I've been using Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara for years; it's one of the only mascaras I use regularly (the others are Maxfactor Masterpiece and False Lash Effect if you're wondering). When I saw L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara in the states at a fraction of the price, I had to pick it up.

Application takes a little longer than with regular mascara wands, but the results are so worth it.
The Givenchy product has a smaller and more intricate wand, so it really gets down to the lashline to provide volume and coat every lash. The L'Oreal product isn't as volumising or lengthening, but comes up equally as black. The Givenchy mascara doesn't smudge, clump, or flake, and whilst it isn't waterproof it lasts really well throughout the day. I usually use it when I'm going for a more dramatic look, and it still lasts really well even when I'm dancing the night away.

I would say that if £22 seems too much to spend on mascara, then try the L'Oreal dupe, but if you really want something that frames and openes up your eyes with dramatic, fluttery lashes, then the Givenchy product is a winner.

Verdict: Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara

Does anyone else use these ball like mascaras? Do you know of any other drugstore versions?


If you haven't heard of the #bbloggers chat on twitter, it takes place every Sunday and Wednesday at 8pm. It officially lasts for an hour, but often goes on longer and it's a time when bloggers come together to talk about all things blog related. Sunday's chats have a topic, which you can vote for here and Wednesdays chats are just designed for a general natter. It's a great way to meet new bloggers, find blogs to follow, perhaps gain some more followers and learn about products that you're interested in. I always come away from the chat with a whole host of new blogs to check out and a list of products I want to try. Here are some of the things I've bought recently on the recommendation of other bloggers during the chats:

The Body Shop Skin Primer in 02 Matte It £12
TBS Skin Primer also comes in a moisture version, but I picked up the mattifying one as I can be prone to oily skin. This product applies like a dream, you only need a pea-sized amount so the tube should last a while. I rub it in with my fingers and it instantly makes skin silky smooth. This creates a even base for my foundation and makes it last all day. I usually have to apply more foundation, or a little mattifying powder if I'm doing something in the evening, but for £12 this is a great product.

Rimmel Clear Complexion Transparent Powder £3.99
I initially went in to buy Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (£3.99) which is a much hyped product in the blogging world,  but accidentally came out with the Clear Complexion version. Both are designed to mattify skin and set foundation but the Clear Complexion one is supposedly better for your skin. I haven't really given this product a fair whirl yet, but I'll let you know how I get on.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel in On and On Bronze £4.99
'On and On Bronze' is a lovely shimmery bronze, which can be pared down for daytime wear or built up and blended to create a one-shadow-smoky-eye. I also own 'Pomegranate', a beautiful light plum shade, and I'm on the hunt for 'Permanent Taupe' which always seems to be sold out whenever I go in store. These cream eyeshadows last all day without creasing or rubbing off, even without a primer. I'm not that impressed by the shade range; there are a few questionable brights, but worth the hype nonetheless.

Rimmel Salon Pro in 237 Soul Session £4.49
My first Salon Pro nail polish is a beautiful peachy nude and is one of the ten shades created by Kate Moss. It took two coats to get an opaque finish, and the wide brush makes application easy. The shade range is fantastic and they last for days without chipping. Thumbs up.

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon £7.99
I bought this product a while back, and since have bought the shades 'Tutti Frutti' 'Juicy Papaya' and 'Candy Apple'. All of these feel lightweight like a balm, but leave a decent colour payoff and sheen, without being at all sticky. They are perfect for daytime wear as they are simple enough to reapply without a mirror. They come in so many different shades, but my only gripe with them is that lots of them are super shimmery.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 4 Deep £3.99
This is probably the most hyped out of all these products - but is it really worth it? I picked one up on my last trip to Boots and I love it. The shade is a perfect match for my skin, and it covers any blemishes or dark circles really well. I find it can be a little cakey, but this is easily solved by warming it on the back of your hand and applying with a concealer brush, or using an eye cream first. There are only four shades, and it would be nice if they made more but drugstore brands often do have limited shade range. For £3.99 it's a great basic to have to hand, you really can't go wrong with it and I'll be repurchasing this concealer without a doubt.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 005 Crush £7.99
I've heard that these are dupes for Clinque's Chubby Sticks, which I've never tried due to the price. I'm not a massive fan of lip pencils, and these are a little too glossy for my liking, but would be great if you like a sheer and glossy finish without the stickiness of gloss. The colour payoff is good, and there are a few pretty shades in the range.

So have you tried any of these products? Does the #bbloggers chat always leave you with a long wishlist of products to try?


Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Lotion £5.10
This moisturiser has fast become part of my everyday routine. I have dry skin, and need to moisturise after every shower, or else my skin feels tight and itchy. This product claims to "firm, tighten and smooth skin" and it lives up to those claims pretty well. My skin feels intensely moisturised after use, but not tacky, which is great because it means I can use it in the mornings. After a few weeks my skin feels smoother and firmer, and even if I skip moisturising for a day, my skin doesn't feel as dry as it used to. This product also comes in a rich version, which I will definitely be snapping up for the colder months.

Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Oil £6.96
This oil is my favourite product from the Q10 range. It smells amazing, and it doesn't spill out from the bottle which is usually my biggest problem with oils. It doesn't leave skin too greasy; I like to apply this before bed and I can put my pyjamas on within five minutes without them sticking to my skin. It's super moisturising and great for dry skin. The bottle says "suitable for massaging stretchmarks" but doesn't claim to reduce the appearance of them, so I wouldn't use this as a Bio Oil replacement. I think the key features of this product are its moisturising properties, the fact that the bottle lasts ages and the great price.

Nivea Q10 Plus Goodbye Cellulite Gel Cream £10.89
This gel claims to "boost circulation in problem areas and hydrate your skin" and "visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite after 4 weeks regular usage." I've been using this for a few weeks now on my thighs, bum and hips, and haven't noticed any difference in the firmness or appearance of my skin or cellulite. The gel smells lovely and is easy to apply. It initially feels a little sticky, and takes a few minutes to sink in, but leaves my skin feeling moisturised and soft. When finding the link for this product I realised it costs over a tenner in Boots, and I don't personally feel the product is worth that much. I think I bought it on offer and it cost me around £7 which I still feel is a little overpriced. Whilst I reccomend the Q10 Plus lotion and oil, I would say that this product doesn't add anything to my routine. Perhaps combined with regular dry body brushing and plenty of exercise and water, this product could make a difference to the appearance of cellulite, but I've been pretty lazy with my diet and fitness routine recently, which probably hasn't made it a fair test. After all, there are no miracle products to completely 'get rid' of cellulite - somebody invent those please.

Has anyone else tried anything from this range? What did you think?


The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
is a product I bought  I rub it into my skin using a facial brush, also from TBS, which adds in a bit of exfoliation without being too harsh on my skin. I then rinse with water and wipe my face with a flannel or muslin cloth soaked in warm water. Some bloggers have said they like to follow up with another cleanser to make sure every last scrap is off, but I find that it comes off really easily. My skin feels soft and clean, but not tight after use. It gets off every scrap of make-up, even waterproof mascara, and doesn't sting my eyes, which is great as they are usually quite sensitive. The smell isn't at all overpowering - nothing like camomile tea - which is an unusual but welcome change from TBS, and a little of this product goes a long way.

TBS also do other products in the Camomile range, and I really want to try the cleansing oil. Do you use any products from this range?


Hello October! I was pretty shocked when I realised I haven't blogged for a whole month, especially as I've got some great products lined up to review and have (possibly) found some locations and a person to take some ootd's. I don't want to dwell on the reasons I haven't posted, but life has been pretty hectic recently.. I just feel like I haven't had a spare moment to myself and my October resolution is definitely to fit in some more 'me-time'. Having a month away from the blogosphere has made me realise how much I love doing it, and I can't wait to get back to regular posting. I thought I'd include some snaps of what I've been up to recently; despite having a crazy busy month I have managed to fit in a few fun things, and I got some amazing news yesterday, which I can't wait to share with you all when I am allowed.

Pizza on the BBQ
Walks by the coast
Moving back to uni
Scrummy lemon dessert

A trip to IKEA
See you guys soon for some beauty reviews and wintery outfit posts!