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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Microring hair by Deena

Its been a full 6 weeks now since I ditched the weave an went Microring with my stennies. A part of me was sick of wefts an that chunky feelin in your head, the other part was just curious an wanted what all the celebs were gettin.

I heard mixed reviews beforehand, that they go all matted, they constantly fall out an worse still, they rip your hair out. I don't like the stress weft plaits put on your scalp and I've had the glued bonds which actually do rip your hair out so I was hoping Microrings really were the damage free, pain free extension solution they were claiming to be.

I found them to be fabulous. The fitting took about 2hrs (and I've just had my maintenance which took no more than an hour) and was a 100% pain free experience. There were no chunky plaits, and no extension headaches, yesss. Deena said to expect maybe 1 strand to fall out each week but not a single one fell out. For the first week you're not allowed to put your hair up (to prevent traction apparently....whatever that is), I waited until week 2 to tie it up in a bun and ill be honest, it itched like hell on earth, I wanted to rip my head off. All the little ends of the hair were prickling against my scalp and irritating it. I waited another week before tying my hair in a high style and I was absolutely fine. I asked Deena about this at maintenance and she said Benadryl works an absolute dream for the dreaded extension itch.
She had warned that matting could occur so I had to make sure I regularly brushed it with the special looped extension brush she supplies. I did and again there was absolutely no matting whatsoever.
All the horror stories had been completely unfounded (as long as you care for it right). 

Extension care: You get them maintained (moved) about every 6 weeks but Deena said she's had clients leave it longer. I felt I could have gone longer, it's not like with a weave where it feels scummy when it grows out. 
A special shampoo & conditioner containing no sulphates is advised to keep quality of actual hair.
Extension looped brush is a must!
Deena can supply all of these.

My hair cost: £399

Deena can be found on twitter: www.twitter.com/microringhair 

And on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/#!/MicroRingHairExtension?id=225673290833802&_rdr

Monday, 10 June 2013

Wow brows aka tattooed eyebrows

A good set of eyebrows are really one of the defining features of a Scouse bird. The difference a well defined, manicured brow can make to your face is genuinely unbelievable.
A lot of Scouse bird problems stem from eyebrows in general, are they wonky? Have they smudged? Have they sweated off? Are they in general a fuckin show? So naturally I'd been considering a more permanent solution; tattooed brows. It's not a decision I entered into lightly, after all if they get TATTOOED on wonky or a show you're stuck with them for about 5 years. No one needs that hassle.
I'd looked through pictures of several different salons, had HD brows done a couple of times to experiment with what I liked & didn't like and ummed and ahhhed for a long time about whether I wanted feathered or block effect.
The end result was that although feathered brows look extremely natural, on a daily basis I colour block my brows in anyway so really, would I be any better off getting feathered ones than I am now? No.
Researching different salons and looking at examples of their work I finally narrowed it down to only 2 places I would even consider. I ended up going with Blushious (now renamed Malinki). I'd spoken to Hayley a few times after going for the shrinking violet body wraps so we'd had a few chats about shape and colour until I was happy. Sophie who'd been doing my HD brows now works there too and her seal of approval went a long way!
The day finally arrived (after a successful behind the ear patch test) and Hayley spent a good 30 mins measuring and pencilling on my would be new brow shape to ensure I was happy. Turns out my brows were naturally wonky (who knew) so she even raised my right brow slightly (I've got so much more room for smokey eyes now!). I was alarmed at first by how big the outline looked but she explained she'd be tattooing within these outlines not actually on them - PHEW - panic over! She administered numbing cream and let it soak in and work for about half an hour. Then it was crunch time. 
The first pass where the skin was first broken is the worst bit, after that the numbing cream can get deeper down. The right side hurt more than the left (she said its something to do with pain receptors in the brain) but neither side was horrific and after the first pass I couldn't really feel anything anyway. She used circular motions with the needle to give the brows more of a powdered effect so they wouldn't be as severe as fully blocked brows. The actual tattooing took about 40 mins.
Afterwards she gave me leaflets to take away and fully explained all the aftercare then booked me in for a 6 week top up/check.
They looked AMAZING. For about 24-48hrs after I did feel like I had really bad sunburn on my eyebrows like but after that I was fine. It's taken about a week for them to heal properly. Honestly I'm so happy I made the decision to have them done, they are amazing. Even going to the gym make up free isn't traumatic anymore, and waking up in the morning sans make up doesn't knock me as violently ill when I catch a glimpse of my reflection. They are fantastic. My mum and my bezzie mate are already signed up to get theirs done after seeing mine.

She's got an offer on til the end of June to do the Wow brows for £199 after that they go back up to £350 xx
Saturday, 8 June 2013


Like most Scouse girls I've taken the closure of River Island pretty hard. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel with the re-opening date finally being confirmed for 15th June. By the way has anyone walked past it in town yet?? It looks absolutely massive! I. can't. wait. 
In order to go some way to apologise for the severe RI drought in recent months the lovely people at River Island contacted me and asked if I'd like to run a competition for one lucky person to win a £200 shopping spree in store. Well! It's the bloody least you can do! Don't you know the pain of looking for the perfect dress and your favourite shop has just got off??

So basically in order to be in with a chance of winning this fab prize you have to tweet about why you love River Island and you MUST use the hashtag #RILiverpool (That's how they'll find your tweets). They'll pick a winner and I will announce it on Wednesday 12th June at 9pm. Competition opens as soon as this blog goes up (so basically now). [If you're on Facebook just share and comment on the picture I posted with why you love River Island in less than 20 words]

For everyone else who isn't the lucky bitch who wins the prize, River Island are still putting on some treats!

       ‘LIVERPOOL CHURCH TREAT’- 2 branded ice cream trikes will be close by to the store distributing complimentary ice cream, along with a voucher to be redeemed in store. The voucher will entitle customers to a free gift with purchase.
       ‘RETREAT’- Hair/grooming pop up with Electric Hair, with complimentary treatments from brands including Barry M & Eylure. Eylure will be offering the first 50 customers free eyelashes. (Saturday 10-6pm).
       ‘SUMMER STYLISTS’- Personal stylists will be on hand helping customers shop the latest trends and product.
       LASHES & LOLA- Exclusive dress giveaway in store for Lashes of London and Lola Loves.
       MUSIC- Local DJs Anton Powers and Liam Hincks will see the store provided with fresh and fun music all weekend.
       KIDSWEAR- Balloon twisting, branded balloons and gift with purchase to be given away.
       GIVEAWAY - Gift card giveaway for the first 100 customers in store

Good luck ladies!!

Scouse Bird