Friday, 19 April 2019

April: The beauty edit and new Duck and Dry Express HORROR







April. The sun has officially come (and nearly gone again) and the winter candles are swapped for bright fresh flowers. I think it's time for this months new ins and very loved products.

Skincare:

A few new in products from the labs at No7.  I'm a sucker for anything that tells me I'll look younger (at 22) so this firming cream sounds good, and my mum has put her name down on the dark circle one already. If they're decent, you'll know next month (or whenever I write the next BE, unpredictable).

Image skincare is a new brand for me, and one you'd be more likely to find at a spa. I headed down to one of their product launches and with a very intimate (5 of us!) talk from one of the leading faces of the brand, I learned just how much I needed, and what everyone else was already loving. I have a shopping list ready to go. I was kindly gifted the wipes and face mask and was told to use the wipes to take OFF the mask. Can you believe it. What an idea. The mask doesn't dry all horrid and flakey either and the wipes are WET. Very nice, yes.

As a Dermalogica 'Skinfluencer', I'm sent various products every now and then to try out. Recently I was sent their new Prisma Protect cream that I used before one of their primers that I LOVE and so far I've had a few compliments on my skin already. A smooth base is your first goal to happy makeup. 

Makeup:

My current, and long time favourites. The cheap and very cheerful Makeup Revolution Foundation is one I cannot stop shouting about. I've stopped using my Nars and wasn't too sad when my Urban Decay one ran out because I had this to fall back on. And fall back I'll be doing as it is WONDERFUL. My number one drugstore foundation for sure, and maybe number 1 or 2 with that UD one in the mix. I love it. Buy it. You need it (probs not).
Eyes wise, I cannot get enough of the Better than Sex mascara by Too Faced. There is no other like it. I've been through tubes and tubes and when I received a little one in a gift set at Christmas, I was very happy. The Kiko eyeliner is literal perfection for small lines upon the lid and a small (or large, whatever) wing too. The only one I could ever use and actually flick with. It's magic, basically. *Paid for myself.

A place to go...

An avid Duck & Dry fan, when I was invited down to their new Primark Duck & Dry Express, I was thrilled. My booking was at a different time to what it should have been, but nevertheless I sat patiently for my new time. Still asked to wait after the time had passed, I overheard the manager (I assume?) tell the eyebrow lady to do hers next (perks of the job ay). I finally sat down and and kindly said to eyebrower that they didn't really need shaping, just a clear up of the extra hairs around the side. She told me to stop speaking and that she was a professional and will do what she needs to do. First eyebrow down after what seemed like 10-15 minutes (legit). She added a bit of pencil in the gaps and all was well. She then started on the left brow and did. not. stop. I have never been in so much pain on my face. I'm used to threading and waxing, but she would thread and rethread and over again of the same spot until I was bleeding. After a while I hear "there's nothing there" "it's so thin". Let me tell you; I have NEVER had thin eyebrows in my life. I came out of the womb with big fluffy brows and they are a staple on my face. To hear the word 'thin' made my stomach turn. Yet she carried on. Plucking and plucking with her tweezers like there was no tomorrow. 

Below is the photo I sent to a few pals once I'd properly seen what she had done. After filling in the left one and showing me a mirror, I could have cried. When she said my eyebrows were "too close together" I thought she'd thread the middle bit and be done with it, as that has never been said before. But mrs 'professional semi permanent tattoo brow artist' had literally made one a few cm higher than the other. The photo shows the height difference but not the thinness of the left brow. Once I'd got home I took the brow pencil off and was left with an eyebrow half the thickness of the other. Just after it was done I went to lunch with my cousin and even HE pointed it out. I was, and still am, horrified. A week later and the little hairs are starting to grow back, but far higher than my eyebrow (where they're actually meant to be) which means I'll have a gap between what I've got, and what is now growing.

Before: BUSHY EYEBROWS WITH A NATURAL ARCH

After: UNSEEN THINNESS OF LEFT BROW AND MUCH HIGHER THAN THE RIGHT ONE

My friends asked if it was permanent, and were mortified that someone could claim they were a professional and tell me not to tell her what needs doing, could do that. I'd understand if I'd have paid £2 on a stall in a shopping center, or I was one of her first customers but not this. I haven't spoken to anyone at Duck and Dry about it yet, purley because I love the brand so much. And on that note, I'll be a tad calmer and tell you about the hairstyle I was also given...

When I finished my brows, I was then asked to wait even longer as only one hair stylist was working. By the time I had gotten on the hair chair, I'd been there for a good hour and a half and still hadn't had my second treatment. I asked the hairstylist for something curly and with volume, which he delivered in around 10 minutes. I absolutely loved the style and am gutted that I didn't get his name. The staff at the express were lovely in themselves mostly. I'm gutted about the brow situation because I'd have loved to come in and treat myself to a manicure or a style after a brow session once or twice a month. I would recommend the hair stylists any day of the week, having tried a few at Spitalfields, Oxford Street and pop ups at events. I wouldn't personally get my eyebrows done there again, but maybe another person would be different?


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All products* and experiences mentioned in this post were complimentary by the brand or PR.




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