Spring Wishlist

Well it’s apprently my Spring Break, however Scotland doesn’t seem to have recieved that particular memo.  Snow was just lasing down five minutes ago.  Also, I have my Higher finals in under 6 weeks. only freaking out slightly.  So, what’s my solution to all this?  Online shopping of course the modern girls alternative to a stiff drink. So this is a short wishlist of things I’ve been drooling over for the past few weeks:

1)   Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions Clear Blemish Gel and Clarifying Lotion.

If you’ve read my latest entry you’ll know I’m having some skin issues and I’m using Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar to treat the problem.  I’m very impressed and wanting to try some more of the range.

Anti-Blemish Solutions Clear Blemish Gel 15ml

Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion 200ml

2)   Cle De Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer #11

This may just be one of the most stunningly beautiful products I’ve ever seen, but at $95 this is pretty out of my reach.  But look at the beautiful pastel colours.  Maybe one day I’ll be able to afford the splurge because I really think these would look great on pale skin like mine.

Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer

Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer Refill

 

3)   Guerlain Nuit d’Amour Rouge Automatique

This is a beautiful vampy lipstick I discovered on Temptalia, however I don’t know if these are actually still being made.  Ah well, a girl can dream.  Check it out on Temptalia’s site, you won’t be disappointed it’s stunning.

 

4)   A Muubaa jacket

Muubaa make the most beautiful leather jackets I’ve ever seen.  I own a lovely varsity style leather jacket by Urban Code, but these just surpass that entirely.  The designs, cuts, and materials just scream quality and beauty.  These are my two favourites, and I’d love to buy one of these for winter.

Image 1 of Muubaa Leather Hazel Cowl Jacket

Image 1 of Muubaa Phlox Sheepskin Jacket

 

Anyway, now that I’ve racked up an extortionately priced imaginary shopping cart, I’m going to go study my butt off and drink hot chocolate.

Sleek Au Naturel Palette

I kept stumbling over the Sleek palettes in YouTube tutorials and beauty blogs and was quite taken in by the idea of these cheap but pigmented palettes, but alas, my local Superdrug is miniature and didn’t stock anything more the regulars like L’Oreal, BarryM, and Bourjois.  So the hunt was on, when I can’t get something my inner toddler seems to kick in, the desire for the item strengthens and I know I must have it.  Eventually around 3 weeks after finding out about Sleek I discovered it in the corner of a massive Superdrug outside town.  I had originally thought I’d be buying the Au Naturel, Bad Girl, and Storm palettes, but to be perfectly honest the Bad Girl and Storm ones just didn’t do it for me.  They’d probably be perfect for someone slightly more daring, but as a neutral lover navy and emerald green aren’t really an option.  So instead I just bought this …

The Palette

One of my favourite things about the packaging has to be how small and simple it is.  Brands like Urban Decay have amazing packaging, it’s something they really excel and I guess must be a selling point for some,  but it isn’t always practical as it can be awkward to carry around and end up looking dirty after months in your makeup bag.  This however, is easily transported and quickly wiped down to keep it nice and clean.

From left to right, top row; NOUGAT, NUBUCK, CAPPUCCINO, HONEYCOMB, TOAST, TAUPE.
From left to right, bottom row; CONKER, MOSS, BARK, MINERAL EARTH, REGAL, NOIR.

NOUGAT is a matte bone white colour, so it’s the perfect highlight for pale to medium skintones.
NUBUCK is my personal favourite, it’s a lovely matte greige shade so makes a nice all over wash of colour.
CAPPUCCINO is a matte pale warm brown, possibly good for filling in blonde brows.
HONEYCOMB is a yellowy-beige colour, it’s basically the same colour as my eyelids so makes a great base for pale gals.
TOAST is my least favourite and I don’t think I’ll be using it too much, it’s an matte orangey-peach shade.
TAUPE is a shimmering champagne and gives an amazing metallic sheen to the eyes, has to be my second favourite shade.
CONKER is a shimmering purple-brown and has that same beautiful metallic sheen.
MOSS is a shimmering olive colour, I think this would be really nice as an all over wash on medium skintones.
BARK is a matte dark cool brown shade, this could be a nice liner colour or for brunettes brows.
MINERAL EARTH is a shimmering slightly darker version of BARK, and would be good for a brown smokey eye.
REGAL is a matte dark aubergine shade, I think this would be great for lining hazel eyes.
NOIR is a intense matte black, and this is perfect for lining the eyes by pushing into the lashine and smoking it out.

The Swatches

I have to apologise but I did my swatching in a weird order, two from the top then two from the bottom, like the squares shown in the pictures above. Anyway, from left to right NOUGAT, NUBUCK, CONKER, MOSS, CAPPUCCINO, HONEYCOMB, BARK, MINERAL EARTH, TOAST, TAUPE, REGAL, NOIRE.

I think the shades show up better on the finger swatches, these are just two swipes so you can see how they really are.

A Quick Look

I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion as a base, then  NUBUCK all over and under the eye and NOUGAT on the inner eye for a highlight.  I finished off with two coats of Collection 2000’s Multiplier Mascara in Ultra Black.
Review
As I’ve only had the palette for three days I’m unsure on the actual longevity of these shadows, but I’m going to say from my first observations that they will start to fade and crease by the end of the day but bare in mind I do have very oily eyelids so perhaps on the normal lid they could last the whole day.  The texture is creamy and smooth, and the colour payoff is quite intense,  far more than what I expected from such a low priced item.  The colours are incredibly wearable and perfect for a natural daytime look, the office, or school.  I’d have to say at £6.49 for 12 shadows these are great value for money and well worth the price, Overall I’ll give this palette 8/10.

Bobbi Brown Fondation Stick

Right, now I’ll put this out there straight away to avoid any confusion: I have not been using this product as an all over foundation,  instead I’ve been using it as a concealer for my blemishes.  So if you’re looking for a review on how this fares as a foundation then I don’t know how helpful this post will be to you.

I bought this as my concealer instead of Bobbi Brown’s actual concealer stick -which is called “face touch up stick“- as I felt that it had a more moisturising formula which is essential for me as the parts of my face I really need to conceal can get incredibly dry,  and I thought the concealer stick would just drag over the areas and look cakey.  Also gram-for-gram the foundation stick is much better value, at £3.00 per 1g compared to £7.83 per 1g, and considering how much concealer I get through this is a significant saving.

The casing is a nice lightweight metal, perfect for makeup on the go as it can be kept easily in your purse.  The moisturising formula lends itself to quick and easy application,  as it’s creamy and smooth the product will just glide on.

Obviously on application the colour will be lighter than the colour of the stick,  but the basic under tones are the same.  I went to my local Bobbi Brown counter to be matched to a shade,  and surprisingly enough I’m not actually the palest shade you can get!  Apparently I’m porcelain which is a very light shade with neutral to yellow undertones, this hint of yellow helps to minimise the redness around my nose and of my blemishes.  For those interested in this product I think it’s important to have a shade matched to your skin as opposed to just guessing,  but for those who’d like to use my skintone as reference,  alabastar was too pale and warm ivory came out too yellow on my skin.

This is the product blended out on my very pale, slightly pink, and veiny inner wrist,  and in my opinion it covers these “problems” fairly well.  The yellow manages to tone down the purpley veins and my pinky skin, but at the same doesn’t drastically change the colour of the skin.  A lot of foundations have the problem of oxidising,  which means after a few hours of wear it darkens,  but this product does not oxidise at all so you don’t have to worry about having bumped up a shade by early afternoon.  A very big issue I do have with this product though is its wear time,  due to the mositurising formula it melts off my skin after 4 or 5 hours,  but to combat this I put a bit extra powder onto the concealed areas to set it.  I feel the coverage it gives to blemishes is excellent and I can go out without foundation if I’m wearing this with a touch of pressed powder, as it gives me a lovely natural and casual look.  So Bobbi Brown’s foundation stick at £27 is a little overpriced in my opinion because of the poor wear  time,  but because of the smooth application and wide colour range it gets a 7/10 from me.

Chanel Mademoiselle and Chanel Chance Eau Tendre

I’m planning to make a few posts over the next couple of days on a range of products, I have two fragrances and three make up products to give my opinion on.  I thought I’d start with a mini post on the fragrances since it’s 22:23 at the moment and I’m pretty tired.  Now obviously I am no perfume expert,  I am a teenage girl so you’re only getting a layman’s thoughts, but like everyone else I love to smell nice and luckily enough I’ve found two beautiful perfumes that I want to share with you.

 

Last Christmas I was given Coco Mademoiselle by my parents, I chose it with my mother after weeks of searching for a signature perfume.  This was the first one I tried out at the Chanel counter and fell in love with the delicate and feminine scent.  You hardly need any so even though it is quite expensive, £50 for 50ml of eau de toilette,  it lasts a very long time and as you can see my bottle is still pretty full.  Even though I have only the eau de toilette it’s strong enough to rub off onto my clothes and scarves,  leaving them smelling faintly of this beautiful scent.  I would recommend this as a daytime perfume, and when I spray it on in the morning the fresh sweet scent instantly gives me a little boost,  so taking into all these points I give it a 9/10.

After spending some time abroad, hence the lack of posting recently, I decided to treat myself to another Chanel fragrance.  So I bought Chance Eau Tendre in a French parfumerie and luckily got a special “Scottish person discount” so I got it for about £38 instead of £48.  I wear it every day and I have to admit even though I’ve only had it a few weeks it has to be my favourite out of the two, it’s fruity, floral, and comforting. I think this perfume in particular is perfect for younger women and teenage girls as it’s so light-hearted and youthful, I’m giving it the perfect 10/10.

Chanel Haul

So I haven’t posted in quite a while,  I felt quite bad about this so I decided buy a few things for the blog that I thought would be well received.

I’ve been stalking the Chanel Fall 2011 collection since the previews appeared online,  and I loved every single piece.  To be honest this collection was pretty big and I know a lot of people thought it was overkill,  but I share the opinion at ‘cafe makeup’ –  you can never have enough Chanel,  and those beautiful colours and luxurious feel of the products give me a lovely glowy feeling in my stomach.  But like almost everyone else I’m on a budget and that certainly doesn’t stretch to $633 for the entire Fall line.  So I picked the stunning quad ‘Prelude’ which I thought really complimented my cool skin tone,  the contour shadow brush,  and the shadow blending brush.

The Prelude quad cost £37,  the contour shadow brush was £18,  and the shadow blending brush was £25.  These are my first  “proper” brushes and I found the actual process of choosing them very difficult as there are so many options out there.  Most people seem to like the MAC brushes,  but my experiences with MAC have not been all too good so I chose to give them a miss and go with my favourite,  trusty Chanel.  To be honest I wanted Burberry but I’m not made of money.

All of the items came with a little velvet pouch which is emblazened with the Chanel logo,  I found these very useful as you can locate them by touch from inside your handbag and it also keeps the black plastic quad from being damaged or  scratched,  and the bristles of the brushes being bent out of shape.

Living in Scotland means I’ve got the European version which is baked unlike its US counterpart,  which means the colour payoff is supposedly not as great.  But I don’t care,  I still think it’s a wearable and buildable palette.  The texture is in my opinion smooth and the shadows blend together easily with great results.

These are my descriptions of the shades from top to bottom,  and just so I don’t repeat myself,  they all have an ever so slight shimmer that adds a lovely depth to the lid;  it does not show up too well but this is purple-black with a satin finish,  below that is a grey-purple taupe,  below that is a very useful beige taupe with a nice sheen,  and then below that there is an ivory- champagne colour which I adore.

I’ve been using the top shade as a liner in my upper lash line,  the second top colour is nice for defining the crease or for smoking out the outer corner of the eyes,  I’ve been using the third colour everyday as a blended wash all over my lids and then I drag the colour along my bottom lash line,  and the last shade is a little shimmery for an everyday brow bone highlighter but is perfect for the inner corner of the eyes to give that wide-eyed bambi look.

The top brush is the No. 14 contour brush,  the bristles are natural and the curved brush is firm but not overly so,  I haven’t noticed any shedding so far.  I use this mainly for lining but it’s also useful for adding small bits of colour to the lid or for highlighting the corners of the eye.  The bottom brush is the No. 17,  it is densely packed with natural bristles which blend out eyeshadows like a dream.  I have been using this brush for blending mainly but when I’m feeling lazy I also use it for applying a simple wash of colour from the crease,  this is perfect for applying makeup in a rush as it picks up lots of pigment but does not scratch at your eyes at all.

Overall I’m going to say this shopping spree has left me slightly desperate for more Chanel,  as with each piece I add to my collection I fall slightly more in love with the products.  I believe the products,  when applied correctly,  give a beautiful simplistic look that can be used for both daytime and evening.  I rate these brushes really highly at 9/10 as I think they preform superbly and even though they are quite pricey I believe they will be a good investment.  Although the palette has some of the nicest and well matched shades I’ve ever seen,  I’m a bit dissappointed that the formulation in the US is apparently so much better when I’m paying the same amount for supposedly the same product,  that irks me,  but I can’t deny the colours are stunning so I think 8/10 is appropriate.

Natural Collection Lash Length Mascara

Okay I put this mascara on my wish-list about 2 weeks ago and actually bought it 2 days after that but I’ve been pretty useless and failed to upload my review since then… or you could flip it and could say I’ve been trying it out for the past couple of weeks and been a good reviewer?  Either way I’m writing the review now.

I was and remain completely penniless so this really only appealed to me because it costs £1.99 and seemed worth a shot.  But when I delved further into the Boots website I realised this might actually be a good product,  there were a number of really positive reviews out there.  So I picked my tube up,  having a look at what the collection had to offer in general,  I wasn’t blown away by variety but I guess it is the Natural Collection so I’m not surprised at their choice of shades and there does seem to be some more promising products.

So my first impression of the mascara was that there seemed to be a fair bit of excess,  but that’s nothing a square of tissue can’t fix and for £1.99 I’m not going to complain about waste.  The excess seemed to be concentrated at the base of the brush and the tip,  and I liked to dab and roll it off onto the paper.

These are my bare lashes,  quite short and straight,  nothing to write home about.

This is the 1st coat, and I’ve not brushed out any clumps just to show you how it really applies,  and to be honest I don’t think the clumping is too bad. 

This is the 2nd coat and I’ve still not brushed out the clumps so you can see the it does start to clog up my lashes. 

After brushing out clumps I think the lengthening is great!  I love how long and dark my lashes look,  and the clumps are practically all gone because they brush out so easily,  if I had found my tweezerman lash comb all signs of spider lashes would have been eradicated.

Natural Collection’s Lash Length Mascara applies fairly easily and quickly,  the wand isn’t too big or too small and the only difficulty you may meet will be if you’re as neurotic as me and have to wipe down your mascara wand.  It does have a bit of a synthetic smell,  not too strong or nasty but it’s definitely noticeable when you open the tube.  The mascara lasts all day on me without smudging or flaking,  and I received a few compliments from my friends about how nice my eyelashes looked.  This mascara didn’t give lots of volume but it certainly lengthened my lashes and I liked the formula,  not too thick or too runny,  and it didn’t completely dry so when I pulled at my lashes they didn’t come out.  The price for this is fantastic and is perfect for teens,  for people on lower budgets,  and for people who just don’t want to spend excessive amounts on a mascara.
All this means that I’m adding Natural Collection’s Lash Length Mascara to my permanent mascara stash and awarding it 8/10,  it would’ve scored higher if it hadn’t clumped after the 2 coats or had the strange smell.

Burberry Eyeshadow in Rosewood

The Burberry Beauty brand is so cleverly marketed,  it preys on every girl’s desire to be naturally beautiful and manages to make that illusion appear oh so effortless.  So of course I was tempted when I saw the ad campaign,  I’m only a teenage girl.

But like most people I’m on a budget and could only afford one piece, so I decided to shop around and looked on all the top beauty blogs and had a look at their swatches and reviews,  the product that jumped out at me the most was the Rosewood eyeshadow.  It just seemed to be a classic and neutral shade,  in the daytime I want to look natural and polished and I thought that Rosewood seemed perfect for just a quick wash of colour to accentuate my hazel eyes.

Since I’m a wee Scottish girl and the only Burberry counter in the whole of the UK is in London,  my only option was to purchase online.  I chose to order through the Burberry website itself rather than Harrods because not only was I paying a pound less I also got free delivery.  I paid £22 and it arrived beautifully packaged within 2 days,  so I was very impressed.

The eyeshadow compact itself is made of a lovely gun-metal with the iconic check embossed on it, it has a satisfying weight,  and a magnetised closing.  The eyeshadow is also stamped with the check and the formulation is silicone based so has a buttery smooth texture,  it provides a sheer pigmentation that lasts around 12 hours on me with no fading.  The shade is a mauve-taupe colour with a lovely metallic sheen and frosty pink undertones.

The compact

Swatch

Full eyelid

Open eye

To sum up,  I have to admit that it is an expensive product and there are probably cheaper alternatives but this eyeshadow fulfills every hope I had of it.  The gorgeous colour,  the staying power of it,  and the lovely texture,  make it in my opinion the perfect eyeshadow.  So taking everything into consideration I think 9/10 is a fair rating.  I’ll definitely be looking into buying more from the Burberry Beauty range,  I’m already eyeing up their stunning fall collection!

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine and Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks

When I was sitting my exams a few months ago I was basically spending all day trapped inside studying,  so to prevent myself from going insane I would go uptown and buy a little treat.  So weeks of study leave resulted in three Chanel lipsticks and oodles of baked goodies.  After hours of browsing online looking at swatches I chose two Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks in Fetiche and Bel-Ami,  and a Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Rivoli,  and just for reference both these lipsticks are currently £23.

Scottish sunlight at its best has given my pictures a lovely blue tinge and seems to have washed out the colour slightly.

Bare lips

 

Fetiche

Fetiche is a pinky shade with mauve undertones,  it has the signature glossy sheen and ever so slight shimmer to it that made my lips look fuller.  The Coco Shine formula is emollient based so glides on easily,  but unfortunately wears off within 2 hours usually and will also be used up faster than a traditional lipstick.  This shade is perfect for a daytime pick me up and is really quite a delicate colour so gets 7/10.

Bel-Ami

Bel-Ami was a brown based berry shade with the same sheen and shimmer.  With the emollient base it also only lasted 2 hours,  but it was a slightly deeper colour so left me with a staining that I quite liked so I didn’t have to be contantly applying it.  This lipstick get 7/10 again and I would probably purchase it again.

Rivoli

This was my favourite shade,  it’s a cool burgundy brown colour that had a slight sheen to it and no shimmer.  It’s a little sheer because of its moisturising formula but it still had great colour payoff with no tugging.  I found it lasted about 4 hours on me and even when it did wear off it wore off evenly so looked a bit like a lipstain.  This is only really appropriate for wearing at night but I feel it’s “my shade”  so for that I’m giving it 8/10 .

Swatches

From left to right is Fetiche,  Bel-Ami,  Rivoli.  Sorry about the poor lighting but anyone who lives in or has visited Scotland will understand,  I’ll see if I can get better pictures because I’m quite disappointed in these photos.

Lush Caca Noir Henna For Hair

My mother managed to find my mobile a few days ago,  and as I decided since my hair looked a bit dull I thought I would record my henna routine.  I’ve been using Lush products for years,  so when I was younger and wanted to dye my hair every colour under the sun my mother asked me to try a natural alternative before using anything damaging,  and I chose Lush’s Caca Noir henna block.  I think I’ve been using the Caca Noir for around two years,  so although it gave me a nice dramatic colour change initially,  I now only use it for the maintenance of my colour and the added condition and volume that I get from the product.  Retailing at £7.50 for six blocks I think it’s pretty purse friendly,  with hair my length all six blocks are needed but for shorter styles less can be used and the remainder carried over for the next treatment.

You will need a large bowl,  a grater,  a pair of gloves,  a block of henna,  and if you want, some coffee as I find it gives a nice shine to the hair.  As the henna comes in a block I find grating it into a powder gives a smoother final mixture,  it takes a while to grate but the mixture is much easier to work with.  The gloves are needed to prevent staining of your hands when you’re working the henna into your hair,  if like me you forget you’ll end up with hands reminiscent of a cursed Dumbledore.  Henna is infamous for being a messy process so to keep your bathroom as clean as possible I would recommend cover the entire floor with old,  dark towels.

I add about two teaspoons of coffee to the henna powder.  I was instructed to add enough water so that it was the texture of thick yoghurt,  I find that there should be a little resistance when being mixed but it must be a definite liquid,  in short, easily spreadable but not runny.

About half way through the process of applying the henna I always found that it would become too cold and stodgy to easily smooth through my hair,  it tugged painfully,  so I had a brain wave and this time I used the ban marie method  (suspending the bowl over a second bowl of boiling water)  to keep it nice and warm.  I think it’s best to separate off the layers of your hair then concentrate on the under layer first,  as just “winging it” can make application really unnecessarily difficult as the layers will stick and clump together.   For a hint of red to the final colour wrap clingfilm over your hair but for the indigo in  the Caca Noir to really shine through leave the hair open to the air,  but be prepared for a bit of fallout!  I leave the henna in for 8 hours but it’ll still work if you leave it in for as little as 2 hours.

This is my hair before,  it was dry,  had fly aways,  and was quite lacklustre.

This is my hair now,  I find it thicker,  shinier,  and the frizzy bits smoothed.  Although the picture doesn’t show it,  my hair has actually been darkened especially at the roots.

For someone who is looking for a natural change this is a great option as it won’t create that boring monotone look you get with a chemical hair dyes,  you’ll get beautiful highlights.  It also has the added bonus of being a vegan non-animal tested product!  I’d give Lush’s Caca Noir 8/10 and since I love the results so much the only reason why it doesn’t get full marks is because of how time consuming the whole process is and how potentially messy it can be.

Chanel Inimitable Mascara, Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara, and Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara

The staple of anyones makeup bag will always be a decent mascara,  it instantly lifts your overall appearance and makes you look more awake.  I only use one coat of mascara as more than that tends to clump on my lashes,  and these reviews are just based on my lashes which are short,  dark,  and thick,  so they might come out better on different lash types.  My opinion is based around the main qualities of a mascara;  the ability to lengthen,  curl,  volumise, darken,  and its value for money. 

No Mascara

Unfortunately as you can see I have quite short lashes, and in this picture an irritated eye.

Chanel Inimitable Mascara

    

This mascara is the most expensive out of the three, I paid around £21 but I think the price has gone up since then.  This I feel would be a reasonable price for a spectacular mascara that fulfilled all my eyelash wishes,  but unfortunately whilst Chanel Inimitable creates a  pretty,  natural  look I wouldn’t say it’s worth that price.  It lengthened my lashes slightly,  provided a little lift, and did give a my lashes a  deeper colour of black,  which provided a look that would be appropriate for school or work but certainly not one for a night out.  Although the results aren’t anything to rave about I must say I loved the brush;  the short,  spikey,  plastic bristles made for an easy and quick application,  I managed to get it right into the corners my eyes without causing any damage.  Being a clump hater I must always brush out my eyelashes with a Tweezerman lash-comb,  but this mascara didn’t clump on me at all.  It lasted for around 8 hours without flaking or giving me panda eyes, so I would say last a full working day.  Taking all this into consideration (including the scarily high price) I give it 7/10.

Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara

I was actually given this mascara as a present but if you’d like to buy this baby then it’ll cost you £15.  This mascara may not have given me ridiculously curly,  betty boop-esque lashes but it did manage to give them a sweet, feminine flick,  and it also lengthened my mini lashes to decent proportions.  This really is more of a lengthening than a volumising mascara,  so if you are already blessed with long, fluttery lashes you really shouldn’t bother with this product.  This brush in my opinion is great,  it cups my lashes and makes for fast application and doesn’t clog up too badly, there’s only ever a little excess on the end which is easily removed.  Clumping isn’t a big issue with this mascara which means major brownie points from me.  I’ve never really noticed any flaking with this one as the formula doesn’t dry completely,  it remains slightly tacky which means it can’t actually flake,  but don’t worry it doesn’t smudge onto your eyelids.  So,  overall of the three this was my favourite and surprisingly the cheapest and I’m giving it 9/10.

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara

My opinion on this mascara seems to be a controversial one as most people who buy this love it,  I on the other hand cannot stand it,  so much so I gave it to my mother.  It cost £18 and my first impressions of the product when I took it out the box was how small it appeared,  I thought the ones on display had been tester sized and was incredibly disappointed when I realised it was actually full-sized.  It did do a good job of lengthening,  darkening,  and lifting my eyelashes but considering how light handed I was when I applied it the clumps were unbelievable,  I felt like my lashes were doing an interpretation of a spider.  Even though I despise clumps I can usually just comb these out but this mascara dried like crispy,  concrete so I couldn’t even get rid of them without pulling out a ridiculous amount of lashes.  Another irritation was the whole removal “process”,  and yeah I’m not kidding it was an ordeal to get this stuff off,  it came off in rubbery tubes and gave me panda eyes that would only budge after minutes of scrubbing at my face.  I can’t comment on the wear of this product as every time I put it on I feel so clogged up and crunchy I just attempt to take it off.  Although this product doesn’t work well at all on me it looks amazing on my friend,  so maybe it’s just my lashes and I hope no one gets defensive about this mascara… I just don’t like it, sorry.  So to round up,  this mascara was a big let down for me so it gets 3/10.