Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara Christmas Gift Set

Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara Christmas Gift Set £18.75 - I actually stumbled across this way back when in October/November if my memory serves me correct, I was on the hunt for a new mascara after my old faithful Stila Glamoureyes had run out and thought I might try a more high end product. I've has Benefit and Clarins Mascaras before but never something from YSL. Truth be told, I've never actually owned any YSL make up in my life! This time of year is always wonderful for gift sets and if you were eyeing up any of your high end favourites, it's always worth finding out whether or not you can get a few added extras thrown in for free. The mascara itself is wonderful and I've used it religiously every day since purchasing it however I'm going to review that separately later on so I shan't go into too much detail. The one included in this set is the Luxurious Mascara to give a False Lash Effect, I personally don't usually go for the "false lash" look as my lashes are super long anyway so it's easy for them to end up looking like spider's legs however if I'm brutally honest with you, I had this put on me whilst a girl in House of Fraser did my whole face ready for a date night that I really couldn't be bothered to prepare for myself (I was upfront and honest with her that I wasn't actually looking to buy, just feeling pregnant and lazy and could she possibly do my makeup as the store was quiet? Speaking as an ex-counter manager myself, it's not a bad thing. I'd have loved someone to kill time with some days!) low and behold, however, she got a sneaky purchase out of me. I also got a sample of their latest foundation (also doing a full review on that later) however wasn't sold there and then so decided to just go for it. At the time I think I paid £25 for it however I've just seen that on Debenhams it's only £18.75, so you're getting a bargain on the mascara and two extra samples for free! The little extras are their "Top Secrets Toning and Cleansing Water", it looks similar to many that I've seen before however is a little greasy for my liking. It'd be fine if you were removing your makeup and going straight into cleansing etc but for me I just didn't enjoy it and much prefer my Garnier £4.99 version. You also get a New Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow which reminded me much of the Illamasqua Radiance Veil, again for me it didn't wow me enough to want to go and purchase it. It's lovely underneath a foundation if you do want that extra glow however I'm fairly lucky that pregnancy is doing that for me, and for free! I'll keep it handy for post-baby when I'll be desperate for a pick me up but for now, it's one product I could kinda live without. The obvious bonus if you're buying this as a gift is that it looks so much more substantial than just the mascara on it's own. I know from experience that buying makeup can sometimes make it look a little lacking in the packaging department and often go way over budget buying extras to make the present look more appealing. This just looks like a little bit more than a tiny mascara box and you never know, it may give them ideas for presents in 2016 (I'm looking at you, pesky mother's who always say they don't want anything!). I know that I cheekily bought this for myself and I have been loving it on the run up to Christmas however it would make a wonderful gift for either a friend, sister or your Mum on the big day and the mascara itself is also fabulous. 

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