I am excited to share my experiences of having my eyebrows tattooed with Belinda Hayle. I had them done in October 2015 and have been meaning to share this post for a while. lol
They call it ‘Semi permanent makeup’ because it is designed to be topped up so that in years to come when the shape of your face may change for example, that you can change the shape and keep it looking natural. They should follow the natural shape of your brows.
Some tattoos turn blue cause of the quality of the products they are using. If anyone has read previous posts you will know that i suffer with image anxiety as it is, so the thought of being left with completely hideous eyebrows scared the crap out of me!
For this reason I chose a clinic who specialise in this type of permanent makeup. Not some tattoo place that ‘has done a few eyebrows too’. I also did not want to go somewhere just because of a lower price or promotional deal. I believe with something like this you get what you pay for. I chose this clinic because they have been featured in the press, various celebrities use it and they have had fantastic reviews. I also went via word of mouth as I know someone who also used the clinic and was happy with the results.
I made my initial enquiry via email and was given a date for my consultation. The only downside was that it was a 2 month wait, and i presume this was because they are hugely popular. The nearer my appointment came, the more excited I was, and i knew that i was definitely going to get them done. So I called a few weeks before my consultation to see if i could book an appointment in advance to have the actual treatment as i didn’t want to wait another two months. Luckily they had a space a week after my consultation! 🙂
Post Consultation Prep:
Well my natural hair colour is Ash Brown/Dark Blonde but I had been dying it for EVER… At least 20 years, to dark brown and sometimes black. With having my eye brows tattooed i was anxious about them choosing the wrong colour. Obviously they know what they are doing and choose a colour to suit your skin tone and not hair colour. I let my dyed hair fade and routes come through long enough and in time for my consultation. I felt better knowing that they had seen the real me lol
My initial consultation was with the company director, Belinda Hayle herself. The clinic is a purpose built building behind her home. She made me feel welcome and ran me through all I needed to know. I had pencilled my eyebrows to an inch of their life as usual, for the appointment so that they could see how i liked to shape my brows. I also made sure she saw my eyebrows without makeup so i used a wipe to take them off… by which time i felt completely naked!
They took 100 deposit and I left excited! I was a little disappointed to be booked in with one of her qualified technicians but Belinda herself cant be expected to work on her own, especially with the business being so popular and the clinic itself is a teaching academy.
What they say:
‘Permanent cosmetic eyebrow enhancement washes any worries away (not your eyebrows). A colour will be custom blended for you, and then I will take great care to design your new brow shape, using my special Arch Angel technique (exclusive to Belinda Hayle Aesthetics) and once you are happy, I will start infusing the colour with delicate hairstrokes into the upper layer of the skin. Discomfort is minimal, and most clients will have a well deserved snooze during the treatment. The whole process takes approximatley 1.5 hours, and you will leave with beautiful, coutured brows that will be the envy of your friends and family’.
They anaesthetised my eyebrows. I can only describe it as It felt like the tattoo had started already as it was a scratching method. This was to open the skin/pores so that the anaesthetics would get in.
She then measured and drew the desired shape giving me more of a higher arch and adding shape to my flat eyebrows. She was very precise and got me to sit up as well as lay down and turn my face in various angles. I liked that she was being so thorough. Belinda came in just after she had finished and had a look. She gave her opinion and together they made a few further tweeks. I was happy to have her input before the tattoo begun.
At first my eyebrows were darker (than now) and the area a little red. They told me they would lighten by 50% but to be honest i was pretty happy with the colour they were already. I thought that like a normal tattoo, it starts REALLY dark before scabbing, but I could see straight away the difference between the ink. I was given some vaseline type ointment to put on my eyebrows every three hours. I was also given instructions on how to maintain my brows and care for them in the leading weeks. I was not allowed to get them wet, and if i did i had to pat them dry and to smother them with a thick layer of vaseline when washing my hair or showering.
I can honestly say this has changed my life. If i want heavier eyebrows i do still use makeup but on a day to day basis I don’t need to do anything.
I am due for a year top up so will let you know how that turns out
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I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that today, May 19th, is World IBD Day – a day for the WHOLE WORLD to raise funds and awareness of IBD and to celebrate the community of strong individuals battling Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Back in #IBDSuperHeroes HQ we’ve been working really hard to think of ways to raise the profile of Inflammatory Bowel Disease on this very special day. We’ve arranged dress up days, Twibbons, Thunderclaps, headers and profile pictures and last but by no means least are launching our ‘Your IBD Stories‘ section of the #IBDSuperHeroes blog!
We will be posting a few of your stories today and then drip feeding the rest at regular intervals. These will also be shared across our social media platforms.
If you would like to contribute with your IBD story, just follow the instructions below.
Fill in the following
which form of IBD?
feel affects you:
having Inflammatory Bowel Disease:
what you’re proud of achieving or times you’ve been particularly strong when
you felt like crumbling etc)
when we post it), Instagram and Pinterest if you would them to be added and
don’t forget to attach a picture of you too!
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘BLOG CONTRIBUTION’
Calling all Superheroes!!
You may have been wondering how YOU can get involved on Thursday May 19th for World IBD day. Well below are a few of the things you can do to show your support!
We asked you to distribute these posters and get as many friends, colleagues and schools involved is possible. Thank you to all that did this!
You can also JOIN OUR THUNDERCLAP and help get World IBD Day trending on May 19th! We’ve no doubt that some of you will be busy at work or recreationally so this will tweet or post on your Facebook /
Tumblr on your behalf on May 19th! You won’t even have to log in on
the day, just pledge your support on the above link now!
Crohns and Colitis by donating now! Text CCSH90 £3 to 70070 or visit our
research via Cure Crohn’s and Colitis!
postage price increases.ALL profits go to Cure Crohn’s and Colitis, the only UK charity to invest 100% of your donations into medical research and ultimately find a cure for Inflammatory Bowel Disease!
I hope everyone is well.I wanted to start by saying a huge thank you for all the support publicly and privately since sharing my last blog
Since launching #IBDSuperHeroes we have raised over £350 for Cure Crohn’s Colitis so far, which is fantastic! Considering we haven’t started our fundraising events.
(click on the image above to take you to our JustGiving page)
This leads me to let you know that we have organised the first fundraiser which we are calling the project Launch event!
We would LOVE IT if you would join us on May 29th!
Transport links: Nearest station ‘Stone Crown Street’ Railway Approx 5 minutes walk
You can donate via our JustGiving here: www.justgiving.com/IBDSuperheroesCureCC
Lost of people have been asking me why I have left the group #GetYourBellyOut as Admin for the campaign. This was a personal decision to leave. I have enjoyed being part of the team, helping to push the campaign forward, to man the Facebook support group and more. Being asked to be admin by the four founders in the first place was an absolute honour. I have learnt so much about myself, IBD, made some friends for life and hope in some way have helped people to cope with the disease.
Unfortunately I did fall out with some of the founders.
Like Sahara explains HERE, you can’t get on and agree with everyone. This is life.
I won’t say I’m not upset cause that would be a lie.
I won’t say I regret the time i spent working with them as again that wouldn’t be true.
I will say that I don’t feel like I have been treated very nicely considering the time I put in every single day and this forced me to give up my role and leave the group.
I have since requested to re join the group because I miss all the people I have met through the campaign and need support too sometimes, but have been blocked from joining, so I guess thats that.
If they want to provide anyone with a reason why I would LOVE to here it. As far as i am concerned, I have done nothing wrong. It’s a shame it’s come to this.
I however am an adult, will always support the campaign, join in Twitter takeovers, get my belly out, attend some meets etc as we are all fighting for the same thing… to find a cure for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
This leads me onto what is next for me:
I did NOT want to stop fighting. Fighting to support people with IBD, spread awareness and most importantly, to find a CURE for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Where you don’t see eye to eye with some people, others you just click with, and this person is Sahara Fleetwood Beresford.
We have started a new project. The #IBDSuperHeroes Fundraising Project, with some special people to help us and hope you will join us too!
This project is in NO WAY in competition with #GetYourBellyOut as we will be fundraising for Cure Crohn’s and Colitis
We have chosen this charity because 100% of the funds raised will go towards funding medical research for a cure for Inflammatory Bowel disease.
#IBDSuperHeroes – fighting to cure Crohn’s and Colitis!
Money raised by IBD Super Heroes is solely invested in to finding a cure for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
The project is run by the group members, involving them in every aspect of the fundraising and helping us drive our mission forward. Every quarter there will be a pinned post (pinned at the top of the group) for members to add their fundraising and awareness raising ideas to. At the end of each quarter we will have a poll which members will then vote on, the winner will be announced and the group members can then have as much or as little involvement as they like in the planning and coordination.
Join our Facebook group here:
We are fundraising on behalf of a charity which invests 100% of their donations to medical research. The charity is relatively small so the funds will mean an awful lot to them! We hope you’ll help us by being the big hearts that fight for the little guys!
Please take some time to check out the charity here;
Cure Crohn’s and Colitis
“Cure Crohn’s Colitis has the sole objective of raising money to help fund medical research into curing Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 100% of money raised goes directly to the projects we support. All members of the charity are unpaid volunteers and no administrative fees are recovered from donations”
You can donate via our JustGiving here:
You can donate by text using;
Cure Crohn’s and Colitis: CCSH90 £3 to 70070
Yes, we may be sick, but that does not make us weak! In fact it makes us stronger! If you have a passion for raising funds and awareness for IBD then please do join us. Together we are stronger. Together we can fight harder. Together – we CAN be HEROES!
Little Cheeky #GetYourBellyOut supporter and friend Annie.. (ANNIES BLOG) nominated the founders of the GYBO campaign for a the Pride Of Britain fundraising award and they are FINALISTS!! say whaaaaaat?!
I am so excited for Sahara, Lorna, Gem and Victoria. They deserve it so much!!
Here is a little video of why I think the girls and the campaign deserve the award 🙂
You can find more videos via the GYBO youtube!
WAIT… while your there.. Go and get yourself some new merchandise! #GetYourBellyOut badges! only £1
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ALL PROCEEDS TO CROHNS AND COLITIS UK
I wanted to write this blog in the hope that it will spread some awareness for inflammatory bowel disease, IBD.
I wanted to talk about something that I am seeing across social media at the moment. The Semi Colon Tattoo… and it’s meaning.
This time last year I decided to get a tattoo. With most of my tattoo’s they have meaning to them and this is personal preference. Some people get tattoo’s just cause they like them, which is fine too, but I like to choose mine quite carefully (apart from the small butterfly on my lower back i got when i was a teenager…. i got that because, quite frankly…. i could 😝)
I got my semi colon tattoo because, I literally have a semi colon. Simple as that.
I thought it was a clever way to signify my IBD journey. I had my large colon removed due to Ulcerative Colitis and now my small colon is my main colon and I have a Jpouch. This surgery saved me and gave me my quality of life back. I am proud to tell people about my journey, to spread awareness of inflammatory bowel disease and tell people that i survived. I love my scar and love my tattoo.
I have seen alot of ‘buzz’ in the media recently about the semi colon tattoo, it’s meaning for some and all about the Semi Colon Project.
YOUR STORY ISN’T OVER YET
I have since been approached by an acquaintance through work who had seen lots of articles about this online recently and asked if my semi colon tattoo was anything to do with suffering with depression.
Let me first say that i think spreading awareness for any illness is a good thing and there is a link between depression and anxiety when coping with inflammatory bowel disease. It can be such a debilitating and invisible illness. I have suffered with depression, anxiety and body confidence issues as a result of what I have been through and it can also be extremely difficult for those needing a stoma to come to terms with this.
My blog design and artwork is based around my Semi Colon Tattoo.
I want to raise awareness and let people know that the a semi colon tattoo is also being used to signify inflammatory bowel disease in the IBD community