Re-fashioning Your Family and Home for the Holidays with Peyton & Parker

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I don’t know about you but I LOVE to re-style my home every season and holiday.  It freshens up the look, and is one of my favorite ways to celebrate the everyday!  Admittedly, it’s terribly easy to be tempted every season to add to my holiday collections.  But alas, I live in NY where space is limited and funds are well, limited too!  So I either have to love it with all my heart and/or it has to be an irresistible deal!  That’s why when I heard about JCPenney’s newly launched Peyton and Parker collection, my ears perked up!  With all their affordable prices, I can (we can) all totally makeover our families AND homes this holiday season!

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Pictured above are some of my favorite picks!  Isn’t the coordinated collection SO CUTE!  As you can see, the mix and match line includes items for the whole family and home while highlighting some of the latest trends (can you say mad for plaid??)  People are going to love it for being classic and approachable with great price points!

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A plaid woman’s shirt for instance currently runs under $20 with their current coupon sale.  And orders over $99 come with free shipping!

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That’s something to cheer about, isn’t it??

The more I studied the collection while at the MomTrends and Parents Magazine event, the more I realized that there were some amazing mommy and me finds here.  And you KNOW I love that!

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Aren’t these just the most adorable sets?  I’m thinking these would make the perfect family holiday card outfits.  What do you think?  Click here for my 4 Dos and Don’ts when choosing what to wear for a photo shoot.  You DON’T want to be listed on that viral, awkward family photo site.

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Click here to see more of the Peyton & Parker JCPenney fashion collection!  It is available in select JCPenney stores too.

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I just love that Peyton & Parker is all about family.  The brand promotes putting family first and enjoying them to the fullest.  And if you know, me I’m all about making memories with the ones I love and celebrating everyday. What’s your favorite item from this collection?

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Thanks to MomTrends and Parents Magazine for the wonderful event and to all the fellow bloggers who made the event so fun!

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This is a sponsored post but as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Everything You Wanted To Know About Microblading with Glamor Skin

Glamor Skin Review with FAQs

What is microblading?

Microblading is the latest eyebrow craze.  It’s a modernized, semi-permanent make-up where, through manual process of inserting pigment into the upper layers of skin, you can create fuller brows without looking overly cosmetic.   It’s a more natural, hair-like stroke than the traditional eyebrow tattoo. And effects can last up to 12-24 months, or sometimes up to 3 years depending on your skin type and metabolic rate.

Why?

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Some may argue that eyebrows are your face’s most important feature.  And oftentimes, people are born with splotchy or uneven eyebrows that just need some filling in.  Some have medical conditions that affect their brows (anxiety, cancer, alopecia for instance).  Mine are simply sparse – hardly even there.   And while there are various brow gels, pencils, and eyebrow powders in the market, not all of us have the expertise, or time to perfectly draw them in.   And even if we do, the made-up brows are prone to wash or wipe off while swimming or simply sweating.  Microblading  is helpful to those who want to cover gaps, fill-in over-plucked brows, define, or re-shape their current brows in a semi-permanent and natural – looking manner.

How much is it 

Prices can range from $400-$800 in the New York City area. Glamor Skin charges a fairly reasonable (considering it’s Manhattan) $650 – $750 depending on whether you add in shading along with blading or not.  Waking up with perfectly shaped, smudge-proof brows… priceless!  Considering brow extensions which only last 2-3 weeks at $300-350 each session in NY, microblading doesn’t seem that expensive.

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How long will it take? 

You should allot 3 hours. (Mine however only took about 2 hours even with all the picture and video taking for this post).  The relaxing spa music and sweet conversational manner of the technician, Sophia made the time go fast.  After a month it is recommended that you follow-up with a touch-up once all the healing has completed and pigmentation has settled.  That took around 30 minutes I think.

Procedure

Before the microblading begins, precise measurements are made and the framework is drawn.  Look how funny I look during this phase.  And see how my 20 year-old eyebrow tattoo was sparse to begin with and needed a touch-up?

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I loved how Sophia really took the time to listen to my desires, meticulously draw in the shape and ask for feedback along the way.   I’d be weary of places who rushed this all-important drafting step.  This sort of detail requires precision and time.  Be weary of anyplace that promises microblading in an hour or rushes a consult because you’ll want someone as perfectionist as Sophia at Glamor Skin who takes the time to get it right.

A special microblading pen is used to draw on individual strokes one by one.  Don’t you love how hers is all blinged out?  I need a diamond like that on all my pens!

The best part about the technique is that there is no down time. Your new set of brows will be ready for a selfie immediately after the process. The pro, however, does recommend a follow-up one month after your appointment. “The healing process is different for everyone, and it takes between 25 and 30 days. After a month we recommend a 40-minute touch-up to most customers.”

You’ll want to go in for a touch-up session every year or two after the initial one.

Pain? 

They say no pain no gain but with the topical numbing cream, I experienced no pain and all the gain! .Just make sure to follow the prep instructions and avoid alcohol and caffeine.  The only time I experienced any discomfort was at my 2nd (follow-up session) where I did notice some tenderness towards the end of my touch-up procedure.  But that was because I had forgotten to avoid the caffeine within the 24 hours period prior to procedure thanks to my mommy brain and my coffee addiction.

See my IG highlights section and watch the whole procedure being done without me wincing. And that’s saying a lot because I have zero tolerance for pain!  The most painful part was definitely the abstaining from caffeine part!

Prep and Recovery? 

You’ll be given a clear instruction set for rules 24-48 hours before the procedure, the hardest one possibly being that you have to abstain from caffeine and alcohol as mentioned above.  What mom can live without?  haha Post-procedure, because Sophia uses the latest techniques which results in a faster healing and less peeling, you’ll have to do nothing but apply a clear cream every few hours.  I walked out without looking red or abnormal in any way.  (see pic below for how I looked a minute after procedure!)  And the healing process for me was so easy.  I just tried to stay out of the sun, avoided getting eyebrows wet and applied cream as instructed.  I was able to go about my daily life, without shades to hide behind, and without worrying I looked scabbed or feeling anything weird.  Results (see picture) looked natural and were according to our mutual plan. Shockingly I experienced absolutely no redness, swelling or visible scabbing throughout the entire healing process. Easy peasy, guys!  Or girls shall I say?  Most of my readers are female but really this procedure is so natural looking that I’d highly recommend men with sparse brows getting it done too!

Where?

Glamor Skin is in the Financial District of lower Manhattan at 115 Broadway suite 1800 off of Thames st.

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It is in a beautiful wellness – themed, shared office which is clean, modern and serene.  You’ll love it.

Sophia was extremely knowledgeable, took time to listen to my wishes and concerns and had an excellent professional demeanor.  Just looking at her own perfect brows (and skin) should give anyone comfort in knowing they’re in the right hands.   Oh and yes, she’s a: licensed esthetician who is certified and Insured.  (in case you were wondering)

I highly recommend GlamorSkin!  And from the looks of Yelp so do others!  She has a 5 star rating, people!

My readers and followers (that’s YOU!) can receive $50 off microblading just by mentioning me or this blog.  And if you want to try the lash lift and tint, fee is a reduced $99.  Check out her IG for all her before and afters!

 

This was a sponsored post but as always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
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