10 of the best eyebrow grooming pencils

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Eyebrows are important. Very important. A well-groomed, expertly shaped pair will open up your eyes, frame your face perfectly, and even act as a mini-facelift. That said, one must always be armed with an exceptional brow pencil to keep their brows looking their absolute best. Not sure which one to try? These 10 are a good place to start. Actually, make that a great place to start. Simply hover over the stars to reveal more information about these eyebrow-grooming gems…

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  1. Mary Kay Brow Definer Pencil

    Gives you a natural finish that goes on velvety smooth and lasts for hours. What’s not to love?

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  2. Clinique Superfine Liners For Brows

    Ultra-slim and super-fine, this automatic pencil is so easy to use. The pigmented formulas also last a very long time, which truly is a wonderful thing.

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  3. Prestige Cosmetics My Ultimate Brow Definer Pencil

    Another dual-ended gem, this mechanical pencil makes brow defining an easy task, and the brush allows you to get a perfectly smooth finish.

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  4. Almay Brow Defining Pencil

    The ultra-fine tip on this gem allows for precise definition, and the built-in brush is super-handy for stray hairs that refuse to get in line with the others.

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  5. ARTISTRY Automatic Eyebrow Pencil

    Magnificent for creating definition, the finish of this fine-tipped crayon is wonderfully natural.

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  6. Bloom Eyebrow Duo

    A double-ended wonder, this nifty tool allows you to define and groom in two easy steps. The triangular tip also allows for precise filling in, making it perfect for sparse areas.

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  7. Xtreme Lashes Long Lasting Brow Pen

    This soft-tipped pen creates perfectly sculpted brows, and the long-lasting formula means sparse areas and scars stay covered all day long. It’s also great for covering greys.

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  8. Revlon ColorStay Eyebrow Liner

    Glides on smoothly and easily for a fantastic defined brow, but it is also enriched with vitamin E to help nourish the area.

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  9. Couleur Caramel Certified Organic Eyebrow Pencil

    Containing a formula rich in protective and active ingredients to benefit the brow area, this pencil is long-lasting and allows for precise application.

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  10. Bourjois Eyebrow Pencil

    An effective definer and tamer, this pencil is the answer to neat eyebrows. Oh, and the formula is easily blended for a natural finish.

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Love the sound of these products but not sure how to use them? Or maybe your brows need some tending because they’re a little, um, ungroomed at this moment in time? If I may, I suggest seeing a professional brow artist. Not only will they be able to show you how to fill in your brows, they’ll also give you the correct brow shape for your face shape, or at least educate you on where you need to grow your brow hairs to best enhance your features.

If you’re a Sydney-sider, I can’t recommend Lien Davies enough. She is the epitome of a brow mastermind. In fact, I suggest you check out her incredible eBook titled Ultimate Brow Shape, as well as follow her on Facebook and Twitter for ingenious, invaluable tips.

If you’re located elsewhere around Oz, the Benebabes at Benefit counters know more than a thing or two about brow shaping, and they’ve also released a brow bible called Raising Eyebrows. Arm yourself with it, and you’ll be all the wiser when it comes owning amazing brows.

Oh, and never underestimate the power of word of mouth. If you spot someone in the street with exceptional brows, ask them who tends to them. Just like Lien, the best brow artists are often found in tucked-away locations, you just need to do a little searching to find them…
 
Have you used any of these brow-grooming goodies? Which eyebrow pencil would you most like to try? Do you know of any amazing brow artists? Share their names if you do…

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Posted by: Li (Australia)

I haven't tried any of these, but I love the Essence brow pencil. And for $3-4 is a total bargain

Posted on: February 25, 2013 (Feb 25, 2013 7:41am)

Posted by: talk-a-lot (Australia)

I have not tried any of these eyebrow products. I have an Innoxa Eyebrow Pencil and Prestige Eyebrow Set, both are good brands.
The Prestige Eye Definer Pencil is the one I would like to try the most out of the 10 listed.
SandraXxX

Posted on: February 25, 2013 (Feb 25, 2013 7:58am)

Is this the secret to tanning like a pro at home?

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Did you know that I have two sisters? This may not seem all that important, but in a gig where I get to try all sorts of brand spanking new beauty buys day in day out, the fact that I have two sisters matters.

Why? Well the pair of them happen to be beauty obsessed, which proves to be quite a pain – because I don’t have a lock on my door, and they seem to have very, very sticky fingers. Fake tan is a big hit in our house, with all three of us in love with the stuff. So, needless to say, any new bottles of this liquid gold don’t last very long at home – and as it’s my job to try these products, it’s proving a bit of a problem.

Then – as if by magic, I heard about Home Spray Tan, the brand that offers everything you need to spray tan like the professionals at home. This was the answer to my faux glow woes. I immediately suggested we all throw in some money and buy a kit to share so that the girls could sport a sunkissed glow whenever they please, and my beloved products would remain where they should – away from sticky fingers.

Better still, my friends that have been known to spend anywhere between $25 and $30 a week on a spray tan are jumping for joy. This kit comes with a 700w 2012 model spray-tanning machine, a high-quality spray gun, a deluxe-quality pop-up tent, throwaway sticky feet, caps, Ezy Breathe nasal filters, bras, panties and 125mL of the Australian-made, eco-certified organic 1-hour tanning solution. It’s now firmly on the wishlist for my sisters and I. It could be just the ticket to looking bronzed and beautiful all year round without having to head to a salon and pay the same amount time after time.  

Stockist: Complete Home Spray Tanning Starter Kit, $149, http://www.homespraytan.com.au/

What would you love to be able to do from the comfort of your own home?

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Posted by: Nda (Australia)

I have dark skin so thankfully don't need to worry about tanning...just getting too burnt when in the sun for too long!

Posted on: February 24, 2013 (Feb 24, 2013 10:14am)

Posted by: talk-a-lot (Australia)

This is a brilliant concept, I would definitely love to own one. It would be fantastic to be able to tan at home like a pro. I have only ever seen these gadgets in movies or on tv. It would be quick and easy and the finish would be wonderful.
SandraXxX

Posted on: February 24, 2013 (Feb 24, 2013 10:14am)

What causes red skin on your face?

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Facial redness is a common concern among women – whether it’s in the form of a constant flush, blotchy skin or red spots on your face.

Reasons for facial redness can vary from reactions that appear instantly to conditions that develop over time – and are usually either a medical condition or the result of an irritant.  If you’re experiencing a red rash that is persistent it may be an underlying skin condition, in which case you should pay a visit to your doctor or dermatologist to be diagnosed correctly.

We reveal five possible causes for the red skin on your face and how to treat them.

1) Rosacea
Symptoms: a constant red flush across your nose and cheeks, and small lumps similar to pimples

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition as a result of enlarged, overactive capillaries and the most common cause of facial redness. It results in an inflammation of the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. The condition can worsen with stress, extreme weather conditions, physical activity and certain skin products, and those with fair skin are often more prone to it.


To reduce redness: avoid highly-perfumed products, limit your alcohol intake, limit spicy foods and avoid hot baths and showers – which are all triggers of the condition. Applying cold packs can assist in reducing redness and swelling, and look for creams and gels containing antibiotics.

2) Allergies or contact dermatitis
Symptoms: a red, itchy, complexion 


Contact dermatitis is a skin condition caused by external substances touching the skin.  The most common form is irritant contact dermatitis, an inflammation that appears as a result of regular exposure to skin irritants. Allergic contact dermatitis is a delayed type of induced sensitivity when your immune system has a reaction to an ingredient, and can take days to show up. The trigger could be anything from ingredients in chemical sunscreens, preservatives in cosmetics, hair dyes, and fragrances, to prolonged contact with your mobile phone (especially if it hasn’t been cleaned for a while). 


To reduce redness: it’s important to discover the cause of a contact irritant and stop using the product. Try to determine what’s new or different in your skin care routine. A cold water compress can relieve burning or stinging. Topical steroids may be used to help reduce inflammation or itching in both cases.


3) Perioral dermatisis

Symptoms: a burning feeling around the mouth, a similar rash around the eyes, nose or forehead, small red, or pink lumpy spots similar to acne.


A common skin issue among young women, perioral dermatitis is a rash that affects the skin around the mouth. Surrounding skin may appear pink and the skin surface can often become dry and flaky. Although the cause remains unknown, using a steroid cream on the face can trigger the condition.

To reduce redness: it is advised to discontinue use of all creams and ointments to the face, including cosmetics and topical steroids. Antibiotics may be advised by a doctor to help clear the rash.

4) Facial psoriasis
Symptoms: an itchy, scaly rash most commonly found on the upper lip, forehead, eyebrows and hairline. Persistent, thickened red and dry patches on the face.

Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory disease that can appear on any part of the body. Most people who suffer from facial psoriasis have the disease on other parts of the body. A doctor can examine the condition and at times a biopsy is done to confirm the diagnosis.

To reduce redness: facial psoriasis requires extra care as the skin is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of the body and is usually hard to treat. Mild cases respond well to moisturisers and ointments containing vitamin D. Medications can also be prescribed by your doctor.

5) Acne redness
Symptoms: redness and inflammation around pimples.

Acne redness is an inflammatory response, it occurs when sebum (an oily substance produced by glands in the skin) combines with dead skin cells and causes clogging of the pores. Acne redness starts with pimples, and popping them can irritate the surrounding area.

Reduce redness: over exfoliating and scrubbing is common among young women with acne who think it will help to erase the problem - however this can only worsen inflammation. Look for gentle cleansers and natural products to avoid further irritation and use a green-based concealer for a quick-fix cover up (this can also be used to cover redness from rosacea).


Do you suffer from facial redness? Do you know the cause of your red skin? What are your tips for reducing facial redness?

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Posted by: FeatheredBeauty (Australia)

This is something I could write a book on as I've suffered from it my whole life. I have Rosacea and sensitive skin which reacts to products aswell as the environment. I use very gentle products and try to avoid triggers wherever possible. I've also found that adopting a better diet with little starchy foods and sugar has helped immensely.

Posted on: February 22, 2013 (Feb 22, 2013 5:35pm)

Posted by: Rei_ (Australia)

I do, sometimes.
Normally when it's hot (given), and to certain products.
Avene thermal water for me, is an absolute life saver.

Posted on: February 22, 2013 (Feb 22, 2013 5:47pm)

Rare finding: blue eye make-up done well

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If I’m honest, I’m a little afraid of blue eyeliner. And blue eyeshadow. Actually, let’s make that a lot. It’s not that I don’t like the hue – it’s one of my favourite colours in real life, actually – it’s just I’ve seen it used in an awful manner too many times, and I often feel as though it’s a beauty trend that should’ve never clawed its way out of the 80s. Just sayin’.

But then there’s Emmy Rossum. Beautiful, fair skinned, striking Emmy Rossum, who is wearing frosty blue eyeliner and wearing it with absolute flare. In fact, she looks outstanding. But it’s not just any blue – it’s slightly frosty and metallic – which earns her many, many beauty brownie points. (Just so you know, anything with a frosty finish is very hard to pull off, even if it’s not in a blue hue. It can so easily look dated and age the wearer.)

Now, let’s talk about the shape. It’s a cat-eye – or winged – look, and the aforementioned blue eyeliner wraps around her entire eye area. And although this is a brave move by Miss Rossum, it actually does fantastic things for the Hollywood star’s eye colour. The cornflower blue hue is opposite to brown on the colour wheel, essentially making her eyes stand out all on their own.  And by taking the colour all the way around the eye, she’s defined them even more so.

Emmy is rather brave when it comes to beauty (remember this glorious black and gold metallic eye look?), however she’s also smart. Really smart. Instead of going overboard and donning a bold lip or overly powerful blush, she’s kept her pout and cheeks neutral. A clear gloss and a touch of peachy blush lifts her complexion, but do not distract from her striking blue eye make-up.

Love this blue eyeliner look spotted on Emmy Rossum at the Beautiful Creatures screening in New York? Recreate it for yourself using any of these eyeliners in varying blue hues:

#1: Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Midnight Blue.
#2: Mirenésse Inside Out 27Hr Eye Kohl in Khnum.
#3: Inika Certified Organic Eyeliner in Peacock Blue ($29 | 1800 808 993).
#4: Jane Iredale Eye Pencil in Midnight Blue.
#5: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Colbalt Ink.



What do you think of Emmy Rossum’s blue cat-eye make-up look? Is it something you’d try in blue or another colour? Are you a little wary of blue eye shadow, too?



     

     

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Posted by: stackcats (Australia)

I love this look! I don't mind blue eyeliners or eyeshadows for a night-out playful look, but I tend to keep it subtle

Posted on: February 22, 2013 (Feb 22, 2013 12:38pm)

Posted by: talk-a-lot (Australia)

I am undecided whether I like this look or not. Perhaps if the liner was only on the top or thinner on the bottom, I would be more inclined to go for the look.
SandraXxX

Posted on: February 22, 2013 (Feb 22, 2013 12:42pm)

The Product of the Year results are in…

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Consumers across Australia have voted across a multitude of categories (think health, beauty, food, laundry, and appliances) to see their favourite products take home a gong for Product of the Year. This year there were 34 categories, 10 of which were beauty related. So take a look below to find out which beauty products were the best in their category...

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  1. Body Lotion – Vaseline Aloe Fresh SPF Hydrating Lotion

    How could you not love a body lotion that's moisturising and offers sun protection?

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  2. Hair Styling – Schwarzkopf Extra Care Instant Volume Powder

    Add instant volume to your hair with a shake of this bottle. So easy, yet so effective.

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  3. Dental Hygiene – Philips Sonicare Airfloss

    doesn't get much cooler than flossing your teeth without dental floss. It's quick, it's effective, and it's a little bit impressive.

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  4. Male Grooming – BIC Hybrid Advance

    This razor combines the affordability of a disposable razor with the performance of a triple-blade shaver. Genius!

  5. Male Skincare – NIVEA For Men Q10 Skin Energy Face Wash

    Oil and impurities don't stand a chance against this scrub. Plus, it'll help energise your skin, too!

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  6. Skincare – Garnier Dark Spot Corrector

    This daily lotion helps illuminate and even out skin tone while reducing the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. And for a bargain price, too!

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  7. Dental Care – Sensodyne Repair & Protect Toothpaste

    This toothpaste does what it says - repairs and protects your sensitive teeth. What more could you want?

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  8. Hair Care – Schwarzkopf Extra Care Daily Oil Elixir:

    Coconut and argan oil work to leave your hair silky smooth.

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  9. Hair Care – Schwarzkopf Extra Care Daily Oil Elixir:

    Coconut and argan oil work to leave your hair silky smooth.

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  10. Hair Care – Schwarzkopf Extra Care Daily Oil Elixir:

    Coconut and argan oil work to leave your hair silky smooth.

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  11. Hair Colour – Schwarzkopf Live Shake It Up Colour Foam

    Not only is the foam texture super-easy to use, but the colour is long lasting, too (thanks to some strawberry extract!)

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  12. Female Grooming – BIC Soleil Savvy

    The flexible blades offer a smooth shave while the lubricating strips make sure your legs are moisturised.

Psst! Love an award-winning beauty product? Then you’ll want to keep your eyes on the beautyheaven homepage in the next few days!


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Posted by: Marza (Australia)

love the volume powder

Posted on: February 22, 2013 (Feb 22, 2013 5:43am)

Posted by: Tinaaa (Australia)

i have that volume powder and it truly is amazing, it really works :) my fav beauty product of 2012 was probably the revlon balm stain (even though that came out late 2012 lol) :)

Posted on: February 22, 2013 (Feb 22, 2013 6:00am)