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Best Eyebrow Embroidery by Ibrow Studio Bishan - Sweet Bunny



Getting my makeup done before work is part of my morning ritual, I used to spend excessive time drawing and filling up my eyebrows. While my natural brows are thick in the front it rather spares towards the ends. I would take up to a good 15 to 20 minutes to complete the daunting task of ensuring that they were as symmetrical as possible.



i brow studio Bishan





Professional beauticians at work - Enough was enough; I decided to semi-permanently fix my brows. I have been heading to Ibrow studio (Bishan Branch) for the past year or so for eyebrow threading, I loved that the therapist was very professional, they were patient, kind and highly skilled individuals, always reassuring me and consoling me when I apologised for tearing up. They also gently mentioning other services they provided and had never hard-selling packages to me.



Past experience with bad beauticians - I do tend to tear up or cringe when I get my threading done; I guess my tolerance for pain has dwindled over the years. This might have easily frustrated a beautician as I have experience in the hdb salons in Ang Mo Kio, the beautician got so frustrated she threw down the thread what a loud AH YA and chose to pluck my hairs instead. She didn’t do a very good job giving me uneven eyebrows and rushing through the process. I do suggest you try out a salon to test their skills or check reviews online to ensure that you select the right beautician especially if you are getting embroidery done, I have heard of cases of scaring, brows turning green or red after careless work.



What you need to know about eyebrow embroidery - Eyebrow embroidery or micro-blading is a process where a tiny needle punctures into a layer of your skin and dye is inserted. Always make sure the salon practice good hygiene. Nicole the beautician from Ibrow studio showed me that she started with a brand new needle which is very critical. Disposable needles and blades are best to avoid transition of diseases. I have also noticed that Nicole mixed a fresh coat of ink in time and wore gloves for the entire process.

I also noticed that the salon had a UV steriliser which assured me even more.




UV Steriliser hygienic equipment


The procedure of micro-blading / eyebrow embroidery – Nicole showed me the service menu along with examples of each design, she explained that each price range is for different designs namely –

· Embroidery Incl: 1 Touch Up + Recover Cream

· Misty Brow Incl: 1 Touch Up + Recover Cream

· 3D Creative Incl: 1 Touch Up + Recover Cream

· Natural Floating Incl: 1 Touch Up + Recover Cream

· Korean Exquisite Nude Brow Incl: 1 Touch Up+ Recover Cream



I chose the Misty Brow Design because I felt it looked most natural. After analysing my eyebrows and drawing out the desired design Nicole applied a numbing cream onto my skin she allowed it to set into the skin for about 15 minutes before working on inking in my brows. The process took about an hour and was relatively painless. The finished product was a super-duper dark pair of eyebrows, she assured me that after scabbing of the skin the shade would be natural after the scabbing cycle of the skin which takes about 2 weeks. She gave me a bottle of wound healing gel to apply on to my brows daily, it doesn’t help with pain or itching but it aids in the healing process.

numbing gel






Dos and Don’ts after eyebrow embroidery

· Do wash and cleanse your face but avoid the eyebrows area

· Avoid contact with water in the eyebrow area

· Avoid direct sunlight

· Avoid exercise and sweating as it will affect the colour of your eyebrows for the first week after.

· Avoid scratching or forcing scabs to drop off allow it to do so naturally

· Avoid using whitening products around the eyebrow area.

microblading scabbing


Second touch up of eyebrow embroidery As a first-timer I was inexperienced with caring for my eyebrows, I did meddle with the scabs resulting in the slightly faded tip and front. Luckily 3 months later was touch uptime. It was admittedly more painful the first even with numbing cream, perhaps because the skin around my eyebrows were a layer thinner. Nicole was very considerate and tried her best to make the process as comfortable as possible by adding more numbing cream. Overall I love my completed brows, just as the first round scabbing for 2 weeks and wow la the final product. I was told that embroidery needs to be touched up every year but for the price of not drawing in my brows every day, it was totally worth it!


final eyebrow embroidery



My Wedding Journey 2 - How To Pick The Right Wedding Vendors - Sweet Bunny



These days we are spoiled for choice with vendors who cater to all your wedding needs but just how should we go about selecting the right vendors for your special day? Here are some guidelines you may find useful.

bridal store


Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash


Where to find reliable wedding vendors reviews A year before my wedding I became a dayre/ blogger stalker, I googled every vendor that caught my eye and researched on the reviews given by many wonderful ladies who gladly shared their experiences on their blogs. They shared about: Wedding invitation designs and Bridal Studios, Hotels, Dowry items etc. I also found that forums also provide a wealth of information on individual vendors, but some tend to be a little outdated so do try to be mindful on when each post is dated.






Locating the best bridal studios in Singapore - with Google maps - After reading all the blog and forum reviews, I was not convinced keen on choosing the more popular studios as their gowns were not to my liking. Businesses listed on google all have a review section, where you could look thru and judge for yourself if they are authentic or not. When you use the keywords such as bridal, bridal studio and wedding on google maps, a whole range of bridal studios will appear in the search results.

Bridal studio google map


In these results, information such their opening hours, websites and most importantly a virtual tour which provides a glance of the exterior of the bridal studios, this function is a time saver. You don’t have to go down to each and every one; you can eliminate those that have many bad reviews and list down those that really caught your eye and as a bonus get to know another bridal studio that isn’t as popular but provide good service, do compare notes to unsponsored blog post and forums to really get down and scrutinize their service standards.
reviews ratings





Using Carousel to source for vendors Some may describe the app as Carouhell but to me it is a treasure trove of home-based vendors selling flower, for a table centerpiece, designers for labels and stickers, budget printers for church booklets, when cost savings is your game you may also consider getting pre-loved wedding deco, if the items are in great condition and are used only once, a great way to go green as well less waste is always great for the environment. Just ensure that the vendors you pick have good reviews to lower your chances of face disappointments.

Carousell


Popular wedding websites and wedding magazine online
Online magazines such as Her World Bridal Magazine ,  Female Magazine Bridal and Blissful BrideMagazine provide a great source of bridal articles online on a regular basis, from the photographs they usually state the vendors being featured. They also exclusively share on the different wedding venues so you can get a sense on the feel of the location. Wedding websites, on the other hand, have vendors paying to be listed on their list on their sites, but they do have comprehensive information about the vendor as well as reviews from people who sign on to the website, it does give a good gauge and another way you can evaluate a vendor, having different sources such as blog post, forums and a website can definitely assist in helping you decide if the vendor is worthwhile.






My Wedding Journey 1 – Planning your finances and budgeting - Sweet Bunny

When the word wedding comes to mind, how much it would cost oftern rings a bell.


Photo by Michael Longmire on Unsplash



The cost of a wedding in Singapore – The common ranges that I read and heard about are $10,000 for a simple wedding with a buffet reception, $40,000 for a church ceremony and dinner in the evening and it can go up to $100,000 for the very lavish weddings at 5-star Hotels, artisan wedding cakes, bridesmaid proposal and all the other fancy stuff you can imagine.


A rule of thumb an everyday couple should go by is not to expect your guest’s ang paos to foot the bill of your wedding. Relying on ang pao money is very risky; imagine the credit card bills and interest rates you would have to face if the ang bao money is not sufficient.

Ever since I was a child my father always advised me to never start a marriage in debt. He does randomly give me anecdotes on life every now and then when ,thank you papa for always making learning life skills fun.


Smart budgeting for weddings – This may seem strange to some but my fiance and I have been saving up for our wedding since the moment we went steady, I guess that the fact that we were both 28 at the time and knew we wanted to get married someday. We started a joint account and kept our saving in the OCBC Bonus account because the interest was good at that time.

Being money smart is the key to starting a life together on the right foot.



Wedding Planning Checklist – Having a wedding planning checklist is a great way to ensure that you have covered the essentials, always ensure to list down the critical must-haves for your wedding such as: 
The venues, book it in advance, a year before your actual date this would give you a higher chance of securing the venue on a specific day as well as getting tables at a better rate.

Decor to be handmade by yourself or would you prefer to hire a vendor?

 Transportation.

Photography, videography 

 Most importantly of all, the bridal studio package. 

List it all down, everything that comes to mind and strikes off items that you both agree aren't necessary.



A complete wedding timeline – Set a timeline with your hubby to be on when you would like to make certain purchases. This would give you ample time to save up for big-ticket items as well as estimate the time required to achieve each targeted items. With inflation and GST  rising, do ensure that you allocate a little extra for each item just in case.



Wedding Budget Planner – Microsoft Excel has many useful templates out of which I found a wedding budgeting template, featuring estimated and actual cost everything is itemized into categories for all your wedding needs in a neat and organized manner.

It is an excellent tool for gauging and keeping track of your cost. In turn, this will hopefully prevent one from over-spending and keeping to the budget.

Wedding Budget Planner  floral microsoft  excel
Budget Planner excel
 Aren't they pretty? Thank you Microsoft Office!


Sticking to your wedding budget - Initially I found it hard to keep to my budget due to the many temptingly gorgeous adverts and displays, I guess it all comes down to being disciplined, keeping to your budget doesn’t mean not having anything fancy at all, it just means selecting a few things that you are willing to splurge on while cutting down on items that you are willing to overlook.


As stressful as wedding planning can be, do take time to breathe. Ensure that you make decisions at the right state of mind, never sign a contract at the heat of the moment with a very persuasive salesperson. Do your research, discuss with your partner, decided together and determine the right choice.


If you are reading this, you are most probably engaged or to be wed if so, Congratulations are in order, Happy Planning!