Give Yourself The Gift of Beautiful Brows! (Photo Tutorial)

Monday, December 15, 2014

I have reviewed Billion Dollar Brows before HERE and their Bestseller's Kit, which contains everything you need, for beautifully groomed brows. Now that I have a better camera, I can post a better pictorial! And what's even better is that one of my readers will have the chance to win  one of these kits!

The Bestseller's Kit contains:
  • Universal Brow Pencil: This pencil is supposed to work on all skin tones and hair color. it also comes with a spoolie attached. 
  • Brow Duo Pencil: A double-ended pencil that has a highlighter on one end and concealer on the other.
  • Smudge Brush: Blends away the concealer to soften the edges and help you achieve a more sculpted brow.
  • Brow Gel: Grooms and neatly keeps stray hairs in place.
  • Bonus Pencil Sharpener
Getting Billion Dollar Brows (Pictorial):

1. I start off by penciling underneath my brow. I drew a guide underneath to show you how I pencil it in.

2. Then, I pencil the top part of my brow. Notice that the guide stops right before the beginning of the brow. I feel it gives a more natural appearance when you don't go all the way on the top part of your brow. What I do is brush some of the pencil upward with the spoolie end of the brush to blend some of the color towards the front of the brow. I don't like having that heavy, squared-off look. Then I just lightly fill in any sparse areas that need filling and define the tail a little bit.

3. Using the "Concealer" end of the Brow Duo Pencil, I "carve" out the bottom of the brow to clean up any rough edges and also to give it a nice, polished look. I blend some of that concealer on the top part of my brow as well.

4. I use the Smudge Brush to blend away the concealer. You might have to blend it out a little heavily depending on your complexion. I also use the Concealer end of the pencil as a highlighter at times as I feel it flatters my skin tone better than the actual Highlighter on the other end.

5. Once everything is blended, I brush some brow gel on to keep everything in place and to set the look.

Just like contouring and highlighting, I feel that there is no set way for you to do your eyebrows. It's all about finding a method that you like and it easiest for you. This way works for me because I like a cross between a sculpted and natural looking brow. I don't want my eyebrows to look "drawn on". Most people don't know I even pencil my eyebrows until I tell them. Which is how I like it.

In the previous post, I had mentioned that I liked this kit. I just felt that women with really dark hair won't benefit from the pencil since it doesn't go that dark. But I like the other items a lot, I reach for them often in my day-to-day routine.

The Bestsellers Kit is available in Kohl's and But lucky for us, Billion Dollar Brows is giving my readers an opportunity to win a Bestseller's Kit. To win the gift of beautiful brows, all you have to is comment on this post with what brow style you prefer? Do you like the Beyonce all natural brow? Or Glamazon shaped brows? Let me know! And don't forget to include your email address in your comment!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

Reinventing The Selfie With The GlamST App

image property of GlamST
The best part of executing the perfect makeup look is taking a selfie and posting it on social media to show off your handiwork. My favorite part of social media sites like Twitter is all the cool people I've met that share the same interests as me. Now there are apps dedicated to beautyholics like me! I love technology!

About GlamST
GlamST is an app for iOS that allows you to discover new makeup by choosing the styles you love and trying makeup on your photo. You can freely experiment from the comfort of your phone, try on makeup by snapping a selfie, choosing your style and seeing how makeup would really look on your face. Our goal is to make women feel comfortable with their choices and who they are daring them to experience the power of makeup and find the best-looking version of them. 

GlamST was created by two women from Uruguay (2 cheers each for woman and Latina power)! By using their talents in engineering, these women created an app that lets you try on different looks to see what makes you look your best by uploading pictures of yourself. this comes really handy when shopping online and you're not physically there to try the product.

my before and after

I tried out the app and it is pretty cool. You can take a picture of yourself or upload one. Then you adjust your features for more accuracy. Then you get to choose from a variety of looks, including celeb ones to try on yourself.

 I'll admit, the enhanced version with the makeup added looks a tad creepy to me since its computer-generated. It doesn't really resemble the Miley Cyrus-inspired look I chose. But this app has very great aspects. It gives you three options from least expensive to most on the products you can use to achieve the look you desire. I really like that feature since it considers different budgets. It is the highlight of this app. And all the products are linked to Sephora which makes it super convenient to purchase.

I would keep this app for the product suggestions and not try the makeup looks. They probably will keep working on the app so it can look a little realistic but for now I like just looking at the pictures and knowing what was used to achieve that particular makeup look.

The GlamST app is only available for iOS users and can be downloaded at the iTunes app store.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

OOTD: It's All Black & White

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A  quick OOTD post on what I wore for a night out. It wasn't dreadfully cold, only in the lower forties. Plus I was wearing a long coat so it wasn't so bad.

I really like how black looks against white. I added some bright accent pieces like the statement necklace and blue shoes to make it a little more interesting.

blazer- H&M
tank top- Old Navy
leather shorts- H&M
pumps- GoJane
necklace- H&M

GUEST POST: (Not So Secret) Secrets for Better Skin

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I didn't exactly win the hereditary lottery. I have oily skin and humongous pores and I break out from time to time. I've tried just about every cleansers, toners, serums and creams that promise younger-looking and glowing skin. While others work to some extent, some are just complete wastes of money. One thing I've learned, you can take good care of your skin without spending a lot of money or time. In fact, most of what you can do to improve your skin, you may already be doing. Here are simple habits you can adapt for great skin.

Protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays by slathering on sunscreen
The number one way to prevent premature skin aging and skin cancer is by applying sunscreen. It's important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. If you're going to be outdoors all day, make sure to re-apply your sunscreen every two to three hours as its effectiveness usually only lasts about two hours.

Nix the cigs
We know that smoking is bad for our health. It increases our risk of cancers, heart diseases, diabetes and infections. Yet, we find it extremely hard to kick the habit for good. I wonder if we'd feel differently if smoking's bad effects were a bit more obvious. Smoking causes premature aging and wrinkles, it damages the DNA in hair follicles resulting in thinner hair, it stains teeth, gives you bad breath and puts you at risk for gum diseases. Quitting smoking is not only good for our overall health but for our appearance as well.

Sleep your way to a gorgeous skin
Why spend on expensive beauty products when the most natural and effective skin care treatment is free? Don't under-estimate the power of a 7 to 8-hour sleep. Our skin renews itself while we sleep. Our body goes into repair mode and old cells get replaced by new ones. Also, sleep reduces the stress hormone, Cortisol in our body, making us feeling refreshed and glowing in the morning.

Exercise - it's good for your skin
Exercise increases our levels of beta-endorphins, improving our circulation and making our skin glow. It also decreases our cortisol levels, keeping our stress in check, thus reducing dryness, acne, and wrinkles.

Drink lots of water and eat healthy
Dehydration can make your skin look dull, wrinkled and dry. Drinking enough fluids increases blood flow to the skin. Healthy eating also plays a significant role in maintaining youthful and beautiful appearance. The right foods can enhance your skin's natural beauty, shield your skin from damage, help fight acne, reduce redness and minimize wrinkles.

Less is more
Unless you have oily skin or a skin condition like acne, you only need to cleanse your face in the evening. Too much washing will likely dry and irritate your skin more, causing your face to produce more oils and making conditions like acne even worse. Same with exfoliating, scrubbing can make your skin look rosier but it also thins it, exposing sensitive skin underneath. This makes your skin more prone to sun damage. Scrub only once a week.

I'm sure there are many other ways to improve your skin. If you have other suggestions, please do share!
Stay beautiful, lovelies!

About The Author
Hannah is a healthy living enthusiast, a lipstick addict, and mom to 5 cute furry babies. She runs, a website dedicated to offering free health insurance resources.

OOTD: Oh What A Winter Wonderland

Friday, December 12, 2014

To face unafraid of the plans that we made
Walking in a winter wonderland
"Winter Wonderland" -Dean Martin

Today was one of those perfect Winter days where you can walk around comfortably if you're properly bundled up. It was perfect for to throw some photos of this OOTD. It had snowed the day before and there were still remnants of it the next day which I thought looked very pretty.

I used to be one of those people that didn't really care about coats. All I needed was a warm, practical coat that I can make cute with a scarf and hat. The last season of Sex and The City really inspired me to step my outerwear game up. Carrie's winter outfits were stunning. And as I am getting older, I'm loving Winter a little bit more. I loathe extra hot Summer days. I do not like sweating at all and it's so difficult to be stylish AND comfortable. Well at least in NYC.

I've always wanted a plaid coat and I saw this cute one in Forever21 and I took advantage of a sale they had to purchase it. I originally wanted a blue one but I'm glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and went for this one. It's a nice pop of color and surprisingly red can be a neutral too! This red is a little muted so it's pretty versatile.

Beret & Coat: Forever21 (get coat HERE)
Leather Leggings: ASOS (get HERE)
Sweater: Mosimo by Target
Booties: H&M
Bag: Foley & Corinna (I got it from Hautelook but it is available HERE)

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