Amped up lashes: I discovered the Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer 

benefit_theyreal_lash_primer_review - 2There is something about Benefit I canto quite gauge. I love their packaging, adore the name and the concept behind their products, see thousands of people who swear by them but nothing I tried seemed to quite work for me.
Until now. To my surprise, at the uber generous QVC SS16 press preview bag, there was a Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer.
Let’s start with the brush. It’s a plastic, with super thin and flexible bristles in varied lengths that will get right in there, on to every little lash. It also has a spiky end, which is fabulous for lower lashes.
benefit_theyreal_lash_primer_review - 1 (1)The formula is gel, in a watery brown colour, which is great and can be used on its own for a lighter, feathery and super defined look.
But as a primer it truly shines. It separates and defines, conditions and gives a little bit of lift and volume.
benefit_theyreal_lash_primer_review - 1Mascara application (admittedly, my new found love from Charlotte Tilbury), is somehow smoother, lashes go that extra mile in terms of length and separation.
Am I about to start a love affair with Benefit?! Not yet, but I am not dismissing it. At all.
benefit_theyreal_lash_primer_review The Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Primer costs a brilliant £14.55, plus £2.95 p&p from QVC. You can also get it in shops nationwide, as well as online.
Beauty at QVC is something I have rediscovered recently. Apart from having an extensive range of amazing big known and boutique brands and great prices, they will also carry exclusives and special packs which usually carry a very special price tag too. Well worth checking for all you beauty needs!
This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Product review: MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara


For me, a good mascara is a definition mascara. Yes, I love volume, but I prefer that all of my lashes are separated and coated – and that is why I liked MAC’s Extended Play mascara.

Its brush has tough short bristles, and they pick each individual lash, creating a nice fan effect. If you build up three layers, it will also give you some volume, but this baby’s business is definition.  Also, it is a lovely super black, which I favour.


However, what I really love about this is the staying power. When they say extended play, they weren’t kidding: it lasts. I don;t like waterproof mascara, it dries my lashes too much. But I used this on the beach and it lasted.

And it doesn’t smudge or flakes. It does comes off with warm water, in flakes, so there is no panda eye mess when washing your face. An eye make-up remover, although always used by me, it barely necessary after washing. For this reason alone, this mascara is well worth its price of £14!

MAC extended play mascara

With (L) and without (R) mascara – I enjoyed the definition it gives my lashes

MAC extended play mascara

From this angle, I noticed my lashes are not only defined, but also lengthened

Fact:  have been put off MAC mascaras for a very long time, and never though anything good of them – and never though I’d buy another one (think the last was about seven years ago!). This product certainly changed my mind.