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Check out those threads

If there is one facial feature that I always strive for perfection then it’d be the eyebrows.

I’m a part of the school of thought that believes the appearance and shape of the brows transform the rest of your face and raggedy brows just aren’t a good look.

Plus, I’ve got something of a wonky left brow that leaves estheticians puzzled when I walk in and they spend countless minutes trying to tame the wild brow.   The hair sticks straight up and no amount of coaxing can make the hair conform.

I have friends that pluck their own brows, but I never could quite get the arch I wanted with plucking.  In high school, I’d get my brows overly waxed  into a pencil-thin arch that was so laughingly unrealistic that I cringe when I look back at my pictures.  .

One day, I was reading an article in Vogue magazine about eyebrow threading.  I’d never heard of threading before, but I was desperately trying to find a new, inexpensive avenue for finding the perfect arch.  What further piqued my interest was that the author tried a salon here in Chicago, Dilshad’s Hair Design, and said the cost for a perfect arch would be $5.

Needless to say, I made the trek across town and went to Dilshad’s very soon after.  There was pain and discomfort, but the arch was great.  Two weeks later, my brows were thicker with a great arch.   The total cost for this was $7, with tip.

Now, I’ve been getting my brows threaded for about 5 years and I’ve yet to have a bad threading job as I’ve had with waxing or plucking.  I suppose it’s all a matter of preference, but the threading is a bit more painful than waxing in my opinion, but the results are great.  Threading is able to grab hair at the root so that there are no strays left behind.

Here is a picture of my freshly threaded eyebrows while out on Saturday night:

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I guess it’s more like eyebrow, since you don’t get to see most of the other side, but I thought this would be a good example nontheless.  I especially wanted to highlight this particular brow because it’s my “wonky” brow.   It’s not the best job in the world since the arch is usually a bit higher and more defined when I go to my usual lady, but I think they will grow out nicely.

If you haven’t tried threading yet, I’d definitely say give it a go.   It’s cheap, effective, and the results last way longer than that I’ve experienced with waxing or plucking.

Feeling adventurous?  You can try to thread your own eyebrows, too!  See Eily311’s awesome how-to video on threading below:

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Real beauty doesn’t require makeup or Photoshop according to French Elle

I know, I know, another magazine post, but I had to write about this one.  I was actually gearing up to write another beauty post about beauty and pampering products I’ve been into lately, when I saw a link to an article posted on Twitter from Yahoo’s Shine Fashion and Beauty Blog about French Elle’s May 2009 “No Makeup” issue.

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Images from Shine at Yahoo

That’s right, Eva Herzigova, Monica Bellucci, Sophie Marceau, Charlotte Rampling appear in French Elle with no makeup or Photoshopping.   It’s shot by Peter Lindbergh and the women are already completely gorgeous as is, but I still say it’s a refreshing view from the insanely airbrushed covers on US stands.

And to quote, Shine’s author, Jennifer Romolini, it’s once again a sign that the European mags have taken steps leaps and bounds ahead of their US counterparts:

And, honestly, French Elle’s April ’09 issue is not the first time our women’s mags have been out-classed by the Europeans. Last year–in protest of the serious lack of diversity on catwalks, ads and in women’s magazines–Italian Vogue published an all-black issue featuring models of color from around the world. It sold out in days.

Amen.  Let’s also not forget Paris Vogue’s cover with a Black male dressed in woman’s clothes and he was working a full beard.

But I digress.   Would women be open to seeing  beauty represented at face value without all of the tricks and manipulation?  Or is the escapism and fantasy that we may feel when we look at a dolled up model/actress what we want to see, because hey, it is Elle/Vogue/Bazaar, ya know.

Saving Face

Lately, I have been obsessed with having clear and beautiful skin.  I recently went to my local Nordstrom spa and got a facial from a  outspoken esthetician.  She lectured about my skin and was able to conclude that my diet was poor, I’m stressed and whatever products I’m using just ain’t working for me.   She gave me a peel to help calm the breakouts and she evaluated my diet and told me about some vitamins that should always be on my “always” list–that is, they should always be taken, no matter what.  Afterward, she recommended some products to aid in rejuvenating my skin.

Since my friend was the first one to recommend this spa and this particular product, I decided to give it a try:

thalgoThalgo Cocooning Cleansing Milk.  $34 from the Nordstrom Spa and my new daily cleanser for day AND night.  I told the esthetician about my Shu Uemura Skin Purifier and how ecstatic I was about the oi cleansing method and she had me throw the idea out the window.  She told me that the oil was just clogging up my skin and not moisturizing whatsoever.   I’m still not 100% ready to give up on the Shu Uemura oil yet.   However, the Cocooning Cleansing Milk is paraben free and very gentle on the skin.  I’ve noticed a very (positive) difference since incorporating it into my regimen.

lerosett70Lerosett Clay Mask.  Made by Gunilla of Sweden, this mask is organic and only has two ingredients: naturally organic clay and distilled water.  Once the mask is on the face, it feels, as one reviewer put it, “like the oil is just being sucked out of your face”.  You end up with a fresh and clean feeling face.  Any zits you might have on your face, also seem to either go away or feel much smaller within the next day or so.

And this is the next product on my list to try out:

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Mario Badescu skin care is supposed to be very gentle and pretty affordable.  Since I’m gracefully aging,  night creams are becoming an important and necessary part of my regimen.   This Chamomille Night Cream is supposed to be a bit ligher and better for sensitive skin.  I was previously using L’Oreal Hydra-Renewal, but my face would feel extra-greasy.

The best thing I can do for my skin?  Water.  Lots and lots of water.

My plan?  To turn the state of my skin around in the next 6 months and see a noticable difference.  I’ve already seen a slight difference so far with the changes I’ve incorporated, so I am very enthused.

Loving It: Nars Orgasm

Nars Orgasm Multi-Use Stick

Nars Orgasm Multi-Use Stick

In my teens and earlier twenties, I never wore blush.  Unless it was for prom, I just didn’t understand the purpose.  I knew what it was for, but I just didn’t think it would enhance my look anyway.  That was, until I discovered Nars Orgasm blush.

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The picture above is a rough picture of my hand to show how the color shows up on my skin.  I know I’m late to the party here, but  I love it and how it positively makes me glow.   I’ve seen the blush on all complexions and I haven’t seen it look bad on one person.   I know it’s a cult favorite and everyone and their mother has co-signed on this blush, but I just had to throw my hat in the ring with an endorsement.   Now?  Perhaps on to the lipgloss?

My Beauty Find

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As I am getting older, I’ve been paying attention to details in my lifestyle and beauty regimens and what I need to do to better take care of myself.   This includes one of my biggest peeves: under eye circles.  There really isn’t anything I can do about them since they are genetic.  My father has them and his mother had them.  I think her mother had them them as well.   It’s just something that I’ve (unwillingly) inherited.  Throughout the years, I’ve spent countless dollars trying to find the one under eye cream that would work for them.   Of course, some creams declared that they got rid of the dark circles forever.  Others only promised that they could fade them, but when I tried it, my circles were still there and sometimes even more prominent than before.  Or else, I’d wake up with dry and itchy eyes.

Now I’m at peace with my cream that attempts to reduce the appearance of the dark circles.  It is Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment.  The price is right and the appearance of the circles has been reduced.  I also love how the products are preservative-free and the cream has no scent.  This also means no dry and itchy eyes!