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  1. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

I have been waffling on about Benefit and there new launches a bit lately. Apologies if it doesn’t float your boat.

I have spoken about when I was invited to the launch of Roller Lash here and given some info on it already, aswell as delving into their Puff Off Eye Gel here for tired puffy eyes.

Roller Lash is Benefit’s newest mascara. When you think of Benefit Cosmetics, you tend to think of mascara, it’s their thing and they do it well. Roller Lash is no exception.

I am a waterproof mascara junkie. I have crap lashes that are straight and the only way they tend to hold a curl is with a waterproof formula. Roller Lash has proved me wrong here. Benefit say you don’t need to use an eyelash curlers when using Roller Lash. If you are already blessed with some sort of curl to your lash, then you don’t need to bother at all. I do curl mine though, that’s what makes me feel comfortable.

Roller Lash has a plastic brush which we see more and more of nowadays in our mascaras. This brush has little tiny hooks on it, that grab the lashes when you run it through, catching them, coating them with mascara and lifting them up as you go. If you look close you can kind of see them, it’s hard to show them in a picture because the product is covering the brush.

Roller Lash Wand Up CloseSo now for the part we all want to see, Roller Lash in action 🙂

Beautynook no mascara

No mascara

 

beauty nook roller lash

With mascara added

 

Beauty Nook review

Side view of my lashes

They look a little better no? Roller Lash lengthens and separates your lashes really well. It has a wet formula, but its not too clumpy or hard to work with. You can layer a good amount of it on and your lashes still keep a curl. I have worn this most days since I have gotten it and it has yet to flake or transfer throughout the day. It is not a waterproof formula so you do not have to scrub your eyes raw to get it off at the end of the day either.

I choose not to wear it on my bottom lashes just because I know Mac’s Extended Play works for me there and it has a small wand so I find it easier to use. I would of course use Roller Lash if I did not have another mascara specifically for my lower lashes though. #makeupobsessedproblems :p

Its a really great mascara and I am personally pleasantly surprised I like it so much, as I never really got the hype for Bad Gal of They’re Real. Roller Lash is the one for me.

Gemma

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babyliss-curl-secret-perfect-curl-reviewLets start by saying this Babyliss Curl Secret contraption looks like some sort of torture tool. Don’t let that put you off though 🙂

babyliss perfect curl

I got this for Christmas off my lovely mammy this year, she knows me well. She bought it in Boots and paid 160Euro for it. You can get it from Boots here. It’s a pretty hefty price tag and I have to be honest it would put me right off buying it myself. I am brutal with my hair, I never leave enough time when I’m going out to do much with it, not that I am capable of it anyway. I usually spend all my time faffing with my makeup and then it’s a rush to do something with my mop. So this is where contraptions like this come in handy, it does the work for you you just have to follow the machine and do what you’re told.

I am a big fan of the curling wand, I think I have three, shame on me. But they are bloody dangerous (especially when you’re in a hurry like I am all of the time and don’t bother wearing the glove like I do all of the time). So the Babyliss Curl Secret is a safer option as there is no exposed parts that are going to give you third degree burns. It is heavy though so that can cause a problem if you are curling the whole length of your hair. I tend to just curl the ends, so it doesn’t be too bad on the arms.

So how do you use it. Here is a quick video of me demonstrating how easy it is:

Make sure your hair is dry and clean. There are two heat settings and 3 timer settings on it to choose to create the curl you want, you will want more heat for thicker hair and less for thinner hair.  It will take some messing around with to figure out what works for you. You can only fit a small amount of hair in at a time, which for me is a bit of a let down as I prefer bigger curls, but you can brush them out for a more beachy effect. You take your section of hair, and put it in the chamber of the curler starting at the top of where you want the curl to start, clamp the curler together and then the cool bit…your hair magically gets drawn in to it. You hold it there until the curler beeps four times, and then release it. You then have a pretty perfect curl. I really recommend playing around with this on a night you’re not up to much, because it does take some getting used to, but once you are, you can do your whole head in a short enough space of time without your hair getting caught (my hair got caught in it a couple of times when I used it first, so be careful!).

Overall I love this product, although I am a beauty junkie that loves trying all the new gadgets on the market if I can. I believe because your hair is been heated from all angles in the chamber of the curler, your curls last longer then if you were to curl your hair with a traditional tongs or wand which is cool and good for girls who have trouble keeping a curl in their hair. For thicker haired gals like myself using the Babyliss Curl Secret will take longer than using a wand as you can only do small sections at a time, but it only take between 8 and 12 seconds for a curl to form so that makes up for it I think. You can also use it without a mirror when you get comfortable with it. I really like this curler and it is great for people who just aren’t gifted in the hair styling department as once you know how to use it, there’s no thinking involved. The price is a bit steep, so I say go into Boots and give the Babyliss Curl Secret a test run, they usually have one out on display and you can see the coolness for yourself.

Thanks for reading and I hope this helps if you been eyeing one up but not sure if you want to drop the cash.

Gemma

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