Wish Lists

With the holidays quickly approaching, we all have wish lists, right? The top of mine? Lose 10 lbs, win the lottery, world peace….you get the idea. Unfortunately, I know my family and friends won’t be able to help me cross those things off my list. However, we may be able to help you with your lists!
We have an awesome selection of products and services that would be ideal for people to give to you this holiday season. A gift card, some anti-aging serum, a massage, a facial, microblading…the list goes on. While you won’t find the key to world peace at our Studio, you may just find a little piece of happiness and a treatment or product to help you feel better.
Each of our estheticians are able to sit down and come up with a treatment plan and skin care regimen that is right for your skin. Then you can add those products, treatments or gift cards to your list this year!
Call us today to get a treatment plan going and also, please call if you have found that winning lottery ticket that I must have misplaced…

#TBT Brows Edition

Yes, #TBT “throw-back Thursdays” tend to make you LOL because of the hideous clothes and crazy (and usually too big) hair dos.  They make me laugh…every time.  But one thing I noticed that has also changed throughout the decades is eyebrows. Adjectives used to describe brows though the last century include big, pencil-thin, over-plucked, wild, bushy, arched, wide-set…and the list continues. As you can see there is has been a wide variety of brow shapes that seem to change with each passing decade. Let’s have a look (and yes, feel free to LOL).

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1910s – This was a time where less was more. Less make-up was key (that was saved for prostitutes and stage actors) and a natural look was the goal.  During this time, brows were defined, but still natural looking.

 

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1920s – With the rise of the silent movie stars, a brow movement was created. The “Roaring 20s” brow was pencil-thin, somewhat straight and was an accent to the bolder eye make-up that had become popular.

 

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1930s – Enter brow pencils.  While the extremely thin look was still going strong, the brow pencil allowed for some artistic arches.  The popular arch became more and more rounded.  Some women would pluck their brows completely and redraw the look they wanted.

 

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1940s – The brows in this era were a direct effect of WWII. Strange, I know, but while the men were away fighting the war, women had to step up and into the workforce. This meant putting a sophisticated look together…including full (and dramatic) brows.

 

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1950s – During this decade we start to bring sexy back, which seemed to be lacking in some of the earlier brows! Think Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn. Sexy and full, but also wide-set and shorter combined to bring the sex-appeal to the eye area.

 

Twiggy - 1960s1960s – This era seemed to be defined by “extreme”.  Women were taking risks with make-up and brows opposite of what their mothers did the decade before.  The result was long and thin. Some, like Sophia Loren, drew short hair strokes into the shape she desired.         (Hmm…that’s a lot of work….microblading anyone?)

 

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1970s – We took a step back from the brow pencil in the 70s. It became a focus on more natural looks, defined by waxing.

 

 

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1980s – Go big or go home. That left us with wild, untamed, and often unshapely brows.  (In full disclosure, these tend to be my favorite #TBT pictures!)

 

 

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1990s – Too much of good thing, can be bad. Over-plucked and over-waxed brows left us in another decade that was saturated with skinny brows.

 

 

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2000s – We made it through the Y2K fears and the over-plucking disasters to find ourselves with sexy, short, arched brows. This is a trend that would become perfected in the following decade.

 

 

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Make sure to make your brows a priority, so that they aren’t the reason someone is LOLing at you in a #TBT post in the future.

Speaking Beauty

The Dictionary you REALLY need…

I always feel more at home when I understand the terms being used around me. I mean I went in to the eye doctor last week and they were talking about a dry caruncle?!?!  A what?!?!  (I learned from Google it is actually the pink triangle part of the inner corner eye, but who really uses this word when talking to someone who is not “in the business”?)

So, back to my point: it is important to understand the terms of what you are getting into at a studio like ours. We have no problem offering an explanation, it’s just that many of you feel embarrassed to ask.  So, wait no more…here is my dictionary of commonly used and maybe misunderstood terms:

MICROBLADING – This is a form of permanent makeup that provides a natural looking means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair.  It can be used to thicken and reshape brows with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. Sound confusing?  Not sure how it will look afterwards?  These pictures are worth a thousand words…

 

MICRONEEDLING –It is a minimally invasive skin treatment that requires little to no down time. The device contains nine fine needles or a single fine needle that punctures the skin to create a controlled skin injury. This triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing collagen and elastin. Helps improve skin texture and firmness on the face and neck, and results in reduction of scars, stretch marks, and pore size. Bottom line: helps produce collagen…

 

OIL INFUSED LASH LIFT AND TINT– This is a great alternative to eyelash extensions or for clients with sensitivities. It is a low maintenance lash solution for clients as results lasts up to 12 weeks. Using your own lashes, it is permed against a silicon pad to give it a natural looking “lift“. We offer a tint with our lash lift also that help with our lighter eyelashes or to give it an illusion of mascara. Here are pictures of this amazing-ness…Note: these are YOUR natural lashes!!

            

 

LASH OR BROW TINT – Think vacation…or any other day that you don’t want to spend time on your lashes or brows. It can spare you the need for mascara or eyebrow pencil. Tinting lasts about 3-4 weeks, depending upon sun exposure and post care.  As you may have realized, if you have an undesirable and unforgiving brow shape…Microblading is the way to go.  With your natural lashes, the lash lift and tint are a great combo!

 

DERMAPLANING – This process, included in every facial (!) removes the vellus hair.  Don’t worry, it will not grow back coarse.  What it will do, however, is allow your products to reach your skin as they should and your make-up go on smoothly. Once you get this done, you will be hooked for life!

 

Hope you now have the confidence to speak beauty!

Brows speak louder than words.

By Guest Blogger, Sarah Swanson

How is it that so many years have past since I remember first wearing make-up, caring about brushing my hair, or even if my clothes matched?  Somewhere over the years (more than I would like to mention), I have since become obsessively aware of all of the beauty products, services and information about aging gracefully.  I have found myself intrigued, scared, overwhelmed and also excited for all of the things that can “turn back the clocks” or “refresh my look”.  Maybe it is just me, but I feel more aware because (maybe I am at a more *appropriate* age to let these items fill my cluttered mind). I didn’t ever know the extent of what a well-shaped eyebrow can have your life…

Just recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to have my eyebrows microbladed by the very talented Heather Brown. There are a few reasons I feel so fortunate…first being that she is a master of the brow.  For many years, people have been coming far and wide to have her shape, maintain, tame, etc their brows.  Mircoblading is a semi-permanent tattoo…(may sound scary to some with just that description)…so I was NOT going to trust just anyone to shape and reinvent these bad boys in the middle of my face.  You know the phrase Brows speak louder than words?  If you don’t, know you have been warned.

I have never received as many compliments in the days, weeks and months since I had my brows microbladed.  She made me look like I was always put together, even on days where I am wearing the yoga pants that I slept in, cleaned in and mowed the lawn in.  (No, I don’t do yoga in my yoga pants) Friends and family actually commented on how great I was looking lately (post microblading, of course) even though I hadn’t told them I did anything to my brows!  Then, for the ultimate compliment, I found myself answering questions and calming nerves of friends who chose to also get their brows microbladed after seeing mine!  All because I was honest with others about the procedure I had, I now felt the blessing of the choice I made to let this goddess, Heather Brown,  microblade some amazing brows on me!

I guess my point in sharing all of this is that sometimes when you make a decision to go for something, whether it may be big or small, just the honesty in talking to others about your experience may let you see the true beauty (or a silver lining in some regretful decisions) of you and your journey in this thing we call life…Sarah - Microblade

Why do we get scared the minute we hear semi-permanent tattoo?

Whenever we hear the word “tattoo” there are two reactions: Fear or Excitement. I remember telling my mom about the new service coming to the studio Microblading and describing it as a semi-permanent tattoo. Her first response was “Tattoo?! No way! You know how I feel about those.” So, why is it some of our initial reactions are to be so turned off by tattoos. I know as new generations come it is a lot more accepting than before. I also know that eyebrows are the hype of now-a-days. Lets be honest ladies and gentlemen, it’s one of the first things we notice. The good news is now for everyone that has their brows a little too thin, uneven so forth the esthetics field have created ways to fix that. You can do something as simple as filling them in with an eyebrow pencil or now get a semi-permanent tattoo that gives an illusion of real hair.  How it works is it’s a manual “hand” method of permanent cosmetics for your eyebrows which creates extremely fine natural looking hair strokes. The pigment(ink) is applied with a specific brow tool that has a row of several fine needles to create thin hair like marks in the skin. Your artist will choose needles and the blade type according to the technique and the skin type. The pigment is bladed just below the epidermis and the most shallow part of the dermis, making extremely fine natural looking hair strokes. A very natural result is achieved, as the hairs are bladed into the skin according to the natural hair growth direction. The process can be a little uncomfortable, but pain is beauty ;).

Pictures from L.A.

Hi everyone!  I’m in LA, can’t wait for class and wanted to share some pictures from Venice Beach.  My five day Microblading class starts tomorrow and I am so excited!  I’ve done tarot card reading, the O.J. Simpson tour, amazing food, the Venice boardwalk and now it’s time to turn my esthetician brain on and bring you guys the best brows Fishers, Indiana has seen!  See you soon!

Heather

Why won’t my make-up hold after 4 hours?

Make-up has easily become a lot more popular regimen for both men and women. Now a days, most make-up lines are offering products to prep, put on and maintain your make-up. But, what if I were to tell you one of the best make-up primers I’ve used is from a skincare line? I’ve tried it all NYX, Mac, ext. and none have worked as well as Image’s Vital C Oil. The oil is only $50 and will last you about 5 months since a little goes a long way. Not only is it a primer, but a hydrating skincare product. I apply it with my make-up sponge onto my face allow it to soak in and then begin my make-up routine. My foundation no longer looks splochy or losing pigmentation. The oil gives you a smooth silky finish. The great thing is it puts a layer in between your skin and make-up so not all that gunk from your make-up is going straight into your skin!

So Excited for L.A. and Microblading

I am officially excited about my upcoming trip!  I am going to post some pictures of microblading from Elite Permanent Makeup Center just so we can all be excited!  I haven’t seen anything like these brows in Indianapolis, so I can’t wait to bring L.A. style to Fishers, Indiana!

So, what exactly is microblading?
Microbalding is also micro stroking. It is a method using an incredibly fine and thin row of needles to create marks on the skin that look like eyebrows. This semi-permanent technique is absolutely safe. Experts also call this procedure tattoo eyebrows hair by hair or feathering eyebrows. A single application lasts around 12-18 months. The durability depends on the quality of pigment and depth the blade enter the skin. When using an extremely fine thin blade, the hair produced will look crisp. The ink will not smudge under the skin. It is useful for making full and beautiful brows.

 

 

The Journey of Opening a Beauty Business

I was amazed when I decided to move my garage business to a storefront how many of my clients freaked out.  I had several tell me not to do it, they were afraid it wouldn’t work, I had women every day telling me how brave I was, and how they were just in shock I could do such a thing.  I guess, for me, it all seemed like the right thing to do.  I know the ones who said not to do it are conservative people and change is scary, I get it.  My journey though, really began when I could barely talk.

From the time I was a toddler I was infatuated with makeup, and skincare.  As I grew up I read about skincare tips, I made homemade facial and hair masks, and I spent every dollar of my babysitting money on makeup and skincare.  It was simply inside me, it was part of who I was.

The decision on what my career should be was rocky, I felt like a loser a lot of years.  I waited tables and had a nagging feeling I was messing everything up.  I tried and failed at desk jobs, I even sold cars for three days.  At 28 I had the most depressing year of my life.  I was living in Asheville, waiting tables and I could barely afford gas money to get to work.   I was drowning in my bad decision making, and I knew I had to change.  I remember thinking if I don’t change now my life is going to suck.

Esthetics school was my only option I had to be something more than a waitress (I had a college degree but I was not suited for a desk job).  After that I did massage school, nail school, and it was so hard, but worth it.

The reason I want to share this with you is that when I really stuck with who I was, when I went back to the roots of my younger years, my life became much better.  I simply did this: I followed my passion and it honestly is working out.  When you are passionate about something it feels right, I didn’t feel scared about opening my business, I didn’t feel like I was an amazing human who did something special, I just felt like it was the right thing to do.  I can’t explain it other than that.  If you are passionate about something, if you look back on your life and everything you have every done was fitness related, you should do that.  If you love to decorate your friends homes, you should do that.  Don’t worry about what will happen.  It will be okay.  As long as you love what you do, you really won’t work a day in your life (my dad instilled that in me my entire life and I am so grateful for him).

Xoxo,

Heather