Review: Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Benefit They're Real Sexy Steal review

I’ve worn Clinique’s fabulous High Impact mascara for years but kept hearing amazing things about Benefit’s They’re Real. It has to be said, though: I’m not usually a Benefit fan. I was disappointed by Benetint, wasn’t exactly blown away by Bad Gal Mascara, and didn’t like Hello Flawless Foundation (it seemed to slide off my face in minutes but was impossible to get out of a brand-new top that ended up in a textile recycling bin).

When ASOS had a beauty event (likely intended for Christmas shopping but I’m not against self-gifting) and I spotted that they had a ‘Real Sexy Steal’ for 30% off it was the push I needed to give Benefit one more go. This set contains a full-size They’re Real Mascara, mini They’re Real Push-Up Eye Liner, and mini They’re Real Remover – all for the usual price of the mascara alone (£19.50).

Benefit They’re Real mascara

First impressions were good: I love the packaging. And (stop the presses) I really like the product! I’m probably too used to Clinique’s mascara brush but Benefit’s was easy to adjust to and is very precise, letting you get right to the roots and also into the corners with the domed tip. It’s not the most thickening mascara I’ve ever used but it adds lots of length – really giving that false lash look! It didn’t flake off throughout the day and, despite not being advertised as waterproof(?), survived a Grey’s Anatomy-induced sobfest.

They’re Real Push-Up Liner and They’re Real Remover

These dinky products are nice little freebies. I won’t be using them on a daily basis (it’ll take a lot to convert me from Rimmel’s Exaggerate Liner) but they’re handy for when I’m travelling.

You can buy the Real Sexy Steal at ASOS, Boots and direct from Benefit (RRP £19.50)*.

*BLACK FRIDAY KLAXON! Use code ‘BLACK15‘ for 15% off at Benefit, or ‘EXPRESS15‘ for 15% off plus free express shipping when you spend £50. ASOS are also doing 20% off everything with the code ‘CYBER‘.

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Benefit They're Real mascara brush

5 movies that are made for weekend watching

5 weekend movie recommendations

I personally love dark and gloomy days – well, the ones where I don’t have to leave the house. I’m all for a guilt-free excuse to lock the door, wrap up warm and feast on Kettle Chips all day.

1. One to watch with the girls

Ok, I’m sure you’ve seen Bridesmaids by now but if you haven’t, watch it immediately. It’s undoubtedly the funniest film I’ve seen in years and I happily watch it over & over.

2. One to watch with your significant other

I wasn’t expecting great things but damn I loved Jurassic World! And only partly because it introduced me to Chris Pratt (homana homana). Jurassic Park may be over 20 years old but it never fails to entertain.

3. One to watch with the family

ET is probably my favourite film of all time. It’s perfect Sunday afternoon viewing.

4. One to watch alone

As a huge Disney fan I’m thrilled the studio regained its magic with Frozen. I’m severely lacking in the vocal talent department but that doesn’t stop me singing along, much to my boyfriend’s delight.

5. One to watch with a hangover

My hangovers seem to get worse & worse. Is it a 30 thing? I find the best way to distract myself until I’m better is to stick on something absorbing and slow and easy – like Napoleon Dynamite.

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Cute cushion round-up!

Best high street cushions under £50

Why is it so hard to find cute, affordable, decent-quality cushions?! 2015 has the year of The Great Cushion Hunt for me. The struggle has been real. But! Since autumn has hit all the shops have apparently remembered that British people like to hole up with blankets and pillows so the choice has increased dramatically, which makes me very happy. Here are my favourite high street cushions, all under £50.

1 | 2 | 3* | 4 | 5* | 6 | 7 | 8* | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18

* Get £15 off these items using my referral code “UCBH6AWS

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