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Review: Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara

Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara - £6.29
I'm going to start this review by saying I have a problem with mascara. There. I said it. I cannot apply it to my bottom lashes for love nor money. Most people, normal people, don't have a problem with applying mascara - one person online even saying "I've never had a problem with mascara and have never got it on my skin before, I can't see how people can struggle with it" (miaow) but I do have a problem. And I need help.

Now you may be thinking "Oooh, is she going to say this mascara she's reviewing is her holy grail? The end to her problems?" well, no. I'm building up anticipation. The mascara I'm about to review is fairly good but like most things, it has it's faults.

A while ago, when it first hit the shops, I bought Seventeen's Doll'd Up Mascara from Boots with a voucher (I think I paid £2 for it) to see what it was like. The packaging is nice but I'm not entirely sure that it would have jumped out at me from amongst the shelves had I just been browsing.

Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara promises: "Up to 24hr curl & wide-eyed volume for doll like lashes" - Does it live up to its claims? Kinda.

Firstly, the brush is fairly slim with short, hard bristles. It has a slight curve in it to help achieve perfect application which you can tilt to get the best angle for applying to the top/bottom lashes. I actually really like this type of mascara wand. The short bristles help to get to the eyelashes in the corners of the eye and other hard-to-reach areas.
As you can see I can't help but get it everywhere. I can never not get it on the skin under my eyelashes!. This is with every mascara by the way, not just with this one. So far I have applied two coats, both times the mascara is so wet that when I blink it transfers to my top eyelids, on some days this has ruined my eye make-up completely. With the mascara itself my eyelashes have appeared a little thicker and definitely more 'wide-eyed' like the packaging suggests. So far so good.

But then..
I sneezed. 

Darn you hayfever. See what I mean about it being wet?!
By applying three coats my lashes definitely look thicker and definitely more wide-eyed but I can't see past the the wetness of this mascara. As it's so wet it makes the eyelashes clump  together but once it dried I use an eyelash brush and separated them. 

One thing that this mascara hasn't given me is curled eyelashes. I didn't curl them for the review to see how it faired and it just seemed to make them stay straight, it doesn't improve them at all. Overall, it's a nice mascara that gives my eyes a 'doll' effect but it's very wet and it doesn't curl my eyelashes like it's supposed to. I like it but I don't think I'd buy it again.

Review: Provoke Touch Of Silver Daily Maintenance Shampoo

As you may all be aware, I ombre'd my hair last year and since then I've found it hard maintaining my blonde ends. Recently I've noticed, and been told, that my hair is looking a little ginger in places which, as nice enough ginger is, it wasn't the look I was hoping for.

So, I thought to myself, how do I rectify this? My first thought was to re-dye it but on a little trip to the supermarket I saw some purple shampoos which are supposed to neutralize brassiness in the hair and for a few measly pounds I thought they were better than nothing.

The shampoo I picked up is from the brand Provoke and I picked up the Provoke Touch Of Silver Daily Maintenance Shampoo with Optical Brightener.

The bottle claims to "actively neutralize brassiness in grey, white and blonde hair with the Optical Brightener instantly boosting shine resulting in fresh, healthy looking hair" - sounds good doesn't it? But does it work? Ah, well I'll get onto that one.

The shampoo itself is purple but once lathered into the hair it looks like normal shampoo so it doesn't wash out purple like I first thought. I apply a good amount of this just to the ends of my hair, (I avoid applying it to my natural hair colour as it won't make any difference to it) lather then wash off.

It is named a Daily Maintenance Shampoo but as I don't wash my hair everyday, I just use this shampoo once or twice a week and what a difference it has made! Long gone are my gingery ends! I now have the blonde hair I originally wanted, all thanks to a shampoo.
Look at the difference! I am SO impressed with this shampoo. It's taken me about 2 months of using this once or twice a week to get it in this condition but it's definitely worth the time it's taken. Also you don't need to use too much and I still have well over half the contents of the bottle left so it lasts a while too. 

I cannot recommend this shampoo enough if you have blonde/grey/white hair and are struggling with brassiness or just want to maintain your hair colour. It's a little miracle in a bottle and the best part? You can buy it from Asda!

It's also worth noting that you can get different products in Provoke's Touch Of Silver product range so keep your eye out for them too.

Lusting: Shorts

Another lusting post! Does anyone enjoy these? I hope so. Anyway, this time I decided to do a post on shorts as, when I wrote this, the weather was lovely here in England but since then it's gone a little downhill but never mind, we can stare at them in our wardrobes can't we?!

I have to admit, I only own one pair of shorts and I have only worn them once. Why? Well, about a year ago I was about 3 stone heavier and the thought of me wearing shorts was hideous so I never bothered. Instead I would wear some 3/4 length shorts which I didn't particularly like or enjoy wearing - they aren't much fun in the summer when all you want to do is get a bit of a tan, especially on holiday. Luckily for me I've managed to lose some weight (blog post maybe?) so now my body suits shorts more than it used to. 

Anyway, here is a little list of what our high street has to offer when it comes to shorts. Like always I've added a 'if money was no option' section too. Enjoy!

Review: Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Nail Varnish in Shooting Stars

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Nail Varnish - £2.99
The first time I saw the Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot range wasn't when people were raving about them on the internet and on twitter, it was when my sister bought a few of them in Boots a couple of weeks ago. I hadn't seen them before but they reminded me of L'oreal's Color Riche Confetti Nail Varnish and after a little begging, my sister kindly let me try one out. The one I tried was in the shade Shooting Stars.

Shooting Stars is a deep blue nail varnish with black and white different shaped and sized bits of matte glitter running throughout. When you first apply it it is quite sheer so the blue looks much brighter and you get the odd piece of glitter on each nail. The more you layer it up the more the blue deepens and the more glitter you get. 

It took me about 3/4 thick coats to get the amount of glitter on my nails like in the photos above but I think it's completely worth it. One con to this nail varnish is that the formula is very, very gloopy. I don't know if she bought a dud one but it applied horrendously, so much so that as soon as I had initially applied it I wanted to take it off.

Saying that, it is a lovely nail varnish and it makes a nice change.