My go-to brow products


Before I start this post, let’s get one thing straight. By no means do I think I have perfect eyebrows. I have a long history of brow problems, starting when I was thirteen and wanted to “shape” my brows because I had read something about it in Tiger Beat magazine–which, for those of you who don’t know, was the authoritative guide on how to get Zac Efron to fall in love with you–and I wanted to be desirable to the likes of Zac Efron. I decided to use small grooming scissors to “trim” my eyebrows, which I did right in the middle of my arch (???? Baby Hannah what were you thinking ????) on the day I was getting my annual pictures taken probably at Sear’s (School Picture Day for homeschoolers). 

So when I present you with these brow products, I need you to know that I did not just pick these willy-nilly because Glossier packaging is perfect (even though it is) or because Kiss NY Professional so kindly sent me their brow pencil to try* (even though they did). I have agonized over finding the perfect brow products for years and I am finally at a place where I feel pretty darn good about how my eyebrows look. Yes, sometimes mistakes are made and I imagine that I could be Brooke Shields and I draw them on a little too heavy and I look back on pictures and cringe because even though bold eyebrows are trendy I don’t think anything on your face should be a “trend.” But most days my brows frame my face and I get compliments on them and people ask me what brow products I use and how I use them. So without further ado, here we go. 


Here is my baby face without eye makeup. As you can see, my brows are trying their best to frame my eyes, but they need a little bit of help. I fill them in using Top Brow from Kiss New York Professional. I’ve tried several eye pencils from high end and drugstore brands, and this is my favorite because both the pencil and the spoolie (the end that looks like a mascara wand that you use to comb your brows) are very thin, which gives you a lot of control and precision when filling in your brows. The consistency of the pencil is also not too powdery or too waxy. 


Here is what my brows look like after filling them in with the Kiss NY Pro pencil and combing them through. I tried to take a few pictures of how I fill them in, but I look way too intense. Clearly I take eyebrows very seriously. Sometimes I leave them like this, but often I go over them with a coat of Boy Brow from Glossier to darken them. 


I’m not sure if the difference is discernable to you, but to me the addition of Boy Brow makes my brows just a little more defined and a bit darker and closer to my hair color. 



I’m not kidding about how much I love these products. The Kiss NY Pro pencil has gotten so much use that the writing is almost completely smudged off. Let me know if you’ve tried either of these, or your favorite brow products are! 

Xoxo,

– Hannah 
* I am not paid to write about any products mentioned in this post. The Kiss NY Pro pencil was provided for me to test. All opinions are my own. 

How to get your best skin – Cellnique review

Last month Cellnique Paramedical, an amazing skincare company, contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in trying some of their skincare.  If you’re anything like me, you know the first step to ~flawless~ makeup starts with your skin.  Taking care of your skin is so important, and even if you don’t have perfect skin (honestly, who does?) there are always things you can do to improve it. Making sure you’re drinking enough water, wearing sunscreen, and washing your face at the end of every day are some simple things that make a big difference.

BUT if you’re anything like me you also are very wary of what you put on your skin.  I have a few staple products that I have been faithfully using for years and I rarely change it up.  I love trying out new makeup and clothing trends, but I tend to stick to the basics with skincare because I’m so afraid of irritating my sensitive skin.

After a lot of online research, I decided to test out Cellnique because their products looked great…but also because I’m currently going through what can only be described as a “second puberty.”  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Jenna Marbles summed it up pretty well in this hilarious video, but basically my skin and hair are changing even though I’m an adult and not going through puberty.  I have always had very dry, sensitive skin, but in the past six-ish months my skin and hair have both become oily, and I’ve broken out more than I ever have in my life.  So clearly, my usual skin routine wasn’t working, and I needed to try something new.  After I expressed my new skin problems, Cellnique sent me two products: the Skin Action Sebum Gel and the Advanced Bio Renewal Masque.  This is what the products are supposed to do, according to the Cellnique website:

Skin Action Sebum Gel
  • Controls excessive sebum
  • Reduces the formation of blackheads and whiteheads
  • Reduces skin inflammation
  • Controls and prevents breakouts Increases skin moistures and improves skin elasticity
  • Anti-irritation
Advanced Bio Renewal Masque
  • Exfoliates dead skin cells and deep pore cleansing
  • Optimizes cell renewal performance
  • Slows down aging process
  • Instant lightening, brightening and whitening effects

 

The sebum gel is supposed to go on your face in the morning and at night after you cleanse and before moisturizer.  The masque is like a typical face mask that you use once or twice a week on clean skin for 5-10 minutes and then rinse to exfoliate and get a really deep clean.

When I first tested out the products, I preferred the masque. It was very exfoliating but not rough, leaving my skin feeling soft and glowing.  But after a few weeks of using the sebum gel, I was sold. My skin is definitely less oily, and the gel is the perfect primer for under my lotion so my makeup stays in place all day.  I sometimes forget (or honestly get too lazy) to use it at night, but it’s the first face product I use every morning and I have absolutely noticed a difference in my skin.

I don’t think I can say that the masque “slows down the aging process” like the website claims because my skin doesn’t show any visible signs of aging.  But it definitely exfoliates and provides a deep clean, and is a very calming, luxurious product to use.

If you’re going through “second puberty” you might want to give these products a try, but if you have different skin problems, Cellnique has products for a wide range of needs like anti-aging, anti-acne, brightening, calming, and more.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Xoxo,

– Hannah