Brows – the trend that is no longer a trend

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Hi Beauties,

I’ve been slowly collecting eyebrow products awhile so here’s my take on the here-to-stay-not-a-trend makeup look!


Let’s talk about that!

Brows have been an on again off again trend for quite a few years (decades even?). But over the past maybe two years, possibly longer, bold and/or defined brows have not only been making a big come back, but a lot of fashion/makeup gurus are saying they’re here to stay. Now, of course, we all have eyebrows of some sort, but what they mean is defining your brows. Whether it’s filling them in just enough so they don’t look too sparse, or going full blown bold “make-a-statement” brows. With my heritage including Italian, I inherited my mom’s darker hair, but my dad’s bushy eyebrows. I have taken great pains to contain and control my sometimes, or what used to be, wiry eyebrows, and now, I feel like I have a decent grip on how to fill them in, contain the odd kinky hair that sticks straight up, and I like the shape. I believe one of the most important aspects of your face are your eyebrows. The eyebrows add definition to your face, they define your face shape, and when your eyebrows are defined, it balances out the rest of your features.

So what I want to do now is show you some of the brow products I’ve used and either have hated or loved, or felt something in between.

Here’s a run down of the many different types of brow products out there!

Powders – this are good for doing a gentle, subtle fill in of patchy areas

Gel – you can get clear brow gel (good for holding shape when you’ve combed your brows and keeping product in place) or colored that matches your natural color

Pencils – once again, a product that can be used for a subtle defining/filling in of your brows – or you can use a pencil to completely fill in your brow and you’re good to go

Cream – same as powder, but it’s cream, and depending on the quality and texture of the cream, it is easy (or hard) to fill in and define your brows with this kind of product

Markers – I don’t have any experience with this kind of brow product, but I know Benefit Cosmetics has one or two in their new brow collection

Okay, I have used the first four types of products, but have never used brow markers. Those kind of scare me, and I am not that thrilled of the idea of making my already bold brows even more in-your-face! The two kinds of powdered brow products that I have used were from Pixi by Petra and NYX cosmetics.

The NYX brow kit was the first eyebrow specific product I’ve ever gotten. Because I was so new to doing my brows when I first got that kit, I was pretty tentative about going “bold.” So I used the powder to carefully and subtly fill in my brows, but I didn’t know how to or want to create too much definition. I would recommend this to someone who wants a product with a brow pomade (basically the same as a gel…you can mix the powder with a pomade and create more of a cream product instead of just powder) and two different colors.

 NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

The second powder product in the picture above is a little Pixi palette I accidentally stumbled upon last Christmas. I have since discovered it at Target and have notices that it tends to show up a lot during the Christmas season (which is coming up rather quickly!). I like the shades and powder consistency of this product better than the NYX eyebrow kit, but I think now I would honestly recommend either of them.

Pixi by Petra Mini Brow Trio

Moving on to…Gels!

The black tube in the picture above is actually a brow cream/gel kind of product from Julep. It was one of the free products I earned through a promotion Julep had a while back. I wasn’t so sure about using it when I first got it, but it has become one of the few brow products I will reach for when I want to do something different with my eyebrows. I don’t have a link for this product because to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t really recommend it.

Let’s talk about Essence really quick. Essence is one of those brands that I would consider the AFFORDABLE side of makeup products. A caveat here though is that cheap does not mean bad quality. I have tried several of their products and have been impressed with the level of quality for such a low cost. I would put Essence products in the same category as e.l.f. cosmetics – well made, affordable, good quality makeup products.

Essence make me brow eyebrow gel mascara is supposed to be a dupe for Benefit Cosmetics gimme brow (however, I do not know if Benefit’s updated formulas have changed their gimme brow so that the Essence product is no longer a reliable dupe). This product is an awesome product to carry around when you’re on the go and want just a little extra oomph to your brows. It is not a heavily brow defining product, in fact I’m not even sure if you could build it up to get a more defined brow. I do like this product, the way the gel is formulated makes it look like it has little fiber in it. I don’t know if that is how the product actually functions, but I don’t mind at all.

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Pencils – I received several different eyebrow pencil products in my ipsy, birchbox, and boxycharm last year and none of them I really liked. I can’t remember the brands now, they were all brands I had never heard of and have never seen again. I didn’t think pencils were for me because with those different pencils I had gotten, none of them seemed able to create the fine lines I was looking for. And then I found this pencil from Eylure.

As you can see, my Eylure pencil is not quite the length it once was. I love pencils that come with the brush already attached and this pencil is my #1 go to eyebrow product. I am constantly sharpening it and it does give me the fine lines I want when trying to define my brows. It is also the closest to a perfect shade for my natural eyebrow color out of any other product I’ve ever tried or have currently.

Eylure Defining and Shading Firm Pencil

I’m not sure if it’s because any Benefit product I’ve tried hasn’t been the right shade for me, but the eyebrow pencil above is too light and to be blunt, I hate it. It doesn’t go on smoothly, I feel like I have to apply so much pressure to get any color to show up, and because it’s not the right color, I just don’t use it. I did want to show it as an example of another pencil brow product that has great reviews and comes highly recommended.

I recently picked up NYX’s Tame and Frame brow pomade and have begun using that. It is a slightly different shade than the Eylure pencil, but it still compliments and matches my hair color. This product is actually one of the top dupes for Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I have never tried any Anastasia products, but I plan to take a trip to Sephora shortly and get a sample so I can compare the two products. The NYX product takes a little bit to get the hang of, but I am definitely not against it. I use this brush from e.l.f. cosmetics and next time I use the brow pomade, I’m going to try using the pencil to line my brows first before filling it in.

 NYX Tame & Frame brow pomade

So there you have it! My recommendations and suggestions for eyebrow products! What are your favorite products to use for your eyebrows? Have you had a difficult time figuring out what works best for you? Hopefully this post will help you if that’s you!

My Favorite Summer Products

Hi Beauties,

On Thursday, Beauties on Fire will officially start! I’m looking forward to having a weekly post already lined up since blogging is a little iffy for me right now. (P.s. go check out Elizabeth’s blog to find out how you can join up in this collaboration!!)

I realized I haven’t done a favorite product post recently, so I think it’s time to do that. I have been keeping my makeup very clean and simple lately, adding in maybe cat eyes or a vibrant lipstick every once in awhile. One of the things I’m sticking with consistently this summer is doing eyebrows, using eyelash curlers, and mascara. That’s the most basic that I get and honestly, I really like it. Okay, so now, here’s the list of the products I’ve been using nonstop and of course, WHY!

Starting at the first product, Eyebrows!

Eylure Defining and Shading Firm Pencil, Dark Brown. I have come to adore this eyebrow pencil and it is by far my favorite out of everything I’ve tried. I have also been able to figure out the best way to do my eyebrows and honestly can have them done in a minute. This may sound odd to some of you (probably most) but I always do my eyebrows first. Even before I put my primer one. This way, if I mess up, or need to correct lines, I can do that with whatever foundation and/or powder I use on my face for the day. This pencil is easy to us, easy to sharpen, and is a rather creamy formula. It also stays all day. And it’s not even half the price of Benefit’s brow products! Which, okay slay me now, I’m not really the biggest fan of. Granted, I haven’t tried very many of their new line of brow products, but honestly, the brow pencil I tried paled in comparison to this one from Eylure.

Next comes….Primer!

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer. I swear by this primer. It’s smooth, silky, DOES NOT have silicon in it, and it helps protect my skin from breaking out as well as keeping whatever else I put on my face from sliding off. I use about a pea sized portion, and apply it with my beauty sponge. NEVER my fingers. *hint hint never use fingers hint hint* Using a primer of any sort helps give your foundation, bb cream, cc cream, or even just powder, something to grab on to and hold while you go about your day. This is especially helpful and important when wearing makeup in the summer. It’s so hot and sticky (depending on where you live) and your makeup sweating off is a very real fear. Primers can help prolong makeup on a sweating face.

Okay, what’s next. Oh yeah, Foundation/BB cream/CC cream/Illuminator

Revlon Photoready Skinlights, Bare Light and Rimmel Wake Me Up BB Cream Radiance Foundation, Light.  Alright, so these are the two foundation “like” products I’ve been using simultaneously. I picked up the Revlon illuminator quite a while ago and it wasn’t until about two months that I really started using it. I got it originally to use as a highlighter and really didn’t care for it. But now, I use it as an extra for whatever foundation I’m using and it gives such a depth to an otherwise flat-ish finish. I usually use about a penny’s worth of the two combined so it ends up being a very light layer of foundation on my face. I’ll add more of the Revlon illuminator than the Rimmel BB cream as I like more of an almost glow-y look for summer time. Using my beauty sponge, I’ll dab and blend these two all over my face. And here’s a quick tip for you. Don’t blend in right away. Dab and leave it looks thick on your face but as soon as the product starts to set/dry, that’s when you can blend it in for a perfect finish. I discovered this by accident and have started taking these steps every time I apply foundation now. It really helps create a smooth finish! Also, the reason I’m really like the Rimmel cream right now is because it has SPF in it. I HATE putting sunscreen on and especially abhor putting it on my face. But when I can put on a bb cream that actually have 20 SPF in it, that’s a win win for me!

Now for the decorating! Blush/Bronzer/Highlighters!

Jelly Pong Caribbean Sun Bronzer Duo and Essence Cream to Powder Highlighter, Bright Up Your Life

(I have two different products I’ve been using consistently for blush/highlighters. I can’t find the second product on Amazon, but here’s a picture of it. Target actually sells it.)

Okay, as I’ve actually gotten a nice little tan on my face and arms this summer, the darker colors of this bronzer duo actually do not both me, nor do they feel very dark. The darker brown is a really nice and perfect contouring shade for me, so that’s been fun to actually get some nice shadows! I wasn’t sure about the cream to powder highlighter, but it has also surprised me. It’s a beautiful subtle shimmer and I always apply the highlight first before blush. This helps create a not so in your face highlight and it gives something to blend your blush into. Sometime soon I want to do a “how to apply blush according to your face shape” post! I’ve had a lot of fun figuring out where to apply blush correctly on my face to enhance my features and not drag them down. Alright, so for the highlighter, I apply it at the very top of my cheek bones and sweep up following the lines of my eyes. I’ll then dab it on the tip of my nose, do a faint streak down my nose, and then a little at my cupids bow in my upper lip and a little on my chin. I actually avoid my forehead because I’ve noticed using a highlighter on my forehead actually makes it more oily. For the blush and contour, I’ll sweep the blush from the outer corner of my eye, almost at the top of my cheek bone and sweep up towards the top of my ear. For the contour, I can easily find the shadows of my cheeks now, so I’ll place some on those shadows, staying in line with the outer corner of my eyes, then sweep up towards the top of my ears and down towards the corner of my mouth.

Next, it’s Finishing Powder!

Essence All About Matt fixing compact powder. I really like this translucent finishing powder. My favorite part about it is that it’s only $3.99 from Target (and I believe at Ulta). It’s a nice blender and helps soften any drastic lines I may not have blended all the way. Another tip here, always apply your mascara last as it won’t pick up the finishing powder. I also do not blend with sweeping motions when applying finishing powder. I literally dab it and pat it on to my face. You don’t want to disturb or shift anything you already have on your face (blush, highlights, bronzer, contouring…) so take your time when applying finishing powder!

And last but not least, Mascara!


Stilla Glamoureyes, Black and Urban Decay Perversion, Black. I recently picked up a free travel sized Urban Decay Perversion mascara and wasn’t sure if I’d like it. As with any product I suddenly hear a ton of hype about, I’m cautious about trying it simply because of the hype (especially when said hype is coming from the parent company itself). But lo and behold, I am finding myself gravitating towards that mascara even more than my beloved Glamoureyes from Stilla. It’s smooth, does not leave huge clumps of excess mascara behind, and I find my lashes are extremely well defined once I apply the Perversion mascara.

Alrighty, so these are all my current favorites for the summer! Keep your eyes peeled for Thursday’s Classic Beauty post collaboration for Beauties on Fire!!


Holiday Makeup Look

Hi babes! I hope you all are having a great Friday. Well today I’m doing a holiday makeup tutorial for you all. It is a day look in the beginning and at the end I show you how to transition it to a night look. This video is a bit longer than the ones I’ve done in the past, but trust me, it’s worth it!

Here is a list of all the products I used:

Naked 3 Palette

L’Oreal True Match Foundation N1

Kiss Eyebrow Kit

Wet n’ Wild Black Gel Eyeliner

Stilla Huge Mascara

Caetel Eyelashes

Duo Eyelash Glue

NARS Red Lip Pencil

Have a great weekend! Bye x x

Pinterest Tips and Tricks, Part 2

It’s Friday!!! We are officially into fall quickly heading towards winter here in Colorado. The temperatures are starting to drop consistently and it has been a lot of fun playing with sweaters and scarves and all things warm and cuddly.

We both have been playing around with some tricks from Pinterest and wanted to share them with you today. A few notes, Caleigh’s eyebrow tip isn’t necessarily something from Pinterest even though all of the components of what she does with her eyebrows were found on Pinterest.

Essential Tricks to Help Your Everyday Makeup Routine

Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a great hump day. The week is almost over! Yay! So to help you get through your week, I have some very essential tricks that I use constantly.

First is how to keep your lip/eye/eyebrow liner to keep from crumbling when you sharpen it. The thing that works amazingly for me is to put it in the freezer. Leave it in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes depending on how soft the center of your product is. After that just use a makeup pencil sharpener and voila! No breakage!

Next, I will tell you about the best product to use to clean your makeup brushes. It’s baby shampoo! Because it’s designed for delicate baby skin, it is very gentle on your brushes. And it takes the makeup off your brushes very easily and completely! The downside is that it takes several hours for your brushes to dry. So I suggest doing this either after you apply your makeup for the day, or at night before you go to bed.

And Thirdly, when you apply your foundation and concealer you ALWAYS apply your concealer after your foundation and before you set your foundation with a translucent setting powder. The reason it’s extremely important is because if you apply it under your foundation, then it will just disappear once you put your foundation on. I prefer to apply my concealer before my contouring products. And you want to set your concealer with a setting powder. I just use a powder foundation.

Well, I hope you found these tricks helpful! As always head over to our Pick the Topics page and vote for what you want us to write about. And follow us on Twitter, Instagram at @lashes_and_rouge, Facebook, and Youtube. Have a great rest of your week. Bye! x x

Anastasia DipBrow Pomade Open Box Review/Tutorial

Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a great Labor Day weekend. So, for the past several weeks as I’ve been doing more and more research about really great makeup products that aren’t too terribly expensive, I kept hearing about the Anastasia DipBrow Pomade. Well, I finally bought it! It was only $18 at Ulta and if you don’t like it, you can return it within 30 days as long as at least half of the product is still there. So I thought I would do an open box review of this product.

Here is the gist of what I discovered:

I absolutely LOVE it! I am able to get really smooth and professional makeup artist looking brows. And you can do a natural look or a painted on look or something in between.

However, (believe it or not there is a ‘however’) you have to be pretty good at applying eyebrow cream with an angled brush. If you have never done your brows this way you will most likely need to practice. But luckily it doesn’t take too long to become a pro at it.

Another thing I like is how many different colors there are to choose from. But sometimes, if you have dirty/dark blonde hair, you will not want to go with the blonde color pomade. You will probably want to get the soft brown color. Oh, and the taupe color is a really ashy-gray color. So if you have a very ashy blonde that would definitely be the color that you would want to go with. There is even an auburn color for all you red heads!

If you don’t want to buy the product, but you still want to try it out, you can get a sample from Sephora. And the sample will last you probably several weeks if not months.

Check out the video below and you can see how to apply it and you can hear my review of it. If you have any questions or you just want to say hi, please leave a comment below. Oh, and if you want me to do the tutorial of my makeup in this video leave a comment about it! Thanks!

Daytime full coverage Tutorial

Hi everyone! So sorry for the late post. YouTube has not been my friend today, so I decided to forgo the video tutorial and write up a step by step tutorial instead.

I am going to teach you all how I do a full coverage look that I wear during the daytime. It’s fairly simple, and all of the products that I use (with the exception of one) can be bought at the drugstore.

So let’s get started. Here are all the products that I will be using.



Step 1: Start with a clean face, then apply your eye shadow primer. I’m using this one by NYX.


Step 2: Apply a light beige color to 3/4 of your lid. I’m using the Brights palette by Maybelline.


Step 3: Apply the light brown color from the Kiss eyebrow kit to the outer lid and crease. Then blend it out.


Step 4: Take the plum color from the Brights palette and apply it over the brown eye shadow you just applied. This will give it more of a brown-ish purple look. It is an optional step, so feel free to skip this step if you want more of a natural color.


Step 5: Take the beige color again and apply it all over your brow bone.


Step 6: Take the white color and apply that just under your eyebrow to highlight.


Step 7: Then take the dark brown and apply that along the outer half of your lower lid.


Step 8: Now we move on to brows. I’m using the Mac eyebrow cream in the color Dirty Blonde. I got this as a free sample and I absolutely love it. And you apply it with an angled brush. And if you need to soften the color just take the spooly brush and brush it over your eyebrows.

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Step 9: Now we move on to eyelashes. I need to curl mine in order for them too look long and full. So I use this eyelash curler and this mascara. And I apply 2 coats of mascara, and I let the first coat dry for about 5 minutes before I apply the second coat. This helps prevent clumping.


Step 10: For the face, I use Maybelline’s Baby Skin Pore Eraser primer and Covergirl True match foundation. First apply the primer all over your face, and then for the full coverage look, apply the foundation with a foundation brush all over your face and blend it onto your neck too.


Step 11: Now set your foundation with a powder. I’m using L’Oreal True Match powder. After that, contour your face with the brown powder. For this I use Maybelline’s Dream wonder powder. And finally add blush for a finished touch.

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Here is the finished look!

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I hope you understood this well. If you have any questions, please leave a comment. And again, I’m sorry that I couldn’t get a video uploaded today! If you are interested in buying any of these products, check out my favorites page. 

How To Get Perfect Eyebrows

Hi everyone! I was supposed to have this post up yesterday. But YouTube took forever to upload my video. So I’m a day late, but good things come to those who wait.  Some news in my life, my baby girl is starting to learn how to crawl! I can’t believe it! She is only 4 months old too, soon to be 5 months old. The time has flown by so fast. As she gets older, the more attention she wants. So it’s starting to get harder to do the glammed up looks that I prefer.

So I’m going to show you how to get perfect looking eyebrows without all of the crazy steps and expensive eyebrow shaping kits. You can follow the steps listed or you can watch the video below.

Step 1. Take a spooly brush and brush your eyebrows upward. This helps raise the hairs up for the next step.

Step 2. Trim the hairs that are above the natural line/shape of your brow.

Step 3. Pluck any stray hairs.

Step 4. Take an brow powder pallet (you can find the one I use under the tab Everyday Favorites and select Riley’s Favorites) and use the color that best matches your hair color and coat the tip of an angled brush.

Step 5. Then draw a line along the bottom of the beginning of your brow.

Step 6. Then fill in the brow from the top of your arch and down to the bottom of your brow.

Step 7. Then fill in the rest of your eyebrow.

Step 8. Make sure your eyebrow is only a shade or two darker than your hair color. If it’s too dark, take your spooly brush and brush it across your eyebrow to lighten the color.

Step 9. Measure your eyebrow with the handle of your brush. The beginning of your eyebrow should line up with the outside of your nostril directly beneath it. The arch should also line up with your nostril and the middle of your eye. And the end of your eyebrow should line up with the bottom of the front of your brow.

That’s it! It’s very easy to do yourself. Something I forgot to mention in the video is also to highlight along your eyebrow with a light eye shadow. But you can forgo this step if you are going for a natural look. If these steps are confusing, you can watch the video below to get a visual of what I’m teaching you. I hope this helps you get the perfect eyebrows you’ve been wanting!

5 Minute Day Look


It is 10:12 MST. The baby is asleep and the husband is asleep. But I am too excited about this new blog to go to bed!

So I am going to show you my favorite 5 minute day look and how you can do this look yourself

So you start with a fresh clean face. Hello gorgeous!

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And then you always apply your eye shadow base. I’m using NYX base. (you can find all of the links to the products I’m using under Riley’s Favorites on the home page)

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Apply all over lid.


Then apply a matte light color eyeshadow to the inner corner of your lid and along the brow. I’m using the Naked 3 pallet. But you can use a dupe that works for you.


After that, apply a shimmery light color to the top of your lid only.


Once you have completed that step you then apply the dark color to your outer lid and crease.

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And then you apply a shimmery dark color to your lower lid along the outer half.

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Almost done! Now it’s time for the brows. NEVER FORGET YOUR BROWS!!!! If you do, you will look very strange. But if you are blessed with lush and thick brows, unlike myself, you might be able to forgo this step. For the brows I’m using Kiss brand eyebrow kit.

First do the highlight under your eyebrows.

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Then apply the brown powder to your eyebrow. I’m using the lighter shade of brown since I’m a blondie. I don’t want my eyebrows to look too dark. You want to fill in the front portion of your brow first, then do the back half.

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Finally the lashes! I use a Revlon eyelash curler. And the Rocket Volume mascara in black by Maybelline New York. You will want to curl first then apply the mascara. To make sure you don’t go past 5 minutes you will only apply one coat per eye. But if you have some extra time then feel free to do as second coat.

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And Now your look is complete! If you have some extra time you can do my favorite trick to make sure your mascara doesn’t bleed onto your lower lid. I apply a light coat of my facial powder under my eyes. That’s it! Super easy.

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And here is the final look.


I hope you found this tutorial easy! Comment and Follow!