HD Brows

Brow Routine

It took me a long time to accept that eyebrows are sisters, not twins. I inherited sparse brows from my mom, and I remember the first time I attempted to fill them in with her black eyeliner (disaster) in middle school.

By university I finally found a natural approach with brow powder, and I’ve been using the same Smashbox Brow Tech (in Dark Brown) and tweezing ever since. I was terrified of having a professional wax for fear of leaving with what I call “sperm eyebrows.” (Otherwise known as tadpole brows…cringe!)

Recently, I heard of a technique called HD Brows offered at a new brow and lash bar called Siren and Proper. After seeing some great results I decided to take the plunge determined to even out my stubborn, scraggly right brow.

Here were my brows au naturale, wearing some stray BB cream. Not too bad, but they got lost if I wore any eye makeup.

This is what I ended up with after Christina Lynn worked her HD Brow magic (natural and filled in)
HD Brows Before and AFter

What are HD Brows?

This wasn’t just a wax and go! With this technique brows are tinted, waxed, and threaded. Your treatment is totally customized to fit and flatter your face shape. Christina gave me “homework” to grow out certain areas, so away with the tweezers for maintenance I can handle. The entire HD Brow mapping appointment took about an hour and I really appreciated her attention to detail in creating a natural shape.

My Brow Routine

At night, I am applying a drop of Latisse Eyelash Enhancement to my brows to encourage growth in the bald spots. It really works well, but patience is key. For longer, thicker eyelashes I used it for about 8-10 weeks before I noticed a difference. You can purchase it here.

Brows are usually my last step, but on this day I just wore mascara and some sunscreen.
Bare Brows
First, I comb through my naked brows to coax the hairs into place.
Brow Routine
I use an angled brush and the dark brown from the Smashbox Brow Tech along the bottom of my brows. The lighter shade I apply in short strokes along the top and the front of the brow. If you go too dark on top the line can look severe and obvious. Finish with the brow wax on the same brush to set.
Brow Routine
I’ve tried plenty of different powders, pencils, and waxes over the years, but I always come back to this Smashbox powder.
Brow Routine
My skin is combination/oily and quite sensitive, and this formula seems to stand up throughout the day, even in the heat!
Brow Routine

Now you’ve seen gratuitous photos of my eyebrows and routine…If you need a tweak, try HD Brows and lay off the tweezers!

What are some of your favorite brow products?

Gray Malin Photography

Gray Malin Photography
Manly Beach Swimmers by Gray Malin

I am guilty of accumulating photos and prints that sit around waiting to be framed. In college, there were strict guidelines for frames on our walls, but after graduating laziness and aversion to custom framing were to blame! I’m ready to bring life and personality to our walls, starting with this print I purchased by photographer Gray Malin.

I love that his work tells a story from above always in punchy, bold, and very saturated hues. For his “À la Plage, À la Piscine” series, Malin captured stunning beaches and colorful beach goers in 6 continents and 16 helicopters.

Bondi Beach: Sydney, Australia

Initially I gravitated toward  “La Dolce Vita” series that transports me back to my time living in Rome and traveling the Amalfi Coast for my birthday weekend. The vibrant yellows of Positano remind me of laying on that rocky beach in a sea of yellow and white umbrellas.

Gray Malin Positano Town

Gray Malin Umbrellas

Ultimately I decided on the first print taken at Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia because it takes me somewhere new. Plus, that teal is my jam!

One King’s Lane had a print sale over the weekend and there are just a few left through tomorrow, May 21. Be sure to check it out! The prints arrive unframed, but with a hefty discount the oversized prints would bring heat to any home (especially in the Mitten State)!

See more of Gray’s stylish home here
Gray Malin Interior 2
Gray Malin Interior

Baked Lemon Drop Cake

Baked Lemon Drop Cake

Our fruit basket is overflowing and with spring in the air, I had every excuse to make something decadently sweet and refreshing for a late Easter brunch. Weekends are perfect for ambitious baking projects; waking up early, leisurely eating breakfast and cuddling the pups and tearing up the kitchen in full sunlight. The cake was finished just as Bloody Marys were poured and dinner served. Seriously, set aside a few hours to make this tart treat especially if you aren’t an accomplished egg separator or if you have to run out for forgotten cake flour.

I’m pretty sure we used every kitchen tool and utensil available between my cake, Easter honey baked ham, Neil’s amazing onion garlic potatoes, and roasted veggies and it was all worth it!

lemon curd

The recipe doesn’t specify, but I used Meyer lemons for this recipe to cut the acid a bit. I would love to live somewhere I could grow my own! I threw the leftover slices in my water jar.

The lemon curd is the star of the cake and tart, but not sour. I’m going to attempt the same cake with orange curd and maybe add some blueberries or raspberries to garnish!

Read on for the full recipe and check out the Baked cookbook. Every dessert I’ve tried so far was decadent to the last bite!

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