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THE GOOD GEISHA // Opening June 18TH #Toronto

THE GOOD GEISHA
Toronto’s first premiere cosmetic tattoo shop
GRAND OPENING
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016
576 Dundas St. West


“Restoring confidence in someone’s life makes all the difference.”
- Amber Gotzmieter -

COSMETIC TATTOOING RAISES EYEBROWS
THE GOOD GEISHA HELPS SHAPE STANDARDS  









From permanent make-up, to medical and restorative procedures; cosmetic tattooing, known as ‘micropigmentation’ is becoming a common practice for both men and women in Toronto, GTA. Responding to this growing trend, are Cosmetic Tattoo Artists, Amber Gotzmieter and Anna Chow, who have teamed up to bring Toronto its first premiere cosmetic tattoo shop, called The Good Geisha opening Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at 576 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON. The pair is working together at distinguishing themselves from the bad to the good. Both business women are addressing safety and health concerns found in other budget cosmetic clinics and are advocating for industry standards, while educating the general public about choosing the right procedures.
“Many professionals in the industry, including myself, strongly believe that cosmetic tattooing procedures do not belong in an environment where you'd get your nails done,” says Amber Gotzmeister, Co-owner of The Good Geisha. “Because the industry is unregulated with little enforced standards, you want to do your research before selecting someone to administer cosmetic tattooing. You have to be very careful. I would strongly advise against budget cosmetic clinics and day spas offering cosmetic tattooing, unless you have done thorough research giving you complete confidence in the business.”
“We hear countless horror stories and witness mistakes up-close and personal, often having to correct them from improper and unprofessional procedures, says Anna Chow, Co-owner of The Good Geisha. “There has also been little positive media coverage on cosmetic tattooing in the press. We want to change these attitudes, while addressing the main health & safety concerns including infections and permanent disfigurement, hepatitis B and C, expensive to correct mistakes and no industry standards holding anyone accountable.”
Many celebrities are rumoured to have had permanent make-up procedures. When you live your life constantly in the spotlight and under a microscope, it seems like a viable option. The three most common procedures are eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips, in that order. However it changes between cosmetic and medical based on demographic and market targeting. Gotzmeister has performed over 500 eyebrow and eyeliner services; 200 lips and 100 paramedical.


Client Testimonials
“I absolutely love how natural my brows look after microblading with Amber. She was able to absolutely perfect my brow shape and give me perfect definition to highlight my eyes," says Melissa Andre of Melissa Andre Events. “I fly between Toronto and LA throwing parties for Drake and many other celebrities, and cosmetic tattooing has helped me save a lot of application time. When you are constantly working in the spotlight and busy like me, the procedure was a wise investment that improved my business of being social.”
Gotzmeister has been a senior instructor at the Micropigmentation Centre since 2014, primarily focused on all “hands on” practical training for all of the programming. She also leads the Microblading Program teaching theory, design concepts and strategies.
The Microblading Fundamental Program at the Micropigmentation Centre offers the strongest Microblading training in the industry.  The team compiled the best techniques and training tools into a program approved by SPCP (Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals) approved program. The program continues to develop new techniques and remain ahead of the industry’s needs.  The students excel with their new skills and pertinent training in health and safety that is required to maintain the integrity of our industry.  

About Amber Gotzmeister
Amber Gotzmeister is a Colour Correction Expert, the Senior Instructor at the Micropigmentation Centre and the Co-owner of The Good Geisha. She started in the medical camouflaging makeup industry in 2003 teaching her clients how to cover their scars and birthmarks with makeup.  This led her to study Micropigmentation under Pat Shibley in 2007 and she has been performing countless procedures since. In 2014 she became an instructor at the world renowned Micropigmentation Centre and has since developed and implemented new fundamental programming and advanced workshops. Amber is known for her calming personality and her extensive knowledge on colour in the skin.  Amber holds a CIDESCO designation in medical esthetics and a Marvel Makeup Diploma since 2003. Specialities: 3D Microblading, Cometic & Para Medical Tattoos. @microbyamber

About Anna Chow
Anna entered the industry from a finance background, but always loved art. She enjoys working with lines, shapes, colours, and symmetry. Diving head first into cosmetic tattooing, she trained under Pat Shibley at the Micropigmentation Centre in early 2015, and continues to learn, share and apprentice with Amber Gotzmeister. Anna is also the junior instructor at the Micropigmentation Centre.  She is extremely passionate about her work and finds fulfillment by listening to her clients’ needs, assessing facial structures and helping recreate their image. 

Comments

  1. On September 25th, they had an eyebrow open house and I got my eyebrows microbladed by Anna and Amber. I told Anna that I wanted my eyebrows to be a little thicker as they are very sparse and I wanted them to look natural. I emphasized natural about 5 times. Anna used the golden ratio method and measured out my perfect eyebrows. The golden ratio is a method that is used in art to make things completely symmetrical. As Anna drew the brows and showed she told me that these would be the perfect brows for my face and they were a lot higher than my natural brows. She informed me that she would shave off the end of my brows and that I would need to maintain them. I had looked into microblading quite a bit before this appointment but this is something that I never heard of from anyone. In this moment, I thought that they were experts and knew what they were doing and I can honestly say that everyone else’s eyebrows looked amazing (but no one else shaved off their brows so they used their natural hair to create a fuller brow). She then shaved off about half of my brows and Amber microbladed my brows.

    As Amber gave me a mirror to show me my eyebrows, I was in shock and my first thought was “oh my god you just ruined your face.” It was a big change to my face but I don’t think that was why I felt like that. The shape of the eyebrows was completely unflattering to my face. It did not suit my face at all. They were huge and overpowered my face. I had messaged good geisha on Instagram that night and told them that I did not like it all. They advised me to wait a few days and that it would fade a lot and that the shape would shrink. My issue was with the shape. It is completely unnatural. I only had eyebrow hair at the front of my brows and the rest she shaved off.

    I was unhappy with the shape and went to a few other microblading places to discuss my eyebrows and any options for removing/fading/fixing the eyebrows. I met with three different places and none of them understood why they would shave my eyebrows and draw on new eyebrows. The method that they used to draw on the brows is used to make your eyebrows completely symmetrical as if the rest of your face is symmetrical…however no one’s face is completely symmetrical which led to my eyebrows not flattering my face at all.

    I messaged Good Geisha about two weeks ago on Instagram and advised them that I was unhappy with my brows and they told me to come in as there was “so much to discuss.” I drove a hour yesterday to meet with Amber for about 15 minute meeting. She advised me that the only way to fade them without ruining it was to purchase a vitamin C and glycolic acid product that they sold at the store. They also do eliminink which is a method to fade the eyebrows but the aftercare is very strict. I have let my natural eyebrow hair grow in so currently it looks like I have two eyebrows. She advised me that I should clean up my natural eyebrow so only the tattoo would be remain and that I should come in in a few months after its faded more to discuss further options. What I said to her was…that if I keep removing my natural eyebrow hairs that they would get thinner and eventually not come in and that once my tattoo fades that I would only have half a eyebrow. She said that this is not true because it would only be for a short period of time…but a year or two is not a short period of time. This is not true at all.

    I am honestly so disappointed in the way that they handled this. Anna said that I asked for something completely different from my natural brow which is not something I asked for at all!! I emphasized natural so many times!

    I honestly would be careful when getting microblading done especially here. I would not trust their reviews either. On the day of the event, they offered everyone who did there microblading to get a touch up done for $100 or $150 if they gave them a 5 star google rating.

    Please be careful as I don’t want anyone to feel the way that I feel and go through what I am going through currently. I don’t recommend this place at all to anyone!!!!

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