It's time for another "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" installment. So this time I'm talking about Senna Cosmetics Sketch-A-Brow. I ran across this on Frends Beauty and decided to give it a try. I don't know why because I'm more of an angled brow pencil lover. This is a very thin, thin, thin, mechanical pencil that reminds you a bit of the ABH Brow Wiz.
Hey guys, I'm hoping to start a new series called: Why Is No One Talking About It? I want it to be dedicated to awesome products flying under the radar. Whether high end or inexpensive, if it's great then I want to talk about it, especially if no one else really is.
What inspired me to do this is actually this product right here, the Elf Instant Lift Brow Pencil. I got this for $2 and the first shade I got was Neutral Brown. Then I went and got the 2 other shades: Taupe, and Black/Brown. So that's three pencils for $6 all together. My advice is start with Neutral Brown and go from there shade wise. This is a mechanical pencil with a brow brush/spooly on the other end. Much like the ABH Brow Wiz or other brow pencils for that matter.
In my opinion this is quite similar to the Brow Wiz from ABH, except the pencil or crayon itself inside is just a bit thicker than the Brow Wiz pencil or crayon. For the price though I would totally take the gamble and at least see if it's similar enough for your liking. To me I prefer pencils that are angled like the Brow Definer from ABH and the Goof Proof from Benefit. However, for $2, I'm more than happy to use this Elf one and save myself a ton of money. Which is the point of this, the product is good, the pigmentation and easy use is there, so for $2 I feel it's worth your time. I find that I can do my brows just as easily and just as quickly as I had been with other pencils, and much faster than I use a pomade or Wunderbrow. Which I do like just fine.
Like I said earlier I would start with Neutral Brown. It's not dark, it's cool toned so it won't be too warm, and it would fit everything from ashy blonde hair to dark hair like mine. Of course there are two other shades you can choose from as well. I just feel Neutral Brown is kinda a universal color or at least useable until you find your color. I can use black/brown as well but I use a light hand with it so it doesn't get too "sharpie" looking. I've not tried taupe just yet. It seems a bit more warm in my opinion though, I bought all 3 shades to have for clients and so on. You can find these at Ulta, Walmart and I guess anywhere else they sell Elf Cosmetics. It's definitely worth checking out. Ulta always has a coupon for $3.50 off $15 so you could buy something else and basically get an Elf Brow Pencil free since it's $2.
In the picture above, I used Black/Brown very lightly and I always brush out the brows to blend any product build up that's maybe too much and give the brows a "softer" look.
In the picture below I used Neutral Brown like I usually do. It's a bit easier for me to work with because the color is lighter.
I've never been the type to do "monthly favorites". I used to do a "fave product of the week" post but I got lazy with that. So I'm just gonna do a mash up of some products that I freaking love as of late.
**The image above is from the Sephora site.**
So this is the Foreo Mini that I got when my Luna Play went down for the count after like 20 uses (fail). I've actually went ahead and got the even bigger one now as well because I love these so much. My skin texture is what is most noticeable. It's so smooth. This is a 3 area style cleanser. It will pulse when it's time to go to your next area. So how I use it is, I do one cheek, side of the nose and half the chin, then once it pulses I switch to the other cheek and do the same thing, then lastly I do my entire forehead and bridge of the nose. I love this thing. It's rechargeable and lasts for quite a while on a full charge. This is less expensive than the others but it's still pretty expensive.
**this picture above is from the Sephora site**
I got this in a trio set of Amore Pacific products. This is the Moisture Bound spray. I have a video using the products here from my Instagram. I just like how nice this feels on the skin and how refreshing it is. Plus it smells really good. I also have their mositurizer and their cleanser which also smells amazing but this is the stand out product for me and I use it every night after I've used my Foreo Mini. I usually use it especially if my skin is feeling really sensitive and uncomfortable. It's not super dewy it's a very fine mist. It's a brand you don't hear much about but I think the whole line is at Sephora now.
**this picture is also from Sephora's site**
I've already done a blog post all about the Benefit brow products that were recently released. I'll leave that link here, it's more in depth. This is the Goof Proof. I've not put it down since I got it though. It's simple to use and it makes it easy for me to both define, sculpt and fill in my brows. It allows so much pigmentation and it doesn't feel heavy on the brows.
I got these press on nails from Static Nails on a whim, they weren't very expensive and I just decided to buy them. I don't know why because I've always hated press on nails. These are no joke though. Not at all. I swear these are better than professionally done acrylics. They are even paintable. So if you get tired of the design you can paint them. The only down side is that my glue actually glued the lid shut to it when I used it the first time. So you're supposed to be able to take these off whenever you want and then pop them back on when you want them on again. In my opinion you might get two separate wears out of it. None the less they are awesome. My advice is when you apply them at first just plan on wearing them as long as you can. I did paint mine and the nail polish chipped easily on them. So I don't think painting them is always the best option but maybe on the solid colors it would work better. This is the "Shattered Glass" style. They have others with crystals on them and some with "red bottoms". They're very cool.
I've done a whole blog post talking about my devotion to the Jouer Lip Cremes. I'll leave the link here for that. I will eventually have every color because they smell like cupcakes and they're honestly the best liquid lip I've ever used. They are so comfortable and wear so well it's amazing honestly.
Lastly, it's not makeup related at all. This was sent to me from Ettika and Free People. I believe it's called the "velvet star choker" and has about 5 shades. I got the tan/camel shade cause well....obviously it's gorgeous. This is my first choker and I love this. It just looks so different. This can be found in Free People stores and on www.freepeople.com.
So I've already talked about the new Benefit launch of brow products in the last couple weeks. I did a more in depth review of the Ka-Brow product. So I'm not going to talk to heavily about that. I did get the Goof Proof pencil and the 3d Brow Tones though and I wanted to discuss both of those with you. For reference all 3 products are $24 each. There are roughly 12 products in the whole collection including tools, brushes and all.
First up lets talk Goof Proof pencil. This pencil on first glance is like a prettier version of the ABH Brow Definer. BUT on closer look it's not exactly angled, it's more diamond shaped kinda as opposed to triangular, with the longer part being the tip of it. I'm gonna get straight to it and tell you that I like this a lot. I think I like it a bit more than the ABH Brow Definer to be honest and I never thought I would say that. This is SO easy to sculpt the brows with where as the Brow Definer is so easy to fill the brows with and give some shape too but not harshly sculpt. This deposits color easier and the shape of the pencil stays pretty thin so it literally GLIDES on the skin. Where I feel like after the Brow Definer has been used quite a bit you have to work harder at getting it built up or shaped the way you want it. Now in saying that, I know this is called the Goof Proof pencil but I have gotten a little crazy with it and made mistakes, it's easy to clean up and it boils down to me not paying attention really. However, it does make brows easier and it's super quick and easy to blend out or clean up but just note it will very easily deposit color where you don't want it if you aren't paying attention. So I use shade 5 just like in the Ka-Brow. There are 6 shades so ideally I would like to see more shades but whatever. I think it's a really good product none the less. Plus the packaging for this entire collection was inspired by "magic wands" and lets just say...I have a Gryffindor scarf in my closet. Soooooooo.......well done Benefit, Well done.
Next up is the 3d Brow Tones. Now these come in 2 shades. I got shade 2 because it was lighter and I heard that if you wanted it to be more noticeable on the brows, to get the lightest shade (2) even if you have really dark hair. So that's what I did. It is noticeable, don't get it twisted it is noticeable when close up. Which you wouldn't want it to be noticeable far away. In pictures of close ups of my eye makeup I see it better than when I look in the mirror. I don't mind how it looks, I just don't feel that it makes it look any more dimensional or more natural looking which is what I've heard several people say that it does. Perhaps it does for them and that's awesome, for me however I don't view it as a game changer or really that much of a help. I like it and I'm gonna keep it but it's something that I sometimes forget to use or that I don't give much thought to. So it's neither here nor there for me. I think it's a very cool concept but it's just not "up-ing" my brow game for me like I thought and hoped it would. Also seeing as I got the lightest shade and it's just noticeable enough I'm guessing the darker shade wouldn't have been noticeable hardly at all in which case I would've been very bummed.
Lastly is the Ka-Brow which I've talked more in depth about in a previous post, which I will link here, so I'm just going to update you on it now. I still don't like the brush but I took some scissors to it and it's vastly improved. I still think it's great for sculpting a brow with a lot of detail. I prefer the Goof Proof to the Ka-Brow personally because it's easier to work with and easier to blend, but if you really want a pomade/gel/cream brow color I would still recommend this one.
So that's it. These are available online and in store at Sephora and Ulta. Remember to use Ebates and get you some cash back on your purchases, if you don't know what Ebates is I'll link that post here.
Promo codes for Sephora:
Till Monday July 11th, you can get 5 samples instead of 3 at check out and a medium goof proof is one of the options
Code VIBOMEGA for the Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan in Tantric with a $35 purchase. *For VIB and VIB Rouge only as of right now*
Code: Sparkle for 1 Summer Essential mini choose 1 of 4 options with a $25 purchase
Code: Bouncy for a mini First Aid Beauty Mask
Benefit was perhaps the Mayflower of brow products....they've had the Brow
Bar at Ulta locations for years plus the old school compact brow duo with tweezers and brush, so on so forth. They're fixing to release some new brow products on the 24th, one of which we're going to talk about today. The KA-BROW! Cream Gel Eyebrow Color, mine is in shade 5, is a cool "pomade-ish" type and brush all in one.
This is water proof, smudge proof, and buildable color that is extremely long wearing. My brush I don't particularly care for, but I think it's just mine. So I don't think it's every brush. Even though if you didn't like your brush you could easily use an angled brush of your own. As far as I can tell they basically are truly smudge proof (cause I tried messing them up before this), and the consistency is thinner than ABH dipbrow, I personally think. It's lighter feeling as well and maybe a bit more dry than other cream brow products. It's a bit easier to sculpt the brow and work with if perhaps you are intimidated by dipbrow, because this can be built up so it doesn't have to be a ton of color right off the bat which makes an ombre brow, for one example, very easy.
The only thing I can say aside from the type of brush I have with mine, is that I find it harder to get product onto my brush. Only because this is a cream-gel formula, which is a little different from other brow formulas I've used. Not just ABH, but Colour Pop also has a cream brow color as well. It's not extremely hard or annoying it's just something that I've noticed. Like I said though it's a blessing in disguise because it's so buildable that it makes ombre brows, filling in, and also sculpting easier to do and more natural, and also see what you're doing before it's too late and you look like a sharpie attacked your face.
So like I said this is releasing on the 24th in Sephora and Ulta with other brow products like a new shade in GimmeBrow, an angled brow pencil, the ka-BROW!, a 3d brow highlight, and about 3 or more other brow products. It's $24 and has 6 shades that are literally named "shade 1, 2, 3, etc etc". Packaging is beautiful, in general I really do like it and if you want to try "sculpting" a brow, I would point you in this direction.
So like I said I have shade 5, which I have super dark hair. There is a shade darker than mine though actually which I can appreciate.
So here are some promos for Sephora:
Free Becca mini of pressed or liquid Opal skin perfector code: "INSTAGLOW" w/ $25 purchase
Free book of the new Urban Decay Vice Lipstick samples total 24 shades code: "UDVICES"
Pick 3 FREE Minis code: "GIVEGET"
Free Benefit Ka-Brow! sample code: "KABROWPOW"
Ulta has a gift with purchase for Benefit which is a 4 pc gift set (automatically added to your cart) with a Benefit purchase over $45. Which is going to last until the 25th of June. (the brow products release the 24th)
Also don't forget to use Ebates and get you some cash back if you're ordering online for Sephora or Ulta either one. Right now (as of today) Sephora's cash back is 8% and Ulta is 3%.
I recently got some new stuff from Colourpop. As you know I'm a huge fan of Colourpop. I just picked up some new stuff from newer collections. Not just one specific collection.
I got 3 of the Satin Liquid Lipsticks. 2 are the new ones from the spring collection and 1 from the first line.
1 Sculpting Stix from the Jaime King collab
Brow Color and Dope Taupe.
I also got another Dare eye shadow since mine bit the dust. (not pictured)
The most exciting thing I think is the lip sticks. Especially the shade Naked Ladies. It's like that perfect bright Coral. It looks red when swatched with other Reds but it's definitely gonna be my summer shade cause it's that intense Coral-y Red.
Second is Botanical which always seems so much lighter in person. It's like a good brighter sherbet color. It's very similar in my opinion to Retro Coral from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It doesn't look so much like it in the swatches but it really is similar in person.
Bad Habit is a color I definitely didn't have. It's a blue based bright pink. It's a bit more of a duo chrome since there seems to be a metallic color shift.
So for the other swatches with the new colors to see what are similar.
Top Right picture left to right:
Bad Habit CP, Srooge CP, Enchanted LA Splash
Bottom Left pic left to right
Naked Ladies CP, Succulent CP, Cozy CP
Bottom Right pic top to bottom
Botanical CP, Pacific CP, Retro Coral ABH, Cocos Island Ofra Cosmetics
Next is the Sculpting stix and Brow Color. The sculpting stick is really similar to Tarte's cream contour stick. Bottom line if you like cream contour I think you should try it. It blends well. I only use it under foundation so I can speak for what it does on top of foundation. However, it's not expensive so I really do think it's a deal.
In the picture above Top to Bottom:
New Renaissance CP, Tarte Sculptor in Park Avenue Princess #3, Tarte Sculptor in Park Avenue Princess.
Lastly is the Brow Color. This is basically a pomade. I got Dope Taupe and I really really like it. If you like sculpting your brows I would pick one of these up in a heart beat. It goes on really well and stays on well. They are also offering brow pencils too and they look similar to the Brow Wiz from ABH but I'm not sure.
The pic below:
Top left: Bad Habit
Top Right: Naked Ladies
Bottom Left: Botanical
So that's it. As always I love everything I got. Colourpop very rarely lets me down. They're inexpensive and they're pretty fast with their shipping. So check them out if you've not. I'll leave their link here. Also sign up for emails and get a $5 off coupon.
**the picture above is from the Anastasia website because I couldn't get a good pic of the shape of mine.
If you are familiar with my blog you know that I'm a huge fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills. Everything that I have from them I've really liked. So it's never a question on whether or not I'm going to like a new product they launch, it's just a given.
Their newest product they've launched is the Brow Definer. Which in my eyes is like brow wiz on steroids. Its a triangle shape looking at it straight down the tube. The reason for the shape is so you can have three different ways to fill in your brows from thin-thicker-very thick. So you could use it for short thin strokes to mimic hair like a brow wiz using the tip of the brush, you could make thicker hairs by using the back side of the pencil. Or you could use it to fill in the brow quickly with the full length of the pencil flat against the skin. You could also use it to draw and sculpt the brow holding it parallel (longest side) and using the length of the product. Being somewhat of an angled brush shape it carves a brow much easier than a Brow Wiz but not as sculpted and intense as Dip Brow pomade is, and this gives you more control. The Brow Wiz is a thin pointed tip that works really well to mimic hairs but harder and more time consuming to fill in the entire brow and also harder to sculpt brows evenly. This makes that much, much easier due to the slanted angle provided by the pencil.
Now if you like that really intense brow, or ombre brow where the tail is super intense and sculpted I'd use Dip Brow and powder. If you like a softer, yet defined brow I would definitely use this. It just is more convenient and it cuts your time in half. Plus you don't have to reach for seven different products to do your brows. You have 3 options of application and a spooley brush on the opposite side. This spooley is bigger than the Brow Wiz spooley which I actually like the one on the Brow Wiz better. This works just as well though. I just prefer smaller spooleys. Another thing I LOVE about this is that you get .007 oz of product in this and in a Brow Wiz you get .003 oz. So that's more than double the product. My biggest issue with the Brow Wiz is that it runs out so fast on me and I'm hoping this won't do that. The Brow Definer is $2 more ($23) than the Brow Wiz ($21). If you have a pro discount with ABH you can not use it on the Brow Definer right now.
This is available on the ABH website (of course), and online at Sephora, Ulta, Macy's, Nordstrom and Dillards.
I also got 4 of the newer eye shadow shades they released for the fall. I got Henna, Prussian Blue, Macaroon and Party Dress.
Looking at these now with some of the other shades I have from their line I wish I would've picked some other colors maybe but none the less I really love these colors I just happen to own some that are similar. Henna is a gorgeous foiled type orange/copper shade but it reminds me of China Rose a little only way more intense and darker somewhat. Prussian Blue is a super pretty foiled blue shade, it reminds me of Mermaid and Dragon Fly though but more of a true blue. Macaroon is my jam. It's a foiled lavender/mauve shade and it's stunning. I would say it's kinda similar to Pink Champagne but this is definitely more lavender and better formula. Last but not least I got Party Dress which I wasn't really enthused about but it's actually really pretty it's neutral/nude with flecks of glitter in it that you can actually see instead of being all shimmer, this is more matte with glitter the tone of it is similar to Bengal but with glitter. Which makes that shade very unique and cool.
The quality of these are amazing. They're even better than the first shadows they released that I have and I'm still a big fan of those. The Titanium line had a lot of fall out originally but the new foiled style shades like Henna, Prussian Blue and Macaroon adhere better to the eye, keep their intensity, and are more opaque it seems. Where as the Titanium shades like Pink Champagne and Metal needed to be layered over another shadow I found. Not that I didn't love those anyways these are just even better.
Another really awesome thing is that before you got a discount if you done an 8 well palette. Now you can do a 4 well palette for $40. Making these $10 a piece when, I believe, regularly they're $12 a piece. So that's actually really awesome.
They have said that their shadows and other products besides brow products are coming to Ulta, Sephora, etc, sometime in early spring I'm guessing. So if you're someone who needs to see things in person (I'm looking at you, Savannah.) You will be able to do so.
In this picture above I'm wearing Henna in the center. Bengal in the crease and some Red Earth as well. Then on the outer and inner corners I'm wearing Noir, layered over Deep Plum, over Smoke which is over Red Earth. So if you were to apply it you would Bengal in the crease first, Red Earth on the inner and outer corners and buffed into the crease, then Smoke on the inner and outer corners, then over that you'd do Deep Plum and finish with Noir. Although you could finish with Deep Plum and it look awesome as well. I took a little Deep Plum into the crease as well, just a smidge to carve out the crease.
I loved this so much that I didn't want to take it off at night and it's been a while since I've loved a look that much.
In this picture I'm wearing Macaroon as the star of the show. It's beautifully frosted and lavender. I applied it with my finger to the center of the lid.
Also using the Brow Definer as well for my brows. And that was the only thing I used to fill in/sculpt my brows.
A few days ago I done a post about what was trending in the makeup world. I mentioned feathered brows and that's what this post is about. This is actually really simple if you already have a good shape to your brow. I have fuller, thicker brows so it's really easy for me to do. This is also a much more subtle and natural look than the sculpted, ombre, intense brows we've been seeing. I like both trends but this one is gonna be easier to do for beginners and just all around not intimidating.
The only two products I used were: Benefit Gimme Brow and an eye shadow/brow powder.
First I just brushed the brow up, to see the shape. I used LAB 2 Beauty brushes for this. The double ended brow groomer and the angled brow and liner brush.
Next I go in with a shadow or brow powder that is close to the brow color. I use this just to fill in. Not line it or define it like I normally would. I use short strokes and go the direction of the hair growth. If you want you can take the brush spooly or disposable mascara wand and comb through the brow to soften the edges and keep your "feathered" look in place.
This next step is where the feathered part really comes out. I take the Benefit Gimme Brow which is a tinted brow fiber gel and LIGHTLY go over the brows. I just drag it through the hairs, I don't press it against the skin. The point of the feathered brow is that it looks a little "unruly" and messy while still being filled in. Where as a sculpted brow is very structured and sleek.
Side note: The Gimme Brow is also great to use just by its self for a really low key look. If you're someone who likes minimal makeup but you still need your brows filled in a little the Gimme Brow is good for that because the fibers cling to the hair and build it up to make them fuller. It comes in two shades I have Medium Deep but it also comes in Light/Medium.
Sorry about the lighting in these pictures I done this last night so they're a little dark.
Recently I picked up some new brow products from Ulta. I got the NYX Tame and Frame brow pomade which is along the same lines as Anastasia Beverly Hill Dip Brow. So I already owned the Dip Brow and I wanted to try these because they were buy 1 get 1 50% off. They're about $7 a piece. Which is way better than $18 for the Dip Brow. So I got Blonde and Brunette. I thought that would be good for my clients and it was a great deal so why not.
First thing is: they're really good. Like impressive. They are almost like a mousse consistency instead of a cream. Or just incredibly creamy whatever you prefer. They are very easy to work with. I honestly think I like them a little better than the Dip Brow. The only possible negative thing is they might could smudge possible if you used too much. However, work with a little product and build from there is what I would recommend.
Tame and Frame in Brunette
Tame and Frame in Blonde
The Tame in Frame is actually more product than the Dip Brow. Dip Brow is 4g and Tame and Frame is 5g. So that's definitely a plus. They're used the same way. A pomade or cream is going to really sculpt the brow better than a pencil or powder. If you are going for something subtle I recommend using a powder. If you don't have a lot of experience with your brow shade then pomade and creams can get over done or tooooo sculpted. When you're a brunette like me that's easy to do anyway because you almost always look boxy and sculpted. I've just came to accept it. The way to avoid that is to brush through the hair with a spooly brush continuously to avoid getting boxy and looking too sculpted.
I used the blonde in the front of the brow and the brunette through the rest. The brunette is what's going to give it its shape and define it but the blonde is going to subtly fill in the sparse areas in the front without getting too boxy.
The brunette is not the exact color of the Dip Brow Medium Brown but it's very close. It's just a little lighter I would say.
This is a before and after of my unruly brows and then after I've filled them in using both Blonde and Brunette Tame and Frame.
I give this two thumbs up. There are 5 shades and they are $6.99 at Ulta and buy one get one 50% off.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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