Thursday, 31 January 2013

MUP | Foundation

'Ello!

Anyone here?

*Peeps into room and enters*


Errrrm, i'm sorry for not updating my blog for some days now.....i've been sooooo busy you can't even imagine. How are y'all doing? Great i hope.

I have decided to introduce 2 new series to my blog, they are called ...........

*drumroll*

............................The "MUP" series and the "Facials Fridays".

MUP means 'Makeup products', and in this segment, i'll be introducing some makeup products and i'll also tell you what they are and how to use them. In the 'Facials Fridays' segments, i'll be sharing natural recipes with you too.

So to start off the 'MUP' segment, i'll be talking about The Foundation.





THE FOUNDATION

The foundation is a skin-colored makeup that is applied to the face to create a uniform complexion and to help cover up some blemishes. It is sometimes used to slightly alter the shade of the skin. Foundation is simply meant to create a smooth canvas for your makeup to go on. It makes your skin smooth enough for the rest of your makeup to glide on.



TYPES OF FOUNDATION

Foundation can come in liquid, cream-to-powder, stick or powder form. They can also can be oil based, oil free or water based.

LIQUID



Many women like liquid foundation best because it applies so smoothly and is easily found at your local drugstore. You can enhance the smoothness by putting it on with a slightly damp makeup sponge. Liquid makeup is good around the eyes, where you may want a bit more coverage; you can put it on with a small lip or concealer brush for the best control.
CREME-TO-POWDER



This foundation goes on as a liquid, but dries to a powder finish. You'll find cream to powder makeup in compacts that look like powder or in tubes or bottles, the one in the pix above is in a compact form. This kind of foundation is nice because its easy to apply and you don't have to put on powder for full coverage.

STICK



These are creme-to-powder foundations that come in a stick form. They do well in covering blemishes...Roll the stick foundation over your face, foreheads, cheeks, nose and chin and blend carefully.


POWDER FOUNDATION



Powder foundations can be illuminating or matte. Women with dry skin should avoid powder foundation as it will settle into areas of dryness and scaly areas, instead, if you have dry skin, go for liquid foundation. A dry sponge is the traditional method used to apply powder foundation and it works really well. If you want your skin to look more natural, spritz a powder brush with a skin refinisher like MAC fix plus.




HOW TO CHOOSE FOUNDATION

When choosing a foundation to buy for your skin, try to buy one that matches your skin-tone exactly. Some people usually buy foundation, and when they use it, their faces appear lighter than their skin. This is not meant to be and it is unsightly.  Generally, you should try to match your foundation to the type of skin you have, using it to compensate for either an oily or a dry complexion....as in, if you have oily skin, buy a mattifying type like an oil-free liquid or powder foundation. They contain powders that absorb oil, leaving you with a matte, smooth finish. If your skin is dry, use a liquid one or use a hydrating powder foundation. If you have combination skin, strategically apply a mattifying powder foundation, in a way that you can distribute more of the oil-absorbing makeup where you need it and less where you don't. Test the product on your jaw-line, and if it blends perfectly with your skin color, buy it.


HOW TO APPLY FOUNDATION

Using a foundation brush, sponge or a wedge, brush your foundation onto your skin. Be sure to blend it into your hair line, behind your ears and down your neck so that you would avoid harsh lines of dermacation, and it won't look like you are wearing a mask. If it's a full-coverage foundation, it should be able to cover some spots.. Use fluid strokes to make sure that the foundation is blended perfectly and that there are no streaks left of your face because some brushes leave streaks. If you are not used to a brush, you could use a foam wedge or a sponge or even your fingers. I used to use my fingers to apply my foundation because the heat from my fingers helps in blending it into the skin, but now, i use a foam wedge. If you get a good brush, it's all good!


That's all i have to share about the foundation.

Good luck in choosing and buying yours.

Besos.

Monday, 28 January 2013

B 'n D Makeover

Too many make-over posts in quick succession.....i know......can't help it sha. Anyway, how are you today?

Fine?

ok!

So today, i was playing around and decided to give myself another make over. I think i managed to get my camera settings right this time. This would be a short post.......mostly pictures actually, so enjoy and please don't forget to leave comments *cheeky grin*



Before (Ignore the lip balm)


After


After

After

By the way, that black spot above my lip is sooooooooo fake! Hahahahaha!

Next, i tried a different eye-shadow combo and a different lip color from the first one i used. See pics below.....



Before


After


After (pardon that black strap....i dunno what it is! *Covers face*)


After

Then again, with the same eye-shadow combo still going on, i tried another lip-color.....and orangey one. see below....



Orange lip color


And i continued with the red. I love red lipsticks.....who doesn't?


Chai! Eyes of lifeeee!






Wooooosh! Too many pictures for one post. Hope i didn't bore you to sleep. I didn't? Great! Well, those are the looks i played with today. Find the list of the products i used below....


PRODUCTS USED

FACE

  • Mary Kay time-wise age fighting moisturizer
  • Zaron creme-to-powder foundation *CZ35*
  • Mary Kay loose powder *Bronze 1*
  • Zaron eye-shadow/blush duo palette *D001*
  • Mary Kay concealer *Bronze 1*

EYES

  • Mary Kay eye primer
  • Black Opal eye/lip liner pencil *Col B02* (For my brows)
  • Hashmi kajal (for upper and lower waterlines)
  • Incolor Fabuliner liquid eyeliner *Black*
  • Clinique mascara *Black*
  • Sleek 'Storm' palette
  • Sleek 'Bad girl' palette
  • Estee Lauder *02 Amber Honey* (To highlight under my brows)


LIPS 

  • Aloe lips lip balm

FOR THE RED LIPS....
  • Mary Kay 'Red' lipstick
  • Mary kay lipgloss (It's red, i couldn't find the name under it)

FOR THE ORANGE LIPS....
  • Mary Kay 'Sunny Citrus' lipstick
  • Estee Lauder 'Pink kiss shimmer' lipgloss

FOR THE PINK LIPS....
  • Island beauty 'Blue flame' lipstick *To outline the lips*
  • Flomar pretty lipstick *To color the centre of the lips*
  • Mary Kay 'Fancy Nancy' lipgloss


Thats it for today's B 'n D make-over post. Hope you like the looks i created.

As usual, i thank you for your time.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Brushes 101 : Eye shadow brushes

This is the conclusion of the brushes 101 tutorial. Mind you, my brush 101 lectures is based on make-up brushes for personal use. I intentionally saved the tutorials on eye-shadow brushes for the last because it's quite vast.

Vast because there are different brushes in the eye-shadow brush family. You have the fluffy kind, the flat kind, the crease brush, the blending brush, the pencil brush, and the angled eye-shadow brush.

Like I've always said, each brush has it's purpose, and if you want your eye-shadow application or even your entire make-up to turn out well, use the right brushes for the right purpose. That is the reason for this lecture......to know the right brushes for each step of make-up.


THE FLUFFY EYE-SHADOW BRUSH

The fluffy shadow brush
 This particular brush has fluffy bristles,it's for the application of eye shadow to the lid area. It's best used to pack on color on the lids. This brush has a thick bundle of fibers arranged in a rounded shape.



FLAT EYESHADOW BRUSH



The flat eye shadow brush

These brushes go from pan to lid, but they don’t necessarily work for blending colors together, but they’re designed to transfer the color from the pan onto the lid without losing the product in-between.



BLENDING BRUSH


Blending brush
 Blending brushes are often fluffier and slightly tapered or domed. These brushes are used mostly to blend colors already applied to the lid.  They help to make colors blend seamlessly with each other and help fade the harsh lines of demarcation.


CREASE BRUSH


The crease brush

Crease brushes are often longer, slightly fluffy, and come to a tapered tip. These brushes can be used for both defining the crease as well as for blending out the crease color once it’s been applied.


THE PENCIL BRUSH



The pencil brush

This is used for precision shading on lid, in eye crease or along lash line, or the outer 'v'. The soft, smooth fibers of this brush are gathered into a pencil-shaped tip. It is ideal for blending eyeliner into eye shadow to create a smoky looking eye.


THE ANGLED BRUSH


The angled brush
 This angled shadow brush is perfect for applying and shaping the shadow at the corners of your eye.


Ok, now that i have concluded the tutorials on the make-up brushes (tools of the trade), I hope that now, you would have an idea of what these brushes are for and the purpose for which they are used. Some brands of make-up brushes are labelled so as to save you the trouble of racking your brain trying to figure out which is for what. Don't worry, as you continue using these brushes, You would get so used to them that you won't be confused anymore.....and whether they are labelled or not, you will do just fine.


Thanks for your time.

Mucho gracias.

B 'n D Makeover

Today, Lucy a darling friend of mine came to my place for a make-over. She came straight from church and she really looked lovely in a little but decent red gown. We gisted, and had fun transforming her face. Her lovely gown was the inspiration behind the look i did, and trust me, it looked better in person. Below are the 'before' and 'after' pictures......

Before her transformation

My camera is at it again! Errrrm......Dobbys Signature, if you are reading this, please give me tips on how to take good pictures. Loooooool!

After

I especially loved the red lips, but she isn't a 'red lipstick' person, so we had to tone it down a bit



Hahaha!
 I caught her in a 'moment'




Love the eye shadow. Do you?

I really had fun working on Lucy's face, She had the perfect eyes for make-up, and don't mind these pictures, they don't do her justice. It all really looked better in person. Don't worry, with time, i'll get a better camera and take better pictures for your viewing pleasure. Thanks again Lucy. *Big smile*

Alrighty then!

Till next time......

Banana and oats facial scrub



Finally, i want to share the banana and oats facial scrub i promised sometime ago. So sorry for the delay. The ingredients for this mask are not hard to find, and its very easy to make. When preserved in an air-tight container and put in the fridge, this mixture will last 3 days. But i personally think you should only make the amount you can use at once since you shouldn't scrub everyday. If you make excess and put in the fridge, you might end up wasting it. When buying the youghurt, dont buy the sugary one, it's better to use the natural one without the sweeteners.


WHAT YOU NEED
  • 1/2 Cup of Oatmeal (Oats ain't just for breakfast you know!)
  • 1/4 Cup of Natural Yoghurt 
  • 1 Medium Banana 
  • 2 table spoons of honey

HOW TO MAKE

Using a fork, mash the banana into a paste

Once the banana has been made into a paste, pour in the oats and whisk them together to form
a thick but easily spreadable paste.

Add the yoghurt and honey and mix.

If you find the mixture a little too stiff, add a small amount of yoghurt until you have a consistency
that is to your satisfaction.


HOW TO USE

Apply the mask on your face, and using a wash-cloth or your hand, rub in small circular motions on your face for like 3 minutes.

Rinse off with warm water, after rinsing, splash some cold water on your face to close up your pores.

Apply your moisturizer and you are done.


That's it. Easy abi?


WHY OATS, HONEY, YOGHURT AND BANANA?

A bowl of oats

Oats because it has cleansing properties as well as mild exfoliant properties. Oatmeal also has moisturizing properties and can act as an anti-inflammatory for sunburned or irritated skin 

Pure honey

Honey because it contains many nutrients and minerals excellent for skin health such as vitamin B, iron, manganese, copper, potassium and calcium. It also acts as a humectant drawing moisture to the skin and it is perfect as a gentle cleansing solution for even very sensitive skin. When mixed with water, honey releases peroxide properties which helps to heal acne and to impede the growth of bacteria that causes more acne.



A bowl of yoghurt (Try not to eat it, or you wont have any left for your face)


Yoghurt because the lactic acid in it will soften and tighten and smoothen the skin. Yogurt also contains zinc, which can help remove blemishes. Finally, an article from Natural-HomeRemedies.org reports that yogurt contains antibacterial and antifungal properties to cleanse the face and prevent skin infections.




A yummy looking bunch of bananas


Finally, banana because they have many nutrients that are essential for your skin. They contain significant amounts of vitamin C which plays vital role in maintaining the integrity of your skin. Vitamin C is needed for the production of collagen by the body, and collagen is a type of protein found in our skin which is essential for strength and elasticity of the skin. Another important benefit of eating banana is that it helps you to have younger looking skin.


Having said all that, this scrub is ideal for all skin types and especially beneficial for problem skin. It's also a great way to save money. So now you have a choice.......

Store bought or home-made?


Mucho gracias!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

B 'n D Makeover

'Allos!

'Tis my first make-over post, and i decided to start it using my humble self as a model *bats eyelashes*. It was my wedding anniversary yesterday ( we are 3 years old, yaaaaay!), and i gave myself a make-over before we went out to dinner. It's not a special look actually, but i didn't want to look like my ordinary makeupless self. Abeg, please excuse my poor pictures 'cos i took the pictures with my phone camera, so it doesn't look fantastic, but believe me, the makeup looked better in person. Most of these amazing makeup pictures you see in magazines and adverts, the photograpgher and his camera played their part in it *winks*


Ok, so i will post my pictures below......before and after pics. Then afterwards, i'll write a list of the products i used for the whole thing. So, sit back, relax with a glass of kunu and enjoy *goofy grin*





Before. (My phone camera sef na wah!)



After

That's one of the many poses i did. I snapped and snapped and snapped. Ehn-hen.....biko dont mind my smile. I have a very weird smile, and each time i smile, the picture spoils. I dunno why! Hahaha!




Before


After

In case you are wondering......that is NOT what i wore to my anniversary dinner ooooooh! Rather, i wore that during the day, and i wore something else to dinner......you know na! *winks*



Before


After

My hair was in a mess, so i had to tie a scarf, and it's a co-incidence that my scarf happened to be as black as my top......oh well........





Don't mind that tiny little brow hair sticking out


Honestly, it looked better in person

Ok, so that's all the pictures i have. I really have to get a professional photograper to do this job for me 'cos i and my phone camera suck at it. Well, i hope you still liked the look though.


PRODUCTS I USED


FACE

  • Mary Kay time-wise age fighting moisturizer
  • Mary Kay time-wise matte wear liquid foundation (Bronze 1)
  • Mary Kay loose powder (Bronze 1)
  • Mary Kay concealer (Bronze 1) *To conceal dark circles under my eyes*
  • Zaron Eyeshadow/ blush duo palette (D001) *for blush*


EYES

  • Zaron eyebrow pencil EZ09 Brownie
  • Zaron eyebrow definer/filler T001
  • Mary Kay eye primer
  • Sleek 'Bad girl' and 'Storm' palettes *For the eye shadows*
  • Estee Lauder 'Sugar bisquit-satin' *To highlight the brow arch*
  • Elf liquid eyeliner (Midnight)
  • 'Blue heaven' Indian kajal *For upper and lower water lines*
  • Sleek volumizing mascara (Black)
  • Jordana pencil eyeliner (Blue devine) *Lower lash line*


LIPS

  • Jordana lip liner (Plush plum)
  • Flormar pretty lipstick (P319)
  • Mary Kay lip gloss (Fancy Nancy)


That's it for my make-over post. Till next time.

Gracias.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Let's take a break.




Morning Lovelies!

I thought we should take a break from all the beauty posts *Whew! wipes brow*. At a point sef, i was wondering when my blog turned to a 'skin care' blog. It's also meant to be about makeup products, product reviews, make-over pictures, make-up tips, infact......all things beauty. But now, it seems like the skin-care posts wants to over-shadow the whole thing. Don't worry, i'll try to strike a balance. I also plan to feature other MUAs......(An idea i got from  MISYKONA'S blog). You know.......show case them so that if you are in different parts of Nigeria, you will know who to call on for your special occasions make-overs. *Winks*


But the thing is that these plenty skin care posts are actually necessary. A clean, clear skin is pertinent. If you want flawless make-up, then you should strive to have flawless skin! Some people wonder why it takes a lot of time for their foundation to blend into their skin or for their skin to absorb their moisturizer while they rub and rub. I have just one question for you.....when last did you exfoliate? Huh? Huh? Huh? *side eye*. How do you expect it to absorb well when there are dead skin cells covering your skin?


Some people don't even feel comfortable without makeup. They can't bear to be seen with their natural faces because its covered with orishirishi *insert bbm evil smiley here*. Meanwhile, they have the power to look as beautiful as they want to be. Personally, i even prefer my natural face to my made up face (I've been told so severally too)......why? Because i take care of my skin, and it looks clean enough for me to flaunt. I do facials once a week  ( yeah.....cleansing, exfoliating, steaming, masking), i cleanse morning and night, i never use bar soaps that are meant for the rest of the body for my face....rather, i use my Mary Kay gel cleanser to wash my face twice daily. I do a full body exfoliation twice a week with my St Ives Apricot body scrub and my pair of exfoliating gloves (Thanks again princess Mma *hugs*). I moisturize my face every morning and every night. I exfoliate my lips twice a week and moisturize it too.......anyway, lemme not bore you with my routine, but my point is that you SHOULD have a routine too! If you have blackheads, whiteheads or acne, they will greatly reduce if you develop and stick to a proper routine, and soon you will have nothing to be ashamed of and proudly bare your natural face for the world to see. If your problem is the expensive products, i usually post some natural and affordable recipes that are just as effective as the chemical ones in bottles and jars.



My face without makeup. Just ignore the red lipstick.


Look at it this way.....your face is like a canvass for a painting. If you want your painting to look good, then, you should paint on a clean canvass. If you want your skin to glow and look good, then you should take care of it well watch what you eat and drink lots of water.

Yesterday, i modelled for a MUA friend of mine....it was fun and i'll post the pictures of the make-over later, stay tuned. Like i mentioned earlier, i'll start a segment where i will be featuring other MUAs and their works so that if you are in Enugu, Lagos, PH, Abuja, etc.....you will not be so confused when you need to hire the services of a MUA when you need it.


As time goes on, i will introduce more segments to my blog to make it more interesting and fun to visit.

But for now, i gats to go!

Ciao!

Monday, 21 January 2013

BLACKHEADS : Understanding, controlling and preventing them.





Like i promised one of my readers who commented on one of my posts, here i am with a post on blackheads. Like the title says, this post will be explaining what blackheads are, letting you know how to manage them, and how to prevent new ones from forming on your skin. If you are fortunate like me and don't ever have blackheads, then you can close this page. But if you just need the information for a relative or perhaps for a friend.....read on.



UNDERSTANDING BLACKHEADS


I believe that if someone has an understanding about something or a problem, then they will be able to handle it better. So what are blackheads and how are they formed? Also, what causes them? Now......let's see...... I'll try to explain this as simply as i can. I did a little research on it, and i will break down my findings for you below....


Blackheads are those tiny black plugs you see on the tip or side of your nose when you look in the mirror. Contrary to what most people say, blackheads are not a result of poor hygiene. What actually causes them are excess oil that are trapped in your skin's sebaceous glands.

The sebaceous glands which are found near the surface of our skin secretes an oily substance called 'Sebum'. When this sebum is produced too much, mixes with dead skin cells, and blocks the skin pores, they form blackheads.....so basically, you can say that the over-production of oil is the main cause of the emergence of blackheads. Blackheads can also be caused by the build-up of dirt and oil on the surface of the skin from the use of excess cosmetics and moisturisers, or if the skin has not been cleaned properly. So, it's safe to say that blackheads mostly sprout on the faces of people that have oily skin. You hardly see it on dry-skinned people.



CONTROLLING BLACKHEADS


Now that we have an idea of what blackheads are and what forms them, now we move on to knowing how to control them. You can controll them by extracting the existing ones on your face and keeping your skin clean always.


To remove a blackhead, first wash your face. If you try to remove blackheads without first washing your face, you risk infection or more breakouts. Next, give your face a steam to open pores. This can be done simply by leaning over a bowl of hot water with a towel placed over your head for a few minutes, next, make sure your hands are clean, then wrap small pieces of tissue around your fingers to protect your skin from your nails. Gently extract the blackhead. If it doesn't come out easily, leave it. If you force the blackhead you risk aggravating or inflaming the skin and this might lead to scarring.


Another way of extracting blackheads is by using 'Biore pore strips'. They are deep pore cleansing strips that can get rid of the dirt that causes blackheads. You can probably find them at some cosmetic stores.


Give yourself a facial every week and don't forget to exfoliate. Exfoliation is important because if you can
remember at the beginning of the post, i mentioned that when the sebum (oil) mixes with the dead skin cells and blocks your pores, it causes blackheads. Now, its advisable to frequently get rid of these dead skin cells on your face so as not to allow them the opportunity to mix with the sebum and block your pores. The dead skin cells are removed through exfoliation. Use the St, Ives Apricot scrub for blackheads. Every step of the facial is important. See HERE for a simple but effective do-it-yourself facial treatment.

Don’t wash your face with harsh cleansers. This makes your skin overreact and produce more oil, which means your blackheads will be back much faster.Wash your face in the morning and at night, but don't do it more than twice per day. While it may seem logical to wash more often to control oil, doing so will typically dry your skin out too much and lead to the production of even more of that dreaded oil

Cleansing your face is important because it helps prevent more blackheads from showing up by unclogging your skin pores of dirt and oil.


Wear makeup as little as possible.


Wash your pillowcase on a weekly basis (to clean off any dead skin cells and oils your face leaves behind on it).


Blot your face with blotting tissue paper throughout the day to soak up oil before it can accumulate and nix with dead skin and block your pores again, forming more blackheads.


Following the tips above are ways in which you can control the blackheads, because whether you want to believe it or not, blackheads are very stubborn and sometimes, they may never go away entirely.....but you can learn to control them



PREVENTING BLACKHEADS


Since oily skin is the main reason why blackheads exist, it is safe to say that the best way to prevent  blackheads is to control the production of oil in your face. There are several factors that can contribute to oily skin, and that includes heredity, stress, and hormonal imbalance (for women). While there's nothing much you can do about these factors, there are certainly things you can do that will help you manage your skin's oil production so that there's very little chance for blackheads to appear. Here they are:


Get a good cleanser for your oily skin. Use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid in them to wash your face, as both of these are known for helping to control oil on the skin.......For example 'Neutrogena oil-free acne wash' or 'Clean 'n clear cleanser'. Keep in mind, however, that they won't cure your oil-production problem. Instead, they'll help to make it more manageable. Wash your face twice a day. You could also use the cleanser with the salicylic or glycolic acid in the morning and then a gentler one like 'cetaphil gentle cleanser' for all skin types at night. Remember......not more dan 2 washes a day.

Use a clay-based facial mask product a couple of times per week. These masks can be good for cleansing the pores. For example, Queen Helene mint julep mask. It's green and smells like toothpaste.


Use an oil-free moisturizer. Also use oil-free makeup products.


Try to keep oils off your face. Even if your hair is oily, minimize its contact with your face. Make sure your cell phone sef is clean because it can spread bacterias to your face too.


Stop touching your face frequently, if you must, make sure that your hands are clean.


I really hope this post was enough to answer the questions on blackheads, and i hope i was able to help at all. I tried as much as i could to break down my research findings. Try out the products i mentioned.....they would help i'm sure.

Pls pardon any typos you might have seen.

Thanks for reading.

XOXO

Friday, 18 January 2013

EYEBROWS : Caring for them and grooming them




The eyebrow is an area of thick, delicate hairs above the eye. I call them the frames of the face. I read somewhere that their main function is to prevent sweat, water, and other debris from falling down into the eye socket, that's why most times, sweat rolls down around your face to the side of your eyes. But they are also important for human communication and facial expression.....you know....as in when someone says something and you raise your brows in question, or when when you are being sarcastic, or when you raise them in surprise....etc. Imagine your face without eyebrows...




Your brows are a major feature in defining your face. Eyebrows shape the face and give definition to the eyes and forehead. They come in different shapes and textures. Some people have stubborn and unruly brows that are scattered in different directions. They usually look untidy and unruly....not a good sight to behold. Some eyebrows are also bushy.....those kinds reminds me of cookie monster in the T.v program 'Sesame Street'. I would show you how to trim them down towards the end of this post.


Just like every other part of your face, your brows needs care and grooming too. However, some people don't like to shape their brows at all (I wonder why......well, to each his own). For those who don't mind shaping them, there are different ways of doing so, and they are Shaving, Waxing, Tweezing and Threading.


You can shape them yourself or get a proffesional to do it if you can't. You don't want to risk making a mistake and changing your look for months till it grows back. If you over-pluck, you may get a perpetually surprised look. *laughs*. If you don't know how to shave them, i'll advise you to get a professional to shave them for you, hereby creating a frame for you to follow....then all you have to keep doing is to pluck or shave along the lines of the frame the professional created. But you have to do it often or it will grow back and you will lose the frame which has been your guide.

Have you ever noticed dry, flaky, white skin underneath your brows? If you see such, it could mean a lot of things....dandruff...yes dandruff, fatigue, a fungus, etc. Just in case it's just dandruff, you should brush it off with a toothbrush and use your facial cleanser to wash your face....scrub the brows gently with it, rinse and moisturize with baby oil maybe.


SHAVING

This implies shaving the hairs of your brows with a razor. It could be a razor blade or a razor with a handle. There are lots of them in cosmetics stores almost everywhere. If you can handle a normal razor blade, you can use it, but be careful not to cut yourself. The area near your brows is very delicate as the skin there is a lot thinner than the skin in many places on your face and body, so you run the risk of getting scraped or cut. Another issue with this method of shaping your brows is that it grows back really fast since the root of the hair wasn't pulled out....so prepare to keep doing it very often so that you don't lose your frame. Even if you do, you can create it again by using a mirror, deciding the shape you want and shaving neatly. I shave sometimes when i'm too lazy to tweeze.



These are quite easy to use...you should get them.


WAXING

Hmnnnnnn.....waxing! How high is your pain treshold? ooouch! Ok, let me not scare you.....it really takes some getting used to. I have never done it before sha, but those who have done it said that its kinda painful, but the results are neat. You will end up having clean, defined brows. You can do it at home if you like because the kits are sold in some stores. If you are getting it done by a professional, you tell the waxer the shape you want, she applies hot wax on the part of the brow she wants to remove, presses the wax strip on it and then pulls it off and all the hair in that area comes out with the strip. Maybe one of you should try it and tell me if it's painful *Evil laugh*. I watched 'The 40yr old virgin' the other day. There was a scene where Andy was getting his chest hairs waxed.....he cursed and cursed! I winced and winced!
Waxing the brow gives you clean smooth results....and the hair doesn't grow back as quickly as they do when you shave them off. If you have a high treshold for pain, you can try it......maybe i will one day.





TWEEZING

Now, this is my turf. This is the one i do a lot. I like to tweeze out the hairs on my brow using a good tweezer with a good grip and a mirror, then i follow the shape i want. This is also painful, but not that painful......its very bearable. Tweezing your brows pulls them from the roots out of the skin, so it doesn't grow back as quickly as it does when you shave too. Tweezers can also be bought at stores. It's important to buy a good tweezer with a good grip....some don't have good grips and don't really clamp on the hairs and that can be frustrating.




THREADING

Ok, i really don't get the difference between tweezing and threading since they pretty much do the same thing *sratching head*. It's an ancient method of hair removal, and in this method, a thin cotton thread specially designed for threading is doubled, then twisted. It is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking out the hair at the roots. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short lines of hair.....that's the difference. Me, i prefer tweezing sha.





Now, if you have bushy and long eyebrows, even if you dont want to shave them, you could trim them easily and reduce the bulk. I would show you how with the steps below;


WHAT YOU NEED

* Eyebrow or cuticle scissors

* Small brow comb or any small comb with tiny teeth.

*Brow brush


HOW TO

Start by brushing hair out using a comb (as if you are combing the hair forward).

The hair that is up above the comb can be removed.

If you want it as short as possible, then press the comb somewhat close to the skin. If you just want a little off, move the comb a bit away from the skin.

Use the scissors and cut the hair above the comb. The comb helps so that you don't get too close and take off too much hair or get bald patches.

Brush the hairs of your eyebrows upwards with the brow brush. Trim the hairs that go above the brows with a sissors. Brush the hairs downwards and trim the hairs that go below the brows with a scissors too.

Below is a picture so that you will understand what i mean better.




Ok, so that's it on the eyebrows post today. Wheeeeeeeeew! Let me go and find something to eat. I had too many typos today.......perhaps it's hunger *Huge Sheepish Grin*. If you still found any typos in the post, pardon me abeg.

Please, leave your questions in the comment box below.

Laters!