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Perfect Lashes!? eyelash extensions

Morning everyone, sorry it’s been so long since my last post, last year was crazy busy and I also still had my part time job so had no time to sit and write! But now I’m back with my first post of 2017!

A few weeks ago I went to a local beauty salon to try out Lash extensions. As a bridal make up artist I am always being asked my opinion on them, and if I think they would be better than the usual strip lashes you can buy, so I thought by getting some done I could let you all know my thoughts.

As you can see below, there is a massive difference between my natural lashes and the ones with the lash extensions. I’ve never really been one to dislike my lashes, although they are quite straight and I have to curl them before mascara each morning, but that’s fine it’s just part of my make up routine, but I will say they did look beautiful! (also please excuse the massive indent I have on the bridge of my nose – I had a little fight with the boot of my car!!)

Here is a list of the pro’s and con’s so you can decide for yourself..

PRO’s

They look amazing, full, black and very fluttery!

No need for any eye makeup, you wake up looking great (especially good for the sch run in the morning!)

They have a range of different lengths and volumes, I chose to have a natural length with a bit of volume, but you could go much longer and change the amount of volume.

Perfect for holidays as you have no need to worry if your mascara is waterproof or not!

Great for special occasions/weddings or if you have very short lashes naturally.

CON’s

Time consuming as first appointment can be around 90 minutes.

You can’t get them wet for 24/48 hours, and must avoid using oil based products around the eye area.

They need to be infilled every 2-3 weeks as they fall out with the natural lash.

They are semi permanent, so unlike the strip falsies you can buy which you remove in the evening, these are carefully applied to each lash with a special long wearing glue.

The worst bit for me was although they looked beautiful and the beautician did a great job, if you decide not to keep them and have the infills, you are left with what looks like feral spiders legs hanging from your eye, while they slowly come off. I did try to soak them off with baby oil but it proved tricky and didn’t want to pull them out and ruin my natural lashes.

Would I get them again? Probably not, but only because I love to really be able to take my eye makeup off at night with out having to worry, and don’t want to have to keep going back to get them maintained.

With that in mind I did love them, they looked great, were the perfect length for me and didn’t look to over the top, and would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting a fuller look, the salon was lovely and clean and would definitely recommend Westover beauty on Westover Road, Bournemouth, to anyone wanting to try them. If your thinking of having them for your big day then I would say maybe a month or two before to have a trial run to see how you find them first, so you can decide for your self!

Spring time skin!

Yay well spring is finally here, so does that mean we’ll be getting some well deserved blue sky and warmer days? I really hope so! I don’t know about you but I definitely feel better with a little sun on my skin! I thought this was the perfect time to start my very first blog – please be kind 🙂

Both my boys are watching a movie on TV right now, so have a little spare time (although this can easily change to screaming and arguing in an instant!) So I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get started! People always ask my what got me started in makeup and if I’m honest I don’t really know, I’ve just always had a real passion for it, starting from a young age, looking at it, using it, watching other people apply it and of course buying it!! And it’s true for today too. I love how you can really change how someone feels and looks just buy painting their face! And that’s the best thing, it really is just like painting a picture, you make a mistake and you can just wipe it away and start a fresh. There are no rules with makeup you can do what you want, and be who you want to be, experiment, and most importantly, have fun! I thought I would kick off telling you about my 3 fav skin care products at the mo because lets face it skin care is just as important, especially with it being spring, its time to kick start our skincare,   let me know what you think…

BOBBI BROWN LATHERING TUBE SOAP £21.50 125ml

I love this makeup remover as it’s a wash off product and I don’t know about you but I really love that squeaky clean feeling once I’ve taking all my makeup off at the end of a long day. Its for a more normal/oily skin so not so great for a dryer skin, but for me its fab. The coconut extract really gives a deep clean and the apricot oil keeps the skin hydrated and it smells great too (I’m one of those funny people who like to smell everything first – if it don’t smell good its not going on my face!) Its £21.50, which may seem a little more pricey but it lasts for months so I think its well worth it. Pea size amount on wet hands, lather up, wash face and I personally like to use warm wet cotton pads to wipe off, Voila!

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BOBBI BROWN BUFFING GRAINS £30.00 28g

This is the best exfoliator ever and I’ve used a LOT of exfoliators! This one is great as you can use it on its own or mix it with whatever face wash/cleanser you are using. I use my face wash first, really lather it up on skin then add the tiniest amount of these to my hand and massage on the skin. They are quite fine so can be used on any skin type too; I have had mine over 6 months and have hardly used any. It’s fab if your going to do a little self tan too, just use it around your knees/elbows and ankles first so you don’t get those awful orange patches – never a good look!! I probably use it once a week and you really notice the difference especially when apply your foundation the next day it looks so flawless 🙂

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CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE EXTENDED THIRST RELIEF £34.00 50ml

OMG I have so much love for this moisturiser, it’s my life saver, I always have at least one spare in the drawer as I cannot live without it, its my hero product. I get an oily t-zone and I hate that heavy cream feeling on my skin – but my skin still gets dehydrated so I need something that will work for both. Moisture surge is a gel cream and is oil free, and it’s like giving the skin a drink. I can literally use a tiny bit of loads depending on how my skin is feeling (or if I’ve been out with the girls the night before and needs a little extra help!) and it immediately plumps up my skin and makes it look and feel fresher. I believe (and don’t quote me!) that you can use this over makeup too if your skin feels a little dehydrated through out the day by pressing into the skin.

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So there you have it my first blog, let me know what you think or if there is any thing you would like to see on here and I will do my best to add it for you, thank you again for reading!

Mwah xx