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Essence Maximum Volume Mascara

My latest go-to every day mascara is… Essence Maximum Volume Mascara! ess_MaximumVolumeMascara_offen.jpg

It lasts the whole day…  I’ve been applying about 3 strokes to each eye for the past few months and it really builds so well on your lashes, giving lots of volume and lift to your eyes, its a semi-wet consistency but dries quickly and it doesn’t flake off your eyes during the day. It is a super magic mascara for anyone looking for added volume but I think the trick is down to the wand. Its a plastic rubbery mascara wand.

a full days wear of the Essence Maximum Volume mascara, after experience 37 degrees Celsius heat. The mascara stayed put the whole day!

a full days wear of the Essence Maximum Volume mascara, after experience 37 degrees Celsius heat. The mascara stayed put the whole day!

The wand helps to separate the lashes individually and because of this it doesn’t result in unsightly clumped up lashes while building some length. I’ve been using this mascara for the past 4 months (I know you are not supposed to do this – but it is still fine), the consistency has not changed and the formula has not gone dry which is a huge bonus.

One eye with mascara, the other waiting to be applied. Perfect for everyday volume!

One eye with mascara, the other waiting to be applied. Perfect for everyday volume!

A real steal for anyone lashes as the retail price is only R53.95 and is available from selected pharmacies.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: this product was a prize I won, this has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway

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Lucious Lashes

IMD LASH FACTORf eyes are windows to the soul then eyelashes are undoubtedly the window frames. As a makeup artist and general makeup lover I know that mascara can only do so much. The trick to beautifully coated lashes is to be blessed with dark, long, curly, luscious eyelashes already but sadly, this is not the case for us all. There are temporary solutions like false lashes which always make a difference but can be a pain to apply/keep on and then there is always eyelash extensions which work well for some but from having them applied once I was never comfortable with them although they looked nice.

Fortunately MD Lash Factor has an answer which is an Eyelash conditioner with many active ingredients to promote hair growth of the mysterious eyelash hair. MD Lash has created a stir both locally and abroad from driven results from using the product, being voted as Product of the Year in 2011 by real consumers; the purpose of the award is to guide consumers to the best products available in the market and reward the manufacturers and innovators for designing such innovating and useful products.

The MD Lash Factor was designed by Dr. Susan F. Lin in the USA with the aim to assist the growth of eyelashes by applying a coat to the top lash line of the formula which sends a  signal to the lashes to grow fuller, thicker and longer. It has been a huge success with post-chemo therapy hair loss which includes the loss of eyelashes and the MD Lash assists in the growing the patients eyelashes back to their former glory and even sometimes better than before and people in general who are unhappy about fullness, length or thickness of their own lashes.

What ingredients make MD Lash Factor unique?

  • MD Lash Factor Cytokine Complex provides lashes with signals necessary to develop fuller, thicker and longer looking lashes.

  • Thitaine, a powerful mushroom derived peptide, to protect and nourish your lashes to develop their fullest potential.

  • Unique ingredients for longer, fuller and thicker looking lashes

What are the benefits of using MD Lash Factor?

  • Physician formulated

  • Ophthalmologist tested

  • Safe for contact lens wearers

  • Safe for sensitive eyes

  • 95% of users report thicker, fuller, longer lashes in 30 days.

Using MD Lash Factor is simple – once you have cleansed and done your night time skin routine (and removed contact lenses – if this applies to you) simply swipe a small thin line of the product above the base of the top lash line like applying a liquid liner. One swoop per eye per day is enough to encourage eyelashes to grow fuller, thicker and longer. If your skin is very sensitive to active ingredients it may tingle slightly but nothing unbearable. While you sleep let the MD Lash Factor do the work and in the morning cleanse, tone, moisturise as normal. 30 days is when the majority of the clinical trials reported seeing results but it is recommended to use this product continually for 2 – 4 months for the best maximum result.

Web image for MD Lash Results in 3 Weeks

Web image for MD Lash Results in 3 Weeks

Web image for MD Lash Factor results in 7 weeks

Web image for MD Lash Factor results in 7 weeks

Web image for MD Lash Factor results in 3 months

Web image for MD Lash Factor results in 3 months

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Web image for MD Lash Factor in 4 months

MD Lash Factor is available at selected clinics and salons nationally and retails for 3 months supply R900 or 6 months supply for R1,400.

I will be doing my own extensive research on how this product helps me and my lashes. Check back soon for an update!!

For more information visit MD Lash website or follow them on Twitter.

x flea143

Disclaimer: This product has been given to me for review purposes. This has not altered my view of the product in anyway.

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Natalie Portman’s DIOR Mascara Advert Banned In The UK

Hiya Poutlings

Photoshop doesn’t really bother me that much. I am a photographer, I know what photoshop I like and what I don’t. In advertising of beauty products, it is annoying but undeniably rampant practice for sure, but at this point, I always think “nobody looks like that” and “the proof is the pudding, just buy it and test it out” – which can be an expensive practice as a makeup artist too. It’s got to the point where the general public without a knowledge of photoshop know what is real or not and I’m apathetic to that, apart from beauty advertisements! Are we seriously supposed to look at these pictures and say “wow, this foundation looks great” when the model has been subjected to hours of professional hair and makeup but has also been Photoshopped to the point of no recognizable human features?

For reference to my above statement, open any fashion magazine to any page selling a cosmetic brand or product, bonus points if its a well known celeb. Does she look like a woman wearing makeup or does she look like a woman-alien hybrid who is wearing makeup also eigh hours worth of post-production photo enhancement and might also slurp out your soul to steal your youth?

What is the purpose of photographic advertising if it has virtually nothing to do with the product being advertisted?

So, heres the deal, in the States (and generally the rest of the world follow them like sheep, BAA), they turn a blind eye to this type of consumer manipulation. In the UK, they answer it with Advertising standards Authority, which is exactly as it sounds. The Authority addresses everything from over-sexualization, such as Dakota Fanning’s underage advert for Marc Jacobs and extreme thinness to the very sort of dishonest, aspirational punting that occurs in said beauty adverts. They’ve cracked down on adverts featuring Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington in the past, and their next target is Dior Diorshow mascara starring Natalie Portman.

OH LOLA, Dakota Fanning for Marc Jacobs was deemed too sexual

Model, Christy Turlington & Julia Roberts – both women in their 40s. not the dewy, fresh-faced nymphs these ads for Maybelline and Lancome would have you believe.

The latest banned advert, Natalie Portman for DIOR.

The advert which is now banned is egregious in its use of capitalized emphasis, FALSE EYELASHES to advertise MASCARA. Taken at face value, it’s a beautiful image that I don’t mind looking at, but really, don’t you think it’s an insult to our collective intelligence as human beings that brands actually pull this kind of bullshit? Ever more disturbing… the general public fall for it.

Think about it.

That’s all I’m saying.



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Mascara Brush Types

Good Morning Awesome Pouting Beauties…

Today we’re talking



Ever wonder why your mascaras come with different types of lashes? Wonder what it meant? Well, I did and the answers came to me on the website  www.mascaras.com.au. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Rimmel Sexy Curves, which has a rubber brush, because I can’t stand mascara clumps or smudges! So, are you like me in that way? Check out the different mascara brush types you get below and let me know…

  • Curved Mascara Brush Types – cause the lash to curl and lift. Proper application is done by moving the brush with the mascara from the outer lash to the inner lash, while sweeping the curved brush slowly from the root to the tip of the lashes. The curved mascara brush types strive for smudge-proof lashes that are visually stunning.
  • Lash Comb Mascara Brush Types – cause a defined separation for your lashes that look thick at the base and have sun-like rays toward the end. Using the lash comb types of mascara brushes, comb your lashes from root to tip. By doing this, a very daring and open-eyed lash curl is then achieved through these types of mascara brushes.
  • Mascara Brush Types with Rubber Bristles- aim to layer individual lashes evenly, even the areas of your eyes that are hard to reach by normal brush types of mascaras. The rubber bristles create eyelashes that look as if each one is uniformly separated from the other without having clumps, smudges or smears. When using mascara brush types with rubber bristles, the coat should be applied only once, from root to tip.
  • Flexible Mascara Brush Types – allow the brush to move freely and reach the root of the lashes deeper than conventional mascara brush types.

Oh and just as a side tip – change your mascara every 3 months and don’t poke your eye with your brush as some of the worst eye infections come from mascara brushes!

Happy Thursday Lovelies!

Peace and Love xoxox



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Look Great Without Makeup This Summer

Good morning Poutlings and may you all have a fabulous Friday!

Do you long to feel the wind blowing on your naked face, I mean completely naked face? Sometimes, we all need a break from makeup yet some of us feel incredibly exposed without it however your skin will thank you for a good breather. Sandylashxx will completely disagree with my post, but MissMegsJane last post about ladies at the gym working on their fitness with lots of makeup made me think that there are many times when having a full face of makeup is not needed, such as  summer being right on our doorsteps, there is no point in lying by the pool or beach with a face full of makeup especially if you love the water and want to take a splash and enjoy your swimming!  With the long Christmas holidays on our doorstep, days relaxing at home are not always for a full face of makeup. Embrace it, be natural.

Plus, it saves time when you elect not to wear makeup. But there are some guidlines to follow to make sure that you look great without your makeup:

Practice Religious Skin Care

If you’re going to forgo makeup, you need to take the best possible care of your skin. Twice daily is preferable with a mild cleanser. Followed by a light spritz of toner all over your face, in the morning followed by a day time moisturiser and at night a night cream, do this in the morning before you wake up and before you go to sleep, your skin will thank you in the long run if you use this as your daily routine.

Exfoliate Your Skin at Least 3 Times a Week

This is one of the best kept secrets for beautiful skin – exfoliation. Use a gentle cream exfoliant on your skin and massage your face in circular motions for at least a minute before washing off. This will remove the dead skin cells and increase circulation to your face which will give your skin an amazing glow that is better than blush! Then follow by a spritz of toner and the relevant moisturiser.  For soft, glowing skin.

Getting Plenty of Beauty Sleep

If you are going to go natural, its important to get the adequate sleep needed for beautiful skin. Seven to eight hours of sleep should do your skin wonders! Tired skin looks sallow and can leave bags under the eyes or dark circles around the eyes. If you don’t get enough sleep but still want to go natural, try putting an ice pack on each eye for at least 5 minutes to reduce the “puffy eye” look.

Drink Lots of Water

Your skin looks amazing when you are well hydrated and you should make drinking at least 2 litres of water a day part of your normal beauty routine to maintain your skin hydration, keeping you looking fresh and healthy. Avoid drinking a lot of caffeine as it can act as a duiretic to further dehydrate your skin.

Keep Your Brows and Lashes in Tip Top Shape!

Make sure your brows are neatly groomed and that there are distracting stray hairs out of place and for the sake of my health, please do not dye them blonde… 😉

Make sure your eyelashes are kept clean of any residual makeup to avoid them breaking from mascara from the day before, use a gentle eye makeup remover on them if you couldn’t get it off the night before, and if you have straight lashes invest in an eyelash curler to open those peepers up!

Keep Your Lips Moisturised

Get addicted to your lip ice. Its a good addiction, not as expensive as contraband and more rewarding than suffering from dry, chapped lips. Applying moisture to them to keep them smooth and soft to the touch. Even a touch of clear lip gloss can give your face a natural glow, but be careful if your going to be lying in the sun, or doing any outdoor activity as gloss and hair like to stick together and it doesn’t look glamourous as all.

Any woman, can look good without makeup if she practices her skin care as a general lifestyle habit daily, looking after your skin can make your makeup look even better in the long run.

Let me know if you’ll doing the natural thing this summer? I’m sure I will be over Christmas… especially in our Mother City,  CAPE TOWN, if it happens to be anywhere near as hot as it was last year, makeup just melted off your face!




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