Christian Dior mascara

I like to call it the duty free effect. The moment when you’re surrounded by deluxe beauty products, the light glinting off rows of expensive French champagne, you’ve had a free sample of whiskey at 8am in the morning and the fancy play money in your pocket and the fact that you are not at work on a weekday makes you feel like a millionaire off to an exotic destination.

So maybe I get a little bit carried away when I hit the international terminal, but believe it or not, it’s a product review. On my last overseas trip, before saying Sayonara to most of my travelling companions and heading to the Virgin lounge (did someone say gold status?), I decided that I needed new mascara. So let’s preface this with the fact that I have very unimpressive eyelashes. To start with, they’re kind of blonde, and to finish with they’re kind of short. So most mascara for me just looks like clumps. Short clumps.

I made my way over to a heavily made up lady, adorned in a perfectly crisp, startlingly white lab coat (so weird – is she a scientist or a make up lady, I can never tell). I said something along the lines of “take all my money in exchange for some overpriced cosmetic that will probably be affected by the pressurization in the aeroplane cabin”. She obliged and handed me the best mascara I have ever used in my life – Diorshow Iconic Overcurl.


Don’t be mislead by my apparent blasé attitude to procuring this product. First, it’s easy to apply. Second, it makes my eyelashes so long that I have to check for mascara marks on my brow before leaving the house (not previously an issue in my world – now, quite the dilemma). I keep catching my reflection and thinking damn, girl where did you get dem lashes? (and then I break out in hip hop and high five myself).

In all seriousness, I highly recommend this product. It’s not cheap, but if you buy it duty free it’s all pretty much free anyway, right?



Here’s a great before and after of the mascara: image from

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