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A UK based beauty, lifestyle and beauty blog of 5 years.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

IN BEAUTY: HIGH DEFINITION BROWS AT BENITO LIVERPOOL



The day before my year 9 school portrait I decided to 'do something about' the thick, full brows that framed my face. To me, they were like caterpillars, square and straight... not defined and arched like those of the popular girls who all wore hoop earrings and lipgloss.

I sneaked into my Mum's bedroom, sourced her tweezers and got to work. What I ended up with was a pair of very harsh, thin eyebrows which looked a little something like this. 


[Me and my friend Charlotte aged 14 - I hope she won't mind me showing you this SUPER sassy pic for deterrent purposes!]

Ever since that day some 8 years ago i've been trying to undo my handy work and grow my brows back to some kind of shape and thickness. It hasn't exactly helped that fuller brows 'ala' Cara Delevigne have been all the rage for the past year or two.

My eyebrow routine is a large part of my make-up and I like to spend time making my brows look somewhat presentable, so when the Benito eyebrow specialists housed in Debenhams, Liverpool invited me to try their High Definition service* I jumped at the opportunity. 

The service is designed to create a bespoke brow service tailored to you, depending on what you want to achieve with your brows. For me it was all about creating shape and promoting growth.


Top Left: My natural brows before the treatment 

Top Right: My natural brows filled in 

Bottom Left: My natural brows after the treatment 

Bottom Right: My natural brows after the treatment + filled in

I wore a patch test in the crook of my arm for 3 days before my treatment which was a little annoying especially if like me you are a sweaty gym goer, but I understand it is an important precaution to avoid a reaction to the treatment.

After 3 days, the lovely Benito consultant Shada took care of me on my visit, beginning with a consultation on what I wanted to get out of the service. I was then laid down horizontally waiting for my brows to be transformed. The effects of the treatment lasts around 4-5 weeks and is around £30 per treatment.

Shada started by tinting my brows dark brown before getting to work waxing. I found the waxing process pretty painless, though more tender around the top of my brows as opposed to underneath. It was then time to trim, tweeze and thread my brows to whip them into shape. I don't find threading unpleasant but it was quite nippy for me, again around the top of my brows.

With so much time and attention focused on my brows I was slightly nervous about what they'd look like throughout the whole process which took around 1 hour. The final stage of the treatment was make-up which was probably my least favourite part of the process. To me, only I can style my brows how I like them to look and I think they were made up a little too square and strong for my liking so be mindful of this stage, your expectations of the result may be skewed by the make-up. Wait until you get home and take off your make-up to reveal the real results.

As you can see from my before and after pictures, there is a noticeable result with my brows looking much more tidy and striking. I love how natural they look without product and having the option of whether I actually want to fill them in on a morning is great. As this is a process, it may be that you need 3 or even 4 visits to enhance your brows into the style you really want, but as a first treatment i'm really happy.

My only note on having the treatment done was that a day later I unfortunately had a huge breakout all over the area that had been worked on. You can kind of see in the pictures that red and white blotchy bumps that look like acne cysts popped up on my brow and have yet to clear. I don't have sensitive skin, and this seems to be a reaction I have had only when i've had eyebrow treatments, so i'm not sure it's directly linked to my treatment but is something to be aware of if you also have similar reactions.


To maintain my brows I have been using High Definition products the 'Brow Define pencil*' in 'Foxy' which is a gorgeous, soft pencil for drawing tiny stokes to emulate hairs where they are sparse. To set my brows I have been using 'Brow Color Fix*' in 'Vamp' which distributes colour through your brows whilst keeping them set. I have been really enjoying these products and will be talking more about them next week in my June beauty favourites. 

Have you ever tried High Definition brows?


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Sunday, 26 June 2016

IN THE NOTES: 3 WAYS TO RECOGNISE YOU'RE IN A BAD RELATIONSHIP


Remember when Berger said he needed space, then a week later he came to Carrie's door with flowers, stayed the night and subsequently broke up with her on a post it note?

He was a bad guy. 'Bad' can mean any number of things from coward to cheat.


Slight swerve from beauty + fashion related stuff today...I hope you don't mind. I've wanted to write this post for a while now as I have a few friends who have like me, in the past have been in total denial that they were actually in a bad relationship with a bad person.

Unfortunately in my short 22 years of life i've been able to tick off: 'taking bad person back time and again' off the 'shit things that happen' list and the reason I want to write this blog post is to help people like myself who have put up with shitty behaviour in a relationship because they don't feel they have a choice but to live with it. Or sadder still, nobody else will want them and they are worthless. If there is a question mark lingering in your mind, here are a three things that will help you acknowledge if you are in a bad relationship.

1. Read the warning signs...

With every bad egg, there is always an early warning sign to let you know and as much as you want to ignore it, you shouldn't as it will save you from making a fool of yourself down the line. Examples of warning signs i've experienced in the past is a guy telling me: "Yeah i've cheated multiple times before and I don't regret it." Or even more dangerous, the guy who pinky promised (don't laugh, a pinky promise is binding!) that we would date exclusively...Not two days later a friend informed me that they'd seen said guy out snogging the face off NOT ONE, but TWO other girls in the same night, one of which was an ex fling!

If you're dating a guy and there's a warning sign or two...Act upon it and get rid! PS...Watch out for the two timer warning, double check that before you get serious with someone that they are not 'finishing up' with somebody else and stringing you both along while they decide who they want, because one day you'll be the person they're 'finishing up' with.

2. If someone wants to be with you they will do whatever it takes...

One of the hardest lessons I learned was that if someone is just not that into you, they really aren't, whether you've been together years or thinking about taking things to the next level if you're dating. If a person misses you, they will call or come over to see you, if they want to talk to you, they will get in touch, if they can't go a day without thinking about you, they will make every effort to communicate with you and put you at the forefront of their agenda. Unfortunately, when communication dwindles without good reason, this person is just not that into you and couldn't care less. So act upon it and get rid because 9 times out of 10 they're pouring all that time and resource they once gave to you... into somebody else.

3. Repeating cruel behaviour...

I mentioned above that I was stupid enough to take a guy back time and time again and this was after he repeated many cycles of shitty cruel behaviour. Now i'm not saying he was cruel in a physically abusive way or anything like that, but emotionally hard on me. Those kinds of people are the worst because you are under their spell and they know it. They say jump, you say how high? Whether they are emotionally unavailable and just shut down from you...perhaps go days without communicating playing the Jack Berger card, or try to blame you for their sneaky behaviour i.e lying about their where about's and always seem just too busy to give you the time of day. The cycles of cruel behaviour repeat on and on and on. If somebody loves you and cares about you, they won't put your through the ringer and try to destroy you. If you ever hear the words "I dunno its not you, it's me" in a relationship, please just walk away, this is just an excuse and a get out of jail free card.

So there we have it, 3 reasons to help you recognise that you're in a bad relationship. As for me, I wanted to be with a guy for the rest of my life and plan a future with him, I invested every last piece of me into our relationship but I stupidly ignored every one of these signs thinking it would be okay...Sure enough the leopard never changed it's spots, and I was very very badly burned as a text (yes a text) came through to say it was done. And whilst i'm not confident enough yet to say "hell yeaaa i'm just fine" I can say that I had a very lucky escape from the repeated cycles of shitty behaviour and someday, all of this will be explained, just like it will be for you.

Have you ever experienced a bad relationship?

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Friday, 24 June 2016

IN BEAUTY: CLEAN + CLEAR - HINT OF TINT COVER AND CORRECT CREAM


[ Left: Wearing just the 'Hint of tint' cream | Right: Wearing the 'Hint of tint' cream with make-up]

The lovely team that look after the drugstore skincare brand, Clean + Clear recently gifted me a 'Festival Survival Kit*' which landed on my doorstep at just the right time... a few days before my trip to Parklife Festival. Packed inside a beautifully made woven tote bag that reads: 'Hello Summer' were some goodies to help make the practicalities of rocking out at a festival a little easier. Think mouthwash, blister pads and face wipes, you know the essentials!

Also included in the tote bag were two beauty products from Clean + Clear - The 'Hint of tint cover and correct creams' in the shades 'light' and 'medium.' Since paring down my everyday make-up, tinted moisturisers, foundations with a light coverage and CC creams have become my muse, so this introduction to the Clean + Clear CC cream offering was a welcome surprise. 

The 'Hint of tint' creams are super light and I like to apply them with the warmth of my fingers as opposed to using a brush so that the product distributes nicely. Now you'll have to excuse my patchy naked skin in the images above, I had been suffering from a prickly heat rash from the sun #palegalproblems but I wanted to illustrate how although the oil free cream is distributed from the tube quite orangey, this doesn't translate onto the skin. 

The coverage is light to medium build-able and the creams can hide a few of the usual sins such as dark under eye circles and redness around the nose. The creams retail at under £4 from Boots therefore they are a great make-up bag staple for the days when you don't want to use your more expensive make-up, or if you're on a budget. Clean & Clear say that the creams also contain a spot-fighting ingredient that helps to clear spots on application. With this in mind, I think this product would be brilliant for younger skin if blemishes / problem skin is an issue. 

With the cream being oil free and blemish busting I did find it dried out my skin a little within the first few applications. To combat this I used an especially rich oil / moisturiser in my evening skincare routine, but this is certainly something to look out for if you have dry skin. 

Have you ever tried Clean + Clear products?


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