MAYBELLINE TATTOO BROW

 

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Anyone who knows me or follows my blog/Instagram, will know I have a long-running, serious eyebrow issue. The issue being – I HAVE NO BROWS. Well, I do but they ain’t pretty. It all started when I was a bushy-browed 15-year old and I went to the beauticians for an eyebrow wax and she SCALPED me. Like literally 90’s pencil thin brows. AAGH. Continue reading

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NYX Tame & Frame Review

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As a massive NYX fan, I was SUPER excited when a NYX stand appeared at my local boots. In the past few weeks I have added to my NYX collection and been working through all their new products. One that I am very impressed with is the NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade.

My brows are the one thing I definitely need to do before leaving the house as they are very thin and sparse – thanks to a dodgy wax job in my teens and they have never been the same… I have tried and tested numerous brow products, and although the Rimmel Brow This Way has been a firm favourite (read my review here) I was looking for a creamier product to use alongside it. Here is what I thought of it…

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What NYX say: “Give extra life to your brows with our easy-to-use brow pomade that glides onto skin and hair. Our smudge-proof waterproof formula comes in five shades to coax brows into prime shape. Stand up to humidity in style!”

What I say: Let’s start with the packaging, this sleek frosted-glass effect jar with its black lid looks expensive and the screw lid is very easy to use. The creamy texture is easy to apply and leaves precise lines. I first purchased the Black (05) shade at first but I found it too dark and severe, so I bought it in Espresso (04) and was really happy with it! It was very easy to apply and lasted all day without smudging. The price is another bonus, at £5.50 it’s a total bargain!

I also bought the NYX Pro Brush (18) and it’s great for applying this product. The stiff angled brush is ideal for drawing a straight and tidy brow.

 

The Verdict

I love this product! I have been using it in the Espresso shade daily since I bought it. I have
been applying this first then filling the brows in with a powder to help it set and give a deeper colour. 5

I have been using the Espresso shade on its own for during the day and at night I start with Espresso and then apply a little of the Black shade over the top to darken them slightly. I would definitely recommend doing this rather than applying a thick layer as it can go a bit clumpy. Overall, I’m really pleased with this product and will continue to purchase it.

Both NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade, £5.50 and NYX Pro brush, £8.50 can be bought either online or at your local Boots store.

 

Brow This Way: The Review

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Anyone who knows me is aware that I have an eyebrow obsession. I have been using eyebrow products since I was an early teen after I had an awful eyebrow wax that left me with sparse, patchy brows. Straight after it I rushed to Superdrug and bought my first Rimmel eyebrow pencil. Ten years on I’m still using Rimmel’s eyebrow pencil.

So when I was looking for a compact palette to take on holiday, (instead of my Beautiful Brows powder which I use religiously) I came across ‘Brow This Way’ Brow Sculpting Kit, £3.99 and had to try it. Here are the results to getting fabulous brows in five easy steps…

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The Product

The palette consists of two parts, the wax and the powder. The wax is used first and is used to tidy the brows and give definition. The powder is then used to give the eyebrows a natural tint and not leave a shiny, waxy residue. The kit comes with a double-ended slanted brush, with a hard brush for the wax and a soft brush for the powder. There is also a brow combing brush to tidy them up before applying the product.

The Results

Step one: Make sure you face is cleansed and dry so there is a fresh canvas for the product to be applied to.

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Step two: I used an eyebrow pencil first, only because my eyebrowshave no shape whatsoever but you can skip this part if you don’t need to. I used Professional Eyebrow Pencil, Rimmel, £2.99 in 001 Dark Brown. I used the pencil to make an outline. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, you can tidy it up later.

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Step three: I then filled in the shape with the wax using the harder brush.  Apply a little at a time for an even application.

PIC brows wax

Step four: After the wax, I used the soft end of the brush and applied the powder, again a little at a time.

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Step five: To finish off, apply concealer around the eyebrows to define the brows and tidy up any mistakes.

The Verdict

I was really impressed with this palette. It’s ideal for going on holiday or keeping in your handbag for touch ups. It is the smallest eyebrow kit I have seen and a great price at under a fiver. I also love the colour, I used shade 003 Dark Brown and it was a perfect match for me, not too dark. The combination of the wax and powder works really well as it is important for the eyebrows to look three-dimensional, not two-dimensional and flat. Overall, this is a great palette and fantastic if you’re looking for gorgeous brows on a budget!

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Do you have any can’t-live-without brow products? Please comment below, I would love to hear what you all use! Xx