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Benefit Brows

August 05, 2019

I'm not talking to the youngins with beautiful, bushy brows. This one is for the mature women with unwanted, thin brows. Way back whenever, thin brows were in. Now we're stuck with over-plucked pencil brows AND thinning hairs that come with age. It's an impossible brow battle! There are many products that may induce thicker brows, but for some of us, the hairs are too long gone. 

For a more youthful, full-brow look, eyebrow makeup is your hero! These three brow products will enhance your brows dramatically..

Benefit is one of my favorite brands. The Benefit brow enhancing product lineup is lengthy and impressive, but these three combined, will give you that Instagram worthy pic. I reference Instagram often when referring to an enhanced or fabricated look!

Benefit Gimme Brow + Volumizing Brow Gel is a must-have and the only product I absolutely need. Even on those no makeup days, I still apply Gimme Brow.

The tapered brush allows for precise application. The tinted gel has microfibers that adhere to the hairs and skin for a natural, full look. The formula is buildable (I recommend layering). Apply from the arch to the end first (these hairs should appear darker) and then use the leftover gel on the brush (before double-dipping) on the inner brow hairs. Always pull the arch to end hairs down and the entry hairs upwards. 

Gimme Brow gel is water proof and lasts all day (unless you take a nap on your face). It is available in two sizes - the mini is perfect for on-the-go touchups and travel. 

The Benefit Brow Contour Pro 4-in-one Defining and Highlighting Brow Pencil is all you need to create defined, fuller brows. The small pencils allow you to shape your brows with ease - Although, it may take little practice. 

The multi-tasking pencil has four shades to define and highlight. This 4-in-1 pencil will eliminate a few products in your makeup bag and is perfect for on-the-go touchups and travel. 

Click the intended tab and the non-sharpen pencil appears. Twist the end to push the pencil out of the slim plastic tube. Use the lighter shade to fill in your brows from start to end and then the darker shade for a more intense brow look. Apply the definer below the brow from start to end and the highlighter from arch to end. Perfectly contoured brows!

The Brow Contour Pro 4-in-one Defining and Highlighting Brow Pencil is available in five shades. VERY IMPORTANT - these shades are based on your skin tone AND your eyebrow hair color. 

Benefit Browvo! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer nourishes and smooths your brows. Wear alone to condition or use as a primer to extend the wear of brow products. I apply Browvo! at night, so my eyebrows are super nourished in the AM. 

You may have to continuously click the pen the first go, but only once thereafter for the perfect amount of conditioning primer. This double duty eyebrow primer is essential to healthy, fuller brows. 

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Benefit Brows

August 05, 2019
I'm not talking to the youngins with beautiful, bushy brows. This one is for the mature women with unwanted, thin brows. Way back whenever, thin brows were in. Now we're stuck with over-plucked...

Holy Wowder Brow Boy!

October 18, 2017

I have an eight-story Cosmocube makeup stand (with a DIY built-in light), and it's overflowing. Honestly, who needs that much makeup? ME! I'm addicted to products and am always shopping for the latest cosmetics. Albeit, I could survive with lip balm, blush and tinted brow gel. These are my MUST-HAVE products.

I'm a big fan of Glossier 'Super' serums, Balm Dotcom salve, Priming Moisturizer Rich, and I love the pink bubble pouches you receive with each order. As much as I aim to browse new brands and try different products, I find myself going back to certain brands, like Glossier..Brow Boy tinted eyebrow gel is the first black gel I've tried. I always thought it would look harsh on my pale skin (even though I have color-treated black hair). It doesn't. The creamy wax formula coats the fine hairs evenly, doesn't flake and thickens the brows dramatically. The black tint gives a more harsh look - as opposed to the dark brown to black gel I normally use. My only complaint is the brush - it's kind big and doesn't come to a pointed tip for precise application.

Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel by Benefit Cosmetics is my go-to brow gel. The cool dark brown tint works well with my complexion and hair color. The brush is smaller and makes for easy application. It does however flake if you fool with it too much. Maybe, I'll use the brush from one and the formula from the other..

Aside from blush and bronzer, powder is my 'cosmetics enemy'. But sometimes a girl needs some finishing powder. I have green powder for redness, translucent for setting makeup, peach for warmth, and now WOWDER! Another 'super hero' from Glossier. This powder goes on nicely, absorbs oil, reduces the appearance of pores and sets your makeup. Surprisingly, it sits on the skin well, and doesn't look cakey. Glossier claims it does not set into fine lines - I can't vouch for that cause I don't have any (HUGE Botox fan here). I'm impressed with Wowder Powder!

I highly suggest getting the Powder Brush. The silky, synthetic bristles are soft and the brush is dense. It holds powder nicely, and the soft bristles allow for even application. The brush is small and tapered, so it's easy to apply product around your nose and under your eyes. AND you get a little pink zip-pouch for storing your brush. Use my link to get 10% off your first Glossier purchase - http://bff.glossier.com/gMn0U

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Holy Wowder Brow Boy!

October 18, 2017
I have an eight-story Cosmocube makeup stand (with a DIY built-in light), and it's overflowing. Honestly, who needs that much makeup? ME! I'm addicted to products and am always shopping for the...

I'm Blushing..

June 02, 2017

The three cosmetics I can't live without are blush, eyebrow gel and lip balm. I LOVE blush and have as many shades as I do lipstick colors. I usually opt for coral shades - cool tones look great with pale skin and black hair, but I do dabble in pinks and neutrals sometimes. Blush changes your complexion (and overall look) dramatically. Whether you want a subtle no-makeup-makeup look, drama or sun kissed skin, you can transform your face with blush. I have a great Spring/Summer collection of blushes - the variety of colors make for the perfect look in every situation..

The Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette (Pearl and Pink Flush) includes the amazing BB Pot Rouge cream blush and a cream highlighter. This palette can be used on your cheeks for a subtle glow or on your lips. I've been using Pot Rouge on my lips for a while, but never on my face. Cream blush always seemed little strange to me - application is more difficult and I like using makeup applicators, rather than my fingers. You gotta prime your face before applying cream makeup and only a little at time. The heat exuded from your fingers allows you to blend the blush nicely, so take your time. If you have dry skin, cream blush is a good solution. The Pink Flush shade and Pearl highlight in this palette are perfect for summer - pretty and subtle.

I've always been a fan of Bobbi Brown blush. There's a variety of shades in matte (for the perfect flushed look), or shimmer. The pigment is strong and the color lasts. The brighter/darker shades can be heavy in color, so layer lightly. Bobbi Brown Blush in Coral Sugar gives you a subtle pink-flush. Apply to the balls of your cheeks for a healthy look. Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot is a vibrant shade (a deep coral), and is the perfect evening color.

Bobbi Brown Blush in Nude Peach and Laura Mercier Joie De Vivre Windflush are the perfect no-makeup-makeup shades. These colors give you a subtle-flush (wind flush). The peach shades will look great on any skin tone, especially pale tones. When your outta time or just lazy, these blushes are great for a little color and no-fuss look.

MY FAVORITE - Givenchy Prisme Blush in Rite and Givenchy Prisme Blush in Spice. I'm obsessed. These prisme blushes can be used four ways - candid alone (lighter color), bold alone (darker color), harmonious (combination of both), or structured (allow your brush to pick up the light on one end and dark on the other, then apply with the darker shade on the bottom. I have one negative critique - the scent is strong and unpleasant (kinda like an old ladies perfume). I'm not sure why blush should even have a scent. If you're sensitive to smells, this blush is not for you.

These colors are AMAZING. The peachy-coral shades of Rite (pictured) are sweet and subtle - Perfect for a sun-kissed glow. Spice is a little darker, with a coral undertone and pink highlight. LOVE.

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I'm Blushing..

June 02, 2017
The three cosmetics I can't live without are blush, eyebrow gel and lip balm. I LOVE blush and have as many shades as I do lipstick colors. I usually opt for coral shades - cool tones look great...
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