Favourites Unearthed

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I am snowed under with school work at the moment – it’s programming and reporting time again so I have been very busy and will be for the next few weeks. I wanted to bring you a Favourites Unearthed today that brings you some of my latest favourite bits and pieces from around the web. Perhaps you can share some of your own in the comments below.

Each week, Norlin from Baubles, Bubbles and Bags Style File brings you her loves, likes and loathes of the week. This week she’s talking about nourishing body oils for Winter, and also has a competition to win a very funky pair of Rollasole flats. They’re cool little shoes that can be rolled up and stashed in your bag in case you need some emergency comfortable shoes. You can see the post here – be sure to enter the competition!

We’re coming into Winter, and many of us find it extra hard to get motivated to go to the gym. My beloved DailyBurn shared a great article from their archives over Facebook on the weekend, featuring four scientifically proven ways to up your motivation. Make sure you get your active wear ready before you read this one so you’ll be ready to go.

I was recently sent some delicious Verival porridges to try from Spiral Foods. We’re big fans of porridge for breakfast, especially for Winter, so these have been very appreciated. Spiral Foods aim to create high quality foods, and are passionate about slowing climate change. They have a wonderful collection of recipes to suit any occasion that you can try here.

Last week I went to a professional learning day about using iPads in environmental education. It gave me lots of great ideas. One of the favourite things I discovered was a very cool app called Bookry. It’s not just for educators – it would be incredibly useful for parents or even bloggers. The program would be perfect for creating eBooks to sell on the iTunes book store. Definitely one way to diversify your website!

My final favourite thing is something I hope you will love too. I am a big fan of scented candles, and have been having a love affair with Yankee Candles (particularly the salted caramel scent). They are just delicious and good enough to eat! If you don’t have Yankee stockist near you, you can apply for a shop to become a stockist and be rewarded with two large candles. To find out more, check out Yankee’s Facebook page.

What are your favourite links, products or recipes this week? Let me know below!

How to Define Your Eye Brows

When I had my make up done last year, the make up artist asked if I took care of my own brows. Yes, was the answer. My Mum taught me how to pluck my brows when I was about 12 or 13. This was pre-waxing revolution, and I tried to follow their natural shape and only pluck from the bottom. Unfortunately, the thin brow craze got the better of me at about 15, and after plucking from the top and bottom they were a bit of a mess. The only time I have had them waxed was prior to my wedding, but I hated having to grow them out to a length where the wax could be applied. The make up artist suggested that I grow my brows in a little, which I have been trying to do. Unfortunately, they have become a bit patchy over the years, due to all the over-plucking. Since August I have been trying to grow them in and they are looking a lot better, but they do still need some help.

I was wandering around in the chemist a few weeks ago and was browsing the Natio stand, as I tend to do every time I am in there! I had a pharmacy loyalty voucher to spend, and came across a brow kit. The make up artist had used something similar, so I decided to give it a go. It retails for $19.95, so it was a bargain when used with my voucher.

How to Define Your Eye Brows

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Thankfully for this newbie to brow definition, there are full instructions on the back of the box. The kit comes with a double ended slanted brush, a round grooming brush and some tweezers.

Step One – I used the tweezers to clear up any stray hairs and shape my brows.

Step Two – The palette comes with two different coloured powders, which you can combine to make the perfect shade for you. I decided to try the lighter shade first and experiment. I’m glad I did this, as I think my natural brows are fairly dark anyway, and this shade was dark enough. It will be interesting to have a play with the colours next time I use the kit and see what kind of contrast I can create.

Step Three – Once you are happy with the colour, use the slanted brow brush to apply to brow wax. This will help to seal the colour so it won’t rub off during the day.

Step Four – Use the round grooming brush to smooth your brows into place.

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The before and after photos show what a difference the brow kit makes. I need to work on my application – this is the first time I have played with it. I am looking forward to playing with the shape a bit more – I have one good brow, and one not so good!

I don’t know if I will incorporate brow definition into my every day look, but will use it when I’m going out at night or for a special occasion.

Do you define your brows? Are you a plucker or a waxer? What’s a new make up product you’ve been trialling lately?