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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

YSL Shocking Mascara


I have always wanted to try one of the YSL mascaras, but at £25 a pop this isn't a product I would ever purchase lightly. I think £25 is quite a lot of money to spend on a mascara that you're not sure you will even like. Plus, you're only buying the name - sorry YSL, but it's true. 

It's great if you can afford to splash out on expensive beauty products, but you have to be realistic with your budget. I'm saying all of this, yet I still own one. However, I didn't buy this, Gary did, to treat me which is extremely sweet and I am one lucky woman.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
When I first applied this mascara, I have to admit I wasn't so impressed. The mascara was clumped to the bristles of the brush and I couldn't apply it on to my lashes without it going everywhere. I had to wipe the brush off with a baby wipe and start again. After doing so, it worked wonders. 

It really does fill out your lashes, which is difficult for me to notice usually as I have such long thick lashes anyway. I think this is due to the shape of the brush, which is rather unusual, it's twisted which I believe helps to create that volume affect. 

I must admit you do feel this mascara on your lashes, it's weighty but not unpleasant. I think due to the length of my lashes, only going over them twice is sufficient enough. On a positive note, it does brighten your eyes and the black is so intense. 

I think this is perfect to wear on a night out, but not day-to-day. 

PACKAGING
The packaging looks so luxurious. I love the gold and the shape of the tube. It's honestly stunning and rather weighty. I love the font and the overall appearance. It represents YSL so well. 

MASCARA REMOVAL
Removing this mascara was simple to do, however, I was using my Charlotte Tilbury eye makeup remover which is strong stuff. I don't feel this will come off so easily with drugstore remover - or it will smudge everywhere. Definitely worth testing out I think. 

AFTER THOUGHT
The mascara is long lasting and I do like it. However, I do feel that spending £25 on this is costly and not worth that amount of money. Especially in comparison to other drugstore mascaras that work so well. I do think this is due to the thickness and length of my lashes. I feel that if I had shorter, thinner lashes it would be much more impactful and worth purchasing. 

So, overall it is nice but I wouldn't reach for it everyday. There are better mascaras out there!

YSL SHOCKING MASCARA VIDEO REVIEW
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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Decadence by Marc Jacobs


I have been on the hunt for a new fragrance for a while now after finishing my fabulous Flash by Jimmy Choo.

When I came across Decadence, I wasn't sure at first. I went in and out of Boots three times trying to make up my mind as to whether I liked it or not. It wasn't until I sprayed it on to my skin that I thought it was lovely. I don't think spraying perfume on those sample strips of card are at all helpful. 

Now, after just over a month of using it, I can honestly say I have fell in love with this perfume. It's just so womanly and rich. I like sweet scents, but this is simple, elegant and refreshing.

Ingredients
I researched the ingredients and this perfume is quite the concoction. The top notes include plum, saffron and iris. Bulgarian rose, samba jasmine and orris root from from the heart of the perfume, while the base includes warm liquid amber, vetiver and papyrus wood.

Sillage
The sillage is great. It just lingers in the air and you can walk in and out of a room and still smell it. Really impactful and I have had so many compliments about this fragrance. It just fills the air so wonderfully and melts into the skin perfectly

Longevity 
I would say Decadence last for around 5/6 hours. It's one of those fragrances that melts into your skin, so when you think the scent has faded someone surprises you and tells you how nice you smell. 

What it smells like to me...
When I picked this up I could smell what I thought was vanilla. It has a richness and sweetness about it which I adore. You can definitely smelly the fruitiness and the woody undertone which is perfection. Not too sweet, a perfect fragrance for autumn/winter.

Overall, I think its a wonderful perfume. Definitely one I would recommend to all my friends. It's sophisticated and womanly and makes me feel sexy. I will definitely purchase this again once I have run out. £77 for 100ml - I cannot complain! 

Watch my review video here 
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