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Intense but less dramatic brows

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Transitioning to bold, strong and thick eyebrows may require some time to adjust, staring with a lot of patience for them to fill in especially if you have thinner eyebrows. Trust us when we say this – there is nothing that enhances your natural beauty than a pair of thick intense eyebrows. So here are some reasons for you to consider growing your brows into a bolder, thicker shape:

  • When done properly, strong eyebrows alone can serve as foundation, the need to apply makeup gets less.
  • How the eyebrows are falling can actually pinpoint to their natural growth pattern. This should be kept in mind when shaping your brows.
  • The bold, thick eyebrows can draw away from dark circles, giving a healthy glow instead.
  • Needless to say, they help you look more youthful and radiant, reflecting the effortless kind of beauty we all adore.
  • Full brows can work for anyone, given you find the right shape and reach those perfect proportions.

Key for this look is allowing the brow hairs from the front of the brow to the arch to grow longer. Keep your hands of tweezers and scissors.

If thick eyebrows is something you are considering, speak to us, ask us questions, we’ll be more than happy to help!

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Eyebrow grooming rules for men

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Never underestimate the power of the brows to change your face. So here are some key rules to remember when it comes to eyebrow grooming for men:

  1. Always keep brows full and not too thin
  2. Keep to your natural shape and remove the unwanted hair,  stay away from creating arches which makes them look too feminine
  3. Sometimes it’s just about tidying up, so thread the glabella (area between the two brows) and trim your brows using scissors, avoid tweezing
  4. If you are looking to change the shape, seek professionals advice

 

If you have any questions, email us, we’ll be happy to answer them!

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Brow Enhancing Pencil

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Perfectly threaded brows + High Brow pencil is all you need to have brows that make a statement.

Benefit High Brow is all about defining the brow. It’s designed to highlight the brow bone which lifts and enhances the brows with a “soft matte linen-pink” shade. The colour is very subtle and natural looking (of course you can go heavy-handed or light-handed, depending on the effect you desire). The application can be explained in 3 easy steps:

  1. Apply under your brow following your arch on brow bone toward the outer corner
  2. Lightly dot above the arch to clean the shape
  3. Blend with finger (the creamy texture surely makes it easy to blend!)

One of the great things about High Brow is that it so versatile. You can use it for more minimal looks or even on its own when you are going for a natural look.

We like High Brow for more minimal looks; using it under the shaped and filled brows with pop of mascara – this frames your eyes perfectly for a natural look. The creaminess of the product makes it easy to blend, and it dries down quickly and holds up fairly well alone (about six hours).

Try it out, it’s  a simple must have and easy to use!

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Eyelash Curlers Diary

Eyelash Curler Diary

 

Lash curlers are a must-have for ladies – after all what else can make you look sexier and make your eyes more flattering in less than 10 seconds?

Remember, everyone’s lashes are different. What works for your friend may not work for you, so consider your eye shape and lash length. Surf through our lash curler round-up and find the best one for you.

When using any curler, the one pro advice is to adapt the curl-then-apply-mascara approach (your lashes will thank you).

 

Heated lash curler

Dior

Best for:

  • Short, sparse or hard-to-curl lashes
  • Anyone with lash extensions
  • Alternative to clamping curler
  • Separating lashes as you curl

Compare it to a curling iron for your hair. As you would avoid hot barrel contact with scalp, similarly avoid getting too close to your lid (ouch!). It will separate your lashes as you curl.

Click Here to buy the Diorshow Heat Curl heated lash curler

 

Compact curler

LauraM

 

Best for:

  • Beginners
  • Perfect fit for make-up bags and travelling kits
  • Lash-curler-phobic

Maybe awkward to handle at first, but you’ll get the hang of it. The compact curler will get close to even the smallest lashes. Depending on how curled you want your lashes to be, you’ll have to keep compressing the curler.

Click Here to buy Laura Mercier eyelash curler

 

Classic Eyelash Curler

Shu

Best for:

  • Experienced lash curlers
  • Those with steady hands
  • All-purpose curling

The classic curler doesn’t need much explanation does it? For medium to long lashes this is the perfect curler and with practice + clump free mascara it will open up your eyes. Easy to use especially when you’re short of time.

Tip: If your lashes are a bit stubborn, warm up the curler with hair dryer for few seconds before you curl.

Click Here to buy the Shy Uemura eyelash curler, Click Here to buy Tweezerman Delux Metal EyeLash Curler Silicone Pad

 

Half lash curler

Mac

Best for:

‘Hard to reach’ and inaccessible lashes

Curl part of lashes

  • Create dramatic looks
  • Perk up corners if lashes start to droop throughout the day

If you have short or straight lashes, that are difficult to reach, then you have to invest in a half lash curler. The impact is truly an eye opener.

Firstly, the major benefit is you can ‘squeeze and release’ only parts of lashes to create your desired look. We love to curl the outer corners to elongate eyes for a sultry cat-eye look

Secondly, the half lash curler is great to partner with classic curler to create an intense, dramatic curled look (have this option for days when you have a bit more time, it’s not the best excuse to be late for work).

Click Here to buy MAC Half lash curler

 

Metal curler with engineered handle

ModelsOwn

Best for:

Medium to long lashes

  • Those who tend to be heavy-handed when curling
  • Anyone who needs more control

If you want the kinder closing action on your lashes, try these as the springs provide more control and resistance.

Click Here to buy Models Own eyelash curler

Which eyelash curler do you find most effective? Will you be trying a new curler? Leave us a comment below 🙂

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Tips For Dark and Deep Henna Colour

HennaWe always get ladies asking us for our top tips to achieve a dark and deep colour from their henna. So here we are sharing with you, our top six tips for you to try out.

Before we talk about the tips, there are two important things to know. Firstly the quality of the henna during application and the after care. If you get these two right, we guarantee you will have beautiful deep and dark coloured natural henna.

So, the 6 tips to keep in mind are:

  1. Minimal contact with water for the first 12 hours after scraping off your henna, it will help darken the colour while it’s still developing over this period.
  2. Lemon and sugar – citrus in lemon will help darken the colour whilst the sugar helps it stick to the skin for longer; this avoids drying out the henna.
  3. Never cover design with gloves or plastic bags, it can smudge and ruin the design
  4.  You can use the back of a butter knife to scrape off the henna, but at all cost avoid using water.
  5. Once scraped, keep the area warm, this will help darken the colour. The warmer you are, the darker the colour.
  6. Natural henna will never come out dark straight away, it takes time to develop the colour. You will notice gradual yet significant differences when first scraped off compared to 8-10 hours later/ next day.

 

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Nailing your Nails!

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I don’t know why, but much like perfumes, shoes and candles, I love collecting nail polish. I don’t know about you but I think your nail polish colour should reflect your mood rather than match the outfit!

So here goes! With this confused weather – rain and sunshine – I have picked out Revlon Red Bikini. The colour that brightens up the grey day and makes me feel upbeat in the sunshine!

Prep – file, buff and shape your nails so that they are smooth and neat. Apply a base coat so the colour goes on smoothly and when removing, it will not stain your nail – especially with dark/ bright colours.

Apply two coats of nail polish for the perfect varnish and finish off with shiny top coat (leave some drying time between applications).

The key is to keep fewer layers of coats when painting your natural nail whilst making sure you take enough colour. Avoid applying many thick coats, as it’s more likely it will chip off quickly (on that note, I must admit, Essie nail colours have great chipping resistance).

So given you are painting your natural nails (not gel/ acrylics) avoid applying many thick layers. There you have it! Perfectly painted nails.

Do you have a wardrobe of nail polishes? I’d love to see some of your collections!

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DIY Brow Control

 

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Got nicely shaped brows but still find the odd few stubborn hair stray, slides, budge out of shape? It’s ok, it happens with us too and yes it’s annoying. To fix it and make sure your brows stay in perfect shape till the time you hit bed at night, we’ve come down to the top 5 DIY brow control!

1. Clear mascara

The comb makes it easy to brush the brow back in shape whilst applying the clear mascara –  the best method out of all to keep the brow in place all day .

2. Vaseline (petroleum jelly)

Applied with a cotton bud/ tip of finger over the brow then comb with a disposable mascara brush or even a normal hair comb.

3. Castor oil

Dab a little castor oil on brows and avoid using too much – or else you will walk out with shiny gunky eyebrows – yikes! Not the attention your brows want!

4. Hair gel

Hair gel can keep those stubborn hairs in control – look out for the white stuff when gel dries. To avoid this use good quality gel.

5. Moustache wax

Not sure if he uses it, but no harm in searching through his toiletry kit, right? It’s an old Hollywood beauty tip that keeps the brow hair in place for most of the day. Try the clear one and don’t go overboard in applying it as it can feel sticky and can give stiff looking brows. So only use a little – don’t go overboard.

In short, any good gel based products in your kit should do the trick, hair spray just don’t seem to work with brow control.

If you have tried any other DIY brow control tricks that has done wonders share it with us!

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Eyebrows – sisters, not twins?

You may have heard this phrase and maybe wondered whether your eyebrows should be like sisters or identical twins. Well the correct answer is… it is entirely up to you. Both can frame and lift your eyes equally depending on your facial features.

Naturally our eyebrows are not 100% identical. Believe it or not, but you will find some if not minor differences even in your features, be it your eyes, ears or eyebrows. So your brows can be threaded and shaped whilst keeping the natural differences or precisely shape it identical without making it look fake. Keep away from overly thin and fake looking brows! It does not frame your face in any way.

How to decide which suits you better?

When you visit your threading specialist, talk to her and tell her exactly what you want.

Although they have the expert knowledge on what shape might suit your face – they are not mind readers. So discuss it with her. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for you to communicate how you want your brows and for the threading technician to listen to your requirements.

It’s disappointing that there are so many ladies who complain about their threading specialist not listening to them! Make sure this is not the case with you.

If you feel your consultation is not satisfactory – reconsider your technician. Of course if you are a regular you would not need the consultation every time. But if you are trying out a new technician or visiting one for the first time, absolutely judge the technician from the consultation she provides.

By all means if you really don’t mind and want to leave the shape to your technician that’s fine too – just remember to choose a technician with considerable experience.

The worst part is, you will not be able to see your eyebrows until they are threaded and the mirror appears in front of you, by then it might be too late if you are unhappy with the shape – waiting for them to grow back will be the only option. You can’t even hide your brows unless luckily you have a fringe. Avoid this and choose the better option – discuss this with your technician beforehand.

 

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