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Four For You!

Hello, loves!

Today I have another round of Four For You!  Here are some of my latest obsessions:

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera

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It’s here!  I have been dying to get my hands on one of these instant cameras for a while now, so when I found one on sale for just $70, I knew it was time to pounce!  This little guy will definitely come in handy on my vacation this month, and will also help me capture some cool snaps of my year abroad.  Side note: I haven’t actually used the camera yet because I totally forgot to order film with it (lol) but I can’t wait to try it out!

2. Baublebar Emoticharm Bracelets

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I am head over heels for these emoji-inspired bracelets — how cute are they?!  I got one of these (the heart-eyed one) for my birthday and was so obsessed with it, I decided to order two more (the kissy-face and the smirk) to have a little set!  They’re so fun, and I got them on sale for just $10 each.  These are definitely my fave pieces of jewelry so far this summer!

3. Revlon Nail Polish in #771 “Clear”

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Okay, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect base/top coat for a while now, and I’m happy to say I’ve finally found it!  I cannot get over this Revlon polish — it’s truly a lifesaver!  I can use it both under and over my nail polish without a problem, and it dries super fast, so doing my nails no longer requires setting aside half of my day to allow enough dry time (thank God!).  It also keeps my nails looking super shiny, which I love, and it doesn’t get any weird creases or bubbles.  It helps my nails stay chip-free longer, too!  Ugh, I just can’t say enough how much I love this — and for $4.99, you can’t beat it!

4. L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Lipstick in #600 “Doutzen’s Nude”

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Confession: I 100% copied my older sister on this one!  She had this lipstick for a while and I totally fell in love with it, so I bought one of my own…and I’m so happy I did!  It’s the perfect subtle light pink shade, especially for my fair skin, and it’s great for the summer months when I keep my makeup lighter.  I can swipe this on quickly for a natural look and be good to go!  It also doesn’t dry my lips out, like some lipsticks, which is obviously also a plus!

So there you go…four for you, Brenn Coco, you go, Brenn Coco!

XOXO,

Brenna

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beauty

Take a Brow

Hello, loves!

Today, I’ll be offering a little step-by-step how-to (or brow-to…ugh, I instantly regret typing that) guide for how I get my eyebrows in tip-top shape!

A little disclaimer: I am by no means an expert in anything beauty-related — I try to be relatively low-maintenance with my beauty routine and typically opt for drugstore makeup over high-end.  But I know what works for me, and who knows?  Maybe it’ll work for you, too!

So, let’s get into it!

1. Tweeze

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I don’t have the time or money to get my eyebrows waxed or threaded in a salon, so I tackle them all by myself!  I pluck mine pretty often, as I like to keep up with them so they don’t get too unruly — I also think it’s less painful to do a little bit at a time!  I like to use these scissor-like tweezers from Revlon.  They are available with either flat or slanted “blades” (I prefer the flat ones!) and are super easy to use.  Make sure to pluck in between your eyebrows, as well as any stray hairs underneath, but never pluck above your brows.  Also, be sure you’re not over-plucking!

2. Tame

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Next, I apply a clear mascara (usually this one from Maybelline) to keep my brows neat.  No need for a lengthy explanation here — just glide the brush along your arches from the inside to the outer edge, making sure to account for your natural arch.  Tip: brush slightly downward from the height of your arch to the end of your brow to avoid getting a rounded or flat shape.

3. Fill

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I’m not a huge fan of filling in my brows with a pencil, as I think it can sometimes make them look overdone and artificial.  Instead, I opt for this brow powder from NYX.  They offer a limited variety of shades — I use #05 Brunette — but you should be able to find one that works for you!  The key is to go slightly darker than your natural hair color, but not too dark.  Using a small angled brush, I apply the lighter shade (right) on the entirety of my brows, then add the darker color (left) from the arch to the end, just for a little dimension.  I then brush through with an eyelash & brow brush, from the inner corner to the outer.

(Note: if you’re wondering what that off-white circle in the palette that I have ignored until now is, it’s eyebrow wax!  While I’m not super into the wax in this palette, it can be substituted for the clear mascara I use.  Just apply with a small angled brush before applying the powder!)

While this NYX palette comes with tiny applicator brushes, I use larger brushes, as I think they are easier to use and give better results.  I’ve been using these ones from e.l.f.  They’re great brushes, and inexpensive — I paid $4 for both!

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Here’s a close-up of the bristles (e.l.f. Small Angled brush, left, and e.l.f. Eyelash & Brow brush, right):

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And that’s it — my everyday brow routine!  Easy enough, right?!

I hope these tips help you keep your brows lookin’ lovely.  Have any additional advice for eyebrow maintenance?  Let me know in the comments!

XOXO,

Brenna

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