Review: Etude House Dr Mascara Fixer for Perfect Lash

Hi everyone!
For my birthday a few months back, I treated myself to some stuff from Jolse. Initially, the total was about £50 but I common-sensed it down to about £30. The power of rational thinking is my best weapon against impulse buying. The only thing it doesn’t work on is food… Anyway, I picked up another loose powder, repurchased my favourite Bbia gel liner in new shades and also this eyelash fixer.
I had heard some things about this eyelash primer/top coat product but it was Hoi Yin Li who finally convinced me to pop it onto my shopping list. She was totally right – this is am amazing product that really ups your lash game.
This product costs about $6.46 (£4.89) from the online store, Jolse. It takes two weeks for their orders to reach me in the UK from Korea, and it’s free shipping for all orders.
On the packaging, it states that Dr Mascara Fixer can be used underneath mascaras as a lash primer or over the lashes as a ‘top coat’. The fixer itself has a slightly milky silicone texture, which goes on smoothly and dries to hold the curl. It does stick a few lashes together sometimes so you may have to quickly brush out the lashes before the fixer sets for a fluffy look.
The greatest thing about it is that it really improved the performance of sub-par mascaras, particularly with improving curl-holding. I have an issue with volumising mascaras as my lashes cannot hold the curl with them, but this problem is pretty much eliminated with the addition of the Dr Mascara Fixer, for all the mascaras I have tried with it. I feel like it doesn’t make the mascara pop more in intensity, but it will improve longevity and reduce smudging a bit, used as a primer. After my ‘meh’ review of the Urban Decay Troublemaker mascara, I am now using it up but only with this primer!
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I’ve found that it can pick up a little too much product at times, so I try to scrape off a lot or just to work quickly. It also dries quite stiffly which makes my lashes feel quite different. It does work on the lower lashes as well. However, I didn’t like to use it on its own or as a top coat layer as it does not dry completely clear, with a bit of milky whiteness that tones down my lash colour or the black pigment of my mascara.
When I used this as a top coat and attempted another coat of mascara on top, it mostly caused my lashes to stick together to form the clumpy, spidery effect. So it really only works best with one layer underneath your preferred mascara.
I really love this and I’m sure I’ll buy backups for the future, which won’t be expensive either. Etude House has some real gems in their collection – last year I gifted a bunch of their Proof 10 eye primer out to my friends and it looks like this year I’ll be doing the same with this!
Have you tried any lash primers before?

Until next time,

X

First Impressions: Deciem The Ordinary

Hi everyone – I disappeared for a two weeks because I had simply hit a bit of a block when it came to blogging. Shame, as I have managed two posts a week all year so far! I guess it was a bit of a burnout on my end after all of that hard work. As exams are approaching fast, I am reducing my posting to once every week for the time being. Thank you for reading, as always.

Anyway, I am switching it up a little today! Normally I don’t like to do first impressions because I’d rather have a full review up, but I am going to do a few mini-reviews first and put up individual full reviews in a month or so. The opportunity is just too exciting to pass up! I can’t say much about effects on my skin until I finish fully testing, so please anticipate the full reviews!


The Ordinary are a new brand under the parent company Deciem. I bought my products from their official site but you can buy some from ASOS.com as well. It was £4.99 for delivery from the official site but they do offer free delivery for orders over £25+, including the option to add other Deciem brands in a pick n mix fashion. On ASOS’ site, it is £3 or free standard delivery over £20. Next time, I’ll probably order from ASOS to save a few pounds.

Their products are named by their prominent ingredient or function. I think this brand appeals most to people who like their research-supported skincare with active ingredients, and want an affordable source for them. For people who are beginners to skincare, this might be a little intimidating or just plain confusing.


Azelaic Acid 10% Suspension
£5.50 for 30ml

At the moment, I am using this every day – this is the first item on my testing list! I am worried that with daily use this tube will be finished before I can blink.

The suspension has a fairly thick cream texture like a silicone primer type product. It goes on smooth on the skin with a slight mattifying effect and absorbed into my skin quite quickly. Overall, it’s pleasant to use and I have no problem reaching for this daily!

Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1%
£5 for 30ml (1 fl oz)

This is a lovely thin, scent-less liquid. I’ve heard lots of reports of this pilling but I haven’t experienced much of this yet. However, this is only just being introduced to my routine so I’ll have to see if my opinions of this change over the next month or so.

High-Adherence Silicone Primer
£3.90 for 30ml (1 fl oz) in sealed tube

So far I have only tested this once, and was glad to find out that it did not break me out (I don’t have sensitive skin but I am wary nevertheless). I want to note that it also worked decently with my sunscreen without pilling, which is a plus. I’m looking forward to testing it out some more so I can see properly if it affects the wear of my makeup. It doesn’t feel like a regular silicone primer as it almost feels like a lotion.

So far, my opinions of the brand have been generally favourable. I haven’t had any breakouts just yet, and I am looking forward to observing the results.

Until next time,

X