Browhaus Resurrection (Natural)

Hi! Notice anything different about me today?

No, not the fact that my hair has more blue highlights than usual…. but them eyebrows!!!!! They’ve gone missing! That’s actually what my brows look like normally without any make up on them. For those of you who have been following me for a long time, you would have heard all about my brow woes before. And for you new lot who have no idea, well, I was born cursed with sparse and oddly shaped eyebrows that are slightly downward sloping. I’ve struggled with eyebrow make up all my life, even now, when I consider myself very familiar with the application of make up on my face, my eyebrows seem to be the hardest and longest thing to do. I guess it’s because I have so little to work with in the first place, it’s kind of like trying to apply mascara on eyelashes that aren’t even there. Even if you have the best mascara in the world, it’s still going to look like crap because you don’t have a good base to start off with.

Now normally I wouldn’t be caught dead without my eyebrows drawn especially when the rest of my face is covered with make up – the contrast is way too noticeable! Even on lazy days, I try to make it a point to draw my eyebrows and apply a bit of cheek and lip tint so I don’t give innocent people a jolly good fright when I’m wandering around town.

The only reason why I went out with naked brows that day was because… I was going to get a Brow Resurrection treatment done at Browhaus!!! Woopie-doo!!!

Brow Resurrection is basically getting semi-permanent eyebrows drawn to a shape of your liking inked onto your skin using vegetable dye, and small but precise incisions. The effect can last up to 1-2 years, depending on how you take care of it. This is my second time getting Brow Resurrection done with them, the first session was back in 2010 and even though you can search for the entry if you’re curious to read about it I am so not going to link it here because reading back, my old entries REALLY make me cringe. Why did I like to dress up my blog posts with all sorts of fugly bolded fonts and rainbow colors and space everything apart so widely??? And my pictures! They were beyond horrid! It’s like reading a 10 year old’s scrapbook and it seems hardly credible. Sigh, can we just pretend those days didn’t exist? I wish I had a magical button I could click that would instantly make all my old blog posts slightly less retarded but the only button that exists for me is “Delete” at the moment, and unfortunately I’m not about to throw my archive away. When you bare your soul to the internet, shit ALWAYS comes back to haunt you!

Here is the PR representative of Browhaus, Weiying, explaining to me the whole process of Browhaus’ famous Brow Resurrection treatment and what it can do to help girls with brow problems like me, and I bet some of you out there!

Which brow crime are you committing right now?! I think mine falls under the “crayon” category – they need to make a new one on that book. :P

So here I am… Ready to resurrect my brows back to life!

If you look at the ends of my eyebrows closely, there are some remnants of my previous Brow Resurrection from 2010. It’s faded 95% or thereabouts, however the remaining 5% sort of gives my eyebrows a bit of a brownish looking tail (luckily) otherwise I would literally just have only the front part of my eyebrows. And no, it’s not because I groom them that way, they’re… just.. like that. Everyday, shaved or not.

I can really appreciate how the treatment fades away inconspicuously as though it was never even there, because nobody wants to have the same eyebrow shape for more than a year or two of their life, do they?! I’m all for changing the general shape of my eyebrows every other month, depending on my make up and dressing style.

The consultation begins with the therapist explaining the shape and arches of my natural eyebrows to me, and then proceeds to ask me more about what sort of look I’m hoping to achieve with my Brow Resurrection.

I told her I want something fairly natural and normal looking without a distinct arch, but it cannot be too straight, and it doesn’t have to be particularly thick or long. Definitely not thin or downward sloping at the ends either, though. *fussy customer*

And she gets straight to work!

According to what I’d described, she will draw the shape with a removable eyebrow pencil before doing the real thing with semi-permanent ink so that I get a good idea of what it’s going to look like. She also grooms your eyebrow before, so that the overall look is cleaner.

I got her to re-adjust the shape at least 3 times before I was fully satisfied with it and gave her the green light. I’m not going to settle for anything less than I consider the best it could be, because semi-permanent make up on your face is no laughing matter! I chose a natural brown shade as I wanted something less fierce looking.

The difference between Brow Resurrection and other less-than-desirable eyebrow treatments out there is that the eyebrow shape is inked on carefully, stroke by stroke, instead of a whole solid chunk, to recreate the individual hair look natural brows would have.

3 things about this photo:

1) There is a stick flying about to poke me in the eye
2) My hair.
3) Holy crap my hair line. I AM BALDING AT THE AGE OF 21… AND I’M NOT EVEN 21. Hello Beijing 101 or other scalp management places, I want to be your ambassador!!!!

A numbing cream is applied all over my brows, I waited for 15 minutes, then the procedure officially begun. I wasn’t nervous at all because I’ve done it once before and know it doesn’t hurt that much despite my low pain tolerance level, so I almost fell asleep a few times through treatment, which took about half an hour. As I’m not allowed to take photos of their top-secret techniques (hehe) I can only tell you guys that I felt almost no pain except for one or two occasions where I felt a prickling, stinging sensation that lasted for about 2 minutes only. All I did was close my eyes, lie back on a comfy chair and let the therapist do her thing… She was gentle and patient, so I felt completely at ease. I would safely say the overall pain was lesser than stepping on a lego or getting your eyebrows plucked. I can’t even stand the idea of waxing any part of my body because of the fear of physical pain, so there’s really nothing you have to worry about. The previous time I did Brow Resurrection, I admit I did get a massive headache and slight bleeding / swelling afterwards but this time I encountered no such problem. The new Brow Resurrection 2.5 is supposed to be more light-handed and natural looking, compared to the “heavier” Brow Resurrection 2.4 from years ago.

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Less than an hour after my consultation, I finish my treatment, and… I feel like a new person!!!!!!!

HELLO beautiful eyebrows!! I haven’t seen you in awhile, where have you been?
(If I look like I just got up from bed, that’s because I did)

I was pleasantly taken aback by how natural it looks, even more so than my first experience – and I’ll be damned, if no one told you my new eyebrows were inked on with vegetable dye by a therapist you would probably just have guessed I was born with naturally beautiful brows! (well, I wish) Don’t underestimate the difference well-maintained eyebrows make. It frames your whole face, and could make you look younger / older / fresher / angry / surprised / tired without you having to alter your facial expressions.

This was a few days after, a more close up view shows the individual strands better.

The color intensified after the swelling went down from the first day, and my eyebrows started to scab and itch a little due to the open wounds.. but it didn’t bother me. You’ll be provided with after-care creams to apply, and there was almost no down time, besides the fact I should stay away from swimming, exercising and sun tanning the first couple of days, which I don’t do much of anyway. Now that approximately a month has passed since my Brow Resurrection, the color has lightened significantly and looks deceivingly natural! If you like the effect, NOW is the perfect time to get yours done too! Browhaus is offering a very special promotional rate to my blog readers to try the Brow Resurrection 2.5 (Natural).

If you quote “Shiberty“, you can get the same thing done for only $300! Usual price: $2140.

With all good bargains, there’s always fine print… so the deal is, you have to be a first-time Brow Resurrection customer (it’s okay if you’ve done other services before) and there will be no touch up sessions included in the $300 pricing. This promotion is only redeemable at these specific outlets: Browhaus Cathay, ION, Katong, Raffles City Basement & Street Level and is valid till 31st May 2013, so you’ll have to make an appointment in the following week.

With normal customers who pay the full price of $2140, they get unlimited touch ups for up to 2 years. But for trial customers from my blog, there is none included. You guys can first try out how you like the service and if it’s to your liking, you can purchase the touch up sessions separately. So much better than paying the full price upfront in my opinion. In any case, with my old Brow Resurrection I only went back to touch up my eyebrows once and then I totally forgot about ever going back to touch up again (just never crossed my mind). I’d imagine you would need maybe maximum two to three touch ups a year if you want it in tip-top condition.

With the senior therapist who did my brows at the Cathay outlet, Elisa!

Thank you Browhaus for saving me precious time and frustration now that I don’t need to suffer coloring my barely-there eyebrows in everyday. Drawing in my eyebrows is one thing, my biggest problem was that eyebrow pencils are all water-soluble so whenever I perspired more than usual or brushed something against my forehead, my eyebrows would be spontaneously and tragically wiped off. There is nothing more embarrassing than half smudged eyebrows. Oh the horror!

Thankfully that won’t be happening at the Social Star Awards which is happening this Saturday. Anticipating the amount of people going, it’s definitely gonna be a sweat fest but my eyebrows ain’t melting off this time! Did I mention? I’m going to see Aerosmith perform live (*DOES LITTLE STUPID LOOKING EXCITED DANCE*) a shout out to Nuffnang and Starcount for the kind invite, Sam and I can’t wait to watch these legendary rock stars in action!!