Have you ever gone for a brow tint?

At the beginning of the month, I went for a complimentary brow tint at B brand. My friend and I had gotten a card in our gift baggie from the Sephora VIB Rouge event at the beginning of August, and it was set to expire.

Neither of us had ever had one before, so I was pretty excited to check it out.

There are two locations in Toronto, one at Yorkdale Mall, and the other at Sherway Mall. We selected Sherway, and I called to make our appointments which are made in 30 minutes intervals.

Using vegetable dyes, and a bit of ammonia, the process is supposed to be quick and easy. It gives you a tint for your brows, so there is more depth and dimension.

Well, right from the get go, I was slightly unimpressed. Despite having made our appointments, the ladies had taken up client who was a drop in. They do take drop ins, but I think if someone has made an appointment, you should honour that over a drop in, no?

Brow Tint

Brow Tint
Well one of the ladies set my friend in the chair and started on her, while I waited. This lady, took Vaseline and smeared it all over my friends brow. I thought this was interesting. I mean we typically apply Vaseline to our hairline during a dye job, so we don’t get it stained. But she applied it all over. She then started mixing up the dye. They mix them in individual little pots, not quite measured, but didn’t burn, so I guess we were safe. She then applied the dye over the Vaseline, over the brow hairs. Apparently, the dye can permeate the Vaseline. They actually use it to help create an accurate area to dye, as they wipe up the area that is not supposed to be dyed in the first place. That was pretty interesting to me.

As my friend was sitting and waiting, the other lady was finally done with her drop in client. This was 10 minutes after our appointment.

She sat me down, and started mixing up the stuff. Except, here is the second thing…another drop in client asked if she could get her granddaughters brows done. They wanted her as she did them for them last time. The lady says sure, and starts speeding through the process. The mixing of the dye was just slapped together. She applied to my brows…but they came off only a few minutes after. My friend was sitting in her chair for longer than 5, but under 10 minutes. While mine lasted under 5 for sure.

She wiped off, and I didn’t notice very much.

She proceeded to do my brows.

Brow Tint
Brow Tint
(Because of the dye, it emphasized my pores on the upper part of my brow. That did fade by the next morning after my shower)
I was very uncomfortable for the rest of the evening after she did them. She saw how I came in with my brows…and drew them two times thicker than they were. In addition, she overly arched them, and brought down the tail far too much, so it looked like I didn’t tweeze my brows right. She used a product I have used in the past, and yet…I was very self conscious with it.

I heard great things about their brow mapping, and their brow shaping services, but the brow tinting might be something to avoid. Unless you have really light brows that need darkening up.

Thankfully it was complimentary, but I won’t pay $20CAN for it in the future.

Last thing is, that the dye might not suit your skin well. When I washed my face that evening, I had 7 brow hairs just slip out…I was so pissed! Seeing as my brows are sparse to start off, to lose that many hairs is a TRAGEDY! Le GASP!

Yes I try to make light of it, but damn I was pretty T____T about it.

Have you ever gone for a brow tint before?

Yet another eyebrow pencil offering from Annabelle

*This product was snagged complimentary at the AnnabelleXShenae Party from the makeup wall. Contents within the post are my own personal views on it*

Annabelle Brow Pencil

Annabelle Brow Pencil

Annabelle Brow Pencil
Hand Swatch
– Drawn Line
– Drawn on its side
– Line smudged with the brush
– Line smudged with my finger

 

Annabelle Brow Pencil
I thought because the first ingredient was a fruit wax, that this would be harder to manipulate. Boy was I wrong. I personally, for my spare brow uses, think that the Annabelle Brow Pencil to be easier to use than the Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner. Just the fact that it was easier to manipulate meant that I would fill in the sparse areas a bit better (at least according to my own skill level…which is quite ‘meh’ when it comes to pencils). In the end, after brushing it out, it looks comparable to what I would do with a brush and powder version. On that note, yes, I did use a brush. I could have used the one that comes with the pencil, but my brows are sparse, so I found that a separate brush allowed me to fill in areas better, and just give me more control.

Annabelle Brow Pencil
Left side with the pencil, right is what I would normally do with powder. The left is sharper, as you can use the pencil to define it better.

The other thing I liked, was that for my own brows, I didn’t need to fill it in too much. I probably could have done less than what I actually pictured, and it would have been sufficient.

The one thing I would suggest is to use a light hand with the brush end of the pencil. Too hard and you will pull off too much of the pigment you put on. But that can also be a plus, especially for those who feel that they put on too much in the first place.

It retails for $6.95, and you can find it in 5 different shades. You can find them on the Annabelle website, or pretty much anywhere else that sells Annabelle products.

Glitter liquid liners…

A little while back, one of my fav drugstore bands Annabelle Cosmetics, reshared a video on their Instagram feed. I then went right to work putting my liquid liner to use!

Here is the original video. Anyway check out the rest of her feed HERE. I love her liner skills :D

Anyway, basically she used the Annabelle Glitterama Liners to liner her eye, pat on an eyeshadow, then redefined with the glitter liner again.

So that got me thinking. My Marcelle Lux Metallic Liquid Liners were at their end of life AGES ago…but wanted to get in a few more uses before I said goodbye (as of the moment I believe they have been discontinued).

Glitter Liquid Liner

I took Ultraviolet and smeared it about the eyelid. I then applied Annabelle Cosmetics Pigment in ______ (yeah…I don’t remember what it was called) on top of the liquid liner while it was still tacky. Once it dried down a bit, I used the same pigment to blend out the edge (which doesn’t show as much in the picture :T). Slap on eyeliner and mascara…and TADA.

Basically I hadn’t thought of doing this. Using a glitter/liquid formula as an adhesive for the pigments. Love it. Simplicity is key now that I’m getting older. It is the only way I can even think of wanting to venture out into a different colour other than my typical gold and browns. I blame age, but really it is sheer laziness lol

Glitter Liquid Liner
It is a tad clumpy closer to the lash line, as I fiddled with it too much. But I still like how it turned out.

Glitter Liquid Liner

Glitter Liquid Liner

Gentle Cleanser for Your Face

*This post contains products that were provided for reviewing and testing purposes. All opinions about the product are my own*

Back at the beginning of the year, I received a little package of goodies. Inside, was this brand spanking new cleanser for me to try out.

Seeing as we are getting close to the end of the year…I thought it was about time I got around to writing about it!

MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel

So today we have the Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel.

Housed in a sleek white bottle, and a great pump. It only costs $12.95, and yet it is a massive size for a cleanser!

Some great things about this, is that it is recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association, is oil free, paraben free, gluten free, 100% hypo-allergenic…You can find more info about it on their website.

Contains Aloe Vera and Glycerin to SOOTHE and HYDRATE the skin
Glyceryl Oleate both MOISTURIZES and PROTECTS the natural barrier of the skin to prevent dehydration
Formulated with the latest Micellar Technology to ensure SUPERIOR MAKE-UP REMOVAL
OIL FREE, PERFUME FREE, PARABEN FREE, SOAP FREE, SULFATE FREE, AND NON COMEDOGENIC
Beneficial for ALL SKIN TYPES including skin prone to eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne
pH balanced
via-website

MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel
MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel
MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel
MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel
MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel

So what do I think?
I really liked this a lot during the few times we had really hot weather. I could come home and rinse the makeup off my skin, without having to feel like I was drying it out by washing it again in the evening. It doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight, which agrees with their point that it preserves the moisture barrier. The one thing it needed extra help with, was waterproof makeup. In the pictures u there, the remaining makeup, after rubbing the product on my hand for 20 seconds, was the waterproof stuff. Waterproof is generally stubborn, so I would resort to a double cleansing method.

On thing to note. I have a latex allergy, and thus my eyelids are quite gentle (they swell up if I use latex anything really :T). I assume because of that, when I use this product on my eyelids, I have a slightly minty sensation. It isn’t a burn, and it doesn’t hurt in any way, but thought I would note that as a heads up for those who might have a similiar type of reaction to latex on the eyelids in general.