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Let’s talk about: Eyebrow threading

The first time I ever had my brows threaded, in NYC circa 2005.

This weekend as I was waiting to have my eyebrows threaded, I realized we had never discussed the practice on Indigo+Canary! Threading is my preferred method of brow shaping and one of my favorite beauty treatments for a few reasons: it’s affordable, it’s quick, it’s (almost) painless, and it’s natural.

The basics
Threading is an ancient technique that is believed to have originated in the Middle East and South Asia. It uses a single thread to grasp and pull out stray hairs—and it’s super precise. In my experience, it’s also more effective and more gentle than waxing. Plus, the only “products” involved in the process are thread and aloe (to soothe threaded spots), making it a natural treatment.

What it feels like
To me, threading feels like a very quick bee sting—but the pain only lasts for a second (not the same kind of throbbing pain that accompanies a real bee sting). Again, some people are more sensitive than others, so if you think waxing is extremely painful, you may feel the same about threading. There is always a risk of getting your skin caught in the thread (although it’s rare), so be sure to find a threader who properly sanitizes her hands and uses a new piece of thread on each client.

Costs
Prices are similar to waxing—I’ve seen threading listed for anywhere from $10 to $20 per treatment. Like waxing, prices vary for other parts of the face: you can also have your neck, upper lip, cheeks, forehead, etc. threaded.

What’s your preferred method of brow maintenance? Have you ever had your brows threaded?  —Aleigh 

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Link Love: March Mascara Madness


I’m so thrilled it’s March, you guys! It’s my favorite month: Springtime + my birthday = happiness. I’m also excited about this month’s Take the Boot Challenge at EarthFare—they’re offering a free Honeybee Gardens mascara if you trade in a not-so-clean mascara. (Love!) This is a mascara that’s been on my list to try since I read about how much Siobhan at No More Dirty Looks loves it. I agree with her that I’m not super enthusiastic about seeing phenoxyethanol on the ingredients list, but I’m also willing to at least take it for a test drive, comfortable that I know what I’m getting—and that it’s still a much better option than most of the traditional mascaras out there. Now if I can just dig up an old tube of synthetic mascara to exchange…

Here’s what else I’ve been reading+enjoying lately:

What have you been reading lately? —Aleigh


(Image via incurable_hippie)

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Best of Indigo+Canary Reader Pins

The Indigo+Canary Reader Pins board on Pinterest is such a fun source of inspiration these days. Just look at some of the great things people are pinning!


DIY sugar scrubs


DIY, natural refill recipe for your air freshener


A natural way to warm your feet


Want to be a contributor? Leave a comment here with a link to your Pinterest page and I’ll add you! —Aleigh

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I Tried It: Dry Brushing to Detox Your Skin

January is a time for renewal, and one great way to renew your commitment to your health is with a detox. I had planned to be in the midst of this detox plan right now, but my emergency trip to Pittsburgh forced me to focus on other things for a while. (Side note: Anyone interested in a not-so-New-Year detox in February?)

My plans to detox haven’t completely fallen by the wayside, though—one thing I’ve added to my routine over the past few weeks is a technique that helps detox from the outside-in, called dry brushing. I’d heard about dry brushing a few times, but then Spirit Demerson mentioned it was part of her daily routine on No More Dirty Looks. And Keri Waxer mentioned it too.

After a little research, I discovered why dry brushing is such a popular addition to a daily beauty routine. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and also your body’s ultimate defense between you and the environment. It’s also often referred to as the body’s “third kidney” because of the important role it plays in helping your body eliminate toxins. And just look at this list of benefits:

  • Helps shed dead skin cells to improve skin texture
  • Increases circulation and stimulates your lymph system
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Stimulates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
  • Tones muscles and tightens skin

Plus, as if all of those benefits aren’t enough, it honestly just feels good. I haven’t been dry brushing long enough to start seeing big results, but one thing I noticed right away is that I feel much more invigorated post-shower. Read on to find out how to get started!

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Natural Beauty Faves: December 2011

Is someone playing a practical joke on me? How is it already December?! This month is shaping up to be super busy and super fun—but I think I’m going to need a big nap on New Year’s Day. Here are the products I’m loving this month. They’ll be over in the sidebar all month long.

  • Alima Pure Organic Nourishing Lipbalm. I may have a lip balm and gloss obsession: Right now there are no less than six different kinds in my purse! I couldn’t resist buying one after including it in the Indigo+Canary Holiday Gift Guide. It’s definitely a balm and not a gloss, but it’s also super emollient and gives my lips more protection than a gloss, which is especially important when it’s cold outside. (I have the Holly Berry shade.)
  • Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. This is the magical oil that makes Trilogy so products so amazing, all by itself. My skin has been freaking out a little bit lately, so I’ve been using my rosehip oil as an ultra-healing facial moisturizer in combination with my Una Biologicals Luxe Face Cream, and I’m already seeing a difference. It’s also perfect for helping to fade scars and stretch marks, and I wish I’d taken before pictures, because I could swear the little crow’s feet around my eyes are starting to lessen.
  • Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara. This mascara has been my go-to for the past few weeks—I decided to try it once I ran out of the not-very-natural mascara I needed to use up. (Yep. I’m not perfect when it comes to using all-clean products, especially when I receive them as gifts.) Mascara is the one product I rarely go without—so I headed to the drug store hoping to find something in the passable category, and came home with this. It’s affordable, easy to find, and gets the job done. I think the tube is cute, but the one thing I would change is the leaf-shaped handle…it can be a little tricky to hold on to.
  • Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I finally had a chance to try out Julie’s apple cider vinegar rinse trick, and it works! My hair smelled a little vinegar-y when it was wet, but as soon as it dried, the vinegar smell disappeared and my hair was definitely shinier.

What products are you loving this month? —Aleigh


Want to check out my previous monthly favorites? Find them all here.

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