Ardell Duralash Knot Free Individual Lashes: A review

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Ardell knot free individual lashes

Beauty Ingredients 


After a failed attempt of trying to apply these lashes myself, I got my little sister to do them. She poured out a little bit of the glue on the plastic packet that the lashes came in and then used tweezers to take each lash, dip it in the glue and then apply it to my own lashes with my eyes closed. Every so often she would ask me to open my eyes to check that they were even. It was her first time and it probably took her around 40 minutes to do both eyes.

Tip: You don’t need much glue, my sister applied quite a bit because she was a bit worried that they wouldn’t stay on and when I looked down my lash line looked shiny and it also made the lashes painful to remove.

Ardell knot free individual lashes

Wearing my Ardell Individual Lashes

Look and feel 

I really like the look of these lashes. They were applied in such a way to give me longer, wispy lashes towards the ends of my eyes which really reminded me of my Katy Perry Feline Fierce strip lashes. We used the short lashes towards the inner of my eyes and medium lashes towards the ends. Obviously the best part about having individual lashes installed is that you don’t need to apply them daily!

JG wearing Ardell knot free individual lashes


I had my lashes on for about three weeks. They say that they last about as long as the life cycle of your own eyelashes and that as your own eyelash falls out so will the  individual lashes. None of the medium lashes came out but some off the short lashes did fall out. I do wonder if not many fell out because of the amount of glue that my sister used though!


The lashes were still looking good after three weeks, I just decided to remove them because I wanted to give my lash line a really good clean – which is hard to do when there is glue on your lashes. So, I used the LashFree remover from Ardell which was basically just overpriced baby oil. Most of the lashes slipped off without too much trouble but there were a few places where my sister had used so much glue that it really hurt to take the lashes off. For the next few weeks I think that I’ll just use strip lashes when I want an extra boost. I want to give my natural lashes a little break.

I give these lashes 7/10.

JG x

Transformation Tuesday with a Freedom Makeup London Haul

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Freedom makeup London Review Hey lovelies! Have you heard about a company called Freedom Makeup London? I first stumbled across their website about a week or so ago. They are a new company and prices start from £1, which was so incredible that I decided to get a bit of a haul. They also had a special deal on at the time, so I got an extra £15 worth of free goods! All in all I ended up with 20 products that were a range of eyeshadows, lipsticks and contour kits all for about £25. Amazing!

My Freedom Makeup London haul!

My Freedom Makeup London haul!

The one thing that I loved about Freedom Makeup London is that they offer fab collections that offer everything you need to create a full look. I ordered the Sculpted Beauty Collection and was very impressed with not only the quality of the products but also with how well they matched my skin tone.  Let’s be real – as a black girl is can be pretty hard to get the right shade especially when ordering online – but Freedom Makeup London did not disappoint! Rather than doing a ‘get the look’ I just thought that I would go into detail on a few products that I would definitely label as my new must-haves! My must-haves from Freedom Makeup London:

Eyebrow kit Medium/Dark 

PRO EYEBROW KIT MEDIUM-DARK freedom makeup london I really love this kit and will most definitely be using it daily. I used the eyebrow wax in the bottom right and the powder in the bottom left to fill in my brows. I prefer dark brown brows rather than black and these shades were great. The coverage lasted all day too!

Pro contour kit Medium 01 

Pro contour kit medium 01 freedom makeup london

Sculpting with the powder contour kit! (This is not blended)

Pro contour kit freedom makeup london


I was a little worried about this kit because it came automatically with the Sculpted Beauty Collection and I wasn’t sure if it would match my skin tone. However, I had no need to worry. I love, love, love this contour kit! Usually I use a creamy contour palette and then have to use a pressed powder to finish the look off but this automatically gave me the no-shine sculpted look that I wanted. I used the pro primer before I applied the powder which helped to smooth and moisturise my skin. I always recommend using primer!

Decadence palette Today’s Tonight 

DECADANCE PALETTE TODAY'S TONIGHT freedom makeup london I usually wear the same boring browns and golds on my eyes. I loved the shades in this one palette – it had a range of browns, pinks and darker shades! The possibilities are endless! I ended up going with a rose gold shade and used another slightly darker one to contour my eyelids. I love this palette! I used an eye primer before putting on the eyeshadow and it was fab. It really helped the eyeshadow last all day. A little about the lipsticks I received… 

Pro melts Jammy Dodger 

Pro melts jammy dodger freedom makeup london I’m not really into lip glosses, I’ve been feeling matte lipsticks for the last few months but I really liked this gloss. It’s a stunning bright red shade and with the right outfit would be perfect!

Pro Lipstick Now 117 Juicy Lips 

Pro Lipstick Now 117 Juicy Lips freedom makeup london This is such a pretty pink colour. It’s a soft shade that would work with a multitude of skin tones. I’ll definitely be rocking this over the summer.

Overall I’m loving the quality and the affordability of Freedom Makeup London. I still have so many more products in my haul to try. My little makeup heart is very content at the moment. I’ve been on the website today and have been adding more products to my wish list too including the setting spray and matte primer. I have a feeling that I’m going to be ordering lots more products and best of all it won’t break the bank!

P.S. Freedom Makeup London also do makeup courses. There aren’t any available online yet but I’m going to be keeping my beady eyes open so that I can book myself onto one (or five)! JG x

Winged eyeliner with Rimmel scandaleyes waterproof gel eyeliner: A review

Rimmel scandal eyes waterproof gel eyeliner

I have been using Collection 2000 Fast Stroke eyeliner since I was about 14 years old, so it was about time that I tried something new. I’ve tried other eyeliners and have found that they either sting my eyes or don’t last all day.

Rimmel scandaleyes waterproof gel eyeliner promises ‘up to 24hrs of rich, intense colour that doesn’t flake, smudge, smear or run. Waterproof formula’. With a ‘professional brush for complete control to draw the lines you want’.

Inside Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Liner

The gel eyeliner and the precision brush

Here is the gel eyeliner on my eyes (P.S. this picture was taking after very naughtily sleeping with my makeup on in a two hour nap!!)

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Liner

Lashes are Kiss Ever-EZ in Number 11

Look and application 

I love this eyeliner. It really does last all day and looks blacker than black. I brushed the gel on my arm the other day and all day at work it was like I had some kind of a tattooed streak that wouldn’t come off!

The precision brush makes application very easy, you can simply angle it to either give you a finer or thicker line, and if you mess up or want to take it off, simply use a makeup/baby wipe.

Scandaleyes is available from Boots and supermarkets (I got mine from Tesco) for about £6.99. It’s well worth the extra £4 from my previous collection 2000 eyeliner…

How I do my winged liner

Rimmel scandaleyes gel eyeliner

Starting with the ‘wing’

  1. Start with the flick of the wing
  2. Join it up with a line over the eyelid
  3. Ensure the line is thicker towards the start of the eye and more tapered towards the inside of the eye
  4. Repeat on the other eye paying close attention to ensure the wing and line are similar.
Winged eyeliner with rimmel scandaleyes gel eyeliner

The final winged look

So what are your thoughts on gel eyeliner?

JG x

Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11: A Review

JG wearing Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11

JG wearing Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11

I haven’t worn individual lashes in over a month now and have instead been experimenting with strip false lashes. I decided to try Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11 after the beautiful Bianca Locke recommended them on Instagram, (you can find her @biancalocke).

Biance Locke in her Kiss Lashes Number 11

Biance Locke in her Kiss Lashes Number 11

Where to buy 

If you are in the States you can pick these lashes up from CVS for just $4.99, I’m in the UK at the moment and had to buy mine on eBay for £6.49Boots and Superdrug do sell some of the Kiss range but they don’t stock number 11 (sad times). Buying them from eBay was a little bit pricey but it was to be expected.

What’s inside Kiss Ever-EZ lashes number 11

Inside of the box you get a pair of lashes made with human hair (they are soft but also firm) and an applicator with a ‘mess free tip’ to help you apply the lashes along your own lash line. FYI – you do not get any glue inside of the packet. Thankfully, I had some left over from Eyelure lashes. Kiss do sell lash adhesive and if it is anything like their nail glue (which I love) then I’m sure it’s pretty good.

Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes Number 11



It was super EZ (get it? EZ? as in Ever-EZ…) to apply these lashes. As with other strip lashes, you simply apply the glue, wait thirty seconds until the glue is tacky, and then apply them to your natural lash line. I didn’t need to trim them down, which was great. The pink applicator was helpful in holding the lashes down so that the glue had time to dry. I usually use a pair of tweezers to do that, but the pink applicator was a lot less scary close to my eyes.

Kisses for these Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11

Kisses for these Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11


I absolutely love the look of these lashes – they are perfect for day or night and give you a sexy doe-eyed look without looking fake. They are super light and it barely felt like I was wearing anything. I will definitely be getting my money’s worth out of them and will be trying others in the range.


JG x

Wilko False Eyelashes Drama for only £1: A Review

Wilko false eyelashes drama on Jade Gabriell

I was out shopping with my mum the other day when she dragged me into Wilko so that she could get some bits for the garden. As I was in there I thought that I might as well pick up some lotion and body wash and was surprised when I stumbled across Wilko’s range of false eyelashes. At only a pound for a pair including the glue I had to give them a go!

Wilko False Eyelashes Drama

I chose the Drama lashes because they were super thick and weren’t as spidery as some of the other ones in the range. The installation of the lashes seemed to be the same as any other pair I’ve bought before. Apply glue, wait till tacky and then stick on. However, the Wilko glue dried way too quickly, smelt fishy and was difficult to apply. In the end I got fed up and used my leftover eyelure glue from my Katy Perry lashes instead.

Wilko False Eyelashes Drama

The difference between my natural lashes and the drama eyelashes was incredible, although they definitely didn’t look natural and they had a weird shine to them that made them look plastically. These lashes are better suited to a night out where you can hide under the club lights rather than day time wear. I also found them a little heavy and my eyes burned a little; I’m not sure if that was the combo of heavy lashes plus mixing two types of glue to get them to stick.

Wilko False Eyelashes Drama

Overall these lashes were alright but the artificial shine, heaviness and not-so-great glue makes me give these lashes….


I have another pair from the range – they’re are bit spidery but I’ll give those a go at the weekend. Here is a picture of them, I actually think they might be a bit more natural-looking…well fingers crossed.

Wilko False Eyelashes Drama

Have you tried any other lashes in the Wilko range?

JG x

Battle of the Nude Lipsticks: Rimmel versus MAC

MAC peachstock versus rimmel nude delight

Rimmel vs MAC

Nude lipsticks are sexy and perfect for when you want to draw attention to your eyes. I love teaming a nude lipstick with big lashes and liner to give me that doe-eyed, retro look. However, it’s always a struggle to find the right colour; choose a lipstick too light and you look like a zombie with ashy lips, too dark and you might of well have just bought a mocha shade. I’ve found two that suited my skin tone however the question is which gets my my vote, MAC Peachstock or Rimmel Nude Delight? Let’s find out shall we…


MAC (Satin) lipstick in Peachstock from Belk (USA) $16 (approx £10.33)
Rimmel (Moisture Renew) lipstick in Nude Delight from Tesco £6.49

Winner: Rimmel


Rimmel Nude Delight

Rimmel Nude Delight

MAC Peachstock

MAC Peach stock

I guess this round depends on whether you prefer glossy or matte lipsticks. At the moment I am loving matte lipsticks so kind of prefer Peachstock. Rimmel Nude Delight felt a little greasy however I do like the warmer tone that it has, MAC Peachstock was just a tad paler.

Winner: MAC

All-day wear and Feel

The MAC lipstick left my lips feeling moisturised all-day which surprised me because it is so matte. It also lasted from the time I applied it at 7am before work until way after I got home that evening and still looked just as gorgeous. The Rimmel lipstick just about made it to lunch before I needed to reapply it again. Despite it being called ‘moisture renew’ I found that my lips were quite dry after a few hours and I did need to apply lip balm.

Winner: MAC

Rimmel nude delight versus MAC peachstock

Ladies, this is an instance where I would recommend spending those extra pennies and getting MAC (sold in House of Fraser in the UK). It looks amazing and feels great plus matte lipstick is very in this Summer. So go on, treat yourself!

JG x

Katy Perry Feline Fierce Lashes: A review

Katy Perry Feline Fierces Lashes

Who doesn’t want fierce, fluttering eyelashes just like the beauty that is Katy Perry? 

It was my birthday on Tuesday and while I wanted thicker, fuller lashes I didn’t really want to pay the individual lash pricetag (mainly because I’d just treated myself to an hour long gel pedicure and a 30 minute facial…so divine!). Anyway I saw the Katy Perry Feline Fierce lashes on sale in Boots for just £2.65 (down from £5.95) and it was such a bloody bargain that I had to get myself a pair!

Katy Perry Feline Fierces Lashes

These lashes were created by Eyelure with input from Katy Perry to make a collection that will make you ‘feel like a pop-star from your first glance’ according the Eyelure site. I’m not sure that I did feel like a pop-star out at Prezzo for dinner on Tuesday night but I did love these lashes.

The Feline Fierce lashes are super soft and they come with adhesive included. I actually didn’t use the glue, instead I opted for Boot’s eyelash glue. I’ve had a few nights out where my lashes have been hanging off because the glue in the packet (not eyelure) wasn’t strong enough, so I always prefer to buy it separately. They were very easy to put on, I just popped a line of glue along them and applied them above my natural lashes and they fit my eyes perfectly!

Katy Perry Feline Fierces Lashes

I love the angled look of these lashes and applied winged eyeliner to really emphasize them (after the above picture was taken). The lashes are thick but also look quite natural, noone even noticed that I was wearing them till I told them. I took them off at the end of the evening and they still looked as good as new, so I’ve put them back in the box to wear them again for yet another day. Not bad for less than £3.

I give these lashes 8.5/10.

Have you tried any of the other Katy Perry lashes in the collection?


Nouveau individual lash extensions: a review

Nouveau Lashes after three weeks of wear. Length 10 and 11mm.

Nouveau Lashes after three weeks of wear and they still look good! Length 10 and 11mm.

Going from strips to individual lashes

Like most girls, I’ve been wearing false lashes on nights out since I was in my teens. I’ve tried the good, the bad and the ugly. I still remember going out in uni and having to carry glue in my handbag just in case mine fell off in the middle of the night (which did actually happen a couple of times). I love full and thick lashes which is why I decided to give individual lash extensions a try.

I was lured into trying Nouveau Lashes when I saw the £30 price tag at one of my local beauty salons. Other individual lash extensions can be £70+ so I was quick to say yes to Nouveau. I first had them applied in November 2014 and have had them done about twice since then. Each time I have been very happy with them! It’s great waking up with perfect lashes and not having to put mascara on. Nouveau’s website says that these these lashes last up to eight weeks, I wouldn’t agree with that. Mine last about two/three weeks before starting to twist and fall out. By week three there are usually gaps.

My eyelashes without falsies. They are curly but short.

My eyelashes without falsies. They are curly but short.

Nouveau individual lash extensions after three weeks. It's not a great picture but it shows clearly one lash twisting.

Nouveau individual lash extensions after three weeks. It’s not a great picture but it shows clearly one lash twisting.

Application and aftercare

I was crazy late to my first appointment leaving my beautician only about thirty minutes to apply the lashes before her next client. I was so worried that she wouldn’t have enough time as the appointment was originally supposed to be an hour long but she finished in record time. Everytime I’ve been back she’s managed to apply them in thirty minutes or less. The only scary part is when you are done and have to open your eyes and your bottom lashes are sometimes stuck to the top ones! It’s sorted out pretty quickly but its scary seeing someone coming towards your eyes with tweezers to part them!

Each time I’ve gone to my beautician, I’ve asked her for a natural look. I’m not a fan of really fake looking lashes. I have the 10 and 11mm lashes applied; my beautician warned that she has worn 16mm herself and though they look very glamorous they twist within a couple of days as opposed to the natural ones which don’t twist for a week or so.

The first time I had Nouveau individual lashes applied, the glue really bothered my eyes even for a week or so afterwards. Everytime the wind blew and my eyes watered it would mix with the glue, sting and then water even more! It was horrible. I only had that issue the first time I had them done though so it could have been that I was getting used to the glue. The eyelashes are really easy to look after, and you can definitely still wear eyeliner and eyeshadow, just make sure that you use an oil free makeup remover. I use baby wipes and have never had an issue.

Nouveau individual lash extensions.

Nouveau individual lash extensions.

So, would I get them again?

Overall, I really like Nouveau individual lash extensions and will definitely be getting them done again in a few weeks for my birthday. They are so affordable, comfortable and it’s great not waking up with panda eyes from mascara!

Jade x