Using Gimme Brow (Or Why I’m an Idiot)

Gimme Brow

Benefit Gimme Brow, $24

My brows hadn’t been touched in months; literally nary a pluck. I’ve been attempting to grow them in so that eventually a semblance of shape could be cultivated from them. Fortunately, I had a voucher for a free brow wax at the Benefit Brow Bar and redeemed it this weekend. In minutes, my brows were whipped into glorious shape.  Sweet success!

After mapping, waxing, plucking strays, and cleaning up, my Arch Expert deftly swiped Gimme Brow, my current go-to brow product, through my brows.

Boy, am I an idiot.

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Why You Should Wait to Shampoo after Color

Have you ever gotten your hair colored only to wonder why your stylist warns against washing your hair the next morning? Her instruction to wait to shampoo after color isn’t an arbitrary edict.

There are plenty of valid reasons not to shampoo daily for those who don’t meddle with chemical services. Scalp health, keeping oil production under control, damage reduction (due to drying less often), and time-saving are all reasons for anyone to skip a day or two.

If you do color, however, you should heed your stylist’s advice.

The Recommendation

Conventional advice suggests waiting 48 to 72 hours after any chemical service before lathering up. This gives your hair time to settle down and get back to that normal state before hitting it with something

Why You Should Wait to Shampoo after Color

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A Little Behind

Between my cat’s illness over the weekend, dealing with Jury Duty, and catching up on my day job, I was unable to meet my goal of having proper content prepared today.

I apologize for that, and appreciate you bearing with me. Regular content will return Monday.

Meanwhile, here are some neat tidbits from across the internet:

  • These matches are adorable. My use of a grill lighter is a distinctly less adorable way to light candles.
  • My local JcPenney isn’t on the chopping block – is yours?
  • The Macy’s VIP Sale is pretty legit, and includes BEAUTY items – whaaat?! Pick up this Tartelette in Bloom Palette (review coming soon), some new Beautyblenders, or a spring fragrance like Daisy Eau so Fresh (I still have, and love, my rollerball!) for less than retail.
  • Frozen pizza fan? No judgment. That said, some sold at Wal-Mart have been recalled.

I’ll leave you with this thought – Virtual Makeover tools, such as Sephora’s, are a waste of time. Do you agree? More on that next week.

Deborah Lippmann The Stripper to Go

Deborah Lippmann The Stripper To Go Foil PacketDeborah Lippmann The Stripper to Go, $12

This is a legacy post that I’ve given a facelift because it’s a neat product. Opinions are the same, but is formatted and edited for easier reading and flow.

I received a single Deborah Lippmann The Stripper to Go sample foil in a cadre of samples . I tend to use pure acetone to remove my nail polish these days – the silly additives don’t actually seem to help, and they just weaken the product. When I wear regular polish, I tend to wear shimmery and glittery colors which pure acetone removes far more efficiently  less glitter and shimmer these days, but still. More often, though, I wear gel nail polish – a bottle of Cutex is not going to cut that.

Giving it a Go

I happened to be wearing a fun bright green on my toes that was ready to come off (China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard, mentioned in my May Favorites, if you’re wondering). Out of acetone, but having just gone though my samples I reached for my sample Deborah Lippmann The Stripper to Go. I glanced at the packet and noticed it was supposed to smell like lavender, and that it was a, “finger mitt.” What? I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but the packaging said that one mitt will remove polish from all ten fingers.

Ripping the Deborah Lippmann The Stripper to Go package open, I was greeted with the smell of acetone and something trying to be lavender. There was a little fabric pouch that with one rounded, closed end and a squared, open end. A-ha, a mitt. You insert a finger or thumb into it like so.

Deborah Lippmann The Stripper to Go Finger Mitt

I found that Deborah Lippmann The Stripper to Go works better slipped over your thumb; you can, “scrub,” your nails more effectively.

Effectiveness

It worked OK for not being 100% pure acetone, and didn’t smell quite as harsh. I did have to work a little harder with it than I have become accustomed to; I’m not sure whether to attribute that to the formula or the mitt itself. The mitt was textured such that with the stronger product it would have made extremely quick work of the remnants of my pedicure.

Unfortunately, I could not remove all the polish from my toes before the product was spent. I wouldn’t say this is a bad thing; it advertises being able to take polish off ten fingers. Unless you have atypical digits, the combined surface area of your toenails is greater than the combined surface area of your fingernails.

I do not see this being effective for gel polish removal.

The Bottom Line

I thought it might be nice for travel purposes and found that it retails for $12 for six mitts. If it does remove all polish from all ten nails, that would put this product at $2 per removal. This is considerably more expensive than acetone and cotton balls. If you travel often and have to frequently redo your manicures, though, it might be a good (albeit costly) solution.

I do have a favorable opinion of this product compared to my initial perception of it as a gimmick. Unfortunately, though, my favorable opinion of the product does NOT outweigh its price. I still won’t be purchasing for myself unless I have extensive travel on the horizon.

Taking Paws(e)

One of my two cats had an unplanned vet visit yesterday. My gentle giant is on the mend but it was stressful for us both.

Regrettably, because of that, I did not take the time to prepare content for today. Thanks for bearing with me while I smother my seven-year-old, not-so-little (19.1 pound) beast with affection. #justcatmomthings

Normal content returns Wednesday. In the meantime, here are some on- and off-topic things that have been cool:

Hair

I got my balayage highlights retouched on Saturday morning. I went a bit more aggressive this time; not quite to my goal. Since I am a hair-coward and I’d rather take baby steps than risk overdoing it. It was, just as before, a really lovely experience.

Dressing

Would you think a $25-30 dress in this day and age to:

  1. be a decent-weight fabric
  2. be work-appropriate
  3. be well-constructed?

Yeah, me either. Homeyee, found on Amazon, is a purveyor of such inexpensive dresses. The brand is worn by ladies who work in television (think news anchors, meteorologists, talk show hosts). I took a gamble and bought a few; Prime- and return-eligible, what did I have to lose? As it turns out, they’re incredible for the price. Just make sure you stick to their size chart (in the product photos), not Amazon’s, to judge sizing. They’re constructed better than some work-appropriate dresses I have that cost 3-4x as much. Needing to replace some worn-out items, I purchased this 3/4 sleeved one in two colors and this one as well.