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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 

Studio & Beach shoot

I've just received these gorgeous images from an amazing photographer, Morgan Ellis Williams.

The brief was soft romance, I kept the skin clean and glowing using Illamasqua skin base and highlighted using MAC cosmetics strobe cream and touched up with their mineralize skin finish powder. I defined the eyes concentrating on the brows rather than layers of mascara and added a bitten lip look using a mix of vaseline tinted lip balm and a deep plum lipstick by Gerrard cosmetics.

Model: Georgina Whitlow


Summer Issue of WM Magazine

I'm back blogging after a few weeks away, I'm now somebodies Mrs and life has finally calmed down after our wonderful wedding. I've been really busy with weddings, proms and graduations but wanted to share with you some of my favourite images from this quarters WM Magazine shoot. I love the subtle highlight and bold colours. Perfect for the sunshine.

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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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Vintage Wedding Make-Up Before & After

'Vintage' is very popular for weddings, whether its a vintage dress, accessory or make-up.

Its great to be able to take different influences from each decade and adapt them to suit each client and event. Be it a 1940's soft coral lip and small flick eyeliner or 1950's bold red lip with a strong black flick and extended lashes, a personal favourite is the 1920's, a soft smokey eye and deep plum lip.

I recently did a photo shoot for a bridal collection and have some behind the scenes images and steps involved in achieving an adapted 1920's look, enjoy x

(The third image has been edited for publication, but every other image is unedited)

Strong Bridal Make-Up Before and After

I often get asked for something a a little bolder than the natural bridal make-up look, if you want to add some glamour to your wedding day, or usually wear strong make-up daily then this is the look for you. 

This look is all about the eyes using natural browns, golds and a feline flick as well as layers of individual lashes.

Here are a few steps involved in getting this gorgeous look, and a before and after shot.

Key Products used: Avene Moisturiser, Smashbox Photofinish Primer, MAC Paintpot to prime the eye, Lorac MegaPro Eyeshadow pallette, MAC Pigment in Tan, MAC Face & Body Foundation, Illamasqua Lipstick in Starkers.

If you'd like to discuss bridal, prom or special occasion make-up please get in touch.

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Photography: Christian Felices


Behind The Scenes for WM Magazine

Last week's work included shooting with Justin Harris, Brian Brown and Jasmine from Vanilla Rooms Cardiff for WM Magazine's Spring edition. The model was the gorgeous Lara from Alpha Agency

Here are a few behind the scenes shots, I'm looking forward to seeing them in print

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Bridal Make-Up Trial Swansea

Here are a few snaps from a trial earlier today with gorgeous bride-to-be, Sophie.

Sophie wanted lots of lashes, which we achieved by building individual lashes so that they still looked very natural with a soft flick, some natural contouring with flawless skin and a pink/nude lip.

For bridal make-up or special occasion make-up for Swansea, Cardiff, Carmarthen or further afield please get in touch via the contacts page, or email: info@jessiemakeup.com

5 Foods To Better Skin - With Nutritionist Kirsten Davies

Whenever I tell people I’m a nutritionist they assume that I spend my days helping people to lose weight, and while this is true, it is only a small part. As a nutritionist, body confidence coach and founder of The Food Remedy, I help my clients understand the link between the food they eat and the thoughts they think.

We are all familiar with the saying 'you are what you eat', but do we really understand the full implications of our daily diet?

Once a month the skin replaces itself and the body makes these new cells from the food eaten. What you eat literally becomes YOU. This is great news when it comes to your skin as you can add in more skin friendly foods and boost the nutrients that your skin needs via the food you eat.
There are a number of foods known for their skin friendly nutrients and by adding these to your diet over time, they could help to significantly improve the quality of your skin.

Here are my top 5 foods to help you glow from the inside out.

Butternut Squash
Butternut squash gets its lovely orange colour from a compound called beta carotene, it is a type of antioxidant that actually builds up in the skin, helping to reduce inflammation. The beta carotene also serves to protect the proteins in our skin that keeps it supple, which adds a nice anti-ageing benefit to the mix too. Introducing more of it into your diet will help keep your skin lovely and smooth.
 

To really enhance the positive effect of butternut squash, combine it with healthy fats. Try butternut squash drizzled with olive oil or topped with feta as this helps the body to absorb the beta carotene.

Garlic
Garlic contains Sulphur which is known as ‘the face lift nutrient’. It helps strengthens the fibrous strands in our skin, which helps the cells to hold their shape, helping to prevent wrinkles and sagging. Increasing you sulphur intake could help your skin become more resilient to environmental damage caused by free radicals in the atmosphere. 

Many studies have also shown that sulphur-rich foods could also improve acne, although no clear link why has been uncovered yet.

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Brazil nuts
These nuts are packed full of selenium, a powerful antioxidant, which increases the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in the body, strengthening their fighting power. Selenium also wards off opportunistic infections, keeps the muscles in the heart healthy and even helps with acne. 

They also contain vitamin E, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron which are all essential for healthy skin. Brazil nuts also contain a good amount of zinc which reduces ageing skin inflammations and eases dry skin problems like eczema and psoriasis that leaves the skin more vulnerable to wrinkling.

Just four Brazil nuts provides you with the recommended daily amount of selenium.

Tomatoes
Tomatoes are rich in both vitamin C and lycopene. Vitamin C helps to keep the skin firm and taut by aiding collagen production while lycopene, the red pigment which gives tomatoes their lovely bright colour, is a carotenoid that helps keep your skin smooth. Research has also found that lycopene may also protect your skin from sunburn! In one study, participants who were exposed to UV light had almost 50 percent less skin reddening after they ate 2 1/2 tablespoons of tomato paste, in addition to their regular diet, for 10 to 12 weeks!

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Prawns
Prawns are an excellent source of high-quality protein, which is great for your skin, if you don't have enough protein in your diet, you could end up with rough skin, wrinkles and/or poor muscle tone. They also contain several important vitamins and minerals that support good skin.
Prawns are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help to lubricate the skin keeping it soft and supple. They also contain high levels of zinc which is essential for the production of new skin cells.

Zinc is particularly beneficial for acne sufferers because it helps to speed up the rate at which wounds and infections heal. I've had many clients with acne that cleared once they were getting enough zinc in their diet. It also carries the added benefit of helping to even out oil production, whilst the Vitamin E in prawns contains an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin.

Kirsten Davies is a nutritionist, body confidence coach and founder of The Food Remedy. She combines her nutritional knowledge with neuro-linguistic programming, helping clients distinguish between food facts and myths in order to reach the body's full potential.

Real, whole food is her mantra, which, teamed with her burning passion to help others see their own light, makes her compellingly magnetic.


Fuel your mind, nourish your body and feed your soul.


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Before and After Bridal Make-Up

Firstly I need to thank Georgia for allowing me to put up a before and after picture of her getting ready for her wedding day.

Georg wanted a natural look, but with a brown smokey look to her eyes and neutral lip.

These are a few images showing some of the steps involved in doing the make-up for her big day. Sadly I don't have any to show you of her foundation or skin work but you get the idea, I hope you enjoy! If you'd like to know more about bridal make-up please email me for information. info@jessiemakeup.com

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