How To Tint Your Own Eye Brows

Saturday, 22 November 2014

I honestly can't believe I've not done a post on this sooner as I've been tinting my own eye brows ever since my Beauty Therapy college days which is around 8 years (yesh!) It's super easy to do and will save you not only a trip to the salon, but will save a few pennies too.

What you'll need:

Dappen dish (or any small dish)
Small angled brush (the louise Louise Young fine angled brush is perfect for this)
Brow/Lash Tint
Liquid developer
Cotton Wool
Cotton Buds

  • Start off by making sure you don't have any eye make up or moisturiser on
  • Take a cotton bud and put vaseline all around your eyebrow - this is so the tint doesn't stain the surrounding skin
  • Mix a pea-sized amount of the brow/lash tint with 7-8 drops of the liquid developer in a small dish then use your brush to paint your brows
  • Leave on for 5-8 minutes depending on how quickly the tint takes to the hair 
  • Remove everything with some cotton wool pads, making sure you get every single bit of vaseline off

In terms of where to buy the lash tint and lash tint developer the cheapest place to buy them is eBay. You can usually pick up a brow/lash tint for about £3 and the developer of about £3-4. Both will easily last you up to 30-40 brow tints making the DIY version an absolute bargain!

Have you ever tinted your own brows?

Bumble and Bumble BB Prêt-à-Powder REVIEW

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Bumble and Bumble isn't a brand I've massively familiar with. The only product I've ever used is the Surf Spray, which I wasn't overly fussed with if I'm honest (I know, controversial!). Prêt-à-Powder is marketed as an all-in-one product combining the benefits of a dry shampoo with volume, as well as proclaiming it's style extender.

I've used this a couple of times now so I feel happy enough to give it a fair review. First off I will say that the smell is lovely. It's a mild fruity/floral scent which I quite like, but it still manages to cover up that '3 day old hair' smell meaning my hair feels and looks cleaner. There's also no white residue left behind. Once rubbed into your roots it does disappear without a trace - another big tick off my list. I've found it doesn't do much in terms of volume, it musses hair up a little, but not enough to call it volume.

My only issue with this product is the price. Sure it does what it says on the tin to an extent, but I can't really get my head around why it costs £21.50 when it's essentially nice smelling cornstarch? One other thing to note is that this does create a lot of build up in your hair, so a double cleanse with a clarifying shampoo is definitely needed after you've used it.

Overall I think this product is nice, but I can't justify the price tag. However, if you love your luxury hair care and want a product that does what it says on the tin then the Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder is a good shout.

Have you tried any Bumble and Bumble products before?

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Getting cosy with Birchbox

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The November Birchbox is seriously good. Beauty boxes can be a little disappointing when they're full of perfume samples and sachets, but that's certainly not the case in this month's box! 

Dr Jart Recovery Primer 
This a full size product worth £15.95! I love the pastel-hued packaging and even though it contains silicone (something I usually can't stand the feel of) this doesn't feel as 'plastic' as other primers if that makes sense? It's also got some lovely hydrating ingredients in there like glycerin and hyaluronic acid. I'll probably do a full review of this at some point, but for now I'm loving using it every morning.

OPI 'Coca Cola Red' 
Another full sized product, this time in the form of a nail polish from OPI. The shade is 'Coca Cola Red' which I think is pretty damn accurate. It's a gorgeous, vibrant red that I can wait to try out once I take my shellac manicure off. 

Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Mask 
It's a good job I read the instructions before I used this! I originally thought it was face mask, but upon reading the instructions, learnt it was a hair mask. I must say, my hair needs it at the moment. I had it balayaged recently and the tips are really feeling drying effects of the bleach! It contains a mixture of honey and argan oil for super soft tresses. 

Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil 
If you love the relaxing scent of lavender, this will be right up your street. I love Weleda as a brand. They stick to their ethical guns and produce genuinely lovely products. The lavender body oil is no different and is absolutely perfect just before bedtime to help you drift off to the land of nod! 

Jane Iredale Pure Lash Extender & Conditioner 
I must admit, I haven't used this just yet, but I tint my lashes every month so I'm up for any extra conditioning I can get! 

Montezuma's Milk Chocolate 
It's always nice to receive a little edible treat in beauty boxes. I think we'll start to see the traditional beauty box companies start to include this type of thing more and more. It seems a lot of them are wanting to incorporate more lifestyle items which I for one am totally on board with! 

I'm really pleased with this month's Birchbox. I think they've hit the nail on the head with the product selection and I can genuinely use everything in there. If you fancy picking one up for yourself this month you can get £5 off when you subscribe using the code 'BBXCosy' at the checkout. 

Are you a Birchbox subscriber?

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