Neals Yard Remedies is one of those shops I will gladly wile away hours in on a cold day between castings. The smells, the potions, the free tea – it’s like a genuine-feeling apothecary, filled with glorious products for one’s well-being.
I’ve always skimmed over the make up section, though. I just didn’t want to risk buying make up that didn’t have the staying power or pigmentation that high street and big brands do, even if it was full of beautiful sounding ingredients.
I have mega long, thick lashes, which is something that I am, of course, thankful for – but it does make mascara a bit of a tricky one for me. I don’t want my lashes to look pantomime-esque and I don’t want mascara to drop all day, giving me constant panda eyes. With my long lashes and hamster cheeks that squash my eyes up when I smile, only the pricier mascaras would do for me.
After spending lots of money trying out natural mascaras that failed to perform, I’ve always stuck with Chanel Le Volume Mascara. It makes my lashes delightfully thick and black, it stays put (even the bottom lashes, which are notorious for dropping)
It does, though, takes about ten minutes to fully remove at night. And it’s pretty pricey.
£25 from Boots
However, I like things on my face to be as natural as possible – especially when the product is going right by my eye. Neals Yard Remedies sent me their mascara to try out. Though I was excited to try an organic product from one of my favourite companies, it would have to match up to the Chanel mascara.
And it did!
£16 Lengthening Mascara from Neals Yard
This gives a great, natural look to eyelashes. It lengthens my lashes and gives a deep, black pigmentation that lasts all day without dropping. It’s perfect for a natural look, and can be layered up with 2 or 3 coats without drying or clumping. Here’s a vid of me applying it - see how it completes a natural make up look without giving ‘mime artist eyes’. Know what I mean?
This mascara contains argan oil, one of my favourite ingredients for moisturising hair, and white tea extract which is rich in anti-oxidants. It uses 78% organic ingredients and has been clinically proven to lengthen lashes by up to 85% – I can vouch for that!
At £16 it’s also a good deal cheaper than the Chanel mascara, and I’ll definitely be sticking with it. Check out www.nealsyardremedies.com for more info.