Tried & Tested: Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Long overdue post/review on this so I’ll just keep this informative, short and sweet.

*Rating: 7/10


  • Very very natural looking
  • Thickens the lashes
  • Lengthens a tad bit to its max potential


  • Always smudges on the lower lash line
  • Not black enough
  • Not thick enough
  • Non-waterproof
  • Not cheap for an average mascara (S$15 for the sample size/S$32 for the full size)

Here’s a more detailed review:

This mascara is great if you want to achieve a natural look, without having on overly done lashes. It does not look fake even with 2 or 3 coats on. I normally use 2 or 3 coats of it on my upper lashes and just one coat on the lower lashes because it smudges on the lower lash line (yes, how annoying). They’re not jet black enough, thickening or lengthening enough to pull off a night out look or glam look for an event. To be frank, I call this my ‘school mascara’ because they are so natural-looking for school that I use them everyday. I tend to use a fancier mascara for dates or a day out. This mascara is NOT waterproof, i repeat NOT waterproof. Now that is a disappointing attribute.



Today, I just wanna share how crazy different pictures are viewed and appreciated with and without VSCO photo edits. To be completely honest, I’ve been trying to find the ‘perfect’ VSCO preset for months now because I hate how disoriented and sometimes gross my instagram feed is. Let’s be clear, i actually don’t care about what people think of my feed or the number of likes I get because it’s not a competition for popularity or as a form of social acceptance. That’s for me. I share something because it makes me happy, I like it and I feel like it. That said, whatever that I post on my social media however nice or ugly they are, they’re mostly to please my eyes. So, hush.

I never used to understand why people would go through all the trouble to edit their photos. It only dawned on me lately that I actually like editing photos. Like I don’t care whose photo it is or what it’s of, I just enjoy editing photos to make them more visually appealing. I’m no photographer or even close to passionate about photography but I generally love pretty pictures. For me, having the edited version of each original photo kinda beautifies my own photo gallery as I scroll through them. I have the unaltered original and the edited one that looks gorgeous. It’s just so visually appealing that I can’t resist spending my time doing it.

I’ve been toggling between VSCO, Instagram’s photo editing tools, Snapseed and I recently even purchased Faded because I think it’s great. Frankly, I’m still figuring out how to maximise the tools on Snapseed. For the Faded app, yes it was purchased and I don’t actually regret it because it has a lot of beautiful filters and sometimes you need certain edits that are more precise, which VSCO can’t deliver. I’m sorry but I’m not fluent at all with photography lingo but if I were to describe the difference between VSCO and Faded which are largely similar, I would say that Faded gives a more precise and smaller adjustment intervals than VSCO but VSCO has easy color highlighting and color shadowing functions. Either way, both VSCO and Faded has a horrible highlight function and not a very precise brightness function too and for these and these only, Instagram wins.

I think for now I’m tired of searching for any other photo editing apps because I’ve found 2 really great ones that I switch up sometimes and to meet my different demands. I hate apps that completely washes out the quality of your photo when you use them to edit. Quality and clarity is so important and I’m a sucker for sometimes over-sharpening my photos.

I’m not too sure why previously I liked having my photos in a blue hued shadows and peachy highlights. Now, I find them too tinted and warm so I’m sticking to my newfound love for this particular filter on VSCO: Hypebeast 1 (Hb1)! So pretty, cool-toned, white-washed and so simple. It creates a very simple-looking photo from a distracted multi-coloured photo.

To share my obsession with my new favourite VSCO filter/preset (I did toggle with the exposure, sharpness, shadows, coloured shadowing etc).

Here’s a selfie without VSCO’s Hb1 filter/preset:



With VSCO’s Hb1 filter/preset:

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

I don’t know about you but I like how the photo transforms. To some or my sister at least, the processed one looks more pale but I like pale pictures as opposed to saturated/vibrant ones. Oh well! Whatever floats your boat right?

If you wanna know exactly what I used to get this look, click the link here!


Everyday Feels

The Power of VSCO (or so we think)


Black in Madrid Look

Products used:


  1. L’oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Cream (as a primer)
  2. Stila Perfecting Concealer in Shade ‘b’ (medium coverage)
  3. Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Shine Free Cake Foundation
  4. Bioessence Miracle Bio Water (as a setting spray)


  1. ‘Pink Champagne’ (from Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case)


  1. ‘Social Butterfly’ (from Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case)


  1. ‘Amazed’ (from Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case)


  1. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Dark Brown/Brown (I used Brown for this look)


  1. Kanebo KATE Super Sharp Liner in ‘BK-1’
  2. NYX Retractable Eye Liner in ‘Black’ (for my upper lash line)
  3. Benefit They’re Real Mascara


  1. Eos Lip Balm in ‘Summerfruit’
  2. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Madrid’

For links to the products used as mentioned, scroll down!

L’oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Cream Stila Perfecting ConcealerMaybelline Clear Smooth All in One Shine Free Cake FoundationBioessence Miracle Bio WaterNYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Dark Brown/BrownKanebo KATE Super Sharp Liner in ‘BK-1’ NYX Retractable Eye Liner in ‘Black’Benefit They’re Real MascaraEos Lip BalmNYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Madrid’