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The 411 on Microblading

Posted on: July 8th, 2020

Some people are unfamiliar with the term microblading, but microblading is simply another name for cosmetic tattooing or permanent cosmetics. The process involves taking color and placing it into the skin, which makes it a tattoo process.

Microblading does not utilize a blade, but instead a hand tool is used that has small fine-point needles attached to the handle. The hand tool device needs to be sterilized before it is used and should be disposed of after the treatment.

It is important to note that microblading or eyebrow embroidery is a permanent procedure, although some may advertise it as a semi-permanent process. The pigment may fade over time, but this does not mean that the process is only semi-permanent. Results will differ from person to person and it cannot be predicted how much pigment will fade for each person and how long it will take to do so.

Some people will be an ideal candidate for microblading, but not everyone will be able to receive this treatment. Microblading is not a good treatment for women who are pregnant or nursing, people who have certain skin conditions (including chronic acne, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, keratosis and psoriasis), people with oily skin or acne on their forehead, people who are on medications for certain conditions, or for people with certain skin types. It is important to discuss whether or not you are a good candidate for treatment.

If it has been decided that you are an ideal candidate, you should next do some research to make sure the place you choose to go to has a license or a certificate to practice microblading. The requirements for this vary by state, so you may need to do some research for your particular state. You do not want to go to just any esthetician or cosmetologist, because although they may be licensed in those areas, microblading is a very different procedure and requires knowledge of the skin.

You should inquire as to what the instructor’s education has been and you should look for a technician who has a 100 hour certification in microblading. Obviously, the more hours the instructor has, the more training they have received. In addition to having the appropriate training in microblading, you also want to find a facility that has the appropriate health permits and is maintaining a very clean and sterile environment.

Microblading is a very innovative procedure that offers many people a solution they have been looking for. It is beneficial to have some background knowledge of the procedure and to also understand what to look for in a technician.

Airbrush Makeup 101

Posted on: June 8th, 2020

Airbrush makeup is makeup that is sprayed onto your skin using an airbrush, instead of using the traditional brushes or sponges. Most people are not as familiar with airbrush makeup as they are with traditional makeup, so it is important to know more about it before you give it a try.

Before you start using airbrush makeup, it is a good idea to first practice with water so you can get a feel of the compressor and airbrush gun and you can experiment with the different settings. You need to mix the makeup for the gun beforehand and you want to achieve a consistency that is like milk.

You also need to prepare your skin prior to putting on the makeup and you want to wash your face and neck with a good cleanser so that all the dead skin cells are removed. Afterwards, you will want to thoroughly dry your skin. The makeup will not apply evenly if it is sprayed onto wet skin. Once you have the mixture in the airbrush gun, you should test spray either on your hand or a piece of paper to make sure that it is working properly and that you have the right color for your skin tone.

Before you begin spraying, make sure that you have your hair tied back so you do not accidentally spray your hair. The appropriate technique for applying airbrush makeup is to have a constant and steady motion so that the airbrush foundation will be spread evenly. You also want to make sure that you keep your hand moving and do not stay in one area for too long or else you will apply too much color and it will not dry as quickly.

You want to hold the airbrush gun 6-12 inches away from your face when applying the makeup. You can move it slightly closer for the target areas that you need more coverage for. If you hold the gun too closely to your face, it will cause the color to become too concentrated and it will not be very natural looking.

Another important thing to remember is that when you are applying over your eyelids, you do not want to close your eyes too tightly. If you do, the makeup will concentrate in the wrinkles and it will draw attention to those spots. You also want to make sure that you blend your neck in with the rest of the foundation. It is a very common mistake to forget about blending your neck.

There is an art to applying airbrush makeup and the more you practice, the better you will become. It is important to remember that less is more and you do not want to apply too much makeup. It is very easy to go overboard when applying. If you are looking to have airbrush makeup done for a special occasion, such as a wedding, it is best that you go to a professional to ensure you get the best possible results.

What You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

Posted on: May 15th, 2020

Laser hair removal is a very popular treatment that allows for both men and women to experience smooth skin without having to shave, wax or tweeze the hair. It is important that you have some background knowledge about laser hair removal before deciding if it is the right treatment for you. The following are some important facts to know beforehand.

Not all of your hair will be removed during a procedure. Laser hair removal gets rid of approximately 85-90% of your hair in the area that is being treated. Most people are happy with the results, but for those who are looking for 100% elimination of hair, the only treatment that can do that successfully is electrolysis. Unfortunately, electrolysis can be expensive if you are looking to do a large portion of your body.

There is some maintenance that you will need to do after a laser hair removal treatment. Laser hair removal is an excellent treatment for those looking to get rid of hair in a large portion of their body, but in order to maintain results, there will need to be some maintenance treatments. Fortunately, maintenance treatments do not need to be happy very often and will usually only require the laser to be utilized in a few smaller areas.

Some people do not realize that in order to get optimal results, there needs to be more than one treatment. In fact, it generally requires 4-6 treatments of laser hair removal. Many patients do notice an improvement after one treatment, but really noticeable improvements do require 4-6 treatments.

There are some people who will not be a good candidate for laser hair removal. Laser hair removal typically works best for patients who have lighter skin and dark hair. Patients who have dark skin or light hair do not usually get the same results since the laser needs a chromophore in order to respond to it, and light hair does not have this. Technology does continue to improve and evolve though, so there is great hope that this will be an optimal treatment for more patients in the future.

A wonderful benefit of laser hair removal is that it can save you a great deal of money in the long run. Razors and shaving gel are expensive, as is waxing. Although upfront, laser hair removal appears to be more costly, in the long run, it can actually save you money by eliminating the usual expenses associated with shaving. Results are also much better from laser hair removal than with shaving or waxing.

You can talk to your aesthetician and ask any questions you have about laser hair removal and determine if this would be a good treatment option for you. It is important that you have this procedure performed only by accredited and trained professional staff. There are some unfortunate side effects, such as redness, blistering and swelling, that can result from going to someone who is inexperienced.

What are the Different Types of Facials?

Posted on: May 6th, 2020

When you are looking to get a facial, it can be overwhelming at first to figure out which type of facial is best for you.  Each beauty salon brands and markets their facials differently so it can be confusing.  Below is a guide to the different types of facials to help you understand what you can expect.

  1. Classic Facial:  This is the most basic type of facial and the process involves steaming your face, exfoliating, massaging, extracting, and then applying moisturizers or serums.  It is recommended that you routinely get facials to help maintain your skin and give you a radiant complexion
  2. Microdermabrasion:  This is a minimally invasive type of facial during which a device is utilized to brush off the top layer of your skin, while at the same time, vacuuming the skin that comes off.  Once the dead skin cells are removed from your skin, it will help with collagen and elastic growth, which makes your skin look younger and healthier
  3. Microcurrent Facial:  This is a type of facial that utilizes an electric device.  You can get this facial on its own, or you can combine it with another type of facial as well.  This treatment is completely safe and pain-free
  4. Hydrating Facial:  This facial is specifically used in order to provide your skin with moisture and rehydrate any dehydrated skin.  Your results will be skin that is more plump and supple
  5. Chemical Peel:  This type of facial is more invasive since chemicals are used to fix different skin issues.  Chemical peels are very effective for resurfacing your skin, getting rid of wrinkles or fine lines, getting rid of age spots and getting rid of scars.  They also promote collagen growth.  There is a healing period and how long will depend on which type of chemical peel you choose
  6. Aromatherapy Facial:  This facial is generally chosen for those looking to relax.  During this treatment, there will be steaming and cleansing of your skin and then essential oils will be applied to your face and neck.  Your skin will be refreshed and any tension you have will be released
  7. Acupuncture Facial:  This treatment involves tiny needles being gently placed into your skin to stimulate the growth of collagen.  This treatment will help tighten your skin, reduce wrinkles and eliminate facial scars
  8. You can talk to the beauty salon or medical spa therapist prior to getting your facial, so they can review your goals for treatment and help you decide which treatment is best for you.

Makeup Trends for 2020

Posted on: March 9th, 2020

Winter is finally about to end and in addition to the wonderful weather that spring brings, there are also some very fun new makeup trends that spring of 2020 is bringing to us. For those who just love wearing makeup and trying new trends, there is a lot to be excited about as 2020 is looking to be very colorful, fun, artsy and bold. Let’s take a look at these exciting new trends!

We all know and love the smokey eye, but in 2020, the smokey eye is getting an enhancement. The matte smokey eye is out and what is in is a glittery smokey eye. Brandon Maxwell’s spring 2020 show is all about the glittery smokey eye. To get this look, you simply swipe on a primer to make sure the eye shadow stays in place and then put on a shimmery or sparkly shadow on top. You can use any color to achieve this effect, but silver is going to be a very popular choice.

In addition to the glittery eye, body glitter is also making a comeback this year. There are many products available, such as sparkly oils and powdered highlighters that are all designed to use on specific parts of the body. Body glitter can be used on the face, shoulders and decolletage. In order to err on the classy side, it is recommended that you use a product with extra-fine particles.

Pastels are going to be another big hit this year, and this is going to build on the explosion of color that we saw last year. There are many makeup brands that are releasing palettes in colors that remind us of Easter and are a perfect fit for spring. Going along with the theme of color, the Pantone color of the year often seems to have an effect on makeup trends, and the color for 2020 is Classic Blue. You can expect to see a lot of blue eye shadow and eye liner and this might be the perfect time for you to try something new and experiment with different shades of blue.

Neon cat eyes are another trend we can expect to see more of. Cat eyes are a makeup trend that many love, but the new take on it is to use neon colors to accentuate the look. To get this look, you will simply swap out your normal colored eyeliner for a bright neon-colored eyeliner, either liquid or a gel pencil. This look is very fresh and very fun.

If you have already perfected and experimented with neon cat eyes, you can move onto the other eyeliner trend of 2020, which is to use white eyeliner. This look is very fresh and fun and is a wonderful contrast to the classic black eyeliner look.

Red lips are always a classic and daring look and this year is all about it! In order to achieve the perfect red lips, you should first clean your lips with a lip scrub to get rid of any dry or dead skin and then put on a matte lipstick in your favorite shade of red.

There are so many exciting and fun makeup trends to try this year, but remember…makeup is all about individuality. So try the trends, or stick to what you know and love!

What are the Different Types of Massage?

Posted on: March 9th, 2020

There are many reasons why people choose to get a massage and in order to get the maximum benefits of your massage, it is important to understand the different types.  All types of massage have benefits, whether it is to help you relax, reduce stress, ease muscle pain or help with tension. When you have an experienced massage therapist, they will help you to determine which type of massage is best for you.  You can discuss your reasons for wanting a massage and go over any important medical history with your massage therapist before they begin.

Below is a brief description of the different types:

  • Swedish Massage:  This is the most popular type of massage and during this massage, the massage therapist utilizes long and soft strokes.  This massage is great for those who have not had a massage before, those who are sensitive to touch or pressure, or if someone is experiencing a lot of tension.  This type of massage will help you to relax, can help reduce muscle tension and alleviate minor pain. 
  • Sports Massage:  Athletes often choose this kind of a massage and it is a good choice for before or after a workout.  Massage therapists help to gently stretch and ease muscle pain and increase your range of motion. Typically a deeper pressure is applied than with a Swedish massage.
  • Deep Tissue Massage:  Like with a sports massage, a deeper pressure is utilized than with a Swedish massage.  Your massage therapist will utilize deeper finger pressure and slow strokes to reduce tension from the deeper layers of your muscles.  This type of massage is a good choice if you suffer from any type of chronic muscle issues, and can also help alleviate stress and anxiety.  
  • Hot Stone Massage:  This type of massage is similar to a Swedish massage, but during a hot stone massage, the massage therapist uses heated stones to help with muscle pain or tension, in addition to their hands.  This type of massage can help improve your blood flow, relieve stress, help you relax and alleviate pain.  
  • Aromatherapy Massage:  Aromatherapy massage is a common choice for those who are looking for emotional healing, in addition to physical healing during a massage.  During this type of massage, your massage therapist will incorporate an essential oil of your choice. You will inhale the aroma through a diffuser and the massage therapist may also rub the oil into your skin.  This type of massage can improve your mood, eliminate muscle tension or pain and reduce stress.  

It is important that when you get a massage, you make sure that the massage therapist has received proper training and has the appropriate certifications and licenses.  Feel free to ask your massage therapist any questions before your appointment to make sure that expectations are clear and that you get the most out of your massage.