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I knew it wouldn’t be long before other brands started bringing out nail polish removers in a pot so roll up, Maybelline! Ladies, this is their new Express Remover.

The concept is exactly the same as the others you’ve seen – dip your finger in the soaked sponge and the polish comes off in seconds. It doesn’t quite take it all off in one dip, more like 2-3 for a gloss nail lacquer (and probably a couple more for glitter work) but it is still very quick compared to soaking cotton pads in remover. It also smells lovely and is gentle on the nails, moisturising them at the same time.

All in all, I estimate it takes less than a minute to wipe the polish off your nails. Far more kinder to the environment than throwing away cotton pads, the only downside is when it goes murky from excessive use and your nails start to look discoloured from the cocktail of used nail polish accumulated in the pot. Well that’s the sign to change your pot.

Maybelline New York’s Express Remover is available from June in Superdrug and Boots stores, priced at £4.99.

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posted by on In Praise Of..., Mascaras, Maybelline



The danger of going to Superdrug for painkillers is loading the basket with make-up often not paramount. It doesn’t help that they are positioned just at the entrance and if your branch is anything like my local, half of the huge store is a labyrinth of cosmetics.

One of the items that contributed to my £30 spend in under 5 minutes was Maybelline’s latest mascara, Volum’ Express The Rocket. Normally I don’t flutter my lashes at Maybelline’s mascaras because they’ve never impressed me but I had to try this one after seeing the dramatic results on other blogs.

Maybelline promises “explosive volume in rocket time” and clump-free lashes. The special patented wand has short bristles spaced out to ensure application glides through. I did find some of my lashes stuck together with the wet formula but using the wand to separate them gave me ample time before they dried to a dramatic finish.


It is proper jet black which is how I like my mascaras.  As for how it performs? Epic! It makes my lashes appear even longer and thicker particularly after two coats. If I am going to wear mascara, I like it to show since my natural lashes are black any way.

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(Apologies for the slight clumping in the pictures, I was lazy in tidying them up!)

I really like this and for £7.99 it’s brilliant value (and you know, I don’t mind spending £20+ on a mascara that performs) – definitely one of my favourite products of the year.

Maybelline’s The Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara in Black usually costs £7.99 but it’s currently on offer for £5.99 in Superdrug. Also available in water-proof.

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Travelling Light


posted by on Avon, Beauty, Blushers, Bourjois, Bronzer, Concealer, Elemis, Eye pencils/eye liners, Foundation, Illamasqua, Make-Up, Mascaras, Maybelline


I am going on holiday to Marrakech soon. It will be 7 days in the (here’s hoping for) scorching north African sun, and I am looking forward to getting my first sun tan in almost 18 months.

One thing I am determined to do is to minimise on my packing with make-up and beauty products for two main reasons: I will be flying by no-frills airline Easyjet who are notoriously difficult with luggage dimensons and weights (total size includes wheels and handles for crying out loud!). Also I want to leave enough room for any potential purchases I will find difficult to resist from the souqs.

I took a heaving bag of make-up on my last getaway and shamefully I didn’t even use two-thirds of the contents. What is it about going away that sends us into a panic that we might need several palettes and lipsticks? It’s a holiday, not a fashion shoot!

So here are the essentials I’ve whittled down to:


  1. Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara – my current favourite mascara (not photographed)
  2. Illamasqua’s Precision Liner in Abyss
  3. Illamasqua’s Skin Base (12)
  4. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NW35)
  5. L’Occitane’s Sublime Beauty Cream – BB Cream in Medium*
  6. GOSH BB Cream in Warm Beige
  7. Bourjois cream blusher in Sweet Cherry (04)*
  8. Nars cream blusher in Maui
  9. Avon Supershock Gel Liner in black
  10. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Roomiest Rose and Mightiest Marschino*
  11. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush (005)
  12. Smashbox Megatint in Punch*
  13. Bourjois 3D Effet lip glosses in Brun Exotic and Brun Rosé*
  14. Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Icon and Empress
  15. Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm* – doubles up as a primer
  16. Liz Earle Sheer Gold Shimmer


I have purposely avoided products which need brushes as well as powders, and subsequently I am leaving out the eyeshadows because frankly I can’t be bothered with all that faffing around.

Bourjois’s new collection of cream blushers are not until 15th May but you can read a review and see swatches by Leanne of Do Not Refreeze. Light and slim in packaging, these are perfect for travelling so I’m popping one in the bag.

I am also looking forward to putting L’Occitane’s new BB Cream through its paces and I will be posting a review on it.

All of these fit nicely in my relatively small Bourjois make-up bag*. Honestly my make-up bag before was hand bag size!

Is there anything else I should take? I know I’ve overdone it with the lipwear but the trouble is, I don’t know which ones I will wear (depending on how I feel at the time) so I’m taking a few. Madness. I would love to know if you try to downsize your make-up when you go away or if you take more than what I am packing.

On a separate note, if you’ve been to Marrakech, please let me know your recommendations about what hidden gems I should visit or try. One thing that is an absolute must is a hammam and massage and picking up some argan oil. Can’t wait!

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