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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Curlettes vs Foam Rollers

It has been a little under two years now since I learned how to wet set my hair with foam rollers by my best friend Amber. Evidently, I am far from an expert but with the basics in hand I have slowly improved over time. The one thing that has remained the same, foam rollers are very uncomfortable to sleep in overnight. We suck it up in the name of beauty but what if we did not have to? Several months ago I heard one of my online friends Celeste had started her own business, Curlettes: The Comfy Curls for Vintage Girls. Immediately I reached out to her asking if I could give them a try and write about them on the blog. The wonderful gal that she is, Celeste was super excited to share her handmade curlers with the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. Now I must apologize to her and all of you for taking so darn long to write about Curlettes, I waited until I was feeling well again to experiment with a new product to make sure I got it just right.

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Medium Curlettes & Jane Carter’s Wrap & Roll foam.

To be completely honest, I was a little skeptical of trying a new technique to setting my hair as I had only ever worked with foam rollers and I was petrified it was going to be a complete failure. When I use foam rollers, I always find that they not only pinch when you sleep on them but the smaller ones towards the bottom tend to flatten out. But, they allowed my hair to dry completely overnight and created a tight overall curl that held up through a tough brush out. Since I have a lot of hair, I knew the pack of 14 Medium Curlettes wouldn’t be quite enough so I had to use a couple large foam rollers on the top and small ones at the end.

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Curlettes wet set complete.

With my Jane Carter Wrap & Roll setting foam in hand, I grabbed my custom red Curlettes and proceeded to start rolling exactly how I did with the foam ones. The first thing I noticed was that the Curlettes held their shape well and did not compress down nearly like the foam rollers when rolling each section tightly. Secondly they were surprisingly easy to fasten by pushing the one end through the loop, unlike the foam rollers plastic clips that often fall off…totally frustrating. If anyone is like me, I just want to get the rollers in quickly and go relax before bedtime. I was initially concerned the Curlettes might not hold securely like the foam rollers but was pleasantly surprised they stayed firmly in place after each section. Once all sections were rolled, I secured my set with a silk scarf to sleep on overnight.

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Curlettes freshly removed.

Now here’s the thing, when you are sleeping with rollers…no matter which ones they are, you are going to feel them. The difference with Curlettes vs foam rollers, Curlettes do not pinch or pull uncomfortably since they are made from 100% knitted yarn. Also, unlike the foam rollers none of my rolls flattened out overnight whatsoever. That was definitely a positive sign already. When I unrolled each section, they were completely dry and resulted in the most lovely soft tight perfectly rounded curls. Remember, this was my very first time using anything other than foam rollers and I was immediately blown away at how much better my wet set turned out.

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Added a little Suavecita pomade.

I broke up the curls with my fingers while applying some Suavecita pomade to the ends. Through the brush out, I found it took much less effort for a nice smooth style. Normally I have to work through twice as long with the foam sets. Needless to say, Curlettes instantly won me over and I’ll be retiring the foam rollers effective immediately! Since I need some more Curlettes for my thick hair, I think I’ll look into their new size large to use on my bangs along with a few additional mediums to ensure there are always enough.

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Brush out complete.

Everyone has their own favorite products, tools and ways to set their hair so I cannot guarantee what I use will work for everyone but I can confidently say that Curlettes beat foam rollers hands down in comfort, ease of use and performance. Use code PinupPersuasion10 to get 10% off everything except multi-buys and seconds (they’re already discounted). Valid till April 30, 2017.

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