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Eyebrow Microblading

While we are vacationing up north in cottage country and miraculously have Wi-fi, I thought it would be a great time to share a quick post about my experience with Eyebrow Microblading. For those of you wondering what that is, in a nut shell it is a very natural option of semi-permanent eyebrow enhancement. Gone are the days of horrible tattooed eyebrows, Microblading creates very lightweight natural strokes that simulate real eyebrow hairs. Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself getting such a procedure done but I was convinced after seeing the amazing work of Sandy Serpa. Sandy and I have known each other for many years and I was super excited when she started her own business offering Eyebrow Microblading. This was no light decision on my part, I researched extensively and followed Sandy’s work for quite some time before mustering the courage to book my appointment.

Still a bit nervous, I booked my appointment a couple months in advance for this past May. Sandy’s work spoke for itself; creating very natural and gorgeous eyebrows with many of her clients who had very little to work from. Luckily my eyebrows are not all gone but years of over plucking left the underside too thin and they always needed to be filled in. When I arrived, Sandy explained how Eyebrow Microblading works, the treatment process and gave a very cute cartoon that depicted the healing process. We spoke about my expectations and what kind of brow I had envisioned; nice full brows. She would have to create hairs on the undersides which were non-existent and create the look of fullness in the rest. The most time consuming part of the process is creating the outlines; cultivating the map of your new eyebrows. Since I had a solid arch and shape already, we had a good base to work from.

Eyebrow Microblading healing process.

When I asked how painful the process was, she warned me that some people find it worse than others but the numbing cream should help. Famous last words “I’ll be ok, I tolerate tattoos no problem”. Yeah, I was SO wrong!!! Sandy was very patient but I turned into a blubbering mess. My allergies were in high gear, sneezing uncontrollably and eyes watering getting eyeliner everywhere. We quickly found out, the numbing cream didn’t work on me…just my luck! We got through the process painstakingly one stroke at a time. Beauty is pain right!?! When we finished, I couldn’t wait to see how they looked. Sandy warned me they look unusually thick due to the swelling but would would shrink down to the normal shape once healed. Instantly I was super pleased with the reflection in the mirror and was so glad I got them done. We booked my follow up touch-up appointment 6 weeks later.

Before & After my first session.

The healing process was a bit nerve racking after seeing some real scary photos online (seriously avoid looking them up if you can). I applied the ointment Sandy provided and let my eyebrows heal without picking at the scabs. They flaked off naturally, I just kept checking in the mirror to make sure none were hanging off to scare people away. Lol I was super pleased with how they healed and was really looking forward to the touch-up session, minus knowing how painful round two would be.

First session completely healed.

Great retention after first session.

At my follow up appointment, Sandy asked me to remove my makeup and I told her I already had. Her response was “so you don’t have any filler makeup on your eyebrows” and I replied “nope!” Apparently my pigment retention was the best she had seen, especially with her younger clients. Not everyone’s body retains the pigment well after the first session and often some require a complete second session. In my case, she just needed to add minimal fullness to finish them off. Bracing myself for a repeat of last time, Sandy mentioned she had started using a new numbing cream recently so we’d give it a go. Well hallelujah…this time it worked like a charm! I barely felt her working and it was over before I knew it. The healing process the second time around was much quicker and my new eyebrows looked like they had always been there. YAY!!!

Touch-up session complete.

I definitely recommend Eyebrow Microblading if you were thinking of taking the plunge but make sure to do your research before choosing who to go to. Not all technicians are created equal and just because they charge more does not mean they are better. If you live in South Western Ontario (Canada), I highly recommend going to Sandy but for those of you in the rest of the world please read reviews, follow the person’s work on social media and take the time to choose the most qualified in your area. So many people are offering Eyebrow Microblading with no real training, at a spa along with dozens of other services…don’t be fooled as this can be a costly mistake that is even harder to fix in the long run.

*Here are a variety of inspiring Before & After examples of Eyebrow Microblading by Sandy. As you can see, many of these lovely ladies started with little to no eyebrows before their treatments and now have beautiful natural results.

 

 

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Winners!!! Miss Fortune Sweet Pea Dress Giveaway!

A massive thank you to everyone who entered the Miss Fortune Sweet Pea Dress Giveaway! Of course I wanted to reveal the winners before leaving on our summer holidays. So without further adieu, the winners are…

First Prize ~ Miss Fortune Sweet Pea Dress

HELEN DEMILT

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Runner Up ~ Miss Fortune Β£25 Voucher

HELENE MARCANTONIO

Please email me at pinup_persuasion@hotmail.com to claim your prizes.

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Winners have 7 days to claim, on the 8th day any unclaimed prizes will be redrawn from the current list of entries.

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Vintage Long Stem Roses Dress by Roy H. Bjorkman

One thing that I know for certain, my adoration for all things floral came at a very early age. My mom dubbed me a natural green thumb as she always knew where to find me when I was a kid…out in her gardens planting and watering the flowers. Every year I would find new species that I would fall in love with, they are all so beautiful in their own special way. The memory that I will never forget is the anticipation her only rose bush to be in full bloom; it had the most beautiful rich deep pink roses I have ever seen. It should come as no surprise that my love of floral prints has only grown over the last few decades and can easily be seen in my vintage wardrobe collection.

  • Dress – Vintage Long Stem Roses Dress by Roy H. Bjorkman
  • Shoes – B.A.I.T Tessa Wedges in Cornflower Blue
  • Jewelry – Vintage rhinestone bangles

The greatest thing about collecting vintage floral prints, is that there are endless possibilities out there to discover. It is no surprise that the classic rose was very common in the 1950’s. Fashion designers captured their beauty by making them center stage in their designs. Often we will see the same prints being used by different designers, each one utilizing their creativity to make theirs unique.

In recent years, I have come across the Vintage Long Stem Roses print in red and yellow in a variety of styles but they always eluded me as they were much too small in size or WAY over my budget. This past May, I stumbled upon an IG sneak preview photo from Swanee Grace of the most elegant Vintage Long Stem Roses Dress but this time in purple, blue and yellow roses! I was even more excited when I saw the size was my exact measurements but expected a very hefty price tag. Luckily the shop owner posted the exact time it would be listed on Etsy so I was refreshing every 10 seconds in anticipation. Needles to say, I didn’t hesitate when I saw it was withing my budget and sped through the checkout process like a madwoman.

Never before had I seen this stunning colourway and I truly adore it more than the red/yellow version. The Vintage Long Stem Roses Dress by Roy H. Bjorkman is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. I didn’t even realize the background colour is a soft powder blue, usually you only see it in white. This definitely made the dress even more unique and extra special. The bodice features gorgeous diamond rhinestones scattered throughout. Miraculously, the dress is in pristine condition…barely worn over the past 6 decades.

When it comes to collecting vintage, the best piece of advice that I can pass along is to be patient. Vintage can be an incredibly frustrating passion at the best of times but those who are patient, often find the most amazing treasures when they least expect it. Do not lose hope…those special treasures will find you when the time is right.

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Vintage Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt

Over the years, my love of vintage has not only taken over my closets but it has become such a huge part of my everyday life. The wonderful people that I have met through the online communities…sellers and fellow collectors have truly enriched my inner circle of friends. It is incredible how fellow collectors and sellers will genuinely go out of their way to help you find those special treasures, spreading good vintage karma among one another. I have been very fortunate to build my collection full of breathtaking vintage pieces through endless hours of scouring of the interwebs, hands me downs from collectors and developing wonderful relationships with some of the greatest vintage sellers. These rare treasures deserve to be showcased for all to appreciate, so I will start featuring my vintage collection one piece at a time! Be warned…this may take a while πŸ˜‰

  • Skirt – Vintage Seaside Border Print
  • Top – PUG Peasant in mint
  • Shoes – B.A.I.T Demi mint wedges
  • Belt – PUG white
  • Jewelry – Vintage Weiss

With the 1950’s being the epicenter of one of a kind circle/swing skirt designs, it is no surprise that they quickly became an obsession to collect them all. Personally I gravitate towards novelty prints, scenic prints, border prints and of course floral prints…plain is boring! One of the places I find many of my most treasured pieces is on Instagram; either from Vintage sellers or fellow collectors. The most important thing is to be quick, these pieces often get snatched up the moment they are posted. Luckily I was able to acquire many pieces before IG sales became mainstream, now it has really become ultra competitive and often disappointing.

Ages ago, I came across this magnificent Vintage Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt on IG where the seller mentioned it was a wounded bird but still had lots of life left. Remember, most of these skirts are over 60 years old; often homemade from the 1950’s and passed down over the decades with several different owners. Immediately I got in contact with the seller (sorry, I don’t remember which one this was from) to get all the particulars on the condition and of course, price. There she mentioned the skirt had some rust stains and a few holes in the fabric but they were easily lost in the fullness of the skirt sweep. Because of the condition, she was only asking a mere $60…UM WHAT!?! Luckily there was only one gal ahead of me in line and she decided to pass on it…her loss was definitely my gain!

When the Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt arrived, I immediately assessed the condition and reinforced the small holes with iron on mending patches. The seller mentioned she had already washed and treated the staining the best she could so I did not attempt to do so myself. Most of the rust marks were on one side of the skirt, so the trick was simply to rotate that to the backside when worn and it indeed gets lost in the fullness of the skirt.

Although there is no known designer information available on this print, it is referred to as “Seaside” by vintage collectors. In this series, there is also Switzerland and Dutch Windmills, all available in various colourways. It is always fun to see the different variations of prints in the various colours since I find they really make each one truly unique. I am the first to admit, I sometimes own the same print in two different colours because I simply cannot resist.

*A special thank you to the lovely ladiesΒ Kelly and Mary of the Novelty & Border Print Group for helping me with the history on the Vintage Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt.*

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