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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October 2016 Favorites

October 2016 FavoritesOctober 2016 Favorites

Details after the jump.

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February 2016 Favorites

February 2016 FavoritesFebruary 2016 Favorites
1.Pantene Pro-V Stylers Max Hold Mousse, $7 / 2. Coastal Scents BR-B-S03, $5
3. Etude House Drawing Eye Brow, $5

This is the shortest favorites I’ve ever done. February has been impossibly draining so I really haven’t spent that much time playing with beauty products. It’s been an unprecedentedly demanding month (at ye olde day job); I basically get up, go to work, come home, do more work, make and eat food, shower, dry hair, sleep. On weekends, I do…you guessed it, more work, and veg out. Here’s the few things that earned their places as my February 2016 Favorites, though!

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Brows on What?

Confession:

The term, “fleek,” makes my skin crawl.

I don’t love it.

Not for sculpted, perfect eyebrows. Not for flawless, gorgeous highlights. Not for sharp, crisp winged liner.

“On point,” I can dig. But for some reason I just can’t stand, “on fleek.” I’m not anti-slang, it’s just this specific term.

Research suggests the term has been tossed around since at least 2003, it came to prominence after a Vine user mentioned it to describe her own brows while en route to a party. Somehow, it blew up and became this meme-esque slang phenomenon.

I don’t get it. Maybe I’m getting old?

Brows on what? Listen, dear – your eyebrows, highlight, and winged liner look fabulous and masterfully executed…but stay out of my dang hyacinths and azaleas, alright?

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara

NYX Cosmetics has come out with a lot of new brow products lately – a gel, a pomade (trying to take on Dipbrow?), new ultra-skinny pencils, etc. Last month, I picked up the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Brunette.

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara - Packaging

 

I’m happy with Dipbrow, but trying something new is fun every now and then. I picked this up when I returned the failed NYX Green CC Cream. While I was shopping, the first thing that struck me was the lack of variety in available shades. They have blonde (lighter, taupe-y), chocolate (warm brown), brunette (cool brown), espresso (dark brown), and black (brown-black)…that’s it!

I purposefully choose what was supposed to be the cooler brown shade (Brunette) because I don’t like a ton of warmth in my brows. I was surprised to take it home and see that, despite perhaps being the cooler of the two, it is quite warm.

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara - Wand

The consistency of NYX Tinted Brow Mascara is very lightweight, but wet – when you swipe it through your brows, you definitely feel that it is wet. Given that, you don’t have a whole lot of control even though the spoolie with which you apply it is small and stiff. I found myself getting blobs in my brows that were really awkward. Ultimately, I had to gently squeeze the spoolie with a tissue to remove the excess so I was applying the bare minimum.

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara - Hand SwatchNYX Tinted Brow Mascara – Swatch

As far as hold goes? Meh. It’s better than nothing, of course, but if your brows are unruly and you really want them to stay put, you need to break out bigger guns. Without sounding like a shill, I’ve only ever tried Anastasia’s clear one, and I was happy with it. Happy enough to regularly shell out for it? Probably not, and I’m sure there are other good ones out there.

My experimentation with this product has led me to this conclusion – this product would be okay as a finishing touch when paired with a powder or pencil, but I wouldn’t use NYX Tinted Brow Mascara on its own unless your brows are already flawless and on-point (in which case why are you bothering with brow gel?). It’s a little finicky to work with, and the shade range leaves some to be desired. I wouldn’t buy if you’re looking for a one-and-done product, or unless you’re SURE the shade will work for you (my brows were too warm with this, it was really awkward and obvious).