BrowsIt seems like Hollywood is raising eyebrows with a new youthful look, the “no arch” brows.  Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman, Miranda Kerr, Emma Watson and others have been ditching the high-arch, made famous by Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, and Elizabeth Taylor during the 1950s, in favor of this chic Koren beauty trend.  According to the Daily Mail, the “no arch brow” – literally a straight, thick brow with zero arch in it – is being touted as the cheapest and most effective way to knock years off your face.  M·A·C Senior Artist, Pablo Rodriguez, explains, “Straighter eyebrows look fuller, more boyish so it gives a youthful natural look.”  But others disagree.  “It’s been done before. It’s nothing new,” says Hollywood brow guru, Robert Bolaños.  He shares, “The main thing to do is not to cut or trim the eyebrows,” staying away from the popular “crew cut” look.

So how do you recreate this look at home?  Global Brow Expert Maybelline New York, Maribeth Madron, explains, “The brow should begin between the inner corner of the eye and bridge of the nose.  First, make sure to use a sharp pencil. Then, begin in the center of the brow and make short upward and outward strokes with very little pressure; this mimics the softness of your actual brows.”  Then she suggests, “Add definition by filling any holes with pencil, setting them with brow powder, and finishing with brow gel for a touch of shine and hold.”


UA ConnieAGE: 16
CITY/STATE:  San Francisco, CA
BEAUTY PHILOSOPHY:   A person is only as beautiful as their mentality
AM BEAUTY ROUTINE: I wash my face with a wet washcloth then moisturize with Olay’s All Day Moisturizer with spf 15. I let that sit and absorb while I change out of my PJs. Afterwards, I prime my T-zone with the original Smashbox Photo Finish primer and apply Urban Decay’s Urban Defense tinted moisturizer to areas that need some coverage. I wet a flat eyeliner brush with water and dip it into a taupe eyeshadow to lightly fill my brows in. Then I dust over my entire face with e.l.f.’s Studio High Definition Powder. Finally I curl my lashes and finish with Lancôme’s Hypnôse mascara.
PM BEAUTY ROUTINE:  I wash my face in the shower.  I alternate between scrubbing my face with my Michael Todd Soniclear and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, and Biore Acne Clearing Scrub. Then I use a Sisley Rosewater Toner, spot treat any zits appearing. Finally, I moisturize with the Neutrogena Combination Skin Oil Free Moisture.
MOST EXPENSIVE PRODUCT:  Lancôme’s Hypnôse mascara
BEST BARGAIN PRODUCT:  Hands down, the e.l.f. Essential Eyelash Curler. It’s only $1 on their site and they also sell replacement pads for dirt cheap.
FAVORITE BEAUTY TOOL:  Heated lash curler
COMMENTS: Beauty radiates from the inside so stay humble and know your self worth​



00110921-344x340We enlisted the help of the astrologer Zoe Moon to find out what we all have in store for July.

The first day of July brings a culmination around goals we’ve been working on, career pursuits, reputation, fame, and any dealings with authority figures like the boss, judge, parent, or mentor. It’s a FULL MOON in Capricorn and you may note endings, achievements, breakthroughs, or celebrations with these topics. A Venus/Jupiter conjunction on this day adds to the rather big moment involving a creative project, your love life, a lover, the fun, a woman, the income, or the kids, overall giving a feeling that we’ve really reached some zenith as this month gets underway.

Mercury moves into Cancer on the 8th turning out thoughts to home, family, moves, renovations, parents, roommates, and real estate deals over the weeks ahead. It’s a good time now to start talks or meetings, field offers, sign agreements, make sales,   involve siblings or neighbors, get into community activities, and make some decisions about these matters. On the 15th we get a NEW MOON in the same Cancer territory so at this point a door opens and we get 2 powerful weeks to launch into new territory here or to take current things to the next level. This is quite the intense New Moon since Mercury and Mars are both active helping to open up dialogue and amp up the action around what is happening. Both of these energies oppose Pluto so there will be another person in the mix with a powerful say in how the finances, divorce, sex life, or controlling interests play out. Read more of this story »