Permanent Lip Tattoo: 10 Days On

As you guys may or may not know I recently had a lip blush tattoo done (crazy I know) and I promised an update on my results! To read the blog post on the procedure, click here.

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So it’s 10 days on! First off I want to talk about the healing process so far! As you can see in the picture taken 5 minutes after leaving the clinic, they were swollen, numb and very red and I was so relieved the whole ordeal was over!!

The following day the numbness had subsided but they still felt very tingly, as If I had pins and needles in my lips… so weird! They also begun to scab over the next day, mostly around the outer line! All I can say is thank goodness I had a week off work! If you have this treatment done I would really advise staying out of the way of the public as it’s not pretty, unless of course you like being stared at strangely ofcourse!

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Now i’m really kicking myself because I thought I took a picture 3 days after showing you some lovely scabby lips… nice! But I can’t find it, grrr! So day 3/4 the scabs covered the whole of the lips, not as much as the outer line but still very scabby! They looked sore as anything but they really weren’t! The swelling had gone down and the pins and needles feeling had lessened. It was so hard to not pick the scabs.. seriously hard!

By day 5 the scabs had gone, I was able to give the hubby a big smooch (sorry) but the colour had reeeeally faded! I was told it would fade by 70% and boy they weren’t lying! They now look a more pinky colour, the outline is fab! I love how the shape of my lips are way more defined now! I only had the treatment done to define my lips but if you want to change the shape of them this treatment works wonders!!

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So now it’s 10 days on and the colour is changing everyday! The therapists did say that they can take a month to really show their real colour, very strange but it’s true, it looks different every day! I am still using the healing balm as my lips seem to be quite dry still and this works amazingly and just looks like a nice lip gloss, I wish it smelt nicer though!!

So there you have it! 10 days on and i’m really pleased, I wish the colour was darker but i’ll do another update 1 month on and tell you if the colour has changed again!

I really recommend this treatment, it’s so much more natural then fillers, my tips would be, choose a dark/ bright colour and expect some pain.. it’s bearable though! 🙂

Thanks for reading :).

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Permanant Make Up – Lips

So it seems I can’t say no to a freebie! After having my eyeliner tattooed not long ago, I swore I’d never do anything like that again and now I’m sitting here the morning after the night before with tingly lips and a kendall Jenner pout, shouting at myself to not pick the scabs which have appeared all ready!  Oh and I really want a cup of tea but I have to drink from a straw and tea through a straw just doesn’t taste the same! I also couldn’t face dinner last night so HAD to eat Malteasers  so I didn’t starve to death ;p.

I was going to the Nouveau Training Academy for my tattoo! The trainees would be doing my treatment, which is quite scary, however I was hoping they’d be confident, then I will be! Their website is here if you’re interested in training or becoming a model.

Before Treatment, 1pm

An hour before my treatment It was time to pop on the numbing the cream the Nouveau Training clinic sent me, this then had to be applied every 15 minutes prior to the tattoo! I also took a few sneaky painkillers which would hopefully kick in by the time the treatment started!

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Treatment Time, 2pm

Now I knew this was going to hurt, I’d heard it hurts way more than having your eyeliner done but I’m sure It won’t be as terrifying as staring at a needle millimeters from my iris! I was welcomed into the clinic where I was met by one of the trainers who popped more numbing cream on me and placed a sheet of plasticy stuff which makes the lips warm and helps the cream to work more effectively apparently!

The trainee then introduced herself and matched my lip colour to their colours to create a base. She then asked me if I wanted to change  the shape of my lips or just enhance them, to which I replied I wanted to enhance them. I quite like the shape of my top lip, my bottom one Isn’t quite as defined though. Whilst analysing my lips the trainer noticed 2 tiny pimples just on the edge of my bottom lip… who gets that? I didn’t have any spots when I was a teenager… In my 20’s I’m covered in the evil things!!! 😦 They discussed how they couldn’t go through them so they would get as close as they could but there may be a tiny gap where the pimples are, bad timing for spots Grrr! Then it was time to dicuss the colour I wanted, I like to wear neautral shades however  they persuaded me to go for a colour as I quote ‘what’s the point in going through all that pain if you can’t notice a difference’. Thanks ladies… now I don’t feel nervous at all ;p. They also said how the colour fades significantly so picking a bright colour won’t mean it will stay bright! In the end I went for a browny reddy tone, I can’t remember the name of the tone I chose.

This treatment was for lip liner aswell as ‘blush’ (the lip colour blended throughout the lips). Years ago my mum had lip liner tattooed and she told me how painful it was so I was preparing myself for a toe curling experience.

With my lips feeling very weird it was time to start the lip liner, one of the other trainees models hadn’t turn up so I was now having 2 people working on me… not such a bad thing I didn’t think! It was time to use a pencil to outline my lips and create a guide to work with, the girls were very precise and totally ocd… which Is good to see they don’t have the ‘that will do’ attitude! I then led down and the lip liner was tattooed on.

I hate that noise! That tattoo pen is scary, it also sounds like a dentist drill! Ouchies! Yup that hurt, surely they put enough numbing cream on…jeeeeeez! Then It was on to some circle technique they kept talking about, that actually wasn’t too bad, then lastly It was what one of the trainers called ‘crazy lips’… just to put you at ease! This is where they blend all the together together and get rid of all the gaps! The girls were fab!! They were confident which put me at ease and made me feel confident they were doing a great job!

Finally they were done, towards the end of the treatment it was more painful when they wiped my lips with a wipe then the actual tattooing, I was glad it was over!

The Grand Unvailing

OH MY G…… the mirror was pointed at me as I sat up too quickly coming over a bit dizzy! Hmm actually I quite like them! They look super symmetrical, very pouty and swollen, however the swelling will come down over time and the colour is lovely!

I was really impressed with the girls professionalism and confidence and impressed by my great colour choice :p.. I was then given an after care advice sheet and some healing balm to pop on my lips 4 times a day with a cotton bud. This is the same balm I used for my eyes and it really helped, but stank of eucalyptus or whatever it was. They had added some of the colour to the balm to create a lipgloss for me which was lovely. She popped some on and off I went, feeling shaky and swollen!

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Home Time

The treatment lasted over 2 hours and as I shouted (tight lipped) up to the girls and hubby, they couldn’t wait to have a look…. they had strange looks on their faces :p much like the one my daughter made when I went from dark hair to bleach blonde! I reassured them they wouldn’t look this puffy soon and the colour won’t stay so bright! The hubby kept laughing as I was finding it difficult to smile and I was so thirsty but finding it difficult to drink through a straw as it was such a strange sensation  and slightly stingy!

No Friday night glass of wine or dinner for me!

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The morning after

I awoke feeling pretty much the same as last night however I could feel the scabs starting to form and they felt gross, I really want to pick them but I knew If I do the colour will come off! Haven’t had a drink yet but when I purse my lips together they still feel tingly. Looking in the mirror they look scabby around the edges and still swollen and once again the Mr is finding it amusing that I can’t laugh or smile well! I am however thinking of becoming a ventriloquist as I’m pretty good at it!

Would You Recommend It?

I really would! Be prepared for pain… which Is bearable but still be prepared and you just might think It’s not as bad as everyone says… like childbirth ;p well that was the case for me! I would say really study the portfolio of whoever Is doing your treatment and check their credentials! I would reccomened one of the Nouveau girls any day, the teaching I’ve seen was fab and the girls are so professional!

If you’ve ever had this treatment done or any other permanant make up procedure done what did you think? Or are you thinking about having it done and I’ve persuaded you… put you off? To read about my eyeliner experience have a look here.

Come back soon and I’ll upload more progress pics!

Click here for my update 10 days on 🙂

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Permanent Make Up… Ouch!

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So today I had my first experience of a tattoo…. on my eye lids!!! What was I thinking?? Ok it wasn’t that bad, no wait it was..In fact I’m trying very hard to not stick this caramel magnum I’m eating currently on my eyes because I think it would be really soothing… slightly strange if someone was to see me doing it but that’s fine because I think it would feel sooo good!

I had recently signed up to be a model at my local permanent make up training centre and only the week after doing so they called me to see if I’d be interested in having an eyeliner treatment done…obviously I said yes because I was intrigued and I love free things! My appointment was at 10.30am and I walked upstairs to the training centre to be greeted by the staff and given a 10 page document signing my life away and promising not to sue these people if I become blind or poked in the eye with a needle… yes a needle!! Now call me naïve or plain stupid but I have to be honest I didn’t realise they use the same implement that is used to do general tattooing!

So I picked my colour, there was quite a selection actually, I went for ‘almost grey’, it was a kind of dark grey/black colour, she explained the pigment is 50% darker when the treatment is first done and over time it would fade. You also get to choose whether you’d prefer a liquid eyeliner look or a pencil style, I went for liquid. It was explained to me as this was a bronze level course the look they were practicing was a basic ‘lash enhancer’ just a fine line on the top and bottom.. oh and this was their first time using the tattoo pen…. ever!!! They start with placing the numbing cream on your upper and lower eyelids, the fumes were quite strong and made my eyes water a little but nothing I couldn’t handle. Next they placed a pencil line on my bottom lids, to make a guide… then the pen comes out! The pen used had 3 tiny needles, between the trainer and the student they both scratched my eyelid to break the skin and added pigment to the area…. ouch! The numbing cream worked for like 10 minutes, they did re apply it but by the end of the procedure my eyes were sore and I really felt it :(! It was nearing the end and then they cracked out the 1 needle piece for the pen…..oh. no. I felt that! Am I selling this to you yet? 😉 So here’s the end result..

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This was a few hours after… no eye make up allowed on for four days!!! Not amused!! I’m happy with the result, the whole traumatic procedure lasted 2 hours but I must admit I was quite worried when the student doing my procedure was starting to get obviously stressed by the pressure and after thanking me afterwards she apologised for coming across a bit nervous and said she was just very aware of how some serious damage could be done if she were to make a wrong move…. I’m glad she said that after the treatment!! I felt like saying and maybe I should have said, if your not confident, fake it! Because at least if you pretend to be confident and act like you’re not nervous even when your really scared inside it will put your client at ease, I wasn’t nervous until she said to the trainer ‘I’m having trouble seeing the needle to see if I’m in deep enough’ can you imagine my face, well I couldn’t change my facial expression as she was stretching the skin around my eyes and had a needle very close to my iris but If I could.. it would look similar to this expression..

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Right, time to put my soothing balm on (which smells lovely) and get some beauty sleep, they actually look more swollen hours afterwards, but aren’t too sore, just very sensitive! Am I going to go back for my top up in 6 weeks…. what do you think?

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