8 January 2015

MY BROWS 101

 Routine & Maintenance

Every 2-3 weeks depending on how busy I am, I go out to town and get my eyebrows threaded and tidied up because I think that it is worth spending a little bit of money to save time plucking them individually. I tend to go for the cheaper alternative as opposed to the more expensive treatment which offers massages and soothing cream after because I have tried both and there is not anything substantially different apart from the pricing. I think if you are thinking of getting your brows shaped a particular way then go for the higher priced ones like 'blink' or 'malika' which I have personally tried before and they are wonderful. My brows are naturally quite sparse so pain is not really an issue for me when I go threading because not only is my pain threshold quite high, but also because there isn't much of a bushy brow to be removed. I like to take pride in my eyebrows and maintain them at top form as much as possible because due to the nature of my work and having to put on minimal make-up, a nice eyebrow is important.

 

Soap & glory brow archery- brow tint & precision shaping pencil : (brownie points)

This is the original one that I purchased. Double sided product with one side a waxy-based pencil and the other a fineliner style pen. I was a bit dissapointed that it didn't include a spoolie on the end which means I have to use a seperate one which is a bit of a hassle. The colour of the waxy pencil suits me alot and I find that it leaves my brows looking quite natural. Usually I am happy just using the pencil side. However, on nights out or when I want to do a more dramatic makeup look, I top it up with the fineliner side which allows me to shape my brows with much more accuracy and precision. I did love this product but I have found an even better product from this brand which I will talk about below.



Soap & glory brow archery 2 in 1 brow filling pencil and brush : (blondeshell)

When I first discovered this, I was over the moon because I was originally tempted to purchase the anastasia brow wiz which was a bit more expensive and I would have needed to order it online. Firstly, this product is almost identical as the more expensive counterpart as I have read many reviews on this by other bloggers and youtubers. The pencil is very fine and the other end is a spoolie which definitley wins my heart. The colour of this is also very natural and I find that this is my favourite brow product on a daily basis. The fine pencil allows me to draw on small brow hairs and make them look as natural as possible. I am currently on my pencil number 3 now and I am still using it everyday. 


 MAC omega eyeshadow & MAC 263 brush

This is what I used to use before I discovered my love for the conveniant brow pencils. I find that the colour 'omega' by MAC is more of a cool toned and suited for the eyebrows as well as using it as a normal eyeshadow. I was inspired by Tanya burr who used this on her eyebrows on many tutorials online. The MAC 263 brush is also wonderful to use and these 2 paired gives me a lovely natural looking brow. I tend to use this method when I have time on my hands as this does take a little more time but it does give a more clean and precise finish due the synthetic brush being so thin and slanted. A little bit on the expensive side of products and I am sure you can find many other drugstor alternative to this eyeshadow shade and this type of makeup brush.


Sleek eyebrow stick : (Medium 717)

This consists of a one sided very waxy based pencil. I recommend this product to those girlys out there with much more brow hairs than I have. It really does keep the hairs in place without using any brow gels as the waxy consistency of this just clings on the hairs. I find that this didn't really give me the natural look I desired as I found it to be a bit too heavy for my brows. The nib of the pencil is of a unique teardrow shape which makes drawing on the eyebrows a little bit more easier and quicker. Due to having combination oily skin, I did find that the colour of this did oxidse and my brows tended to look a little bit warmer in tone several hours after application. This has been pushed to the back of my makeup draws now; maybe saving it for the nights out where a bolder brow would look better. 


 MAC veluxe brow liner : (deep dark brunette)

Another spoolie/pencil type of products. The pencil is more of a dry and hard texture which is a little bit different to my favourite soap and glory brow pencils. This product is a little bit more on the warmer tone but it doesn't look too bad as it doesnt oxidise throughout the day. The spoolie I find is a little bit too big for my little brow hairs and it just isn't precise enough for me. This product does mean I have to contantly sharpen the pencil to draw on my brows as when it is blunt, it really doesn't work as I want it to. Again, this is a slightly darker and dramatic colour so I use this when I have heavy makeup. In addition, after a few uses the spoolie actually fell off of the pencil so I had to glue it back on. 



Maybelline brow drama : (medium brown)

This is my choice of brow set. I don't really use this on a daily basis as my brows are quite short and sparse anyway so I don't really require this in my routine. This is basically a gel-like consistency with a tint of colour to set down any stray hairs you may have to give a much more polished finish to the brows. I do find that the applicator is a bit too big and I would prefer a much more slimmer version such as the one by benefit however, this Maybelline one is much more reasonable with regards to its pricing. There is nothing more frustrating than one brow hair not going in the right direction and its very noticable so this product comes in handy in those situations.



What is your favourite product for your eyebrows?

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14 comments

  1. They look great! Must try the Maybelline one x
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  2. I love my Sleek Stylist for my brows as well as Gimme Brow. Amazing post and picks x

    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I've never tried Soap and Glory before, but my mainstay is MAC's brow pencil in Stud. It's perfect and all I need is a spoolie to blend it out. Love threading! I go once and a month. I had to go to waxing for a bit, but it wasn't the same.

    Tiff | AMtoPM

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  4. I've never invested in getting my brows professionally done, but you might have just now changed my mind!
    xxx

    She Will Be

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  5. I love getting my eyebrows threaded because they do a much better job than I ever can.

    :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  6. I totally agree with you about threading. I love it! It obviously worked really well for you because your brows look great. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these products. I might give some of them a try.

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  7. I've been on the look out as want to try something new for my brows, I think I might try the Soap & Glory Brow Archery 2 in 1. My brows are quite sparse and think it would be great for drawing them in :) xx

    Rebecca Coco

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  8. Omega is a great brow shade. I use the Anastasia Dipbrow for mine. x

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  9. I never fill in my eyebrows right, so I just use brow gel, my favourite is the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper, the brush is small and it has small fibres in it too, I personally like it better than Maybelline's offering. But I think i'm going to have to try out the S&G pencil and brush, sounds like it'll be amazing :) great post x

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  10. Your brows look fab, I adore the S&G Pencil as I find it's not only great for the price but leaves my brows looking really natural :) For a more dramatic brow I love using Browzing :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  11. I love the S&G Brow Archery 2 in 1!!!! My current fave is the Bareminerals Frame & Define with the Urban Decay Brow Box. xx

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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  12. Need to try out archery, everyone raves about it! Xx thank you for the mini reviews, were very helpful xoxox happy new year my lovely xx Check out my new blog post! I'm in need of some followers, thank you! X http://xbeyoutifulx.blogspot.co.uk

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