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Thursday, April 30, 2009

College Series Tutorial: Law School

At last, we're down to the last tutorial for the College Series Tutorial! If you're around a Law School student, always think before you speak. Law students are sharp in their thinking and also their words. For intimidation, we're going for bold eyebrows and deep eyes with contoured cheeks.

This tutorial also signifies that you have only ONE more day to submit your entry for the College Series Giveaway. All entries should be in by May 1st 2009, GMT 8:00 11.59pm.

If you haven't been following the series, you may have missed Business, Fashion, Science, Culinary, Art, and Communication.

Read on for the tutorial...

To make sure that people take you seriously, as a law student, your makeup should be serious too. Keep your skin looking matte and shimmer free with a powder foundation. Your eyes should never giveaway your tiredness even if you've been going through law journals all night long. Creating deep set eyes will make them look more alert but still serious. Bold brows and cheek contour will bring strength to the entire look. The blush and lip should be kept earthy and free of obvious glitters.

Items Used:

Benefit Dr. Feelgood
I Nuovi Undercover Concealer in 4Y
MAC Lightful Ultracharge Foundation in NC40
e.l.f. Contouring Blush and Bronzer Duo (bronzer only)
Everyday Minerals Blush in Sunday Brunch

Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Intriguing Scarlet Warm Eyes Palette (Sweetjoy, Well Spiced, Real Drama)
I Nuovi D27 Eyeshadow in Cappuccino
NYX Eyeshadow in Deep Brown
Makeup Masala Gel Liner in Cocoa
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara in Very Black
Daiso Auto Eyebrow Pencil
RMK Irresistible Lips C in 16 Gold Brown

Start by applying makeup base on your skin, followed by concealer where needed. Make sure that the under eye area is well concealed but still looks natural. Apply powder foundation until you reach your desired coverage but be careful to not go overboard so that you won't look pasty.

After prepping lid with eyeshadow primer, using a large shadow brush, apply a nude (Sweetjoy) wash all over the lid including the under brow area. With a small brush, apply a medium brown shade (Cappuccino) thickly above the crease line. At the base of the medium brown, apply a dark brown (Deep Brown) half way through the crease. Blend the crease with a large crease blending brush.

Further deepen the crease by applying more dark brown and blending again with the blending brush. Apply a light earthy (Well Spiced) color onto the lid and sweep the nude (Sweetjoy) wash over it for additional contrast.

To give the eye area more "life", apply a maroon brown (Real Drama) three quarter along the lower lash line. Fill the rest of the lower lash line with Sweetjoy. If you don't have much lid space left after creating the crease, apply eyeliner between the lashes. Curl lashes and apply mascara. The lashes should not look too prominent. Fill in the brows boldly but make sure to blend with a spoolie so that they look dark and strong but not harsh.

Done with the eyes. Yeah, both of mine don't look the same today.

Use an angled blush brush to contour. Apply bronzer as in the second picture, then blend well. Contour the jawline as well. Apply blush lightly above the apples and towards the temples. Complete the look with lipstick.

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16 MAC Eyeshadow Swatches

Unfortunately, I didn't go out and buy 16 MAC eyeshadows but I did manage to come close to these so I thought I'd do some swatches. Some are permanent and some limited edition, which I will state together with the color description and my thoughts if I have any.

Enjoy the swatches and hope you'll find them useful. Read on for the rest!

Creme De Violet (Frost): Vivid pinkish-violet flecked with gold shimmer. It's apparently not as chunky as compared to most frost colors instead it's slightly chalky. Possible dupe -- 88 Color Palette in H4

Beauty Marked (Velvet): A deep blackened red with a sparkle/twilight effect. One of my favorite colors, it doesn't seem much when swatched or worn alone but when blended, it's black with a whole new twist. Possible dupe -- I Nuovi D27 in Velvet or NYX Trio in Lake Moss

Pink Freeze (Frost): Bright pink with icy metallic shimmer. A little powdery for a frost but it's a good thing.

Swish (Frost): Soft bright pink with icy metallic shimmer. Very creamy texture and gives a more metallic sheen.

Juxt (Satin): Bright green with golden shimmer. I wouldn't say that it's bright. Quite a cool green despite the golden shimmer and not as bright. Possible Dupe -- 88 Color Palette in C1

Swimming (Lustre): A scintillating sea green. Good color pay off and blends quite nicely.

Mythology (Frost): Crowning copper. Super metallic and not chunky at all. Looks like molten copper when applied. Beautiful!

Juiced (Lustre - LE): Muted golden orange flecked with pink shimmer. Lovely true OJ color but a tad too chalky.

Nylon (Frost): Pale gold with icy metallic shimmer. Chunky!

White Frost (Frost): Vivid bright white with icy shimmer. Less chunky.

Digit (Satin): Soft pale violet with subtle shimmer. It really should've been a frost. Can barely see the violet with the overbearing frost.

Dream (Satin - LE?): Can't find the shade description. Powder matte with average color pay off. Possible Dupe -- 88 Color Palette in F1

Brill (Satin -- Discon): Can't find the shade description. I don't usually like cool blues but this one looks great and blends great without being too shimmery. What a shame!

Krisp (Satin - LE?): Soft muted silver with opalescent shimmer. Gritty...

Sprout (Frost -LE?): Can't find the shade description. Crappy color pay off.

Fade (Satin - LE?): Can't find the shade description. Powdery.

Well, I guess this comes to show that not all MAC eyeshadows are amazing. I love the color variety though!

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With flash

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Man Makeup by Petrilude

So, Skin Deco's dash of testosterone hasn't been on the radar ever since he won the Male Blogger Search. Poor dude is still having his mid terms but he'll be back on track once he's done with the nasties.

Meantime, here's a man that I totally look up to for makeup tips. Josh aka Petrilude has been doing a video series called Man Makeup and I feel that those videos are not only helpful for men but also for the ladies as well. Especially when the bare natural look is your thing. I loved his tip on slathering lip balm then wiping it off. Kinda like a mini lip moisture mask!

Click for two more videos...

gossmakeupartist also does pretty awesome videos on men makeup

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Review: Lavender Lovin'

Here's another random Connie fact for ya: I love lavender. From the scent to the color to its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Did you know that the I Nuovi Cheek Blush smells of lavender? Yeah, I think I forgot to mention that. My glycerin spray smells of lavender too. Joining my lavender gang is the Beauty Diary Provence Lavender Mask and Watsons Lavender Revitalising Body Scrub.

Read on for the reviews.

In true Lipglosseater style! This is for you, Jenn.

Funky looking picture aside, see how well the sheet mask fits. Some sheet masks tend to be very stiff and not adhere to the skin properly but this one's really soft. I like the scent, of course, and upon application, my skin felt immediately soothed. The mask dries within 15 minutes or so. You'll know when it dries because the sides will start peel off the face. After the mask, skin feels really smooth, soft and awaken.

I do like this a lot more than many sheets masks that I've tried. The most important factor is that it doesn't leave any rubbery residues on my face when I rub it. The Shu Uemura whitening mask does and I'm so put off by that, I'm not reviewing it. Even if my skin glowed, I hate those rubbery stuff.

I'll be ordering more of this mask. They have all sorts! Check out the table (click to enlarge):

They available at Guardian and Watsons but quite pricey. I think 2 or 3 pcs for RM16.90? something like that. Alternatively, you can get them from for RM3 each. Just do a search, there'll be loads of people selling them.

Next up in the lavender clan is the Watsons Lavender Revitalizing Body Scrub. I'm not eager when it comes to body products but since the skin on my shin has been awfully scaley lately, I figured that I'd need a body scrub to slough off those ugly fish scales. I picked this up because it was cheap, it was sugar based (I'm scared of salt based scrubs) and it contains lavender oil.

The lavender scent was very pleasant and not too overbearing. Check out the sugar! It's fine and thick like a sorbet. Since the sugar's so compacted, only about a tablespoon full is required for the whole of one leg and a teaspoon full for an arm. With so little product needed per usage, this huge tub will last pretty long!

As the scrub is gently massaged onto wet skin, the oil will start to emulsify and look like lotion. The sugar will dissolve as you scrub so when the sugar has completely dissolved, you'll know you're done scrubbing. After rinsing off, my skin felt super soft and smooth. I love how my skin felt moisturized but not sticky.

I really wish I had taken a before and after picture. I honestly didn't think that the product has made such a difference but it did. My fish scales look a lot less visible now but I do have a few more sessions to go. Excellent product and the price is unbeatable. RM15.90 at Watsons. Go get one now!

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Review: Sustainable Youth Technologies Immune Performance

A little over a month ago, I received the Sustainable Youth Technologies anti aging system from Abbi of Caridan Marketing Labs. She sent me the Immune Performance line which includes the Elastifirm Supplement, Revitalizing Serum and Elasticity Cream.
Since then, this system has been included into my daily skin care regimen and these organic and environmental-friendly products are ready for review.

Read on for it.

You must be wondering, why on earth would I, a 21-year-old, need to use anti aging products? Believe me, you're not the only one! I have sales assistants who try to talk me out of buying anti aging products because they insist that they're not suitable for my young skin.

Being an eczema sufferer, I have skin that behaves very oddly. The surface of my skin tend to get very dry and frequently peels when eczema occurs. Areas such as my forehead and under eye become weakened and lose elasticity with the frequent peeling, causing lines to appear.

Eczema aside, I also believe that prevention of aging signs should start as early as you can. To wait for your wrinkles to appear and skin to sag before taking action is a little too late, don't you think? Kinda like how ladies in their 40s are using every whitening system in the world hoping for their pigmentation to disappear when they should've started using sunscreen from the age of 12. Same scenario, prevention is definitely better than cure. We are now a more educated generation when it comes to skin care.

The key anti aging ingredient in the Immune Performance system is organic Alasta. Alasta is an active complex derived from aloe vera, a common plant well known for its soothing and collagen-boosting properties.

Sustainable Youth Technologies or SYT believes that aging is caused by inflammation in the body which leads to oxidative stress and free radical reactions. Due to those factors, degradation of collagen and breakdown of free-radical fighters occur in the body causing decrease in skin elasticity and firmness.

Clinical trials have shown that Alasta has the ability to help reduce overall inflammation in the body. When inflmmation is reduced, the results are greater elasticity and firmness of the skin as well as an overall improvement in skin, joint and muscle health.

As an environmentally-friendly company, SYT products use all organic, natural and green ingredients which are formulated with natural preservative without any petrochemicals or parabens. Natural and organic essential oils are also used. The company does not support the usage of genetically modified ingredients and animal derived ingredients as well as animal testing.

Besides Alasta being a sustainable and renewable technology, the materials used in the packaging of the products are also sustainable.

Immune Performance Elastifirm Supplement is an all-natural vegan supplement developed to sustain youth from the inside out. To be honest, I am completely horrible when it comes to taking supplements because I keep forgetting to. For the first two weeks, I was quite avid and the lightweight packaging encourages me to carry the product in my bag. The capsules were also quite easy to swallow so it really is just remembering to take them that's the problem. During the time that I was taking these, I doubt I could even tell if there were any changes.

It wasn't until recently that I took another read about the supplement helping with joint and muscle problems. Just before I started taking the supplements, I have had excrutiating muscle ache in my left arm and my lower back. I remember very clearly because I was moaning a lot and kept getting people to punch my back for me. In within the first week of taking the supplement, my problems seemed to have disappeared and overjoyed, it didn't occur to me that it could've been the supplement that helped.

Regular price: $65USD for 60 capsules (1 month supply)
Promo price: $55USD

Immune Performance Revitalizing Serum is my favorite product from the system. This weightless treatment absorbs readily into the skin without leaving any feeling of stickiness. The effect is also immediate as skin feels instantly tightened and firmed upon application. I love using this in the morning because the tightening effect makes my makeup glide over my skin and look great. I've also experienced less foundation (or practically none) sinking into lines throughout the day.

The scent from the essential oils is very calming. The pump packaging is clean and practical but I find that the pump for the serum doesn't dispense enough product with one pump. Two pumps are required to cover my entire face including my under eye area, where I concentrate most second to my forehead.

I've been using this serum once a day, every morning. Why don't I use it at night? You'll find out soon enough.

Regular price: $80USD for 30ml
Promo price: $65USD

Wanting to use the products as a system, I used the serum with the Immune Performance Elasticity Cream every morning because I can only use the cream in the morning. Despite the name, the cream serves as a very good day time moisturizer for me but barely sufficient for night time. Despite my complaint, I think that this anti aging system will also be suitable for skins that are oilier, differing it from most anti aging products that tend to be too "rich" or "heavy".

Unlike the serum, one pump is sufficient for me to distribute the product evenly onto my entire face probably because the absorbtion is slower. Although, it still absorbs pretty quickly compared to most moisturizers. The scent is slightly milky and the texture a little gritty but not much issue there.

Regular price: $80USD for 30ml
Promo price: $65USD

Overall Experience

I wish I had convincing before and after photos to show you but I really don't. It is not because the product didn't work. It's simply because my only visible wrinkles are on my forehead and they are recurring since my eczema does.
  • Although lines can still be seen, my forehead feels a lot smoother now. Previously, I could feel the ridges but not anymore. It seriously feels really smooth now despite how it looks. Heck, my skin always looks a lot worse that it really is.
  • I can practically feel no more line at the corners of my eyes. When I smile, I don't feel my eyes crinkled up at the sides.
  • My cheeks has also gotten firmer and more bouncy... hmm... that could also be caused by the weight gain *sighs* I really need to go on diet soon. Tomorrow, I promise!
  • My concealer and foundation doesn't seem to cake up or collect at the lines often now
Do check out Viva Woman's review on the products. She even has personal before and after pictures to prove the products' effectiveness!

The prices are a little steep for a student like myself but if you do have sufficient income, the products are appropriately priced for the results that they can give. If you are interested in giving the products a try, now is a good time as they're having promotional prices as well as a package promotion: all three products (valued at $225) for $150USD.

All products can be purchased at The site also features additional info on the products and company as well as before and after pictures of users.

Elastifirm Supplement

Revitalizing Serum

Elasticity Cream

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Sunday: Gunmetal + Mushroom + Goodies

I look tired, don't I? Night before we had a barbecue party 'til 3am then Nikki (bf's Lab) gave birth to a puppy unexpectedly at around 5am... Apparently she was raped through the gate. *sighs* Anyway, for Sunday's outing I woke up late so I did my makeup in KLCC's toilet. Hence, the awkward poses since I couldn't possibly be flashing in the cubicle many times. I used my L'Oreal HiP Metallic Shadow Duo in Gunmetal and I love it!

Read on for full description of items used, some foodie pics and haul pics.

Items Used:

Monistat Chafing Gel
Paul and Joe Light Cream Foundation #30
RMK Loose Powder
Jesse's Girl Baked Eyeshadow in Volcanic (cheeks)
Urban Decay Primer Potion
L'Oreal HiP Metallic Shadow Duo in Gunmetal
MAC Mineralized Eyeshadow Duo in Love Connection
MAC Eyeshadow in Ricepaper
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Maybelline Turbo Boost Mascara
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus Mascara
Daiso Auto Eyebrow Pencil
e.l.f. Brow Kit in Light
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Natural

Tea time at Delicious, New Wing One Utama. I couldn't resist mushrooms and ordered the Wild Mushroom Soup. Yummy with loads of mushroom chunks!

Didn't quite like the Strawberry Cheesecake. The sauce was too sour and the cake wasn't cheesy enough.

My very very mini I Nuovi haul. I need to save up for my Singapore trip, k! I got the D27 Eyeshadow in Spellbound and the Undercover concealer in 4y

Cumulative goodies from the girls: Paris got me the KOSE Softymo Cleansing Oil from HK, Plue got me backups of my favorite Daiso eyebrow pencils, a lash comb and the Sunplay Skin Aqua sunblock. Last but not least, Bee got me NYX Girls Lipgloss in Apricot (checking off my wishlist!) and Round Lipstick in Femme.
Thanks so much, ladies!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lancome Oscillation Mascara Giveaway!

Malaysia's buzzing as Lancome's Mobile Lash Lab makes its appearance at hot spots all around Peninsular Malaysia to promote their latest mascara, the Lancome Oscillation Powermascara.

Want your very own Lancome Oscillation Mascara?

Read on for the Mobile Lash Lab locations and find out how you can stand a chance of winning a Lancome Oscillation Mascara!

With 7000 oscillations per minute, this vibrating mascara promises to wrap lashes up to 360 degrees for longer, separated and more volumized curled lashes. See for yourself what the Lancome Oscillation Powermascara can do for your lashes by dropping by the Mobile Lash Lab. Have your lashes diagnosed with Lancome's unique Lash Ruler and experience the Oscillation.

Be the first 50 customers to visit the Mobile Lash Lab for your lash diagnosis and you will receive a sample-sized Lancome Virtuose Mascara as well as an eyebrow trimming voucher worth RM50. Even if you're past #50, you will receive Lancome goodies worth up to RM70.

The Lancome Mobile Lash Lab road show locations:

Kuala Lumpur
  • 29th April (Wednesday): Jalan Raja Chulan (near Hotel Istana)
  • 30th April (Thursday): Jalan Putra (near The Mall Shopping Center)
  • 4th May (Monday): SS15 (near Asia Cafe)
  • 5th May (Tuesday): Jalan Raja Chulan (near Bangunan AmBank)
  • 6th May (Wednesday): Damansara Uptown (near Uptown 5)
  • 11th May (Monday): Jalan Raja Laut (near KWSP)
  • 12th May (Tuesday): Media Prima, TV3 – next to 1utama
  • 13th May (Wednesday): Puchong Commercial Area – near KWSP
  • 14th May (Thursday): Damansara Uptown (near Uptown 5)
  • 15th May (Friday): Klang – near Bkt Tinggi commercial area
  • 16th May (Saturday): Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman – near Sogo
  • 17th May (Sunday): Alamanda Putrajaya Shopping Center, Putrajaya
In Red: Revised venue

Johor Bahru
  • 1st May (Friday): Jusco Tebrau City (Entrance 2)
  • 2nd May (Saturday): Plaza Pelangi
  • 3rd May (Sunday): Mahkota Parade
  • 7th May (Thursday): Jalan Northam
  • 8th May (Friday): Gurney Plaza
  • 9th May (Saturday): Queensbay Mall
  • 10th May (Sunday): Kinta City

Opening Hours:

Weekdays (Monday - Friday): 11am to 3pm
Weekends (Saturday & Sunday & Shopping Malls): 11am to 6pm

I have TWO tubes of Lancome Oscillation Powermascara worth RM120 each to give away which means there will be two winners. For your entry, here is what you MUST do:
  1. Visit the Lancome Mobile Lash Lab OR a Lancome Counter at your preferred location
  2. Take a picture of yourself getting your lashes diagnosed OR trying out the Oscillation OR in front of the Mobile Lash Lab*
  3. Leave a comment stating the location of the Mobile Lash Lab or Lancome Counter that you went to and tell me why you wanna win this mascara.
  4. Send the picture and a copy of your comment to my e-mail at
*Pictures will not be published to the public on the blog. If you still feel the need to pixelize your face, by all means.

Closing date for you to submit your giveaway entry is May 19th 2009 GMT +8:00 11.59pm.
This contest is open to Malaysian residents only. One entry per person.

TWO winners will be randomly selected and will be announced on 20th May 2009.

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Benefit Dupes by Shills

Seeing double? I thought I was too! I get very excited when I see dupes of high end products and Shills is apparently on a dupe-rampage with their Benefit dupes of Some Kind-A Gorgeous, Dr. Feelgood, Lyin Eyes and Boi-ing. Having read Muse's review on the Shills BB Records Flawless Foundation Cream, I did an impulse purchase of that and Miss Perfect Pores Hide, which dupes Dr. Feelgood. Very unlike Connie to impulse buy but curiousity got the better of me. Note to self: never shop at 3am.

Read on for the comparisons. You're itching to know, aren't you?

Even the packaging looks the same. No joke! Imitations should be frowned upon but RM48 versus RM129? Why pay more for something that just may work the same?

In the pan is a cream-textured foundation that when blended onto the skin, turns into powder. The size looks to be exactly the same as Some Kind-A Gorgeous. Very promising from the pan.

I borrowed Carmen's Some Kind-A Gorgeous. You can tell that she loves it from how it's being used!
Beneath the pan, there's a compartment for the sponge. Shill's sponge feels more like Dr. Feelgood's sponge.

When it comes to the color, Shills is more beige which should go with most Asian skin tones while Benefit has a more universal neutral undertone. Shills also looks lighter while Benefit is more skin-colored. Texture wise, Benefit is more creamy and sheer while Shills is thicker and gives more coverage.

Here comes the problem. Since Shills has such a light color, once applied, the foundation looks very very pasty and dry on my skin. Quite interestingly, the color self-adjusts to suit my skin tone after about 20 minutes and actually looked quite nice as it becomes less cakey-looking. Carmen (NC15) tried the product as well and it matched her skin tone immediately and the color didn't change after 3 hours so I'm certain that the color adjustment wasn't due to oxidation. This stuff is also super sweat-proof and waterproof, making beads of sweat float on top of the product instead of streaking it off.

I was certainly quite impressed with the product but I don't think it's for me. The color is too light and having to wait so long for it to adjust simply beats the purpose of having a fast-to-use foundation. The formula is also ultimately still a little too dry for my skin.

If you're NC25 (at least two shades lighter than my skin) and below with oily skin, I'm letting this product go. I'm selling it at RM40 used 3 times with free shipping. I bought it at RM48 and not inclusive of shipping. Drop me an e-mail at if you're interested.

Once again, I was very very curious! I already have Benefit's Dr. Feelgood so I really just wanted to know how the Shills Miss Perfect Pores Hide compares. I got myself a sample jar of the stuff. The original packaging looks exactly like Dr. Feelgood with the tin and sponge.

At first glance, the balm really looks similar to Dr. Feelgood but it's more balmy and doesn't give that powdery finish that Dr. Feelgood does. Because of that, I don't think it'll work very well as a make-up base since what makes Dr. Feelgood a base is that matte finish. However, Miss Perfect Pores Hide does seem to smoothen out pores better than Dr. Feelgood can so I think this would make a better pore eraser for before applying foundation.

I don't think I'll be using this product frequently either since well, according to Carmen, "Pores?? What pores?". Yeah.... I bought this for RM29 not inclusive of shipping and I'm letting this go at RM20 with free shipping. Once again, e-mail me at if you're interested.

Both products can be purchased from pei2 of

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Eyebrow Filling Tutorial

Eyebrows have been conveniently ignored by many people just because they didn't seem as important as lashes or cheeks. With that belief in mind, at some points of our lives, we let our brows grow into a jungle or look balding. If you track back to my older posts, you'd notice that I've only cared about my eyebrows since 8 months ago! They're still not perfect and I'm learning new techniques as I go.

Anyway, I hope you'll find this tutorial helpful and good luck with them brows! Read on.

I still have very little confidence when it comes to shaping my own eyebrows so I'd usually get them shaped by the professionals (Empro and Shu Uemura) and maintain my brows by plucking off the stray hairs and following the shape created for me.

To fill in my brows I use:

My weakest brow is my right one since it has a pretty huge bald spot and the shape is not very obvious. To create the shape, start by drawing a line at the bottom of the eyebrow. Then, looking straight, I draw the "tail". When you look straight into the mirror, you can make sure that both your eyebrows match. Also, avoid raising your eyebrow when you are filling them. The stretched skin will cause the filling to look distorted. Your "tail" slant should be parallel with the slant of your eye. Too high and you'll look monstrous, too low and you'll look sad.

Once you get the bottom right, draw the upper brow line parallel with the bottom. If you make any mistakes, just clean off with a cotton bud and start again. It takes practice so don't give up!

Join the upper brow line with the lower. If the highest point of the eyebrow looks too high, just rub off the tip with a cotton bud. With the outline done, start coloring in the brow. I'm using a lighter brow color so that it does look too harsh. The e.l.f. Brow Kit has a gel on one side, which I use to fill in the emptiness and powder on the other side for me to set the gel and blend. For the inner brow, I place my brush vertically then drag the brush outwards.

After setting with eyebrow powder, I further blend and brush all the hairs in place with a spoolie. This is also handy when you've over-filled your brows and want to soften them. It may take some getting used to with filled eyebrows. At times you'd think that you look like Shin Chan but once you're used to groomed eyebrows, you'll realize that you can't be seen without them!

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