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Posted & filed under Beauty Edit.

Mascara (along with concealer) is a product that I tend to wear consistently. I found that it really opens up the eyes. Also, I think it’s a product which requires little/no skill to apply, ha! I’m no make-up artists, just a crazy lady who loves buying make-up! But I feel that can apply mascara really well!

Fun fact, mascara was the first ever beauty product I brought myself.
Anywho  – after years and years of my mascara obsession I have accumulated a range of brands – tried and test them all – so without further ado I present you my best picks.

NB; you should really change your mascaras up every 3 months.

 

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Lancome – Hypnose Drama
Now there’s the standard Lancome Hypose (which I used to swear by) and then there’s Hypnose Drama. I personally love the Drama version, it can be layered up to 6 times when wet – do not wait for it to dry and then apply another layer, you will only end up with tarantula legs, not cute. It gives an immense amount of volume of length. I like to be quite bold with my mascara’s so out of the two I love Hypnose Drama. However if you’re a simpleton, who likes to play it low key, opt for the standard Hypnose.

Pro; Lengths, Volume, lasts for ages, can be built up for a dramatic look.
Cons; Expensive (£22)

 

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 Ysl Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara
I first heard about this off of a friend when in duty free browsing the YSL counter. We both were curious so brought one each. The first time I applied it, I was not impressed – the mascara was super clumpy. I paid a good amount for this, I wasn’t going to stop using it without a fight. Second day I used a tissue to clean the excess product and applied it to the lashes. There was enough product on the wand for both eyes – I was in lurrrve. I had the thickest, juiciest, boldest lashes ever. The pigmentation in the mascara is insane. Downside, it dried out in a couple of months. I was not happy. I did re-purchase it but in the shade purple. If you have brown eyes – I highly recommend purple mascara. I’m no colour expert but something about Purple mascara really makes the eyes pop. Again – dried up in 2 months. This mascara flakes a lot – half way through the day I had black snowflakes on my cheeks.

Pro; Baddest boldest lashes ever, lengthens and volumises, smells amazing!
Cons; Expensive, (£23) dries out quickly, flakes.

 

 

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Estee Lauder Double wear
When you look at the brush it might look ‘meh’ but it really does lengthen the lashes and unlike the other two mentioned, it gives a more ‘natural’ look to the lashes. Bestest thing about this is that it does not smudge – at all. You could sleep with it on, rub your eyes and no panda eyes – I haven’t found that with any other mascara!

Pro; Ultra non-smudging power, amazing wand which is perfect for bottom lashes, lengthens.
Cons; Expensive (£20.50)

 

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Benefit They’re Real                   
A newbie to my collection and at the moment my favourite. What stood out to me was the wand – it has this tiny ball on the end which allows me to really reach out to the tiniest lashes. A formula I love and doesn’t dry out as quickly as YSL. I get a lot of length with this mascara as opposed to volume – it’s an extremely day-time appropriate mascara.  All in all – would highly recommend this to y’all to try out at a Benefit counter.

Pro; length, volume, awesome wand, can be built up.
Con; Maybe price? (£19.50)

 

Woah, a lot of info there, lets categorise it into order of my top high end mascaras -

1st Place – Lancome Hypnose Drama
2nd Place – Benefit – They’re Real
3rd Place – Estee Lauder – Zero smudge
4th Place Ysl – Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara

As I mentioned at the beginning – you should change your mascaras every 3 months, but I’ll happily raise my hand and admit that I don’t.  £20+ is a bit steep for a mascara for some – so (for you sensible ones) I’ll be doing a post on my favourite drug-store mascaras soon. Not that I need any more, none the less I shall still ask…recommendations on a new mascara please!