Friday, 20 May 2011

Hi-Brow




As you may already know I had my eyebrows tattooed yesterday. As it's unlike me to spend more than a tenner on myself you'll have to forgive me for going on about it! I'm a natural blonde with pathetically sparse brows and always loathed the look of myself without my eyebrows penciled on so when I met a technician several years ago offering semi-permanent make-up locally I leapt at the chance to get mine done. I can't tell you how good it feels not to be constantly checking your reflection for a missing eyebrow after being in a sweaty club, a rain-sodden festival, a humid holiday destination, after swimming or just being out and about. 

Over the past few months I noticed that they'd started to fade and I was again having to use an eyebrow pencil so I saved to get them redone. It sure beats faffing about with a make-up mirror and a pencil every few hours. On my dear friend, Christina's advice I've gone for slightly thicker eyebrows this time and I'm liking them a lot (or I will be when the crustiness subsides).

Me (left) & my friend, Liz (Knebworth, far too many years ago to remember)

If you want to find out more I've included a link here to the fabulous local salon I use. If, like me, you're forever drawing on your eyebrows I'd definitely recommend saving up and having it done.


Vintage midi dress (Jumble sale 40p), 1970's scarab pendant (Car boot sale £1.50), Suedette ankle boots (Local shop £5)
To avoid strangers focusing on my brows today I wore one of my loudest dresses so the attention was all on the frock and not face. It paid off and I was stopped by several older ladies in town who recalled wearing a similar dress back in the late 1960's. Sadly not one of my new friends had kept the clothes of their youth.


Right, it's Friday and a bottle of vino and a home-made pizza await. Have a wonderful weekend, one and all!


76 comments:

  1. I want to see more pics of you blonde. I love it.
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  2. Love the new brows Vix! They look great. xx

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  3. Wow Vix I would have never had you down for a blonde, you wear your dark hair so well, eyebrows look fab and so does the dress, have a gorgeous weekend.
    XXX

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  4. OMG don't you look different with blonde hair I much prefer you with dark hair it suits you more.

    Eyebrows look fab

    x

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  5. I think I'd still be a bit scared (of the procedure, not of you) but then I have my own dark unruky eyebrows to contend with! Kind of tempted by lash extenstions though, having seen my hairdresser's (my husband and 2 sons both have luxuriant long curved lashes - I have stumpy nothingness).

    Really really love your frock today. And yes - WINE! It's been a week too long

    x

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  6. Unruly, even. And I forgot to mention your blonde hair - I'd not have recognised you!

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  7. That's such a cool idea. I shaved mine off in the early 70s and kept them shaved for years. I would really prefer that but tattoo is a superb idea. Then I could keep shaving them and just have really neat, dramatic eyebrows.

    You may have started something...

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  8. I had mine done about 2 years ago - it was like having a face lift as I had the end done higher than the natural line, only problem is that some people with oily skin do not 'take' the tattoo and it fades after a couple of months. Had it done 3 times in the following month but it would not take so I have very feirnt tatoo lines - still makes it quick to pencil in over them though as it is already mapped out!

    Your look amazing! Wish mine had stayed!

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  9. Bloody Hell that is a good price hon, I paid £350 for mine - quite tempted to give it another go at that price. I have saved the link, ta!

    Have you noticed that we are poles apart - you are fab and thrifty and I am a wastral spendthrift! lol! One day I will save....

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  10. i have the exact reason and problems for my brows! You are a genius! They look real!

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  11. wow I'd never have thought you were a blonde! Brows looks great, my mum has fair brows so always having to pencil them on (plus she did the whole shaving the eyebrows off and drawing them on back in the day) - she'd love this but probably not the procedure!

    I love your outfit, its always fab when the oldies comment, I went to a Glen nMiller band night dressed in full 1940s dress and was the only person there under 60! They loved it and had lots of lovely comments.

    Sorry huge comment here lol. Have a fab weekend.

    Scarlett x

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  12. i love your new brows!!..

    i dont know about you but mine when i penciled them in on a night out in the club toilet lighting looked a little green,!!

    love the pic of you and your friend .. i couldnt imagine you blonde the dark hair just looks like your natural colour.. put some more pics up of you blonde!!!

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  13. I am a red-head with totally blond brows and I have considered doing the tattoo thing too but I've been hesitant to do that since I am so fair, but now I'm thinking....

    fyi, I don't know if you do this or not, but I'd swab them daily with a cotton swab coated with sunscreen. They won't fade as fast. I have two tatts, only one of which ever sees the sun and I try to protect it that way.

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  14. They say us girls are never happy - well for years I hated my dark eyebrows (still not over fussed on them)!

    I agree - we need more blonde pics :)

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  15. Bloody hell I wouldn't have recognised you as a blond!! I used to be bottle blond a few years ago and people don't recognise me in photos either LOL. Have a fab weekend xxx

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  16. LOVE them! The salon I used to work at did eyebrow tattooing, I think it looks amazing.

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  17. No way was that dress 40p!!! It's beautiful! Surely you mean £40 ;-)

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  18. Your brows look fab! I bet it saves you a lot of time :) Loving the blonde pic of you too! x

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  19. Dark hair so looks like your natural colour, I would never have thought you were really blonde!

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  20. You look great, as always! I'm the complete opposite of you, I've got blonde hair and dark bushy eyebrows. Sort of Giant Haystacks. ;-) xxx

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  21. That semi permanent make-up is amazing isn't it? I'm thinking of getting a birth mark and a scar on my lip disguised.

    I tint my brows as although they are quite dark, they do get sun bleached and it gives them real definition. I do much prefer your brows thicker - it really suits you! I know I've said on a post before I hate tattooed eyebrows, it's the 'celebs' who actually have black proper tattoos that I can't stand - the semi permanent make-up is a real art.

    My mum has tricolomania bless her which means that she picks her eyebrows out and has to draw them on. I keep saying she should have this done! :-)

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  22. Being a blonde myself, I can understand why tatooing your eyebrows is easier. Even when I was blonde I still filled my brows in as I hate looking like I do not have a pair. I don't know if I would be brave enough to get them tatooed though but maybe that is because I have only had brown hair for a year whereas you have had it that way for a long time. Have a good weekend xxx

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  23. Why do they never have any clothes left? The other fave comment is " Oh I just took them all to oxfam six months ago" grrr. I can't get over you as a blonde, Vix, your eyebrows look great tho. xxx

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  24. Hi my dear-your eyebrows look fabulous, definitely nicer that bit thicker too. I adore your dress, such a vibrant pattern! Hope you enjoy your pizza and wine this evening xx

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  25. I'm quite lucky in that I have very dark thick brows. My mum on the other hand also being fair has ridiculously sparse brows.

    You look great whatever you hair colour but I do think black looks fabulous on you... Dark and interesting. Xxx

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  26. Following your advice yesterday I have been looking into this quite seriously, I really want my eyeliner done too, so I better get saving. Hubbie wants a Kayak (mid life crisis thing) so I might trade off for some eyebrows and eyeliner ;)
    Kandi x

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  27. Bloody brilliant!
    I have the opposite..white hair (underneath the dye!) and thick eyebrows that would give Brooke Shields a run for her money. If I didn't dye my hair I'd look like Alastair Darling. Enough with the name checks....have a lovely weekend.xxx

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  28. Vix - you're a blonde?!!

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  29. You do suit the whole dark mysterious sexy fox look, though you look a sweetheart in your younger blonde incarnation too! The sunglasses Liz is wearing look very familiar, I'm sure I had the same style.

    That dress is trippy psychedelic heaven. My daughter just commented that you look "cool" - high praise from a fashion-conscious 9 year old!

    Enjoy your pizza and wine love!

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  30. Gosh, they look fab. Mine are straggly after years of over-plucking, and now sporting the odd grey (eep) so this is a very tempting idea!

    (Hello, by the way. Long time lurker, and first time commenter.)

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  31. To me you are a full-blooded dark-haired, dark-browed, Vix. A friend of mine had her lips tattoed... in the beginning it looked slightly frightening, but after a few days very natural.
    The dress looks wonderful on you! xxx

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  32. I know I've seen blonde photos of you before but really, you look so unlike your current self! I always think of you as a natural brunette (vampy, exotic, glam) even if your follicles disagree with me.

    The slightly thicker eyebrow shape looks really good.

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  33. You are unrecognisable in that pic of you as your blonde former self! Love the eyebrows and the dress is a stunner.

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  34. I join all the other ladies above to be surprised you are naturally blonde, your darker hair suits you so much.

    Strangely enough my eyebrows are the only hairy bit of me that is actually quite thickly thatched! I have very fine hair and next to no hair on my legs or arms (which is no hardship it must be said.)

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  35. I can't believe you are a natural blonde - it is so strange to see that photograph of you.

    I'm a natural blonde (with added die to boost!) and have fair eyebrows too although I'm not sure I would be brave enough to have mine tattooed. I'm sure it's much easier though.

    Love the purple dress.
    Lottie -x-

    PS - I'm having HUGE problems leaving comments on your blog. I can only use my wrong google id and I can't leave them from my iphone or ipad - hence I've been quiet.

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  36. wow.they did a great job on your brows.They really look amazing and so natural.I want the same thing one day and eyeliner.Never knew you were a blonde and you look so natural as a brunette.love that dress.Gorgeous.xx

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  37. I remember from a previous post that you're naturally blonde, but you look so different in that photo - I almost don't believe it's you!

    Great dress - I had a top that looked just like that (ebayed it a while ago), so I wonder if it used to be a dress?

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  38. I love that maxi dress - such a gorgeous print. Kudos for getting tattoo-ed anything - I am a wimp with needles and wouldn't dare go near a tattoo needle. Have a great weekend!

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  39. I adore that dress.Your brows look great I did a small amount of semi makeup when I had my salon but didnt use the machine needle was a differnt method.
    I cant believe that blondie was you wow so differnt I would have said you was a natural brunette

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  40. this is like WOWZA! i recently discovered more mature women on fashion blog and i am just so amaze on how amazing u guys are! thumbs up!!

    PS u look fantastic!

    xoxo

    jasonitos.com

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  41. I would have never KNOWN you - blond! I like the thicker brows, too.

    ♥'d the gypsy, off-the-shoulder blouse in your prior post, by the way!

    Enjoy your evening!

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  42. I laughed when you said you wore a loud dress to take the focus off your newly-fabbed eyebrows:). I must remember that idea next time I need to refocus eyes somewhere else. I've only recently learned of your semi-tattooed eyebrows and I'd always wondered how you got them looking so fabulous. I have pathetically pale eyebrows, even though my natural hair colour is every shade of mucky browny-blonde - blah!! I get my brows waxed or threaded at flea markets but I've never really known what to do about the colour. This is something I'm going to look into! Hope you've had a cozy night in with Jon, pizza and vino:)))) xoxo

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  43. Dearest Vix, I'm going to be controversial. I would have recognised you as a blonde but then I never forget a face (although I do forget a lot of other things!).

    Your brows look great a little bit thicker it goes with your amazing hair.

    The dress is fabulous, as always.

    Vino and homemade pizza sounds perfect.

    Thanks for our fabulous chat today. Love you loads xx

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  44. Oh wow, I would have never guessed you were a natural blonde. Something we have in common, haha! I'm really loving the loud drawing-attention-away-from-the-eyebrows dress. It is fab! I'd love a close-up of those ankle boots as well, they look pretty amazing.

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  45. You have gorgeous green eyes!
    I think the black hair looks so much better on you. Of course you look stunning in that blue maxi dress.
    Have a lovely weekend

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  46. I wanna see how you looked blonde! PLease post more pictures from that time!!!

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  47. They look pretty damned impressive close up!!! You have to treat yourself sometimes,and if it's something that just makes you feel better,than what the hell! Oddly,I was white blond in my youth,but alway had dark eyebrows!
    The frock is fantabulous!!!! Bloody oldies,not keeping their clothes.I could clock them one!!!
    LOVE YOU!!!
    XXXxxxXXX Helga!

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  48. aawww you look so cute as a blonde to ;-)) bless you. Your eyebrows look amazing just like you, dee xx

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  49. They look really good, and I was amazing to find out you were a blondie, you look so natural with black hair. Your nail polish matches your dress perfectly, have Barry M given you all your commission yet lol?

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  50. Gorgeous dress, Vix! I am very lucky insofar as my mum and some of her sisters kept practically everything. So many women have thrown out the lot, but of course without that, we wouldn't find the treasures we do in charity shops! xxx

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  51. They don't look crusty from where I'm sitting, just a bit thicker and darker/xx/

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  52. The thicker shape suits you. They look great. I much prefer you as a brunette - blonde just doesn't seem you. Does it hurt getting them done? Sx PS Yep, I've gone a wee bit darker (with some lighter bits left at the ends).

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  53. Wow - you look entirely different as a blonde! Why did you decide to become a brunette?

    I'm a brunette (well, grey hair!) who would LOVED to have been a blonde :-)

    New brows look excellent!

    Brilliant frock, as usual!

    Ali x

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  54. I would be far too scared to have mine tattoed on but it looks good on you. I have to put waterproof mascara on mine to make them look darker grrr xx

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  55. the dress is a beauty and you totally rock it!!!!

    we had pizza on friday too, only it was domino's!!!

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  56. really excited to hear that you are a natural blonde - I had no idea! But I think, you look amazing with the dark hair and it really looks very natural.

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  57. They look nice. Did it hurt?

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  58. Wow your not kidding, you really are blond! I love your long dark hair now...as well as your new brows...being a bit wider is really nice. I love it. Hearts, janna lynn

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  59. Thicker eyebrows are definitely getting very popular again now. I think your new shape really suits your face!

    It such a pain in the butt filling in my brows whenever I do my makeup because my hair is naturally mousy brown my eyebrows are light. I personally think the eyebrows make the face.. I feel naked without them filled in a bit! If only we were all blessed with thick eyebrows!

    Your shoes are gorgeous! xxx

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  60. Vix I love the brows! Does it hurt to have it done?!
    Thankyou for your lovely comment on my blog. Thursday was awful, not because of the funeral which was actually as lovely as a funeral can be, but because on the way there we have a collision on the motorway and I wrote off my car. awful-feeling very lucky.

    Much love-you're looking fabulous as always, that dress is amaze!xxxx

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  61. You can't beat a pair of strong brows and yours look great. Crikey, you were really blond! You're lucky that you can carry off a dark hair colour so well. xx

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  62. You're so striking. Brava! (the idea terrifies me - though not as much as tattooed eyeliner...) xx

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  63. Your dress is so lovely, really suits you! The brows look great, and your hair is gorgeous :) xoxo

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  64. Love the curve of your brows, and that dress is FAB.

    My brows were always waay to hairy (think x-men Wolverine) so I plucked themn until I had mild scar tissue in the middle: not massive any longer, but neither do I need any pencil.

    I read somewhere that pre 1900, mouse farms in Paris produced tiny fur eyebrows for rich ladies of a blonde persuasion. YUK.

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  65. i can't believe you're a blonde. black is the perfect hair colour on you.

    as a teen i dyed my hair black. (i was listening to heavy metal and doom metal and i wore only black clothes ...)every body told me i was looking very pale then.

    thank you so much for your lovely comments about my hair. growing my bangs out is more than getting longer hair to me. it's kind of growing out of my old existence.

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  66. I've never have guessed you were a natural blonde! Tattoo eyebrows would be too extreme for me, but I had mine dyed for the first time last week and it's made them look fuller (the strange gap I'd developed has gone...must have been uber blonde hairs there!) but still natural...I'm hooked! x

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  67. Ohhh sorry hon... all I can think of how much that would have hurt!! I have to numb my brow with Vicks before plucking!! and I've been plucking for 26 years now!!

    However.. I get why you do this and it makes you look like an Eygptian Goddess!!

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  68. You're so beautiful! And I really like your dress; it looks so flowy and comfy:) xx

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  69. You look amazing in that frock, as always. I ADORE the fabric and your brows look so beautiful. I love that people stop you to tell you about their fashion history - all I get is side eye and stares, like I'm the town freak!

    Love, Sarah xxx

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  70. Didn't know you were blonde! And that dress is so gorgeous.

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  71. That frock is BEAUTIFUL. Everything in the last three posts is. I haven't been online in a while and your blog was the one I missed the most!
    PS: I am saving that picture of the shower and rain cap covers. I, of course, wont use it anywhere without your permission. I'm just saving it to look at it from time to time.

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  72. Delighted you shared the blonde picture. I never would have guessed!

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  73. Your eyebrows look great! I bet you're real happy you won't be reaching for the pencil for a while. that's so sweet some older ladies stop to say they wore a similar dress...that is so cool! It's such an awesome print and colour.

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  74. Holy guacamole Vix, it is weird seeing you as a blonde! My eyebrows are TOO obvious, with such dark hair. It is so clear that I am a lazy person who hates plucking xx

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  75. Gamma B. You are so cool, I love the blue chiffon dress and all your stuff! Best Wishes!

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  76. Thanks for the link Vix as this is one of my fave dresses, the sleeves I love! I think I started blogging on my old blog & had not seen your blog yet or I totally missed this post!

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