Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Review

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Today I have a review of the Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel from Essence Cosmetics – I purchased it to replace the Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara that I was using previously. [info in italics taken from the Essence website].

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raise your brows! this tinted gel formula contains tiny fibers that fills in gaps to create fuller, more defined eyebrows. the perfectly sized fiber brush shapes and tames to brow perfection

Essence Make Me Brow - Browny Brows

This tinted brow gel is available in three shades (blondy brows, browny brows and soft browny brows) – I purchased the shade browny brows.

Essence Make Me Brow - Browny Brows

Make Me Brow has a small spoolie for quick and easy application. The brow gel is long wearing and doesn’t make my brows feel hard or crunchy. It also works well when combined with a brow pencil.

Do you use a brow gel / brow mascara?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Province Apothecary Full Brow Serum Review

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Today I have a review of the Full Brow Serum from Province Apothecary. I received it in a Petit Vour box back in December 2017. It sat unopened in my stash for ages. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to using it, I figured that I would finally review. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Province Apothecary Full Brow Serum 1

The Full Brow serum is specifically blended with powerful and active pure botanical extracts and anti-oxidants to help fortify hair and encourage fuller-looking brows. The nutritive blend of Organic Castor Seed Oil and Coffee Extract targets hair follicles, while Organic Rosemary Leaf has been used for centuries to improve hair luster and promote the appearance of richer brows. Use twice daily to achieve stronger, healthy looking eyebrows.

Province Apothecary Full Brow Serum

I’ve been using the Full Brow Serum for about 3 months, using it once a day instead of twice daily as I find that it doesn’t play nicely with my eyebrow pencil or brow gel. I manage to use it at least five nights a week, and sometimes every night of the week.

Consistency is key with a brow serum.

My brows are starting to come in a little thicker / fuller, but they are still much lighter in colour than my hair, so I still feel the need to use a brow pencil or gel to darken them up.

Province Apothecary Full Brow Serum

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Castor Seed Oil*, Argan Kernel Oil*, Jojoba Seed Oil* [infused with Coffee*, Burdock Root*, Calendula flower*, Horsetail*], Broccoli Seed Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Leaf Extract + Oil*, Lavender*, Geranium Oil*, Bay Oil.  | *Certified Organic Ingredients.

Have you used a brow serum?

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

Eye of Horus Brow Define Review

Eye of Horus Brow Define

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Today I have a review of the Brow Define pencil from Eye of Horus that came in my August Petit Vour Box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour website] The gold on gold packaging of the box made it VERY difficult to photograph.

Eye of Horus Brow Define

Brow Define is your ultimate brow tool. This brow pencil is formulated using Coconut and Candelilla wax as a foundation. It contains castor oil for strengthening and growth and, like all Eye of Horus products, it is paraben-free with a slim, pointed tip. It contours and fills in color with controlled artistry for perfect arches. Add shape, color, and definition in one streamlined tool.

Eye of Horus Brow Define

The twist-up applicator assists with product control, and a spoolie brush combs through color. Waterproof and smudge-free. 

Eye of Horus Brow Define

The Brow Define pencil comes in three shades: Husk (light), Dynasty (medium) and Nile (dark). I received the shade Dynasty.

So how does it compare to my usual pencils in terms of application, colour and wearing?

Eye of Horus Brow Define

Shade-wise it is very similar to my three main go-to brow pencils – Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow (medium brown), Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow (dark brown), and Crispy Brows High Brow (medium brown) – I’ve had the Crispy Brows pencil in my stash for too long, it has hardened and become grabby, so sadly it will be going into my empties.

Eye of Horus Brow Define Comparison Swatches

The smaller tip allows for more precision for penciling in my brow shape. It is way more smudge-proof than any of my go-to brow pencils (it is even waterproof – great for summer). I love that it has castor oil in it for healthy brows!

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Hydrogenated Soybean Oil Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides Polyethylene Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil Zinc Stearate Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax Mica Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate Methicone Ricinus Communis ( Castor ) Seed Oil MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891, CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491.

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Disclosure: This came in my monthly Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.

Weekly Recap April 16th to 22nd

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, April 16th – Hask Argan Dry Shampoo Review

Wednesday, April 18th – *PR Sample* SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers Review 

Friday, April 20th – Mini Clothing Haul

The sunshine is finally here! Look how blue the sky was yesterday!

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This week I have some skincare reviews for you. And I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of my April Petit Vour box.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This recap contains PR Samples and things purchased by me.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers Kit Review

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As you all have probably heard me complain about my thin little brows, you will know that when SureThik reached out to me about testing out their Eyebrow Thickening Fibers, I was definitely interested!

 

WHAT IT IS: SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers are a semi permanent eyebrow makeup, made from 100% Natural Keratin Fibers and 100% Natural Bees wax that bind to make even the thinnest eyebrows look naturally thick. Forget about messy gels and harsh looking pencils, our Eyebrow Fibers are long lasting and will give your brows effortless looking fullness. More natural and longer lasting than traditional eyebrow fillers or eyebrow powders and one of the only eyebrow thickeners that is water resistant.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

WHAT IT DOES: BUILD – DEFINE – THICKEN –  The Defining Bees Wax shapes and sets the brow while the 100% Natural Thickening Fibers add instant density, filling in any patchy or over plucked areas.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

I was sent the Eyebrow Thickening Fiber kit in the shade Dark Brown, but I was also sent the Brow Fibres in both Medium and Light Brown – all three work for me, it all depends on how dark I want my brows to look on any given day. The kit contains a jar of Defining Wax, a jar of Thickening Fibers (in one of four shades), a Dual Ended Applicator Brush. The kit itself also has a nice mirror in the lid.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

There is a slight learning curve to apply the Eyebrow Thickening Fibres, but with a steady hand and a little patience, it becomes easier and less messy to apply with practise. Here is the application instructions:

Step 1: Slide the angled end of the Applicator Brush over the Defining Wax. Evenly apply wax to the brow shaping as you go. Step 2: Dip the rounded end of the Applicator Brush into the Thickening Fibers. Gently dab onto your brows filling in sparse areas. Repeat Fiber application until desired fullness. Applicator Brush can be cleaned with warm water and shampoo. Rinse thoroughly and lay flat to dry.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

Key to applying the Fibers is to dab or pat them on, and not to “paint” them on as this will leave you with streaky / clumpy brows – which is what happened to me with my first application attempt!

I think that if you are skilled at using brush on brow powders or pomades, then this will be easy for you to use. If you are more used to using pencils, like me, it might take a little while to get the hang of application. As with any makeup application technique, with practise, you will improve!

As you can see in the photo below, the brow on the left is without the Eyebrow Thickening Powder and the one of the right is with the powder. [Sorry that the photo is weirdly cropped, my eyes have dreadful puffiness / circles as I’m still recovering from my cold. I will re-do this photo once I’m less sick looking!]

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

SureThik® is a specialty range of products for weak and thinning hair. All of our products are free from harmful alcohol, sulfates and parabens. All products are developed, researched, formulated and made in Canada by SureThik Inc. [As well, they confirmed that they do not engage in animal testing!]

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this is a PR sample for testing and review purposes.

 

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retractable Review (Medium Brown)

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Today I have a review of the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retractable in the shade Medium Brown that I recently purchased. I’ve been testing it out for over two weeks now. [info in italics taken from the Wet n Wild website]

Insta-worthy! Fill in and define your brows with our unique triangular pencil tip. It creates strokes small enough to look like your finest hairs and sharpens the edges of those brows with rub-resistant pigments. Brush and blend it all out with the pencil’s built-in spoolie. When you’re done, the tip retracts for quick-and-easy storage in your makeup bag.

This retractable brow pencil is available in four shades – taupe, ash brown, medium brown and dark brown. I decided to get the medium brown shade. I tend to buy either the medium or dark brown shade in most brow products.

Wet n Wild Ultimatebrow Retractable Brow Pencil

When I first swatched this, it felt really waxy and skipped. I very nearly threw it out, but since I’ve committed to using things up and not wasting them unless a product causes a skin reaction, and then I will either bin or re-home a product, I decided to keep testing out this brow pencil.

I’m really glad that I did, as it softened up and no longer skipped when applied! It works really well to help fill and define my brows, and does not wear or rub off until I remove my makeup. Shade-wise the colour is perfect for me – my brows are naturally quite dark even though they are on the sparse side. The spoolie is good quality too.

Wet n Wild Ultimatebrow Retractable Brow Pencil

What is your fave brow product?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

 

 

Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara Review

Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara - Espresso

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Today I’m reviewing the Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara in Espresso.

 

Here’s what it says on the Nyx Canada website:

No shame in wishing for a strong beautiful brow! Our foolproof tinted brow mascara helps your dream come true. It sets tames and tints brows for natural-looking wear. Our dependable formula leaves brows feeling soft while maintaining complete control.

The Tinted Brow Mascara is available in five shades – blonde (ash blonde), chocolate (red brown), brunette (ash brown), espresso (deep brown) and black (brown black). After swatching them in the store, I chose to buy it in the espresso shade because the brunette one was too ashy for me.

 

This has a tiny spoolie wand for application, which makes it fairly quick and easy to apply. I find that you will get a more precise application is you blot off any excess product from the tip and base of the spoolie – otherwise you night end up applying way more than you will need and look like you sharpie markered your brows on! Trust me on this one, it happened to me, haha!

Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara - Espresso

Some days I use the Tinted Brow Mascara by itself, and other days, I use it with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil. They work really well together to give a more dimensional look to my brows.

Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara - Espresso

Do you use a brow mascara? If so which one do you use?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil

Hello everyone! Just a short little review for you today on the Perfect Brow Pencil from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil

As you know my holy grail brow pencil is made by Crispy Brows (original review here), but due to the currently horrible exchange rate, I thought that I might try one from Anastasia Beverly Hills since everyone seems to rave about their products. (Also I had the VIB $20 off deal so it lowered the price for me!)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil

Here’s what it says on the ABH website:

With its larger nib and softer consistency, this pencil is ideal for creating straight, long strokes. The vitamin E-infused formula glides on without skipping and dries to a powder finish.

The Perfect Brow Pencil is available in eight different shades on the Sephora Canada website – taupe (cool taupe), blonde (warm gold), caramel (reddish blonde), soft brown (warm golden brown), medium brown (taupe based brown), auburn (medium warm brown), dark brown (dark warm brown) and granite (cool dark brown).

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil

I decided to go with dark brown since my brows are naturally quite dark and taupe based shades cast too grey on me.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil & Crispy Brows Duo Brow Pencil

Consistency-wise, it is a softer pencil than that of the one from Crispy Brows, and is a little darker, but the shade works really well for me, and doesn’t seem to fade or rub off. I find that the Crispy Brows pencil seems to better control my brows than that of the ABH Perfect Brow Pencil. But overall, it is a good substitute for my HG brow pencil (at least until the exchange rate improves).

What do you use for your brows?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

My Holy Grail for Brows: Crispy Brows

My eyebrows are thin. Not from over-plucking, they are just thin. And despite being a brunette, they tend to be almost invisible.

When I first started pencilling my brows in a few years ago, it always looked wrong. Either the colour was wrong, or my technique was horrible. Over time, my technique improved, but it still didn’t look natural.

I found Crispy Brows accidentally on Instagram, and immediately checked out their website. Crispy Brows is run by Roxanne Crisp, a licensed esthetician who launched her own brand in June 2014. Her products are 100% cruelty-free, and some of them are vegan.

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I bought the Perfect Brow Kit which contains a Duo Brow pencil, and a High Brow pencil. The duo brow pencil is vegan, and is available in four shades: blonde, auburn, medium brown and dark brown. I chose the medium brown pencil. Here’s what it says on the website:

Instantly create beautifully natural, perfectly defined and fuller looking brows with this dual brow pencil. No matter what brow shape, this smooth powdery pencil is infused with a trio of waxes that can be used to build the perfect brow. The spoolie brush is great for grooming and blending products evenly for a natural look.

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The high brow pencil is a dual ended chubby pencil, with a concealer at one end, and a highlight at the other end. It is not vegan as it contains beeswax.

The brow highlighter’s velvety smooth texture allows for easy application & blending. Perfect for all skintones, the pink highlight hue will define & highlight the entire eye area as the shimmer end will brighten when applied to the brow bone.

As well, Roxanne Crisp has some really great tutorials on her YouTube channel. I watched several of them before trying out the Perfect Brow kit.

swatches crispy

My experience: I love the Duo Brow pencil so much, I feel that my technique has improved so much! The pencil is a great colour match for me, and it has great staying power. Removal is easy as well. I’m still getting the hang of using the High Brow pencil, but it really does help in finishing off the look. I will definitely be purchasing again!

You can purchase the pencils separately ($18USD for the duo pencil, and $15USD for the  high brow pencil), or in the Perfect Brow Kit ($30USD) on the Crispy Brows website.

Disclosure: I purchased this!

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