Wednesday, April 30, 2014

L’Oréal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara Review

   Hello everyone, long time no see! I know I'm a bit late with all of these but I hope you had a great Easter and spring break time (for those who had one of course.) I'm back with a mascara review, a very popular one for the past few months, the L'oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga mascara. I've had it for such a long time, it was given to me as a freebie back in February at a L'oreal event, and because  I already had so many opened mascaras I didn't want to use it right away, so I waited. I opened it about a month and a half ago and now I have a full opinion on this one. So let's start!
It comes with a typical "natural" brush like wand, the one that I always prefer, which has a cone shape and it's not too big or too small, I would say it's more of a medium size. The cone shape is very handy because it grabs all of my lashes at once, especially the inner ones. What I didn't like about this wand is how bendable and soft it is, I have to make sure that my hands do not shake at all otherwise I make a mess and that took me a while to get used to it. Also the really fat and weirdly shaped holder is not that practical, I prefer the smaller and rounded ones, they're much easier to hold.
The results I have with this mascara now that is opened for about twon months are totally different from the ones that I had when I first opened it, and not because when I first opened it it was very wet and now it's more dry like it happens with most mascaras, but the exact opposite. When I first used it the formulation was quite dry and it was difficult for me to apply it, but after 3 weeks it's like it became more wet and I don't know how that happened but it did. But at first, when it was more dry, it hold a curl much better than it does now, it still does hold a curl but not as good as it used to.
When I took this picture I didn't apply the mascara really well that's why my lashes look that flat and straight, but most of the times when I use this mascara my lashes are way more curled than they look in this picture, and the curl stays throughtout the day. It seperates my lashes really well especially my lower ones, and it gives a bit of volume but it doesn't give any length, like my beloved Sephora Lash Plumper does. I haven't noticed any smudging with this one, and it's easy to remove it. But something that I noticed is that even though it doesn't leave a heavy feeling on my lashes I can't wear it for more than 4 or 5 hours, after that my eyes start to become very watery and red.

Because this mascara was given to me by the company in order to try it and review it, I'm not so sure about the exact price but from what I've seen here in Greece the price varies from 12-14 euros, it depends if you'll find it on sale or not. That makes it the cheapest L'oreal mascara in the market right now, the rest of L'oreal mascaras cost between 17 and 20 euros.

-The "cone" shaped brush is such a huge plus for me, I have small eyes and thin lashes and this brush does an excellent job at grabbing all of my lashes at once and seperates them.

-It holds a curl for hours, even though you cannot see it in the picture I took because I propably did a bad application job, but it does hold a curl like a waterproof mascara.

-The price. It's cheaper than any of L'oreal's mascaras in the market right now, at least in Greece.

-It doesn't give any length on my lashes only a bit of volume.

-The wand's holder has a weird shape and it's not easy to hold it.

- Something about the formulation just doesn't agree with my sensitive eyes, after 4-5 hours of wearing it my eyes become watery, itchy and red.

Rating: 7/10
Overall it's a great everyday mascara that holds an amazing curl, but I had higher expectations about this one at least when it comes to lengthening my lashes. In my opinion L'oreal has other more amazing mascaras to offer, my personal favourite is the Mega Volume Collagene 24H which is a great mascara if you want more thicker lashes.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What are your thoughts? Let me know!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

March Favorites.

 I know I'm a little late with my favourites this time, but better late than never right? This time I have only beauty favorites to show you and they're just a few things that I've been using like crazy. Recently I did a make up clear out, I had to throw away stuff that were way too old and others that I never liked and used. That made me realised that I have to start using up the make up that I already have, so from now on I'm not so sure if I'm going to be able to show you monthly favorites because they are propably gonna be the same stuff every time, but whenever I'll have new things to show you I will definitely do a favorites post. So let's start!
 Bourjois Happy Light Foundation
I've already talked about my this foundation in my previous haul post here. I finally found a lightweight foundation that I can wear at springtime without making me look like an oily mess, it's so lightweight that sometimes I forget that I wear foundation. It gives a subtle glow on the face, it's not like any of the other "dewy" looking foundations that I've tried, it's glowy and matte at the same time, it makes me look more awake and fresh.

Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in P Peach 47
OK now this is an old blush that I rediscovered recently when I was cleaning through my make up drawer, and for those who remember you can see that it's old because it has the old Shu Uemura packaging, and I'm not so sure if they still make it. I forgot how beautiful this blush is, it's like a true peaches n' cream shade, my kind of shade, I'm gonna use this one a lot from now on.
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Levres
I got this about two months ago and I totally forgot to mention it in one of my haul posts, but I'm gonna do it now because I love it so much, it's propably one of the best lip balms that I've ever tried.
I was a huge fan of the original La Roche Posay Ciciaplast, and I was using it on my lips whenever they were super chapped and dry, and when I found out that they released a Cicaplast for the lips I knew I had to get it. It has a very thick- silicone creamy texture that glides onto the lips and makes them very soft and silky. Also it creates an amazing base for any lipstick, especially for those who have dry and chapped lips it's a godsend product.

Essence 50's Girls Reloaded - I'm Sailing
I've mentioned this lipstick a lot in the past, it's my HG peachy lipstick which unfortunately was  limited edition a few years ago. The shade is something between a peach, coral and orange, and the texture reminds me a lot of Mac's lustre lipsticks. It's the only lipstick that I use the most at spring and summertime.

Here's a swatch picture of the Shu Uemura P Peach 47 blush (left) and the Essence lipstick (right):
Nivea In Shower Body Moisturizer Nourishing Cocoa Skin Conditioner
My last March favorite is this Nivea In Shower Body Moisturizer with Cocoa Butter, which smells divine! I'm not a huge fan of this whole "in shower body mositurizer" idea but the smell is so amazing that I had to get it. In general I hate cocoa butter products, I find the smell way too chocolatey for my taste, but this one is an exception, it smells like beach, hawaiian tropic and coconuts! If you ever see this product please smell it!

 So that's everything for my March favorites, I hope you liked my small post. Let me know if you've tried any of these products and if you like them or not.