Wednesday 21 June 2017


Has anyone actually ever found a mascara that they're 100% happy with? I know that after 10 years of religiously wearing mascara (either clear, brown or black) I have become very fussy with the formula, wands, and even packaging! So when I was sent some of the Xlash products to try out I was super excited to see what all the fuss was about.

The packaging is alright, nothing fancy yet it's different to the ones I've tried before. I prefer the packaging of the serum, but having my MAC False Lashes mascara next to the other two kinds of makes them look worse - don't be fooled by the packaging though as I do not get on very well with the MAC mascara.

I love the fact that the mascara is infused with vitamin E as it's a great treatment for those with thinning lashes - I've noticed a huge difference in the thickness and quality of my lashes as this mascara doesn't pull them out when I take my makeup off. At first, I found the consistency very odd as it was crumbling off my lashes in a rubbery sort of way - if that even makes sense?? Either way, it didn't rip any lashes out which I thought was great as my usual mascaras come off with 1000 lashes every time!

I find the serum also helps with strengthening my lashes and letting them 're-charge' overnight as that's when I like to apply the product. I was expecting the applicator to be a wand but weirdly it's a liner sort of brush which makes the application a lot easier.

Here you can see the applicator which I think is fab for precise application that allows all lashes to be covered and replenish overnight. I also believe that this product will last a while even with daily usage as I've had it for a few weeks now and feel like there's an infinite supply of it!

I apologise for the quality of this photo - it took many attempts to try and get the camera to focus on the wand rather than the background but stubbornly it wasn't having any of it. As you can see, the wand is medium-sized with sparse bristles for a natural look. It's also curved for an easier application and natural curve which I love for work, especially during days like today.

Overall, I really enjoy using both products but if I had to recommend one of them then I'd say try the serum as I have honestly noticed a difference in the thickness and length of my lashes!

*The Xlash mascara and serum have been sent for me to try out and I am a part of the ambassadors' team for the company. All opinions are always honest and my own!

Have you tried or been thinking about using any of the Xlash products? If so, which one(s)?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Friday 19 May 2017


I'm going to be honest with you and admit that I did NOT need a new mascara, but what can you do when Kiko has a sale on all their mascaras for only £3.90?! Well, this is what happened... I wanted to get the night treatment mascara but it had sold out so I thought 'might as well try this one' - honestly, I'm so bad! I always use my blog as an excuse to buy more makeup I swear!

My lashes are naturally quite thick and long, but they are very light so I do like to layer up mascara to make them more visible haha - trust me, I've tried many mascaras and they never do exactly what I want them to :(

I really love the idea of this mascara being a black colour as well as with treatment and growth properties (yes!). It can be worn daily as an everyday mascara as it looks very natural, so it's great for school/work etc. as well as for those who don't wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis.

I love the packaging, it reminds me of Sleek's gold packaging of their highlighter palettes. It's great for those who like to collect 'pretty' makeup. The wand, on the other hand, surprised me due to its size. I expected it to be slightly bigger, but then again I guess it's small for more precise application to spread the product out evenly.

The product applies very well, I do find it quite hard to spread it evenly on my lashes because of the wand, but once it's on it looks lovely. It gives a very natural finish and would work great paired up with false lashes as it doesn't leave clumps!

Overall, I do like this mascara to wear to work or when I only have minimal makeup on as it doesn't give me a 'wow' effect but is still nice and natural looking. I probably wouldn't buy it again as I usually like my lashes to look really big, but I will continue enjoying it until it runs out :)

Have you tried any Kiko mascaras before? Would you recommend any?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Monday 25 April 2016

Review || Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black

Good Morning Everyone!

I know I might be a bit late but I've recently bought the highly rated Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and I am amazed by it! I'm not easily pleased when it comes to mascaras as my eyelashes are really fair and it's hard to get full coverage without making my lashes look clumpy. I have recently been loving Benefits They're Real mascara and as I'm running out of it I thought I'll purchase a few drugstore mascaras to try out.

I don't really like the packaging. It's different to most of Maybelline's mascaras as the shape of the bottle - I guess it's a bottle? Is much different to their usual spike shaped ones. I was a massive fan of the Collossal mascara and heard a lot of positive reviews of the Great Lash mascara. 

I do quite like the colour of the packaging - it's different and the colours seem perfect for this time of year. It is quite small, therefore perfect size to pop in your makeup bag or take with you on holiday. 

I chose the shade 'blackest black' as like I've said before, I like my lashes super dark as they're naturally fair and when I get them tinted it doesn't last long. 

I really like the brush as it's not too thin and not too big and gives perfect coverage on all types of lashes. I personally prefer to use it on my top lashes rather than my bottom ones as I find it that it leaves product on my waterline and is a bit untidy but that's my personal opinion and pet peeve when it comes to mascaras!

The bristles are spread quite far apart  which you'd expect to clump your lashes, however it actually somehow spreads them apart and makes them look thicker. All I can really say is that for the ridiculously low price of £4.99 everyone should own this mascara at some point in their life as it really is amazing. A storing 9/10, well done Maybelline! You've done it again!!

Have you tried this mascara before? What's your favourite Maybelline product?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Review || W7 Absolute Lash Mascara

Hey guys!
How is everyone? This week has been taking its toll on me due to excessive amounts of coursework and revision for my mock exams which are next week. I am so stressed out! But what's better to cheer me up than find this amazing beauty product from W7 for only £2.49 from my local BOYES store (It is around £8 on W7's website)?
I've never heard of this mascara until I saw it in the shop, and of course I had to buy it, not just because it looks exactly like Benefit's They're Real mascara but mainly because of the price!
So as you can see, this mascara looks identical to the Benefit's one besides the fact that it is called Absolute Lashes. I would say this mascara is an amazing dupe, even better than the one you can buy on eBay which actually has the same packaging as They're real.
Here is a picture of the mascara's wand. As you can see (if you own They're Real) it looks identical to the original. It's very easy to apply onto your lashes and covers them fully from the root with just one layer. I have really fair lashes and would say that this is one of the best mascaras I've ever used.
Here's a close up of the wand, and you can see that the bristles are made out of rubber for easier application, however they aren't too stiff so it doesn't irritate the eye.
This picture shows the finished look on my lashes. I have used 2 coats and you cannot see any blonde, yay! This mascara is truly amazing, so easy to apply and oh so affordable! I suggest all you Benebabes go and try this mascara and see for yourselves! Should you splash out on They're Real or save money on Absolute Lashes? The decision is yours! 
Lots of love,
Maya xo

Tuesday 7 January 2014

Review || 17 Va Va Voom Mascara

Hello everyone!
So, this being my first post of 2014, I decided to make it a review as I know how many people struggle with finding the highest quality, affordable beauty product, including me! 
In today's post I will be introducing you to Boots own brand '17'. I absolutely love their make up, and feel like it's not cheap looking after application, and it is so damn affordable.
I usually buy new mascaras which come out, because they are always on offer in Boots. This time I decided to change my plans a bit, because as you already know, I like 17 make up and was very pleased with their new 'backlash' mascara so originally I was going to repurchase that item. However All of the 17 mascaras were on offer for £4 each. I went crazy, everyone was staring at me! I decided to try something different so I went for the Va Va Voom in 'blackest black'. All I had to do was put one coat on and look at the effect. It is an amazing mascara and is so worth buying, especially as it is so cheap! 
Hope this helps anyone who is wondering what mascara to get!:)

Love, Maya xo
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