Thank you, and please vote!

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for Angela at Monarch in this year's preliminary voting round of the Independent Weekly Best of 2017. I'm so grateful for the loyalty my clients show me every day.

The final round of voting is open through midnight of May 8th. You can vote at www.indyweek.com where you'll find me as Angela at Monarch Brow Studio under the "Health & Body" section > Aesthetician.

Thanks, again!!

Angela

 Vote for Angela at Monarch Brow & Facial Studio!

Vote for Angela at Monarch Brow & Facial Studio!

pAra Apothecary Jasmine Sandalwood Toning Mist

One of the many reasons I love pAra Apothecary's product line is because it's skincare as experience. The aromas are wonderfully intoxicating. The textures are smooth and buttery. Every spritz of the Jasmine Sandalwood Mist is part of a sensual ritual. I use this product in my facials and at home after washing my face, before the serum and balm. Jasmine and sandalwood are healing and restorative to dry cells, however my favorite ingredient in this product is the colloidal silver for killing bacteria.

From a study at UCLA:

"Colloidal silver’s ability to control antibiotic super bugs is astonishing. While employed at UCLA Medical School in the 1980s, Larry C. Ford, MD, documented over 650 different disease-causing pathogens that were destroyed in minutes when exposed to small amounts of silver. "  -Dr. Josh Axe

Take it home and use it on your face, your clothes, and on your pillow for a sweet sleep treat.

 

pAra Apothecary Jasmine Sandalwood Toning Mist. Contains colloidal silver hydrosol.

Oh my god, this face serum!

pAra Apothecary is blowing me away with their thoughtful and delicious formulations. The Immortal Facial Serum is a perfect hydration product for any skin type. There are so many great things about this product that I hardly know where to start. It's packed full of humectants like aloe, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid to draw and hold water close to the skin for superb hydration. Throw in a tetra-peptide for collagen boosting, resveratrol for kick-ass antioxidant power, and licorice for calming and you've got a well rounded serum to pair with your moisturizer.

pAra Apothecary are crafters of fine organic, small batch products from New York City.

Come get a facial with Angela and experience other products from pAra.

 

pAra Apothecary Immoratal Facial Serum with hyaluronic acid.

Marula oil for awesome skin!

Hydrating skin oils have come a long way since I was first introduced to the concept through Decleor products. I loved the feel of those oils, however with my oily, acne prone skin I was always concerned about adding more oil to the problem. Formulators have searched far and deep for lighter, quicker absorbing, and even anti-microbial oils that won’t exacerbate breakouts for people with acne prone and oily skin types. One such oil is Marula, found in the nut of the Marula fruit tree. Indigenous to Namibia, Africa, the Marula tree has been used for centuries in skin and hair care. The oil is light, fast absorbing, and full of beneficial nutrients and essential fatty acids for fighting oxidation, even more so than Argan oil. Vitamins E and C are present in high quantities and are excellent for correcting sun damage and promoting wound healing. Omegas and fatty acids improve skin elasticity, soften lines, and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Marula oil is one of the base oils in the Active Infusion Serum by Josh Rosebrook Skincare. It’s a perfect light-weight hydrator for use alone or layered with the Hydrating Accelerator for extra moisture. When used together, the Serum locks in the aloe-based hydration provided by the Accelerator. During winter months when skin tends to dry out from indoor heating and low humidity outdoors, skin needs extra help maintaining water and oil levels or it becomes tight, itchy, and chapped.

Get supple again with a facial at Monarch Brow & Facial Studio. Pick up the Hydrating Accelerator and Active Infusion Serum to take the organic goodness home with you.

 Organic marula and avocado oil based Active Infusion Serum by Josh Rosebrook

Organic marula and avocado oil based Active Infusion Serum by Josh Rosebrook

Now featuring Josh Rosebrook Skincare

I’m excited to announce that Monarch will now carry Josh Rosebrook skin care products. These products are so pure you could eat them if you’re locked inside during a winter snow storm. Maybe don’t do that. Maybe just put them on your skin and notice the fabulous results instead. From the luscious smelling Cacao Antioxidant Mask to the avocado/marula oil based Active Infusion Serum, every product is packed full of active organic ingredients that are guaranteed to produce radiant skin. No parabens, no sulfates, just organic plant-based goodness. I’m personally in love with the Active Enzyme Exfoliator with its finely milled walnut shell scrub, papaya enzymes, and cornucopia of brightening herbs. It smells delicious, and my face feels so soft and glowy after my 10 minute home treatment.

Enjoy a relaxing facial at Monarch Brow & Facial Studio with esthetician, Angela Hugghins. Easily book online at www.monarchbrowandfacials.com.

 Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care.

Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care.

Eyebrow rehab. Halp!

Last visit home for the holidays we found a treasure trove box full of printed photos. So many great memories and so many eyebrow coifs to laugh at. It’s funny how you can tell which decade a photo belongs to by the eyebrow style. There were my full, wooly brows from middle and high school, and then the 90’s happened. Apparently, the 90’s decade was a hair thief. Thanks, Gwen Stefani. Luckily, even after all the destruction, I was able to grow *most* of them back in. Some folks didn’t get so lucky. (And this is why we’re thankful for new semi-permanent eyebrow microblading techniques!)
Coming off an eyebrow plucking bender? Let me help you. Is your face stuck in a previous decade? Please, take my hand, and together, we’ll get through this.
You can easily make an eyebrow resurrection appointment with Angela online at: www.monarchbrowandfacials.com

Need some extra help in the brow department or tired of drawing them in everyday? Check out my blog posts on microblading for eyebrows.

 Eyebrow shaping guidelines

Eyebrow shaping guidelines

Choosing the best Microblading Artist

Microblading is a semi-permanent type of cosmetic tattooing. You want to carefully choose the right Artist because *it’s your face!* Not only are we talking about good style, we’re talking about choosing an Artist who deeply understands the science and technical precision necessary to create eyebrows that look natural after healing, as well as a year or two later. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, and when you see a high price tag on cosmetic services, you’re paying for expertise. This is not the time to turn to Groupon for a deal.

First let’s talk about what semi-permanent means. Microbladed eyebrows are designed to fade over about two years. As our face and coloring changes over time we don’t want to be stuck with something that no longer compliments our look. On a more technical level, this means that the pigment is not deposited as deeply as a body tattoo. Getting the depth correct is a skill that requires consistent practice and experience with all different types of skin. Different areas of the eyebrow require varying depths of pigment deposit due to changes in skin density. For example, the skin at the head of the eyebrow is tougher than the skin at the tail of the brow. Slightly more pressure is required to achieve a lasting hair stroke at the head of the brow. If the same pressure is applied on the brow tail, the lines could blur or turn cool over time.

An experienced Artist looks at your skin coloring, condition, and oil production to determine the correct pigment shade for your eyebrows. In another example, we have two people with the same coloring but different types of skin. The oilier-skined person will require a warmer shade of pigment to compensate for the oil production, which changes the pigment color over time.

Every set of eyebrows I create are unique and designed just for you. Your face shape, eye size, and bone structure all factor into the final brow shape you and I choose together. Whether you like your eyebrows thin or thick, highly polished or bushy, I can create an enhancement that’s perfect for your face.
A little background about the Artist: I received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Baylor University and enjoy many types of creative work, from drawing to sculpture.

 

 before and after eyebrow microblading by Angela Hugghins

before and after eyebrow microblading by Angela Hugghins