What Exactly Is Microblading?

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Questions I Had About The Procedure:

What Exactly Is Microblading?
Microblading is a semipermanent technique which uses a small blade to scratch pigment into the skin to mimic fine hair strokes.

So Is This A Tattoo?
Kinda…but not exactly. The main difference is that the pigment in this procedure is put in with a blade instead of needles (although needles can be used for shading using a differnt technique) and the pigment does not go as deep into your skin as it does with a tattoo gun.

What Makes It Semi-Permanent?
In contrast to a traditional tattoo, the pigment in microblading is not being pushed as deeply into your skin. This means that over time the pigment can start to fade from sun exposure, exfoliation, or from natural oils being pushed through the epidermis. It is recommended that you get an annual touchup to refresh the strokes.

Why Is Semi-Permanent A Good Thing?
Pigments that are pushed too deep into the skin have a tendency to not look as natural as the fine hair strokes that can be created with microblading. Microblading also has a lower risk of scarring and damaging sensitive facial skin than traditional tattooing.

Does It Hurt?
Yes and No. Pain tolerance is very differnt for everyone so it can vary depending on the person. The salon I went to used a high quality numbing cream and I personally could not feel anything at all until the very end of the procedure and even then it just felt like a small scratch. Having said that though, they are slicing into your face… so even though numbing cream is used and I didn’t experience pain, don’t be surprised if there is some pain involved.

What Is The Pre-Care?
Don’t drink any caffeine the day of the procedure. Do not drink alcoholic beverages 48 hour prior to procedure or take blood thinners. Discontinue Fish Oils, Omegas, and all alpha hydroxy products one week prior. Let your artist know if you are on Accutane, Antibiotics or Proactive. Botox procedures should not be done 3 weeks prior to microblading. Lastly, It is best to NOT schedule an appointment during your menstrual cycle week and you cannot get microblading done if you are pregnant or breastfeeding!

What Is The Aftercare?
Aftercare can vary by artist and skin type but listed here is the most common aftercare. Every two hours after your initial microblading session, it is recommended that you cleanse the eyebrows with gentle soap or a make up remover wipe(Only the first day). Remove all the lymph to avoid crusting the first day. Gently wipe in direction of hair. This will not remove the pigment. Do not scrub, lightly cleanse. After 24 hours apply Aquaphor to the brows as needed to prevent dry scabbing. Over the next 7-14 days you have to avoid all extreme water exposure, saunas, heavy sweating or working out, steamy showers/jacuzzi, sun tanning, picking/peeling/scratching the microbladed area, sleeping on your face, or touching the microbladed area.

What If I Don’t Like It?
A long as you do your research and go to an experienced artist who uses high quality pigments, trust me you’re going to love it. BUT. If it eases any anxiety you may have, the pigment can be completely dissolved immediately after the procedure if you are unsatisfied with the results.

The Process:

Step 1: Numbing

Before numbing cream is applied be sure to let your artist know if you have any allergies to Lidocaine or Rubbing Alcohol.

Step 2: Mapping/ Approval

The artists uses measurements to map out the perfect brow for your face and then works with you to ensure you love it before getting started.

Step 3: Blading

The blade is dipped into the pigment and then scratched into the skin mimicking small hair strokes.

Step 4: Masking

Ahh the most attractive step in the process. After scratching the pigment into your skin, more pigment is applied on top to ensure that all the color is absorbed.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 &4 As Needed

Step 3 and 4 combined is called a ‘pass’. Artists will usually do about 3 passes to create your new brow.

Step 6: Check Out Your New Brows!

Heyoooo the best step in the process! It is important to keep in mind that at this point your brows will still be about 20% darker and thicker than the final brow will be since the inflammation makes the initial color appear darker and the strokes will shrink as they heal.

I am so beyond happy with my brows and have gotten the best confidence boost from them! If you are looking for fuller brows I would highly encourage you to check out microblading. I got mine done by the amazing artist Erica at Beverlyhillsmicroblading.com. You can also check out her work on Insta @beverlyhillsmicroblading !

Hyaluron Pen: Needle-Free Lip Injections

This week I dove into learning everything there is to know about the up-and-coming process of needle-free lip injections (and I even tested it out myself!). The latest beauty obsession has been centered around having a perfectly plump pout, but not everyone is blessed with it naturally and those who aren’t may not be comfortable with the thought of putting a needle to their face in order to achieve it.

Every procedure is completely personalized to you so for my treatment we only added too my top lip since I wanted a very natural look that would simply even out the sizes of my top and bottom lips.

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Questions I Had About The Procedure:

What Exactly is Hyaluron Pen?
The Hyaluron Pen is a device that uses enough pressure to push hyaluronic acid into the skin. Since there are no needles involved, this process is considered to be a much more gentle way to plump your lips.

What Is Being Injected Into My Lip?
The Hyaluron Pen is using pressure to push Hyaluronic Acid into your skin. So what is Hyaluronic Acid? Hyaluronic Acid is produced naturally in your body to help the skin retain moisture so as you can imagine, when you put more of that substance into your lips it helps to give your lips a plumped, moisturized, and more youthful glow.

How New Is This Pen And Why Haven’t I Heard Of It Before?
Although new to the beauty industry, the Hyaluron Pen has actually been around for a long time- used in the medical field to inject insulin into the skin for diabetics. The technology of this pen has been long tested and perfected, the only thing thats new has been the discovery that this needle-free method can be used to insert Hyaluronic Acid into the skin as well.

Is it semi-permanent/Permanent?
One of my favorite things about this procedure is that it is considered to be a temporary beauty treatment and is not in any way semi-permanent or permanent. Some companies may try to advertise this as a semi-permanent solution but this is absolutely not the case and I will explain to you why. One of the main reasons injections using hyaluronic acid are so safe and trusted is because your body actually produces this same substance and therefore these injections will eventually be metabolized by your body. Additionally hyaluronic acid fillers help to retain moisture instead of stimulating collagen production like some injections do.

How Long Does It Last?
The results of this treatment last 4-6 months. Although the Hyaluronic Acid found in your body and the Hyaluron Acid being inserted into your skin are the same, a good Hyaluronic Acid filler will be cross-linked which helps to slow down the speed at which your body metabolizes it. Fillers that stay in the skin forever and are not naturally metabolized by the body (like silicone for example) can cause a plethora of issues so when taking that into account, the fact that you would need to come in every 4-6 months for a refill is actually a very good thing.

Let’s Say Worst Case Scenario I Don’t Like It, What’s Next?
Okay so let’s say you hate it. Is it the end of the world? Not at all. In the unlikely case that you are unsatisfied, Hyaluronic Acid fillers can be partially or completely removed with an injection of an enzyme called hyaluronidase which will help to dissolve the Hyaluronic Acid in your lips.

Are there any restrictions client-wise?
There are very few restrictions on who can receive this treatment but pregnant women, people who are severely allergy sensitive, and anyone with extreme skin conditions should speak with their doctor before receiving this treatment.

What If I have An Allergic Reaction To The Hyaluronic Acid?
I watched a show once where this lady was allergic to water so I cannot confidently tell you that you are not going to have an allergic reaction, but it would be pretty incredible if you did since your body contains this exact substance naturally.

Does It Hurt?
I personally did not have any pain throughout the entire procedure, I actually did not feel anything at all. I will admit that the sound of the pen was a little bit startling but I was given a countdown before the sound each time and lets be real- I would much rather hear a loud noise than feel any pain.

What Is The Aftercare?
Avoid rigorous exercise, makeup, and keep your lips clean and hydrated for the first 48 hours after your treatment to prevent infection.

Is There Pre-Care I Need To Do Before My Appointment?
24 hours before your appointment you will want to avoid ingesting any NSAIDS, alcohol, or supplements such as fish oils that can increase your risk of bruising. You also will want to arrive at your appointment without makeup on and let your treatment provider know if you have a history of cold sores so that they can give you treatment advice for before and after your lip enhancement.

How Long Does It Take?
Numbing beforehand will take btween 10-30 minutes and the injection process itself usually takes about 15-20 minutes.

Will I Bleed or Bruise?
Compared to normal lip injections it is a lot less likely that you will bleed or bruise with the Hyaluron Pen but you have to understand that it is possible! Your treatment provider should check for veins in your lips and try to avoid them during the process but they can be difficult to find/avoid. Anytime substance is pushed into a vein you may have slight bleeding or bruising.

How Do The Results Compare To Botox?
Hyaluronic Acid fillers boast a vary natural and soft result compared to botox results which can be more prominent.

In What Way Is This Safer Than Traditional Filler Methods?
One of the major risks of fillers comes from the possibility of the fillers blocking a blood vessel if they are injected too deep. When using the Hyaluron Pen to infuse your lips with Hyaluronic Acid it is anatomically impossible to accidentally inject the substance in this way so it does not pose the same risk as traditional injection methods.

The Process:

Step 1: Numbing

Numbing cream is applied to the lips.

Step 2: Cleansing

The lips and face are thoroughly cleansed to ensure that no bacteria is pushed into the skin during the procedure.

Step 3: Comfort/Planning

A hair net and eye mask are applied to keep your hair out of the way and ensure that you are comfortable.

Step 4: Check For Veins

A light can be used to check for veins that will be avoided during the process.

Step 5: Injecting With The Pen

Although it looks like there is a needle at the end of the pen, it is actually an open space where it pushes the serum out of of the pen and through your epidermis.

Step 6: Massage

Your lips are then lightly massaged to distribute the Hyaluronic Acid evenly throughout your lips.

Step 7: Results

All done! You get to checkout the results and get stoked about your hydrated and happy plumped pout!

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Easiest Way to Dress Up an Outfit Without Sacrificing Comfort

The Magic Is In The Mules

It’s a loafer! It’s a sandal! NO, it’s a mule! Okay, that was a lame way to start off this post but I couldn’t help myself. My latest fashion obsession has spurred from the fact that I refuse to wear anything that I couldn’t take a nap in, yet still want to dress with confidence and wear things that make me feel great about myself too. So what is this new obsession? Mules! A mule is a shoe that can be best described as a loafer mixed with a sandal. These fun and unique shoes are not only comfortable but are also a really easy way to kick a ‘too-casual’ outfit up a notch.

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13 Tips To Ensure A Flawless And Lasting Spray Tan

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1. Exfoliate Before Your Spray Tan

Forgetting to exfoliate before your spray tan means that when your dead skin cells do come off they are going to take your beautiful new tan with them! Because of this it is best to come into your spray tan appointment with fresh skin.

2. Shave/Wax The Night Before

If you don’t plan on shaving anytime soon then don’t worry about this one, but if you plan to shave right after getting your spray tan done it’s better to do it before hand so you don’t remove any of your new tan when you shave.

3. Pre-tan

If you have the ability to get some sun before your spray tan then do! Having a base tan underneath your spray tan is only going to enhance the end results.

4. Moisturize! Before and After

Young woman applying hands moisturizer lotion on wooden table

Keeping your skin moisturized the week before your spray tan will help the solution absorb evenly. Going into a spray tan appointment with dry skin will cause patchiness and uneven results. Just make sure to forgo or wipe off the lotion before getting sprayed! Even though you don’t want to apply lotion before your first shower while your solution is developing (usually 8-20 hours after your spray), you do want to make sure you keep your skin moisturized after your first shower to lock in the color and prevent flaking.

5. Apply Baby Powder to Sweat-Prone Areas

Sweating while your spray tan is setting can cause streaking and lead to an uneven tan. So if you know yourself and know that you are definitely going to sweat in certain areas like your underarms before your first shower, apply baby powder lightly to those areas before getting dressed to help keep the solution set in place. Just be very careful while applying the powder! As a spray tan artist myself, there is nothing worse than getting ready to prep for the next client and walking into a room coated wall to wall in baby powder.

6. Wear Loose Fitted Clothing

This is an important one. Wearing the wrong clothes after your spray tan can cause creasing, lines, and smudges. If you’re coming straight to the appointment from somewhere where loose clothes are not an option, just make sure you bring a change of loose clothing to wear afterwards.

7. Avoid Water& Sweating at All Cost Before Your First Shower!

Water is the enemy! Contact with water while your spray tan is developing will cause the solution in those areas to wash off too early and leave you with an uneven tan. If you have a hard time avoiding water (yes this includes sweating and crying too) try making an appointment with a salon that offers an express solution that only needs to be kept on for 1-3 hours before rinsing.

8. Take Only A ‘Bird Bath’ For Your First Shower

The first shower you take after getting a spray tan should be with lukewarm water and without any soaps or shaving.

9. Avoid Any Oil Based Soaps

At all times while trying to maintain your spray tan you want to make sure that you avoid any oil based soaps and lotion products because they will strip you of your tan. A common example of a very heavily oil based product would be any Dove soap or lotion. To get your money’s worth out of your spray tan, it is best to use soaps and lotions that are specially formulated for maintaining a spray tan. I recommend Norvell Post Sunless PH Balancing Cleanser and Norvell Post Sunless Skin Repairing Body Butter.

10. Avoid Swimming Pools, Salt Water and Taking Long Hot Baths

This one can be a tough one if you are getting a spray tan to look good on your tropical vacation, but the reality is that soaking the skin for long periods of time in harsh conditions like this can pull the tan from your skin.

11. Avoid Using Toners or Products With High Alcohol Content

Toners and other products containing a high alcohol content will strip your skin and fade your tan. This is often why people notice the spray tan on their face fading faster than the rest of their body.

12. Don’t Forgo Sunscreen After Your Spraytan

A lot of people forget that getting a spray tan does not mean that your skin underneath that tan is any more protected from the sun than it was before. Forgetting to apply sunscreen before getting some sun could result in burnt and peeling skin, causing your tan to become splotchy.

13. Use A Gradual Tanner To Maintain Your Tan As It Fades

As wonderful as a spray tans are, all good things must come to an end and eventually your tan will start wearing off. If you are leaving for a long trip or can’t re-visit the salon soon but want to stay glowing the entire time, one of the best options is to use a gradual self tanner as your spray tan starts to fade. Having a gradual self tanner on hand is also really great for people who have areas of their body that tend to fade faster (such as the hands and face). I recommend Norvell Venetian Sunless CC Tanning Color Extender Moisturizing Lotion or for more instant results I recommend Norvell Venetian Sunless Self-Tanning Mousse with Bronzer.

What Tricks Do You Live By To Ensure The Perfect Spray Tan? Comment And Share With Me Below!