5 Steps To Grow Bold & Dramatic Eyebrows ~ Naturally

Hello Beauties,

In honor of my second article being published on Mind Body Green today called “The Key To Growing Bold & Dramatic Brows”, I wanted to feature my entire article here with more in-depth instructions and details. How to grow out brows has been one of my most highly requested blog post and I am bringing it to you today. I hope you all enjoy this and remember that this is for those who want bold brows… they are not for everyone! I hope you all enjoy and take a look at the before and after photos at the end of the post if you don’t believe that your brows can ever grow back! MINE SURE DID!

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The “must have” beauty accessory of 2014: Bold, dramatic, au naturel eyebrows. Models were rocking wild and intense eyebrows this year at September’s Fashion Week NYC!

Brows happen to be one of the most distinctive features that define the face and we spend a significant amount of time and money trying to get, grow, and maintain them.

Many women consider their eyebrows to be their most defining signature facial feature. Strong full eyebrows reflect a youthful appearance, look healthier and define your eyes and shape your face.

This highly coveted small hair strip above the eyes can be one of the most treasured beauty accessories. One has to only peruse the internet for a few minutes to see the availability of brow gels, “miracle growth formulas”, waxes, pencils, etc. on the market today. Sadly, many are full of undesirable ingredients, additives and preservatives. After years of overzealous plucking I embarked on a journey to “get my brows back” naturally.

Here are my 5 Steps and personal tips towards the goal of growing strong beautiful brows:

Step One: Willpower:

Put your tweezers down. No really. Don’t pluck any stray hairs…. at all. Nada. Don’t be afraid to let them grow out. If you are patient and give your brows a break without ANY tweezing for two to three months you could actually end up having healthier and thicker brows! For this in-between stage use an eyebrow pencil applied with short and light strokes to get you through this initial phase and to help enhance definition. Always choose a color that’s a shade or two lighter than your hair color.

Step Two: Diet:

Eat more fruits, green vegetables, highly nutritious foods and; ditch the junk food. Drink more water. You need to fortify your diet by eating foods rich in vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Favor foods from the rainbow as Dr. Frank Lipman recommends. Remember that hair growth and health is nurtured from the inside out.

Step Three: De-stress:

Yoga and Meditation are two of my favorite ways to get rid of daily tension and strengthen my body. Unresolved stress has been attributed to hair loss. According to the Times of India, there are specific asanas that benefit hair growth by increasing circulation of blood to the head. Doing simple breathing exercises can help to oxygenate and rejuvenate your hair and entire body.

Step Four: Nourish:

I use the combination of two natural products for conditioning my brows. At night after I cleanse, tone, and moisturize my face, I blend a tiny amount on my fingertip of CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm (castor seed oil, Tri-Rescue Skin Complex, beeswax, Vitamin E and many other skin rejuvenating ingredients) with a drop of Banyan Botanicals Hair Oil (sesame & coconut oil, Ayurvedic hair healthy herbs: Bhringaraj, Brahmi, Amalaki, Hibiscus and Rose damascena). Using fingertips begin to gently massage the mixture into the hair follicles in circular motion. This will stimulate and nourish the hair growth at the root. Make sure to massage the area to the right and left of the brow where the hair is (was!) sparse. Then take an angled eyebrow brush and brush the brows in upwards strokes making sure that each hair is covered in the serum. Wipe off excess around the eye area. Use nightly for the best results.

Step 5: Patience:

It takes time for hair regrowth. Did you know that if you pluck your brows the average time it takes for the delicate hair to grow back in can be nearly two months! You have heard it before but it’s worth mentioning again: Anything worthwhile is worth waiting for!

Here are before and after pictures of my brows before I implemented these 5 steps ~

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I know that bold brows aren’t for everyone and honestly, all brows can be absolutely beautiful. No one type of brow is for every person. How do you feel about bold and dramatic brows? Please share all of your thoughts and questions in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

Elegant Simplicity: ILIA Beauty “Jump” and AILA Cosmetics “5 Senses” = Perfection.

Hello Beauties!

It’s the little things in life that get me the most excited. I really love both of these super gorgeous beauty products on their own, BUT, when combined in the same makeup look of the day….something special happens. It’s a chic, bright and really playful combo. Don’t you agree?

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I just love the deep, luscious vibrant Orchid, blue-toned Magenta colors, especially when worn together! I get super excited when I find out that the nail polish I am wearing matches a lip color that I own. I paired Ilia Beauty’s Jump Tinted Lip Conditioner with AILA Cosmetics 5 Senses Nail Color (which by the way, is 5free, Gluten-Free & Vegan!). I must say, the match of these two colors is quite beautiful indeed. I will be wearing this color combo a lot during the Fall and Winter months. All I need now is a blush to match with these two… I am thinking maybe Vapour Beauty’s Torch? What do you think?

Full list of makeup that I used in these photos…

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation Like Porcelain 

Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Jump

Alima Pure Eyeliner in Espresso

Red Apple Lipstick The Lash Project Mascara

AILA Cosmetics Nail Color in 5 Senses

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Are you a fan of these colors? Share your thoughts in the comments section :)

xoxo,

Britanie

Brand Spotlight: BEAUTYCOUNTER

I’m happy today to share with you details about an innovative company that I’ve recently discovered: BeautyCounter. This business creates safe and effective skin care and cosmetics and  was created not only out of a desire to be 100% transparent in ingredients, be environmentally conscious, but also to raise the bar in health standards to the highest in the personal care industry. They have done just that and more. Oh, and I forgot to mention the products really work!

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My Top Four: Favorite Affordable Facial Oils

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To say that I am a lover of facial oils would be a drastic understatement. I truly adore my oils and although I have quite the collection, I still am always lusting after more. There is no such thing as too many oils! With that said, I have a large collection of oils that are more on the expensive side and I know that it’s not realistic for everyone to spend $50-$100 on a small bottle of oil every few months. I do think some oils are worth the extra money and if you are interested in knowing what my favorite less-affordable but brilliantly amazing facial oils are then I will definitely make a post on those!

I get asked a lot which oils are great for the face but will not cost an arm and a leg. I have compiled a list of these top four oils which are all easily available, affordable and incredibly effective. I also chose all of these oils because in my opinion they are the best for all skin types.This list is in no particular order of favorites!!

  1. Badger Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Oil ($15.27) – This is the most expensive oil of the bunch (still affordable!) and most definitely the most delicious smelling and decadent as well. It smells like a flower garden and is incredibly relaxing. It always gives my skin a beautiful glow and is very moisturizing. It is highly absorbent, antioxidant-rich and contains healing oils like Jojoba, Baobab, Pomegranate and more! This face oil is ideal for dry, mature or combination skin, but can be used on all skin types.
  2. Acure Organics Argan Oil ($13.49) – Coined as “liquid gold”, this is by far the most effective and affordable Argan Oil out there. It is 100% organic, rich in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids and is lightweight and easily absorbed! This oil is not only great for the face, but I also love to use it on my cuticles, hands, and hair!
  3. Sibu Beauty Seabuckthorn Oil ($9.98) - I don’t usually like to choose favorites but I have to say that this is definitely my favorite out of the bunch. In-fact, Seabuckthorn Oil (berry & seed) is now my every day staple. It keeps eczema at bay and reduces redness. Seabuckthorn Seed Oil has been long used as a topical treatment to aid relief of skin conditions like eczema, acne, rosacea, dermaitits, age spots, you name it! It is truly an incredibly healing oil that I can never be without. I have literally gone through five bottles of this oil because I use it day and night!
  4. Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil ($12.12) - Jojoba Oil is the first oil I recommend to anyone who is starting out in the world of facial oils. Why? because it is it is nearly identical in chemical structure to the natural oils in skin and hair, and therefor is easily absorbed without leaving a greasy residue. Here’s another interesting fact: Jojoba Oil is not actually an oil, but a wax :) It also seems to be the the oil that responds best with all skin types from dry to sensitive to oily or acne-prone. It’s a staple-oil that I think everyone should have in their home!

Have you tried any of these Facial Oils? What are YOUR favorite affordable oils?

xoxo,

Britanie

Makeup Look: Gypsy Goddess

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I recently came across this beautiful hair piece from asos that I had lost amongst my many hair accessories for quite some time. When I found it I felt really inspired to do a dramatic gypsy goddess look. Although it’s Spring here and bright lip colors are what’s “in”, I still like to rock a good dark lip every now and then!

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Prep + Prime: Start by moisturizing the skin with a light but hydrating oil. I used Sibu Beauty SeabuckthornSeed Oil and added a light layer of Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Cream (review here) on top.

Correct + Conceal: To combat my stubborn dark circles I applied Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in “Like Porcelain” (review here) to the under eyes and on the eyelids to act as an eyeshadow primer. I also used the Kjaer Weis foundation as a concealer around any other areas that needed covering (ie: nose, chin). I blended everything out with a beauty blender.

Bronze + Illuminate: Who doesn’t want dewy skin? For an extra “glowy” look I dabbed RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (for those sensitive to coconut oil – I also use and love Ilia Beauty’s Polkadots & Moonbeams Illuminator) to the highest part of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow. To add some color to my cheeks I blended RMS Beauty Buruti Bronzer (again if sensitive to coconut oil, try Ilia’s Sway Bronzer) and Lip2Cheek in “Smile” to the apples of my cheeks.

Eyes: I started off by applying a light layer of Red Apple Lipstick Eyeshadow in “Porcelain” all over my lid and brow-bone. I then applied Alima Pure Eyeshadow in “Orchid” all over the lid, making sure not to go into the crease. For my crease color I used Red Apple Lipstick’s Pressed Eyeshadow in the color “Vamp”. I blended all three colors together and lined just the outer part of my eye with the Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner. To bring out the purple from the Alima Pure eyeshadow I applied two coats of Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara in “Aubergine” and added false lashes using EcoTools non-toxic glue.

Lips: I prepped my lips with Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lipbalm and added two layers of Ilia Beauty “Ink Pot” Lipstick. I used the actual lipstick to line my lips before coloring in.

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What do you think of this look? Would you wear a dark lip color in Spring? Would you rock a hair piece like this!? Share your thoughts in the comments! xx

 

 

Embracing my face makeup-free and freckles galore!

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Bare-Faced & Freckled (besides the lips & eyelashes, of course). I have started to really embrace not wearing any face makeup lately. I love makeup and I love colors but sometimes I think we all get too caught up in trying to “cover” so much of ourselves instead of focusing on enhancing and embracing. I used to wear full coverage foundation to cover my freckles because I hated them and now I honestly love them. They make me -me-. I am more focused on colors and things that bring light to my face, not cover it up. Of course I will still use foundation and concealer because lets face it, there’s almost always a time for it, but for the most part I am trying to let my skin be free of coverage.

Who else is with me on not trying to cover-up so much as enhance and embrace!?

xoxo,
Britanie

Face Of The Day: Lady In Red

I recently received some new makeup products from three all-natural brands (Modern Minerals Makeup, Genfiore Cosmetics and Red Apple Lipstick) that are all equally amazing and full of clean and pure ingredients. I am excited to showcase the incredible pigment in all three of these brands in this look that I put together. I hope you all enjoy it!

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I only used four brushes (the eyeliner brush is not pictured above) for this entire look all from Modern Minerals Makeup. I am incredibly impressed with the quality of these brushes, they are soft and pack a lot of pigment!

Skin: I started by moisturizing my face with Evanhealy Whipped Shea Olive Leaf and then prepped my face with Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Instant Skin Perfector.

Face & Cheeks: Modern Minerals Light Almond Foundation, Modern Minerals Heaven Blush with Genfiore Cosmetics Hydrasheer Pressed Mineral Blush in the color “Passion Rose” on top and used as a light contour. I used the same brush to apply all of these colors; the Modern Minerals Duo Fiber Skunk Brush.

Eyes: I started by applying Modern Minerals Oasis Eyeshadow (a gorgeous Turquoise + Teal color) all over the lid of my eye using the Duo Fiber Mini Round Brush and then lightly blended the same color into the crease using the Duo Fiber Tapered Blending Brush. To add more of a bright pop of color I applied Genfiore Mineral Pressed Eye Color in Mare Azzurro to the center part of my eyelid, I applied this using my finger because this picks up much more product and gives more pigmentation. To add some light to my inner eyes and browbone I applied Modern Minerals Seychelles Eyeshadow (a light shell pink). To finish the eye look I applied a tiny bit of Genfiore Hydrasheer Cream Eyeliner in Black using the Modern Minerals Duo Fiber Angle Brush to the outer part of my eye.

Lips: I wanted to make my lips stand out but not take away from the dramatic eye color so I decided to use a beautiful raspberry tinted gloss: Red Apple Lipstick Lipgloss in Queen Of Hearts has a wonderful shine to it and it also smells like spearmint!

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What do you think of this look? have you tried any of these brand? Thoughts? Share in the comments! 

xoxo,

Britanie

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Green Beauty Makeup Look and Healthy Expectations

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying 2014 so far. I’m back with my first makeup look for 2014!

I wanted to quickly talk about healthy expectations. With the pressure so many of us put on ourselves for New Years Resolutions, let’s each begin with a few important small steps. Changing over just one mainstream makeup item for a new clean product. Drinking an extra glass of water. Having a healthy vitamin packed green smoothie for breakfast to start our day right. Making an honest effort to keep our thinking positive. Smiling and laughing more. Just begin now. You’ll be amazed at what you will have accomplished within just one week.

Now onto the makeup… :)

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Get This Look:

1. I prepped my face with Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Instant Skin Perfector and then applied the new Kjaer Weis Foundation in the color “Like Porcelain”. I started out using the Kjaer Weis Foundation Blush to apply to smaller areas on my face like around my nose and my eyes. I then blended everything out with a damp Beauty Blender.

2. Instead of adding a blush I decided to mix together my RMS Beauty Buruti Bronzer and Living Luminizer which created a very subtle warm glow to the cheeks, cheekbones and temples.

3. For the eyes I used the Bdellium Tools Green Bambu Smoky Eye Brush Kit to apply two colors from the Jane Iredale Glamour Eye & Lip Palette and Kjaer Weis Wisdom Eyeshadow. I started with RMS Beauty Living Luminizer as an eyelid primer and base all over the lid using my fingers. I then applied Wisdom (a metallic taupe shimmer) with the 777B Shadow Brush and lightly applied Merlot (a matte eggplant color) to the crease of my eyes with the 781B Crease Brush and blended really well. I then used a 760B Liner Brush to apply the Zuzu Luxe Raven Liquid Liner. Using a liner brush can help to give you a more sturdy line. To make my eyes pop I added Hush (a sheer shimmer pink color) to the inner corners of my eyes using the 716 Smoky Eyeliner Brush. I curled my lashes, applied one coat of Kjaer Weis Mascara and applied EcoTools Eyelashes

4. For my brows I used the Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit in the color “Brunette”.

5. For my lips I wanted to use one of my absolute favorite lip products and colors: Kjaer Weis Sensuous Plum Lip Tint - it gives the perfect almost nude plum tint to the lips and I found that W3LL People Paganist Lipgloss in #2 wears very well over top! It adds a warm glow to the plum that is very flattering.

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a few photos of me wearing this look with my best friend Natasha from the other night :)

What do you think of this look? Have you tried any of the products mentioned? Leave your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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Makeup Look: Divinely Sensuous

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I reviewed Kjaer Weis’s Sensuous Plum Lip Tint a few days ago and this is the full look I wore in that review. I am a huge smokey-eye fan but it’s been quite awhile since I actually have dabbled with grey tones. I usually go for more brown colors but lately I am really, really loving grey, dark blue, purple and even black colors for a beautiful smokey eye look.

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If you want to see how I achieved this look just read below :)

The Look:

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Face:

I prepped my skin with a moisturizer and then added Christopher Drummond Duo-Phase Concealer in “Fair” on any areas that needed concealing. Next up I contoured my face with RMS Beauty Buruti Bronzer.I used my fingers to apply this creamy bronzer first and then blended it out with a contour brush. To add some color to my face, I dabbed Kjaer Weis Desired Glow Cream Blush to the apples of my cheeks using my fingers (this is my favorite way to apply this blush).

Brows:

I filled in my brows using Jane Iredale’s Brow Gel in “Brunette”

Eyes:

I used the Duo-Phase Concealer as a primer for my eyelids (this works really well) and applied a light wash of Kjaer Weis Cloud Nine Eyeshadow (a universally flattering light beam) all over my lid, focusing on the inner corners of the eyes and the brow bone. I then applied Kjaer Weis Divine Eyeshadow (a matte smoke graphite grey) all over the lid, staying under the crease. After blending Divine out very well I then added Kjaer Weis Wisdom Eyeshadow (a metallic taupe shimmer) to the crease for added definition. I also applied this on the lower lash line. To add a more dramatic look to the eyes I applied Zuzu Luxe Raven Liquid Eyeliner to the outer third of my upper lash line (this is a good tip if you have small eyes and want to wear liner without making your eyes appear even smaller.) I finished with two coats of Pure Anada Mascara on my lashes.

Lips:

Using a lip brush I applied two layers of Kjaer Weis Sensuous Plum Lip Tint

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What do you think of this look? Have you ever used any of these products? Please share your thoughts in the comments section! xo

xoxo,

Britanie

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Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Sensuous Plum

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I can’t get enough of Kjaer Weis. Their packaging, colors and performance are brilliant. While these products are not cheap, they are well worth the money for anyone who appreciates a good beauty product. Although there is truly nothing like their packaging, I do suggest buying refillables which I have been doing for their eye shadows. I just stick them right in my Z-Palette and am good to go! It not only is convenient but it does save you some extra money. This was my first Lip Tint from Kjaer Weis so I decided to get the compact. I have to say it’s the perfect size and is so much fun to carry around in my purse — talk about feeling “special” when you go to touch-up your make up in the bathroom :)

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*Wearing two layers of Sensuous Plum on my lips (full makeup look coming soon!)*

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Sensuous Plum is described as “a hint of sensuous plum” and I agree. This color is perfect for daily wear. Although this color can come off looking a bit dark in the photos, it is actually very light but buildable. One layer adds a beautiful sheer plumminess to the lips. I also love that this lip tint is actually moisturizing. I want to try Goddess next!

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Ingredients:

icinus communis (castor) seed oil* , caprylic/capric triglyceride, euphobia cerifera (candelilla) wax, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, zea mays (corn) starch*, cera alba*, rosa rubiginosa seed oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, gardenia florida fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil*, ammonium glycyrrhizate, tocopheryl acetate, limonene**.may contain +/- :mica, ci 77891, ci 75470, ci 77492, ci 77499, ci 77491,ci 19140,ci 15850.

I got my Kjaer Weis Lip Tint from Eco Diva Beauty for $48. You can also purchase the refillable for $24 (and put it in an empty z-palette or palette of choice!)

Have you ever tried anything from Kjaer Weis?

xoxo,

Britanie

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