New Year and renewal

As we start the new year, the pursuit of renewal extends beyond traditional resolutions to a holistic approach to well-being. Consider incorporating these rejuvenating ideas into your routine to embark on a transformative journey in the coming year.

1. Kickstart your renewal journey with a wellness retreat. Whether at a spa resort or a local retreat center, these immersive experiences often include a combination of yoga, meditation, nutritious meals, and spa treatments like facials. It provides a comprehensive reset for both body and mind.

2. Prioritize your skin’s health and radiance by including regular facials in your self-care routine. Professional facials, performed by skilled estheticians, involve cleansing, exfoliation, and nourishing treatments tailored to your skin’s unique needs. This not only enhances your complexion but also provides a relaxing and pampering experience.

3. Renew your relationship with food by adopting mindful eating practices. Pay attention to the flavors and textures of your meals, savor each bite, and choose nutrient-dense foods that nourish your body. Mindful eating promotes a healthier relationship with food and a renewed sense of well-being.

4. Designate a day for a digital detox and indulge in a spa day at home. Unplug from screens, draw a warm bath, and incorporate DIY facial masks or treatments. Create a tranquil atmosphere with calming music and scented candles for a rejuvenating experience.

5. Renew your perspective by incorporating gratitude journaling into your daily routine. Take a few moments each day to reflect on the positive aspects of your life and express gratitude. This simple practice can shift your focus toward positivity and enhance your overall well-being.

6. Take your meditation practice outdoors for a renewed sense of connection with nature. Find a serene spot, whether it’s a park, beach, or a quiet garden, and practice mindfulness meditation. The combination of nature and meditation can foster a deep sense of renewal and inner peace.

7. Engage your senses in a renewal journey. Explore new scents through aromatherapy, listen to soothing music, and surround yourself with textures that bring comfort. This sensory exploration can be a simple yet powerful way to refresh your environment and enhance your well-being.

8. Channel your inner creativity through workshops or classes in art, writing, or dance. Creative expression is a powerful tool for self-discovery and renewal, allowing you to tap into untapped aspects of yourself and fostering personal growth.

9. Strengthen your social connections by renewing relationships with friends and family. Plan gatherings or virtual meet-ups to share experiences and create lasting memories. Positive social interactions contribute significantly to overall well-being.

By weaving these renewal ideas into your lifestyle, you can create a harmonious balance of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The new year becomes an opportunity for comprehensive rejuvenation, allowing you to step into the future with a refreshed outlook and a revitalized sense of self.

Happy New Year! and beyond!!

The Holiday Miracle that keeps on giving

Ah, the holidays! ‘Tis the season for twinkling lights, jolly carolers, and more selfies than you can shake a candy cane at. But as you deck the halls and channel your inner elf, don’t let the hustle and bustle of the festive season leave you looking like a “before” picture in a makeover montage. Enter the unsung hero of holiday glam: permanent makeup!

If you’re like me, the mere mention of “holiday shopping” is enough to make your eyeliner wobble. And while a cozy fireplace and a cup of cocoa are nice, not having to redo your makeup every time you step out into the chilly winter wonderland is even nicer. That’s where permanent makeup comes to the rescue like Santa down a chimney!

Picture this: You’ve got a long list of gifts to buy, a tree to decorate, and a never-ending stream of parties to attend. Who has time to meticulously apply eyeliner and lipstick multiple times a day? With permanent makeup, your eyes will be “on fleek” from your first sip of eggnog to your final “Auld Lang Syne” sing-along. No more fearing smudged mascara or inadvertently rocking the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” look. You’ll be picture-perfect for every holiday snapshot.

But let’s not stop at the eyes! The holiday season is a smorgasbord of delectable delights. Permanent lip color means you can indulge in all the festive feasting without leaving your lip color on the rim of every glass or plate. 

And let’s not forget the holiday parties. Between ugly sweater soirees and glitzy New Year’s Eve bashes, your social calendar is packed tighter than Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. With permanent makeup, you can spend less time in front of the mirror and more time under the mistletoe. Just think of all the minutes you’ll save, minutes that can be better spent sipping hot cocoa, caroling, or honing your “Secret Santa” detective skills.

In the grand scheme of things, permanent makeup is a holiday miracle. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, long after the tinsel and tree lights have been put away. So, this holiday season, give yourself, or someone you love, the gift of convenience, confidence, and time for extra holiday cheer. Be ready to face any festive fiasco with a wink, a smile, and the assurance that you’ll look fabulous throughout the merriest time of the year. 

Wishing you a season filled with warmth, joy, and cherished moments. Happy Holidays! 🎄🎁✨

Rich history of Permanent Makeup 

Permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation or cosmetic tattooing, has a rich history that spans thousands of years. The practice of tattooing the skin with pigments to enhance natural beauty and create decorative designs has been found in many ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. In fact, mummies dating back to 4000 BCE have been found with tattooed eyebrows and eyeliner. 

Last year when I visited the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, I was thrilled to see a display of the pigments the ancients used on their statuaries and likely tattoos. Many of these colors are the base of the pigments I use.

In more recent history, permanent makeup is used primarily to correct imperfections and medical conditions such as cleft lip, scars, and breast reconstruction. However, in the 1970s, the technique began to gain popularity among women as a way to enhance their natural beauty.

Early permanent makeup techniques involved using a manual hand tool or coil machine to implant pigment into the skin. These techniques were often painful and imprecise, leading to uneven and unnatural-looking results. However, with advances in technology and the development of new techniques, modern permanent makeup is now safer, more comfortable, and more effective than ever before.

Today, the most common method of permanent makeup is machine-based tattooing. This technique involves using a specialized tattoo machine to deposit pigment into the skin, typically on the eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips. The machine is equipped with a needle or group of needles that move rapidly creating a series of tiny punctures in the skin. The pigment is deposited into the punctures, creating a permanent color that can last for years. Additionally, powerful topical numbing agents are used minimizing any discomfort. In fact, many of my clients fall asleep while I’m working with them. Really!

Overall, permanent makeup has come a long way since its early days as a crude and painful technique. Today’s modern methods offer a safe, comfortable, and effective way to enhance natural beauty and achieve long-lasting results. Whether you’re looking for fuller eyebrows, defined eyeliner, or a subtle lip tint, permanent makeup can help you achieve the look you desire.

When considering permanent makeup, be sure to have a consultation with a highly trained and qualified artist. This is not a service you want to bargain shop for and you will want to see actual photos of their work. Seek a professional who is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). This organization sets standards of practice for its members, which assures the public of the highest levels of professionalism and safety. After permanent makeup, you’ll be among those who enjoy a natural look that lasts a long time.

Beauty Trends: Eyebrows

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You may have seen the Facebook and Instagram pictures of big bushy dark brows.  Maybe even you’ve seen or heard of Microbladed, 3D or Ombre permanent makeup brows.

So what is the difference? In a word: Marketing.

Basically there are two kinds of permanent makeup eyebrows. Shaded and hairstrokes. Artists will use different tools to create the effects they want. There are no better tools or techniques. What makes the difference is the artist’s skill level and knowledge of what style is best for the client. The artist and client will talk about the desired end result and then using careful thought and skill, a beautiful brow is created. 

Hairstrokes brows go by many names including 3D, Microbladed, Microstroke, Feathered, or Hairstroke.

Shaded brows can be called Ombre, Powder fill, or Shaded.

One disadvantage to hairstroke or microbladed eyebrows is that because there is less pigment, maintenance is required every 12 to 18 months. (Shaded brows usually 2-7 years) Because of the need for maintenance more frequently, there is a time when the skin will no longer hold the pigment and may have more scar tissue. Only 20% of people have skin types that are appropriate for hairstroke or microbladed brows. 

Since microblading became popular nationwide about 8-10 years ago, many of the industry professionals have stopped offering it and focusing on some form of a shaded brow. Clients want a natural looking brow and shaded brows done by experienced artists have been providing this for many decades. 

If you’d like to explore the possibility of permanent makeup, it is essential to have a consultation with a highly trained and qualified artist. This is not a service you want to bargain shop for and you will want to see actual photos of their work. 

Today, most professional permanent cosmetic artists are members of the world’s leading, not-for-profit society devoted to this field, the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP).  This organization sets standards of practice for its members, which assures the public of the highest levels of professionalism.  After permanent makeup — you’ll be among those who enjoy a carefree natural look that last a long time.

Stress Relief with Facials

We are all experiencing some level of stress and anxiety in these covid times. For sure there are better days ahead. However the stress of all the uncertainty can take a toll on us. What are some things you can do to minimize the impact of stress?

            Get plenty of Sleep


            Talk with friends

            Watch funny movies

            And take a time out with a professional facial.

Instead of thinking about facials as just a beauty treatment, let’s explore how and why facials can help reduce the impacts of stress. 

You have hundreds of pressure points on your face. During a facial, the pressure points get massaged. Massaging produces more blood flow and lymph drainage, which reduces the physical and psychological stress in your body. 

Most of us do not know where the facial pressure points are. That is why it is good to have a professional facial. Professionals are trained on methods and techniques that improve circulation and encourage the muscles to relax. At the end of your facial, you will feel the stress has melted away.

In addition to the stress reduction, facial massages will help you accelerate the cell regeneration process in your skin. It also helps reduce puffiness, and sagging skin. A facial can also increase the production of collagen under your skin and when that happens, it helps reduce the visible signs of stress.

How often should you get a facial?  Clearly, this is dependent on your budget and time constraints. Regular frequency is recommended and ideally monthly or at a minimum 4 times a year.  When the seasons change is a great time because the skin needs are different as the seasons change. Prices will vary with the esthetician you choose. You can expect paying in the range of $65 to $130 depending on what special treatments are performed.

If you decide to try a facial for stress reduction and a little time out from the crazy world, you wont regret it!   Enjoy!

Unexpected benefits from covid

What did you do with your time off over the Covid-19 shutdown earlier this year? 

I’ve heard about many people starting gardens, learned how to make bread, tried many different recipes, and did a lot of crafting and art projects. A lot. Plus there are unexpected benefits that came from this “down time”.  New habits, new realizations.

I heard many people share about how much they enjoyed not having to get dressed up and put makeup on to go to work or out and about. Some people complained about having to put makeup when their zoom calls started. Some just didn’t wear makeup at all. Which one were you?

There is freedom and a lot of benefits with not putting makeup on all the time. You don’t have makeup melting off or melting into your eyes. You can get to do the fun stuff faster. (Applying and removing makeup at least 10 mins a day adds up to 61 hours a year.) Plus you eliminate the stress of trying to draw that perfect brow or perfect eyeliner everyday.

If you’d like to explore the possibility of permanent makeup, it is essential to have a consultation with a highly trained and qualified artist. This is not a service you want to bargain shop for and you will want to see actual photos of their work.  

With our new normal and the need to wear masks everywhere we go now, all we can see are the eyes and eyebrows. Those eyes need to look great and show off!

How would you like to experience the freedom of not putting makeup on and still look great like you were wearing makeup?  Natural permanent makeup treatments are a great solution and people won’t know its permanent makeup.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to look for an artist who will keep you safe with covid precautions. Additionally someone who can make your makeup look natural.

Schedule your complimentary consultation now with Cheryl and explore how to free yourself up for more fun and have beautiful eyes too.

Things are different now

When the editor of the Willamette Living magazine asked me to share about what I did over the shut down or what would be different about my business due to COVID19, it took me back to my school days when we would share about what we did over the summer. Certainly I won’t share all the details of the rollercoaster…but here are a few highlights.

            Eat, sleep, worry, pray, eat sleep some more, (don’t get on the scales)

            Worked on some business planning

            Navigated the EIDL and PPP programs (eyes rolling)

            Built a couple raised beds and planted a vegetable garden

            Painted my kitchen

And now that we are returning to opening businesses, there are some changes my business will be doing going forward.

Safety is my #1 priority for my clients and myself. My industry already follows a high standard of sanitation to stop the spread of disease. Covid19 is now taking that to an even higher level including but not limited to: 

            Added thorough wellness screenings

            One client at a time in the studio.

            Extra sanitizing between clients

            PPE to keep clients and I safe at all times

            Consultations now done over the phone or through facetime or zoom.

            Postponing lip procedures

What did you do over the shutdown? Did you enjoy not putting makeup on everyday? How would you like to experience that everyday and still look great like you were wearing makeup?  Natural permanent makeup treatments are a great solution.

Now more than ever it’s important to look for an artist who will keep you safe.

If you’d like to explore the possibility of permanent makeup, it is essential to have a consultation. This is not a service you want to bargain shop for.  

Click on the “Schedule Now” button to schedule your consultation. We will determine what is right for you.

Makeup trends for 2020

Every year the beauty industry looks forward to what trends the year might bring. While most of us won’t wear makeup in this way, it’s interesting to see the new ideas. Here are a few predictions from a beauty watcher on instagram.

Brightly Colored Mascara – Black mascara takes a back seat.  A bright color mascara such as blue, green, purple and even pink or orange can give the eyes an interesting look.

Neon – While the neon colors have been around for a while, there is a minimalist trend happening with them. For example, using just a hint of neon eyeshadow in the corners of the eye instead of over the whole eyelid.

Pink Lips – Red lip color has been popular for several years. Now a really bright pink is starting to emerge as a favorite. Try a hot pink with blue undertones. Using a matte lipstick will have a little more staying power than a creamy one.

Floating Eyeliner – This is an interesting trend. Instead of having eyeliner just on the lash line, we are seeing ”floating” eyeliner. Eyeliner is placed on the eyelid just above the crease above the lash line. It’s especially dramatic when it’s a bright neon or pastel color.

Structured Brows – Bushy, unkempt brows of years past are giving way to a structured strong and polished look. Using clear gels, hairs are groomed into place giving a groomed polished look.

Pink Blush all over – A bright pink blush isn’t just for your cheeks. This trend is seeing the blush all over. Blush is placed under the eyebrow bone, temples, and forehead in addition to the cheeks. Using the same color all over gives a dramatic look.

While the trends can be fascinating and possibly desirable, one would never want to have them applied with permanent makeup. Permanent Makeup is best suited to create a classic natural look. That way you have a base look that is always flattering and then you can apply topical makeup to follow the trends if you want. Most of the bad looking permanent makeup is when someone ventured too far into a trend.

Many women don’t think permanent makeup is for them or they don’t know what to look for. Permanent makeup is customized and personalized to each persons desired look. A qualified permanent makeup artist can show you photos of their work and take the time to answer your questions.

Have fun with this years trends if you decide to try them!

De-Stressing the Holidays

Lights are twinkling. Homes are decorated with trees and greenery. Everywhere you look you see signs of the holidays — but you may also be feeling burdened. Instead of appreciating the sparkle of the season, you’re busy agonizing over how to shop for the perfect gifts, take the kids or grandkids to every fun Christmas event and perfectly prepare your home for hosting guests.

It’s true that there’s a lot to do every holiday season. But we’re letting the stress and the “must dos” interfere with what’s supposed to be a pleasant time for ourselves and our families. In a survey conducted by Healthline, 62 percent of people said their stress levels were “very or somewhat” higher during the holidays. Only 10 percent of people said they had no holiday-related stress!

Avoid enduring the stress and look for the ways to simply enjoy the season. Reduce the stress and experience the magic by finding ways to minimize your workload and save time.

* Set priorities for your time. Decide as a family on one  (okay, maybe two) events you’d like to make time for. Maybe that’s Storybook Land or a holiday craft fair. Sprinkle in a holiday party or two and you’ll be set. Minimize the “have tos” on your calendar.

* Not everything has to be homemade. If holiday baking is giving you more anxiety than delight, don’t think twice about getting your goods from a local bakery. Not everyone must produce Pinterest-worthy Christmas cookies.

* Consider ways to reduce the time you spend doing housework or getting ready for guests. For example, you could hire a cleaning service for the holidays.

* Simplify your personal self care routine. How can you always look great without spending lots of time? Permanent makeup for eyebrows, eyes and lips is a great solution. When you work with Cheryl, you’ll ensure that the intricate work of making you look beautiful day and night is done professionally.


Feeling whole again-after breast cancer

Breast cancer patients find themselves navigating a whole new world, even after successful treatment. How can you get back to looking and feeling your best after you’ve just been through so much?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to talk about some of those details. Following surgery — whether for a single or double mastectomy — you and your medical team may determine that breast reconstruction is right for you.

Here’s where Permanent Makeup plays an important role. Permanent Makeup, also known as micro-pigmentation, cosmetic or paramedical tattoo, can be used to recolor the areola and nipple area after breast reconstruction, giving you a more natural look.

  • With a single mastectomy, we work to match the color and size of the existing areola.
  • With a double mastectomy, we can help you design the areola color and placement.
  • Scarring can also be camouflaged with permanent makeup techniques.

Best of all, the technology behind Permanent Makeup lets us achieve some amazing and very realistic outcomes that appear 3D!

Here are a few queries about using Permanent Makeup for Areola Repigmentation that many patients have:

Will my insurance cover this procedure?

Yes! Most insurance plans cover Areola Repigmentation because it is considered part of the overall medical treatment for breast cancer.

Will it hurt?

Most patients don’t experience pain. Topical anesthetics are used to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.

How do you find the right person to do Areola Repigmentation?

Areola Repigmentation should be performed by a trained and highly qualified permanent makeup professional. Select a professional permanent cosmetic specialist who is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP), the worldwide association dedicated to professional practice in the field. You’ll also want to meet with the practitioner you’re considering to review actual client photos and ask questions. Never select a permanent makeup professional based solely on who has the lowest price; this isn’t a procedure you want to bargain shop for.

After Areola Repigmentation, many patients share that they feel whole again. If you or someone you love is a breast cancer survivor, this Permanent Makeup procedure is worth considering to enhance your confidence and help you completely recover from your challenging journey.

Cheryl Lohman,CPCP of Oregon Permanent Makeup is an Oregon Licensed Permanent Makeup Artist and Esthetician, and is a Lifetime Member in the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. For more information you can reach her at 541-740-1639 or visit her website at