Sunday, 13 May 2018

MY MICROBLADING EXPERIENCE

Hi guys,


In April, I got my eyebrows microbladed and I am obsessed with the results!







Pictures taken immediately after the first appointment.




It cost £350 and I went to a lady called Charlotte Taylor who is based in Kirkstall, Leeds in a clinic called BeYouAesthetics. It's not the cheapest thing, but the amount of money and time I was spending going to get my brows tinted and threaded at Shavata every 4 weeks was adding up, and I really wanted the extra 10 mins in bed every morning (and perfect brows 24/7).



The procedure actually wasn't painful- it was 'uncomfortable' at parts but the technician applied two sets of topical anaesthetic throughout which massively helped with any discomfort.




Firstly, Charlotte measured my face and then made a template for my eyebrows, based on my proportions and also what she thought would most suit me. I gave this the OK and then she began. I opted for the 'hair stroke brows' look as this is the most natural and I didn't want anything too dramatic. The procedure in total took about 2 hours. Next time I'd be tempted to try the 'combination brow' which is a more defined look and a mix between hair stroke and powder brows.



For about a week after, I had to apply a special balm to my brows every morning and night, to help them heal. I also had to avoid exercise and getting them wet.

Day 1-2 they looked UNREAL and I received so many compliments. It got to around day 5 where they were very itchy and I had to resist the urge to touch them at all as I didn't want the pigment coming out and leaving me with patchy eyebrows.



By day 7 I began to panic because as the skin was healing over the brows, the microblading looked to be disappearing. Charlotte had warned me of this though so I knew it was all part of the process.



2-3 weeks later they had come back but not nearly as dark as they were- this is why the second 'top-up' appointment about 6 weeks after the first one is crucial, or you won't get the desired effect. This top-up appointment is included in the £350 price.




Here's what they looked like straight after the 'top-up' appointment (ignore my awful hair please!!) I asked if they could be made a bit darker. Also bear in mind i've applied some of the special aftercare balm to them here:











The 'healing process' that I went through after the initial procedure I'm told isn't nearly as intense this time round, but I still need to apply the aftercare balm every morning and night for 7 days and try my best to not get them wet.

They will last 12-18 months and if I go back before 12 months to get them done again, the cost will be half price.


Any questions just let me know in the comments below, but I would totally recommend to anyone!

Liv x

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Eyelash Growth + Benefit's Bad Gal Bang Mascara

Hi guys,


I've found an eyelash growth serum and mascara combination that has changed my life!!

Firstly, I'll tell you about the serum that has grown my lashes. It's called Latisse/Lumigan; same thing/different names/different packaging. Originally 'made' as a treatment for patients with Glaucoma, patients started reporting an amazing side effect. Not only were their lashes growing, but they were thicker and darker too. 
I blogged in November about having LVL lashes and loving them, which I did...for about 2-3 weeks. After this though, I don't know if it was too much mascara application, or I took my eye make-up off too harshly, but my lashes just became so damaged, fell out and then I was left with no lashes/very short stumps! NOOOOO.

Panic. *Cue me bulk buying Ardell Demi Wispies and wearing false strip lashes for about 6 weeks while I waited for my lashes to grow back*. In the meantime, for Christmas, I was lucky enough to be able to get hold of some form of this miracle eyelash growth serum...and voila.

I'd say it took between 6-8 weeks of me applying this clear liquid to the roots of my upper lashes for people to actually comment on my lashes in real life- mentioning how long they were.

You also may read about side-effects of the product discolouring your eyes (making them brown). I believe this to be true only if you were to put the eyedrops into your eyes, but I'm not an expert on that at all. I can only say that about 5 months in, I haven't had any change in eye colour, but then again my eyes are hazel. The only side effect I have noticed is that for the first week or two of using the product, I did have slight irritation to my lash line (a teeny bit red/tender). I monitored this very closely and after two weeks all irritation was gone and now I have no bad side effects. 

The below is my 'before' and 'after'. In both photos I am wearing NO mascara (or any eye makeup) so I hope you can see the huge difference, especially on the outer lashes where i've found as they've grown they've even curled really nicely. I never need to use eyelash curlers anymore!





Because I'm awful at writing blog posts I haven't got greeeeaat before and after photos, but take a look at the below link which is a quick Google and you'll see:



Now, this is where the new Benefit Bad Gal Bang mascara comes in. I'd heard such mixed reviews and if I'm honest- I think if I'd applied this mascara to my short stumps it would have been a complete disaster! Its VERY volumising. However, if you do have lashes that are a decent length, this mascara is a miracle worker. You only need one coat and it gives them volume, extra length and fans them out nicely. You actually don't want to layer this mascara too much or you risk getting clumps.







I honestly thought nothing would replace 'They're Real' but this actually has for me. I only wish the tube lastest longer without drying up (why do all Benefit mascaras have this problem! :( )


I paid £50 for the Lumigan


Thanks for reading!
Liv x







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