Tightline Mascara

Tightline Mascara

As with most new things, it takes a bit of practise before you really get the hang of this 3 in 1 eyeliner/lash primer/mascara.

The idea is to press the super thin wand along the base of your lash line, leaving enough colour there  to give an eyeliner effect, then wiggle and sweep it through your lashes for application of primer and mascara combined.

I bought this mainly because it is so small (only 2ml and less than 9cm long) and I thought it would be ideal for my travelling makeup bag – any eyeliner effect would be a bonus.

Because the wand is so thin, you need to be able to see very well close up to wield it properly. Contact lens wearers might find it easier to apply before actually putting their lenses in.

Still, I am pretty pleased with this, not least because it comes off so much more easily than the last mini mascara I bought, which coated my lashes with a plasticky film that was really hard to remove at night. I will probably continue to use my regular eyeliner under my lower lashes, but I found this made a big difference to my upper lashes. If it continues to please during my next trip, I may well be buying a spare.

Double Colour Mascara

Category : Beauty

There’s something very appealing about RMK cosmetics. Perhaps it is the vibrant colours, the shiny silver packaging, or the unusual presentation of, say, eyeshadows in pods or cubes with sliding lids. This particular product, a mascara which holds 2 colours in a single wand, was something I could not leave behind.

You could use just one shade at a time, depending on what you were wearing, but the combinations are designed so you can use different shades on top and bottom lashes. As the blurb says: ‘high drama results from its sophisticated interplay of colour: shading and volume above, with brightness below’.

The wands are marked 1 and 2 so you know which way to use them, and there are 5 colour combinations including the blue and green here, plus the likes of pink and black or red and brown. They are also waterproof without being too difficult to remove later.

These became Christmas presents for daughters #1 and #2, and went down so well I am considering buying another for myself.

Light Mascara

Category : Beauty

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I’ve seen tweezers with a built in light before (and let’s agree, that’s actually quite a good idea…) but this is the first time I have seen a mascara wand that lights up as you use it.

There are 2 tiny LED bulbs inside the lid which look like nothing much when you open it up, but which direct a reasonably bright light down the wand. It illuminates just the right spot as you apply the mascara, and is apparently very handy if you need to fix your makeup in the back of a taxi or in some dimly lit club.

At SS20, it wasn’t especially cheap, but it’s novel, fun and relatively useful.

Twisty Tail Mascara

Category : Beauty

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Too Cool For School are pretty much guaranteed to make me laugh with some new product in their range, and since the brand seems to have disappeared from Singapore I was pleased to have a chance to shop there in Seoul.

My top pick was this Twisty Tail Mascara, which has a mechanism built into the base to bend the applicator brush through 3 different positions.

The first is relatively straight, the 2nd helps set your lashes as the gel formula dries and curls, the 3rd picks up any of those tiny end lashes that you missed. There are fibres in there for a 5mm long lash effect, but it isn’t actually waterproof so is not too hard to remove.

The fantastic packaging is a bonus! Not cheap at 23,000 won but definitely worth it.