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Brow transformation

I've been toying with the idea of having my eyebrows microbladed for over a year, I have seen it done well on several clients, and as you can see from my before picture, you'll see why.

As a child of the nineties I over plucked, a lot. The hairs never really grew back, and even though I had some success with brow growth serums, they needed to be used indefinitely for the results to maintain. 

After speaking to a few friends, I decided to visit Sian at Realistik Beauty in Swansea. Sian is highly trained and is constantly up to date with the latest trends and techniques. She has travelled the world and has demonstrated her techniques at international exhibitions.

During the consultation, Sian made me feel really relaxed and showed me the brow shape she would give me using a pencil. The shape was pretty much what I had been drawing in, so in the interest of saving precious time in the morning I decided to book.

The booking is for two sessions, 6 weeks apart. During the first treatment, Sian mapped out the shape of my brows using specific tools and techniques. The brows were drawn in using a pencil while I sat up, to make sure the brows were even and sat correctly.

Then laying down, Sian began with the blade... I can honestly say that it didn't hurt, but it was a bit uncomfortable. I would compare it to someone plucking your eyebrows.

Once the first brow had been bladed on, Sian applied a numbing cream, allowing her to carry on, at which stage I couldn't feel a thing.

The sound is a little unpleasant as you can hear the scratch of the blade on your skin, but its more than bearable and worth it for the results.

The aftercare advice was great, the salon supplied me with a little bag, full of everything I'd need, including chocolate! 

The brows need to be wiped, firmly every three hours, then coated with a thin layer of vaseline. This stage is to be repeated frequently for 24 hours, then a few times a day for the next few days.

I am so happy with the results and would recommend anybody wanting it done, to visit Sian for a consultation, you can call - 01792 447946

Jessie

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Brows: Rapidbrow, HD Brows and Make-Up.

Unfortunately I wasnt blessed with great eyebrows, I'm fair and being a child of the 90's I over plucked my eyebrows as a teenager and well, they've never really had the strength to come back...

Last year I left them for 6 months, no tweezing, or waxing and well, nothing happened. Zero growth apart from maybe five or six stray random hairs. Great.

I did a bit of research online and read a LOT of positive reviews about Rapidbrow. Here's what lookfantastic.com say:

Put the wow back in your brow with this brow enhancing serum helps transform weak, uneven, sparse brows into healthier looking and more beautiful brows. RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum is a clinically proven formular with an exclusive Hexatein™ 2 Complex, a unique blend of fortifying proteins, stimulating peptides and nourishing ingredients.Designed to help condition, restore and repair the appearance of eyebrows in 60 days
— http://www.lookfantastic.com/rapidbrow-eyebrow-enhancing-serum/10644472.html

I managed to find the serum on Amazon at a good price of £23 (click here for the link) instead of the usually RRP of £37 which, to be honest I think is steep.

These are my brows to begin with.

The serum arrived within two days and I started using it morning AND night as instructed, I didnt notice any real difference until about 30 days, when I noticed my brows were definitely denser and darker. I purchased another tube (one lasts a month as a rule). Its really easy to use with a mascara like wand and clear colour serum you just brush through your brows. There was no irritation or redness.

After 60 days my eyebrows had definitely improved, there was more growth, the colour had darkened and they were noticeably thicker. 

Some people would notice growth by not plucking their brows for 60 days, but honestly this is like a small miracle!

This image is after 60 days use, morning and night.

I then decided to visit the lovely Lisa Curzon for a HD brow treatment (I also had LVL Lash lift which is why you might notice a different in my lashes, I LOVED this treatment, more on that again) Lisa took time shaping my brows with a combination of dying, waxing, threading and plucking. The treatment costs £25.

These pictures are a week after the HD treatment, brushed brows and filled in using a brow gel.

What a difference some make-up makes! This eyebrow gel by Illamasqua at £18,50 is lovely and lasts all day, its really important to use a small dense angle brush and to fill in from the arch outwards then use whats left on your brush (less product) on the inner part of your brows to avoid square brows.

All in all I am definitely going to continue using the Rapidbrow to encourage growth and thickness. I'll also be visiting Lisa again for the HD treatment, she really took time to shape what i had, I couldn't imagine spending two months using the serum only for someone to do a bad shape or god forbit make them too thin!

I hope you liked this post, I know brows are such a hot topic and really make such a difference to someones face. This is proof that with a combination of products, treatments and time you can change your brows from being a bit shit to a hell of a lot better!

Jessie x 

Natural Bridal Make-Up

Last post covering a recent photoshoot for a bridal house in Swansea. This make-up look is natural and a classic look for a bride, particularly someone who wears no or minimal make-up.

Key points for this look:

Light base colour correcting any blemishes.

Emphasized the natural brow with brow gel.

Enhanced eyes with individual lashes and a light brown shadow.

Please get in touch if you'd like to book wedding make-up or make-up for a special occasion.

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Easy natural brows using eyeshadow

Brows make a HUGE difference to the face and they should never be overlooked or forgotten.

Applying products to your brows and filling them in doesn't mean that they will look unnatural and obviously drawn on. You just need to have the correct product, tools and most of all, colour. 

If you are fair like me use ashy colours and steer clear of anything with warm undertones as they will look orange (Benfits 'Brow Zing is a terrible shade, if you're a red head its great). The darker your hair colour the easier it is to match up a shade that will look natural, you can allow to go a shade lighter or darker if you colour your hair.

The aim when doing your brows is to fill in missing hairs rather than drawing on a different shape.

Yes, you can tweak and make them slightly longer or thicker but be careful not to get carried away. You have to work with what you have been given and don't worry too much about your eyebrows matching each other perfectly, as Goss Make-Up Artist says: eyebrows are sisters not twins. Mine aren't even related!

There are a lot of products on the market for brows, my favourites are Mac 'Eye Brows' and Anastasia Beverley Hill 'Dipbrow'

For this blog post I'm using Nars 'God Created the Woman' eyeshadow palette as most people will have some brown shadows lurking in their makeup bag.

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To get really natural looking brows try using two different shades, the lighter at the inner part of the brows working into a darker shade on the arch and to the tip. I used the top left and bottom right colours from this palette.

Begin from the arch of your brow rather then from the inner point as this should look the least effected by product, going too heavy around this area can make them look drawn on and harsh.

Its really important to use a thin, firm fine angled brush to apply the colour, draw on individual hairs rather than filling in an entire brow. I used the Illamasqua angled brush from their travel range, I like that it is stiff and very thin.

If you make any mistakes or go little too far, just take a damp cotton bud and remove and excess product.

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