Its been several years since my favorite brow wax kit left the market (Anastasia Beverly Hills). Ever since I have been looking for a replacement for waxing at home. I stumbled across this affordable Sweetease kit and ULTA and it has been working pretty well.
Sweetease Face Waxing Kit
The kit comes with eight strips, an instruction card and aftercare wipes. I use two strips (brows and upper lips) each time. I also have a little baby oil and cotton swabs on hand to remove wax residue. I cut the strips in half for easier application and if I’m really feeling ambitious, I trace the underside of my brow on the strip with a pen to get a closer fit. The kit isn’t perfect, but for $3.99 its a nice substitute for a $20 salon wax. Find it at ULTA and CVS stores.
The new school year is just a few weeks away. One way to take away the back to school blues is shopping! Here are a few makeup and beauty must haves that won’t set you back more than ten bucks.
Cologne Vial Samplers from Demeter (from top left): Fragrance not only makes your body smell good, it also lifts up your mind. Fragrance purveyor Demeter has more than 200 fragrances from simple scents like vanilla and marshmallow to nostalgic scents like Mr. Bubble. Roll-ons start at $10 or try sample vials for just $2.50 each.
Dylan’s Candy Bar Press-On Nails: There is only one way to describe these cute press on nails from Dylan’s Candy Bar – sweet! Amp up your nails for class with these beauties for just $6.50. Also available in cotton candy, dylanscandybar.com.
Wonder Pencil by NYX: This pencil is a makeup kit essential. Use it to highlight brows, cover blemishes, highlight and line. Comes in three colors, $4.50 everywhere NYX is sold.
Rosebud Salve: This wonder salve gives you just a little hint of color while healing and moisturizing chapped lips. Use it to moisturize cuticles, soothe cuts and more. Only $6 and lasts forever.
Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet – This easy to use sheet mask By Korean brand Tony Moly is formulated with red wine extract to reduce pores, tighten and purify skin. Just place on your face, relax and in 20 minutes you’ll feel like you went to the spa, $3.75 at ULTA.
Ballet Slippers by Essie – This light pink polish by Essie is one of the most popular nail polish colors on the planet. The sheer pale pink color looks great on everyone and is perfect for any occasion, $8.50 wherever Essie is sold.
KISS Beautiful Brow Kit: Brows are the centerpiece for your face. This kit by KISS has everything you need to get them in shape including two powders, wax, highlighter, brushes, razor and stencils. Available for only $7.99 at Walgreens, Rite Aid and Walmart.
L’Oreal Paris has a new product that can be used to to fill in the brows and hold them in place. I tried the lightest shade ‘Light to Medium’ but it is also available in ‘Medium to Dark’ and ‘Clear’. I would recommend Medium to Dark for most people, I am blonde but the lighter shade was too light. It would probably work best for a blonde with very pale eyebrows. Or, you could always use your regular brow products and then seal it with the clear shade. This product seems to be smoother than traditional brow gels but it dries heavy. It other words, your brows will feel crunchy and they’ll stay that way until you remove it. L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper is priced at $8.99 and is available online at lorealparisusa.com. I have seen it occasionally in ULTA stores. Quick tip: When you buy L’Oréal Paris products at ULTA, make sure you go during the sales (buy one get one, etc.) and make to sure to bring manufacturer coupons to increase your savings. If you don’t a newspaper like me, you can look online or grab them from displays at drugstores.
Vita Liberata has developed a new self-tanner in the form of a mineral bronzer. Trystal Minerals, the world’s first self-tanning mineral bronzer $55) will be coming to over 300 Sephora J.C. Penney stores beginning on March 5, 2015.
Trystal Minerals use Trystal3™ technology, which combine instant pure mineral bronzing with long lasting tan results. DHA activates from a dry crystalline form when placed in contact with skin that has a layer of moisturizer or liquid foundation. Simply apply it with a kabuki brush, and you never have to worry about streaked hands. It is available in two shades.
Vita Liberata is also releasing a overnight anti-aging bronzing creme and two new sunscreens. You can also get these products at VitaLiberata.com.
I was curious about the waxing services by Benefit at ULTA so I went in to check out the Brow Bar. The bar is actually separate from the ULTA Salon, performed by the standards of Benefit Cosmetics. A brow wax is $20 and a brow tweeze is $22. They also take care of other facial waxing as well as faux eyelash applications. If you buy their lashes ($15), application is $5, otherwise you’ll pay $10.