microblading experience + giveaway

microblading experience + giveaway

Back in the 90s thin eyebrows were a thing. True story. I was one of the unfortunate who decided to follow the thin eyebrow trend. Not only thin, but I was so afraid of a unibrow I actually would pluck ALL hairs the grew up....I cringe just thinking about it. Once I realized how delusional this was in college I had a hard time growing them back. I spent three years trying to fill them in and I did grow back enough to where I could pencil some extra in there and look like a normal human. I envied girls with naturally thick eyebrows and didn't have to spend so much dang time drawing them on every day. Microblading started to become a pretty big deal, especially in Utah and I knew I wanted this done. I wanted to find the right person since the thought of something even semi-permanent, scared the hell out of me.


I came across Storie on Instagram and knew she was the one. Every single person who came out of her studio looked amaze-balls. Perfect eyebrows every time, I call her the eyebrow wizard. I'm excited to tell you that she's agreed to do a giveaway with me for one very lucky person! Head to my personal Instagram account for details on entering...link HERE.

The process was pretty simple. It only took about an hour and fifteen minutes which kind of blew me away. Here's my before and after photos.....

She started by numbing my eyebrows. While the numbing cream got to work she started drawing them on so I could see what I liked/what I didn't/what I wanted her to differently. Of course she drew them on perfectly the first time haha I didn't want to change a thing. She informed me that I would feel a bit the first round, then she'd apply more numbing cream and I wouldn't feel any the second time. It does hurt a bit, to where my eyes were watering from the pain/bright light combo, but nothing unbearable. She was right about the second time, once she applied more numbing cream I didn't feel anything for the rest of the appointment. So maybe 10 minutes of slight pain, pretty easy! 

They were pretty sore the rest of the day. Sometimes I'd forget and rub my finger across my brows which hurt, second day was a little tender and by the third day they didn't hurt at all. They are pretty dark in the beginning which is normal. Around day 5 mine started to peal a bit, also normal and the reason why the 6-week touch up is essential (and included in the initial price). Here's some photos after they've healed and before my touch up (still waiting a few weeks for the touch up and then I'll update). These will last anywhere from 1-3 years! Here's some more of Storie's work, she really is the brow wizard. Don't forget to enter the giveaway and let me know if you have any questions!!


August 01, 2017 — Makel Gardner
Tags: beauty
lavender milk + honey bath melts - Kay Haupt

lavender milk + honey bath melts - Kay Haupt

Hello, sweet ones! I hope you are doing well. It’s been a long, long winter, at least here in the Midwest! We have been trying our hardest to get as much Vitamin D as possible, even though the weather is working against us. I think we can all feel the pain of having dry, irritated skin in the winter. I am prone to cracked fingers and knuckles and dry knees! I have an absolutely lovely solution for you, good for mamas and babes - lavender milk + honey bath melts!

Oh my goodness, these are so yummy. They smell so good! Just like a warm cup of tea with milk + honey. My mom walked in while I was brewing these up and said it smelled like cookies! not only do they smell delicious, but they are wonderfully moisturizing and rejuvenating as well, not to mention super easy to put together. Let’s get to making!

You’ll be filling these up with dry milk, which contains lactic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells, smooth rough rough patches, and renew skin. Honey works keep moisture locked in, rejuvenate dry skin, and helps to heal. You can also add some lavender essential oil to calm, relax, and take away stress. In all, these bath melts are extremely calming, soothing, and the perfect way to relax your little one before bedtime.


1/3 Cup Shea Butter

1/3 Cup Sweet Almond Oil

1/4 Cup Raw Honey

1 Cup Dry Milk

1/2 Cup Arrowroot Powder

5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

2 tsps Dried Lavender Buds


In a small saucepan, melt your shea butter, almond oil, and honey over low heat. I make mine in a makeshift double boiler, by placing a pan inside a large pot filled with water. Make sure not to get any water in your mixture! Melt until they are all combined well. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

In a medium sized bowl, pour in the dry milk and arrowroot powder. The arrowroot powder works to make the melts stick together. You could also use organic cornstarch!

Drizzle in the shea butter mixture while mixing it together with dry milk mixture with your fingers. Working with your hands works much better so you can break up any clumps that form. Drop in your essential oil.

Form the mix into small balls, about 1 inch thick, like you would cookie dough. These are a bit fragile, but will harden up. I found that squeezing them really did the trick to compact everything together. I made about 6-8 melts with this mixture.

Gently roll them in your dried lavender buds. Let sit until hardened, overnight.

To use, place them in the bottom of the bath and let the warm water fill up until you are satisfied. Feel free to massage them into your knees or any other dry patches. On baby’s feet would be so lovely!

xoxo Kayla
February 10, 2017 — Makel Gardner
ten must have beauty products - HG status

ten must have beauty products - HG status

I've never been much of a makeup girl since I don't wear that much honestly. I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair and makeup especially since becoming a mom. However I'm a research and product freak-of-nature when it comes to skin care. I have very dry, sensitive and acne prone skin.....an awesome combo HA! We have a tight budget with my husband being a full time dental student, so I research A LOT before spending money on a product. Granted, there has been lots of duds of products I have used over the years. I'm going to share the 10 products that you will never see me without, they are well loved by lots of people and they work so good with my skin they have earned the title of holy grail. I also threw in a couple of makeup products, ones that I love and have stuck with over the years. 


1. Frank Body - creamy face scrub: Everyone needs a good face scrub to buff away dull skin. I love the natural ingredients used in this product and it seriously makes my skin BABY soft, even softer than my Clarisonic. I have yet to try their original coffee scrub, which I read some people use on their face. I liked that this product was marketed toward sensitive skin and it came in a tube so it was easy to use over and over. I use this scrub about twice a week in the mornings when I need an extra glow or need my makeup to glide on.

2. Ponds cold cream: This is just a classic product that has been used for generations. I use this every night to take my makeup off. This is the best thing for dry skin, I just massage this on my face and take a warm wash cloth to wipe off. I follow up with my DIY toner and facial cream (more info below), and goodbye dry patches and hello clean soft skin. If you have oilier skin, the Noxema cold cream is a great alternative. I love the eucalyptus scent but it tends to be more drying. 

3. Indian Healing Clay - face mask: This mask is no joke. If you need a powerful facial and some deep pore cleansing, this is your guy. I mix mine with some Braggs apple cider vinegar for extra benefits. Tip: mix the powder and vinegar/water in a ziplock bag. Just pinch the outside for easy mixing then you can turn the bag inside-out to apply and throw away when finished. Makes for easy clean up with no dishes to clean. 

4. Urban Oreganics - green tea facial cream: This may be my favorite product of all. I searched for years for a good facial cream for my dry skin. This is the only one that has worked for me. Goodbye dry patches...finally and no acne side effects. I love the natural ingredients, I love the consistency and I love the way my skin feels. It hydrates all night. I use this morning and night since my skin is extremely dry. 

5. Tinkle face razors: I'm not going to try to explain this one so I'll let Michelle Money do it. Just watch this video and TRY IT! No shame. 

6. Tubby Todd all-over ointment: I can't say enough good things about this company in general. I have tried EVERY SINGLE Tubby Todd product and I'm obsessed with them all. But that's for another post since I mostly use them on my son (he has severe eczema). And the mama products will be on my fourth trimester baby must haves post...stay tuned. Anyway back to the ointment. This is my favorite product of theirs and if you have eczema just go buy it right now. I get eczema patches on my upper arms and this stuff is the only product that makes them disappear. It's like magic. 

7. Urban Oreganics - Body Food: My second Urban Oreganics product, another great company to try all their products. I use the Body Food for a million things: cuticles, baby belly, dry spots, eyelashes, dry hands/elbows/feet. It's just a great natural body butter packed with essential oils....endless possibilities. 

8. Aromatherapy eucalyptus sugar scrub: I received this scrub as a gift and I quickly became obsessed. For those nights when you need some extra pampering and relaxation. 

9. Estee Lauder sumptuous mascara: Hands down best mascara. I have very long and very straight eyelashes. This is a drier mascara, so I feel it holds curl better than any other. It's also super build-able. One coat is all you need for everyday but for nights out you can do a few coats and it'll look like you have falsies on...no spider lashes or clumping either! I love that I only need one mascara for day and night and I can build it for how I want it to look. My grandma buys all Estee Lauder makeup and she gave me a sample of this to try about 10 years ago. I've used this every since, I usually buy sample packs off Amazon since they last forever and you don't risk the little tubes drying out before you can use it all. 

10. Anastasia dip brow: Just a great eyebrow pomade that lasts all day and the color is just right for me (I use the chocolate). Only complaint about this is it can dry-out quick.


BONUS: DIY toner: Click the link for the tutorial I followed to make mine, I only had tea tree oil on hand so that's the essential oil I used (great for fighting acne). Better than any store bought toner and super cheap! I like to buy the ingredients in bulk so I can make a lot of batches, the products on their own can be used for a bunch of different things as well, win win. 

Let me know if you try any of these products and what you think! What are your HG beauty products?

January 25, 2017 — Makel Gardner