Brows 101

Brows. Where to start. Too much plucking, drawing them in a weird shape, using a brow product that actually looks red because the shade is not right at all… I’ve done it all ! Yesterday my mum told me, in her own words, how she really did not like the square brows thing you can see everywhere. Oh and she’s not on Instagram, bless her. So I thought, I agree, but I do know what it’s like to not know what to do with your brows.

I remember very distinctly going to Sephora one day and asking a saleswoman if she knew of any pencil that would be the right shade for me because I knew it was not looking great. First of all, she had an idea but they did not have the pencil in stock, but then, she said, “the shade you’re wearing is just so wrong, this brown pencil looks red, I can see it in your brows it does not look good“. So, thanks ! To be honest, I was a bit offended, but not too much because I F*****g knew it already. Ha. That’s why I love the beauty blogging industry, because it helped me to understand what suits me without feeling judged.

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This is my good brow by the way. And me collecting coffee mugs all over the place.

ANYWAYS. Here are my three hero brow products, hope it can save you some time !

  1. Glossier Boy Brow. I know, everyone loves it, but for a good reason, it’s simply extraordinary. The texture is like nothing else I’d tried before. It’s waxy but not slippy, the colors are great and it is the only brow gel that actually keeps my unruly brow hairs in place all day. I brush my brows with a clean spoolie brush, then apply bow brow from the end of the brow to the front, basically brush them the wrong way to build the texture and redefine the arch. Then I brush them down the right way, and let it set. A few minutes later, usually after finishing my makeup, I come back with the spoolie brush and brush upwards to diffuse the product in the brows. Why you may ask ? Just because there’s sometimes too much product on the Glossier brush, especially because mine is brand new, so using the clean spoolie allows me to diffuse the product thanks to its amazing flexible texture, and just set my brows exactly in the shape I like. I have the shade brown.
  2. Fleur de Force Eyelure brow define. When I do feel like I need some definition, and brows that are stronger, I find that this double ended brow pencil is perfect. The shade range is great, I personally use the medium one which has a lighter color perfect for the front of the brows or if you want a more natural result, and a darker shade if you really want to go for it. I sometimes use this and Boy Brow, or this alone, or Boy Brow alone, depending on my mood ! It’s quite remarquable.
  3. Tweezerman tweezzers. When the lovely Anna from The Anne Edit mentioned them, the tweezers I had were doing fine so I did not think much about it. And then I lost them. And freaked out like anyone would. Got a Sephora one in a panic, was not super happy with it, but could not justify the price of getting the tweezerman. But a few months later, wandering on the Feelunique website, with a 25% off code, I thought ok, let’s do this and give it a try. I love them. I guess I’d say you have to get use to it, they’re so precise and sharp that at first I just did not know how to make them work. Maybe because I’ve always had bad tweezers ? I’d rather not think about it… Also, once on a trip to London, realized I’d forgotten them, got the travel size ones : as good and cheaper, so consider it !
  4. Let them be. Nowadays, I tend to leave them alone a bit more. I do use my tweezers, but not too often, and I find that by doing this, it allows them to grow much more than when I was plucking or even checking and slightly plucking, almost every day. So for example, I often don’t touch them for a month, and see what’s been growing, and then decide if a few should stay because they add to the shape, or not. I did got them threaded at Blink Brow Bar in Liberty, but because I don’t live in London though I go there all the time, I’d say I go to Blink maybe twice a year. My skin reacts quite badly to threading, and the skin above my eyebrows ends up covered in red marks, and sometimes tiny little spots, so I’m not so keen anymore. And now I know the shape I want really well, thanks to the lovely ladies at Blink, therefore I don’t think I’ll need it !

Podcasts I’m loving right now

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My sunday basically. Face masks, coffee and podcasts.

So everyone and their mother is into podcasts. No news here. And I am too !

I listen to podcasts a few times a week. When I have something boring to do, when I cook, when I struggle to get in the mood or to be creative and actually get shit done, on the train, on the tube, etc. Actually, you’ll see below in which mood these podcasts put me in, it might be useful for you to choose a few to listen to !

Without further a do, here’s a list of the ones I’ve been loving recently and why you might enjoy them as well !

My Dad Wrote A Porno 

What they say about it

“Imagine if your Dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened – but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he’s decided to read it to the world in this brand new comedy podcast. With the help of his friends, James Cooper and Alice Levine, Jamie will be reading a chapter a week and discovering more about his father than he ever bargained for.”

Why I like it

It’s simply hilarious. At first, I was a little bit obsessed by the veracity of the story. Did Jamie’s dad really write a porno ? I don’t care anymore because the story itself is so good in the craziest way, and Alice and James comments so funny that I’m actually hooked ! I sometimes laugh out loud on the street when I’m listening to it which is not my best look  but it’s definitely worth it. This is pure joy. If you’re feeling blue, listen to My Dad Wrote A Porno, you’ll forget why you were in a sad mood in the first place.

Girlboss Radio

What they say about it

“On each episode of the Girlboss Radio, Sophia interviews boundary-pushing women who’ve made their mark—eschewing polite conversation and extracting solid advice from the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Expect hilarious co-hosts and vulnerable, honest conversations you won’t hear anywhere else. Conversations that humanize the known, champion the unknown, and laugh a little at the absurdity of life.”

Why I like it 

What I enjoy about this podcast is that it makes me discover business women who have their shit together but don’t make me feel bad about it. Sophia’s questions are genuine and deep, and the guests’s answers are equally gripping. It’s also interesting business wise, I would not consider myself a very business-orientated person, but I do learn a lot when listening to it. Inspirational and motivating !

At Home With

What they say about it

“Your home says so much about you – where you’ve travelled, who you’ve met, and the kind of person you are. We’ve asked people we admire to open their front doors and talk about their lives, by taking a tour of their homes to discover who they really are. We’ve riffled through their wardrobes, nosed through their fridges and even scrolled through their Sky+ recordings, to shed some light on their fascinating lives. Join us At Home With…”

Why I like it 

First of all, I’ve been reading Anna and Lily‘s blogs and watching their Youtube videos for years. So when I heard they were making a podcast, I was excited to hear more about the idea behind it. I like how enthusiasts they are when going into their guests’s houses, and how their curiosity makes for great conversations. It’s like following them around into great women’s bathroom or living room. I’m extremely curious and this really sealed my thirst. Beauty, lifestyle, home decor, business, inspiration… I just wish it could be longer because it’s that good !

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This, of course, is probably my favorite mug in the world.

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What they say about it

“Alec Baldwin takes listeners into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by going inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people we want to understand better: Ira Glass, Lena Dunham, David Brooks, Roz Chast, Chris Rock and others.”

Why I like it 

Well, Alec Baldwin’s voice in itself is delightful. But of course, the conversations are equally fascinating. I pick the guests I’m interested to know more about, and I’m never disappointed because of how well Alec (yes, I just called him Alec) knows the industry and because of the brilliant guests he’s had on the show… My favorites are Sarah Jessica Parker (absolutely fascinating, not what you might expect), Barbara Streisand, Judd Apatow, Patti Lupone, David Simon & Jerry Seinfeld.

Monocyle with Leandra Medine

What they say about it 

“A ten minute digest from author, humorist and creator of Man Repeller, Leandra Medine. New shows published weekly.”

Why I like it 

I love Leandra Medine. She’s witty, alert and hilarious. This 10 minutes podcast makes me feel like I spent these minutes being her friend and thinking about our lives: where they’re going, who we are, what we want to be. Also, I really appreciate her use of english language which might sound weird, but she’s a fabulous writer so it makes sense : she’s fabulous to listen to.

The Emma Guns Show

What they say about it

“Each week beauty journalist and presenter Emma Gunavardhana chats to a beauty industry insider; from skincare experts, make-up artists, fellow beauty editors, bloggers, beauty junkies – you name it. So if you love beauty you’d better tune in.”

Why I like it 

Beauty, lifestyle, meditation, business, I look forward to Emma’s podcast every sunday. I really appreciate how personal it is, and at the same time how empathic she is with her guests. Also the show still feels artisanal in the best way. It’s very real. She’s a great interviewer, and the subjects are just exactly the type of content that goes along a perfect sunday at tea-time kind of mood.

Oh Boy

What they say about it

“In this first podcast from Man Repeller, Filmmaker Jay Buim sits down with women in the arts, tech and beyond for one on one conversations about their life and work.”

Why I like it 

I haven’t listened to all of them, and it’s actually ended now. But Jay Buim’s conversations are very inspiring. His voice is really soft and I enjoy how he brings his guests to question almost everything. Emily Weiss’s interview is captivating for example. Start with that I’d say, you might find yourself coming back to it.

Voilà !

I also enjoy a few more podcasts, but more on that in an other article ! Do you also listen to podcasts ? Leave your recommandations in the comments, I’d love to discover new ones ! Happy sunday !