Microblading is one of the latest services to take the industry by storm! Also referred to as 3D or 6D brows, microblading is a permanent makeup technique where hair strokes are etched into your skin using a handheld tool rather than a machine. It lasts up to 18 months when done correctly and once you have it, you don't have to worry about filling in your brows with powder or pencil. Your brows will look super natural and full.Read More
This summer our days have been hot and unusually humid. There are a few tips I'd like to share with you to help make your lashes last as long as possible.
The first thing you may notice is that your lashes are shedding faster than they usually do. Let me assure you, this is totally normal and there's no need to panic. There are three common reasons I see shedding happening faster than usual when we're in the hotter months and it's humid.Read More
Unlike some other places, I offer 3 different sets of lash extensions. The Everyday Set, Posh Volume and Luxe Volume. All 3 sets are designed to accommodate all kinds of Clients based on your needs however below I explain the differences between the 3 options.
THE EVERYDAY SET
With this set, I apply one eyelash extensions to each one of your natural eyelashes. Some places would refer to this as a classic set and put on a set number of lashes. I've found that when you limit the number of lashes you use, the set can look really different in fullness from one Client to the next. Because of this, I apply an extension to every lash that can healthily support an eyelash extension so your lashes look full and natural. The end result is a set of lashes that looks like you have a great set of natural lashes. Here are a few examples of the Everyday Set.
Posh Volume is an advanced technique where 2-3 lash extensions are fanned out in the shape of a W and placed onto each one of your natural lashes. The lashes used for Posh Volume are significantly thinner than the lashes I use for the Everyday Set which is why I can use more than one without damaging your natural lashes. Posh Volume can be designed to look dramatic, soft and fluffy or very natural depending on your preference. Here are a few examples:
Luxe Volume lashes are designed to resemble strip lashes. They aren't meant to look natural at all. With a Luxe Volume set, I apply anywhere from 3-6 lash extensions onto each one of your natural lashes that can support it. Just like the Posh Volume set, I use micro thin lashes that are much thinner in diameter than what I would for an Everyday Set. In fact, I may even use a thinner lash than I would a Posh Volume set depending on what your lash will support. The lashes are fanned and then placed onto your natural lash. Once you get this set, it will look like you're wearing a pair of strip lashes only they will appear to be growing right out of your eyelid rather than resting on your skin. Here's a few examples:
Let's say it's your first time getting lash extensions and you're more of a natural woman. I would definitely recommend you go with an Everyday Set. The reason for this is because if you went with one of the volume sets, there's a great chance you won't be happy with them. It takes your eye a while to adjust to seeing yourself with eyelash extensions so it's better to start small to give yourself time to get used to wearing them and seeing yourself with them on.
If you're a woman that wears strip lashes then by all means, go for the Posh or Luxe Volume set. You're someone who's used to seeing yourself with big lashes so it won't be a shock to your eye getting fuller lash extensions. Keep in mind however that strip lashes and lash curlers may have caused breakage to your natural lashes. If that is the case, your first set may not be as full as it could be until your natural lashes are in a healthier place.
Eyelash extensions are a popular service and because of that, you now have lots of lash artists to chose from. On your journey of finding the right artist, you'll find that pricing can range anywhere from $50-$400 depending on where you're located. For most people, its confusing to see such a wide range in price for what appears to be the same service. In today's article, I'm going to explain why pricing varies so much from one artist to another. My hope is that it helps you to identify the things you should be on the lookout for and also helps you find the best artist to design your eyelash extensions.
The number one question I want answered when searching for an eyelash artist is:
HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN A "WORKING" LASH ARTIST?
There are 2 different types of artists. The first is the artist that rarely ever does lashes after becoming certified. This artist may offer other services like skincare and hair services that are their bread and butter while eyelash extensions are just another service on the menu that's rarely done. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common artists I see in the industry today. The second is the artist that practices on a consistent basis on anyone they can get their hands on as soon as they become certified. This artist is passionate about lash extensions and they're constantly fine tuning their technique to be at their best. While this artist is like finding a needle in a haystack, this is the kind of mentality you want to see in the artist designing your lash extensions.
I can brag and say I've been a level 2 certified eyelash artist with Naturalash for 10+ years. To most, that sounds impressive. The reality however, is that the first 2-3 years I was lucky if I worked on one Client per month. During that time, there was no way I could have considered myself proficient or a master level lash artist. If I did, that would have been false advertising. It wasn't until I'd started doing eyelash extensions more often that I could make claims of being a master with complete confidence.
Having years of experience coupled with tons of practice hours is what makes an artist great... not the amount of time they've had their certification.
On that note, some artists with less experience feel they need to charge less until they gain more experience applying eyelash extensions. A new artist may charge $50-70 for a set of lashes because that's what they believe they're worth right now. On the other end of the spectrum, an artist with 5-10 years of experience may charge quadruple that amount because they know they've put in the time mastering their craft and have invested more money in furthering their education.
Your lashes are a small thing that can dramatically change your appearance and how you feel about yourself. Don't gamble on your lashes choosing the wrong artist. Make sure you ask questions so you can have your lashes styled by the best.
Lash artists are creative, patient and sometimes a little bit wacky. We love our Clients and have shared some interesting stories and moments. It never gets old. Recently, I surveyed hundreds of lash artists from all over the world and I asked the question, "What things would you love to tell your Clients if you knew they wouldn't get offended?" To my surprise, many of the answers were similar. So in this article I'm listing the top 10 things lash artists haven't told you but want you to know. Read on.
1. WE CANT MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE A CELEBRITY
I know, I know. You see these celebrities with big lashes on the red carpet and that's the inspiration for your lash appointment. It's important to keep in mind however, that a celebrity's looks are created by a team that usually includes a cosmetic surgeon, a wardrobe stylist, makeup artist, hairstylist, etc. As lash artists, we just want you to have realistic expectations. We will work hard to give you our best and try to accommodate your needs. We just ask that you be flexible and understand that as lash artists we don't wear the many hats of the team a celebrity has.
2. TURN YOUR PHONE ON SILENT FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
And no, we don't want to read text messages for you and check your caller ID to see who's calling. Your lash appointments are meant to be quiet and relaxing which is why we ask that you turn your phone off or put it on silent for the hour or two you're with us. You come to us to apply your lash extensions and give you our best, not to stop and read your phone. And seriously, if you're expecting a text or call that's so urgent, why not schedule your lash appointment before or afterward your text or call? Keep in mind, the tools we use near your eyes are incredibly sharp. Are you seriously comfortable with us taking our eyes off of those sharp tools for a call or text that can probably wait? Do us all a favor. Relax and silence your phone.
3. DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT YOUR LASHES FALLING OFF QUICKLY
Especially when you know you aren't following aftercare instructions. Remember, we are the experts. Aftercare instructions exist for a reason. If you don't follow them, you can't expect to have lashes that look beautiful and last until your next appointment. Don't lie and say you didn't wear any makeup or use oily products on your face. We wear magnifying glasses and use bright lights that can see details that you think we don't see. It's easy to take care of your lashes. We want them to last as long as possible just like you do.
4. PLEASE DON'T EAT AN ONION BAGEL RIGHT BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
Think of lash etiquette as you would if you were getting a massage. Would you show up to a massage with poor hygiene or a strong odor? I hope not. Lash artists are very close to your face applying lashes. Even if we wear a mask, scents like onion, garlic and cigarettes come out of your mouth, pores and nostrils when you breathe. Also when you're gone, the smell lingers in the room for the next Client to smell. Save us both the embarrassment and discomfort for the time we're together and save the onion bagel for later.
5. DON'T BRING YOUR KIDS TO YOUR LASH APPOINTMENT
Under no circumstances should children be brought to your lash appointment. Doesn't matter how well behaved you feel your child is. As mentioned before, your appointment should be a relaxing experience. Kids are kids. They get into things and get fidgety. We not only run the risk of getting fined by the state board of cosmetology if we get audited and your child is there but its also a liability that insurance doesn't usually cover. Schedule your appointments when you don't have kids. Things happen, we understand but we'd rather you reschedule than bring your child in.
6. DON'T GLORIFY YOUR PREVIOUS LASH ARTIST
If you got your lashes done locally by someone else before us, we don't mind that at all. Just understand that not all artists are the same. We don't all have the same technique, styling or supplies. If you start off a sentence with, "My other artist did...," and you're saying it to make us change something, just know we take that very offensively. The way we see it, if your last artist was that great, you wouldn't be coming to us.
7. SPIT OUT THE GUM
Every time you chew, your cheeks move. When your cheeks move, so do your eyes. As a lash artist, we already have to practice ninja-like skills and have steady hands to put on one lash at a time. Don't make it harder for us with eyes that move around.
8. TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH, NOT WITH YOUR HANDS
There are some Clients that can talk without moving their eyes and we love Clients like that. Most people can't do that and that's why we generally like to keep your appointments quiet. If you're a person that talks with your hands, that can turn a 1 hour appointment into two hours because moving your hands makes your upper body move as well. This means your head, shoulders and eyes. Keep hands still please.
9. DON't KEEP US TO YOURSELF
Some people are private and don't want others to know the details of how they maintain their appearance. We totally get it. But we need you to know that our business survives on referrals. We cannot continue to provide the service you love if we don't have a steady clientele. We enjoy our time with you but there's no way we can make ends meet on one or two appointments a month. Even if you don't want to share us with your immediate circle, Yelp us! It's the word of mouth of our day and you can remain anonymous.
10. RESPECT OUR TIME
Please don't schedule an appointment and not show up without the courtesy of at least a phone call. Show up on time for your appointment. When you show up late or not at all, it throws off our entire day. Also as lash artists, we're also entrepreneurs. If you don't show up, we don't get paid. At least give us the opportunity to try and fill that slot. We understand that things happen and you can't plan being sick but communicate as soon as possible. Lashes are a means to our survival and we count on the income from it in order to continue providing you with the service.
Happy New Year everyone!
This week's blog is a quick video that I'd like to share from a fellow Lash Artist. I'm always preaching on keeping your lashes clean in order to help them last as long as possible however here's a video which shows exactly how to clean your lashes at home.
For best results, use Excellent Foaming Eyelash Cleanser daily. Its also great to clean your lashes before your appointment. That way, I'm spending more time applying lashes and making your lashes full and fluffy in the time we have versus spending more time cleaning.
Autumn is here and I couldn't be happier! If you know me, you know that heat and sun are not my friends. I prefer rain and cooler weather so I can snuggle up with my daughter at home, make yummy soups and watch movies.
With such a pleasant change comes a challenge that may freak some of you out. And that is a big lash shed. All of a sudden, those beautiful eyelash extensions will come out at a faster rate than you've ever seen. Before you panic, I want you to know this is completely normal and there is a great explanation for it.
So why does this happen?
"In a nut shell ( and having researched this) we have hair to protect us from the sun, so in the autumn and coinciding with the equinox we no longer need as much hair so we start to shed it.
Don't believe me then take a look at the plug hole in your shower at this time of the year and then you will know!!! In order for our bodies to produce hair it must pump blood to those cells, but in the winter when our immunity is lower due to lack of vitamin D our bodies will divert blood to our major organs instead of our hair which we no longer really need." - Frankie Widdows of Eyelash Excellence ltd
I couldn't have said it better!
So when you see those lashes shedding, don't worry. It's completely normal and they'll grow back in time for your retouch appointment so you can be full and fluffy again.
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, let's dress them up! As we know, trends change as the years pass by. This weeks blog covers a few tips that you can use to make your eyes look more youthful and dazzling.
KEEP MAKEUP CLEAN
Gone are the days of dark shadows and heavy mascara. Keep your makeup clean and uncluttered so people can see your eyes and not your makeup. Light reflective eye shadow colors on the lids enhances and brightens your eyes.
DITCH THE PENCIL & GEL LINER
Dark liner is out whether it's pencil or gel. Instead of using gel and pencil liners that are dark and cakey, use an angled brush with soft brown eye shadows to line your upper lids. Try to apply the shadow as close to the lash line as possible and smudge it to make your lashes look fuller. Doing this gives a much softer appearance and frames your eyes beautifully.
LASH IT OUT
Whether you wear eyelash extensions or have naturally long eyelashes, having curly, long and fluffy eyelashes enlarge the look of your eyes. Overly dense, heavy lashes can make your eyes look smaller.
PERFECT YOUR EYEBROWS
Thick eyebrows are in season! Make sure your eyebrows fully frame your entire eye area. The eyebrows shouldn't be over plucked, too far apart or to short on the ends. If your lashes are sparse and thin, use powder to fill them in for a fuller look.
I just LOVE when I have the opportunity to work on eyelashes that don't need lash extensions. This lovely lady has naturally long and thick eyelashes and she wanted a red carpet look. I applied Luxe Volume lashes which is where 3-8 super fine lash extensions are applied to a single natural lash, creating a dramatic, yet fluffy look.
Luxe Volume is a more dramatic set of eyelash extensions that can take hours to apply. I use a very advanced technique that takes time to perfect. And as you can see, the results of that patience and time are these gorgeous lashes.
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I look forward to the pastels, the warm breeze and taking a big whiff of the crisp California air. But when I do, that nostalgic moment is usually replaced with back to back sneezes, a stuffy nose and red, itchy eyes.
I have a love hate relationship with spring and it dates back to my childhood. On one hand, it's so beautiful and lets you know that summer is just around the corner. On the other hand I can't fully enjoy it because of my allergies. And if you're wearing lash extensions and suffer from allergies, I want to prepare you for what's to come in hopes that it helps you to enjoy spring rather than suffer.
As you may know, our eyelashes by design are there to protect our eyes. They catch dust, pollen debris, etc, to protect our eyes from being scratched or hurt. When you have eyelash extensions, you catch a lot more of the pollen floating around in the air and that can trigger your allergies even more.
Here are some things you can do to help keep your lashes beautiful and feel a little more comfortable during the allergy season:
- Wash your lashes regularly. You should be washing your eyes/lashes at least once a day however when it's allergy season, you may want to kick that up to twice a day or more to keep your lashes free of pollen and dust.
- Take stinging nettle tea or capsules. My Peruvian friend who lives in Costa Rica told me about this and it worked like a charm to relieve me of the sneezing and stuffy nose. I take the capsules daily and drink the tea here and there. The key with taking stinging nettles is to be consistent so it builds up in your system.
- Eat lots of cooked veggies. It's been said that eating more veggies during allergy season helps to boost your immune system and helps your body to fight allergies. Not fruit, but veggies.
- Green tea & cayenne pepper can help to reduce nasal congestion and stuffiness.
- Chill out. Stress can actually make your allergies worse. So chill out and take care of yourself mentally. Your nose and body will thank you for it.
Pollen.com is a great resource for finding out your pollen count in the area. By knowing that, at the least, it will help you to prepare a little better for what's to come in your area. I hope these tips help you during the allergy season.
This week's favorite set of eyelashes is a Posh Volume Set where I apply 2-3 micro-thin eyelash extensions to each natural eyelash. When applying lashes using this advanced technique, it gives the appearance of full and fluffy lashes. Her natural eyelashes are fine in texture and point downward into the eye. To make her eyes stand out, I used a more dramatic curl and camouflaged her natural lashes.
What's great about the Posh Volume set is that you can get a dramatic look depending on the thickness of the eyelash used. Alternatively, you can have a really natural and soft appearance by simply using thinner eyelash extensions.
To get this set, book your appointment online today!
Have a great week beauties!
I am beyond excited about serving the ladies of the Tri Valley. I'm now providing mobile service to my clients within San Ramon, Danville, Dublin and Pleasanton providing lash extensions and soon, hair extensions. The calendar is now up on the site so book your appointment today!
Short or sparse lashes? I've found a product that helps to grow your lashes and make them fuller and longer. And guess what?! It's more reasonable then most other serums on the market without the crazy side effects.
Before bed, use the applicator and apply sparingly to your top lashes making sure you don't get it into your eyes. The serum gives your lashes nutrients and stimulates circulation which makes your lashes stronger and longer. Check it out here for more information.
Try to stay dry out there beauties!
Have you ever overheard two people in conversation and the information they were sharing with one another was completely false? I know I have. And for me, it takes quite a bit of restraint to not jump in and correct them. Especially if it's something I'm really passionate about like eyelash extensions.
One thing I've been hearing for years that really gets under my skin is that some people don't even try lash extensions because they've heard that lash extensions break your natural eyelashes decided to address that myth here today.
I purposely put up an unedited photo taken with my Blackberry phone for this week's blog because it's important that you see physical proof to support my point. The client pictured has been a client of mine since about June of 2014. Initially, I saw her every 3-4 weeks for touch ups and eventually we progressed to volume lashes so I would then see her every 4-6 weeks. Since I've started working with her, she has never taken a break from lash extensions. In fact, she had been wearing lash extensions for 3 years prior to me and her natural lashes were fine and short. Do her lashes look damaged and broken to you? Absolutely not. And she isn't a rare case either.
So whats my point?
Since I've been seeing her, her natural lashes have actually grown more and gotten stronger. What's important for you to know is that lash extensions do not break your lashes. Improper application and aftercare breaks your lashes.
As a professional, it's my responsibility to look at your lashes and determine what is healthy for you. That includes length, thickness and fullness. If you get lashes that are too heavy, that will cause damage down the line. This is why it's super important to do your research. There are a lot of lash artists entering the industry and we all aren't at the same level of experience. It's ok to ask a ton of questions to make sure you're getting the right artist and I encourage you to follow their work to make sure it's consistent.
I really hope this clears up any confusion you may have had about lash extensions damaging your natural eyelashes. Let's make this a great week!
One question I get all of the time from my clients is if you can use mascara on your lash extensions. The simple answer is yes however, if you have lash extensions, why would you need to use mascara? The whole point of lash extensions is to give you longer, fuller lashes without the need to use mascara. But for those of you that like the look of mascara (even on your lash extensions), the only mascara I recommend is Excellent Volume Up which I carry for $10. It's super easy to apply, goes on thin and has a really bold color that stands out. Another great thing about it is that it rinses off easily with warm water and won't make your lash extensions fall out prematurely.
To get your Excellent Volume Up Mascara, simply click here.
This is a beautiful classic set done by me on one of my lovely clients. Lovely!
Every time I do a new set of lash extensions, I am completely fascinated. This was a challenging set I did where one of my client's eyes was a little more droopy due to medical reasons. Because of this, I had to style each eye differently in order to make them match. I think they came out beautiful. What do you think?
So you took the step to get semi permanent lash extensions... which was a great decision I must say. Now you want to do everything you possibly can to make them last between now and your retouch appointment. Here are some tips on how to care for your lash extensions so they look their best:
Clean your lashes regularly - I can't stress this enough! Using an oil free cleanser and water will not cause your lashes to shed prematurely. On a daily basis you should be washing your lashes to keep them free of oils and debris from natural elements. My personal favorite is Excellent Brand Foaming Cleanser.
Brush your lashes - Using a dry, clean mascara wand, gently brush the tips of your lashes to keep them neat. This can be done as a part of your cleansing routine or anytime your lashes look or feel out of place.
Remove eye makeup carefully - You can still wear eyeshadow while wearing lash extensions. However, be sure to remove that makeup gently using an oil free makeup remover.
Oil is not your friend! - I tell all of my clients this after their first lash appointment. You must be really careful about getting oil into your lashes as it breaks down the bond of the adhesive that hold your lash extensions in place. Oils can be found in anti ageing products, eyeliners, liquid foundation and most mascara.
Be gentle - I would never tell you to alter your sleep patterns because sleep is far more important than lashes. But just be gentle. When you sleep, use a satin pillowcase so your lashes don't snag when you sleep. You can even wear an eye mask if needed to protect your extensions.
So there you have it beauties! I hope this helps!