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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Current To Die For | Beauty Products

Happy holidays! I hope everyone, who celebrates, had an amazing Thanksgiving spent with those dearest to you.

One thing, and one of the only things, I dislike about this time of year is the proximity between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Does anyone else wish we had a little bit more time between each holiday?!

That aside, I figured it was about time to share with you all my to die for products. And may I just say, these last few months I have stumbled across some pretty amazing beauty products, that will for sure be in my routine for quite a while.

First and foremost, I just HAVE to talk about Sunday Riley. For the past year or so, I’ve seen and heard of the brand Sunday Riley from so many beauty gurus across the internet, but never actually went out to try the product. And I finally caved and purchased the Sulfur Mask and Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. And let me just say, after a few days my skin had transformed. Sunday Riley is a bit pricey, but the Good Genes is well worth it, and I’m dying to try more products from their range!

Another one of my amazing new finds is Tan-Luxe products! For times when I don’t get a chance to enjoy the amazing Miami sun, (which is quite a lot of the time) it’s nice to have something that still allows me to keep that glow. Tan-Luxe has to be my all time favorite self tan company. None of their products stain, I get that amazing, to die for, glow, and they offer sooooo many different products! My absolute favorites from them is their “The Gloss,” which I’ve added into my makeup routine as a glowy bronzer, and it’s stunning! And one of their self tan lotions, “The Butter.” The Butter is one of the most beautiful lotions everrrr, it gives your skin that amazing shimmer, like you jumped right out of an Edward Cullen vampire film (but with a much nicer tan.) I’ll definitely be keeping these two products in my beauty cabinet all winter!

And lastly I’ve been loving my new foundation stick by Vapour. (I am shade 135 medium tan) I am usually one to stick to matte finish foundation, but this foundation stick has completely changed my mind. I’m absolutely obsessed with the glowy and healthy look it gives my skin. Pair this foundation with the Tan-Luxe “The Glow” and your skin will look like a goddess.

Mentioned Products//

Sunday Riley | Sulfur Mask & Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment

Tan-Luxe | The Gloss & The Butter

Vapour | Atmosphere Luminous Foundation Stick

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Au Natural

I am one to always reach for something natural, rather than synthetic, and this holds true for the products I use on my body.

And I am sure we all have that one product that we know may not be the most natural option, but it is the most effective. Therefore, when I find an amazing product that does just what I would want, I  have to share!

I’ve recently tried out a new shampoo and conditioner from a company called Ecolovista, and it has done wonders for my hair, noticeable even after the first use! The fact that the formula is all natural and made with water from the Alps & France, or that the bottle is made from bio degradable material, caught my attention, but the fact that  my hair felt so silky smooth and the frizz was tamed after, is the reason I am obsessed with it!

Ecolovista Smooth Repair Shampoo// Here

Ecolovista Smooth Repair Conditioner// Here

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Frank Body Review

A couple months ago I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautifully packaged pink and white box outside of my door. And inside the box was even more cute packaged goodies! Frank had paid me a visit and I was not mad about it. 🙂IMG_0122

I was sent the Frank Body original Coffee Body Scrub and Body Balm. First off let me just say I am a huge fan of these products because of their all natural and vegan ingredients.

Their body scrub is made with Coffee Beans, Almond Oil, Vitamin E oils and Sea Salt. And their body balm is a mixture of Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coffee Arabica Seed Oil and Beeswax. All stuff that we can actually understand and I’m all about those natural ingredients!

So besides the cute packaging and amazing ingredients, the products themselves have worked wonders for my skin.

The Scrub
I have relatively normal skin with a few breakouts here and there and a little bit of hyperpigmentation. I would use the coffee scrub about 2x a week as a deep exfoliator. I can instantly notice the texture of my skin smoothens, my skin appears brighter and my face is baby soft. My random breakouts have gone down and my skin feels overall more healthy, and not to forget the smell is incredible!

I have recently started using the body scrub for a few stretch marks that I have developed, so I will definitely keep you posted with any results I see!

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The Balm
The body balm is also a great product and very moisturizing. Though I would recommend only using it at night, as it does not soak into the skin very quickly. Since it has so many natural oils, it takes quite longer than a regular lotion to set. That being said, apply this stuff all over before bed and you will definitely have baby soft skin by the morning.

I am so in love with both of these products that I am itching to try some of their new stuff. Especially their peppermint body scrub, yum!!

Check out the rest of their stuff at Frank Body!

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Knowing When to Toss Your Makeup

It is easy to ignore the tiny symbols that are on your bottles, tubes, and containers of makeup. You probably have seen these markings hundreds of times as they appear on all of the products that you use. This includes toothpaste, shampoo, and nearly all of your makeup. However, as you are probably unaware of what it means, you tend to overlook it.

Actually, these little symbols are trying to tell us just how long we should use our makeup and beauty products for. Much like everything else, your makeup has an expiration date as well.

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Thanks to mightygoods.com for creating this helpful infograph!

Maybe it’s time to do a beauty product purge and get rid of those products you may not have known were out of date!

xoxo