Just Charlie G

I’ve long been a fan of HD Brows and indeed HD Brow products. Unfortunately I’m no longer getting my HD brows since as the girl who did them no longer works in my town, so I’ve been just looking after my brows myself. I still however, use the HD Brow shadows almost daily as they are just the best. I had the original palette which they no longer make but it was starting to look very tired and old now so I was delighted to be given one of the new palette’s Vamp to try out.

HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette in Vamp Review

HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette in Vamp Review

The Palette comes in three colourways, Bombshell for blondes, Foxy for brunettes and Vamp for those with dark hair. I don’t have dark hair any more but I do prefer a darker brow and always apply a dark tint to them, and besides, three of the shades in Vamp aren’t all that dark by my standards. If you look at the above picture, I find the bottom left one is the perfect shade for me.

The brush that comes with the palette is okay and it’s a decent quality, but I prefer to use a much finer brush to apply my powders, favouring the Japonesque Travel Angled Eye Liner Brush.
HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette in Vamp Review

In case you weren’t already aware, all of the above powders double up as matte eye shadows. I don’t use them this way, other than occasionally using the ivory shade as a brow highlight, but there’s no reason for this, they are very good quality and work well as shadows.

The palette is a little pricey at £19.96 but in my opinion they are worth every penny. Once the colour is applied to your brown, it stays put all day, and certainly in my case, until I wash my face. Superb and I couldn’t ask for more.

You can purchase yours here.

*Disclosure – PR sample*

I’m no stranger to HD Brows and until a few months ago was having them done extremely regularly and satisfactorily with the fabulous Michelle of Defined Brows.

Disaster struck though and Michelle hasn’t been working in Exeter for quite some time now and when Brenda Anvari at Visage House offered me the HD Brows treatment at her beautiful salon I popped along for a very much needed treatment.

I’ve done many blog posts about Brenda Anvari’s Salon and products so it goes without saying that I was treated to a relaxing treatment and at a very high standard.

A quick run down of what HD Brows are for those who aren’t familiar. Essentially brows the HD way are created using seven steps, so not just your wax or pluck and shape. There’s threading, tinting, waxing, plucking, cutting, powder. There’s usually a detailed consultation and assessment before starting too.

I’m pleased to say that at Visage House every step was followed to the letter and I was delighted with my brows when I left the salon.

At this point I need to apologise for my very much NON HD photographs. I don’t really know what happened. Of course when looking at the thumbnails on my PC they looked fine and I can’t retake the pictures as my brows have grown out…anyway, here, take a look.

HD Brows at Visage House Exeter


HD Brows at Visage House Exeter

It’s testament to the training that these HD Brows were carried out in exactly the same way as my usual therapist and if I had to choose I couldn’t tell you which was better. As it is, to my knowledge Visage House are currently the only people offering HD Brows in Exeter and I’m pleased to say they are excellent.

At Visage House the treatment costs £36 which puts it out of my price range BUT I’ve checked, it’s quite in line with national prices for the treatment.

If you need to get those brows in shape, just do it, you won’t regret it.


*HD Brow treatment provided free of charge for review purposes*


Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Y’all know me by now. My big ‘thing’ at the moment is brows. I’m obsessed. I spend far longer on my brows each morning than I do on any other part of my make up and regularly have them maintained by my HD Brows lady.

It would seem however, I’m not the only brow obsessed person around at the moment and Escentual.com are holding Kate Middleton entirely responsible and I have to say the facts do sound rather compelling. Escentual have experienced sales of eye brow kits and accessories that have been through the roof, in June sales were 600% higher than the previous June and the biggest sales spike  was over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, on the days Kate appeared a lot on the TV, such as the Thames river boat procession and the Jubilee pop concert, there were record sales of brow products. Escentual Marketing Director Louise Reed said:

“Over the Jubilee celebrations we sold nearly
five months worth of stock in three days – and it can only be down to Kate
Middleton.” She added: “Clearly this was a time when a lot of the country were
watching Kate on TV and she looked absolutely amazing so many women went online
to try and emulate her eyebrow look. From now on, whenever there is a major
televised event that Kate is attending we make sure that we stock up on key products
to try to keep up with demand.”

So if you have a desire to have brows like Kate’s then you have loads of options available to you. There’s the sell out Clarins Pro Palette Eyebrow Kit or the bareMinerals Brow Colour, or indeed the kit I’ve been trying out, the Too Faced Brow Envy Kit.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

This kit has everything you might need to get those brows into shape and I’ve been using it religiously for a week or two now. It’s fantastic. It has setting wax, (non shimmery) highlighter, blonde brow powder, brunette brow powder, tweezers, spoolie brush, angled brush, templates and a pencil. Oh and there’s instructions, I do love a kit with instructions and this is my second Too Faced kit and I think they excel in this department.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

For me the stencils are a waste of time, its not that they don’t work, they do work very well, and in fact they stick to your skin so are much easier to use than others I’ve tried, but I have my eyebrows shaped by a professional so I’m not about to start trying to do that myself. Everything else I use. I comb my brows, fill in with powder (both shades actually work for me and so I just decide on the day whether I want a full on brow or a slightly more subtle one), then I add in final details with the pencil, then go over with the setting wax before going under my brow with the highlighter.

I only have one gripe, and it’s a tiny one, it’s just that having one brush to apply your highlighter and brow powders as well as the setting wax means cleaning the brush thoroughly between each product so I tend to use my own brush just for the highlighter, then I don’t have to worry about getting dark powder in it, other wise this kit is amazing.

Have a look at these babies. Ta-daaa!

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Love it, I did try to take a picture of both my eyebrows but all I got was this pre-lipstick beaut.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

haha! So anyway, thanks to Escentual for the brow kit and for increasing my love for Too Faced, think I’ll get one of the eye shadow kits next.

So for all your brow needs and to get the “Middleton Effect”, head over to Escentual.com who I often recommend anyway, especially for Clarins!

*not a sponsored post although it reads like one, but the Brow Envy Kit was sent for review purposes*

23. 04. 2012

Well by now I should think most of you now that my brows are a work in progress! I’ve been growing them out for a long time with Rapidlash and you can see my posts on that here. Much s I was pleased with my progress there was little doubt they needed whipping into shape by a pro before I got too handy with the tweezers and undid all my hard work. I’ve always known I wanted to get HD Brows done, but I didn’t know where I could get them done in Exeter. Turns out there are at least two places and I plumped for the local salon Wags Hair and Beauty.

The salon itself is in the heart of Exeter, is clean, pleasant and very friendly and recommended but the HD Brows themselves are done by Michelle Mansell who is based in Torquay but has regular HD Brow days at Wags.*

For those who don’t know what HD Brows are, here’s the low down. It’s a 7 step process to get your brows in shape, including tinting, waxing, tweezing, threading, pencil and make up and is a process much loved by celebs for creating perfect brows.

My appointment took about 45 minutes and Michelle was lovely and put me at ease immediately and the time flew by so fast while we chatted. It was almost completely painless, even the waxing, compared to my previous experience of threading which I found quite painful indeed, and I personally suffer a fair amount of redness and swelling afterwards which has usually disappeared within a couple of hours. I was consulted at various stages of the process to check they were how I wanted them, tinted the right colour and so on, so there was little chance of things not being how I wanted although I have to say, things would have had to have been pretty dire to not have been an improvement.

So lets have a look at some befores and afters! Hopefully this first one won’t need labelling as it should be obvious which is which!

HD Brows

The following pictures were taken the following day so they’ve not been made up to quite the same standard as they were in the salon, although my HD Brows palette is really getting a hammering now!

Before and After.

HD Brows
HD Brows

Before and After.

HD Brows
HD Brows

Before and After

HD Brows
HD Brows

To say I’m delighted is an understatement, I absolutely love them, but make no mistake, they are still very much a work in progress. I plan to get them redone every 4-6 weeks now to keep the shape and to remove or incorporate where appropriate new growth. I still have sparse areas that need to grow in, so as time goes on and the hair fills the gaps then they can only get better right?

Anyway, that’s enough for waffling, HD Brows, do it, I love mine so much I’m half tempted to do the training myself…but for as long as she comes to Exeter, I’ll be entrusting my brows to Michelle!

*Please note that Michelle is now based in Gloucester, her site, when it is up and running can be found here but until then you can get updates on her Facebook page, which is here.

HD Brows Palette HD Brows Palette

If nothing else, it’s topical for me. I shall spare you the ramble about growing my brows out etc etc but I was recently send the High Definition Brows palette for my perusal. We all know by now how important a well defined brow is and that pencil lines are and should be a thing of the past, with the exception of goths who sometimes have the most fabulous drawn on eyebrows, but if you’re not a goth, there’s no excuse. A brow finishes your face and frames it, its important and that’s why I’m currently growing mine out.

HD Brows Palette So the HD palette is a palette containing six shades of matt, neutral powders and two double ended brushes, one of which is the sponge applicator we all know to avoid these days, the other of which is a rather precise brush, which I’ve been using to apply the products.  The shades certainly seem to cater for everyone, from black through to ash blonde, with reddy hues, brown hues and for me the third from the left is the perfect shade. This isn’t a small palette either, it’s fairly substantial and rather nicely the whole interior of the lid is mirror.
Like me, you might be wondering what exactly you are supposed to do with the shades that aren’t right for you, well rather handily, they are all suitable for use as eyeshadows. I’ve not actually had a play yet so can’t tell you how they perform as eyeshadows but for my brows they are pretty fantastic.
HD Brows Palette While I’m growing out my brows I’m finding that they they to distract from the copious amounts of strays so at a glance my bows are still clearly defined and I’m hoping that once my brows are properly reshaped they will add the extra definition as my brows are fairly light in colour and I even have some white hairs in there *sad face*
To the left there you can see the third shade in action. They are easy to use and I really like the brush. It retails for the sum of £24.95 and is availale from selected salons or http://www.hd-brows.co.uk/
Is it worth it? Well yes and no, if you like neutral shadows, and matte ones at that then you’ll get full use of the palette, but if you just want to define your brows then it’s overkill just for one shade. I think I’ll probably get some use out of the other shades and I plan to try using one of the darker powders on my brow too, just to see what it looks like. So yes and no is the answer, it does a decent job, I like the brush, there should be a shade for everyone and if there isn’t you should be able to blend two shades together to get your shade, and if you fancy the colours on your eyelids too then you’re onto a winner.