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The latest trick on the block: Eyebrow Extensions. Would you?

Eyebrow extensions by EyelashCanada

Eyebrow Extensions by Yvette Spencer at Eyelash Canada who first offered the treatment back in 2008

So, in our quest for perfect eyebrows, we’ve heard about permanent cosmetics, HD Brows and the amazing Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, but what about eyebrow extensions?

Yes that’s right, just as we get them for our hair, we can also get eyebrow extensions, although hopefully not quite as long. I’ve been hearing about the craze quite a lot on Twitter and Instagram lately and think quite a few makeup artists I follow have got this up their sleeves as their new ventures. Although it’s been around for years, the first I heard of it was from Lash Perfect’s Brow Perfect. They describe Brow Perfect as the new eyebrow extension treatment from Lash Perfect. The synthetic hairs, which go from 4mm – 8mm adhere to either your natural brow hair or directly onto the skin using a transparent, water resistant flexible adhesive and are meant to create volume and fill in gaps to perfect the existing brow. From the information I’ve managed to find, the results can last up to two weeks.

The Daily Mail actually reported on this back in October 2013 but it seems that even with the influence of the gorgeous Miss Cara Delevingne, the trend didn’t really hit us hard enough to warrant too much attention.

Clients with sparse brows are ideal for this type of treatment

Clients with sparse brows are ideal for this type of treatment

Individual synthetic hairs are glued to the eyebrow area either onto existing fine hairs or directly onto the skin

Individual synthetic hairs are glued to the eyebrow area either onto existing fine hairs or directly onto the skin

The brows look quite natural on completion

The brows look quite natural on completion and the application is virtually undectable

The salon treatment is aimed at clients who are experiencing hair loss due to over-plucking and waxing, age or illness and is intend to give an extremely realistic-looking brow with plenty of texture.

Femail over at the Daily Mail tried and tested the treatment from Brow Perfect and had this to say about the application and the results:

“It was a quick and easy process which involved a beautician adding in a few extra hairs to fill in a giant gap (the result of some over-zealous plucking a few years ago). At first they looked great and I was told they’d last up to two weeks. However, after two days of rigorous cleansing and toning, I noticed that the hairs were sprouting out in different directions and then began to fall out. This treatment is fine if you’re willing to splash out on a one-off party look, but it’s not something that will work long-term – or even for a week!”

One off treat or a beauty staple? What do you think to eyebrow extensions?

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When manicures turn dangerous: Allergic reactions and the importance of client assessments

For years now I’ve absolutely loved visiting salons to have my nails manicured and prettied up with a splash of gel. For the most part, I’ve usually used Calgel – the same system I trained with and also used to apply to my own clients who visited for a little pamper.

I recently visited a salon* who use Bio Sculpture instead and who I have never had a problem with in the past.


Infected cut on my little finger nail wall. Image taken on Monday 15th September on my iPhone.


I visited the salon on Friday afternoon in order to have my current Bio Sculpture nails infilled, this time I was put with a different therapist who I have never met before. The therapist started to work on my nails, filing down, cutting cuticles and also cutting back my nail wall which I have never had done before and was always trained not to do with Calgel for risk of infection and causing damage.

After my nails were painted, my therapist applied CND Solar Oil to my cuticles which I don’t recall having on the last time (and isn’t on images of my nails that I sent to my mum right after my last appointment). The therapist also sold me a bottle of the Solar Oil and explained that it contained Vitamin E and Jojoba oil to nourish my cuticles and prolong the life of my gel nails. She instructed me to apply it nightly to keep my nails and cuticles in great condition.



My nails straight after my last appointment with a different therapist on 27th August 2014 at 12:51. This is how my cuticles should look.


That afternoon after leaving the salon, my nails felt tingly underneath the nail bed and appeared to be quite red and sore around the mantle. I put it down to the nail trauma of having the cuticles and walls cut and didn’t really think much of it until later on that night. I woke several times in the night with a throbbing pain in my nails along with swelling, itching and irritation and noticed that one of my nails was actually weeping.



Extremely sore cuticles and nail walls – image taken on Saturday 13th September on my iPhone


I knew something was far wrong so searched up CND Solar Oil online and was absolutely horrified to see that it contained Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis – Sweet Almond Oil. The reason for my horror is that I have an extremely severe nut allergy which causes an anaphylactic reaction when ingested, due to my sensitivity to nuts, I also have to avoid this in any products that make contact with my skin due to the allergic reaction it causes.



Extremely sore cuticles and nail walls – image taken on Saturday 13th September on my iPhone


I spoke to the salon on Saturday afternoon and discussed my reaction with the manager and pointed out that a client assessment had never taken place. I was told that every other treatment in the salon requires an assessment but that nail treatments do not. Calgel training and other nail training I have undertaken in the past taught us that client health and safety is paramount importance and stressed the need for an assessment along with checking for any contraindications and medical conditions beforehand. As HABIA (the government approved standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails and spas) states on the Code of Practice for Nail Services:

“Effective client consultation helps to determine the correct treatment plan to suit the client’s needs and identify possible contra-indications or restrictions to the service. It is important that accurate records are made at the time and stored securely for future reference.”

I was offered a partial refund and the matter was dropped for the time being.  Over the next few days, my fingers and nails began to feel worse and worse, I had to take painkillers and wear cotton gloves to protect the weeping, blistery mess on my hands and I kept waking in the night with throbbing and burning sensations under the nail plate.



Infected cut on my little finger nail wall. Image taken on Monday 15th September on a Canon camera.


I decided to contact the actual owner of the salon and show her the images of my sore nails, and after being invited in to meet with her and discuss my experience, I have every faith that she will re-enforce the health and safety precautions to her therapists and ensure that they are completely aware of just how important it is to be aware of allergies and comply with the regulations set out for nail technicians. We are living in a very suable society, so it is within the interest of any salon, beautician or therapist to provide a seamless and safe service to all clients.


Another nail that has become infected. Image taken on Monday 15th at 14:00 in my iPhone

Another nail that has become infected. Image taken on Monday 15th at 14:00 in my iPhone


The whole point of this post is to draw attention to the absolute necessity of following proper procedure and ensuring that all of us in the beauty industry take our clients wellbeing very seriously. The consequences of our ignorance or lack of care, even for a short time, can be dangerous or even fatal. I’m sure that is not something we want hanging over our heads along with the stress and damage of a lawsuit and negative reputation.

Today is the fourth day since I had my nails infilled and I’m happy to say that the redness and swelling is finally letting up. My nails and fingers are still painful and if I catch them on anything it is absolute agony, but they are finally starting to heal and the weeping is starting to subside.

I urge anybody else who might have suffered with the same sort of issue to bring it up with the owner of the salon and allow them the opportunity to deal with it correctly and provide a solution. As with any business, mistakes can and do happen, but it is how we deal with them that is extremely important. Proper planning, correct care and great customer service go a long way to creating an enjoyable experience and retaining our clients.


Another nail that became infected, this time, the thumbnail. Image taken on Monday 15th September at 17:26

Another nail that became infected, this time, the thumbnail. Image taken on Monday 15th September at 17:26


*I have chosen not to name the salon or therapist as I don’t want to hinder the reputation of anybody involved – this post is fully intended to raise awareness of health and safety within the beauty profession, not to hold accountable or shame individuals.


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Review: Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 25

I recently received a sample of the Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream with an SPF of 25. I don’t typically use a BB cream in my regular makeup routine – I usually opt for my Demalogica Oil Clearing Matte Moisturiser with SPF 15 – but I wanted to give it a try regardless as I love the fact that the SPF is a little higher than my usual base.

The cream is described as “a quick and easy to use product for immediate beauty results” and is meant to mask imperfections and revitalise dull, tired skin while providing sunscreen protection.

The colour that I received was 01 Light – looking at the other options, I think I’d have been much better with the 00 Fair due to my extremely fair complexion (even NC15 can sometimes look too dark for me!)

The Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream was WAY too orange for me

The Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream was WAY too orange for me

After cleansing and moisturising my face, I applied the BB cream and was quite surprised at the consistency of it – the packaging states that the cream is light to medium coverage but I found that it was actually more like a medium to full coverage with a very dense feel which is quite unusual for a BB cream. The cream was absolutely way too dark for me and had a very orange tinge – not so great for you fairer ladies like me! I applied the cream with my fingertips and found it took quite a while to blend in evenly and that it seemed to sit rather blotchy on certain areas of my face and leave an unsightly uneven finish.

My usual Clinique base

My usual Clinique base


  1. High SPF to protect skin throughout the day
  2. Nice consistency and heavier coverage than most BB’s – this is all down to preference, but I appreciate a fuller coverage so this BB cream scores points from me on this feature
  3. Smells lovely and luxurious but not synthetic


  1. The ’01 Light’ colour is actually pretty orange tinged – not particularly light as the name suggests
  2. Limited selection of colours available
  3. The price: The BB cream retails at £30 for 45ml which is quite a lot of money to spend if you don’t get your match bang on – try before you buy.

Would I purchase this product?

I’d love to say that I would purchase this product, but unless the formula was re-assessed to prevent the blotchy effect, I wouldn’t take the risk. As I mentioned previously, the coverage is great for a BB cream and I love the higher SPF included. Also, this BB cream doesn’t sit excessively shiny on the skin as many SPF containing products do. If it hadn’t left me with the horribly uneven finish, I probably would purchase this but in the lighter shade.


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Halloween studio dates: Fear Fest 2014

Hello everybody! What a busy week it has been yet again over at the studio. In between the dreaded sniffles that have been slowly beating me over the past week, I’ve been busy preparing and replenishing my kit for a few gruesome Halloween makeovers that have been coming in thick and fast.

On Saturday 1st November, I will be working from our Barnsley central studio making over lovely clients who are heading to the FearFest event over at Magna in Sheffield. I have a few morning appointments left for anybody who’d like to get their spooky fix before heading over to Sheffield. There are three spaces left so please book in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Halloween makeovers availability: 

Monday 27th October – Limited availability

Tuesday 28th October – Fully booked

Wednesday 29th October – Fully booked

Thursday 30th October – Limited availability

Friday 31st October – Four appointments left – morning and early afternoon

Saturday 1st November – Three appointments left, morning only

Have a cracking Halloween!

Have a cracking Halloween!

If the date you require makeup for is not on this list, please message me with the date, time and number of people in your party requiring makeup, and I’ll be happy to help with your enquiry. To browse my various Halloween makeover designs, please see my Halloween 2014 page here.


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Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup review

Makeup and skincare as one…

Clinique has been a brand that I’ve quite liked for a number of years now, mostly for their skincare range. Just lately however, I’ve been really enjoying using their Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup. I actually bought it quite a while ago but for some reason or another, it ended at the bottom of my makeup pile outshined by my favourite MAC Studio Fix Fluid. I recently ran out of my Studio Fix and thought I’d give the Clinique foundation a fresh look and I’m so glad that I did!

The foundation is marketed for dry combination or very oily skin and helps to control oil and also treat blemishes. As my skin is prone to oily outbursts once foundation so much as grazes my skin, it’s a good option for me and works very well. The colour that I’m currently wearing is number 01 Fresh Alabaster which is a pretty good match for my natural skin tone.


The foundation comes in a 30ml bottle and is quite a runny liquid compared to other foundations that I have tried in the past. The coverage is great – not as full as Studio Fix – but still covers problem areas as desired and keeps skin looking like skin: fresh, healthy and energised. I prefer to apply mine with a stippling brush to start off with (I use the Real Techniques one) then softly blend out any edges with the same brush in a small circular motion.

Wearing Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions

Wearing Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions with a little mineral powder to set

I find that the foundation lasts all day on my skin with little sheen showing through which is just perfect for what I need right now. The foundation is lightweight, oil-free and long-wearing and I love the fact that it actually treats blemishes throughout wear.

The foundation weighs in at £24.50 which I think is really reasonable as a little goes a long way and it’s great quality. Definitely a foundation I’d recommend to anybody with problem, oily skin who is looking for a complexion saviour over the autumn.

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