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The Skinny on Cruelty Free Brow Pencils from Anastasia, ColourPop & NYX

Over the years I have probably tried practically every method of filling in my sparse eye brows. Powders, pomades, thick pencil, thin pencils, mascaras, markers…you get the idea. I would have to say that probably one of the quickest and easiest way to fill in your brows is with a brow pencil. Though I often tend towards thicker, triangular shaped pencils (my favorite is the Hourglass Arch Pencil), recently I have been reaching for the super skinny type of brow pencils instead. Of course not all skinny brow pencils are created the same so I thought I would go through a few of the cruelty free offerings in various price ranges that are currently on the market – the Anastasia Brow Wiz, the NYX Micro Brow Pencil and the ColourPop Brow Pencil.

ColourPop Has Gone International! – Guide to All Things COLOURPOP!

Good news for all you International babes out there…ColourPop is now shipping overseas (minus Turkey & China)!!! I absolutely adore ColourPop, though I am constantly frustrated with their never ending roll outs of this and that’s (KathleenLights from YouTube literally just released another collab with them). The good news is that it’s pretty hard to truly break the bank with ColourPop and they have so many options – both in color choice and in type of products! If you’re looking for fantastic, fun, and affordable color cosmetics, you needn’t look further than ColourPop! I tried doing an Overview of ColourPop before, but the brand has grown so much even since then that I feel a need to update a bit. So, to help all of you who may be new to the brand, I’m going to try and give a bit of an overview of the brand’s offerings and mention some of my favorite formulas and colors. Try may be the key word here as there is always a lot to cover! 😉

To make things a bit easier should you be interested only in a certain category, you can jump to each section of the page by clicking the links below (after clicking “Read More”), or just read straight through for all the deets! 🙂
Super Shock Shadows
Lippie Sticks & Lippie Pencils
Super Shock Cheeks (Blushes, Bronzers & Highlighters)
Ultra Matte Lips
Creme Gel Liners
Brow Colours & Brow Pencils
Ultra Satin Lips
Sculpting Stix
Ultra Metallic Lips & Ultra Glossy Lips

Wet n Wild’s Ultimate Brow Mascara (Before & After)

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I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed a brow product on this blog! No reason why – in fact I wrote one once, just never posted it for some forgotten reason. Well, that’s all going to change today because we’re talking about the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara! I first mentioned this as one of the new items in the Spring Collection from Wet n Wild, but hadn’t really given it much of a test run yet. Now it’s made it through all the track and field events and I’m here to share the end results from the meet. Ugh! I make myself sick some days! 🙂 Enough with the silly metaphor and let’s talk about this stuff! 😉

Favorites & Feeling Festive ~ September 2015

Well September is over and Fall is officially here. Despite the shorter days and the dropping temperatures, I’m kind of enjoying this transition into Fall. It’s been a relatively good month and I have a decent collection of Favorites to share with you today! I may not be a huge fan of the Autumnal chill, but I have to admit that I loveFall makeup!!! JSo let’s take a stroll through the most fantastic of the beautiful things that Fall had to offer this month. JI present to you my September Favorites!

NEW Milani Moisture Matte Lipsticks & Stay Put Brows Spotted at CVS!

***UPDATE: I caved and picked up every shade of the Moisture Matte Lipsticks so hopefully a giant swatch fest with some comparisons to prior shades will be up on Wednesday or Friday! Lots of surprising shades btw…and no deep browns or blacks. More towards purples.***

Just thought I’d write a quick update of my finds at CVS this evening. The new Milani displays were up, which is strange because none of the stores near me ever put out new products or limited edition collections…especially not early. So, if you were unaware, Milani is expanding their range of Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks! They appear to have added 8 brand new shades, most of which look perfect for Fall and would be fantastic on deeper skin tones as well (shade names and descriptions below pictures). There are also new brow products that mimic the Anastasia DipBrow Pomade potted brow color trend called the Stay Put Brow Color (shade names also after pictures).

I haven’t swatched any of the Color Statement Matte Lipstick shades (I only bought Matte Darling – self restraint and all), but judging from the pictures and the caps, I’ll do my best to describe the new hues. The shades are from left to right:

Matte Darling (74) – medium slightly rosy pink

Matte Beauty (69) – medium brown-leaning nude

Matte Flirty (71) – very deep wine that almost looks black

Matte Love (73) – very deep brown-based wine that also looks nearly black – may actually be brown

Matte Fearless (70) – this one looks either very deep brown or actually black

Matte Iconic (68) – straight up classic deep red

Matte Kiss (72) – slightly lighter pin-up red

Matte Luxe (75) – slightly muted, bold orange (definitely orange, but not super bright & in-your-face)

Really exciting, though a number of the colors looks really similar! I’m debating doing a swatch post of all of them, but not sure I really want to purchase all 8 shades. We’ll see. I’m curious if the deeper shades are as deep and vampy as they appear! I’m also curious just how similar the deeper shades and the reds are to one another, as well as to their prior matte shades. (Slowly convincing myself “must. try. all!”)

Moving on the the new Stay Put Brow Color. This appears to be Milani’s response to the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade and all the other similar potted brow products. They have a good range of color options – there are 5 shades, which is respectable in the drugstore price range. They also come with a dual-ended brush and the spoolie actually looks really nice! We’ll have to see how it actually performs. So again, here are the colors as pictured from left to right:

Soft Brown (01) – light ash brown to medium brown hair

Natural Taupe (02) – golden blonde to light ash brown hair

Medium Brown (03) – medium brown to chestnut hair

Brunette (04) – chestnut to chocolate brown hair

Dark Brown (05) – chocolate brown to black hair

Hope you’re all having a great weekend! Let me know what you’re most excited about, and especially what lip color you really want to try. I’m thinking I also need the orange and one of the reds; the rest are just massively intriguing! Anyway, have a good night and I will see you during the week for more typical posts!

Small Changes, But Big Difference?!?! – Brow Waxing & Me

I am terrible at maintaining my eyebrows. I don’t have a uni-brow or a mono-brow or whatever you’d like to call it. My brows are not thick, full or horribly unruly. In fact, I have what most would probably consider horrible brows just in that they are quite thin and very sparse. Despite that, I do like to get them waxed. Nothing drastic, but just to clean up the random hairs here and there and have the super long bits trimmed. They are somuch easier to fill in when they’re well groomed. My plan for this post was to show you what a difference having your brows waxed can make, but after looking at my before and after pictures, I can’t say that I see much difference from afar. So, what am I left with to ramble on about today?

Well, not much! JAs I said above, my brows become quite a bit easier to fill in, and the finished result looks better when they are well-maintained. The hairs lie flatter and waxes and gels are no longer an absolute necessity. I can better see the line of my actual brow hairs for filling in, but since they’re different widths, I’m not sure that makes a huge difference either. So is it worth it? Well, in my eyes it is.

Unwaxed Brows

So, why is it worth it to me? Well, brows are seriously important. They balance your face and without them you just look odd. I had a boyfriend who had strawberry blonde eyebrows that were basically invisible and he looked ridiculous without his glasses on – thank goodness for those glasses! I suffer from a similar affliction because, though my brow hairs are definitely brown, the hairs are spaced so far apart that they may as well be blonde (a nice bonus since I fry the hell outta my hair with gallons of bleach!). But from a distance, my brows virtually disappear without some additional help from a pencil, a powder, a pomade, what-have-you. And that’s where the easier-to-fill-in-after-waxing comes in.
After Brow Waxing

I feel like I haveto fill in my brows. Tinted brow gels and colored waxes just don’t cut it for my brows. It’s not my favorite task, but it makes such a difference. And if it’s something I don’t like to do but feel that I need to do to complete my face, it better be as easy as possible! J So I guess I’m trying to rationalize my need to wax my brows. No one else may notice much difference, but to me, it makes all the difference in the world!

How do you feel about your brows? Do you find shaping them makes a difference? Do you need to fill them in like I do? I’d love to hear your brow woes!!!

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