Brow game? #NOTstrong

It was this morning as I was plucking my eyebrows that I came to the realisation of how annoying those tiny little hairs above your eyes can be, unless you pulled the genetic lottery and have brows similar to the likes of Kaia Gerber or Cara Delevigne.

I don’t know about you, but I have to tweeze my eyebrows EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. They look reasonable for the next 12 hours but by the time I’ve woken up the next morning, 20 Stray hairs have sprouted again and the cycle continues. Now that is what you call high maintenance. Sometimes I don’t know why I even bother. I could totally pull off the Eugene Levy look, right?

Also, for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to fill in my brows. I’ve tried powders and pencils but the outcome is always the same. It either looks like I’ve drawn them on with Sharpie or what were formally considered as ‘eyebrows’ have morphed into furry slugs. How are you even supposed to get them looking even? I understand the concept that they are supposed to be sisters and not twins but I manage to always make one appear 2 centimeters longer or higher and I doubt that’s what they meant by the saying.  Eyebrows-ed the internet (See what I did there? I’m hilarious…) for tutorials numerous times and it is definitely not as easy as everyone makes it appear.

Did I also mention the pain? On some days I don’t feel a thing but on others, I feel like my hairs are so deeply rooted that they could only stem from the inner depths of my brain. Yes, it has occured to me that it is not anatomically possible but I’m in the middle of a rant,

I’m aware I make a lot of references but if you don’t recognise the character above then..awkward. ( Hint: Watch Bonquiqui at Burger King on Youtube). Keeping with the topic of pain, don’t get me started on when I miss a hair and pluck my eyelid instead. This results in an array of curse words and a shed tear or two.

I know it seems ridiculous that I’m ranting about eyebrows as it’s such a trivial topic but you’d be surprised on what a big difference those two lines make on your face. If you don’t believe me , check out Buzzfeeds post on 12 celebrities without their eyebrows : http://www.buzzfeed.com/jamiejones/how-damn-important-eyebrows-actually-are#.ifGoYrmAB. It’s entertaining to say the least.

Have any of you got any recommendations on how I can get my ‘brows on fleek’? And what does fleek even mean?
With that, I wish you all a lovely week!

– A Pearl of the Orient

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Autumn/Winter Skin care

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As much as I’d like to deny it, the days of Summer are long gone and with it, flawless, sun-kissed skin leaving us exposed to the ‘harsh’ elements of nature. The colder seasons tend to take a toll on ones skin whether it be cracked lips, an itchy scalp or a bumpy face but fear not, I come today bearing wisdom!

1. Use Moisturiser

During the cold months, your skin can become incredibly dry and failing to find a decent moisturiser could leave you looking like a very worn piece of leather. Make sure to take a much thicker moisturiser than you would use in the summer and apply a few times daily, in particular within 3 minutes of stepping out of the shower to lock in as much moisture as possible. I personally like to use Nivea’s Rich Nourishing Body Moisturizer for dry skin. It’s affordable, thick, creamy and has a pretty neutral scent. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Pomegranate, argan and grapeseed hand cream is always in my bag for when my hands get crackly. It also just happens to smell really great! 😉

2. Drink Water

As important as it is to hydrate your skin from the outside, it’s easy to forget that you need to also hydrate from within. Skin is often a reflection of your diet and water intake so make sure to drink your 8 cups a day and flush all those toxins out. This is pretty easy to do over the winter, especially if you’re a green tea lover like me!

3. Take shorter showers

When it’s freezing out, all you want to do is stand under a hot stream of water for all eternity and contemplate the meaning of life . Ironically, even that strips your skin of moisture leaving it dull, flakey and not to mention itchy. Try to limit your showers to ten minutes long and lower the temperature as much as possible.

4. Wipe off your makeup and use facial wash

Though this is important all year round, it’s even more critical now. You don’t need to give your skin even more excuses to break out. Bebe young care’s moisturising makeup wipes are quick and convenient and do a good job of ridding my skin of any product. A good facial wash will remove dirt from the face and promote dead skin cell turnover .Try to purchase one that doesn’t contain alcohol as once again, it’ll suck you dry. I’ve recently started using one from Aok which contains white tea extract because I found that Neutrogena’s Grapefruit face wash was making my skin worse.

5. Green tea bags
Despite your efforts, it’s inevitable that you’ll still occasionally break out. In the case that you pick a pimple, which you know you shouldn’t ( but will end up doing because it’s impossible to resist) put a green tea bag in some hot water and once it’s not scalding hot, place it on the affected area for a few minutes. You should notice reduced swelling and redness almost instantly and it should look much better the next day. I swear by this method, it’s saved me so many times!

6. Invest in a good primer

If you’re bothered by the sight of a rough complexion, I’d highly recommend the use of a primer. I use Loreal’s Studio secrets smoothing resurfacing primer in problematic areas before I put on my foundation. It smoothens any bumps I have on my face and feels super silky. The product also lasts very long as you only need to apply a small amount each time.

7. Treat Yourself

And lastly, treat yourself to a nourishing face mask and an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians once in a while!

– A Pearl of the Orient