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5 Dec 2012


Maybe it was because I had booked the 9am appointment and therefore arrived under-caffeinated and bleary eyed, but the trip to the hairdressers resulted in a "play safe".

All I could think was "chop the ends" and add "ombre". And that's what happened. In the process I read 5 trashy magazines, drank 2 cappuccinos, bought a Kerastase deep treatment and enjoyed an amazing head massage. All in all a good time and I am happy with the result.

The only tricky thing is that I find it impossible to take an accurate photo of the colour. When taking a pic in natural light it comes off all red toned and when sitting in front of my dresser, it comes out a little too light.

So here's a "not quite true" reflection. Nothing like a mirror self-portrait is there :)

With that exciting news delivered, it's time to share a recommendation.

The Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow is PHENOMENAL.

Now before I get going raving about it I know that my brows are....mmm....far from perfect? That's the nice way of saying it.

For years eyebrow experts have told me to grow them in and so I really, really try to make that happen. I can happily put the tweezers down and leave them for a few months whilst religiously applying some over-priced sucker serum. But all that happens is the hairs that are there get longer and the lone hair that acts as my "unibrow" marker appears and begs to be plucked.

It's just not going to happen.

So the squared off edge, thicker base and longer tail that I would like to have naturally has to be drawn in.

On the whole I have preferred powder to create this. My cheap KATE palette, purchased in Japan, has a holy grail brown shade that is the perfect match...but it doesn't seem to last all day. Enter the Aqua Brow.

This is a cream/gel consistency and completely waterproof. Once this dries its not going to fade or come off - you will need to throw an oil cleanser in your face to even tempt it to budge. This is a major plus and one less thing to worry about during the day - because obviously eyebrows are a major priority when at work.

Application is easy - use a tiny dot of product and an angled brush and let it set for 2-3 minutes. That is it. It's then stuck on your face until you opt to remove.

I love this so much that several real life friends have also gone out and purchased - and then loved it as much as I do. It's about £16 for the tube - which seems expensive for the size - but as I said, a dot is required for one application and I honestly think the tube would last for at least one year.

But despite the raves, here's what you need to know:

1) They sell this in a kit and as an individual product - the kit consists of a little teeny mesh material zipped bag containing a couple of naff, ickle brushes and one full-size Aqua Brow. If you have an angled brush (think a MAC 266) you shouldn't even look at this. It's double the price of the actual product - all for some mesh and el cheapo brushes.

Obviously I bought the kit. *Fool*.

2) Think a shade or two lighter - eyebrow colour is CRUCIAL to get right (and according to your tastes). This is very tricky if buying online. I initially got a dark brown colour but it was total Scouse brow and looked too harsh. Pictured both on me in the photos and in the product shot is number 15. This is supposed to be blonde - it comes out as medium brown. If in doubt, go for the lighter shade.

3) This is creamy - don't apply too much at once because you won't be able to work fast enough to remove it and it will dry leaving you with Sharpie brows. Start with a dot and work up from that if you need to

4) You can use a shadow afterwards - sometimes I still put a little KATE powder on top, just to soften the off edge and the plus point of using the Aqua Brow as a base is that is lasts longer and doesn't fade as quickly.

So yes, this is absolutely something I would recommend if you want to define your eyebrows with a product that really lasts.

Those lucky enough to live near a Sephora can pick it up there - Link!

UK peeps can get it from PAM in London - Link!

Over and out for today :)


  1. Looking lovely, Laura! Quick hair question: was bleach involved in the ombré processed. I can't seem to find a hairdresser that knows well about ombre here and they're all reluctant to bleach my over-dyed ends... Ta.

    1. She used "High Lift" cream which is supposed to be a bleach alternative - or lifting alternative. It's meant to be less damaging and I can definitely feel that but i wouldn't say it's "substantially" better than bleach.

  2. I love the ombre, you look lovely as usual!

  3. Love the hair, it really suits you! I went for a bit of ombre today myself, but I think I want it slightly ashier/cool-toned... why is hair so difficult to get right?! #firstworldproblems

    1. I don't think cool toned will ever be possible for me. Now that's a firstworldproblem :)

  4. Your looks so nice! I love it! What camera are you using? Hopefully you haven't answered this question else where.



    1. no worries! It's a canon 550d with a 50 mm lens :)

  5. Love the hair! Try applying castor oil where you want your eyebrows to grow! My eyebrow lady (who use to work for several bollywood celebs) swears by it! And it's much cheaper than many serums on the market

    1. You know I have heard that for years - eyelashes are meant to love it too. I have also recently spied it in the chemists so maybe a bottle is heading my way shortly :)

  6. The hair looks gorgeous and I have have HAVE to try Aqua Brow - its winter in Abu dhabi but I still feel a bit of humidity and definitely need a brow product that will stay put. Now there's finally a Sephora in AD so I will be looking this up at the weekend, yay :) x

  7. I really love the Ombre! looks great :)! Love the way you wave your hair as well:)


  8. I love the look of ombre hair :) Mine is only slightly done, but think it adds just that little something to my hair. The brow product seems really good too :) I just use a brown eye shadow for my brows haha xx


  9. Your hair looks great! Love the waves!

  10. Hair looks gorgeous lovely! Im thinking of getting some ombre but i'm not sure D: x


  11. Sharpie brows ( now that was funny ).

    Your hair looks beautiful!


  12. I need to try Aqua Brow! My eyebrows are super thin and I have a forever bald spot on one! No matter how long I try to grow them in, they just don't grow enough! Thank you for the recommendation!

  13. I love the ombré hair, but also love the brown before, Yes to the brow gel and thank you for placing a link for UK peeps, I have the same problem with my brows, they just don't have a good shape, so brows look good in the morning and then turn bad in the afternoon. X

  14. Love this product~ I prefer a more natural look to my brows & need something to keep them in place (they're long) & this does all of that~


  15. I'm looking out for the eyebrow corrector now!

  16. you look amazing! I'm having my hair done like that soon :)



  17. I love the hair. For my brows I use the Benefit Instant Brow Pencil and works very well! have you tried it?


  18. Very lovely your hair and you look very nice


  19. Great review. I have "problem" brows too and I've working up to doing a post on it. First maybe I should try the Aqua Brow :-)
    Your new hair is really lovely.


  20. You look gorgeous and remind me of Lauren Conrad here!! Xo

  21. They look great! So jealous! :) ♥

  22. your hair is gorgeous!

    I always nod off if hairdressers give me a long head massage! sooo relaxing!


  23. I love the new hair look- fabulous! the makeup forever aqua brow looks so interesting. will have to give that a try. thanks! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  24. Your hair looks beautiful! And the aqua brow sounds brilliant, really would love to try it. I'm using a MAC shadow at the moment but I do find it slips off quite easily! xx

  25. Your hair looks so beautiful!! :) I love the ombre look and the pretty curls you have. Is it hard to maintain? I hope you do a review on the Kerastase mask! :D

    I have to try the aqua brow. I've heard many great things about it but never knew it was waterproof. Will pick up at Sephora tomorrow! ^__^

  26. So pretty! I actually just got ombre done for the very first time today and absolutely love it! The waves in your hair make it look even prettier, I'll definitely have to try to style my hair the same!

  27. Where in Dubai do you get your hair cut/coloured? Looking for a new place. Thanks!

  28. Your hair looks lovely & this brow product sounds like something wonderous!
    Have a fab Thursday Hun xoxo

  29. I had to get my eyebrows semi-permanently filled in and luckily they ended up looking natural, thick and healthy! Makes my life so much easier! Can you believe that the MUFE brow gel doesn't last on my oily skin (eww) ? Now I know it was made for drier skin types so at least someone's happy :)

    x x x


  30. You are gorgeous, I like you so much <3


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  31. Wow this looks like a great product! I hate not penciling in my eyebrows as they are almost invisible if I don't! Do you think they would stay on for a day at the beach?


  32. oooh sounds good! may have to try it myself:

    Marisha Wick
    Jamaican Black Castor

  33. I love the ombre hair but I'm too scared to dye it myself ha! I got these instead - dip dye hair extensions They’re available at Hairtrade.com and there's some gorgeous colours. I got the dark to blonde one and they look fab! Kate x

  34. Your hair looks fab...I love the ombre! Where did you get it done? Looking for a place in Dubai to do mine before Christmas! :)

  35. Your new color looks great! And it's always amazing what a difference a little trim can make! May I ask which Kerastase masque you purchased? I can't help but be a little curious! -Jami

  36. I love how your hair looks! And I like that product, I think I'm going to give it a try, my eyebrows are far from perfect too.



  37. Your hair is gorgeous! I don't mind playing it safe when it comes out looking like that!

  38. Your hair is beautiful, the colour really suits you (:



  39. absolutely LOVE your hair! i tried ombre in the past....let's just say that it was NOT a good experience! it looks absolutely amazing-the wave, the color, everything! love! how do you get your hair that style!?

    as for brows, i have been trying to get mine right, but practice takes perfect! try anastasia brow pencil, she's amazing :)

    adore your blog!
    sorelle in style

  40. Your hair looks beautiful! For my brows I've been using Anastasia brow wiz (medium ash) and I'm loving it!

    Jo x amomentwithjo

  41. Hair looks lovely! It has gotten SO LONG!


  42. Love the post on the eyebrow makeup- I currently use Annabelle eyebrown pencil (the only thing that will almost stick to my eyebrows all day long), but if this is waterproof (I am moving to australia- this will be crucial!) I need to check it out!

    Thanks so much Laura!


  43. could you tell us about your expirience with lip injections , what did you use , how long it lasts and if you are still happy that you got them injected .

  44. This Aqua Brow sounds like an interesting product. I'd love to try it. Need major help with my brows.
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  45. I think your brows do have a really good shape that fits you!

  46. Thanks for letting us know about this product, I ordered from PAM (speedy delivery by the way) and used it for the first time yesterday. Perfect for me as I always have the problem of my brows looking a bit tired and faded towards the end of the day but not with this little tube of goodness :)

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  48. Your hair looks amazing!!! I wish I had brown hair too so I could do ombré as well. But with my blonde hair ombré is kind of blaaaaah... ;)

    You're such a sweet girl. I love your blog and you always make me want to go to Dubai=)

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  49. Hi! I was about buying this product, after so many positive reviews! I am just undecided on the color:Which one do you reccomend me?
    I am NC20-25...yellow undertone, natural ash-blonde (with warm blonde highlights, not platinum though...) thanks a lot!

  50. Great post but I have to say I loveeee ur hair!

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  52. HA! Love it... "even real life friends bought it".. This is a true test of a good product and not a bblogger lust! Beautz selfie as always xx LizFish1 xx

  53. Have you tried using an eyeshadow primer under the brow powder? Oh and I'd love to see a post on how you curl your hair :)


  54. Olá querida
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  55. I am still loving the ombre look, your hair turned out beautiful. The MUFE brow gel looks intriguing. I normally use pencil or powder to fill or brush on some colored brow gel.

  56. Your ombre looks so nice I really ombre my hair but keep worrying it will turn ginger or something :/ also I'm obsessed with doing my brows so I shall be giving that product a go for sure :)

    Olivia Xx

  57. Your hair and eyebrows are so nice. I am trying to grow my eyebrows, so if you have nay suggestions please let me know. Plus I need something waterproof for my eyebrows...summer is coming ;))
    xoxo Nika


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