Monthly Archives: April 2014

Eyebrow Tutorial using Dipbrow Pomade

What better to do on this boring, rainy day than an eyebrow tutorial? Nothing that I could think of!

I’ve had a few people ask me lately for a tutorial on how I do my brows and I’m happy to oblige so brace yourself for this in depth, picture heavy tutorial. Now while there are several different mediums of brow products, today’s will feature a cream product since this is the product that I’ve been using on my brows almost daily for a few months now. In the future I’ll also being doing eyebrow tutorials using pencil, powder and gel. Gotta cover all the bases, you know?

Today I’m using Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in the shade Dark Brown. This stuff is pretty incredible. Use a little, use a lot, use it however you want because it’s super versatile. It’s also waterproof so no need to worry about getting caught in a rain shower and having your brows melting all over your face. They won’t budge. If you find the $18 price tag a little off putting don’t fret too much. You need such a tiny amount of this product to do your brows that you will not need to buy a second container any time soon. Like I said, I’ve been using mine for months and I have barely used any of the product at all. There is SO much left.

Unfortunately at the time of writing this, Dipbrow Pomade seems to be out of stock almost everywhere but don’t panic! It will be back at some point and rumor has it that Sephora is expecting it sometime in May. You can sign up on the product page on their website to receive an email when it’s back in stock. In the mean time, I’ve heard people say that Maybelline’s Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner is a decent dupe but the color choices are very limited and it’s not as smudge/waterproof. Take that all with a grain of salt though; I’ve never used it myself.

Edit: Dipbrow Pomade is currently in stock on Amazon.

Alright, let’s do this. This is my bare brow. It could use a little help but hey, that’s what we’re getting to!DSC_0041

Start by combing your brows into place using a spoolie. You want to comb them kinda upwards and back, towards the tail. Getting all the little hairs into the right place will make the next steps easier.DSC_0056

Get a little bit of the product on a thin, angled brush and make your first mark not quite at the beginning of your brow. We’re starting a little bit back because we want to create a gradient in the front for a more natural look vs. sharpie brows. If you’re currently growing out or reshaping your eyebrows, or if for any reason they are not in the shape you wish for them to be, you can make your lines the way you want your brows to look instead of following the actual line of your brows.DSC_0079

Now in either one smooth stroke or a series of short strokes, whatever you find easier, extend your line into your arch and all the way to the tail.

Be mindful of how much product you’re using because a little really does go a long way. You can do a really light, natural brow with this or a super dramatic brow. I’m going moderately heavy today for the sake of being able to clearly see what I’m doing in these pictures. If at some point during application your brows start to look a little too heavy for your taste, wipe your brush clean on a tissue and use your now clean brush to blend and shape with the existing product that you’ve already applied to your brows.Eyebrow Tutorial using Dipbrow Pomade

Use your brush to push and blend the product on your initial line upwards into your brow. This product doesn’t dry immediately so you’ve got a little time. Without picking up any new product just yet, use your brush to go ahead and create a soft line all the way to the beginning of your brow.DSC_0104

Just like the line we did on the bottom, we’re now going to make one on the top. In most cases you want this line to be right along the line of hair on the top of your brow but if your brows are thin and you need to create the illusion of a fuller brow, go a smidge over. Once again, don’t take the line all the way to the front of your brow. Naturally the top portion of the beginning of most peoples brows is lighter and more sparse than the rest. We want this to remain true.DSC_0110

Just like how we blended the first line upwards, we’re going to use our brush to now blend this one downwards. Once that is done, without applying any more product to your brush, place your brush at the beginning of your brows at the bottom and gently push your brush upwards a little. This should add a little color and shading to the beginning without adding too much definition. You can shade a little more at the very bottom and very little at the very top. Think gradient.DSC_0119

Use a spoolie to gently brush through your brows now. This will help soften harsh lines as well as blend the product in with your own hairs.DSC_0132

We’re almost done so let’s move on to the finishing touches! Use a Q-Tip to clean up any stray marks, smudges, etc. Pro-tip: I find that Q-Tips can be too round and bulbous to use to clean up and/or sharpen the line of your brows so I usually rip half of the cotton off, roll the leftover cotton on the Q-Tip between my fingers to make it nice and tight and then use it that way.DSC_0146

Adding concealer under your brows can help concealer any odd marks, as well as stray hairs, while also adding definition. I put a dab of concealer on the back of my hand, dip my Real Techniques Pointed Foundation brush into a small amount  of it and then apply that right under my brow. I then wipe off any excess concealer from the brush and use the brush to gently blend the concealer downwards. Optional: Remember how we were talking about keeping the beginning of your brows softer and more sparse to help them look more natural? To play that up even farther, you can very gently brush up a tiny bit of concealer into the very beginning of your brows during this step. Only a tiny bit though. Too much and, well, it’ll look like you have concealer in your brows.DSC_0150

Ta-da! Now we’re all done. DSC_0160

Before and after


And here is what they will look like with a full face of makeup! Also, can you guess who got their NYX Macaron Lippies order in today? ME! I have been waiting months on these babies so I am pretty pumped! I’m wearing Pistachio here but will be posting a review as well as swatches of all 10 shades that I ordered this weekend. DSC_0205



Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review

I was moseying through my local Sephora about a week ago when I stumbled upon their Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick display  and was instantly enamored by all the gorgeous colors. What can I say? I’m an easy sell when it comes to makeup. I’d seen a few people raving about them online recently so I decided to just pick one up in Melted Ruby and see for myself how they are. I was not disappointed!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick - Melted Ruby

Now, I rarely trust a “long wear” lipstick. Many products make the claim and then turn out to be one huge disappointment, usually either by rubbing off within the hour or being so damn drying that your lips just look like little shriveled up prunes which is usually terribly uncomfortable and unattractive.

I decided to put this product to the test and the first time I wore it I had a hearty lunch of lamb curry and a big ole bottle of water. No straw! I’m so daring. I was sure that when I checked on my lipstick after lunch that it would all be gone but I was so wrong. It looked perfect! I even took a nap a couple of hours later and when I woke up, it was still going strong.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review - Melted Ruby

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. I found the Too Faced Melted lipsticks to be long lasting, just like they claim. They probably aren’t going to make it all day long but I got a solid 6 hours or so out of them, even through eating, drinking and a nap. Unlike many long wearing lipsticks, these are not particularly drying. They certainly aren’t creamy (at least not for long) but they are comfortable. They go on glossy but dry to almost a matte finish over time. The pigmentation is amazing and the slanted tip applicator makes application easy breezy.  I can definitely see more shades of this in my future.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review - Melted Ruby

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review - Melted Ruby


My very first post plus my face makeup routine!

I’ve had a few requests from users on /r/makeupaddiction to do a tutorial of my face makeup so here we go!

First off, we always want to start with a nice, clean slate. I usually wash my face at night using the oil cleanse method and follow that with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. I also use Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir 3-5 times a week and it has helped dramatically with these dry, flaky patches that seem to plague my face lately. In the morning I will wash my face with a wash cloth and warm water, apply my CeraVe and then apply a layer of sunscreen. Wait about 15 minutes or so for it to set then I’m ready to get started with my makeup!

Here’s my bare face. My skin isn’t too bad but it can always be better, right? First things first though, apply a primer!DSC_0026

Today I’m using a Beauty Blender to apply my foundation. Beauty Blenders need to be used damp so I hold the sponge under running water for about 15 seconds then squeeze out as much of the excess water as possible. I pour a little of my foundation onto the back of my hand, dip my Beauty Blender in it and then apply it using a stippling motion. DSC_0037

Foundation, check!DSC_0043

Next I apply my concealer. Today I’m using my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer that I got recently and I love it. The coverage is great and it gives me the least problems with creasing of any concealer I’ve used.DSC_0054

And just like my foundation, I’m going to blend it using my Beauty Blender. Under eye circles, be gone!DSC_0069

Now we’re going to contour! I’m using Illamasqua’s Hollow and a Sonia Kashuk flat top sculpting brush. I’m going to apply my contour product before my highlight to avoid muddying up my highlight.

Cheekbones and jawline.DSC_0070

Jawline all the way to under your chin.DSC_0075

Forehead and nose too! My whole face contour pre-blending. Pretty, pretty!DSC_0082

After blending! I usually use a Real Techniques stippling brush to blend my cream contour.  When blending your contour product, be mindful to keep your motions pretty contained so you don’t end up with contour product all over your face. On your forehead, blend it upwards into your hairline. Under your cheek bones, keep your motions pretty precise while ever so slightly blending the product upwards (A tiny bit. Really. Just to soften the line.) and into your hairline again. Under your jawline you mostly want to blend in a downwards motion.DSC_0100

Moving on to highlighting! You want your highlighting product to be a couple of shades lighter than your skin tone. If you’re pretty pale you may be hard pressed to find a product in a shade that is 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone soo I just use white. Here I’m using Illamasqua’s Skin Base Lift in White, applying it with a Sigma F60 and blending it in with my Beauty Blender.DSC_0126

Hair up for a better view.DSC_0129

All blended in!DSC_0141 DSC_0147

If you’d like to set your face with some powder, now would be the time to do it! Use a light hand under your eyes though. The more product you put under your eyes, the more likely it is to crease and no one likes that shit.DSC_0151

Sometimes I like to top off my cheekbones with a little bit of Benefit’s Watt’s Up for a little more glow. I usually use my finger to very gently blend it  in.DSC_0160

Add a little bit of blush and ta-da! All done. At least for my face makeup, that is.DSC_0173


And here is it with a full face! A little heavy but what’s new? This amazing lipstick is NYX Shocking Pink, by the way. Their matte formulas are incredible. DSC_0251