Let’s Talk About Eyebrows (Because I’m Clueless)

Hi, guys! Happy Hump Day!

This was supposed to be a “what I ate in a day” style blog post, but then it got hijacked with me talking about eyebrows because I’m clueless about the subject. I feel like eyebrows are such a hot topic recently – microblading, microshading, tinting, tattooing… honestly, I don’t even know all of the different things you can do with them! Anyway, here’s a little recap of yesterday with some eyebrow randomness mixed in!

Breakfast was on-the-go since I had my first official workout at OPEX. The open gym hours are flexible, but I wanted to get going first thing in the morning because I had a lot on my To Do list for the day.

On the way to the car to bring Quinn to school, we saw the Hornstra delivery truck drive passed our house, so we checked our freezer box to see if anything was inside. We found milk, Coffee Oreo ice cream, and eggs, which Quinn wanted to take to school. 🙂

After dropping Quinn at school, I drove to OPEX, which, if you take the highway is only 11 minutes away! (Hey, it’s the little things!)

My first workout was great, but holy imbalances! We did a bunch of single-limb movements (dumbbell rows, single-leg deadlifts), which made them seem soooooo much more obvious. And, whoa, I could definitely feel the difference between the right and left side of my body. We have lots of work to do, and I’m excited to begin this journey!

After my workout, I swung by Target for a few items, including my go-to eyeliner and brow pencil. Last week, I went to Alda for another HydraFacial – I’m obsessed), and they offered me a complimentary makeup session, so I learned all about eyebrows and how to make them look pretty. 🙂 I don’t have amazing eyebrows, but they’re not too shabby either, but the makeup woman showed me how to really make them pop without having them take over my face – sometimes thick, dark eyebrows can be TOO much, ya know?

Back at home, I whipped up a quick lunch with leftovers from the fridge: Blue cheese turkey burgers, roasted butternut squash, and broccoli slaw (from Trader Joe’s) with a little dressing on top.

Lunch also included some Ranch Honchos from Deep River Snacks, which have the most incredible flavor. They have a strong ranch flavor mixed with a cheesiness. Mmm!

Mid-afternoon, I snacked on a bowl of spaghetti squash mixed with kale, pine nuts, and blue cheese. I like eating “real food” meals as afternoon snacks since they satisfy me better than traditional snacks.

Dinner was sheet-pan pesto shrimp with roasted veggies…

Followed by a new seed cycling-inspired cookie recipe and a small bowl of Coffee Oreo ice cream! 🙂

Question of the Day

What’s the deal with eyebrows? Any opinions/advice to share?

Like I mentioned above, I’m mostly clueless when it comes to them!

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18 Comments

  1. I recently had microblading done and love how they came out! I have my perfecting session in two weeks and know I’m going to love the final result. I’m all about making my life easier in the morning with getting two under 2 up and out the door in the mornings. I’m also considering a lift and tint for my eyelashes, so I don’t have to worry about mascara either. This will make my makeup routine easy peasy now.

  2. am actually interested in that seed cookie! Will you share the recipe? I started seed cycling 8 days ago and I swear I’m feeling a difference already 😉

    1. @Tina: @Colleen: I’m also interested in the seed cookie. Colleen, are you doing the seed cycling protocol by adding the ground seeds to food or just straight up eating them? I’ve been thinking about starting the seed cycle protocol but not sure how best to approach it. Did you make Tina’s other seed protein ball? Thanks for your input.

  3. It’s funny, this year was the first year I got my eye brows professionally waxed (I’m 36!) Prior to that I would just pluck them on my own. To my surprise there wasn’t much difference between the wax and my plucking in terms of the shape. BUT I would love to see someone that specializes in eyebrows. I am realizing how much they can impact how you look and I would love to maximize their potential.

  4. I know nothing about eye brows, but I will say, the products that you are looking at are not well rated on ewg.org. (which is fine, you can totally use them, but you seem to have moved to a “cleaner” lifestyle, and yesterday’s post was all about not using conventional sunscreens, so I am surprised you don’t apply the same standards when it comes to other makeup!)

    1. I totally hear what you’re saying. But I don’t think living a “cleaner“ lifestyle needs to be black and white. I think it’s best to pick and choose what’s most important to you because it’s tough to be perfect/clean with everything, all the time. Eyeliner and eyebrow pencil versus sunblock that goes over your entire body are very different in my opinion! 🙂

  5. Having worked as a makeup artist, I can wholeheartedly say my biggest beauty regret is that I followed the late 90s early 2000s super thin eyebrow trend. My brows still haven’t fully recovered from all the over plucking!
    Eyebrows are so often overlooked when people are putting on makeup, but they can make a huge difference, even without doing the “Instagram Brow.”

    My best advice when it comes to brows is to see a professional. There are loads of places that have people who can help you figure out what shape is best for you, and how to maintain them without going overboard. Benefit cosmetics have “brow specialists,” at some of their counters in department stores, as well as in most of their stand alone stores. In addition, there are so many places that focus specially on waxing/threading that can help as well.

    I’m currently rehabbing my brows by letting them grow back in, not plucking, and using the Rodan + Fields Lash Boost on my brows as well as my lashes.

    Also – a simple guideline that I like to follow and advise people on re: makeup for brows – begin by brushing your brows up and over against the growth pattern (to see where the sparse areas are) using a spoolie. A lot of eyebrow pencils have them on one end, but you can also get them at the drug store for pretty cheap. Then, start at the arch and fill in to the ends, then go back to the front of the arches to fill. You can use whatever product you like best (pencil, powder, gel).

  6. Oh my gosh – I had no idea what to do with my eyebrows until this year (I’m 28 !). I’d been plucking my own (and it showed), but finally went to a place that specializes in them and it’s made such a difference. They now frame my face so well and I can get away with wearing much less makeup. Anything to save me some time in the morning!

    Like Catherine above, I’d definitely recommend Benefit – they also make really easy to use products!

    x Brenda

  7. Looking back, I don’t know how I went so long without filling in my brows! I’ve been doing it for about a year and a half now. I use Senegence Shadowsense in the shade Garnet. They make amazing makeup that lasts all day. I’d love to hook you up with some 😉

  8. My relatively light, not-very-thick brows require attention and I’m pretty lazy with beauty stuff so I’m always looking for the fastest option. I started tinting my own brows every couple weeks with a tint kit (Godefroy brand) I buy on Amazon. Pros: it’s DIRT CHEAP compared to getting it done in a salon, you can do it on your own time (no appointment needed obviously), and it the whole process takes <10 minutes. Cons: it doesn't last all that long, I get lazy and don't tint often enough and then end up using brow makeup anyway 🙂

    My other fave option is the fiber-containing tinting gels because they thicken the brows and darken them a little but don't look overly done. Every since my fave brand (Gimme Brow) was discontinued I'm trying others out with mixed results…

  9. I am pretty clueless about eyebrows too (I feel like I’m the only person in the universe who still just plucks them) but I did recently discover what a difference it makes to use a brow pencil! Do you use any of the Beautycounter makeup? I just switched over and I really like the brow pencil I got!

  10. I’ve always had thin, undefined eyebrows. I used to fill them in daily and really like the look. I finally bit the bullet and got microblading. I absolutely love them! After my consultation and my brow artist put me absolutely at ease. http://www.bluerosebeautyandbrowartistry.com/

    If you’re interested, do your research. But the biggest difference is going to be finding someone who is truly amazing at this.

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