It’s 2019, let’s get Snobby about Self Care! – Feature with Soap Snob

I was working at my former part time job when this lady walked in with a box of beautifully smelling soaps and I had to ask her about them. Turns out Monica Dickerson, who I now know as the Soap Snob, made the soap herself and was donating them to an event someone at the spa was hosting. As I am starting my journey of natural products and stepping up my bath and beauty regimens, I needed to know more! I told her I would love to sit down and chat with her and get to know her, Soap Snob, and her process of becoming an empowering entrepreneur. So we linked up to have coffee and from that day on, I was sold! I am a big fan of her, her products, and her process of building her business.

Meet Monica, The Soap Snob!

“It all started with an itch and an idea’ comes from her about me section on her website, www.soapsnob.com, and in a short statement explains her whole business. Monica is a scientist by trade who works for the Centers of Disease Control and prevention (CDC) and had skin conditions that many people battle on the daily, eczema and psoriasis. She tried many different ‘commercial’ soaps but even if they worked temporarily, a change in the season would deem them a waste of money. She decided to use her skills in research, her love for crafts, and add in her passion for science to create a formula that would not only help with her skin conditions, but in the end cure them.

Can you sufferers out there with eczema and psoriasis imagine a day without itching or scratching? 

She currently offers five different soaps including Cherry Almond, Lavender, Lemongrass, Deep Detox, and my favorite the O.M.G. which stands for Oatmeal Molasses and Goat Milk). She is expanding her offerings with Detox Masks, Toners, Scrubs, and Oils to add to her already amazing soap line. The best thing about her soaps are that they are safe to use from ‘face to toe’ as she says and does not contain harsh surfactants or sulfates that strip your body of the natural oils you need to stay vibrant.

Monica does so much more than soap though. She also has a passion for helping people. This past year for the start of winter, she gave out free bars of her signature O.M.G. soap to eczema sufferers to help them prepare and battle the cold and dry winter days. She is also a part of the Charge Up! Campaign which is a ‘nonprofit survivorship campaign that supports, educates, empowers, and celebrates men, women and youth who have fought against health, social, and economic concerns.’ You can read more about this campaign in their website www.chargeupcampaign.com. Soap Snob offers a three pack of their signature soaps for $30 and the proceeds of the sale goes directly to the Charge Up! Campaign. Purchase your three here and help out this campaign today.

So not only is Monica, the Soap Snob, beautiful inside and out, she works with her community to help eczema and psoriasis sufferers like herself, she has become a successful entrepreneur while still keeping a meaningful day job saving the Earth one day at a time, but she also has a passion on providing the best product she can.

Take a moment and check her out at www.soapsnob.com, Facebook or get at her in Instagram at @soapsnob and tell her the Modern Day Betty Sent you, you will not be let down!

What is Microblading? – Feature with Geek the Brow

It seems like throughout the years eyebrows have changed a lot with the trends. They went from skinny lines to big and bushy to well defined to now, microbladed. But what is this somewhat new trend? Microblading by definition “is a form of tattoo artistry where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine,” by elle.com. It is a tattoo of ‘hair like’ sweeps of color that are directly under your natural brow line, or around your brow line to enhance what you have to give you the effect of full, beautiful, ‘I woke up like this’ brows.Geek the Brow

I worked with Chachy Dee, owner of Geek the Brow located in Kennesaw, GA in the Phenix Salon Suites, to give you a deeper look into the process and outcome of microblading your eyebrows. The client who we are spotlighting, who actually happens to be Chachy’s mother, and my boyfriend’s sister, today had a tattoo (with an actual tattoo gun) already done in the past and thought that microblading would be a better option to enhance what she already has, but give a more natural look to her eyebrows with the strokes instead of flat pigment.

With microblading there are 7 steps to the process, the first of which is a consultation. Every person has different needs and wants when it comes to your brows. You may have an empty space in your brow that you always have to fill in, or your brows don’t really grow, so this is the time to talk with your microblading specialist (MS) to see what is the best overall application for you. This also give the MS the chance to identify which color will best suit your natural eyebrow color and give you a chance to fill out your paperwork. Remember, this is treated like a tattoo, so you need to be 18 to get it done.

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Next will be the numbing, Chachy Dee uses a 5% lidocaine cream applied directly onto the area where she will be microblading and then uses a plastic ‘saran wrap’ like material to lay over the brows. This helps heat up the area and makes the lidocaine cream more effective and work quickly. The lidocaine ensures that the pain is very minimal throughout the entire process.

IMG_0002Here you can see all the items necessary for the microblading process. You see the two different colors of pigment, in this situation she mixed two to match the client’s brows, you see the sanitary microblading tool in yellow, the lidocaine, her tattooing gloves, and other items to help with the process.

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Now for the actual blading portion of the process. Chachy Dee uses the microblading tool that is dipped in the ink in the little ring bowl on her finger, and starts to create natural looking hair like pigment streaks on the eyebrows. In this situation, she is using the already great shape of her brow, but building a more pronounced shape by increasing the size of the main portion of the brow and then extending the tail of the brow into a more point. Think about when you are using a brow pencil to fill in your brows, this is the same though process, but instead of adding color, she is adding strokes to mimic the look of real hairs there.

Once she has finished her strokes to build a flawless brow shape, she applies a heavy dose of pigment over the strokes and leaves it to dry. This helps ensure that the storkes absorb the pigment into the skin which then will last for a year plus after it heals properly. Once it dries, she will wipe away the pigment and reveal a beautiful shape. At first it will look very dark, since the pigment is directly revealed and not under healed skin. As the brows heal, the pigment will lighten and blend in naturally with the real brows.

If needed, after the initial reveal, Chachy Dee will look at the brows and see if there are any areas that need to be touched up, or if she needs to build the shape more. This is where an experienced Microblading Specialist is important. You want them to make sure that they are perfect since this lasts a year plus. Chachy Dee takes care with all of her clients and ensures they 100% love their brows when they leave her studio.

Happy CustomerAfter the microblading is complete, and you go home you need to make sure that you take care of your brows! read the instructions given to you after your appointment and stick to them. Chachy Dee and I have started to sell a Microblading Aftercare Roll On which is available below. It is a roller ball with a formula of moisturizing oils and essentials oils to help with healing.

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Microbladin FAQ from Chachy Dee

  • What is the purpose of microblading? – To either enhance of create eyebrows for a client with thin, unshaped, or non-existent brows
  • Does it hurt? – A numbing agent is used (lidocaine) to provide the best level of comfort possible. Pain is minimal
  • How long does it last? – Up to 1 year, but in some cases it can last up to three
  • Who is it for? – Everyone can benefit from microblading. Whether you’re just wanting to fill on sparce area  or would like a whole brow created, for example: patients undergoing chemotherapy or battling alopecia
  • How much is it? – $325
  • What is included? – A consultation, your initial session, and a 4 week touch up to fine tune the shape
  • How can I book my appointment? http://fb.com/geekthebrow/book OR (786) 490-6190

Here are a few other before and afters. Go check out Chachy Dee’s Business IG page here.

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