Wednesday, June 22, 2022

My Microblading Experience + Special Discount

Microblading has been on my "wishlist" for years but truly, I just didn't know enought about it and also wondered if it was worth the cost.  My eyebrows, like most, have thinned out since I've gotten older and I am so in love with a bold brow.  I found a really good brow kit from Benefit Cosmetics and this was working for a while but I was longing to save 20 minutes every morning and wake up and go.  I am not a huge makeup person and try to take under 30 minutes to get ready so felt like brows were really carmping my short get-ready time. 



I'm also a pool-owner and my son would say, "c'mon do a Cannon Ball, Mom" and of course after I went under, I was left with smudgy brows.  The freedom of diving in a pool with no eyebrow worries is truly amazing (stuff women go through to look good-haha)

Finally, it was my chance to finally have my chance at micro-blading. First I met with Denise, permanent makeup artist to see if I was a good candidate for microblading or powder, which is dependant on the amount of brow hair you have. I knew I had to do research and find someone who was experiences, professional, and had a great reputation. When someone referred Altered Image Permanent Makeup and Hair, I was so happy to hear that Denise was a licensed tattoo artist and has over 20 years in permanent makeup. A lot of people think microblading is not a tattoo process. Any time color is placed into the skin with any device it is considered a tattoo process. Microblading is performed with a grouping of needles attached to a handle to manually create lines that resemble eyebrow hairs.

Honestly, I am so thrilled with my brows- I decided to go with Microblading with Brow Enhancement, which includes the initial microblading appointment, toouch up, and the brow lamination to make the brows more fluffy and beautiful :)  I highly reccomend getting that package.  

Some things to consider when considering microblading that I learned.

COLOR - I was AMAZED by the color selection and how exact Denise got.  I decided I wanted to match my natural hair color/root color and I was happy with the results.  When it first gets done, it is serval shades darker but once it heals, it is the permnant color which is lighter. Some people prefer darker brows, lighter, etc so Denise discusses these options and works with you to choose the perfect color.



PROCESS - It hurt WAY less than I thought.  I heard "tattoo" and through it was going to be as painful as a regular tattoo and it was NOT for me.  It's much smaller strokes and it's relatively quick service 15-25 minutes. Also, it helped that she applied topical anesthetics are applied to alleviate discomfort.

AFTERCARE/MAINTENANCE - Healing took about 2-3 weeks for me. All I did was keep putting on Vaseline generously to avoid flaking.  however, even one day after, it looks pretty good so you are fine to go out  + about, just avoid picking or putting product on t for 24 hours.  Touch-ups are a per customer basis- some don't need touch-ups at all and some 6 months or a year.  the touch-ups are far less expenisve (about 1/2 of 1/3 of the cost depending on how much you need).  

PRICE - I did my research and I found that the average microblading price was $500-600.  Of course you get what you pay for but I was pleasantly surprised that Denise is currently offering a Summer Package!  Altered image is offering FULL micro-blading special for only $350.  PLUS if you want to do the brow enhancement like I did (to get that super fluffy look) she is offering that for only $30 (50% off).  Just mention my blog + Denise will honor this special pricing, however you do have to book before July 4th, 2022.  You can book for a future date (I reccomend calling her ASAP because she is a busy lady) and booking you date to get this awesome package.


Have perfect eyebrows already?!  We're jealous.  Don't worry, Altered Image offers so many amazing services like eyelash extensions, lip blushing, other permanent makeup services, nails, and hair services like Brazilian Blowout and full color/cut.


Ever After,
Jamie

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Walmart is Going Postal!!

Ok, as most of you know, I'm a huge Walmart fan.  I just love that you can get so much shopping done in ONE store and am always in love with their price conscious school supplies, adorable kid's clothes, and kid's party items!

Walmart Shipping
As most of you know, I own my own business, Taylored Media Group, and I only have ONE day during the week to get all those pesky errands done and Savannah is always my wing-woman since Gavin is in school.  Especially since it's cold out, I try to make sure it's quick and painless for both of us!

Once I heard that Walmart had conveniently launched FedEx Shipping RIGHT inside select stores, I was thrilled!  Being a blogger, I am always thrifting clothing on sites like poshmark or simply sending items to out-of-state family and friends, so this news was really exciting and convenient. 

Walmart just got a whole LOT BETTER!  They now offer full-service postal services!  I was able to visit Walmart in West Haven, CT and check the postal office our for myself.  

It was so easy to use, and I loved that it was self-service (COVID-friendly) and no long lines.  


My favorite part was being able to run an additional errand without schlepping my daughter to a post office.  

Also.... SAVINGS!!  All of the shipping supplies (boxes, bags, etc) are available at NO additional cost PLUS Walmart is waiving handling fees for a limited time at their new self-service shipping center.
To find a Walmart shipping location near you, go here.

The whole process is super easy.  First, you choose your bag or box you want to use (NO extra charges), then you out the package on the scale and go to the self-portal to pay and print your shipping label and your lock automatically pops open! Simply stick the shipping label, place in locker and shut locker.  THAT'S IT! 
Check out my Video below on our experience!





Are you a Walmart fan like I am?  Will you be using the new shipping office inside?!



Ever After,
Jamie

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide - Women's Edition






LADIES!  I have to admitt, I have WAY too many of these items and I only recommend for the women in your life because I personally LOVE them. 

For the woman who has everything.. here you go!


1. Bentgo Salad Lunch Box- LIFE CHANGING FOR ME!  You can separate toppings, dressing, and several ingredients and easily take a salad to-go without a million containers.  At $15, it will be the best $15 you'll ever spend.

2. Traditional Espresso Maker!  Easy to store + much less expensive than a full automated machine.  Perfect for the woman who drinks coffee daily but like a good latte or esxpresso every now and then! 

3. BPA Free Food Savers: Again, life changing. A great stocking stuffer to preserve your veggies!

4. The cutest little cocktail set! Something she wouldn't buy for herself but would absolutely love to enjoy with an at-home happy hour with the girls!

5. A heated PLUS weighted blanket.  In these colder months, step UP the coziness. Excuse me while I hybernate. 

FOR THE HOME BODY


1. Flickering Flameless Candles. I have these in my living room and bedroom.  One click and no dangers for the forgetful ones.. create a relaxing ambiance anywhere :) 

2. Sherpa Plush Robe - every women needs a good, cozy robe.  Sherpa is so, so soft!

3. Fleece Lounge Set - Jammies that can pass as clothes?  YES and YES! 

4. Mircrofiber Cheetah Blanket- the most versatile blanket that is cozy + pretty. 

5. Faux Fur Cross Slippers- I live in these from November- March! 

6. Luxury Bath Caddy tray: For the Bath Lovers - the ultimate bath accessory is this Boujie Bath Caddy tray.

For the Foodie/Hostess with the Mostess 



1. The Ultimate Charcuterie Tray: The PERFECT functunial tray to SLEIGH the charcuterie goals.

2. Denim Apron: Modern Day Apron and BONUS- it has pockets! 

3. Nespresso Verturo Coffee + Espresso Maker: Move over, Starbucks, Barista at home! 

4. Taco Bar Platter: Taco Tuesday just got a WHOLE LOT BETTER! 

5. Picnic Basket Set: The adorable picnic set with function + lots of accessories 

6. Sushi Making Kit for Beginners: Such a fun gift idea that will spark a sushi-making night! 


Need MORE gift ideas?  Check out the entire women's gift guide here 

Ever After,
Jamie