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Microblading at Sugarin P.1

The day after Thanksgiving I got my brows microbladed. I've gotten them done before in Korea but microblading typically only lasts 1-2 years. I was coming up on my two-year mark and have been needing to get them redone. I connected with Christina and after looking at her portfolio I knew she'd be perfect to get my brows re-microbladed. In addition to microblading, she does lash lifts and lash extensions. She has a pretty amazing portfolio and has worked with some notable Hollywood stars such as Sarah Drew and Whitney Port. After going through he portfolio I knew this was a match made in heaven. 

The whole process of scheduling, pre-care, procedure, aftercare and follow up has been amazing. Once we confirmed my appointment date and time, Christina sent over pre-care information to ensure my brows and body were in the best condition for the procedure. The day before getting them microbladed, she even emailed me to remind me not to drink and coffee and wine and to not use any medications that may thin out my blood. Thank god she did this because the day before my appointment was Thanksgiving aka lots and lots of wine ;P

The entire procedure from arrival to departure probably took close to 3 hours. Christina probably spent the first 15-20 minutes talking to me about my brows, the procedure and asking me how I wanted my brows to look. From there she spent a good amount of time mapping out my brows, I would say probably close to an hour. She measure the distance between my brows, the distance from my eyes, etc. ensuring they would be even on both sides. After she had mapped my brows out, she had me sit up and from there she made some minor changes. Once we landed on a final shape, the numbing cream was applied. The numbing cream is a topical cream that is all natural, free from chemicals and animal byproducts. The numbing cream needs to sit on your brows for a minimum for 30 minutes to ensure as close to a pain free experience as possible. I'm sure ya'll are thinking if the numbing cream masks all the pain and in all honesty, no it does not. BUT, it really does help. I'm such a wuss when it comes to needles and this is no different. The only time I really felt any sort of pain of discomfort was when Christina was creating the strokes on my arches and tail. Other than that the process felt like more of a "raking" sensation if that makes sense. I think the sound/noise was what had made me cringe. But again, nothing that was unbearable and honestly the end result is worth any and all pain. The actual microblading process took about an hour and I can definitely appreciate that after each time Christina cleaned off the dye, she found little imperfections that she wanted to fix. She really is an artist. 

After my brows were finished and cleaned off she explained the aftercare process to me, provided me with take home instructions, an ointment to start using after day 7 and then told me we'd touch base to schedule the touch up session. 

Christina offers microblading services for $600. Such a great deal considering at salons in Beverly Hills charge up to double that. If you've been wanting to get your brows microbladed right now is the perfect time especially because the after care requires you to be out of the sun for two weeks, no pools/beaches and no sweating. I mean it's winter right?! All I'll be doing is Netflix and Chillin'. 

Please note all services are by appointment only. Contact information is below. 

Sugarin Studio
230 S. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
email: christinasugarinstudio@gmail.com
phone: 310-994-9931
website: christinaartistry.com

 
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Rustic Ruffles

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I definitely need to start checking the weather. The sweltering heat in LA is gone, unbeknown to me, I rocked this flirty little cut out romper from Tobi. I paired it with some off white booties and space buns for a more playful look. I love juxtaposition. Shooting this fun and flirty ruffled romper, against this wood paneled seating area made for some cool shots. I knew I had to give the photos a bit of a rustic vibe when editing them in Lightroom.

Tobi - Dotted Line Ivory Ruffled Romper - $80 USD

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Travel in Style & Comfort

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My number one rule when I travel is COMFORT. This is one of those IDGAF about what I look like times and always will pick comfort over style. Lucky enough on my way to Hong Kong we had a two-hour layover in Beijing before getting on our second flight to Hong Kong. I decided to pack my makeup and comfy but stylish clothing options to change into during our layover, so I'd be ready to hit the ground running the second we touched down in HK.

This off the should top from Tobi was the perfect piece to keep me comfy and stylish. The fabric was soft and thick enough to keep me warm on the two-hour plane ride from Beijing to Hong Kong and was loose fitting so I was comfortable.

Tobi - Jennifer Striped Off the Shoulder Crop Top - $60 USD

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Fall Florals for SoCal's Never Ending Summer

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It's almost November, yet Los Angeles is still seeing 100 degree plus weather. I want fall colors, chunky sweaters and dare I say.... Ugg boots. But with the sweltering heat that's impossible. Instead I've been adding summer pieces that transition into Fall ever so perfectly. This rust colored romper is the piece that does just that. WIth its beautiful color, long bell sleeves and minimal floral print it's Fall packed in a summer piece. The fabric on the romper is so lightweight that even with the long sleeves, you're kept breezy in this crazy heat wave.

Tobi - Ryleigh Rust Floral Print Romper - $62

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Being Healthy From The Inside Out

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In my opinion "being healthy" is a 3 part process... eating healthy, taking your vitamins and being active. While I know I'm struggling with the latter, I definitely try my hardest to eat healthy and take all my vitamins and supplements to make up for the fact I'm not working out as much as I should. In my defense when I was living in OC, the gym was legit a 30-second walk from my front door and I had my best friend to help whip my booty into shape. 

I'm legit THAT person that has a calendar alarm go off every morning at 9:15 am to remind me to take my vitamins. I use a variety of different brands to make sure I'm getting all my vitamins, nutrients and supplements that target the areas I'm focusing on which consists of Vital Protein, Care/Of, Olly, HUM Nutrition and Buddha Brain. I probably use some that overlap and target the same things but better safe than sorry...? Haha. So let's go through my massive list.

Vital Proteins: Collagen Peptides

I'm ALL about collagen on anything and everything. So many of my skincare products have collagen (because I have scaring from acne) but beauty starts from the inside out. So not only do I use a lot collagen skincare, I make sure I'm ingesting it as well. The Vital proteins Collagen Peptides are the easiest way that I have found to make sure I'm getting a good amount of collagen everyday. This product is flavorless so I add them to smoothies, my morning coffee and of course my acai bowls. The Collagen Peptides promote youthful skin, healthier hair and stronger nail. It also helps keep your bones strong and healthy and promotes join healthy.

Care/Of: B12, Ashgawanda and Astaxanthin

I actually did a VERY comprehensive blog post on Care/Of, their offerings and the vitamins and supplements I take from them and why. You can read that here, but here's the sparks note version... I take B12 because I'm a pescatarian (I started in June, I've had a couple hiccups but I'm doing pretty good) and B12 is a vitamin that is normally found in red meats. No red meats means no B12 for Jen. Ashgawanda helps mellow you out when you're stressed and I'm always fucking stressed. Astaxanthin helps promote and boost collagen production and is great for your skin.

Olly: Restful Sleep and Vibrant Skin

Adding to my ever growing list of ailments, I also have insomnia. My brain does not shut off. Mix that with my ADD and at night I lie awake making lists in my head about anything and everything. The Restful Sleep vitamins help clear my brain and get me ready for a restful night of sleep. The Vibrant Skin gummies... well that's pretty self explanatory... I'm skin obsessed and great skincare also starts from the inside out. What you put in your body matters just as much as what you put on it.

HUM Nutrition: Runway Ready and Daily Cleanse

I use The Runway Ready vitamin packet and the Daily Cleanse. A a beauty blogger, I'm consistency changing and dying my hair, getting gel manicures and testing out a lot of different skincare and makeup products. I want to make sure I'm taking vitamins to keep all that in tip top shape and me on top of my game. The Runway Ready vitamin packets consist of 2 supplements that are a mixture of black currant and sunflower seed and 1 Biotin. The black currant and sunflower seed supplement keeps my hair looking like it is in a shampoo commercial and my skin radiant and glowing, while the Biotin keeps my nails strong and healthy. The Daily Cleanse is a cleansing and detoxing anti-inflammatory supplement. It is made from organic algae, matcha, magnesium, copper, zinc and selenium. This mixture helps helps cleanse my skin, liver, kidney, bowels and lungs. It literally gets all the toxins out of my body.

Buddha Brain: Mood and Stress Formula

Last but not least we have the Mood and Stress supplements from Buddha Brain. For those readers who have been with me from the start ya'll know I suffer from anxiety and am constantly stressed out. You can read about my journey with anxiety here. Like many others with anxiety, I was taking Xanax which we all know is reactive. I like that the Mood and Stress supplements are proactive. Instead of taking the recommended dosage when I feel an anxiety or panic attack coming on, I take two of these before I leave my apartment and it keeps me as mellow as can be. This supplement is a blend of 5HTP (which boosts your serotonin... I went to college in San Francisco when EDM was on the rise, me and 5HTP go way back, haha), Magnesium, Vitamin B's 1,2,3,5 and 6 Ashgawanda and Lemon Balm. These natural ingredients work together to keep your mood and stress levels balanced. 

 

**all product images minus Care/Of were sourced from Amazon and all the products listed above with the exception of Care/Of can be ordered through Amazon.

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