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My Experience With PhiBrows Microblading


I like to think that I’ve been blessed with nice brows, mostly because I actually have them. Thank god I was still indifferent towards beauty and makeup when thin brows were trendy, so I never made the mistake of overplucking them! It took some time, a few mistakes (like bleaching them and leaving them as is), and a lot of learning and experimenting before I finally figured out my eyebrows.

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

Notice how I always cover the right side of my face with my hair? It’s because my face is asymmetrical and my right eyebrow and eye are noticeably smaller and hang lower than the left. I don’t think it looks that bad in person, especially since faces are animated and have expressions. Pictures are a different story, though, and that’s why you’ll hardly ever see me post a photo with my hair pushed back lol.

Anyway, I like my eyebrows but you know, they could be perfect. I also wouldn’t mind not having to draw them on every morning because it’s seriously my least favorite makeup thing to do. Good thing advances have been made in semi-permanent/permanent makeup so no need to worry about getting something permanent only for it to end up ugly.

Last Saturday, I dropped by Brows and Beyond, a microblading studio and aesthetic center in Katipunan, to have my eyebrows done.

PhiBrows Microblading Academy


Eyebrow microblading (also known as eyebrow embroidery, 3D brows, or feather stroke brows) is a type of permanent makeup done manually, giving the artist more control over how thin and natural the strokes or “hairs” will look. I believe traditional permanent makeup uses a machine, which makes brows look a little too strong and unnatural (or even just plain bad!). I’m not familiar with other eyebrow studios but Brows and Beyond uses the PhiBrows technique and system.

PhiBrows Microblading Academy


Confused? Don’t be! Phibrows is a technique/system of drawing on eyebrows that produces super realistic results. In fact, even the PhiBrows Artist who did my brows was shocked at how natural her work was! With PhiBrows, the shape of your brows-to-be are calculated (via the PhiBrows compass and app) according to your face and the golden ratio or phi (1.618) and the color is also determined according to the natural color of your eyebrow hair. Symmetry is also determined digitally when your fascial muscles are relaxed (they have you close your eyes for this). Most importantly, PhiBrows only uses natural pigments that’ll fade nicely and won’t turn grayish-green or red over time.

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

PhiBrows tools

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

Surgical blades

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

PhiBrows pigments

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

My brows, natural and sans makeup.

If I remember correctly, this is how my microblading session went:

1. I am asked to lie down and close my eyes while the PhiBrows artist uses the compass and app to see the best eyebrow shape for my face.

2. My eye makeup is removed with a cleanser.

3. The shape of my brows-to-be are drawn with a pencil.

4. A cream is applied.

5. The etching and scratching begins. There is some discomfort during the first 4-5 minutes because… there is pain in beauty and beauty in pain. I have a high threshold for pain but even I teared up a little in the beginning because the eyebrow area is a bit sensitive. After that, the scratching starts to feel relaxing. That, or I could be a masochist.

(I see people take selfies of themselves undergoing facials and such and I always wonder how the hell do they manage to still look good from this unflattering angle???)

6. My brows are then masked with pigment for a few minutes.

7. The pigment is wiped off and a silicone gel is applied for protection.

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

Immediately after microblading

8. DONE. Took a ton of selfies and cooed over my perfect new brows.

Before & 3 days later

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

They are healing beautifully! I was given A&D ointment to help with the scabbing but I mostly use my trusty virgin coconut oil and argan oil. The pigment isn’t also as harsh as it was fresh so my brows look more natural now.

My PhiBrows artist also tried to correct my droopy right eyebrow by removing a few hairs underneath. It’s still lopsided (because my face is lopsided, after all) but it’s not as obvious as it used to be! She also explained that my right eyebrow is droopy because of the hair that covers that part so I’ve been making a conscious effort to keep my hair out of my face.

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

Wehna (leftmost), one of Brows and Beyond’s owners, first tried to attend the PhiBrows Microblading Academy in Serbia (where it’s originally from) and Spain but wasn’t able to make it. After emailing back and forth with PhiBrows founder, Branko Babic, they decided to bring PhiBrows Microblading Academy to the Philippines.

Wehna is makeup artist while Ron (rightmost) is also a makeup instructor who learned how to do microblading through the PhiBrows Microblading Academy. Ron is actually one of the first (and the best) PhiBrows Artists in the country! There have been two workshops this year with the third one happening next week. If you’re interested in becoming a PhiBrows Artist, you may visit or send them an email at

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

With my PhiBrows Artist, Ron

More photos of my brows:

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

PhiBrows Microblading Academy

My eyebrows look SO NATURAL!!! Like I grew them myself!

I am seriously amazed. They’re not harsh or overpowering. But if you think you’d save time getting ready without having to draw on your brows, you’re WRONG. I’m late all the time now because I’m a teensy bit obsessed with how they look that I spend so much time in the morning just taking selfies.

Since PhiBrows uses all-natural pigments, I’ll need to go in for a perfecting or retouch session within the next 6-18 months. It’s really dependent on how my skin takes to the pigment! I’ve heard that some semi-perm brows can last up to two years but those are pigments that have chemicals in them so I’d be cautious about that.

Brows and Beyond is located at the 2nd floor or Prince David Condominium along Katipunan Avenue. You may contact them at (02) 622-3322 for microblading or PhiBrows Microblading Academy inquiries.

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  • Reply Jenn September 7, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Grabe ang ganda!!

    • Reply Helga September 9, 2016 at 5:11 pm


  • Reply Kai September 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Kakaibabe! :)

  • Reply christine September 8, 2016 at 12:06 am

    beautiful Helga! I have uneven brows as well and it drives me bonkers!


  • Reply Corinth Suarez September 8, 2016 at 8:31 am

    This is so great! You get to save 20 mins when doing makeup haha. It’s just that the word “blading” makes it sound so scary and painful! I’m looking to get eyelash extensions. But I don’t think I can be that “maluho”. haha

    • Reply Helga September 9, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Honestly, I prefer microblading over eyelash extensions lol. I’ve had my lashes done twice and regretted both times because they get so uncomfortable and itchy.

  • Reply Pia September 8, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Your eyebrows looks so good! It’s making me want to get one for myself but I’m just really scared of how much it would hurt. I do believe that I have a high pain threshold but whenever I get my eyebrows threaded, I curse the threading lady multiple times in my head. Lol. Also, i love the lipstick you’re wearing in the photos! <3

    • Reply Helga September 13, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Hahaha kaya naman siya!

      I think I was wearing Sleek’s Matte Me in Shabby Chic. :)

  • Reply Jae September 9, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Uy, astig! I’ve been looking into this service kasi I have sparse eyebrow hairs due to overplucking din *cringe* tapos even when I maintain it with threading, feeling ko hindi pa rin siya pantay. Is this similar to getting a tattoo?? Legit question. Haha!

    • Reply Helga September 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Hahaha yes, parang tattoo because they make little cuts with the blade then add pigment!

      • Reply Jae September 15, 2016 at 6:16 am

        OMG scary! :o

        • Reply Helga September 15, 2016 at 11:05 am

          It’s really not (but then, I have several tattoos)! Semi-permanent makeup is tattooing naman talaga. I wanna try yung “invisible” eyeliner next.

          • Jae September 17, 2016 at 12:43 am

            Haha! I don’t have tattoo, so I don’t know how that feels. Hahaha! Sige nga, tapos kwento mo ulit sa’min! Pero seryoso, gusto ko try this one para magpantay na sila. :(

  • Reply Rej September 9, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I got really curious about microblading when I saw you tweet about it. I do have natural eyebrows but I’m really lazy to kinda “fix” it to make it look good or enhance it with the use of make up so I’m trying to look into this but then again, your warning about pain made me have second thoughts! LOL. I remember my first threading experience and I actually teared up the whole time. The person who was doing it was actually kind enough to guide me through it because she knew it was my first time. Anyway, your brows really look better this time!

    • Reply Helga September 15, 2016 at 11:08 am

      I go to Browhaus for threading and it isn’t as painful as others!!! But again, I have a high threshold for pain haha.


  • Reply Louise Ramos September 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Ang gandaaa! So happy you’ve been posting a lot again, Helga! I miss your posts ?? Your eyebrows are so on fleek, and loving that color of eyeshadow!
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    • Reply Helga September 15, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Awww, thanks so much Louise!

  • Reply Mariano September 15, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Grabe, naengganyo ako to do it for myself lol

  • Reply Vikki September 20, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Ganda ng bra natin te. :D

  • Reply Sam (@followyouroad) October 26, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Helga you look more beautiful than ever. :) In fact you look younger than the years when I first followed you! Makeup questions though… Where’d you get that lippie?? Hope to hear from ya!

    • Reply Helga October 26, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Hahaha thanks Sam! I think I was wearing Sleek Matte Me in Shabby Chic here. :)

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