HOURGLASS is without a doubt one of my favoured high end make-up brands of the moment. They may have a luxury price tag but you get what you pay for with this brand. Saying that, the quality is faultless, the results are flawless and the products last a crazy long time, so who wouldn't pay for or want that? The biggest pro about Hourglass is that they are entirely cruelty free i.e. not tested on animals and their products do not contain things such as sulphates, gluten, fragrance, synthetic dyes etc hence making them a very friendly brand that shall suit many.

I have posted several Hourglass favourites on the blog (search 'Hourglass' above) previously but seeing as the new Setting Powder launched not so long ago, I thought now would be a good time to tell you my thoughts on the whole Veil collection
Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder

NEW additions in the HOURGLASS Veil collection are the Translucent Setting Powder, Powder Brush and Retouching Fluid. I was already a huge fan of the Mineral Veil Primer so I knew it was 99.9% likely that I would love the new additions.

The social media campaigns for the setting powder practically took over, I mean this went viral and had us all chomping at the bit to try it. I am so glad that I got my hands on this  (thanks to it being kindly sent over for review) but without any doubt, I would have spent my own money on this as I do on Hourglass in general. It's an addiction. 

Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder
Hourglass Veil Collection 
Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder
HOURGLASS Veil Translucent Setting Powder (10g) £36/€40 (buy here!)
This is described as an ultra refined loose powder designed to give a flawless finish to all skins. The finely milled powder has light reflecting, soft focus particles that instantly blur imperfections and minimise the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for all round smooth skin for all skin tones

Ok a heads up; this is a powder for everybody, especially those who hate to powder yet want to set their make-up in place because this feels completely invisible on the skin, as in you will not feel it  or see it.

I was confident that this would be amazing but I wasn't prepared for just how amazing it would be. This is a powder like no other powder you have seen or tried before. In fact, forget all other loose powders because Hourglass has just stolen the top spot so all others can go home immediately. I always rave about and recommend the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Pressed Powder and this is kind of a loose version of that but a totally different formula that gives the same amazing airbrushed look to your skin but is entirely weightless and invisible.

Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder
Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder
The packaging got a little bit of a hard time in some reviews I read because some people didn't feel it felt as luxurious as it looked being as it is all plastic. For me this means portable which wins hands down. I know 'weighty' feels more luxurious but it also means it's not portable so I guess you need to weigh up what is more important when buying this. The Golden 'H' design makes this powder even more exquisite in my eyes and little details like this make me very happy. The H disperses just the right amount of powder as there is nothing worse than waste that ends up all over your clothing. 

I don't how it does it, but this powder feels almost moist when you blend it and literally turns to silk on the skinThere is nothing 'powdery' about this powder. This is your real life Instagram filter because it gives your skin a soft focus that makes you look airbrushed in real lifeIt sets makeup like a dream to keep it in place longer, gives a nice glow to the skin thanks to diamond powder (yes diamond!) but without any flashback so this is a great one for weddings or special occasions when photographs are important. 

I was thinking, 'how can one powder suit every skin tone?'. I have heard from many people with darker skin tones that it really does work and doesn't look ashy or pale so the most impressive aspect about this powder is that it does work for all skin tones, types and ages. What else is there to ask for?

When it comes to powder products in general such as loose, pressed, bronzer, blusher etc Hourglass make some of the best on the market in my opinion. The texture is smooth, the pigment is just right and they last a very long time! If you are yet to try then trust me, you'll thank me. Next up, the beautiful powder brush ..... 

Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder 
Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder
Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder
• The HOURGLASS Veil Powder Brush, £52/€58 (buy here!)
A double ended powder brush that was especially designed to be used with the Veil Translucent Powder. The smaller end is tapered to fit under the eyes for setting and baking whilst the larger rounded end is for all over. The soft synthetic bristles are evenly dispersed and shaped to pick up just the right amount of powder to give you that airbrushed finish. Being made from taklon bristles, this is perfect for anyone with allergies

I don't usually get sold into buying the 'brush that matches the powder' because I always feel it's just an 'expensive add on' that is not essential as all brushes are universal. Although I was sent this, if I had seen this brush in a store and had used it, I would have been sold regardless. This is a damn good powder brush let me tell you. I can't get over softness of this brush and is one of those you find yourself stroking your face with for no reason other than it feels good. You know, right? I also tend not to go in for dual ended brushes either as they are hard to store in a pot as you end up flattening one end but this beauty has it's own pride of place, laying flat on my dresser because it is that fancy. 

This isn't an essential buy but if you are looking for a top quality powder brush that you can actually use for any powder product like bronzer, blush etc then this is a good contender as you technically get two for the price of one. Next up, the magical Retouching Fluid ... 

Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder, Retouching Fluid
Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder, Retouching Fluid
Hourglass Veil Collection, Retouching Veil
• HOURGLASS Veil Retouching Fluid, 3.5ml £25/€28 (available in 6 shades) (buy here!)
A serum like formula that instantly illuminates, refreshes, revives and retouches your makeup! The weightless fluid can be used in so many ways on all parts of the face; any where that needs a touch of hydration, coverage or reviving without the caking or creasing, this shall do all that. 

I have the shade Fair (for fair to light skin tones) and it suits my skin really well. I simply apply it onto my face from the wand where needed and pat in with my fingers, it's that easy. The fluid is so lightweight yet covers well on any areas you feel you need to revive or correct. It nicely adds a hit of hydration without disrupting any of your makeup that is already on and leaves no caking which is what I love dearly about this. It is a small bottle (being just 3.2ml) but don't forget this is solely for touch ups, not for doing your whole face or it's pointless in buying. It's small yet mighty and what many of us have been waiting for! 

I hate adding more concealer or foundation when my make-up needs 'a touch up' because I feel it just makes you look like you are wearing even more and being a light/medum coverage kind of girl, I don't want to be caking it on. I love this fluid for makeup days when concealer may be a bit too obvious on bare skin as this gives you coverage where you need it without feeling like you have make-up on. It gives you that confidence to be makeup free, give or take a few tweaks. PLUS it is handbag / makeup bag sized meaning it has been designed to be taken out with you for touch ups on the go. At last, a portable, touch up, on the go makeup saviour - need I say any more. This is genius, I love it.

Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder, Retouching Fluid, Mineral Primer
• HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer (available in 3 sizes) (buy here!)
A high tech primer that extends the wear of foundation and gives you a more flawless complexion. The oil-free texture is very unique with a silk feel feel dries down to a velvet finish for a smooth, even canvas for all over make-up. It also conceals redness, minimises pores as well as lines and wrinkles with broad spectrum SPF15. 

I had to mention this primer as I have loved and used it for many years now and is one of Hourglass's most famous products having won numerous beauty awards. I love that it is works on so many factors and isn't 'just a primer'. It isn't heavy nor greasy and feels almost invisible on your skin. 

Even though I have used this primer for years now, I had no idea that it actually repels water as I was shown this in person by the fabulous Stuart Coleman and team from Hourglass  whilst I was in Sephora in the US a few months back. Welcome in the demo; the primer was applied firstly to the back of my hand, then layered up as you would with foundation, powder, blush, highlight etc and they even made a point of using other brands to show that the primer works universally with all makeup. I watched as my hand was placed under a running tap and the water droplets literally ran down my hand like it had been waterproofed. I was stunned and fell in love with it even more! If you want your make-up to stay on whatever the weather or climate, then this is the one primer you need. It's magical. 

Wearing:  The Hourglass Veil Collection, Luminous Flush Blush & No One Knows Lip (here)

Hourglass have really upped the ante when it comes to new product innovations and formulas and the Veil Collection is proof of that. I cannot recommend all the above enough.

Hourglass Veil Collection, Setting Powder, Retouching Fluid
Have you tried the powder yet? 
Are you an Hourglass fan like me?

If you are a regular visitor to my blog then you shall know that I have reviewed each and every MINTD BOX from the very beginning and I cannot believe that they are now 2 years old! I for one am very happy to be celebrating being a part of this momentous occasion as they are proof that subscription boxes can be amazing when they are done right. You only have to look through all my previous reviews to see how first class the brands and products are and value for money is high on the pro's list. 

TREATD is the name of this month's themed box and boy oh boy are we! Anyone would think it was all of our birthday's this month as MINTD BOX have gone all out to celebrate it with us all with a thank you for such support. I don't think you will ever discover a beauty box as good as this one - ever

If you are yet to try, then can I suggest this month is a great place to start as you shall see why as you read all about the contents; it is jaw-dropping INCREDIBLE and brand lovers shall go mad for it.
Mintd Box, TREATD, July
Mintd Box, TREATD, July
As every Mintd Box review, I like to repeat this for those that may be new to these posts ...
"When you subscribe to Mintd Box, either every month or every other month, you will only ever receive FULL sized or DELUXE sized high end, a-list, beauty products that are themed for that month which shall save you a small fortune. No Samples, no let downs, just the latest must haves in beauty. You can in fact click Mintd Boxes in the Categories section in the header bar (top of page!) where you can see all the previous months boxes and their contents. It mainly features skincare as opposed to make-up but all is only ever 'high end and full size'. It isn't cheap but the products are premium and the savings are huge".

The July 'TREATD' themed box contains 4 products; 1 TRAVEL & 3 FULL SIZED products all of which are all stocked in high end beauty stores such as Space NK, Harvey Nicols and Net A Porter.

Mintd Box, TREATD, July
This month is a real MINTD FAMILY celebration for everyone who is a part of it. You can feel the love and summer vibe that has gone into creating this box and is perfectly ideal for anyone going to or returning from a summer trip. All products contribute to making you and your skin feel energised, fresh and alive. Fresh, dewy summer skin is the name of the game here.

Mintd Box, TREATD, July
The 'TREATD' Luxury Contents:-
1. SUNDAY RILEY Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser (Full Size £35)
2. DE MAMIEL Dewy Facial Mist (Travel Size £14.10)
3. OMOROVICZA Rose Lifting Serum (Full Size £90)
4. OSKIA Renaissance Mask (Travel Size £51)

Get a free Omorovicza Oxygen Booster when you sign up to a 6 or 12 month plan! 

The contents of this box have a combined value of over £190/€213 for which you only pay £70/€80 per month or bi-monthly giving you an enormous £120/€135 saving as opposed to buying all products individually. Incredible value which is exactly why Mintd Box is the best when it comes to beauty and the most cost effective way to try new high end beauty brands.

Mintd Box, TREATD, July
I know I rate every month highly but this box is one I hold at the top of my favourites list because one product inside has been a favourite of mine for many years and the other three, all brand new to me, are products I have already seen give noticeable results and know they will be repeat purchases. 

The products here will appeal and suit so many of our skins and I am bursting to tell you more about them because they really do all excite me more than I thought possible. It's a skincare lovers dream! 

Mintd Box, TREATD, July, Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser 
Mintd Box, TREATD, July, Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser 
1. SUNDAY RILEY Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser 125ml (Full Size £35) (buy here!)
A light foaming facial cleanser containing a cocktail of vitamins, minerals and essential oils to help tone and balance normal to combination skin. Refined french clay lifts grime, absorbs impurities, tightens pores and gently exfoliates while vitamin C reduces the appearance of discolouration and stimulates collagen production for a plumper looking skin.  Black Pepper, Sandalwood, Frankincense and Jasmine all help to combat sensitivity and promote circulation and cell growth for a smoother complexion. 

I really was unsure on what to expect from this cleanser as even though I have loved all that I have used from Sunday Riley, a clay based cleanser made me think this wouldn't be for me; oh was I wrong. I tend to use a balm cleanser of a night time to remove all makeup and a wash of some sort in the morning to make my skin feel refreshed and awake. This is the morning cleanser I have been looking for because after just one use, I was in love. It smells divine and I just love how it lightly foams when you emulsify it with water (or it won't) and leaves my skin feeling clean, fresh and clear. I wouldn't recommend this cleanser for removing makeup but more for cleaning your skin once you have taken off makeup to keep pores under control for instance, hence it makes a great  or morning cleanser. Having normal/combination skin myself, I feel this really does lift any dirt from my skin and keeps it looking clear especially at 'those times of the month' when skin can go a little crazy and this really helped massively to keep it looking blemish free. This cleanser was a total surprise to me and was not as heavy or rich as I anticipated from the start and may just be my new favourite product from Sunday Riley so far. This is what makes me want to try more from Sunday Riley, products that really wow you when you don't expect it! I absolutely love this product and once again, at £35, another reason why this months Mintd Box is incredible value!

Mintd Box, TREATD, July, De Mamiel Dewy Facial Mist
2. DE MAMIEL Dewy Facial Mist (Travel Size £14.10) (buy here!)
A facial mist that hydrates, revives and hydrates all skin types. With a blend of calming essential oils and potents this magic mist is designed to de-stress your skin and mind (*reverse siren sounding!*). This is essential for anyone who lacks moisture in their skin as you can slot it easily in to your skincare routine to give your skin a lift and hydration boost at any time when needed. You just need to shake it up to wake the rose quartz and inhale deeply as the scent is so relaxing and calming that it instantly takes effect!

I was first introduced to De Mamiel by Mintd Box with the Altitude Oil (here) and that stuff is magic in a bottle! I swear that ever since using it on flights and times when I feel run down, it keeps me going. I have so much faith in this product that I would now not be without it. If you suffer with poor a immune system like me then this is an oil you need to own as it 100% works. From this moment on I knew that De Mamiel was a brand for me and the Dewy Facial Mist has been no acceptation. It is absolutely beautifulThe mist is super fine and again works wonders first thing in the morning to refresh and hydrate your skin. You can also use it after makeup as a setting spray, or before a night out and this is essential for staying hydrated on a flight! I always keep a travel sized facial mist in my hand luggage on any journey as your skin really will thank you for it. This is definitely a luxurious way of doing that job! 

Mintd Box, TREATD, July, Omorovicza Rose Lifting Serum
Mintd Box, TREATD, July, Omorovicza Rose Lifting Serum
3. OMOROVICZA Rose Lifting Serum 30ml - all skin types (Full Size £90) (buy here!)
Described as botox-like, this daily anti-ageing serum relaxes facial muscles to prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles whilst giving the skin an instant lift. Working with all skin layers, this serum helps to remodel and rejuvenate your skin whilst smoothing and hydrating. It is free from silicones, synthetics and chemicals that you wouldn't want on your skin - so a much safer alternative to botox!

I adore serums and this is most definitely a new favourite of mine. This is one super luxurious serum with a beautiful delicate rose water scent that contains Omorovizca's famous Hungarian thermal water alongside a cocktail of goodness. The light gel-cream texture is cooling and refreshing and I am convinced that even after one use it made a visible difference to my skin. I am even more excited to see the results after having used the whole bottle! 

This is some serious magical potion and the fact that it works like botox, yet doesn't have any of the nasties or cons of botox is what anyone would want in their skincare line up, right?! The more I try from this Omorovicza, the more I am sold on each and every product as they just work. This lifting serum works particularly well with the Elemental Emulsion (review here) and they have both fast become two of my favourite skincare finds to date. The results from incorporating this lifting serum into my daily routine have been very noticeable as my skin has most definitely felt more lifted and hydrated and am still amazed by how fast acting this serum has been. Serums in general do work so much faster that moisturisers due to the finer molecular structure being able to penetrate deeper into the skin layers hence why I am such a big fan of serums in my skincare routine. Good ones are generally not cheap and for £90 this one makes Mintd Box exceptionally good value for anyone that feels this serum would benefit their skin. I know this won't be in everybody's budget but I do feel you get what you pay for; thanks to Mintd Box no money is ever wasted finding out. I am more than impressed by the effects of this serum on my skin after just a few uses and shall carry on the good work and keep you updated the more I continue to use it. 

Mintd Box, TREATD, July, Oskia Renaissance Mask
Mintd Box, TREATD, July, Oskia Renaissance Mask
4. OSKIA Renaissance Mask 50ml (Full Size £51) (buy here!)
A highly luxurious buttery soft, rose scented mask designed to increase cell turnover, boost radiance and reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and imperfections. It uses natural fruit acids such as Passionfruit and Papaya to loosen bonds in the upper layers of skin to then resurface the skin, making it look brighter and clearer. 

The Renaissance Mask is a cult classic within the beauty industry and I have been a fan of it for many years now. Beyonce of the mask world, i.e. a superstar. The scent, the texture, the results ... I love everything about this mask. It feels like a mask version of their famous Oskia Renaissance Cleansing gel and if you haven't tried that cleanser yet, then add it to your list too (review here). The Renaissance Mask is super easy to use as you simply apply a thin layer to clean skin and massage until it turns from peach to white; leave for 10/15 minutes then rinse with warm water; simple. If you do this once or twice a week then you shall see a big change in your skin, I kid you not. I tend to use this particular mask when I feel my skin looks dull and needs a good exfoliation yet I want something that's gentle and non fussy. Each time I use this mask my skin looks brighter, radiant and feels as smooth as silk. It is one of those products you can't wait to use so you fast become hooked. There are many other great masks like this one on the market that can give you the same results but this one definitely has the advantage of being gentle and hydrating and indeed super luxurious. If it is within your budget then this is a must try and value for money wise, go for the whole box! 

Mintd Box, TREATD, July, Oskia Renaissance Mask
Cleanse, tone, mask and treat ... it is all here! Any beauty fan can see what an amazing curation of products and brands this box holds and even if you are new to any of these products, be prepared for luxury beauty at it's best. My star product of this month is .... all of them. Each and every product has worked for me and I could not ask for more. 

I thank the Mintd Box team for letting me be part of this adventure with them and wish them many more birthday celebrations to come; especially when they look like this! But without sounding too cheesy, every month feels like your birthday when you are subscribed because it is a beauty gift you want

Mintd Box, TREATD, July, Oskia Renaissance Mask
In  case you needed a little reminder, the contents of this box have a combined value of over £190/€213 for which you only pay £70/€80 per month or bi-monthly giving you a massive £120/€135 saving as opposed to buying all products individually. Plus you get a free Omorovicza Oxygen Booster when you sign up to a 6 or 12 month plan! 

🌟PLUS!!! Win A Complimentary Box on your next renewal when you receive a Golden Ticket in this month's box and Celebrate with Mintd Box! ALSO Receive 20% off with free delivery on all MINTD Box boxes and Sunday Riley Gift Set on the Gift Store (here).

🌎Sign up to Mintd Box here and get free delivery in the UK and free delivery worldwide at the Gift Store - Ships to UK, W Europe, North America and Australia.

Ok, do you really need anymore convincing?! 
What products have caught your eye?

Semi-permanent eyebrows have become a very popular trend as we are now a beauty nation obsessed by eyebrows, with me being one of those people. Eyebrow Tattooing, Microblading, Semi-Permanent Brows etc ... have been around for a while but techniques have most definitely improved where once having semi-permanent eyebrows translated into 'painted on brows' but now thanks to new methods, brows can still look like your own. There is also a big difference in the technique used to achieve this as I found out through my own experience that I am sharing with you here, having recently had my own brows made semi-permanent

I have wanted this done for years because being so fair my brows take a lot of work, so the thought of having them there all the time was my absolute dream. Having worked in the beauty industry for a long time myself, I know how important it is to do your research and a procedure like this isn't cheap and sometimes finding cheap is the worst thing you could do. I have seen some scary looking brows in my time so the fear of having those stopped me from doing it; that was until I found the best of the best .... brow queen, Lauren Keegan. 

I stumbled across Lauren's Instagram about 2 years ago now and was blown away by her portfolio of work to the point where I thought 'this is too good to be true'. Her work was the best I had seen so I instantly got in touch only to find that her wait list was long, plus she was based in Liverpool so getting over there wasn't going to be easy so I kind of lost hope. However, I still stalked Lauren's amazing work on IG and watched her grow until I found out she was doing dates in London creating more availability so obviously I got in touch again,. We then made a date and I think it was the best date I ever made. My years of brow stalking finally paid off and I couldn't be any happier than I am right now!

Since mentioning that I had my brows done on social media, I received so many questions about them so I shall explain all in detail as this was not microblading. In Lauren's opinion (and now mine) this technique is much better as you can see below! FYI there is nothing on my brows below, zero product, just all Lauren's spectacular work!

My Semi-permanent Brows, by Lauren Keegan
Lauren Keegan is one of the UK's most elite semi-permanent Eyebrow Technicians. She carries out all of her treatments at her home based clinic in Liverpool and travels to London regularly where she works in Marylebone, which is where I went for my treatment. Lauren's natural flair for brows is what led to her being in such demand and boy she is surely that! She even now offers training sessions for anyone looking to get into the business themselves and I couldn't think of a better person to be trained by. Below you can see a little of what magic she works as well as the different styles of brow that she offers too like natural Hairstrokes, Hairstrokes and Shading to add more impact and an Ombre Powder effect for those who like a very strong brow look. 

In Lauren's own words .... 'I do not microblade, not one of my brows are done using a microblade or the microblading method. Yes I'm trained in it, but I'm also trained in machine method which I prefer hands down. The reason being is due to the healed results of my brows and the trauma that microblading causes to the skin. There's some amazing microbladers around the world, but it's extremely rare. Microblading is done using a hand-tool, similar looking to a pen/pencil. At the end of the tool is a blade consisting of a number of minute needles in a row. The blade is dipped in the pigment an then "scratched" "etched" into this skin with the blade. Machine method is very similar to that of a body tattoo in terms of the actual method using a machine, only we do not go as deep in the skin as a body tattoo, we use pigment and not ink. The difference between ink and pigment is that the molecules in pigment are larger and less tight than that of ink molecules, and so pigment breaks down in the skin quicker than ink. Helped by the fact pigment is not implanted as deep in the skin as ink. 

For me, microblading causes too much trauma to the skin compared to machine method, which in turn can create scar tissue at a quicker rate. One of the supposed benefits of microblading over machine is that the finished results are more natural looking. This may seem the case, however all pigment in the skin disperses at different rates during the healing process. Precision using the needles I use with my machine produces extremely natural results anyway, which is why so many people assume it is microblading. There's also a huge myth and I've even seen celebrities saying that microblading isn't a "tattoo" or isn't as "permanent" etc when in fact, it's EXACTLY that, a tattoo, permanent to an extent depending on technique. You’ll also notice how many more microbladers there are now training is much cheaper than machine training so the market is becoming even more saturated. Do your research".

My Semi-permanent Brows, by Lauren Keegan
This is just a tiny example of Lauren's amazing work and the different looks she can create using the same method. She most recently launched her very own line of brow products (as below) to coincide with what she knows best of course, brows! I have to say having newly tried the concealer and brow pomade for when I want to really define my brows even more, these products and brushes are superb and rival many a luxury brand (watch out Anastasia Beverly Hills!). There is good reason why this lady is in such demand! 

My Semi-permanent Brows, by Lauren Keegan
On meeting the lovely Lauren, I could see she was 100% focused so basically just got on with it, as all good professionals do. There was some paperwork to fill out beforehand and then we had a little chat about the look that I wanted but I just let Lauren work her magic and do what she does best. She mapped out my brow shape and then got to work. We settled on a medium brown shade with hairstrokes and shading style to give my brows shape and fullness. 

My Semi-permanent Brows, by Lauren Keegan
This process is called Semi-permanet eyebrow tattooing, a 3D brow treatment which involves depositing a high grade pigment into the dermal layer of the skin with a needle, giving the illusion of real hair by drawing on tiny hair-like strokes. Any form of tattooing is permanent but by drawing only tiny hair strokes means the ink shall fade faster than a body tattoo, which is why it is semi-permanent and not permanent. A lot of the result depends on how you look after them in the long term too. 

Did it hurt, I hear you ask?
Actually no! It does depend on your pain threshold but if you are used to being plucked and waxed, your good. Lauren applied numbing cream to both of my eyebrows beforehand but  started work straight away so by the time she got to the second brow, the cream kicked in. The only way I can describe the feeling is a stinging tickle. Honestly it's like plucking your eyebrows so just be prepared for your eyes to water but after about 10/15 minutes the numbing cream helps a lot and I felt hardly anything so it was not painful at all, just a little uncomfortable to start with. It definitely wasn't as bad as I thought let's say and after only about  40mins, we were done! Overall it took about an hour which really surprised me just how quick the whole process was. Surprisingly I wasn't red at all afterwards just a little white from the numbing cream and upon seeing my new brows for the first time, I was instantly in LOVE. I mean I was like couldn't stop looking in the mirror type of obsessed.

Be prepared for dark brows! So after your treatment your brows look a lot darker than your final result because the pigment needs to settle and will fade over the healing period. Personally I loved the dark look and was hoping they didn't fade too much! Lauren explained how my brows at this point looked a 'reddish' brown (as you can see) which is actually blood coming to the surface because you have just had a needle in your skin, but this warm look literally disappeared 1-2 days later. Straight after my treatment I did in fact  jump on a plane back home to Monaco and even standing in the bright duty free shopping lights, my brows didn't look odd at all as I was so conscious I would get funny looks! 
My Semi-permanent Brows, by Lauren Keegan
After my treatment, instead of explaining everything just for me to walk out and forget, Lauren gave me an aftercare pack that she puts together for every client with full instructions of the do's and dont's for the next few weeks along with an after care brow lotion. I found this so helpful as I kept referring back to her notes every time I had a question! I will say that aftercare is vital to your end result having gone through the steps myself, it really is the most important part.

You shall be healing for 4 weeks after your treatment as effectively you have a wound that needs to heal so in short, leave your brows alone. The first two weeks are the most crucial where you need to stay out of the sun and use an Spf50 at all times as this shall protect the pigment from fading. You must also avoid sweating meaning no working out, saunas, facials, exfoliation, no picking, scratching, touching and most importantly ... NO getting your brows wet. This means hygiene is key.

My First 2 Weeks ...
I had to clean my brows with boiled water that had cooled, onto cotton pads twice a day for 14 days as this helps prevent heavy scabbing which leads to a better healed result. I also had to apply the brow ointment 3/4 times a day to keep the area clean and moisturised. I wont lie, this part was a faff. Simple things like showering, cleansing, putting on makeup was a chore; I put the shower cap over my brows, avoided the brows when cleansing my face and wore minimal make-up ... all for the greater good and worth it for the end result! 

In this time, prepare for your brows to itch. My god, my brows were driving me crazy being so itchy but I found that the ointment really helped to calm the feeling. My brows didn't scab at all, instead dry skin just shed away gradually (sorry dry skin alert - below!). I have seen people who did micro-blading get heavy scabbing which has then pulled all the pigment away with it so they are left patchy which is why this technique is better I feel. 

My Semi-permanent Brows, by Lauren Keegan

My 4-6 Week Healed Results ... 
Over the 4 week period, your brows will fade before they get darker. This is because new layers of skin shall form over the healed skin so the hair strokes need time to come back to the surface. I really noticed this to the point where I panicked as the inner corners in particular had really faded even though I had been so good with my aftercare, but Lauren was of course right when she said give it 4 weeks because in that time they did indeed come back through darker. I was very relieved! I did notice they were a little dry and that dry skin was making them look faded so I simply used a little coconut oil on a cotton bud to help hydrate the skin and it worked a treat yet didn't effect the pigment. 

After 6 weeks, I was in awe of my final result and I love how my brows still look like my brows, just better. I find myself inspecting all the tiny hair strokes as it truly amazes me how clever this is. I love the shape, the thickness, the darkness, the fullness it has added .... everything is spot on. Before now my brows always needed filling in on a daily basis as even though I tint them, I would still need to define them which took a good 10 minutes every day, but now I wake up and do absolutely nothing .....it's a dream!

My Semi-permanent Brows, by Lauren Keegan
As I mentioned the only thing I do now is tint my brows but having had the tattooing underneath means that even when my hair fades, they still look amazing. In fact I don't have to tint them half as much as I used to but when I do (around 4-6 weeks) they look brand new all over again. I even get ready a whole lot faster than before which has thrown the husband into turmoil.  These brows have seriously changed my life, all thanks to Lauren.

My Semi-permanent Brows, by Lauren Keegan
One of the pro's that sold this treatment to me even more was the fact that top up treatments are only needed roughly once every 12 months to simply keep the colour depth and shape. Lauren does offer a follow up 4-6 months after your initial treatment (£30) to simply make any adjustments you may wish to such as thickness as it is possible to go thicker once you have had your initial treatment done or to fill in any gaps etc but this is totally your choice.

Without a doubt, one of the best beauty procedures I have ever done. The reality of not having to do brows or spend ages getting them to look vaguely the same is life changing! No one even suspects that I have had them done because of how natural they look. 

My Semi-permanent Brows, by Lauren Keegan
So, my advice to you if you are thinking about doing this is DO it .... oh and let Lauren be the one to do so. Even if you are sensitive to usual tints and products, or have no eyebrows at all or you have maybe been through an illness .... anyone can have this done. Apart from ultimately being low maintenance, this really builds confidence and can make a huge difference to how you feel in yourself. Brows have a lot to answer for. 

As I mentioned, it isn't cheap but if you want the best then be prepared to pay for it because cheaper is not always the best option. Lauren has two price lists; one for Liverpool and one for London as she has to cover travel costs, all of which she shall send you should you be interested but for London you can expect to pay between £495 - £545 depending on what look you choose, then from £150 - £195 for a once a year touch up. On the grand scale of things, it is worth every penny if this is something you have been wanting to do for a while. 

If you are interested in this treatment, contact Lauren here and you can check out more of her work on InstagramDisclaimerThis is not sponsored; I paid for the treatment myself with some discount as I agreed to share my full experience on the blog; after having stalked her for so long!

I am scheduled in for a follow up appointment next month so stay tuned - 
What do you think? Your feedback is welcome! 

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