Tried and tested: Mascara

Which is best when it comes to mascara: wand, comb, or both? We put three new launches to the test...

Ciate London Wonderwand Mascara, €23.45 (, free p&p) 

“I love this rich, creamy mascara, which volumises lashes without clumping and is easily applied with the hourglass-shaped wand. It lasts for ages, doesn’t smudge, and lengthens lashes with just one swipe.”


Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara Black, €16.99, Boots ( 

“While I’d recommend this mascara for its intense colour and lasting wear, its unique wand — complete with four combs and a ‘Zoom-Action Tip’ — is tricky to use and left me with some clumps, although I did improve with a bit of practice.”


Studio 10 Mascara 6-in-1 Perfect Lash Mascara, £24, Marks & Spencer

 “As well as a regular wand, this mascara comes with a comb-like applicator for lower lashes. It creates the perfect amount of coverage (not too spidery), and separated my lashes out for that Sixties-Twiggy look. It lasts all day long too, and comes off at night with ease. I’m very impressed.”



It’s a match made in technicolour heaven: Clinique has teamed up with Crayola to bring you 10 lip balm Chubby Sticks in crayon-bright shades, like Mango Tango and Mauvelous. Available in full size, €20.50 each.


To celebrate the launch of the new GIRL Lip Stylo collection, Hourglass is asking women to upload a photo of themselves or a friend, and choosing one of the 20 inspirational shades that best represents them: Explorer, Activist, Leader, or Warrior. Head to to share your #GirlforGood picture.


Everybody loves a bargain, but some US beauty vloggers have been going to new lengths to nab free make-up, rummaging through the bins behind cosmetics stores in search of discarded tester products. Known as ‘dumpster diving’,

YouTubers like Shelbizzleee have also shared tips on how to sanitise products so they’re safe to use.

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