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Benefit Cosmetics – Roller Lash Mascara, Watts Up! Highlighter & They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Although we often champion smaller brands here at The Amazing Blog, and love to discover hidden beauty gems, sometimes we feel it’s only right to rave about the well-known brands that are certainly worth the hype. Here in the office, we have a bit of a penchant for all things Benefit, so when they sent over some of their best loved beauty products, we were positively jumping for joy.

First in our bag of goodies was the Roller Lash Mascara. The brand’s latest release, it has been all the rage here in London, and for good reason. Designed to work as a hair roller would, the cute pink wand is equipped with tiny hooks, which lift and curl the lashes, negating the need for eyelash curlers. As well as looking more wide-eyed, we loved how fluttery and soft it made our lashes look. It’s the perfect addition to a girly make-up look.

As much as we loved the mascara, our favourite product was Benefit’s classic highlighter, Watts Up! We adore a glowing complexion, and find this to be perfect for giving a soft focus shimmer to our visage. Nothing says old Hollywood glamour like a screen siren glow. As strobing is the latest craze, what better product is there to invest in than this. 

Last but not least, Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner takes a bit of getting used to, but with a bit of practice, it’s a great tool for creating a feline flick. The thing that impressed us most was just how black it is. There’s nothing worse than ‘black’ eyeliners that are actually slightly grey, or have a bit of a translucent pay off. This liner is jet black as can be, and a perfect consistency for staying put all day long.

You’ll surely benefit from one of these fabulous products. Treat yourself to the Roller Lash Mascara here for £19.50, the Watts Up! Highlighter for £24.50 or the They’re Real! Push-Up Liner for £18.50.

Eye of Horus

The Ancient Egyptians were one of the most influential civalisations in the progression of make-up, encouraging people to become creative with their image. The Amazing Blog would like to thank this bright and speculative culture, as we really do love our cosmetics and have plenty of them to talk about on our blog. Our eyes are one of the best places to focus on when we feel like experimenting, so when we discovered Eye of Horus, who successfully combinines Egyptian culture with make-up, we were very intrigued. The Eye of Horus itself is an ancient Egyptian symbol, representing healing, wisdom, and prosperity. Eye of Horus uses a selection of plant based ingredients in their formulas, just as the Egyptians once did. An effective mixture of Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Rice Bran Wax, Candelilla Wax and Moringa Oil help to structure the Goddess Mascara, Eye Pencils, and Liquid Define. The principles behind the brand add to its appeal as everything is ethical and none of the products are tested on animals.

MASACARA WHITE Eye of Horus's Goddess Mascara is formulated with the intention of nurturing our natural lashes. This mascara has become an essential for the whole team, our Executive Editor, Edwina, confidently says that this is the best mascara she has ever used. The Beauty Shortlist really likes it too, so if you don't believe us take a look at what they thought too. The wand is designed to avoid clumps and keep the lashes looking conditioned, which we absolutely agree it does. You can apply one layer for a natural look with a little depth and extra length. If you want a more dramatic effect, add more coats for a striking exaggeration of your lashes, which we think is the perfect look for upcoming Christmas parties. Also, the mascara removes very easily (flannel and warm water do the job excellently!) although it's water resistant.

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The Goddess Smokey Eye Pencils are creamy eye liners which have the benefits of being smudge proof, waterproof and long lasting. They are great for an exotic finish, their smudging tip allows you to blend the liner for a smouldering effect. These pencils are great for both day and evening make-up looks. The ingredients encourage a long lasting effect so you won’t need to worry about smearing your make-up on a night out. If you don’t like wearing primer on your eye lids then these will be perfect for you. So, just as the Ancient Egyptians did, you can experiment with different shades to accentuate your eyes in different ways. The Eye Pencil range offers stunning shades in Black, Bronze Amulet, Teal Malachite, Charcoal Obsidian and Serpentine Sultry. They are all colours to represent a glamorous and seductive look and are great for drawing attention to your eyes.final new liq

If eye pencils aren’t your thing, and you prefer a liquid liner, then Eye of Horus will still be great for you. Their range also includes an easy to use Liquid Define. This product is smudge proof and long lasting, two essential qualities for an eye liner. We hate it when a liquid eye liner takes too long to dry and leaves you with marks in the crease of our eye lids. Luckily, Eye of Horus use ingredients in this liner to prevent that from being an issue. With a reversible tip, there is a guaranteed fine point even after using the product for a while, so the application can create a thin, understated line, or if you prefer, a bolder statement look, depending on how you choose to apply it.

If the Ancient Egyptian values and stunning shades of these Eye of Horus products appeal to you, you can take a look at their range on the Eye of Horus website or Cocktail Cosmetics. The mascara is £17, and all the eye liners are £13.

FlickTips

flicktips blog As an eye-liner devotee kind of gal, I am always wearing my signature winged liner and a good three coats of mascara. Whenever I walk out the door without my jet black eyeliner on, I feel a part of me is missing. I’ve tried lots of eyeliners through the years: gel, liquid, felt-tip, pencil… and I’ve come to the point when I master every single application technique.

However, the older I get, the less I worry about make-up. My everyday face will consist of a natural base, some blush and a gazillion layers of mascara: simple, natural and polished. I’ve been neglecting my usual eyeliner look because I honestly, cannot be bothered to deal with brushes and getting the perfect flick angle on both eyes. The day FlickTips came through The Amazing Blog’s door, I found the perfect excuse to use liner again and escape from my boring everyday face routine.

FlickTips is a clever concept:  they’re stick-on tips for your eyeliner. You only have to apply top eyeliner as usual, stick the FlickTip of your choice and you’re good to go. FlickTips gives you the perfect angle and an even wing straightaway without worrying about correcting it. The application is fairly easy: you can either apply the tip using your fingers or tweezers, making sure that the outer corner of your eyes are clean.

FlickTips have a range of different flick models to suit everyone’s eyeliner taste: from the classic and always flattering wing, to the most daring triple and multi wings. FlickTips also offer The Jewel Couture Eyewear Collection, stunning liners with stick-on jewels – perfect for a night-out.

Overall, FlickTips are a definite winner for me – I am back with wearing my signature liner look and I couldn’t be more pleased, as it literally takes me a few seconds to do my liner every morning. Thank you FlickTips for making things a bit easier!

FlickTips have an offer for a Special Offer Pack (10 different designed Party & Classic Flicks) for only £10 – free P&P and PayPal service.

Miners Cosmetics - Colour & Kohl eyeliners

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At The Amazing Blog we look for new products that really catch our eye, er yes, quite literally!  And so when we received Miner’s Cosmetics Colour & Kohl eyeliners,  we were all squabling over over who was going to use which colour...What we all came to the conclusion was that when applied on both the top and bottom lash line - they really  make your eyes pop. I'm personally always on a mission to  find  eyeliners that are (1)  easy to apply and  (2) will last  right through day to night and I'm happy to report that I think that I've found a winner.

Miners Cosmetics Colour & Kohl eyeliners come in four different colours - which we received one of each (hence the squabbling over once particular colour - see later on!) They have the basic black and brown eyeliners and the stunning blue and gold eyeliners, latter great for those glamorous nights out. What I like is that these eyeliners serve a dual purpose as they can be used as both eyeliner and a kohl pencil. If you are using the black or brown Colour & Kohl eyeliner pencil for everyday wear, you can simply line your eyes or you could go for the full-on look to really enhance your eyes  to make you stand out in the crowd. My or our (but I got it!) favourite is the gold eyeliner which can be used to create a subtle look but can also be used to create a dramatic look. I noticed that when you turn your head, the gold has a shimmer which catches the light - which I really like.

Miner’s Cosmetics make this professional, dual purpose eyeliner pencil  super- affordable at a mere £1.99. You can purchase the different colours of the Colour & Kohl eyeliner pencils online for £1.99 or your local  pharmacy or chemist.

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