I started thinking about doing this entirely too long ago, but then I would head over to google image like any sane person and then run for the hills at some of the “microblading” that shows up. I mean that shit is terrifying. It’s a tattoo on your face after all. But I finally found someone I felt confident in and scheduled my appointment.  I have always been an over plucker. So I would sit in my car (natural light was great for this) and I would start plucking and before I knew it, i was missing chunks of eye brow. I also rarely get my eye brows waxed. Like maybe only once every 6 months so theres no chance those holes where going to fill themselves. But my main concern was that I had a very flat eye brow and wanted an arch.

What Exactly is Microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure that uses a specialized tool done by hand, to make fine cuts in the skin to implant pigment that resembles the appearance of natural eyebrow hair. It is ideal for filling in sparse areas of the natural eyebrow where hair isn’t present, and also defining and enhancing brow shape.

 

Was It Painful?

I have no tattoos so I have nothing to compare this to in that aspect, but she did use a topical numbing cream which totally helped.  I def flinched though a couple times and then she would put a little more numbing cream and we were good to go. Pain wasn’t something that would keep me from doing it again. But they noise to me was a different story. haha. It reminded me of raking leaves with a metal rake as a kid.  I’ve also heard it was sensitive after the fact resembling a sunburn, so far I’m 2 days in and there is no sensitivity.

 

Whats the Process Like?

I went in to the salon with how I typically color in my brows so she could see how I wear them on a normal day. But that was part of my problem, I’m so bad at coloring them in and making a good (symmetrical) shape between the two that I wanted to make sure she was aware that’s why I was there.  I need her help in making my brows pop. We took off the makeup and then she used a ruler to draw the shape and arch on. Then she began! It took around 1.5 hours for the first session and my artist was OCD which is totally not a bad quality to have when you are tattooing peoples faces.

 

How Long Does It Last?

Like anything there is no exact answer for this. It depends on skin type, sun exposure, oil production, how you allow them to heal but if you can get 2 years without getting them touched up you are a rockstar. Ill be keeping this

 

Things to Keep in Mind

  • You can’t get your brows wet for 7 days (no that doesn’t mean you don’t have to shower for 7 days, just down water board yourself).
  • You also can’t sweat. It will push the color out which could affect your brows. Not worth it!
  • You will have to go back in 6 weeks for a touch up and thats where they will be perfected.
  • You also have to put ointment on your brows for a week so they tend to be a bit shiny and goopy.
  • They will scab

 

Prior to Microblading-No Brow Makeup

One Way Home from 1st Appt

 

These are the pictures my Eyebrow Artist took and you can really see the detail. This is immediately before and after so they will still change quite a bit and I will continue to update this post through the process.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and Ill be sure to answer them. Overall I am so excited for the end results and totally wish i would have done this earlier.

 

And if you are in Nashville or Brooklyn (because my brow chick travels) you def need to reach out to her. Amy Kendall is a brow wizard and I can’t wait to see her on my follow up. I will def keep this updated as to how things progress along with pictures of the final product.

What you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body for your skin. Unfortunately it’s always easier to just slather on creams then it is change eating habits. Real talk, I have been trying to drink the right amount of water for my body weight for months. I apparently have some kind of mental block about it and legit need to force myself. Please tell me I am not the only one out there like this.

Vital Proteins have some amazing products that compliment my skincare routine so perfectly.

Collagen Beauty Greens‘ Key Benefits:
  • Promotes collagen formation.
  • Helps prevent the signs of aging.
  • Improves skin smoothness.
  • Increases skin moisture.
  • Revitalizes skin tone.
  • Reduces fine lines.
  • Heals the skin and reduces redness.

Collagen Peptides  Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body ensuring the health and vitality of your skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones and joints. Maintaining the amount of collagen promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails. Aka The Fountain of Youth.

So today is day #4 of a Whole30. I fell off the wagon months ago and honestly wasn’t motivated to get back on, but clothing is fitting differently and I have no desire to buy new clothes over this love of carbs and sugar. So I took advantage of the holidays and enjoyed every morsel of food and drink. But need to get back on track and Whole 30 is the best way for me to get my mind right. It hasn’t been too bad except I have a legit headache from the time I wake up until I go to bed and Im noticeably grumpy.  One big advantage of Whole30 is there is no measuring, no calorie counting, just eat majority vegetables add in some protein and fat and you are good to go. But my main goal is to lose weight and break these cravings so I am still keeping to a moderate amount of calories. Calorie in, calorie out of quality food trumps all. So I eat 4 meals a day packed with fats, proteins, and carbs to keep blood sugar stable through day.

I eat breakfast around 9a (I enjoy my coffee too much to interrupt it with food), I’ve been having this smoothie around noon which prob sounds like lunch to you all but my kids go down for naps at 2p and I like to eat my lunch in silence so I hold off on real food until then, followed up with a 6pm dinner.  Wanted to share this smoothie packed full of Whole30 goodness as well as Collagen peptides and greens to up your beauty game.

Mean Green Smoothie

Ingredients

Voila you have a meal that your body (and skin) with thank you for!  Here are the  combined macros.

 

So I have many days left and need lots of ideas to stay on track so please feel free to share below your fave Whole3o recipes.

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We have all probably heard before that your eyes when you are born are the same size as when you die and this isn’t 100% true, but it’s close in comparison to the rest of your body. Your eyes are around 1.5 times larger at death than at your birth where as your body is much different. I’m currently sitting at around 21x my birth weight (stop doing the math) and I am obviously hoping to reduce that number soon but it’s deemed more difficult than I thought.

So as a baby your eyes appear much larger, hence the reason why big, bright eyes are one of the key indicator points of youthfulness. So as we get older our eyes appear smaller because our heads are growing quicker and then gravity takes over bringing those bright shiny eyes drooping. Instantly aged! As we age our eye lashes age as well. They become shorter, more brittle, thinner, and  lighter. I mean seriously why can’t that happen to my leg hair? Things that make you go hmmm.

At Rodan+Fields, our Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream  is our #1 stand alone product in terms of sales. Not only is it truly life changing but eyes are something EVERYONE is looking to correct or prevent in terms of anti-aging. So naturally  before convention we all sat around trying to figure out what our new product launched would be and we were all thrilled to learn it is our NEW Lash Boost.

But wait, I didnt think you all did makeup is what you might be thinking. And you are right, we don’t do makeup and we won’t do makeup. We are working on getting rid of your need for makeup and this is just one more step to a makeup free, youthful appearance we all want.

Lash extensions are an investment. At this salon in town it will run you $199 for a full set then every three weeks you will need a fill, running you $89. Don’t forget to tip!  Not to mention the time. Who has 1.5 hours to sit around having lashes done?  I can barely sit at the hair salon that long but at least I can stalk Instagram while getting hair done, not the case with lashes.

This is a simple dip, wipe, apply once a night with each tube lasting 2-3months from the comfort of your own home.

  • Longer looking lashes.
  • Thicker looking lashes.
  • Darker looking lashes.

All for a fraction of the price of fake ones and these are 100% YOUR lashes. No need to make yourself cry at the end of the night either to try to get fibers out of your eyes.

I just got started on mine and will be updating with pics at 4 weeks and again at 8. This product won’t be available to Preferred Customers until Nov 2nd so I am creating at signup list to remind everyone of the start date and you never know I might add in an amazing incentive just for my tribe! If its anything like our other products when first released we will sell out. Especially since Corp is amazing enough to gift you all an adorable bag and a FREE mini eye cream in our Holiday Bundle.14611070_10208707646106077_921625753139456385_n

Oh and I almost forgot! It can be used on your brows too! I’ve been contemplating microblading for months but getting my first tattoo ever is something that requires thought and planning and the fact that my first tattoo ever will be on my face is making it even harder to pull the trigger. So first I will try this out! I can totally commit to a serum on my brow.

Want on my list? Leave your email below!!!

 

Before: (i’m so sure this product will work I’m going to post my before pics now)

As many of you all are aware Anti-Aging is my jam. I figured since I took such bad care of myself in my 20s that I best make up for it in my 30s and on. So when we think of Anti-Aging, skincare is typically the first thing that comes to mind. But you know what else has a huge impact on your perceived age. Your teeth. They are one of the first things I notice on a person. (by the way, you have broccoli in yours right now.)

Did you know having bad teeth can age you, women in particular, 13 years? Yeah like any of us need that to help us age when we have 4 year olds still not sleeping through the night or thinking they can do artwork on your brand new sofa.  Experts found that smoking and drinking coffee or red wine coupled with a failure to regularly brush can put years on the average woman. I am an avid coffee/wine drinker. It’s my crack. I switch directly most days from coffee to wine around 5ish. Since teeth are typically the first thing you notice about a person, I never want anyone to notice mine aren’t pearly white. Smile Brilliant to the rescue!

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I was so skeptical to try these out because in the past the trays you make at home, you know they ones with boiling water and molds, tend to be bulky and uncomfortable, not to mention hard to make perfect. But Smile Brilliant actually provides and extra set of mold so if you do make a mistake you can start over. And they are so comfortable I almost forget they are in there. Pretty awesome.

Another thing you probably already know about me is that I order EVERYTHING from the internet. I have two small children and run two businesses from home. The last thing I want to do is run to the dentist or the store for something I can get online. Smile Brilliant is shipped directly to your house. With a return envelope and postage included to ship molds back where they can make them. Convenience at its finest.

 

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It came with to easy to follow directions and was super simple to get molds that ended up fitting PERFECTLY. In fact I’m thinking of updating my resume to include Dentist because I basically nailed this!

Something else that separates this teeth whitener from most besides the fact that this is EXACTLY the same as the whiteners you get from a dentist minus the exorbitant cost is that it includes Desensitizing gel. This gel helps diminish tooth sensitivity as well as Re-mineralizes and replenishes your teeth.  Even though I am not prone to sensitivity I still use the gel to help prevent re-staining. Teeth sensitivity is no fun and I’m so glad there is a company that offers a solution.

So what are you waiting for? They even offer a money back guarantee. So you literally have no reason not to try.

Check out this video from the babe Danielle Mansutti. She does a great job of showing start to finish how easy the whole process is.  As well as killer before and afters.

Ready to get started? Head here to order. Enter code MODERNDAYMOGULS to get 5% off. But theres’s more, since Smile Brilliant loves my followers as much as I do they have offered to do a Giveaway.

One winner will receive $139.95 credit for a tray creation kit + 6 gel syringes of their choice (3 whitening and 3 desensitizing or 6 whitening)
All you have to do is enter name and email on giveaway link 
It’s that easy. Good luck!

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Our first beach trip is coming up in a couple weeks and I am making sure we have everything we need to have a wonderful time! This is actually our first beach trip as just a family of four. So I’m not going to be able to rely on my Mom or MIL with much more mothering experience then me. 2016-04-21 02.46.52 1.jpgHere goes nothing!

These are just a few of our necessities! They say “the bigger the better” and that definitely stands true for hats in the sun. Baseball caps typically cover middle of face leaving chin, jaw, ears, and neck vulnerable. I picked up this hat for $5 at Target. I usually  have a hard time finding hats because I have a larger head than normal. But this works.

Sunless Tanner

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So I have a saying and it’s “if you can’t tone it, tan it” well I am currently in the process of toning it but it has been taking a bit longer than expected so I am going to have to do quite a bit of tanning.  And obviously, I’m no longer a teenager who thinks Im invincible so sunless tanning it is for me. I’m sure you have seen before but Rodan+Fields Sunless Tanner wins award after award and always sells out. So I have stocked up and I will NOT be headed to the beach without it. Not to mention it can go on your face with no problems.

 

 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

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 If you have never tried Essentials SPF you must. The smell is to die for! It goes on beautifully never feeling greasy. My kids ask for it before heading out. In addition to my beach bag, this stays in my gym bag and purse. You never know when you will be outside a little longer than normal and my kids are fair so it hits them quick!

Soothe Mineral Sunscreen

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I like to use a mineral-based sunscreen on my face so this one wins every time. It doesn’t leave a white film and leaves my skin feeling fab.

Broad spectrum SPF 30 contains only mineral-based sunscreen ingredients to protect skin without compromising skin’s delicate moisture barrier. This lightweight formula calms, soothes and minimizes the appearance of visible redness.

ESSENTIALS Lip Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 25

These guys are another thing I keep EVERYWHERE. My little one gets fever blisters from the sun so keeping her lips protected is a m640x394xRF-SPF-25-Lip-Shield-1024x631_jpg_pagespeed_ic_mLSCMMyvqD.jpgust. If you have ever dealt with kids and fever blisters you know why!

Helps me defend my lips against the aging effects of the sun while treating them to moisturizing lipid molecules and peptides to help boost collagen production and smooth lip texture. Blocks harmful UVA rays with SHIELDrf, our exclusive complex of avobenzone, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, while hydrating and moisturizing lips with shea butter, avocado and sunflower seed oil. This anti-aging lip balm also contains dimethicone to protect lips’ delicate moisture barrier and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E to defend against free radicals, leaving you with soft, smooth, healthy-looking lips

Redefine Eye Cloths

f3561134574c2209bf3ad26851cb2dcb.jpgLong day at the beach or pool and its time to go grab dinner or a snack. Well these come in very handy to wipe the grime away from the day. Takes puffiness out of your skin while delivering peptides for anti aging. I actually freeze them individually in a ziplock bag and then throw it in cooler, at end of day take it out and instantly feel refreshed and confident i won’t scare small children.

 

What are you summertime essentials? Id love to hear from ya. Interested in trying

 

Have a wonderful day.