When To Choose Permanent Makeup

When To Choose Permanent Makeup

Let’s face it, not everyone wakes up bright eyed and fresh faced, ready to jump into the day.  Many times we won’t even leave the house without “putting our eyes on” with mascara and eyeliner.  If this sounds all too familiar, considering permanent makeup may be just the solution you’ve been waiting for.

Permanent makeup, clinically known as micro pigmentation, is typically applied around the eyes, eyebrows, and lip areas of the face.  Dye that is injected into the skin much like a tattoo, creates permanent contours where applied. Eyeliner that perfectly rims the eye, and brows that forever frame the face, are popular choices for permanent makeup. 

The versatility of permanent makeup is that it can be applied to be almost undetectable, giving just a refined hint of definition for a natural day look. Often times permanent makeup is a good option for women and men who have experienced hair loss in eyebrows, providing a realistic appearing solution that will not smear or smudge.  Similarly, people who experience lip discoloration or shape irregularity can also have permanent lip liner applied in order to achieve their desired look on a day to day basis.

Permanent makeup has also found popularity among athletes.  Not only do these women undergo intense training schedules, but the perspiration from training and playing sports can cause traditional makeup to run, potentially causing burning and irritation in the eyes.  By choosing permanent eyeliner and brow shading, female athletes can feel comfortable and professional without the worry and hassle of maintaining their look while avoiding possible damage to the eyes. 

For those who have sensitive skin and suffer from allergies to various ingredients found in traditional makeup, permanent makeup offers freedom from irritation and added expenses.  Many such candidates for permanent eye makeup procedures are undergoing the process due to the fact that traditional eye makeup causes allergic reactions that are painful to endure and costly to correct.

If you suffer from chronically red and watery eyes caused by eyeliner products, permanent makeup could be the best option for you. In most cases, the dye used in micro pigmentation does not contain the same allergens as traditional makeup products, making it rare that people experience an allergic reaction to the permanent makeup.

Permanent makeup offers real women real choices for creating the look they want without the hassle they don’t need.  No longer just for A-list stars and runway models, permanent makeup is an affordable and popular mainstream trend.  Professional permanent makeup artists at Beautyholic Studio by Daren Romney can answer all of your beauty questions and provide you with the permanent makeup style of your dreams.

How to Take Care of Your Lash Extensions

How to Take Care of Your Lash Extensions

There’s no question that eyelash extensions are a popular way to enhance the natural thickness and quality of your own lashes. While this is true, if you don’t properly care for these lashes, you may find that don’t last, or that they don’t look very good for very long.

There is good news. With a few basic care tips, you can keep your lash extensions looking great for as long as possible. Keep reading to learn more.

Keep Your Lashes Clean

While you may hear different words of advice regarding cleaning your lash extensions, the best option is to use a lash extension cleanser. These cleansers are specially formulated to keep extensions looking great, while minimizing potential issues. You can find an array of options that are designed to clean your extensions.

It’s best to find a product that is both oil-free and alcohol free to provide the best results. By doing this, you can feel confident that the product has the same pH balance as your natural tears. You can find these cleansers on a gel or liquid formula, so choose the one that best suits your needs.

When you are cleaning your eye area to remove eyeshadow and other eye makeup, it’s a good idea to apply the product using a cotton pad. You need to fully saturate the cotton before trying to use it. If it is dry, it may get caught on your lashes. Rub the surface of your eyelid gently and avoid rubbing your eyelashes. When you need to clean your lashes, use the lash wand to brush through them gently.

Don’t Use Oil-Based Products

Any type of skincare products, both cosmetics and creams, that are oil based are a no-go when it comes to caring for your lash extensions. Make sure you find products that have been labeled as being “oil free” to make sure your lashes last. If you aren’t sure if a product is oil-free, read the ingredients label to ensure what you are going to use is really oil free.

Don’t Use Mascara

One of the biggest benefits offered by lash extensions is that you get long, full, and beautiful looking lashes without having to put on mascara. While you may still want to wear mascara from time to time, just make sure it’s designed particularly for lash extensions. However, it’s better to wear no mascara if you want to extend the life of your lashes.

If you are one of those people who must wear mascara, make sure that you only choose a water-based option. This isn’t the same thing as a waterproof product, so be sure you look very closely at the labels. When you apply this mascara, be sure you only apply one coat and that it’s only put on the very tips of your lashes.

When you know how to properly care for your eyelashes, you can make them last longer and enjoy the beauty and benefits they offer. If you aren’t sure what to do, or still have questions, be sure to speak with your stylist, as they can provide even more information about this.

Caring for Eyelash Extensions

Caring for Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions can be a great part of your cosmetic makeover. We’ve helped many customers to get longer, fuller lashes with signature and hybrid products and other types of neat packages. We want to utilize the newest state-of-the-art technologies to transform faces and highlight the natural charm and beauty that our clients walked in with.

With that in mind, there are some best practices for maintaining eyelash extensions after you’ve got them on.

Here are some tips to keeping your eyelash extensions in great shape:

Avoiding Water

You’re going to want to initially try to limit the moisture that your eyelash extensions come in contact with. That’s in order to help the glue to set, so try not to get your eyes wet for at least 24 hours.

Staying Away From Oil-Based and Waterproof Products

The oils in some other cosmetics can break down eyelash extensions, so it’s a good idea to take a hard look at what’s in your cabinet, and keep some of these products away from the area where your last extensions have been added.

For example, some makeup removers can end up damaging eyelash extensions, so making a slight detour can help you keep your lashes looking good. You can easily take off the heavy stuff on other areas of your face without putting your lash extensions in jeopardy, but this is a tip that not everyone knows about, so we try to give our clients a heads up.

Avoid Heavy Curling

You may be tempted to try to curl your lashes a lot – but with these new extensions, it’s kind of important to limit curling. Some of our clients curl lightly with an eyelash comb instead of doing curling that’s harder on the lashes. Also, obviously, try not to pick at them during the day.

Grooming Tips

Yes, you may want to brush your lashes a little. Again, the key is to move gently to avoid disturbing the glue, at least in the beginning. Brushing can help your lashes look their best – it’s kind of a balancing act – but don’t be afraid! We can help you to fix any issues that come up after you’ve started enjoying your lash extensions.

With the right care and attention, these can be a great addition to your beauty regimen. We have a great track record for helping a client to pick the right lash extension package, and we know a lot about related procedures to change the lashes and eyebrows. Come in to Beautyholic Studio by Daren Romey and get beauty advice in a no-pressure, warm and welcoming environment. We’re here for you!

Lash Serum, the Answer to Healthy Eyelashes

Lash Serum, the Answer to Healthy Eyelashes

Most women will tell you that if they could only pick one makeup item that they could not live without, they would choose their masccar.  How many times have you heard yourself saying things like “I can’t leave the house without my mascara on’?  Lashes tend to be the single most important aspect of make-up routines because they create a mini-eyelift, giving the face a more awakened and vibrant appearance.

While mascara may be always within an arm’s reach, it is no longer our only option for obtaining the lash look that we crave. Our society’s love affair with eyelashes has spawned an entire sector of the beauty industry which continues to create innovative lash products. 

With so many new products on the shelves, it can actually be difficult to navigate the many new products on the market that promise to grow, strengthen, darken, and rejuvenate eyelashes. However, professionals at Beautyholic Studio  suggest that understanding the aspects of your natural lashes and what it is you’d like to achieve, will help you find the product or service that will achieve your goal.

For instance, if your lashes are damaged, look for products that contain protein, and if your lashes are very fine, pick a product with collagen to plump them up.  Various products offer specific solutions to deficiencies that may be the cause unhealthy eyelashes.

In order to restore as well as maintain lash health, moisture is essential.  Moisturizing is key in keeping lashes in optimum health as without it they are prone to breakage.  Well moisturized lashes tend to hold their own without the addition of mascara, something that can actually cause them to eventually become dry and brittle.

Lash growth serum is a product that is infused with moisturizing components that penetrate the lashes and deliver moisture and essential nutrients that promote growth. Lash growth serum is gentle enough to become part of a daily routine, and can even be used while wearing lash extensions.

Packed with natural extracts, these serums strengthen lashes and protect them from the elements that can cause them to dry and break . Using lash serum may increase the amount of days that you feel confident without wearing mascara, as the eyelashes appear rejuvenated and health.

However, if you simply love the look of your mascara, lash growth serum will provide balanced conditioning for your eyelashes. If you’d like to give lash serum a try, Beautyholic Studio recommends Lash Boost by Rodan + Fields, Grande Lash, Rapid Lash, and Lavish Lash to be the most effective and affordable products on the market. Whether you are a full on eyelash glam girl, or one who prefers to go au natural, or someone somewhere in between, incorporating a quality lash growth serum into your beauty routine will ensure that your lashes are in tip top shape.  Lash professionals at Beautyholic Studio can offer personal assistance on what lash product will help you achieve your dream lash look.

How the Eyelash Growth Cycle Affects Eyelash Extensions

How the Eyelash Growth Cycle Affects Eyelash Extensions

Did you know that eyelashes are more than just a gorgeous accessory on your face? Consisting of sensory fibers, they actually serve an important function that protects our eyes from airborne debris. Eyelashes reflexively shut the eyelid with every blink as dust particles try to make their way into our eyes, and fluids from tear glands running along the edge of the eyelid irritate the eyes, keeping them wet and moist.

Typically, the upper eyelid is framed by 90 to 150 lashes, while the bottom has up to 80 lashes. Like our hair follicles, each lash is composed of 10 percent water and 90 percent proteins including keratin and melanin. These nutrients allow for lashes to grow at a rate of approximately 1.15 mm per day and up to 9 mm in length.

The Eyelash Growth Cycle – Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen

The first stage of the eyelash growth cycle, known as anagen, is when the eyelash is actively growing and receiving nourishment from its follicle. During the second stage, catagen, the hair continues extending, while at the same time begins separating from the follicle. The full separation from the follicle occurs during the third stage known as telogen. The eyelash falls out during the final, exogen phase. The complete growth cycle lasts approximately three months.

Eyelash shedding is an ongoing process and determining the growing stage of each eyelash is impossible. New additions often affect the natural hair growth cycle and it’s not uncommon new eyelash extensions to begin falling out the same day you visit the salon because natural lashes are at the end their growth cycle.

The solution to problems that arise with how the eyelash growth cycles affect eyelash extensions lies in the hands of the technician you choose to perform the task.

Calculating When to Apply Eyelash Extensions

While it’s near impossible to determine the exact phase of growth your eyelashes are in, we always thoroughly inspect each client and use our expert knowledge to make decisions. Eyelash extensions are applied on natural eyelashes when they are transitioning, which means they are in the catagen phase. We never apply eyelash extensions while the lashes are in anagen growth phase because they are too delicate to hold an eyelash extension.

The complete cycle for eyelashes is an average of 100 days for an eyelash hair, therefore we divide 100 by 7 days for 12 weeks. This calculation often provides a false impression that lashes last up to 12 weeks. However, don’t forget that the anagen phase only lasts 30 to 45 days and those natural lashes aren’t ready to hold eyelash extension. Therefore, eyelash extensions can last 4 to 6 weeks when bonded and cared for correctly.

Maintenance During the Eyelash Growth Cycle

At Beauty Holic Studio, we recommend clients come back to us for infills every 2 to 3 weeks. At this appointment we find hairs that have gone from the anagen phase to the catagen phase, which are now strong enough to hold an eyelash extension. Since the catagen phase lasts between 3 and 3 weeks, some of the eyelash extensions applied at first appointment will now be in the telogen phase.

There are many ways to assist in prolonging the life of your lashes, such as using sealers. Eyelash extension sealers form to the bond of the adhesive and lengthen the life of your extensions. You can also properly cleanse lashes to remove excess oils. Talk with your technician about the best way to care for your unique eyelashes. 

Eyelash Extensions in LA and Orange Counties

Once you understand the eyelash growth cycle, find an eyelash technician that applies extensions at the right time for you – without sticking them together. It’s important that an experienced technician performs the infills so that they don’t isolate each natural eyelash or uses too much glue. These careless acts cause natural lashed to detach before the end of the cycle, causing pain and sparse lashes.

Remember it’s normal to lose 1 to 4 lashes per day as natural lashes move through the eyelash growth cycle.  Each eyelash is in a different stage, and with extensions some may stay on weeks, but it depends on the phase that they currently are in. For more information on eyelash extensions and pricing, contact us online for an appointment.

10 Best Eyeliners for your Lash Extensions.

Hey Beautyholics! So one of the most common questions I get asked is what eyeliner to use with your new set of eyelash extensions. Since I don’t have time do my own research and test them all out, I did the next best thing…
I found the best article about it. 

Below is 10 recommendations from pencils to gels, as well as price points from drugstores to high end. Read it and decide for your self. My only advice though is to stay away from the “Water proof” ones, I know there is a couple in there. And as far as my very own favorite? Hands down the Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner, the felt tip makes it easy to apply and control. Enjoy!


FYI:These Oil-Free Eyeliners Are Perfect for Lash Extensions
Original Article from Byrdie.com

It’s probably apparent from our Instagram feeds and numerous articles on the subject that we love experimenting with eyeliner. Whether we’re playing around with bright, bold colors or practicing Ariana Grande’s cat-eye technique, you can pretty much count on us to be trying out the latest tips and products to elevate our eye looks.

Of course, nabbing the perfect formula is key, especially if you have lash extensions. While most of us might not consider whether or not our favorite pencil liner contains oil, it’s especially crucial for people with falsies. It turns out that oil and eyelash glue don’t exactly mix, so if you want your extensions to last, you’ll have to stick to an oil-free formula. Even if you don’t have lash extensions, these oil-free eyeliners are 10 of our all-time favorites, so you’ll want to read on.


Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner $25
The possibilities are endless considering this eye crayon comes in 40 different shades. They come in matte, shimmer, satin, and glitter finishes and a variety of colors that could keep us entertained for days. Try smudging one of the bolder shades all over your lid for a reprieve from your everyday makeup look.


Kat Von D Tattoo Liner $20

Luckily, finding an oil-free formula doesn’t mean having to give up liquid liner. The ultra-fine brush tip on this liner from Kat Von D allows for a super-precise, even line that won’t smudge throughout the day. In addition to being oil-free, it’s also cruelty-free, which is something we can definitely get behind.


Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner $21

This waterproof liner earns the name Always Sharp thanks to its built-in sharpener which ensures that its precise tip stays intact. The kohl is hyperpigmented and waterproof to ensure that it won’t budge no matter what the day entails. Smudge it along your lash line for a natural, barely there look.


Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner $10

Maybelline’s gel liner comes with a brush to save you the hassle of searching for the perfect one on your own. The creamy gel formula is such a dream, you’ll never want to go back to your old pencil. Plus, its rich pigments last up to 24 hours, so there’s no need to worry about touch-ups throughout the day.


Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner $10
According to some Ulta buyers, this liquid liner from Soap & Glory rivals the quality of its higher-end counterparts. The versatile marker tip allows for a subtle, thin line, or a bold, exaggerated one, depending on your mood. As the name Supercat indicates, it was practically invented for creating the perfect cat eye.


Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencil $2
This super-smooth pencil glides across the lid effortlessly. Essence promises it will last for hours upon hours without smudging. “Stays all day and doesn’t smear. I have very watery eyes and it doesn’t run like most eyeliners I have used,” one Ulta buyer confirms.


Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner $27
Infused with intense pigments, this liner applies as precisely as a liquid but with the ease of a gel. It offers up to 12 hours of waterproof, sweat-resistant wear that doesn’t flake or fade. And considering it has over 1000 five-star reviews on Sephora, we’re not the only fans.


Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner $26
This long-wearing liner promises to last 12 hours without smearing or caking. Its creamy formula allows for a smooth, effortless application that’s easily buildable. “This liner stays on! Rubbing and all,” one Sephora buyer raves.


Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner $20
If you’re looking to go the less-conventional eyeliner route, this glitter offering from Urban Decay will do the job. It contains superfine glitter in a clear base that stays put (so you don’t have to worry about fallout). Wear it alone, or apply it over your favorite shadow for a shimmery finish.


Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner $5
Revlon’s ColorStay formula is made to last up to 16 hours, and we have to say, we’re impressed. It’s precise, pigmented, and waterproof. What more could you ask for? Use the smudge tool on the opposite end for a subtle, smoky effect.

A new Beauty Routine from within.

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So, most of us have a skin care routine right? I’ve had one since the age of 12. Thats why when clients say “Oh my gosh, you look like your in your 20’s!” It’s not just the asian gene, it’s literally because I take good care of my skin.

But ever since I became a mom, I’ve been on the look out for some type of vitamins/supplements that I can take to help improve my health. That’s why I’m glad I came across Hum Nutrition at this years Ipsy Creator Day in LA.

Not only are their products great for you inner health, but most of them are created to support healthy skin. They have a wide range of clinically proven supplements to help with your nails, to increasing your collagen production (hello!) Its Vegan so the products are non GMO- Gluten Free, contains no artificial flavors or preservatives and apparently potent and pure (love getting my moneys worth).

The prices are pretty mid range, one of the most expensive I’ve seen is the “Skin Heroes” $40 for a 30 day supply. But they have packages where you get a discount for buying 3 things, an extra discount if you opt for a “subscription type deal, they also give you $10 off as a new customer, and on top of that you can use a referral code and get another $10 off. You can use mine: 1BB329 (winks).

Collagen Pop

Collagen + Vitamin C Boost Yay!

I was so impressed about what I learned in my research and decided to sign up the same night I learned about them at the event. I signed up for a one year subscription, since I knew I was going to start a supplement routine anyway. Interested? Click here! Don’t forget to use Code:1BB329 to get $10 OFF on top of all the other discounts you’ll get.

After answering a few questions online, I was emailed by a dedicated nutritionist who gave me a little report/summary based on my answers along with her recommendations. Of course, I ended up getting everything and more.

Here’s what I got.

My picks for my first month.

Skin Heroes – Pre+Probiotic – Nurtures the gut and skin (Got this free from the event)

Daily Cleanse – Helps clear your skin and body from toxins

Flatter Me – Supports a flatter stomach and healthy digestion (For all the carbs I eat)

B12 Turbo – Boosts Vitamin B12 ( So I can run around with my son)

Collagen Pop – Premium Marine Collagen + Vitamin C Skin Boost

I took a picture of my skin for my day 1. I will do an update when I am done with my 1st month supply. So excited to start my new beauty routine!


Hum Nutrition is also available at Nordstroms and Sephora.

What supplements are you taking? And what have they improved for you?

Microshading: What is it exactly?


“Microshading”, “Blade and Shade”, or “Combo Brows” amongst it’s other names, is basically a combination of the Microblading and Ombré shading technique. The final look varies depending on your brows, whether you have fine hair, thick hair, or no hair at all, sometimes you’ll see more shading than blading or vice versa. Personally, I prefer this over just Microblading because adding shading to it makes it more blended and natural looking. It can be made dramatic or more natural depending on your preference. To find out if this is the right one for you, I recommend you get an in person consultation with your brow artist. Also, when choosing your brow artist make sure they specialize in the style that you want, there are different variations of Microshading, so picking the artist that does the shape and style you like consistently, will gives you more chances of your procedure going flawlessly.

Microshading prices vary by artist location, training and experience. It can go anywhere from $350 to $1000+ . Micro shading at Beautyholic Studio is currently $450 includes 6-8 week touch up.

Which Eyelash Extension Set is best for me?


One of the most common questions I get specially from clients who are new to eyelash extensions is “What do you think I should get?”. I always respond with an explanation of the differences between the sets, to help them understand and make decision.

Before I begin though, I would like to make sure I stress the importance of being “realistic” with your lash goals. Eyelash extensions are applied on top of your own natural lashes, so if you have 20 lashes on each eye, realistically, about 15 to 18 of that are lash-able. Why can’t all of them be lashed? Well, some of your lashes are thinner, shorter, farther or curlier than the rest, sometimes they grow too high on your lash bed, and sometimes they are facing the opposite direction. Lashing these weak or stray lashes will only cause it to fall out faster or ruin the shape of your set.

Also, how we determine what length and width to apply depends on the condition of your lashes.  Shorter, thiner, more sparse lashes would have to be kept shorter and lighter. While longer, thicker, fuller natural lashes can handle more dramatic lengths and widths. So again, having a more realistic lash goal is best to keep in mind when getting eyelash extensions so you are not disappointed with the result. If “Super Crazy Mega Dramatic Volume” is what you want and your natural lashes are sparse, short and thin, then you are better off with lash strips. Forcing longer, thicker, more volumized extensions on your natural lashes will only  fall off faster and may ruin your lashes altogether.

Classic, Hybrid, Volume, Mega Volume? If you are not a Lash Artist, chances are, these are all just words to you. So, I have created illustrations to help me better explain them:


Staring it off with your natural eyelashes. I made it really simple and clear so you’ll have a better understanding in the following images.



The “CLASSIC” eyelash extension is the most natural enhancement for your eyes.
1 eyelash extension is placed on top of each one of your natural lash. This can be kept very natural by applying thiner, lighter, shorter, less curled extensions. It can also be made more dramatic by applying thicker, longer, more curled extensions. Again all this depends on the condition of your natural lashes.


My personal favorite . The “Hybrid” also, known as “Volume Mix”.  This is a combination of the Classic and the Volume where 1 and  3 or more lashes are placed onto of each of you natural lash.  It allows for a little more drama without making it look to fake or feel heavy.


If you want drama, “Volume” is for you. 3 or more eyelash extensions are placed on top of each of your natural lashes. The lashes that are used for the Volume is smaller in diameter than the ones used for classic. That way more can be placed on top of each of your natural lash with out weighing down. MEGA VOLUME

Well the name says it all! “Mega Volume”, I think this is also called “Russian Volume” I could be wrong. For this set, 6 or more eyelash extensions are placed on top of each of your natural lashes. The lashes that are used for the Mega Volume is even smaller in diameter than the ones used for Volumes, this way even more can be placed on top of each of your natural lash with out weighing down. Results in fluffy, bold, dramatic eyelash extension set.

Now that you know a little bit about the the differences, you can make your decision on what to get. Keep in mind that the prices vary per set. Obviously, the more dramatic (the more time and work for the lash artist) the more expensive.

Also, many of these sets have different names, sometimes a particular brand will die it their own name, so just compare it with the number of extension I illustrated.

You also wanna take in consideration the “Aftercare” for the lashes, the thicker they are the more careful you have to be. And a very important thing to consider is your “Maintenance” this is your “Refill” Most lash places will have their own policy on when and what is considered a refill. Can you keep up with coming in every certain amount of time? And how affordable is it?

I hope this helps. If you have any questions, or if you have a useful information you’d like to add. You can message me on IG @BeautyholicStudio.

This post is based on my experience. I am aware that there are other descriptions/methods out there.

Illustration by me. Daren Romey

You have permission to use my article as long as you credit and tag:
Daren Romey @BeautyholicStudio