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How To Apply Lower Lash Mascara With Any Wand

Why You Have Probably Been Applying Mascara Wrong!

I’m talking lower lash mascara here.

Personally, I don’t think that a perfect application exists when it comes to top lashes.

However, when it comes to lower lashes I feel the majority of people have the same mascara application method. I always see friends, family, and clients do it. (I never apply my client’s mascara unless they insist)

Of course each to their own but it just makes no sense to me.

And it looks like hard work.

What am I talking about?


Holding the wand at a horizontal angle cutting across the eye. Hand flying about in mid-air = no control and more room for smudgy mistakes. Who’s got the time for those?

Take back control!


Instead of that, try holding the wand vertically and resting your little finger on your cheek. This allows you to move the wand more easily back and forth across the lower lashes. With your little finger as the *pivotal point, you remain in total control of the wand.

The great thing is that you can use any size mascara wand with this method and always have full control. And unless you overload your wand with product, it’s very difficult to make a mistake or create clumpy lashes. It’s also difficult to poke the wand into your eye!

Perfect lower lashes every time…I promise!

*Can anyone else say pivot and not think of Ross Geller??

The Best of Bourjois ~Top 3 Products

When it comes to drugstore Makeup I love Bourjois. I find as a general rule when drugstore cosmetic shopping if in doubt go the Bourjois route (if you’re American you will get a lot more out of that sentence than the Brits, or not ahem!) Because they rarely put out a disappointing product.I actually can’t think of one off the top of my head. If my arm was twisted I’d have to say I’m not a huge fan of the classic ‘chocolate bronzer.’

Here are my all time favourites.

1.Healthy mix radiance reveal foundation 

I actually love this foundation so much that I often pick it over my higher end ones. For me this is a perfect all seasons base. It blends so easily (I like to apply this with my fingers), gives light/medium coverage which can be built into a decent medium with a satin finish. Bourjois claims that it lasts up to16hrs which is just silly! I get around 5-6 hours without powder before my beautiful nose redness starts peeking through.

2.Volume one second mascara

A mascara with balls!  Seriously though I had high hopes when I picked this up and I wasn’t disappointed.The rubber brush/tiny ball combo works wonders on my mid length crossed over lashes. It gives separation, length and volume that lasts the day without smudging/flaking (I have the non-waterproof version)Although it goes without saying that the 1-second claim is just daft. It does the job quickly with minimal wand wiggle-age needed.

3.Bronzing Primer


I honestly thought this had a better name until just now. I shall use the French.The Bourjois Base Lissante Soleil (better) is currently my obsession! Supposedly a dupe for the much hyped Soleil Tan de Chanel or whatever it’s called nowadays!? I never gave into that hype because I didn’t think I was missing out on a mousse formula bronzing primer, how wrong was I? Although the colour and consistency are quite scary at first glance, the Bourjois version blends into the skin like a dream! It leaves a smooth matte base for foundation which it then lends a hand to give a

Although the colour and consistency are quite scary at first glance, the Bourjois version blends into the skin like a dream! It leaves a smooth matte base for foundation which it then lends a hand to give a surprisingly subtle, bronzed, healthy finish.

So far I have only used this as a primer but apparently, it works well as a contour so I’m going to have to give that a go!


NB: I’ll be damned if there is a base product on this planet that smells this delicious!!

NB2: I over scooped in the above swatch picture…a little goes a long way with this.

What are your favourite’s from Bourjois?


Superdrug haul!

As it’s coming up to Christmas I wasn’t expecting to be using the word haul around here at least until the end of the month. But Christmas means cold weather and cold weather means dry skin. Dry skin equals sadness and that’s just not allowed at Christmas time! It’s the law, right?

Oh the guilty conscious, you would think I had just dropped a fortune in Chanel.

…unfortunately not, but I did pick up some nice bits and pieces.



Superdrug Brightening hot cloth cleanser 150ml


I started using this when my last Liz Earle cleanse and polish ran out. I really like the whole cleanse and polish method when it comes to cleansing my skin. And I can’t say that I noticed a great deal of difference between the two in terms of what they do for the appearence of my skin. I actually prefer the smell (and price) of this one so I shall continue to repurchase it.


Garnier Micellar cleansing water 400ml


I got so excited when I saw this! A new contender to be a drugstore bioderma dupe! I’ve never actually tried bioderma. But the whole cleansing water concept has always held my curiosity. I shall keep you posted as soon as I have given this a try.

Garnier moisture match-Dry to very dry skin 50ml

I wrote a full review on this earlier in the year (here) I love it, and my skin loves it too!

Although it is always reasonably priced, it was on offer for a teeny £2.98 today.


-Rimmel Glam eyes Day 2 night mascara

Nothing new here! I remember there being a massive hype around this when it first came out.It was either last year or the year before, I can’t keep up! I didn’t give it a go back then. And I wasn’t really planning to pick it up. But after spotting these nail polishes I grabbed it to make up the 3 for 2.


-Rimmel Salon Pro Kate Moss 711 ‘Punk rock’

Around 2 years ago I was obsessed with a NARS nail polish.‘Galion’ was it’s name.

I speak in the past tense, it is still available. However, as much as I have ogled it on line and stroked it in Space NK, my nails are rubbish, and so I have never justified forking out £14 for it!

This, my friends is the dupe! A dark ‘stormy’ grey with an undertone of purple. This picture does it no justice! It is actually the polish dreams are made of!  (well my very strange dreams anyway ;)) ]

-Rimmel Finishing touch glitter top coat

Who can resist glittery nails in December? This is one of the 3 new topcoats from Rimmel. A clear base laden with fine Gold and multicolour glitter. I swatched this sneakily in the shop, (naughty and not advised especially in certain branches of Superdrug where you will be made to feel like a reprobate for doing so!)

It has to be the most perfect sparkly yet subtle finish for festive fingertips!!

So that’s it. No more spending for me. The word haul is now banished from this blog until Santa has been and gone. But do let me know if you are guilty of buying yourself pre-Christmas treats! (It will make me feel lots better!)


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