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What is Your Stance on Permanent Makeup?

What’s Your Stance on Permanent Makeup?

Published in: Just For Fun

There’s a cafe in my town that I go to for lunch every so often. I go in, order my salad (dressing on the side with extra tomatoes) and chat, when the place isn’t too hoppin’, with the gal who usually works at the register. She loves funky nail polishes, so we always have something to talk about. (SIDE NOTE: beauty gals/guys should have a secret handshake or something, like the jeep wave, so we can identify ourselves in public and commiserate, haha!)

Anywho, one day I noticed that she was wearing teal eyeliner. It looked sharp, and I asked her about it. She said it was permanent. She’d had it done years ago — had her liner permanently tattooed — and she absolutely loves it. It saves her a ton of time. Looked really good, too.
Sometimes I entertain the idea of having my brows permanently filled in… Just think of all the time I could save every morning if I didn’t have to fill in my brows! — but then I remember my control issues and how much I hate needles and chicken out. :)

But…it’s an interesting idea, isn’t it? It’s a great option for some people, too, especially after chemotherapy or an injury to hide a scar or restore pigmentation to damaged skin.



Are You Keeping Up With Your Workout Resolutions?

Whatever you do, better yourself and push the limits!


Usually at the beginning of every year, everyone promises themselves to get in better shape and eat better. We’re all on a different level of fitness, some are beginners and need the motivation to get to the gym while others are marathon runners and need to keep training daily. It doesn’t matter where you are in the workout game all that matters is that you stay active and push yourself!

My personal story:

I have been diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases within the past few years and also hypothyroidism, this all basically means my body attacks itself and my metabolism levels are low. With low energy it was tough to stick with a workout routine and keep up with working 60+hours a week. However, I decided I needed to make fitness and my heath a priority. Instead of trying to make time to workout, I scheduled it in so there was no excuse. I have been doing personal training/crossfit for 8months now and am loving it! It’s constantly something different and lifting the weights makes me feel strong (especially when you need to keep uping the numbers).

Along, with crossfit and the gym I have begun cooking Paleo for the past few months. Hypothyroidism most of the time means you also have a gluten allergy. Paleo has been been helping me feel better. I do bend the rules on Paleo such as having cheese ( it’s something I just can not live without) but I have been good about the sweets and am enjoying ones out of dates and coconut milk instead!

Into DIY? Print up some motivational quotes to hang by your mirror to get you amped for the day!

Live life and enjoy yourself. Do not get to hung up on things, if something doesn’t work for you then try another way. The most important thing is that you try every day to take a small step to better your well being. Small steps lead to big changes over time!



Got Any Travel Plans For The New Year?

“Meet people from other cultures,

so you understand that the world doesn’t swirl around you.”




Have you traveled somewhere, out of your comfort zone lately? Well the world is your oyster so don’t just hang around your hometown or state!

Look at the globe, spin it around and pick a place that seems interesting!

Going somewhere undiscovered by yourself is a mystery and adventure in itself. You can become immersed in the culture, food and traditions. I have learned the most about myself and others when I travel. I enjoy trying new cuisine and getting lost in unknown territory. I have always been on the go and trying to roam the globe. I find traveling to the one thing you buy that makes your life richer!

The most beautiful places I have been to have been Poznan in Poland,  La Jolla in California, Monaco, Rome, Paris, Gran Canari Islands, Denmark and Sicily. I want to go to to the West side of the hemisphere and explore Asia. Not sure where my next trip takes me but I need to begin searching. I have been told Groupon and Livingsocial offer traveling deals, might have to try that out!

Go with your loved one, family, friends or even alone on a trip!

Where ever you do plan to go make sure that you have done your research and you will be in safe surroundings.

Enjoy and Explore! (sister website to

The Top 3 Resolutions You Should Stick With!

New Year, New You?!

Well you’re pretty great already so let’s just improve!

Top 3 Resolutions:

#1 Removing makeup at the end of the day and washing your face!


Ladies keeping our skin clean will prevent pimples and wrinkles.

#2. Moisturize, keep your face and skin hydrated.

Portrait of radiant girl with glowing skin

Moisturize both day & night!

#3  Get Your Blood Pumping by Working Out!


Exercising is not only good for your body and mind but it’s great for your complexion.

Have glowing skin by pumping those weights a minimum of 3x a week!

Permanent Makeup – Things You Need To Know


Things you need to know before you get Permanent Makeup!

1. Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s good.

Always do your homework and don’t just go to anyone, warns medical and permanent makeup expert Mary Arnold-Ronish. “The cheapest places are usually the worst. I’ve spent close to 20 years fixing other technicians’ work, so trust me, be careful.”

2. Natural is the way to go.

Do not go for a drastic change like green eyeliner if you always wear black. Stick to what you normally do, if you only wear top eyeliner why get both lower and upper done?

3. Always ask for before and after photos.

When you go in for a consultation, ask a ton of questions and request to see before and after photos.

4. If you don’t feel comfortable, leave.

If you don’t feel comfortable with the technician or the facilities that she is working out of, leave. You are never obligated to get your treatment done when you go in for a consultation.

5. The older you are, the longer it takes to heal.

You’ll also need a ‘touch-up’ after the healing process has been completed, as it’s not unusual for women to lose too much ink in one place, leaving the color uneven, or even missing in a spot. If you are good at what you do though, the client should not have to endure more than one touch up, and sometimes not even that.

6. Your makeup will fade.

Don’t forget that over time, and with the elements your face is exposed to, there will be some natural fading. Here are a few things that will keep your makeup looking better longer:

Apply sunscreen before you leave the house every day, at least an SPF of 45.
Avoid any exfoliates on your face over the makeup area.
If you are in a pool or the ocean, use Vaseline over your makeup to protect it from fading fast.

Oops, did I just say that?!

Things You Should Never to a Woman About Her Hair!

“That’s an interesting hairstyle.”

“Your roots are showing.”

“Is it supposed to look like that?”

“Are you wearing a wig?”

“What hairstyle (look) were you trying to go for?”

“When are you going to get your hair done?”

“OMG. Who did your hair?”

“Bedhead, huh?”

Lash Extensions: Courtney Akai, Debunks The Myths For You

Lash Extensions: Courtney Akai, Debunks The Myths For You

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Fact: Everyone seems to have a revisionist history of how often they shed lashes before getting extensions. OBVIOUSLY, like the drama extensions impart on your gaze, they’ll also provide to a shed lash, which looks like a much bigger deal when strapped with the cargo of a thick, silk reinforcement. This is just one of the several questions I’m asked about my lash extensions on a regular basis. For years, I’ve trusted my fringe to Courtney Akai of Courtney Akai Lash Boutique, who’s extended the lashes of many celebs. Here, she clarifies what’s true and what’s not when it comes to extensions.

MYTH 1: Lash Extensions aren’t safe because of the glue used and can cause an eye infection – or worse.
First, it’s important to understand the difference between an allergic reaction and an infection. A licensed and experienced lash technician will not let an infection occur, but if you’re allergic to the glue, you’re still going to be allergic – this doesn’t mean the glue is harmful. The first thing you can do is make sure that the glue being used is made in the United States so you know that it’s fresh and safe. Courtney Akai’s glue, approved by ophthalmologists, is made domestically verses many lash houses that use glues produced in China. Glues manufactured overseas often contain formaldehyde, which can build up by the time the product reaches the salon. As for trying to prevent an allergic reaction,  your technician should ask you if you have sensitive eyes or any known allergies to makeup before they begin. Even if you’re not sure, they will be able to see if your eyes are tearing up during the service and will adjust the glue accordingly.
*QUICK TIP* If you experience any burning or discomfort during the service, you should certainly speak up! Getting Lash Extensions should be a completely pain-free experience.
MYTH 2: Lash Extensions damage your own eyelashes and cause them to fall out.
Eyelashes naturally grow and fall out in cycles of 30 to 60 days, which is whyCourtney Akai suggests light lash maintenance every three to four weeks to maintain a full look. When done correctly, lashes do not fall out from extensions, because there is no way for this to happen if each extension is glued onto one single lash. When someone inexperienced applies lashes, they often apply one synthetic lash to three to four natural lashes, causing clumps and the lash to break and fall out. Otherwise, the only way your lashes will fall out is if you pick at them or try to pull them out yourself.
MYTH 3: All Lash Extension Salons are the same.
False. Before you choose a salon for your extensions, take precautions and ask the right questions. Just like you would with a hairstylist, research who you want to go to and how long they have been working as a technician. Look at before-and-after photos, read reviews and always make sure they are licensed and lash certified! Getting lash extensions is a fabulous service is completely safe if you go to someone who is experienced, licensed and using safe materials.
*QUICK TIP* Not everyone can achieve the same look with eyelash extensions – the length and density of your natural lash should be evaluated by your technician before expectations are set.

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