The One Brow Product You Need For Perfect Eyebrows

    With dark hair and dark features like mine, comes great eyebrow related responsibilities. We’re talking monthly wax and tint appointments and a very high risk of accidentally looking like a clown should your brow product be even the slightest shade too dark. There’s a demand for a feather light touch in application because much like the winged eye liner struggle, your brows could very easily take over your entire face. 

    Despite their high maintenance, over the last few months my eyebrows have become my favourite facial feature. I’ve learned that with the right tools and products on hand, it’s amazing just how much good eyebrows can transform your entire look. I made the poor decision of looking back at photos from a year ago, pre-eyebrow product discovery and how I ever left the house looking like that I’ll never know (and never forgive myself for). Roll back another year on top of that and I was barely even entertaining the idea of waxing my eyebrows regularly let alone carefully filling in and shaping them as part of my daily make up routine. 

    Friends often get tired of my inability to leave the house without a full face of make up on. For them its a matter of quickly throwing on their brows and that’s that, not a mention of any other product. Until recently this was an attitude I really couldn’t wrap my head around. How could they only do their eyebrows, not bother with any other products and still look fab? Meanwhile I’m sat fiddling with contour kits and highlighters and still looking like the dumpy friend who’s been let out for the day. When I started using Eylure’s brow pomade, this casual attitude to all other make up products made much more sense. 

    Most of my work life is spent working from home which means 90% of my workwear wardrobe consists of loungewear matched with a very minimal make up look. Since commuting isn’t part of my morning routine, I try to use that time to get stuck into my work a little earlier. My beauty routine is kept as simple and short as possible so with Eylure’s brow promade, a good moisturiser and a lip scrub, it’s easy to have my brows filled in, complete my ‘make up’ look and still be at my desk by 8:30am. Not bad. 

    In hindsight it’s embarrassing to admit that back when I was still a brow product virgin, brow pomades definitely intimidated me. I stuck to pencils or clear gels and associated pomades with heavy, tattoo-esque eyebrow looks - not exactly my style. I quickly discovered that while there’s a time and a place for eyebrow pencils and gels, I was ready for the next step in the eyebrow world and was craving a more defined look. Finally facing my fears, I trusted in Eylure’s brow pomade to give me the perfectly sculpted (but still very natural) finish I had been looking for. Don’t judge a book (or product) by its cover, ey?

    So how do you apply brow pomade to achieve perfect brows?

    To avoid my eyebrows looking too heavy and caked in product I wipe away any extra product from the brush by drawing test brush strokes on the back of my hand. Once you’re happy with how the consistency is appearing on your hand and you’ve removed all excess product, you’re ready to start applying the brow pomade onto your eyebrows. I find the product isn’t as soft as other brow pomades I’ve used. This is an element of the product that I really like because not only does the product last for much longer but a good amount comes off on the brush which makes dealing with any excess product much easier. 

    I start by applying the product to the second half of my eyebrow first of all, using light brush stroked to fill in the middle of the eyebrow and lightly carving out the tail of the brow and filling it in with the same technique. I rarely apply more product to the brush because I like to keep the first half of my brows looking very natural, using only the very little product that’s left on the brush to create a gentle ombre look. To do this I gently line underneath the first half of my eyebrow and do the same along the top before using a spoolie to brush through the product. I then repeat this technique on the other eyebrow, apply a little bit of concealer above and below the brow and voila, easy eyebrow perfection. 

    The key to perfect brows is a very light touch and Eylure’s incredibly affordable brow pomade (£8.95) available in Superdrug, Boots and

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    Why I Will Never Go Blonde Again

    I remember the first time I dyed my hair. I was 16, it was the day I had finished my GCSEs, the first day of summer and boy, did I create a monster. 

    My best friend at the time and I thought now would be the perfect time to embrace the infamous dip dye trend. I went for pink. She went for purple. It was infamous for a reason. 

    We both had naturally very dark hair, my friend’s verging on jet black. Now obviously adding any colour to dark hair isn’t going to work without bleaching it first. Our solution? Cheap, shitty, drug store bleach. Of course. That’s exactly how you should treat your hair…

    It stank. It stung our eyes and it seriously destroyed those 2-4 inches of our hair. 

    I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think I wasn’t the coolest 16 year old at the time. Of course I did. But by the time August came around the cheap pink dye had turned a delightful (read: horrific) shade of peachy, orange with unwanted, unintended hints of green. 

    Off to the hairdressers. Time for chop. 

    After a summer of bedraggled curls with a texture I can only compare to straw and colour that looked like a Halloween costume gone wrong, did I learn anything about looking after my hair? Nope. Big. Fat. Nope. 

    Six months later I was back at the hairdressers. This time I had graduated from dip dye and was buying into the ombre trend all while desperately trying to convince anyone who would listen that this was a great idea. It was not. 

    This continued up until I was about 19 or 20. So really only within the last year or so. I went for ombre then balayage then highlights - all of which are pretty much variations of each other. Every single time I went back, I asked for more. I was stuck in a cycle of constantly getting bored of my hair. At this point it was clear I wouldn’t be happy until I was totally blonde. 

    It was February 2016 when I finally took the plunge. I walked in just about still brunette and walked out a full on blonde. My poor hairdresser dedicated the majority of her day to transforming my mass amount of hair (that was quickly thinning) into Barbie’s twin. 

    The drive home was an interesting one as I kept catching my reflection in the mirror and not recognising myself. The weeks that followed were equally as interesting as I bumped into people and dealt with mixed reactions.

    My mum hated it.

    Some of my friends liked it.

    Others, not so much.

    Backhanded compliments became the norm from those who didn’t know what to say about my new look. 

    I was just so excited by such a big change that i wasn’t able to register whether or not I actually liked this new hair.

    I had to adjust my makeup and wardrobe. Looks that once really complimented my dark features suddenly washed out the new blonde me. Every time I looked in the mirror, it felt like something was missing. I tried for weeks to get used to the new look, telling myself that any day now it wouldn’t feel like such a ‘new look’, it would just feel like me. Finally, I admitted defeat. 

    Four months later I was back in the hot seat. Four months. That’s all I lasted. I was ready to go back to my roots (pun intended) and was practically begging to be accepted back into my beloved brunette club. 

    Confession: I changed hairdressers for my big brunette comeback. (Shout out to Bill Harris Hairdressing.) I just didn’t have the heart to go back to the same place where they had slaved over making my blonde dreams a reality. 

    Once the appointment was made, the day honestly couldn’t come any quicker. The second it was over with I couldn’t have been more relieved to see my old, slightly glossier, brunette self staring back at me. 

    I knew I was in for a long road of hair recovery with regular appointments to touch up the colour and a lot of bad hair days while my poor curls recovered but it was worth every moment but it's been worth every second. 

    Now 18 months later my hair finally feels healthy again. I’ve found that the products that work best for me and I’ve honestly never appreciated my natural curls and colour more.

    Lesson learned. Never will I ever go blonde again. And PLEASE quote me on that. 

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    Curly Hair Survival Guide: The Best Products To Tame Your Curls

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    Topshop Unique, Alexander Wang and Diane Von Furstenberg were just a few of the designers that made curls cool again this season. It’s refreshing to see that fashion is embracing natural hair and to see models walking the catwalk in a look other than being polished to within an inch of their life. Hair had become a little boring for a while. Every magazine you opened, campaign lookbook you flicked through, it was the same straight hair, centre parting, unrealistically perfect hair.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m so glad curly hair is back but let’s be honest, naturally curly hair can be a pain. If like me, you have naturally curly hair you'll know it's not as easy as it seems and some days it takes a little more work than others to try and tame the mane.

    If I had a pound for every time someone has said “oh my god I wish I had curly hair”, I can safely say that I would have enough money to support the curly blow dry addiction I've developed. Hey - somedays there’s just no alternative but to admit defeat with the frizz. In fact when discussing curly hair in work recently, one of my colleagues was talking about how she actually has a blow dry fund that allows her to get a blow dry once a week. To some this may seem totally ludicrous but if you’re a curly hair gal like us, you’ll understand that this is an entirely justifiable fund.

    One thing I've learned with curly hair is that products are everything. It’s a little sad but I get a bit of a thrill when I go into the Boots hair care section to be greeted with endless options of curly hair products. Even better - there’s almost always a new product (or 5) to try. That being said they aren't all suited to every curly haired gal so it's key to find what works for you. Between me, my mum and my little sister we’ve managed to suss out what does and doesn’t work for us fairly well. The best thing about the 3 of us having curly hair is that someone always has a new trick or tip to try out. Honestly, although a lot of the time you find yourself frustrated with your curls, there's a lot of fun to be had with naturally curly hair. Read on to find out more about my favourite products and how to use them.

    1.Paul Mitchell - Flexible Style Super Sculpt Styling Glaze, £10.50

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    This is my current favourite hair product. It’s a tip handed down from my mum and having been using the product for the last 6 months, I have no idea how I coped without it. It’s great for quick styling in the morning and is one of the few products that don’t make your hair frizzy when you add a blast from the hair dryer.

    With this product I use quite a lot and it's one of the products where the more you use, the better it is so don’t be shy with this one. I usually pour enough to fill the palm of my hand. I then rub the products between my hands, flip my hair upside down and scrunch it through. The next step is to grab your nearest hair clamp/clip and divide your hair into sections. Then, using your fingers, simply twirl your hair into tight ringlets, section by section. Usually I leave my hair to air dry and after and hour or so, I shake out the tight ringlets for much looser curls. If you don’t have time to leave your hair to dry a quick blast of the hair dryer using the diffuser attachment and flipping your hair upside down works just as well. I go for about 20-30 seconds on each second and then shake out the curls as I mentioned before. Feel free to add a little bit of hair spray and you’re ready to go.

    2. Bumble and Bumble BB Curl Pre-Style/Re-style Primer, £20.50 


    This product is a life saver for second day hair. Before I discovered this product, second hair curls were a lost cause for me and ended up tied on top of my head in a frizzy top knot. (Yes, it was as disastrous as it sounded.) My only issue with this product and it’s very, very slight but the scent of the product is very perfumed and a little too sweet. Other than that, you’ll struggle to find any faults in the product itself. All you have to do is spritz it all over and scrunch your curls up a little and just like that what once looked like limp, day old hair comes back to life in all of its curly glory. Thank me later.

    3. John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Agent Touch-Up Crème 100ml, £5.99


    The secret weapon every curly hair gal needs in her handbag. I don’t go anywhere without this product. This is the product I would turn to on the bad hair day, top knot days I mentioned above and boy, did they do some serious frizz fixing. You only need a pea sized amount for this one, a little really does go a long way. Simply put a small amount of the product on your hand, rub together, smooth onto your hair and watch the product work it’s magic. Don’t worry about reapplying through out the day, thankfully the product doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy so reapply until your heart is content.


    Trust me on this one, you need to try at least one of these products. I love finding new products to experiment with and would love to hear your recommendations in the comments below.

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    3 Ways to Incorporate Red Lipstick into your Everyday Style

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    As I was sorting through my collection of red lipsticks to shoot for this post it was only then that I realised the true extent of my red lipstick obsession. I counted about 13 different red lipsticks, all different shades, textures and brands and because of that it was a real struggle to pick out my favourite shade to feature in this post. In the end I went for good ol’ Ruby Woo with a Topshop red linerTo really showcase the red lipstick I kept my outfit simple with my favourite white t-shirt and jeans, both Topshop, Missguided Camel Duster Coat and simple silver hoop earrings.

    If I could wear red lipstick every day, I honestly would and one of my favourite things about red lipstick is that there are so many different shades out there that you probably could wear a different one every day. There’s nothing like a slick of lipstick to make you feel one hundred times better and on your worst days, the brighter the better is my rule of thumb.

    At this time of year it’s hard to avoid wearing a red lip because of the festive associations with the colour red. People feel braver with reds during the festive period because it’s the norm but red lipstick deserves to be flaunted all year round, no matter the occasion.

    Red lipstick is one way to make a serious statement with your look for the day (or night). Included below are a few of my favourite ways to style a red lip. Give them a go and make switching to red lipstick your power move for the New Year.

    1. Keep it casual

    Wearing a red lip with a casual outfit is one of my favourite ways to incorporate red lipstick into my everyday life. It’s an easy way to make what otherwise might be a very simple outfit really stand out and make a subtle statement. A lot of people assume that red lipstick should be reserved for glamorous nights out but with so many gorgeous shades out there why would you want to keep them hidden away only to brought out in the dark of night?! 

    If you’re already comfortable with wearing a red lip go for brighter shades like I have and keep the outfit simple with jeans, trainers, a slick black blazer and a mini cross body bag. If you’re new to the red lipstick game burgundy shades are a safe bet to keep your daytime look cosy and looks amazing with camel tones.

    2. Dress it up

    As I mentioned above, we traditionally associate red lipstick with a night on the town so paint the town (and your lips) red with a red gloss, that killer LBD you keep hidden in the back of your wardrobe and sky high stilettos. I’m not much of a dress kind of girl but I love pairing my black leather trousers with a red lip. I always think the secret with red lipstick is to leave your lips to do all of the talking and keep the rest of your outfit simple but chic. The same goes for the rest of your make up. One of my favourite make up looks to pair with a red lip is a simple winged liner and bold brows.

    3. To the Office

    Red lipstick is a game changer, particularly in the office. In this kind of atmosphere I would stick to more muted red shades which seems an ironic statement to make but it is possible. You might think wearing red lipstick to the office is a bit of a risky move and to be honest it may not be entirely appropriate depending on your work place but in most cases you’ll be amazed at the effects that it will have on your confidence in the work place. While Ruby Woo and other blue based reds might be a bit too bold, brick reds are much more office appropriate. Forget the power suit, it’s all about the statement lip.

    Topshop, Lips in Don't Cry For Me, £8

    Topshop, Lips in Temptation, £8

    Mac, Ruby Woo, £15.50

    Mac, Lady Danger, £15.50

    Mac, Viva Glam I, £15.50

    Photos by Kellie Scott


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