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Eyebrows are big game. A product review.

Sometimes I hate mine and sometimes I adore them. I’ve never known what to do with them. They were always my pet-peeve of personal maintenance and make up. I’d rather cut my toe nails any day! Most days I’d ignore my eyebrows. Which, looking back now, probably was the best thing I could have done. I’ve seen so many of the thin 90’s ‘brows. That thin line of lost hairs trailing over an eye – scary. I remember as a kid we once had a babysitter who had drawn on pencil-thin eyebrows. Oh the nightmares. In truth the poor woman probably had alopecia, but we were shit scared of her, and her angry eyebrows.

Scouse ‘brow

The fashion is definitely now leaning towards the fuller ‘brow which I’m keen on – but not too full. Nor that scary Scouse ‘brow trend that’s popular here in the UK. Mine are quite full and thick at the middle of my face, but spread out to bugger all at the end. I was getting them shaped and waxed, but have since decided to give them a break and try and grow back a bit of thickness.  I like to colour and ‘set’ my eyebrows and previously used Benefit’s Gimme brow (this eyebrow stuff clearly bothers me, two posts in one year!). I came across a new product by Maybelline, Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil, and it has changed my make up routine. I’ve had people COMMENT. On my FACE. Not so direct as, “woah, did you get new eyebrows?”, but they have mentioned my face looks “lifted”. I know right, cheap face lifts all around. A lot of my friends have always said eyebrows are their thing – a part of their face they always pay attention to. I guess, once again, I was just slow on the getting the memo.

my new ‘brows in action

From this photo I see I next need to work on my frown lines. Hello, botox! Anyone tried it? I’m too nervous – but I feel like using it now would prevent any deep lines. If I wait too long, surely it’s too late?!

Product review: NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls

I recently wrote about splurging out on Aesop products and loving how clear they made my skin. Turns out they were too harsh for me. After a week my skin was dry, scaly and stung when I put some jojoba oil on to try and rectify the problem. I’m heartbroken because I love the Aesop products and because I spent a fucking fortune on them. Gutted. I hope we’ve all learnt a lesson from my mistake. TESTERS, people.

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Pampering and a product review: hair mask

neon-sign-465x345One of my good friends and I went for a bit of pampering this weekend in Clapham. We hit the London Grace nail bar and spoilt ourselves with shellac nails. Well actually, she spoilt me with shellac nails as a thank you for them staying with us. I’m a very lucky girl! The nail bar is beautiful and the staff are so friendly – I definitely recommend if you’re in London. Of course, I had to behave and order a black Americano, not a glass of prosecco. But that didn’t dampen my spirits – I was still thrilled for some R&R time. I haven’t been for a manicure in ages!

Fresh nails and fresh pressed juice (carrot, apple, lemon and ginger)
Fresh nails and fresh pressed juice (carrot, apple, lemon and ginger)

After our pampering and nail tidy up we walked through the markets in Camden and picked up some fresh pressed juices. Markets can be the hardest thing to wander while you’re trying to eat healthy. All the cheese, baked sweets and pastries and fresh baked bread can be very tempting! We managed to stick to the pressed juices before hitting the Common to extend our walk and chat. It was nice to be outside – breathing in the fresh air you often don’t expect in the city but the parks are just beautiful.

On the way back from our park walk we spotted an Oliver Bonas – my most coveted store. EVERY time I go in I purchase something. It’s a drug. I can’t help myself. Even if my boyfriend is with me telling me I don’t need something – less face it, when a man 1077469_oliver-bonas_gift_oh-k-hair-masksays that it only fuels your determine to buy it. I will not be told! On this occasion, being with a girlfriend, you only spur each other on – “oh you totally need that, it’s an investment”. So with her wiping the guilt from my mind I bought Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar – investment. As well as an Oh K! Hair Mask for us each. Now I have used a lot of hair masks in the past – I have blonde hair (not all of it natural, shush) but this means it dries out easily. Not to mention the awful, hard water in London that strips your hair of anything it has left. I followed the instruction on the packet – was hair with shampoo (no need for conditioner), towel dry and then add the conditioning treatment. Once you have rubbed it in from roots to tip you pop on the mask and massage that on your head for a couple of minutes. Then you wait, 10-15mins. You can actually feel the cap warming up on your head. Once baked, take it off and rinse you hair. Holy cow, it’s like silk. I was so impressed – I just can’t stop stroking it. The test of time will be how long it lasts, if it feels dry and crunchy after one wash I will have to re-write this post, but currently I’m over the moon and hoping the silky, smoothness lasts.

Product review: Maybelline Dream Bronze BB

I’m a firm believer, that unless absolutely necessary: hot date night, promotion day, professional photo day or mass spot break out day, there is no need to wear foundation every day. Some people may argue with me and say they have awful skin and simply must cake it on every morning, some may be right, but I think majority could get away without it. Plus, the less you wear foundation, the clearer and cleaner your skin is (not proven fact, just from my own experience). And of course, some days I’m just lazy and rushing out the door to work, my solution: BB cream.

Two weeks ago I purchased a new BB cream, the Maybelline Dream Bronze BB in light/medium. I’ve used many BB creams before, including some in the Maybelline range, but this is by far my favourite to date. It’s gel based so doesn’t dry out my sensitive skin, and means it is easy on application like another layer of moisturiser. I also love that it has a built in bronzer to give you a sun-kissed look, even on the most dreary of London mornings, plus the advantage of the SPF protection means I don’t need to add a daily sunblock.

I have found that it lasts all day, needing a touch up maybe if I were going out after work, but that would be the same with all make up. For the price (£6.99 at Boots), the convenience, the fact it’s travel size and it doesn’t dry out my skin throughout the day I can’t knock it. I’m thrilled to have found a reliable, every day product I can slap on my face and feel confident about.

 

 

Product review: Gimme brow

Yesterday I popped into Boots during my lunch break to pick up a new bottle of my favourite face slap (foundation) from the Benefit counter, and was caught by a very savvy saleswoman. She saw me coming a mile off. After showing me all the new products Benefit have, (I absolutely adore their range already) she showed me something that would sort my absolute least favourite part of my face.

My eyebrows.

I find keeping my eyebrows in top shape my absolute beauty pet peeve. Sometimes they play ball and look amazing, and sometimes they’re all over the place and can make me look shocked or a bit loony. I do agree with what they say, that eyebrows can change the shape of your face and give you an instant facelift. So when the saleswoman told me there was a new product out that took all the drama out of eyebrow perfection I was all ears.

gimme brow is as good as she said! I’ve tried it today and I can’t knock it in any way. I love it because it grabs to skin and hair, creating brows where before there were none. Also, because it’s simply filling out the brows and hair you already have it’s practically foolproof! No random pencil fill in thick brows that look scary and it sticks to your natural shape and arch. I’m sold. It’s my new number one in my make up bag and will be applied daily, even if I forget my mascara.

This was not a paid post for Benefit, just sharing the love for other brow-troubled people out there. But if you are reading Benefit team, I am definitely open to free samples. For review purposes of course…