Fashion Maven... Mommy

Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

If there's one part of my makeup routine i cannot skip, it's concealer!  I have the world's deepest, darkest under eye circles (mommy of twinadoes here) and rely on a good concealer to help me look somewhat presentable to the world! Naturally, concealers have to work double duty for me and i can easily dismiss those that simply don't work for me.  Well, First Aid Beauty recently released their new Bendy Avocado Concealer and I'm obsessed!  You all know how much i love their Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer right?  It's the perfect everyday situation that evens out my skin tone beautifully and feels incredibly lightweight!  I much prefer it over actual foundation for my everyday life!  Well, these concealers, in my opinion, are the quintessential product to compliment the tinted moisturizer.  They do a wonderful job at concealing without creasing, the formula is hydrating and while ti's full coverage, it feels light to the touch.  A perfect compliment to this concealer is the Kona Eye Stick!  This is a three-in-one eye treatment that soothes, depuffs and primes the under eye area!  You get an instant cooling sensation upon application and you can really feel the concealer adhere to this product ensuring it stays put all day long.  I also love using this as an eyeshadow primer!

FAB is killing it lately with their product releases and these are no exception.  Absolutely give these a try!  I have no doubt you'll love it as much as i do!  So many of you reached out letting me know how much you enjoyed the tinted moisturizer i recommended and i truly appreciate your feedback.  I think this is the perfect compliment to that product and feel that you will love it too! You can purchase these here and here!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products. 


Five Things I'm Currently LOVING!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

 The last couple of weeks have been incredibly busy!  Back to the hustle and bustle of things and admittedly, I'm exhausted!  I have been wanting to write this post in the worst way, but have been defeated by time and honestly, lack of motivation at the very end of a long work week.  Alas, Sunday night is here and after meal preps, packed lunches, folded laundry and so on, i am finally here, cup of tea in hand, sharing five things I'm currently loving!

I'm beyond proud of my beautiful cousin, Sonia Andresson Nolasco on the release of her new book PORTO, Stories From Portugal's Historic Bolhao Market!  Whether you've traveled to this region or have been longing to do so, this book acquaints its reader with the Bolhao Market which has been the 'life force of Porto and, until recently, the engine that powered the North of Portugal!'  While i have yet to visit the city of Porto, i feel compelled to do so on my next visit to Portugal.  This book is essentially an imaginary feast for your senses.I found myself creating a wonderful mental picture of what it's like to be amongst the locals of this market, exploring a variety of foods and feeling as though I can taste the beautiful array of tastes within these mouth watering foods.  The chapters are broken down by breads, fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood, poultry, meat, cured meats and perhaps my favorite (next to bread of course) pastries and coffee!  You will even be treated to a few 'grandmother recipes' that are meant to be 'explored and experimented with'.  I mean... it doesn't get any more authentic that this!  This book, as you can see by the cover, it's a wonderful book to display and a brilliant conversation piece!  I've shared it with just about everyone that has stepped foot in my house!  It's beautifully written (i may be biased because i adore my cousin but it is indeed the truth) and i am proud beyond words!  You can purchase your copy here!

I've been LOVING Fresh Beauty so much!  So much so that these two products featured here on one of my recent Instagram Photos have earned prime real estate on my nightstand.  I honestly don't think that i could ever live without these two powerhouse products.  The Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner is incredibly luxurious (um, yes that's real rose petals floating inside the bottle!) and works wonders on my skin!  It removes impurities while leaving my skin balanced and hydrated. I'm on my second bottle and will forever use this every morning and night!

The Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence is like nothing I've ever tried before!  It provides anti-pollution protection (yes, you read correctly)! It's also a highly concentrated age-delay (ahem, i need that) treatment filled with antioxidants to help prevent the early signs of aging.  Seriously, Fresh Beauty is slaying the skincare game!

I have not been able to put down the Tarte Tartelette 5-Piece Makeup Bag Must-Haves since it arrived at my doorstep! I've been a Tarte fan for many many years because their products are excellent quality and are made with skin-loving ingredients! This gorgeous kit has everything you need to create an array of looks and comes housed in this sleek makeup pouch making it perfect for tossing in your bag!

This kit includes the long-wearing Amazonian Clay Stick Foundation providing full coverage with a velvety matte finish. The included brush blends it all to perfection.  This brush is uhhhhmazing... seriously blends and buffs like a dream!  Equally gorgeous is the Clay Play Must-Have Eye and Cheek Palette featuring 12 super-pigmented shades to create full-face looks from day to night.  This palette is filled with super wearable and stunning neutral shades that work on everyone! I've worn Maneater Voluptuous Mascara for quite some time and was excited to see that this kit includes this great staple!  Also, when Tarte released the Lip Sculptor lipstick-and-lip gloss combo contours, i immediately picked up a few because i thought the concept was fantastic! They did not disappoint so naturally, this seals the deal for me!  This kit is such an amazing value!  Snatch yours now before it's gone!

I have been living for this bag and these pants! Seriously obsessed with an updated seventies vibe!  When i spotted these jeans, i knew i needed them stat!  They're so fun and slimming!  I love that they're ultra stretchy and comfy too because let's face it... it's fun to look cute but if you're not comfortable, chances are it will ruin your vibe.  These are definitely statement jeans but I'm planning to rock the heck out of them this fall/winter!  Oh and i also picked up these!

This delicate bag has been on my radar since it's launch!  It's one of those bags that is so unique and ultra feminine.  To me, it's beautifully crafted wearable art... in fact, when I'm not wearing it, I'm displaying it in my 'beauty room'!

These earrings are my new obsession!

Again, statement pieces but so light and comfortable!  This brand is seriously slaying.  If you want beautiful, unique accessories, you must check them out!

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful week! Xo, Carla

*Some products were sent for consideration and some were purchased by me.  All opinions are my own.


My Recommendations For The Sephora VIB SALE

Friday, August 31, 2018

It's a happy time of year when we can score some major beauty deals at Sephora!  For this sale, i thought it might be fun to create a post with a few of my suggestions to help you shop the sale.  I mean, these are just a tiny few items that I'm loving in the grand scheme of amazing items but I'm sure you'd rather me be short and sweet than go on and on about in one post! So here they are... i incorporated a few skincare, haircare and makeup faves.  I even tossed in my absolute favorite fragrance of all time... i purchase a bottle every single time Sephora has a sale!

1.  Fresh Beauty is among one of my favorite skincare brands.  My skin LOVES their products.  My two HOLY GRAIL Fresh Beauty products are the Rose Toner and the Black Tea Kombucha Essence.  These two alone work wonders but together, they're MAGIC! The toner balances your skin's PH while ridding it of all impurities while the Essence maximizes the way your skincare works for you!  It also protects your skin against environmental pollution which lets face it... is very necessary!  I can't live without these two!

2.  First Aid Beauty is a brand i trust and love!  The Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer is a product that I've loved since the day it gently touched my skin. This is the perfect product for those who don't want to wear foundation everyday but need a little evening out.  In addition, you'll benefit from moisturized skin as well as sun protection.  This is a staple in my makeup vanity!

3.  Buxom Lippies are incredibly fun to wear.  Their lip plumping formula is easily my favorite because it doesn't make your lips burn or tingle!  It's just like wearing a regular lippie!  I'm especially LOVING the VA-VA PLUMP Shiny Liquid Lipsticks so much because they pack on the pigment, shine and look STUNNING!  Psssst... currently giving four of these away on my instagram!  GO ENTER!

4.  Tarte has been KILLING IT LATELY!  They're packaging game is so strong it hurts!  This palette has me all kinds of smitten!  I reach for it constantly because the shades are so beautiful.  It's filled with beautiful earthy jewel tones that make your eyes stand out in the loveliest of ways.  Besides, the packaging is stunning beyond words.  You will NOT want to tuck this away in a drawer... it must be displayed.... MUST!

5.  IT Cosmetics will always be a brand i hold dear to my heart.  You can rest assured that when using their products, you will get skin-loving ingredients 100% of the time.  The Bye Bye Under Eyes has been a holy grail concealer for me for many years.  I've recommended it to so many friends, family and readers!  Here's your chance to score it during this sale!

6.  Alterna is perhaps one of my most reached for hair care brands!  I don't think I've ever not loved one of their products.  I've been a loyal customer for many years and i wanted to recommend two products in particular that i find really work miracles on my hair.  First, the CC Cream is a must-have leave in conditioner.  It will make your hair silky smooth while nourishing it with amazing ingredients that strengthen and protect.  The Smoothing Dry Oil Spray is one that i recently repurchased because in my attempt to try another brand with a similar product, i learned quickly that when i product works so beautifully for you, just stick with it!  This spray adds shine to my dry ends and protects it from the heat which is a major concern of mine!

7.  Olaplex has been life changing for my hair.  My hair stylist always uses steps 1 and 2 on my hair so when i learned that Sephora now carried the line, i went ham!  This is a wonderful hair bonding treatment that seriously WORKS!  I have recently added the shampoo and conditioner to my hair care routine and WOW WOW WOW!!!  This is a wonderful time to try these or stock up on them if you already tried and loved them!

8.  Tatcha is also a skincare brand I've used and loved for several years.  Their Rice Polish Enzyme is a fixture in my skincare routine.  During the Sephora Sale, i decided to try a product I've been dying to try! While I've only used the Silk Canvas Protective Primer twice since it arrived, I'm really loving how it smooths my pores so nicely and leaves my skin ready for my foundation.  Definitely worth checking out!

9.  Hourglass Arch Brow has been my brow pencil holy grail product since it launched!  If you're in need of a good brow pencil, trust me, this is your jam!

10.  Tom Ford Neroli Portofino is my ABSOLUTE FRAGRANCE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD! It smells so fresh and beautiful!  I can't get enough of it and always purchase a bottle when Sephora has a sale!  ALWAYS!

Don't miss out on this amazing sale!  If you're a VIB ROUGE member, use code YESROUGE at checkout for 20% off.  If you're a VIB use code YESVIB to save 15% at checkout.  If you're an Insider use code YESINSIDER to save 10% at checkout!  Thank you so much for reading and happy shopping! xoxo, Carla - FMM


These Shoes Are Made For Walking!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Ahhhh feeling all the Fall Vibes already while desperately attempting to ignore the heatwave that is currently happening! Ugh!  Next week, it's back to the grind for me!  Going back to work in September means arming myself with a great pair of shoes that not only looks good, but feels good!  As a teacher, I'm on my feet quite often and as a mommy of twins, I'm constantly on the go.  However, i never skimp on style for comfort!  Believe it or not, it's possible to have both!  SAS Shoes has an amazing assortment of shoes to suit every occasion.  These shoes are made of the softest leather.  When you step foot in a pair, you'll literally feel as though you are walking on clouds!

Today, i wanna chat more about the Slip-On Moccasin Loafer Simplify.  These beauties are serious perfection.  They're so easy to just slip into and instantly look dressed up!  I can walk for miles in them without any pinching or pain of any kind.  They have great arch support and feel buttery soft on the inside which is what i look for when i purchase a pair of shoes.  This style is available in 15 different colors and to be quite honest with you, the hardest decision was selecting a color.  I wanted so many!  I'm obsessed with the Green Nubuck as well as the Lusso/Gold Metallic which is a great neutral and goes with everything.  I wound up going with the Mustard Nubuck simply because if you know me, you know yellow is my favorite color in the world.  Besides, i think this is a gorgeous yellow for Fall and will be rocking these shoes quite often.  I think they pair beautifully with green, rust, brown tones, black, white, beige... i mean, the possibilities are endless.  Besides, for me, everything is better with color so if you decide to give these beauties a try, i would strongly suggest purchasing them in your favorite color!  You'll feel so good in them, promise!  You can buy them here!

A major thank you to SAS Shoes for gifting me with these beautiful shoes!  I will certainly be wearing them non-stop this Fall!

I will link the rest of my outfit in the widget down below for anyone interested in checking out how i styled my yellow moccasins! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM


Tula At ULTA!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

TULA  is one of those skincare brands that so many people raved about!  This past June, I finally had a chance to see for myself what all the hype was about.  I began incorporating Tula products into my daily skincare routine and quickly became obsessed!  In fact, these are the products i brought along on my vacation to Mexico in July!

One of the things that stood out to me in Tula products is that they use probiotics as a base to all of their skincare. The idea is that you rethink healthy skin from inside out!  Probiotics are natural, good-for-you bacteria that helps improve your digestive health.  The same bacteria best known to help balance and calm your stomach are also clinically proven to help balance your skin by locking in moisture and leaving your complexion more hydrated and with the appearance of  less inflammation.  Such an interesting concept and one that makes total sense! I have yet to try a Tula product that my skin didn't love!  A few of their products, however, truly stood out to me and have become permanent fixtures in my skincare routine. 

First, the Purifying Face Cleanser is officially THE BEST one I've used EVER!  I don't know what it is about it but i love that it gently cleanses my skin without that squeaky clean  rubbery feel you get from most cleansers.  It doesn't hurt that it smells amazing too!  Not overly perfume(y) but just clean!  This for me is a must-have!

Another amazing product is the Aqua Infusion Power LiquidThis super lightweight serum delivers a ton of hydration and calms skin.  It has micro-encapsulated tiny bubbles containing probiotics and active ingredients that are released upon activation to deliver long-lasting hydration. It's truly wonderful for my sensitive skin.

I'm a HUGE fan of the Multi-Spectrum Eye Renewing Cream! The applicator provides a nice, cooling massage in the under-eye area which is SO soothing.  I truly enjoy this part of my daily skincare routine. It's kind of like a cup of coffee for your eyes!  Once you apply it, you feel that instant depuffing, awakening of the eyes.  It's so wonderful!  It works well for tired, puffy eyes which i have no doubt you can all relate to!

I love a good lightweight moisturizer. TULA's Hydrating Day and Night Cream is just that and more! It revives dull, tired skin while packing on the moisture fully derived from probiotics and superfoods.  It's light enough to wear under makeup yet deeply hydrating.  This moisturizer is also wonderful on aging skin as it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and improves the overall suppleness of skin.

I also LOVE this travel size kit for a multitude of reasons.  First, it's sized perfectly for travel duh! Second, it's a wonderful way for you to try these products without the investment in the full size.  I have recently tried this mask and LOVED it as well.  I'm definitely excited to introduce my skin to a few more TULA products in the future.  Most importantly, i really want to add their probiotic pills to my daily routine because I've heard from multiple sources that they are truly amazing!

The exciting news is that TULA is now available at ULTA stores and online!  I couldn't be more excited about this because I'm an ULTA shopper!  If you are too, then you'll definitely want to check these out!  I promise your skin will love them too!

Thank you so much for reading!  Xo, Carla - FMM 

*press samples - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.


Paul & Joe Beaute

Sunday, August 12, 2018

You may know Paul & Joe as the Parisian Fashion House known for their effortless ready-to-wear clothing.  But did you know they have a makeup line too?  They did not miss a beat with this one focusing on impeccably packaged, quality products to make every girl swoon! Seriously, this collection is every vanity's dream!

Paul & Joe Beaute infuses the whimsical prints from the runways focusing their concept on Joie de vivre (the joy of life).  It's truly evident in their gorgeous, playful prints, as well as attention to detail by incorporating delicate prints on their blushes and lipsticks.  Really, their products are fun to display because they're so aesthetically unique and beautiful yet they don't skimp on quality.  You will never find such a pigmented, creamy lipstick that looks as beautiful as Paul & Joe's!  When i swatched a few on my arm, i nearly gasped for air with so much excitement!  Often times, when brands attempt to create these quirky lines, the product tends to lack substance in my opinion.  Not here!

Let's feast our eyes on these GORGEOUS lippies!  I couldn't stop photographing them because they are so easy on the eye.  However, bringing myself to swatch them was perhaps one of my most difficult tasks ever as a beauty blogger! Uhhhh, ruining that pretty flower print was not easy but oh so worth it when i began to swatch.  The color is pigmented, rich, creamy and wears beautifully.  If you wanna try one thing from the entire line, i highly recommend the lipsticks!  The colors swatched here have all earned prime real estate in my everyday makeup pouch! Every. last. one! Making these even more fun is the fact that you can choose the lipstick case you love most from their amazing choice of prints and customize it to fit your style.  For instance, select the lipstick shade you want to buy and then select the case/print your want it in, making this an even more personal and exciting experience!

While for me personally, the lipsticks are the true MVP's of this line, there are other products not to be missed! The nail polishes come in a wonderful array of colors to suit every taste palette and in true Paul & Joe fashion, they come housed in the prettiest of ways!  I promise that it will be difficult to pick just one!  My daughter Mimi spotted these on my vanity and immediately requested to wear them for the Taylor Swift Concert.  Per her request, she wore these two shades alternating.  Naturally, i followed suit!

It poured if you couldn't tell by the yellow rain jackets, but we still had fun!  We loved matching our nails too! (Blue in shade #12 and Coral in shade #10)

You can also purchase sweet little eyeshadow trios as well as blush/bronzer combos that you can pair with your package of choice!  The product is interchangeable which  makes playing with these so much more fun!  I'm loving the blush/bronzer palette.  The colors are wearable, blend well and look great against my complexion.

I definitely look forward to trying more from Paul & Joe!  I believe the Fall collection may have a little something for all you kitty cat enthusiasts wink wink!  Makeup can be so fun and it's even more exciting when it's also GOOD!  You can purchase these beauties herehere and here!  Thank you so much for reading!  Xo, Carla

*press samples - All opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.


Microblading - Sharing My Experience! (Part 1)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

I remember it clear as day... the first time i tweezed my brows! I recall reading in a magazine how shaping your brows a bit can make a world of difference in your overall appearance. After all, the brows truly do frame the face.  I began by tweezing just enough to create a sharper arch and thought, wow... what a difference this little adjustment made!  Then i went HAM!  Seriously wishing someone slapped the tweezers out of my hands and sent me straight to ' Over Tweezers  Anonymous' but sadly, no such luck!  Fast forward to a few years ago when i felt this immense determination to grow back my brows! I equipped myself with all the necessary (so i thought) ingredients!  Castor oil, brow serums... you name it, i tried it.  Sadly, operation 'grow your lashes back' failed miserably and i found myself having to engage in the arduous daily task of filling in my non-existent brows!  I tried a ton of brow products but was truly married to just a small few.  One in particular i simply could not live without.  This product alone set me back $34 per month!  I've been using this product and more for years and truth be told, it adds up.  Last year, i began hearing more and more about microblading but the thought of a semi-permanent tattoo-like situation on my forehead scared the heck out of me!  My assistant had hers done and i thought she was quite brave for doing it.  She has dark hair so initially, it was a bit difficult to grasp how dark they were.  She kept assuring me that the pigment would fade to a perfect match.  Then she began scabbing and i immediately decided... nope, not doing it!  Still, a part of me was curious.  As time went on, more and more friends and followers shared their experiences with me (mostly all positive) and i began feeling a bit more convinced.  This new year's, i decided there were a few things i just need to get out of my system.  Sometimes, you just have to book an appointment and not give it too much thought! So i did... for lash extensions! I'd been dying to try them and i thought that was a great way to begin this year's 'bucket list' journey.  As soon as i did my lash extensions i decided that i was going to bite the bullet and get microblading done as well!  

My 'barely there' brows before Microblading

This is one of those things where you have to do a little research!  I asked my instagram followers for help and boy did they come through with amazing recommendations.  After carefully researching all the recommendations sent my way, i narrowed it down to two places.  I began following both on instagram and watched their work come to fruition via every single picture/video post.  I decided that once i returned from vacation, i was going to book an appointment and just do it! Well, interestingly enough, i follow Lauren Manzo of the Real Housewives of NJ on Instagram and she posted herself getting microblading done by one of my top two places of choice.  Her brows look amazing and so i felt that i was being guided in the direction of Jennifer at Dr. Jeffrey Wise's office in Wayne, NJ. Coincidentally, while i was away on vacation, Jennifer DM'd me and offered to have me come in for a session.  It's so funny how life works sometimes!  Obviously the universe is guiding me to this person because that's the right person for me.  

I was definitely scared, but Jennifer gently set me at ease!

I felt so many emotions going into this but Jennifer was so kind and reassuring.  Truthfully, her work speaks for itself and i knew i was in the best of hands.  Besides, i gave birth to TWINS, i can certainly handle this right?!  My appointment was August 1st.  I walked into Dr. Wise's office and instantly felt at ease.  The office environment is serene, the staff was incredibly lovely and courteous, and the space was impeccable to say the least.  After filling out some initial paperwork, Jennifer came to greet me with a welcoming smile and honestly, we just vibed!  The space where she performs microblading is very comfortable.  There was a large flat screen TV showing Fixer Upper (love me some Chip and Joanna Gaines) which immediately set me at ease. Jennifer began to place numbing cream on my brows and told me i needed to sit and wait for about 20 minutes.  This was the perfect time for a little Q&A!  To those who left questions on my insta-stories, i asked every single one!  

Q & A with Jennifer

Q: Does it hurt?
A: It shouldn't because we are not going deep into the tissue. Microblading is superficial and this is a medical office so we use medical grade numbing which is nice!  I numb you throughout the entire process. Actually, the second passing that i do becomes more numb than the first. 

Q: How long does it last?
A: Depending on the person!  People maintain microblading differently.  So if you have oily skin it doesn't last as long.  Also, people who get a lot of sun, it doesn't last as long.  Lighter colors will fade faster.  Patients are getting touch-ups anywhere from 6-18 months. In terms of longer, by the two year mark it's pretty much softened to the point where you won't have much left. 

Q: How long does the actual procedure last?
A:  So your first appointment is two hours because we are really fine tuning the shape that is going to be aesthetically pleasing for your brow and your structure.  The second appointment is about an hour and a half because I'm not as worried about creating a shape but more filling/shading in the brow where it needs to be touched up. 

Q:  Who can we trust to do this:
A:   There are different laws in different states.  In NJ you have to have a licence.  A lot of people have the misconception that if someone is certified, they can get microbladed which is not the case.  They have to be licensed. I think pictures speak volumes so licensing and pictures are the way to go. 

Q:  What is microblading exactly?
A:  Microblading is a technique where we use a tool that looks like a blade but it's not.  It's made up of little pins and I'm drawing in the strokes which makes it a very artistic treatment also!  We draw in these strokes in the superficial layer of skin with pigments not inks.

Q:  Does it work on all skin tones? 
A:   It does but thicker more oily skin types, microblading might not be the best option for them. 

Q:  Oh is there an alternative?
A:  It would be the old permanent makeup that we do... powder brows we call them now.  So it gives more of a penciled/powdered in effect.  It's softer so you don't see the definition of the hair strokes and I'm using a permanent makeup device to shade them in.

Q:  What is the range of cost for microblading?
A:  I think for someone who is really skilled and licensed, the going rate in the New York, New Jersey area can be anywhere from $800 to $1,500 depending on your technician. 

Q:  Is the one month follow up included in the initial price?
A:  Mine is though I'm not sure about others.

Q:  What is the cost of maintenance?
A:  So typically it's about half the price of the initial cost.  Your brow shape should still be somewhat there but the idea is that you have one appointment to redefine and boost the color. 

Q:  How many visits overall?
A:  The initial visit and one touch up.  After that, you can schedule a maintenance visit according to your needs.  You will know when your brows begin fading and you're due for a touch up (as mentioned above, anywhere from 6-18 months).

Q:  Since you have to get them touched up yearly, will there be any scar tissue build up?
A:  Because we are only in the superficial layer (the epidermis) there should absolutely be no scar.  If there is, someone is absolutely going too deep!

Q:  Should you pencil in your brow shape prior to the appointment?
A:  I think nice to see how comfortable someone is with their brows look.  I think it's a good idea to see what they're comfortable with, how they like their arch, what color they're using to get a general idea.  It doesn't mean that you have to necessarily follow that but it's a good guide. 

Q:  In the long road, is it financial worth it?
A:  That is entirely up to you!  Is it worth it to pencil in your brows every day?  I've never met a person who said 'i miss filling in my brows'!  Besides, brow products get expensive too!  It is life-changing for a lot of people!

Q: Do you get microblading?  You seem to have a lot of eyebrow hair!
A:  Yes!  While i have a lot of hair, i don't necessarily have the shape i long for.  Microblading gives me the perfect arch!  I actually have a hybrid brow!

Q:  A hybrid brow?  Please share what that is!
A:  So different techniques... Microblading is a technique where you're drawing in strokes.  Microshading is a technique where i can tap in the pigment and create this powder effect to give the brow more density.  Stroking alone can sometimes look very flat, especially if you don't have a lot of hair so it just creates a 3D effect.  I would say that 90% of the people that i do are a combination of microblading and microshading!

Q:  Are you able to get waxed microblading?
A:  Absolutely but i don't know many people that would want to considering you have this beautiful shape.  You can simply take a tweezer to clean up the area. 

Jennifer applying the numbing cream on my brows! 

Once Jennifer answered all of my questions, she proceeded with the next step which was to measure and sketch in the brows.  She really takes her time with this process.  Most brows are somewhat asymmetrical (remember they're sisters, not twins!).  Once she sketched in the brows based on my shape request, she sat me up to take a look.  This was important because i could essentially decide if they're the perfect arch, thickness etc. I loved the shape she created so thankfully, there wasn't a need for any further changes.  

Getting my brows sketched in

At this point, Jennifer began her work.  A few seconds in and i asked her if she had already started?  She assured me that she had so i quickly exhaled a sigh of relief because all i felt at that moment was a slight tapping on my brow.  Kind of like a q-tip tapping, so no pain whatsoever.  That isn't to say that i didn't feel anything, i did!  In fact, when she began to sketch in the strokes, i felt them.  The pain was dull and tolerable.  She numbed my brows multiple times during the entire process which as so helpful.  She created a hybrid brow (see above) by shading in a portion of the brow and leaving a portion with sole strokes to give the brow some depth.  The entire process took about two hours.  When she finished, she sat me up to take a look.  My first reaction was WOW, i was so happy with the shade/color.  It wasn't too dark, the arches looked great and overall it was just a world of difference from what i walked in with.  I asked her to add a few strokes to the inner parts of the brow, but other than that, her work was perfection.  I was SO PLEASED!  

Jennifer gave me a sheet containing instructions on how to care for my brows over the course of the next month.  Mostly, I'm suppose to keep them dry (especially the first 7-10 days).  It also lists what to expect in terms of stages.  She disclosed that you don't really get the full effect of what the brows will look like until about two months in.  This is because after your touch-up, you'll need to go through the healing process again!  I will be documenting the healing process along with the touch up session which I've already scheduled for the end of August.  I will write an updated post so that you could get a better visualization of what the entire process entails. 

For now, I'm so grateful to Jennifer and Dr. Wise's office for inviting me on this journey.  It's amazing to wake up with BROWS!!!  I highly recommend them... from professionalism, gorgeous facility and courteous staff, they are truly commendable!   You can check out their website for microblading and much more

Thank you so much for reading and i share another update in a few weeks! 
 Xo, Carla - FMM

*This service was complimentary however all opinions are my own based on my own experience.