Review: Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies Flared

Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies FlaredMascara. Et alltid tilbakevennende tema. Mascara er vel det sminkeproduktet jeg har brukt desidert lengst, og jeg har prøvd mange forskjellige opp igjennom årene. Jeg er nok ikke flink nok til å kaste dem etter de tre anbefalte månedene, men jeg skylder på at jeg ikke bruker mascara hver eneste dag. Likevel prøver jeg å være flink og lar være å åpne mer enn en mascara om gangen for å unngå altfor mye svinn. De er jo tross alt ikke gratis.

I fjor fikk jeg anbefalt denne av en venninne: Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies Flared, og jeg bestemte meg for å prøve den. Jeg har ikke prøvd Maybellines mascaraer før, og valget falt på den ikke-vannfaste versjonen (personlige preferanser). Fra naturen av har jeg nok egentlig ganske pene og naturlig buede vipper, men siden jeg sover stort sett på en side bare sliter jeg med at vippene mine er relativt rette (og lite samarbeidsvillige) på mitt venstre øye. Jeg er derfor opptatt av hvor god mascaraen er på å holde på buen. Denne mascaraen har ligget i skuffen min en stund og ventet på sin tur. Nå har den fått sjansen til å imponere meg, og her kommer min dom av Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies Flared.

Det første jeg la merke til når jeg åpnet tuben var at den hadde en ganske sterk, litt søtlig duft som minnet meg om honning. Kosten er buet, angivelig for å gjøre påføringen enklere og bedre, men jeg foretrekker gummikoster foran de 'naturlige'. Skaftet har denne morsomme 'svikten', som jeg ikke vet hva skal være godt for, og den får meg til å føle at jeg har ekstra lite kontroll over påføringen. Mascaraen i seg selv er tyktflytende, og jeg syns den er vanskelig å fordele uten å ende opp med 'spider lashes' og følelsen av å ha en enkelt vipp fordi alle de andre har krøpet sammen og blitt til denne ene. Vippene føltes både seige og ekle, og jeg endte opp med å føle meg som en av disse tenåringsjentene man tradisjonelt ser hengende på nærmeste kjøpesenter. Ikke spesielt flatterende. Når jeg bruker vippetang før påføring klarer denne mascaraen å opprettholde bøyen i ca. tre minutter, dersom jeg ikke bruker vippetang.. ja, da ser jeg bare tåpelig ut.

The Verdict

RatingJeg har egentlig ikke veldig mye positivt å si om dette produktet, utover at det har vinger. Ja, på tuben altså, det trekker nesten opp et halvt poeng. Jeg syns lukten er kvalmende, jeg skjønner ikke poenget med at kosten 'svikter' under påføring, og jeg liker virkelig ikke følelsen av å ha én stor klumpete vipp. Jeg kan ikke komme på en eneste positiv ting å si om denne mascaraen, og kan derfor ikke annet enn å gi den et usselt poeng - den duger tross alt til å farge vippene svarte om ikke annet.

Kommer jeg til å kjøpe den igjen?
Nei, overhodet ikke.


Searching for my unicorn!

When I surprisingly discovered that I had received money today, a whole day earlier than anticipated, I ventured off to the nearest mall to pick up a leather jacket I've been drooling over for a couple of weeks. I've been on the lookout for a nice leather jacket for years now, but I haven't one one meeting my requirements. I suddenly noticed a gorgeous jacket from Aleksander Signature hanging outside Cicelia, a store at my local mall. They had one single jacket left in size 36 (the smallest size), so I felt a little unsure of what to do - I couldn't afford it straight away, and I didn't want to walk away without knowing it wouldn't fit me. Thankfully the sales woman was kind enough to put it aside for me until «payday» on the 20th. Talk about excellent customer service! I had no idea if the jacket would fit me, I usually have a problem with the shoulders being too wide, and since I'm unable to try on clothes in-store I needed to buy it to be able take the jacket home to try it on. Today I went back to Cicelia, and my goodness.. it's the jacket I've been searching for! It fits me perfectly, and I adore the quality. It has a collar, which I wanted. It's cropped, and therefore perfect for me (avoiding a bundle of fabric behind my back). It's black, and timeless. It's made from Røros Sheep, such soft and light leather. Sure, it did cost a small fortune, but worth every single.. krone - and I have found the perfect leather jacket, my unicorn.

I also dropped by VITA, to pick up another mascara. I decided to try out Maybelline's newest addition to their mascara family: Illegal Length™ Fiber Extensions, which is supposed to add another 4 mm to your natural lashes. Do I believe this? No, but hey, I haven't tried any mascaras from Maybelline before. While there I suddenly remembered the Pearls of Passions collection by IsaDora, which has been out for a while already, and decided to take a closer look at a few of the products. I swatched both Jelly Kiss lipsticks, and the Twist-Up Metallic Eye Pens. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find any untried Twist-Up Metallic Eye Pen in Silver Sky, so I walked over to Cubus to see if they had any left. For some idiotic reason VITA, Cubus and H&M always have different sales and promotions, so it's always an idea to check all three store before purchasing anything. Today I did, and Cubus had an offer where you could pick three products and get the cheapest for free. So I grabbed the two Jelly Kisses: 60 Ballerina and 61 Peach Pearl, and a Twist-Up Metallic Eye Pen in Golden Khaki, which I got for free. Not sure whether or not I'll get some use out of the pencil, but I thought it might look nice as an inner corner highlight or something of the likes. It's quite sparkly, and it doesn't seem to be very long-lasting, but we'll see. It was after all free.

Now, when that's said I do have a little something to complain about. If there's one thing I find really annoying, it's having to tell an employee about offers and promotions available in the store where they work. Since I had seen this promotion mentioned online I knew purchasing two products from IsaDora Pearls of Passion would entitle me to receive a free «pearl» bracelet. Because I have stick arms I usually can't wear normal bracelets, but I would still like to receive whatever freebie promised. I went to the cashier, paid my items and waited to see whether or not I would be presented with the bracelet. Nothing happened, so I politely asked for the bracelet. My cashier looked pretty clueless, so she asked another employee - which, after a few seconds of silence, replied with a snarky comment: "just give her the bracelet". I'm sorry? Did I ask for something I wasn't entitled to? The moon maybe? Some employees could really benefit from learn a thing or two about customer service.

IsaDora Jelly Kiss Lipstick: Ballerina and Peach Coral61 Peach Pearl · 60 Ballerina

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012


LOTD: Sugar Plums in the Snow

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Inglot P445
Inglot P446
Maybelline EyeStudio® Master Drama™ in "Ultra Black"
Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion in "Black"
Impeccable Brow Pencil in "Taupe"

On December 30th I figured I had to dig out my makeup and do something daring as I had plans to meet up with Renate. I pulled out my Inglot palette, and came up with this look. For the first time ever I decided to try a look with a black base, so I drew a line with the super black Maybelline Master Drama™ pencil, which I think is an awesome pencil liner, and smoked it out with a pencil brush. I then did my makeup as usual, Inglot 445 on two thirds of the lid, Inglot 446 in the outer corner and crease, blended it all, curled my lashes and put on my mascara.

I had a lot of fun playing with my makeup again today, I think I've worn a look like this once or twice this year, and I felt both inspired and happy playing with my "toys" again. I've fallen in love with my Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, even though I'm not quite comfortable with the Base Shadow Brush yet. I find it a bit to flimsy to pack on eyeshadow with, but it might just be me and my personal preferences. I think I'll pick up some more of the Real Techniques brushes later on, as I would like to try the Blush Brush and possibly also the Shading Brush to see if it's any different than the one I already have.

Please excuse the bad quality and lighting, wintertime in Norway isn't the best time to take pictures, and it was shot with an iPhone 4.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '11



I think yesterday took it's toll on me, because I've been completely exhausted all day. I had a hard time getting out of bed, which was kinda problematic as I had an interview scheduled for 11:00 AM today. Obviously that didn't work out, but luckily the journalist - a very nice woman - was extremely understanding, and postponed the interview for several hours. At 17:30 PM we finally met up, and she did a piece on me and my blog for a Norwegian journal. I'm not going to say much more about it quite yet, but I think it's exciting! I've actually done an interview because of my blogging - how cool isn't that? I must admit to feeling a tad important right now.

Thursday was such a nice day with a temperature of 13'C, and delightful sunshine all day! I was supposed to participate in a meeting regarding ULOBA in Trondheim, but I never made it. We took the bus to Munkegata, but when we got to the connecting bus I was unable to get on - why can't all buses be without stairs? We were told that there was another bus which I would be able to enter with my wheelchair, but it would take about an hour - and that would make us arrive 45-60 minutes after the meeting had started. We called on a taxi, but after realizing it would cost us about 1000,- NOK, we changed out minds and went to Trondheim Torg instead. No use in throwing away a perfectly good day, huh?

I don't really like going to Trondheim Torg when I'm broke, as I'm not really big on window-shopping, but I'm lucky enough to have a very sweet boyfriend. He bought me a new shower gel from The Body Shop, my favorite soap of all time. Some of them smell so great I'm tempted to drink them! This time I chose "Sweet Lemon", one of their new scents. It smelled delicious! I also picked up a new silicone cover for my iPhone, since my invisibleSHIELD™ decided to start peeling. It was great as long as it actually worked though. I did look for Maybelline® Dream Mousse products in several stores, but all I could find was their Dream Matte® Mousse Foundation, no concealers or blush.

GOSH Bohemian Gypsy & Modern GypsyI also went to VITA to check out the new collection from GOSH Cosmetics. Their two new quads called "Bohemian Gypsy" and "Modern Gypsy" looked so incredibly appealing to me, but it's been a long time since I've been that disappointed in a product. Sure, it looked nothing less than amazing, but the color payoff was horrible! I swatched the colors in the store, and some of them didn't even show up on my fingertips! They seemed hard, chunky and impossible to work with. Maybe there was something wrong with the testers, I don't know - all I know is that it's not worth wasting any money on. If anyone else have these quads and think they're awesome, please let me know. Since these are LE I might buy at least one of the quads just to check if it's really the testers or what, but I haven't decided yet. I've become spoiled by highly pigmented eyeshadows like the ones from M·A·C, Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay - so now I've turned into somewhat of a makeup snob. I'll keep you posted on what I decide, and if I end up getting one or both of these quads I'll put up some swatches for you.

Photo © GOSH Cosmetics - edited by Shamini Thevarajah '10