• Illamasqua brow gel & Starlaisa palette

    Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel & Starlaisa Basics Collection Palette

    I’ve heard it said before by makeup artists and tastemakers that it’s preferable to enhance either the eye area or the lips, but not all at once; in theory, there’s something about this type of style rules, and their whiff of snootiness and pretentious bleh that sits wrong with me… but in practice I adhere to it: I like to paint my eyes to kill, and the rest just isn’t as important to me. In fact, when I don’t have as much time to do a full makeup application the way I like, I just focus on the eye area (this annoyed my mother’s 70’s and 80’s aesthetic so… my…

  • Secretale Ideal Brow Pencil and Technic Brow Gel

    Angel and demon: Bell Cosmetics Secretale Brow Pencil and Technic Brow Gel

    It’s been a while now since my brows have lost the density of youth, and until not long ago, my solution to keep from looking like the Mona Lisa was to fill them with a little eyeshadow or eyeliner. However, one day an acquaintance who is a MUA gently let me know my brows looked too black, and she was right; she also suggested I look for a product specific for brows, preferably in a brown tone. So I decided to try these two inexpensive ones. The angel: Bell Cosmetics Secretale Ideal Brow Pencil This pencil is available in three shades of brown, and mine is nº 3, a nice…