Sunday, May 31, 2015

Eyebrow Waxing at Benefit Brow Bar

I love my new eyebrows!

If you don't already know how important eyebrows are, take a look at these sites of celebs with no eyebrows and people with bad eyebrows.




One reason why I sported bangs for so many years was sheer laziness. I was too lazy to groom my eyebrows.

1. These nasty duo are unruly with lots of untweezable fine strays above and below the brow bone. They are too fine to be seen in photos plus I realize that I don't have close up photos of my face. I used to sport bushy triangular eyebrows when I was still schooling and haven't learnt how to groom my brows.

2. Those thicker and supposedly tweezable ones are also pretty difficult to tweeze as they seem to only grow out to a certain length. In real life, they are very obviously stubbly and in a mess.

3. The brow hair do not grow on the same areas on both sides resulting in a thinner right brow. Yes, my arch are never on the same line because of the lack of hair growth on the top most part of the right brow (which supposedly forms the arch) and a few lines below the bottom of the brows. The left brow has got a slight diagonal slit as if I was scarred along those slit.

4. The brow hair have different hair growth direction with the left one growing downwards and the right one growing outwards.

5. The brows are also perfectly unsymmetrical due to a perfectly unsymmetrical brow bone. Sometimes my unsymmetrical eyebrows remind me of Ian Somerhalder's crooked eyebrow smile.


Bangs could hide all these flaws very well.




So some of my gal pals were simply in love with the way I clip my fringe up in recent months coz it is a rather refreshing look after sporting bangs for years. The truth is, I don't quite like how unkempt and unsymmetrical my eyebrows look.




Could you see how the top arches are not at the same line, how the right brow is thinner and how the left brow hairs grow downwards?




Heck, I also have lots of visible baby hair all over my forehead (esp on my left) and also not so visible soft fine ones that grow all the way down to my brows if you could see (on my right). I've got such a hairy upper face that Tiff said she might as well be waxing my whole face!

Best friends... -_-|||

Off the topic of brows, I also have lots of freckles, little bumps and bad eyebags coz this photo is neither edited nor filtered like how I always deceive everyone on Instagram. You know what a great beauty app MeituPic (previous name Mei Tu Xiu Xiu 美图秀秀) is? Everyone often marvel at my complexion which now you know is all fake.




Doesn't my left eyebrow look like there is a diagonal scar obstructing hair growth along that line? Once upon a time, I was an Ah Lian and got into a fight, resulting in that scar. Up to you to believe me. 。◕‿◕。




Ok enough of brows from the past. Let's move on to my current brows!

As a Sephora member, I had a complimentary brow waxing and shaping service at the Benefit Brow Bar as one of the birthday gifts from Sephora. It so happened that my bestie Tiff is the master trainer aka Professor of Pretty (what a cool title to have on the name card right?) at Benefit and she offered to personally do the waxing for me! So honoured!




We went to the Benefit Brow Bar in Sephora at Bugis Plus. Tip for those who are interested in doing brow waxing but find it difficult to book an appointment, Bugis Plus is a lot less crowded than popular places like Ion.




The wax looked absolutely beautiful. It was warm, golden and shimmery. It felt really good on the skin. The whole process of waxing is absolutely painless for me. In fact, I felt really pleased to know that those darn hair was yanked out almost cleanly. Traditional Indian threading used to be my favourite coz I love how all the fine hair could be yanked out. However, it was a lot more painful than waxing and it often leave stubbles when the hair break right at the skin surface.




Before waxing, eyebrow mapping was done. Tiffy very clearly explained the mapping and the whole waxing process. She not only looked extremely professional in her black blazer, she was indeed professional in her whole demeanour.




Every now and then she would get me to look into the mirror and inform me how the state of my natural brows would affect the arch and thickness of both brows. I totally understood since I already knew about my stubborn brows and areas with no hair growth. She worked to transform my natural brows as best as she could to achieve a symmetrical look. I would have to draw my brows in for a perfect symmetry so without drawing in, this is how I look.




Heck, I actually don't care about my brows being perfectly symmetrical coz they were already a huge transformation from the last time. So probably on days when I do not want to draw them in, I could simply do my normal side swept.




Nevertheless, I love the signature Benefit arch on my very problematic left brow now! They no longer need to hide behind my side swept fringe. Thank you Tiffy for personally waxing my brows. It was a blessing that we were first friends when we were mere 7 years old.




I got these Benefit samples after the whole waxing.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review post. I'm writing this coz I'm truly pleased with the way my brows turned out with Benefit and touched by my bestie's kind thoughts of personally doing the brow waxing for me.



Do you have problematic eyebrows? Which is your preferred way of grooming your brows? Do share with me your thoughts!

38 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness you have yourself measured to the very last detail and square meter don't you dear :) Trying to put numbers, distances, quantifiable elements to great beauty such as yours is like trying to put a sunrise in a tiny box so you can label it a sunrise. But it sounds like you have a good time keeping track of this stuff so more power to you. I am just going to keep on being duped and enjoying the gorgeous-ness :)

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    1. Ahh... when it comes to eyebrows, every last pixel counts! It makes a whole lots of difference when just 1 more line of brows are tweezed. I love the way you say putting sunrise into a tiny box to label it sunrise. Continue to enjoy being duped!

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  2. My eyebrows are noticeably different from each other too (in my opinion). For example; my left eyebrow at the end is very sparse, but when filled in, look perfectly fine, but my right eyebrow at the end, is too thick and then the two look a little too different lol. I need to get my brows professionally waxed or done sometime, I just have trust issues haha! But your friend did a beautiful job on yours! Gives me hope that I can trust my brows to someone else!

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    1. You know, Anna, I had to click to your blog to see your brows. Can't find any frontal ones. Hahaha... I totally know what you mean about your brows being unsymmetrical! It seems like from the comments here, many of you have got trust issues about letting others do your brows. For me, I would try to shape as much as possible by myself until it gets too unruly before going for threading. The shape for threading usually turned out well just that my brows would be a lot thinner (no matter how much I tell them I don't want them too thin) and also the unsymmetrical shape would still be there. Blame my natural brows!

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  3. I do have problematic eyebrows, they're not symmetrical at all! They're not very thick either so when my sister in law gave me a candice eyebrow set for Christmas, she saved me a lot of frustration. She also once waxed my eyebrows and I was happy with the result but my husband wasn't so that was the last time I had my eyebrows waxed. He has some strange obsession with my eyebrows and says they are so perfect I should never touch them...but I mean I do pluck them and he doesn't even notice that so...who knows what he really means by this, men are complicated.

    Moving back to the subject....your eyebrows look lovely now! they look a lot more symmetrical and generally have a cleaner look to them. Interesting how eyebrows can actually look thicker when you wax them properly- it doesn't seem to make sense, but I guess there are people who just know how do it and can calculate proportions or whatever- I clearly can't...I wouldn't be able to way my eyebrows myself.

    so nice you were in the hand of skilled professional who is also your friend....and your photo remind me I need to pluck my brows asap. I think everyone can have a nicer eyebrow with some work, but still those of us that are not blessed with really thick eyebrows can never hope to achieve that gorgeous big eyebrows look...but still we can frame them to best suit our face and that is something, right?

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    1. I had to google "candice eyebrow set" but I still can't find the correct results to know what exactly this eyebrow set is. And OMG, I know that sort of things that hubby does!!! Mine is like that too. It's like when I tweeze them, he doesn't notice but when he knows I went to do something to my brows by others like threading, waxing, he would say that I shouldn't have done anything. So now we know, just do it. Don't care the men.

      Yup, the eyebrow mapping is the one that you are referring to about calculating proportions. As I'm typing this, lots of strays are already growing under the brows. I simply hate my pores. Why must they be so active?

      I happen to think that your eyebrows belong to those thicker kind that are nicely shaped. Some people are envious of my thicker brows too as that means more free play to shape. However with the technology of eyebrow embroidery in Singapore, I sometimes wished I have sparse eyebrows so I could simply go for those and not worry so much about my brows sprouting out so constantly.

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  4. Jo, she did an amazing job on you, well done, so impressive! I do get all the troubles you had before btw, Im obsessed with eyebrows too and always want they look symmetrical. I use pencils or gel mascara (my favs) but still they arent so! Wish I was there to make do mine to your bestie as well!:) You look so lovely, even though you were even before. Happy Sunday! xo

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    1. Lilli, It seems like so many people have got eyebrow woes. I thought I was the only one with such problematic brows. I don't have any eyebrow product but I happen to dig one Loreal one out from my make up drawer which is a gift. It could finally come into good use! Gel mascaras for brows sound really cute! Have a good new week and month ahead!

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  5. Symmetrical or asymmetrical, both are good. About the fight, I believe you. Tiny scars like that make a pretty face much more interesting to explore. Perfection can be boring. It's funny that Tif ended up a professor of something she was born with. Very cool!

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    1. I realize from my own that symmetry is an unattainable feat and so I would live with perfect asymmetry. Hahaha... I didn't get into an Ah Lian fight but I think I have a little scar there from goodness knows what. That Professor of Pretty title is perfectly apt for Tiff!

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  6. Oh my, celebs with no eyebrows look incredibly ugly and weird, ughhh.
    Of course, beautifully made eyebrows are so important for any women. I personally don't like affectation tattoo eyebrows, it looks so untidy. I do like your natural looking brows, the result is really great. Don't get me wrong your eyebrows wasn't that bad before as you may think, but now even better:) Good job!
    I must say you are so beautiful and pretty, it's just a pleasure to look at you:)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Alex. You are always so lovely and I'm so happy that you came on board Instagram. How exciting! You don't like tattoo eyebrows? Some people are envious of my thicker brows as that means more free play to shape. However with the technology of eyebrow embroidery in Singapore, I sometimes wished I have sparse eyebrows so I could simply go for those and not worry so much about my brows sprouting out so constantly.

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  7. Jo they look marvellous. I understand the plight of brows. I naturally have thicker brows, like Miss Delevingne except they weren't chic 20 years ago. I've spent my whole life hating them. more so when I started to get them waxed. I always wanted an arched shape but no one would or could give it to me. They'd always shape it in that annoying Nike tick shape thats fat at the nose and impossibly thin towards the ears. I can't tell you how much I hate that shape. 10 years ago I said fuck it and started to grow them out and after 3 years (unfortunately a friend of mine "came to my rescue" and plucked the overgrowth reverting back to that icky shape so I had to start again) I managed to grow them and shape them into that coveted arch I'd always dreamt of. I don't let anyone near my brows anymore. I do all the upkeep lol, I trust NO ONE! Anyway the point of my story was to let you know how I felt your pain and now your joy and elation in finally being happy with them. They look pretty fetching on you too Jo.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Sonia, I had to google "Miss Delevingne" to realize I know who this model is w/o knowing her name. I think her eyebrows are GREAT! One thick eyebrows (that's shaped) but I absolutely dislike is Lily Collins as Snow White in Mirror Mirror. Each time I looked at her, I want to tweeze her eyebrows. She looks so pretty now and from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones onwards. Still thick eyebrows but a lot thinner than Mirror Mirror. I know what you mean by that Nike tick shape. Initially I didn't but after you described it, I know. Did the professionals even think those were nice? I get that it fit some people but it doesn't fit many who sport that shape too. It seems like from the comments here, many of you have got trust issues about letting others do your brows. For me, I would try to shape as much as possible by myself until it gets too unruly before going for threading. The shape for threading usually turned out well just that my brows would be a lot thinner and also the unsymmetrical shape would still be there. Blame my natural brows!

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  8. My brows are slightly different from the other, but I don't really care! As long as they look good, I am fine with it. I can get them very close to being the same, so it's cool with me. Your brows look great :) Have a wonderful week dear xx

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    1. I could never tell that your brows are unequal. They look so nice to me. I guess many people's brows are not symmetrical and we are our harshest critic. =)

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  9. Wow, that make-up look so beautiful! Great job.

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  10. I have my brows waxed...I've been doing it for close to 20 years. I love getting them done, it's like getting an eye lift. I do have a higher brow because of the fire I was in when I was a child... the scar heightens the arch... I'm ok with it since the drs thought I might not have hair :-) ... I used to pluck but I always made them too thin...

    Yours turned out lovely Jo... someone looking at us always seems to make them look much better than we can xox ♡

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    1. Hello Launna, After reading a couple of comments about not trusting others to do the brows, yours is something different. You like getting your brows waxed too? Maybe it is time for me to switch from threading to waxing. But oh, the price difference is so much. It's comforting to know that the fire did not quite damage your brows.

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  11. Hey Jo! I've had my share of eyebrow catastrophe's in the past. LOL I still mess them up now and then but not as much. I need to get back to the lady that always did them for me. I go to a place called Earthsavers and they wax them for me. You feel and look like a different person once they are done. I've never been to Benefit's station. Yours looks great! So happy for you. I am so sorry I missed your birthday on Facebook. I'm never on there long. I usually just post blog stuff and go. Happy Belated Birthday doll.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Hey Kim, I went to google earthsavers and there's one in New Orleans. Sounds like it's so good! After reading a couple of comments about not trusting others to do the brows, yours is something different. You like getting your brows waxed too? Maybe it is time for me to switch from threading to waxing. But oh, the price difference is so much. If you try the Benefit one, do let me know the difference. No worries at all about missing my birthday and thank you for your wishes. xo

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  12. Hey, I have eyebrows noticeably different from each other, different hair growth direction as well, but I'm fine almost the time, doing myself all the job. Your browns looks much better now.
    I used wax sometime for baby hair that grow all the way down to my brows.
    new follower here. xox

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful sharing, Mihaela. Your eyebrows woes sound like mine! Thank you for following. I would check out your blog soon! =)

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  13. Hi :)
    Wow you have a perfect face, nice review about your eyebrows , thanks for the information.

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  14. Your brows look fantastic! I have never had my brows professionally done but I should give it a try

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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    1. Yes, you should give it a try, Rebecca. You might like it!

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  15. i just got a free voucher to get my brows done there but i'm hesitant to go! i'm afraid they will make it into a really strange shape haha

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    1. Hi Annie, Do you like the Benefit arch? If so, you could give it a try. I know many people dig the Korean style thick and straight eyebrow look recently. For me I personally like natural looking arch so I was pleased with how Benefit does it. =)

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  16. Jo jo jo! Your eyebrows look fantastic. And I know, I'm so glad that you are on my Facebook and Instagram so we could still keep up with each other even though I was basically MIA for three months. It means the world that you're still around! I adore you!

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  17. Hello, I have the same problem as you for my brows. They are everywhere under and difficult to tweeze. Do waxing wax till the lids? Will the skin be too thin at the lids and unsuitable for waxing? I hope you can reply me as I see that you always reply. Thank you in advance.

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    1. Hi anon,

      They will not wax till the lids as the skin there is soft. For the lids, they would tweeze out the hair instead. I hope this helps!

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  18. Thanks for the great information. It is very useful and informative.
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  19. Hi I Just want to ask for help. I had my brow waxing done at Benefit Brow Bar (Sephora) Tampines1 branch. And I got some injury after. Yesterday it was just a bit painful which I could still tolerate. I thought It just got burned a bit. The staff who did my brows gave me some cooling gel and told me to apply it to the injured part. But this morning when I woke up it looked like my skin got pulled off. It is now soo painful and the sad part is I think it will turn into a bad scar. What should I do? How can I file for a complain? All I want is for them to manage or do some intervention for my wound to heal and be scarless. Since if they were a bit more careful this would not happen. ��

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    1. Hi Anon,

      So sorry to hear about your experience. I'm not sure if I'm the best person to help you here.

      Have you tried going back to Tampines Brow Bar to check what they could do about your predicament? Were they unhelpful and not willing to do any service recovery? If so, have you tried calling the same branch or any Benefit branch to ask for the head office number to feedback on the brow service received? You could google for their number or even write on their FB page. I'm sure you would be able to catch their attention.

      I hope your skin heals well. All the best in your quest to get them to do some form of service recovery!

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  20. Hi! Do they accept walk ins? Because i tried to contact them but to no avail. :(

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    1. Hi Regine,
      You are right about not being to contact them. You could walk in to leave your name down in their appointment book. I once walked in for one of the year (complimentary birthday gift from Sephora) and they were too busy to tend to me. The best they could do was to arrange my appointment on the spot. Hope this helps!

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