Latest in Beauty – The French Box

Latest in Beauty - The French Box

It feels like 12/18 months ago beauty boxes were everywhere, but I feel like they have disappeared a little bit. I never bit the bullet, I’m aware you could cancel at any time the spending money monthly with no guarantee of liking the products made me unsure although I loved the idea of trying out new products. Over the past 12 months I have kept checking back at the Latest in Beauty, as well as a monthly service where you pick samples they also over collections, which can order on a one-off basis. I have been curious over a few but with a 50% off sale as well as an enticing French Box I couldn’t resist. Without hesitation, I whipped out my card paid the £12.50, (plus p&p) and the box landed on my desk in the next couple of days

I will look to review some of these items in more detail, but for now here is a rundown what is in the box and the general idea of the item.

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - L'Occitane & Melvita

L’Occitane Shower Gel in Jasmine & Bergamot: Melvita L’Or Bio Huille Extrordinaire

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - La Roche-Posay & Embryolisse

Embroyolisse Lait-Crème Concentre La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Anne Semonin & Bourjois Paris

Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Cube ● Bourjois Paris Aqua Blush in Berry Nice

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Roger & Gallet & Nuxe

Nuxe Precious Scented Shower Oil ● Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Replenishing Body Lotion

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Lebon & Institue Esthederm

Institut Esthederm Eau Celluair Celluar Spray ● Lebon Cap Ferrat Mood Toothpaste (in Fresh Mint)

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Kusmi Tea BB Detox

Kusmi Tea BB Detox

The box is valued at £50, whether it is or isnt worth that, there’s is a lot of samples that I cannot wait to try. The only downside is there isn’t an information card, as I’d love to have some sort of information in the box about the products but I just refereed back to the website and read the packaging so its neither here nor there. As my first experience of latest in beauty and of a beauty box im pleased and excited to try them out, also with the collections on the website its good if you want a beauty box every so often without the commitment of a subscription. Currently available on the Latest in Beauty website, price is reduced from £25 to £12.50, p&p charges apply and while stocks last

Don’t forget to let me know which items you want to know more about, I’m excited to dig in and see what these little French beauties can do.

Gwen

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Review: Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner

For years I swore off liquid eyeliner, I loved the look of it but after finding it fiddly for ages I just gave up. About 18 months ago I got the L’Oreal Paris Super Liner in a little set free with purchase at Boots it sat there for a while but finally I thought I’d give it another go. Now I absolutely love a little touch of eyeliner on a simple makeup day or jazzing it up for a night out. So as a newer item to my makeup routine, I thought I would try something new and at the affordable end and that’s when I picked up the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner.

The Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner is described on the Boots Website as: Be bold, bright and beautiful! These fast-drying versatile felt tip pens give your make-up look an instant burst of colour. Easy-to-apply felt tip nib for all day wear.”

I always comment on the packaging but realistically there is not much to say about this one, simple black packaging with silver text. Elegant and simple, just what’s needed. The liner pen is slightly thicker than a standard pen, but is comfortable to hold in your hand and provide enough control to get the line you want. I personally prefer a felt tip liner, for a liquid eyeliner as I just feel as though they are the easiest for beginners especially and is the easiest for straight application. All in all, nothing special but perfect for getting the job done.

The liner itself is a true black, deep and dark no need to work about a streaky grey tone you will have a true black liner. Although personally I find it difficult to differentiate and angle to change the line thickness, if you have more skill than me it may be possible for you to alter the line thickness. This is purely a skill thing, something I do not have must I can manage a variety of thickness so it theoretically should be possible.

Finally lets cover longevity? I haven’t put it to any extreme tests but I’ve worn it all day from 7am till evening as well as for a night out and have yet to run into any major issues. It stays put all day, no smudging or transfer looking as good as it did when you first put it on. One thing I will say is it takes a little bit of effort to come off but a good cleanser, or hold on a micellar soak cotton pad on for a few seconds and wipe away.

All in all I think this is a perfect budget eyeliner, blackest black and easy to apply and long lasting. No matter if you are new to eyeliner or just fancy trying out something new, this is one to try.

Review: Revlon Ultimate All-in-One Mascara

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I don’t know if it just me but I am always looking for the perfect mascara, something which does everything in one. I’ve found several mascaras I like but I’ve not yet found one I truly love. With Revlon’s promise of an all in one mascara I simply could not resist. So how did I get on.

According to the Boots this mascara is described as: “Introducing the holy grail of mascaras, the Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara features 5 lash transforming benefits leaving no lash behind, allowing you to achieve: Volume, Length, Definition, Lift, Intense Colour. It’s all about the brush: The revolutionary small but mighty Revlon Power Mini Brush has a hollow core, designed to maximise the amount of formula to the lashes, as well as a unique mini oval shape for easy application, which reaches and covers every lash to create an intense and unbelievable length lash look.”

I love that Revlon really simplified their mascara range, and you now know exactly what you are getting. I love this new flatter mascara tube, with the shape of the lid it’s so simple to unscrew and no more endless twisting even if you’ve got slippy hands.

The brush for this mascara is so small, initially I thought it was a little bit too small however I have ended up loving it. The small brush is amazing, the small size allows you to really work into the base of the lashes giving you a fuller voluminous looking lash easily. The small plastic bristles let you coat lashes in small areas at a time really making sure you coat each individual lash and you can really build it up.

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This is fast becoming my new favourite mascara, allowing you to have softer full lashes with one coat right up to big bold lashes once you’ve added a layer or too. It’s not too bad price wise, with it been £9.99 its definitely higher end of the high street prices but by no means expensive. Next time you need a mascara I would definitely give it a try.

What is your current favourite, drug store/high street mascara? Or just your favourite mascara I would love to know.

Gwen

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Current Makeup Routine: Autumn Edition

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As the seasons change, we all like to mix up our makeup, so I thought I would share how I’ve mixed it up for the current season and what I am currently loving.

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Before I do any makeup I always cleanse my face again, as I’ve usually done a fully skincare routine by this point I just simply use a little bit of the Garnier SkinActive Oil-Infused Micellar Water on a cotton pad. To create a good base for my makeup I always moisturise and my current favourite is the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating Antioxidant Moisturiser, especially as the weather is getting cooler and the dry air of heating and temperature changes moisturiser is a must.

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I’d like to say I am using a primer but half the time I never remember it, so I am usually straight onto my foundation which I feel like it is included in every single one of the L’oreal True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory. This is by far my favourite foundation, it’s one of the best matches I have ever found and it’s a nice medium but buildable coverage. Any blemishes I simply cover up with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, it’s just one of those concealers that is good for anything. Then to add a little touch of definition and colour with the Sleek Face Form Pallet in Light bronzer and a touch of the MUA Blush in Cupcake, not adding anything dramatic just a touch of something.

Next up the brows, I don’t do anything fancy, I lightly build up and fill in the gaps with the Natural Collection Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brow. I cannot believe how good this is, it’s so affordable the product is great and it even has a spoolie the colours are limited but if it is in your shade, definitely check it out. Then if I’m feeling it I finish up my brows with a touch of Benefit Gimmie Brow, I am still debating of forking out for the full price item.

I’m also enjoying keeping my eyes simple, just some liquid eyeliner something to simply define but with no blending or effort. At present I am loving the L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner. Then finish it off with lashings of mascara which I grab which ever one I feel like wearing I am fairly non-committal with mascaras at the moment.

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Finally it is all about the lips, a mad thing for me to say really considering I have such a love hate relationship  with lipstick but I am trying to push the boundaries. So to complete the look for this post, I’ve finished off with the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen (see the review here). I don’t always commit to it but it does make me feel autumnal and feel like I am embracing this time of year.

What are your favourite makeup items this time of year, let me know in the comments below I’d love to know.

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L’Oreal Mega Volume Collagene 24 hr Mascara.

I love trying out new mascaras, they are one of those products where I am always looking for the next best product. Today is the turn of the L’Oreal Mega Volume Collagene 24 hr Mascara.

L'Oreal Paris Mega Volume Mascara

This is one of the more traditional bristle brushes, although it is more of a traditional wand on steroids it is absolutely huge. If you look it next to my L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes wand the size of the wand becomes clear. I just found the brush too big, ending up with mascara where it shouldn’t be as well as finding it harder to apply the product closer to the root to add volume and definition. Leaving more to be desired, as it was so impractical to use. The formula though is nice, nothing to write home about but nothing bad. It adds a good level of volume leaving thick fluttery lashes, which would look great if it wasn’t also all over your eyelid as well as your lashes.

I’d love to be more objective and provide a better review, but with it hard to get past the brush issues I find it hard to find something positive or even something more to say about the product. Once I’ve finished another of my mascaras I may try again but for now this will sadly sit in my makeup draw, until I suddenly run out of mascara and have nothing to use.

Let me know what your favourite type of mascara brush is? Plastic or bristles? Also which do you think makes the biggest difference with products like mascara, the wand or he formula?

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Review: L’oreal Paris Infallible Eyeliner in 303 Shimmering Black

Despite buying this back in November (see the haul here) I only opened this last month and thought I’d do a little review of it here. I love a good pencil eyeliner so thought I would put the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eyeliner in 303 Shimmering Black to the test.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeliner

I actually picked up the shimmering black by accident and only looked at the label once I’d opened it so I was stuck. For any non-UK readers, as I know returns policies vary, once a product is brought and opened it cannot be returned unless an item is faulty items can only be returned if in a resalable condition. Which kind of sucks but it meant I actually was pushed to find a use for it and put it to the test, perfect for reviewing.

I love the fact this is a thin twist up eyeliner so that I don’t have to remember to sharpen it and it keeps it as a thin, narrow pencil which is what you want in an eyeliner. It twisted up and past the initial swatch and getting off probably a light coating, it’s smooth and creamy and goes on perfectly. I was so impressed of how well it went on and it didn’t need blending especially the first time I used it. The only place it needs building up is on the water/type line but on the eyelid itself it was no problem at all.

The first day I put in on under my eyes, type line and along my lash line while wearing eyeshadow. Unfortunately it didn’t last the day upon checking my makeup at in the toilets at 3:00pm it was patchy and broken up despite the rest of my eyes still looking perfect from my primer. It has also come off under my eyes although that was more faded than broken. Then I tried it on its own, which seemed to last much better with only minor fading. It seems to last way better on its own rather than pair with eyeshadow which is a shame it cannot be used both ways, so will just be for a simple makeup day.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeliner in Shimmering Black Swatch (1)

I later tried it to create a lazy smoky eye and it smudged out to essentially nothing, which was super disappointing, I ended up taking off my makeup and starting it all over again. This may be more of a colour issues as the black in it is not super pigmented rather than the product itself. However the poor performance in terms of longevity really has put me off bothering with buying the actual black eyeliner as I fear it will crack, fade or come off variable

Overall it’s a decent eyeliner but with its inability to last when paired I cannot recommend it, it may work for you if you don’t wear eyeshadow but it is not versatile and its staying power is so-so. So I think it may be best to look elsewhere for your eyeliner needs, let me know if you have any other recommendations for pencil/windup eyeliners in the comments.

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L’oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara Review

 

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Who doesn’t love trying out a new mascara? I cannot resist my favourite two to date have been the Maxfactor False Lash effect and the Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascaras but I always want to try the next thing. I already have lashes which are a longish and are fairly thick, with a natural curl so most mascaras even crap ones tend to work well as I have good lashes to start with. However I like to look for a mascara which just adds volume, definition and leaves a flutterier look. Enter the L’Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes.

Millionize your lashes with L’Oréal Paris’ new mascara: Volume Million Lashes. The Millionizer Brush has a multitude of bristles which separate lashes for a fanned-out effect. The Excess Wiper removes excess mascara: no overload, no clumps.

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The wand for this mascara pretty much a typical plastic wand, which are definitely my preferred wand type as I just find they grab my lashes better and provide and effect I love. So I am so pleased this has a plastic wand, one of the main things I actually look for in a mascara. I also like the fact one end is thinner allowing you to get into the corners and work on coating all of your lashes for maximum impact. This is a definite high impact mascara which adds volume and helps emphasise your lashes. I cannot really comment on curl as I have naturally curled lashes and it just helped bring more attention to it and make my eyes look more awake. The difference it makes is insane though, one light coat still leaves me with amazing lashes although I’m not out of the habit of building up mascara which can create a beautiful, more dramatic look.

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes

I have to admit form the very first use I have loved this mascara, I have been so impressed and fallen in love with it. So I would definitely recommend it despite being on the pricier side of drugstore mascaras (possibly) it’s so worth it, I think it’s going to be hard to find a mascara which competes.

Have you tried the L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes and if so what do you think of it? Also let me know what your favourite mascaras are so I know what to try next?

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November Favourites

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November has been a good month for me, starting the month off with a visit from my boyfriend, and signing a permanent contract at my work after a 3 month temporary contract, for a different job role. All in all a great month and I’ve being building up something exciting for December for you guys which you may of seen hints about it over on my twitter if you’ve had a keen eye but I’ve put a lot of work into it.

I decided to ‘Shop my Stash’ earlier this month in terms of eyeshadows making and effort to use products I haven’t used in a while although I do admit they are all similar colours. I broke out my Body Shop Shimmer Cubes for the first time in months and I love it, everything you need in one small palette whether you want a full smoky eye or something more subtle. I love to pair this with the P.S Love Liquid Eyeliner in Black, it’s taken forever for me to get into using liquid eyeliner as I used to be so bad at it opting for shadow and an angled brush which I still love it just gives it a very different look and feel. I’ve finally perfected a very thin line of liquid eyeliner which really helps frame the eyes but it’s still subtle. I picked up the Primark liquid eyeliner so it was cheap if I gave in but this is amazing truly black, easy to use and non-streaky I highly recommend picking it up.

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As it’s fully into autumn and pretty much winter now, it gives me an excuse to break out the darker nail varnishes which I got at totally the wrong time of year to begin with and I can finally fully enjoy them. I’ve also being really loving the darker nail colours but I’ve being loving my Illamasqua Nail Polish in Viridian, it’s a beautiful dark green shade it kind of reminds me of a Christmas Tree with the shine and its beautiful for this time of year. In a complete contrast in budget and colour, I have been loving the MUA Nail Polish in Red Rose. It is such a vibrant and bright red, and considering the £1.00 price point it goes on fairly opaque and it feels kind of festive.

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After a lapse in using face masks regularly in October and I’ve managed to get back into using my face mask and I have been using the Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Face Mask twice a week. I reviewed it back in August  and it really just clears out pores and leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean I feel as though my skin is so much better for using it although I wish that I had taken before and after so I could see if it made a visible difference to my skin but I feel as though there is a visible improvement.

Sometimes it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep and as the days get shorter there is little to no daylight outside my work hours, which means some days I barely have natural light. You’re body gets tired and you just feel drained, and it seems harder to shut off at night as with electric lighting the lighting doesn’t change. So the bags have been growing my eyes and bags have got worse under my eyes. So to freshen up my eyes and reduce the bags I have been loving the Botanical Choice Dark Circle Reducer Sunflower Eye Patches, which are a bargain at £1.79 for 4 sets which is so cheap compared to similar products.

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Totally random other favourite this month, with this grey kind of festive Dressing Gown from Primark, its super soft and fluffy, and was a really good price at only £10. I brought it in a size up so it’s huge, as well as going down to my knees so I’m fully covered, there is also two huge pockets so you can keep your phone or goodies in the pockets. I love this in the morning especially after I’ve had my shower to make a coffee to drink while I get ready. I even hang it over the corner of the radiator so it’s nice and toasty. Don’t you just love autumn?

So what have you being loving this November? Let me know in the comments what you have being loving over November and do you have any festive recommendations for the coming month?

Empties #4

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A new month and a new bunch of empties, as the pile has been building up so I thought I might as well get round to posting it.

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Bath and Shower:

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub: I both love and hate this simultaneously and it mainly stems from the smell some days I love it as its invigoratingly citrus and refreshing, and other days I just find it way too much. It feels great on the legs and I think my skin is so much silkier after finally getting into a skin care routine, so I use this 2/3 times a week and it works well. Although I’m currently trying out the body shop body scrubs I won’t repurchase this immediately but one day in the future its highly likely I will.

Soap and Glory Orangasm: Another Soap & Glory purchase that I got at the same time as the body scrub, I went for both of them as citrus smells to keep me going and wake me up a bit on the winter mornings when I didn’t want to go to lectures. There isn’t much to say more than its a creamy shower gel that does its job, nothing special I’ve liked others more. I love the bottle though as it’s a pump top so quick to use and you don’t pour out too much so a winner there. I think it was worth trying but I doubt I’ll ever repurchase this.

Lush Butterball Bath Bomb: Out of a load of Lush bath bombs I got given this is the only one I could use as its the only one I’m not allergic to. So it did nothing special to the water but smelt amazing and it gave off like a oil in the water so your skin feels silky and hydrated after using this delightful bathroom. At one of the cheapest lush do and one of the very few I can have I’ll definitely have. Let me know your lush favourites and what I should try next in the comments below.

Ted Baker London Bath Foam: My sister got me a Ted Baker set for Christmas and this was in it, the bubbles were lacking but it smelled amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed my few baths with this.

Skincare:

The Body Shop Passion Fruit Body Butter: I’ve had this for ages but it took me a while to get into remembering to use it plus in winter after a shower I just want to get dressed. I’ve loved using this though creamy and thick, as I know the texture varies between the different ‘flavours’ of body shop body butter. This is one I’d recommend but overall I love the body shop body butters so try one of the many ones.

Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Gentle Eye Make Up Remover: This was initially picked up on a whim and I’m so glad I did. This has a thick creamy texture, simple put on a cotton pad and hold onto your eye for a few seconds and the make up comes away so easily. Although with the blogger bug I am not repurchasing and constantly trying new things I can see myself repurchasing it again in the future.

Real Nature Face Masks in Avocado, Green Tea and Acai Berry: I received these mask in a beauty swap with the lovely Danielle from Just Add Mascara, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed using them. Espeially as unlike some paper/cloth masks they actually stay on your face so I could pretend to pamper myself with a mask while stressing over university work.

Tesco Everyday Value Facial Wipes: Sadly I couldn’t find these the other day when I went shopping in Tesco as I endlessly repurchase them, even with the price increasing from £0.35 to £0.50 for 30 (still a bargain). I love using these on lazy days to to correct mistakes when putting on make up and they work just as well or better than the more expensive kinds. Hopefully they aren’t gone for good but they are well worth looking into.

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Gosh Classic Velvet Touch Foundation Primer: The quest for the perfect drug store primer is never done, I do like this silicon matte finish primer. It didn’t feel drying and extended the life of my make up but at £13.99 a pop I just wondered if there was better for less so the quest continues.

Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer in Naked 1: This is great for cancelling out dark circles and working its magic under the eyes. It’s less of a concealer and more of a illuminate so if you want to add this to your arsenal keep another concealer for blemishes ect.

 Other:

Carex Complete Sensitive Hand Gel: This will always turn up in my empties as I always have at least one hand gel in my bag at anyone time, any of these work so it doesn’t matter what you go for. Really I just think its good to always have one.

Airwick Blackberry Fig Candle: I love candles but I hate finding ones that smell amazing in the pack but don’t kick out an awful lot of smell. However as a air freshener candle it kicks out a lot of scent without been too overpowering. I don’t know how to describe the smell (useful I known) but I’ve brought a few of these now and just give it a sniff if you see it in stores.

So that’s the end of another huge empties, I rather do a big lot to make it more worth it than post like 3 or 4 empties regularly and it fits nicely under my bed so no worries there really. So it might be a while before another one of these although I’m coming to the end of a number of make up items so we will see.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

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L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Punky Mascara Review

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For ages I have been looking for a new mascara one that is inexpensive, volumising and inexpensive as in the drug store mascara (along with foundation), seem to have ever inflating prices. Over the last year or so, I’ve started to favour the harder bristles it might just be the better products use these types of brushes or that the brushes are better but I always feel like the result is much better.

The new (well newish) mascara claims all of the below:

Mega Volume texturising mascara for an intense spiky effect on top and bottom lashes.

The conical shape of the brush catches your top and bottom lashes. The large spaces between the bristles create a Punky comb like effect, that helps style your lashes into spikes.

The new texturising formula created by L’Oreal Paris researchers allows you to create unique lashes that look spiked with mega volume

Description taken from the Boots Website.

I was curious to try and my boyfriend got so annoyed about the name being a punk fan himself the entire concept pissed him off completely and then I bought it, oops!

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The wand is truly unique the spindles been very small and spikey, it creates a unique spiked clumped together look which instantly makes a look a lot more dramatic. Now its not for an everyday laid back look or a romantic flirty look but if you want something that’s a little more edgy. Also it doesn’t do the same clumpy spikes that you see in in the adverts I get it slightly more subtle but it does clump, the only difference here is that it is meant to do this and not everyone will like this. Isn’t clumpy mascara a step backwards though? I here you cry, I suppose it is with eyelash combs and loads of unique brushes to get rid of clumps and now we have one to create clump mascara look. It serves a purpose somewhat I guess its unique but it is not good as the only mascara in your arsenal and I always try and work it a bit so it doesn’t just look like spider eye.

I have to say there is one major downside namely the fact that so much product goes on its quite hard to ensure you’ve taken it all off luckily I’ve recently brought the L’Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water which is amazing at taking it off. I’m not sponsored by L’Oreal Paris I just wish I was. Just make sure if you use it take you time taking it off, no one wants panda eyes in the morning.

Overall all I love the uniqueness of the product and its nice there is something new on the market however, I would always have at least one other mascara in my make up collection. So its great if you want the spiky clumped look but I think you’d be better off looking elsewhere.

The L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Punky Mascara is available from Boots and Superdrug  and retails for £8.99.

Have you tried the L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga or the L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Punky? What are your thoughts, let me know in the comments below.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

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