The Reluctant Stylista

I LOVE perfect eyebrows. I stare whenever I see them, and I commend and take note of make-up artists who do terrific jobs of drawing perfect arches.  For myself, I never ever go out of the house without my eyebrows drawn in, because my real eyebrows are very sparse and they don’t have much shape on their own.  In fact, as proof of my own eyebrow story, I sometimes show my college ID to people just to prove my point: thick, shaped eyebrows make all the difference.  I remember a make-up artist once saying that when you’ve got good brows, half the battle is won without even putting on make-up and I totally believe that.

So yes, you reluctant kikays out there, please please PLEASE, I can’t emphasize the importance of eyebrows enough.  If you can’t muster effort for even the simplest make-up, then you owe it to yourself to try having your eyebrows threaded or shaped.  And if you’re going to do so, you might as well start with a really trusted establishment like Browhaus.  I’ve already mentioned them in passing early this year as one of the things that ought to be tried at least once, and I’ve already decided they’re the best at what they do: shaping eyebrows.  I was really impressed with them, and it’s a big difference from the results of, let’s say, a Bench Fix threading.

And if you’re wondering how much threading and shaping can be done with your eyebrows if you have so little hair there, then you have never been to Browhaus.  Remember–and I’ve already showed you my college freshman ID photo–I have eyebrows like those, too.  Trust me when I say that there’s still room for improvement.  I actually get the surrounding area cleaned (usually there’s little hair all over your face that you don’t notice) so that the eyebrows stand out more, and the brow architects at Browhaus define the arches quite nicely.

But what if you’re looking for something a bit more lasting?  Good thing Browhaus in Serendra invited a few of us bloggers to learn more about Brow Resurrection and I admit, I’ve been curious for quite a while already.  I’ve heard about it from another friend who loves perfect brows as much as I do and she claims to have seen it on another friend and that it looked fantastic.  And guess what: it’s supposed to be an eyebrow tattoo.  But I hate how those look!  Those totally fake ones that look like they were drawn with a Pentel pen and eventually turn blue after a while?  Ick.  But no, she said, Brow Resurrection looks like the frickin’ real thing!  Like you wouldn’t notice that it’s not actually hair, that’s just how good it is.  I even checked out the photos of Brow Resurrection over at Browhaus Greenbelt 5 during my last visit and I must say it was really impressive.

Brow Resurrection
Photo from Prevention.com

So while waiting for the other bloggers to arrive, we had our turns getting our brows fixed and trimmed by the resident brow architects.  I’m already a fan of the place and needed no further convincing, so I excitedly hopped onto an empty seat to be attended to by Issa.

Browhaus Serendra

This is how my eyebrows usually look, having gone weeks without professional maintenance.  It’s decent (considering the amount of hair I have to work with), though definitely not as great as what the brow architects do.  I actually got the idea of drawing a higher arch on my eyebrows from my previous Browhaus visit (Greenbelt 5 branch).  Brow architects go through training in Singapore, like a brow bootcamp, just for eyebrow shaping.  So they know their business.  Like with me, Issa discussed me what she was about to do aside from trim, and she gave me an assessment of my eyebrows. I had thick strands of hair but they’re really sparse and far away from each other.  So couldn’t just pluck away or else I’d be left with bald spots on my brows.

Browhaus Serendra

This is Kira after her threading.  On the right, the brow architect drew more defined arches after shaping her brows.

Browhaus Blueprint System – Brow Architecture

The Browhaus Blueprint System is a precise system designed to create the perfect brow. Employing grid technology (Grids are Good), we structure a brow creation of perfect form and symmetry.

Every face is a unique terrain with differing bone and muscle definition. With the Blueprint System, any face shape – whether round, oval, heart-shaped or square – is taken into consideration. Your eye shape, how it is set and unique concerns such as a prominent nose, chin or lip are all factored into the equation. The natural effects of aging, slackening skin and the loss of facial muscle tone are rebalanced.

Browhaus Serendra

Martha’s turn for threading. It’s just a bit of maintenance for her, as I swear this girl knows how to draw one of the best arches around.  I often tell her that she ought to have a Facebook fanpage in honor of her eyebrows.

Browhaus Serendra

A profile of Vern, before her threading. She has a pretty good set of brows, too!  She’s also a regular at Browhaus.

Tara at Browhaus Serendra

Tara and her soon to be perfect arches!  I’ve always been asked if threading hurts.  I may not be the best person to ask because I think I’m kind of numb to the pain.  My eyes still tear up but they’re like a separate entity from me; I can’t understand why I’m tearing up when my brain isn’t registering the pain.  But anyway, I can vouch that Browhaus has been the gentlest so far, the thread they use is different from regular brow salons.

Browhaus Serendra

Browhaus Serendra
Vern and her boyfriend Dondi after their threading session. I’m sure Vern had to “browbeat” Dondi into it, hahaha!  But it looks nicer, right?

Browhaus Serendra

She’s had Brow Resurrection. Can you tell? I couldn’t.

Brow Resurrection at Serendra

Browhaus owner Tab Abad explains the procedure.  Brow Resurrection uses organic vegetable dye to draw in the eyebrows.  And unlike embroidery or tattooing in other salons, BR uses different needles to achieve a more natural effect.  Using just one size of needle makes the eyebrow look like it was painted on as opposed to using several needles with different thickness to mimic the shape of natural eyebrow hairs.

They also study your face shape.  Eyebrows change as we grow older, so they update it to suit your face.  You won’t look perpetually surprised or have mismatched eyebrows that look far too young on a more mature face.

Browhaus Serendra

Tab showed us some more samples of BR

Browhaus Serendra

There’s also a maintenance kit

Browhaus

Eyebrow powder, mascara and their numbing cream

Giselle for Brow Resurrection

Tab introduced us to Giselle, who was going to have the Brow Resurrection 2.4 done to her that very morning, and we were all there to witness it. Notice one eyebrow is already more noticeable than the other one.  The procedure takes about 2-3 hours.

In the meantime, we had these absolutely fabulous desserts that definitely deserve a mention:

Treats from Coco Cakes

Browhaus Serendra

These adorable cupcakes were from Coco Cakes. They are gorgeous, but what’s more, they were actually delicious!  The fondant that was used wasn’t too sweet, and it was a joy munching on them.  I confess I had more than a few.

Browhaus

And I can never have enough of Mrs. Fields’ cookies. Yes, I had a couple of these, too. Sorry, but I just really love how they’re made, so soft and chewy with just the right amount of chocolate! Yum.

Browhaus Serendra

Some coolers.  We did actually have some food that weren’t sweet, but these ones I photographed just won my heart over that I totally forgot to take a photo of the whole table haha!

After stuffing ourselves silly, Giselle was ready with her new brows:

Brow Resurrection: Before

Before Brow Resurrection

After Brow Resurrection

After Brow Resurrection. There’s some redness at first, of course, but they also have numbing cream for that.

Brow Resurrection after

Brow Resurrection after

Looking so much better!

Here’s a list of Browhaus services and their rates.  I think they’re having a promo right now for BR, though, so it might be cheaper than the price displayed here.  The aftercare kit also comes with the Brow Resurrection treatment.  You also get a free tune-up, where they reassess your brows again and see if anything else needs to be fixed, particularly with your Brow Resurrection.

Browhaus Serendra

Browhaus Serendra

Browhaus Serendra

Want to book your appointment with Browhaus?

BRANCHES IN MANILA :
2F Serendra Bonifacio High St. Bonifacio Global City Taguig
Store Hours:
Sun-Thurs: 11AM to 9PM
Fri-Sat: 11AM to 10PM
T: +632 9010597
M: +63 917 5771352

4F Greenbelt 5 Phase 2 Legaspi Street, Ayala Center Makati
Store Hours:
Sun-Thurs: 11AM to 9PM
Fri-Sat: 11AM to 10PM
T: + 632 5013998

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