WOOHOO! I finally took the plunge to get my non-existent brows revived, thanks to LA VIDA! Here’s sharing my experience in this eyebrow embroidery review, so if you’re contemplating to do yours, the lowdown is here!
To be honest, I’ve had bangs since my University days. They’re my best bet for unruly eyebrows, because I’ve decided to stop shaping and shading my eyebrows after graduating from Junior College (JC). Now, it’s just
lazy mum tired mum of two young bubs! With little time for grooming and self-care, I needed something hassle-free.
What made me decide to do eyebrow embroidery after all these years?
Plucking my brows and shading them was often in the works during my younger days. I’ve also gotten them trimmed on the streets by Steven Lim! haha! Does anyone still remember him from those days? :P
To be honest, I’m bored of looking the same, and figured I could really do with some minor makeover. Of course, part of the reason is… for my husband. Oh, the things we do for our men HAHA!
Eyebrow embroidery helps save time and I can basically step out of the house without worrying about my invisible eyebrows. AND, I can FINALLY change my hairstyle! HAHA!
BUT, what truly held me back was the PAIN. I mean, there’s a blade literally cutting our skin. I’m sure that would hurt! So, I’ve been asking those who have done their brows before about the pain factor, and so far, it seems that the numbing cream works well. Let’s see!
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What exactly is eyebrow embroidery? Does it actually involve sewing? *GASP*
Firstly, eyebrow embroidery is NOT the tattoo version our mums did decades ago. That also means it isn’t permanent, so we won’t be stuck with a particular brow shape or colour forever :P
This semi-permanent beauty service involves a fine blade adding customised colour pigments into our skin, so they look like our natural brow hair. These brows can last between 2 to 3 years, depending on aftercare, skin condition and lifestyle over the period.
I did some research and wanted to look for reputable eyebrow embroidery services in Singapore. LA VIDA, which has been in the brow industry for 7 years, had several positive reviews.
So, I made an appointment and visited the LA VIDA outlet at Bedok Mall. Their 6 outlets are conveniently located at malls across Singapore which are next to MRT stations. That’s a WIN, thanks to its accessibility. If you’re looking for eyebrow embroidery services in the East, hop over to Bedok Mall or White Sands!
My first impressions upon stepping into LA VIDA at Bedok Mall
Located at level 1 (street level) of Bedok Mall, getting to the outlet was a breeze. The friendly ladies greeted me and invited me to sit on an armchair.
Sharing my experience at LA VIDA with this eyebrow embroidery review
LA VIDA offers 6 different types of brow services to suit different looks, preferred style, which are also dependent on each person’s original brows.
Choose from Classic Eyebrow Embroidery, Deluxe Creative Brows, LA VIDA Ultimate Floating Brows, LA VIDA Regenerating Eyebrow, LA VIDA Misty Microstroking (also known as Misty Microblading) and LA VIDA Regene Misty Brow.
Read on for my eyebrow embroidery review!
First, my Brow Artist, Kelly, studied my face shape, and asked if I had any preference for a certain brow shape or style.
The Korean eyebrow embroidery style where brows are dark and straighter with a lower arch is pretty popular these days, but I don’t think I’d suit that as I’m pretty fair-skinned and am usually with only light or no makeup.
I wanted something more natural to frame my look, so I’ll look more awake :P My original brows are sparse and light, with a high arched shape. The arch would make me look perceptually shocked, so I wasn’t keen to go with my original brow shape at all. Haha!
Honestly, I felt it was best to leave it to the expert since she has over 7 years of experience under her belt.
I trusted that my eyebrows were in good hands – do read on for my personal experience detailed in this review!
What went on during the 2-hour session:
- Kelly studied my original makeup-free brows, and we discussed my desired brow outcome and techniques. Kelly also gave her recommendations.
- Kelly’s colleague applied numbing cream on my brows, and we wait for about 30 minutes. During this time, she prepares the customised colour pigment for me.
- After marking out some measurements, Kelly uses a pencil to outline the shape of a recommend pair of brows to show me.
- She proceeds to fill in the colours and work her magic!
Surprisingly, my skin felt slightly hot and itchy when the numbing cream was on my skin. Apparently, this happens for people with sensitive skin and/or dry skin at the brow area. Thankfully, that subsided when Kelly was working on them.
The recommended eyebrow services for me was the Misty Microblading. Scabbing was expected to be minimal, so the colour shouldn’t fade too much. But this really depends on each individual’s skin and how receptive it is to absorbing pigments.
How about the pain which I was afraid of?
I’ve to say that her hand was going really fast, as she created a powdered look which Misty Microblading is known for. The shading effect offers a gradual gradient style from light to dark to create the natural brow shape for me. Personally, there was no pain at the beginning of the session. However, certain sections was slightly more painful and I experienced some sharp pain at certain spots e.g. the tail end of my brows.
Kelly explained that the pain was because of the brow bone. At the same time, the colour had to be darker at those areas which meant repeated cuts around the localised spots.
YES, it was bearable – thank goodness for numbing cream! HAHA! Just like how epidural is my happy-dural during pregnancy! I think the pain was also in my mind when the Brow Artist did my eyebrows because I kept thinking about the blade cutting my skin -_-
At the end of the session, the paper-cut pain subsided and I noticed some redness around my new eyebrows. I’d say downtime was lower than I expected – thankfully, the colour wasn’t crazily dark like La Pi Xiao Xin’s eyebrows! PHEW! :P
Aftercare tips for post-eyebrow embroidery
To maintain long lasting eyebrows and ensure that my skin’s recovery is optimised, Kelly and her friendly colleague advised me to follow some skincare tips:
- Apply the eyebrow embroidery aftercare ointment twice a day, for at least 7 days.
- Between Day 3 – 7, skin scabbing is expected. Hence, do not peel or tug the skin as that would affect discolouration. It’s also normal for the new brows colour to fade by 20% – 50%, hence, there will be a touch-up session.
- Avoid contact with water when washing your face or hair. Simply pat dry if the brows get wet.
- Avoid swimming, sauna, steam baths or facials for 2 weeks
Just a few days after doing Misty Microblading for my eyebrows, we jetted off for our winter holiday. I made a conscious effort to religiously apply the ointment to help with healing, especially with the cold and dry weather.
True enough, on Day 3 or 4, the skin on my brows started peeling! I thought it was due to the cold weather because I was seeing large pieces of dark coloured skin coming off. Oh dear, were my eyebrows gonna fade much?! I was worried, but kept up with my aftercare even after Day 7… because… scared HAHA! Didn’t want to waste the effort of doing eyebrow embroidery.
As I applied the ointment from the first day onwards, I could also feel slight tenderness on my skin where the cuts felt more obvious. But that feeling went off within the first week, and no other discomfort was experienced or observed :)
Additionally, there will be a touch-up session so if I’d like to make them darker, or slightly alter my brow shape, that could be done.
When is the best time to do a touch-up for eyebrow embroidery?
The recommended period is 4 weeks or 28 days after doing the eyebrow embroidery. This also coincides with the skin’s renewal cycle and how long it takes to heal. By this time, the colour pigments would have pretty much settled too.
So, what happens during the brow touch-up session?
The whole process restarted from application of numbing cream, down to application of ointment when the brows were done. That said, the touch-up session took less than 1.5 hours; the numbing cream needed about 30 minutes to kick in. This time round, I didn’t feel any hot sensation with the numbing cream, and the microblading process was less painful too :) YAY!
All in all, I really like my new brow shape and I find that with neatly groomed brows, it changes one’s looks to appear neater and more put-together. As my actual brows are still growing (yes, they are still there and not removed permanently haha!), I’ll have to pluck off the newly grown ones and trim the longer hairs. No pain, no gain, and a little effort goes a long way! :)
LA VIDA’s eyebrow embroidery services price ranges from $99 to $3,000+. Give them a call, or simply DM them over Instagram or Facebook to find out more, or make an appointment. There are also promotions from time-to-time so do remember to ask or show them this review article or my photos on Instagram or Facebook :)
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I hope my eyebrow embroidery review comes in handy for those who are thinking of reviving their brows :) Mums in Singapore who have “reconstructed” their brows, feel free to share your review and tips below!