Monday, February 16, 2015

What is the pelvic floor?

Shhhhh...nobody’s talking about this...

My sister, Janet, who lives in Florida, was up for the holidays and over a few glasses of wine, we were having and interesting discussion about her work! Although it may make you blush, it’s very important information that we all need to know! I asked her if she could write today’s Makeover Mondays blog!!! You’ll definitely want to print this one out.  Happy “kegeling”!!!  Bonnie Hall

Janet Sage is  a Certified Urologic Registered Nurse for 35 years and has Attended and completed Biofeedback Training and Incontinence Solutions September  2012 . Reference information taken from Managing and Treating Urinary Incontinence Dr. Dianne Newman and Dr. Alan Wein University of Pennsylvania School of medicine

What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is a set of muscles that spread across the bottom of the pelvic cavity like a hammock.  The pelvic floor has three openings that run through it, the urethra, the vagina and the rectum. The functions of the pelvic floor include:

  • To support the pelvic organs, specifically the uterus, the bladder and the rectum
  • To help provide sphincter control for the bladder and bowel
  • To withstand increases in pressure that occur in the abdomen such as coughing, sneezing, laughing,  straining and lifting
  • To enhance the sexual response

What are consequences of a weak pelvic floor?

  • When a woman ages, the pelvic floor muscles may begin to sag and weaken as a result of stress placed on them.  Many conditions can stress the pelvic  floor including:
  • Pregnancy related changes in the body
  • Heavy straining during childbirth
  • Damage to the pelvic floor sustained during childbirth
  • Repeated straining such as during bowel movements or chronic cough
  • Repetitive heavy lifting
  • As a woman goes through menopause, estrogen levels fall. This leads to a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. Weak pelvic floor muscles can result in pelvic organ prolapse ( when one of your pelvic organs falls out of place or through the vaginal canal).  Prolapse can occur to your bladder, urethra, uterus, rectum, intestine and vagina. Other consequences of a weak pelvic floor include the involuntary  leakage of urine or stool ( urinary and fecal incontinence).

What are the benefits of strengthening the pelvic floor? 

  • Maintenance of strength, tone and elasticity of the pelvic floor muscles. This helps support the abdominal and pelvic contents against gravity
  • Helps with bladder and bowel control
  • Improves sexual response for both you and you partner


Pretend that you are holding a raw egg inside the vagina or anus. Tighten around the egg shell but don’t break it. Hold it there for 10 seconds and then release. Relax for 10 seconds and then repeat 20 times. Do this exercise daily. It can take 3-6 months for the muscles to bulk up. There is also a quick contraction you can practice. Pretend you have that same egg in the vagina or anus and contract quickly , as if you were cracking the egg. Now relax for 5 seconds. Do this exercise 25 times daily. This is a very good exercise to use for urinary frequency and urgency.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Makeover Monday - Just BE It!

Many gurus talk and write about the law of attraction for manifesting what we want in life. But I think it's more about the law of "BEING"! 

Inside an acorn is all that is needed for it to become an oak tree. The acorn doesn't have to wish for it, or work for it, or visualize just has to have the right conditions so that it will naturally happen

All the things you dream about experiencing are things already inside you ready to emerge when you provide the "right" conditions  and consciousness to allow them to become your reality! "Seeing isn't believing" really should be...."believing is seeing"! 

Trust you have a magical life ready to emerge.....make all your thoughts and actions be the mirror of your readiness of your dreams and desires....and most of all be grateful when they come! So go ahead and

Just BE It!

Happy Monday!!!  Bonnie Hall

Bonnie Hall
Permanent Makeup Philadelphia & South Jersey

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Friday, July 11, 2014

What's Your Definition of Beauty?

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What's Your Definition of Beauty?

There are certain words that when we think about their definitions, they may have different meanings to each one of us. For example, words like wealth, success, happiness & beauty all may have very different meaning depending on who you are and what your beliefs and values are. How we define these words reveals a lot about what's important to us in life.  For me the definition of beauty is about balance and harmony; the dance between honoring the imperfections, the patina of life and recognizing and being grateful for the good parts all at the same time. 

When we feel like we are honoring ourselves with our thoughts, self talk and actions, we will be doing the things that benefit ourselves and others
Whether it's something we see in nature or what we see in the reflection of our mirror, I believe that when we feel like we are honoring ourselves with our thoughts, self talk and actions, we will be doing the things that benefit ourselves and others. The natural byproduct of this is that we will look and feel more beautiful and see more beauty in the world!

  • Take some time and write down your personal definition for beauty! 
  • Discover some important values you may have not realized you had! 
  • Take the time and create a day of beauty for yourself.....a bubble bath with some Epsom salts and coconut oil, light some candles and enjoy a glass of wine or favorite drink! 

Contemplate all that you're grateful for and visualize your delicious future!

Bonnie HallPermanent Makeup Philadelphia & South Jersey

Eyebrows, eyebrow tattooing, permanent makeup,  permanent eyebrows! |  856-904-5164

Thursday, May 8, 2014



I was teaching permanent makeup and this beautiful Brazilian women was sitting across from me with the most AMAZING skin. She was in her mid 50's with skin like silk! Even taking into consideration her good genetics, I had to ask her for her beauty secret.

She told me that if you do  these 4 things that you would age VERY GRACEFULLY and the best thing about this secret is that it is easy, affordable, accessible and edible!

Use 1/2 cup of unbleached, organic sugar and 1 whole lemon squeezed. Stir with your finger and start to exfoliate yourself, starting at your feet working your way up, finishing with your face. Turn on your shower and rinse. Your skin will feel like silk.

I love the sunflower oil as a natural moisturizer. You can even use on your face! There is no smell and it soaks right into your skin and won't feel greasy once it soaks in!

Eat a couple tablespoons of seeds daily for many health benefits. Always eat them raw and preferably soaked In spring waters for a few hours so that you can release the enzymes making them easy to digest and the nutrients more easily absorbed. You can throw them in smoothies, salads or just eat them plain.

Pumpkin seeds are amazing for you! They have L-tryptophan which is effective against depression and they are vey high in zinc which helps with your bone health and your healing abilities. Pumpkin seeds are also help to reduce inflammation.  They are extremely high in magnesium and also contain phytoserols which helps reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.

Sesame seeds are very high in cancer fighting antioxidants such as vitamin E and lignans. They are high in B complex and zinc and also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Chia seeds are higher in omega 3 fatty acids than flax seeds and are more easily digested and don't have to be soaked. They are rich in antioxidants, minerals & protein and help you to fill full because of the high fiber content and help to balance your blood sugar.

Drinking Squeezed lemon in water is extremely healthy for you. It has a very  alkalizing effect on your body and is loaded with vitamin C. It's also important to make sure you are well hydrated throughout the day. It's really good for your skin and helps with suppressing your appetite. Drinking lots of lemon water naturally helps you detoxify unwanted toxins and you can drink it cold or warm. I love to make my water look fancy by using a wine glass and adding a sprig of mint. A great goal is to drink an ounce of water per pound of body weight.

I believe when you create these beautiful self care rituals they are a wonderful way to feed your soul as well as nourishing your body!

I hope you enjoy the benefits like I have!
Bonnie Hall

Monday, March 24, 2014


BONNIE HALL Ink :: The Art of Beauty


People used to think of the fading factor as a negative, but I love the fact that it fades!

I often get requests for semi-permanent makeup instead of permanent makeup. You'll  be shocked to know there is NO DIFFERENCE!!!!!  They are EXACTLY the same procedure and  there are no special semi-permanent pigments!

Semi-permanent make up is the name that they use throughout Europe and England. They chose to call it semi-permanent because of the high fading factor and the fact that it has to be refreshed or touched up every couple years depending on skin, pigment color and lifestyle. But in the US where we are a much more litigious country and because even if there is a barely there hint of color left, we have to refer to it in this country as permanent makeup. Kind of like permanent hair dye that has to be touched up.

From a marketing standpoint the semi-permanent sounds much more appealing to some women because as a woman, we all know that trends and looks change over the years and so do we. So having to make a decision based on something that is permanent can be scary. What I try to explain to women is that permanent makeup is not about trends. It is about enhancing your features by using your bone structure, coloring, eye shape and color to balance any asymmetry and make you look years younger! I call this facial architecture. There are certain perimeters with the application that will keep someone from making a mistake that could be unflattering in years to come.

It is about enhancing your features by using your bone structure, coloring, eye shape and color to balance any asymmetry and make you look years younger! I call this facial architecture.
People used to think of the fading factor as a negative, but I love the fact that it fades! I love the fact that my once black eyeliner is now a soft charcoal which is much better for my age and coloring. Education and understanding of the entire process is paramount. Yes, I still do the occasional trendy look but only after the client really understands the outcome. Mostly women are not looking for that "Saturday night" look, they are just wanting to look more alive, vibrant and younger!  With one of their biggest reasons for having this procedure is they are sick and tired of having to drawl on their eyebrows everyday!

For women that have had previous permanent makeup and it hasn't faded and they are unhappy with the color and/or design, there are safe and inexpensive removal treatments and color correction techniques that are very effective in fixing any unwanted permanent makeup.

I think that permanent makeup is one of the best non-surgical procedures that a woman can invest in. Permanent makeup can really take years off someone's face, correct someone's asymmetry and enhance all their features of their face giving a women (or man) the freedom and confidence to always look and feel refreshed and beautiful!

Bonnie Hall
Educator, trainer and 22 years experience in permanent makeup and medical tattooing