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Wink Brow DateWhat do you get when you team up a top-notch laser and waxing studio with an equally top-quality makeup brand to talk about eyebrows? Throw in a few beauty-crazed bloggers in the mix and it’s a sure afternoon gathering of fun, hands-on experiential learning (with a bit of Hollywood and local gossip on the side) you won’t achieve from just watching Youtube videos. Wink Laser and Waxing Studio has partnered with Make Up Factory for this special eyebrow waxing and definition workshop I’m super thankful I was invited to attend. First, because even if I’m obsessed with doing my brows, I can never seem to get them to look as perfect as I’ve imagined them in my head. Second, I’ve never experienced eyebrow waxing and I’ve always been intrigued because rumor has it that hair grows better after as compared to when they are threaded. And third, some of my top favorite and daily Filipina beauty blog reads are all coming together for this special event. Finally meeting the beautiful faces behind the blogs I frequently pore over made me more excited than I already was. All thanks to the one and only Liz Lanuzo for making this all happen.
Curious to see what kind of eyebrow slash beauty blogger sorcery ensued? P.S. — lengthy and photo-filled post ahead!
“Neat Freaks, At Your Service”Let me just say first that hands down — Wink is the cleanest, most neat-obsessed waxing studio I have ever gone to. And I’m sure that it wasn’t just cleaned for this particular blogger event because I visited two days prior to get another waxing job done and it was as spick-and-span as ever. Paper sheet beddings are changed per client, absolutely no repeating or recycling of waxes and even no double dipping of spatulas! Each guest has their own set of waxing tools for every visit. When I tried Wink, I wonder how I managed to endure and tolerate my previous waxing place that had wax stains on their cotton beddings and *shivers* stray hairs on the wax heater, which apparently Liz has also encountered. I wonder if we went to the same place, or God forbid it’s a common scene in waxing studios around the Metro. Anyway, Wink Studio is actually more known for their laser hair removal than their equally superior waxing service. I have yet to try their painless laser hair removal though, but will definitely get back to you once I have. What I like also is their 0% installment plan which, if you’re interested to avail any laser hair removal package, definitely makes it more affordable.
Not All Goodbyes are PainfulWink uses different kinds of waxes according to different hair types – blue green hard wax (pictured above, it’s the dark, almost black-looking one) for thick hair, but can also be used for the brows; pink hard wax for really thin and fine hair; light brown soft wax (the typical wax I know of) which is used with a strip of cloth for big areas like the legs. Holly Chang, the holy-smokes-beautiful owner, often gets the question if the waxes are flavored because of their pretty, delectable-looking colors but she tells us ahead of time that they’re not. Just in case anyone gets any ideas. Haha.
Does it hurt? How does it compare to threading?I’ d like to think that I’m pretty much immune to all kinds of waxing pain… except brazilian. That thing really hurts. A LOT. But I can say that eyebrow waxing definitely doesn’t hurt at all. Even as a first time eyebrow waxer, I expected a bit more pain than that! Compared to threading, eyebrow waxing (at least in Wink!) won’t even make you lose a precious teardrop. I usually have my brows threaded with a brow technician who knows how to shape my sparse, shapeless pair and transform them into something decent and wearable-without-any-brow-makeup-on. BUUUT I think my new routine will be to have them shaped once and then upon an inch of growing out, will run on to Wink and have them waxed ASAP, so I can retain its shape. Repeat after an inch of growing out again. I do believe I am now a waxing convert.
Eyebrow Definition Workshop with Makeup FactoryAfter everyone emerged from the immaculate waxing suites, we were then prepared for the eyebrow definition session by Makeup Factory (but not before we were treated to delicious cupcakes, macaroons and lemonade!). Above, you can see Melody (Maquillage Professional makeup artist) schooling us on the more formal term for a spoolie, it was so French and sophisticated-sounding, I forgot. Bouf-something, I believe. Makeup Factory has awesome brow products I’m actually interested to purchase. The brow definition pen seems like a must-have. What Melody did was to start with a brow powder to fill in the eyebrow area (always use a lighter powder to avoid looking overdone easily), followed by a brow pencil to fill up the sparser areas, then the brow pen to further define, followed by the brow mascara to add tint (if hair is colored) or set (if using just the clear one) and finally a brow corrector/highlighter to erase any mistakes and make the eyebrow pop. Phew! The whole routine took about the same time as I do my whole makeup, haha. But, I’m unfazed. I’m already mustering the energy to practice this master technique of perfect brows in under 10 minutes. Challenge accepted! Oh nothing, just a few of my favorite Filipina beauty bloggers applying newly-learned skills on their brows. From left to right clockwise, we have —
On Makeup FactoryDid you know Makeup Factory was actually a legit makeup factory before they became a brand? They are based in Germany and manufacture cosmetics for other brands such as Artdeco, Anny, BeYu, MissLyn… among others. The price point is somewhere in between drugstore brands and luxury brands.Liz working her eyebrow magic. And look at Mariana dipping into the Makeup Factory lineup of brow products (she has such a perfect face with equally flawless skin!).
On LizAnd finally, another highlight of this event is meeting Philippines’ top beauty blogger Liz Lanuzo, the hostess with the mostest for the afternoon. Her beauty knowledge and wisdom is beyond her years and how she handles her day job juggling a number of brands here and there, makes me wonder if she still sleeps at all, having a successful blog behind all this. Also, despite being on top of her game, she has the most down-to-earth demeanor. Her legs are also TDF (my cover photo shows a sneak peek of her perfect pair)! Oh and she did my eyebrows, too! Picked up a few tricks on how to draw my brows, like where to start, what motion to use, etc. Plus she shared her favorite eyebrow product which I’m set on trying out soon. Thanks, Liz! Just some of the beautiful faces that graced this event — I love taking portraits, sorry (not sorry!). So nice to meet you all!!! And do check out everyone’s impeccably groomed brows! For only Php300, I say eyebrow waxing here at Wink is at least worth a try, you guys. And if you’re thinking that maybe such an immaculately luxurious-looking place must come with a hefty price tag, you are mistaken! Prices are actually way cheaper here than in another high-end waxing studio I’ve come across around the same vicinity. I’ll link you to their Service Menu so you can check out the prices of their waxing and laser services.
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