Exciting news: there’s a new and exciting feature coming to Hyacinth Girl! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for ages, and I’ve finally got around to putting it in place. It’s a series called One for you and one for me, and it’s fairly self-explanatory: I review something (one for me), and then have (at least) one for you, too. Is it essentially a giveaway? Yes, I suppose, but better. I’ll be featuring full-sized products with the help of some sponsors, but I’ll also have selections of minis to try too – because everything is better in miniature.
Continue reading for the very first OFYAOFM!
The debut OFYAOFM comes to you care of Avon, that long-standing cosmetics-by-catalogue institution. I have fond memories of poring over Avon catalogues at Grandma’s, budgeting for hypothetical purchases and filling out the forms at the back. Filling out forms was one of my favourite things to do. I even had a fake credit card number I had made up and memorised. It was 0452 8568 1065 4608… I don’t believe I can still remember it now.
The Avon Mega Effects mascara is quite unlike any mascara I have used before. It doesn’t have a wand in the traditional sense. I’m sitting here trying to think of a comparison. It’s like a broom instead of a static duster? A shuffle-board paddle instead of a hockey stick?
The applicator has a hinge on the handle so you can adjust the angle. It’s wedged into a seal in the top of the mascara part, to stop it drying out. It has a plastic head with shortish bristles, similar to the Covergirl mascaras, rather than a conventional brush. It is curved slightly, which is nice in theory but means you may run into the same problem as with eyelash curlers – your eye needs to be curved in a similar shape, or else you end up bumping the ends of the brush all over the skin around your eyes. It does take a bit of getting used to, but is functional once you get the hang of it.
I didn’t notice this mascara giving any particularly special lengthening or volumising qualities, but it’s a completely passable everyday mascara. Mascara is one of those things that’s hugely variable person-to-person, so I’d be really interested to see how other people find it.
Luckily, I have two of these to give away! Each OFYAOFM post will have a different method of entering, and today’s is super easy: just leave a comment. Tell me your favourite mascara. Tell me your least favourite mascara. Tell me something else entirely… I don’t mind, just leave a comment! I’ll pick two people at random in a couple of weeks.