In one of my beautube marathon sessions, I discovered the hairspray makeup hack for brows. I’m sorry I can’t remember who the beautuber was (credit to whoever thought of this genius idea).
If you run out of brow mascara, groom your brows with a hairspray by spraying the latter to a spoolie brush and combing the brows.
I didn’t own hairspray at the time (I still don’t), but I remembered that I owned a mini-tub of hair wax that I haven’t been using since I stopped caring for baby hairs that keep sticking out from my head.
If hairspray could work for eyebrows, hair wax might work, too.
It was a little bit tricky during my first few tries. I had to figure out the right amount of product to use. If I don’t put enough, my eyebrow hairs will not hold. If I put too much, there will be white lard-looking residue clinging on individual hair strands.
The best thing about hair wax is that it looks like there’s nothing on the brows. My brows are already dense and tinted brow mascaras usually look off with my black hair. I also like that the hair wax doesn’t look wet (as most clear brow mascaras do) and doesn’t make my brows “crunchy”.
I either put the wax on the spoolie or directly on the brow hairs and comb my brows ’til the white lardish looking wax disappears.
This trick is perfect for people with dense unruly brows who usually go for the no makeup makeup look. This, plus a little bit of brow powder for definition is a must-try.
I think I was compliant with the 3-products-a-month-only rule (if I only count the net increase of 4 items in my stash). I bought 5x as many as my self-imposed limit.
Additions = 3; Deductions = 2
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in N30
Here’s the story behind this purchase (aka my excuse): It was a choice between this and Hourglass Diffused Light. Between the two, Chanel ranked higher, but Hourglass released the Ambient Lighting Palette which I thought was a better deal since I’ll be getting 2 additional pans of product. Lesson learned: I should improve my indistractibility skills.
Recently, I’ve been feeling like I already have A LOT of makeup. But when I took an inventory of my stuff, I realized that the only product that I own an unreasonable number of is foundation (and maybe eyeshadows — I relatively have few, I think, but since I seldom wear them, I consider them a lot.)
Since I’m really good at rationalizing my makeup purchases, I’m better off setting hard rules than arbitrary guidelines (no buts).
I already did something like this more than a year ago but my rules were too tight (e.g., 3 lipsticks at a time? Uhmm, yeah, riiight.)
Starting June 2014, I have a new rule: I’m only allowed two product purchases a month (regardless of price). It’s still quite a stringent rule but it comes with an exception (of course). I’m allowed to buy one more IF I’m below these numbers.
The achievable count would be:
FIVE = 1 cream + 1 medium-full coverage liquid + 1 sheer liquid + 2 powder foundations (or any combination as long as I keep it to 5)
I could’ve brought it down to three but who am I kidding.
Foundation Wants List:
L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable (4.5 Fresh Beige)
NARS Sheer Matte (Stromboli)
Maybelline Fit Me (220 or 250, not sure what my shade is yet)
Urban Decay Nake Foundation (I think I could be #4)
Any of the Becca face bases with the shade Olive
Note: Tinted Moisturizers and BB Creams are counted as foundations.
Current Stash = 7
FACE POWDERS (i.e., setting, finishing, blotting, and over-all highlighting powders)
I don’t set my foundation with powder. I used to think I’m extremely oily but I have a feeling that I rate ‘moderate’ in the oily skin spectrum. I’m very tolerant with shine on my face, as long as I don’t look sweaty. I think that the contrast between shiny face + matte everything else is acceptable.