Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our recommendation of random things that we've actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we'd actually tell our friends about. And now we're telling you.
Shading in your eyebrows is insanely addictive and the simplest way to appear magically refreshed in minutes: once you start, you realize that you once looked like a pale shell of your new, babe-ly, beautifully-browed self, and it can be hard not to verge into Joan Crawford territory. (Not that that's necessarily a bad thing!) But eyebrow makeup options are overwhelming, especially if you're someone who doesn't usually wear that much makeup to begin with: dye is messy and doesn't even last that long, and pencil can cause your eyebrow hairs to fall out. (Um, at least that's what happened to mine?) What's an eyebrow-obsessed woman to do?
WELL. I was always dubious of Anastasia, the mysterious eyebrow guru who celebrities have raved about in beauty magazines for what must be over a decade now — how could anyone be that good at plucking? — but, thanks, to her "Beauty Express For Brows and Eyes," I'm a convert, too. I bought the kit on a whim because I like to stop by Sephora when I'm in my rare impulsive shopper mode (safer than shoe stores or high-end grocery stores!) and I'm a sucker for easily transportable, well-packaged makeup kits, but this is the first one I've purchased that by far justifies the semi-hefty price tag.
The kit comes with light and dark brown brow powder, an excellent slanted brush, eyebrow wax, some pretty highlighting shadows, and a bunch of stencils. (I don't use mine because I like my brows as thick as possible, but judging from the reviews on Sephora.com, they're very handy — you can also ask someone at Sephora to help you learn how to use the kit, if you buy it in the store.) The powder and wax make my brows look lush and full but not too over-the-top. At $40, the kit isn't cheap, but totally worth it if you love the extras as much as I do: I line my eyes with the darker powder and use the eyeshadow all of the time, too.
In conclusion: Anastasia is a genius, my eyebrows look awesome (if I may say so myself), and yours can, too.
Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes; $39.50 at Sephora.
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