Brows

Bolder Brows

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Like all others that are deeply in love with makeup, I tend to sometimes go a little overboard with features that are usually best left natural – such as my brows. I fill in my brows daily with this or that product, but the only thing my natural brows really need is a good brush with a spoolie. I had given up with the daily upkeep of the brow products, but it wasn’t until recently when I picked up a new Anastasia Brow Wiz that the game changed.

I’m a little late on this one. I feel that the bold brow times have started to come to an end and the natural brows are coming back. But lately I’ve been preferring a minimal makeup look with bolder brows – and I’ve got the best combo of products to do just that!

I start, of course, by making sure my brows are neatly plucked with my cute mini Tweezerman tweezers. Then the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown does it’s job by filling in and shaping my brows. I really love how tiny and precise the little nib pencil is. I like to use the spoolie on the end of the brush as well.  Just to make sure they keep themselves nicely brushed in place for the day I use the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. I always make sure I only have a tiny amount of the gel on my brush before actually brushing it through my brows. You only need a little but the brush holds enough to give you a perma-wet brow look. Not cool. And finally I brush everything one final time with a plain ‘ol spoolie brush. I just pick up a few every time I get my makeup done at Sephora – I don’t see the need to pay the big bucks for a spoolie.

I don’t like to go overboard with the brows still – but anyone whose seen a pic of my natural brows can see the difference here. Slightly bold – just a little different for a minimalist-bold look. What products do you like to use on your brows?

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Review – Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush

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There is nothing more satisfying than finding a dupe at a fraction of the cost. I’ve spent months and months fawning over the Anastasia Brow Wiz, absolutely loving every time I’ve used a friends or received a tester, yet I can’t seem to justify dishing out $27 for a brow pencil. Now, offer me the exact same product, give it a different name, and lower the price to $14 then I’m all for it! It’s the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Filling Pencil and Brush.

Similar to the Anastasia Brow Wiz, the Soap & Glory Archery Pencil is a two sided brow filler and groomer. One side offers an easy-to-use spoolie, while the other side offers a waxy-textured brow filler that sets things in place with a natural colour and finish. Unlike many other brow fillers and pencils, the small nib of the retractable brow filler is quite small giving you the ability to mimic small hairs rather than simply fill a line of ‘brow-like colour’ across the top of your eyes. Now that’s what I like! Super quick to apply, easy precision and control, natural brow colour, and the grooming tools built-in – all for a low price!!

I’m loving the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Filling Pencil and Brush. What are you favourite brow products?

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Everyday Eye-Popping Makeup Tips for Glasses Wearers

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It seems to me lately that glasses wearers are becoming the majority. Whether a reading, driving, or a once-in-a-while-when-I-get-headaches kinda person, there are few out there that don’t have something or other wonky going on with their eyes. If you’re like me and terrified to put a flimsy little piece of lubricated plastic in your eye everyday, then chances are you’re an everyday glasses wearer. So with a large plastic frame taking over the better half of my face on a regular basis, it’s important to play up that accessory; important to know the right tips and tricks to make you’re eyes pop!

Now an important thing to note is: the bigger the frame, the more toned down your eye makeup should be. The frames themselves are usually pretty dramatic so you don’t want to go overboard. It’s important to stay away from sparkles and falsies. No matter how hard you try, it’s all going to look pretty silly squished up there behind those glasses. The darker your frames the lighter you’re makeup should be, so try to pick a shade lighter than you normally would. If your frames are coloured then I would suggest as minimal as possible. A quick line with some mascara is all you’re going to need.

So to start, define your brows. I like to fill my brows in and give them a good brush into place to help my glasses frame my eyes. My brows are the only part I want to be dramatic. Next I stick to soft neutral shadows and either brown or charcoal liners to keep a soft and delicate look behind such bold frames. Sometimes I might do a quick flick with a liquid liner, but nothing too thick or too dark or else you’ll look like a raccoon. If you find that your glasses often make your eyes look small, then line your bottom water line with either a white or a nude liner to make them really pop and appear bigger, even behind your glasses. Then a good sweep of mascara over the top and bottom! Again….avoid the falsies; nothing more annoying than your lashes touching the lens.

Of course none of this will prevent me from having my glory days of full makeup, but these tips are for your everyday struggles behind those frames. Whether in the office, out running errands, or on your feet for a busy customer service work day, these tips will keep it simple, elegant and eye-popping! I can’t keep track of the amount of compliments I get daily for my glasses and my eyes! “Wow those glasses are cool! They really make your eyes pop” is heard on the daily, especially with my purple frames…..and still never fails to embarrass me and make me blush. It’s all in the simple tricks folks!

Do you have any tricks for glasses wearers?

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