Monday 22 December 2014

Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara – A Party Season Must-Have

It’s New Year’s Eve. You’re hot and sweaty at a party, and stood talking to a bunch of friends - or strangers perhaps! You suddenly feel the urge to go to the loo, so make your excuses and dash off. 

After doing the business, you catch your reflection in the mirror as you wash your hands. Horror of horrors! Your mascara has smudged!

Does this sound familiar? Perhaps yes, if you’re anything like me!

No matter what make of waterproof mascara I use, within a few hours of wear I can guarantee that some of it will have run, smudged, or formed a neat little row of black dots beneath my lower lid. It may not look as frightful as full-on panda eyes, but it’s not pretty!

Thankfully I discovered Clarins’ Double Fix’ Mascara a few years back. What a clever product this is. In a nutshell, it waterproofs ANY mascara, and I really do mean waterproof!

Wearing this not only gets me through the Christmas and New Year party season intact, but I can even do a sweaty workout at the gym too - and have a shower after - without so much as a smudge! Yes, I confess I do my workouts wearing mascara and don’t remove it before showering either, tut! It’s one beauty habit that I wouldn’t recommend (though please do check out my 5 post-workout skincare essentials here).

Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara is a clear gel and comes in a mascara-like tube with a wand applicator. You apply it to lashes on top of your regular mascara. It dries pretty much instantly to form a waterproof layer.

I have yet to find waterproof mascara that works as well as this and the beauty about this option is that you get to wear your favourite mascara underneath. The one lookout, though, is be prepared for the wand to pick up flecks of black mascara with use and turn the gel a shade of grey  (you may be able to detect from the photo above that this has happened to mine). It’s a cosmetic issue only.

Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara costs £20 for 7ml and can be bought here.
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