Permanent Cosmetics: Eyebrows

So far I have had a few permanent cosmetic procedures and if you haven’t already read them you must…. here… eyeliner and Lip Blush.

Today I had the one treatment I’ve wanted for a long time and that was brows! I’ve always had quite sparse brows and over time have over plucked them and they are veeeery wonky! So everyday I draw them on…. why you say? Because brows really define your face and can make you look fabulous….. however they can also make you look veeeery weird if you get them wrong! So to save me getting them wrong when I’m in a rush for work one morning I’ve decided to put my trust in the trainees at Nouveau Training Academy.

The ladies there are always so professional and today was no exception! First of all I had to wipe all that make up off of my brows for them to slap a load of numbing cream on… lovvvvely 😄, then it was time to go through the pages and pages of consent and medical forms! Next the technician mixed up a suitable colour of pigment.. hence the reason why in my before pics I have to dots on my forehead, they really take their time to find a suitable shade. Then with a funny looking pencil the lady drew on my brows to get the desired shape, she was very precise and used some crazy looking ruler to measure them equally. She asked if I was happy with the shape, which I was, then it was time for paiiiiin….or maybe not…

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I couldn’t belive it….. no pain at all! When I had my eyeliner done the pain was awful and my lips were only just bearable but my brows…. I was struggling to stay awake whilst she did them! She used a 3 sloped needle and a singular needle to drawer on tiny hair line strokes, I was shown them half way through and really amazed at how realistic the brush strokes were! The treatment took approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and here are the results (excuse my terrible eye makeup)…

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They are slightly sore after having the treatment done, but nothing a bit of paracetemol can’t help, I’m super pleased with them and as usual the clinic has done an awesome jobs to train it’s technicians! I now have to apply the soothing balm 4 times a day and not get them wet for 4 days! At about 4 weeks prior to treatment I need to go in for a retouch just incase any of the tattoo flakes off and then the colour will fade over time and I might need a touch up within a year!

So have you any of you guys had this treatment done and if not would you/ have you considered it?

Thanks for reading lovelies.

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Permanant Make Up – Lips

So it seems I can’t say no to a freebie! After having my eyeliner tattooed not long ago, I swore I’d never do anything like that again and now I’m sitting here the morning after the night before with tingly lips and a kendall Jenner pout, shouting at myself to not pick the scabs which have appeared all ready!  Oh and I really want a cup of tea but I have to drink from a straw and tea through a straw just doesn’t taste the same! I also couldn’t face dinner last night so HAD to eat Malteasers  so I didn’t starve to death ;p.

I was going to the Nouveau Training Academy for my tattoo! The trainees would be doing my treatment, which is quite scary, however I was hoping they’d be confident, then I will be! Their website is here if you’re interested in training or becoming a model.

Before Treatment, 1pm

An hour before my treatment It was time to pop on the numbing the cream the Nouveau Training clinic sent me, this then had to be applied every 15 minutes prior to the tattoo! I also took a few sneaky painkillers which would hopefully kick in by the time the treatment started!

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Treatment Time, 2pm

Now I knew this was going to hurt, I’d heard it hurts way more than having your eyeliner done but I’m sure It won’t be as terrifying as staring at a needle millimeters from my iris! I was welcomed into the clinic where I was met by one of the trainers who popped more numbing cream on me and placed a sheet of plasticy stuff which makes the lips warm and helps the cream to work more effectively apparently!

The trainee then introduced herself and matched my lip colour to their colours to create a base. She then asked me if I wanted to change  the shape of my lips or just enhance them, to which I replied I wanted to enhance them. I quite like the shape of my top lip, my bottom one Isn’t quite as defined though. Whilst analysing my lips the trainer noticed 2 tiny pimples just on the edge of my bottom lip… who gets that? I didn’t have any spots when I was a teenager… In my 20’s I’m covered in the evil things!!! 😦 They discussed how they couldn’t go through them so they would get as close as they could but there may be a tiny gap where the pimples are, bad timing for spots Grrr! Then it was time to dicuss the colour I wanted, I like to wear neautral shades however  they persuaded me to go for a colour as I quote ‘what’s the point in going through all that pain if you can’t notice a difference’. Thanks ladies… now I don’t feel nervous at all ;p. They also said how the colour fades significantly so picking a bright colour won’t mean it will stay bright! In the end I went for a browny reddy tone, I can’t remember the name of the tone I chose.

This treatment was for lip liner aswell as ‘blush’ (the lip colour blended throughout the lips). Years ago my mum had lip liner tattooed and she told me how painful it was so I was preparing myself for a toe curling experience.

With my lips feeling very weird it was time to start the lip liner, one of the other trainees models hadn’t turn up so I was now having 2 people working on me… not such a bad thing I didn’t think! It was time to use a pencil to outline my lips and create a guide to work with, the girls were very precise and totally ocd… which Is good to see they don’t have the ‘that will do’ attitude! I then led down and the lip liner was tattooed on.

I hate that noise! That tattoo pen is scary, it also sounds like a dentist drill! Ouchies! Yup that hurt, surely they put enough numbing cream on…jeeeeeez! Then It was on to some circle technique they kept talking about, that actually wasn’t too bad, then lastly It was what one of the trainers called ‘crazy lips’… just to put you at ease! This is where they blend all the together together and get rid of all the gaps! The girls were fab!! They were confident which put me at ease and made me feel confident they were doing a great job!

Finally they were done, towards the end of the treatment it was more painful when they wiped my lips with a wipe then the actual tattooing, I was glad it was over!

The Grand Unvailing

OH MY G…… the mirror was pointed at me as I sat up too quickly coming over a bit dizzy! Hmm actually I quite like them! They look super symmetrical, very pouty and swollen, however the swelling will come down over time and the colour is lovely!

I was really impressed with the girls professionalism and confidence and impressed by my great colour choice :p.. I was then given an after care advice sheet and some healing balm to pop on my lips 4 times a day with a cotton bud. This is the same balm I used for my eyes and it really helped, but stank of eucalyptus or whatever it was. They had added some of the colour to the balm to create a lipgloss for me which was lovely. She popped some on and off I went, feeling shaky and swollen!

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Home Time

The treatment lasted over 2 hours and as I shouted (tight lipped) up to the girls and hubby, they couldn’t wait to have a look…. they had strange looks on their faces :p much like the one my daughter made when I went from dark hair to bleach blonde! I reassured them they wouldn’t look this puffy soon and the colour won’t stay so bright! The hubby kept laughing as I was finding it difficult to smile and I was so thirsty but finding it difficult to drink through a straw as it was such a strange sensation  and slightly stingy!

No Friday night glass of wine or dinner for me!

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The morning after

I awoke feeling pretty much the same as last night however I could feel the scabs starting to form and they felt gross, I really want to pick them but I knew If I do the colour will come off! Haven’t had a drink yet but when I purse my lips together they still feel tingly. Looking in the mirror they look scabby around the edges and still swollen and once again the Mr is finding it amusing that I can’t laugh or smile well! I am however thinking of becoming a ventriloquist as I’m pretty good at it!

Would You Recommend It?

I really would! Be prepared for pain… which Is bearable but still be prepared and you just might think It’s not as bad as everyone says… like childbirth ;p well that was the case for me! I would say really study the portfolio of whoever Is doing your treatment and check their credentials! I would reccomened one of the Nouveau girls any day, the teaching I’ve seen was fab and the girls are so professional!

If you’ve ever had this treatment done or any other permanant make up procedure done what did you think? Or are you thinking about having it done and I’ve persuaded you… put you off? To read about my eyeliner experience have a look here.

Come back soon and I’ll upload more progress pics!

Click here for my update 10 days on 🙂

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Weekly Beauty Picks #2

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I’ve been on a bargain hunt this week! No high end brands for me as It’s the school holidays and we need our pennies to have fun with the girlie’s!

First up Is Maybelline’s Big Eyes Eyeliner  coming in at £4.99, great price considering you’re getting 2 products in one!

I needed another white eyeliner to brighten  up my eyes and this chunky pencil looked fab, great to pop in my handbag to brighten my eyes up throughout the day and touch up my black eyeliner! There’s plenty of product and it goes on like a dream with a soft nib and fab long lasting coverage! Loving this product!

Next up Is ST. MORIZ’S new Fast Self Tanning Mousse at a lovely price of £5.99. I’ve already told you guys about my love for this brand and have written a review and how to of their older formula but this one….. wowza!

It says it has shade control….. by this I think they mean you can control the shade by washing it off sooner or later! It says to apply the product and wait 1 to 3 hours before washing off and it really does leave you with a lovely natural tan and fades so much more evenly then their other product! I’ll definitely be using this again and again…. I’ve left It on for 8 hours and after washing it off it still looked lovely! 🙂

Finally it’s Maybelline Eyebrow Satin for £5.99. I was a bit dubious at first with this product as I normally like pencils I can sharpen however this one you have to twist but It’s a really great size nib and I have plenty of control to be precise and not draw too thickly! The other side is a pointed sponge to blend the product If needed! This Is great and doesn’t blend too much that it takes the product off like some other similar products.

It comes in 3 different shades and the medium brown perfectly matches my brows, It glides on nicely and really does last!

So there you have it lovelies, What have you tried this week? Have you tried any of these? Or will you be now?

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How To: Daytime Smokey Eyes

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It’s no secret how much I love a brown smokey eye with liquid eyeliner, however so many struggle with the precision eyeliner flick I’ve decided to show you a smudgy smokey look with a kohl pencil. This look can be worn for day or night and is sooo easy 🙂

First I use a primer on my lids, I am loving NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base for £19.50… your eye make up does not go anywhere with this stuff 😯 a.m.a.z.i.n.g! !! Of course there are cheaper alternatives out there like Rimmel’s Under Cover shadow primer for £4.99.

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Next it’s time for a light coloured eyeshadow along the brow bone and a darker brown on the lids as a transition colour.

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Now draw your eyeliner on with a kohl eyeliner pencil, this can be black or brown. (Tip: warm the tip of the pencil up by rubbing it on your hand before applying to the eye.. clean hands of course ;p). This line does not have to be neat as now it’s time to blend. Load a small eye shadow brush with an even darker shade of brown and smudge the eyeliner upwards, when the line isn’t prominent, use a blending brush to blend the eyeshadow and eyeliner together creating a smokey eye look. Don’t forget to pop a little under the eyes too!
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Here are the colours I’ve used from my MAC Amber Times Nine Palette . You can obviously use any 3 colours however for a day look or the more mature skin I’d recommend a matte shadow. I absolutely love this palette, all of MAC’S eyeshadows are so pigmented they are fabulous!!!

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Now it’s time for lashings of mascara… This one from Maxfactor is my favourite everyday one at the mo! Hope you have a go lovelies, What do you think of this look?

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Watch my first YouTube Video on how to create a day time smokey eye look…

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Top Budget Foundations

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My favourite full coverage foundation has to be Rimmel Long Lasting Finish Foundation I like a full coverage look and this works wonders! I’m also always looking for a foundation that can last a 12 hour shift and this so far has to be the most long lasting budget foundation out there… and I’ve tried A LOT of products! 25 hours… hmmm maybe not, on me anyway! I have combination skin and by the end of a 12 hour shift under my nose and my chin area the foundation has usually started to rub off. I can’t wear this every day as I have noticed I break out but every now and then if I need full coverage, on a night out or a day I want my make up to last this is the product for me! I haven’t found a budget foundation that covers my blemishes up like this one yet!

This foundation comes in 7 different shades and in most places is around £7.99 or even less!

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If your looking for something slightly lighter I’d go for Maxfactor’s Colour Adapt Foundation It feels so silky on my skin and blends really nicely,whilst it doesn’t last as long as Rimmel’s Long Lasting Foundation it certainly feels kinder to my skin and doesn’t make me break out if I wear it for a few days in a row!

This comes in 5 shades and is around £9.99

What are your favourite budget foundations?

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The Eyeliner Flick

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The eyeliner flick is a classic make up look I’ve been practicing since I started wearing make up, I always admired how my mum did it so neatly, so inspired by her I used the products she did.

I have found after trying so many different products out there, the application tool is the key to a perfect flick, there’s pencils, sponge tips, gels, but what I find the easiest is using a precision brush liquid eyeliner. My secret weapon to a neat long lasting eyeliner flick with the perfect brush is… Rimmel Glam’eyes. That so sounds like I’m in an advert for them >.<

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First I start from the inside corner of my eye, I load the brush up with quite a lot of product, but not so much that there’s a thick blob at the end, then with a super steady hand I do a thin line from the inside to outside, gliding to about the centre. I always try and do it as thinly as I can so if you make a mistake you can just make it slightly thicker.. but not so thick that you look like this…

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Here’s a pic of the brush, It’s so much more precise than a sponge liquid eyeliner tip.

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Next I brush the product from the centre to the corner of my eye, when I’m happy with the size of my line I do the flick, this is done from the outside inwards where I blend the line together.

I finish the look off by using a pencil underneath the eyes and on the lash line, then a super sharp pencil for the inner corner.

And there you have it, lashings of mascara and voila! This look can be adapted in so many ways, during the day I wear a thin line of eyeliner just on the top as it lasts a long time and pencil eyeliner tends to smudge throughout the day. For an evening look I love to wear it underneath too and it works over any eyeshadow!

Practice, practice, practice lovelies!

TOP TIP: With a thin eyeshadow brush add matte black eyeshadow to the bottom pencil line for a longer lasting look.

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Weekly Beauty Picks #1

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My top beauty picks at the moment are these lovely products, Schwarzkopf (wow that’s hard to spell) Essence Ultime Omega Repair Shampoo, with a picture of Claudia Schiffer’s face on it and MAC’S tinted Lipglass, in the colour C-THRU.

I’ve always been a bit of a fan of Schwarzkopf, I like the got2b range and when I used to colour my hair myself I’d only ever us LIVE XXL. So why do I love this shampoo so much? I don’t know what it is but when you rub it in to your hair it just feels lovely and when I’ve blow-dried it after using this range, it always feels so full of volume! It smells delicious too! According to the website it has a unique combination of pearl essence, panthenol, refined protein and keratin. One thing I found very interesting when looking at their website and don’t laugh at me if you think I should know this already but did you know pearls are the only gem created from a living organism? They come from a tiny grain of sand penetrating an oyster core and as a defence mechanism the oyster produces layers and layers of mother pearl… well every day’s a school day! They also do this shampoo in other ranges, there’s a blonde one which I’ve tried, but I still prefer how this one makes my hair look and feel! The shampoo is around £5 however often I’ve bought them on offer. The stockists according to the website are Asda, Waitrose and Superdrug, I’m sure I’ve bought it from Tesco before but that is what the website says!

Ooh and I just love Claudia’s top tip on the back of the bottle…. I’m confused… is that a tip?

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If you want to find out more about the range, check the website out below.

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So… favourite product number 2! We all know what a big fan I am of MAC products and here’s one of favourites at the mo! MAC lipglass’s are loveeeeely! They smell absolutely delicious and feel so lush on your lips. There’s quite a range of colour’s they come in… I want them all! Currently my fav is pictured above (C-THRU) I love a nude lip! You can wear them over lip pencil, lipstick or just on their own, I would make sure your lips are primed before you pop it on for a perfectly smooth look. It lasts a fair time and is really pigmented and contains Jojoba Oil which helps soften and condition your lips. On MAC’s official website the cost is £14.50, you can also buy the product at various MAC stores and make up counters in department stores and airports! Here’s a pic of me wearing C-THRU

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www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/166/309/Tinted-Lipglass

Here’s a few of my new purchases too

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