Tarte Cosmetics Fall 2014 collection review and swatches part two

Yesterday, I reviewed the primers and concealers from the exciting new tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection.

tarte fall 2014 collage

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.tarte fall 2014 best in fauxbest 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.

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

prep, extend, and finish with tarte Best in Faux

prep, extend, and set with tarte Best in Faux

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!

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

I am totally digging the limited-edition Amazonian clay dual eyeliner ($24).  Holy smokes this is good stuff.

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner in Brown/Black

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner in brown/black

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner Brown/Black swatches

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner brown/black swatches

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.

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Medium Brown

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel in medium brown

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.

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

close up of the removable charm

close up of the removable charm

be charmed eyelash curler up close

be charmed eyelash curler up close

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!

wearing best in faux, eyeliner duo, and brow gel

wearing best in faux, dual eyeliner, and colored clay tinted brow gel

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, brow gel and best in faux

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, colored clay tinted brow gel and best in faux

That’s a lot of items for eyes…for lips, the tarte Fall 2014 collection features a new LipSurgence lip gloss ($19) shade, Envy.

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy – check out the gold snake-skin cap!

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy

tarte lipsurgence in envy swatched

tarte LipSurgence in envy swatched

wearing tarte lipsurgence in envy

wearing tarte LipSurgence in 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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tarte cosmetics 'eye of the day' with the Fall 2014 collection

tarte cosmetics ‘eye of the day’ with the Fall 2014 collection

tarte cosmetics does eyebrows right!

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.

tarte

tarte

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.

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tarte grey volumizing hair and brow powder

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tarte blonde volumizing hair and brow powder

swatched

grey and blonde swatched

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.

brows with tarte blonde volumizing hair and brow powder

brows with tarte blonde volumizing hair and brow powder

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.

This wonderful brow powder does double duty – it also fills in sparse areas on the scalp and covers gray roots. Another plus – these make for beautiful eyeshadows!

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.

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tarte frame worker double ended brow powder brush

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thin angled end

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.

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thick angled end

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

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Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

I am always amazed at the difference eyebrows can make. Some people actually look better without eyebrows, like Whoopi Goldberg. Have you ever noticed that she removed hers completely? Check it out.

No question, she looks better without them!

No question, she looks better without them!

Most people, however, look better with them…especially if they are well-groomed. A fabulous eyebrow option that was sent to the BIZ is Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow ($22), which is a waterproof gel eyebrow filler. I am reviewing Cocoa, a wonderful shade for those with medium brown hair with blonde highlights (if you have more red in your hair, consider Mahogany instead).

Cailyn

Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

Cailyn

a closer look at the bottom jar that has the eyebrow gel

the top conceals the brush

the top is actually the brush

I love the packaging; I think it’s pretty ingenious. The top handle is actually a slant tipped brush that makes it easy to achieve a realistic looking eyebrow – not the dreaded ‘unicolor’ that looks unnatural. Just  fill in brows with short strokes going from the bottom of the brow upwards. Be sure to clean the brush before popping it back into the handle.

The top unscrews to reveal the gel eyebrow filler underneath.

Cocoa

Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

Cocoa swatched

Cocoa swatched

The gel eyebrow filler is different from a typical brow wax. It’s softer and more natural looking. It’s also extremely long wearing. Cailyn Cosmetics has perfected something called ’3D Smart Film Former’, which turns the pigment into a balm that keeps color true. The color doesn’t fade throughout the day so touch-ups just aren’t necessary. It’s also waterproof so you can go swimming without fear of losing those awesome eyebrows.

The Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow comes in eight different shades to fit most hair colors:  Birch, Hazelnut, Nutmeg, Cocoa, Mahogany, Oak, Ebony, and Espresso.  Birch is for the lightest of blondes, Hazelnut is for cool blondes, and Nutmeg is for warm or strawberry blondes. Cocoa is perfect for my medium brown hair with blonde highlights, while Mahogany is for medium brunettes with red highlights. Oak is for deep brown hair, and Ebony is for grey hair. Espresso is for the blackest black hair. Remember, you want to go a shade or two lighter than your hair color for the best results.

If you are looking for something easy and effective for gorgeous eyebrows or if you are looking to try something other than the typical eyebrow pencil or brow wax, I definitely recommend the Gelux Eyebrow. It’s a winner.  - Lisa

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Bringing out the colorful side of life with Anastasia Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint

Most of us think of mascara as brown or black with an occasional color like navy or dark green thrown into the mix. But Anastasia can be all about fun which they prove with their Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint. As they say “Bright is the new Bold”. They’ve proved that you can be bright and beautiful with three new mascaras.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

When this package arrived at my door I must admit I looked at my driver’s license to see my age. I am old and wearing these amazingly bright colors could be a shock to my system. But I’m game for just about anything with cosmetics since my philosophy is that it all washes off. So I gave them all a go and figured out that I can wear some of these some of the time. These are not going to be my everyday products but for a fun night at the lake or a party, why not?

There are 3 different shades of Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint: Ultra Violet, Electric Blue and In the Pink.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Each shade is $22 and comes with a small size LASH GENIUS so you are getting a bonus with these. It’s the perfect way to try out Lash Genius.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Lash & Brow Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Lash & Brow Tint

Now enjoy these pictures

Let’s start with Electric Blue – a perfect name for this color. On my dark lashes and with my fair skin it’s definitely electric but the funny thing is that I applied this, put on my glasses and it was hours before my husband realized I was wearing Electric Blue on my lashes.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue with Lash Genius

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue with Lash Genius

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

In The Pink: I didn’t get a picture of me wearing this as a mascara but here it is with Electric Blue on my brows. Now THIS my husband noticed!! In the Pink is a bright fuchsia shade though I I find it casts a slightly orange/red tinge.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue and In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue and In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Ultra-Violet is the normal one in the group and my favorite. It doesn’t show up on me as wearing a purple mascara though in certain lights you can see that it is. It brings out the coolness of some eyeshadows though. It’s much more obvious on my eyebrows and would be more so if I’d filled them in better. I like this a lot as a mascara.

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint on my lashes and brows

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint on my lashes and brows

A few things you want to know:

1) This is a thick mascara, it wasn’t wet even from day one.

2) I didn’t get extra volume or length from these but I did get nice definition.

3) I had no smudging or flaking from the mascaras. The only time I noticed a problem was when I rubbed my eyes and some came off but I hadn’t used the Lash Genius.

4) This dries really fast. That’s not a problem when using it as a mascara but if you want to comb your lashes do it quickly. It did make it a little hard to use it on my brows though since I wasn’t adept enough to make them clump free.

5) If an old broad like me can wear these, then anyone can! I may not be Cindy Lauper but I’m willing to have fun with Anastasia’s Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint – though not every day!anastasia hypercolor  swatches

Are you brave enough to wear these? What color/s would you pick?? — Marcia

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Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

My sister is a makeup artist and the only thing she ever criticizes about me (lovingly of course) is that I don’t apply eyebrow makeup often enough. She’s absolutely right and it’s a habit I have to break. I find that try as I may, too many products end up looking unnatural on me. But I’m not giving up and my goal is to perfect eyebrow application. Luckily Anastasia Beverly Hills has sent some products for review.

My first step is with the Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes set. This is a great set especially if you need to shape your eyebrows. It contains almost everything you need, it’s only missing a tweezers. Inside the faux leather kit are 5 stencils, brow products and a great angled brush to apply the products.

Anastasia Beauty Express stencils

Anastasia Beauty Express stencils

Anastasia Beauty Express brow stencil

Anastasia Beauty Express brow stencil

The stencils cover the different shapes that your current brows could be. There are directions to teach you how to use the stencils to change the shape to perfection. The 5 stencils are: Petite Arch, Medium Arch, Slim High Arch, Full Arch and High Arch. For me the Medium Arch is the best fit.

Anastasia Brow Express cosmetics

Anastasia Brow Express cosmetics

The brow products are double duty products. You use them at first with the stencils to shape the first time or to keep your brows precise several times a month as needed. They are also what you’ll use on a daily basis to fill in your eyebrows. There is a brow wax cream, a double sided brow powder and an eyeshadow duo.

Anastasia brow brush from set

Anastasia brow brush from set

Directions in the top of the palette

Directions in the top of the palette

What I do after my brows are cleaned up is to put a little of the brow wax on the brush and go over my eyebrows. The set I have is Brunette and the colors are good ones for my hair (it also comes in Blonde). I find that I have to fill in my brows a little darker towards the front because they aren’t full there. I pick up the lighter tone and fill in my arch area. I go over the front with the lighter tone too to make it all blend and look more natural. Sometimes I just blend the two colors together on the brush instead of using them separately. The eyeshadow duo hasn’t gotten a lot of use from me but the colors are great for your browbone and enhancing the inner corner of the eye to lighten and brighten. Since using eyebrow makeup isn’t a built in habit yet I’m happy to have the directions as part of the palette for reminders.

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes is $39.50 and you get a lot for the money. It’s a great beginner set for those of us who need direction and brow shaping. The products in it contain a sample of what makes Anastasia Beverly Hills a leader in eyebrows. It’s also great for travel since it’s all in one.

You’ve seen my before in my Joey Healy review and in my pictures throughout the last three years. Now I’ll share my after. I’m still learning but Anastasia Brow Express is making it easy. What Anastasia items have changed your brows? — Marcia

Brows filled in with Anastasia Beauty Express

Brows filled in with Anastasia Beauty Express

the other eye!

the other eye!

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Brow Renovation Serum from Joey Healy to the rescue

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

There is one thing that I’m a total bust at – well one thing I’ll admit to at least. That’s doing my eyebrows. I find it very difficult to get them to look natural when I apply any kind of eyebrow product on them. But I’m bound and determined to get better at this.

About 7 months ago I was sent Brow Renovation Serum from Joey Healy. You’ve seen Lisa doing lots of reviews for Joey Healy and it’s a line she loves. I haven’t tried anything other than this serum from his line but I see Lisa often enough to know that her brows look great with the products she uses from Joey Healy.

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

The reason I chose Brow Renovation Serum out of all the products that they sent to the blog is that I have wimpy brows. I swear they were great until one disastrous waxing session and now the front of my brows are skimpy. The shape is good at least but the hair at the start of my eyebrows are scant. I have used Joey Healy’s Brow Renovation Serum faithfully although I didn’t feel like I was seeing any progress. But now I realize that I have seen progress even though it’s not what I expected it to be.

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

What I’m finding is that my eyebrows are much thicker, there’s more hair and I actually have to tame them. I’ve never had to use a wax or brow gel on them because they were fine. I still don’t have a ton of brow hair in the front of my brows but I’m amazed that I have eyebrows to work with after all this time.

The directions on Brow Renovation Serum say to use it morning and night for 6 weeks and then switch to just nightly. I don’t use this during the day though. I find that the serum is a little on the thick side and a little too wet for daytime use. I don’t like using any cosmetics on my eyebrows with this on so I’ve just used the serum at night.

Brow Renovation Serum is a paraben-free formula containing pentapeptides, glycosaminoglycans and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients work together along with ACE vitamins and moisturizing agents to help condition, hydrate and strengthen brow hair.

Joey Healy’s website says you’ll see a difference in 6 weeks if you use this twice a day. My results varied for a few reasons – 1) I used it once a day and 2) I’m fighting Father Time and as I age my hair, including facial hair, changes for the worse.

picture from 9/24/12 the day before I started

picture from 9/24/12 the day before I started

taken early October 2012 right after starting to use the serum

taken early October 2012 right after starting to use the serum

Here’s an after without using anything on my eyebrows. You can see that they are fuller throughout even if they aren’t perfect.

taken 5/19/13 after using serum (no brow color used)

taken 5/19/13 after using serum (no brow color used)

But now when I use eyebrow makeup I actually have eyebrows that aren’t embarrassing.

5/28/13 after Joey Healy and using Anastasia Beauty Express

5/28/13 after Joey Healy and using Anastasia Beauty Express

This serum has worked for me even though it’s a very slow process; I continue to use it every evening. My eyebrows are fuller and even the front section is a little more lush. Even after 8 months of daily use, this still has enough product in it to keep going. I don’t always remember to fill in my eyebrows (old habits die hard) but when I do I thank Joey Healy and Brow Renovation Serum for helping make my eyebrows appear healthier and fuller. — Marcia

HOW IT WORKS:
• Hyaluronic Acid: One of nature’s strongest moisturizers, hyaluronic acid is capable of carrying up to a thousand times its weight in water. Eyebrows will become healthier, shinier, and stronger. Enhances circulation which stimulates hair growth.
• Panthenol (Vitamin B5): Moisturizes and strengthens hair; improves texture, suppleness, and sheen; increases durability and flexibility.
• Glycosaminoglycans: Moisture binding molecules that increase depth of hydration and enhance cellular renewal.
• Peptides: Amino acids that strengthen the hair follicle to support healthier and fuller eyebrows; improves health of surrounding skin for thicker growth.
• Glycerin: Follicle repair with increased moisture retention.
• Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): Anti-oxidants to maintain moisture and skin health.
• Botanical extracts: Nourish hair, aid in absorption of nutrients, brightens and soothes eye area.

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In search of the perfect brows with Joey Healy

I think as I get older, I get lazier. How about you?

I hate taking the time to do my eyebrows, but we all know what a big impact eyebrows can make. Frida Kahlo would have a much different look if she were alive now and  Joey Healy got a hold of her.

Major tweezer action needed!

Frida sports a different look than we wear today

But I don’t have the time or the patience anymore for brow stencils, eyebrow wax, and hour-long tweezing sessions. During my search for the best simple brow routine, the BIZ received some Joey Healy items…and I found my answer.

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Joey Healy’s trio of awesomeness

These three items (plus a tweezer) are all you will ever need for great looking brows in seconds.  I already reviewed the awesome tweezers HERE, so be sure to check that out.

classy packaging

classy packaging

All of Joey’s products come in chic, luxurious black faux-leather pouches.

Corduroy

Luxe Brow Powder in Corduroy

The Corduroy Luxe Brow Powder ($28) is one of six shades offered by Joey. The shades go from the lightest blonde to the deepest black, with some great options for redheads.

I chose Corduroy, a cool ash taupe. It looks a little grey, but it works fantastically and suits blondes as well as brunettes. It gives just enough color to define the brows without making them the focal point of your face (which you really want to avoid – focus on eyes or lips.  A prominent eyebrow is NOT a good thing.) Corduroy is actually the number one shade in Joey’s line. The pan is huge, you will probably only need to buy one of these in your lifetime. You can use the powder dry for a natural finish or if you’d like a  more stylized look you can use it wet. The formula is waterproof so it definitely lasts all day.

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Duo Brow Brush – brush end

The Duo Brow Brush ($28) is an absolute essential. Your brow powder isn’t going to look good if you don’t have a great brow brush, that’s for sure. The brush end is angled perfectly for brows and is a mixture of cruelty-free boar and badger hair. This makes for a wonderfully stiff brush head, perfect for filling in brows.

spoolie

spoolie end

The spoolie end is also terrific – it’s very stiff so it brushes the eyebrows quickly and easily.

My brow routine takes about one minute. First, I sweep my eyebrow UP with the spoolie end of the Duo Brow Brush. Next, I tap in the Corduroy Luxe Powder with the brush end, dragging the brush upwards as I fill in the brow. I then brush my eyebrows up one more time with the spoolie end. Brushing the hairs up opens the eye and frames the face beautifully. If your eyebrow hairs are too long, you will have to take the time to trim them…long eyebrows are like long nose hairs, nothing anyone wants to see.

Structure Clear Set

Structure Clear Set

The final touch happens with the Brow Structure Clear Set ($25). While I brush my eyebrows up twice, if I don’t use my Brow Structure the hairs always fall at some point during the day. This is a water-resistant, transparent gel that sets your eyebrow and keeps it in place all day. It doesn’t leave brows stiff or sticky like brow wax can.

inside

inside

One sweep of the Brow Structure Clear Set and I am done with brows in 1 minute and ten seconds.

My Joey Healy brows

My Joey Healy brows

If you want gorgeous brows, I would recommend that you go to a professional for an initial clean-up.  Then, just pluck the incoming hairs as they arrive and use the four essentials from Joey Healy to keep your brows looking fabulous in under two minutes. Quick and easy enough for even the most lazy of us!  - Lisa

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