Friday, November 6, 2009

New Feature: Mama's Health and Beauty Friday's

I talk about alot of mama things on this blog. Recipes, crafts, household stuff. We are more than that though... right? Somewhere between dust bunnies and Crayola shavings we lose ourselves. Which just isn't healthy for anyone.... especially our family when we lose it. :) So...... after talking to my girlfriends I have decided to start featuring Mama's Friday. ( Well at least a couple times a month) These tips are just for Mama's and no one else. Well... except your hubby who will undoubtedly love the results!

My best friend since the age of 13 is a makeup genius. She used to be a Esthetician for one of the fancy salons around here. People traveled long distances to get her take on facials, waxing and makeup. Trust me when I say.... the girl knows what she is talking about. I have asked her to write some beauty insight and to my great delight she agreed!

Today’s Cosmetic Quickie

Alright ladies and gents let’s talk about eyebrows. Notice this info is not just for the ladies, most men need a little clean up also, it’s called grooming. And no, it does not mean that you are a metro sexual. There’s really no discussion when it comes to eyebrows, WAX them, TWEEZE them, or THREAD them, just do something.

If you don’t want to do anything else to your face, that’s fine, but this is a must. Not only will it define your eyes and show off those beauties, it will also make you look awake, polished, and clean (that’s right people, I said clean). If you have a hairy beast on your face people assume you don’t groom, shower etc.

Now, you might say, “but I don’t know how to shape my brows or know where to start,” that’s understandable, but it’s not an excuse. If you can afford it, seek out a professional. Start by looking at other people’s brows and ask them where they had theirs done. When I say professional, I mean someone who specializes in eyebrows. Some cosmetologists say that they can do eyebrows, but they can’t, you have to be careful. Most likely, you will be safe going to an Esthetician because they do it all the time, and have had extra training in shaping brows. I’ve also seen places popping up that only do brows, some of them are in malls now, those are also great places because their reputation is on the line.

Make sure when you sit down with the professional that you ask for a mirror. Discuss what you are thinking and ask them their opinion. People used to bring me pictures from magazines and they would have certain expectations of what they wanted. Truth is, everyone’s eyebrows are different, and everyone has a different face shape, and get this, even your own two eyebrows are different from each other. I used to tease my clients; after I would wax one eyebrow I would go to the other and say, “OK, now let’s see if we can match this one to the other one.”

Another tid bit of information that you want to tell the professional is if you are taking any type of medication or using any topical medication. The reason, some medications can thin your skin. When you wax your skin, you are taking off the first layer of skin along with the hair. If you are using any type of medication or exfoliant on your skin, and then wax, it is going to take off more than one layer and can almost look like a burn. Not fun for anyone. This does not mean that you can’t get waxed; it just means that the professional is going to have to use a different kind of wax that won’t adhere to the skin. Yes, there are different types of wax. I won’t bore you with all the types; it’s just a matter of preference for the professional. One type is not better than another in my opinion, but that’s just my opinion.

Now, if you can’t afford a professional, or are one of those do-it-yourselfers, stay tuned because next time I will be talking about how to shape your own brows. Please don’t start tweezing your brows until you have all the materials and information. If you have already tweezed your brows or gone to a professional and your brows have been what I call “botched” grow them back out and start over. It will take a while (hint, use Rogaine on the brows to speed up the growing process) but you will be happy you did.

Monica, Liscenced Esthetician

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