The Brow Grooming Tools

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I’m one of those people who are blessed with full eyebrows. But with it, comes the responsibility to groom them. Don’t get me wrong, I love my eyebrows. I love how I don’t need to wear any products on my brows and still have my face framed perfectly. I basically have a unibrow/monobrow, it’s not that bad because the hair between the two eyebrows are more sparse, but up close you can definitely see that they’re connected in the middle. It’s not like people are going to come that close to me that they’ll be able to see, but I can and that’s annoying enough that I decided to take care of it.

As you might have known, there are several ways to groom eyebrows, like waxing, shaving, plucking, and threading. Those are the methods used to shape the eyebrow, but if like me, you have extremely long hairs on your eyebrows then you might need to cut them too. Personally, I’ve tried all the methods mentioned above. All I do on my own because I just can’t trust my eyebrows to other people. I mean, eyebrow shapes are personal preferences and I’m afraid if I let other people do my eyebrows they will shape it too thin or too arched, while I prefer my eyebrows to be slightly thicker and not too arched. The top part of my eyebrows are naturally quite arched and if the base is shaped following the arch, I’m afraid I will look like I’m angry all the time.

The first time I ever took care of my brows was by waxing it. I bought the Sally Hansen Wax Strip Kit from Watsons. It’s actually quite easy, you can just cut the strips according to the shape of the eyebrows, and then rub it between your hands to warm the wax, place it on the parts you want to wax and just yank it off. Here’s a link to Allison’s video if you want to see the details on how it’s done. Waxing your eyebrows may make the skin red and slightly irritated, but no worries because the kit comes with the oil to soothe the skin after waxing. This method doesn’t reqiure a lot of time but sadly, I don’t know whether it’s the oil or the waxing itself, I started to get pimples between my eyebrows! So I decided to stop waxing my eyebrows and look for other alternatives.

I’ve been hearing that a lot of people converted to threading after their first time trying it, but me being me, I don’t want to go to a professional eyebrow threader. Instead, I looked up on YouTube for how to thread your own eyebrow and I found several videos that made it look so easy. So I grabbed whatever thread I could find and tried to thread my own eyebrow. I managed to thread my eyebrows, but let me tell you, it is hard. I can see why people like it, because unlike plucking, threading pull out several hairs at once, so it’s not too painful if done the right way. But it’s so hard I don’t see myself threading my own eyebrows regularly.

Last resort is the traditional shaving and plucking combination, which worked for me. Shaving eyebrows is much like shaving any other part of your skin, but it needs a different kind of razor. So, I bought a couple of cheap eyebrow razor from the nearest drugstore and I find that those works just fine. But with shaving, you can’t be as accurate as you’d like to, and you have to be very careful. You can easily shave off a part of your eyebrow when you’re actually just targeting a couple stray hair, and there’s also the possibility of cutting yourself because eyebrow razor, just like any other razor, is sharp. That’s why a pair of tweezer will always come in handy. I used to have a regular tweezer that works okay, but I kept hearing people praising Tweezerman and saying that it somehow works to easily pluck your hair with minimal pain. So, recently I finally bought a pair. There was a whole range of cute colors and patterns but I settled on the cheapest coral colored Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer. I’ve never used a tweezer from Tweezerman before and it seems like a good idea to just buy the cheapest one just in case it doesn’t work as good as what people said. But I’m happy to say that it had lived up to my expectation! I don’t understand how, but seriously this pair of tweezer makes plucking so easy, not to mention, almost painless.

Right now, I’m happy with my eyebrow grooming routine. I’m still curious about threading, but I’m not gonna go unless I’ve had other people recommended a good place. So, if you’re from Indonesia and you know a good threading place, do comment down below!

The Multipurpose Powder // Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder

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When I was younger and didn’t know anything about make up, I used to think that powder is the base. I mean, instead of using foundation, powder was used to even out the complexion. Now that I know a little more about make up, I realized that there’s a whole different range of powder and therefore, not all powder are created equal. For example, there’s mineral powder that is used as base, but there’s also setting powder, that — as the name suggests — is used for setting the base. Mineral powder, like foundation, have a range of shades to suit every skin tone. But setting powder, which have very light to no coverage usually have less shade range or simply called translucent because it isn’t meant to cover anything, therefore no color match needed.

Now that I understand a bit more about make up, I mostly use powder to set the base. Living in a tropical country where everyday is pretty much summer, powder is definitely a necessity, especially when having a long day, or spending a lot of time outdoors. But since I have normal-dry skin, I’m quite picky about which powder I like. I definitely wouldn’t want powder that’s too matte or makes my face look, well, powdery. I need powder that keeps shine at bay while still maintaining the dewy-ness of the base. And since I’m not a huge fan of heavy, full coverage bases, a bit of coverage in my powder is definitely appreciated. At first I thought I will need at least two different powder to serve this purpose, but it turns out, I don’t! How, you may ask? Well, the answer is Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder is, I would say, a multi purpose powder. First, it has coverage, so I can just use it on its own when I’m not in the mood for liquid foundation. It won’t cover all, but it will even out minor discoloration and give an overall fresher look. Second, it’s very very finely milled (I know everyone say that every powder is finely milled but seriously I don’t know how else to put it because it really is finely milled!). The first time I use it, I swirled my brush over it quite harshly and I was shocked to see the powder dust flew everywhere. Because of that, this powder is also nice to use over top liquid foundation to set it, or to touch up during the day without it ever get cakey. And this powder is not so matte, and it doesn’t cling to dry patches. What else could I ask for?!

I heard some people compare Bourjouis Healthy Balance Powder to MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, but since I haven’t tried it, I cannot comment on that and I don’t think I’m going to want to try the MAC offering anytime soon because Bourjois is easier to be found, and also cheaper, like half the MAC price cheaper! So, have you ever tried Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder? Do you like it as much as I do? Is there any other multipurpose powder you would recommend? Do share in the comments down below!

Falling Back In Love with Drugstore Lipsticks

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From Left to Right
Top : Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romance – Maybelline Color Whisper in Rose of Attraction – LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Blushing
Bottom : Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Coral Twist – Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sandalwood Beige – Revlon Matte Lipstick in Mauve it Over

As with most people, I started my makeup journey through drugstore products. If I remember correctly my first drugstore lipstick was from Revlon. It was only IDR 35.000 at that time (approx 3 dollars) so it’s very affordable. Then I started venturing into the world of Higher End lipsticks (I don’t have that much money to spend so I sort of collect high end lipsticks, it’s such a guilty pleasure) and those drugstore lipsticks got forgotten. Until last month when I was in Revlon’s counter looking for the Matte Balm in Sultry but ended up buying one of the matte lipstick in Mauve it Over because I couldn’t find the Matte Balm in Sultry. It’s the first time I tried Revlon’s Matte formula, and I was blown away. It’s creamy, doesn’t tug a bit. Yes, it will still look bad if you have dry cracked lips, but it’s so much better than MAC’s matte lipsticks. Plus, the color “Mauve it Over” is such a pretty nude.  I worn it for pretty much every single day for the next month.

Since then, it’s like I’ve been on a drugstore lipstick kick. I rediscovered my old favorites like Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romance and Maybelline Color Whisper in Rose of Attraction. And I bought one of the LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Blushing. It’s creamy, it’s minty, you can wear it alone — dab a little and spread for a subtle color or “paint” your lips for bold opaque color — or you can wear it on top of another lipstick as a gloss. I love layering the LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Blushing over Revlon Matte Lipstick in Mauve it Over to create a unique blend of mauve color. I’m thinking of buying another LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint, but I don’t want the bold colors so maybe I’ll buy Elude next time.

The beauty of drugstore lipsticks is you can buy like 4 of them and still spend less than say, one Bobbi Brown lipstick. So, how about you? Are you a drugstore lipstick kind of girl, or do you prefer higher end brands?