Eyebrows and upper lip dilemmas!

We all like to look good, right? I feel like I don’t have a lot to work with but I try and make the best of what I’ve got.
I’m ginger. There, I said it. The consequence of this genetic mutation means that I have pretty much got no eyebrows. You just can’t see them because they’re so light. Over the years, I have tried all sorts of methods of colouring my eyebrows. I started off with a pencil which was a big mistake because it literally just looked like a three year old had played a prank on me in my sleep. I then tried actual eyebrow make up which was ok but I could never seem to find the right shade. Then my friend told me about a dye kit she got from Boots that was good so I thought I’d give it a try. It actually works really well, most of the time…

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eyebrow dye in progress…

My friend came over and I did her eyebrows for her and it didn’t quite turn out as planned. She’s very forgiving (after the dead arm) luckily for me. You do need to be careful that you don’t leave it on too long as it can totally dye your skin. Lesson learnt.
I just treated myself to the new Gimme Brow thing from Benefit with some birthday money. It’s the best thing ever. It contains microfibers that adhere to your existing hair and just make your eyebrows look so much thicker. I would highly recommend it and I can’t imagine using anything else now.

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results of the gimme brow…apologies for grainy photo, you get the gist

My quest for eyebrow perfection also includes having my eyebrows neat and tidy. I started having them threaded about nine years ago and I’ve never looked back. I like the shape I get from threading and think it’s much more precise than waxing.
I usually have my eyebrows done once a month or so. There is a little pop up place at the local high street so I just turn up and six quid and five minutes later, it’s all done. I sit back on the chair and ask for eyebrow threading (they do lots of other treatments too). Usually, they just crack on and do a great job. The last few times I’ve been, however, they’ve offered me another treatment at the same time. ‘Upper lip as well?’ They ask, looking at me as if to say ‘you really should you know.’ The first time this happened, I was mortally offended. I looked at the woman in disbelief and abruptly said no thanks. It’s been so consistent though that I’ve started to get a real complex and come away feeling much worse than I did when I arrived!

The last time I went, they asked me again and this time I said yes! I thought, you know what, just do it and get it out of your system, my friend. So she threaded my eyebrows and waxed my upper lip. Agony. I’m VERY fair skinned so I looked like I had really bad sunburn above my lip, and it lasted ages.
Once it had worn off though, I was actually really happy with the results! Smooth and silky, lush. From now on, I’m waxing my upper lip. Why didn’t I just say yes the first time?!

Why do we even put ourselves through all of this? I wish I was one of those naturally beautiful people with no need for make up but I’m not. I need a bit of help and that’s just how it is so I may as well embrace it!
I’d love to hear your beauty tips…and disasters!

Gemma

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2 thoughts on “Eyebrows and upper lip dilemmas!

  1. This is hilarious! I laughed so much with this post. Just the thought of you seeing your mortified face kills me when they ask you for your upper lip. Why wasn’t I there with you for your upper lip waxing ? lol. I luckily haven’t had any beauty disasters but I really really wish I was more brave to go to a salon and do stuff for myself apart from a blow dry. That’s my goal for this summer!

    Ps.. Ask Case about her fake eyelashes disaster lol. xx

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  2. Being a fellow ginger friend, I laughed so hard at this post, because I feel your pain lol!!! I also had my nails done a while back now & the beauty technician asked me if I’d like my eyebrows and upper lip waxed, as she had a deal on that day.I was like you, thinking flipping heck! Do really look that bad? Lol!! Or does she actually have a deal on? So I thought I’d give it a go and said yes. Well, when people say it stings, didn’t quite cover it for me lol! As she started doing my eyebrows, she then said, it might be quite sore for you as your a red head. I was thinking, well what on earth does that have to do with it? But then I thought maybe it’s because my skin is so fair and sensitive as most other gingers are, that’s what she probably means. Although low and behold, it hurt like hell and I bled a little bit as she waxed it as well! Maybe I have ultra sensitive skin? As I get sun burnt in the winter if the suns out lol!
    Or maybe it was just Was just the way she waxed it? But instead of doing it all in one go, she was waxing it bit by bit! I mean eyebrows shouldn’t take that long right? But she did! And it’s not like I had mega bushy eyebrows either! Just a lot of very light hairs which she got rid of, and once shed finished waxing she plucked out the stray little ones. And the finished result and shape was good apart from the fact, My eyelids were in such a state and so red! She didn’t even bother doing my upper lip then lol!! And said maybe we should leave that today until your eyebrows go down!!which will take about 30 mins or so. Which by that point I was thinking, yeah you weren’t going near my lip after that ordeal lol!!!
    Well straight after that appointment I went to the bank before going home, as when she showed me the mirror,of my finished eyebrows it hadn’t looked that bad! But by the time I got to the bank, where my eyebrows had been waxed had swollen up! And I had 2 massive red strips underneath them! I thought they were sore but didn’t realise the state on me until the cashier said, oh my gosh!! Are you ok?whats happened to your eyes?have you had an allergic reaction? When I replied, oh Im ok, I just had them waxed.
    I am quite positive, from the look she gave me in response, I think she thought I was lying lol!!
    And so much for the redness going in 30 mins it lasted all day, and the following day, I even tried to cover it with some foundation and you could still see the redness through it!! And they were still very sore!! Since then I have stuck to plucking them myself lol!!
    But maybe if threading was good for you, I will have to give that a try.
    The daily struggles of being ginger hey! 😉 haha xxx

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