This is the face you're used to seeing on my blog. I've grown accustomed to it, and on most days, I think it's a rather nice face, but it took years for me to accept I was never going to have the full lips or perfect nose the girls in the fashion magazines had. I try to make the best of what I have, and never leave the house without lipstick. Recently, one of the bloggers I follow, Greetje, of No Fear of Fashion, did what I thought was a very gutsy post on her blog where she showed the "Before and After" face of a woman over 60. I'm not that brave, but I can show you a before and after eyebrow shot.
Yep, there we are, thinning brows and minimal eyelashes. I would love to wear mascara, but I have a very annoying and occasionally painful condition called recurring corneal erosion, and I try to avoid eye makeup on a daily basis. From the looks of that sun damage on my skin, I did not use enough sunscreen this summer.
Fortunately, disappearing eyebrows are easier to deal with than many of the other losses I mentioned. For a few years I had been using another product made by Benefit called "Gimme Brow" which is basically a mascara for your eyebrows. It looks natural and stays on pretty well, but I found it faded by the end of the day. I wanted to try something that would give me some major brows that looked natural and lasted all day, so I chatted up one of the staff at my local Sephora. She suggested a new Benefit product called "KA-BROW!", which is a cream-gel brow colour that comes with its own brush. It comes in six shades, and I picked #4, which was a bit darker than what I was used to. It takes a bit of practice to perfect the light touch that is needed so you don't end up with too much colour - you can always add more, but once it's on there, it doesn't come off unless you wash it off and start over.
KA-BROW! You can see that my left brow is a bit darker than the right, but as I said, it takes a bit of practice to get it right. Not bad, eh?
BTW, I am not affiliated with Benefit, and am not being compensated in any way for this post. I just like their brow products and I figure if they work for me, they may work for you.
I'm not a makeup junkie - my daily routine consists of a bit of foundation, brow colour, and lipstick. However, I do like experimenting with lipstick colours, and after the photoshoot I did with Melanie when I was in Vancouver in May, I fell in love with blue lipstick.
A second trip to Sephora and I came home with this creamy blue lipstick from Make Up For Ever. I put a bit of blue-tinted gel in my hair to amp up the Blue. Now if only I could wear this to work.
And, a gratuitous rat photo...
Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I have had my sweet little rat nuggets back with me for a few weeks, and I've been able to manage my allergies with regular use of my inhaler and not handling them as frequently. The three of us are much happier when they are with me, so I'm taking things day by day, and while I'm not expecting to be able to keep them with me continuously, we may be able to work out some kind of regular "respite" care where they stay with Heather for a few weeks at a time.