Anastasia may be known for her brow shaping skills (just ask Oprah), but watch out beauty industry because she is making lashes her new signature. Anastasia’s Lash Lifting Mascara is a delicious treat for fine, thin, lifeless lashes. Kim Kardashian‘s even a fan, gushing on her blog, “I swear, I literally need one coat (of the Lash Lifting Mascara) and my eyelashes have so much volume and curl. Usually I feel like I have to keep applying coats to build up volume, but this mascara is perfect!!!”
While I’m a fan of practically every Anastasia product (the highlighter in Camille and brow wax stick are must-have eyebrow grooming items), nothing comes close to a holy grail mascara. A good mascara is like discovering an Hermes cuff in the backseat of a taxi cab (true story, happened to a friend of mine). And I try tons of mascaras. But there’s just something special about this one. That’s why I’m all smiles today. One coat is all you need, no feathering, no clumping and no fuss. I’m addicted. My only grievance: the wand. While it may not be plastic, a personal favorite of mine, here’s to wishful thinking that the next batch of Anastasia mascaras will have rubbered bristles.
Here are Anastasia’s personal mascara tips:
*Curl lashes with a lash curler first
*Pull mascara upward and hold for a second, allowing waxes to hold lashes in place
*Use the slim end of brush to reach the corner of eyes
PRICE TAG: $22.00
When I mentioned that products in stick form were more fun, I wasn’t lying. First it was California Baby’s Sunscreen Stick with SPF 30 (loves) and now it’s Anastasia’s Brow Fix (obsessed): a thick pencil-like stick filled with clear wax. So simple yet SO effective.
How did I live so long without said product? Seriously.
In a nutshell, Anastasia’s Brow Fix is a colorless hard wax that you apply to the brows to keep unruly hairs in place. Sure, you can use a gel (as most due) and, yes, it’ll get the job done. But for brows like mine, unruly to an entirely new level, the wax is God-sent. Not only does it help to shape and form my arch, it also conditions those rough and rigid brow hairs. The wax is super malleable so it’s easy to maneuver your hairs and get them to set properly. Apply alone or after colored powder (or pencil) for perfectly styled arches.
This stick has saved my brows. Period.
Anastasia, you’re a genius. Oprah and J.Lo will attest to it.
PRICE TAG: $21.00
Here’s what it is:
A double ended stick featuring a Brow Pencil on one side, a Clear Brow Gel on the other. Use them together to create perfectly shaped brows. Use the velvety pencil to precisely fill and define. Use the brow gel to keep unruly brows in place all day without flaking.
Brow Pencil Side
• Soft and smooth application
• Accurately fills on both moist and dry skin
• Easy to blend and long-lasting formula
Brow Gel Side
• Fortified with botanical hair conditioners and essential oils
• Film forming polymer helps define and hold the brow in place
Pro Tips From Anastasia:
• Apply Brow Pencil using short strokes and a light touch to fill in the brow and extend where needed.
• Withdraw wand of Brow Gel from tube and wipe excess product from around the base of the brush. Stroke gently upward and outward to achieve the most flattering shape.
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So many companies are taking the initiative to help find a cure for breast cancer. Everyone from Oprah Winfrey to national television networks, are getting involved as breast cancer continues to take so many lives. Breastcancer.org estimates that every 3 minutes a woman is diagnosed with the disease.
BUT, we can change this!!! As we previously mentioned, October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month… which means that tons of beauty companies are offering special, limited-edition pink products and donating a portion (or all) of the proceeds to the cause. So, by buying these incredible beauty goodies, you’re not only scoring on some awesome products, you’re also helping the fight to end breast cancer. Looking good, doing good and feeling good!
Here are some of our favorite Breast Cancer Awareness products:
Sabon Pink Bath Basket – filled to the brim with Sabon’s incredibly rich and sophisticated bath and body products including the BODY SCRUB and SORBET in Lavender Apple.
PRICE TAG: $90.00 (30% of basket proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)
OPI limited-edition Pink of Hearts Nail Polish – This beautiful baby pink color is perfect for a natural nail with a a lightly bolder ballerina slippers. It’s available throughout October.
PRICE TAG: $8.50 (OPI will doante $25,000 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation)
Anastasia limited-edition WCRF Tweezers – Who doesn’t need a nice pair of tweezers to pluck those unrully hairs? And Anastasia does have a reputation for making the best! These ones come with a beautiful Swarovski crystal enscripted BCA pink ribbon.
PRICE TAG: $35.00 – available exclusively at Nordstrom’s for October (50% of net proceeds will benefit the Women’s Cancer Research Fund.)
Tinte Cosmetics Matchbook in Blushed Beauty – An all-inclusive palette of shadow, blush, liner and glosses (oh yeah, brushes included too!)- making make-up fun, easy and idiot proof!
PRICE TAG: $28.00 (40% of all proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.)
Darphin Predermine Wrinkle Corrective Serum – Special pink bottle of the best-selling wrinkle serum. Quickly absorbs to visibly reduce wrinkles. Smoother and more youthful skin, cute new pink bottle? What could be bette?! Helping the cause!
PRICE TAG: $205.00 ($20.00 for every bottle sold in October will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation).
Estee Lauder Elizabeth Hurley High Gloss Lip Color Collection – 3 super glossy tubes (pearl, pink and rose) to offer gorgeous, kissable lips. Housed in a limited-edition Pink Ribbon pink case (great for storing jewelry!).
PRICE TAG: $16.00 (Estee Lauder will donate $500,000.00 to The Breast Cancer Research Fund!)
Ladies, there are SO many other great products that are offering donations to help the cause and find a cure… if you don’t purchase one of these mentioned in this post, I urge you, purchase something pink…. and give back! October is almost over…
Anastasia’s newest product in her product-packed brow line is the Brow-Duality Pencil – matte highlighter on one side, shimmer highlighter on the other. I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty genius.
I’m never quite sure if I should line my brow bone with a matte or shimmer color to accentuate the eyes. I know that shimmers make the eyes pop but matte gives you that nice, high arch. Well, now I can do both!!! I first use the matte (to create a soft highlight), then layer the shimmer (to give a soft glow). So, I get the arch with the popping eyes!
**Beauty Trick** In between waxes or tweezing (or while growing out those unruly brows) the matte highlighter will actually cover stray hairs! Like a cover-up made especially for the brow bone (and hairs).
Brow-Duality comes in 2 color combinations – The lighter duo combines Camille as the matte color and Sand as the shimmer. The darker duo has Shell for the matte color and Lace as the shimmer. I will not play favorites; I love them both equally. The way a mother loves all of her children exactly the same (or at least that’s what my mom always said about my sisters and me)!
Some HIGHLIGHTS: The duos are enriched with vitamin E, have a unique velvety texture that won’t crease or fade, and use light diffusing pigments to even out fine lines!
Who knew that there was so much work involved in maintaining beautiful brows??? Apparently, Anastasia did! That’s why her product line is loaded with the best, most effective brow grooming products and appliances! Click HERE for an entire run-down.
And click HERE for some **exclusive** brow tips from the queen of arches herself – Anastasia!
Brow-Duality launches at Sephora on October 23 and retails for $23.00.
Brow specialist to the stars, Anastasia, took the time from her busy celebrity schedule to preen my brows. She gave me a little snip-snip and reshaping… and an **exclusive** Beauty Banter interview:
We already posted about our must-have Anastasia brow kit…. now the real question is:
What makes for good brows?!
Anastasia says that good brows are all about a person’s bone structure and natural brow shape, not the current trends. A common misconception is that a darker brow makes the brow look thicker. Not true, says Anastasia. It actually makes the brow look heavier. To achieve a thicker brow, you have to allow your hairs to grow in properly. But what if your hairs just don’t grow (like me) in certain places? Anastasia suggests purchasing a brow grower like her BROW, it stimulates hair growth. Anastasia also points out that lighter brows make the eyes pop more….
As far as must-have products to maintain beautiful brows: “Stencils ($20.00 for the set) to follow the shape,” Anastasia urges. “And don’t overpluck!”
As for my brow makeover, here’s how Anastasia worked her magic:
Apparently, I have an inverted arch. I arch in ALL the wrong places (this is only good when we’re speaking in sexual terms…).
Then added powder with a brush to fill in the “holes” and a brow gel to set the brows in place. Finally, a tinted highlighter to define lines and highlight brow bone (also great in between waxes to hide protruding hairs).
For those not in the know, Anastasia Soare is the must-see brow specialist to the stars. Her resume reads like that of a Hollywood Blockbuster, plucking the famous brows for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Kim Cattrall, Penelope Cruz, Sharon Stone, and, of course, hair-crazed Jenny Cohen … to name a very, very few.
Anastasia opened a brow salon in Beverly Hills and developed her own line of brow products (sold at Sephora) so that everyone – not just the famous people – could access amazingly arched brows!
I recently tried her 5 piece brow kit and I’ve got to say… it’s legit! Amazingly simple and convenient, everything you need for perfect brows tucked neatly into a pink travel case. It really doesn’t get more basic then this!
Here’s what you get:
Tweezers (custom slanted tip)
Four Brow Stencils (to suit any and every shape of face)
One Duo Brush (Angled Cut / Spooley) – AMAZING
With this starter kit, even the most inept person can create stunning brows. It’s quite simple, really. You use the stencils as a map of sorts, showing you what stray hairs should be plucked, while also coloring in (with the brow powder) the over-plucked or hard-to-grow areas. After defining your brows with the powder, brush a bit of the gel on and you’re good to go.
And remember, brow powder is a KEY ingredient in creating great brows… so make sure to choose the color best suited for YOUR brows. You can choose from 5 compacts (strawburn, ash blonde, golden blonde, brunette, medium ash), each housing two colors for mixing and shading.
Anastasia’s brow line has several more exciting products that we feel the need to dedicate additional posts to (like the amazing highlighters, brow growth serum, brow pencils, and much, much more!)..
But we want to know…. What’s most important to YOU when it comes to your brows:
**5 piece brow kit retails for: $65.00**