LBQ’s Top Three: Mascaras

One of the most frequently asked beauty questions I recieve is a recommendation for a really great mascara. It seems that women will spend a small fortune searching for their perfect partner, and I’m not talking husband material. Getting a fabulous flutter is high on the priority list of every woman, because a simple slick of mascara can mean the world of difference to our appearance. Long, wide and full lashes can help us look younger, as well as opening our eyes to brighten and lift our peepers. It’s widely reported that men fall for ladies with big lashes (especially on the lower lash line,) as it’s a sign of youth and fertility – so here are my top three mascaras to help you bag the man of your dreams. Or just look pretty.

Top 3 mascaras

1. Yves Saint Laurent: Babydoll Mascara (£24.50)
I’m normally not a huge fan of YSL mascaras, but Babydoll has to be the best mascara I’ve ever used. The brush is perfectly formed to deposit a decent amount of product onto lashes, then combing it through to create maximum impact and seperation. It’s not often you find one product that provides volume, length and definition, but Babydoll manages it with ease. Because you need a small about for each application (the brush does all the work for you) each tube lasts a long time; what’s even better is the formula doesn’t dry out or flake on the lashes. This really is the holy grail of mascaras that needs to be on every woman’s dressing table.

2. Guerlain: ‘Cils d’Enfer’ Maxi Lash Mascara (£22.00)
Perfect for volume junkies, the maxi brush of this mascara helps to create powerful lashes with tonnes of flutter. Even though the wand looks a little clunky at first glance, it carefully coats lashes and helps to build volume without clumping. This is the perfect for strong smokey looks or for complimenting 60s inspired eyeliner, but equally can effortlessly provide natural volume for daytime too. You can’t help but feel special holding a gold mascara, so this is worth every penny. 

3. Seventeen: Doll’d Up Mascara (£6.29)
My ultimate budget buy, this mascara provides almost all of the benefits of YSL Babydoll but at a fraction of the price. It works fabulously to create volume and separation, but there’s no clumping side effect. Although it’s not particularly pretty to look at, the product inside is really quite brilliant considering the price point. It doesn’t flake, it builds easily and it creates a flutter that looks extremely natural. The only issue is that it’s harder to remove than most mascaras, so you will need an oil-based cleanser to clean away all residue so you don’t look panda-eyed.

What are the mascaras you can’t live without?



  1. Beauty's Bad Habit
    June 24, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    I was looking at the Doll'd up mascara today, but couldn't make my mind up and ended up walking out of Boots anyway since I'd forgotten my points card. I'll try it instead of my usual Maybelline Falsies next time!

  2. Kitty Williams
    June 24, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    Great post! I haven't tried any of these mascara's yet, but I've been eyeing up YSL Babydoll for a little while now!

  3. Danielle Dunbar
    June 24, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    I'm glad you think the same about dolled up! I thought it was soo difficult to the point that it hurt my eyes to remove it! Although I do have quite sensitive eyes x. Time to try YSL!

  4. Jodie Melling
    June 24, 2013 / 7:40 pm

    I'm still loyal to my Benefit They're Real but I am tempted to splurge on YSL. Jodie

  5. beautyqueenuk
    June 24, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    I have all these on a list of things to try, especially YSL xx

  6. Lily Lipstick
    June 25, 2013 / 6:57 am

    I rarely buy high end mascaras but love that 17 one – glad to hear its almost as good as the YSL! x

  7. BeautyDetective
    June 25, 2013 / 2:43 pm

    Benefit They're Real is my current favourite but I really want to try Babydoll – I think I will treat myself in a couple of weeks when I pass through duty free! x

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