Ziba Beauty Cosmetics carries some wonderful and unique items for body art and they also happen to have a great brow line.
Anastasia has long been a powerhouse in the area of brow tools and cosmetics. So I was excited to give a bunch of items a try and they definitely didn't disappoint. Anastasia has everything you need to achieve a perfect brow.
First off, the tweezers are great. Next to Tweezerman, these are the best eyebrow tweezers that I have used, and they come at a decent price for the quality. Plus, they are pink!
Anastasia also offers brow stencils, which are a fairly unique item for shaping your brows. Available in either stick on temporary form or a thicker reusable plastic form, the stencil can be applied across the brow and filled with color to show what you should tweeze and what you should keep. The stencils are available in various sizes and arch heights, so you can choose the one that works the best. I found the heavier plastic ones easier to use than the lightweight temporary ones, and the low arch stencil seemed to fit me well. For those who have no idea where to begin shaping, the stencils are a good option.
For color, Anastasia offers a wide range of options, from pencils to powder duos. All that I tried were effective, nice to use, and in attractive packaging. The Anastasia Duo II Brow Powder in Medium Ash was my favorite and worked well with my medium blonde hair and light skin tone. The Brow Pencil was effective as well. The company also offers a series of very nice highlighting pencils, such as the Anastasia Eye Lights Shimmer in Petal, which is a beautiful soft pink highlighter.
For setting, I liked the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, and I really loved the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel (pictured), which had just a bit of warm sparkle to it that was perfect for a night out. I tried the tinted version in Carmel, which is a beautiful shade for golden and medium to dark blondes.
For those who want the basics all together, the Anastasia Five Piece Brow Kit (pictured) comes in various shades, with an attractive pink case that includes Tweezers, Brow Powder, Brow Stencils (Set of Four Shapes), One Duo Brush (Angled Cut/Spooley), and Brow Gel. Move up to the Anastasia Seven Piece Brow Kit to add Pre-Tweeze Gel and an Eye Light Matte Pencil. Those looking to fill in thin spots or to condition the brow, might also want to look at Anastasia Brow Enhancing Serum. I might write more on that in the future after I try it for awhile.
Overall, Anastasia is one stop shopping for just about all you need in brow care and cosmetics!
In an attempt to get my brows a bit better defined, I ordered the Estee Lauder Artists Brow, Mobile Essentials Kit. With that purchase, I also received a sample mascara and an eyeshadow duo. I like the products and have been wearing Estee Lauder eyes all week!The brow kit involves a clear gel, colored and white pencils, tweezers, and a small brush, all in one easy to carry tube. I purchased the light shade, which had a light ash colored pencil. For my medium blond brows, that was about right. The gel is good quality and having the extra brush to groom things into order is handy. I hadn't thought about using a white pencil around my brows before, but I tried it as a highlighter under and over them a bit and found that I liked the effect. The only criticism I have of this kit is that the tweezers are useless. They are tiny and flimsy, and I could not get them to grab onto a hair no matter how hard I tried. But I didn't buy this kit for the tweezers, I got it for the gel and pencil combo, so I really don't mind.
The mascara sample I got of Estee Lauder Lash XL surprised me. I think I probably have gotten the same sample before and failed to try it. Wow, was I missing out! I love this stuff! That is rather surprising too because the brush is a normal to larger size, which I normally don't care for because I end up with clumps. Not so with this one! The mascara goes on clump free and lengthens beautifully. It also stays very well, with no flaking. I really wasn't expecting anything from my little sample tube, and now it looks like I will have to run out and buy a full size one since over the course of this week, it has become my go to mascara.
Finally, the eyeshadow duo made me quite happy as well. It had been a long time since I wore an Estee Lauder shadow, and I had forgotten that it really is pretty good stuff. Good pigmentation, no issues with it creasing, and it lasts all day.