One thing that I’m terrible with is keeping up any kind of consistent “beauty routine”. I’m one of those people who will go to a beauty establishment (let’s say, uh, a laser clinic) on a whim because I decide I simply can’t live with myself any longer, then get talked into buying a package of some sort (because it’s SUCH great value) and only use 5 out of 10 of my sessions. Basically I am the person who makes these places their money!
Most recently I went for a facial in Hong Kong because my skin has been rubbish since getting pregnant (boy or girl? I digress). Whenever I go to one of these appointments I always feel kind of guilty and hopeless when they ask me what “products I use”. Um, I have a drawer full of overpriced night creams I’ve used for a week at a time and I wash my face with Cetaphil. Yep, I’m a glamorous lady!
Anyway I had a nice experience in the facial and because the “therapist” TOTALLY suckered me and told me all the various things wrong with my skin (I will agree it’s a long list) I got talked into buying a package. And while I would love to go back, my skin broke out like crazy afterwards and now I’m terrified. Also, I moved suburbs. Also, I’m a lazy lazy person who is terrible at looking after herself.
I also go through phases with my nails. For example, I will convince myself that I’m going to maintain a perfect shellac manicure at all times. Weekly appointments. No chipping or picking or peeling. This will usually last about two manicures at which point I decide I have NO time for this business and am never getting shellac on my nails again. Then my nails will get to the point they’re at right now (hideous, truly hideous) and I’m right back to thinking too much about shellac again.
One thing that I am semi consistent with these days is my eyebrows. Until I was in my early 20s I really had no idea of the importance of eyebrows. I basically had none, which I thought was great. No waxing needed! Oh, how wrong I was. As I’ve aged and wisened I’ve realised that my fair, sparse, caterpillar eyebrows give me the effect of constantly looking like a nine year old walking into her surprise birthday party. Not. Okay. So I do try to get the shaped and tinted and then spend a lot of money on brow products (I have spent a lot of time on Instagram looking at brow tattooing, I’m not proud but you haven’t seen my eyebrows).
Anyway today I decided to try my new local eyebrow place, which incidentally is a Benefit Brow Bar. I’m not sure if you’ve heard about Benefit and their brow brilliance but I had heard a lot about them before so was excited to try. I have to say, I now have the best eyebrows of my life! And the girl who works there was lovely, and we had a great chat, and she is basically my new best friend because EYEBROWS.
I think most people I’ve had do my eyebrows before are conscious of the fact that there’s really not much to work with and hence afraid to do too much more than a tidy up. But this girl actually SHAPED them and has improved my overall appearance by at least 30%. Now, I must admit that I am so completely self conscious about my eyebrows that I can’t bring myself to post a photo BUT I can wholeheartedly recommend the Benefit Brow Bar at Stanley Plaza! I wish I had got the girl’s name who did my brows but she is half Brazilian half Chinese and has amazing eyebrows.
So, are you a beauty queen or a beauty tragic like myself? Do you have any beauty tips that will improve my appearance by more than 30%?