Getting Bold Brows and Beautiful Eyes with the stunning Anastasia Bold and Beautiful Kit

Anastasia Beautiful Eyes and Bold Brows

Anastasia Bold & Beautiful Kit

Anastasia, the line renowned for amazing brow products, has a truly gorgeous set available that makes for both bold brows and for beautiful eyes. This fabulous set, called the Bold & Beautiful Kit, is a real bargain at only $36 so we were thrilled they sent it to the BIZ for review. Look at all you get for that terrific price:

Vol. 1 Bold Brows

Brow Powder, Pomade, Mini Duo Brush, and Mini Tweezers allow you to sculpt, define, and beautifully layer color for perfect brows.

Vol. 2 Beautiful Eyes

Four matte and shimmering shadows in versatile neutrals are the perfect shades to finish any look. Layer them wet and dry to create anything from a subtle, sheer wash of color to an intense, nude smoky eye.

the books of beautiful

the books of beautiful eyes and brows

The packaging is fantastic. It’s put together like a vintage mini-book set. It is truly gorgeous and I think I’d buy the set just because it looks so elegantly magnificent. Anastasia really outdid themselves with this one. This is a wonderfully compact set that is fabulous for travel; this set is one to take on vacation with you.

The Beautiful Eyesbook’ has four eyeshadow shades plus a dual sided eyeshadow brush. The colors include a matte cream, a shimmery peach, a matte light tan, and a blackened-brown with shimmer – actually it’s more like glitter, the particles are larger.

Beautiful Eyes

Beautiful Eyes book

First two shades

first two shades

second two shades

second two shades

swatched

eyeshadows swatched

The pigmentation is excellent and these shades can be used wet or dry. I love the first shade as a lid shade and for the brow. The middle two shades are excellent for the lid or crease. The last shade is a fantastic eyeliner, really impressive.

brush

dual-ended brush

The Bold Brows ‘book’ includes  a medium brown brow powder, tinted brow pomade, mini tweezers, and a mini dual ended brow brush/angled brow powder brush.

Bold brows

Bold brows book

On the far left is a deep brown pomade, next to it is a taupe ash-brown brow powder.

brows up close

brows up close

You can apply the just the pomade with the spoolie end of the brush for a natural look since it gives little color to the brows or apply the brow powder first then the pomade to hold it in place.

brush and spoolie

mini dual ended brow brush/angled brow powder brush

The brush and spoolie are terrific – you will keep these in your stash forever.

tweezers

mini tweezers

And hooray, the tweezer is fantastic! It should be no surprise since Anastasia is known for its brow expertise, but I am so used to slightly sub-par tools in mini sets that this was a happy revelation.

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Anastasia brow and eye of the day

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Another look at my Bold and Beautiful eye of the day

For the eye look above, I used the brow powder with the pomade swept through.  I then used the shimmer peach on the lid and up through the crease, the blackened-brown over on the crease and outer portion of the lid, and the cream for the brow.

Here are a few eye charts with some ideas for you.

Anastasia chart

Anastasia chart 2

 

This is one gorgeous set that is well worth checking out. You can find the Bold & Beautiful Set at Sephora, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Nordies, and Ulta.  - Lisa

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Joey Healy Elite Sculpting Tweezer, plus Joey’s take on the brows at the Oscars

No one knows brows like Joey Healy.  Joey is an eyebrow stylist, professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician. His fabulous Joey Healy Eyebrow Collection launched in 2011, and his products are the bomb for creating perfect eyebrows.

Joey Healy

Joey Healy

I previously posted about Joey’s excellent Brow Architect Stylo HERE, which I use every single morning without fail.  Now I am totally bananas for his Elite Sculpting Tweezer ($35).

joey healy logo

I like my tweezers to grab every hair with ease.  I like them to precisely remove hair, without grabbing my skin and making an ugly situation even worse.    The Elite Sculpting Tweezer is sheer perfection – it’s made from stainless steel, and the elongated angled tips have no problem grabbing even the tiniest of hairs.

love the packaging!

love the packaging!

This is a tweezer that I can count on for both creating perfect brows and for keeping them up between major tweezing sessions.  It comes in a clear case that makes them easy to transport in case I spot any stray hairs.

joey healy tweezers

the elongated ends capture even tiny hairs easily

the elongated ends capture even tiny hairs easily

I’ve endured many tweezers that can’t grab tiny hairs, or that always seem to grab skin, so it’s just a pleasure to use these tweezers.  Joey Healy knows his stuff, his line of brow products will easily create the perfect look for you.  See below for Joey’s take on the brows at the Oscars – there are some hits and some misses.  It’s fascinating!  - Lisa

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OSCAR HITS according to Joey Healy

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway:

I dream a dream of perfect eyebrows. The Les Miserables starlet dazzled the red carpet with bold, brunette brows which worked perfectly to balance her short pixie cut.  I would have loved to see her sweep those bangs aside even more, to really showcase her flawless, bold brows.

Adele

Adele

Adele:

Adele’s brows definitely made the Skyfall (in a good way)! Her brow color perfectly complimented her sandy blonde locks and her beauty look is all about the eyes.  I love this soft, yet finished brow to complete her look, it says “glamour” all the way.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron:

With Charlize Theron’s newly cropped coif, there was no hiding those brows. She set her own trend for the evening, stepping away from thick, bushy brows, and went for a streamlined, elegant arch that works flawlessly with her bone structure. The ashy, taupe tone of her brows really brings out the emerald green in her eyes.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington:

Kerry Washington wowed the crowd with her luscious, thick brows.This Django Unchainted actress looks like she just stepped off the New York Fashion Week runway. For someone with a prominent mouth, high cheek bones and large eyes, her brows harmoniously balanced the rest of her features. Her eyebrows play into her youthful appearance and enhance her fresh-faced look.

OSCAR MISSES

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain:

Jessica Chastain’s role in Zero Dark Thirty was all about the search, yet the search is still on for her eyebrows. To balance out her bold lip color, she needed a bold brow to keep her face in high/low proportion. She missed the mark on achieving a polished brow look and should have opted for a soft cinnamon powder.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence:

Oscar golden girl Jennifer Lawrence looked like Hollywood royalty, although her brows were not the stars of her beauty look. While her Oscar nominated role was bold and daring, her brows did not follow the Playbook. Whisper light and thin, her eyebrows are not up to my standards of perfection.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner:

Jennifer Garner showed support for hubby Ben Affleck on the red carpet, but her brows did not glam up her look. Jennifer’s eyebrows would benefit from being darker, especially with her light, airy makeup. Her shape is on-point, but the resulting brow looks patchy and sparse.

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried:

Amanda Seyfried’s brows are so Miserables. The awkard,  brassy tone is too light and looks disjointed from her hair color. A triumphant start to her shape sadly fizzles to an underwhelming tail. Her beauty look was simply not red carpet worthy.

Mont Bleu’s birthday gift for Lisa the Aquarius

Today is my birthday – happyFebruary to all of my fellow Aquarius friends!

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Mont Bleu Pen with Swarovski Crystals

Like Marcia, who had a January birthday, Mont Bleu was kind enough to send me a wonderful birthday package full of gorgeous gifts.  I adore them all and couldn’t wait to share. Mont Bleu has a fabulous array of products that are available online and the shipping is incredibly fast!  Check out my gifts and hopefully it will give you some ideas for gifting someone special in your life.

I love the Pen with Swarovski Crystals.  It’s even in one of my favorite colors, deep blue.

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the crystal is gorgeous

Just look at that beautiful crystal on the top of the pen! This slim pen writes beautifully and makes writing those thank you notes a pleasure.

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Mont Bleu Slant Tip Tweezers

Next are the Slant Tip Tweezers.  Aren’t they magnificent? The crystals are such a wonderful touch, these are tweezers you will want to keep out on your vanity.

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Mont Bleu Glass Nail File

Like Marcia, I was sent a glass nail file.  There are so many to choose from on the site, but I really think this one is particularly beautiful.

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LOVE!

Just look at that waterfall of blue and white crystals! My heart skips a beat when I see it, it’s so pretty.

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Aquarius!

I adore the extremely thoughtful Aquarius glass nail file. Glass nail files are perfect for my gel nails and I love the astrological personalization. This is a wonderful birthday gift for any cosmetics aficionado!

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my beautiful Crystal Swarovski earrings

The final item in my birthday gift was a pair of these spectacular Swarovsky earrings. Every time I wear them I get comments! They turn different colors, from blue to pink to green.  They end up matching every outfit I own!

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Having a very happy birthday with my earrings and Mont Bleu birthday package

I have been super impressed with this terrific online company that offers so many gorgeous items from crystal nail files to makeup mirrors to key rings to makeup and hair brushes. Take a look at Mont Bleu, I know you will find great gifts for friends, plus a plethora of items that you need to buy for yourself!  – Lisa

Mont Bleu’s birthday gift for Marcia the Capricorn

mont bleu marcia birthday set 2

When you get to be older birthdays just aren’t that exciting. I remember the anticipation of them when I was young or when I was about to turn drinking age. I remember the dread of them turning 30 or 40 not realizing at that point in my life that it was just another day. Now I find that my birthday is just another day. I look forward to spending extra time with my family and I adored the many wishes I received especially on Facebook this year. But gifts were basically non-existent. Except for one amazing package from Mont Bleu. I was in shock that a company that I’d worked with on the blog, one that has products I totally adore, would be kind enough to send a surprise package.  I’m not showing off or bragging, but I wanted you to see these beauties and publically thank Mont Bleu for remembering this old broad.

mont bleu marcia birthday set

Let’s start with the fact that my January birthday makes me a Capricorn. This glass file is part of the Zodiac line so you can find one of these wonderful files for anyone’s birthday. I’ve raved before about Mont Bleu’s glass files and I continue to do so with this one. I love everything about this.

mont bleu marcia capricorn nail file

They also sent this beautiful glass file from their Crystal line. This particular beauty has blue and clear Swarovski Elements crystals. Picking one out could take you all day since they have 7 pages of designs, each one absolutely beautiful. You can’t go wrong with any of their glass files.

mont bleu marcia file

If I’d just opened those two in the box I’d have been jumping up and down but there was more including these beautiful Crystal Earrings. Lisa has a similar pair and they absolutely sparkle. They change color depending on the light. They are subtle yet unusual enough that they are noticeable. mont bleu marcia earrings

The next item in this surprise package is a Pen with Swarovski Crystals. I adore a beautiful pen and you can’t get prettier than this.

mont bleu marcia pen

 

mont bleu marcia pen top

Last but far from least is this fabulous Slant Tip Tweezers. I’m addicted to tweezers. Without realizing it I took 4 with me on my trip in January. I had them hidden everywhere because “what if” I ended up without one there? But I never had one before with Swarovski crystals on it so this is very special to me.

mont bleu marcia tweezer close up

I want to thank Mont Bleu for this amazing present (even my husband was a little embarrassed that they beat him to the punch). But more important is that I want my readers to see that this is a company they should look towards for gifts. There’s something for every woman in your life. Even my 93 year old mom was impressed and wants a glass file now. Beauty and quality all at low prices. It was worth having a birthday this year! — Marcia

Cynthia Rowley and Tweezerman team up for quality and beauty

Tweezerman teams up with Cynthia Rowley

When was the last time you bought a tweezers? I bet it’s been a long time. I’ve talked to so many people who don’t realize that their tweezers just don’t work the same way that they used to. You drop it (or at least I do) and don’t realize that the tip isn’t quite the same. You use it over and over and don’t realize that the grip isn’t quite as powerful as it used to be. Here’s an idea. Buy yourself a present from Tweezerman. Get a new tweezers. Then send in your old Tweezerman to be sharpened for free. They have a lifetime guarantee. You can read all about it right here.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Now that I have your attention I want to share some of the newest Tweezerman products. Tweezerman is always chosen by magazines like Allure as the Best of Beauty because their original slant tip tweezers are so amazing. They are precise and slanted just so to grab every hair. Every year Tweezerman picks a designer to be part of their series and this year it’s Cynthia Rowley, the fashion designer. She’s created several sporty looking tweezers along with a coordinating nail file.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman – slant tip tweezers

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman – Light Blue slant tip tweezers

You have your choice of her Sporty Foulard prints in either Light Blue or Cobalt Blue for $25. There’s also a red mini-slant one for $15. My eyes would certainly light up if I got one of these for my upcoming birthday or the winter holidays.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman – mini slant tweezers

Another great Tweezerman tool with the Cynthia Rowley touch is the Filemate in the same sporty design. This is only $5 and comes in a slim case so you can carry it with you without destroying the integrity of it. Tweezerman is as expert in nail tools as they are in eyebrow and eye tools.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman Filemate in the case

Filemate

All of these fun yet important items are exclusive to Sephora.com. They are the perfect extra for the beauty lover in your life and they are pretty great for your own life. It’s time to refresh your tweezers – your brows will thank you!!

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Get plucky with Billion Dollar Brows

See this picture? It’s the proverbial desert island.
 

See this picture? It’s what is going with me when I’m banished to this desert island. 

You’ll notice the chair in the picture. I’ll need that to prop up my 10x mirror so that I don’t end up looking like this picture.
 When we think of a tweezers we usually think eyebrows. Well I do too but I also think of other facial hair (giving away my deep dark secrets here). Billion Dollar Brows has provided me with the best tweezers so that I can take care of all my unwanted facial hair. This tweezers ($20) is what’s used in the Billion Dollar Brows studios. It was perfected for use by their artists and it’s absolutely wonderful for grasping all the little hairs. It’s a stainless steel slant tip tweezers that was created to meet the high standards of the makeup artists that use them.

I am pretty paranoid about facial hair. While my vision isn’t quite what it used to be I still can see the unwanted hairs too easily. With BDB Tweezers I can grasp all the fine hairs as well as the stubborn prickly ones. This tweezers has become my new HG tool. It’s absolutely perfect.

When you pluck as many brows as a brow tech does then you need the best there is. When you pluck your very own brows you also need the best there is. That’s why you need bdb Tweezers. — Marcia

Images: Maldives by Richard Howard, Billion Dollar Brows website, IMDB.com and personal photographs

Is there such a thing as too much Vanity? Not with Vanitymark Cosmetics

Yup, you will be looking in the mirror all the time if you try out Vanitymark Cosmetics, a fabulous niche line created by Brett Freedman, one of the best makeup artists out there.  This is such a cool line – in their FAQ section on the website, one question is:  If I use Vanitymark will I look like a Superstar?  And the answer?  Baby, you already look like a Superstar!  How can you resist that??

Vanitymark began with products for brows, although now it has expanded and has other products to offer.  But the brows were first, so the BIZ was thrilled to be sent the brow products to check out.  And yes, they totally lived up to the buzz about the super high quality and effectiveness of this line.

I love the Pretty/Prettier page on the website, which helps you pick out the correct brow shade for your coloring, and shows extremely helpful before and after pictures.  Vanitymark recommends you go a little lighter for your brow color, so you avoid a severe, over-stenciled look.  I myself use the Milk Choco shade.  If you have red tones to your brows, this line is a must for you – the colors are just amazing.


The Ultra Brow Pencil ($16) is terrific.  The tip is neither too thin nor too thick, so it creates a perfect, natural looking brow.  It’s super easy to use, and doesn’t smudge at all.  Check out Brett himself in the instructional videos throughout his website, they really help guarantee that you will make the correct shade choice from the get go.


Another fabulous choice is the Brow Powder ($16).  I adore this powder.  The shades are spot on, and the powder is fabulous – it goes on easily, the texture is silky, and it doubles as a great eyeshadow.  The look is soft and natural, and does not smudge.  The best part is it just does not fade – it looks as good after ten hours as it did when you first put it on.


And what about the right tools to put the brow powder on?  I am totally loving the Duo Brush Angle-Spoolie ($16).  I am obnoxiously picky about my spoolies – I can’t stand ones that don’t really grab the brow hair, or that are too bendy so they are difficult to use.  This brow brush is truly the best, it’s just perfect.


And the Ultra Tweez ($16) is unreal.  Love, love, love the dual ended tweezer, one end is perfect for longer hairs, and the other end is super pointy and sharp, and it easily grabs even the shortest stubborn hairs.  In fact, it’s so sharp you really want to keep the little plastic cap on it when you aren’t using it.

Overall, I think this is really cool line that is well worth checking out – and do start with the brow products because they are freaking fabulous.  Too much vanity?  You can never have too much when you use this line!!  – Lisa

Disclosure:  Products were PR samples.