I noticed that no one replied to your question about which brush to use to tidy up french and wondered which one you went for in the end as I was going to ask exactly the same thing! I've been using a basic brush which I think came in my college kit ages ago but the Kolinsy sable brushes are supposed to good but more expensive. Also did you get an angled one?
I used to get my threading done at the Shavata Brow Bar in Harvey Nics Manchester, it was expensive but fab. It moved to House of Fraser though and the last time I went I was really disappointed especially as it was still expensive so looking for somewhere new too - will let you know if I find somewhere. Good luck with the move!
Ah wish you did threading!! do you know anyone here who does it? I am mobile and do a few lashes from home to people I know as were renting and looking to move to swinton so dont have a beauty room as such more the dining room which has been taken over!! May have some business to pass to you when we move hun - although my client base is more manchester swinton way anyway!!x