When it comes to mascara, I want three different things. I want it to be super black, very lengthening and give a huge whack of volume. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but I’m pretty hard to please, and rotate between a trio of favourites in a daily basis, so, when the newest offering from Lancome popped through the letterbox, I was seriously excited – their Hypnose (this one) is one of my favourites, so I had high expectations!
First off, I absolutely fell in love with the packaging. The Grandiose Extreme mascara is an updated formula of 2014’s Grandiose mascara, and the packaging is a take on the predecessor too. Matte black plastic looks absolutely beautiful – and I’m in love with the curvaceous shape – it just feels lovely to hold, and makes applying my mascara in the mornings an absolute joy!
Like the original, it also has the rose-encased lid. It’s just so pretty, and looks like it should be in the new Beauty and the Beast film!
The Grandiose Extreme has the same swan-neck brush as the original, and a plastic bristled brush head. Honestly, I was a little concerned about the brush, as typically I prefer big bush ones which sweep through lashes. But honestly, I shouldn’t have worried!
The brush slips through my lashes like a dream, and I can’t tell you how dark the formula it is! Lancome claim that the Grandiose Extreme has ultra black pigments, and I have to agree! This isn’t a formula for days when you want to look fresh-faced and natural. This one, in a single coat, makes lashes super-black, and makes them look miles long – it’s dramatic; it also adds a wonderful amount of volume! I just adore how the effects last all day too – there isn’t a hint of smudging or flaking, just perfect lashes, all day long!
Lancome Grandiose Extreme Mascara is priced at £25.00 and is available here (UK) and $32 here (US)
When it comes to false eyelashes, I’m far from an expert. Thankfully though, Esqido make looking glamorous a whole lot easier thanks to their game-changing mink lashes. I’ve said before about how much I love them. They’re lightweight, super fluttery and they’re cruelty free, which is why they’re a favourite of everyone from Victoria’s Secret Angels to me!
As if creating the prettiest lashes weren’t enough, Esqido have produced their Companion. Packaged in a chic frosted and rose gold tube, it’s a long-lasting, latex free glue which is designed to keep the mink lashes in place and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive eyes to use.
Unlike most lash glues I’ve tried, which come in unwieldy tubes which I have to daub lashes in puddles of glue, the Companion has a delicate brush. This means it’s as easy to use with single lashes as it is with the full sets. I simply brush the glue across the band, wait a minute or two for it to become a little tacky, then place the lashes, hold them for a few seconds, then I’m good to go! The glue dries to a completely clear finish, meaning my lashes look and feel super natural. Then, at the end of the evening, the lash glue is so easily removed from my lashes, meaning I can easily reuse them – genius!
Esqido Lash Companion is priced at $10 and is available here.
So I’m not sure that there is anything quite as luxurious sounding as mink eyelashes. And if you’re in the market for a pair, I would highly recommend checking out US brand ESQIDO false eyelashes. They’ve glamorised everyone from Victoria’s Secret Angels to J-Lo, and they give you lashes like you’ve only dreamed of.
One of my newest sets from the brand are the Big City Lights style. Like all the brand’s lashes, they’re made entirely from ethically sourced mink. That means nothing fluffy was hurt in the making of them – the fur is just gathered after being naturally shed, then fashioned into lashes. The use of mink (as well as sounding wonderfully decadent) means that the lashes are so lightweight and comfortable to wear.
Big City Nights are beautiful, fluffy lashes which are perfect for evenings where I want to look more done. I apply a little tinted moisturiser, bronzer and highlight like normal, then sweep a shimmery bronze shadow over my lids. I smudge a chocolate-y shade into my lash line, then add my Big City Nights. Using a little of the ESQIDO eyelash glue, I pop them into place and I’m good to go. The Big City Nights lashes give my makeup a real dose of glamour to an easy makeup look, and they can be reused for up to 10 wears.
Esqido Big City Nights Lashes are priced at $35 and are available here.
Sisley is one of those brands you can’t help but adore. They’re unapologetically luxurious, and they produce both makeup and beauty products which have to be tried to be believed. Their face creams are among my holy grail items, and their Phyto Lip Twist hasn’t left my handbag since I received it! So, you can imagine how keen I was when I heard that they were releasing a brand new mascara – the So Curl.
Packaged is a super chic, glossy black tube, Sisley’s So Curl promises to provide lashes with curl and instant volume as well as really caring for lashes. Unlike most mascaras, which just promise incredible definition until it comes time to cleanse, with continued wear, Sisley’s offering makes eyelashes appear thicker and fuller, appear stronger and more beautiful thanks to the inclusion of incredible ingredients such as Pro-vitamin B5, Rice Phytoceramides, Castor Oil, and Passionflower extract.
It’s this attention to detail in the formula which really sets Sisley apart from it’s competitors. The mascara isn’t just amazing for making lashes look seriously great, but it’s almost like a beauty treat for them too! I have to say, I haven’t so much as looked at another mascara since this one arrived as it does everything and more than you can imagine!
The So Curl mascara makes lashes look super black, and incredibly long and full. I don’t even need to look at my eyelash curlers, the So Curl gives them the perfect amount of definition and curl too! As you can probably tell, I’m absolutely in love with Sisley’s newest product! It’s a real Holy Grail product, and it comes in three colours (black, brown, and navy) so if you’re looking for a little eye-update, run, don’t walk to your nearest Sisley counter!
Sisley So Curl Mascara is priced at and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Curling my lashes has always been one of those things that I know I should do, but rarely get around to. I think it’s a combination of the added time it takes, combined with the fear that I’m going to either clamp my lid in the tool, or rip out half my lashes. Seriously, I’m a klutz at the best of times! Thankfully though, YOSO have made it super simple to rock curled lashes with their heated eyelash curler.
Packaged in a super-sleek golden tube, this is something way cleverer than your average curler. Rather than just clamping lashes like a regular tool, YOSO Heated Lash curler is perfectly designed to volumize lashes using heat.
To give the Lash Curler enough time to heat up, I usually just flick it on when I sit down to get ready, and by the time I get to my lashes, I’m good to go. First of all, I brush my lashes upwards using the top section of the curler. I keep the curler at my lashes for 3-4 seconds for maximum volume, then brush through. Then, I use the top section to work on my outer and inner lashes. Again, holding the curler on my lashes for around 3-4 seconds.
Then I apply my mascara as normal, and brush through the comb side of the curler. The difference this makes to my regular mascara is insane! The curler gives you a real false-lash effect which is ridiculously easy to get every day! I’m such a convert!
YOSO Lash Eyelash Curler is priced at £15.99 and is available here