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Product Review – L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit

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Eyebrows are a thing now. I mean, they always were a thing, but now they’re more of a thing than ever. Every woman now has to include brow husbandry into her daily routine. There has always been an accepted ‘best way’ of doing one’s brows. There’s the ‘proper’ places to start and finish, the ‘ideal’ height of arch, and the ‘accepted’ thickness etc. The internet is awash with examples of brows gone horribly, hilariously wrong and those of us of a certain age can look back in horror at brow fashions of the past. Who remembers Angela Rippon and those surprised arches we all dreamed of copying?

Today, the accepted look is a fuller, bushier brow and I, for one, am grateful. I can distinctly remember Brooke Shields being torn apart by the media for her bushy brows but she remained resolute and I bet she’s laughing now.  While the rest of us have to fill in and paint over the bare patches caused by our over eager plucking, hers are naturally healthy and bushy and just need a bit of a tidy up.

I learned how to do mine well for the first time in my life, by following a Youtube video and I’ve been happy with this routine for the past year or so since I learned it. Then I splashed out on semi permanent eyebrow tattoos, which was a mistake I would not recommend anyone repeating. For three days I had beautiful natural looking brushstroke eyebrows that quickly became brown smudges that I still had to fill in just as I did before. Waste of time and money. Learn from me and don’t do it.

Now we have a new kit from our old friend, L’Oreal in the form of the Brow Artist Genius Kit. I purchased this from Boots for £9.99, which is not too much to risk for nice brows.

Inside the metal tin are two square palettes of colour, a teeny pair of tweezers, and a teeny brush. The kit comes in two choices, fair to medium and medium to dark. I got the medium to dark as although I’m 53, I’m still a natural brunette.

The palette on the left is a wax, which goes on first. Brush it on just as you would your normal powder or pencil. This does not colour the brows, it’s just wax.

Next, the palette on the right. This is the actual powder colour which you brush on over the wax. Again, just do it like you would with your normal powder or pencil. The powder sticks to the wax and holds in place better than powder alone.

The other end of the brush is a spooly, which you then use to gently brush through and you’re done. It’s easy to do and lasts all day, which powder alone doesn’t. One thing worth noting is that I find the medium to dark has a distinct red tone to the rich brown. If asked before I purchased, I would not have welcomed this as I’m used to years of black brows, but I’m so glad now I’ve used it. The rich brown is so much more natural than black, which women of my age must unfortunately be more aware of than you pretty young things.

I love this product, and will most definitely be making it a permanent part of my cosmetic bag.

5 stars.

Final Verdict – No 7 Fanomenal Lash Serum

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It’s almost 8 weeks since I wrote this review on No 7’s new Fanomenal Lash Serum and now I’ve come back to give my final verdict.

This product claims to give you longer, thicker and darker lashes in 8 weeks of daily use, which consists of applying it to your lash roots daily.

Pros – It has made my lashes longer.

Cons – It’s expensive at around £25 for a very small tube.  It stings like fuck when it gets into your eyes, which is inevitable when having to apply it to the very roots of your lashes.  The tube leaks unless you keep it upright all the time and be careful how you dip the brush in.  It didn’t make my lashes fuller.  It didn’t make them darker either.

To sum up, this product worked fantastically well as far as extra length is concerned.  Trouble is, my lashes are already very long and I wasn’t after extra length.  What I wanted was extra fullness and a darker colour, neither of which I got.  It took seconds to apply so application was pretty trouble free, despite the fact that the tube oozes when dipping the brush so you have to be gentle or you lose some product and at this price, you don’t want to lose a drop.

Will I continue with it?  Nah.  Too expensive and it didn’t do what I wanted.  If you’re after extra length only, then I can’t recommend it highly enough but if it’s fullness or a darker colour you’re after, don’t bother.