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Monday, 19 March 2012


Long luscious lashes that look sexy when we bat them are what most of us ladies aspire to have. 

I have to admit, mascara would be a "Desert Island" product choice, should I have the option of cosmetics on said "Desert Island!"

I always used to use Lancome mascaras.  I thought they pretty much monopolised the high-end mascara market.  They were like Ronseal and always innovating with new formulas.  I was always a fan of their Definicils mascara.

Lancome Definicils £21 (Debenhams)

When my sis took the Dior post, I was obviously obliged to use Dior.  I was instantly sold on the Diorshow Blackout.  I was amazed at how prominent the eyes were after one coat.  My lashes were thick and luscious and catwalk ready!  The brush is thick allowing for such dramatic sweepage!  The only downside I found was the casing did not close properly when you closed the lid, so meant drying out was an issue.

Diorshow Blackout £22 (Debenhams)

I then moved onto the Extase when that was launched  I was sold on the gold packaging!  The blurb: ( The first mascara to plump lashes inside and out-wear it alone or pair it with your favorite Dior mascaras.What it does:DiorShow Extase provides built-in treatment benefits and high-impact lashes in a single stroke.  I did like this mascara, but didn't honestly feel it bettered the Diorshow Blackout so I reverted back to that.

Dior Extase £22 (Debenhams)

Anyone that knows me knows I am a bit of a make-up snob, so they were all as shocked as me when I opted for the L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara.  I was in the airport browsing Duty Free on my way to Ibiza (by which time my sister had left Dior, so no more freebies!) and I thought why not?!

I am so glad I did! 

The brush allows for long and lean application, and it did indeed curl them too.  I was amazed at what a <£20 mascara could achieve.  I always got lots of comments asking what mascara I was using.  The packaging is nice and more higher-end too!

I was converted!

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes £10.99 (Boots)

Well that was until Dior launched their Diorshow New look serum infused mascara a few months ago.  I was extremely excited to try this after I had read so much about it on Jane's blog (@BritBeautyBlog) as well as Ree's (@ReallyRee).  So when it was launched, I sent my sis (with cash!) to buy 3 for us all (me and my 2 sisters).

Diorshow New Look  £23 (Debenhams)

The blurb: (from The new prodigious mascara with volume enhancer action, lash by lash. An exclusive nano-brush captures and coats every single lash, even the tiniest ones.  A Lash Multiplier TM serum treatment formula thickens, separates and extends the lashes for an infinitely multiple lash effect. 

My middle sister and I were instantly sold.  A small brush allows precision application with a super smooth formula.  My older sis did not take to it at all as she said it made her lashes stick out!  One more mascara for me then!  My sister and I have also noticed that our lashes have in fact grown!  Bonus!

The only downside I have found is that after a full day under extreme lights at an exhibition, the mascara had transferred to my eyelids just under my brows.  This was due to the serum-based formula melting under the heat I guess.  But unless you're at an exhibition every day, this is fine.  My sis (who has mega long lashes) finds though this happens more often for her though.

So, it's Dior all the way for me, and L'Oreal when I am feeling the pinch!

What are your favourite mascaras?   
Would love to hear your comments!
Kate x


  1. Lancôme Hypnôse Drama in WP black is the only way to go!!

  2. You need to try Terribly by By Terry. I love it!

  3. Ooo right Michelle! Never heard of that!

  4. Terry is the chap behind Ysl's touché éclat and now he hs his own brand. You can buy at Space Nk

    1. Just had a look on Space NK and it is very expensive! £31! Think that is a but too much for a mascara....The whole range is very expensive too.


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