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Eybrows..and More!

I said I would write about eyebrows, or how to apply them if you’re like me and they have DISAPPEARED!  As promised, here goes.  I hope I help anyone in need, and believe me if you don’t have any or they are thinning you NEED this.

A while ago I noticed that my eyebrows had thinned on the ends.  This seemed to create an appearance of perpetual anger..or so I was told.  Now, I do not get angry a lot, but when I do believe me the last thing someone will notice are my frickin’ eyebrows.

If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then think of your eyebrows as the “frames” to those windows.  We wouldn’t want to skimp there now would we?  I know I sound kind of sarcastic, but really, the LAST thing I wanted to worry about were my EYEBROWS.  Unless I am trying to get off of the phone with my ex husband, then plucking my eyebrows becomes REALLY important REALLY fast.  Yes, I still have to pluck a few strays even though they are thinning.

Now, I am blonde, really, so finding the right shade was important.  The last thing I wanted was to look like I painted my “angry eyes” on, or look like I was perpetually surprised.  I needed something that looked natural and matched the color, dark blonde, as close as possible.

My sister took me to Sephora.  It was my first time there.  It is a wonderland.  An expensive, I never want to go there again, wonderland.  The nice lady with 14 layers of foundation that literally cracked when she smiled told me she could help me find the perfect product.  I’m thinking “Oh God..pleeeaase ..don’t let me leave here looking like the circus”.  Turned out she was so sweet and really knowledgeable about what I needed.

I started with a pencil..no go.  I looked like someone out of a silent movie.  Then we moved on to a wax/powder combination.  She instructed me to tweeze correctly and to always brush the hair UP, not sideways.  We went with Urban Decay’s Brow Box in Honey Pot.  There is a tiny drawer in the box of wax, and two shades of dark blonde, one lighter one darker.  We went over my eyebrows with a bit of the wax with this really cool tiny slanted brush..I’ll get to the brush in a minute…don’t panic.  Then she picked the lightest shade, showed me to angle the brush and went to work.  The first time it was too light.  She mixed both colors and I looked in the mirror..OH MY GOD!  The difference was really amazing.  My eyes popped and you could see my FACE, really it was that much of a difference.  I needed length, and to fill in a scar that goes right through my right eyebrow.  Adding length where there is no hair is tricky because the color HAS to be perfect.  I guess I got lucky!  You can figure out how long they should be by ..well just youtube it, I can’t explain it..I just know if you are like me then you need to do this, go have someone HELP you!

So, I silently ask myself as I’m sitting there “How much is this going to set me back?” “I can’t turn back NOW, omg..if these eyebrows are $200 bucks I’m going to CRY.” All of those things ran through my head.  The Brow Box was around $30 something with tax.  Now, here’s where they get you..THE BRUSH.  The frickin’ A$$ brush was more than the Urban Decay Brow Box, which by the way comes with tweezers AND a brush.  The tweezers and brush are small..like for faeries small.  Tinkerbell would love them.  BUT they WORK!  I bought the $40 brush anyway, but take my advice, if you get the Brow Box, just use that brush.  My $40 brush lasted..wait for it…4 DAYS before it frayed AND it had a cap that you have to be a rocket scientist to figure out.  So now I use the small one, it works just as well.  Save your money.

I hope this helps anyone that was in my situation.  I don’t leave the house without my “eyebrows” now.  It makes me feel good.  This is one of those things where people tell me I look great and “What  is different?”  Since they don’t KNOW and don’t notice I have “eyebrows” on, I know I did it right.  I categorized this under “Em’s projects” also, because it really was a project.  My sister and daughter, very honest, kept telling me in nice..then not so nice ways that I needed some serious help in the eyebrow department.

I plucked MJ’s once, years ago.  She had never done it before, not that she needs it, beautiful full BLACK eyebrows all long and shit, no uni-brow..whatever..anyways, I did it, it was painful, she bled a bit here and there (sorry), but it was really cool when I was done..and after the swelling went down.  The natural shape of her brows came out and I thought she looked amazing!  Even her dad liked it!  Which is saying a lot.  She doesn’t need it, but it was fun at the time.  NO, she doesn’t have giant eyebrows or anything, I was just messing around.  She really is a natural beauty so it wasn’t actually necessary, but I must say..I still want to go after her every couple of years when I see her..just to mess with her.  She usually runs.  She’s FAST!

Take Care All, Happy Eyebrows!  P.S. Don’t forget the mascara, and the Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel, oh and the BB cream..that’s the “more” part.  Defer to other post..”My Biggest Beauty Secret”

Em

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My Teen Steals My Makeup

New teeth.
New teeth.

OKAAY.

One of the things that drags me out of bed and gives me the motivation to get ready and put my face on in the morning is my Pixi Sheer Cheek Blush.  Oh and eyebrows, but that is an entire post.  I will share all about eyebrows next Wednesday.  It’s riveting, really.

Yes my daughter is the main reason I wake up, don’t get me wrong, she’s my world.  But to be frank with you I’m just about at the end of my proverbial rope with all that has been going on, and my BB cream and gel blush make me feel like I can face the world.  No pun intended.

I am going with the “fake it til you make it” mantra.  I have found that if I look good I feel better.  Most importantly, my daughter doesn’t see that I look like a mess, and all is relatively normal.  It really helps her that I take time to take care of myself.  She likes it when I do my hair and makeup and dress like I have a purpose.  Which I do.

Needless to say thank the Gods there is gel blush.  That sounds so shallow.

Now it’s GONE.  GONE I TELL YOU!  I want to take all of her stuff and hide it.  I refuse to spend another $18 bucks on gel blush.  Although that’s pretty cheap for a few moments of me time and happiness.  Guess I’ll go today.  I swear I will go medieval on her if she touches my BB cream.  I am going to raid her makeup today while she is at school.  I know, how EEE-VIL of me, but drastic measures must be taken.  She also switched my mascara with old dried out stuff.  If your mascara dries up, run the wand under water for just a second, not even that long.  That will buy you two days or so to buy a new one.  I can’t live without it, ask MJ.  Mascara and lip gloss are my two must haves.  Well and the dang blush..man I can’t believe how frustrated I am over gel blush.  I even bought her her OWN for Christmas, little thief.

I have also found that my “people”, you know the daily people you run into like neighbors and “grocery store friends” notice that I look better.  That’s kind of scary because that means I obviously looked like crap for who knows how long.  Monica, my checker at the grocery store lit up the other day and said I looked beautiful!  She said “BEAUTIFUL”!  Made me feel good and I know she felt better.  We have shared a lot over the years and we look to each other sometimes just to stay “normal” and have a laugh.  Small things can help others.  I enjoy helping others.  It makes me happy.  Her comment also helped me realize that my appearance  had a negative effect on her.  That’s okay sometimes, but not all of the time.  Yes, we are real, but sometimes when other people know you are having a rough time just by looking at you, that can hurt them.  I know it hurts me to see the ones I love and care about look like they are hurting.

Here’s another beauty tip.  Teeth are REALLY important..lol!  Not just for beauty, but for your overall health.   I lost a lot in a serious car accident some years back.  My left side is done, still need 3 implants on my right side.  I was joking they should pull the rest of my teeth out of my left side so my cheeks caved in equally on both sides to give the appearance of cheek bones.  Then I found out some models ACTUALLY have their back teeth pulled just for that reason.  I think that is ludicrous.  For Pete’s sake people, leave your teeth alone!

That is a picture of me with my new teeth and makeup on.  I should add the “before” picture, but I don’t want to cause any secondary trauma to anyone.

Here’s to faking it til I make it!  Wish me luck..I just might need it.

Take Care All,

Em

My Biggest Beauty Secret

http://store.doverpublications.com/0486997421.htmlToday I was thinking about beauty.  My secret is coconut oil, and BB cream.  OK there are two, that’s why it’s secret.

It dawned on me that I have not been taking the time for myself that I used to.  I used to take long showers, lather myself in scented lotion, dry my long hair and put on all kinds of make-up.  Well, those days are over..until now.

I love coconut oil.  I eat it, put it on my face, put it in my hair and now I want to make some scented coconut oil as I have been using the unscented first pressed oil for everything.

The first thing I noticed when I started using coconut oil as a moisturizer is that the fine lines around my eyes were not as noticeable.  My daughter actually said “Mom, are your wrinkles disappearing?”, after I let her out of the closet I said “Why yes honey, they are!”

I didn’t even KNOW I had wrinkles, or fine lines until I had Lasik eye surgery a few years ago.  I was legally blind prior to that, and even with my glasses I couldn’t see the lines..or anything really.  As far as I was concerned I looked perfect!  Of course I cried at having the gift of sight given back to me, but I cried harder when I went home and looked in the mirror!  I am 37 and I have always looked young for my age, but I was not prepared to see those lines around my eyes..not one bit.  I tried everything short of surgery, not because they are bad, but because they were a surprise..aren’t surprises supposed to be good?  MJ wouldn’t know what I’m talking about..I’m still searching her face for ONE tiny line.  She’s so naturally beautiful it would make you want to slap her..not too hard..or just hug her SO TIGHT!

OK, back on topic.  I have been using the coconut oil now for about a year.  I use it to moisturize and as a make-up remover.  I don’t wear much make-up but mascara is a pain and the coconut oil makes it glide right off.  Don’t worry about it being too oily either, it soaks right in.  It isn’t like other “oils”.

Coconut oil is also anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti viral and anti anything!  So what could be better?  I use it on small wounds, like scrapes or small cuts and on my lips if I don’t have any lip gloss lying around..which would mean the end of the world is actually here because I have 12 tubes in my purse as we speak.  I also use it to condition my hair, just the ends, at night, then I wash it out in the morning.  I am going to the store today to get apple cider vinegar because MJ uses that for conditioner and her hair is GORGEOUS!  Long flowing waves of black soft gorgeousness.  Really.  My “waves” used to be curls, but now my hair is almost to my waist so the curls are  just waves.  I’m blonde, a dirty blonde, so I have to foil my roots every 2 mos.  My sister is a hair dresser and is a wizard with  color, so I am indeed blessed.  When worst comes to worst, at least I have my hair.

I have found that powder is my worst enemy and gel blush looks amazing, on anyone!  I love BB cream and will forever promote it to anyone within earshot.  Seriously, three of my neighbors use it now.  BB cream is a light weight moisturizer with a hint of color that also helps correct discolorations over time and the really good ones feel like magic, which means you can’t feel them at all!  Right now I’m using L’Oreal Youth Code BB cream in light, and Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in “Flushed”.  Pay attention because L’Oreal has two BB creams, if you have fine lines or “aging” skin make sure you get the Youth Code one, not the smaller tube.  The cheek gel is amazing.  It will scare you at first because it looks like blood.  Which makes sense if you think about it.   When we blush blood is rising to the surface of our skin.  You only need a dab, work fast and BAM, natural “I am soooo excited, hands waving, jumping up and down” pure blushiness.  You can use it on your lips for an all day stain also.  I apply some mascara and I’m done!  I have never had so many complements on how beautiful I LOOK, NOT how great my make-up is.  You want them to notice YOU not your make-up!

The BB creams come in most tints, if you are very fair you may want to check out the BB creams from Asia, Korea specifically.  The gel blush comes in lighter or warmer tones also.

I hope this helps anyone who, like me, feels like they forgot how to put make-up on.  We didn’t forget, we just need products that work for our skin.

Also, remember to be brave and don’t forget about the “me” time we so desperately need and yet continue to forget to take.

Love yourself!  Be kind to yourself.  Believe me, the world, and my husband are happier now that I am taking some time to find myself again, laugh lines and all.

Em