Napoleon Perdis Browtox Eyebrow Frame and Tame- Review

If you grew up in the 90′s and early 2000′s, you certainly plucked the heck out of your eyebrows to make them Drew Barrymore and Gwen Stefani thin. One girl in my grade 8 class plucked so hard in fact, she came to school one morning with no eyebrows at all. I offered to use my texta to draw them back on for her.

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Thankfully, Big brows are back in fashion (we knew Brooke Shields was right all along) with celebs like Cara Delevingne donning dark, thick brows on the cat walk. In fact, bigger brows can take years off your appearance so get yourself into brow rehab and let them grow out a bit. Just don’t turn into Frida Kahlo!

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You need to remember a few tips before you get on the big brow bus:

  • Shape your eyebrows properly! There are brow bars popping up in malls all over the place and many make up counters, like Napoleon Perdis, can help you too. If you don’t know what you’re doing, I would recommend going to see what they have to say and take it from there. If you are a gun with the tweezers and have some self control, give shaping a try yourself using the brow guide. Some people say the brow should begin just where your nostril ends, but if you have a wide nose, that should not be the case. Everyones face is different, so seeing a beautician is the best thing to do to start your brow detox on the right foot.
  • Don’t go too big, just flow with the shape of your natural brows
  • Don’t over colour! If colouring in gaps or adding definition, keep it natural and sheer. Have you seen people with crazy dark over coloured in eyebrows? That’s called a Scousebrow! VILE! I loved this episode of Snog, Marry, Avoid when they addressed this horrendous issue head on.

So, today I was lucky enough to give Napoleon Perdis’ Browtox a go.

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Browtox comes in a cute little pot. It is a creme-gel that is designed to be a universal shade (not in my case but we will get to that later) which provides colour and definition.  Made with synthetic bees wax, it keeps the brows in place all day. 

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To apply, it comes with a lovely double ended brush. One side is a slanted edged brush that you use to work the browtox into your brow, and the spooly end is used to comb it through and even it out for a natural finish.

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This fantastic video from Napoleon Perdis gives you a great rundown of how to use the product and how to find the best shape for your brows at home. I found it really helpful.

The video suggests going against the brow, however I didn’t find that was the best way for me. Personally, I have thick brows, but there isn’t a lot of hair in them, just long thick ones. Going against my brows means they sometimes fall out which isn’t cool. I used Browtox on my really patchy eyebrow to show you how it looks to colour in my unsightly gaps.

I have really dark brown, almost black eyebrows and then black eyelashes. Despite the fact that Browtox is meant to be a universal shade, I found that it was a little too caramel for my natural colouring, but it would be perfect for someone with blonde, ginger or light brown brows.

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Something else to remember is don’t use too much! I thought I only had a tiny bit of Napoleon Perdis Browtox on my brush, but even then, I had too much. You just need a teeny bit and then you can build from there. You can see in the picture below that you just need to touch the pot with the slanted brush to get the smallest amount. The pot will last you forever! Love that!

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On my first attempt using Browtox, I unfortunately gave myself a scousebrow by using far too much browtox and got it all thick and stuck in the front part of my brow which really doesn’t need any definition. It did a good job at filling in my scraggly middle brow however. Witness the scousebrow:

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On my next attempt I did a MUCH better job by using much less Browtox and dabbing the edge of the brush on the angle my brows should go. I only used it to fill in gaps and define the outer parts of my eyebrow which are thinner. Using the spooly end of the brush, I combed the brow into place and that also evenly distributes the Browtox lightly through the rest of the brow. It works to stop it from sticking your brows together and makes the finish flawlessly sheer. Witness the glory of the perfect Napoleon Perdis Browtox application:
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Napoleon Perdis Browtox is made in Italy and is paraben and fragrence free. It is available at Napoleon Perdis counters for $39 and comes with the lovely grooming brush. I recommend this product for those with light coloured – medium brown eyebrows that need a little more definition and shape.

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Jeunesse Luminesce Advanced Night Repair – Review

jeunesse luminesce advanced night cream A good night cream becomes so much more necessary as you get older. Especially in the dry winter air, a nutrient rich cream will do your skin a lot of good as you rest. I know first hand what premature ageing looks like (Hello fine lines and frown lines!), so I was excited to see how this cream performed.

Jeunesse Luminesce Advanced Night Repair cream is a beautifully luxurious cream that had a relaxing smell that reminded me a little bit of the L’Occitane. The packaging is quite luxurious looking in silver and blue and the product comes with a little spatula to scoop up the cream so you don’t need to touch it in the 30ml jar.

The cream itself is a little gel like and you just need a pea sized amount applied on the face and down the neck. Massage in evenly in circular motions and then tap your face gently afterwards with your fingers to start the absorption. luminesce night repair advance Night Repair contains ingredients that help to fight signs of aging. In fact, studies have shown that it increased cellular hydration by 85%. That’s something my skin needs in particular. It absorbs into skin fairly quickly and I would recommend cleansing and applying at 15 minutes or more before going to bed so it has extra time to absorb.

It replenishes collagen and elastin with stem cell growth factors, and when I woke up I could feel that my skin was well hydrated. Personally, I didn’t see and reduction in lines in the few weeks that I used it, but continued use would prevent new ones occurring I’m sure.

It is all natural, hyperallergenic and is paraben free. Luminesce Advanced Night Repair uses a special phospholipid delivery system that works to deliver hydration deep into the skin in nanoscale. This allows increased absorbency of the key nutrients which includes hyaluronic acid to plump the skin as well as apple, lentil, watermelon and cucumber extracts.

Luminesce Advanced Night Repair is on the high end of the scale at $79 and I would suggest that you would get about 3 months use from one jar. For stockists head to Jeunesseglobal.com.au

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Colour Theory Nail Polish – Review

I have an ever growing collection of nail polish and I’m known to have painted nails every single day, so I think I know a thing or 2 about nail polishes.

Colour Theory is an affordable price point beauty product range and I was quite impressed with their nail polishes in terms of colour and durability. I love that they are made in Australia!

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I tried Mochachino (coffee), Flamingo (pink) and Miami Housewife (purple) shades.

colour theory nail polishFlamingo is my favourite shade for a few reasons. I adore the colour, and it lasted on my nails for AGES!colour theory nail polishMochachino was a lovely nude shade and also lasted for quite some time.

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Miami Housewife is a very bright shade of vivid orchard. I found that it needed about 3 coats because the first coat was a bit dry on my nails, maybe because my nails were dry to start with, I’m not sure. After 3 quick coats it looked brilliant like the photo. Just make sure you really give it time to dry or you might get nicks in the coat.

So if you need to add some new colours to your collection, give Colour Theory a try. Colour Theory also have a range of lipstick, powders and eyeshadows that you can find at Guardian Pharmacies, Amcal and Amcal Max chemists around Australia for some coin friendly price points.

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Boots Laboratories Optiva Range – Review

Over the years I have heard a lot about the Boots skin care line and how effective it is for the price, but here in Australia we have been missing out…. until now!

Boots Laboratories have 160 years heritage of laboratory development in England. If you have ever been to the UK, you would have probably had a great time visiting Boots stores in person and picking up your beauty needs.

The Boots Laboratories Optiva range goes beyond hydration to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. All Optiva products have been tested on the skin of 1500 women through 30 separate trials and are adapted to suit any skin type, even sensitive skin.

I was given the opportunity to trial the following three products:

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Skin Balancing Cleanser 150ml $14

Such a gentle and effective lotion that you put on, gently tap your skin, and then wipe off with a tissue. You can see your make up and dirt from the day come off. Love it including the snap open lids too.

Radiance Refresh Tonic 150ml $14

After you wipe off the Optiva Skin Balancing Cleanser, it’s time to tone with some Radiance Refresh Tonic on a cotton pad. Just wipe over the face to see the final traces of make up erase and then your skin is ready to receive moisture. The tonic is refreshing and temporarily closes pores to make your skin look luminous. After toning you can apply either the Optiva Nourishing Night Cream or the Optiva Comforting Day cream.

Radiance Boosting Eye Balm 15ml $22

I’m starting to see little wrinkles around my eyes and I wish I started to use a good eye cream earlier. This little beauty is so easy to use and feels refreshing on my skin. It is delicate and uses Althea officinalis extract to make the skin look supple. It’s so lovely. I just apply a little to my finger tip and tap it on gently under my eyes and down the side of my cheek where my lines are appearing. Also on top of the eye and under the eyebrow.

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I can really recommend these products for their high quality, effectiveness and price. Just as good, if not better than my beloved Clarins routine and much cheaper!

Optiva from Boots Laboratories which is now available in Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian Pharmacies. Make sure you give it a try.

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Salon Melbourne 2014

If you’re in the beauty industry and own a salon of some kind, Salon Melbourne is the free industry event you need to attend. Everything is on show from non surgical liposuction machines, spray tan machines to nail polish and lip stick and on to waxing kits and skin care solutions. I visited last year and loved it and have to say this year was even better than the last!

I went down to the exhibition centre on the Sunday morning and saw some great presentations by industry leaders like the beautiful make up artist Rae Morris and hair extrodinare Lorna Evans. The team from Jarah’s Hair was there as well to display some of their creative styles and tips.

Rae showed us how to make small eyes bigger by drawing eye pencil where you wish the eye would sit. Don’t follow the outline of the eye because that is only enhancing what is already there, not adding to it.

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Lorna Evans showed us how to create flowers in the hair. She explained how keeping inspired and excited by new ideas and concepts in hairdressing, no matter how outlandish, helps to keep clients and staff enthused with your creativity. Since, I’m not a hairdresser, I found it really interesting to see how different styles are created using lots and lots of hair padding and even giant knitting needles to get the right curl in the hair to pin. 

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Jarahs Hair from South Australia showed us how to create a modern mullet and a beehive with stitching and lots of padding. I loved an undercut short punky hairstyle they created by basically perming the undercut to give it more body and structure. 

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Lime Crime was one of the stand out stands at Salon Melbourne this year and I couldn’t even get through the crowd to see what they were selling. I think their key selling proposition was their awesome bags that they sold their product in. How do you get customers to pay attention to you at an expo? Have a bag like this!!!! Seriously! There were everywhere and really attention grabbing.

salon melbourne lime crimeThere was so much on display for salon and beauty professionals. I think you would need a shopping trolley to stock up on the great deals on things like salon clothing, waxing kits, make up and the like. Hairdressers could even get their precious scissors sharpened!salon melbourne Orly was on hand to give their awesome gel fx manicures which I love. My only purchase from the whole event (because I have enormous self control) was Orly’s Sec-n-Dry top coat.

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Brands that were there included Gorgeous Cosmetics, Eye of Horus, Kryolan Australia, Inglot, OPI, Napoleon Perdis, Klara Cosmetics, Atelier Australia, Lash Republic, Dermatalogica, Redken, Eleven Australia, Crown Brushes and GlamPalm just to name a few. The line for AKR Beauty supplies was crazy long. I just love their stall though because there are sooooo many things to look at and buy such as professional hair dryers,  colour pots, clips and all the things you would need if you owned a salon. Get in early for that stand to beat the lines!

The trends this year seemed to be tanning products and lots of false lashes plus really crazy long nails and nail art. I even saw a machine for your salon where your clients could choose any nail art they wanted on the screen and it would print out, including taking your photo with an inbuilt camera and putting your face on your nails! Amazing!

Did you go along and buy a haul of goodies this year?

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Maybelline One by One Volum’ Express Mascara – Review

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Priceline had their massive 40% off sale the other day and I needed some new mascara so off I went to see what bargains I could get and what new item I could try. I decided upon some Blackest Black, One by One Volume Express mascara from Maybelline just by looking at the look of the brush (I thought it looked reasonable and like it would deliver the goods.).

The brush is really bendy where it meets the applicator shaft which made me worry that I was going to get mascara all over my eyes, but I guess it’s just a little bit of suspension. Haven’t had an issue.

5 maybelline one by one volum express mascaraThe day after I bought it I put it on, thought it seemed like reasonable mascara (although I was running to work so didn’t pay a lot of attention) and went to work. Half way through the day I was in a meeting with about 13 other people. One of the managers sitting next to me, who is a real fashionista, turned to me and said “do you have eyelash extensions”. “No” I replied, “I just have really long eyelashes”. She agreed they looked really good. Only a minute later did I remember that I was wearing new mascara and maybe that is what made them stand out more than usual. So there you go. That is a big win!

I do have to admit to a few things:

1. I naturally have quite long lashes I suppose

2. I use an eyelash curler, just the Extra Lash Revlon, not anything too fancy. Just a couple of pumps on my lashes wakens them up and mascara sets the curl in.

3. Mascara makes a huge difference to my eyes

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Here’s the before on the left and the after on the right. This includes me using the eye lash curler on the right.

And now for both eyes with the Maybelline One by One Mascara and an eye lash curler. Ta-da…..

3 maybelline one by one volum express mascara 4 maybelline one by one volum express mascaraAfter the compliment on my lashes, I guess this mascara deserves a pretty high rating! I like the simplicity of it and there is no tricks or extra steps needed to get well defined lashes. It really does what the name says and separate them one by one. It’s also quite reasonable to get off at the end of the day with some eye make up remover on a cotton pad.

You can purchase the Maybelline One by One mascara from Priceline and your local supermarket for about $21 unless you wait for a great sale like I did!

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense – Heftiest Hibiscus 04 – Review

Being friends with a lot of beauty bloggers, there is one thing that I always hear about and seems to be in the handbags of each of them – The Clinique Chubby Stick.

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It’s a lip balm but also a really intense lip colour. Clinique call it a “moisturizing lip colour balm”. It looks like a giant crayon but you can twist the bottom to bring more colour up as you use it, just like a conventional lipstick. The Chubby Stick Intense is infused with shea butter, jojoba seed oil and mango seed butter which help to soothe lips and reduce flaking and lip lines over time.

Clinique_chubby_sitck_intense_4_hefty_hibiscusI thought this colour of 04 Heftiest Hibiscus was a little bright for me, but it has really grown on me. Of course, if you read my blog, I really enjoy getting feedback from other people about what I’m wearing and I’m lucky enough to have lots of beautiful friends who will comment on nice things without being prompted. My Clinique Chubby Sticked lips have got lots of compliments and it really is a beautiful orange colour that goes with most things, particularly my OPI On Collins St nail polish.

I find the colour to be long lasting and vibrant so you really do need to use a mirror to put it on (I’m usually a bit lazy with lip balm on the go and just wack it on mindlessly when my lips call. That’s a no no with this little baby because the colour is so bright, you need to make sure you cover every corner). Clinique’s original chubby sticks had a softer, sheer pigment but this new ‘intense’ version is better for an all day, look-at-my-lips kind of look. Oh so Vibrant! I would really think of it as a moisturising lipstick, so smooth, comfortable and kissable!

What do you think beauty lovers?3 clinique intense chubby stick lips heftiest hibiscus review colour 4 clinique intense chubby stick lips heftiest hibiscus review colour

It is my new hand bag favourite item. You can purchase Clinique Chubby Stick Intense from Clinique counters and from their website.

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