Eyebrows, Makeup, Milani

Milani Brows | Sourcils Milani

Let’s start our week off with a kick ass product that will shape the most important feature of your face in three simple steps – Milani Brow Fix Eye Brow Powder Kit.

For $6.49 you get two brow colours (in one), a highlighter for the brow bone, tweezers, angled brush, sponge applicator and a mirror. You’re a fool not to have this stashed in your purse! Lord knows I’ve had a melodramatic moment or seventeen, in which this set would have been a life saver.

I use the Light combo as the darker shade on the platter is a bit too dark for me for day, but when mixed with its sunnier sidekick, the colour is perfection.

PROs:

  • love the fact that it’s a powder kit rather than pencils – natural texture
  • the highlighter is just right for each skin tone depending on which combination suits your needs
  • lasts forever
  • fits into the tiniest purse

CONs:

  • not the hugest fan of the teeny tools it comes with, although when in a rush – I’ve made them work
  • I’ve noticed [from using this kit for years] that once the mini me tools have been dislodged from their factory settings – they are incredibly easy to lose

TIPs:

  • use the brow highlighter on the inner corners of your eyes for brightening
  • use the darkest colour as an eyeliner or crease shader

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Lashes, Tutorials

Lashes | Cils

You know that running joke between guys about how girls are all fake…heels make us taller, makeup makes us more attractive, hair colour, push-up bras, etc.? Well, I love it.

Here’s another one to add to their collection: LASHES!

There is an astronomical number of girls who love the way falsies look but don’t have the faintest idea of how to apply them, so they stay far far away from attaining great lengths.

The first step is not to be afraid of poking yourself. If you have tremorous motor skills, begin with practicing sans makeup – otherwise you’ll be crying and reapplying indefinitely.

You will need:

  • Lashes – find ones you like, I recommend starting slow and picking out a length not much longer than your natural.
  • Lash Glue – I prefer anything that is not clear (black is my favourite) as my reaction to it is a brilliant burning sensation.
  • Scissors – to cut the lashes down to the length of your eye.
  • Tweezers – to apply the lashes without smudging glue all over your visors.

Instructions:

  1. Measure the lashes to your eye.
  2. Trim excess.
  3. Apply a drop of glue to the top of your hand.
  4. Slide the base of the lashes across the glue.
  5. Blow on the glue for 15-30 seconds to harden it.
  6. Grab hold of the middle part of the lashes with tweezers and apply to the center of your lash line as close to your lashes as possible.
  7. Grab either corner and repeat last step.
  8. Using the other end of the tweezers move/pat down the lash line to ensure they stick.
  9. Apply mascara to both your natural and false lashes.

Voila!

Options:

  • Use lash tips or individuals and apply them to the outer corners of the eyes.
  • Line your eyes (on top of the falsies) with liquid liner for more drama.
  • This look is lovely when paired with a colourful lip unless your shadow is dark.

Tip:

Ebay has amazing deals on sets of 10 for under $2!!!

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Grooming, Men, Skin

Bearded Ones | Barbus

If you haven’t already noticed, this week has been predominantly dedicated to our favourite pretty princesses boys.

Sorry, ladies, here comes another one…

Some time around October of last year the boyfriend started growing a beard. Typically I would probably gag as I prefer skin over hair any day of the week. But in this case I welcomed the lumberjack-chic guise with open arms because I wanted his skin to breathe and because I influenced his minimalist wardrobe (that has been blossoming handsomely) to accept shades outside of black/white/gray/denim to shades of navy and maroon in his button down plaid hoodie. Not to mention his two week trip to the depths of Idaho to shoot wildlife on a hunting range – his vegan ass loved that.

Through this process I discovered that my fuzzy wuzzy was shaving nearly up to his eyeballs! Naturally, his affliction had to end. Naturally I’d be the one to do it…with my cape flailing in the wind.

Now, as part of Josh’s grooming routine (aside from daily face washing and moisturizing, weekly manicures and exfoliants, bi-weekly pedicures and monthly haircuts) we take time out to pluck the strays sprouting around the hairline of his beard and a bit of the area above his brows.

You’ll need tweezers and a mirror!

Now, let’s evaluate:

You can see the stubble monsters peeking through the skin and making his complexion uneven.

Using tweezers, carefully pluck the unwanted strays. Please do not over do it. The goal is to tidy up – not create facial hair art like Kenneth Branagh in Wild Wild West.

The end result should look something like this:

Some redness is expected. Feel free to rub an ice cube over the irritated areas or saline solution/eye drops. After a few weeks of plucking you will notice the hair growing in much more sparse.

Keep your beards trimmed and ruley, ’cause hypertrichosis is only attractive in a side show.

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