Friday, 29 April 2016

Eyebrow: part 2

So you want to smarten up your eyebrows and make them the best they can be? Perhaps the colour is fading as we age, or the hairs are becoming sparser. Or maybe you’ve been the victim of over plucking in the past.

There are lots of products in the Jane Iredale range to help with brows:

Clear Brow Fit Gel, Brow Gel in 3 colours, Liner Pencil in Taupe, Basic Brown, Brown/Black, Grey, Black and an updated brow kit – Great Shape Eyebrow Kit in Brunette and Blonde.

The Jane Iredale Great Shape Eyebrow Kit includes a specially designed dual ended applicator as well as a light weight transparent botanical brow wax that is perfect for taming stray hairs without leaving a sticky residue. The highly pigmented powders can be used to create a soft and natural brow shape, easily filling in any areas that may look sparse without appearing too heavy. Equally you can build up the colour and apply the wax before the powder to create a denser, fuller look. The powders are also water resistant, meaning even if the weather doesn’t hold up, your eyebrows will. The powders are pigmented enough to cover greys and create a personalized shade.

Here’s just one brow beauty tip from Jane Iredale:

For trending thick, bold brows begin by using Clear Brow Fix Gel to brush your brow hairs up, this will help create fullness. Mix the wax portion and the powder portion of your GreatShape Eyebrow Kit, this will create a coloured waxy pomade that will allow you to draw sharp lines while keeping your brows looking soft. Starting on the underside of your brow, underline your brow with an angled brush. With the pigment that is left from the line, begin to blend upwards in tiny strokes. Repeat this same technique on the topside of the brow to make it bold. To create a more stand out brow, choose a concealer about a shade or two lighter than your skin tone and use the Camouflage Brush to clean underneath your brow and make it more defined.

The brow gels are £14.00, the kit is £26.00, pencils are £13. All of these items are long lasting and you use a small amount, so they are long lasting representing a fantastic investment towards creating the perfect brows to frame your face.

Want to try these products for yourself or still unsure how to tackle your brows? Then why not book a make up consultation or lesson with me at Ginger Tree. You can book online by clicking the link below.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Eyebrows – they’ve always been “in”

Eyebrows – they’ve always been “in” The last few posts have talked about lips and the history of lipstick, we looked at how lipstick tricks have changed from the early lip paints used by the Egyptians to the gorgeous red toned lipsticks worn by women in the 30’s.

This month I’d like us to focus on another important part of any beauty routine – our eyebrows. Eyebrows are the cheekbones of the eye, they frame the eye, give definition to the face, emphasise our emotions when communicating via facial expression and they keep the sweat out of our eyes. Practical as well as pretty!

Let’s look at how trends have changed (and even come full circle) and what you can do to achieve the perfect eyebrows to suit your mood, style and face shape.

In 3500 BC, Egyptian women, as with lipstick, pioneered another make up movement – bold eyebrows. Make up was worn by Egyptian men and women for its supernatural powers, with particular emphasis on eye makeup. The popular heavily lined eye look was won in homage to their god Horus and was completed by applying black oxide substances to their brows to create an elongated and arched shape.

By 753 BC, the Ancient Romans began experimenting with their brow styles and the preferred look of the day was the unibrow!!!! Far from being cause to call in for an emergency waxing appointment at Ginger Tree, the unibrow was considered to be a beautiful trait.

1066 and all that and the beginning of the Middle Ages brought a dramatic shift in eyebrow trends. Medieval women wanted to emphasise their foreheads and plucked their eyebrows heavily to create thin arches. Some went so far as to dye their eyebrows with a red tint in an attempt to emulate Queen Elizabeth I’s eyebrows.

As with many fashion trends, a celebrity led the way in the 1920’s. Her name was Clara Bow and she was a silent film actress. The eyebrow was made of a thin arch and extended beyond the corner of the eye creating a striking look. This era was also the first time cosmetic companies made cosmetics specifically designed for the eyebrow and the stylish women of the day took full advantage.

The 1940’s saw a switch in brow trends towards heavier more natural looking brow shape. The prominent arch was still in vogue, but the brow was thicker. Grace Kelly the famous actress and later Princess of Monaco would be the perfect example of this style.

The 1960’s brought a stronger, bolder look with heavy use of eyebrow pencil. Think of the actress Sophia Loren. Did you know she removed her own eyebrows completely then pencilled in bolder, thicker brows.

The 1990’s we went back to thinner brows, think Kate Moss and Drew Barrymore, but we also started to see the emergence of the ‘Scouse Brow’ and new cosmetic products and treatments sprung up. In recent times ‘The HD Brow’ has been a very popular treatment, giving bold, defined eyebrows, although some think they are overdone, but it’s certainly helped to bring attention to eyebrow make up and styling. So we have come full circle from the Egyptian bold brow to the ‘Scouse Brow’.

Perhaps you’re not so much a follower of fashion, but current trends have made you think about your eyebrows. When deciding on your eyebrows, it’s important to consider your face shape, bone structure and age. The next blog will talk about this specifically and give you hints and tips on how to use the latest brow kit from Jane Iredale Mineral Make up – The Great Shape Eyebrow Kit.

Guest Review: Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner

Now I am not normally one for fake tan but when going on holiday I like to try and have a base layer of colour so I don’t feel so white on the beach! Earlier this year I went on a trip of a lifetime to Koh Samui in Thailand. Two of my beautiful best friends were getting married on a beach and we would be there for a 10 day holiday exploring the island.

I contacted Kathy asking what she would recommend for a base tan, I have had dodgy spray tans in the past and I am very good at making my legs stripey at home with self-tan so I needed an alternative.

Kathy recommended Tantasia and made said that it doesn’t streak or make you look orange! To be honest I wasn’t expecting that to be true, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

I started using the product the day before my trip and the results were almost instant. I wouldn’t say that this is a gradual tanner, in fact the catch line is ‘tint today and tan tomorrow’ which is very true. By the time I was catching the 14-hour flight on the second day of using this product I was extremely happy with the colour on my legs and Dan my partner even noticed! Another bonus of this product was that it didn’t even smell like fake tan, which is normally a huge clue that you aren’t naturally a bronzed goddess!

I would definitely use this product again and it will be perfect for weddings and special occasions. I can’t believe that at the age of 28 I have finally found a streak free self-tanner, where has this been all my life?!

Sarah x

Monday, 18 April 2016

Antioxidants – now what’s that all about??

Antioxidants might be familiar to you or they might not. But, they are very important when it comes to healthy skin. What are they and what do they do?

Patrick Holford, the nutritionalist, in his book The Optimum Nutrition Bible heads his chapter up “Antioxidants – the Power of Prevention”. Antioxidants slow down or prevent damage to our cells called oxidative damage. Oxidative damage occurs when the skin is exposed to light, pollution, stress, illness, smoking, burning petrol to create exhaust fumes, frying or barbecuing food and normal body processes. All of these listed situations create free radicals which lead to oxidative damage and antioxidants disarm the free radicals.

Oxidative damage is key to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin – these are the two fibres responsible for keeping the skin plump and firm – age spots which can have the potential to become more serious.

As antioxidants can help to fight oxidative damage it makes sense to not only to take them in supplement form but also for them to be in our skincare products, thereby absorbing the free radical damage.

The main antioxidants are Vitamins A, C and E plus betacarotene, the precursor of vitamin A that is found in fruit and vegetables. Other antioxidants used in skincare and Jane Iredale makeup are green tea, coenzyme Q10, grape seed extracts, resveratrol, soya bean sterols, niacinamide, pomegranate, idebenone, turmeric and superoxide dismutase.

Whilst some products may contain some of these ingredients, it is thought that a mix of antioxidants is best as they have different benefits. For example, Vitamin C is effective against ozone, grape seed extracts are effective against pollution and Vitamin E is effective against UVA rays.
Antioxidants deteriorate if they are exposed to sunlight and oxygen, so it’s important that they are packaged in opaque, pump only containers. Use them morning and night, ensure they are included in your diet and supplements.

All skincare ranges at Ginger Tree – Environ, Pinks Boutique and Neal’s Yard include antioxidants in their products.