I’m here! I’m still alive! I bet you’ve missed me heaps, yeah? That’s comforting.
This is a beauty product review and I’m back to chat about a mascara I feel passionate about. Fascinating if that’s your cup of chai but if not, don’t worry, I won’t make you stay and listen. The food/lifestyle type posts will return soon too so if that’s what you’re here for then please temporarily vacate the internets because this is about to get serious.
Introducing Tarte’s Lights Camera Flashes.


To tell the truth this is a product I’ve had for yonks. I meant to do a write up when I first got it; initial impressions and all that, but then life got Extremely Busy and I never got round to it. Now that I have a bit of time and have sobered up from the last few weeks of good times I can give you a more in depth review, so maybe this works out for the better. That’s the story I’m sticking to anyway.


From the first time I used this mascara I loved it, though my sister had warned me that she was less than impressed by the formula. It is however the thin consistency of the product that I liked best about it. It coats each lash but doesn’t seem to clump. It *does* seem to then take a little while longer to dry but not irritatingly so. I’m not totally convinced that it “increased lash volume by 752% instantly” as the blurb on the box boasts.


Not the greatest photo of an eye (or eyelashes) ever. Apologies. It turns out it’s quite tricky to take a picture of your own eye.

The brush has an unnecessary (in my opinion) 2 step application system. Side number one has slightly different bristles to side number two but, honestly, I can’t tell what for. I mean, it seems completely pointless. So much so that I’m ignoring it and, rather than squinting at the numbers on the brush at 7am, I’m just applying it however I fancy. Technically rules have been broken but nothing terrible has happened to my eyelashes so I figure I’m okay.

The most noticeable thing about this product is of course the weird OTT packaging. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen on any other mascara. It’s been stitched into this weirdly durable shiny gold casing. Other than being useful for attracting the attention of girls with hefty magpie-like tendencies, these things are pretty much surplus requirements for a mascara. It blatantly serves no purpose whatsoever. It has made for some nice bloggy photos though so I’ll roll with it.

Is it worth the dollar? ($23 to be precise) In this instance I’d say yes. It’s currently my go-to eye product of choice and Tarte isn’t too pricey so I reckon I might see if I can get my paws on the Lights Camera Splashes waterproof version because currently I need it. It certainly rains A LOT in England.

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