Friday, November 9, 2012

New mascara day-and what my face is wearing today

Today is 'new mascara' day.  A day that excites me probably more than it should!

I LOVE mascara.  I use it every day.  I love lengthening, thickening formulas and the only way to go is black.

I've just finished Georgio Armani Eyes To Kill mascara which was amazing (and I'll review in full in my November empties post).  I'm very picky on mascara's and for hygiene reasons use a new tube every 2 months (although the recommended use by date is 3-6 months from opening)

Today's new mascara is......


Now anyone who knows me knows I am an actual crazy cat lady.  I have 3 cats who mean the world to me, no matter how naughty!  So this mascara is right up my street-cat related mascara-10/10!  Look at that gorgeous packaging.  This is colour 'Black Black'.

I've actually used Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen mascara before and loved it but not the 'extravaganza' version so am looking forward to getting to grips with this one.  I prefer a narrow wand so that you don't get the mascara all over your lids when applying it but this wand is quite thick (similar to Benefit Bad Gal which I am actually not a fan of).  First impressions are that the mascara has quite a 'wet' texture-by that I mean that it is quite watery when applying so you need to be careful you don't smudge it for 30 seconds or so.  It was easy to build layers tho and didn't clump.  Gives great lengthening but isn't as thickening as I found Armani Eye's to Kill to be.  But this is my very first impressions of it.

I need to get practising the 'wiggle' of the wand to try and get some thicker lashes!

The Helena Rubinstein website actually has a useful application guide.  You can watch the video here

You can buy Helena Rubinstein mascara at any Helena Rubinstein counter or have it on offer for GBP25.50 at the moment.


Round up of todays make-up

Nars The Multiple in Malibu, Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eyeshadow Kit in Palette 2, Laura Mercier Shimmer Pressed Powder and Mac Plushglass in Big Kiss

Kevyn Aucoin Palette 2

Mac Plushglass in Big Kiss


Make Up Forever HD Primer in 05
Make Up Forever HD Foundation in 117 mixed with Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector
YSL Touche Eclat in 01
Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder
Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus


Nars The Multiple in Malibu
Laura Mercier Shimmer Pressed Powder (now discontinued)


Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base (Primer)
Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Medium
Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eye Shadow Kit in Palette 2
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mascara


Mac Plushglass in Big Kiss

I use a lot of Make Up Forever products-they are readily available here in Dubai from their own store in Dubai Mall but also Sephora and Paris Gallery.  In the UK they are sold in more specialist make up stores so its harder to 'try before you buy'.  Guru Make Up Emporium sells MUFE here, I have ordered from them before and had excellent customer service.  The products you cannot go wrong with from MUFE are their foundation primer, brow kits and their Aqua Creams which can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks.  Have a look at their website for some of their product demonstrations. I find it very difficult to get a good foundation match for my skin tone but MUFE is perfect for me and I really love it.

I bought the Kevyn Aucoin palette from Space NK in London on a recent visit.  Space NK is right next door to my London office, thank goodness I am not based there as I would spend every penny of my salary in there on pay day!  This is my first Kevyn Aucoin purchase-if you haven't heard of him he was a legendary make up artist who worked with Vogue, Revlon and Shiseido.  This is a very very neutral palette-perfect for people who are a bit scared of eye makeup or want a very natural look!  The shadows are very fine and silky and not highly pigmented so I recommend using an eyeshadow primer underneath to achieve a more dense and consistent colour pay off and long lasting finish without creasing.  Kevyn Aucoin products are not cheap, this palette cost GBP44.  Kevyn Aucoin can be bought here at Space NK here and Space NK will deliver to Dubai for a flat fee of GBP12.50.  If you have an Aramex Shop and Ship account you can use it to purchase cosmetics but not liquids (no nail polish, shampoos, cleansers etc) and have them sent on an approx 2-3 day service.

What is your face wearing today?



  1. I bet your make up collection is huge! LOVE eyes to Kill but lately love Estée Lauders um... I forget the name!! My make up is pretty standard just alternate the blushers! Bobbi brown BB cream Bobbi Brown bronzer Mac blushers and lippies!!! LOVE what your done xxxxx

  2. It's pretty large :)

    Thanks lovely, you never know, you might see something you like on here which might become standard. Bobbi Brown and Mac are two of my staples xxxx


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