BISC Volume 16 – How to remove facial hair

BISC Vol.16
Do you remove your facial hair? If so, what’s your preferred method?

BISC Vol.16 Authors
MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up
It’s pretty embarrassing to have visible facial hair as a woman – thanks for that, mom – so yes, I remove it. At first I only tweezed my unibrow and my upper lip hair with a pair of tweezers – the pain oh the pain – but last summer I went from just plucking the caterpillars and the stache to pretty much epilating my whole face with this little torture tool. Yes, it hurts, but it’s effective and keeps my face looking and feeling nice and smooth. That said, I’d love to go for a permanent solution eventually with one of those Philips Lumea-type at-home hair removal systems.
ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews
I just tweeze. I try not to be a perfectionist either.
ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
Being blonde, I don’t really have issues with facial hair. Or, as I probably should say, HAD. Because with age I notice the soft peachy fuzz becoming more and more prominent, up to a point where I start to wonder if I should probably do something about it. So far I had my upper lip waxed once, which turned out to be a horrible experience. My face was red and swollen for days and I started breaking out when the hair grew back. I guess I´ll try sugaring next…
AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
I guess I could say that I am really blessed because the only facial hair I need to remove is the hair in my eyebrows. I get them professionally waxed at the salon every 2-3 months and I pluck whatever hair is growing out in between appointments using my tweezers. As simple as that!
RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
I do, but only occasionally! I tweeze stray brow hairs when I’m doing my makeup, but for the most part, the hair on my face just gets to stay on my face. I’ll tweeze, thread, or wax my upper lip if I have a bunch of lip swatches to do, but I take a very lazy approach to facial hair nowadays. If other people don’t like my face-hairs, they can suck it up and deal with it!
MATROMAO | Philippines | FoodWorldMe
So far, I’ve only ever done my eyebrows. I used to exclusively tweeze them myself back in high school, but I’ve since discovered that professional reshaping every now and then is the trick to keep my “eyebrow game” going. Then I’ll maintain that for a couple of months by cleaning up re-growths along the shape they’ve set. I’ve had people shave, tweeze, and wax my brows, and I prefer waxing. It’s quick, and the shape I get is so well-defined that mapping and filling the brows become a breeze.
JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
Upon reading everyone’s comments, I’m a little embarrassed to share that I’ve done very little to my facial hair. Every couple of weeks I’d groom my eyebrows with a tweezer and remove obvious facial hair with a basic Panasonic facial trimmer and that’s about it! I didn’t even know that people get their upper lip waxed! I probably should give it a try soon, along with getting my brows professionally shaped. I feel that my current brows don’t really flatter my face that much.

Now it is your turn:
What do you do to your facial hair?
And which method would you suggest I try next?


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BISC Volume 15 – Tips how to overcome bloggers block

BISC Vol.15 Group 1
How do you overcome blogger’s block?

BISC Vol.15 Group 1
LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash
When I have blogger’s block, I usually just go offline for a while and enjoy what reality has to offer. For me, personally, the block is because I’m uninspired, and maybe a little burned out. A break is usually a welcome, and most of the time, it takes shorter than expected to get some inspiration to write again. Nowadays however, I have content to write, but just don’t have the time to do it. That’s entirely another type of block. LOL!
ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
I don’t think I ever experienced a severe case of “bloggers block” (knock on wood!), but I have had days where I am completely exhausted and lacking all inspiration. To keep up with my schedule I plan my posts three months in advance, rotating beauty, skincare and random stuff so I don’t get stuck in a rut. And if life gets in the way I still have quality content prepared to see me through at least a week or two without the pressure of having to write, which is the best way to get all inspired again.
TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty
I actually hit a wall about a month ago due to beauty overload. I took a little break and started my “Married to a Chef” series. Having those posts at the ready lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. After the first two went out I found myself more at ease and able to refocus my attention back to beauty related posts. I think taking a break is so important for your mind, body and spirit. I don’t think you should ever have to apologize for doing so because after all we’re only human.
KRISTEN | USA | Glambunctious
I just take a break.  Sometimes it’s a a few days away from social media, or a week off from blogging.  I focus on other areas of my life and when the magic returns, I get to writing!  I don’t really think of it as a block or lack of inspiration; it’s just a time where my brain power is needed elsewhere.
SHEILA | Canada | Maddy Loves
I generally have “moments” of inspiration and then I write, write, write, often several blog posts in one sitting. It’s really hard to motivate myself to write if I have writer’s block, so I generally go away and do something else, or I scroll through my folder of folders of stuff I need to review, hoping to get some inspiration. I might also read other blogs, hoping I’ll get bitten by the writing bug. If all else fails, I might just give up. Blogging is a hobby anyways, so I try not to stress myself out too much by it!
JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
I usually just let it be. Sometimes I even think of it as a blessing because I’ll have more time to spend with my friends and family doing “life” things. I’ll try to stay off social media, too, if possible. I find that when I’m happy, I’ll have a lot of energy, and ideas will flow naturally. I also find it easier and more fun to write about things I’m genuinely happy and excited about! :)

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BISC Vol 14 – On choosing a blogname

BISC Vol.14
What’s the inspiration behind your blog name? How did you come up with it?

BISC Vol.14 Group 1 Authors
TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty
My blog name came about during a discussion I was having with my husband. Beauty wise I had stopped listening to everyone else and started doing what was right for me.  He suggested I call it Tracy’s Way but I remember thinking that that sounded too egotistical so he came up with sway beauty which was play on words of tracysway. It’s fascinating how a person can be swayed into purchasing a product simply based on who the “spokesperson” was and the word “Sway” always came to mind after having read a blog post or watched a YouTube video.
DEE | Canada | How Does Dee Do It
Honestly – it was the first name that popped into my head when I thought of creating my blog. I thought it was catchy and conveyed how I do things (on the makeup and fitness side of the house). I did however decide later that I wanted a separate fitness blog (which I have now (www.fitchickswithlipsticks.com) with Mo from MoMakeUpMobeauty), but for HDDI, that’s the story right there :) Short one :))
SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog
The name of my blog is a total accident. I actually never intended to go this far with the blog, nor did I mean to make it a beauty blog. I just got bored one Sunday afternoon and decided to create a little online space to write about a little bit of everything, hence the wordplay of my own name! Mostly Sunny turned into a beauty blog because I realized I have the most passion for this subject, plus I have almost nobody in my real life to share it with.
ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
Choosing a blog name was a lot harder than writing the first few posts, and it was what took longest to decide on. Finally I figured it should hint what I was writing about while still being distinguishable from all the blogs carrying “Makeup” or “Beauty” in their title. So I settled for Spanish and picked: “Linda” (as in pretty, representing makeup), “Libra” (as in free, representing travel) and “Loca” (as in crazy, representing life with a newborn).
Disclaimer: I know that “Libra” is the wrong translation, but it sounds much better that way.
SHEILA | Canada | Maddy Loves
I used to be hosted on Blogger under the name Mademoiselle Loves Beauty. It was super long, and then when I switched over to WordPress, I shortened it to Maddy Loves. Although, I get my name mistaken for Maddy all the time now, so sometimes I just go by Maddy as my online name. It worked out!
JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
I registered HelloJaa.com long before I turned it into a beauty blog and that’s why it doesn’t relate to makeup or beauty. I wanted to put my name somewhere in there because I learned that you are less likely to get bored of your domain name if it has your name in it! Seems to work for me. :) Then I added “Hello” because it’s such a common and friendly word, not to mention the first word you say to someone you’ve never met before. It just sounds so fitting for me. :)
Now it is your turn:
How did you come up with your blog name (assuming you blog yourself)?

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BISC Vol. 13 – Popular makeup trends in different countries. Do you follow them?

BISC Vol.13
What are popular makeup trends in your country and do you follow them?

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KRISTEN | USA | Glambunctious
“Strobing” seems to be very popular right now, though I don’t think the trend is unique to the United States.  Strobing is basically using only highlighter with no contouring.  Since I have oily skin and the weather where I live is very hot and humid right now, I end up strobing by default at the end of the day.  No highlighter needed! 😉
TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty
I am aware of trends due to reading blogs, articles on the internet, YouTube and beauty magazines however if I don’t think they are conducive to my daily routine I will not incorporate them.  For example I jumped on the contouring bandwagon (which really never worked out for me) but when strobing, baking, and cooking came along I didn’t pay it much attention.  Right now it’s all about natural, no makeup makeup which is what I’ve always practiced so I guess I’m inadvertently following them.
ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
To be honest, I am not good at following trends.
With the change of seasons I will try and get an overview on what is hot right now, but for the blog more than for personal reasons. (Read the latest edition here) The one big thing around here at the moment seems to be “Strobing”, and as I will always be a powder girl at heart, I really cant say I am following this trend.
RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
Canada is still working on carving out its own little niche in the beauty world, so our makeup trends are pretty much the same as the ones in the US. Right now, I feel like the major trends are (of course) highlighting and contouring, and while I do do both on a daily basis, I’m doing them the same way I always have — subtly and in very cool tones, which, for some reason, is inexplicably a very not on-trend thing to be doing! 😉
JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
I have not been back to Thailand long enough to know for sure but from my observation, makeup styles that make you look “doll-like” seem to be preferred by Thai women. Circle lens (to make your eyes appear bigger), fluttery lashes, big brows (and tattooed brows) are pretty common. Another thing a lot of Thai women aspire to have is a pale (or white) complexion as I literally see hundreds of skin-whitening products being sold at pretty much every beauty store. I rarely wear circle lens but I do wear falsies and big brows occasionally. Skin whitening is not my priority but I do use some to lighten my acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
How about you?
Trends we missed and you are religiously following?

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BISC Vol. 12 – Do you regularly toss expired makeup?

BISC Vol.12
Do you regularly toss expired makeup?

BISC Vol.12 Authors
RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
Hah! Absolutely not — I throw out expired products as I come upon them, but I definitely don’t toss en masse or get rid of things based on expiry dates. Once a product is past its prime, it gets thrown out, but I’m far too lazy to sort through my collection and search out expired products on a regular basis! :p
TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty
Whenever I purchase an item I put an alert in my phone from 3months up to a year out depending on the product.  That way I can keep track of what I’m using (and not using for that matter) and toss anything that should be thrown out. If however something either doesn’t look quite right or smells weird I don’t hesitate to toss it right then and there.  And the money lost definitely takes precedence over a possible infection.
You wouldn’t put spoiled milk on your cereal so why would you put expired foundation on your face.
ANGELA | Canada | Do Want Makeup
Confession: I sometimes use mascara past the 3-6 month mark if the texture is still good. Honestly, I don’t pay too much attention to the expiry date (unless it’s sunscreen!) or the period-after-opening date (that jar symbol with a number). I make a personal decision about whether a product is still okay to use based on the consistency, smell, or appearance. If any of those things change, then I toss it. I try go to through my stash once or twice a year to declutter and purge items that are expired or no longer hold any interest for me.
ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
No.
I´ll probably make myself main target to the wreath of the beauty community out there, but I couldn’t care less about expiration dates. There are foundations, lipsticks and eyeshadows I purchased four to five years ago that I still happily use every once in a while. As long as they don’t smell or look weird, I think this is perfectly fine. The only thing I toss within expiration date is mascara, mainly because it doesn’t last any longer.
JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
I do, but only with liquid eyeliners and mascaras. Everything else I keep until I notice a change in texture and/or scent. I try to be proactive about keeping my makeup clean where I can. For example, I make sure my hands and vanity are clean before I start putting on makeup. I rarely ever share my makeup with anyone. I dab cream and liquid products on the back of my hand and apply with a separate applicator to prevent possible contamination. I also keep my makeup only in a dry area away from sunlight and humidity.
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