Oct 12 2014

My Brow Routine: Anastasia and Benefit


EDIT 27/01/2015: Some of the photographs in this post have been updated.


O.K., guys. First off, let me preface this entire post by making it clear that I am no brow expert. Second, my brows are naturally on the thinner side. This relative thinness and sparseness is not due to over-plucking or waxing – I was born this way. 🙂 In fact, I only started paying some attention to my brows at all about 4 years ago. Over time, my “brow grooming” and brow routine have come to entail occasional (very minimal) plucking/trimming of strays in an effort to achieve some semblance of an arch and finding the best method to add some body to my brows without them looking drawn in. For those of us with thinner hairs, these are difficult goals to achieve.

Brow Routine - Anastasia and Benefit

I’m still on my brow journey and I suspect most of us will be on such a journey our entire lives. However, I thought I’d share with you my brow routine and products I’ve come to rely on, and enjoy, along the way – starting with the one’s I’ve had the longest and ending with the most recent. Oh, and I talk a little about wear time of the products but please bear in mind that I live in a hot, humid climate and this is a factor when it comes to longevity.



Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Powder in Brunette

Brow Routine Anastasia Brow Powder Brunette

The Anastasia Brow Powder I own came in the Beauty Express For Brows and Eyes Kitmy first foray into serious brow grooming. I bought this about 3 1/2  years ago so the version featured in the first photo (red packaging) isn’t sold anymore – it  was re-packaged in black (forgive me for not showing you the whole thing but it’s so dirty!). The Kit retails for $39.50 USD and you get an angled brush, stencils, the brow powder duo in Blonde or Brunette, brow wax and an eye shadow duo (one shimmer, one matte), which I use to highlight the brow bone. It’s actually a pretty awesome selection. In the beginning, I did use the stencils from time to time but less so now that I’m more accustomed to achieving the shape I want. On the other hand, I use the wax and highlighter almost every time I use the brow powder. If you have no need for these other items, I would still recommend the powder (which can be purchased alone) as it helps me to achieve a fairly natural look – the lighter color for the inner brows and the darker color for the tail. This wears for about 8 hours before it starts to fade around the edges.


Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Whiz in Ebony

Brow Routine - Anastasia Brow Whiz
My Brow Routine - Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Brunette Update

Fast forward a few months later. While I loved my Anastasia Brow Kit, and the effect that it gave – sometimes, with my brow hairs being as black as they are – I felt the powder would lean just a tad bit too red. So, I went in search of a solution. Having already fallen in love with Anastasia’s products, it was the first place I looked. This is when I discovered the oh-so-famous Brow Whiz. People love this thing and for good reason. It is a retractable pencil whose tiny and precise point is perfect to creating hair like strokes when filling in the brows. It was perfect for me because the color Ebony is so close to black (without being as harsh as a true black) that I can use it along with other products to create a more realistic colour match. The one minor flaw in the product is that it begins to break down and fade (on me) after about 6 hours. The Brow Whiz retails for $21.00 USD and £15.50 (Cult Beauty UK).


Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep

Brow Routine - Benefit Gimme Brow Medium Deep
My Brow Routine - Benefit Gimme Brow Update

The Love of My Life.  This product was released sometime in 2013, I believe. In any event, I acquired it shortly after it came out and it has been with me every since (new ones of course). The Gimme Brow is the perfect, no-fuss, quick solution for adding body/volume. I think it is favored by those blessed with thicker hairs who just want to fill in some sparse areas of already groomed brows. The Gimme Brow is tinted and contains tiny fibers which adhere to the skin as well as the brow hairs – the formula also helps brows stay in place (no need for a separate gel/wax). It is offered in Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. Even though my brows are on the thin side, I find that this product works well for me. In a hurry, I will use the Gimme Brow alone (which I did in the photo demonstration above – forgive the few strays there). When I have more time, I’ll use it along with the Anatasia Brow Whiz for precision and to further define. Benefit’s Gimme Brow retails for $22.00 USD and £17.50 (Benefit UK or Boots).


Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Chocolate

Brow Routine - Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade Chocolate
My Brow Routine - Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade Update

The newest addition to my brow bar – I’m still finding my feet with the Anastasia DipBrow Pomade. It is marketed as a smudge-free, waterproof pomade formula that performs as an all-in-one brow product. A little bit goes a long way and one has to be very careful not to over do it. Having only used the product a handful of times, I’m still working on this balance. Once applied, however, I do not need to use any other product to help it stay in place and it lasts all day without smudging. Also, I am a huge fan of the colour match – chocolate is near perfect. The DipBrow retails for $18.00 USD or £15.00 (Cult Beauty UK).


EDIT 27/01/2015: Since posting, I’ve really gotten the hang of using this product. I use a small angle brush, dip the brush into the product, taking the smallest amount and then wipe the excess on the back of the hand before applying to the brow.

My Brow Routine - Anastasia Dip Brow, Powder Duo Brunette & Benefit Gimme Brow

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and it’s been helpful. I know that I’m not perfect when it comes to my brows – but I’m trying. 🙂 Do you guys have a brow routine? What are your essential products?





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    • islandchic77 on October 12, 2014 at 11:38 am
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    Love Anastasia!

      • Kimmy on December 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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      Me too! xo

  1. Oh the results are oh so amazing! I’ve been meaning to try out the Anastasia Beverly hills brow products for a while now! I really should do that ASAP!!!



      • Kimmy on October 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm
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      You’ll love them, Serene! Let me know if you ever do – I’d be interested to read your thouhts. 🙂 xx

    • anoushkaloves on October 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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    All of my favourites! As you know, I love my brows and I love brow products too! I am loving Benefit BrowZings at the moment too, its great for those down days when you still need a bit of definition.

    Anoushka xx http://www.Anoushkaloves.com xx

      • Kimmy on October 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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      I’ll have to check out the Brow Zings at some point. I want to work on finishing the powders I have first, but it’s definitely on my list of things to try next! xx

  2. I love all of the “brow looks” you showed! The pomade gives some serious definition 🙂 I’ve been using Brow Whiz for a week and I’m seriously in love, it’s the first eyebrow pencil I actually really like! Sometimes you really have to believe the hype 🙂 xx
    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on October 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm
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      Yes, hype can be very well-founded at times. The Dip Brow definitely requires a light hand and practise. I’m getting better at it, I think, at first I was applying a little too much (which is easy to do). 🙂 It’s great that you’re loving the brow whiz! xx

  3. I love Gimme brow! But the Anastasia products look so good! Will have to look them up 🙂 great post lovely!


      • Kimmy on October 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm
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      Yes, it is great! We are all part of the Gimme Brow movement, hehe. I’ve also loved every Anastasia product I’ve used and highly recommend the brand. 🙂

  4. Loving the brows Kimmy! I’ve been wanting to try out the Anastasia Brow Wiz for a while now. But I’m stuck on which colour would suit my brows! And ofcourse, the Gimme Brow is amazing! What a difference it makes to your brows.. crazy!

      • Kimmy on October 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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      What colours are you deciding between? Caramel and Auburn might be too red/ You could go the way of Taupe or Medium Brown – a combination would probably be the best option but that’s also an extra expense. :/

  5. Wow – I feel like you prett much got all the Brow Holy Grail’s here.
    I’m possibly the only person alive, with eyebrows, who doesn’t own a Anastasia product – I really need to get my hunt on! The DipBrow makes them looks great!
    I also have not tried (bad brow blogger) the Benefit Gimme Brow because I always assumed it would only exaggerate my already big, voluminous, 3D brows – and this is the first time I’ve heard people with loads of brow should use it (I certainly haven’t researched the subject)..interesting I wonder if there’s any chance a sample size would be in their Advent calander because that is something I could really get around!
    Sorry – I wrote a novel here – I just feel like I’m talking to a friend.
    Love and appreciate you thoughts as always!
    Kelsey x

      • Kimmy on October 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm
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      Kelsey, your comment made my day. 🙂 Don’t worry about writing a novel…it is so humbling and exciting for me when others take the time to offer their thoughts on the things I write about. It’s funny you say that about the Gimme Brow because before using it myself, I’d heard reviews saying that it’s best if you “already have decent brows”. Whether full or sparse, most of us do sort of grooming – i.e. tweeze, trim, wax to shape them and this product comes in handy to sort of run throw the brows quickly giving one a “I did my brows appearance” in seconds and keeping them in place without having to fuss with pencils, powder, gel etc etc. It does add a little volume because of the tiny fibers but not too much. I don’t know if the Advent calendar has one, but if it does that would be great! 🙂 xx

    • kpsays on January 31, 2015 at 11:52 pm
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    I’m glad I’m not the only one that had a learning curve with the Dip Brow! Now that I’ve got the hang of it, I love it. Yes, my darling, for those of us with thin brows, the struggle is real!!! I just got Gimme Brow. Hoping to test it out this week.

      • Kimmy on February 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm
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      Yes it is! The struggle is real! It’s always like – how did I get me some brows without looking like a clown? 🙂 Let me know what you think of the Gimme Brow – seems like it’s a hate it or love it type of product.

  6. oh such a great post. I love the pictures you made. it really helps to see the results. I’ve been thinking about getting the anastasia brow dip for a while.. i think I have to buy it now 🙂 thank you! xoxo Carina


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