Let’s talk about beauty. If you’re a makeup lover like me, the kind of gal that begged to wear all of makeup in the world by age ten, then you probably know a little about this. Despite loving and owning truck-fulls of product, sometimes, as humans who are fallible, we forget the importance of the basics. Therefore, I’m going to bring them back into the spotlight.
Eyebrows are my favorite accessory. Scratch that, that sounds very odd, like I stick them on or something. Eyebrows are my favorite feature on the female face when done correctly. Everyday, we underestimate the importance, the influence, the sheer power of the eyebrow. Years of history show its presence on the faces of prominent, powerful, and well-groomed women. Reflect on Cleopatra, both the historical figure and Elizabeth Taylor’s stunning depiction of her in the 1963 classic movie. Ancient Egyptian beauty, as seen through artifacts, was all about the eyebrows! And I think everyone can agree that those women were smoking hot.
From the 20th century, acknowledge the influence of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Her image is iconic, although I wouldn’t suggest growing a unibrow.
Then with Brooke Shields came a cult following and a renewed love for the full brow.
Now, in the modern-day world of fashion, think about the most amazing, sought-after models and celebrities. I’m talking Cara Delevigne, Lily Collins, Bambi Northwood-Blyth, and Camilla Bell. These ladies have been genetically blessed, to say the least, but that doesn’t mean anyone with thinner brows has to feel completely inadequate. Work what you’ve got!
I would consider myself right in the sweet spot, somewhere between bushy and ball-point-pen brows. Since my freshman year of college, I have grown to love, protect, and groom my brows as much as I do my hair. This may seem crazy to some of you, but think of it this way. If eyes are the windows to the soul, the eyebrows are the window panes. You wouldn’t want anyone to get distracted from your soul! That would be inexcusably detrimental, of course!
A few tools/tips that I have acquired over the years that are my favorites:
1. When I first started giving my eyebrows more attention, I filled in my eyebrows with a powder. If you have thicker eyebrows already, this is probably a good idea. My favorite brand is Anastasia. They have everything pertaining to eyebrows!
2. Personally, I use one of Anastasia’s “Brow Wiz” pencils. They are $21.00 each. I love it because it allows me to create a very subtle or intense look, depending on the occasion. The one that I have is easy to use and has a brush on one end, which is invaluable to me.
3. I also use the Benefit Cosmetics “Gimme Brow.” It’s $22.00 and well worth the investment. I use it everyday to set the shape of my brows. It also defines them really well.
4. Don’t get sloppy with the shade of color you choose. Invest time in this process. Once, I went a whole year with red-brown brows, when what I really needed was a dark brown. My life seemed to change when I switched shades.
5. Don’t try to match your eyebrows to your hair color. Don’t even think about it. Remember the Miley Cyrus, bleach blonde eyebrow fiasco? Don’t do it. Match the pencil/powder shade to the hair that is already existent upon your face!
6. Put down the tweezers. (Yes, I’m talking to you, Mother). Let your eyebrows fill in and show their natural shape. Then go back and pluck any straying hairs that are obviously out of place, but proceed with caution.
Now have a laugh at my eyebrow timeline. From tweezer happy, to pencil heavy, to what I believe is just right for me now, all in a four year span. Enjoy!
Meet Nikol. She is a 26-year-old Californian work-a-holic. She’s a total goofball who loves anything and everything to so with food! She loves horses, her dogs, her boyfriend, and a really good book. Nikol joined 99dresses so that she could refresh her closet with new items at a great price.
1. What do you love most about 99dresses?
I love being able to score new clothes without leaving my bed or couch. I love being able to clean out my closet as well!
2. Favorite item won on the app so far?
Hands down the ring I won from Loni. Chocolate diamonds and Citrine, a girl can’t ask for more. I have had so many compliments on it, it’s not even funny. I love it!
3. When you aren’t shopping, you can be found…
Working! I am a protein specialist, and am hoping from restaurant to restaurant, so I guess you would find me eating. Thats my life, eating and shopping.
4. If your friends could describe you in one word, what would it be?
5. What’s currently on your shopping wish list?
A pair of T.B. Reva flats, and a LV Neverfull.
6. If you could hang out with any celebrity for the day, who would it be and why?
Coco Chanel or Grace Kelly. I don’t think I have to explain myself. I would love to go shopping with Marilyn Monroe though too.
7. Favorite song of the moment?
Beatles Here Comes The Sun….it will always be my favorite song!
8. Any trends you are loving right now?
I love the grungy look thats coming back.
9. On a typical weekend, you can be spotted wearing…
Depends on the beautiful Cali weather! Normally I am in jeans and a cute top. I am simple that way.
This past week has been a Hitchcock marathon for me. I typically employ the word “marathon” hyperbolically, as I could never, in my wildest nightmares, imagine myself running 26.2 miles.So, by marathon, I mean three movies of sheer black and white, 1960s cinematic genius. In my queue were “Strangers on a Train”, “Psycho”, and “Rear Window.” I had never seen the first two before, and was instantly inspired by the costume design in “Strangers on a Train.” During our viewing, my boyfriend, who I enlisted to watch them with me for “our” betterment as people and a couple, commented, “Why can’t men dress like that anymore?” While I tried to stifle my inner feminist, who screamed, “Well, because men wanted to redefine traditional definitions of masculinity by wearing things other than business power suits!” (I actually did say this aloud) there was something in his statement that is salvageable.
Reflecting back on some things I’ve said before, tailoring/fit is everything. I think that’s one of the main components that Guy Haines’ has working for him in “Strangers on a Train.” (He’s the one with the cute grin and jet-black hair). Although I love the tiny intricacies of all the looks in the film, I particularly adore some of the menswear inspired looks on the female characters. In modern-day *real-life*, this also translates to menswear inspired looks, but takes it even a step further to actual menswear on women. It can look so chic and effortless, like you just rolled out of your guy’s bed and put on something that was on the floor from last night. Or you can dress it up, like Anne Morton in the film, who rocks two awesome, all-the-way buttoned, collared shirts in the middle of my collage. So, the question is no longer “Why can’t men dress like that anymore?” but rather, “Why can’t I, a woman, dress like that too?”
This spring, go for non-traditional silhouettes. Go for a black and white color palette in cool and new patterns. My boyfriend is also predicting that “syncopated color-blocking” is one of the it-looks for spring, so we’ll see if that one sweeps the streets. This film inspired me to dress up! I am trying my hardest not to fear being overdressed anymore, because I usually am always a bit too shiny, bright, or layered for my crowd. Who cares if everyone is staring? It’s likely that they are secretly envious of your courage. Like the mother of fashion-blogging Leandra Medine, more commonly known as ManRepeller, always have fun and don’t take yourself so seriously. The inspiration is everywhere, you just have to be aware of your surroundings.
How will you push the fashion boundaries this week?
I went into my local Lush store to stock up on goodies again this past week. I ended up with a basket full of stuff I hadn’t tried yet, so I was a pretty happy girl. I got a few different face cleansers, and some other miscellaneous things that I probably didn’t need.
One of the products I fell in love with and will continue to use is Coalface. It runs about $14 for 3-½ oz., but my piece was around $9 and feels like it will last a while. It’s an old fashioned bar of soap that has coal, and other great ingredients to help really deep clean your face. I swear, this stuff took off all my makeup (except some mascara) with one wash, which is something that doesn’t happen very often for me. I have been using it for about 4 days and my skin has already cleared up and my pores seem to be reducing in size. I feel like I am not getting as oily mid day too, which is a plus because I am on the road all day for work!
List of ingredients: Liquorice Root Decoction (Glycyrrhiza glabra) , Propylene Glycol , Rapeseed Oil , Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera) , Water , Fragrance , Sodium Stearate , Sodium Hydroxide , Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album) , Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeordora) , Glycerine , Sodium Chloride , EDTA , Tetrasodium Etidronate , *Geraniol , *Linalool , Silver Edible Lustre (Potassium aluminum silicate, Titanium dioxide, Iron oxides and hydroxides)