Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The Brow Artist Review

I was quite nervous about my first trip to get my eyebrows shaped. I have to say apart from having my eyebrows threaded once or twice I generally try to tidy them up myself. I have quite small eyebrows and they have always been something I wish I could change. After hearing people give great reviews about their experience at The Brow Artist, I decided to take the plunge and make an appointment and I was not disappointed!

The Brow Artist is a Brow boutique based in Ranelagh. They focus on creating a perfect eyebrow shape by using a variety of treatments. The treatment takes approximately 60 minutes, the treatment includes treading, tweezing and tinting.

Currently The Brow Artist offers two options:

Perfect Shape Brow: This perfect shape long lasting brow is achieved using a combination of shaping and bespoke tinting. It may last anywhere from 2 - 4 weeks approximately depending on your hair growth pattern & skin type . An appointment includes a consultation, Brow shape using threading and tweezing and bespoke tinting using a variety of tones to achieve the desired shade.
An appointment with a junior artist cost €35 and senior artist costs €45.
Semi Permanent Perfect Shape Brow:
Semi Permanent Perfect Shape Brow treatment involves a form of micro pigmentation. In simple terms, this means that pigment is placed just under the skin with a very fine needle, not dissimilar in theory to tattooing. The difference between the two lies in the length of time that the pigment is retained in the skin. In traditional tattooing, the skin in penetrated at a much deeper level, so the pigment essentially never fades. Micro-pigmentation, on the other hand, is done at such a superficial level in the skin that over the course of roughly two years, the pigment is gradually shed and the colour fades almost completely. Price: 650 euro.

I booked in for a 'Perfect Shape Brow' appointment. From the moment I walked in the door I felt at ease. The girls are all lovely and I felt very comfortable. The treatment began with Nicole doing a review of my brows and consultation on what shape etc I was hoping for. I was a bit skeptical about how painful the procedure was going to be but it was genuinely quite a pleasant experience, I had already had my eyebrows threaded before so I knew that was mildly uncomfortable but aside from that the procedure was completely painless. I was absolutely thrilled when I first got a glimpse at my new brows. I could not believe the transformation. My little tiny eyebrows are now full sculpted defined brows. Before and after pictures below.

Anyone who is thinking about getting an eyebrow shape... or should I say transformation should definitely book in an appointment with the girls at The Brow Artist. You can check out cancellation appointment's through their Facebook page here, or email thebrowartist@gmail.com.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Garnier Summer Body

I am a huge fan of tanning products, I especially love a good moisturiser with a hint of colour. I'm a bit lazy when its comes to daily moisturising so moisturiser with a hint of tan is a great option. I love the Dove Summer Glow but as the Garnier one was on special this week at Super Value I decided to give it a try.

First off, the product is in lovely packaging, the bottle is a lovely bright yellow/orange colour. The price was also nice, €3 for ml bottle, usual price is about €6 I think. The cream smells absolutely gorgeous and doesn't have even a hint of the usual self tan scent. But I think this is where the good points ended...

I found the product to be very sticky, after 8 hours, it was still moist on my skin and had not dried in. Therefor my bed sheets were a lovely shade of orange by morning. The colour  developed quite a bit after one application which was good but I didn't think the colour of this tan suited my skintone, it was a bit orange/tango for my liking.

So all in all I wasn't over the moon about this moisturiser. Yes it moisturises and gives a glow to your skin but I have found other products such as Dove Summer Glow and Coco Brown Gentle Bronzer which do a much better job and leave a much more realistic bronzed glow. I don't think I will be repurchasing this product.

Has anyone else tried this moisturiser?

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Ziaja Sensitive Skin Products

I was thrilled to receive these three little beauties in the post. Ziaja Sensitive Skin* is a new range of facial products aimed at people with sensitive skin. The products can be used daily to treat and soothe sensitive skin. There are 5 products in the range The Skin Soothing Day Cream, The Firming Night Cream, The Enzyme Peel, The Micellar Water and The Wash Gel for face and body. I received 3 of these lovely products to review.

Ziaja Sesitive Skin Enzyme Peeling- This peel gently removes dead skin cells to leave the skin feeling smoother, softer and brighter. The product includes ingrediants papain, antileukine 6 - biological protection factor (BPF) from algae Laminaria ochroleuca and provitamin B5. Retail price €4.99

Ziaja Sensitive Skin Firming Night Cream- This firming night cream is specially designed for sensitive skin. With ingredients such as ceramides, phytosphingosine, EFAs of macadamia and cotton oil, the product moisturises the skin while also regenerating, firming and smoothing. Retail price €6.99

Ziaja Sensitive Skin Micellar Water- This is a super soft cleanser which contains microscopic oil spheres which cleanse the skin without stripping making it perfect for people who suffer with sensitive skin. It gently removes makeup while also softening the skin. Retail price €4.49

I asked my mam to give these products a try as she has very sensitive skin I knew she would be the perfect candidate.  She was absolutely thrilled with these products. She found the Micellar Water is very gentle on the skin but still removes all residues and makeup. The Enzyme Peel also did amazing things for her skin. It gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead cells which left her skin feeling soft and smooth. Her favourite product of the three was the Firming Night Cream. This is a super luxuries cream, its it super soft and feels amazing on the skin. She has some redness on her skin and felt this cream really helped to tone down the discoloration and soothe the skin. Her skin was left feeling firm, refreshed and bright.

You can purchase these products online at- www.originialbeauty.ie

Has anyone else tried these products?