Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

Surprisingly Good Mascara

 Rimmel's Scandal Eyes Rockin' Curves in Extreme Black - Surprisingly Good Mascara

The Hunt For The Perfect Mascara

It's been a while since I've been makeup shopping and I'm really not up with the current trends, so I've been watching a lot of makeup reviews on YouTube and in the end I just lost track of which products got good reviews and which ones didn't. I hit the stores thinking if I could look at the packets, and see what's what in person I might have a better chance at making a decision.

I really wanted one of those fancy lash lengthening fibre mascaras that does magic things to your eyes, but I also wanted packaging that was slim line and would fit in my small travel makup pouch nicely. Pretty packaging wouldn't hurt either as well as smudge free and all that stuff just goes without saying right? 

Everywhere we went I took a few moments to check out the mascara section. It was overwhelming. 

This one is lengthening and that one is volumising, another is thickening or curling or waterproof and there are more wand shapes then you can bat an eye at. 

The Purchase

I gave up, I bought the first one that was on sale during our normal super market shopping trip, Rimmel's Scandal Eyes Rockin' Curves in Extreme Black. 

We got in the car and I grabbed the packet for a good read of all it's features and that is when I realised it had a gimmicky funny wand - broken heart shaped apparently - I was immediately dubious of it's future in my makeup collection. But I'd bought it so I may as well give it a go. 

mascara packet with big claims to 'grab and plump'

The front of the packet claims to 'Grab and Pump Lashes' and that the 'Broken Heart Brush (is) For Curves'. The back of the packet says this mascara gives 'amplified volume & lift' and then it goes on about the brush and it's benefits at some length. That's a whole lot of promises for one little magic wand. 

No where does it make bold statements about added fibers for extra length but if you read the ingredients list you will find 'gossypium herbaceum (cotton) powder, and serica powder / silk powder / poudre de soie' which sounds like cotton and silk fibres to me.


In any case I tried it on my lashes and hey presto, it works, it's not clumpy, there's no fall out, the funny wand works surprisingly well, the tip was a bit gloopy on the first couple of tries but is pretty good now, and this mascara really does give extra length and vavoom.

In short, I like it. It takes a little getting used to but I can get pretty much all of my lashes in one swoop instead of having to work my way around the way you have to with a flat brush. The first layer gives a reasonably natural look and a few more gives extra length so there's plenty of control for how much vavoom you want.

'broken heart brush'


I've worn this mascara quite a few times now and it doesn't make my eyes itch, it's not too stubborn when it's time to remove it and panda eyes only occur after a hot shower.

The Verdict 

I can honestly say I would never have laid down the full $18 something for this mascara just to try it out, but on sale at half price it was a total bargain. I really don't think I would have bought this mascara had I noticed the crazy wand while I was in-store.

I'd totally buy Rimmel's Scandal Eyes Rockin' Curves mascara again. My only real complaint is that it's a bit dry after forgetting to recap it for 4 hours after taking the photo's, but I've only got myself to blame for that one. 

disclaimer: I paid for this product with my own money (well my husband paid) and I have no affiliation with Rimmel at the time of publication. All opinions are my own. 


  1. Stella, I'm Scandal eyes-ed that it got dry after only 4 hours of being uncapped!! I'd send in a scathing letter of complaint myself! JK!!
    Glad you got it half price!! Enough said!

  2. Where are the lash batting glamour shots?! I wanna see those lashes ;) I love that you call it "panda eyes". We say raccoon eyes here.

    1. I admit to not taking them until I find a concealer or get a few good nights sleep, but I decided not to let that stop me from publishing.

    2. I wish I could post a raccoon pic in the comments ;p


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