Ok those of you who know me know I'm not a diva and can definitely rough it when necessary (yes, Mom. It's true) but, I am a female and I like to look presentable. With that being said, I usually get my eyebrows threaded every 2/3 weeks. I have been going to the same woman for the past 4 /5 years and really do not trust anyone else. I mean they are on your face and can easily be handled improperly. But I'm away for 2 months- that's a long time without getting them done. I mean I did it during my first euro trip with Brian. But this time I will not. Ok rant over :D
Even my threader, Tema, recommended I just upkeep them myself while away. I took her advice and brought a tweezer... but I probably trust the bartender who just made my mojito more than I do myself. Anyway I did a lot of research about threading in Madrid. Seriously, if someone were to see my google history they would think I have a strange obsession with eyebrows. And guess what? In the large, modern, and very well-known city of Madrid, no one threads eyebrows. No one. Most people I asked had no idea what it even was. And when I motioned what the process looked like, they looked nervous and uncomfortable.
I had read a blog about a great waxing service within Sephora, known as the Brow Bar. I said you know what, a place that is dedicated and only services to eyebrows must know what the hell they are doing. So I went to the Sephora located within the Corte Ingles shopping mall in Sol. It was early and when I arrived I spoke with the woman, who told me she could fit me in in 45 mins. Good sign that this place is busy with appointments right? So I went to Starbucks and when I returned I was surprised that another female was there, this one speaking no English. All of a sudden I got extremely nervous. I've no doubt improved my Spanish, but I had no idea how I could communicate exactly what I wanted in Spanish. Anyway, I watched her do someone else's before me. They looked really good so I began to feel more relaxed. Then, she gave me a waiver to sign.... Yes a waiver... My anxiety suddenly returned. Once she was ready for me, she asked which eyebrow waxing service I wanted... Yes apparently there's more than one.. Ughhh.. She was very sweet and seemed appreciative that I was trying so hard to speak to her in Spanish. She asked if I wanted the "tinte" service. I said "que es eso?" (What is that?). She said it makes them appear fuller. The previous client got this and I liked hers so I said sure. Then she prepared some concoction that looked like liquid foundation. She "painted" my eyebrows with this cream, and walked away for a minute, I took out my phone and looked at myself OMGGGG I looked ridiculous. My eyebrows now tripled in size. Is this what she meant by "fuller"?!? Omg if I've ever felt regret before .... She came back and almost in tears I'm like mas grande! Mas grande! (Too big too big!). She bursted out laughing and with cotton pieces, she began to remove the excess cream. Then we started talking and obviously laughing at me haha. Long story short- they looked fabulous. Couldn't have asked for better. Though I am excited to return to Tema!