April 22, 2017

Eyeliner Embroidery at Beauty Recipe!

It may be hard for some to believe.. but I took this shot right after going to the gym on a Sunday with the hubs.

The camera obviously had a beauty mode on.. and none of us knew how to turn it off for some reason (and if you know me well, I don't use such a strong beauty mode on my photos, so it's definitely not because I'm hiding anything).

But skin aside, even my husband couldn't believe I had NO makeup on. None whatsoever - and I attribute that 100% to Beauty Recipe and Jessie, who have been taking care of my eyebrows, lips, and now my eyeliner too!

In case you can't see the eyeliner too close up from that picture, here's another for you. I made it a GIF so you can see the effects of the eyeliner embroidery when my eyes are both closed and opened.

Needless to say, I've almost completely forgone the usage of any liquid/felt tip/pencil eyeliner besides for formal events when I want to create a longer wing. Otherwise, I even go to work like this. Yes, THIS exact post-gym look. All it takes is 5 minutes to settle some skincare and sunblock and I'm out of the house.

Of course, you're probably wondering about the embroidery and healing process, so I'll go ahead and share more.

The number one question I always get is: WAS IT PAINFUL?

The answer is nope, not one bit. I wouldn't even rate it 2/10 on the pain scale. Maybe a 1/10 for discomfort because I didn't dare blink lol. But otherwise there was really nothing to feel at all.

Why I say I was scared to blink is due to the fact that Beauty Recipe is REALLY thorough in their eyeliner embroidery, meaning that the embroidery extended to under the lashes as well so that your own lashes look fuller and your eyes look bigger.

Therefore, even though the black liner looks extremely thick in the image above, that's only because it lines further than some other embroideries do. Something that I feel makes one's money well worth it. There's no point just having one pathetic line floating above your lashes because it'd just look weird. Take it from someone who had that for years before coming to Jessie.

Hello blue-green tattoo from days of old!
I did my eyeliner embroidery A LONG LONG TIME AGO.. probably even 5 years ago. And for that one, the pain rated at a 20/10. I remember crying and tearing and wanting to stop after 1 eyelid -- but the pain that resonated with me the most was how humiliating it felt when the beautician told me that my tears was slowing down her process and that she had to move on to other customers. Didn't help that they used some sub-standard ink and my eyeliner turned blue green..

Beauty Recipe was NOTHING like that. I remember the numbing process took 30 minutes: this was to ensure that I would feel ZERO pain after, and I really did feel zero pain!

Also, they constantly asked if I felt any discomfort during the process. It was a total game changer compared to my previous eyeliner experience.

Look how natural it seems!
The downtime lasted a few days? Maybe 5? I really didn't notice, and my reason for that is because MY EYES WERE SO BIG. Haha! The swelling was extremely minimal but the blackness of the embroidery were the darkest during the healing process of course (refer to the collage above) and thus I thought my eyes were the MOST BEAUTIFUL at that time haha!

Totally opposite of how people feel during the healing process of their eyebrows because they want the dark brows to go away.. but I just really wanted the dark liner to stay!

FORTUNATELY, even after peeling my eyeliner was considered pretty black so I didn't have to worry too much and I'm sure anyone who does it wouldn't worry too. If you put your beauty in the hands of Jessie, her promise is to never let you walk away disappointed.

I had my eyeliner embroidery done by Jade at Jurong East, and she's got TONS of good reviews for her skills as well! :)

For those who have had enough of spending 10 minutes drawing and correcting and relearning their eyeliners in front of the mirror every morning before work... consider this one of the best investments you'll ever make!


Company Website: Beauty Recipe
Another customer review: Read HERE
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March 18, 2017

Softer Brows with Powder Gradient Eyebrow Embroidery at Beauty Recipe

I decided to redo my eyebrow shape sometime this year.. because... new year.. new brows!

Nahhh, I kid! In reality, what happened was that I've recently done a double eyelid suture surgery, and my eye shape became slightly different (you can read more about my double eyelid story here: https://dayre.me/samanthajoy/5ysPssej2i).

Straighter eyebrows from previous embroidery
Last time, with my inner double eyelids, my eyes were smaller and slightly straighter. Now they're rounder - thank goodness! - and hence the straight-ish eyebrow shape from my previous eyebrow embroidery didn't suit me so well. I wanted something A LITTLE different, just more rounded towards the ends with a gentle arch so I'd look less fierce!

Moreover, I was starting to realize that my previous eyebrow shape looked a little off, not too sure why. Perhaps after the surgery, the suturing of my right eye required slightly more work, leading to an uneven eyebrow propotion (one high and one low) which I'll show at the lower part of this post.

Fortunately! Jessie, the owner of Beauty Recipe, told me that she could not only alter and help CHANGE my eyebrow embroidery shape, she could also let me try out a new technique to give my eyebrows a softer arch and coloring! SUPER EXCITED.

As you can already guess with the title, what I was going to do is called the Powder Gradient Eyebrow Embroidery. It's different from 6D Eyebrow Embroidery in a sense because it doesn't use a blade to get the color in. It is sort of "tattooed" in the way the old embroideries were done EXCEPT that it uses A LOT more skills, and for the therapist to be really deft with her hands.

My eyebrow expert for the day was Khanh, and if you haven't already read, there's TONS of gleaming reviews for her on the Beauty Recipe Facebook. I felt very safe in her hands lol!

Anyway, as I was saying, the color for this type of eyebrow embroidery can't go in as a patch as you've probably seen on numerous people before. The color MUST go in, as mentioned, in a gradient. You've probably seen a lot of "Instagram Brows" where the front is light and has hair strokes almost but the back is DARK and very defined - yupp something like that.

However, my eyebrows this time required even more dexterity as I was not only trying to color them in but to reshape them.

Original Shape versus After Peeling
Above, on the top half of the collage, you can see, I tried to change my own eyebrow shapes by drawing the left side sort of arched but the right side went too high up and I couldn't create an arch there to "pull it down".

I attribute this, as I mentioned, to my double eyelid surgery as my eyebrows were perfectly fine and even before that. The eye on that side has more skin and thus, to create the parallel lid at the front, had to be pulled downwards more.

I'll be honest and say that I was hesitant and a little disbelieving when Jessie said that her eyebrow expert could make both sides even. I was sort of thinking... okay so do I need to do a laser or?? Jessie said that they could use a skin colored ink to, in a sense, embroider over the parts where the eyebrow "got out of shape. I was even worried that the skin color wouldn't match mine and it would look really fake and patchy... but I WAS WRONG. It was.. undetectable even!

Sorry for the quality - this was taken with my phone!
I was SO impressed with what Khanh had done that I JUST HAD TO TAKE A PHOTO AFTER. I sent it to Jessie straightaway and GUSHED about her! I really really couldn't believe I finally had even brows after months of tolerating one of them being so much higher. #firstworldproblems.

Here's the peeling process. By Day 3, most of it had peeled off already, especially the front. Those who do the Powder Gradient embroidery will notice pretty quick peeling, often within 2-3 days: so do not be alarmed if you experience this.

The thing about Gradient Eyebrows, or what was told to me, is that due to the technique if it being tattooeed in, the color RIGHT after the treatment isn't as dark and the eyebrows won't look as thick as it would be after microblading (6D embroidery).

However, unlike 6D eyebrow embroidery, the color remains strong at a 70-80% of the original shading after peeling - whereas the color for a 6D embroidery would only be about 50% strong.

In total, both have their perks though as the 6D embroidery can emulate hair strokes whilst the Gradient embroidery is more of a powdery makeup finish. It's really up to each person's taste. Anyway, both treatments come with a free touch up, so don't worry too much about the fading. You can even opt to do BOTH 6D and Gradient at the same time depending on the areas (eg. front with hair strokes and back with the gradient shading)! Amazing right!

Just in case you're wondering why my gradient brows aren't as obvious (from light to dark), it's also because I had previous eyebrow embroidery done before and my front was still dark. If you're doing this for the first time, the results are a lot more obvious! If you're also someone who's doing the Powder Gradient on top of a previous embroidery, you could perhaps just ask for the darkening of the tail area.

Regardless, I was super pleased with the whole process and final result. Like, VERY VERY happy. It was painless as usual, I occasionally checked my phone and chatted with Khanh every now and then. I think at one point I even fell asleep. If you're looking for a complaint, I've got none.

Beauty Recipe, Jessie, and all the amazing eyebrow experts there never fail to amaze me and brighten my day. Thank you so much!

For those who wish to have Khanh do their brows for them, do head to Beauty Recipe in Jurong East instead of Parkway.


Company Website: Beauty Recipe
Another customer review: Read HERE
Reasons to choose Beauty Recipe: Read HERE
Before and after care: Read HERE

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