Brow Wow – Review of Eyebrow Henna & Shaping at Off & On

Brow goals. Whether you favour a full brow, a thin brow, a vintage brow, a delicately arched brow or anything in between  … a well groomed brow makes such a difference to your look. The great thing is that brows are something you can change if you are not natural endowed with the look you desire. Personally, I’d love to have full lips, but barring plastic surgery there’s not much I can do about them except learn to love what I have … and not let having thin lips stop me from rocking the bright and bold lipsticks I love! My thin brows however, those I can definitely do something about!

Unfortunately when it comes to brows, DIY is NOT in my DNA. After an incident with home waxing several years ago that left me sans half an eyebrow (WARNING DO NOT DRINK AND WAX), I have only entrusted my eye framing arches to the professionals. I just follow along with a bit of tweeze here and there and handle my monobrow strip!

My go to thus far has been a brow tint as well as my regular brow shape. The tint is great because it colours all those little fine hairs and gives a fuller and more defined look, even when I don’t wear makeup. I’m all about looking as good as I can when I wake up because honestly quite often that’s as good as it gets! Having pretty fair and patchy brows naturally, I’m always on the lookout for good brow ideas. I’ve been quite interested in brow microblading lately, I would love to see some of your results if any of you ladies have had this done!

I recently saw a few posts online about brow henna, and then also saw a good friend with amazing brows, who had had them done with henna. It sounded like a perfect solution to me, greater coverage that lasts twice as long as normal tinting, but not much more expensive – brilliant. I discovered Off & On brows after searching for henna brow treatments online and I was quite excited – it sounded like brow heaven! I used the handy online  system to book myself an appointment at my nearest branch – Takapuna – and was ready to go!

From Off & On’s website:

BEFORE

Walking in I was made to feel very welcome, even encumbered by my large pram, complete with small baby. The salon is roomy, modern and clean and seemed quite a busy, bustling place – in a good way! Lots of friendly staff, and I really liked how all the ladies who came in while I was there seemed to be regulars – a good sign!

Anyway, down to business! My friendly brow technician sat me down, efficiently measured my brows to decide how best to shape and then gave my brows a full spa treatment. Wow, my brows had never had it so good, they got a cleanse and exfoliation… a mini salon experience. There was much detailed waxing, the henna filling in and then even some tweezing to get every last determined straggler. For my first appointment, she has stuck to my natural shape but left some baby hairs so that I can start growing my brows into my desired more vintage look.

Overall I’m very pleased! My brows look well shaped and already more like I’ve filled them in (no makeup in picture). The colour is lovely and natural. I do wish they were a bit more vintage shaped but I know this is something I will have to be patient and wait for them to grow in a bit and keep using my usual brow wax and powder to shape them in the interim. I love all of the Benefit range for this!

Several days later, with brow product

Ten days on I’m really happy, they still look very defined and are a definite improvement over regular tinting. At $65, I probably won’t go every time my brows need shaping but I it will definitely be something I work into my regular beauty routine every few months! It’s a big YES from me! I would highly recommend both henna as an option for brows, and Off and On as a one stop shop for all things brows (and waxing, if I did that…)

All I want for Christmas is …. A NZ Pinup wishlist

Ok so this isn’t my REAL wishlist … because in our family we have decided in the last few years to keep gift giving to handmade and small gifts under $20!

But I love pretty things (and making lists!) so this is my wishful Christmas wishlist!
All festive themed and available from New Zealand businesses! I hope you can find some inspiring ideas for your own Christmas shopping … and wishing ♥

  1. BESAME COSMETICS Victory Red Lipstick and Pin Special Edition 2016

    $65 from 19 Black – shop hereBesame Victory Red

  2. Retrospec’d Dyann Flower Pot dress

    I think this may just be the perfect summer Christmas dress!
    $220 from Kabella Baby – shop here 
    Dyann Flower Pot dress

  3. Trio Soy Candle in Summer or Mistletoe

    Locally based in Matakana, these are my favourite candles. The scents are utterly divine and long lasting and I find these even nicer than many more expensive luxury brands.
    I love this large one packaged in a vintage water glass, which you can wash out and re-use – $24 shop heregreen_tumbler_vintage2

  4. What Katie Did contrast seamed stockings in Red or Green

    Oh La La! I adore seamed stockings and these are just so fun and festive in red and green!
    $30 a pair from Rita Sue Clothing – shop hereseamed-stockings-green-glamour-ct_2_large_6288b3e4-339d-43ca-9be7-7c7225093f7a_1024x1024redstock_1024x1024

  5.  Woody Ellen Retro Handbag in Paris

    The whole range of these gorgeous bags in AMAZING, but I particularly love the red, white and pink of the Paris collection!
    $145 from Moxie Mama – shop here
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  6. Unicorn Petticoat

    SO floofy and colorful! Now if only this existed in bright rainbow colours… but a pastel rainbow is pretty freakin’ awesome!
    $109 from Two Lippy Ladies – shop here

    Unicorn Petticoat

  7. BAIT Robbie Red Starlet Heels

    I’ve always wanted a pair of red sparkly heels! I love the vintage look and the nice low heel of these!
    $160 from 19 Black – shop here
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  8. Honey Lamour Princess blouse in Red

    Perfect for your holiday ensemble and a beautiful wardrobe basic all year round!
    $95 from Honey Lamour – shop here
    Honey Lamour princess blouse

  9. Red Mistletoe Hair flower
    Photographer and fashion blogger Katherine of The Wardrobe blog also sells on Etsy some of the beautiful handmade hair pieces she features in her posts! The delicate detail of this one is so lovely… I would wear it all year round!
    $65 from Shop the Wardrobe – shop here
    Red Mistletoe hair flower
  10. The Foodbank Project Christmas Bundles

    All of us know Christmas is a time that really stretches the budget … and for many kiwis there is sadly no budget at all. The Foodbank Project is an easy peasy way to help those in need this festive season – just add a bundle or individual most needed items to your donation “cart” – it’s as simple as online shopping!
    I really like that they have included a Feminine Hygiene bundle  – an often overlooked aspect of being in need that no woman should have to suffer!The Foodbank ProjectFeminine Hygiene Bundle $15 – shop here
    Small Christmas Bundle $29.94 – shop here
    Medium Christmas Bundle $60.02 – shop here

     

I hope you enjoyed my little list … wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!
Love Lorelei Louise xx

Manicure in a flash – Review of Loreal stick on nails!

Hi there, did you miss me!? Yes I know I have been very remiss in my blogging, but I have many many ideas in my head…  and with spring in the air I am ready to heave myself out of the winter doldrums! Since last posting, this pinup has been on a 2 week adventure in Malaysia, marked another year off the calendar, done a Hollywood glamour shoot with the wonderful photographer Kate Tovey AND caught up with the amazing Cherry Dollface on her first ever trip to New Zealand! I will definitely be sharing the once in a lifetime experience of getting my hair and makeup done by Cherry, shooting at the Classics Museum with Kate of Undefined Photography and learning many new things at Cherry’s hair and makeup workshop! Epic!

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NZ Pinup beauties made over by Cherry Dollface!

But first here is a quick review I would like to share. It’s not very often you find a new product that REALLY excites you… but I bought these stick on nails on a whim and they are AMAZING. The false eyelashes of nails! nails

OK, these won’t excite you if you have lovely nails or get regular manicures. But if you are in my boat, and most of the time your fingernails look ravaged by hungry mice and nail polish starts decaying 2 minutes after application… read on! I love the look of a polished mani, but have long discovered I am too hard on my hands to practically keep this look on an everyday basis. My nails are weak, and gel polishes and nail extensions have been too damaging to get on a regular basis, so I save these for a very special occasion, like my wedding!

But, for a special occasion or a photoshoot, it’s nice to have pretty nails. These are perfect! They are literally dummy proof. There are 12 sizes and you simply fit the closest size to the nail and attached it with the matching double sided adhesive sticker. No glue!

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Adhesive stickers

They look very good, even on close up. On the second day, only one came off (my index finger which makes sense) and I re-attached it. On the third day, they are looking a little bit loose so I will probably peel them off today. They are definitely not a replacement for professional artificial nails, but an excellent alternative for someone who just wants nice nails for a day or two!

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On Day 3

Here in New Zealand I purchased mine from Makeup Direct for $14.99, and I think it might be possible to get 2 sets out of one pack, or failing that, 3 sets from 2 packs. There are a few different colours and styles to choose from too!

Hope you enjoyed this review, and more to come soon!

Lorelei xx