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Its all about the brows!!

Givenchy was showing a lot of Taupe and soft browns with groomed brows at New York Fashion week this year. Stella McCartney also followed the brow trend.  Is it any wonder we’re eyebrow-obsessed? Brows not only frame the eyes, but a well-groomed pair adds instant polish to your makeup look. Our team happen to think brows are the most important feature on the face so we thought we would put up a great DIY instruction on how to make the most of your brows this winter.

For a softer look, brush an old clean mascara wand through your brows to give a lighter feathery look :-)

Enjoy Hils x

Another beautiful bride pic

 This lovely bride went for a beautiful soft organic look. She knew how strong out Wellington winds can be so we came up with a style that was soft, romantic, still looked down but would work for photos in the wind. Picture perfect don't you think? Loving the cute head dress of flowers :-)

Hair and makeup - Hil Cook

Hair and makeup Hil Cook

Eyelash cheat

Heres a wee diagram for those wanting to try out falsies but are unsure how to go about it.
Follow these simple steps and before you know it you will have lashes to die for :-)
Hils x

The Lip Cheat

The Lip Cheat

As it turns out, we weren’t all blessed with Angelina Jolie’s lush lips. Now, there are a few tricks to making them appear larger (a glossy lip being one), but for a more dramatic effect, don’t be afraid to line your lips just outside of your natural line. When I say just outside of your natural line, I mean slightly. You don’t want to look like a clown by over doing it!
Flick us your try outs to hil@hilcook.co.nz ,we will give away a box of Hil Cook Solution buds to the best try out pic :-)
Hils x

DIY recipe to grow eyelashes and eyebrows that really works!

OK makeup lovers, today I have a super easy and fast DIY for you to try at home. As many of you know, in the past I used Li-lash to try and enhance my natural lashes. And while it did work it was really expensive at $180.00 for a few mills of product. Recently, I was looking online for recipes I could try at home to make my lashes longer and thicker, I found this quick and easy recipe with all organic materials that you can easily find in your local Chemist or you may already have these at home. :-)

You will need a travel bottle that is air tight
Coconut oil
Caster oil
and Aloe vera gel/ oil
an old clean mascara brush

Mix half and half of coconut oil and Caster oil in your travel bottle,  add a wee bit of the Aloe vera gel to your recipe and shake until mixed properly.

Caster oil has been used for decades to thicken and lengthen hair, eyebrows and eyelashes so give it a go, you have nothing to loose and will have thick long glossy lashes as an end result. Whoop whoop

Dip your clean Mascara brush into the mixture and apply to lashes, once applied run your finger over the lash line which will moisturise the roots. Thats it!

We would love to hear from those of you that give this a crack and get great results, email hil@hilcook.co.nz and tell us your story :-)

Hils x


Here is a little trick that one of the ladies in our team does and it works a treat :-)

BEAUTY: Dry/Wet Shampoo for Light or Dark Hair

Prep Easy Peasy :-)


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferable because it's a finer powder and doesn't go off as quickly)
  • 1/4 cup vodka, rubbing alcohol or witch hazel
  • Essential oils or a spritz of your favorite perfume to scent (we've used a few drops of tea tree oil to extend shelf life and 5-6 drops of lavender)


Mix all ingredients in a small spray bottle and shake well. Shake before each use and spray on roots or oily parts of hair. Let dry and style as usual.


Arrowroot or cornstarch can also be used as a mineral veil or finishing powder for homemade makeup or as an oil absorbing powder on the skin. I keep a jar filled with arrowroot on my dresser and use as a dry shampoo in my hair and to set my makeup.
If you have dark hair but don’t want to use cocoa powder in your hair, just use plain arrowroot and apply before going to bed the night before or at least 2 hours in advance so that it has time to absorb and you won’t get the fake-gray-looks-like-a-wig look.

This is such a great way to save on dollars with fab results, give it a go and email me to let our team know how you go....hil@hilcook.co.nz

Enjoy Hils x