A plethora of eyebrow makeupIf someone took the time out to explain HD brows to me I still wouldn’t get them. There are going to be many girls who’ll look back at photos of their HD eyebrows in a few years time and ask why nobody stopped them.

Still, there’s nothing quite as ageing as narrow, patchy eyebrows that have suffered years of plucking. I can vividly remember advice from an old work colleague when I was in my 20’s and she was in her 40’s, imploring me not to over-pluck as “they just don’t grow back”.

My collection of eyebrow-enhancers seems to be growing at a fierce pace so I thought I’d share my positive and negatives for each product.

    1. Clear mascara. If you have enough eyebrow to shape, clear mascara is enough to keep them groomed all day. This Rimmel tube is available everywhere and is inexpensive, easy to use and effective. My most used eyebrow product.
    2. Eyebrow pencil. Cheap and easy to use. Fills in the spaces. The original eyebrow makeup. I find it a bit of a struggle getting the colour and tone to match and it does wear off (on me?) more quickly but I’ll admit to having eyebrow pencils in most of my bags for the ultimate quick touch up. Remember your sharpener.
    3. Kiko Eyebrow coloured mascara. Easy to use (short outward strokes) fills the gaps and shapes your brow at the same time. I’ve bought two separate shades but one is too red and the other not-quite-right. And I’ve been a little over zealous on a couple of occasions and needed some swift action with a cotton bud to sort out the mess!
    4. Benefit brows. Certainly the most expensive of the products in the image. But is has lasted an absolute age (the packing is completely different now). With a separate powder and wax, 2 little brushes and tweezers in a mirrored case this product is the closest in match to my eyebrow colour, and really does fill and shape. The wax is used after the powder to help it stay put. If you’re investing in something like this, visit the counter first and get someone to show you how.
    5. Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Colour. This is my new favourite. I was tempted to try it because it’s ‘waterproof’ and lasts ‘all day.’ As it’s a brush tip, the end result is natural and not overdone. I find it really easy to use and it does last without the need for top ups.

Stila waterproof brow colour

bodhi and birch

Suzanne and I have known Elijah Choo the founder of Bodhi & Birch  for many years and the products within his great British brand are up there amongst our favourite skincare.

The beauty industry is a competitive world but Bodhi & Birch have maintained their ethics and principles; namely using the very finest ingredients which are ethically sourced without cheap additives.

The fragrances in this skincare range all natural. You can tell the difference between them and other brands who favour synthetic counterparts; they just smell real! The oils in all the products are the very highest quality and they’ve been formulated to relax, invigorate and match (or improve) your mood.

‘Eco-luxury bath, body and skincare designed to awaken your mind, indulge your senses and enlighten your skincare ritual to produce a range of luxurious skincare products.’

A little goes a long way with Bodhi & Birch skincare, so whilst the prices don’t match your average supermarket off-the-shelf products, they’ll last a long time. And there’s nothing just average about this range!

It’s difficult to say which is my favourite. The Ginger Brew Deep Tissue Massage and Body Oil is fabulous, neither too masculine nor feminine in fragrance, its superior quality means it doesn’t run out mid way through your massage. Our skin was left supple and soft for the following 24 hours after use and all of the niggling shoulder pain disappeared.

I adore the zesty Lime Blossom Hand Serum, the lime really awakens the senses and now a firm favourite. (I have a bit of a hand cream obsession, there are tubes in every bag, on my desks, in every bathroom…).

The Siam Ginger Bath and Shower Therapy is another vitalising product, not over-powering ginger just enough to help make getting out of bed and off to work a more pleasant experience. And it’s not too feminine a fragrance either, so if you have a man in your life they’ll probably want to . It doesn’t dry my skin and leave me itchy and scratchy. Just clean.

Neroli may not be my favourite fragrance but I love using high quality facial oils as part of my morning routine, and this one is absorbed so easily. It’s a real treat for tired skin. I think Suzanne will commander this for herself as she adores Neroli .

Bodhi & Birch was founded by the lovely Elijah Choo, who brings together Eastern and Western skincare and well-being philosophies in each of his expertly blended products. Each ingredient is ethically sourced from sustainable origins and are made in England.

At the moment there is a special offer on the Body Oil & Shower Therapy Duo – pop over to their website to check it out.

Nic x