Seriously, I don’t know why I keep trying, because every single time I try to make a kissy face in a photo, I feel like I look completely ridiculous.
How do girls do it?!
How do they take those kissy face pictures and look cute? It’s one of life’s mysteries I’ll never understand…
But I keep trying, like I am here with my latest crush from Benefit, Ready, Set, Brow! ($24)
It’s a freaking awesome clear brow gel, and I never thought I’d be raving again about a brow gel other than Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, which had been my absolutely loyal ride-or-die for a while (I can’t even tell you how many tubes I’ve gone through), so much so that I always stocked up whenever Sephora had a VIB sale, but I don’t know if that’s going to be happening anymore with Ready, Set, Brow! in my life.
Basically, it’s really, really good, maybe even be better than Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel.
Now, you might be thinking, “Karen, it’s a clear brow gel. How mind-blowing can it be?”
Well, pretty mind-blowing!
You know that look of brushed-up brows that’s really popular right now? I can never get that exact look with Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel. Even though it seems like it has good hold and usually keeps my brows in place, I don’t think it’s strong enough to hold my brow hairs in place when I want them to go places they don’t naturally want to go.
Maybe my brow hairs are just too unruly… I don’t know.
But I can never quite get that Cara Delevigne pushed-up brow look with Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel, but with Benefit’s bad boy, I totally can.
The brush has teeny, tiny teeth, which are great at grabbing and maniuplating the hairs, so I can really get in there and push them around (Anastasia’s, by comparison, has a brush that looks like a regular old mascara brush).
Plus, the gel itself has extra super duper strong hold and dries stiffer than Anastasia’s. I could probably jump out of an airplane or stand in front of a Beyoncé fan with this stuff in my brows and they wouldn’t move.
Ready, Set, Brow! comes out in a few days on June 24. Look for it when it does because it’s a winner.
Oh, and that glittery action in that picture on my lids? That’s Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Space Cowboy. The Moondusts are part of Urban Decay’s permanent line, and they’re astronomically sparkly.
Right before I took these pics, I was wearing a really basic 15-minute neutral look, and you know how it is — you’re puttering around, but then you get the urge to do something jazzy with what you’re wearing, so I took Space Cowboy, which is basically like a pressed golden peachy beige glitter in a pan, and picked up some of it by swirling a finger in the pan. Then I pressed it on my lids.
Et voilà! Sparkle for days.
If using your fingers freaks you out, you could also load up a flat eyeshadow brush and spray it with something like Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix before applying it to your lids.
I mean, you could also spray the brush first, then dip it into the pan (which is what a lot of peeps do), but when I do that, it changes the texture of the eyeshadow when it dries.
Just a quick tip there! 🙂
Speaking of the Moondusts…I am so looking forward to a new Urban Decay palette coming out this fall. It’s going to have a whole bunch of Moondust eyeshadows in it — all new shades — in the same palette! Should be fun.
So what are you up to this weekend? Today is an errands day for me. Gotta tidy up the house, get groceries, life stuff like that…
I like to do those things on Saturdays so I can unwind on Sunday. How about you? Do you prefer to get your errands done or Saturday or Sunday?
Before I head out, here are some beauty stories that caught my eye this week. I thought you might also like these…
- Revlon is buying Elizabeth Arden!
- Hair care line Oribe — PRICEY hair care line Oribe (let me clarify that) — is expanding. They’re moving into makeup, nails, body care, tools and accessories, and if the new products are anywhere near as good as their amazing hair care products, I bet they’re going to be great.
- Ever wonder how long hair became “a thing” for women? This interesting short piece talks about the history of long hair.
- Apparently, there are nail polishes inspired by Gilmore Girls, and I need to get them in my life ASAP.
- Kindasorta beauty related: this squid has glowing eyeshadow. And it acts like an invisibility cloak!
Lastly, vlogger Simply Nailogical paints her paws with over 100 coats of polish in one sitting in this video. It’s hilarious! My favorite parts are when her cat shows up for cameos.
OK, my love, enjoy the rest of your Saturday, and have a wonderful weekend! Talk to you soon.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,