Soap & Glory ‘Thick & Fast’ HD Mascara | Review

Hello again,

Although this mascara is an old favourite, for some reason I stopped using it a while ago so I could try some new mascaras. I recently came back to it as I ended up getting two for Christmas – it must’ve been a sign…

This is a really good alternative if you’re looking for something that’s better than standard drugstore mascaras but not out of budget, like the luxury brand mascaras. It’s a nice in-betweener and it’s definitely worth the money.


You can’t really tell from the photo because the difference is really subtle but the actual mascara brush has more strands on one side. One side has fewer thick strands and the other has more thin strands. So, one side better for separation and the other side better for volume. I start by using the side with less strands on as it applies the product more evenly. However, using just this side makes my eyelashes really thick so I always use the fluffier side to separate them.


I find that mascaras are usually either volumising but clumpy or volumising but not lengthening so this is the perfect in-between for me. Whilst it gives my eyelashes a lot of volume, it does it without making them clump together. It also adds a great amount of length. I sometimes find that some mascaras can make my eyelashes look too long and false, because I have quite long lashes anyway.

I will suggest using an eyelash curler and then a primer with any mascara. I find it stops my eyelashes from clumping and separates my eyelashes evenly before I’ve even put any mascara on. This mascara works really well with my NYX Big and Loud Primer, which I featured on my blog not too long ago.



I’ve used a lot of mascaras in the same price range as this one but there hasn’t been one that volumises and lengthens as well as this one without going over the top. I usually end up using a combination of two or three mascaras to get my eyelashes how I want them and it honestly takes me forever. However, when I use this one, it literally takes five minutes.


You can find the mascara in Boots for £10.50 if you wanted to try it. They also still stock the original version, the Thick and Fast Mascara, if you wanted to try that one first. There’s a lot of difference between the new and old ones but they both work really well. If you wanted to try both of them, Boots are also doing an offer on Soap and Glory products so you can buy one product and get another one for half the price…

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | Review

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The Maybelline Lash Sensational is probably one of the most talked about mascaras in the world of blogging. I started using it about a month ago after running out of my Benefit They’re Real mascara.

I’d say the most prominent feature to this product is the fact that it’s really lengthening. Paired with a good eyelash primer, it makes my eyelashes really fluttery and feminine. It doesn’t make them look like spider legs, like a lot of lengthening mascaras tend to do, but simply enhances your natural eyelashes.

It’s not the most lengthening mascara I’ve tried, but it provides the perfect length for me. I had tried mascaras in the past that make my eyelashes ridiculously long and I hated the way it looked.


If you’re looking for volume, this mascara probably isn’t for you. However, it doesn’t make your mascara look thin, it merely separates them in a fluttery sort of way. Because of this, this mascara never makes my eyelashes clumpy or too thick.

What I like the most is that although it separates my eyelashes, it doesn’t make them look unatural. As you can see, they’re not perfectly even like false lashes. They look exactly like my own eyelashes, with a little bit of volume and length.


As the mascara doesn’t provide a lot of volume, I usually apply some of my Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded mascara first. I only put one coat of it on my eyelashes before using the Maybelline Lash Sensational. Otherwise, my eyelashes will look a bit more sparse than I want them too. I feel like these two together give me everything I look for in a perfect mascara.

If you’re wondering why I’ve only skimmed over the Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara – it’s because there’s a full review coming to my blog really soon.


As you’ve probably gathered by now, this little beauty is definitely worth the hype.

As always, thank you for reading.

Let me know if you’ve tried this mascara and how you got on with it…

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Courteney x

Clinique Lash Building Primer Review

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For a few months I was on the hunt for a new eyelash primer, seeing as I was coming to the end of my Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion. As much as I loved that one, I wanted to try something a little less drying.

Unfortunately, my Urban Decay primer ran out quicker than I thought it would and I had to buy something else quickly. However, I didn’t want to commit to something cheap that wouldn’t be as good as my usual primer. Anyway, I was recommended to try the Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer. I hadn’t tried any products from Smashbox before so I opted for the sample size so if it didn’t work for me, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. This primer only lasted me for about a month but I’d say that it was just as good the Urban Decay primer. Still, I wanted to try something better.

Alas! After more Googling, I stumbled across the Clinique Lash Building Primer. I’d heard such good things about Clinique skincare and makeup so I thought that this would be a wise choice.img_2671

When in the Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush with my boyfriend a couple of weeks ago, I decided to see if boots had it in stock. They did! £14 later and I was the proud owner of this beautifully packaged product.

The next morning, I tried the primer for the first time and couldn’t believe how lengthening it was as well as providing a lot of volume to my lashes. I now realise that my Urban Decay primer didn’t actually lengthen my lashes that much, despite adding a lot of volume to them.img_2673

One thing I have found quite peculiar about using this primer is that if I apply the mascara when the primer has dried, my eyelashes look overly think and clumpy as if there’s TOO MUCH volume. Yes people, it is possible to over do it on the volume front. However, when I was using my Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion, my eyelashes looked their best when I applied the mascara whilst the primer was completely dry. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing that I have to apply my mascara when my Clinique Lash Building Primer is still a little wet – I just found it rather odd…

Overall, I’m in love with my new eyelash primer. At the end of the day when I’m ready to take my makeup off, my mascara is still going strong. I’m guessing that this is because it’s being held together my this magical primer.

Thanks for reading!

Let me know any primer or mascara recommendations – I change my eye makeup quite frequently.

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Courteney x