Micro-Feathered Eyebrows – My Experience

I’ve been wanting to get my eyebrows micro-feathered for a really long time and I finally got around to it on Saturday morning.

For those of you who don’t know, micro-feathering is a technique where fine lines to resemble hair are cut into the outer layers of your skin and dye applied to the area.

I had an appointment on Saturday morning at 9 am with Sonia from The Eyebrow Artistry in South Yarra. I used to see her regularly to get my eyebrows done a few years ago but stopped when I left my city job.

I arrived at my appointment where I had to fill out some consent forms and have numbing cream applied. I have to say it’s a great look sitting in a salon with white cream spread over your eyebrows.  I was then able to go into the room where we discussed what sort of shape I wanted. Sonia worked with my natural brow and enhanced both to look slightly different so I could see which option I wanted – I opted for the one that was slightly more natural.

We then discussed colours of the dye and in the end came up with a hybrid colour which involved the lighter colour and the medium dark being mixed together to create a colour that looked natural for me.

Then we started.

The best way to describe what it feels like is if you imagine a Stanley knife cutting small lines into your skin. It wasn’t painful thanks to the numbing cream but it was a weird sensation that wasn’t altogether unpleasant. Once the initial cuts are made the dye is put on and left for a few minutes to settle in. And then the process starts again where more cuts are made in places that look a little sparse. In all we did it 3 times and we were done. It took about 2 hours in total.

The colour was so dark initially because I haven’t bothered to fill in my eyebrows for so long – the last time would have been a Christmas Party I went to last year. But I really love the shape and I love that I won’t need to do much with my eyebrows.

There’s a bit of aftercare involved that is really quite easy to follow – don’t get them wet for 24 hours. Try to avoid abrasive cleansers. If going in the sun use sunscreen. When putting on bepantham use a cotton tip and don’t touch them with your hands.

The colour should last about 12 months provided I’m careful with them. I have a touch up scheduled in 5 weeks and that’s to ensure that I’m happy with the colour and shape and after that a touch up is required within 6 – 8 months which is a lesser fee. If you leave them for too long then you need to pay full price again which at $640 a pop is pretty expensive.

It’s now Monday so I’ve had them for a full two days and the colour has already slightly faded which is great. They were a bit tender on Saturday but that isn’t surprising and it was only tender when I was wiping them so I could reapply cream.

All in all I’m super happy with them and I’m really annoyed that I waited so long to get them done.

 

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Image courtesy of Eyebrow Artistry’s Instagram page. Follow @eyebrowartistryaus

My Top 3 Beauty Products under $15

I used to be a make up everyday kind of girl but after some time I realised that I just could not find any make up that worked with my skin. No matter what foundation or BB cream I used, I was always oily within a few hours. It didn’t matter that I primed and powdered. It just didn’t work. So I stopped wearing a full face of make up. And that’s when I realised that my skin was actually getting better.

But I still indulged in beauty products. I bought lip sticks in all shades because I could never quite find the perfect shade of nude or red. I bought them despite having braces and anyone with braces would know it’s quite high maintenance keeping lipstick off your brackets. I wore mascara every single day and eyeliner too. Some times I’d have eye shadow on too, other times not so much. But eventually I stopped all this too because I don’t actually like the feeling of make up. My skin has gotten used to not having any on.

So my everyday beauty routine is really quite basic. Cleanse, moisturise and out the door. It’s really very simple. I have 3 products that I use that I absolutely love which you can find below.

  1. Cetaphil Gentle CleanserCetaphil Gentle Skin CleanserI love this cleanser because it is the only one that I’ve tried (and I’ve tried many, many different types) where I don’t immediately have to moisturise straight away. It is also gentle enough for when I don’t have anything on but strong enough to remove everything when I’m wearing make up. A lot of people find it doesn’t remove everything but I cleanse twice regardless and this gets rid of 99% of make up traces for me. My only issue with this product is that it is not natural and not cruelty free. Unfortunately I’m yet to find a product that works just as well for longer than a few months and isn’t $75+.
    $14.49 at Chemist Warehouse for a 500 ml bottle.
  2. Morihata Binchotan Facial ScrubMorihata Binchotan Facial ScrubI bought this a few months ago because I wanted an exfoliator that wasn’t a product. I was previously using a muselin cloth but it just wasn’t doing the trick and seemed to attract dog fur like there was no tomorrow. This has two sides depending on whether you want a gentle massage or a deeper one. I use this twice a week on the gentle side and once a week on the slightly rougher side. It also has natural bacterial fighting qualities so it keeps itself hygienic.
    $11.95 at Nourished Life for one towel.
  3. Jojoba OilJojoba OilSo, I’ve had bad skin for a really long time. It’s not so awful that it’s debilitating but it is enough to make you hate the way you look. No matter what I used my skin always felt tight and oily which I’m told is a very unique combination so finding a moisturiser that worked for me was always really difficult. I settled on a couple and even really like one by Aveeno which they promptly discontinued and I was back at square one. I’d researched natural remedies years ago and came across the oil cleansing method which I tried and liked but was a lot of work. As I wanted something that wasn’t so time consuming I jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon and let me tell you, it worked wonders. For about 3 months. And then my skin went haywire. Coconut oil is just not meant for my skin and in fact it made it worse than it used to be. I did some more research and came across jojoba oil. I was a bit hesitant after my experience with the coconut oil but I tried it and loved it. I’ve been using jojoba oil for about 4 years now with a 6 months break whilst on Roaccutane last year on the advice of the dermatologist but I’m back on it because to be honest, it is the only product that has even come close to perfection for me. Its gentle, non-irritating and seems to balance every skin type imaginable. What I love most is that it is completely natural. And I only use 3 drops of oil per application.
    $11.65 at iHerb for 118 ml bottle.

So there you have it. Each product is under $15 and even if you purchase all 3 it still comes to just under $40.