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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


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.

Easy Hairstyles for Parties and Weddings

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One of the most time-consuming tasks on your wedding day is getting that perfect hairstyle. It should look fantastic for your wedding ceremony and equally fabulous when you’ve changed into your evening wear – easy when you know how. We’ve compiled a weekly, seven-part easy guide for you to create your own elegant looks, which are suitable for all occasions.

This week, we give you tips on creating healthy shiny hair, and next week we’ll show you how to create a classic Audrey Hepburn chignon.


Create healthy and shiny hair

Part one – Get your hair into tip-top condition

In order to create stunning hairstyles, your hair should be in the best possible condition, and it’s best to start this process several months before your wedding or party.

The following top tips will make sure your hair is as healthy and shiny as possible.

Environment factors

Whatever your hair type or hairstyles you’re planning, Sun, sand and sea can take its toll on hair, so make sure you use a conditioning mask and double wash. Applying a leave-in conditioner or hair oil, will help stop the hair from drying out, and will also stop frizz in humid weather.

If you can’t wash your hair, don’t worry, just use a dry shampoo to remove the excess oil.

 Understand your hair type

It’s important to know your hair type and to use the right products. There are three main types of hair – fine, medium and thick

Massage your hair

Gently massage your scalp to loosen the grime. Build up a good lather and rinse your hair in warm water.

 Use a hair mask

Use a hair mask on a weekly basis. After applying, leave for 10 minutes and over with cling film

Use a heat protector

Always use a heat protector when blow drying your hair or using tongs and straighteners.

Have frequent hair cuts

Having frequent hair cuts will help prevent split ends. Aim for every 6 weeks for short hair and every 3 months for long hair

Have a healthy diet

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and drinking plenty of water is as good for your hair as it is for your body

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