Monday, January 28, 2019

Why I Kissed Waxing Goodbye & Shop Forward Personalized Bag


This weekend I've had a productivity lapse. Mountains of laundry and unhung pictures glare at me, while cooking efforts went no further than frozen pizza  to feed my brood. I'll blame it on hormones and justify it with last weekend's accomplishments. Do you ever do that? Well, that's me this weekend and especially today as cooler temps and rain kept me snuggled up in front of Jane Austin's  "Emma" AND "Jane Erye" by Charlotte Bronte. With my heart full of both tragic and comedic romance classics, I feel ready to chat about those expression making, featuring making OR breaking - brows! Do you pluck your brows, get them waxed or do you opt for threading? Sharing why I kissed waxing goodbye and a new favorite bag!

Splash Of Fashion
In today's featured outfit I ran errands to Costco and the Brow Art Lounge. Once again, my COMFY Pikolinos make an appearance to the blog!  The sporty top is a warehouse sale find from Five Girl's Fashion . (Now that I own several tops and a jacket that I LOVE and I can confidently vouch for the quality of the pieces.)  As for the personalized, trendy bag by Shop Forward? That was a surprise from a sweet friend back home. She knows me well!

Every Outfit Looks Better With Groomed Brows
I've had my brows maintained with routine waxing since I was a teenager. Once upon a time these brows were bushy caterpillars and the butt of many jokes. My boys inherited them as well! One son was often referred to as an "Angry Bird" in grade school. Don't worry, after I laughed my butt off I had our hair stylist take care of that. (Such a good mom!)

But why the change? Why go from waxing to threading? 
Back in Georgia, I made my first to visit a threading lounge at our local mall about 5 years ago, out of mere curiosity.  My first timer nerves were quickly assuaged by the sweet woman that patiently answered my questions and explained the process. I would be assisting the ancient practice by holding my brow up with one hand so she could get to my arch. After a few awkward repositionings, she was off and pulling.

Admittedly, I was surprised by the initial discomfort during the pulling, but it passed quickly enough. She also cleaned up any lengthy, wild hairs with scissors. Finally, she took witch hazel and applied it with a cotton ball, which was both cooling and calming. The result was fantastic and I became a regular from that day forward! Also, I noticed that any post redness did not last as long as it used to with waxing,  and I had less "burn" incidents as well as less breakouts. You know what else? After a few visits I didn't feel as much discomfort.

Again, threading takes a couple minutes longer than waxing, thereby drawing out discomfort time, but I think it's worth it. It's not as rough as waxing on the delicate skin around your eyes. In addition, I think threaders are able to achieve a cleaner, more precise look with the pull and tug of that thread. All that being said, it cost about $10 to $12, and frequency depends on the rate of your hair growth. I should probably go about every five weeks, but I usually push it to six.

Here's a few tips if you're considering a threading adventure.
  1. Don't go when you're on your period. Your skin is more sensitive.
  2. Just as you would for waxing, clearly communicate your desired shape. (I just say, "Please clean them up and keep them thick".) 
  3. Hydrate. Sounds so basic, but hydrated skin has more give.
  4. Once you've connected with a threader, ask for her schedule. You won't need to explain your preferences and you may make a friend in the process.
Here's a picture with my sweet friend Mahtab in Georgia. I've found a place here in Florida, but haven't quite gained the confidence to pester them with a photo!
So, how do you maintain your eyebrows? Have you had them threaded before? If so, what did you think?

Chrissy
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  1. Where did you go in GA? I have been wanting to try this bc waxing breaks me out so bad. But I probably need to let my brows thicken some.

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    1. Ok. Who is behind on returning comments??? lol. I knew I was treading blog water this month. Anyway, that's why I'll use IG in the crazy times. Did you end up going up to the mall to try threading??

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  2. I like your casual outfit! I've never tried eyebrow waxing, I'm too much of a wimp for waxing, haha! I did enjoy threading when I did it, but it's been a while since I have, I should look into doing it again!

    Hope that you had a nice weekend :) I just posted my weekday wear linkup, I'd love you to join! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Only go if you need to, right? Neither is "fun", but I sure do like the results! :)

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  3. Are you ready for this, I have never even had to pluck my eyebrows. There are times I feel like they need a little brow boost and I would love it if they could look as amazing as yours.

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    1. I only rarely have to pluck. I think it's because we're blonde. I'd never go for waxing or threading because I'd probably end up browless. HA! My mom did waxing as part of her hair salon services so I'm very familiar with that and Chrissy, you're so right about the advise of not going when your on your period. That goes for any all waxing. (no need to borrow more pain...LOL). Great post friend!!! XO

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    2. That's wild! Lisa must be right - it's a blonde thing! hehe. And Lisa, isn't that crazy about your period - why??? Must be hormones.

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  4. My eyebrows are blonde but I've waxed and filled them in for years. I've always been curious about threading. Thanks for sharing your experience and tips!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. Let me know if you ever try it! I'd say to try a couple of times before making a decision one way or the other. :)

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  5. I've always been afraid of threading because of the pain ... but its not like waxing is all that comfortable either, right?
    LOVE LOVE LOVE your bag

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    1. Thank you Rebecca Jo! Isn't funny that some of our favorite "things" are items that were gifted to us?? And ha! You're right, both are painful to a degree. i always dread going but leave a happy camper!

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  6. I have only plucked mine with tweezers at home, which has worked fine for me. I was laughing so hard at your angry bird comment on your sons brows! You are such a sweet mom to help him get that taken care of. Ha, ha! What are moms for?! Maybe this is TMI, but I'd love to try a Brazilian wax sometime, but I think I'm too chicken.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Carrie, that's fantastic that you can keep a nice shape from home. That shouldn't surprise me becuase you have an eye for detail. I do not, so I go to the professionals lol. Ok, NOT TMI. A few friends of mine (like a whole circle of them) go get this the Brazilian wax and they all swear by it. I've been saying I'm going to go for about a year now. I'm a big chicken!

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  7. Chrissy, this post makes my own eye brows hurt! Yikes!

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    1. Hehe. I'm sure. And you probably remember the picture I sent from when she caught a bit of skin in the thread. lol

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  8. I haven't tried this but it looks amazing! Your brows are on point Chrissy!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. Thank you Ruth...it may be time for me to start filling those babies in!

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  9. I love threading and fine it such an interesting art. Your brows look great. I wish I had half as many as you. Mine need to be thicker.

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    1. Thank you Lea! You are so sweet. And you're right, it is fascinating. I don't think I'd be much of a threader....just not enough attention to detail!

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  10. Great post - you're lucky to have such brows. I have hardly any hair on my brows so resorted to micro-blading them. Love the outcome and they always look good. Thanks for sharing on #chicandstylish #linkup with me. Jacqui Mummabstylish

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    1. Thank you Jacqui - twice over! And I wouldn't have guess you did micro-blading! Have you posted on that yet? If you haven't....wink, wink!

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  11. i have wanted to try threading for a while now, I just might now! Your brows look fabulous and such great tips. Love you new bag too!

    xx Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Elise! Let me know what you think when you try it out!

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  12. Fantastic outfit Chrissy! I combine threading and waxing - I agree threading doesn't cause breakouts. I never used to worry - but since I've entered peri-menopause I have developed a definite goaty!! xx Maria

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    1. awww, Maria you're the sweetest. Thank you! And my 9 year old told me just this morning that I have a beard. And that was after my other 9 year old brought me one of my shoes while saying, "mom, the dog had your 'senior' shoe." really??

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  13. Have been wanting to try this for a while! Great review and your brows look incredible!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting and stopping by!!

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  14. We have a brow threading place in our mall but I've never tried it. These photos of you are amazing! Who looks this cute sitting near a grocery cart? Really? Who? I swear girl, you are a natural beauty and the camera loves you. So do I!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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