotton bud to remove it.

When applied three to four times in a row, my lashes looks fine, but no more than that. I use the mascara for every-day. For parties where I want to have a long and voluminous effect, I will not use the Clinique high impact mascara.

The mascara should be good for sensitive eyes, and my eyes didn’t “complain”.

Overall: starstarnostarnostarnostar

Value for money: starstarnostarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarnostarnostarnostar

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Review of Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils

 

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Pros: 

Gives volume and length to my lashes. The brush feels like it can “lift up”/contain a lot of mascara that then are applied to my eyelashes. Tadaaa.

Cons:

A bit expensive compared to the value it adds. Moreover, the brush kind of collapses after using the mascara a couple of weeks.

More:

YSL describes their mascara to be “award-winning”, “achieving dramatic results in a single stroke” and that the secret is “The triple-film complex. A coating film for intensity, a conditioning film with pro-vitamin B5 and aloe vera for curves and a fixing film with vinyl polymer.” (Source: YSL website)

I don’t know where mascaras are given awards, but fair enough, I have to admit that I’m no expert in the mascara-awards field.
When it comes to “achieving dramatic results in one single stroke” I do not succeed. I have to stroke those lashes over and over in order to achieve my “dramatic” (?) results. Okay, maybe not dramatic, and definitely not “false lash” effect, but it is a pretty good mascara, I have to say that.

Overall: starstarstarnostarnostar

Value for money: starstarnostarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

Tip:

For the collapsing brush I have a tip that helped me out: I simply washed the brush with some shampoo and made sure (with my fingers, and yes, they were black afterwards) that all of the old mascara was gone. Then the brush folds out again. But you will have to repeat this once in a while.

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