Saturday, 9 January 2010

Best Budget Mascaras

I use mascara every single day. Even if I'm not wearing eyeshadow or liner, I'll always be wearing some mascara. After undereye concealer, mascara is my must-have product so since the age of 14 (probably!) I've been on the search for my perfect mascara, the one that'll make my lashes look as good as they possibly can.

So, what makes a good mascara for me?

1. It has to be black. Even though I'm blue-eyed and pale-skinned black mascara makes my eyes stand out so much more.

2. It mustn't clump or flake off, even after applying lots of coats.

3. It must come off easily when I want it to. I hate spending ages wiping it off or making up with it on my pillow.

Everytime I go into Boots these days, a new mascara seems to have been launched by mostly all of the drugstore brands. Even compared to a few years ago there's so much more choice in formulations, brush types, double ended, waterproof, curling, volumishing, lengthening....So, which ones are the best? And, which ones are the best for under £10? Most make-up artists reccommend that mascara shouldn't be kept for more than 6 months and with me I find that it lasts even less than this as I put so much of it on so I think it should be possible to find a great mascara for under £10. I'd be too scared to spend anymore as so many mascaras that I've tried I have not got on well with and it's not the kind of make-up that you can pass onto a friend if you don't like it or keep it hanging around in your make-up bag for when you feel like you might like it again.

Here are my current favourite budget mascaras:

L-R: Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof -
This mascara is amazing value for £4.99. It has a small bristle brush which allows you to coat all of your lashes and really does live up to it's promise of being waterproof. I wore it everyday while I was on holiday in France and it didn't budge no matter how much sea, sweat and swimming pool came it's way. It also comes off easily with an oil based eye make-up remover (I love Clinque's Take The Day Off)

Maybelline Great Lash Blackest Black Mascara -

Again, I love the small brush, bargain price and it's really pigmented so makes my lashes stand out.

Max Factor Masterpiece Max -
This mascara has a flexible plastic brush which gives you a lot of control when applying the product and works well for upper and lower lashes (I hate big brushes that cause the mascara to go all over my face when trying to do my lower lashes). It gives a sharp, defined look that can be built up depending on how dramatic a look you want. A really high quality product for £9.99 and the only mascara I've repurchase everytime it dries out.

Maybelline Volum' Express Mascara -

Another bargain from Maybelline. This mascara gives lovely volumised lashes and never clumps or looks cakey. It's not as glossy a finish as the Max Factor but makes my lashes look soft and feathery - I love using it for evening make-up. It's also easy to remove too.

What are your favourite bargain mascaras?

Monday, 4 January 2010

New Year's Resolutions

I don't usually make new year's resolutions but this year, I thought I'd make some beauty-related ones! I can use my blog to make sure I'm keeping track of them...

1. I will not waste money on make-up/skincare/hair products

Since coming home for Christmas I've been shocked at just how many products and how much make-up I have. I always take ages to use up anything so I really don't need a whole cupboard of shampoos and 4 different shower gels! This year I'm going to try to use up all my current products before I buy new things. I've had a BIG clear-out of old make-up and products that I don't like so hopefully I'll rediscover some old favourites and some new make-up looks in the process!

2. I will drink more water

I used to be so good at drinking lots of water but lately I've been awful...I'm addicted to Diet Coke so plain water always seems really unappealing and when it's cold outside drinking gallons of water doesn't really seem necessary BUT we all know how important water is for looking and feeling good so I'm going to make a big effort to drink more water and green tea and less of my beloved Diet Coke.

3. I will find my perfect moisturiser

I've always been really scared of putting moisturiser on my face incase it makes me break out but lately my skins been getting drier and at the ripe old age of 22 I think that moisturiser really should be part of my beauty routine. In 2010 I really hope I can find one that I like, that doesn't make be break out and that is affordable.

4. I will look after my nails

I'm so envious of girls with nice, natural nails. Mine have been awful lately so I think a little TLC is needed to get them looking their best. I had my first manicure lately and I'm saving my pennies for another when I next have a special occasion or feel in need of some pampering. In between now and then I'm going to set aside a bit of time each week to give myself a manicure and try to keep my nails looking presentable.

Here's to a beautiful 2010! What are your beauty resolutions?
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