Benefit – BAD gal BANG Volumising Mascara Review

Well done to those who correctly guessed the mascara. Pat on the back – you ladies know your mascara. This is the new mascara from Benefit and it is one that has been hyped up by all the YouTubers.

Benefit have the two most popular mascaras in the world and that is no exaggeration. You have my favourite which is They’re Real and Roller Lash and now Bad gal. So as I pick it up, I am instantly expecting it to perform a miracle considering the other two mascaras are near enough brilliant.

I’m just going to go straight in and tell you that the formula is quite ‘wet’ in comparison to the other two mascaras or most mascaras in general. The brush is super slim, which always puts me off as I do prefer a ‘fuller’ brush.

The brush is very misleading. It looks as if there is no product on the brush and as you start to coat your lashes, BANG, there it is! For me, it is way too much product. When I started to apply, my lashes had so much product on, I struggled to even it all out. The mistake you make is using the brush to help you separate your lashes but in turn you apply even more product. Arghh.

In the end, I used my lash brush to comb out all the excess product and to separate my lashes but boy does it lengthen. That brush can grip your lashes, keep hold of them and lift those babies up. That impressed me. What didn’t impress me was the flimsy brush – a bit too wobbly for my liking.

It’s one of those mascaras you have to use several times to get the hang of it. I found a lighter touch helped when applying. I normally go in full force with most of my mascaras but with this one, you need a lighter hand. My lash brush is most definitely needed every time I use it, which is a pain in the bum.

This mascara is waterproof. I took this on holiday to test it out and it didn’t smudge or flake. My lashes still looked long and dark at the end of the day even after being splashed in the pool by my lovely children. It’s definitely water resistant.

The downside of waterproof mascara is the removal process and what a process it is. My lashes were falling out even though I was trying to be as gentle as possible. It happened every time I removed it. I changed the makeup remover and still had the same issue.

I tried coconut oil and that made it much easier to remove. Yes, coconut oil can be used to remove makeup. (If you have oily skin and are prone to break outs, I would avoid using it for your face).

Back to the mascara, this is one of the reasons why I don’t like using waterproof mascara on a daily basis. It’s not good for your lashes and it’s a pain to remove.

I’ll be honest, I can’t deny that I absolutely love the results of this mascara. I’ve had many compliments on my lashes since wearing it. You can achieve long, bold lashes. The drama is there giving you that false lash effect.

However, what I don’t enjoy is spending a blooming eternity trying to achieve those ‘Bad gal’ lashes. It’s too much work.

It’s definitely not a mascara you would wear in a rush. It requires patience and a light hand.

Unfortunately, as much as I love the end result, I won’t be buying it again.

Can We Reduce Our Pore Size?

I want to let you in on a little secret and it’s one you may know already but I am certain most people don’t. Pore size is genetic. There, I said it. This means you can’t do diddly squat about the size of your pores no matter what you throw on your face.

However, before you panic, there is a way round it. You can make your pores appear smaller – ‘appear’ being the operative word. Something is better than nothing, right?

Okay, so what is a pore?

Pores are the openings of hair follicles at the surface of your skin. Their main purpose is to produce sebum (oil) to keep our skin moisturised. We have millions of pores all over our body except the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet. There is a pore for every hair on our body.

You learn something new every day.

People with dry or pale skin have smaller, less noticeable pores, whereas if you have darker or oilier skin, the pores will be more obvious.

Solution?

The ‘solution’ to reducing the appearance of large pores begins with a good skin care routine. When pores get clogged with dirt and oil, they become even more noticeable. I know I go on about it but ensuring your makeup is removed at the end of the day is a must. Keep your skin clean day and night even if you don’t wear makeup.

Exfoliate once a week for dry skin and two or three times a week for oilier skin. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells that can block your pores.

I’ve talked about it before but Salicylic Acid is an ingredient you need to look out for when buying an exfoliating product. It helps reduce oil production and also dissolves the gunk stuck in the pores making it easier to unclog.

Choose your products wisely – buy makeup or skincare products that are non-comedogenic, which just means they won’t clog your pores.

Wear sun screen and protect yourself from the sun. Sun damage can decrease elasticity in our skin making pores appear larger than before.

Applying a primer under your makeup can help to ‘fill in the holes’ and give you a pore-less look. The Benefit Porefessional is a popular primer and has great reviews.

If you feel your pores are more stubborn and need something extra, speak to a dermatologist about your skin and they may talk to you about chemical peels or laser treatment.

Unfortunately, pores can increase in size. It depends on a number of things – how much time you spend in the sun, whether you smoke lots or just the fact that as we age, we lose that lovely elasticity in our skin. Decreased elasticity causes our pores to stretch and appear bigger. Sigh.

In some more unfortunate cases, pores are naturally large and cannot be reduced.

My advice is to start by maintaining a good skin care routine. This is vital. It takes time to notice a difference so don’t give up.

Have you had problems with large pores? Have you tried anything that works?

Huda Beauty – Liquid Matte Minis Review (Nude Love Edition)

I’ve been eyeing up these mini lipsticks for a while now. These are the Nude Love Edition liquid lipsticks – not to be confused with the ‘Nude’ Edition, which I reviewed a while ago.

I saw one last pack sitting on the shelf at Sephora calling for me to take it home. So obviously I did. These are the colours I was waiting for. Even though I loved the Nude edition, the colours were still too dark for me to wear.  I wanted something natural, something pink, something NUDE!

This set comes in four shades – Crush, Wifey, Girlfriend and Sugar Mama.

My lips tend to be quite dry and these matte lipsticks haven’t added to the problem. However, before I begin painting, I always ensure the canvas is wiped clean. I exfoliate and moisturise my lips with a balm, especially if I am applying a liquid lipstick.

The formula is quite runny – more so than the previous Nude lipsticks. I wonder if the formula has been changed. Just don’t do what I did with my previous Huda lipstick and turn the tube upside down (it was an accident – I was trying to apply the lipstick whilst holding the tube in the same hand). I assumed her lipsticks would be more creamy in consistency. Clearly not because my jeans suffered as a result.

The applicator is so easy to use – the lipstick just glides on with no fuss.

Crush

It’s described as a ‘cool-toned pink’ but this is definitely more coral/peach toned. The pigmentation is really disappointing. I had to apply three times to get an even colour all over my lips. Normally with Huda’s lipsticks, one coat is usually enough. I found this shade to be streaky and patchy. It’s such a shame, as this is my favourite shade out the four. It won’t stop me wearing it though- I just pop on some lipstick after application to smooth out the colour.

Wifey

This baby glides on so smoothly and is much better in terms of pigmentation. I would describe this as a light brown nude – with a tiny touch of pink. I didn’t like this wet but once it dries, it really is a lovely natural nude shade.

Sugar Mama

This colour is very similar to Wifey, just a tad darker. I would describe it as a peachy brown. This was slightly patchy and it took two coats to get an even coating on the lips, however nowhere near as bad as Crush.

Girlfriend

This is my least favourite colour out the four but that’s merely down to preference. It’s very similar to Trendsetter. It’s a dark brown with a hint of peach/apricot or any other coral-coloured fruit you can think of. In terms of pigmentation, this is, by far, the best. One coat was enough to give me a lovely rich brown shade.

Overall, I do have to say I am somewhat disappointed. If you compare this set to the previous Nude collection, it can’t compete in terms of pigmentation and longevity. I don’t feel Crush and Sugar Mama have the lasting power as the others.

I love what Huda’s brand is about and I do feel she puts her heart and soul in creating her makeup products but for me, these lipsticks weren’t good enough.

Have you tried any of the shades in this set? Did you find you had the same problems?