Lancome Grandiose Mascara

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Lancome has recently launched a brand new product that has mascara lovers everywhere swooning. The Lancome Grandiose mascara is said to be the most awaited mascara launch of the year because of it’s unique wand, brush and formula. I was able to test it out, courtesy of Influenster, and can I just mention how gorgeous the packaging is? I mean look at it – it’s beautiful!

Lancome’s patented “Swan Neck” wand is supposed to give you more control in your mascara application. The bend in the wand allows you to move the brush in several different ways to make sure you coat every lash and gives you a beautiful fanned out effect. The brush itself is very spiky and really separates the lashes and also doesn’t pick up too much product so you’re not left with a clumpy mess.

A problem I have always had is applying mascara to my lower lashes. The brushes always seem too big and I always smudge mascara onto my lower lash line without fail. The brush on this mascara isn’t too big, and I find that I make less mistakes since the wand gives me more control. Instead of using the brush sideways I use the tip of it instead which has helped. Using the tip of the brush also helps with those pesky inner corner lashes too!

Now since I have quite pitiful lashes I never expect a mascara to do amazing things for me. This gave me a little bit of length and not much more. I didn’t find it gave me much curl or volume, but I also don’t have great lashes to work with – sigh. I didn’t get the grandiose effect that I would have liked, but I have seen other get amazing results with this mascara. It’s most definitely different to any other mascara I have tried and if you have longer, fuller lashes than I really think you’d love this!

I am happy I was able to try this new mascara and will definitely venture into trying more Lancome products in the future.

What is your favourite Lancome product?

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Collective Haul

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I have done a little bit of shopping recently and thought that I would share what I’ve purchased over the past week or so. It’s a little bit of beauty, accessories and some camera and home pieces as well. I guess you could say I was #feelingspendy as Amelia would say. x

Camera & Home

Recently my main camera lens had the auto focus break on it so it was time to get a new one. I headed into Blacks on Saturday and saw that they had a sale on lenses and in the end picked up two new ones. The first one I got was the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens, which is great for taking portraits, and the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 which is great for product photography and just general usage. I am really happy with both of them and can’t wait to play around with them some more. Blacks had some shadow box frames on sale as well so I picked up three of those to have put them up in my hallway. The next project is taking some photos to fill them!

Accessories

I also went into Guess on Saturday and found out that they were having a one day sale where you would get 20% off your entire purchase if you spent over $100 on their purses/accessories. I have been in need of a new purse so I was looking through the ones they had on display and zoned in on the Delaney purse which I absolutely adore. It is a very spacious bag with a floating zippered compartment on the inside which is great for keeping your purse organized. It was suggested to me that I could even throw my laptop in there which I hadn’t thought of. I found out after picking it out that if you purchased a purse you would also get a free wallet, so I picked up the matching one to go with it. My boyfriend picked up this years Tiesto watch (which is stunning) and we headed to the checkout. There I found out that we had spent enough to get a free gym/duffle bag which came with a Got2B Volume Powder and NCLA Nail Stickers. All in all we had a pretty amazing time shopping in Guess and I will be putting up a post about my new bag soon!

Beauty

Earlier in the week I headed to Sephora to pick up the St Tropez Dark Bronzing Mousse. I mentioned that I ran out of the original St Tropez Bronzing Mousse in my Empty Products I’d Repurchase post recently and have been wanting to try the darker version it for a while. I used it earlier in the week and it really does make your skin much more tan than the original which I am loving at the moment. When checking out the girl threw in handfuls of samples, most of them men’s cologne samples which made the boyfriend very happy, but there was also some skincare, haircare and perfume samples as well for myself.

I also ran out of my eye makeup remover so I headed to The Body Shop and picked up another bottle. It does such a good job at getting off all my waterproof eye makeup and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. It is a bit pricey at $18 but well worth it in my books!

I took a trip to Bath & Body Works and they had a buy 2 get 1 free sale on their aromatherapy line. I picked up the Stress Relief Eucalyptus Tea Body Lotion, Pillow Spray and Body Scrub. The scent is absolutely delicious and I love using the pillow spray and body lotion before bed as it’s very calming and soothing.

Some other beauty bits I picked up were some Essie nail polishes in Penny Talk and Master Plan. Penny Talk is a metallic copper and Master Plan is a light grey. Both shades will be perfect for Fall. I also picked up the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 200 Soft Beige. I had picked up 103 for when I was using the St. Tropez original mousse, but now since I am using the darker version I picked up a slightly darker colour and it matches nicely. My review will up on my blog soon!

Lastly I picked up a fresh face mask from Lush called Oatifix. It has a mixture of oatmeal, bananas, almonds and vanilla and is really moisturizing on the skin. It also smells good enough to eat, but I can’t say I’d advise that! It was also pretty affordable at around $7 and I will definitely be picking up another tub of it when I run out!

I hope that you lovelies enjoyed my little collective haul over the last week and I would love to know what things you have picked up recently!

Workspace Wishlist

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I have been really unhappy with my beauty area/workspace recently and have decided that it needs an overhaul. I have been browsing around the IKEA website and have come across some really cute items that I would love to incorporate into this space. I feel as a blogger that you need to be surrounded by things that inspire you and really help your creativity flow, and I feel as if my workspace area is doing me no favours. I just wanted to share some of the things that I am lusting over and maybe it will even give you some inspiration as well!

I really love the clean look of white furniture and as I currently have a black desk (that is definitely on its way out) and I thought the Galant desk would be a great option. It’s long and spacious enough to have my computer on as well as some of these cute decorative pieces. My computer chair too is also on it’s last legs and this clear Tobias chair seems like it will compliment everything nicely.

I want to inject some colour into my little space by adding some colourful tins and flowers. The potted plants are fake which is a great option for someone like me who has a cat that loves to attempt to eat any type of plant. I have been wanting to get some acrylic drawers for a while to keep on my desk to house the products that I am wanting to test and talk about which will essentially keep me more organized – this girl could use some more organization let me tell you.

I have outgrown my current makeup storage unit and have been in desperate need of an upgrade for quite some time. I think the Alex drawers will be perfect for housing my makeup collection and hair tools and keep everything looking neat and tidy. On top of these drawers I picked out this beautiful bowl to house my rings and other jewelery pieces and also came across this beautiful picture frame that I think is very whimsical and cute.

I also have a few collectables that are still stored away that I would really like to put on display. I found these shadow boxes online that will be perfect for this and will also add some interest as I currently have no furnishings in my workspace area at the moment. I haven’t decided on an area rug as of yet but I really want something that is on the bolder side to add just a bit more colour. I will definitely be doing a before and after workspace post so you can see how everything came together and I am so excited to finally be doing this!

Galant Desk | $124

Fejka Potted Plants | $8

Rosepeppar Plant Pot | $5

Tobias Chair | $99

Stockholm Bowl | $29

Muji Acrylic Drawers | $28

Shadow Boxes |$29

Alex 9 Drawers | $150

Kvill Frame | $9

Tripp Containers | $6

I hope that you lovelies liked this post and maybe even found it helpful or inspirational. I personally love reading posts like this and would love to know if you could design your dream workspace what items you would choose!