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.

xoxox

The Big City

This night in NYC was a particularly freezing one, that my Miami blood was not prepared for. But that aside, we watched one of the most entertaining fashion shows, the YEROC by Corey Woods. The pieces were fantastic and the performance was one for the books.

We found another amazing vegan restaurant, that I wish would make its way down South. Blossoms, was my all time favorite restaurant for the trip, the full menu was vegan and their Truffle, Mushroom Pizza was insanely delicious!

My look for this nights show was one of my favorite pieces from Lilac and Lilies Boutique, in Fort Lauderdale Florida, this flattering white dress. Paired with our Livin’ the MAD Life “Winter Sparkle” tote.

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Blazer | Zara (similar)

Dress | Lilac and Lilies

Purse | Livin’ the MAD Life

Shoes | Gianni Bini (similar)

 

xoxox

Livin’ the MAD Life

Exciting news everyone! My mom and I have decided to start our own purse and bag company. But there’s a twist! We wanted to bring our personal values into the brand, Livin’ the MAD Life, and have decided to keep it all vegan, cruelty free, sustainable and focused on empowering designs.

For those of you who do not know, my mother is a world renowned artist, who has sold hundreds of thousands of art pieces and has collectors from around the world. Her art has been featured in popular media streams such as the “O” Oprah Magazine, was the cover image for the Interior Design Magazine, and the featured artist and cover for the Spectrum Art Basel in 2015. She also has her art sold in various retail stores across the country such as, Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. Not only that, but she also has art in major hotels, TV shows, celebrity homes and restaurants around the country.

Okay, so enough bragging about how awesome of an artist my mom is.. But that’s what makes the brand even better! My mother will design each bag and we even have original, hand painted purses!

Pretty cool, huh? Well it’s even cooler, because all of our hand painted bags are on thrifted, upcyled bags! Not sure if you knew this or not, but the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, only behind the oil industry. Purchasing second hand and thrifted fashion items is a great way to keep sustainable and help reduce the fashion industries, and your, carbon footprint. We have thrifted bags from brands such as Chloe, Steve Madden, Samsonite and more! Some of the pieces date back to the 1950’s, making them a vintage masterpiece!

Although our other collections are not on thrifted bags, they will be designed with the colorful workings of my mom, which makes them a collectors piece and not fast fashion.

What’s even more, is we will never sell a bag that is not vegan or cruelty free. The majority of our bags will be made from PU faux leather.

There’s so much more to learn about our products and how they embody empowerment and what a MAD symbol stands for. To read more and check out all of our products visit www.livinthemadlife.com and keep in touch via social media @LivinTheMADLife.

Here are a few of our bags that you can purchase! Side note| I will also be modeling for the brand, so stay tuned for our other fun and exciting campaigns, that are already in the works!

Thanks for your support guys! Can’t wait to see where this takes us next!

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xoxo

 

Now I feel there might be one question you all have… what does MAD stand for?

It’s simple, its our initials! Megan Aroon Duncanson

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

I would like to thank the lovely Simply Davelyn for nominating me. 😀 Her blog is super cute, check it out if you get a chance!

The Liebster Award is sort of like a chain letter, but it allows us bloggers to get to know a little bit more about each other and ask other fellow bloggers some questions! Hope you enjoy!

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  • 1. Do your family and friends know that you are blogging?

It was actually my mother idea to start blogging. 🙂 It it known to all of my social media friends on facebook, instagram and twitter that I am blogging, so pretty much everyone I have ever talked too know I am blogging!

  • 2. What is one of your biggest goals?

I would loveee to work for myself, and I hope to one day start my own clothing boutique!

  • 3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Thailand! The culture seems beautiful. And Thai food is my favorite! I really would love to go canoeing through all of the caves and around the islands.

  • 4. What is one of your favorite songs and why?

One of my favorite songs is called “Sunshine” by Matisyahu. This song just makes me so happy! And It makes me feel like I’m in the tropics or something! hahah. I also loveee reggae, and this song has a reggae feel to it.

  • 5. What is one of the greatest things that has ever happened to you?

Going to Rollins college has been an amazing experience that is because I have met the greatest friends I could have ever asked for. The kind of friends that you keep for life. ❤

  • 6. Have you ever lied (for Truth) in Truth or Dare?

I can not even remember the last time I played Truth or Dare. But I am sure I have lied once a while ago to avoid embarrassment.

  • 7. Do you save old greeting cards and letters or throw them away?

I usually save them, and then once I go through and clean up my room I end up tossing them out. I do feel guilty when I throw them out, but I just feel like it adds clutter and makes me feel messy.

  • 8. What is one of your biggest fears?

I have a very crazy imagination and always think I hear things in my house. So someone breaking in while I was home would probably be one of my greatest fears.

  • 9. Do you have a catchphrase?

Toodles Poodles (Bye)

  • 10. Do you hold any convictions that you would be willing to die for?

I do not

  • 11. What is your favorite thing about blogging so far?

I love being apart of this great community and reading other fashion tips, recipes, travel stories, etc. I think it is a great way to learn new things and I enjoy sharing my ideas and thoughts with others 🙂

 

I would like to nominate:

missLAnnis

Jessica&Love

Kylie Souder

 

My Questions for You:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What kind of blogs are your favorite?
  3. If you could live in any country, which would it be?
  4. Favorite childhood memory?
  5. What is the greatest thing that has ever happened to you?
  6. What is one of your biggest goals in life?
  7. If you could be anyone, who would it be?
  8. Favorite movie, and why?
  9. Favorite food?
  10. Are you a morning person or night person?
  11. Favorite thing about being a blogger?

 

Rules

  • Write a post answering the questions you have been given
  • Thank and link the blogger who nominated you in them
  • Nominate five to eleven other bloggers for this “award”

Thank you again Simply Davelyn for nominating me, and I hope you guys have fun!