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The 4 mascaras that absolutely blow my mind

Okay so maybe that heading was a bit of click bait….but I am using this headline analyser that kept telling me: Ain’t nobody going to read that lame post titled ‘My 4 favourite mascaras’. Add in absolutely blow my mind and apparently I have a better chance of luring all you gals here. I’m a sneaky gal right?

Totally off topic intro aside though, I really do love the 4 mascaras that I want to chat to you about today for different reasons, so let’s see what my top 4 are. In no particular order……


1. Better than sex – Too Faced (RSP R365 from Eyeseehue Makeup)

If you’ve ever watched a US You Tuber, at some point, one of them whips out this mascara. The name intrigues you already, so when they all put it on the ‘Fave of 2015/2016’ list, you kind of feel like you have to have it!

The wand has a very slight hourglass curve to it, with the ends on each side rather large when I compare it to some of my other mascaras. Initially I did not like this mascara at all and was terribly disappointed when I actually tried it. Literally just crickets in the room after I put it on my lashes.

I started reading online and quite a few people seemed to feel the way I felt. Thankfully I then stumbled on a tip that said you should wipe the excess product off the wand and then apply it to the lashes. I find that actually made a real difference and as a result I actually use the mascara now. I’m still of the opinion this one is a bit over-hyped and still with the extra work to apply it, but overall it’s a great mascara. I have no flaking and after a few hours my lashes still look pretty good.

2. Roller Lash – Benefit (RSP R365 for a full sized + a mini from Red Square Beauty)

If you’ve followed my blog since the beginning, you’ll know that this mascara is my ride or die. I can’t go without it and I have repurchased it quite a few times.

The wand and the bristles are plastic, and the wand curves to one side (if that makes sense?). The formula is never clumpy and I can literally apply 2 or 3 coats and not have clumpy lashes at all. It adds great length and separates and coats every single lash.

Top L-R: Better than sex, Roller Lash; Bottom L-R: Rock n Doll, Wide Awake

3. Rock n Doll – Essence (RSP R59,95 from Clicks )

This is a straight, one sized barrel wand and then there are long bristles on one side and shorter bristles on the other. I use the shorter bristles on my lower lashes.

I was really surprised by how much I liked this mascara. It adds amazing length and volume. I do find the formula to be very ‘wet’ so a lot of product gets onto the brush, but I just wipe the excess product off and I’m good to go. For R59,95, one doesn’t mind wiping away excess product though….yes I’m talking to you Too Faced…..

After 2 coats it can become a bit clumpy, but I personally do not mind clumpy, if it’s clumpy in the right way. Yes that totally makes sense!

4. Wide awake – Avon (RSP around R149,95 from an Avon Rep)

I have never tried Avon mascara before this one, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The wand is ‘twisty’ and I think that is the thing I like least about it. I find it difficult to grip my lashes, but that being said, it does the job. How I don’t know, because I don’t feel any sort of ‘tug’ on my lashes, but they are definitely coated, seperated and lengthened. I also don’t find the formula to be clumpy at all.  The ‘Wide Awake’ mascara definitely does lift the lashes and give me that ‘wide awake’ look that I absolutely love, especially on a Monday morning when all mama wants to do is sleep…..

I’ve personally never noticed any flakiness after a full day’s wear of the above-mentioned mascaras. On my lashes, they last pretty much all day. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these and what your current favourite mascara is 😉


I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


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