Sunday, 25 March 2012

Beautiful Brows

On Wednesday mum took me to the Ideal Home Show in London! We'd both never been before and she was extremely excited to look round the 3 show homes and get some ideas for a new kitchen and bathroom. First impressions as we walked in I was really impressed and excited to look round, we got there at about 11.30am but by 3pm I was getting bored and tired. Downstairs was all garden stuff, home interiors, furniture, bathrooms, homeware diy tools, etc. Whereas upstairs was beauty, fashion, little cutesy home things and food! haha :)

My best purchase of the day was a new eyebrow kit, because I recently went from blonde to brunette I now have to fill my eyebrows in everyday, unless I want to look silly as they as much lighter than my hair colour. I have been using a brown pencil which was about £3 from superdrug with a little brush/wand the other end to brush the colour through. It's ok, but it takes forever to try and get them to look even or a nice shape.
Who ever thought of an eyebrow shaped stencil is amazing!!
It's so ridiculously quick and simple and the end result is amazing, I cant explain enough how much I am in love with this!

The kit includes:
3 x brow stencils (Sleek, Natural and Bold)
Dual ended brush
Eyebrow powder in your shade (mines in Chocolate)
-Choose desired brow stencil for the day
-Place arch of stencil in line with your natural brow arch and match up ends
-Dip brush into powder and tap off excess
-Brush through brow from outer edge to inner (this sounds like the wrong way but it ensures the powder locks into your brow hair)
-Brush back over brow from inner corner to outer edge
-Take away stencil (and brush over if needed to reposition any stray hairs)

Seriously I absolutely love this idea, once you get used to holding the little stencil with one hand its so quick to do and saves me so much time getting ready in the morning. It was only when I started filling in my eyebrows I realised how much of a difference they make to your finished makeup look.

Overall opinion: AMAZING <3

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Friday, 2 March 2012

Clip on Ponytail

Ever since I had my hair cut considerably shorter I have always worn extensions when I feel I want back that luxurious long thick hairstyle. I've always just worn clip ins but recently my sister brought a few of these amazing pieces as she is a lead singer on a cruise ship so these come in extremely handy and she has to wear them for her performances. I had a look round town yesterday and found this for just £12! Im not sure its human hair but if its not its AMAZING quality and soo soft! It feels better quality than my hair extensions which are human hair. I had to dye my hair a shade darker to match this beaut but it wasnt until I got it home I didnt realise quite how long it was. Because its a layered piece I chopped off the longest layer of hair (not quite 'chopped', I was careful and neat of course) which led it to be the length you see above. However I still think its still slightly too long to get away with? Not sure whether to get rid of another layer or not, maybe I'll have to wear it for an outing and see how it goes.
       How to put it in - (p.s, my natural hair comes to just past my shoulders) It may look scary and confusing but trust me its EASY! so much easier than clipping in a million hair extensions in individual layers haha. So to begin with you simply put your hair up into a bun, how high up on your head is completely down to personal taste and probably worth some time playing around with. Then apply the cirle (bottom left image above) this has 2 hairgrips in the top and bottom which you need to slide into your bun to help secure it in place.
Then once its over your bun there is a drawstring which you cant see in the images above, however press down the small clip which opens up the drawstring it tighten it as much as you can around the base of the hairpiece. Obviously this will leave the elastic string dangling down which you definately dont wanna forget about hiding! I've found the best way is to wrap it around the hair and use a hairgrip/ bobbi pin to secure it under the hair/ inside the hairpiece, and your done! Amazing, gorgeous thick ponytail. I love mine the style I purchased it in, but if you feel you want to adjust the style just be sure to use a heat protectant when using any hot tools such as straightners or curlers :) Happy hair styling! x