I Tried Brow Razors– And Here’s What YOU Need to Know

Anyone who has ever peeked at one of my selfies knows one thing: despite my blonde hair, I was blessed with incredibly thick and dark hued brows.

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I’ve been running almost daily maintenance on my brows since about the age of 9, when school kid’s teasing led me to confidently and painfully pluck them to shit. Since then I like to think I’ve gotten a little smarter, tweezing nightly and only where necessary.

Although it’s a pretty low maintenance ritual already– I’m a firm believer in the bushy brow trend– I have to admit: it’s a little tiring. Sometimes a girl just wants to come home and crawl into bed without spending 10 minutes on her brows.

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So when I heard about the Brow Razor trend I was both intrigued and skeptical. My mother was always very firm on keeping razors and blades away from my eyes (you know, basic parenting) but I also was down for sleek results with none of the tedious and painful plucking. It also helped, when I was perusing my local Shoppers Drug Mart while exhausted and slightly delirious after work, that a full pack of brow blades cost less than $10.00.

 

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I’ve been using Brow Razors for about a month now, and I love it. They’ve literally changed my whole nightly routine, cutting down on time and cutting down on pain.

Before you give it a go, there are a few things you need to know…


DO: Know your tool.

Most Brow Razors are a single blade attached to a dainty handle, ideal for small strokes in delicate places, ie– brows, upper lip, chin, jaw line, and bikini line. The beauty of Brows Razors is that they aren’t overly sharp– you have to be pressing deliberately too-hard into your skin to cut yourself. In short, Brows Razors only have an interest in exfoliating and removing hair and dead skin, not drawing blood.

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DON’T: Get ahead of yourself.

Just because these tools can reach every nook and cranny doesn’t mean you should shave everything off the bat. I can’t stress this enough– START SLOW. That means getting comfortable with your tool by shaving less contoured places (such as the baby hairs that extend into your jaw line or forehead, or your upper lip) before diving into the harder places (between the brows and the bikini line.)

Personally, I started with my upper lip. Using delicate downward strokes (like applying mascara to your bottom lashes) I started there, stopping before the hair was completely removed to see how my skin would react. As I built up confidence handling the Brow Razor itself I worked into trickier areas, like the underside of my brows.

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As for another tip: Don’t use your Brow Razor every day. In my experience it takes about 3 days before I start noticing regrowth (and even then, that’s only between my brows.) I usually give my skin at least one day off between shaves to avoid irritation.

REMEMBER: Always shave with the skin (ie, downward) and not against it. Your pores will thank you.


DO: Prep your skin.

Never, and I repeat never, use a Brow Razor while wearing make up. Remember that time in the 9th grade when you dry-shaved before that pool party? It’s like that but worse, because in addition to razor burn you will be punished for your dumb ass-ery with acne.

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I like to use my Brow Razor post-shower, when my skin is at its cleanest and my pores are the most open. After a shower, I make sure my make up is fully removed and my skin is cleansed before swiping toner over my entire face and shaving as usual.

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Another thing: Make sure you are always using a fairly fresh blade. I usually pitch my Brow Razors after 3-4 uses.


DON’T: Shave over acne.

This is basic but important. Running a razor over pimples only accomplishes two things: first, you ensure the bacteria from the pimple gets caught in the edge of the razor and spreads to the rest of your face. Second, on the off chance you break open the pimple, you run the risk of infection and scarring.

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(Also, it hurts like a motherf*cker. Just don’t do it, okay?)


DO: Step up your after-care.

You skin is very vulnerable after shaving (which anyone who has ever shaved their pubes will tell you) which is why it’s important to really give it some love when you’re finished.

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After I use my Brow Razor, I tone my skin again to make sure any dead skin or lingering hair has been removed. Sometimes (depending on how sharp my razor was) I need to do a little clean up with my tweezers between and below my brows. Then I’ll apply some Vitamin C serum, moisturize, and apply night cream if I’m getting ready for bed. As a last step, I usually apply tea tree oil to any pimples (not to my whole face– this will dry skin the f*ck out!)

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Here’s one last secret: if your skin is irritated from the shave, apply any good diaper rash cream to the area in light dabs. My favourite is Penaten Cream, which my mother will tell you kept my ass lovely and soft as an infant.


DON’T: Shave your face if you have sensitive skin.

This last tip is a little tricky in that it’s up to your own discretion. I’m going to be honest with you: the first few times you use a Brow Razor will be awkward as f*ck. It takes a while to get used to the small strokes the tool requires, and you might inadvertently irritate your skin.

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BUT– If you’ve been using the tool for a while and notice your skin is red, rashy, and sore (or if you notice your acne has been getting worse in the areas you shave) stop using a Brow Razor. Tweezers are without a doubt a safer option for your skin– and let’s get real, it’s a lot harder to f*ck up your face when you’re literally removing one hair at a time.


TL;DR…

Honestly, making the decision to shave any part of your body should be something you make on your own, without the influence of a blogger.

HOWEVER… Using a Brow Razor is definitely something I’d recommend to a friend. While shaving your whole face isn’t something I’d necessarily tell you to go for, I will say that when it comes to things like my brows and my upper lip– I adore it. I find it way less time consuming than daily plucking, although unlike tweezing you do run a few more risks– like, you know, accidentally shaving off a brow.

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The bottom line: Brow Razors have officially become a part of my routine.


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Consignment & Thrift Finds: Autumn 2017

In case you couldn’t tell by my blog name: I’m a huge fan of saving a quick dollar. Unfortunately, I’m also a huge fan of shopping.

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I’ve been into second hand thrifting for a while now, but let’s face it– as much as I like wading through piles of discards to find a real treasure it can get a little tiresome.

Enter: the utopia that is the Consignment Store.

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The beauty of the Consignment Store is that someone has already done the digging for you– meaning that your pieces are still second-hand, but they’re in good enough condition that they can be resold. In other words– you’re getting a high quality, low price second hand item.

Because inventory turn-over can be pretty quick in the second hand business, I try to hit up my local Thrift, Resale, and Consignment Stores about twice a month. Here are my best finds for September!


Betsy Johnson Bag:

  • Retails for: $128
  • Purchased for: $45

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Perhaps one of my favourite finds to date is this Betsy Johnson bag. I pretty much fell in love with Betsy’s signature heart stitching and bow detailing. It was originally priced at $55 dollars, but I managed to talk the sales girl into giving me an additional 10 bucks off due to a missing shoulder strap. Found at: Red Pony Consignment in Edmonton.


Michael Kors Rosegold Watch

  • Retails for: $335
  • Purchased for: $90

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I’ve always been a sucker for rosegold on anyone else, and when I saw this watch I literally couldn’t resist. Although the watch has a slightly scratched face and desperately needs a new battery, one quick google told me that it was worth it– no need to haggle with this one. Found at: Peacock Boutique Consignment in Calgary.


Random Stallion Sweater

  • Retails for: ???
  • Purchased for: $8.99

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This purchase is 100% random and probably the riskiest on this list, but let me explain– I’ve always loved a thick, woollen sweater with animal detailing for autumn, and a piece like this would be perfect for into the holidays. Although this sweater has no labelling (which leads me to suspect it was made by someone’s very talented grandmother or was stolen from a sweatshop) I’ve decided it’s worth its weight in sentimental gold. Found at: Value Village off Whyte in Edmonton.


Forever 21 Necklace

  • Retails for: $11.99
  • Purchased for: $2.99

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Although this is another VV find, this one is a lot less sketchy. This piece is actually an exact dupe of a necklace I loved but accidentally gave away inside the pocket of an old Matt and Nat bag during an unfortunate donation incident some 3 years ago. Hell, for all I know it’s the exact same necklace. Found at: Value Village off Whyte in Edmonton.


Aritzia Plaid Blouse

  • Retails for: $65
  • Purchased for: $12.99

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In case you couldn’t tell by this post, I’m obsessed with this plaid blouse. It’s pretty much the perfect go-to piece for any fall outfit, and since acquiring it it’s pretty much haunted my instagram posts and snapchat stories. And with over $40 dollars off the original price– can I get a hell yes? Found at: Velour Clothing Exchange in Calgary.

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Outfit Update: Autumn Vibes

Hey Broke Babes! This week has been one of the craziest since I’ve returned from Kananaskis.

I swear I’ve spent about half my time running around the city doing errands, fixing up my car, catching up with friends and family, unpacking, and taking photos for the relaunch of my website.

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I know. I’m tired just thinking about it.

I haven’t really had much time to spend thinking about what I’m going to wear– lucky for me I’ve found the perfect outfit to wear day in and day out during this hectic time!

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Other than my standard denim, this outfit features two new pieces that I’m absolutely in love with: first, this awesome brown leather jacket that I scored from Forever 21 for only $24.99 (with similar styles featured here, here, and here. Click the affiliate links to shop!) The other is a vintage Aritzia plaid top that I found for only $12.99 in Calgary’s Velour Vintage Consignment store. So cute for fall, and I love the way the plaid’s colors play in different light!

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