Not the best picture, but I had to come in just days after my 37th birthday (it was on Monday, the 30th) and rave about my favorite birthday present. Tristan went BANANAS for my birthday and bought me the most awesome elephant ever (more on that next week–did you all know I LOVE elephants and have collected them since I was 9 years old?) on top of something I have been too cheap to buy for myself: Anastasia’s Brow stencils and kit. (Tristan! I just realized you bought me the expensive one! I’m going to kill you!!!)
Chubby Girl Rule 101: Properly groomed brows make you look thinner and younger. Period. Don’t question my knowledge on this because it is a fact. I am very particular about my brows, mainly because as a child I was often stopped on the street and confused for Bert from Sesame Street. Free kiddy meals and Toy R Us swag notwithstanding, the comparison to a disgruntled muppet who played with pigeons did nothing to bolster my self esteem. Consequently, the second I had the go ahead from my conservative parents, I was plucking the life out of the Cousin Its swinging above my eyes. Since then, I have groomed, plucked, waxed, and threaded my way through many aestheticians.
I can tell you the best place to get your eyebrows done is at an Anastasia Brow Studio. I go to one in the beauty department at Nordstroms, but if there is a free standing studio in your area, you can go there instead. The aestheticians work with stencils (if you get one who doesn’t, RUN) so you get a consistently good looking set of brows. The wax they use is proprietary and, believe it or not, will not turn your skin red or give you pimples (two problems I have with waxing). They finish your brows with a massage (nice, though I can leave it) but the best part has to be the final grooming. I walk out of there with super brows that are filled and highlighted perfectly. Really, I should take a picture of them one day after I get them done, but I can’t. I stopped going to Anastasia because, as much as I love the store, it’s far more expensive than the $8-$10 you pay elsewhere. Is it worth it? Yes. But, as someone who gets her brows done every other week, I can’t afford to spend close to $70 a month on something that is, admittedly, a luxury.
I was grumbling about the injustices of budgets to Tristan one day after she complimented me on my eyebrows (only in America can you complain about eyebrows and injustices in the same sentence) when I told her that I was looking at the Anastasia kits as an alternative. Not two weeks later, they were on my doorstep. I am here to report they are quite fabulous. Expensive, but fabulous. I tried them today using the High Arch stencil and not much else. I didn’t have the time to watch the video or read the instructions too carefully (ahem) and I think my brows still turned out well. I had a little trouble with the left eye because I am right handed, and my eyes would benefit from a magnifying mirror, but other than that, I am thrilled for a first attempt. As a test, I uploaded the above picture on Facebook and several people commented that they loved my brows without me prompting them. Compliments? From women? Please. There is no greater stamp of approval.
Truly, I could go on for PARAGRAPHS on what makes a good brow, common mistakes women make, and brow shapes that make you look older and heavier, but I will spare you the ramblings of a woman obsessed and say that the only person I love more than Anastasia at this moment is Tristan.