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Marcia did a great job with my upper and lower permanent eyeliner. I have had this same procedure done by two other people and it was extremely painful. The technique Marcia uses is almost painless. She takes her time and makes sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure . She is very meticulous. I am very happy with my results and would definitely recommend her!11/5/13I have now had permanent makeup applied to my lips. I actually thought that the lips were easier than the eyes. The lips numb up faster and easier than the eyes. My lips were swollen for about two and a half days and it took about two weeks for all of the peeling process to finish. After the first two and half days, I felt comfortable with my appearance to leave the house. Marcia is very careful with her application to give you the best result. She is very particular, which I loved. I would definitely recommend having this done! I love it. I have very fair skin and was afraid the color would be too bight for me, but is not at all. It looks very natural!The only very minor thing I would like Marcia to do differently would be to have things ready to go when You get there. It takes her about 30-45 minutes to set things up. Maybe if she would start the numbing process before she sets things up it would save the customer a lot of time. Other than that, everything was great.
I pretty much plucked my eyebrows into oblivion years ago, and have been drawing them on it seems like all my life. I got tired of swimming and just being out and having them wear off and I knew I wanted permanent brows. I looked at many sites and to be honest, I didn't see one person I would trust to do this until I saw Marcia's Faces site. The results all looked fantastic. So, I made an appointment. Marcia makes you feel at home right away. Her "office" is unique and has great ambience...but as far as being both an accomplished artist and someone who only wants the best results, Marcia is the real deal. She consulted with me at length over what I could expect, what I wanted, the color and meticulously measured all during the procedure to make sure things were just perfect. All the while making sure I was pain free. This procedure did not hurt at all, and having other tattoos elsewhere, I know it could have. But it did not. Marcia made sure of it. I highly recommend her, this is THE PLACE to go for cosmetic tattooing. For the first time in a really long time, my eyebrows look perfect all the time, I wake up with them, and I don't have to worry about them disappearing by the end of the day. It is a major confidence booster and I'm just really happy I found Marcia Renner.
I have been penciling my eyebrows for years and hated the process every morning. I hated summer time because I couldn't take my kids to the pool or go camping with my family without constantly being worried that my eyebrows were going to be smeared or gone because of the water. I researched permanent make-up for over a year and watched tons of videos on the process. I was terrified to get it done, not because of the pain, but because what if I looked mad or surprised FOREVER!!! I finally made an appointment with Marcia. One of the best decisions I have ever made!! My husband went with me and it was an amazing experience!! She was so nice and reassuring and comforting...to both of us. She walked us through the entire procedure ..step by step. I never felt rushed and she did exactly what I asked for. She did an amazing job and there was absolutely no pain at all!! I have many tattoos and it didn't even come close to feeling like that! I love my new eyebrows and couldn't be happier with the decision I made to finally do it and couldn't be more pleased with the outcome!! I go today for my follow-up which is included in the price. Couldn't be happier and can't say enough nice things about Marcia!! She is amazing and you won't be disappointed!!! Sandi Brooks - Eudora Kansas
I had Marcia do a soft lash line on my upper and lower lash lines and it looks beautiful!! I wear minimal makeup and wanted that same look and I've been nothing but happy with the results. My mom who lives in Dallas, TX liked my eyes so much she flew to KC just to have Marcia do her eyes and eye brows and she loved the results. I'm going to get my brows done too. I've taken up running about six months ago and it's so nice to wake up and go for a run without feeling like my eyes are invisible on my face plus on hot days, there's no smudging like eye liner does. If you're wondering about the "painless" description...IT'S TRUE!! Marcia made sure I wasn't in any pain or discomfort during the process and her office is immaculate. I also appreciated how she explained how everything was sterilized and showed me the tools she was using to minimize any apprehension I had. Marcia has a great bed-side manner and she also gives great tips on other products like lash growth serum, etc. I've handed her business cards out to several girlfriends who are amazed to find out that I have permanent eyeliner. If you're researching permanent makeup, you will not be disappointed with Faces by Marcia!!!
Ryan has been an absolute joy to work with! Corey (his "right hand") is fabulous, as well!My realtor referred me to Ryan to help with the purchase of a FSBO. There were some complicated hoops to jump through considering a recent divorce and the property being part of a recently deceased person's estate... Ryan was always readily available - he guided me through each-and-every step of the process. The contract-to-closing time was quite short and limited... without hesitation, Ryan made it happen. Despite my abundance of ridiculous questions, he was always super fast to reply and never once made me feel anything less than his #1 client. Words cannot express how impressed I am with Ryan and Sierra Pacific Mortgage... each step of this was absolutely painless... I would go as far to say that this purchasing experience was "enjoyable", all thanks to Ryan and his team. In the future, Ryan and Corey will be my automatic "go-to" for any and all mortgage needs. Look no further... this team is the best that the mortgage world could ever offer!!!
Do your self a favor and go to Faces by Marcia Renner. Not only is she half the price of the others but I left there convinced that nobody could do a better job than what she did. I started to go elsewhere and pay twice as much because that old saying stuck in my head you get what you pay for. I don’t know why I decided to go there, but I am so glad I did, and I want to recommend her to everyone that I can. Marcia thank you so much. Not only does it look fantastic but also boosted my self-confidence. Not only did she do a wonderful job but one of the most important things sanitation seem to be a priority to her and I really appreciate that. Thank you again Marcia for everything. I had her do my eyeliner and she penciled in my brows and shaped them. Remember me Marcia?I gave you a big hug afterwards. I absolutely love you……..I’m sure a lot of women feel the same way as I do after going to you. You really help me in more ways than you know.Sorry, my husband doesn’t know so I have to remain anonymous
Back in December I had my eyebrows done by Marcia. I researched her and liked what I saw, plus I got a recommendation from a prior client . I have to say that I never regretted my decision to do my eyebrows but that is due in great part to Marcia! She explained every step of the process and made sure I understood! She definitely knows her craft and the results I got were beyond my expectations. I saw her for the follow up and we adjusted the color to make them even better. The time she took to measure and draw them in on the first visit was amazing and a learning experience! Marcia did such a fabulous job on my brows that I went back to her in March and had my upper eyeliner done! I love it so much! Really cuts down on makeup application time! I had thought a long time about doing both and because Marcai did such an amazing job, I only wished I had done them sooner!! If any lady out there is thinking of doing any pernament face makeup then see Marcia, you won't regret it and will love it!!!
MARCIA IS SO PROFESSIONAL AND PATIENT. SHE SHOWS YOU OPTIONS AND ALLOWS YOU TO CHOOSE YOUR COLOR AND SHAPE. I HAVE BEAUTIFUL NEW EYEBROWS THAT LOOK NATURAL. MY HUSBAND ASKED ME WHY I HAD VASELINE ON MY FOREHEAD, WHEN IN FACT I HAD A&D ON MY BROWS. HE OBVIOUSLY THOT I LOOKED NORMAL OR HE WOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING. MY BROWS ARE NOT FAKE LOOKING. NO PAINTED ON LOOK. JUST NATURAL AND SO LOVELY. MARCIA CONTOURS YOUR BROWS TO YOUR FACE WITH PRECISE MEASUREMENTS TO YOUR FACE. SHE HAS YOU LOOK AS SHE IS WORKING SO YOU CAN TWEEK THE LOOK AS YOU GO ALONG. YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT, WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT. NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL, CUSTOM LOOK, CUSTOM MEASUREMENTS, CUSTOM COLOR. IT IS ALL ABOUT YOU, THE CUSTOMER, AND WHAT YOU WANT YOUR NEW LOOK TO SAY ABOUT WHO YOU ARE! THIS IS A VERY PROFESSIONAL WOMAN WITH SKILLS SO PERFECT, YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT HOW BEAUTIFUL AND NATURAL YOU LOOK. MY NEXT STEP IS LIPS. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO MARCIA FOR HELPING ME LOOK BETTER, AND STILL LOOK NATURAL.
I have always had thin brows, but I was really uncomfortable with the idea of permanent makeup. I am over 50, and I didn't want to look like one of those "scary" old ladies whose faces were over done cosmetically, so I have never done anything out of fear. My aesthetician heard about Marcia from another facial client of hers, and recommended that I see her. I did, and as a result I decided to have my brows enhanced with permanent makeup. I'm so glad I did! Marcia really takes the time to explain the process, and what to expect afterwards. It is not painful, just a little uncomfortable (although she does provide M&Ms, so that helps!). I have been so happy with the results, but most of all I have been so pleased that my friends and colleagues have commented on how great I look. They don't know exactly what I've done, and I'll never tell, but I have had so many people comment and that makes me very happy.Thanks Marcia!
I first found Marcia in 2012 where I went to her for soft eyeliner. At the time I was SO nervous about getting a permanent tattoo on my face. I have had previous tattoo so I know exactly what pain comes along with the process. Marcia's office was very CLEAN and orderly. And Marcia was VERY easy to talk and calm my nerves. The process turned out to be a VERY pleasant experience. The discomfort level is VERY minimal, not even worthy of calling it pain:) I loved my soft eyeliner to my upper and lower eyelid.After two years now, I wanted to go BOLDER with my eyeliner. I had no reservations about seeing Marcia, at Faces Permanent Makeup, again!I'm SO HAPPY with the outcome! If you choose to have eyeliner put on I hope this helps you. I absolutely LOVE my eyeliner!! The amount of people that compliments me daily is wonderful.....best MAKEUP ever!!!!!!
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.