Russian Volume Express Lashes

Now I’m going to let you into a little secret…. I hate false lashes (semi-permanent) ones! They always feel so heavy and look spidery (is that a real word?). After a few days they end up looking clumpy and I don’t like that i’m not supposed to use mascara because when I’m putting on my make up, eye shadow and finishing powder get on them and they look dull and not dramatically black like I want them!

So when the Nouvea Beauty Group said they needed models.. of course I was going to say yes because although I don’t like them… I really want to and wonder if it’s just because the previous extensions i’ve had done have not been put on by the best technicians shall we say? Or maybe the technique used wasn’t great… or maybe I just wasn’t looking after them properly? Once I ended up pulling them all out because they were driving me so mad and poking me in the eye, which resulted in me pulling my own eyelashes out too…. not cool!

What Are Russian Volume Lashes?

This technique was very popular in Russia and is now making a breakthrough in Europe and the US.

According to Lashious Lashes;

‘Russian Volume Lashes consist of applying multiple lash extensions to each natural eyelash in a fanned shape. This can result in having 200- 500 eyelash extensions applied to each eye, rather than the regular 80-100 extensions per eye with the classic 1:1 eyelash extensions. The extensions used are even lighter, and finer than Siberian Mink Eyelash extensions, which means multiple lashes can be applied without damaging the lash, looking “clumpy”, or feeling too heavy and unnatural. When multiple volume lashes are applied, they create a full and natural feather-effect look. 2D = approximately 200 lashes per eye, 3D = approximately 300 lashes per eye this can continue upto 5D. This technique can be done up to 8D, but anything over 5 D can be quite over dramatic.’

These lashes are meant to be in filled or removed two weeks after the treatment.

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What Did I Think?

The thing I found interesting was that you had to keep your eyes open for this technique, unlike individual lashes where they tape down your bottom lashes and you have to close your eyes (I didn’t like this). It felt a lot more relaxing having this technique done! When the lady had finished applying them and showed me the results I was really happy! I asked for them to not be longer than my normal lashes, I just wanted added volume, which she achieved! Obviously if these were for a special occasion you could choose to have them longer and even more fuller! They didn’t feel heavy at all and none of the strands poked me in the eye!

Would I Recommend Them?

Yes! I would recommend this technique over individual lash extensions any day! (If you’re not sure what individual lashes are this is where one false lash Is stuck to one of your real lashes.)  I’m still not a huge fan of semi-permanent lashes and will stick to a good mascara and disposable lashes, but if I was going to get them done again, I would go for this technique!

Have you ever had these done before? What did you think of them? Have you had any other technique? Do you love/hate them?

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Marilyn Monroe’s lips and Cheryl’s smoky eyes – most iconic beauty trends of all time

Superdrug recently polled 2000 women and have come up with the top 20 most iconic beauty trends and looking at the list, I totally agree and love… most of them! Why do these trends always come back around.. or stay around in the first place?

Simon Comins, Superdrug Buying Director, said:

“In recent history there have been some really iconic beauty trends.

“The fact that some trends have come and gone, and then come back again shows that beauty trends are a cyclical as fashion, and they have all been sported by the famous faces of the day.

“Many of the looks can take a certain amount of practising to perfect, getting liquid eyeliner in perfect wings or flicks can be tricky and applying false eyelashes does take a while to master, luckily today technology has helped create products that make it easier to create the looks.

“Over the last 50 years make-up and beauty products have changed and our range of products has grown hugely.”

I’m going to tell you some of my favourite products you can use to create the number one iconic trend….

Bright Red Lipstick!

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Now this is a classic look which will never go out of fashion! Made famous by the stunning Marilyn Monroe and now often worn by Rita Ora. But which shade of red suits you?

As a simple guide I’d advise:

Fair Skin- Go for true reds, without orangey tones, I love:

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in Rebellious Red

Medium Skin: Pinkish or Orangey tones look fab:

MAC’s Lady Danger Lipstick

Dark Skin: Darker reds, even purples:

Bobbi Brown’s Lip Colour in New Wine

If you haven’t before I’d recommend popping along to a make up counter to try and find the perfect shade for you! 🙂

Here is the rest of the list and links to a few blog posts I’ve done on some of these looks.

ICONIC BEAUTY TRENDS

1. Bright red lipstick
2. Smoky eyes
3. False eyelashes
4. Fake tan
5. Heavy eyeliner
6. Winged eyeliner
7. Beauty spot
8. Full eyebrows
9. Thin, pencilled in eyebrows
10. Cat’s eyes
11. Nude lips
12. Blue eye shadow
13. Lip piercing
14. Glitter eye shadow
15. Hot pink lips
16. Dark lip liner
17. Prominent contouring
18. Shimmer bronzer
19. Acrylic French manicured nails
20. Pink blusher

What’s your favourite red lipstick? Can you think of a trend not on this list? What trend from the list do you again and again?

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Permanent Lip Tattoo: 10 Days On

As you guys may or may not know I recently had a lip blush tattoo done (crazy I know) and I promised an update on my results! To read the blog post on the procedure, click here.

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So it’s 10 days on! First off I want to talk about the healing process so far! As you can see in the picture taken 5 minutes after leaving the clinic, they were swollen, numb and very red and I was so relieved the whole ordeal was over!!

The following day the numbness had subsided but they still felt very tingly, as If I had pins and needles in my lips… so weird! They also begun to scab over the next day, mostly around the outer line! All I can say is thank goodness I had a week off work! If you have this treatment done I would really advise staying out of the way of the public as it’s not pretty, unless of course you like being stared at strangely ofcourse!

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Now i’m really kicking myself because I thought I took a picture 3 days after showing you some lovely scabby lips… nice! But I can’t find it, grrr! So day 3/4 the scabs covered the whole of the lips, not as much as the outer line but still very scabby! They looked sore as anything but they really weren’t! The swelling had gone down and the pins and needles feeling had lessened. It was so hard to not pick the scabs.. seriously hard!

By day 5 the scabs had gone, I was able to give the hubby a big smooch (sorry) but the colour had reeeeally faded! I was told it would fade by 70% and boy they weren’t lying! They now look a more pinky colour, the outline is fab! I love how the shape of my lips are way more defined now! I only had the treatment done to define my lips but if you want to change the shape of them this treatment works wonders!!

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So now it’s 10 days on and the colour is changing everyday! The therapists did say that they can take a month to really show their real colour, very strange but it’s true, it looks different every day! I am still using the healing balm as my lips seem to be quite dry still and this works amazingly and just looks like a nice lip gloss, I wish it smelt nicer though!!

So there you have it! 10 days on and i’m really pleased, I wish the colour was darker but i’ll do another update 1 month on and tell you if the colour has changed again!

I really recommend this treatment, it’s so much more natural then fillers, my tips would be, choose a dark/ bright colour and expect some pain.. it’s bearable though! 🙂

Thanks for reading :).

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Outlet Bargains!

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I just had to pop into Bicester Village Designer Outlet after discovering they have a cosmetics shop 😮 hello discounted designer Make Up. The shop was in quite a mess with testers I wouldn’t go near breeding germs, it’s nothing like going to a Make Up counter and they don’t have the latest best sellers, but if you dig around you can certainly get some good stuff at a discounted rate! Here’s what I bought…

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Nightingale and Edge To Edge MAC lip pencils.
RRP:£12.50
Outlet Price: £8.75

These colours are no longer available to buy online however there are similar alternatives. The colour ‘Beet’ is very close to ‘Nightingale’ and there are a few alike to ‘Edge To Edge’.

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I’m a big fan of these pencils, you can wear them on their own for a matte look, with lipstick, MAC’S Lipglass or other lipglosses.

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MAC Satin Lipstick- Rebel
RRP: £15.50
Outlet price: £10

This gorgeous colour is available online, I teamed mine up with the ‘Nightingale’ Pencil and it came out a gorgeous colour!

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If you didn’t already know MAC’S lipsticks come in 9 different finishes for certain desired textures and looks, this colour has a Satin Finish, this lasted so long on my lips!!

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MAC PRO Set Powder
RRP: £22.50
Outlet price: £14.50

This is one of MAC’S Pro products and I love it! It’s so light and sets foundation perfectly leaving a velvety matte look. I struggled to find a colour suitable for me as they don’t have the full range of shades, mostly they just have the least popular ones. But I’m happy with this and what a discount!!

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PRO Palette Large/Single
RRP:£14
Outlet price: £10.50

Now this palette I’m a bit annoyed about 🙈. On MAC’S Official Page It is actually advertised at £10!!!! Grrrr.

If you haven’t seen these before they are fab! You can buy inserts to pop inside the palettes and you can choose the colours you like, there’s ones for eyeshadow, powders, foundations or lipsticks, basically anything! These are a Make Up Artists best friend! They now have a clear lid so you can see your colours easily… High five!!!

Overall I’m really pleased with my cheeky discounted products this week, they also sell other designer brands such as NARS Smash box and Bobbi Brown. Here’s their website. If you’re after cheaper branded make up check this store out, remember there are so many fakes out there, these stores are the only places you will find products cheaper, be careful who you buy from and especially what’s out there on EBAY!

Lots Of Love

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