Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara – Anyone got RSI yet?!

Hi Everyone!

I have a review for you today – if you browse through my blog you might think that I’m obsessed with mascaras because I have a lot of review posts! Looking in my Muji drawers, there would be a whole WEALTH of evidence to send me to Mascara Misuse Rehab (I have about 4 open at one time). The mascara I’ve been using recently is one that I’ve tried before, from Soap & Glory.

The Soap & Glory Thick & Fast *do you want any more ampesands* ‘Collagen’ mascara is, as far as I know, the main mascara line that Soap & Glory has. Aiming to ‘lay down volume and intensity’ using it’s V shaped brush, it claims to add thickness and volume without needing to work at it.

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As always with these kind of reviews, below I’ve added a before and after so you can see the effect of the mascara on my own lashes. (I also did my eyebrows lol)

soap and glory thick and fast mascara

The pros of this mascara are:

  • It is affordable compared to something like Benefit’s They’re Real, Bad Gal Lash or Roller Lash
  • It’s really well pigmented!
  • The brush feels nice to use
  • Gorgeous packaging! (well, I think so, something satisfying about the all over gold wand)
  • It is quite good at lengthening (see above picture)

The cons of this mascara are:

  • You may get Repetitive Strain Injury from having to go back and build up every single layer to get volume and length. Seriously, this is NOT THICK AND FAST IT IS THIN AND SLOW (-_-)
  • The mascara has a watery consistency compared to most others on the shelves
  • Did I mention it’s hard to build up?
  • Oh, and someone get Soap and Glory to supply a small robot with each purchase TO MOVE THE MASCARA UP AND  DOWN ON YOUR EYES TO SAVE YOUR WRIST

Aside from these points, I actually quite like it lol.

It’s not a pain to get off, it doesn’t feel wet on the lashes which is good (however Roller Lash does so you may want to steer clear) and it’s quite good at lengthening which I was surprised at.

What do you think, have you tried this Soap & Glory mascara before?

🙂

Until next time lovely readers!

Roshni xxx

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How to Apply False Eyelashes – Success Guaranteed!

When I’ve done people’s make up or helped with it, this is the thing that everybody mentions – false eyelashes. Those wispy bands of small hairs have been known to stump the most accomplished beauty mavens!

Really, the key with false eyelashes is practice, but I do have some inside tips to make your life a lot easier!

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The things you will need for successful eyelash application are:

  • Eyelashes (duh)
  • Tweezers
  • Eyelash Glue (the one that comes in the pack is fine)

CHOICES, CHOICES – 

Put simply, if you are looking for a very natural lash then try the ones with sparser set lashes. For me, when I want something between natural and dressy I love using the Red Cherry Wispy Lashes (these are my ultimate favourites).

If you are definitely after a strip lash that LOOKS like one, get lashes where the eyelashes are mostly the same length – wispy ones tend to have varied lengths within them!

BAND WIDTH –

Once you have selected your favourite lashes, a good way to check they are right for you is to simply place them along your lash line without any glue. I tend to nudge my lashes down a bit so that I can get the lashes on top of them. This will help you see if the lashes need cutting (they may be too wide for your eyes). If this is the case, then trim a few millimetres off the OUTSIDE of the lashes. Never do it from the inside or you’ll ruin the look!

LASH GRABBIN’ – 

When you are ready (and have limbered up) to apply your lashes, gently peel the lash off the holder or case – try not to yank or pull too hard as you want to keep the shape of the lash band.

MIDDLE IS BEST – 

Grip the eyelash band in the middle of the lash band, close to the band itself so that you have a sturdy hold of it.

TIME TO GET GLUING – 

That just looks like ‘GLUNG’ to me, lol. There is nothing wrong with the eyelash glue that comes in the packet, with your eyelashes. But I find that if you are a bit messy, using a dark eyelash glue is a great idea. Duo do a dark brown version which is the one that I use – so if you have applied eyeliner beforehand then you won’t get a big white splodge on your eyeshadow.

Apply a thin line of eyelash glue and gently blow on the lash or wave it – this will help the glue to go a bit tacky.

THIS IS THE KEY…if you take anything away from this post it’s that you should wait until the glue has gone a bit tacky before you apply the lashes. This will help it adhere – if you try when you have just applied the glue it will slide all over the place. 

GENTLY DOES IT – 

When the glue is tacky, gently lower the lash onto your lash line – letting it fall in the middle first of all. Once the lash is rested on the centre of your lash line, use the tweezers to pull the lash to your lash line in the inner corner, then the outer corner. I have found this is the most fool proof way to apply.

When this is stuck, you can gently pinch (can you gently pinch?!) the eyelashes against your own, which will help them stay for longer.

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ET voila!!

Let me know if you have any tips yourselves 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Roshni xxx

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My Autumn Beauty Essentials

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Autumn is one of my favourite seasons (out of the 4 that is) and there are certain beauty products that I think are essential in this leafy, cosy but chilly time of year.

When you compare spring to autumn (those weird in between-y seasons), there are conditions that change the essential beauty items you need. Central heating can change your skin and make it dry, weather can disrupt your haircare routine and the dark nights gives you the opportunity to experiment with bold lips and sparkly eyes.

Here I’m going to run you through my Autumn Winter Essentials!

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FACE:

Dewy skin is a distant memory when it gets to autumn – the most important thing I usually need is for my skin to be matte, moisturised and clear of blemishes. The best foundation I have found (HA) is the Estée Lauder Double Wear. This is a great matte foundation which isn’t drying and has a great range of colours to match with your skin tone. It isn’t a thick foundation, but it has very good buildable coverage. It lasts a full working day, I would say…and you don’t need a lot of powder to set it in place – it almost sets as a powder itself. The shade I have is ‘Ivory Beige’ which is great for lighter Asian skin tones.

A more mauve toned blush is a great addition to your make up bag for autumn. Try to choose one that is pigmented and lasts for a long time. I really like the MAC Mocha blush, which has no shimmer through it and comes off a browny mauvey shade. It’s really beautiful when used across the cheekbones, but just be careful not to apply too much as it could look a little ruddy.

For a highlight, one product that is particularly good for darker autumn nights is the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in ‘Soft & Gentle’. I’ve talked about this product a lot on my blog before, but it really is that good. A very light coloured gold, shimmery highlighter, it is best used with either a fan brush or a slightly sparser make up brush – just dust it across your cheekbones and on your cupids bow.

Finally, to finish your face make up, a good setting brush is a must. I only actually got one of these recently, I invested in a Real Techniques setting brush for powder to set my concealer. This is a sparser brush that others in the range and it means that you don’t end up caking on powder on to your face – building it up in thin layers is the best way to make it last longer and look great.

EYEBROWS:

Yessss, eyebrows has it’s own section. :). SO, for my eyebrows, I’ve started to love using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in the shade Ebony to create a slightly bolder brow look – usually I would just use the Soap & Glory Brow Archery which creates a more natural brow.

LIPS:

For lips, if you are creating a nude lip one of my favourite lip liners to use is the Revlon Nude Lip Liner. It pretty much does what it says on the packaging and I’ve found it’s a great match for my skin tone (it’s a browny toned liner for a nude lip). I actually used this on my sister for her wedding reception make up and it was a great match for her too.

Finally, for a bold lip one of the best shades of lipstick is Rimmel’s ‘Starry Eyed’ which is a browny burgundy colour. It’s not a very shiny formula, but is great with a lipliner and lasts for quite a while. It’s a very cool toned shade so makes your teeth look whiter too!

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Thanks for reading!

Roshni xxx

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How to Fill in Your Eyebrows and NOT look like you’ve been attacked by slugs

Hello Everyone :D!

I’ve started a little How To series on my Youtube channel which will be 5 minute (ish) videos to show you the way that I do key parts my make up routine. The first one I’ve started with is eyebrows! A crucial (IMPERATIVE, if you will) part of anyone’s make up routine and the best way to frame your face.

Please take a look at the video, click to give it a thumbs up if you like it and subscribe if you want to see more videos!

Thanks!

Roshni xxx

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