How to Throw the Ultimate Lash Bash Party

How to Throw the Ultimate Lash Bash Party

How to Throw the Ultimate Lash Bash Party

From National Donut Day to Netflix binge watching parties, these days it’s trendy to celebrate just about everything – and long, luscious eyelashes are no exception! Lash Bash parties are rising in popularity and you don’t want to miss out the opportunity to throw the best lash party your friends have ever seen. Whether you want to treat your bridesmaids to a relaxing spa day or you’re having your best friends over to catch up on your favorite show series, a Lash Bash is a perfect way to make your celebration fun and unique!

The great thing about Lash Bash parties is you have the option to keep it simple or make it as extravagant as you want and it will always be memorable. All it takes is a great lash artist like Karen at Expressive Brows, and some good company to share the experience with! But if you’re someone who likes going the extra mile, here are some ideas to get your creative party juices flowin’!  

First, you’ll want to settle on a theme or motif for your party. If you’re going for elegant and chic, lean towards colors like soft golds, blush pinks, or even deep purples. Decorate with big flowers, gold plates and platters, and lots of glitter. For a more whimsical approach, go bold with bright teals, pale yellows, and bubblegum pink. Hang up streamers and balloons and decorate with jars of ice cream sprinkles or jelly beans for a fun and quirky touch. Most importantly, your piece de resistance should absolutely be a truly amazing selfie station! How else would you show off your new looks to all your Instagram followers? You and your ladies can show of your new lashes with a stunning backdrop and silly props to keep the fun going all night.

If you envision clinking glasses with your girls at your Lash Bash, then consider setting up a champagne bar! You can include a variety of types of champagne and juices to combine, along with bowls of blackberries and strawberries to drop in your drink for an added pizzazz. To take it a step further, track down some cute little eyelash stickers or decals and stick them to the champagne glasses! Your guests will love all the subtle details you put into your party. You can even consider setting out some sparkling white grape juice for your guests who prefer non-alcoholic beverages.

To keep your guests’ bellies happy, the options for food and snacks are literally endless. For a Lash Bash, finger foods are definitely the way to go. Set out a plate of cake pops or research unique flavors of popcorn like Key Lime Pie popcorn or Garlic and Dill. Make sure to hit those savory and sweet taste buds because you never know what craving will hit as the night goes on! For easy clean up, have lots of toothpicks and napkins on hand so your guests can simply pop and drop while mingling around.

The last thing to remember when throwing the ultimate Lash Bash party is to hire a professionally certified lash artist to ensure safety and quality for you and all your guests. Karen at Expressive Brows has spent years perfecting her craft and provides a comfortable experience with each of her services. When you’re ready to host a one-of-a-kind Lash Bash party, schedule with Karen at and start jotting down ideas to make the experience one to always remember!

Don’t be Intimibladed…Give Microblading a Chance!

Don’t be Intimibladed…Give Microblading a Chance!

Don’t be Intimibladed … Give Microblading a Chance!

They say your eyes are the windows to your soul, then does that make your eyebrows the curtains? If so, then nobody wants drab drapes bringing down their facial feng shui, which is why microblading has become such a hit with anyone who wants a little boost in the brows. If this is your first time hearing the term “microblading”, it can be difficult understanding what exactly to expect. Let’s face it … the word itself in it can leave you feeling a bit “intimibladed”. Luckily, we’ve got the skinny on getting those eyebrows thick.

Never underestimate what the perfect brows can do for your confidence levels. Some lucky folks were born with lusciously full eyebrows, but may have experienced an over plucking incident. Others might have lost their arch due to some thinning over the years. Perhaps you possibly live with trichilemmoma (the irresistible urge to pull out hair) or were born with thin, almost translucent hairs. Even if you just prefer to toss the eye brow pencil for good, microblading has left a mass of on-fleek, happy campers in its blazing trails.

Microblading is the meticulous manual process of using tiny needles, which resemble a small blade, to deposit a colored pigment under the upper layers of your skin. It’s basically a tattoo without the life-long commitment, referred to as “semi-permanent”.  The tool used allows the microblading expert to create precise hair-like strokes that gives the appearance of naturally full brows. The pigment used can consist of several different shades to give you a flawless, multidimensional look that doesn’t looked painted on by a heavy-handed toddler. Microblading is the perfect solution to making your brows look thicker and fuller without ever looking too “done”.

Getting your brows done isn’t something you’re going to want to rush, so don’t squeeze a microblading sesh into your lunch break. The process can possibly take around two hours, once all is said and done. Here at Expressive Brows, your microblading expert, Karen, wants to be sure you get exactly what you want, so she’s going to ask you a series of questions regarding shape and desired thickness. She will then draw on your brows and hand over a mirror for your final say. Once you’ve given the go ahead, Karen will get busy perfectly applying each minuscule swoop to your bushy beauties.  

Okay, so now you understand the technicalities … let’s get to the real question that you’ve been pondering: how bad does it hurt? Pain may equal beauty, but microblading is nothing to fear. You might experience some discomfort, but it is totally manageable! Considering all of our beauty regimens – tweezing, shaving nicks, blackhead removal – don’t completely dismiss microblading from being scared of a little sting. You’ll forget all about it once you see how great your eyebrows look when they’re done!

So, you’ve seen the final product and you couldn’t be happier with the results! You want to hit up all your regular spots immediately to show off those fluffy furrows. Well, before strutting your newly-browed stuff at the pool or the gym, remember what Karen said about aftercare. You are on “no wetness” probation for about the next 7-10 days. Any sort of water or sweat can push out the color pigment before it gets a chance to settle in. Not to mention, they are tiny open wounds for bacteria to sneak into. If you have to work out, be sure to cover your brows with a light layer of ointment to keep those gym germs out. You can also apply an approved ointment to them to help the healing process, just be sure not to pick at any of those scabs that may form, as annoying as they can be. Before you leave the office, you’ll also want to schedule a follow-up appointment with Karen in the next 6 – 8 weeks to ensure all the lines and color have taken properly. At your follow-up appointment, you’ll also have a chance to make any minor changes such as a few extra strokes here and there. Your flashy new furrows will be making their impact anywhere from 1 – 3 years, depending on your skin type and lifestyle, though it’s a good idea to pop into Expressive Brows yearly or bi-yearly to keep them looking on point.

Whether it’s for convenience or because you’ve always craved thicker eyebrows, microblading is a solution that will leave you feeling refreshed and confident. If you’re considering microblading but you’re still feeling “intimibladed”, contact Karen at Expressive Brows and she’ll guide you through the process and answer any question you have.  

To Blade or To Shade?

To Blade or To Shade?

To Blade or Shade?

In today’s society, putting your best face forward can have as much of an impact as having a positive attitude and extensive experience. Oftentimes, this entails making adjustments in areas that might not be up to your personal standards. One of these areas that you might feel is lacking are your eyebrows. If you’re one of the many individuals who are looking to fill the void in your brows, you may be overwhelmed with the options and wondering which solution is best for you.

In order to help you navigate through the ever-growing eyebrow abyss, let me explain what some of the different choices are. I get many questions about what shading and blading are, and what the difference is between them. Let’s start with talking about shading.

What is Shading?

Shading essentially is manually filling in a color (sometimes temporarily with a pencil or shadow) matching the natural brow tint to make up for the gaps in or lack of hair growth throughout the brow. The best example to explain this comes from a commercial that I used to see on the television a few years ago (okay, it might have been back in the 80’s!). In this commercial, the scene opens on an older gentleman with obviously thinning hair. He is conscious of this and wants something to help him improve his look by giving him fuller, thicker hair. In his opinion, this says to the world that he is young and full of life.

The commercial then introduces the product, a solution to his desires, a can of “Insta Hair”. With that comes a demonstration how to use the product, essentially matching the hair color and spraying on the head in a sweeping motion, with an immediate transformation! The colored spray covers the exposed scalp under the hair and creates the illusion of fuller, thicker hair.

This is the same concept as shading a brow. Since the brow is filled in with a color, it gives the appearance of being full and thick. Shading can also be used for clients who already have full brows on their own, or who have had blading done, if they want a temporarily more dramatic look or if they want to play around with the shape or size of their brows. Shading can also add depth to brows and blend micro-blading lines for a smoother transition.

What is Blading?

On the contrary, blading is a more permanent solution, lasting for up to a couple years with only a few touchups in between. Micro-blading is an increasingly popular cosmetic tattooing technique that can partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the application of hair-like strokes using cosmetic tattoo pigments. The result is full, even, and smudge-proof eyebrows.

Micro-blading is a form of semi-permanent makeup. Pigment is deposited into the dermis with a unique hand instrument. Hair-like strokes are made with the tool to mimic natural hair in your brows. Blading provides the same benefits of shading, in a slightly more permanent manner. Blading can be used to fill in missing hair, add thickness to existing brows, or change/define the shape of them. Just like shading, blading is individualized and can be customized depending on your specific desires.

Expressive Brows is the Answer!

Whatever your eyebrow concerns may be, there is a solution. My goal is to help you decide which option is best for you and assist you in putting your best face forward. If you’re ready to take the next step in happiness with your personal appearance, contact me to set up an appointment!