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Mascara Product Review by Okayzions

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Confused and frustrated when trying to buy a new mascara?

I felt devastated when I realised that my main mascara I have used for many years has been discontinued and I was forced to shop for a new one. I felt intimidated by all the buzz words, choices and stress confusion as it is not always possible to try testers.  Generally, there are only 4 points that need to be considered when making your purchase.

  1. What type of brush do you prefer i.e full, pointed, narrow, curled etc?
  2. Do you have sensitive eyes?
  3. Do you need a waterproof mascara?
  4. What type of look are you trying to achieve i.e natural, dramatic party eyelashes, doe or doll eyes?

Mascara Product Review Results

We narrowed our mascara product review down to 3 major retailers who are part of our affiliate programme (Boots, Debenhams & John Lewis) and their top selling products. It was hard selecting only 10 waterproof mascaras suitable for the party season as there are hundreds of products to think about. Our final decision was based on the mascara which gave the most comfortable application and the least clumping effects. The UK’s top selling mascara  “Benefit They’re Real” was awarded the title of our ‘Top Product’ because it was loved by all product testers regardless of their age (14 – 60 years). The other mascaras were all excellent but seemed to be split into age categories. For example, Lancome was preferred by our older testers, whilst the younger preferred Nars.  All the prices recorded on our product reviews were correct at the time but may vary due to seasonal promotions or price matching.

  • Benefit They’re Real – 10/10  Loved by all product testers regardless of their age. Buy from BootsDebenhams and John Lewis  for £17.55. After Black Friday and any other promotions the prices will revert to £19.50 after sales.
  • Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara – 9/10  A very close second. This is a lovely mascara and  fantastic for party eyes. Buy from Boots, Debenhams and  John Lewis for £20.25, reverting to £22.50 after sales
  • Nars Audacious Mascara- 8/10  Generally better for the day but if you add lots of coats then it can look quite dramatic for a party.  I have never tried NARS products before but I am now hooked. Buy from John Lewis for £18.90
  • Maybelline Colossal Mascara – 6/10  With so many products we became confused (26 mascaras in the range). However, overall they were fantastic for their price and generally performed very well. Buy various types of Colossal Mascara from Boots  priced £6.99 – £7.99.
  • Bobbi Brown Extreme Party -5/10  A nice mascara but did not to live up to its name implying dramatic party eyes. That said we simply love all other products by Bobbi Brown. Buy from Debenhams for £18.00 and  John Lewis for £17.00, reverting to £20.00 after sales
  • Chanel Sublime de Chanel Mascara Waterproof –  4/10  It is a natural look and so best suited to the daytime rather than the evening. Our younger testers loved the packaging as it is so elegant. Buy from Boots for £25.00, Debenhams £22.50 (reverting to £25.00 after the sales) and John Lewis for £20.70
  • Makeup For Ever Aqua Smokey Extravagant- The results were average which was a shame as it is quite expensive. Moreover, we expected more as it is being endorsed by celebrities. Buy from Debenhams  priced £16.20 reverting to £18.00 after sales.
  • No 7 Extreme Length Mascara – 4/10   Although easy to build intensity we found that the lashes went very hard and clumpy. It was not waterproof enough for swimming.   Buy from Boots priced £12.50.
  • Dior  Blackout Mascara 4/10. We expected more because of the brand and the price. Buy from BootsDebenhams and John Lewis priced £22.50 reverting to £25.00 after sales.
  • Blinc -3/10. This is a completely new concept as  blinc invented a technology breakthrough in mascara that allows for the easy application of water-resistant “tubes” around your lashes unlike conventional mascaras. Buy from Boots priced £19.35, reverting to £21.50 after sales.

What brand and type of mascara do you wear?   We would love to hear from you with a brief product review or comment via our facebook page or twitter


Remembrance Sunday

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The poppy has become an iconic image associated with remembering the military and civilians who gave their lives in the two world wars and more recent conflicts. The poppy can be worn on the lapel or even as a piece of jewellery such as the many designs of bracelets (which are popular with children) around remembrance week, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.
Remembrance Sunday first started in 1995 for the 50th Anniversary of the First World War and is always held on the Second Sunday of November. Poppies are made into a wreaths and laid at the cenotaphs or war memorials in sombre ceremonies throughout the UK and Commonwealth. The ceremonies are attended by members of the Royal British Legion such as ex and serving servicemen and women, cadets and youth organisations. The key elements of the ceremonies which are normally planned by The Royal British Legion are the military and youth parades, military bands playing music, short speech by local dignitaries and muffled church bells.

Armistice Day first started in 1919 by a two-minute silence after the Wester Front fell silent on at 11am, November, 1918 when the guns ceased firing after over four years of continuous firing. Since then every year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we continue to observe this respectful practice of remembering those who lost their lives in all military conflicts.

Remembrance Sunday
The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London hosts the national remembrance ceremony which is televised live. At 11am there is a two-minute silence, followed by the laying of the poppy wreaths, first by the Queen then followed by the rest of the main Royal Family, Leaders and Senior Government Officials, The Royal British Legion and Civic Dignitaries. A short religious service is conducted whilst the choir and orchestra play. The hauntingly sombre music throughout is played by military bands and the traditional music has not changed since 1930. After the ceremony the veterans parade marches past the cenotaph and salutes it thereby remembering all those whose lives have been lost. The march is completed with a salute to a member of the Royal Family in front of the Guards Memorial.Look out for local and national fundraising events and church services to mark Remembrance Day and to make a donation to The British Legion.

Official Programme of songs from the National Ceremony

Generally, the music at the National Ceremony remains consistent, no matter where the event is being held. Although this programme of music dates from 1930, the message is relevant for all other wars since.

Additional music completes the ceremony with  the unofficial laying of wreaths and veterans march. This typically includes with Trumpet Voluntary and  It’s A Long Way To Tipperary

The official organizer of the ceremony, The Royal British Legion, have their own march,which is a medley of marches from  the First and Second World Wars. The Legion usually includes younger members of the community, such as the cadets, to act as standard bearers. This helps to reinforce the message that all of us have been affected by the wars, now matter how old or young, or which generation we represent.


Create a Pirate Outfit

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 Create a pirate outfit

Part eight – Pirate Outfit

The lovable rogue, Captain Jack Sparrow has increased the popularity of pirates for Halloween. The pirate  outfit is versatile and suitable for all ages.


A great look can be created with face paint and a bandana, white shirt, buckle belt and leggings to complete an effective look. A hook, parrot and eye patch make the perfect accessories for your pirate outfit.


Step one

Paint the outline of an eye patch and string with a small brush. Or you could use a real eye patch.

Step two

Fill it in with black paint and also make sure the model has their eyes closed.

 Step three

Paint the outline of a bandana across the forehead and on the opposite side of the face.

Step four

Fill in the bandana using a large brush and red paint.

Step five

Gradually stipple the face with black or brown paint to create stubble.

Step six

Add scars by painting thin lines in red or brown.

Create a Devil Outfit

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 Create a devil outfit

Part seven – Devil Outfit



Whether you’re a cheeky little devil, a sexy devil or simply just a demon, we’ll help you create the perfect devil outfit for Halloween.

Step one

Decide whether to use a base paint on the whole face and neck. If so, choose a red colour.

Step two

Using a very thin brush, paint a line of black over the eyebrow, following the natural shape, but creating an exaggerated arch.

 Step three

Apply plenty of red or black eyeshadow. Using a smoky eye technique will create a sultry temptress look for a sexy devil and creating dark circles will appear demonic. Keep it more natural for children.

Step four

If going for the temptress look, use an ivory foundation and powder to create perfect porcelain skin. Apply blusher with a contouring brush to define the cheekbones.

Step five

Outline your lips in red or black. Apply a dark lipstick, dab off with a tissue and apply powder before reapplying another coat. This will help it last.

Step six

Devil costumes are easy to make or buy in any supermarket or fancy dress shop, or you could even create a look from your own clothing. Accessorize with horns, a cape and a trident.

How to create Hag Witch Face Paint

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 Hag Witch facepaint

Part five – Hag Witch Face paint

You can create many different types of Halloween looks with facepaint, with witches being very popular. These next few guides will focus on hag witches and cute witches, suitable for both adults and children.

A great tip for creating a truly scary hag witch is to build up layers of face paint to create a strong base, which will emphasis the folds of your skin and have the benefit of lasting all night.


Step one

Use a base paint on the whole face and neck. Good colours to use are white, grey and light brown or green.

Step two

Paint along the folds of the cheek to the mouth, in dark colours such as purple or brown.

 Step three

Paint bags under the eyes by following the natural line downwards from the corner. Feather the lines with a brush and cotton bud.

Step four

Follow the same method across the forehead and over the eyebrows and exaggerate all frown lines.

Step five

Paint fine lines for wrinkles all along the mouth. Paint the mouth black, tan or red.

Step six

Shade the cleft of the chin. Blacken one or two teeth with mascara

6 Halloween Zombie Makeup tips

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Halloween is a great time to test your creative abilities with great costumes and makeup. In the run up to Halloween, we’ve giving you some awesome looks over the next 10 days.

Today, we’ll show you the basics of creating a zombie look and tomorrow we’ll show you how to jazz up the look with authentic look bullet holes

Halloween Zombie makeup

Part one – Create a Halloween Zombie look


Use white stage makeup to paint your face white, building up layers so they don’t rub off when you sweat. Seal with translucent powder.

You can find the makeup in any party supplies retailer, such as Angels Fancy Dress. Alternatively, you could improvise with a very pale foundation.

Create dark circles

Use your little finger to rub a purple or grey eyeshadow under the eye to create dark circles.

Define your eyebrows

Define your eyebrows and eyelashes with a black mascara to add extra definition. You can also fill in the eyebrows with dark eyeshadow.

 Use a dark lip colour

Use a dark eyeshadow, such as grey or purple on your lips, as a base before adding a red lipstick. Define with lip liner

Define the cheeks

Using a grey or light purple shadow on the cheeks will create a gaunt look

Don’t forget blood!

Add some trickles of blood down the face and neck. Concentrating on the cheeks adds impact.

Have a bad hair day

The dirtier and messier the better. Backcomb to add extra tangles.

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