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DIY Eyebrow Grooming

If you are reading this post, there is a good chance that you are female, over 27 years old, maybe a mom, and need some serious grooming. If the last two years have taught me anything, it is how to take care of business (aka my eyebrows) myself. After not going to the salon for threading for over a year, I saved a lot of time, but I also saved a lot of money by problem-solving my brows. 

About three years ago, I got micro-blading done (see the photos and full post here), and until I can get them re-done by the same aesthetician, I have been using these four tools to keep up with my brows.

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Eyebrow Pencil By Benefit

I have talked to many of my friends and we all agree that even our eyebrows thin out over time. I fill mine in daily with this pencil by Benefit (#5) to combat thinning eyebrows.  

Many other pencils on the market have similar colors and price points, but not all of them last as long as this one does. After testing them all for you, this one is the clear winner. It also doubles up as a quick eyeliner if need be; try it!

Nair Wax Strips

These gentle strips are perfect for even the most sensitive skin and get rid of the more thin and fine hairs that you can’t get with tweezers and scissors.

CALA Tweezers

Speaking of tweezers, this CALA set is by far the sharpest and most precise tweezer set I have ever used! I used to use Tweezerman until I discovered these; now, I keep a set in my car, too, for touch-ups on the go.

Flawless Hair Remover

I own about five of these! My tweens use the Flawless to groom their eyebrows and upper lip. Even my husband has used it! It is the easiest and most painless way to remove unwanted hair on the face quickly. Add this to your cart and keep it in your car; it will come in handy!

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Your Chick,


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I Finally Got My Eyebrows Microbladed and Here Are My Thoughts

When one of my favorite beauty bloggers Irene Sarah got microblading I felt like that was my sign to just go for it.  Microblading has been on my radar for almost 2 years, and I have been coloring in my brows since 1999 – seriously! After watching hours of YouTube videos, I looked up some reviews and came across Havy Tran of Chicago Microblading located in Schaumburg, IL.  Truthfully, my goal was simple, just make my daily make up routine a little easier by having my eyebrows ready to go every day.

Havy has the best and most patient personality especially for someone like me that came in with images of Irene, Huda, and of course Priyanka.  She knew the look I was going for, bigger, thicker, fuller brows – period.  We talked through some options and looked at dozens of photos and agreed on a combination strategy that would involve drawing in hair lines as well as shading.  We carefully mapped out the lines on my face and then got to work.

**Please note: I got a chemical peel 4 days before microblading so some of the scabbing on my face is from the peel.  I wanted the pictures to be as unaltered as possible so I am using the originals so that you can see the true result.**

Before And After

Microblading involves injecting pigment into the top seven layers of skin and therefore does not go deep enough to cause bleeding or even scarring (unless you have sensitive skin).  It should last about 18 months and save you hours of time and product!

The first ten minutes on a scale from one to ten were a seven on my pain scale.  After that Havy numbed me up and finished up in about 25 minutes.  The immediate results are dramatic, but after about a week the excess ink and slight scabbing went away to show the real result.  In my case the result was a very natural and closely mimicked my daily drawing in of brows.

My brows 10 days after microblading, no more filling in!

All in all the procedure costs $650 and includes a touch up 3-4 weeks after your initial visit.  I would not recommend ‘shading’ only the drawing in of hairs.  As you can see in my photos, the shading has a tattoo like effect that seems unnatural.  Another thing I noticed, is that I got is that the ink Havy used may have been one shade darker than something that is natural looking on me.

Despite the feedback, I love being make up ready when I wake up, it’s just one of those things that drove me crazy.  I will do a follow up in about six months on how the ink is holding up, but for now:

I hope you found this review helpful or interesting.  Would you get your eyebrows microbladed?

Your Chick,


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