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HD Brows Professional Eye and Brow Palette review

HD Brows Palette

As you’ll know if you keep up with my blog regularly, I recently took the plunge and had my eyebrows tattooed by the fabulous Sarah Colton (you can read this post here). I explained to Sarah how I wanted to have a really natural look, but with careful definition to help to frame my face. Sarah worked her magic and gave me the brow shape that I’d been lusting after for years and I absolutely love them! I have a beautifully defined look that is so natural that it’s hard to tell that I’ve had any help in the brow department whatsoever.

Just recently, I was introduced to the Professional Eye & Brow Palette* by HD Brows. The palette, which retails at £29.95, features all six shades from the best-selling HD Brows Eye & Brow Palettes that are all long lasting and anti-smudge and will also stay fresh for up to 24 hours. Perfect for work or special evenings out!

I was really keen to try out the palette and see what strong, defined looks I could create with my new brows.

First of all, the palette is so sleek that it’s easy to carry around in my makeup bag or even in my kit, and the compact mirror makes it easy for touch-ups or application en-route. I also love that the palette features a double-ended brush – an angled brow brush on one end, with a dome sponge on the other for precise application and blending.

HD Brows Palette

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HD Brows professional Eye & Brow Palette colours

HD Brows professional Eye & Brow Palette colours

 

HD Brows professional Eye & Brow Palette colour swatches

HD Brows professional Eye & Brow Palette colour swatches

The first thing I noticed is that the colours are extremely highly pigmented which means a little goes a long way, and that there’s a great colour payoff. The six colours that the palette features are; Ash Blonde, Warm Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, Rich Brown and Carbon. The two colours that I used were Ash Blonde for the beginning of the brow blended out into Rich Brown at the tail of the brow. I found that these two colours were perfect for my colouring and with the variety available in the palette, I’m sure that anybody could find a colour to suit them.

I’ve added a few images below to show you the difference between my natural hairstroke tattooed brow compared to the HD Brows powdered brow.

HD Brow (left) and Natural Hairstroke tattooed brow (right).

HD Brow (left) and Natural Hairstroke tattooed brow (right). And a hint of a post-bath hair turban…

Natural Hairstroke Tattooed brow compared to a HD defined brow

Natural Hairstroke Tattooed brow compared to a HD defined brow

As you can see from the images above, it’s so easy to create a much different look using the HD Professional Palette. I love both of the looks and it’s nice to be able to be so flexible in which way I choose to make up my brows!

These brows were defined using ‘Rich Brown’ from the HD Brows set

For anybody who likes to experiment with their brows or prefers a more defined look, I’d really recommend the HD Pro Palette. If you’d like to take a look at the palette in more detail, you can view it on the HD Brows website here.

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China to Phase Out Animal Testing

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Behind the deep cherry red hues of lipsticks lined up screaming to be tried on, and the sleek, elegant packaging of many a beautiful beauty creation could lie a sorry tale of cruelty and suffering. When you look at a new beauty product, what do you consider? The price? The colour? The brand? How about which animal might have died for the sake of vanity?

Animal testing has long been a huge issue in the beauty world, and indeed the fickle world of fashion, and for anybody who has followed me on my social media channels will know, I cannot stand it. The idea that a poor, helpless animal might have died in sacrifice for my flawless finish base really sickens me to the stomach.

So much so, that in an ideal world, every single makeup product that I used would be cruelty free – a process I am working my way through at a rather quick pace.

Today, while I was browsing through the internet updating myself on the latest cosmetic news for a client campaign, I came across something that gave me a huge surge of quiet elation, there in front of me in bold black and white, was a beautiful piece of writing informing me that China has finally started to make a forward push to phasing out its animal testing requirements. Yes. China’s Food & Drug Administration is planning to phase out its current requirement that domestically manufactured cosmetics be tested on animals which will come into play from June 2014. I am thrilled at the news, but rather wish it was to be a little sooner.

Maybe this comes as a surprise to many, that the barbaric act of animal testing is still very much alive? As The Independent reports, “although cosmetic animal testing is already banned across the European Union, Israel and India, and the EU implemented an additional marketing ban this year, people are often amazed to find out that testing lipsticks, soaps and skin creams on animals remains legal in more than 80 percent of the world. Up until this announcement, China was the only country in the world with mandatory animal testing requirements for domestically manufactured cosmetic products.”

Although this is positively good news for the bunnies and mice of the World, it’s also a healthy little boost for commerce too; many a brand who have stayed true to their cruelty free ethics, such as the long-campaigning LUSH and The Body Shop, will be able to trade in China, and Chinese brands will be able to sell in the EU. I can’t help but think; two birds, one stone.

I feel that once again, The Independent summed it all up wonderfully, “let us not forget this: right up until the day the EU ban on cosmetics animal testing came into force, industries and commercial brands insisted animals were ‘essential’ and a ban would have ‘dire’ and ‘catastrophic’ consequences. They were proved wrong. The EU has got its beauty cruelty free and this latest change shows that one day China will get it too.”

Bravo.

Feature image courtesy of Maggiesemple.

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Eyebrow tattoo review

Being a very fair redhead, for as long as I can remember I struggled with my eyebrows. I could never get the shape that I really wanted and keeping up with regular tinting appointments was a real pain. I tried everything from brow pencils to brow waxes and shadows but nothing quite gave me the look that I wanted.

My mum introduced me to the No7 Eye Pencil in the colour Brown which I used for the past two years and I also liked to use the Benefit Brow Zing in the lightest twin compact, but still I found that I struggled to get that perfect shape that I so wanted. And god forbid if it rained or my hair brushed past my brow after I’d drawn them in – this used to result in a smudged eyebrow, which really wasn’t a flattering look!

I’d heard about Sarah Colton through my Facebook page and saw that many ladies had given her rave reviews for something that I had often considered for myself but was never brave enough to commit to – eyebrow tattooing.

I’d spent a lot of time researching permanent cosmetics in the past and read my fair share of horror stories, but the images I saw on Sarah’s page were a far cry from the results I’d heard people describe from other permanent cosmetic specialists. I just knew I had to book an appointment and that Sarah was going to be the perfect person to create my perfect eyebrows.

I sent Sarah a message and she explained the different types of brow I could pick from; a powder brow, a natural hairstroke brow, or a combination brow. I opted for the natural hairstroke brow – with my brows being so fair to start with, I was afraid of going for anything too heavy and unnatural.

Weeks later, the big day arrived and to say I was terrified was putting it lightly. I knew that the decision I made that day would be stuck with me for a very long time, so I knew how important it would be to feel 100% happy.

When I met Sarah, I knew for sure that I’d picked the right person. She was absolutely lovely and put my mind at rest right away. She explained to me that I could apply a numbing cream to my brows and that the procedure would be painless, the only discomfort I would feel would be a little bit of tenderness where she would have to keep wiping over the brows as she worked. I must admit, I wasn’t fully convinced it wouldn’t hurt but I knew I trusted Sarah!

We had a consultation where we discussed my expectations of the procedure and settled on a colour to use. Sarah also offered me the option of having a 3D brow where a few colours are put through in the tattooing process to create an even more natural, 3D effect. I loved the sound of this so opted to go for this option. Sarah then drew my brows in with a black pencil to determine the shape. Once we were both happy that the shape was perfect, Sarah began to tattoo my brows.

It took me a few seconds to realise that Sarah was actually touching my skin with the needle as I couldn’t feel a thing and the needle was so quiet. Finally, my mind was at ease and I laid back and relaxed through the rest of the procedure chatting with Sarah throughout.

After the tattooing was over, Sarah made sure that I was happy with the results and advised me on the aftercare and gave me a healing balm to apply to my brows throughout the healing period.

I loved my new brows already and was so pleased I’d taken the plunge and had them done!

The picture below shows a before and after picture immediately after the procedure – as you can see from this picture, my blonde hairs were showing through but once the brows had healed, I’d be able to tint these to match the colouring.

Eyebrow Tattoos before and after

I went away feeling happy and followed Sarah’s instructions to make sure the brows didn’t get wet and that the only thing that touched them what so ever was the healing balm.

They healed absolutely beautifully and I felt like my face was finally being framed how I wanted it to be.

Four weeks on, my brows are fully settled and look great with or without makeup. The shape is defined and the colour is lovely and natural.  In two weeks time, I will visit Sarah again for a colour boost, which will be the final process of my permanent eyebrow makeup.

I can say hand on heart that I am 100% happy with the results of my permanent makeup and it’s one of the best things I have ever decided to do. It’s definitely worth paying for if, like me, your brows are fair or you just want the ease of not having to draw your brows in each day.

The pictures below show how my brows look currently – you can see how natural they are.

My eyebrows today with minimal makeup

My eyebrows today with minimal makeup

And my brows with natural makeup

And my brows with natural makeup

I’d like to thank Sarah for doing such an amazing job, she’s an absolutely lovely lady who is professional and dedicated to her work and will make sure that she does a perfect job. I highly recommend her.

If you would like to know more about Sarah and her services, you can view her Facebook page here.

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My Halloween collaboration with Wilko

So, today sees part two of my makeup tutorials with Wilko go live on their lifestyle blog! I was asked to take part by creating two Halloween makeup looks for the spooky holiday!

You can view my Sinister Sea Witch tutorial here, and my gruesome Face Melt tutorial here. If you aren’t too keen on blood and gore, I’d suggest you don’t click through…

I hope that you like the Halloween makeup looks – keep a look out for more spooky looks coming your way in the build up to Halloween!

A Sinister Sea Witch

A Sinister Sea Witch

 

A gruesome melted face

A gruesome melted face

 

 

Little Lily takes a look at the scary makeup!

Little Lily takes a look at the scary makeup!

 

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