I Tested Meghan Markle's Favourite (£6) Mascara

Whether you’re a keen royalist, professional suits binge watcher, or - like the entirety of the world - you’re (understandably) avidly dying over Meghan’s minimal ‘no makeup’ makeup look, it’s no secret. Markle’s really conquering the world. From the headlines of news articles to the peak of our juicy dinner discussions.

And we’re not mad about it.

In an interview with 'Hello Magazine', Meghan’s former makeup artist, Lydia Sellers, has been giving us the rundown on the secrets behind Meghan’s dewy, natural make up. The one I'm going to be talking about today, Meghan actually recommended to Sellers (who now relies on it whole heartedly) - Meghan's 'can't live without' drugstore, easily accessible mascara.

Common knowledge: beauty enthusiasts just have to jump on that hype. So, when most celebrities share their beloved beauty products with the world...well, it's a prime culprit for bankruptcy.

Although, when I discovered the Meghan approved Maybelline 'Lash Sensational Luscious' mascara was available in my local drugstore and with a 'non-royal’ price tag, my thoughts went a little like this...

Wildly available? £6? Royal lashes? Urmmm...YES PLEASE.

So, I got it. Tested it. And here's what I think.

Wow, okay, where to start? Within one single swipe of this mascara it gave me the results of two-three coats of regular mascara - but better. I'm talking lengthening, instant volume (without the clumps) and insane pigmentation (the definition of an 'intense black mascara').

My lashes also really enjoyed soaking in the moisture due to its oil blend. My only advise would be to not overdo it with this one. One coat is more than enough. Trust me.

Thanks for reading (A big thanks to Seller for spilling the tea on this lifesaver)


How To Find The Perfect Mascara

Hey Guys! About a month ago I uploaded a blog on how to find the perfect lipstick and it seemed to go down pretty well with you guys. And if there's anything more hit or miss than lipstick, meet mascara. So, voila - I present to you part two of this mini (hopefully helpful) series.

Before I get into the more intricate detail about what to look out for to find the perfect mascara, here are a few of my suggestions based on these factors:

The wand

Like people, mascara wands come in all different shapes and sizes.

Like Harry Potter, we all have our best suited wands.

Essentially, it’s all good and well having a magnificent mascara formula, however, at the end of the day it’s the wand that’s the game changer. 

Makeup is expensive - the cold, hard truth. So, unless you’ve already collated a broad collection of mascaras or possess an abundant overflowing bank account, then  the hunt to find the perfect mascara wand may seem evitable. 

I bring good news. There’s away around this. Shops such as Primark and Amazon will offer packs of disposable mascara wands containing a variety of different styles to try out. I got a pack of 15 for £1.50 from Primark - a steal or a steal?

The formula

Ahh... the formula. The wand’s partner in crime. This one's fairly simple. 

The big question. Do we go water proof? Or nah?
Cosmopolitan states that ‘waterproof formula is great at holding curl’. So, if your aim is to maintain a curl or you’re prone to a lot of rain or swimming then ‘to waterproof’ is your best bet.

Top rated waterproof mascaras:

Alternatively, if none of these apply to you, ‘not to waterproof’ is the way to go (waterproof can be a hassle to remove).

My favourite non- waterproof mascaras:

Get those freebies

Before cashing in ridiculous money for a mascara that might not even work, perhaps ask for a sample mascara. Or if that's not an option, maybe give the travel sized version (if they sell it) a go.

Curl those lashes
For those straight, stubborn lashes - an eyelash curler will be your best friend.

Although, what some people don't know is that there's a technique to the whole curling process. 

You're going to want to pump the curler from the root of the lashes, then make your way to the middle (regularly pumping) and finally the end of your lashes. This is as opposed to curling just the root of the lashes.

This will really benefit the longevity of the curl.

And that pretty much rounds this up. After what may seem like an everlasting game of trial and error, you'll find your perfect mascara.

Thank you for reading!

Feel free to leave a comment or contact via the following:
insta: @lilylovesx


My Instagram Followers Control My Night Routine...

By this point, I'm ademant the majority of us have all seen the whole 'My Instagram chose...' challenge floating around the internet and flooding in our subscription box - I for one most certainly have. We've been gifted with 'my Instagram chose my outfit', 'my Instagram chose my makeup' and most jaw-droppingly, 'my Instagram control my life for a day'.

I think it's safe to say that I'm not quite ready to delve into the deep end by losing all self-control for twenty-four hours just yet. Alternatively, I let my lovely followers control my night routine (I'm not sure if this has been done before but if not - voila! Here is the birth of yet another Insta related challenge!)

To let the challenge commence I started off with the basis of all night/morning routines - showering. Although, this time I mixed 'bath' into the equation and the results are as follows...

I waited approximately fifteen minutes in-between each voting poll to keep it fair but not to the extent where I'd finally be through with this challenge by dawn.

Even five or ten minutes in it was relatively evident that we had a firm favourite - bathing it is! Which (btw) I was not mad about. What better way to wash away the day than with a good ol' bath?

A bath is never fully complete without bubbles, so as you can imagine, next up I let you guys confer between these two products:

As you can see, In the battle of the baths, the rose enriched bath soak was conquered by the Zoella 'splash of milk' bath powder. Which, leaving my skin soft and nourished and creating big fluffy bubbles, I'm very glad was the case!


Fun Fact: Skincare is paramount to my daily routine.
The skin's our greatest organ, right? So putting my skincare (choice between cleansing wipes *on the right* and a full blown pamper *on the left*)  into the hands of complete strangers on the internet is, well... something I thought I'd never do.

 Oh, the things we do for blogging!

Although as anticipated, my fellow grammers pulled through - which could have been partially due the fact the majority of them are likewise keen beauty/skincare enthusiasts.

As my 'Insta chosen' pamper session closed to an end, my next and final poll was a choice between blogging and my new acquired goal of learning Spanish.

'Learn' was  drastically in the lead about fifteen minutes after this went up so I got cracking on my favourite language learning app 'Duolingo'. A few newly learnt words later and I stumbled across a dm suggesting "why not do both?". So I did. And thinking about it now it worked out perfectly considering 'make content' is now in 1st place.

Thankyou for reading and to anyone who participated!
Feel free to leave a comment or contact via the following:
insta: @lilylovesx

The Shower Products You Need In Your Life

It all began with a camera and a dream. Since 2012, Bibi ( Beauty blogger from Cologne) has been devoting her life to sharing her love and passion for the beauty industry.

Just two years later the German beauty blogger took her passion and knowledge for beauty and materialised it into bodily form for all of us beauty enthusiasts to avidly squeal over.


Less is more. Quality over quantity. Whatever it is 
you may say, this concept applies for Bilou. Think about it this way. Would you rather have loads of mediocre, "uh- It's okayyy" kind of products or a more confined number of "I need you in my life" type of products? I think I know which on I'd opt for... The product range is narrow; but it's one of the best. 

So, what does make these so different to other competitors on the market?

As you can see above, my first Bilou purchases were the 'Tasty donut' and 'Fizzy Berry' shower foams and the 'Cotton Candy' gentle cream foam (foam lotion). My first impression was that these are super nourishing and packed with moisture. Second thoughts evolved around how incredibly Insta - worthy these are (which talking of, you can go follow mine @lilylovesx, cheeky promo). 

Have you tried Bilou?


The World's Biggest Topshop

Considering I don't live in the city, I come to London relatively often and if there's one place I drift to the most then it's unmistakably Oxford Circus - the home of shopping. Wait, let me re-prhase that, the home of Topshop. In other words, the place that gets me every time. So, put me into the world's biggest Topshop and...well, it's going to do some damage.
If you haven't yet visited the flagship Topshop then I can confidently say that you haven't seen the REAL Topshop. Okay, maybe that's a bit dramatic but the Oxford Street store without fail mirrors Topshop's aesthetic and vibe with it's towering stock of innovative designs and latest trends.

It's kinda ironic because although this queen of Topshop is most unquestionably a shop, it almost doesn't feel like one. It's more like an industrial fashion and beauty wonderland (with Photo Booths, nail, hair and cupcake stools around every corner).

*apoligies for the poor quality

Think a nail and brow bar, hair parlour, cupcake stand and multiple other stools is extra enough? Check out the photo below.

Uh-huh, that a DJ. You get greeted to live music when you enter the store

Sorry this post is so short but I've bought quite a few things this past weekend so a haul/reviews should up soon!

Also I finally created an Insta account for my blog after 10 months of blogging aha! Would really appreciate  if you'd check it out: @lilylovesx
As always, thank you for reading feel free to leave a comment or contact me via email : lilybass.blogs@gmail.com


Another Reason To Get Outside Now

Ahhh. The outside - how wonderful. Or at least that would be our sheer outlook of the uplifting open air if duvets, hot chocolate and Netflix were non existent.

The magnetic lure of the indoors aside, the fresh air is certainly the place to be (especially since spring has suddenly sprung...finally!)

Besides the hundreds of health benefits we repeatedly hear nature has to offer, there are actually a couple of blogging related benefits that may just be worth getting outside for.

Nature is paramount to creativity. If you’re inside trying to write a blogpost or get some work done whilst you’re straining for ideas and squinting at your screen...it’s not going to be easy. Being outside will free your creativity from captivity.

The open air is also a vessel to success for you photo takers out there. Not only is there potential picturesque scenery but moreover, there is natural lighting - any photographers best friend. Even with the utmost of brightening adjustments and editing apps, nothing can displace natural lighting.

Distracted? Unmotivated? Stressed? Get outside. This will regain your focus. Restore your motivation. Reduce your stress. 

In the words of Sir David Attenborough, nature 'is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living'.

Studies have shown us that spending more time outside enhances and enables our creative juices to flow freely. Why not give it a try? (or maybe just after one more episode!)


Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Yep. You read that right. Boston cream pie cupcakes. What have I been missing out on for the entirety of my life?

Ever since I stumbled across this recipe from lifeloveandsugar.com, I've been avidly revisiting the page in awe at the dreamy vanilla cupcakes with pastry filling and creamy chocolate ganache.

After yearning over the palatable treats for an unnecessary amount of time, I came to the realisation that they weren't going to magically appear on my placemat - the cold hard truth.

Alternatively, I'd have to tie up my hair, pre-heat the oven and get baking...

I followed the below vanilla cupcake recipe from lifeloveandsugar.com which gave me a total of 18 golden springy cupcakes. 

However, I found the traditional pastry filling making process a little intimidating so I reverted to Nigella Lawson's (as equally wonderful) custard butter cream filling recipe, in addition to her scrumptious chocolate icing recipe.

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius fan.
2.Cream butter and sugar in bowl until pale in colour and light in consistency. 
3.Add and combine vanilla extract and sour cream to the mixture.
4. Next, add the egg whites and mix well.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients together and in a measuring jug, combine the water and milk.
6.Add half of the dry ingredient to the mixture and stir well. Then pour in the milk and water and the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well.
7. Put mixture into the cupcake cases.
8. Bake for around 15 minute  until the cakes are golden brown.

The directions on how to make the custard butter cream and chocolate icing are over on Nigella Lawson's recipe.

The verdict:
Ugh. Where do I start? I think it's safe to say I could devour these in a worrying amount of time - they went down a treat. It may be because I struggle with the basic baking algorithm or the fact that I avoided using an electric whisk, but I did find these quite a time consuming bake.
Nonetheless, this is certainly a bake that I wouldn't shy away from. Well done, Boston Cream cupcakes. You did me proud.

Have you tried Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes/ what did you think?

As always, thank you for reading feel free to leave a comment or contact me via email : lilybass.blogs@gmail.com

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