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What I Wore Wednesday... and an important eyebrow question

1.15.2014

First, the outfits... unexciting though they may be:

No. 1
Walmart jacket, Shade top, Big Star jeans, Ugg boots, Target hat, clothing exchange scarf

No. 2 
Old Navy top, Target cardigan & jeans, Matisse boots

No. 3 
Old Navy jacket, Maurice's sweater, Gap jeans, Target wedge booties, finger-knitted scarf

No. 4 
Ross top (French Connection), thrifted Banana Republic jeans, Matisse boots

Now, I need advice! As I've mentioned before, my eyebrows have been actively disappearing off of my face over the past couple of years and I'm afraid to say they have now reached CRISIS STATUS.

As in, my husband walked in the bathroom before I'd used my eyebrow pencil and said, "did you just shave your eyebrow half off?!" 

Umm, no. Although I can certainly understand why anyone would think that:

Wow, that's a bit close.

Faces were definitely meant to have eyebrows, that is for sure. 

So I put them on. Every day. Inexpertly at that. And I'll tell you something. It's a PAIN. You exercise and sweat, they come off. You swim, they come off. You wear a hat and it slips down over your brow, brown smudges everywhere. You feel ridiculous even in front of your own family with no brow makeup on so you have to apply it every.single.day. You go through brow pencils/powders/gels/everything ever created and spend a lot of money. Sometimes you luck out and your meticulous application makes them look pretty well-matched, but other times the brow "sisters" end up looking like second cousins twice-removed. By adoption.

Lately, I've been researching permanent makeup (professional eyebrow tattoos), and am almost ready to take the plunge. Well, let's say I'm 60% ready to take the plunge. The other 40% of me is afraid of a bad outcome, and misery and regret. The thing is, Groupon has some amazing deals that would take the expense down from astronomical ($450) to just really expensive ($189), which makes it seem like something attainable in the near-ish future, so my question is... 

Have you had permanent eyebrow makeup done or personally know someone who has? And are you/they happy with how it turned out? And does it look awesome? Or does it just look fake? Or worse! 

To my knowledge, I only know one single person that has actually had it done, and while she is very happy, and I think her brows look really great, they are brand new so neither of us knows for sure what they'll look like in a year, two years, etc. 

Any feedback would be super helpful!

Love Jodi,
your eyebrowless friend :)

(who, p.s., has had her thyroid levels checked and talked to her doctor about her eyebrows and does not seem to have a medical condition causing her hair loss. Just in case you were concerned.)
pleated poppy

17 comments:

  1. Ok, so interesting. I think doing the eyebrow tattoo is a great idea. I understand why you're hesitant though. It's a big step. I think it helps that you know someone who has done this. If you like her results, I'd definitely go to the same person.

    My eyebrows got pretty thin too, but I do have a thyroid problem. Now they are coming back in, but not like they used to be. I do the brow pencil thing. Goodness, I didn't think hair problems would be such a problem with aging. Seems like hair is in all the wrong places!

    All the best to you. Love your outfits. I'm really liking the striped top with the boots in the last outfit.
    ~FringeGirl

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    1. Yes I would for sure go to the same person, my friend did a lot of research and found someone with zero negative reviews, over ten years experience, and tons of before/after pics all from her own work.
      Hair definitely seems to be a problem with aging - dang! :)

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  2. Firstly, I love your hair in #4. I don't think I've seen you wear it up much, and it looks great! Secondly, I know I live in blog land, but I visit your blog fairly regularly and I have never noticed your eyebrows before. That being said, I fully support most things that make life easier. I think if you do your research and carefully pick your tattoo artist you could end up a happy girl.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! For one, it's always a relief to know my eyebrows don't look obvious (well at least not online ;) For two, thanks for the hair compliment - trying new things!!

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  3. Great outfits as always girl! I would have never guessed that about your eyebrows...I think you do a great job filling them in. I can see how frustrating that must be though. I wonder if they have medicine to help regrow the hair there? I know there is something for lashes. I hope you can find a good solution! {{HUGS}}

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  4. So pretty! I really love the yellow top! So bright and cheerful! I wish I had some eyebrow advice, but I'm pulling a big blank. :/

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  5. I use LiLash to make my eyelashes grow really long and thick. The same company has a product called LiBrow that does the same thing the LiLash does, but for eyebrows. It takes a couple of weeks to notice any difference, but by three months it's in full effect. It is kind of expensive, but at least it's not permanent if you decide you hate it. I personally have not used LiBrow, but I have heard great things about it. www.lilash.com has more info.

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    1. Thanks for the info and link, Breal! My Bare Minerals makeup lady actually told me about the same lash product, she didn't know if there was a separate one for brows though. I have been thinking about that option too, my only concern being spending the money on it (I've heard it's pretty expensive too) and it not really working. I probably should try it before committing to something permanent! And by the way, your eyelashes are FABULOUS :)

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  6. I say to go for it, just make sure it's a good place and that they have samples you can see. They often draw them on first, too, so you can see if you like it. I think tatooed brows (though I only know 2 people who have them) look so much more realistic than make up ones...

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    1. Well that is positive to hear, thanks Jennifer!

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  7. I had heard about li lash from my hair dresser and when I looked it up I thought, no way, too expensive! I did some searching on Amazon and found Nutra Luxe and it is about half the price and it has honestly made my lashes grow(that is my prob, not the eyebrows.) I would recommend checking that out as a starting point.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I'll check it out!

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  8. Hi Jodi, I love your hair and the yellow top too. You look so pretty always brows or no brows. I am all for making the make-up thing easier...so getting older myself, I notice my eyebrows are totally blond-ing out, I am fading away! Is that a phrase? Tattooing is a great idea, if they are done by an artist you like, but you will probably have to redo it in 3-4 years. I like the eyeliner tattoos too, and was wondering if that would be a good option for my aging skin that can't seem to keep the eyeliner where it is placed.. My question...besides tattooing and hair growth products, is there a hair transplant option using your own hair?

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    1. Teri I had to look it up because I'd never heard of that but low and behold, of course there is eyebrow transplants! :) The site I found charged a minimum of $2500. Because they take hair from the back of your sculpt it will grow longer and need to be trimmed. Surgery takes 3-4 hours and results are not perfect. Not something I'm interested in I think. I know a couple of people who have had and loved permanent eyeliner! I think for your eyebrows just a brow powder would work. Mac has several colors.

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  9. Hi Jodi, I just came across your blog via pinterest. I know 3 people who have had their eyebrows tattooed. Two are fair skinned, blonde and blue eyed with eyebrows that were almost colorless. One is a warm redhead who never regained her eyebrows after chemo. One of the blonds went for a bit thicker brow look. It looks fine when she is fully made up, but kind of scary when she is fresh-faced. The other blond and the redhead chose thinner brows and both look a lot more natural. I think that brunettes would do a lot better since there is less contrast between your brows and hair. Good luck. Oh by the way - all of them absolutely love their tattoos!

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    1. Thank you soooo much for your input, Jess! Very helpful for me and encouraging too... thanks!!

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