Review: IsaDora Stretch Lash Mascara

IsaDora is a brand that I’ve always heard good things about, but until recently, it had been a long time since I used any of their products. You may remember however, a few weeks back they relaunched in Ireland and I was very kindly invited along to the launch party to discover some of their latest and greatest products.

At the event we were given a goody bag of products, one of which was their Liquid Lip Cream which I wore on Day 275 of my Simply Lippy challenge and loved. And another product we were given, was this new Stretch Lash Mascara which I also am loving.

The brand describe this as a ‘mascara with a twist‘ and when they say with a twist, they mean it quite literally! It’s unlike any mascara I’ve used before because the applicator head twists and expands to give both a long and a short brush for a very precise application.

First things first, the brush head is silicone with very fine needles, and over the past while, I’ve become a big fan of this kind of mascara brush. I find product doesn’t clump as easily on the finer needles, and it also helps to distribute the product thinly and more evenly over the lashes. So straight off, that’s a big plus for me.

But what I really love about this, is the volume it gives. I start by extending the brush to it’s longest length and applying all over the lashes. Then, after leaving it for a couple of seconds to dry in, I twist the brush to it’s shortest length and go over my lashes a second time.

The shorter brush allows you to cover every single lash, giving more volume to the root and thickening your lashes in the process. What’s more, you can then use the shorter brush to cover your bottom lashes without worrying about the product transferring on to your face.

The pigment is very black, exactly the way I like it as I don’t tend to wear mascara in any other colour. The formula itself is light enough that you can easily build up the mascara, which in turn allows you to have either a natural coverage or full, dramatic coverage depending on what makeup look you’re going for.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is gimmicky, but in all honesty, it’s really not. It works so well and has become a go-to for me over the past few weeks.

Sorcha x

Review: Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

A few weeks back, I was invited along to a makeup masterclass with Urban Decay, where they unveiled their latest wonder mascara; Troublemaker. As much as I totally love Urban Decay as a brand, I had actually never tried any of their mascaras so I was very excited when they gave us one as a gift to take home and try out for ourselves.

I’ve been using the mascara every day for the past three weeks and I honestly couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you all. I am loving it, and there are just so many reasons why…

First off, the packaging is a-ma-zing! The coloured prismatic tube is so much fun and very hard to resist the second you lay your eyes on it. But, what is really striking about this mascara is the brush, and that’s what makes all the difference for me.

The brush head is silicone with very fine needles, but each needle is a different length going from short to long on one side, and long to short on the other. Because of that, every single lash gets covered with formula to give incredible length. The brush needles separate the lashes to give a very fine coverage, and exactly the kind of coverage that I love in a mascara.

Everyone likes different things when it comes to mascara, for me, I always like something that gives me length and a bit of thickness because I have very short lashes, and am not a big fan of wearing false eyelashes. I didn’t find the volume as great as some of my all-time favourites, but it was still very good and felt very lightweight too.

One lash application
Two lash application

My pet peeve when it comes to any mascara is clumping and at the masterclass we were promised that one thing this mascara won’t do is clump, or leave little lumps of formula at the end of the eyelashes (I bloody hate when that happens). And hallelujah, they were right because I’ve had zero clumping with it and no smudging under the eye area either.

Before & After

The formula also contains a double black pigment giving a very dark intense colour to the lashes, and is infused with Vitamin E to keep your lashes nourished and in good condition too.

Before & After

Of the reviews I’ve read, some people are loving it and some are hating it, and it’s mainly coming down to how people feel about the brush head. So if you’re usually a fan of very bristly, thick brushes then this will definitely be a change from the norm and may not be to your preference. However, for me, it’s totally worth the spend at €23.50. 

Troublemaker is on counters in Debenhams stores and online now!

Sorcha x

Scandal Eyes with Rimmel

Before I came away, the lovely people in Rimmel London sent me some of their Scandal Eyes products to try out. As I was busy packing for my trip, the products couldn’t have arrived at a better time so I added them to my holiday makeup, excited to try them out while in Bali.

I have a funny relationship with Rimmel, I absolutely love some of their products like the Kate Moss Nude Lipsticks collection, their brow pencil but I haven’t got on too well with some of their mascaras in the past, that was until I tried out this Scandal Eyes Reloaded mascara.

It is very similar in packaging to L’Oreal’s  Miss Hippie mascara which I love, so when I first started using it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked this too.

The bristles are very soft, and though the brush head is quite large and thick, flexibility allows for a very even application. The formula is not too wet so is very buildable, you do need a few coats to get good volume, but layering doesn’t seem to be a problem. 

I’ve been wearing this almost every day of my ten days so far in Bali, and it has managed to withstand 32 degree heat and 90% humidity every time I wear it. My lashes look full and thick, and I’m loving how they last so well in the sun.

At the bargain price of €9.99 I think this definitely is a winner from Rimmel.

The next product they sent me to try was their Scandal Eyes Precision Micro Eyeliner pen. Now, I know not everybody is a fan of felt-tip eyeliner pens but I love them. My all time favourite in life is MAC’s Penultimate Eyeliner pen and this offering from Rimmel really holds its own against it.

The pen nib is quite long with a very fine point at the end meaning feline flicks are so easy to achieve! I did find that the forumula was a bit watery at first, but in fairness I think that was more down to the heat than the formulation itself.

After a few coats the pen was still wet which is a major bonus as a lot of pen style eyeliners tend to dry up very quickly. 

I don’t know that I love this as much as the mascara, you have to keep your eyes closed for a minute or two after application as it smudges quite easily if not left to dry. But at €7.49 it’s a good budget buy for an on-the-go liner.

Have you tried either of these? If so then let me know your thoughts.

Sorcha x

Review: Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes Mascara

A few months back I was sent the Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes mascara to try out and I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get this review up because I am absolutely loving this mascara, and I mean Loving with a capital ‘L’.

In general I’m a big fan of Catrice makeup products. They are very affordable, and much higher quality than I expected them to be when I first started using them. If you’ve read any of my previous Catrice reviews, you’ll know I love their Ultimate Stay lipstick range, and I have a little soft spot for their eyeshadow palettes too. And this mascara is no different, in fact, I think it might just be my favourite of all the Catrice products I’ve tried.

The first thing I noticed when I started using it was its curved rubber brush head. It has very short, fine rubber needles which at first I thought would be too short to give good volume to the lashes, but how wrong I was.

After just one light coat my lashes were instantly longer and thicker, and the fine needles on the brush head allows the formula to glide on very smoothly and evenly. The brush head is also flexible and bends slightly on application meaning it is incredibly easy to use on both my upper and lower lashes. I dont always wear mascara on my lower lashes because they are quite long anyway, but I love the effect this mascara gives them.

Top: No mascara, Bottom: Mascara applied on one eyelash
Top: Mascara applied on upper lashes, Bottom: Mascara applied on both upper and lower lashes

All major positives so far, but now I have to get to my absolute favourite thing about this and that is, you don’t get any mascara on your eyelid even when applying at the very root of the lashes. Hallelujah!

My pet hate with any mascara is when it goes on my eyelids and I don’t mean the upper lid where the tips of the lashes hit, I mean on the lower lid right above where the root of the lashes grow. This tends to happen to me if a mascara is very wet in consistency, or if the applicator brush is quite thick, and it instantly puts me off a product. Maybe it’s how I apply my mascara, but I was so happy to discover it didn’t happen with this (queue inner squeal of excitement!).

If all these positives aren’t enough to make you run out and buy this immediately, then maybe this will! This mascara costs only €4.50. Yes, that is FOUR EURO AND FIFTY CENTS! If ever there was a budget beauty bargain people then this is it.

I really love this mascara, and am a little raging I havn’t started using it before now. I’m about a week in to wearing it and so far it’s getting a major thumbs up from me.

Have any of you tried this? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts too!

Sorcha x


My Faves Part 4: YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara

Every Wednesday I do a beauty review, not on new and exciting products, but on my old favourites. The products that I never go without, that are always in my makeup bag, and that have seen me through a lot over the years.

If you haven’t read any of ‘My Faves’ posts yet, I’ve talked about the Eve Lom Rescue Mask, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish highlighting powder, and NARS Orgasm blush. Today I continue the series with my ultimate favourite mascara, the YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils mascara.

Now, I actually am a big fan of a lot of mascaras, so you’ll probably find me talking about many different mascara products over the next while, but this one is my ultimate, ultimate favourite! I always come back to it, always have one in my makeup bag and it never lets me down.

First off, I love the gold packaging that it comes in. It’s got a metal feel to it rather than plastic so that makes it a winner anyway for me.

The brush head is straight which is becoming more unusual with mascaras, a lot of brush heads now tend to be curved but I’ve got to say, I’m a fan of the straight brush. The bristles are soft so they don’t hurt your eyes on application, and they give your lashes a lot of volume with just a few strokes.

I like a good amount of mascara on my lashes so I do dip the brush a few times during each application, but by doing that, my mascara lasts all day long and my lashes look much longer than they actually are. And let’s be honest, that’s pretty much what we all strive for when it comes to lashes. Well, I do anyway!

All in all, this product does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s volumising, long lasting and makes your lashes look fab. It’s priced at €32.50 and while there are other great mascaras on the market for cheaper, this one is definitely worth the spend in my view and hence why it’s this week’s My Fave Product!

Sorcha x

Going to the Dark Side

Last Saturday I went out with the girls for a late lunch / early dinner / cocktails kind of night. As we were meeting early I didn’t want to go too heavy with my makeup but I wanted it to be strong enough to last from day into night.  I love a dramatic lip so decided to pair a soft brown smokey eye with one of my favourite lip colours, Dark Side by MAC.

This lipstick is a really creamy shade of burgundy with a gloss finish, and is the perfect night time companion to help you pull off a dramatic makeup look.

Using a combination of my usual go-to products, Bobbi Brown eyeshadows and my Dark Side lippy, here’s a look at how I put it together…


After applying my brow pencil and shaping my eyebrows, I started off my covering my eye lids with Benefit’s Passion Pearl highlighter eyeshadow to give my eyes a good base. I then applied even amounts of Bobbi Brown’s Rose Gold and Fawn shimmer eyeshadows to give a soft golden brown colour. By blending these two shades together, it meant that the colour wasn’t too dark for day time.

The look was completed by applying a thin layer of eyeliner to my upper eyelid, then some kohl eyeliner pencil to the waterline of my lower eyelid for that added punch.



Once my eyes were finished, I dusted some powder over my entire face to brush away any eyeshadow residue, and applied Benefit’s Coralista Blusher to my cheekbones in upward movements, ensuring I highlighted as I went along.

To finish off the look, I took out the star of the show, my Dark Side lippy and applied onto my lips. This colour is just perfect in my view, I love rich shades and this shade of burgundy works in both winter and summer.

You can never underestimate the power that a dark or dramatic lip colour has to totally transform your makeup. I don’t tend to pair dark lips with dark eyes often as I think it’s always best to focus on one or the other. There is a happy medium however, and I hope I’ve found that here! I think I have, and hopefully you’ll all like it too!

Here’s a full list of all the products I used:

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (NW25)
  • MAC Studio Fix Power (C35)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher Concealer Pen (Shade 2)
  • Benefit Blush (Coralista)
  • MAC Brow Pencil (Spiked)
  • Benefit Eyeshadow Highlighter (Passion Pearl)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow (Rose Gold)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow (Fawn)
  • MAC Fluidline Eyeliner Pot (Black)
  • MAC Kohl Pencil (Smoulder)
  • Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara
  • MAC Lipstick (Dark Side)

I love any excuse to play around with different makeup looks and what could be better than a girls night out. My makeup lasted well into the early hours and apart from touching up my lips after dinner, I didn’t need to touch up at all!

Do you like a dark lip? If so, then why not have a go at this look yourself?

Sorcha x