When it comes to iconic fashion and beauty, Lady Gaga is certainly at the top of many people’s lists. Reveling in going over over-the-top and maximalism, Gaga has always pushed the limits of what beauty means and how it makes us better, braver people.

Which is why her newest venture, Haus Laboratories, is extremely on-brand. “When I was young, I never felt beautiful. And as I struggled to find a sense of both inner and outer beauty, I discovered the power of makeup,” writes Gaga about her new beauty line.

“I remember watching my mother put her makeup on every morning, basking in the glow of her power to put on her bravest face as the hard-working woman she was. I then began to experiment with makeup as a way to make my dreams of being as strong as my mother become true.”

“It was then that I invented Lady Gaga. I found the superhero within me by looking in the mirror and seeing who I wanted to be. Sometimes beauty doesn’t come naturally from within. But I’m so grateful that makeup inspired a bravery in me I didn’t know I had,” she added. “I’ve come to accept that I discovered my beauty by having the ability to invent myself and transform.”

Here’s what to expect from Haus Labs

Haus Laboratories is releasing six HAUS collections ($49 each), all of which include Glam Attack (shimmery powder), RIP (lip liner), and Le Riot (lip gloss) in different shades.

The collections all come in different palettes and aesthetics. Haus of Goddess is a rose gold dream while Haus of Rose B*tch is a, well, rose b*tch dream.

Haus of Metalhead is gunmetal and rose pink while Haus of Chained Ballerina is deep black and peach.

And then we have Haus of Rockstar in intense red and gold, as well as Haus of Dynasty in bright green and orange.

Haus Labs also has an Amazon Prime Day special in the form of nine limited edition duo sets. The shimmery powder sets Speed Queen, Give ‘Em Heaven, and Downtown Punk sell for $36.

Meanwhile, lip liner duos Floor It, Royalty, and Slay Me retail for $26. And then we have lip gloss sets Laced, Seductress, and Hypocrite for $32.

True to form, Gaga is marketing Haus Labs as a diverse collection for a diverse set of people. Lady Gaga has always been about self-love, and Haus is no different.

The only downside we see so far is that we won’t get our hands on these collections until after they ship in September. The Prime specials are also only available for Prime subscribers.

So until then…

If, like us, you’re going to be waiting until September for Haus Labs to paint your eyes and lips, then why not start getting ready now?

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For only $500, you can get brows that will last you up to two years, shaped and colored in by experts in the industry.

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What’s worse than regular dandruff? Eyebrow dandruff, that’s what.

Yep, turns out not even our arches are safe from turning into a mini snowstorm. Worst of all is there’s no instant solution to dandruff problems. No amount of concealer or eyebrow pencil will get your brows in immediate tip-top shape.

So, what is eyebrow dandruff? What are its causes? And can you still get eyebrow microblading despite those pesky flakes? Here are the answers to these questions—and more.

What is eyebrow dandruff?

Eyebrow dandruff is the same as regular dandruff. Dry, itchy, flaky eyebrows suffer from similar conditions as scalps with dandruff.

“Skin cells on our scalp (just like the rest of our body) are constantly being replaced and shed,” explained trichologist Anabel Kingsley to Glamour Magazine UK.

“This is part of normal cell turnover and usually isn’t noticeable. However, it can become apparent if skin cells begin to divide too rapidly–and this is what occurs with dandruff,” she added.

More than 50% of humans are prone to flaking. Early signs include dryness, redness, and itching in the area. These often manifest before the actual flaking begins.

But is dandruff harmless? Not really, no. An unhealthy scalp and eyebrow can produce unhealthy hair, warned Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson, Principal Scientist at Head & Shoulders.

In fact, flaky scalps have been shown to cause hair loss—bad news for both the hair on our head and on our arches.

Why do we get dandruff?

According to dermatologist Ilyse Lefkowicz, MD, there are several possible causes for eyebrow dandruff:

“The presence of Malassezia globose [a fungus] on the skin, a genetic predisposition to dandruff, or the presence of sebum” can all be reasons behind dandruff.

For scalp dandruff, the most common reason is an overgrowth of a naturally occurring yeast, called Malassezia furfur.

Sweat and sebum usually protect the scalp and keep yeast levels in check. However, shifts in metabolism, hormonal changes, and stress can all disrupt the production of sweat and sebum.

Diet can also play a role in flake production. Full-fat dairy products, white wine, and champagne all contribute to the body’s dandruff production.

How to get rid of dandruff

The best way to attack dandruff is to do it consistently. Daily use of soothing, antimicrobial shampoos can relieve the scalp and the eyebrows of dandruff.

Dr. Lefkowicz also suggests avoiding contact with the following:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Acne treatments
  • Anti-aging creams

Experts say that one of the most effective ingredients against dandruff is ‘piroctone olamine’, an antifungal agent that targets Malassezia furfur.

Camphor is also a helpful ingredient in that is soothes the skin, assisting in the recovery of the scalp and brows.

Keeping dandruff away

Stress can trigger dandruff, so it’s best to always keep stress levels in check.

We also recommend checking with a doctor to help you determine if any part of your diet is causing your dandruff.

Dermatologists also recommend using a mild shampoo daily to keep the scalp free of any harmful chemicals or foreign materials.

The same principles apply to eyebrows: keep them clean, but don’t dry them out. And, when in doubt, consult a dermatologist.

Eyebrow microblading for flaky eyebrows

When it comes to microblading, healthy eyebrows are essential. For the microblading ink to take hold, the skin must be able to absorb the ink.

Flaky brows may also be too stressed to survive a microblading session. While microblading may be painless, it still subjects the skin to a level of stress that could only be more damaging to skin that’s already damaged in the first place.

This is how the microblading process works:

  • On the day of your appointment, you fill in and sign off on the required forms before the session begins.
  • At the start of the session, you and your microblading artist decide on an eyebrow design that flatters your features.
  • The microblading artist outlines your eyebrow design on your brows and lets you see how the finished product will look like.
  • The microblading artist applies the numbing gel.
  • The actual microblading process begins. Your artist uses OPM’s Digital Microblading Machine to apply the ink pigment.
  • Your microblading artist applies more numbing gel during the procedure to make sure you feel no pain.
  • Once both brows are finished, your artist gives you aftercare and maintenance instructions.

Here’s a video that shows an actual microblading procedure:

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When it comes to fun, fascinating, and outrightly outlandish beauty trends, 2019 hasn’t been disappointing. We’ve had under eye tattooing. We’ve had ultrathin brows. And now, we have eyebrow pinching.

What is eyebrow pinching? Does it regrow thin eyebrows or recolor our arches? Find out in this comprehensive guide below.

Eyebrow pinching, explained

Eyebrow pinching might sound alien to most of us, and that’s fine. The practice itself isn’t new, but we’re only hearing about it now because it’s more popular in the East.

Ayurvedic origins

Eyebrow pinching is traditionally part of the Ayurvedic holistic system of well-being. ‘Ayurveda’ refers to a 3,000-year-old healing system originally from India.

Here in the US, Ayurveda is considered a form of alternative medicine. However, there are 3,000 years (and counting) of anecdotal evidence that proves that Ayurveda provides many health benefits.

Simply put, Ayurveda believes that everything in the universe (both dead and alive) is connected.

That means if your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe, then you will stay healthy. And when that harmony is disrupted, then you get sick.

Some of these ‘disruptors’ include genetic defects, injuries, climate and weather changes, age, and even emotions.

The goal of Ayurvedic treatments is to restore balance and harmony in a person. There are many differing opinions on how effective Ayurveda really is, especially since some treatments don’t have immediate results. Eyebrow pinching is one such treatment.

How eyebrow pinching works

Eyebrow pinching typically involves light pinching by an expert who targets key pressure points around the eye and brow area.

This practice reduces puffiness and gives a more rejuvenated look to the eye area.

“Brow-pinching is a form of yoga massage [that] aids circulation,” explained Blink Brow Bar CEO Vanita Parti to the Evening Standard UK.

“Not only that, but the actual pinching stops toxin build-up. The simple method is nature’s way of keeping those fine lines at bay,” she said.

The treatment often involves firm kneading strokes, pinching the top and bottom of the brow, and circular movements around the eye sockets.

Businesses often market eyebrow pinching as an alternative to Botox. The reason being that people use eyebrow pinching to delay the onset of fine lines. But how does that work exactly?

Health Coach Sunita Passi explained:

“As well as relieving tension, pinching helps encourage lymph drainage and improve circulation. The increased blood flow allows cells to be nourished with essential nutrients that rejuvenate the skin and allow the body to heal.”

“As a result, collagen production is increased, which improves skin elasticity and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles,” she added.

Even if you don’t necessarily believe in Ayurveda’s spiritual health claims, it’s hard to deny that eyebrow pinching can help relieve stress and tension from the body.

“Everyone loves the sensation of brow-pinching,” Parti said. “It’s a gentle massage that challenges your facial muscles in a different way and brings circulation to life.”

Is eyebrow pinching for you?

If you’re looking for regular stress-busting sessions that provide additional benefits in the long run, then try eyebrow pinching.

However, if you’re looking for a treatment that will alter the shape and color of your brows, then you’re better off looking elsewhere. Like our organic microblading service, for instance. We offer permanent eyebrows that don’t have any of traditional microblading’s drawbacks.

Organic microblading uses food- and mineral-based pigments that promise:

  • Compatibility with all skin types
  • A wide range of colors to choose from
  • Quicker healing time
  • Longer lasting effects

In addition to these, organic microblading also never fades into unseemly blue or green shades like ordinary eyebrow tattoos.

That’s why this treatment is ideal for men and women who want good-looking brows in exchange for little to no effort. It’s literally trading daily eyebrow makeup sessions and monthly eyebrow makeup shopping trips for one (1) annual session with a professional microblading artist.

Oh, and the microblading session only lasts an hour. That’s shorter than your lunch break at work.

Don’t believe us? Here are some reviews from our clients:

“It’s been 5 years since I’ve had my eyebrows done, and today, I received a compliment so I had to give the woman her information.

If you’re going to get your eyebrows done, may as well go to the best.”

E J.
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“Friendly, welcoming staff and expertise by Lorine make this the best place to go for your beauty needs! They always go above and beyond and I walk out looking and feeling amazing!”

Tara T.
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You can also speak with one of our microblading professionals by calling 310-207-7797 or by scheduling an online appointment.

Hair loss and balding can be huge downers for anyone who gets them. Luckily, these five fruits might help slow down hair thinning! Check them out.

As anyone who’s suffered thinning hair or balding would know, hair loss is a pain to deal with. Hair has always been a marker for beauty. Shiny, luscious hair signified good health, good grooming, and good looks. So, to constantly be on the verge of losing that hair, well, that just plain sucks.

Most hair loss problems can be traced back to a person’s genetics. In some cases, it can also be influenced by our diet or some bad habits, like using too much hot water.

Whatever the reason behind your hair loss, these five fruits can keep your tresses happy. They also help you stay healthy!

Five fruits that slow down balding and hair loss

If you’re willing to try some weird and wacky hair loss solutions, then including these fruits in your meal should be a piece of cake.

“The most common cause of hair loss, male or female pattern baldness, is genetic,” shared Dr. Bashar Bizrah to the Daily Mail. Dr. Bizrah is the founder of the Beyond Med Centre clinic in Kensington, UK.

“But other types of hair loss and hair thinning, such as those caused by an unhealthy scalp condition, are much more preventable,” he added. “If your nutritional intake is optimum, it can play a real role in keeping your hair and scalp in good condition.”

1. Peaches

Peaches are rich in vitamins A and C, making them ideal scalp moisturizers.

“To maintain a healthy head of hair, it’s vital the scalp has enough moisture,” Dr. Bizrah explained.

“Your scalp contains oil glands that produce sebum, a natural oil that lubricates the hair strand as it grows.”

2. Papaya

Papaya is rich in vitamin C, with one papaya having 235 milligrams of vitamin C. That’s twice the amount of vitamin C in an orange.

And vitamin C is crucial in the process of creating collagen.

“Collagen is the most plentiful protein in your body,” Dr. Bizrah explained. “And it’s not only one of the building blocks for creating new hair; it also helps keep the dermis—the middle layer of your skin that contains the root of each individual hair—strong and healthy, too.”

3. Pineapples

Antioxidants help battle “free radicals,” which damage cells, causing illness and aging.

“What you might not realize is that free radicals can also damage hair follicles, with older adults particularly susceptible,” Dr. Bizrah said. “To fight these free radicals, your body needs antioxidants.”

“And pineapples are not only rich in nutrients like vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin B6, [but] they’re also bursting with antioxidants called flavonoids and phenolic acids,” he added.

Antioxidants in pineapples also last longer than antioxidants in other foods.

4. Kiwis

In addition to vitamin C, there are other minerals that can help maintain your hair’s natural glow and promote hair growth.

“Kiwis are also in minerals like zinc, magnesium, and phosphorus. These help to promote proper blood circulation in the scalp, thus strengthening the hair from their roots,” explained Dr. Bizrah.

“Kiwis are also rich in copper, which could help the hair to preserve its natural colour and keep grey hairs at bay,” he added.

5. Apples

Apples are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, all of which help keep the hair healthy. But that’s not all.

“There has been scientific research, conducted by a Japanese team in 2002 looking at how apple extract could promote hair growth,” Dr. Bizrah said.

“According to the scientists from Tsukuba Research Laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan, apples contain procyanidin B-2, a compound that appears to aid in the growth of new hair.”

For when fruits fail

Hair loss shouldn’t stop anyone from looking and feeling their best. If you’re looking for a quicker solution to balding and hair thinning, why not give scalp microblading a try?

Scalp microblading gives your head the appearance of stubble, so you don’t have to be self-conscious of the effects of balding.

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You can also speak with one of our expert microblading artists by scheduling an online appointment or by calling us at 310-207-7797.

90s celebrity eyebrows

When it comes to decades of beauty trends, the 90s are up there with the 70s and 80s. It’s true. We might chuckle at these trends now, but 90s beauty is iconic. And the most iconic of all? 90s celebrity eyebrows.

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about how the most famous 90s celebrity eyebrows are faring today, then wonder no more. We’ve rounded up all our favorite 90s celebrities and checked up on their brow game today.

Drew Barrymore

Owner of possibly the most famous 90s brow of all time, Drew Barrymore now sports a more natural-looking brow that perfectly compliments her face!

Drew is an American actress, producer, director, author, model, and entrepreneur. She rose to fame as a child actress for her role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

The 90s darling starred in numerous successful films, such as Poison Ivy (1992), Mad Love (1995), Ever After (1998), The Wedding Singer (1998), Charlie’s Angels (2000), and Donnie Darko (2001). Her directorial debut was Whip It (2009).

Drew has a SAG Award and a Golden Globe Award for her role in Grey Gardens (2009). She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.

In addition to her film career, the star has a cosmetics line, makeup line, perfume line, eyewear line, and clothing line.

Victoria Beckham

From pop star to international style icon, Victoria Beckham has gone through her fair share of look update and upgrades. Her brows are no exception. She is also rumored to have had microblading done on her eyebrows.

Read: What microblading is for: Permanent makeup explained

Victoria is an English businesswoman, fashion designer, and singer. She rose to fame alongside the four other singers in the girl group Spice Girls. Known as Posh Spice, Victoria had a solo career following the group’s split in 2000. The star has four UK Top 10 singles, with “Out of Your Mind” reaching number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

Victoria has five official documentaries and reality shows about her life: Victoria’s Secrets, Being Victoria Beckham, The Real Beckhams, Victoria Beckham – A Mile in Their Shoes, and Victoria Beckham: Coming to America.

The star is also an internationally recognized fashion designer. Victoria launched her eponymous label in 2008, followed by a lower-priced label in 2011. Her label was named designer brand of the year in the United Kingdom in 2011.

Victoria has been married to former professional footballer David Beckham, with whom she has four children. As of 2015, the family had an estimated wealth of £508 million.

Beyoncé

Not even the Queen B was exempt from the 90s brow. Beyoncé now sports a thicker brow that fades ever so slightly at its head. Trust Bey to keep updated with the hottest makeup trends!

Beyoncé is an American singer-songwriter and actress who first rose to fame as part of the all-female R&B group Destiny’s Child. Her acting career began in 2002 with Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). She released her first solo album, Dangerously in Love, the following year. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and earned her five Grammy Awards.

After Destiny’s Child’s breakup in 2007, Beyoncé released her second solo album, B’Day, which featured her fourth number-one single, “Irreplaceable.” She then starred in the films The Pink Panther (2006), Dreamgirls (2006), and Obsessed (2009).

She married rapper Jay-Z and released her third album I Am…Sasha Fierce in 2008. The album earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards. Her next albums were Beyoncé (2013) and Lemonade (2016), both best-selling critically acclaimed works.

Her latest release was Everything is Love (2018), a collaborative album with husband Jay-Z.

How to recover from the 90s brow

Stick thin brows were once a huge trend, but now, they’re just a nightmare. Your excessive plucking from two decades ago might be the reason behind your eyebrows no longer growing.

If that’s the case, then you’ve probably exhausted every single hair growth serum in the market. Want an alternative? Well, look no further!

Eyebrow microblading is the perfect solution to your 90s brow dilemma. Trade your daily eyebrow makeup routine for an annual appointment with an eyebrow expert!

Schedule an appointment with one of microblading artists today.

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Summer is coming, and it’s time to ready our gear. And no, we’re not talking about swimsuits. We’re talking about lip sunscreen.

With the vast amount of information the internet provides us with, there’s no excuse for not knowing how to protect our skin. In this article, we talk about one of the more ignored aspects of sun protection: the lips.

Flaky, sunburned lips are bad canvasses for your favorite lipstick or your next microblading appointment. Worse: they hurt like a B. Here’s how to protect your peckers from the pesky summer sun.

Why lip sunscreen is essential

Did you know that one in five Americans will end up with skin cancer? The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) encourages everyone to use sunscreen, as it shields us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Apply sunscreen every day that you’re going outside, recommends the AAD.

And don’t forget to protect your lips from the sun, as well. According to California-based dermatologist Melanie Palm, MD, the lips are even more at-risk because it is a mucosal surface.

Speaking to Good Housekeeping, Dr. Palm said: “By the simple anatomy and structure of mucosal surfaces, we get very concerned that cancers [on the lips] can be more aggressive in nature because they can spread more easily through these conduits to other areas of the body.”

It might not happen as often, but the lips can get sunburned. In addition to sunburn, continuous exposure to the sun can also cause a rough or leathery appearance, collagen breakdown, dilation of blood vessels, and precancerous spots.

Also talking with Good Housekeeping, Deanne Robinson, MD, Connecticut-based dermatologist, explained:

“UV radiation from the sun can lead to DNA damage. The lips can develop precancerous or actinic keratosis, basal or squamous cell skin cancers, and even the deadliest of skin cancers, melanomas.”

Most commercials sunscreens don’t actually cut it

Unfortunately, Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that about two-thirds of commercial sunscreens don’t offer enough protection.

The EWG studied beach and sports sunscreens, daily moisturizers, and lip balms. They looked into how well these products actually protect the skin from UV rays and whether or not the listed ingredients are linked to any health hazards. Only 34% of the tested sunscreens met the EWG’s standards.

That said it’s important to find the effective sunscreen and follow additional measures that protect the skin from the sun:

  • Wear clothing that covers up the skin, such as pants, hats, and long-sleeved shirts. Protective clothing can reduce burn risk by up to 27%.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays.
  • Avoid being under the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as these are the sun’s peak hours.
  • Always stay in the shade when outdoors. This reduces the risk of multiple burns by 30%.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 90 to 120 minutes or after eating or drinking.
  • Drink lots of water!

Choosing the right lip sunscreen

Picking sunscreen can be a confusing ordeal, what with the number of options available in the market. Here are tips from the EWG and Doctors Palm and Robinson.

lip sunscreen

1. Physical over chemical sunscreen

“The physical-based sunscreens work almost like mirrors; they reflect light back into the environment,” said Dr. Palm. “Chemical sunscreens function like little heat absorbers. They actually convert UV light energy into heat, but heat can cause inflammation on the skin.”

According to the AAD, the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens are:

Chemical sunscreens
Physical sunscreens
Work like a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays. They contain one or more of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. These formulations tend to be easier to rub into the skin without leaving a white residue.
Work like a shield, sitting sit on the surface of your skin and deflecting the sun’s rays. They contain the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Opt for this sunscreen if you have sensitive skin.

2. SPF content

Find a sunscreen and a lip balm that has an SPF of 30 to 50. Any higher than that, and you expose yourself to a different set of risks, says the EWG. They gave five reasons why sunscreens with 50+ SPF can be dangerous:

  1. Marginally better protection. There’s not really much difference in protection. SPF 50 sunscreen protects from 98% of UVB rays, while SPF 100 sunscreen protects from 99%.
  2. Poor balance. The higher the SPF number, the worse the protection against UVA rays.
  3. “100 SPF” isn’t really 100. Different tests yielded different results when scientists researched how much SPF is really in “SPF 100” products. The “actual SPF” of these products varied from SPF 37 to SPF 75.
  4. Customers get misled. People tend to think that the higher the SPF, the longer they can stay out under the sun. This can lead to more dangerous sun exposure.
  5. There may be more health risks. High-SPF products require a higher concentration of sun-filtering chemicals, writes the EWG. Some of these ingredients have been linked to tissue damage, potential hormone disruption, and allergic skin reactions.

3. Water resistance

If you’re going for a swim, it’s important that you’re sunscreen and lip balm are water-resistant; otherwise, they could easily be removed. Water-resistant sunscreen usually only lasts either 4o to 80 minutes.

brie larson

In the Spotlight features the best in beauty on the internet—and gives advice on how to steal the looks, too. This installment pays tribute to our newest superhero and style icon, the beautiful Brie Larson. Keep reading to see her best flexes on Instagram!

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Brie Larson took the internet by storm when her blockbuster superhero movie Captain Marvel premiered March of this year. Unfazed by the hate and fueled by her advocacy work for women and girls everywhere, Brie is one of our real-life superheroes, both on the red carpet and off of it. I mean, have you seen her eyebrows?

Her outspokenness about her beliefs and her fantastic portrayal of the Marvel hero lead Brie to amass a huge following online. And it’s about time! We’re glad the Oscar award-winning actress is finally getting her due. And as the new face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s only about to get better for Brie.

How it all came to Brie

Brie Larson has been acting most of her life. Way, way before she was Captain Marvel, six-year-old Brianne Sidonie “Brie” Desaulniers was the youngest student admitted to a training program at the American Conservatory Theater. Three years later, she relocated to Los Angeles, California to begin her acting career with an appearance in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

From there, Brie became a regular in the sitcom Raising Dad (2001-2002). She also starred in comedy films Hoot (200) and 21 Jump Street (2012). As fate would have it, she was also in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), alongside he-who-would-be-Captain-America, Chris Evans.

Brie’s big break came in the form of indie drama Short Term 12 (2013). From there, she bagged the supporting roles in Spectacular Now (2013) and Trainwreck (2015). Her most memorable role, however, was in Room (2015), which gave Brie her Academy Award for Best Actress. Dedicated as ever, Brie spent a month locked in her room to help get in the mindset of her character, a kidnapping victim trapped in a tiny room.

2019 saw the premiere of Captain Marvel, a critical and commercial success befitting a Marvel film, and of Unicorn Store, a film starring and directed by Brie herself.

The 29-year-old actress and director has the following under her belt: an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a British Academy Film Award. She was also on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List in 2016, as well as Time magazine’s 2019 list of 100 most influential people in the world.

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Welcome to Beauty Roundup! We recap and discuss this week’s latest and hottest news on makeup and beauty. This week, it’s Kristen Stewart bleaching her brows and Kylie Jenner’s skincare line coming under fire.

Kristen Stewart bleaches eyebrows for the red carpet

It’s almost summertime, and we’re keen to find out what new eyebrow trends are up and coming. Is it microblading? Is it more glitter brows?

Well, whatever they may be, at least we now have an idea. Our first glimpse into the future: K-Stew bleaching her brows for a high fashion red carpet look.

Kristen walked the Chanel Metiers d’Art runway in South Korea wearing bleached brows and a punky pixie cut.

She partnered her (also) bleached blonde hair with neon green cat eyes and a gauzy white polo with a plunging neckline, plus a collection of chains around her neck. It was all very early 2000s while also being fashion-forward? We don’t know, it’s K-Stew, how could we expect anything less?

The bleached brows were supposed to premiere during the MET Gala. However, they were given a rain check when Kristen’s makeup artist Jillian Dempsey removed the bleach a little too early. Kristen ended up with brows looking more peachy and orangey than blonde, but they leaned into it instead of shying away.

The ˆstar rocked her David Bowie-inspired ensemble with bright orange brows and white brows drawn above them. Best of both worlds, right?

Breaking dawn, breaking Hollywood

Kristen began her acting career in 1999, playing Jodie Foster’s daughter in Panic Room (2000). She went on to star in Speak (2004), Zathura: A Wild Space Adventure (2004), and Into the Wild (2007). Her role as Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga (2008-2012) gave her worldwide fame, plus a spot in Hollywood’s highest-paid actors list.

From there, she starred in several indie films: Still Alice (2014), Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), and Personal Shopper (2016).

Kristen returns to blockbuster films this 2019 in the upcoming third Charlie’s Angels film, to be directed by Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect).

Kylie Jenner skincare line questioned after filtered video

Meanwhile, in the skincare world, Kylie Jenner’s fans are wondering just how legit the beauty mogul’s products and expertise are after she tweeted a filtered video of herself on the Kylie Skin Twitter page.

The video shows Kylie washing her face with the Kylie Skin Foaming Face Wash. When she pats her face with a towel, however, we see traces of foundation stick to the towel.

That, and the video has a Snapchat filter on. Filters famously make the face look smoother and clearer, so naturally, people are wondering why Kylie’s using one to promote a skincare line.

Skincare enthusiasts also point out how Kylie only washed her face for a few seconds. One of the basic—albeit less known—tenets of skincare is to wash the face for at least sixty seconds. (Not to mention: tying the hair back so none of the product goes on your tresses. Really, Kylie?)

All these lead Twitter to question Kylie Skin and the expertise of the person behind it. Did Kylie really do her research? We sure hope so.

For all the initial heat surrounding the product, however, reliable reviews won’t be arriving until much later. The product just launched, and it’ll be a while before we really see how well Kylie Skin works.

Kylie Skin claims to be cruelty free, gluten free, vegan, paraben free, sulfate free, and dermatologist tested. Right now, the whole set sells for $125. The individual products include the face wash, Walnut Face Scrub, Vanilla Milk Toner, Vitamin C Serum, Face Moisturizer, Eye Cream, and Makeup Removing Wipes.

Keeping up with Kylie

Kylie Jenner first became famous on the hit show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, together with her mom Kris, her sister Kendall, and her half-sisters Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian.

The youngest KarJenner is also the youngest billionaire, having founded her own makeup line, Kylie Cosmetics, in 2015.


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Eyebrow transplants are back on our radar after actress Meagan Good admitted to getting them on the Wendy Williams Show.

Meagan visited the set to promote her upcoming film The Intruders, and host Wendy Williams couldn’t help but notice Meagan’s brows. “Your hair looks excellent by the way, and your eyebrows still speak to me,” Wendy told Meagan.

In response, Meagan, the 37-year-old Shazam! (2019) and The Unborn (2009) actress, said she had an eyebrow transplant.

“’90s brow was pluck everything out, and then eventually it was tattooing,” Meagan said. “At 30 [years old], it was microblading, and then I was like, ‘You know what, I need real hair.”

“I got a transplant [from] back here,” Meagan said, motioning to the back of her head. “[Doctors] took the hair, harvested it, and put it into my brows.”

Prior to the transplant, Meagan tried eyebrow tattoos. Speaking to Allure Magazine in 2013, she said:

“It used to take me over an hour to do them because I was so particular about the shape and the symmetry. I would go on set, and the makeup artist would change my brows, and I would get frustrated and change them back in my room. So eventually, I went ahead and tattooed them. Problem solved.”

What are eyebrow transplants?

Eyebrow transplants, like hair transplants, use existing hair from one area of your body to grow new hair on another. There are two kinds of eyebrow transplants:

  1. Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). FUT involves the removal of a four-inch-wide slice of scalp from the back of the head. From there, hair is dissected. FUT leaves a scar, although it’s noticeable only if you have a shaved head.
  2. NeoGrafting. NeoGrafting involves the use of a machine to suck hair from the scalp. This method doesn’t leave a scar, although it has a lower success rate.

The process itself is composed of removing the hair (either through FUT or NeoGrafting); making small incisions in the eyebrows; and planting the follicles. The whole procedure is painless, thanks to numbing agents.

The healing process is a different conversation, however. “Most patients look fine three days later, and within eight days the eyebrows look great,” plastic surgeon Jeffrey Epstein told Allure Magazine. However, new hairs take four months to grow, and maximum fullness will only be achieved in a year.

One account says that they had a difficult time adjusting after the procedure. “The next day, after waking up, my eyelids were completely swollen shut; I looked like a turtle,” wrote Ashley Wilkins for Refinery29.

“I had severe nausea, was unable to fully open my eyes, and I remained swollen and bruised for exactly seven days,” she added. “If you plan on getting brow transplants, invest in a good, cold eye mask—you’re gonna need it.”

A different account, this one from Rachel Nussbaum at Glamour, said, “My eyebrows were red, puffy, and outlandish looking. I felt like Quasimodo, my eyes hidden beneath my swollen brow bone.”

“I cried for a week. Other than sitting and contemplating my despair, the work I had to do afterward was basically nothing—the follicles had to take, so I couldn’t get my brows wet for a week (as in no showering), and I had to gently dab at them with a warm washcloth to get rid of any remaining scabs,” she wrote.

Are eyebrow transplants effective?

There’s no assurance that 100% of all the follicles will take. Ashley notes that she had about 90% of regrowth. She also said that the hairs grow differently. “They didn’t grow like normal eyebrow hair,” she observed. “They grew straight out.”

Meanwhile, Rachel said, “Since the follicles are from my scalp, they grow like the hair on my head would. I have really bouncy curls, which means every few weeks I have to trim them with nail scissors to keep the hair looking like eyebrows.”

That said, neither Ashley nor Rachel express any regret about their eyebrow transplants. While both have to trim their brows every few days, it still beats not having good brows at all, they said.

The downside is eyebrow transplants cost upwards of $5,000, which can be a steep price for most people to pay.

If you’re looking for more affordable alternatives to good-looking brows, try eyebrow microblading. With only annual touchups and a $500 price tag, you can get natural-looking brows that don’t break the bank.

For more information about eyebrow microblading, check out our article: What microblading is for: Permanent makeup, explained

botched lip fillers

It used to be that everyone wanted Angelina Jolie lips. These days, it’s Kylie Jenner we aspire to become. But whoever’s lips may be your fave, one thing’s for sure: thick, plump lips are #goals. Unfortunately, botched lip fillers prove that there’s such a thing as too thick.

Kelly McVicker, 35, is a mom from West Yorkshire, UK. She booked a lip filler treatment earlier this year, in March. Kelly spent £90 (113 USD) for a beautician to inject her lips with fillers, all from the comfort of her home.

Unfortunately, she ended up rushing for medical help instead.

The horror story

Kelly reported that she was repeatedly ‘punctured’ by the beautician in order to inject a total of 1.5ml of lip fillers. The beautician was booked through a Facebook page that has since been deleted.

“It was painful, but at first, I could take it. As she did more and more, it got to the stage [where] my legs were jumping with the pain,” Kelly said.

“I’d never had [lip fillers] done before so I just thought it was normal and that she knew what she was doing.”

According to Kelly, her lips began swelling rapidly during the procedure. The beautician assured her that ice would calm them down, however.

A day later and with no improvement in sight, Kelly messaged the beautician and sought for advice. The beautician drove her to a friend who she said could dissolve the filler.

“[My lips] were getting bigger and bigger, and I could hardly talk because they were so sore and swollen. It was horrendous,” she said.

Even after removing some of the fillers, Kelly was still left horrified “My top lip was way bigger than my bottom lips as she could only remove so much My lips were all black and blue.”

The mother of five chose to hide at home for three weeks because of how disfigured her lips ended up becoming.

“The few times I went out, I would put a scarf over my lips,” she explained. “I just felt like people were looking at me. I still can’t go out without thinking people are looking and laughing.”

The learning experience

Fortunately, Kelly is using her painful experience to help enlighten others.

“I feel that the law should say that only medically qualified people can [perform lip filler procedures],” she said. “She could have killed me.”

“I used cold sore cream on [my lips] as I couldn’t wear anything [else] on my lips. Now, I have to wear lip balm constantly all through the day because my lips are really dry.”

What’s heartbreaking about stories like these is they do the opposite of what beauty services should do. Whether it’s lip filler, liposuction, or microblading, the goal is the same: to make women feel better about themselves.

Unfortunately, for people like Kelly, the exact opposite happened.

Better alternatives to lip fillers

If it’s thicker lips you want, then consider the following alternatives to lip fillers:

1. Exfoliate

Dry, flecky lips reflect less light, which can make your lips look smaller than they actually are.

To get rid of those pesky flecks, exfoliate by brushing your lips at the end of your toothbrush routine (yes, with your handy toothpaste and toothbrush!) You can also opt for store-bought exfoliators, but your brush works just as well.

2. Use hyaluronic acid.

As we age, our skin cells produce less hyaluronic acid (HA). This leads to dullness, fine lines, and even uneven tone and texture in the skin. The lips also lose their plumpness and youthfulness.

But don’t worry—a slew of hyaluronic acid products have recently hit the market. Find a lip moisturizer that has HA, and your peckers will thank you for it.

3. Make up big lips with makeup.

Kylie Jenner used to overline her lips to make them look bigger (back before her lip filler days). Who says you can’t do the same thing? Apply concealer to your lips then trace your lips slightly outside your natural lip line.

You can also highlight your lips by  using a white lip crayon in the middle of both your upper and bottom lips. This will give your peckers a subtle lift, giving you naturally looking bigger lips.

4. Get lip microblading.

If you want a less invasive procedure to help plump up your lips, then look no further. Microblading can make your lips look bigger while also giving you a permanently flushed color. It’s like putting on lip tint once and having it never come off.

With only annual appointments to maintain your lips, you can bid tiresome makeup routines farewell. No more anxiety about stepping out without makeup—you already look good without it anyway.