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.