Coloured Contact Lenses by My Cosmetic Lenses

Sunday, 1 March 2015

 I've always wanted to experiment with my eye colour, and recently My Cosmetic Lenses invited me to try out some of their range of non prescription coloured contacts. I wrote a little post about them a couple of weeks ago, you can see that here, and here are my thoughts after trying them out for the first time.

I'm not one of those people that's particular squeamish about putting things near my eyes, but I think the idea of contact lenses can be a bit scary for any first time user. No need to worry though, as these contact lenses are super easy to use and didn't put up a fight when I was putting them in. (You can watch easy to follow videos demonstrating how to put them in on their site!) I did have one lens fold up when I tried to use it, but it's easy to unfold it and just try again. Practise makes perfect! I found it just as easy to remove the lenses as I did inserting them. I drag the lens to the outer corner of my eye, pinch & pull it out.

I naturally have dark brown eyes, and I thought the colours wouldn't really show up on my eyes, but these lenses have no issue transforming them to a striking blue or green, as you can see below. 

top to bottom: one natural eye with one Bright Blue lens, Bright Blue lenses*, Gemstone Green lenses*, Caribbean Blue lenses*

 My Cosmetic Lenses aim to offer a range of colours that both look natural and fit comfortably. They have definitely achieved that. As you can see from the photos, all of the colours I tried are quite natural looking - even the more striking Bright Blue lenses.  The claims of being able to wear the lenses up to 8 hours a day are definitely fair as I have worn mine from midday to evening time whilst out shopping and experienced no discomfort whatsoever. The high water content of 42% supports their claims of being the most comfortable fashion lenses on the market as it helps to hydrate the eyes to avoid any irritation. 

They stock over 30 colours, including 5 from a collaboration with Geordie Shore's Marnie: Pure Blue, Light Hazel, Misty Grey, Pure Violet and Sea Green.The contact lenses can be used 90 times for up to a year, with proper care and cleaning, before they need replacing. I've never heard of lenses lasting that long before, especially for such a great price.

Bright Blue lenses*

Gemstone Green lenses*

 Caribbean Blue lenses*

The lenses are great to add a little something extra to your look for a special occasion, or even just for day to day wear if you fancy a change. 

 The lenses are available at and are priced between £12.99-£29.99 (all with free P&P). That's pretty great value considering the lenses last for up to a year!

You can view all of the colours available over on 
You can also find Marnie’s range here:

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review

Sunday, 8 February 2015

 If you haven't already heard a million people talking about this, then where have you been?? Roller Lash is the latest addition to Benefit's best selling range of mascaras. It has been designed specifically for girls with short lashes or small eyes and boasts major eye-widening effects. When I heard that ELLE magazine were offering Roller Lash as an exclusive freebie before it hits Benefit counters in March, I had to run out and get it! £4 is a small price to pay for such a wonderful freebie, especially when the travel size They're Real mascara retails at £9. 

The packaging is super cute, as everything Benefit releases is. I'm a big fan of the rose gold theme of the travel size version, but I'm in love with the packaging of the full size version and can't wait to get my hands on it.

The innovative 'Hook N Roll' Brush helps to lift and curl the lashes, while the formula helps to set the curl in place for 12 hours. When you apply the mascara, you can feel the little hooks gently tugging on your eyelashes, making sure each one is lifted and curled - even the hard to reach ones. Roller Lash aims to act like a hair curler and eliminates the need for eyelash curlers, which is great for me because I always forget to use them.

One coat on one eye

 One coat on both eyes

Two coats on both eyes

I honestly think this is the best mascara I've ever tried. Even after a long day at work, when I come to taking my make up off before going to bed, my lashes are still as curled and separated as when I left the house. I've seen a lot of people complain about how difficult They're Real is to remove (Benefit even make a remover specifically for it!), but that isn't a problem at all with Roller Lash. It came off incredibly easy with just a bit of cleanser (but it is water resistant). 

One of the great things about Roller Lash is that it contains lash nourishing ingredients to make sure they stay in good condition. It also has a 'wiper' built inside the tube to make sure you don't get too much product on the wand and avoid any clumpy, spidery disasters.

Roller Lash will be released in March 2015 and will cost £19.50 for the full size. If you can't wait until then, hunt down the March issue of ELLE to give the travel size a go!

Have you tried Roller Lash yet? Do you prefer it to They're Real?

The Escape Room, Manchester

Sunday, 25 January 2015
Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch party for possibly the greatest thing to hit Manchester recently. Located just a couple of minutes walk from Deansgate, you'll find The Escape Room. This is the perfect place to head when you're looking to try something out of the ordinary with your friends. 

Having opened just over a week ago, this brand new venue is pristine and you can see the effort that went into decor & themes from the moment you enter reception, with the black and yellow 'caution tape' style banners instantly getting you in the mood for a Crystal Maze style adventure. 

Upon arrival, we were led to the bar area where you can grab a drink whilst you wait for your game to start, so you don't feel rushed as you can enjoy the bar before and after the game as you please.  The bar is well stocked and boasts some of the cheapest drinks in town (£2 for a bottle of Becks!). The best thing about the bar is that it's exclusive to Escape Room players, so you won't get heaps of people wondering in, beckoned by the call of cheap drinks! 

 From the bar area, you can see the indoor and outdoor balconies, which have great views of Manchester Cathedral and the River Irwell. 

So what IS The Escape Room? There are 5 different rooms for you to tackle; The Mummy, Prison Break, Slaughter House, The Secret Lab and Room 13. The rooms have varying levels of difficulty, so there is something for anybody of any age to have a go at. Each room requires logic and problem solving to help you solve the clues and escape the room in 60 minutes.

We were introduced to our lovely team mates, Irena and Anna. We had never met before, but within seconds of being locked in the room, we were working together to solve the problems and getting on amazingly! I would definitely recommend Escape Room for team-building/ice-breaking exercises for corporate events because we got on so well so quickly.

Our room was The Mummy. I couldn't believe how well they'd pulled off the theme in the room, even the smell was exactly what you'd expect in an ancient tomb (think museum visits!). Obviously, I'm not going to go into detail about what was in the room and spoil the fun! Each room is fitted with a timer, where you can see exactly how much time you have left to escape. The timer, along with the eery music, build great amounts of tension and suspense meaning the time goes by a lot quicker than you think! Each room is also fitted with CCTV, a buzzer to contact reception and an emergency door release. This definitely put me at ease, as I'm claustrophobic and the thought of being locked in the room for an hour filled me with dread, but knowing I could unlock the door at any time definitely put me at ease and once I knew that I didn't give it another thought. 

So did we make it out? hell yeah!! We managed to beat The Mummy and escape in about 45 minutes. 

I'm not going to get too big headed though, as it is supposed to be the easiest room (and we faced some challenges along the way!). I will definitely be back very soon because I need to get on that leaderboard and Slaughter House is calling my name.

You can book your visit by heading to and following their super easy online booking system. Just choose a room, number of players and you're good to go! You can book for anywhere between 2 and 200 people, with prices starting at £22pp and gaining discounts with the more people in the group.

I can definitely see this becoming a very popular attraction very quickly!  
The staff definitely add to the experience as they're all super friendly, enthusiastic and fun. There's just nothing else like it in Manchester, offering both a unique gaming experience and a bar!

You can find The Escape Room on Twitter here: @EscapeRoomUK
and on Facebook here: Escape Room UK

does this sound like something you'd have a go at?