I am no expert at eyebrow and eyelash tinting. So, the following is simply what works for me. And, as I said in my ‘Summer Ready’ post, I have had my fair share of allergic reactions. Accordingly, I find it is always better to be cautious when applying anything such as an eyelash/brow tint in this sensitive area. So, here goes:
I usually do the procedure, outlined below, every five to six weeks. As with most things, this procedure is all about preparation. Whatever dye you use, always do a patch test 48 hours before using.
We have all seen the horror pics where some poor individual has had an allergic reaction because they have failed to do a patch test, first. I would recommend doing this even if it is a product you use, regularly, because allergic reactions can occur after previous trouble-free use. I do this, regularly, as a tube of Ellison’s tint can last me over six months. So, whenever I re-stock, I do another patch test, just in case.
The shade I love from Ellison’s is ‘brown’ which is perfect for my colouring. I prefer a cool tone – it particularly works for me.
Here is my easy step-by-step guide:
To begin the process, I make sure I have removed all of my makeup and cleansed thoroughly because the residue left from makeup can prevent the dye from working as well.
As a barrier, and to stop the tint staining the skin around my brows and lashes, I use petroleum jelly (Vaseline). I apply it with a cotton bud around my brows and lashes, making sure not to go into the brow and eyelash hairs – applying it on my eyelid and under my eye area;
To apply the tint, I use either an old mascara wand or spoolie (see pic) together with a steady hand. I bend the wand of the spoolie to a 90-degree angle. This makes the application a lot easier and less messy – giving me more control when applying the product and making the dye less likely to get on my hands;
I start with my brows, making sure all the hairs are coated by the tint. I then move on to my lashes, brushing the product thoroughly on both sides, under and on top of the lashes – wiggling the wand slightly to get more coverage, making sure the end of my lashes is covered in the tint.
Then, I grab my timer. I leave the tint on my eyebrows no longer than five minutes. I then give my lashes a few extra minutes. When the five minutes are up, I use a cotton pad to remove the tint from my eyebrows, avoiding my lashes, at this stage. After a few minutes, I gently clean away the tint from my lashes. I then gently clean the whole area around my eyes and brows until the tint is completely removed.
A Review of Aldi – Lacura Larger Than Life Mascara £5.99 (Cruelty-Free) As we are talking all things lashes and brows, here are my thoughts on this new mascara I bought from Aldi. I have used Rimmel’s “Extra Super Lash Mascara” on and off, several years. It is inexpensive and does what it’s supposed to. By that, I mean, it doesn’t end up smudged all over my eyelids, lasts all day and isn’t difficult to remove.
I have been satisfied with that apart from it doesn’t do anything extra. So, like most people, I am always on the lookout for a mascara that will give me long, luscious lashes and extra volume, in a natural way – the Holy Grail, if you like.
Some of the mascaras I’ve tried, in the past, end up on my lids and end up in a clumpy mess by the end of the day/evening. Then, there are the waterproof mascaras which are impossible to remove, I find. So, while shopping in Aldi, I came across their “Lacura Larger Than Life Mascara”. I have read reviews on how good their mascaras are, so I was eager to give this a try, and at £5.99, I was prepared to take the risk.
Here is what I thought of this mascara after wearing it a few times:
This mascara has a thick consistency so I only needed one coating. I found the wand to be overloaded, so I found myself removing the excess, which wasn’t ideal. It did take a few minutes to dry. But I didn’t find any flakiness, once dry. I found the handle design to be a little too chunky, too, making it slightly tricky to manoeuvre when applying.
Would I buy again? No, I don’t think so, due to the fact I found the consistency to be a little bit too thick for me. I’m looking for a more natural look. So, the hunt for the Holy Grail will continue.
Thank you for your time and I hope you have enjoyed reading this post!
All the products in this post are my own. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments. I would also love to know if you have found your holy grail mascara.
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