Why I love my eyelash curlers. (And my Lancome L’Extreme Waterproof mascara!)

In response to a request from Ola at A Slick of Gloss, here are some quick comparison shots to illustrate just why it is that I keep banging on endlessly about:

a) my love for eyelash curlers

b) my love for Lancome L'Extreme Waterproof Mascara

So, here are my eyelashes:


And here are my eyelashes on drugs after they've been curled. I use the shu uemura Mini Eyelash Curler, but I'm going to make a shocking beauty confession here and admit that, although it's good, I don't think it's that much better than many of the cheaper versions I've used over the years.


As you can see, the curled eyelashes make my eyes look wider, but the difference isn't particularly dramatic, and without mascara, the curl will drop out pretty soon anyway. Enter Lancome L'Extreme…


 That's better. Because this is the waterproof formula, my lashes will stay like that now until I take the mascara off. The non-waterproof version of L'Extreme is nice, but it doesn't hold the curl, therefore it doesn't get bought.

Here's what happens when you use a non-waterproof mascara:


I'd curled my lashes before using this mascara too, but the curl is just instantly dragged out by the mascara. The lashes may well be equally as long as the picture above, but because they're straight, they don't look it.

And that's why I love Lancome L'Extreme!