Everything You Need to Know About Microblading

I’m sure most of you have heard about micro blading by now, a technique used to make your brows look naturally fuller and shaped, without having to fill them in!

Microblading defined is “ a form of semi-permanent makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments.”

I’ve been hesitant to try Microblading, because I heard of stories where the eyebrows ended up looking like a mess, or was under the impression it would be painful. And boy was I wrong!

A couple of months ago I spoke with Anna, from Perfect Brows by Anna, and she walked me through the process and what to expect. I was still hesitant on the procedure and gave myself several weeks to decide wether or not I wanted to try. Never having to fill in my brows again was a dream come true! After following Anna and seeing the amazing work she did, I decided I would give it a go. And boy am I pleased with the results!

I shared my experience on my Instagram and so many of my lovely followers were impressed and amazed at the job Anna did. I had so many questions about the procedure that I wanted to make a full post talking all about Microblading.

What to expect

The procedure took about an hour and a half. Time may vary depending on how much strokes need to be put in your brow to create the proper shape. Every brow and every person is different, but the hour and a half it took me flew by. I will also be going in for my touch up, a month after the initial treatment.

The pain is very minimal. I was expecting it to feel more like when you get your brows threaded or tweezed, but it was honestly even less painful then both. Anna does not use numbing cream because it causes the skin to get soft and mushy which can lead to the technician creating too deep of strokes which may lead to scarring or other unwanted outcomes. I also did not bleed.

How it works. Anna used a very very small utensil that has 18 or 19 tiny little needles used to scratch and place pigment into the skin.

The sound. There is a Velcro like sound during the process. The sound comes from your eyebrow hair gliding between the tiny needles and also the sound of your skin being scratched.

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Final Thoughts

I am so so so pleased with the work Anna did, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to get their brows done. The process was much easier than I anticipated and there was hardly any pain at all. After working with Anna, I do not think there is another technician out there who I would feel comfortable with. Her work was superb and I’m so excited with my new brows! Check her out here.

Check out Anna on Instagram and her site.

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3 Homemade Face Masks | Video

If you know me, you know I’m always out to find a good, all natural beauty product. And what better way to know exactly what goes into your beauty products and face masks, than to make it yourself?

Today’s blog post is a little bit different because it is a YouTube video! My friend Vania Portilla has a YouTube channel where she posts all about fashion and beauty. Check out her channel here.

For this video we decided to create three, all natural, homemade face masks. Each targeting a specific problem. I wanted to go ahead a list out the exact ingredients and benefits for anyone who wanted to try out the masks.

To get our full reviews on the products watch our video.

Face Mask Ingredients & Benefits
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Grapefruit Detox Mask | Acne Prone Skin

Benefits | Rich in antioxidants, calm and soothe skin, exfoliator, anti-aging, astringent for acne.

  • Grapefruit
  • 1 cup of cooked and cooled Oatmeal
  • Coconut Milk

Flaxseed Mask | Healing Mask

Benefits | Omega 3 fatty acids to heal scars, regulate overproduction of oil for acne prone, great scrub

    • Grounded Flax Seeds
    • Water

Banana Face Mask | Nourishing Mask

Benefits | Moisturizing, Vitamins E & C for clear skin, fades dark spots, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory

  • Banana (ripe)
  • Turmeric
  • Dash of pepper
  • Bicarbonate Soda

Hope you guys enjoyed this different kind of blog post, I definitely loved filming with Vania, so there might be another video to look forward to in the future.

Vania’s Links | YouTube | Instagram | Twitter

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Using Laser Skin Tightening to Revitalize Your Skin | Informational

Hi guys! I wanted to share a little more informational post with you all today. Skin care and anti aging products/treatment is always something to think about, no matter your age. I’ve noticed a lot more talk about certain anti aging treatments and wanted to share a little more research for anyone asking the same questions as myself.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It is also the only organ which is constantly exposed to the outside elements. You might think it is those elements that causes your skin to loosen and sag as you get older, and they certainly are contributing factors. However, no matter how carefully you protect your skin you are bound to suffer from wrinkles and sages eventually. When you do, one option for revitalizing your skin is to book a laser skin tightening appointment. But before you attempt laser skin tightening there are several things you must consider.

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Why Skin Tightening with Lasers Works so Well
One thing you need to know is why laser skin tightening is so popular and tends to produce such good results. The reason the procedure works is that the laser beam is able to disrupt skin cells enough to trigger repair responses within the body. Also, the laser beam has an added ability to get existing collagen to tighten, drawing skin cells closer together. Between strengthening the existing collagen and causing more to be produced, the skin becomes tighter over time.

Of course, the effects of laser skin tightening are not always immediately obvious. When you undergo a tightening procedure with medical lasers the healing processes which are triggered can take quite a while to show their full effects. However, the gradual strengthening of your skin after treatment will help to reduce your wrinkles and skin sags.

Having a Laser Treatment Consultation with a Clinician
Prior to making an appointment to have your skin tightened with lasers you must first consult with the skincare clinician. During the consultation the entire procedure will be explained to you, and the clinician will also determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the process. Typically, in order to be a good laser skin tightening candidate you must have mild to moderate wrinkles and not suffer from severe acne or certain other skin conditions. In order to qualify as a good laser treatment candidate your skin should also not be excessively oily because those oils can burn easily when exposed to a laser beam.

Side Effects of Laser Treatments for Wrinkles
When it comes to side effects of laser treatments, the most you should have to worry about is mild swelling. Any redness or swelling should subside within a day or so after the procedure. Your skin may also be extra sensitive for a week or two after treatment, and it may require special protection from the sun. Severe side effects, such as burns, are unlikely because clinicians typically will not perform laser skin tightening on candidates who are at high risk for such side effects.

The Process of Having a Laser Treatment
When you go to your local skincare clinic for a laser treatment you will be told ahead of time how to prepare for the appointment. Typical instructions will include not wearing any perfumes or other skin products on that day. When you arrive, your clinician will use the laser device to treat the skin on the portion of your body which has been designated for treatment. The laser device will heat your skin, but the clinician will use cooling blasts of air to help keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. If you experience any severe discomfort you can tell your clinician right away and he or she will make you more comfortable.

After your initial laser skin tightening appointment you may see some improvement. However, it is unlikely that your skin will improve dramatically right away. Your clinician will tell you ahead of time approximately how many sessions may be required to improve your results to the desired level.

 

 

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Models in Bimini

I was fortunate enough to take a mini vacation to the gorgeous island Bimini a very, very small island, part of the Bahamas. Bimini is only 60 miles off the coast of Miami, which takes approximately 2 hours on a ferry or 30 minutes by seaplane.

The waters were exactly as you would imagine, bright turquoise and cerulean blue shades. The mode of transport was a golf cart, and it took only 10 minutes to get to one side of the island to the other. That being said, the resort I stayed in was the only resort on the island, Resort World Bimini, apart of the Hilton chain.

This trip was definitely one for the books, I was traveling with some fellow Miami models, also signed with DAS Models. We recently participated in Hawkers Model Volleyball, an annual volleyball tournament, held in South Beach, for local Miami model agencies and their signed models. Prize for the top four teams was an all expense paid trip to Bimini! My teammates and fellow models were nothing short of amazing, and the trip would not have been nearly as memorable without this group of people.

Already on the countdown for next years Hawkers Model Beach Volleyball.

Travel Guide | You have to try the fresh conch and lobster salad at Joe’s or Stuarts Conch Shack. Must visit the wreck at the southern end of the island. Edith’s pizza was a fan favorite. Luna Beach is a great place for some yummy food, drinks and lounging on the beach.

 

Click on images to shop swim.

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Red in the City

Not sure if you can tell… But red is my favorite color, and this red Lilac and Lilies dress was one of the most flattering pieces I wore during my NYFW events. And it perfectly paired with the Frida Kahlo purse, which I received endless compliments on.

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Dress | Lilac and Lilies Boutique 

Coat | Zara

Shoes | ShuShop Shoes

Purse | Livin’ the MAD Life

 

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Reel Skipper

Reel Skipper has finally launched their Spring/Summer 2018 collection and I am obsessed! I was lucky enough to work with the amazing gals behind the brand and shoot their look book for this collection, and instantly fell in love with the pieces! My absolute favorite from the collection are the striped swim bottoms “Flamingo Beach” and striped shorts “Biscayne Water Shorts.”

Click on each image to shop the look.

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Photographer | Chelsea Erwin 

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