Oh what a difference eyebrows make!
I have to be totally honest here, eyebrows were never something I paid much attention to when I actually had them. At 11 years old (and back in my day) eyebrows were never really given a second thought.
It was only when I actually lost my eyebrows because of my alopecia that I realised what a massive difference they make to a persons face.
One of our gorgeous customers came in a couple of weeks ago and mentioned that she had been using a product by Maybelline called "Tattoo brow" and I decided I wanted to give it a go and blog / vlog about it and share my experince with this product ... <blog_break>
I'm not going to ramble on about this point to much but I would just like to say that I decided to do this test / review off my own back and I have not been paid to do this. I just fancied putting this product to the test and sharing my honest experience with you all here on my blog and also on Youtube <3
So with that little bit of blurb out of the way let's jump right in to today's blog post!
First off I think it would be helpful for you to see what I actually look like when I don't have my eyebrows painted or powdered on!
This picture is an old snap of me and not one that was taken especially for this blog post. I think this picture is around 4 years old!
As you can probably imagine though I don't have all that many photos of me without my make up on as I tend to look really washed out and almost a little poorly when I don't have my face painted on.
This was the best snap I could find to show you all as I had actually forgot to snap a pic of myself without make up on when I sat down to write this blog!
Any shadow of a brow you may see in the above picture is what's left of my semi permanent eyebrows. I'm one of those unlucky people who has their brows tattooed on and as soon as the scabs fall away so do 90% of the eyebrow!
Not exactly what I would consider as £300+ well spent ...
I managed to grab myself a bit of a bargain with the Maybelline Tattoo brow from Superdrug.
Usually priced at £12.99 each, Maybelline had an offer on at 2 for £12.00 so I also purchased the Tattoo Brow pen as well as the actual Tattoo Brow in dark brown.
Look wise the Tattoo brow is a little bit scary! It's kind of like black treacle and it's all gloopy (technical term!). The applicator is wand style so my OCD almost got the better of me when I started applying this is it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to get it to go on neatly.
The messy first look teamed with the knowledge that this actually stains your skin so that it does not come off easy kinda' terrified me a little!
You may also notice that I do have a few brow hairs that grow. Unfortunately for me they grow not where the brow actually should be but more where they shouldn't be! Yep - you got it .... my only growing brow hairs are the ones that are classed as strays and stragglers and usually plucked or threaded away. Also, unfortunately for me, I'm a total wimp when it comes to pain and can not bring myself to actually have them plucked or threaded away (it hurts!!).
On the instructions for this product (and be warned, they're written on the back of the box in teeny tiny print!) it advised me to use this product one of two ways ...
1 - Apply, leave on for 20 mins and then peel off (wear time 1-2 days)
2 - Apply and leave on for 2 hours and then peel off (wear time 2-3 days)
Being the lazy girly I am I thought why not go for the latter. What's that saying? Oh yes! Go big or go home :D
I was on my way out of the house, sat in my car and ready to drive off (I think I was on my way to Hobbycraft or something one Sunday morning) when I suddenly remembered that I had painted these two slugs on to my face!
So I whipped out my phone ready to snap some pics of the big peel. I was a little anxious that as I started to peel them off my brows would just disappear to. Peel off was easy peasey. Just scratch a little at the inner brow and it lifts the first but of the (now fully dry) product from your skin so you can grab the end of it and slowly peel it away.
It wasn't difficult or painful in any way.
A little of the product had dried on to my annoying brow hairs and all I had to do was rub with my fingers and the excess product just rolled off.
I was surprised (and relieved!) that the colour left on my skin was lighter and looked really nice :)
I haven't really allowed the product to fully wear off to be honest as I love the fact that I can jump in the shower and wash my make up off every night and get out still having eyebrows!
I tend to top my brows up every 4 days with the Tatoo brow and if I do find they look a bit faded on day 3 then I use my Tattoo brow pen just to fill in the gaps so to speak.
All in all I would definitely recommend this product for anyone else who has lost their eyebrows like myself due to alopecia <3
Want to watch the video version of this blog? Click here or on the image below.
Have you tried the Maybelline Tattoo brow before? I'd love to hear how you found it! Let me know in the comments below :)