If there is one feature that can change your entire look, it’s your brows. I know that everyone (including myself) has gone a little brow crazy, and it ok, especially when brands like Maybelline are bringing out some serious game changers!
I’ve gone on about Maybelline’s Brow Drama Pomade Crayons already (you can read about them here) and I’ve been using them every morning without fail, so when I stumbled across the matching Brow Mascara, I got more than a little excited! I’ve used brow gels and mascaras for years, but none of them have looked quite like this one!
There are three shades plus a transparent option to choose from (five in the US) and they all correspond with the shades that the Pomade Crayons come in. As a blonde, I assumed I would rely on the lightest shade (Deep Blonde) would be my go-to, but I’ve actually been reaching for Medium Brown which is one shade darker. After filling in my brows with the Pomade Crayon, I sweep the mascara brush upwards through my brows. It gives just enough colour to leave brows looking polished and groomed without straying into the rather scary Scouse-Brow territory. Instead, my brows just look nice and full, and most importantly natural!
Maybelline Brow Drama Brow Mascara is priced at £4.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
So, I don’t think that I’m the only one that’s more than a little obsessed with brows. I pluck them, fill them in, and condition them with a multitude of oils to keep them looking their best. Every morning I usually fill them in with one of my brow kits, but since Maybelline sent over their brand new Brow Drama Pomade Crayons, I have to say, keeping my brows looking full every morning has become a whole lot easier!
Available in three shades (I think there are four in the US), the Brow Drama Crayons make rocking a full brow as easy as colouring in! I have to say, I’ve never really dabbled in Maybelline’s brow offerings before, but I have been so impressed. The three colours should suit most people’s colouring, and the blonde option (Dark Blond) is the stuff of dreams. Usually when I try out blonde brow products, the colour veers either way too ashy and grey, or weirdly warm and red. Instead Maybelline sticks with a perfectly cool blonde which provides definition without looking heavy.
To use the Pomade crayons, I just use a spoolie brush to shape my brows, then lightly draw on the crayon using feathery strokes. Since it’s quite a thick tip, it doesn’t give hair-like strokes, instead it just fills in the brow without looking heavy. Then, once I’m happy with the shape and definition, I comb through my regular brow gel to keep everything in place. The colour lasts all day, and I am just in love with the colour!
Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon is priced at £5.99 each and they’re available here (UK) and here (US)
So it doesn’t look like the groomed brow trend is going anywhere soon (thank goodness), so I’m always keen to try out new products. Recently I’ve been loving using brow kits to achieve a natural-looking amount of definition, and keep my brows looking as good as possible. My newest acquisition has been the just about to be released GreatShape Eyebrow kit from Jane Iredale in Blonde.
Packaged in a very glamorous rose gold mirrored compact, the kit contains a soft blonde powder, brow wax and double ended brush. Everything you need to get your brows in order in one super sleek little package!
I love the fact that you get a little double ended brush included with the kit. The spoolie end is perfect for brushing brows into place and combing through the wax, whilst the angled brush is a lovely size for applying the brow powder.
Using the kit couldn’t be simpler! First, I brush my brows upwards into my desired shape, then comb through some of the botanical wax. It has a lovely soft texture which keeps brows in place as well as giving them a bit of a sheen.
Then, using an angled brow brush, I take a little of the powder and simply fill in my brows. It has a buttery soft feel, and the colour payoff is really great. If you have any sparse areas, or simply want to build your brows up a little, it’s a great little toolkit to keep handy!
Jane Iredale GreatShape Eyebrow kit will be priced at £26 and will be available in April
When I went to Holly Blue’s open evening a few weeks ago, as well as having a fabulous time meeting Gemma and learning all about the salon (it’s a perfect little Edinburgh jewel box, which has quickly become my nail go-to), we were very kindly sent off brandishing goodie bags packed full of some of my favourite goodies. If you follow my instagram (I’m here) I gave you a sneak peek, but one of the many gems in there was this HD Brows angled brush. I’m currently in that awkward in-between, growing my brows out phase which just looks a little all over the place. So, in an effort to clean everything up a bit, I’ve been contentiously using this along with my much-loved UD Brow Box (here), and the brush has quickly become a favourite. The bristles are perfectly stiff, so applying brow powder is an absolute breeze. The brush lets me define my brows easily, leaving the perfect amount of product on them, and the stiff texture means that it’s easy to control, meaning I don’t get left with scarily dark brows!
Over the past couple of years, brows have become big business – I can’t quite believe that I never used to do anything other than a bit of shaping to my brows when I now have a full range of products to keep everything looking just so!
So new for Fall, Urban Decay have released a duo of new brow products which I’ve been lucky enough to try out before they hit the shelves. Available in a choice of four shades, plus a clear version, Brow Tamers promise to ‘tame even the unruliest of brows,’ so as you can imagine, I couldn’t wait to put them to the test!
Taupe is the lightest of the four colours, and it’s absolutely perfect for blondes. I can’t even tell you how many hours I’ve spent swatching supposedly blonde-friendly brow products which all turn into weird, warm toned nightmares. Urban Decay’s offering however, is the bomb! After defining my brows with Urban Decay’s Taupe Brow Beater Pencil (review to come) I simply swipe the little mascara-esque brush over my brows. The formula is a cool, grey toned neutral which leaves a natural looking gloss on my brows, and it keeps them perfectly in place throughout the day.
I also got to try out Warm Brown, which is the second darkest shade available. I tend to opt for warm brown on casual days, where I can’t really be bothered paying too much attention to my brows. Instead, I just swipe Warm Brown Brow Tamer on, and I’m good to go!
Urban Decay Brow Tamer is priced at £15.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)