Benefit They’re Real! Mascara: Beauty Review

I am a major fan of Benefit cosmetics. I seriously mean huge, it broke my heart when they discontinued Moon Beam, I am literally saving the last bit I have for a special occasion. You know, like when Ryan Gosling finally realises he needs to make babies with me, that sort of thing…

I have seen many a beauty review on this mascara, and surprisingly to me, they have been somewhat mixed, so I thought I would throw my two cents in.

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lashes 2 Benefit They're Real Mascara

At £19.50 I didn’t really want to use it as an everyday mascara – this girl’s on a budget – but I just see it sitting there every morning, and can’t help myself.

I have dark eyes, and naturally black lashes, so I really look for volume and thickness to frame my eyes. I have been wearing black eyeliner around my eyes since the tender age of 14 – a necessity I feel – because when I don’t wear eyeliner I look somewhat anemic. This is to the point where my colleagues ask if I feel okay, to which my response is “I’m fine, just no eyeliner today!”

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lashes 4 Benefit They're Real mascara

When I wear this mascara however, with NO eyeliner whatsoever, no one comments on my ill looking eyes – not a peep. It glides on so thick, but not gloopy, and frames my eyes just perfectly so it’s not too over the top for my office job.

The wand is curved with spikes at the end making it easier to really get in to the corners. And the best bit? It doesn’t smudge or flake. Not even a tiny bit.

I must admit sometimes, on the rare occasion I do go to bed and forget to wipe off my makeup (I know what a rebel!) I must tell you that this stuff doesn’t even budge, and I have white pillowcases!

If you haven’t got this mascara yet, I strongly recommend you stop what you’re doing and rectify the situation immediately.

I hope this helps! What are your thoughts on “the UK’s best selling mascara”?

– love Carla x

Beauty Wish List

I like fashion (I say fashion, I mean shoes), but I’m a beauty girl at heart. Some females may coo at dresses and handbags – I get my kicks from a good lipstick.

So, here is my beauty wish, want, need list:

Beauty Wishlist

Real Techniques Collection // Estee Lauder Aries Zodiac Compact // Chanel Rouge Noir Nail Varnish // Lush Vanillary Gift Set // Mac Ruby Woo Lipstick  //  Bumble and Bumble Spray Chalk in Cobalt

What’s on your beauty wish list?

– love Stef x

Urban Decay Naked3: Beauty Review

Urban Decay is one of my favourite brands – I love its creative palettes and high quality products, but I really love its Naked collection.

The much anticipated Naked3 graced us UK folk with its presence on December 16th and I was first in line to collect, and boy am I glad I did.

Urban Decay Naked Collection

Coming in a rose gold tin with an almost ruched effect (to differentiate from the Naked2 packaging), the shadows inside Naked3 are 12 never before seen shades, and who doesn’t love new ways to get Naked?

Okay smutty comments aside, Urban Decay have taken a slight risk with its third instalment of its best-selling palettes. Pink-toned eyeshadows have the somewhat potential to become unwearable as there’s a fine line between complimenting your colouring, and making you look like you’ve been crying your heart out for hours.

The previous Naked shadows were a mixture of warm browns and beiges in a variety of matte, satin and shimmer finishes, but this time, each shade has a rose gold/pink and taupe tone.

Urban Decay Naked Collection Shadows

So what have we got?

There’s a mixture of glitters, shimmers, matte and satin so that a variety of looks can be created as well as offering something for everyone.

If I’m honest, I was dubious as these are colours I’ve never considered wearing. It was more about wanting to own the coveted palette – yes I’m a pathetic person. But I have to say the contents surprised me:

Urban Decay Naked3

Strange – a pale neutral pink matte-satin

Dust – a pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter

Burnout – light pinky-peach satin

Limit – light dusty rose matte

Buzz – metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter

Trick – light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle

Urban Decay Naked3

Nooner – medium pinky-brown matte

Liar – medium metallic mauve shimmer

Factory – a pinky-brown satin

Mugshot – metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift

Darkside – deep taupe-mauve satin

Blackheart – smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle

Despite my pathetic need to own this palette regardless of whether its offerings are for me, I have to say I really love it. Limit and Nooner are brilliant crease colours and Liar adds a nice bit of sparkle to the lid.

Overall Urban Decay have struck (rose) gold with its latest Naked addition and it’s nice to see the same amazing quality continued without needless repetition.

Urban Decay Naked3 is £37 and available here.

– Love Stef x