Tag Archives: Brows

Sep. 30.

Tried Tuesday: NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

nyx-thWhen it comes to my brows I normally have two things for them, one more often than the other. One is getting them professionally tended to, which happens about once a decade. The other is Maybelline’s Brow Drama. That said though, I am always willing to try something else out, and that brings us to today’s Tried Tuesday. It is a brow product (if you haven’t guessed already) and it is from NYX. Specifically it is the eyebrow cake powder from NYX.


NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder is available in 6 shades, running the gamut from blackest black to ash blonde, covering many stops for brown and one I have here for auburn/red. The packaging is uninspiring but solid. It’s a thick rectangle of black plastic with a frosted lid that has clear sections to see the product. It is easy to open, but still closes with enough of a click for you to feel that it is secure. I can hear it snap closed while I am wearing noise cancelling headphones, so it’s nicely done. I hate getting products that refuse to open, or that you feel will never stay closed. Kudos for that.



Inside the package you get a clear wax, two complimentary shades of powder (you can mix the right shade for you) and tools, in the form of a mini spoolie brush and a mini angled brush. The spoolie brush doesn’t feel too bad run across the back of my hand, but the angled brush is a different story. It feels hard and scratchy, and while it will probably always be in the kit, will not be getting much use beyond today’s swatches. I much prefer using my own proper brushes for these things and would rather not have scratchy brushes on my face. That’s just me though.



Here we have the three products, the clear sealing wax, a matte red brown and a matte brown with slight red undertones. The colours don’t look at all bad, and I like how you can mix them to get the right shade for you. The wax also feels smooth, soft and easy to use.


And finally, now for some swatches. Working left to right you have the wax (it picked up some residual powder from the brush) the red brown and the brown with red. The pigmentation of these is really quite something. There is a lot of colour in there. I’m also liking the look of the brown more so than the red brown, but I am sure with work I can find the right mix to suit.

I think that if you can find a NYX stand these are worth looking at. With a mix of shades you shouldn’t have much difficulty in finding one to suit, and, if you don’t care about the little brushes not being all too useful, you could be on to a little powerhouse brow product.


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May. 13.

Tried Tuesday: Shavata Brow Tamer

shavata-thI’m still in love with my brows after they were done by the excellent Shavata Brow Studio in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum. Okay, there are a couple of odd hairs coming up where they shouldn’t, which I am trying to keep in check with a tweezers, but for the main brow, I’m trying something that arrived in my review box recently. The Brow Tamer from Shavata.


I’m quite a fan of the Maybelline Brow Drama. It defines the brows while adding a bit of colour. This is a slightly different prospect. It’s a little pen which you twist to get the product up into the applicator. You then brush the clear gel through your brows to keep them in place all day. It doesn’t add any extra colour to your brows, but I think you could easily use it over a powder, if you so chhoose to give your brows more oomph.


The brush (if it can be called a brush) is not a conventional brush, but more a series of little plastic prongs with a gap in the middle to allow the product to come up into them as you twist the pen. Initially it took quite a bit of twisting to get the product moving, but it then flowed easily, and despite how the brush looks, it did spread the product quite well.


And this is how it looks. Without product is on the left, while with product is on the right. No, there’s not much difference to look at them, but I do think the one on the right looks a little smoother and more groomed. Possibly with a little colour it would give better results, but for daytime it still looks quite professional.

What do you think? Is it being clear just a bit of a waste, or does it serve as being very suitable when you don’t need to look overdone?

Shavata Brow Tamer is £15.50 (Euro price TBC) and is available online or from Shavata Brow Studio, Harvey Nichols, Dundrum.


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Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!
Apr. 10.

Tested Thursday: Eyebrow Threading at Shavata Brow Studio, Dundrum

tt-shavatathI’ve been neglecting my brows.  I know, I’m awful and will hand back my beauty blogger card for such a heinous crime in a moment. They haven’t been touched since October. I’ve had other things to be dealing with though, and my eyebrows dropped on the list of priorities. My hair is still on the to-do list, but that’s another story. I did, however, rectify the brow problem today at the Shavata Brow Studio in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum.

For those of you not in the know, eyebrow threading, or any kid of threading, involves removing the hair follicle using a fine cotton thread. Like tweezing it pulls out the hair  from the follicle, so none is left behind. Unlike tweezing, it removes short lines of hairs at once, so it is quicker, and professionals can be very accurate with it, allowing them to shape your brows with the thread. It is not pain free, there is some level of discomfort involved, but it is short lived and in no way unbearable.

Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!

Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!

I was fortunate that even though I was a walk up client someone was immediately available, and after a brief discussion on how I wanted it to look, I took off my glasses, sat back and let her get on with it.

A little while later, we were done with the thread, and after tweezing away a couple of stray hairs, and applying a little soothing gel I was pronounced good to go.

After, with nicely structured, healthy looking brows

After, with nicely structured, healthy looking brows

What do you think? I believe it has made a real improvement. It hasn’t really thinned out the brows, they still look nice and full, but they look so much more structured, like I actually care about them. They no longer look like one hairy caterpillar sittinng on top of my eyes, so I think that’s a win.

Eyebrow threading at Shavata costs €20, and with their loyalty card, after every 5, you get your 6th free.

What’s your preferred method of eyebrow shaping? Are you a DIY kind of girl? Where do you go to get yours done, and how often? Let me know in the comments.


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Mar. 13.

Best of Beauty: Budget Bargain

maybelline-thumbIt’s Week 6 of the Best of Beauty Blog Challenge, organised by Beauty Blogger, Best Friend to everyone and now Radio DJ Samantha from All the Buzz (is there anything she doesn’t do?). We’re on opposite sides of the spectrum this week. Last week was our Princess Product choices, while this week it’s the turn of our Budget Bargains!

Now, we have these caterpillar like things above our eyes that we’re always trying to tame. They’re called “brows”, and I used to use Benefit’s Brow Zings on them, until I found this. It’s by Maybelline and it’s called Brown Drama and it looks like this.


Yep, it’s a mascara tube. But not just any mascara tube. This is specially designed for brows. And it tames brows so incredibly well. It led to someone complimenting my brows on my recent FOTD, which never EVER happens!


The bulbous brush is great for sweeping through brows, and the medium brown shade it ideal for me. It really has made doihng my brows a 1 second job. Result!

Maybelline Brow Drama is available from Maybelline Stands nationwide and costs €7.49 (checked on Boots.ie today)

Have you tried this? What are your budget bargains? As always, the comments await!


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Aug. 12.

My first, and possibly only FOTD

FOTD-ThumbFirst, a note: I am not that photogenic, specifically when it comes to self portraiture. I always find myself unhappy with how it looks, whether it’s the angle, lighting, or how many chins I appear to have. Therefore, make the most of this post, as it will be a while, if ever, before it’s repeated. So, if you want to continue, my first FOTD (Face Of The Day) is after the jump.


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Jun. 05.

Review: Benefit Browzings

Browzing-CaseI have an awful tendency to ignore my brows. They can go 2-3 months without anyone paying them much attention (yes, you can give out to me for that) but at my most recent brow shaping appointment, done by the lovely Aoife at Jasmine Beauty Clinic in Dun Laoghaire, I swore I would start looking after them better.


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