Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Tips for Beautiful Eyebrows {Sponsored Post}

*This is a sponsored post, not written by me.

Beautifully shaped and well manicured eyebrows give an overall polished look to your face and make-up. Whether you favor the fuller Brooke Shields look, which has been brought back up to date by the likes of Cara Delevingne, or something shapelier it really makes no difference – keep them in good shape and they will provide the perfect frame for the face.

1 – Choose the shape you want to achieve.  You need to decide which look you are going for before you pick up your tweezers. Do you want slender, arched eyebrows or something thicker?  Take a look at some of your favorite celebs online or in a magazine and decide which eyebrows you want to copy. The thing to pay particular attention to is the height of the arch and the distance to which the eyebrows extend.

2 – Before you start plucking take a few minutes to soak your eyebrows – it will make the job much easier and less painful. Take a clean washcloth and soak it in warm water then gently lay it over your eyebrows and leave it there for a few minutes. This will help to open up your pores and loosen the hairs a little so that it they are much easier to tweeze.  Pat them dry before you start.

3 – You do need to have your equipment at the ready.  Some pointed tip tweezers, some angle tip tweezers, good lighting, a mirror, and an eyebrow comb. Make sure that your tweezers are clean – you don’t have to use a UV sterilizer or anything, but pop them into some boiling water to give them a clean before you start.  Brush your brows in an upwards/outwards direction and you’re ready to get cracking.

4 – You should only ever pluck your eyebrows in three areas – between your eyebrows, under your eyebrows and a tiny bit above your eyebrows if necessary – just to catch any strays. Start between your eyebrows but don’t get carried away, the brows should start just above the corner of your eyes so make sure that you don’t go in any further.  Keep going from one side to the other to keep them even and carry on until you have achieved the arch of your dreams.  The arch will preferably peak above the iris of your eye and continue outwards at a 45 degree angle from the outer edge of your eye.

5 – Be careful not to get too carried away or you could end up with bald patches or uneven brows. Switch from eyebrow to eyebrow and take a break every couple of minutes; step back and admire your handiwork and decide whether you really need to tweeze any more.

6 – If some of your eyebrow hairs are longer than the rest and have a tendency to stick out then trim them. Comb them out/up with your eyebrow comb and trim with a clean pair of nail scissors. Be careful not to trim them too short or they will just stick up even more.

7 – After you’ve finished and you have perfectly shaped eyebrows giving a beautiful frame to your eyes and your face, you should remember to rinse your tweezers and dry them off. Wash your face once more with your clean wash cloth and warm water before patting gently dry. Applying a little moisturizer to your eyebrows can help to soothe any minor irritation but do be careful not to get any in your eyes. 

For many more great beauty tips and ideas take a look at The Salon Outlet – they’ve got some great ideas.

Monday, December 8, 2014

(More) Favorite Beauty Products

I'm constantly changing up my makeup routine. I have a few favorites that I'll never go without (hello Dr. Pepper chapstick), but for the most part I'm not attached to any one product. I've rounded up my new current favorites for you, and let me just warn you -- this post is going to be a serious rave. I cannot get enough of these.

1. Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick - I have this in three colors. I grabbed the first one on a whim in the checkout line at ULTA. Obsessed. So smooth and perfect. The colors last a good while, but you'll definitely need to bring it with you for touch-ups during the day. They're a little on the pricey side for what they are, but it's worth it.

2. it Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil - I don't know how I lived without this. I've only recently started filling in my eyebrows (I also don't know how I lived for so long without doing that, but that's another story), so I've been experimenting with powders, pencils, and whatever else. I actually saw this on an infomercial one day and thought it seemed weird, but then by the end I was totally convinced. They made it seem like even a novice could handle this, and boy were they right. Now instead of never leaving the house without mascara, it's mascara and eyebrows.

3. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation & Brush - Guys. Er, ladies. I just...I can't even. Pure perfection. I came across this months ago and didn't want to try it because I used to be a Bare Minerals snob, but recently stopped using it because I wasn't getting the coverage I needed. Plus, the brushes always hurt my face. Anyway. I finally took the plunge and bought this on Black Friday. I will never go back to any other powder foundation. And I chose to get the brush as well and I'm in love. It doesn't make my face red and it provides amazing coverage. I ordered Fair-Light Honey and when I got it I thought it wouldn't match, but once it was on the color was perfect. It really does last all day. I put it on at 6:00 a.m. and wore it to work. At 9:00 that night before I washed my face it was still perfectly in place. *Side note: my face gets oily throughout the day, but that was no problem with this stuff. Well, now that I've written you a book about how wonderful it is, you should probably try it for yourself. Whew. Oh, and one more thing. It doesn't look super powdery when it's on, and that's really important. (PS - Right now Tarte is having their Friends and Family sale and everything is 30% off until 12/11.)

4. Benefit They're Real Mascara - Again, why did it take so long for me to hop on this bandwagon? I'll be on a They're Real kick for at least a year. I put it on without having curled my eyelashes and I immediately noticed how much longer, curlier, and fuller they looked. I bought the sample size because I couldn't justify spending that much on mascara, but I guarantee I will be buying the full size when that runs out.

5. ULTA Super Blender Sponge - Cheap. Works like a charm. I have one liquid foundation that I wear for special occasions or when I really have time to perfect my makeup, and this is what I use to put it on with. I won't pay a bajillion dollars for a sponge, so I opted for the ULTA brand one and I love it. I've already bought a second one. I also use it to even out my powder blush when I accidentally put on too much. Just a couple dabs and it fixes everything. I've had my first one for a few months now and I've washed it multiple times and it's still holding up great. But at $5, who really cares if it falls apart in a month? (But it won't.)

If you want any more details of these products, just let me know. I'd be happy to write another novel about how great they are.

What products have you tried lately that you don't think you can live without?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I've got another giveaway for you today! I teamed up with Elora and some other blog friends to bring you this Holiday Blog Roll giveaway. I hope that you find a blog you love in the process! 

Being given away is a $10 Starbucks card -- just in time for their holiday drinks (has anyone had the new Chestnut Praline Latte? OMG so good.) -- along with jewelry and some free ad space!

A major plus: those bracelets would look perfect with any Christmas outfit. 

Good luck!

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