MAKE-UP STASH INVENTORY (January 2012)

I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.

I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.

I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.

I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.

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How to Get the Perfect Eyebrows

Your eyebrows make your face. When they look good, you look good. When they’re too thin, uneven or lopsided you can look like a like a Picasso masterpiece to say the least. Then there’s the issue of over plucking. You always have to think about whether or not the hairs will grow back if they’ve been accidentally removed one time too many and how will it affect your look. Here are some tips on tweezing your eyebrows that are sure to save you some time and frustration.

Start by throwing out those old rusty tweezers and invest in a good pair that are sturdy and are able to get a good grip. While it’s ok to save money on some things, there are other things that are worth the extra couple of bucks and will save you money down the road because of the quality you’ve invested in.

Now head over to a well-lit mirror and take a good look at yourself. Are you happy with your brows? Is there something that you want to change about them? Perhaps fill in the lighter areas or even them out. If there is something that you need to do to make them look better this is the time to take note of it.

Ready? Get some clear mascara or hair wax and apply it to the brow area. This will help to hold the hairs in place so that you can see which hairs are working and which ones have to go.

Using a slanted tweezers, start removing all of the stray hair that are above, below and to the sides of your brows. Be sure to take your time with this so that you don’t overdo it.

Using an eyebrow comb or an unused toothbrush, brush your brow hairs upwards and use a small; scissor to trim the hairs that are too long. Then brush your brows downwards and trim them again.

Go back and make sure that you got all of the strays.

 

Now look at your brow shape to make sure that they are both even. If one is longer than the other or your arches are uneven, slowly and carefully remove one hair at a time until they are symmetrical. Keep in mind that your inner brow should line up with your inner cornea. Don’t take off too many hairs or your brows will look unnatural.

Remove the clear mascara or the hair wax.

If you feel that you need to fill in your brows to make them appear fuller you can use a pencil to do the job. Make sure to match your hair color or use a shade lighter for a more natural look.

Give your brows a quick brush over and you’re all done.

Many women try to tweeze two or three hairs at a time in order to save time but this can be both painful and damaging to the look of your brows if done incorrectly. Finally, you may be tempted to change that shape of your brows but more often than not you’ll find that this is a bad idea. Not only is it difficult to maintain, it’s also a way to restructure of your face which you may end up disliking. Good luck and stay beautiful.

This post was written by Aleya who works in affiliation with Tweezerman who makes award winning slant tweezers as well as other eye brow shaping essentials such as tweezer scissors.

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CHANEL Le Sourcil de Chanel (Perfect Brows) Review and Swatch

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I have naturally black eyebrows and dark blond hair. I’ve been plucking eyebrows ever since I was 8. Since I was much smarter when I was little, I never over plucked, I just removed a stray hair here and there and during that period I’ve had the best-looking eyebrows ever.

When I was 12, I wasn’t so smart anymore, as I’ve decided that I’d look really great with almost completely plucked eyebrows. I was sporting Mona Lisa look until I was 14, when I have finally come to my senses and started to grow the eyebrows back. The eyebrows did grow back, but they were no longer symmetrical. What I mean is that hair grows in different direction. My left brow looks perfectly shaped and I almost do not need to pluck it at all. On the other hand, my right eyebrow is a total mess. It looks considerably thinner than the left (but it isn’t, because I measured it) and the arch is not defined at all. Basically, I was looking like an idiot with each brow different, and let me tell you that the asymmetric look isn’t flattering.

I despise brow pencils, as I find them too sharp and too obvious. I have oily skin and I do not trust them to stay on, without smearing during summer, when my skin is super oily.

I was filling the brows with matte brown eyeshadow, but the eyeshadow tended to have a weak staying power and it would usually disappear until the noon.

One year ago I’ve decided to get a special kit, intended for eyebrows only. I was considering Clarins, Benefit and Chanel.

Clarins didn’t seem bad, but the packaging felt really flimsy, so I’ve decided to pass it.

Benefit was just basically matte eyeshadow, so I’ve avoided it.

Chanel Le Sourcil de Chanel (or Perfect Brows) looked really good, but the price scared me a bit.

One month ago, I’ve decided to bit the bullet and finally got it. I’m in love ever since.

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