Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Story of Eyelashes #3: Volumising


Picture taken from Sasa, Hong Kong

In this final episode of a 3-part mascara series, I want to finish off by talking about what's in my volumising category of mascara.  When it comes to mascaras, there are truly hundreds and thousands of choices to choose from.  I took a picture from Sasa of this mascara heaven.  I was completely blown away and spoilt for choice which one to pick.  In the end I bought two.


Meet Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Fatal Black mascara. I never knew about Helena Rubinstein's mascara until my best friend recommended it to me 3 years ago.  This is my second tube.  Not that I loved the first one so much I had to repurchase but I wanted to give it another go to see why people are so mad about her mascaras.  The packaging is undoubtedly luxury, the snake skin design makes the tube looks like a proper high end mascara.  The wand is a curved/ S-shape wand which kind of mimic the motion when a snake moves.  It supposed to provide a muli-dimensional angel when it makes contact with the lashes which helps to give the volume the lashes need.  Its fragrance scent of the product is also very pleasing.

However there comes the problem, I'm not as impressed by it as I am with other more affordable mascaras.  It is quite messy when applying this mascara.  I have to be very careful not to smudge it on my face.  The wand is a little bit too big and not a 'neat' one that I'm used to.  I didn't find the S-shape wand more helpful create bigger lashes.  I think I'm disappointed by the product.  Perhaps someone has naturally fuller lashes will find this amazing.  For me it didn't work.

I also picked up the Dolly Wink Volume Mascara.  This is a complete random pick from Sasa.  I love it.  You can also buy this from amazon and will set you back at £22 - definitely a high end price but completely worth it in my opinion.  One coat is all you need for that volume that you are longing for.  It is almost like a foolproof mascara - plump up my lashes with or without curling them beforehand.  The wand looks a little scary to me as it's quite 'bushy' looking, but surprisingly neat when applied on lashes.  The tip of the wand is narrower which provides a pointy wand effect, great for lashing out those inner corner lashes.  If you want to try something new and fun, this one is highly recommended.


 Physicians Formula's Jumbo Lash Mascara Organic Wear has a strikingly eye-catching green leaf shape design that looks completely 'organic' and one that you wouldn't miss when you see it.  After hearing Tati, also known as GlamLifeGuru (one of my favourite Youtubers) raving about this particular mascara for such a long time, I finally bought it from amazon and gave it a good try.

The formula is 100% comes from natural origin and 70% organic, so without the nasty stuff.  This is my first organic beauty product.   It has a muted pleasant scent which makes it nice to apply mascara. Without the chemical ingredients, this mascara still works but it didn't wow me like how I would expect it to be.  The wand is this short and rather fat/ full looking bristle wand which actually appeals to me.  This mascara is buildable and doesn't clump your lashes up if you try to wear many coats.  However, it gives more of a natural look rather than a dramatic look which is something I'm disappointed with.  I'd say if you have short eyelashes and prefer dramatic lashes, this one isn't for you.  Although it is water-proof it smudged on me.   The other downside is for those of you who don't live in the States, the only place to get this seem to be on amazon.co.uk  and will set you back at £16.99 which is a bit on the higher end price considering this is a drugstore product in the US and we are paying at least double the price here......

Finally  Max Factor's Clump Defy mascara.  I have heard so much about the Cover Girl Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara which is again only available in the States.  However ever since I found out from Fleur De Force  that Max Factor in the UK is the equivalent of Cover Girl in the US, and the Max Factor's Clump Defy mascara is the same as the Cover Girl's one; I had to give this a try.  Wow, it is amazing.  Inside this purple tube, hidden this crescent shape wand.  The combination of the bristle wand together with the crescent shape seems to be perfect for short lashes girls' dream.  The crescent shape definitely helps my lashes to lash out, i.e. volumised.  Two coats are guaranteed to a pair of full looking lashes.  There is something about the design of the wand really helps to plump up the volume.  I find it extremely easy to apply, clump free and really satisfied with the results.  I am totally in love with this and will definitely repurchase it when it runs out!

I am definitely still a drugstore mascara girl, they are affordable and they do the job well.  They, a lot of the times exceed expectations and out-perform high end mascaras by miles and miles!

Have you tried any of these before?  Which one would you choose?

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