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Makeup fail: my eyebrows

I’ve got pretty good eyebrows.

Sure I plucked the hell out of them in high school (didn’t everyone pluck their eyebrows down to nothing in the 90s?). And I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with them throughout my 20s and early 30s due to the fact they took so long to maintain.

Since I had Boo, though, I kinda eased up on their maintenance, and allowed them to grow out….and I love them! They’re thick (but not ridiculously so), quite full, and have a nice natural shape to them. Apart from trimming them every two weeks, plucking any unibrow-threatening hairs and the odd hair below their natural/reasonable line, I can mostly leave them alone.

But it somehow got into my head that I could make my great eyebrows even better. Maybe even amazing! How? With eyebrow makeup….just to fill in those few sparse areas and better define them overall.

Green super macro eye

(these are not my eyebrows – image courtesy of Courtney Rhodes)

I went to Sephora one weekend to see what I could come up with. I was initially thinking an eyebrow powder would work best, just because I read about powders online and am apparently quite impressionable. But the lady at the store told me no….a gel would be much better, and last throughout the day, whereas a powder would wear off. Seemed reasonable to me. So she sat me down in a chair, and found an eyebrow gel colour that worked with my brows, and applied.

My eyebrows looked GREAT! The same, but better!

I bought the gel and an angle brush to apply and went on my merry way.

Fast forward a few days to when I decided to try applying the gel myself. Hmmm….it seemed to take me much longer than it took the Sephora beauty consultant lady – but she’s had lots of practice, right? I seemed to keep needing more from the tube, whereas I couldn’t really remember her needing so much. It seemed darker than I remembered.

When I stepped back to look at my brows, my worst fears were confirmed. I looked silly. I mean, completely and utterly ridiculous. I washed it off immediately, and began pondering what I had done wrong. Too much gel? Applied everywhere rather than only where I really needed it?

I’ve decided to try again. Repeatedly if I must. But only when I’m home alone and Boo is down for his nap, so that NOBODY can see me.

Until I get it right, that is.


My….beauty regimen?

Very often extremely photogenic bloggers (or their attractive models/friends) share their beauty regimens and favourite products. Depending on the level of detail, I may read, scan, or skip the post entirely. Because let’s face it…though I know my beauty routine could use an overhaul, it’s probably not going to happen as the result of my reading a blog post, or with products I’m either not likely to find locally or whose prices make me choke.

Makeup brushes by Natasia Causse

image source

Which isn’t to say that I don’t sometimes stop and wonder….what if I had more time to make myself pretty? Wouldn’t it be great to get my eyebrows to look perfect every day? How can I get fresh and glowing skin? And wouldn’t orange lipstick be awesome?

The reality, of course, is that most days I don’t wear makeup anymore. Washing my face is, pretty much, my current beauty regimen (and half the time, I only get to it halfway through the day). Oh, and of course I’ll usually pluck the most offensive of hairs here and there, when I steal a moment to use the washroom (If I’m washing my hands and can see the hair in the mirror…it’s gotta go).

When I do wear makeup, it’s pretty basic: moisturizer, foundation/pressed powder, blush, eyeliner. I don’t do a particularly good job applying any of it. Once when Boo was grabbing at my legs, I think I forgot to line both eyes.

So instead of relying on fantastic products – ever since the jewel cases on my go-to products started breaking ALL THE TIME – I kind of buy whatever is on sale and hope for the best. I mean…there’s always Photoshop, right?