Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Girl of My Dreams || Archive Magazine and TGS Collective

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful and eventful summer. I wanted to share this brief editorial that I worked on that was published in Archive Magazine issue 11. We wanted to incorporate the remanence of spring into summer with the neutral color tones and the lightly pigmented flowers.

Model: Charlotte Gardner of Maggie Agency
Hair + Make up: Fiona Hoang (@FromOgreToBeauty)
Floral Designer: Amy Tram (@Petals.OnPetals)

An additional announcement that I am excited to share, I am now a photographer working as a member of the TGS Collective. I'm super excited to be part of such a wonderful and creative community of creatives throughout the states. I cant wait to work on more creative projects with the collective and share with everyone.

Feel free to read the entire editorial here.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Microblading ft. Ellebrow NYC

Let's talk about one of the biggest trends, microblading. I naturally was not blessed with eyebrows so of course, I did not even hesitate to jump on board with the latest trend of microblading. I never knew how to draw in my eyebrows without it looking incredibly fake or uneven so this was such a deal breaker for me. I have been long overdue for sharing my experiences with semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing and have been asked many questions. So here it is! All of the frequently asked questions I am asked about microblading eyebrows!

Where Did I go?
elleBrow based in NYC and conveniently located on the east side of midtown Manhattan.

What is Microblading?
Individual hair stroke eyebrows are drawn in manually by the technician using a micro-needle hand tool with specialized pigments placed into the outer layer of the skin. The result is an ultra-natural almost 3-D look. This is also known as eyebrow embroidery, micropigmentation, 3-D eyebrow tattoo and other terms which all essentially mean the same thing.

Who was my technician?
Ant is the woman who does it all! She I believe is the only person at elleBrow actually performing the procedures with the help of her assistant. Don't underestimate how much one person can do. She's amazing, professional, highly detail oriented, and the best there is. 

How long does it last?
I would honestly say 1-3 years before it almost completely fades away. I had my first microblading session by Ant back in early 2016. I came back a few months for a minor touch up in a small area. But other than that I did not come back until 2018 to have my brows done again and have a new look because I was blonde when I first came in and now I have dark brown hair. However, if you go in for retouches regularly at least 6 months then these babies can last you a LONG time. Since I live in Boston it was a little challenging coordinating mini trips to NY but alas elleBrow is the BEST out there and worth the trip. Below is a photo from my very first microblading session back in early 2016.

Before microblading (top),  Immediately after microblading (middle), 6 months after (bottom)

Are they easy to take care of?
Absolutely yes! The first week is the most tedious where you have to clean it and apply the cream she provides very frequently. A formal guide and needed materials are provided before you leave. After the first week you really just want to avoid too much sun exposure or facials on the brow area for that can cause the tattoo to fade away faster.

How much do they cost?
The prices have changed a lot from when I first came to elleBrow but I do believe that their regular price is $850 but currently on promotion for $750. I know it's a little on the pricey end compared to many upcoming places that offer this service but don't be fooled because getting your brows done at elleBrow is worth EVERY penny. The professionalism is of the highest, Ant is highly skilled and detail oriented and will not rest until she designs the best shape and color for your own personal desires.

After 2 years before microblading (Top) and immediately after microblading (bottom)

Overall Experience?
Eyebrow microblading is worth it! The techniques crafted by Ant looks so natural and blends in with your existing eyebrow hairs perfectly (and if your brows are sparse, it can substitute for what is missing). You won't find more natural looking semi-permanent eyebrow work anywhere. The aftercare is a little tedious the first week or so but once the peeling ends your brows look amazing! I am currently at my 5/6 month mark after getting the second session done I still see the fine lines clearly and do not feel the need to add any extra shading.

Thank you ElleBrow for keeping my brows perfect all of these years! If you guys have any question at all please feel free to reach out with any questions at all!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Interview with Boston Voyager Magazine.

I just wanted to share my most recent interview with Boston Voyager Magazine. I haven't been able to work on too many creative projects this past year but I am hoping to do so this summer. This magazine conducts interviews and creates articles to share all of the hidden gems and local business in the Greater Boston Area. I had the honor of sharing my story with them. 

Emily, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was 16 years old, I started a blog and youtube channel more focused on beauty, fashion and lifestyle. Things blew up quickly for me, but by the time I was 18, I realized that my deeper passion was for photography. I didn’t go to school for photography but I worked on teaching myself every detail including understanding the mechanics of photography and cameras. I allocated every Saturday to be mentored and shadow well established Los Angeles based photographers which inevitably led me to professional pursue photography part-time. My inspirations and why my work is so bright and overexposed are Emily Soto and Yuna Leonard. When I first moved to Boston, I started fresh with my work and worked with local Boston boutiques like Crush Boutique, Pinkyotto, and Bobbles and Lace. And aside from that, I worked closely with Maggie Agency for my more creative photo shoots that I would shoot for publications. They all provided wonderful opportunities for my work to truly grow...

Read the full article here.

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