Category Archives: Lashes

My favourite dramatic lashes

So, up until I discovered these lashes, I’ve always worn more natural looking and subtle lashes. I still love wearing natural lashes, but every once in a while, I like having some more oomph and fluff around my eyeballs. I first saw these lashes on Janice from The Makeup Mafia. I saw her wearing these in a photo and I was blown away by how pretty they looked. So obviously, I asked her what she was wearing and luckily, they’re some cheap (yet amazing) lashes from eBay!

Here’s what they look like in the packaging.

Dramatic eBay Lashes

Dramatic eBay Lashes

I really love the lash band on these lashes, it really makes it easy to put them on. The first few times I tried wearing them, I tried putting them on in the same way I usually put on my more natural lashes that have a more flexible band but I was failing. These lashes can just be put on by simply popping them on the lash line and pressing them on to stick to the skin. With these lashes, I never do more than that… No need for tweezers or anything.

These lashes are really great quality and although they are super fluffy, the hairs on them look quite good since they’re matte. In the picture above, I really should have put on some more mascara at the end to blend in my natural lashes to the fluffy ones a bit better, but you can still get the picture of how these look on my eyeballs.

Anyway. These are some really cheap lashes that you can get from eBay. If you’re looking for some va va voom lashes, I highly recommend these.

Besos!

Beautiful cheap false lashes!

So today my friend Jenn from The Maltese Geekette asked me what lashes I recommend and I realised that I never talked about my favourite cheap lashes!

I really love the Ardell Demi Wispies lashes but since I only started wearing false lashes about eight months ago, I was looking for some cheap alternatives that are just as beautiful, natural looking and lightweight and I found these lashes for £1.59 for 5 pairs on eBay. The Ardell Demi Wispies come for £10.99 for a pack of 4, so the eBay ones are certainly way cheaper!

These lashes are fantastic for the price. They’re light, they have a transparent lash band, they’re very natural looking and very hard wearing. I’ve managed to use some of these lashes five times before I threw them out but honestly it’s not like they’re expensive!

Here’s what they look like in the package.

eBay lashes

eBay lashes

I personally trim the inner ends of the lashes before I apply them to my eyeballs. If you have wider eyes, you might not need to trim them. I also personally prefer to cut the lashes in half and glue on the outer part and the inner part separately on my eyes because that way I find that they don’t pop off from any corner.

Here’s what they look like on my eyeball with makeup on. They look super long and fluttery and quite natural looking (as far as falsies go!)

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I recently found out that one of my Maltese youtube buddies, Allyson from Smashing Darling also loves these lashes and wears them very often! Allyson is a professional MUA in training and she loves them… That must mean they’re awesome, right? 😀 Allyson also recently did a very in depth video on how to apply false lashes using these lashes and it’s certainly worth watching!

Below you can see more photos of my face with these lashes glue on to it. 😀

Besos!

 

 

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Mascara – Day 15 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

 

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Mascara is a product that I strongly believe that it’s not worth spending a lot of money on. There’s a wide array of fantastic drugstore mascaras that work as good as, if not better than high end mascaras. I refuse to buy full size high end mascaras even though I’ve tried out quite a few through being given samples.

I choose what mascara to wear based on one of two uses that I have for it. 1. Wearing it by itself and 2. Wearing it with falsies, of course. When I wear a mascara by itself I look for both length and volume and when I wear a mascara to go under falsies, all I want is for my eyelashes to look black and stay where I put them (hidden into the falsies).

I currently have a ton of unopen mascaras and a ton of open ones. For a while my favourite was the Maybelline falsies – this is great for wearing on its own. However, recently I’ve been loving the Essence Lash Princess mascara that I received in a Glossybox a few months ago. This is an amazing mascara and I think I’m liking it more that the Maybelline one. It’s less clumpy and I find that it’s easy to apply again over a dry coat making it very easy to build up.

My current favourite for putting under falsies is the Benefit roller lash mascara. It’s ok to wear on its own as well but I find that it takes quite a while to build up, I usually don’t bother. For under falsies, it’s great for keeping the lashes curled up without needing to curl them in advance. I have this in a sample size that I got for free when this launched but I should add that if I were to repurchase, I’d purchase the small size over the full size. I found that it’s cheaper (by the ml) to buy Benefit mascaras in the smaller size and I find that it’s enough for the 3 months that mascara should be used for.

What’s your favourite mascara?

Besos!

 

 

 

My daily makeup products — Day 2 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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I change up my look quite a lot but these are products that I have used practically everyday since I bought them. I didn’t include a lipstick because I wear different lipsticks everyday and you already know which one is my favourite 🙂

Here’s the list of products and mini descriptions of my relationship with them 🙂

BB Cream: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 23. I mix this in with my matte foundation and it give me some added moisture, SPF and other benefits that come along with the BB Cream. I mainly use it for the moisture and because mixed with my matte foundation, it gives me a more natural finish while staying matte all day.

Foundation: Boots No. 7 Beautifully Matte in Warm Ivory. This is a very matte and very full coverage foundation. I don’t like wearing this by itself because it’s too much, especially for an everyday look. That said, when mixed in with my BB cream it gives me the perfect finish that lasts all day.

Concealer: Mac Pro Longwear in NW20. I’m hopelessly addicted to this concealer. It gives me an amazing perfect natural yet full coverage and doesn’t crease. I love the product but I hate the packaging. It comes in a glass container that can easily break (as I’ve seen online) and the pump isn’t great either. With foundation pumps, I can generally get half a pump of foundation if I need it. This pump is quite stiff so it’s hard to get less than one full pump of product. The LA Girl pro concealer is a very close runner up but the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer certainly beats the LA Girl concealer for its longevity.

Setting powder: Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder. I usually go for this powder or for the Ben Nye Neutral Set powder that’s white and translucent. I’ve been using this Banana powder more frequently lately and it’s because it’s more finely milled and the yellow hue helps with my redness. If I’m being fancy, I use this banana powder on my red areas and the neutral set powder on other areas that don’t need neutralising. Most days I’m lazy and just go in with one powder to set my whole face.

Highlight: The Balm Cosmetics Mary Lou-Manizer. This is certainly my new go to highlight. I used to wear the Sleek highlight from the Face Form palette but I recently bought this and it’s better by a mile. It’s more finely milled, the shimmer is more fine and if used sparingly it can look like a very natural highlight. It’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way. If you want a very highlighted look, you can certainly achieve it with this product as well.

Contour: LA Girl Pro Concealer in Beautiful Bronze. This is my new favourite contour product. I got this recently and I haven’t turned back to my other contour products since. This took me a couple of goes to figure out how to make it work for me as a contour. I found that if I use too much product it can look very muddy and brushes are not great at blending this. I use this by applying it sparingly and blending with my Real Techniques Miracle Sponge. It looks very natural on me and I love it.

Blush: Milani Blush in Coral Cove. I am really impressed with Milani products lately. I love this blush and I also love their Color Statement lipsticks. This is moulded into this gorgeous rose. I’ve used this product a lot since I got it and the rose still has it’s shape. It’s a very pigmented product and a little goes a long way. It’s very matte and it’s easy to blend. If I’m being extra fancy I like putting some of the Milani Baked blush in Luminoso over this to give this a sheen. They work really well together.

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown. I bought this product last month and I have since not touched my Sleek Eyebrow Kit. This is certainly my holy grail brow product. Working with this also has a bit of a learning curve. Using too much product with this can make brows look very drawn on. I like using it in areas where I need to fill in and I do so with a very light hand. It matches my brow colour perfectly and I think it looks very natural on me (when I’m not going for a power brow, that is).

Eyeshadow Base: Mac Cosmetics Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. This is a really perfect eyeshadow base for me. I used to use the Urban Decay Primer Potion which used to work well for giving my eyeshadows longevity. This paint pot however, works really well for giving me a blank canvas to work with and it works just as well as the Urban Decay Primer Potion for keeping my eyeshadows in place all day.

Eyeshadows: My everyday eyeshadow look varies a lot from day to day. That said, my skin toned DeliPlus eyeshadow (that I depotted and put in my Z Palette) and the shades Creme Brulee and Latte from Makeup Geek are the start of most of my everyday makeup looks.

Eyeliner: Physician’s Formula 2 in 1 Lash Booster Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black and NYC Liquid Liner in Jet Black. I honestly can’t get enough of my Physicians’ formula eyeliner. It’s the easiest eyeliner I’ve ever worked with. It has a brush tip and the product comes out of the brush itself in the perfect amount. It’s very easy to get a very precise line with this. The only downside to the Physician’s Formula eyeliner is that it doesn’t dry matte. I prefer a matte finish for my eyeliner and to achieve that, I go in with my NYC Liquid Liner in Jet Black for that perfect matte finish. High maintenance, I know.

Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama. I’m currently using this mascara. I have other open mascaras that I sometimes use but this is certainly my favourite for wearing by itself. It gives me length, volume and it doesn’t flake up on me. Its downside is that it can go clumpy. I find that it’s best to use a lash comb with this to get rid of unwanted clumps.

And that’s it! I hope that you enjoyed my little descriptions of my daily makeup products. I use… A lot. I love makeup. If you ever meet me and I’m not wearing much makeup, just know that I’m probably having a very bad day.