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How to use an eyebrow razor according to a brow expert

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For many of us, our last brow wax was B.C. (before coronavirus). Though many states are beginning the process of opening up, your next appointment may still be very far into the future—as waxing is one of the least social-distance friendly activities out there. But luckily, there’s a $5 tool you can use at home to save you from that caterpillar chilling on your forehead. Robin Evans, a New York-based brow expert, says that brow razors are one of the best tools to keep in your vanity.

“I love eyebrow razors! They’re perfect for those superfine hairs above the brow and for some into your hairline,” she says. “Along with tweezers and scissors, they make a great addition to at-home care to get your best brows.”

And don’t worry, shaving your brows isn’t as scary as it sounds. To keep you from accidentally removing half a brow, Evans says these razors are best used in tandem with tweezers. “I would use [the razor] a little bit more as a tool to clean up fine, soft, pesky hairs rather than for reshaping,” she says.

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Though it may vary depending on how fast your hair grows, Evans says you can do your brows every two weeks. “Because it’s not a tool that you’re using daily, you can keep using [the same one] for quite a while. You can treat it similar to your personal razor and toss it when you feel like it’s getting a little bit more dull and not working as effectively,” she says.

She says that you don’t need any sort of shaving medium like shaving cream, but you can use a bit of face oil if you like.

“I personally use my tool when my skin is dry,” she says, adding that most aestheticians and brow experts would also use it this way. “But if you are new at it, start with a light oil so you get a feel for the razor. Once you’re comfortable, definitely use it while your skin is dry.”

Follow Evans’ step-by-step instructions for using an eyebrow razor at home.

How to use an eyebrow razor, according to a brow expert

1. Trim brows conservatively

Use a pair of brow scissors ($17) to carefully snip away any super-long hairs.

2. Tweeze coarse hairs under and between your brows

Evans says that tweezing these hairs gives you more control than trying to remove them with a razor.

3. Shave above your brows

“Shave above your brows down to the upper line of your brow, but don’t try to reshape too much,” she says.

4. Focus on the tail

“Shave outside the end of your brow toward your temple and underneath the tail,” she says.

5. Clean under the brows

“Shave any little fine hairs directly under the brow after you’ve tweezed the coarse hairs,” she says.

6. Tweeze again

“Go back in with a tweezer and reshape and remove any additional hairs you want for the style you’re trying to achieve,” she says.

7. Shave between your brows

“Very carefully—very, very carefully—use your [eyebrow razor] to remove fine hairs between your brows,” she says. “You should not keep the brow tool horizontal, but at an angle so that you don’t make the [space between the] brows too wide.”

With a little time and attention, your brows will be in good shape… literally.

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Bobby Grierson obituary | Art and design

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My friend Bobby Grierson, who has died suddenly aged 64, after heart surgery, was an accomplished fashion and graphic designer, a DJ, artist, poet, photographer, drag performer and community activist.

He was empathetic and witty, and held fast to his roots, socialist values and unstinting passion for fairness and equality. A native of Cumnock, birthplace of Keir Hardie, he spoke his Ayrshire Scots with eloquence and a levelling barb that was a joy to hear, and a generosity of spirit that won many enduring friendships.

The son of Bill, a baker who also worked for Cumnock Juniors football club, and Cathy, a spinner at the wool mill, Bobby went to school at Cumnock academy, then on to study fashion at Edinburgh College of Art in 1976. He embraced the punk cultural revolution and student politics, as comfortable marching under a banner as spinning discs on a DJ console. Wherever the action was, his input, exuberance and elan were crucial to what was happening. He was an out gay man when it was hard to be so, and he helped win acceptance for today’s young people.

As a DJ for the nightclubs Valentinos, JJ’s, the Backroom and Blue Mondays at Fire Island, he provided the soundtrack for Edinburgh’s post-punk scene, with an ability to engage an audience that endured throughout the 1980s and 90s. Clubs he ran with friends in the city’s cavernous bowels mined the best of dance and electronic music.

Never a follower, Bobby was an observer, adapter and innovator. He had a unique take on drag, formed through early 80s performances of Genet plays with Lindsay Kemp’s Edinburgh devotees. His occasional performances as Doris De Luxe linked his musical and fashion interests. He was co-founder in 1984 of the fashion outlet Greylight, and designed for friends and luminaries across Scotland. His clothes made wearers feel fabulous, but the store’s fate – it folded in 1988 – reflected his total disregard for money. Extravagance took on a new meaning with him – restaurants, fashion emporiums and bars all benefited from his profligate generosity.

Bobby embraced web design while retaining a skill for creating enthralling physical artefacts and he brought these talents together at Greater Pilton Design Resource, a community arts centre in north Edinburgh where he found, inspired and nurtured creativity in others. In the mid-1990s he set up D4Digital, creating web presences for fellow artists, artisans, social enterprises and campaigns.

Returning to Cumnock in 2011 to care for his mother, Bobby took up gardening, winning prizes in the local competition. He rediscovered his camera and wrote poetry to accompany the results. He chaired the local history group, and investigated and preserved much for future generations, skilled at getting others involved in valuing the town’s history and community.

Bobby is survived by his sisters, Anne and Beth, and his brother, David.

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We Lost Our Parents in the 2004 Tsunami

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In 2004 my family’s world was turned upside down. My siblings and I tragically lost our parents in the Boxing Day Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami …

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Sustainable cult tracksuit brand celebrates World Oceans Day

Responsible production is at the heart of Pangaia, a streetwear brand that uses natural dyes such as cherry blossom instead of harsh chemicals. To honour World Oceans Day on Monday 8 June 2020, it launches organic cotton

Pangaia has rocketed to cult status over the past 18 months by placing sustainability at its core, calling itself ‘a materials science company on a mission to save our environment.’ New drops of its recycled cotton sweatshirts, joggers and T-shirts sell out within hours of landing on its website.

Known for its colourful tracksuits and sustainable practices, Pangaia takes its name from a compound of Pan, meaning ‘all-inclusive, especially in relation to the whole of a continent, racial group or religion’ and Gaia, meaning Mother Earth. Today, it launches news colours inspired by the world’s three largest bodies of water: The Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Other mouth-watering colours are created from natural botanical dyes such as red rubia root and cherry blossom – much kinder to the environment than harsh chemicals. 

Natural Fibres

Pangaia has been connected to the oceans since its inception. Partnering with the world’s leading research institutes has allowed the brand to develop a raft of new technology-based fabrics that can be responsibly produced. Primarily, the natural fibre used in the T-shirts is derived from salt-water seaweed, which grows abundantly in an ocean habitat without the need for pesticides or fresh water and is responsibly harvested to naturally regenerate. Also, thermal puffer jackets are insulated by cruelty-free FLWRDWN, a patented combination of biodegradable dried flowers and a biopolymer – it took over a decade to develop this proprietary science. In place of a brand logo, sweats carry the disclaimer, “This hoodie is made from recycled and organic cotton mix”. The clothes are produced in Portugal, a country lauded for its expert manufacturing and standards, and each product comes in TIPA packaging, a non-toxic bio-based plastic alternative that can be composted. 

Giving Back 

Philanthropy is woven through Pangaia’s operations. The brand is currently supporting SeaTreas, an ocean-focused climate change platform: $1 from each item sold is donated to towards the planting of a mangrove tree in Indonesia – each $1 buys one tree that sequesters 1 ton of CO2. Pangaia has also supported Doctors Without Borders and multiple wildlife sanctuaries and conservation programmes. 

Designed and run by a global collective of designers, scientists and technologists based mainly between New York and London, the brand is headed up by fashion industry entrepreneur Miroslava Duma. “We are a team of 90% women and it actually was not on purpose, but we think it’s extremely powerful that we are. These women are all leaders and visionaries in their respective fields- we have alumni from MIT, Stanford, FIT, INSEAD, we have former top management from LVMH, Kering, Boston Consulting Group etc. Mira Duma is the heart and soul of the collective,” says the brand, collectively.

Duckling yellow, persimmon, dusky lavendar and plum shades are inspired by the vibrant, juicy colours of wildlife and landscapes

 

Hoodie in ’Indian Ocean Blue’ for World Oceans Day

Trackpants in ’Atlantic Ocean Blue’

Long Sleeve Cropped T-Shirt in ’Pacific Ocean Blue’

 

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