The Brows Have It

Aside from general brow grooming (waxing / plucking), I have honestly never really given my brows much thought. They aren’t too thin. They are the right color. They are just kind of there, living above my eyes. Big deal, brows.

I remember in college, one of my friends was obsessed with clear brow gel that you could pick up at the drugstore. She literally applied and reapplied it a few times daily. (Even then) always willing to try a new product, I purchased my own clear brow gel and proceeded to incorporate it into my make-up routine. Did it really do anything for me? I honestly doubt it, but at least I was giving my brows some attention. Right?

Anywho…I was reevaluating some of my make-up choices to help transition into summer (tanned skin, increased sweating, more bronzes, light-weight everything, etc…) and I started really looking at my brows. Did they need some attention? Some love besides just grooming maintenance? Probably.

One thing that has actually bothered me about my brows is the fact that one of them has kind of ‘balded’ slightly near the inner eye / starting point. It is something that I have just kind of overlooked because, well, hairs just haven’t grown there. It was kind of ‘whatever’. I started thinking about clients who used to come in to Sephora or Macy’s (when I worked as a make-up consultant) who had actual brow issues. Women who had virtually no eyebrows, brows that were the wrong color, brows that needed to be tamed, brows that needed X,Y,Z… I remember researching pencils and gels and powders (oh my!). I remember applying different products during make-up trials to my clients and really seeing the transformation that a ‘good’ brow can have on one’s face. So, why oh why, have I neglected implementing one of these products into my own make-up routine. That answer, my awesome friends, is still a mystery to even me.

Long story short (whew), I have recently experimented with a few brow products to fill in my little balding patch and create an overall more striking / filled in brow. I have to say, I love the results. It has given my face more symmetry and has just created an overall cleaner look for the rest of my make-up.

My product of choice is Laura Mercier Brow Definer.
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This product works for my needs because it is a wax / gel formula that naturally grabs onto the brows hairs that I do current have. It creates some color enhancement, as well as fills in any bare spots. The look is so natural, I just love it.

The wax / gel formula isn’t sticky at all and it wears well all day.

I apply the brow definer with a thin but stiff angled brush (THIS is my favorite) and gently create small upward / diagonal strokes to encourage the product to flow with the direction of the hair. Easy peasy.

Laura Mercier Brow Definer comes in three shades: Fair, Soft and Warm. My brows / natural hair color is a pretty rich brown, so I selected the Warm tone.

This little pot of brow happiness runs for around $20 a pop, but should last a LONG time. You really only need a small amount daily.

So, if you are thinking about switching up your make-up routine, or simply want to reevaluate your overall look, take a peek at those brows. Do they need some love? They might…and that just might make a world of difference.

Don’t you just love a simple solution!?

Sigma Beauty Brushes

It was time for me to upgrade my make-up brushes. Over the years, I have been piecing together my ‘brush set’ here and there. Mixing mediocre brushes with a few high end ones, I ended up with a menagerie of randoms. One Chanel, two or three Sephora Professionals, a few Sonya Kashuk, a couple Trish McEvoy, and the list continues.

I had one of those moments where I was craving uniformity and organization. I needed to rectify my hodge-podge collection of brushes and start fresh with a clean slate.

After doing some research, I decided to give Sigma Beauty Brushes a try.

Sigma offers complete kits, kits by category, travel kits, individual brushes, and even vegan brushes. In essence, I ‘built’ my own set by selecting an Eyes Kit and then supplementing with a Flat Kabuki, Concealer brush, Angled Brow brush, and Round Kabuki.

Yes, I could have just bought a ‘more complete’ kit, or even a secondary kit, but after really assessing my make-up routine, I knew that this combo of brushes would do the trick.

BONUS: I hunted for an online coupon code & saved 10% on my order.
DOUBLE BONUS: They sent me a free eye shadow trio (that is gorgeous) with my order.

sigma1All of the brushes have solid, substantial handles. The brushes are made out of both natural and synthetic bristles. The natural brushes are typically goat hair, either white or black.

So far, my general impression is that this brush line is a good investment. I really can’t ever see myself being willing to spend the sort of money to get a full set of MAC brushes. And to be honest, unless you are a make-up artist by trade, I don’t really feel like you have to drop that amount of cash to get the results you desire (and deserve). Sigma provides a quality brush that, if cleaned regularly and treated with love, will last me for years to come.

MORE ABOUT SIGMA BEAUTY

sigma_beautyHistory
Sigma was founded in 2008 by Brazilian natives Rene, a civil engineer with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and his wife Simone, a researcher with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. After discovering the strong need for worldwide availability of affordable and high-quality beauty products, the couple combined their knowledge of engineering and scientific research to create a company that met these needs in the cosmetic industry.

Today, Sigma is one of the fastest-growing and top-rated companies in the beauty industry as a result of its ingenious and high-quality products, all of which are tested for performance, resistance and durability to fit the specific needs and wants of every consumer.

Company Overview
Sigma constantly strives to produce exceptional and stylish beauty products at an affordable price for its customers. The company prides itself on unmatched customer service, satisfying the utmost of standards, and the guarantee to exceed all expectations!

Mission
Sigma is dedicated to developing revolutionary beauty products with an exceptional signature quality.  We are fashion-forward, innovative trendsetters, inspiring people around the world to express their individual beauty.

Motto
Keeping the world beautiful.