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Microblading vs Ombre Brows

  Beauty trends change quite rapidly, but thanks to social networking it’s easy to stay up to date with the latest trends. Currently, the natural-looking, dense, and thick eyebrows are a big thing right now. The most popular treatment to achieve that look is microblading. It is already a very well-known term in the beauty industry. However, besides microblading, there are other techniques, such as ombre brows, which give a slightly different brow result.

  I have been using the microblading technique for the last two years and I absolutely love it. It’s so nice to not have to worry about my eyebrows or trying to make them evenly perfect. Eyebrows are a super important facial feature because of the numerous tasks they perform. They aid in the framing of the eyes, shaping of the face, and play a powerful role in communication. Not everyone is born with perfectly manicured brows, so to achieve an aesthetically appealing look, your eyebrows should be routinely trimmed, shaped, and filled. Try not to go overboard like I did, because once they’re gone, it’s very difficult for them to grow back. I can’t stress enough to not overpluck your brows, but if you do and you need someone to help fix them, choose an artist who’s certified in the field and very experienced. You want somebody who takes pride in their business and boasts a lot of happy clients, as well as someone who comes highly recommended and displays plenty of website photos exhibiting their work.

  This is the before and after photo of the first time I tried the microblading technique. My eyebrows were extremely thin and did not fit my face one bit. The treatment cost me $500 at Lusting Expressions in Sioux Falls, which has a much larger clientele.  It was certainly a different feeling, since it’s on your face, but truly an amazing experience. She made me feel very comfortable and kept me informed on what she was doing and why she was doing it throughout the whole procedure. Callie is a very professional aesthetician and I highly recommend her.

Before & After – 2nd microblading session

  My last treatment was done here in Watertown, by an equally incredible and skilled aesthetician, at Brows by Allison. My expense was $250 and I was every bit as pleased with my results. She too made me feel at ease and kept me in the loop throughout the entire process. I wasn’t worried about the money, but I do love a great deal. So, getting them done for half the price and without having to travel was an added benefit.

I get my eyebrows touched up yearly and typically around the same time. But this year I was thinking about switching it up and trying the ombre look, since my brows now have a good shape to them from the last couple years of microblading. Both ombre brows and microblading are semi-permanent treatments, meaning that after some time they will fade away. So, I could always return to microblading if the ombre look isn’t my thing.

The techniques are done differently and give different results. Microblading means manually creating micro incisions on the surface of the skin and filling them with colored pigment. Every hair is created separately, resulting in natural-looking brows. The process is perfect for people with dry skin, while those who have oily skin should opt for the ombre look. It’s also ideal for those who want more solid brows or want an entirely new look. The ombre powder technique resembles brow tattooing, since it involves the application of thousands of tiny dots of pigment inserted into the skin. However, unlike traditional tattooing, this procedure is done on the epidermis layer of the skin, therefore making it less permanent. Result is solid looking brows that look fuller and powdered, yet still very defined.  It is called ombre because the tail of the brow is always darker than the head. Also, if you choose this procedure, your eyebrows will always look as if you are wearing makeup.

Whatever treatment I choose, I’m sure I’ll be happy with it, since they both result in natural looking brows. I hope you have gotten some useful information out of this blog, especially if you’ve thought about trying either one of them. In the end, it’s worth every single dollar and the time you’ll save from not filling them in every day. Good luck!

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Why Tattoos Should Be Allowed in The Workplace

  This is an extremely personal topic for me as I have a full arm sleeve, amongst many other tattoos. Granted they’re all beautiful images and nothing offensive, there are still people who don’t look at them like they should, as an artform. While tattoos have become more and more prevalent in today’s society, it’s no secret that they’re still not deemed as “socially acceptable,” especially in the workplace. It’s an incredibly frustrating and confusing concept that the most qualified person may be turned down from a job, due to the simple fact that they have one or more visible tattoos on their body. Don’t get me wrong; I fully understand that some tattoos can be inappropriate or unacceptable for specific professional settings, but tattoos are not an indicator of talents or abilities an individual has, to perform his or her job. Back in the day, body modifications, such as tattoos, were largely associated with tribes, gangs, prisons, and the military. It wasn’t the typical social norm a few decades ago, but today tattoos cross every socioeconomic status and have destroyed previous stereotypes. From doctors, to lawyers ,to cops, and so on, you never know who you’re judging when they’re not in uniform.

  Tattoos are also a fundamental part of some religions and cultures, which legally intermixes personal discrimination lines with religious discrimination lines. It is a well-known fact that discrimination against gender, disabilities, sexuality, and race is not tolerated in the workplace today, as there are a variety of laws that protect individuals against such types of prejudice. I find it hard to believe, especially in today’s society, that it’s illegal to turn someone away from a job because of their skin color, but perfectly legal to turn someone down because of a tattoo. Discriminating against an individual with tattoos should be treated no differently than discriminating against an individual who identifies as gay or bisexual, who has a different color of skin, or someone who has a disability. How you act towards someone with a tattoo makes a huge difference in your character and how others perceive you. A vast majority of people have come to the realization that there is no difference between someone with different colored skin than themselves, so the fact that people still view individuals with tattoos as lesser than those without, is utterly ridiculous.

  Tattoos are undeniably a form of art. A painting on a canvas is art, drawing is art, coloring in any form is art, and putting ink in your skin is art, just the same. And to some people, like myself, this art holds a great amount of personal meaning and significance.  People shouldn’t feel like they can’t put “their own version” of art onto their body because it will not be accepted in a professional setting, nor should they have to choose a different career because of their decisions.  I repeatedly contemplated on if I should even continue with my degree in Business Administration and Human Resources, for this same reasoning. I opted to push forward; I will not be forced away from something that means so much to me. While there is allegedly no room in the workplace for discrimination, it still occurs, and unfortunately, tattoo discrimination is a large part of that. In my heart, I know there are businesses out there willing to accept my incredible skillset and equally incredible personality, together with my depiction of art. If a product or service is of quality, then it doesn’t so much matter if a tattooed or non-tattooed hand delivers it.

My aspirations for the future workforce are optimistic, but we must keep fighting for what we consider to be fair across all platforms. Everyone needs to feel accepted and safe in a working environment, communication is essentially the key here. When colleagues can agree to disagree on personal opinions, but still work together without judgement- then that is a positive working environment. We are workers and we also have our personal lives and identities outside of work. The focus should be on the ability and the willingness of the employee, and not the ink they choose to wear.

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  There’s a strong correlation between wealth and happiness. Affluent nations tend to be happier than impoverished nations, and rich people tend to be happier than those living in poverty. Money’s impact on happiness isn’t as great as people believe it to be. If you have a job, clothes on your back, food to eat, & a roof over your head; then more money has only a small effect on your sense of well-being. People tend to get caught up in their everyday efforts and overlook the simple pleasures in life. Life is a gift and it should be treated as such. We are only given one life; it’s what you choose to do with it that creates a lifetime of happiness or a lifetime of despair.

  We exist in a society which prioritizes money over happiness from time to time. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with money, just as there’s nothing inherently wrong with material possessions. It’s when we put money and material possessions first; we lose sight of our real priorities, of life’s true purpose. Buy more experiences and fewer things, because material goods decrease in value. Experiences, on the other hand, don’t.

  In a 2018 issue of the Review of General Psychology, psychologists looked at years of research to determine what contributes to long-term happiness. They found that about 50 percent of our happiness is biological, determined by a sort of happiness “set point.” Roughly 40 percent of happiness comes from the things we choose to do, like exercising, setting goals and building friendships. Only around 10 percent of our happiness is actually based on circumstances like age, race, gender–and, perhaps surprisingly, financial status. Although your financial situation plays just a small part in your overall happiness, it certainly affects it.

  Wealth and happiness mean different things to different people. That’s why the road to financial happiness begins with identifying your values. When you know what you believe and are focused on your highest priorities, you have control. You can earn, spend, save, and invest in effective and efficient ways. You can manage your money so that it reflects your energy, imagination, and passions in life.  The secret to happiness is to lower your expectations.  If you can’t be content with what you have, you’ll never lead a rich life, no matter how much money you earn.  This equals true happiness.