Battle of the Brow Pencils – Drugstore Edition

Hey guys! Today I am reviewing two drugstore brow pencils. I mentioned in my makeup collection if I wasn’t a blogger post that my brow pencil collection is pretty limited. So I thought it would be interesting to buy some brow pencils and test them out! I did a similar concept in March where I bought some drugstore concealers and just tested them out to see what my favourite was. Sometimes it’s helpful when testing out products to have something to compare to. Let me know if you guys like this type of post and I can make it a series!

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Anyways, back to the eyebrows. Now my favourite, holy-grail is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. There are a few reasons why I love this brow pencil. First, it’s a very fine tip so I can be very precise with my strokes. Second, it’s not too waxy. I’m not a fan of waxy brow pencils because I have to use more pressure to get any product on my skin. And finally, it has a great shade range so I can find a shade that makes me perfectly. So these were the criteria I was looking for in a brow pencil.

The first that I picked up from the drugstore is the elf Ultra Precise Brow Pencil. I’ve had someone recommend this one to me so I thought it would be a good one to test out. First, it does have a small, precise tip to great hairlike strokes. Second, it does have a pretty good formula. It’s almost too wavy but not quite. I’m able to vary the darkness by adjusting my pressure. The only thing is this is NOT the right shade for me. I got the shade Brunette thinking that would be the right shade for me. But it’s too warm for me. I could probably use the shade Deep Brown but I’m not sure if it was in store. Either way, I’m returning this one because it’s not the right shade. But a very promising brow pencil.

The second brow contender is the NYX Precision Brow Pencil. With a name like precision imagine my surprise when I found out that this brow pencil is actually a large oval and not a tiny circle like I expected. So I was thrown off by the shape but it’s not that difficult to use. I’m still able to create thin, hairlike strokes it’s just different. I can use the wide to be able to fill in my bald spot in my brows pretty well. I got the shade Espresso and it matches me well.

So which brow pencil is the winner? I’m going to say this is a draw. They are both good really good formulas and I think either would be a good option to pick up. The issues I had were both due to me buying the wrong one. I need a different shade in the elf brow pencil. And I think I would prefer the NYX Micro Brow Pencil because it has a smaller tip. But I am going to keep the NYX pencil because it’s still usable and return the elf one because it’s just the wrong shade.

And that is my battle of the brow pencils! Let me know in the comments what your favourite brow pencil is or if there are any you want me to test out.

xoxo

Lea

My Experience Eyebrow Threading

Hey guys! I just got my eyebrows done this week, so it inspired me to write this blog post. I have been getting my eyebrows threaded since I was thirteen, and I always get so many questions in real life about it that I thought I would share my experiences with you guys!

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I have never waxed my eyebrows before, only threaded. At my hairdresser there was a lady apart of the salon staff who threaded eyebrows. I saw her for awhile and then switched around to a few different places before settling at my current salon. At my current salon they mainly do threading and waving of eyebrows, sideburns and face (like upper lip and beard). For just eyebrows they charge me $6, and I always give a tip as well. If a place is charging you more than $10 I would say that’s too much unless you’re at a really high-end salon.

As I mentioned before, I have never waxed my eyebrows before so I can’t compare how painful it is in comparison to waxing. It is painful – they are pressing a thread hard enough of your face to cut it. I prefer getting my eyebrows threading over plucking them myself for two reasons. First, I am such a baby about self-inflicted pain. It is easier for me to seat through someone else doing my eyebrows then me doing it myself. Second, the ladies are way better than I am at shaping my brows. Sometimes I do find that they make them a little thinner than I prefer, but it’s easy to fill them in if that happens. I will also mention to the ladies that I prefer them thicker as well. I have also been going to the same salon for almost two years now, I have favourite ladies who I prefer to do my brows because I like they way they shape them.

I usually get my brows done about once a month. I will pluck any stray eyebrow hairs but for the most part I can wait three to four weeks to get it done. I took some before and after pictures of you guys. The before photo is actually two months of growth. The weather has been so bad lately that I hadn’t had a chance to get them done until now.

As you can see with the after photos, there is some redness. I am usually not this red, but because I had left my brows grow out so much the lady had to do a lot of work. Also the line under my left eyebrow is actually a scar. Getting my brows threaded makes the scar really pronounced. The scar has also created a small bald spot within my brows, but I just fill them in with a pencil.

Finally, I like to use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz to fill in my brows. I like filling in my brows because of the sparse spots I have. Now that I have dyed my hair darker I definitely like to go in a little more to match my hair. I currently use the shade Dark Brown if you are curious.

And that is my experience with threading my eyebrows! Let me know if you have any questions down below, I’d be glad to answer them!

xoxo

Lea