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Wunderbrow Is Wonderful

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But seriously… how did I not know about this stuff sooner? Where’s it been hiding and why has it been hiding from me?

Anyone who knows me knows the battle I have with my eyebrows. This isn’t a love-hate type of relationship, it’s pure hate-hate. They grow like weeds, sprouts would be more accurate. Sprouting every direction, except up (the direction I need them to go in). After a misfortunate over-plucking incident in high school coupled with a brow piercing in college (yes, I was that rebellious student who stuck an earring in just about every part of my body… except there! Dirty minds) left me with sparse areas that won’t grow regardless of how much growth serum and brow massaging I do. And, trust me, I’ve tried it all (including not waxing or threading for 6 months!).

Then I started getting deep into my Google search on brow transplants (kidding, only slightly), and I discovered Wunderbrow ($22). I read some reviews, ordered it from Amazon, then gave it a try.

It promises a smudge-free, waterproof, and sweat-proof formula that last at least two days. TWO DAYS of filled-in brows… how is that possible?

Well, I gave it a try and… this stuff works. In fact, it works so well, someone left this hilarious review on Amazon: ” I began with fine strokes just like the video said. Only instead of strokes it was more like a glob here and a blob there. No problem I’ll smooth it out. I smoothed here and wiped there and brushed and added a little more.

When I was done I looked like Frieda Kahlo. Yeah I think I need more practice and decided to take it off. I took a shower. I scrubbed my face. They did not lie. It does not come off. I scrubbed my face. It does not come off. I took a jack hammer to it. No luck.

My husband noticed my new eyebrows. He asked me if I had been working on the car because I had a smudge on my forehead. He tried to remove it by spitting on his finger and rubbing vigorously across my brows. It did not come off.
So if you use this product. I highly recommend lots of practice. You might want to actually have more than 4 eyebrow hairs or it looks painted on. Use an oil based product to get it off. If you make a mistake and color outside the lines you will look like a freak for at least 2 days. Other than that it does what it says. It gives you eyebrows and it is water proof.” (source)

This review makes me laugh so hard because it is exactly what I wanted, minus the Frieda Kahlo unibrow. So, when I applied, I made sure to have a Q-tip drenched in baby oil at close proximity, just in case I colored outside of the lines (I didn’t do that badly, actually). The shade that I chose – Brunette – seemed light in the bottle, but it definitely blended in with my very, very dark brows, and even dried a bit darker, without any red undertones (which, anyone on the hunt for the perfect dark brown brow pencil can attest to, this is almost impossible to find sans the redish aftermath).

The other application tip that helped me was to use the brow brush (a.k.a. spoolie) that comes with the semi-permanent brow gel to blend the product so that the strokes didn’t seem so angular and harsh. This was super helpful. I’d apply the product, then brush, then clean a bit. Then apply more product, brush, clean that a bit, and so on.

Very important: Apply at night on a dry, cleansed face without any cream on the brow region. This will allow the product to adhere to the skin, thus lasting longer.

I cannot explain my happiness when I woke up and my brows actually looked… dare I say it… full! Now, if only they’d grow in the correct direction. Le sigh.

Buy here.

P.S. The before and after photos of customers is a true testament to how well this product works. Check them out here.

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Weekly-Must Have: Wander Beauty Secret Weapon Pencil 

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Ever feel like your go-to makeup routine isn’t quite doing enough? Especially on days when you wake up late – and lazy – and just can’t seem to get it together, this trusted dependable products need some ramping up. Of course, that doesn’t always mean that a bright lip or bold eye is the right route.  On these occasions, look no further than Wander Beauty Secret Weapon Pencil ($23).

This multitasking product is a bit like the brightening wand on Photoshop or a really amazing Snapchat filter.  Tired eyes? Dab a bit on the inner corners and on the inner lash lines.  Lips looking flat or undefined? Line your cupid’s bow.  Missed your last brow shaping?  Use the pencil on your brow bone to gently lift the arch.  Need an overall lift?  Drag the pencil across your cheekbones.  The possibilities are endless.

Not only is this item a multitasking powerhouse that is extremely easy to use, but it’s filled with ingredients that are actually good for your skin.  Olive fruit oil and jojoba oil condition and soothe, while vitamin E provides antioxidant protection.  What’s not to love?

PRICE TAG: $23

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

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NYFW Spring Summer 2017: The Eyeliner Trends To Try Today

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There have been a ton of titillating beauty trends coming off from the NYFW SS 2017 runways this past week. But the looks we’re currently lusting over are those created with eyeliner. Yes, the windows to the soul. From the Amy Winehouse cat eye to the I-woke-up-like-this kohl-rimmed lines, spring’s heavier eyeliner looks will make a great addition to your fall beauty routine today.

Here are our favorite eyeliner trends straight from the runways:

Slept-In Kohl-Rimmed Eyes: As seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim. “Modernizing the way we wear eyeliner, this season we played with the shape and left negative space on the eyes. Makeup is meant to look as though the girls danced the night away and their eyeliner stayed perfectly intact,” says Francelle Daly for NARS Cosmetics.
All you need is a steady hand and a great black kohl liner. After applying to upper and lower rim, smudge out gently with finger for that slept-in look.
TRY: Nars Kohliner in Minorque ($25), as seen on the models at Phillip Lim; Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Jet Black ($4).

The Thick Cat Eye: As seen at Libertine. “The makeup look created for the show by lead artist, Katie Jane Hughes for Too Cool For School, channeled a 1970’s punk rock London girl. The Libertine girl is naturally beautiful, but loves the boldness of a black graphic eye.”
For this look, layering is key. Use liquid and gel, or pencil and cream to create the dimension. A thick flick a la Amy Winehouse, with a bit more sharpness. Remember to use a thin, malleable brush. Nix the lower, graphic line as that makes the look more real life-unwearable.
TRY: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black ($26), Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush ($28), Make Up For Ever Ink Liner ($23), Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner ($24), CoverGirl Intensify Me! Liquid Liner ($9), e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner ($3).

White Lines: As seen at Noon by Noor. “Noon by Noor wanted a romantic but minimal beauty look with the eyes as the focus. The eyes feature clean, precise and graphic white eyeliner, while the rest of the face was kept bare, glossy and healthy-looking with a faint hint of rose on the cheeks,” explains Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist.
Sure white eyeliner is hard to wear in everyday life, but it is possible. (Check out our 3 ways to wear white here). When it comes to lining the upper lid in white, the key is to make it a show-stopper, so keep the rest of the face beautiful and bare, and make the white line do all the talking (and gawking). Keep the line simple and sleek and follow with a coat of black mascara.
TRY: Nars Las Pozas Velvet Eyeliner ($24),worn on the models at Noon by Noor; Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Snow ($22) Sephora Collection Eye Pencil To Go ($6).

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Makeup Bag: Katey Denno’s All-Natural Labor Day Skin & Makeup Staples

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Celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno (she works with Gwyneth Paltrow, Amanda Seyfried, Felicity Jones, and a slew of other A-listers) has an affinity for all-natural products. In an interview with Beauty Banter a couple of years ago, she said: “I began my career in social work helping women feel better, and I love that I still get to do just that every single day. I’m extremely passionate about the burgeoning green beauty component, and love finding out about new products made with ingredients that are safe enough to eat.” We caught up with Katey yet again to find out what are the latest and greatest green products in her makeup bag, and how we could curate our very own all-natural Labor Day beauty arsenal. Here are Katey’s current healthy skin and makeup staples:

1. RL Linden + Co Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist ($48) – This amazingly scented blend of hydrating and calming hydrosols, oils, and essences goes with me everywhere. It’s the first thing that goes on my face, and I refresh with it all day long. It doubles as my perfume and deodorant at times, too.

2. Jennette All Natural Skin Care, Potion #2 ($150) – After struggling with breakouts for most of my life, I reached my late 30’s and realized I’d neglected to use anti-aging serums in favor of anti-blemish treatments. Whoops! Luckily, this awesome LA-based facialist created a product that actually combats signs of aging for skin prone to acne. Hallelujah!

3. Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil ($40) – This oil is super hydrating but surprisingly light, and has absolutely helped turn back the clock on some of my sun damage. Three drops is all I need, every morning, and I’m hydrated throughout the day.

4. Ren Active 7 Eye Gel ($30) – I don’t like a heavy eye cream in the summer, so this light gel is perfect. It’s cooling and hydrating and is a great base for a touch of concealer.

5. Jane Iredale Lip Scrub ($25) – I love the sleek size of this container, and I think everyone should use a lip scrub, every day. It gets rid of the scaly flakiness before it starts and leaves lips feeling so healthy and hydrated in a way I never knew I needed, but now I can’t do without.

6. Utowa Eyelash Curler ($22) – I love the angle of the pad and the length of the head of the curler, and since I’ve been trying to go without mascara (really tough for a blonde lashed girl) this summer, a serious curl of the lashes is always my focus.

7. Nvey Eco Volumizing Mascara ($17) – Despite becoming more comfortable with my blonde lashes by day, when the sun goes down, I always feel the need to make my lashes stand out. A few coats of this is the perfect mid-weight way to accentuate lashes.

8. Ilia Cosmic Dancer Illuminator ($34) – This is such a staple in both my personal makeup kit and what I use for work. It melts into my skin, is just the right color for me (really a non-color), and I apply it with the tip of my ring finger to my cheek bones after blush, to my cupid’s bow, sometimes to my lips, and to my lids. A little goes a long way.

9. RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure ($36)- It’s a soft, cool pink with a lot of punch. I get compliments on my cheek color constantly when I wear this creamy, coconut-based shade. I’ll often press some into my lips as well, and top with some balm.

10. Bite Beauty Lip Crayon ($24) – For a more intense punch, I’ve been favoring this super easy to wear pop of deep fuschia. I’ll press it into my lips with my finger, and then blend what’s left on my finger onto the apples of my cheeks if I’m looking pale. It’s great for a sheer application for day, and fantastic with a more intense touch for night.

11. Dalish Illumination Concealer ($22) – This all-natural Canadian brand does a great job providing just enough coverage in the perfect texture – especially for summer. I like using the wand to lightly dot the product along the darkest portion of my under eye circles. Using a clean finger, I lightly press it in, making sure not to feather it to the outer edges – avoiding creasy crows feet at all costs!

12. Intelligent Nutrients Curly Hair Serum ($32) – My hair always wants to frizz. Nine out of ten times when someone compliments me on my hair, it’s because I’ve worked this product in while it was still damp, followed by another dollop of it once it dried. The scent is earthy and delicious and doesn’t attract bugs, which is often my gripe with other hair de-frizzing creams.

13. Ama.la Detoxifying Body Oil ($58) – I have about 25 bottles of body oil in my bathroom, and another 3-5 on my bedside table. Despite this, I never have trouble deciding which to use each day. I always know exactly which scent and viscosity I want based on the weather/time of year/state of my skin. This light, fresh fig, myrtle, and apricot kernel-infused oil is just what I crave towards the end of summer – both the lightweight, easily-absorbed aspect, and the addictive scent.

14. Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint ($45) – I love the look of bronzer, but hate the tell-tale ‘I used a bronzer’ look of most cream and liquids that are chock-full of reflective pigments and shimmer particles. This sheer, lightweight, super faint bronzing tint is moisturizing enough to use on its own, but I generally mix it with either my face oil and dab along the highlights of my face, or with body oil before I slather up my legs. I’m not sure if it really makes my cellulite disappear, but I think it does, and that’s all that matters.

15.Herban Essentials Towelettes ($16) – These are key for me because I apply everything with my hands, and I never want to touch my face unless my finger tips are freshly cleaned. The lavender scent is a total bonus, and serves a double duty, helping to keep bugs away.

*For more Katey, read her first makeup bag interview here.

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Trending: The Black Lip

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Yes, a black lip is actually wearable… even if you’re not a supermodel. But there are certainly ways to make this fall trend more everyday-friendly than simply swiping on a jet black lip gloss (see: Kendall Jenner).

So, how does one rock the black lip trend without looking, well, like our nineties goth spirit self? Here are a few helpful tips for making a black lip cool and classy.

Opt for a sheer black and layer with a nude lipstick. As Lipstick Queen suggest, a hoser black lipstick “has the effect of wearing black lace on your lips. Worn alone, it casts a smokey veil over the lips’ natural color. Worn over another full-coverage lipstick, it transforms the color into a sexier, smokier version.” Dramatic!
TRY (and most certainly buy) this season’s must-have black lipstick: Lipstick Queen Black Lace Rabbit Lipstick ($24), a sheer black with delicate gold shimmer.

Keep the rest of your face bare. If you’re going full black lip, you’ll want to keep the rest of your features extremely natural. A flawless, dewy complexion is key when sporting a matte black. For a glossy black lip, opt  for a matte complexion.
TRY: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($48), a favorite of Kim Kardashian, use this spray to set makeup with a healthy dew. For a matte appearance, try Nars Soft Velvet Loose Powder ($37) for a smooth, velvety finish that also curbs oil production.

If full-bodied black pout still feels too over-the-top, opt for a deep burgundy to still be on-trend. The moody lip look can still be achieved with a black-red shade, i.e. a deep wine or burgundy hue, that isn’t exactly black, but it’ll give you the same dramatic feel.
TRY: Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania ($6), a berry-black, or Tart Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Frenemy ($20), a wearable deep burgundy, or Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Liquid Lipstick in Black Dahlia ($16), a synthetic preservative-free blackish-red liquid lipstick.

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5-Minute Morning Routine: Beauty Products For The Daily

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What products do you use on the daily? When getting ready for work (or school or the like), we’re all about saving time while still giving our face a quick pick-me-up. Of most importance is that we don’t actually look made up and, as most beauty aficionados are aware, the no-makeup-makeup look can actually prove more timely. But not this one. We’ve rounded up the daily essentials you’ll need to create a gorgeously natural 5-minute morning makeup routine. It’s all you, just a bit touched up!

Start with a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Most are multitasking, meaning you can get your SPF in with a few essential anti-aging ingredients and light to medium coverage. A healthy complexion is key every.single.day… and so is our sun protection!
TRY: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 ($44), comes in 15 oil-free shades and 15 sheer and dewy shades, too, or Dr. Jart+ Illuminating BB Brush Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($39) for a convenient brush-on BB application.

Filling in brows really does give your face a polished look — and you only need one – two – products at the most. This step shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds… and it’ll make all the difference.
TRY: Nudestix Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel ($24) for a genius pencil-and-gel combo, or Ardell Brow Building Fiber, which is a tinted brow gel that fills in sparse areas with a hint of smudge-proof hue ($8) (genius, too!).

Mascara can be messy and, for some, it takes a few minutes to apply (cough, cough over here). Instead, opt for a multipurpose balm to give eyelashes a natural sheen. A balm can be added to brow and cheek bones as well to highlight the area, while also moisturizing. And, of course, a balm gives great natural gloss to the pout too. (Psst: Leaving your lashes mascara-free will actually make you look younger, try it!)
TRY: Lanolin Lano 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbly ($19), the OG of all-natural everything balms, or the fan-favorite Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve ($6), which applies with a very sheer petal pink finish.

A light flush awakens tired, lackluster skin. A cream blush in a universally flattering pinkish shade will give your complexion a healthy glow. Use this same creamy formula on lips to pull the look together and offer a pop of color to the pout.
TRY: Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Sweet ($36), a sheer, buildable and all-natural powder rose pink, or Nars The Multiple ($39) in the coveted Orgasm, a peachy-pink shimmer or Riviera, a sheer pink.

Finish it all off with a corrector stick. Yes, this can cover imperfections like pimples or sun spots. It’ll also neutralize under-eye dark circles. But you can actually lightly – and effortlessly – open up your entire face by adding dabs of a corrector stick to bridge of nose, center of chin and forehead, and directly below cheekbones. Consider this a contour hack. Know your colors: pink cancels out blue and purple on fair skin; yellow cancels it out on olive and deep skin. To create a highlighting formula with your corrector, add a dab of multipurpose balm before applying to areas like under-eyes and brow bone. Voila! TIP: choose a hue that is one shade lighter than your actual skin tone.
TRY: Cle de Peau Concealer ($70), the coveted concealer comes in six shades; Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in Look Less Tired ($23), a light peach for fair skin tones; Cover FX Correct Click Color Corrector in Yellow ($18) for medium skin tones.

What are your morning makeup routine quick tips? Let us know in the comment section below.

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The Last Days Of Summer: Products To Move You Into Fall

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As we approach the final days of summer (sigh), our skin — and wardrobes — become all about fall. Darker colors, thicker fabrics, close-toed shoes, drier skin. Blah, blah, blah.

Luckily, we still have just over a month of summer’s fine weather to keep us warm and happy. And there are a plethora of summer products that you can buy and wear now and bring right into fall.

Let that natural glow last longer than September with an illuminating foundation like Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation ($48), which comes in 24 shades ranging from the fairest of fair to deep, creating that coveted soft glow on the complexion. Another quick trick: Use an on-trend glossing product like Nudestix Skin Glossing Pencil ($24) to add a hint of sheen sans the oil. Apply like you would a highlighter — to high points, like cheek and brow bones, bridge of nose, and cupid’s bow. Glossy eyes are a thing this fall — we’ll get into the how to of this trend in another post, but keep this stick handy!

Skin can go spastic in summer, thanks to chlorine, salt water, air conditioning, and sun. But transitional weather (aka summer-to-fall’s hot and cold climate), can really confuse your complexion. While there are a host of products you can use to ease your skin into a new season, start today with a hydrating mask. All skin types — including sensitive and oily — will be forever grateful. We love Rodial’s Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask ($90) with its diamond powder to brighten and its serum-soaked sheet mask application to hydrate. If you prefer a sleep mask, try Luzern’s Hydra-Enzyme Masque Nuit ($75) or Darphin’s Stimulskin Plus Serum Mask ($180). Both power products inject major moisture into the skin as you slumber.

As noted, darker shades of browns and berries will become fall’s coveted hues. Start the trend early by opting for a deep berry lip, instead of summer’s staple nude, but keep it summer-approved by choosing a sheen or gloss formula, not matte (yet). The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Cocobalm in Coco Berry ($22) is lightweight, creamy, and shiny, so it still feels summery. But the bright berry shade will transition all skin tones into fall seamlessly. For a deeper berry, look for sheer, buildable finishes so that your pout standouts but still has a summer vibe. Try Nars Lipstick in Fast Ride ($28), a sheer mulberry with a stain finish, or Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Satin 100 ($37) , for a sheer, shimmery finish (the center is infused with hydrating gloss!).

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*Stay tuned for more of our summer-to-fall transition products and tips.

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