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Instant Effects Instant Lash Volumiser #2WeeksLashChallenge

Posted on June 21, 2016


Hi Guys!

I’ve recently been trying out the Instant Effects Instant Lash Volumiser and I wanted to share my results with you!

My lashes are basically everything you don’t want when it comes to eyelashes – they’re short, straight and fine, and just a nightmare to do anything with. I try to curl them and it either just doesn’t work, or the curl drops straight away, and mascara more often than not just looks non existent after I’ve applied it –  so I’m more than happy to try anything that promises to improve the volume and length of my lashes…


I must admit though, the Instant Effects Instant Lash Volumiser did sound a bit too good to be true –

With proven results, the Instant Lash dual effect patented technology creates volume, improving the thickness of individual lashes by up to 20% within 2 minutes, using oxygen transfer technology. With daily use, the secondary technology improves the thickness of lashes by up to 35% in 2 weeks and up to 40% in 6 weeks together with up to 20% increase in length.

The product itself has a clear serum formula, which you’re advised to apply to cleansed lashes before you go to bed, as it works best overnight. If you choose to apply in the day time, you can also apply mascara within minutes after application.


Ok so here’s the before photo – there’s not a scrap of makeup on my face (can’t you tell!) and my lashes are short, straight and fine.


And the after shot – ok so my eyelashes haven’t suddenly grown an extra centimetre and turned into wonderful curled Goddess lashes, but this was never going to happen – realistically this product can only improve on what you already have, not magically create miracles!

I have to say I’m really impressed with the results – though it may appear subtle, you can definitely see my lashes are now looking thicker and just more prominent than they were before. They just feel better too, they’re more silky and conditioned and feel healthier than before. They’re also slightly longer too, which I think will continue to improve as I carry on using the product. And.. they actually curl slightly on their own when I wear mascara now too, which I never thought would happen!

I can honestly say this product works – like I said don’t go expecting miracles, but it definitely improves on what you already have. It’s also worth mentioning that this can be used on brows too, which I’m going to try out next!

Instant Lash Volumiser is currently £19.99 and available now from Instant Effects.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by Instant Effects.

Illamasqua Hypnotica Summer Collection

Posted on June 15, 2016


Hi Guys!

Illamasqua are back on the blog today with their brand new summer makeup collection! Hypnotica is all about freedom of expression, diversity and fearless experimentation…

An explosion of colour, creativity and fearless self expression. Illamasqua’s spirited new collection celebrates the diverse ways of expressing out individuality by being bright, bold and fearless while conjuring feelings of fun, freedom and unity.


Starting with the rather exciting Lava Lips Lipstick in Activist (£19.50) – this amazing looking marbled lipstick contains vivid sky blue and bright intense pink lipsticks, swirled together to give a marbled finish. The colours blend together on application to create a new vibrant lip colour with a smooth, satin-matte finish.

I had a feeling this might a apply streaky, because well it seem likely doesn’t it! But it really doesnt. The formula is creamy and smooth, and feels great on the lips, even though it’s a matte. It’s not what I’d call a full on matte, if you know what I mean, which can also be very drying, this is more of a satiny formula and lovely to wear.


Next we have the Sketch Sticks (£15.00) – these are multi-use crayons with powerful pigment pay off. The Sketch Sticks come in seven bright and bold shades, and I love that you can literally use them anywhere you like! The creamy formula means they blend easily too, so wether you want to apply them to face or body, wear them as makeup, or draw silly pictures on yourself, you can do what you like with them! I think these sticks really are perfect for festival season. The shades available are –

  • Fly – hot pink.
  • Free – cornflower blue.
  • Trace – bright orange.
  • Higher – bright yellow.
  • Spirit – pure white.
  • Haze – jet black.
  • Trip – acid green.


And the Lip Slick Stick in Dream (£18.50) – this is an intensely pigmented, retractable lip crayon, perfect for creating long-lasting definition. This creamy, water-resistant liner glides over lips effortlessly and once set it does not shift. This only comes in one shade Dream which is a gorgeous nude brown – this is perfect for lining the lips to enhance their shape, as well as preventing colour bleed or of course you can apply over the entire lip for intense matte colour.


And lastly the False Eyelashes in Dolly (£11.00) – at first I thought these were a little small and boring for a brand like Illamasqua – then I realised these are bottom lashes for the lower lash line, and suddenly they made complete sense! These lower lashes are perfect to create a fun 60’s Twiggy / dolly look.


And of course some swatches. Left to right –

  • Lava Lipstick in Activist
  • Sketch Stick in Fly
  • Sketch Stick in Higher
  • Lip Slick Stick in Dream


Ok so I’m completely in love with these products, and everything they stand for. To me, makeup should be fun, experimental and colourful, and that’s just what this collection is about, and that’s also why I love Illamasqua as a brand. If you’re wanting to experiment with colour and looking for a product that packs a punch, I’d highly recommend the Sketch Sticks!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples