When my two sisters and I were little, we used to take turns hanging upside down off the bed or couch, making silly faces to entertain each other. It always amused and freaked us out a little that our eyes and brows looked so different upside down, like strange versions of our own faces. When you think about it, eyebrows are really weird and seem almost vestigial. I was curious enough about human brows to look it up, and this entertaining video explains that our eyebrows are, in fact, leftovers from a time when humans had a lot more hair on our bodies. Now, eyebrows act as umbrellas, along with our eyelashes, to help protect our eyes from dust particles and debris.
But, as any makeup lover already knows, eyebrows and eyelashes are so much more than that, and these days, everyone wants very full eyebrows and lashes. It seems like the eyebrow trend rotates through each decade, alternating between thick and thin. I remember playing with a Brooke Shields doll as a child in the 1980s, complete with a tiny pair of Calvin Klein jeans and her signature thick eyebrows painted on the plastic doll’s head. As a teenager in the 1990s, I was warned by my wise mother not to overpluck my eyebrows, in case they didn’t grow back. She knew from experience as a child of the 1950s, when body hair was completely controlled and restrained. My husband comes from a family with very dark and heavy eyebrows, not unlike those of Cara Delevingne, and my mother-in-law swears that her mom actually plucked her eyebrows when she was a baby! Eyebrows and their shape are obviously a thing, and always have been.
While I’ve read about lash and brow serums for years now, I never wanted to try one, mostly out of fear of infection and strange reactions, which seem common with chemical serums. When MakeupTIA mentioned a natural brow serum in one of her videos, I became interested and decided to give it a try. Plume Science’s Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum, created in Canada and sold by Credo Beauty in the United States, is made with 100% natural ingredients and is free of all toxic ingredients. Designed by a chemist, Plume claims to “enhance what you already have,” and at $95, it comes at a steep price. The good news is that it works. Sort of. And that’s the bad news.
I purchased and used Plume regularly for the recommended two months, applying it to my brows (and sometimes lashes) before bed, and often using it in the mornings, too. My goal was to increase my eyebrow growth, especially along the outer edges, where some hair loss is common as we age. What I learned after using this serum for two months is that our eyebrows need moisturizing, just like our skin, and regular, everyday applications of natural moisturizing products, all of which are in Plume’s serum, will slowly help to encourage natural hair growth. I didn’t notice any remarkable difference in my eyebrows in the two months of regular use, and from the reviews I’ve read online, other users didn’t either. To be completely fair, Plume isn’t advertising hair growth with their product, but asserts that it “promotes the longevity and fullness of brow and lash follicles.”
While doing a bit of my own research, I ran across many articles suggesting that regular application of castor oil and essential oils like lavender work to promote hair growth and protect eyebrows and eyelashes. I already add a drop of lavender oil to my mascara, a tip I read a few years ago, and it doesn’t seem to hurt. In all honesty, I think you could easily apply these more affordable options daily and have the same results. Plume contains both castor oil and various moisturizing oils, and it’s a safe option when compared to other brow serums that use harmful ingredients. Also, increasing brow growth goes hand in hand with just leaving them completely alone, as explained in this article by brow guru, Kristie Streicher.
In my very unscientific opinion, I don’t believe most natural products or serums will help to increase lash and brow growth or give you Brooke Shields or Cara Delevingne brows. But regular moisturizing will protect your eyelashes and brows, hopefully keeping them strong and healthy. Plume is a good option for those who want to spend the money on a natural moisturizer, or you can experiment with the same ingredients on your own.
Have you tried Plume or another brow and lash serum? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences, too.
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Passion Lilie, one of my favorite ethical brands, has released their new line for fall and winter, and it’s filled with gorgeous patterns and silhouettes. Designed in New Orleans and made in India, these pieces are perfect for the cooler months in the southern states, since everything is 100% cotton. Katie Schmidt, Passion Lilie’s founder, designs the most feminine and elegant skirts and dresses that can be worn year-round. I really love the skirt and bolero styles featured this season.
Passion Lilie’s pieces are versatile, like the Country Red Wrap Dress in a beautiful paisley pattern with long sleeves that can be rolled up in warmer weather. It’s a classic cut with a modern print that adds a touch of bohemian style.
Ponchos and jackets also feature heavily in Passion Lilie’s fall collection, and the Black Dash Poncho adds minimalist style to any basic outfit. It can also be tied with a matching belt to create a kimono-style look. Many of the fabrics in Passion Lilie’s line are hand block printed or hand woven and ikat-dyed, which are both fascinating processes. In the spring and summer, I usually reach for these hand-printed pieces the most because they are so beautiful and easy to wear.
(Photos courtesy of Passion Lilie.)
Sustainable brands are becoming quite common these days, which is a wonderful thing. Rakha, a London-based line using responsibly sourced and recycled materials, also succeeds in producing gorgeously designed pieces meant to last for years to come. The lines and shapes of Rakha’s collection are simple and classic, and each item features a gorgeous detail that makes it an investment piece perfect for all-day wear.
My favorite pieces in Rakha’s collection include the Lilac Pleated Skirt and Blazer, as well as the Anemone Pleated Blazer, which is made from recycled fabric and designed to fit a variety of sizes from small to large. The fluid shape and woven texture add a true sense of quiet elegance to the line. Each design stands on its own and can be worn as a statement piece with the other clothing already in your closet.
In fact, the purpose of Rakha’s brand is to focus on comfort and simplicity in an effort to encourage sustainability. The company works with factories that have their own waste-water treatment plants, ensuring that the water used can be recycled and used again, and many of the fabrics in Rakha’s designs are biodegradable or made from recycled bottles. Rakha also recycles garments to make into new designs, so that the cycle of fashion isn’t interrupted, but continues.
Rakha’s line is truly unique in its understated elegance and the pieces will last for years to come.