Monday, February 20, 2017

The eyes have them...

If your eyes are the window to your soul, and eyebrows are frames for your eyes, then good 'window dressings' in form of mascara and brow products are a must to show them in their best light, don't you think?

If I could only pick four makeup items to use before I head out door, mascara and a brow product would definitely be two of them.  Just a few sweeps of mascara after curling my lashes (a very important step!), but it makes the biggest difference to your face.  If you're wondering, concealer and blush would be my other two items, my dark circles would scare any child I might bump into at school drop off, and blush just makes your face look fresher and more alive; but that is a story for another day.

Back to mascaras, my favourite kind of mascaras are of the 'tubing' variety, and there are many reasons for that.  Instead of the traditional oils and waxes used in mascaras, tubing formulas use a flexible polymer that goes on slightly wetter than regular versions, and when it dries, it shrink-wraps around each lash, creating a "tube" around them so that the lashes are smooth and well-coated.  As more of the polymer is brushed on, the tube builds up and out, as if it is stretching out the lashes, but with a precise, pristine finish.  But most importantly, I love 'tubing mascaras' because not only does the emulsion create a smooth, shiny surface, but it’s also water soluble, so while normal sweat and tears won’t disturb it, several splashes of warm water will cause the tubes to swell and loosen their grip on lashes, easily rinsing off. That means they are smudge-proof (no panda eyes here please), great for days I wear contact lenses, and last through rain, sweat, humidity and tears, BUT are easy to remove.  No smudging on my eyes when washing my face, I can actually see the mascara washing off, and see my lashes in its natural state after, without needing makeup-remover.

I also love an arched wand, just to hold a curl that bit extra after using an eyelash curler.  Clinique's High Impact Curling mascara's arched wand in particular, scoops up, and lifts up every last lash. Smudge, flake, smear-resistant for up to 24 eye-opening hours, and is then easily removed with warm water (39 degrees being the ideal temperature, I've been told).  The High Impact range of mascara is designed to kick up the volume and length of each and every lash with pure, deep colour for added impact, giving lashes instant volume and length.  It comes in its original version, as well as waterproof, extra volume and curling, and I love them all (in black - 'Curling' being my favourite for reasons outlined above).  The waterproof version is great for when a reliable, waterproof mascara is essential, such as weddings, rainy days, swimming, sports and humid climates.  Also, the formula is good for those who find that non-waterproof mascaras don't hold the curl.

I have spoken previously about my need to fill in my brows (which I sadly over-tweezed in the 90's), and have since discovered Clinique’s Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse.  It is a 24-hour-wear light-wear cream gel that tints, tames, and fills-in brows with natural-looking color for thicker, fuller brows.  I love that with the little applicator brush I can do so much and do away with having to use lots of different products to achieve the same effect (but can still also use pencil and/or brow powder if I want a little extra). I use it in black/brown, but it comes in four different shades, that would suit blondes, redheads and brunettes alike.

I use the side of the wand to sweep through brows from tail to front, brushing in an upwards motion, then giving it a slight horizontal flick at the end to smooth over the edges, then very gently use the tip to put some more product in sparse spots, and brushing through again.

My fabulous 'window dressings':

Loved the curved brush on High Impact Curling mascara wand

I'd love to hear which are your favourite mascara and eyebrow products you use?

This post was created in collaboration with Clinique Australia.

All images taken by me.

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  1. No brow products but I wish i could have a bit of botox to lift my brow to have a natural arch. I have resting dead face.

    I like Urban Decay Perversion mascara. I justify it by buying the travel size which costs the same as a drug store mascara. (Who finishes a mascara tube anyway?) Have you tried out eyelash extensions?

    1. I haven't tried eyelash extensions but my sister and sister-in-law have! I keep meaning to, when I have a special occasion come up, but am never organized enough...for normal day-to-day I'm happy with just mascara ☺. I do like the more natural lashes butnlonger kind of look...

    2. Ps. Regarding brows, have you tried brow pens (that have a natural finish to give you a slight arch)? I've found those better than pencils personally...

    3. I'm sitting the brow trend out since my brows are already dark.