Natural Brow Duo from Pixi Beauty has come to my rescue. I’m suddenly obsessed with eyebrows which you’ll see more of this week. I never had to worry about eyebrows before but the hair on my face is moving. Those little hairs on my lashes and eyebrows are migrating downward. It’s an age thing. Hairy upper lips and chin are now prevalent while lashes and brows get skimpier. It’s totally not fair. But with the right tools you can help remedy this problem.
Part of the package I received from Pixi contains this 2-in-1 Brow Duo. The duo is available in 3 shades: Natural Brown which is a “suit all adjustable brown”, Deep Brunette (dark brown) and Soft Black ($16).
One side is a pencil and the other side is a brow gel. I struggle with my brows and once I got the hang of using this I’ve been enjoying this duo so much.
You’ve seen the shape of this pencil before so it’s not totally revolutionary. There’s a reason why you’ve seen it – it’s a perfect shape to help fill in your brows. It has a slanted wind up pencil that needs to be warmed up a little before applying. When you first get this it might seem like there’s not a lot of color but if you rub it on your hand or blow it with your hairdryer you’ll soften it up for easy use.
The opposite end is the spoolie for the Gel side of the duo. This works like a mascara spoolie would and picks up just the right amount of the gel in the tube. Since the brush is relatively small you can really work with it to add a little color, fill in sparse areas, and tame your brows. I’ve been aghast lately at some of my eye shots since I never realized, until too late, that I was starting to look like a balding Groucho.
As you can see the gel is visible but still very light and natural. I’ve used it with other brow products since I received it and it works great with everything.
I’m very happy with my tamed and filled in brows and just have to remember that Practice Makes Perfect. Pixi Beauty is helping me with this. It’s time to get on the Pixi wagon and tame your eyebrows along with me. — Marcia
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Each month Pixi Beauty picks out a variety of cosmetics as their favorites. January’s picks are absolutely amazing. I was thrilled when I received this box of treasures and have been using them non-stop.
The products you see are: Correction Concentrate, Gilded Garnet Nail Polish, Natural Brow Duo, Large Lash Mascara, Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush. Each one makes me love Pixi even more than I already did.
My absolute favorite of these products is Correction Concentrate ($12). This pot of wonder makes such a huge difference under my eyes. In real life I always felt my concealers worked well but in photographs I’d see nothing but darkness under my eyes. I don’t have great photography skills and have to take a dozen or more pictures to get one that’s slightly passable. Once I started using this soft peach I noticed that my undereyes looked brighter. The pot is small but potent. Once I can’t get my finger in I’ll use a brush since I want to use every drop of this wonderful product.
Speaking of brushes, the Flat Liner Brush ($12) has more than one job. Yes you can use it as a push brush for eyelining but you can also use this for the Correction Concentrate. Use it to dab the corrector under your eyes to hide all the sins.
Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara ($16) is one of two mascaras that Petra has created. This one has an oversized brush to pick up all your lashes. Not only is this a lengthening mascara but it adds great volume yet isn’t clumpy at all. It has all the attributes you want in a mascara – no clumping, no flaking, no raccoon eyes – all you get are beautifully defined lashes.
Pixi is also featuring their Lash & Brow Brush ($8). I love having a brush like this because it does double duty. I like using it to brush my lashes before I apply mascara. That insures an even look and makes sure my lashes aren’t sticking together. The bristles on the brush are well spaced out making it a more effective brush. My other use for this brush is for my eyebrows. It tames them and also helps distribute color through my brows more evenly.
Pixi’s Natural Brow Duo is getting its own post later today, that’s how much I have to say about it. What you need to know now though is that this has two sides – a waterproof brow pencil and a tinted soft-hold brow gel. With my new brow obsession, this is a fab product for me to be using.
I love when Pixi sends nail polish and the one they sent this month proves why. Gilded Garnet ($8) is one of their newest polishes and it’s a winner. It’s described as a deep burnished maroon with gold shimmer. I see it as more of a brown in most lights, a cinnamon brown, with some subtle gold shimmer in bright lights.
Every one of these 6 pieces are ones you want in your makeup collection. I’m loving Gilded Garnet Nail color as it’s a great fall and winter shade; I am mad about the Correction Concentrate and want to own one of these forever; and the Natural Brow Duo is getting a lot of admiration around here.
Check back for my Natural Brow Duo review and get yourself to Pixi Beauty and purchase these essential products! — Marcia
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I have had some interesting results with Rozge Renew™ Eyebrow Oil ($34.95), a conditioning eyebrow serum for healthy brows.
This oil unclogs hair follicles and promotes hair growth, so brows are thicker and healthier. Ingredients include the antioxidant rosemary oil, lemon extract to unclog hair follicles, niacin for fullness, and hibiscus rosa-sinensis to condition and soften hair.
I’m not sure why, but the first few times I used this eyebrow oil that Rozge sent us I kept thinking it was a rollerball applicator. I guess I’m a bit slow because it took about three times of uncoordinated juggling before I remembered that it was a brush applicator.
I have ok eyebrows…a little too thin, and I definitely need tweezing to keep them groomed. I applied this oil every night, although it can also be applied twice a day – I just kept forgetting in the mornings. I have definitely seen results! My brows filled in, and the really interesting thing is I have seen a big reduction in stray hairs – you know, the weird ones that far enough from the brow they make you wonder why they ever grew in the first place.
If you have sparse brows, I absolutely recommend the Rozge Renew Eyebrow Oil. It’s a great product and I have had excellent results! – Lisa
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I’ve been a Wantable subscriber since I first learned about it shortly after they opened their website. I’ve been lucky enough to get some boxes for review but even when I don’t, like today’s box, I’ve kept my subscription up since the $36 a month that I pay for a box always contains more than my money’s worth.
What I love best about Wantable’s subscription is that it’s 100% cosmetics. I don’t have to worry about receiving more skin products, hair products or bath/body. It’s not that I don’t like and appreciate those items, I do, but I love cosmetics and that’s where my main interest is. Whenever I open a subscription box my excitement is really for the cosmetics within. With Wantable you get to customize via your profile. My profile says that I love eyeshadow, eyeliner, nail polish and tools; that I like complexion products, brows, lash products, blush, lip color; and that I don’t want highlighter or bronzer. For October I received 1 Love item and the rest from my Like list. Let’s check these out.
Inside are 5 full size items. Wantable is only going to send full size! I was excited to see that my box carried Vincent Longo, Ofra, Chella, and Liberty Republic. These are all name brands that I’ve bought or definitely would buy.
LIBERTY REPUBLIC is a nail polish brand created by Jordan Liberty. The new collection, placed in the October boxes, is the Welcome to the Darkside collection. Interestingly enough my shade is a light one rather than a dark shade. There are 6 shades in this exclusive to Wantable collection and they are said to use a technique that helps it last for 7-14 days. I’m excited about being able to wear this beautiful peach shade, Aura. ($14) I don’t have nail wheels available right now and the swatch on paper didn’t look good but trust me, this is pretty.
The item that stood out the most in this month’s box is a BB Cream from OFRA ($40), this is a huge tube at 2 oz. I received this in Light. Light is a good description for this since it’s not Fair enough for me and it is on the yellow side. I’ll be able to wear this if mixed with a little of my Face Atelier Zero foundation but for now it’s not quite right. The ingredients in this BB Cream are great for skin (aloe vera, vitamin E and C, avocado oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, chamomile extract and shea butter). There’s flower extract to reduce bacteria and prevent breakouts. I’ve been wanting to explore more OFRA though and this is a good way to do it.
VINCENT LONGO does double duty in my subscription box. First is the VOLUME PLUS MASCARA ($25) which I’m looking forward to using. My mascara dried up when I was hospitalized so having this is an exciting option for me.
One of the top sellers for Vincent Longo is their Lip and Cheek Stain ($24) and this month I received it in Angel’s Touch. This is more of a berry stain than I’d expect an angel to impart. The color is intense when first applied so you need to pat it to make it appear more like a stain and to set the product. Directions say to make sure your cheeks are well hydrated; begin at the apple of your cheeks and dab 2-3 dots on with the doe foot applicator. Immediately blend them outward and upward toward the temple. Add more as needed. This new gel formula is gluten free and paraban free.
The last product but the first I used is CHELLA EYEBROW COLOR in Luscious Light Brown ($18). When I returned home from my many weeks away the hair on my face had exploded. I was able to get to a beauty salon and while there had my brows waxed. They look good but certain areas are more sparse than I like. This Chella Eyebrow Color looks good, is easy to apply and needs no sharpening. Sending my husband on wild goose chases to find all my items is frustrating for us both. This solves one of those problems.
My Wantable subscription has $121 worth of product in it. This is probably the highest value yet. These are all products I’ll use even though I’ll have to adapt the Ofra BB shade so it makes the box even more valuable. Wantable made a welcome package to open upon my return and I know I’ll be welcoming them more as the months go by. — Marcia
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Today I have the rest of the items tarte sent us. I love that the packaging features snake skin, because these products are as adaptable as a snake shedding its skin.best in faux lash extending fibers ($19) is very interesting. The fibers are black, not white, so it almost seems like putting on two different types of mascara. Start with the tube of lights, camera, lashes mascara to prep lashes for grabbing onto the fibers, follow with the best in faux fiber wand, then finish with another coat of mascara.
Typically I have big problems with fiber lash enhancers – the fibers bother my eyes and make them very uncomfortable. But this system works fantastically for me – big huge lashes that wear perfect through the day with no fallout!
I am totally digging the limited-edition Amazonian clay dual eyeliner ($24). Holy smokes this is good stuff.
The dual eyeliner comes in a large glass jar with two shades of gel eyeliner. I have the brown/black duo. The brown is not a flat brown, it’s more of a shimmery bronze. This is a super creamy, easy to apply gel liner that has a little play time before drying down to a smudge-free line that just doesn’t budge. I love using the black on the top lash line and the brown on the bottom lash line. This dual liner also comes in a green/black duo and a plum/black duo, and I am most definitely buying both of them.
The colored clay tinted brow gel ($21) was a surprise to me. I am so used to larger, mascara-sized brushes for brow gels that this tiny little brush took me aback at first.
The tiny little brush packs a big punch. I absolutely adore what it does for my brows…they look polished and perfect with just one swipe. This is a seriously great brow gel that fills in brows and keeps them in place all day. And the tiny brush is a stroke of genius – the larger ones always leave extra gel that I have to wipe off, so my on-the-thin-side brows love this.
I can’t have a complete eye look without curling my lashes – mine are stick straight without the help. The be charmed limited edition picture perfect eyelash curler ($19) is a great option that isn’t too small for larger eyes. Plus, this one includes a removable snake charm and a deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara.
Lots of eyelash curlers are too small for my eyes, but the be charmed eyelash curler works with room to spare. It gives major curl that doesn’t droop by the end of the day. Take the cool snake charm off and put it on your purse or keychain – snakes are a symbol of spiritual guidance and personal growth, so it’s a perfect reminder that you are on the right path!
That’s a lot of items for eyes…for lips, the tarte Fall 2014 collection features a new LipSurgence lip gloss ($19) shade, Envy.
envy is a matte yet shiny mauve berry shade. It’s a natural shade that gives lips a little ‘oomph’ of color plus a lot of glossy shine. It keeps my lips looking and feeling moist and lush. Love it.
Overall, the tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection is pretty darn fabulous. The biggest surprises for me were the dual eyeliner and the colored clay brow gel. I think my favorite items are the best in faux lash fibers and the be charmed eyelash curler…although there isn’t a clunker in the bunch. tarte has definitely outdone themselves with this collection. Thumbs up! – Lisa
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There are many things that tarte cosmetics does well and that list definitely includes brows. They sent their Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder ($25) and frame worker double ended brow powder brush ($21) to test and my eyebrows are very, very happy.
The Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder is full of mineral pigment, and it has the Amazonian clay that locks pigment in place and keeps the color vibrant and true. The brow powder comes in four shades: blonde, medium brown, rich brown, and grey. We were sent the blonde and grey to test.
While the grey obviously isn’t my shade, the blonde is surprisingly perfect for me and I have medium brown hair. A great tip for foolproof brows is to go one or two shades lighter than your normal brow shade. It looks very natural and it brightens the face and makes you look younger.
The brow powder is long wearing and doesn’t fade. It makes brows look full without looking painted or drawn on. The texture isn’t overly powdery; in fact it is quite silky and once applied it looks like natural hair.
A fantastic partner for the Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder is the frame worker double ended brow powder brush ($21). This brush is made from sustainably harvested bamboo and synthetic bristles.
The thin angled end has just the right amount of firmness for filling in brows. Tap it into the brow powder, then angle it along the natural brow shape and use upward strokes to expertly fill in brows.
The thicker angled end is fantastic for blending the powder into brows, or for filling in the hairline or thinning spots on the scalp.
I adore both the Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder and the frame worker double ended brow powder brush, and I use them every morning. I give both products my highest recommendation for easy, elegant, and natural looking brows. – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration