Beauty Pie Lash Lowdown

As everyone I talk to knows, I am a massive fan of Beauty Pie, not just for their cut price beauty and makeup but for the quality of their products too.
There are lots of posts out there about how Beauty Pie works so I won’t go through all that but I found myself recently with a fair amount of spending available to me, and well I didn’t have to be asked twice.
Top of my list was a new mascara . Sadly I have shortish, elephant straight lashes that are growing more sparse with age. No surprise then that I am a sucker for a mascara that promises me the world but sadly such mascaras tend to deliver very little. Beauty Pie’s mascara was different, named simply the Uber Volume Boost in a choice of black or brown I picked it up hoping it would do exactly what it said on the minimally stylish tube. And spoiler alert, it DID!

This mascarat has a fairly thick formula so it thoroughly coats every lash. It adds a decent amount of length and volume without looking spidery OR clumpy. In other words it didn’t give me that ‘false lash effect’ but it gave me better looking lashes and I am down for that.
I should add that I also picked up the Uber Volume Fibre Lash Building Primer for times when I wanted a little more oomph. As a contact lens wearer I was worried it would irritate my eyes. It didn’t. It was a bit of a faff though and I’m not sure that it made enough of a difference to be worth it. However when I said just that on my Instagram I got comments saying it works much better if you use it between two coats of mascara rather than before mascara. I’ll report back !
Meantime get the mascara, it’s a DEFINITE yes !

UPDATE Tried the Primer using the sandwich technique abs it DEFINITELY worked. Was still a bit of a faff but gave my lashes some real va va voom so this is definitely something o would do for a special night out when I wanted some lash fluttering fabulousness. Great tip, thanks Louise!

Cruelty Free Vegan Brushes by Six Plus

Cruelty Free Vegan Brushes by Six Plus

I recently treated myself to this lovely set of brushes chosen I have to admit for how pretty they would look ok my dressing table – don’t they look great in their matching pots. What I didn’t realise till they arrived is that the pots attach to each other magnetically creating a perfect little travel care!!!

I was also very keen to buy synthetic bristles as I am on a journey towards being totally cruelty free in my beauty routine.

Given their budget price they are a lot kinder on the bank balance too which is always a bonus!!! My Maths isn’t great but I worked out that each brush costs about £2 with the storage containers and travel case included as a freebie – that’s SUCH A BARGAIN!!!!

But what about performance? Let’s face it they wouldn’t be a bargain if the quality wasn’t there ! But happily I can confirm that it really really is ! I have really enjoyed using these brushes, they apply and blend effortlessly making me look like I have better makeup skills than I do.

So would I recommend these brushes ? Yes I absolutely would and without mentioning the dreaded ‘C’ word, they would make a great gift for the makeup lover in your life!

Aisling Organics – Makeup That Actually WORKS

I love makeup – like really, really love it. I love buying it, applying it and I love how it makes me feel when I am wearing it. Recently though I have become more conscious about what I’m buying and what I’m putting on my skin – and it’s not always so pretty!

So I’ve been trying to clean up my skincare and makeup faves and cut out some of the nasties.

Aisling Organics is one of the brands I have been trying and I am genuinely very impressed. Their products are handcrafted using top quality ingredients with no parabens, fragrances, tars, talcs or any of the other horrors that lurk in the glossy packaging of many of the better known brands.

But do they work?

Yes they do, brilliantly!!!

I tried their Bali Bronze and Sienna cheek tints which I wore together to give a gently sculpted but fresh, natural look to my cheeks. I was really impressed by the formulation, so light and comfortable to wear but with good pigmentation that lasted all day/

I also tried their lipstick in Hibiscus a lovely pinky nude that was so creamy that I really felt it was nourishing my lips. Lovely n this miserable weather.

I am really keen to try the foundation but it’s always hard to get the colour right online. But don’t worry, Aisling has you covered, they have little sample sets they send out FREE for you to colour match yourself before you order. Genius!!!

Finally Aisling Organics are of course vegan, cruelty free and gluten free with a plastic neutral footprint.

So if you like me are interested in cleaning up your beauty routine but without sacrificing the quality of the products you are using, then check out Aisling Organics. – and for a bit of a bargain use the code julieellen5!