New Me for the New Year #thisis40

Hi there! Remember me? Yeah…it has been a while…

Back in August, I had lofty goals of posting all about turning the big 4-0, starting my oldest in kindergarten and youngest in pre-K, plotting out the next Disney trip–and then life hit us hard. Getting two kiddos school ready was a lot more time consuming than I thought it would be. Then, wave after wave of sickness hit us followed by holiday insanity and a bonus round of sickness. During all of that, I somehow managed a bit of the self-care I’d promised to myself for my 40th year on earth, and I’m excited to share some of the new tricks up my sleeve.

So let’s back up a bit to this fall. One of the mixed blessings of doing a blog like this is the opportunity to take lots of fun pictures and analyze each one closely. It’s a great tool to learn what things are working and not working for your look, I will say that! One of the things that I was struggling with daily was penciling in my invisible blonde brows. I know, I know–they should be “sisters” and not “twins,” but I’m totally OCD about symmetry. Suffice it to say that spending as much time on my brows as I was taking to blow out my hair was not working for my morning routine.

A friend had had microblading done on her eyebrows (here for local peeps), and they looked amazing, so I decided to give it a go. After all, turning 40 is just a good point in life to do a little self care in the beauty dept. I thought I’d share a bit about the process. Plus, since I don’t have any other body ink, why not start on the most logical place–my face?!?!

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Before microblading using the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow kit

The shape is penciled on and lidocaine applied

The shape is penciled on and lidocaine applied

Color added over the blade strokes. Gorg, I know!

Color added over the blade strokes. Gorg, I know!

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Immediately after the dye was removed

Headed home afterward

Headed home afterward

Day 1 after--a little intense and extra scary no make up pic eeeep

Day 1 after–a little intense and extra scary no make up pic eeeep

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Day 3, still a bit intense and pink while healing. They look bigger and bolder than how they will ultimately end up for the first few days. Good time to break out a stylish hat haha!

[insert another crazy busy time that I forgot to document the next few days, but you get the idea!]

Looking pretty normal on day 10

Looking pretty normal on day 10

Vacay ready day 12

Vacay ready day 12

I absolutely love the results of this minor procedure mostly because it gives me a built in stencil to follow and saves me so much time. I get asked by a lot of people if it hurt, and honestly I have to say that it did. The pain is temporary though compared to the results, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It is not truly permanent, so I will have to get it touched up 1x per year. There is also a little bit of down time where the look is a little intense and you cannot get the area wet or get too sweaty for 10 days, and you cannot wash your hair for 3 days. Doing it in the fall after the heat of summer and the splashing kiddos of pool season is 100% the way to go to look amazing for the holidays.

Cheers to a beautiful 2017 for all of us!

Karen

 

 

 

 

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