It’s been a month of celebrations and I’m so grateful to all of you for being a part of it.
We launched the Tiramisu For Breakfast with a party at Quirk Hotel. Check out the guide here.
I was honored to be among the 39 others named as Richmond’s Top 40 under 40 and among 9 others as VCU Alumni’s Top Ten Under Ten. I also had a great time speaking on social media to the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.
I did a style piece for the December Issue – be on the lookout!
A year or two ago, I jotted down a list of the people who’d helped me along in my life/career. I did it on a whim, but I find myself not only adding to it but also looking back on it often.
This semester, I decided to turn it into an assignment for my students at VCU. College is stressful, and I’ve read (and experienced) that gratitude can combat stress. The students turned in their lists of 10 people who’ve inspired/helped/guided them last week, and reading over them has been my favorite thing.
Who’s on your list?
A few weeks ago, I got my eyebrows “microbladed” by the lovely Jade Orr and I’m obsessed with the results.
Before I had it done, I filled my brows in with makeup every day because I didn’t like how thin they wereI switched from Smashbox powder to Make Up For Ever gel to E.L.F. wax. I got my brows to look the way I wanted with makeup but I always had to reapply and it didn’t look exactly the same day-to-day.
I’d been following Jade’s results photos on her Instagram for months and was blown away by the photos of her microblading work.
What is microblading? Microblading is a semi-permanent method creating hyper-realistic hair strokes to achieve brow goals. It’s similar to a tattoo in that it deposits pigment. However, it doesn’t go as deep, so it fades away in 1-2 years.
I messaged her on Facebook to ask about it and we set up a consultation. We talked through pricing and what the “procedure” would be like, and I set up a time to come back in. I booked a 3pm appointment on a Friday and she told me to expect it to take 2.5 hours. I sent her several photos of my good brow day pictures to give her an idea of what I was looking for.
When I went in for my appointment, she started by numbing my brows with a cream and used a piece of plastic to hold it in place. While my brows numbed for about20 minutes, I worked on some client emails.
Then, she drew my brows on to get an idea of the shape we were going for. It was hard to tell from this what they would look like.
After this, she started applying pigment with needles. It did hurt a little, but nothing unbearable. After the was halfway done with the first brow, she applied a different kind of numbing agent and started on the next one. She went back and forth until they were done and then she asked me to sit up and take a look in the mirror. She told me she could add extra “hairs” one at a time wherever I wanted more. I had her add a stroke to each brow to make them longer.
Here’s the before/after:
Here’s what they looked like right after I got them done. I wasn’t sure what they’d look like so I hadn’t made evening plans but they looked perfect so I called my boyfriend and we went out for tacos.
Carola: Do you still fill in with makeup? What do you use to maintain them now?
TFB: without any makeup at all, my eyebrows look natural. When I was little, I had really think brows. But now, they’re naturally thinner. I like that when I wake up, my brows like even and pretty but “normal.” When I want to do it up with full makeup, I can darken them with powder so they’re more defined. I love having options.
Megan: Will it fade away 100% eventually? I wouldn’t want to have permanent dark brown eyebrows tattooed on when the rest of my eyebrows turn white when I get old.
TFB: Yep! Because it doesn’t go as deep as a tattoo, it fades completely after 1-3 years.
Helayne: What’s the pain level during and after. How do you avoid infection?
TFB: It was slightly uncomfortable but definitely nothing unbearable because I was numbed. I couldn’t wash my brows for the first 24 hours, but after that maintenance was pretty much normal. Jade recommends using baby shampoo to clean your brows. I used my normal, gentle face wash.
Overall, I love the results and would 10/10 recommend. Reach out to Jade Orr to learn more.