The perks of professional brow grooming

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A month into my London adventure I faced my reflection in the mirror and applied my regular mascara, ready for a day full of sightseeing and fun and caught a glimpse of my brows. "Yeah, they look okay," I thought to myself. Seeing as I'd been performing the occasional tweeze I didn't think they were in such bad nick. I had a date to visit the Benefit Boutique in Covent Garden later that day anyway – and I was sure they'd give me top marks on the brow front.

I arrived at the beautiful boutique nice and early to take part in a 'Face Date' with Head Make-up & Trend Artist Lisa Potter-Dixon – who on the first Wednesday of every month is available all day at the Covent Garden store to perform a number of treatments such as brow arch shaping, brow tinting and lash tinting, among others. I felt like I was meeting a celebrity. Cue clammy palms.

Lisa whisked me on to a chair, complimented my make-up and said my brows looked great, she was just going to tidy them up a little. She waxed in between my brows to collect the fair hairs I'd missed and perfected my brow arch before applying a darker brow tint. She then went on to apply some concealer over any parts of my skin that were red from the wax (bless her) and a fresh sweep of bronzer before showing me the finished look in a mirror.

Well! If I thought my brows looked good before, they'd pretty much win first prize at a brow beauty contest now! You know, if there were such a thing...

What I've learned: even if you're a fan of keeping up your own brow maintenance, it does pay to go to a professional every now and then to make sure you have the perfect shape for you face. While I'm sure you're doing a cracking job using the tips and tricks you pick up at bh, if you do book an appointment at a Benefit Brow Bar you’ll definitely see the difference.

Do you get your brows professionally groomed? What are your tips for perfect arches?

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Posted by: Pixiealso (Australia)

I usually do have my brows professionally "seen to" as I'm relatively clueless when it comes to plucking etc. (and I'm half Eastern European & seem to grow a uni-brow with depressing swiftness). However, I'd like to grow them out just a smidgeon and it's hard as a) I'm ginger and b) I have lots of sparse hairs under my natural arch, which makes it hard to know when to stop plucking...

Posted on: August 24, 2012 (Aug 24, 2012 1:08pm)

Posted by: Lorir16 (Australia)

Sounds great... I have a few times, but wary after one girl waxed way too much off and they took forever to grow back. Big fan of tinting though!

Posted on: August 24, 2012 (Aug 24, 2012 1:09pm)

Top 10: most-reviewed eye creams

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Eye creams don’t always get the beauty credit they deserve. Not only are these bad boys responsible for making eyes look brighter, fresher and more alive – but they have wrinkle-fighting and skin-smoothing benefits, too. What hard-working products they are!

To be honest, shopping for a good eye cream can be a nightmare. There’s so much to choose from: anti-ageing, rich in antioxidants, spot-correcting, radiance-boosting… the variety available on shelves is incredibly overwhelming. But this is where our incredible bh community comes to the rescue.

We’ve put together the top 10 most-reviewed eye creams: tried, tested and talked about by all of you. See them all below and take notes for your next beauty-buying session.

TOP 10 MOST-REVIEWED EYE CREAMS

#10: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream
This works to renew the dead skin cells around the eyes, retains moisture and is super-smooth on the skin.
Reviewers said:
- The consistency of the cream was lightweight with a very gentle fragrance, perfect for the eye area. – elainebr18
- This has a subtle cocoa, chocolatey scent and feels luxurious to use. – Bide
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#9: QV Face Revitalising Eye Cream
Targeted at mature skin, this cream is suitable for delicate region surrounding the eyes, and it works to reduce puffiness, sagging and signs of ageing.
Reviewers said:
- This small tube lasted me over two months, using it twice daily, which pleasantly surprised me! - welshhdragon8
- I can wear contact lenses and eye make-up with this eye cream with no tears or stinging. – Beauty Obsession
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#8: Dr. LeWinn’s Firming Eye Cream
It’s rich in Aloe Vera that has soothing effect on tired eyes. The cream also moisturises the eye region with its gel-like texture.
Reviewers said:

- It doesn't pool in the wrinkles, like most creams, so it's perfect for daywear. – Ellesee
- I love the mica, light-reflecting particles in it, as it instantly brightens the eye and makes the eye look less puffy. – Katfish03
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#7:
Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Power Firm
With the help of seaweed extract and antioxidant vitamins, this firming cream repairs the signs of premature ageing and increases skin elasticity.
Reviewers said:
- I have applied this under and over my make-up; it works perfectly without leaving any streaks or stains – Charmaine1
- The skin around my eyes always looks fresher, smoother and its effects last the entire day not just after you apply. – MissKrispy
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#6: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex
A night eye cream targeted specifically for the delicate eye area; it works to reduce dryness and uneven skin tone.
Reviewers said:
- It’s velvety smooth and absorbs very well into the skin. You only need the tiniest amount to cover the whole area under the eye – blu
- It comes in a small tub, so I can use absolutely everything without any wastage – Princess Fiona1
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#5: Nivea Visage Anti-Wrinkle Q10Plus Refreshing Eye Roll-On
The metal roller-ball tip massages the under eye area, improves circulation and reduces appearance of fine lines.
Reviewers said:

- I loved the applicator… the lotion was cool and refreshing on my skin. – Helen D
- It’s fragrance-free and there was no adverse reaction from my sensitive skin. – Vmwhitak
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#4: Nivea Visage Anti-Wrinkle Q10Plus Eye Care

Light, non-greasy and easily absorbed cream; it contains anti-ageing enzyme and creatine.
Reviewers said:

- I'm only 23 so I don't need heavy creamy eye creams, but this keeps the eye area well hydrated and gives hope to keep wrinkles at bay for as long as possible. – sparklessparkle
- My eyes look lifted and refreshed. It is also nice under concealer or eye primer prior to make-up application – glamourcat
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#3: Garnier Youthful Radiance Caffeine Eye Roll-On

This metal-ball pen is infused with caffeine that works to stimulate the under-eye region and brighten dull-looking eyes.
Reviewers said:
- It's really nice for a quick refresh of the eye area on a hot day, due to its chill factor – Cherie470
- It is not expensive and is best kept in the fridge – Green_Jaguar
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#2: Garnier Youthful Radiance Anti-Dark Circles Roll-On Concealer
The product is enriched with zesty lemon essence and includes sunscreen that protects the skin from daily UV rays.
Reviewers said:
- I sometimes use this as a bit of extra coverage for redness on my face that the foundation hasn't fully covered. – blackmagic
- It sinks into your skin and blends really well with whatever else you're using. It comes in three shades as well. - Ambystoma
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#1: Clinique All About Eyes
Its lightweight cream-gel formula reduces puffiness and minimises dark circles and fine lines surrounding the eyes. It also makes your eye make-up more long-wearing.
Reviewers said:
- It absorbs straight away and leaves my eyes feeling moisturised but not greasy – MACJunkie
- It’s a must-have for me all year round because it is moisture-packed and completely safe for my sensitive skin! – Hk_Candy
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Have you tried any of these most-reviewed eye creams? What eye creams do you use on a daily basis?

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Posted by: Gofton (Member since 2007, Australia)

Garnier's Youthful Radiance Anti-Dark Circles Roll-On Concealer is my best friend. Having Italian genetics I have the good old constant eyeshadow effect and under eye darkness that makes me look like a zombie along with my really pale skin. After my foundationis done I roll this concealer on and "boom" no more zombie! Love it!

Posted on: August 24, 2012 (Aug 24, 2012 6:03am)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Out of those I've tried the green Garnier one. The tinted one looks amazing!!! I must admit I'm a bit of an addict for eyecreams/lotions/potions/masks. I don't go a day without a twice-applied eye cream and I love eye masks - they are really the bomb for me - a lover of eye products! I've used anti-aging ones since my twenties!! I figured I may as well make a good start and I wanted to deter eye wrinkles because I hated the look of them - not the most attractive things!! Anyhow, now I'm an eye product freak and I think it's even starting to pay off a bit!

Posted on: August 24, 2012 (Aug 24, 2012 6:45am)

Magnificent make-up looks from MBFF Sydney

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Are you bored of winter? Sick of the cold chill? Tired of wearing black, greys and other dull hues? Me too. That’s why I’m beyond excited to bring you four stunning spring/summer looks as spied on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney runway earlier this week.

Each look was created by Maybelline NY’s ridiculously talented Make-up Director Nigel Stanislaus especially for this week’s event, and guess what? I snuck backstage to steal some super-pretty face charts from him, as well as some words of wisdom on his exceptional make-up creations just for you. Yes, you.

So, be inspired, fall in love or just enjoy the bright, fun, summery imagery and the lowdown on the striking beauty looks seen on this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney runway…

LOOK #1: THE SPORTY NEON LIP
The finish: sporty, modern, urban and chic
As seen on: We are handsome, Kooey, Lisa Maree, Michael Lo Sordo, By Johnny, Sara Phillips, Ginger & Smart, Lisa Ho and Harwick.

"We wanted to put all the focus on the lip (for this look), so we have used a bit of bronzer on the eyelids for definition and mascara on the top eyelashes – and that’s it”, says Nigel. To make the pout pop, the Maybelline team concealed the lips, and then applied the lip colour three times, blotting in between each layer to get the perfect opaque finish.


LOOK #2: THE SOPHISTICATED GRAPHIC EYE
The finish: strong, empowered, high-end and beautiful
As seen on: Talullah, Blessed are the Meek, Nana Judy, Bec & Bridge, Alice McCall, Ksubi, Kirrily Johnson, Jayson Brunsdon, Johanna Johnson

This look is “quite sophisticated with a beautifully contoured face. Double eyeliner on the eyes, and lashes, lashes, lashes,” says Nigel. And the brows? “Sexy, pretty and boyish – no arch."


LOOK #3: THE PLAYFUL ARTIST
The finish: eclectic, alluring and playful
As seen on: Roopa, Camilla, Watson X Watson, Miss Unkon, Gail Sorronda, Christopher Esper, Gary Bigeni, Carl Kapp, Maticevski

“She’s quite whimsical and kooky. The rest are quite serious, but she’s the playful one," says Nigel of this bold look. To keep this high-dose of colour look modern, Team Maybelline created a suede, velvety finish on the skin and paired it with a creamy lip.


LOOK #4: THE DECADENT GOLD GLITTER EYE
The finish: decadent, unattainable, sophisticated, beautiful
As seen on: Toi Et Moi, Suboo, flowers For a VagabOnd, An Ode to No One, Manning Cartell, Magdalena, Ellery, Bowie, and Finale.

"Everything is really beautiful and ethereal. Her skin is quite soft, everything is quite muted and we have a flush on the cheek. Very simple, very beautiful, and a velvety finish on the skin," says Nigel of this look.

Thanks, Nigel. Love your work.

Oh, and as an extra-sweet treat for you all, I’ve even put together a gallery with all the behind-the-scenes snaps. Enjoy the snoop-fest, beauties!

Cherie Herrmann
 

 

 

 

What do you think of these MBFF Sydney make-up looks? Are you inspired to copy any of them? And do you like snooping backstage at beauty shows with beautyheaven?

Want more backstage goodness? Check out the three wearable beauty looks from the MYER Spring/Summer Collection Launch...

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Posted by: is2u (Australia)

i am so loving the sophisticated graphic eye! such a fun twist on the classic liner

Posted on: August 23, 2012 (Aug 23, 2012 5:18pm)

Posted by: Hayley_22 (Australia)

I really like the neon lip. I've recently branched out into brighter lipsticks, I purchased another chubby stick in pudgey peony which I'm loving :)

Posted on: August 23, 2012 (Aug 23, 2012 5:47pm)

The best way to find a new fragrance

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I don’t know about you, but I find picking a new perfume quite stressful. Despite knowing which brands I usually like and the notes that suit me, the back-and-forth of spritzing and smelling in-store leaves me a little worked up.

But it turns out that picking a new perfume doesn’t have to be so hard (and can actually be a lot more fun than you think).

DKNY has released a Coffret Set (that’s just fancy talk for a gift box or set that contains a few fragrances) that features mini versions of the most popular DKNY fragrances: DKNY Be Delicious, DKNY Fresh Blossom, pureDKNY Verbena, and DKNY, all conveniently just what the doctor ordered for spring and summer – fruity, floral, and the epitome of feminine.
So how does this make finding a new fragrance for spring/summer that much easier? Basically, you’ll get to play around with four different new scents (pick a different one for each day of the week, or mix and match them to your heart’s desire!). This means you can properly suss out which scent suits you best before investing in the full-size bottle. If that’s not the definition of fun perfume research, I don’t know what is.

The House of DKNY Coffret Set is available for $59 from Myer and David Jones.

Powerful perfume pick-me-ups…

Find out how DKNY can take you around the world…

 

What’s your favourite springtime scent?

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Posted by: kireina (Australia)

This idea is perfect to trial scents before splashing out on one large bottle.
I love my Issey Miyake L`eau d`Issey Eau D`Ete Summer Edition Pour L'ete for warm spring days and Vera Wang's Princess for cooler Spring evenings.

Posted on: August 23, 2012 (Aug 23, 2012 1:02pm)

Posted by: Bellaaaa (Australia)

viva la juicy by juicy couture is always my fav:)

Posted on: August 23, 2012 (Aug 23, 2012 1:04pm)

Video how-to: textured, wavy summer strands

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FACT:
spring is officially starting to show its pretty floral face. You can just feel it. The nights are a wee bit balmy, and the sun has a little more bite. I love it.

But instead of dreaming of maxi dresses and cocktails by the beach, this sudden dose of sunshine and warmth has got me excited about hair. Or, more specifically, summer hair. Beachy hair. Textured hair. Wavy hair.

Cut to the behind-the-scenes video clips of Aussie fashion label WILLOW’s Surface Elements Look Book Shoot in London, and you’ll spot one effortlessly cool hair look; one that has soft, feminine movement coupled with a somewhat tough, edgy side part that’s utterly perfectly for warm, balmy days.

It is “a very chic, very modern, effortless tousled wave... with a side part so that she feels done, but still retains that cool factor”, says TRESemme’s Hair Director Sophie Roberts, who created the hairstyle exclusively for the fashion shoot.

Now, do you want to channel the ever-so-stylish WILLOW woman and recreate this stunning textured style come summer, spring or even this weekend? Thought so. That’s why I thieved the how-to…

THE WILLOW SURFACE ELEMENTS LOOK BOOK HAIR HOW-TO 

STEP 1: On freshly washed hair, apply TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Control Mousse from roots to ends.
STEP 2: Next, part your hair in an imperfect side-part, and then finger-dry your hair to coax body and natural movement.
STEP 3: Enhance this texture by tonging random sections of the hair to emphasise the natural waves and give the hair a more polished finish.
STEP 4: Finish the style by setting the textured waves in place with TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Control Hairspray.

Easy, right? Um, yes. And beyond perfect for the warm spring and summer days that are heading our way…

Cherie Herrmann

 

 

 

 


What do you think of this beachy, wavy hairstyle? Is it something you’d like to recreate on yourself? And do you enjoy seeing these behind-the-scenes videos?

PS: Want more behind-the-scenes action? Check out our hair and make-up video from the 2013 MYER Spring/Summer Collection Launch...

Photo credit: Benjamin Lennox for WILLOW SURFACE ELEMENTS

 

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Posted by: Trish_D (Australia)

Ready to laugh hysterically at the concept of me finger drying my hair!!!!!! I have a mental picture and unless I want to look as though I'm in a side show I'd better keep doing what I do and have done for a long time.
Not to rain on anyone's parade, if you can get away with it (and my darling Daughter-in-law can) just realise how lucky you are.

Posted on: August 22, 2012 (Aug 22, 2012 5:29pm)

Posted by: discomilk (Australia)

I like it, its casual and cute, but I would do my part nicely though :) I don't like the idea of a messy part.

Posted on: August 22, 2012 (Aug 22, 2012 5:35pm)