REVIEW: Eyebrow Microblading at EverTrue Salon NYC

I’ve never had brows.  It’s that simple.

This was an actual conversation with one of my nieces:

Niece:  Tita Carla, I want to ask you something, but I don’t want to bring back any bad memories.
Me:  Go ahead, baby, what is it?
Niece:  What happened to your eyebrows?  Were they burned as a child or something?
Me:  *tries not to cry*

It’s not that I’m severely displeased by it; it’s just a noticeable void across my face.

I have been blessed by having friends who never hesitated to put my brows on for me, and friends who have connected me to makeup artists that made sure I am all put together and ready.

So when EverTrue Salon announced a promo for their SoHo location, I knew I just had to get on board.  After a few back and forth emails that secured my appointment, I found myself — accompanied by the ever supportive Husband — trotting down West Broadway and buzzing in on a cool November afternoon.

My artist of choice is Cathy Xu.  Frankly speaking, I have been stalking this salon for over a year now.  My not so brave heart was the only reason why I was hesitant to book their services, but after a lot of encouragement from The Husband, I dove right in.

The main reason why I chose EverTrue is because their artists seem to create the brows according to the shape of the face, not according to what is brow trendy.  And I have to admit, I’m glad that they make the brows sisters, not twins.  It looks so much more natural!

I immediately voiced my concerns for the pain with Cathy.  I have a couple of tattoos on me, but this would be the first on my face, albeit semi-permanent.  Cathy made sure my comfort is key.  After penciling in the stencil for my approval, she slathered on the numbing cream and left it longer than she normally would.

Cathy stenciled how the brows would look like. After a few tweaks here and there, we both agreed this shape is best for my face.

The supportive husband

Cathy took her time, and the pain was minimal, barely a nail scratch.  In 30 minutes, my brows were all done, and I immediately felt better about my decision.

Immediately after the procedure

The Husband took me out to Chinatown for a celebratory lunch, where he took photos of my new brows and sent it to friends.  They all immediately replied with, “Hey we can tell your expressions now!”  LOL.  Our friends, ladies and gents.

Lunching at Chinatown

Day 2 turned my brows dark af and the scabbing started to happen in Day 5-6.  I must have scratched the corner of one of my brows whilst sleeping, so you can immediately tell that there’s a spot missing.  Thankfully, a 6 week touch up was scheduled before I left the salon, so come the second week of January 2019, my brows were even more flawless than the first time.

If you look at the right eyebrow, the tip is slightly faded aka missing lol. Scratched it during the healing process, sorry my bad.  Taken in December.

Would I do it again?  Yes.  While I do have some regrets not booking the 6 month touch up during my last appointment, I’m also glad because I would not have been able to do so.  My brows have been on for 8 months now, and they still look good.

Right after the perfecting session/touch up in January

Taken June 10

I’m hoping to come back by the end of the year, if not early next year, for another session.  Because of these brows, I just use concealer, blush and some mascara and I’m good to go for the day.  The confidence is real.  Oh yes.

My official before and after photos:

EverTrue Salon has locations in Flat Iron, SoHo and Chicago.  To learn more about their services, visit their website here.

Disclaimer:  The opinions I have of the service are entirely my own and are not connected or affiliated with the business.  There is no exchange of free service.  Everything availed of was paid by me.    


BOGO Alert at ModCloth!

Summer may be a season away but it’s never too early to hoard those OOTD-worthy pieces!

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I survived winter!

One of the most drastic changes about migrating to the other side of the world?  The weather.

I first experienced snow last year, when Jonas welcomed me with 36 inches.  My husband was shoveling and I was just jumping on the icy clouds that fell on our driveway and around my feet.  He kept saying that I won’t enjoy it for long, especially seeing it turn into slush.  He also says anyone who drives doesn’t really enjoy snow that much, given the amount of cleanup that happens before you can actually drive your car.

I am enjoying it though.  I really am!  But my physical body doesn’t.  Here are the stuff that I’ve needed for surviving the winter.  It took me a while to find the one that meshed with me the best, but hey!  Now that my second one is about to end, I have to pat myself in the back for not having repeated mishaps from last year.

  1.  Burt’s Bees Lip Balm.  I prefer the beeswax flavor (I believe it’s the original one) because it has healed my lips so fast and has prevented them from cracking.  I tried a different brand last year, but it didn’t moisturize as much.  Plus, I love the tingly minty feeling it leaves on my lips.  It is also a good base for my lipstick.

  2. UGG Boots.  This, I completely owe to my sister Mel.  Last year, I survived with something similar, and I thought, hey I don’t need those booths after all.  But when she gifted me my first pair this year, boy was I wrong.  My feet were warm and toasty, I had perfect balance thanks to the soles that prevented me from slipping, and it keeps me dry!  So dry!  I love it.

  3. Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment.  My skin dries up so fast that most of the time, regular lotion doesn’t quite cut it.  This ointment has helped the skin around my nails from cracking.  I’ve also been urging my husband to use it for his hands too, as he constantly soaps and washes his hands at work, giving him EXTREMELY dry hands.  Also, I slather this baby on my feet, especially my cracked heels, at night.  With the help of a good ol’ pair of socks, my skin is now on its way to being baby smooth.

  4. That one coat that goes everywhere anytime.  Again, a pro tip from my sister Mel.  You must have that one coat that you can throw on and brave the cold winds with.  It’s just that one coat that keeps you warm as you get from Point A to B.

  5. A hair dryer.  This, I learned the hard way.  I thought they were just kidding when they said you’ll get sick when you go out during winter with wet hair.  So of course, I tested the waters.  After coming down with the flu and a sore throat that put me out of commission for at least a week (and no appetite for almost 5 days!), I now realize the importance of the hair dryer my husband got me.  I do cheat still, from time to time, and not completely dry my hair.  But keeping my scalp as dry as possible, and maybe the ends just slightly damp, I haven’t been down that long since.


You may need more than the five items on this list, like thicker socks, gloves, and maybe a hat.  But so far, these essentials are all I’ve needed.  I can’t really speak of experience of course, since I’ve only been here for two winters.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have a more expanded list in the future, especially when the husbands starts to ask me to help him shovel.  Hahaha.  Until then, I’ll just have all these in handy.

How was your winter?