Flutter with Elizabeth Arden’s new mascara, Grand Entrance

elizabeth_arden_grand_entrance_mascara_review - 1Oh, the feeling to be sent something brand new, yet to be launched, that not many people have seen, just like you were let in to a secret….

That’s how I felt when I received the Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara.

Although I was dying to post pics of this pretty in black and red new mascara, I held back and started trying it incognito.

elizabeth_arden_grand_entrance_mascara_review - 3It has a medium creaminess formula – not too dry, not too wet. It’s super black and glossy.

The precision brush, which is in a dish shape, has plastic bristles. The concave part has no bristles, so it’s like a deposit for the mascara.

I use that part to build volume, as there’s plenty of liquid in, and its shape helps push lashes up.

Then I use the convex part of the brush, with tons of bristles in different sizes, to give my lashes more definition.  The result is good; I’d say volume and great lengthening are the strong features for this one. Its durability is good; it doesn’t flake or run and it’s easy to remove.

The Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara costs £15 (which is a great price, btw) and will be available from the 14 February, online at Elizabeth Arden (you can pre-order now!) and retailers nationwide.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Another mascara: Clarins Wonder Perfect

Clarins Wonder Perfect MascaraI never tire to try new mascaras; it is always great to discover a new brand.

Sometimes, they don’t live to expectations, but this is not the case with the Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara.

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Review: L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes So Couture mascara

L'Oréal Volume Million Lashes So Couture mascara review

I’ve been through a zillion different mascaras and shunned plastic bristles for a long time, so I was very surprised that L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes So Couture mascara has become a favourite of mine.

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Eyelash extensions from Boudoir Lashes

Full, thick, fluttery and uber sexy lashes – I dare you to find someone who doesn’t want to have them. If your eyes are the window to your soul, the minimum you want are damn pretty curtains for it!

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I met the lovely Asma Docrat last year, when her company, Boudoir Lashes completed a year of age. The reviews were amazing – her professionalism and technique in tailoring the las extension to suit you had high praises. Asma says you need to enhance what you already have, which really goes with my outlook on beauty and that is exactly what she does to your lashes: each customer leaves with a set of lashes tailored by her, customised to them.

Asma held the grand opening of her boudoir last week, and now, in the pretty Boudoir Beauty Parlour in Shoreditch, London, they offer not only the famous lash extensions, but also manicures (and nail art), pedicures, waxing and facials.

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Different sizes lashes are used to match your own

Right, so let’s get down to the extensions.

I have to start with this:  Asma is really sweet. I arrived after work, and was made to feel very relaxed and at home. I lay down on a treatment bed, there was music, we were talking… all very nice. The salon is really lovely and girly.

Lashes being prepared! Exciting!

Lashes being prepared! Exciting!

It took about 90 minutes. She put tapes under my eyes and started. I mentioned I loved fluttery lashes, with longer ends. She immediately told me that they weren’t for me because of the natural shape of my own lashes. I felt reassured and trusted her statement 100% and the treatment kept going!

The whole process was very comfortable, and I almost fell asleep. I really want to make this a very strong point, as I was a bit nervous about this treatment. I had tried another lash extension treatment in another place a month before this, and it was horrible. Truly terrible. I was sitting down with eyes semi-open, felt stinging, poking and prodding. The result was awful. The person went for the fluttery look and my eyes looked droopy. I don’t even have droopy eyes!!! I asked her to remove them, and that was awful too. My eyes were watery and stinging. I gave up. Receiving Asma’s treatment was really like entering a new world – she is delicate, exudes confidence and professionalism and I felt extremely safe in her hands.

When she finished, I was amazed – I had a super full version of my own lashes, longer, darker, a much better effect than obtained with mascara. The before and after pictures really prove this point; they sit very naturally on my face. Even without make up, I felt I wasn’t too bare-faced.

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One eye done, one to go!

I left happy, with a leaflet with instructions on how to care for my extensions and so impressed I couldn’t stop looking at myself ont he mirror. Then I went on holidays the following day. Getting on a long haul flight, I had to sleep. And I can ONLY sleep with eye masks, which are a no-no with the extensions. I wore swimming goggles and the eye mask over it. Yeah, the things we do for beauty.

It is now four weeks. I shouldn’t admit this, but I was on holidays and the most important thing for me was to relax, so I put the strict care a little aside and I put them through hell – pool, sea, warm weather, eye make up and eye liner, mascara sometimes from week two, eye cream (I am not that young, after all) and they lasted really well, much longer than I thought, given I didn’t follow the care instructions religiously.  Entering the third week was really when I started to see my own lashes again. If I had followed the instructions, I can pretty much guarantee that they would be almost perfect and a simple fill in (recommended two to four weeks after the treatment, to keep it going) would be enough to restore it to its full glory. Now, I can only see a few remaining strands. My natural lashes seem undamaged (and boring!).

Do I love it? YES. Do I recommend it? Hell, YES.

After: AMAZING LENGHT!!!!!

After: AMAZING LENGHT!!!!!

Now,  if there is one issue I found, it is the fact I should refrain from using my eye mask to sleep. I need it, really do, I sleep really badly without it, which on holidays, is not a massive issue, as I can nap, have lie-ins, but in London, I will need to wear it again every night, so I will probably not do it all the time. Also, doing my eye make-up look challenges is a no-no when these extensions are on as I usually go for bolder designs, and it requires almost industrial eye make-up removal, which will certainly damage them!!! I am however, an exception to the rule and I am sure 99% of women would be just fine wearing them most of the time!

The brand new Boudoir Beauty Parlour is located at 1a Turnville Street, E2 7HX, in London, phone number 020 7739 5462. You can also follow them on twitter @boudoirlashes and @boudoirparlour. I really recommend that you have a treatment, be it lashes or another one – I heard wonders about the Brazilian wax!