Budget v High End Mascaras Benefit v Primark Mascara Match Benefit Rollerlash Benefit Bad Gal Mascara Primark Mascara Reviews

Mascara Match // Benefit Bad Gal v Primark Volumising Ultra Black // Can Budget Beat High-End?

Hey guys!  You may remember one of my much older posts, Foundation Fight, where I pitched several different foundations against each other (excuse the crap photos, I’d only been blogging two months then!)  Well, I’ve been meaning to write a similar post for ages now, but this time about mascara.  Here comes….dun dun dunnnn…. Mascara Match!!  Today I’m pitting Primark Volumising Ultra Black against Benefit Bad Gal Lash!

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I’ve thought to myself so many times that people need to know how great Primark mascaras are!  They’ve been really upping their game with makeup recently, but two of the mascaras I love have been around for a few years.  I’ve been so impressed with them that I buy them over and over.  Another huge contender, and cult mascara-maker, is Benefit – who hasn’t heard of Bad Gal, They’re Real or Rollerlash?  Nobody, that’s who!

I was originally going to write about six mascaras in this one post, but it got a lil out of hand and long!  So I’ve broken it into three parts – the next two will be coming shortly, so stay tuned! [Part 2 is here!]

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Budget Beauty // Mini Drugstore Makeup Haul // Max Factor and L’Oreal

Hi guys (I really should think of something more original to start with!)

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Today I’m bringing you a little budget/drugstore makeup haul.  I was browsing on the Superdrug website for some boring essentials (cotton pads etc) and had to add in some items to make the delivery a little more exciting!  I use the Superdrug website quite a bit as I can find it hard to actually get into the store itself due to my M.E. The website is usually pretty good and contains all the same offers and discounts that the store does.

I picked up three Max Factor products as there was a 3-for-2 offer on.  I already knew I wanted the lipstick, the gloss caught my eye and I’ve been on the look out for a good liquid liner, so it was fate!

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The first thing I got was this gorgeous Max Factor Rosewood (833) lipstick.  I had seen it on someone online and thought it looked lovely, but I’ll  be honest… it was mostly the name that attracted me!  If you’re a Pretty Little Liars fan like me, you will know that Rosewood is the town where PLL is based.  I don’t think there is actually any connection but it still made me happy!

This turned out to be a really nice product.  It is very opaque (not like my bad swatch above, sorry guys!  I’ll post a picture on my Instagram next time I wear it!).  It is smooth and applies really nicely, leaving a finish similar to Mac Cremesheen.  It lasts pretty well alone, but on top of a lip liner it has great staying power.  It’s also a really flattering which I imagine would suit most people.  Very happy with this one!

Full price: £7.99 (currently reduced to £5.99 here, but I bought it as part of a 3-for-2 offer).


Next up from Max Factor’s 3-for-2 deal was this Colour X-Pert Waterproof Eyeliner.

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Now – I have trouble with liquid liners.  It’s a mixture of having really shaky hands (thanks M.E!) and just not having that much skill with liquid liners!  I’m fine with kohl and felt tip liners but keep trying different liquid ones to see if I can find one I like.

I got this waterproof liner in Deep Black, a lovely opaque black.  The tip is made of stiff sponge, shaped into a point, theoretically giving you more control over the application.  Obviously as it’s waterproof, it should survive any running eyes or rain!  Now my problem with this was the same as most of the other liquid liners I’ve tried – it just flooded my eyes!  The liquid seems to immediately run down from my eyelid into my eyeballs and tear ducts and then I just get left with lots of black mess to clear up!  Is this just me?  Tell me it’s not just me!!

Once I had it on and looking half decent (which took a long time and a lot of cotton buds), it did indeed last really well with no smudging (once dry, which took quite a few minutes).  Overall I’m sure this is a pretty good liquid liner, but it has just reinforced the fact that I should stick to kohl and felt tip liners until my hands stop shaking or I level-up with my skills haha!

You can find it here for £6.99.


The final Max Factor item I got in the offer was this Excess Shimmer in 20 Copper.

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These little pots of shimmery cream eyeshadow come in several shades, but I chose Copper as some of the others looked way too subtle for me.  They claim to have a high pigment formula with lasting power.

This looks very pretty in the pot and feels very light and creamy to the touch.  Unfortunately, one layer really doesn’t make much impression – it leaves a slight shimmer to the lids but definitely doesn’t have any impact, liked I’d hoped it might.  However it does layer fairly well (probably as it dries down so quickly).  I’ve found that three thin layers is much more visible, leaving a foil-looking shimmer look to the lid.  The colour is actually quite pinky, which is fine by me as it still looks pretty.

I think this would be something I’d use during the day for popping out to the shops, but not on a night out.  However if you’re into very subtle, natural makeup, you might really like this as a quick eye look.

Find it here for £7.99.


My final purchase was this gorgeous L’Oreal Dazzle Gloss in 202 Gloss Me I’m Gorgeous.

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I haven’t seen L’Oreal’s dazzle glosses before, but they’re really pretty – very sparkly and glossy!  The colour I chose is a beautiful deep purple with gold glitter flecked through it.  Although it’s glittery, it doesn’t look too over the top once it’s on.  It has one of those ‘lip hug’ shaped doe-foot wands which I find quite annoying, but I just use the tip to apply it and it’s fine.

The texture is nice, the glitter doesn’t make it feel gritty or irritate your lips at all.  You can feel it on your lips when wearing it, but I personally don’t mind that (I quite like it actually, is that weird?)  Overall, I really like this gloss and will probably get a lot of use out of it over Autumn (or Fall if you’re in the US/Canada!)

Find it here for £6.99.


What do you think of my mini haul?  Is there anything you’ve tried or fancy trying?  Let me know!

Shopping // Mini Avon Haul (Mainly Purple Lipstick)!

Hey guys

I haven’t done many haul posts recently as money is tight!  I’m moving house soon and am no longer getting sick pay, so there isn’t much spare money for makeup (sad times, right??)  But after seeing one of these lipsticks on a friend (hi Amber, if you’re reading this), I had to own it.  I have a ridiculous amount of purple lipsticks, but am always on a crusade to find more.  They often look purple but come out pink on the lips, which really annoys me.  I might actually do a post on all of my purple lip products one day…

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In the meantime, here is what I got from Avon.  I placed my order online, so there was a £3.50 delivery charge.


Naturals Bright Apple Blossom Scented Spritz – £1.25

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This is a 100ml bottle of body spritz.  Avon describe it as “crisp green apples and sweet apple blossom”.  It does have a really nice, fresh scent but part of me can’t get over thinking it smells more like a room spray or bathroom spray!  I don’t know why as it does smell nice, but I can’t imagine actually using it on my body….

It was only £1.25 so I will happily use it around the house as a room spray, it definitely won’t go to waste.  I can’t link to this, as it is no longer on their website, although they have lots of other scents in the same spray at £1.25.  It may well come back in the future, as things tend to come and go at Avon.


ColorTrend Kiss ‘n’ Go Lipstick in Neon Orchid – £3.75

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This is the lipstick my friend had.  I immediately asked her what it was and wanted it for myself!  It looks really bright and pretty on the lips.  It applies smoothly and has a nice consistency.  It is a little on the dry side, but not enough to cause any problems, it just means it has good staying power through drinking and eating.  It actually does leave a slight shine and gloss to the lips.  It’s the most beautiful, vibrant colour – I love it!  I only paid £3.75 for this, which I think is a great price, but it’s currently on their website here for just £2!

I also really like the packaging of this lipstick – it’s quite modern and bright (along the theme of their neon colours of this range).  I don’t get why they have used the American spelling of ‘color’ though – this is strange since the next lippie I bought spells it the English way!  Anyway…


Ultra Colour Indulgence Lipstick in Spring Lilac – £8

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This final lipstick was the most expensive thing in this mini haul, but I still think £8 is reasonable for what feels like a good quality lipstick.  Avon describe this range as “silky smooth lipstick with hydrating gels – gives lips a burst of vibrant, juicy colour”.  It also contains SPF15, which is really useful!  That’s something that is often overlooked in lip products.

It glides on and feels so hydrating and comfortable on the lips.  The very flat edge can make it a little difficult to apply neatly, but as long as you’re careful and patient it is fine.  You could always use a lip brush.  I didn’t think this colour would be as exciting as the Neon Orchid one above, but I actually love it!  It comes out more purple than it looks here, but is still a really wearable colour.  I will definitely get a lot of use out of this.  You can still find it on their website here.


I really liked everything I got here, and will get a lot of use from the lip products.  I wouldn’t repurchase the body spray but will make use of it as a room spray.  Avon’s prices are also great – if you’re looking for a bargain, they always have reductions and offers on!


What do you think of my purchases?  Do you like purple lipstick?  Let me know in the comments box!