Erabrowlogy: Brow Chicka Brow Wow!

Brow Chicka Brow Wow

Wearing make-up to the gym is just about the worst thing you can do for your skin. Imagine the cakey, muddy mess that ensues when those pores and sweat ducts are blocked by thick makeup products. Even in my 20s I’d still get breakouts, bumps and blackheads as a result. When it comes to sweating it out, bare-faced and pony-tailed is much cleaner and easier.

However, I can’t deny that a little bit of concealer and lip stain have helped me to look less like Gollum when I’m training people. Filling in my sparse eyebrows with a pencil also helps perk up a sleepy morning face. The only problem is that it doesn’t last, especially after I use a towel to wipe off the sweat from my face. All that effort to put on any bit of make-up seems pointless when it’s gone ten minutes in the door.

I tried eyebrow embroidery two years ago and while I loved the results, the thought of someone using a razorblade to tattoo my brows put me off from doing it again. Numbing cream applied to my brow area helped with the pain but I remember sitting in the chair for an hour thinking to myself, “I hope this ends quickly. Actually, now would be good.”

The effects of eyebrow embroidery typically lasts from two to three years with proper care. Since I left Kuala Lumpur in 2013, I’ve been on a quest to find a reputable salon in Singapore where I can beautify my brows so I don’t have to do it myself everyday. Putting on make-up can be such a chore!

Erabelle offers a solution to simplify beauty routines so women can look good with minimal time and effort. They offer beauty services to enhance eyebrows, lips and eyes through the use of semi-permanent ink colors. Imagine wearing make-up, permanently. Of course, the treatment that caught my eyes immediately was eyebrow embroidery, or what they call; ERABROWLOGY.

Since I was new at Erabelle, I was first introduced to the Erabrow Design. This service is the first step for Erabrowlogy. Erabrow Design is priced at $50 (u.p. $29 for first trial) but is complimentary if you opt to sign up for Erabrowlogy on the same day.

My brow artist assessed my brows to design a shape that best frames my facial structure. I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to do eyebrow embroidery yet because I wanted to see if I actually liked the eyebrow design.

Upon seeing the beautiful brows my artist created for me, I knew I wanted it to be (semi) permanent!

Before After Eyebrow Design.
Before After Eyebrow Design.

I thought my brow artist did a phenomenal job creating a look that best compliments my heart-shaped face. I wished my brows looked like that naturally or with minimum effort. The best part is, Erabelle can make that happen! So I booked an appointment for Erabrowlogy at their Vivo City outlet.

Aside from their excellent customer service, Erabelle’s snazzy interior was also very welcoming.
Aside from their excellent customer service, Erabelle’s snazzy interior was also very welcoming.
The opulent decor impressed me as much as their eyebrow-drawing skills.
The opulent decor impressed me as much as their eyebrow-drawing skills.

The Erabrowlogy Process

Step 1: Brow Preparation

 A brow mask is applied onto the brow area to help remove dead skin cells and excess sebum whilst hydrating the skin. This is especially advantageous for those with oily or dry skin, as unhealthy skin condition is a factor contributing to colour retention. 

Step 2: Erabrow Design

Erabelle Eyebrow Embroidery

The Erabrow Design customization process includes face shape and eyebrow analysis, designing, trimming and tweezing.

Five factors are taken into consideration when designing the brow shape:

(i) Length of eyebrows
(ii) Thickness of eyebrows
(iii) Shape and tip of the brow arch
(iv) Starting point of the brows being light and natural-looking
(v) Ending point of the brows being complete and precise. Creation of the perfect arch will then be done with Erabelle Long-Lasting Brow Pencil where shade is chosen accordingly to suit skin tone and hair colour.

My brow artist ensured that the shape and tip of my eyebrows were perfectly symmetrical from every angle before taking a photo of the final look. Numbing cream is applied to the brow area to alleviate any pain or discomfort during the coloring treatment.

Step 3: Patch Test

While waiting for the numbing cream to take effect, a patch test was applied on my skin to test for allergies too, just in case.
While waiting for the numbing cream to take effect, a patch test was applied on my skin to test for allergies too, just in case.

Step 4: Preparation of Equipment

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I was taken into the treatment room for the coloring process. A German-designed Erabrow ‘micropen’ is used to apply color just below the epidermis of the skin to create natural-looking eyebrows and is especially suitable for those with uncommon make-up allergies.
The brow artist can use a pretty wide selection of colors to get the right shade that best compliments your hair and skintone.
The brow artist can use a pretty wide selection of colors to get the right shade that best compliments your hair and skintone.
New micropen tips and colour cups are used for every customer to ensure that strict hygiene standards are observed.
New micropen tips and colour cups are used for every customer to ensure that strict hygiene standards are observed.

Using their specialized soft shading technique, semi-permanent colors are applied just below the skin to stimulate the look of perfectly-drawn brows.

Erabelle aims to design a polished and sophisticated look that enhances my natural features.

I was super pleased with the outcome!
Perfectly groomed brows that balance my features and frames my eyes. I was super pleased with the outcome!

Erabrowlogy also comes with a pre-treatment and boosted aftercare routine to enhance brow-color retention for every session. The Browlogy Care Kit consists of:

Aftercare cream (5g)
To be applied every morning and night for at least 5 days of the colour-settling process.

Hydra Cleansing Water (15ml)
For ease of cleansing, Hydra Cleansing Water can be used with cotton pads to cleanse the face. (Please note to avoid the brow area on the first day.)

Skin Calming Mask (5g)
To counter discomfort and redness after the procedure, it is recommended to use this mask for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th nights after the procedure for a soothing effect.

The Erabrowlogy package is available for $1,314 and includes four color services with pre-treatment and Browlogy Care kits.

Morning Face Erabrowlogy

 

Don’t miss out! WLF readers are entitled to a complimentary Brow-Wow kit (worth $170) with your Erabrowlogy purchase when you quote ‘Fay’.

Hit the comments section and let me know if you liked this review! By the way, the exclusive ‘Fay‘ promotion ends 31 May 2015 so make sure to check out their website to book your appointment soon.

 

3 Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned From Yoga Teacher Training

Listen to your body

When I’m working out in the gym, I’m constantly trying to keep up with myself. I listen to loud, fast-paced music to tune out from the world and get my head in the zone. My heart is racing and I’m not thinking about anything else other than counting down the repetitions. (Unless of course, when I’m on the treadmill there’s no stopping the endless train of thoughts that run in my head. No pun intended. “What shall I have for lunch? How did my favorite sock get lost in the dryer? Is that thing alive? Goddamn it, I hate running. RUNNNN!”

On the yoga mat, working out is a completely different experience.

Like many people, I was introduced to yoga as a way to stay in shape and improve my flexibility. Along the way, I realized that yoga is not just a form of exercise. Yoga works on so many levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The first and perhaps most vital thing that yoga teaches is body awareness.

As I became more mindful of my feelings and reactions in my yoga practice during the teacher training, I began to notice that where I was in my practice was a reflection of where I was with myself at the moment.

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On good days when I felt mostly positive, finding focus and balance came as easily as bringing my palms together in namaste. I would pull off any yoga asana (posture) with ease. I’d feel powerful and strong while especially in a Warrior 2 pose. These are the days when I’d walk out of class feeling like I could conquer the world.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, any negative thoughts, doubts or judgment would create resistance and tension in my body. When something weighs me down mentally, I felt the weight physically too. Yoga takes me to those places deep inside myself where my true emotions are hidden.

For me, the process of accepting my body was the perfect lesson in learning to deal with my ego in my practice. Finding my strengths and embracing my weaknesses is at the core of my ahimsa (non-violence) practice towards myself.
When I first learned how to do a headstand, I practiced a lot at home in front of the wall. Eventually, I challenged myself to move away from the safety of my ‘crutch’. For a brief moment I had no idea how to stop myself from falling — so I did. I let myself fall and landed on my back, but good thing I remembered a simple safety trick: tuck the chin in to chest to make sure the neck and spine are always protected.

 

Fay Hokulani Headstand

As soon as I picked myself up, I was ready to do it all over again. I didn’t think I’d overcome my fear of falling that quickly because I was dependent on the wall for months! I was excited about reaching my goal to finally pull off a perfect headstand with confidence, but I was also aware and respectful of my body’s physical limitations.

I took the pressure off by setting a rule to treat my body gently. I learned not to let my ego dictate how deep I would go into a pose or how far I’d push my body.  I’m not counting weights or repetitions; I’m not competing; I’m listening to my body.

Open your heart

I do enjoy taking the time to practice by myself at home as it allows me to move at my own pace and understand my body better. Sometimes I think I can get a little too comfortable in my alone-time that I forget how enjoyable it is to practice yoga with friends!

 My TT classmates having a little fun 'connecting' with each other!
My TT classmates having a little fun ‘connecting’ with each other!

On the first day of teacher training, we were asked to make a short introduction about ourselves and how our hearts found their way to yoga. I sensed that a few of us were quite shy and reserved; I felt the same way about myself in front a big group of strangers. I guess I was a little nervous about meeting so many new people. Little did I know over the next few months how much I would come to appreciate them and how quickly I would learn to let go of my own self-judgment and fears.

A few weeks into the training, our class of 30 students was split into smaller groups so we could take turns to teach and learn directly from each other. Sharing enormous passion for yoga created very strong bonds in my yoga circle.

The sense of community created strong friendships that have been rare in my life; I shall always treasure that time spent bonding with my classmates.

We are all teachers and students of life. As we grow, we help others to grow as well.
We are all teachers and students of life. As we grow, we help others to grow as well.

Love unconditionally

I think the point where we really got to be ourselves and got to know each other more personally happened outside the classroom. Arun and Prakash organized a day out for the class to practice Karma Yoga. No yoga mats required, all we needed was team effort!

 

It's the small things that can make a huge difference in our environment.
It’s the small things that can make a huge difference in our environment.

Karma Yoga is the path of selfless service which involves supporting and giving back to others without expecting anything in return. The way I understand it, Karma Yoga it is about giving love and loving unconditionally. Caring for the environment is one way we can give love to our planet.

It brings absolute joy and warmth to my heart to see these beautiful smiles. My lovely classmates and our teachers Arun (left), Prakash (right) and guest lecturer, Dr. Satyam Tripati after a lesson on Ayurveda.
It brings absolute joy and warmth to my heart to see these beautiful smiles. My lovely classmates and our teachers Arun (left), Prakash (right) and guest lecturer, Dr. Satyam Tripati after a lesson on Ayurveda.

I wish to express my gratitude for the practice of yoga that I have been taught by my extraordinary teachers, Arun and Prakash at Pure Yoga Singapore.

I learned so much from the 200-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training: a deeper understanding of yoga, body and mind awareness and kindness to all living things. I feel inspired to share this knowledge and insight and will make it my mission to pass the benefits of Yoga on to others.

 

 

I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

I have some very exciting news that I’m going to be able to announce in the coming months. In that time I’ll be working with some incredible experts around fitness, nutrition and health and putting together what will hopefully be an awesome offering for you all. So watch this space!

In the meantime it would be great to get your input on the kinds of questions you most want answered about fitness, nutrition and health. What are the problems and frustrations you face in these areas? How can we help you on your journey? Just click on this link and please take 1-2 minutes to help me help you :)

If 20 people complete the survey, I’ll share a healthy dessert recipe.

If 50 people complete the survey, I’ll do 50 squats.

If 100 people complete the survey, oh heck I’ll do 100 burpees!

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Stay Positive, Smile Bright

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I’ve always believed good dental health is just as important as taking care of your skin. I’d rather invest on quality skin care so my skin looks good naturally instead of relying on make-up to conceal the imperfections. Another way to enhance natural beauty simply starts with a big smile and taking proper care of the only set of pearly whites you’ll ever have.

One of the first things I’d notice about someone is their smile. A bright smile with eye contact radiates positive energy by communicating confidence and friendliness.

The world could be a brighter place if we could all smile a little more with each other. Never underestimate how much a smile can brighten someone’s a day. Even your own!

So let’s work on our smile. My current favourite beauty essential is the Colgate Optic White Plus Shine:

Future Bright Smile
This is not your Grandmother’s toothpaste, it’s next level.

The new toothpaste features an upgraded formula with ‘Micro-Crystal Particles’ and comes in a new premium diamond-sparkling packaging. The Colgate Optic White Plus Shine features an upgraded formula that helps to whiten teeth within a week*!

Morning Beauty Kit

FUN FACT: Did you know that strawberries help to whiten teeth naturally?

I haven’t tried whitening my teeth with strawberries but I do love it for breakfast. It goes well with my peanut butter oats too (recipe here).

In addition to providing whitening results, Colgate Optic-White Plus Shine (the name’s a mouthfull, budumbum!) toothpaste also brings all of the benefits of standard fluoride toothpaste, fights cavities, freshens breath and helps reduce plaque with regular brushing.

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There’s no need to cover the entire toothbrush with paste. All you need is a pea-sized amount for it to do its job effectively. Using too much toothpaste could make the mouth a little foamy (and you probably don’t want that rabies look, even privately) so make sure to rinse with water thoroughly.

Pea size amount toothpaste

Gentle ‘Micro-Crystal Particles’ contains Whitening Accelerators micro-crystals to safely exfoliate stains and polish teeth surface. It is formulated to be used daily and is enamel-safe and gluten-free.

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Colgate Optic-White Plus Shine is safe for daily use and for all types of dental work, including braces.

I’m getting into the habit of remembering to let my inner beauty shine somehow everyday. I can at least do this first thing in the morning with brushing my teeth.

Whenever I try to adapt a new habit, it helps when I connect that habit with something I normally do at the same time everyday.

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As I brush my teeth, I repeat affirmations in my head that make me feel positive and give me good vibes. I tell myself, ‘True beauty shines from within. Today, I’ll shine bright like the morning sun. ’ This little self pep-talk goes a long way to ensuring I keep an optimistic attitude about life everyday. A brighter smile reminds me to stay positive, confident, and shine throughout the day.

Embrace your inner beauty and radiate positivity all around with a smile now :)

Fay Hokulani Colgate Optic-White Plus Shine

 

 

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My first handstand, finally!

It feels pretty cool to stand on your hands. Almost like flying! I want to be able to do this anytime, anywhere.

I’ve been practicing handstands for over a year and never managed to keep both feet together up in the air. I couldn’t find my balance without the help of the wall. Today I found the courage to move away from my comfort zone and found that sweet spot. Body straight as an arrow, from the fingertips right up to the toes.

Stoked to finally know what it feels like after endless hours of practice!

My First Handstand