FACE | Brow pencil bonanza ft. L’Oreal, Anastasia & Hourglass

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I bought a L’Oreal eyebrow pencil during the Farmers Beauty Week sales, and given my brow product purchases are usually towards the higher end of the price scale, I thought I’d give it a thorough review. The Anastasia Brow Wiz has been my ultimate favourite for some time now (it was in my very first post on this blog) and the Hourglass Arch Brow pencil made it into my 2014 makeup favourites, so the L’Oreal Le Sourcil pencil has some big shoes to fill. Because I’m stingy, I bought it with the intention of putting it in my kit, and the hope that it would be as good as my more expensive favourites. Here’s how it holds up.

FACE | How to level up your brow game

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I love a good eyebrow. I’ve been filling mine in in various ways since 2008, and they’re the first part of my face I really paid attention to cosmetically. Anything you can use on eyebrows, I’ve put on them: wooden pencils, clicky pencils, powder, gel, pomade… and I’d like to think they’ve been improving over that time.

I’ve been doing something with them lately which is, admittedly, very laborious, but will help you level up your brow game. This isn’t a quick-slap-em-on-and-out-the-door job (I’ve got the Hourglass Arch Brow for that), but it’s worth it for the natural-looking brow you end up with.

FACE | Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Chocolate vs Medium Brown

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I’ve been going on about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade since the start of the year (here’s my original post on it). When the product first launched there were only five shades in the range. Since then they’ve launched three new shades, and I’ve now got both Chocolate and Medium Brown. I thought it might be useful to compare these two next to each other for people who are on the fence about which shade to go with.

Morgan: I got my eyebrows threaded and it was fine

I got my eyebrows threaded for the first time ever a few weeks ago. Up until now I’ve always taken care of my own brow maintenance, pretty much exclusively by just tweezing when necessary and then otherwise leaving them alone. I don’t know what exactly spurred me to make an appointment to get them done; I think I’m getting more adventurous since I started blogging, plus, I wanted them to look nice for the Makeup Obsessives meetup.

My appointment at East Day Spa ended up having to be at the very end of a very busy day, and I somehow forgot to take a proper before photo. I think this is a good close up to give you an idea of how my eyebrows were looking a little scruffy. I made it all old-timey so you know that this was in the past. Later on in this post there is a post threading, no makeup vs post threading, full makeup before and after, too.

BROWS | Tinted brow gels & Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Cosmetics have launched a few hyped products lately but Gimme Brow is the one that caught my eye the most. As you should know by now I probably care about my brows most out of all the things on my face. Realistically, I didn’t need either of the products pictured as I’m still going strong with my latest of many Anastasia Brow Wiz pencils (although typing that has probably jinxed me and it will run out tomorrow). I couldn’t resist giving them a go, however.

FACE | Products I’ve used up

This is only a few of the empties that I’ve been collecting since starting Hyacinth Girl in September. Eventually I decided it was time to purge the mountain of garbage and share it with you all. There’s a good selection of skincare, haircare and makeup in here, although it’s mostly eyebrow and mascara products. Anyway! Read on to see what I used up, what I had to replace right away and what I’m feeling meh about.

DIY | Angled brush

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I like brushes. I like bargains. I especially like when I get bargains on brushes. The local art supply store had a 40% off sale on brushes and it reminded me that I’ve seen people suggest using artist brushes instead of cosmetic brushes to save money.

I bought two brushes for around $8. One is a large goat hair mop brush. It looks a lot like a giant version of everyone’s favourite blending brush, the MAC 217. The second is a regular synthetic flat brush, which I very quickly and easily transformed into the perfect stiff angled brush. You can use this type of brush for brows or gel liner. Both cheap and expensive brow kits (like from ELF or Benefit) come with mini angled brushes, but you can get much better control from a full size brush. Here’s how to make your own!

BROWS | Breaking in to my Brow Wiz

Eyebrows are really important for a face. Even on my most minimal of makeup days I must fill in my eyebrows. They are kind of sparse and the hairs grow downwards and there are still patches from when I thought it would be a good idea to use hair removal cream on my eyebrows when I was about 14. Here is a photo of me with one eyebrow done and one not to help illustrate this.

My preferred product to use to fill in my brows is the Anastasia Brow Wiz. I finally upgraded from drugstore eyebrow pencils in May and the difference was huge. I use the Brow Wiz in Medium Ash, and it’s a much cooler toned pencil than I have ever found from cheaper brands (I’m actually using a drugstore pencil in the photo above, it’s from my pre-Brow Wiz days!)

I’d heard that the Brow Wiz doesn’t last all that long, and was crossing my fingers every morning when I twisted it up. One day, the inevitable happened. It was near the end of August, though, so for pretty much daily use it lasted a decent amount of time! I suspected there was still product inside that would get wasted if I threw the whole pencil away. I noticed the spoolie end popped off easily, which gave me an idea.