Undercover Beauty: Review of Eyebrow Microblading by Buttercup Beauty

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When I was in second grade I stood in the entryway of my house and shaved my eyebrows off with a pink Bic razor. I can literally remember the entire process of carefully thinning and shaping my brows, just like my mom and sister (for some reason I thought that’s what razors were for, nbd) and eventually getting to a point of no return…my brows just got thinner and further apart and eventually I just shaved them off entirely and then put on a hat.

Props to my mom who somehow managed to not obnoxiously laugh in my face when she saw what I’d done, and also to my second grade teacher who let me wear a hat for the next two weeks.

And that, my friends, is where my story with eyebrows begins. Over the past 31 years they’ve been shaved off, over-plucked, cursed at, tinted, subjected to $8 wax jobs and then, thank god, totally rehabed. They’ve come a long way, and I love where my brows are at now thanks to my eyebrow coach, Buttercup Beauty, who has spent the past 6 months swatting my hands away from the tweezer and lovingly whipping my brows back into shape. The first time she tinted, shaped and filled my brows nearly brought me to tears. I really had no idea the magic that a true brow technician can work (this is the part where I tell you that if you’re still paying your hair stylist $8 to wax your brows you need to upgrade that routine stat). 

Before Microblading


Hydrating Beauty Water

Hydrating Beauty Water: the perfect drink to help you stay hydrated and detoxed all summer long.

Did you know that up to 75% of the American population walks around every day dehydrated? No wonder we all feel sluggish and dependent on Starbucks. Not only is dehydration hard on your skin but has a negative impact on nearly every bodily process, including brain function, metabolism, immunity . . . the list goes on and on. That’s why for the past 6 years I’ve had a goal of consuming 150 ounces of water each day, and it has changed my life! One of my favorite ways to get in my daily OZs is by sipping on a big glass of my Hydrating Beauty Water! I shared the recipe last week over at Beauty Bets. Head over for all the details!

Beautycounter Shampoo + Conditioner Review

My Guest Pots at Beauty Bets : Why I'm loving Beautycounter's Shampoo and Conditioner!

Last week I guest posted over at Beauty Bets to share my recent experience using Beautycounter’s Shampoo + Conditioner! If you’ve thought about trying their products, the hair care is a great place to start.

Head over to Beauty Bets to see what I’m loving about these clean, green, sulfate-free products!

My Guest Pots at Beauty Bets : Why I'm loving Beautycounter's Shampoo and Conditioner!


Best Tangerine + Coral Lipsticks

9 of my Favorite Tangerine and Coral Lipsticks!

Sometimes I talk about makeup over at Beauty Bets, and this week was one of those weeks!

You could pop over there to see my favorite tangerine + coral lipsticks, which are one of my summer staples year after year.

Read my most recent post at Beauty Bets: Best of Tangerine and Coral Lips and let me know if you pick one out! We share all of our lipstick selfies on Instagram with #BBLipservice, snap one and join us 😉

Natural Hair Care with Qet Botanicals

Qet Botanicals - amazing natural hair care products made in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

I love a lot of things about this post. First is the fact that I’ve finally cleaned up my hair care routine. I’ve been greenifying most aspects of my life and I was slow on the hair portion of it. Second is the fact that I’ve found such lovely natural hair care items that are locally made in Wisconsin. Natural and local? Win!

Meet Qet Botanicals of Cross Plains, Wisconsin. They were so kind to let me test out a variety of their products and I can’t wait to visit their cute boutique and grab some more essentials. Below are 3 of the products that I’ve incorporated into my regular hair routine.

Qet Botanicals Sea Salt Spray - amazing natural hair care products made in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

Qet Botanicals Natural Sea Spray ($19) – I’m a big fan of sea salt sprays and I love that this one doesn’t make your hair feel crunchy or dry, but instead it feels very nourished and soft, with a beachy, voluminous texture. Qet formulates their Sea Spray with Himalayan pink salt, lavender and botanical oils. The scent is superior, too.

Qet Botanicals Lavender Dry Shampoo Powder - amazing natural hair care products made in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

Qet Botanicals Lavender Powder Dry Shampoo ($19) – Dry shampoo is my savior and I try to get by with dry shampoo at least twice a week in order to help my hair continue to grow and strengthen. At first I was perpelxed by the packaging. The open jar didn’t seem that conducive to a shampoo powder. But the directions suggest that you apply it with a brush and work it into roots. I’ve gotta say this has been an eye-opener for me. It turns out that applying dry shampoo with a brush might be the best method. Pro tip: apply it into roots before you go to bed. That way you wake up with refreshed hair, and the slight scent of lavender as you drift off to sleep is an added bonus.

Qet Botanicals Natural Hair Serum - amazing natural hair care products made in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

Qet Botanicals Natural Shine Serum ($24) – Dry ends are a perpetual problem for my hair, so serums and oils have long been my product of choice to help add shine and moisture. Qet’s Natural Shine Serum combines coconut oil with broccoli seed oil for light, non-greasy moisture that penetrates the hair shaft.

I highly recommend trying any of the products above, but if you’re interested in trying out a sample kit you can get 15% off and free shipping with code MERRYKITMAS at checkout. Be sure to check out the Hair Kit.

Products featured above were provided for my testing and review by Qet Botanicals. Opinions are my own. Thanks for reading!