At Lash Boutique we love ALL lashes, but some we love more than others. False lashes are not created equally and there is a definite hierarchy. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each type
Individual Eyelash Extensions
Our obvious favorite is individual eyelash extensions (cuz hey, that’s what we do!). Individual eyelash extensions are glued one by one to your own lashes. It takes about an hour to have the lashes applied, and they need to be filled in approximately every two to three weeks to maintain the full look. If this sounds high maintenance to you, trust us, it’s not. Having individual eyelash extensions will cut out most of your morning beauty regime. There’s nothing better than waking up with long perfect eyelashes. #FLAWLESS. You can ditch that mascara, and likely that eyeliner as well. Individual eyelash extensions can look as natural or as glam as you want them to. Some clients go for a super natural look, and others like to have an extensions glued to every single one of their natural lashes on both their top and bottom lash line. They are fully customizable.
Strip lashes are great for a temporary look. It takes a little while to fully master the art of applying them properly. We love them for special events, costume parties, halloween, or any time that you want a super bold look. Of course, there are many natural looking strip lashes on the market, but we don’t recommend them for every day. The largest reasons being that they are so time consuming to apply. Another downfall is that they only last for one use, and quality falsies can get very expensive. They are a great way to try out a new look if you’re not ready to commit to extensions. Strip lashes come in fun materials like feathers, jewels, even paper!
First of all, you should NEVER have cluster lashes permanently glued to your lashes. There are some “Lash Technicians” out there who will offer this as a service, but it is extremely damaging to your own set of natural lashes. The weight of the cluster is too much for a natural lash to support, and they twist and turn as your lashes creating a yucky spidery look (see horrifying image below). We have seen and heard horror stories of women who have lost their lashes due to this. Now that being said, temporarily applied cluster lashes are just fine. They look more natural as compared to strip lashes, and work well for giving your lashes just a little boost.
Alopecia Areata is a condition in which an autoimmune response causes hair loss, including the loss of eyelashes. About 2 percent of Americans have some form of the disease. Any part of the body with hair can be affected, but eyelashes and eyebrows typically only fall out in people with severe cases. Furthermore, cases of alopecia involving only the eyelashes are extremely rare. Eyelash extensions can sometimes be a good option for those affected by Alopecia.
Because eyelash extensions must be applied one by one to each individual natural lash, you must have some lashes to receive the procedure. As with all eyelash extensions, the length of extensions that you are able to wear depends on the length of your natural eyelash. Clients with very limited lashes can receive eyelash extensions, so long as the lashes are strong enough to support the weight of the extensions. In many situations, eyelash extensions can be applied to those who have the condition, but every case is different.
In order to create more volume with less extensions, 2 strand Y-lash extensions can be applied to individual lashes. These lashes are made of two individual eyelash extensions that are joined together without a knot. The fact that there is no knot makes the extensions sit properly on the lash without extra bulk at the base of the lash. Standard synthetic lashes may be too heavy to sit on weakened eyelashes. If this is the case it may be better to try eyelash extensions that are made from genuine siberian mink, or human hair. These types of extensions are much lighter, so they will not weigh down fine lashes. The porous nature of natural fibers also adheres better to the lashes.
One inspiring young woman who has Alopecia is former Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell. She has been bald since the age of 12 and by the time she was 13, she had full blown alopecia. But that didn’t stop her from rocking out pageants.
Beauty comes in many different forms!
Sources: Dermatology Online Journal, National Alopecia Areata Foundation, People.com
Eyelash extensions generally hold true to their shape and level of curl. But sometimes you want a little more curl in one spot, a little less in another to get just the right look. Ensuring that your lashes are curved up and outward from your eyes will make them look as big and bright as possible.
The number one thing to remember is to make sure that you DO NOT use a metal crimp style eyelash curler. They are not gentle enough to be used with extensions, and the pressure can wreak havoc on the attachment bonds. Metal curlers can damage your natural lashes as well; if you aren’t gentle enough, it can tear lashes out at the root (scary).
A heated, wand style eyelash curler is the best way to curl your extensions. They give a precise curl by heating the lash from root to tip. There are several different ones on the market, but our favourite is from Xtreme Lashes. It applies a long lasting curl through gentle heat and will not damage your lashes. It also smoothes mascara and guides your lashes into place with it’s gentle comb.
It takes about fifteen seconds to heat up once you turn it on and then you simply place the comb on the lash line just above lashes and gently lift to comb lashes into the shape you want like a mascara brush. Hold for a few second and repeat across the lashline until you get the look you like.
How to use it:
1. Turn on the wand, it heats up in 15 seconds
2. Hold the wand on the lash line just above lashes
3. Gently and slowly lift to comb lashes into the shape you want, like a mascara brush
4. Hold for a few second and repeat across the lashline until your curl looks just right
5. Bat your lashes and have a fabulous day!
For the entire month of August, our heated eyelash curler is 20% off!
Regular Price: $35
Special Price: $28
images via xtremelashes.com, glamour.com
If you’re about to say “I do” anytime soon, then you’re probably spending a lot of time thinking about exactly how you want to look in those photos that are going to sit on your fireplace for the rest of your life. It’s a big decision, right? Eyelash extensions are a dream come true for brides. They’re easy to care for and can look as natural or as glam as you want. They just make your eyes look “done”. They’re photo-ready, open-eyed and stunning. Plus, you can rest assured that a strip lash won’t spring free as you gaze into your new spouse’s startled face. Also, they’ll make your honeymoon a breeze. Less fussing with your makeup, and more fussing with your honey. So between your cake tasting, updo tries, and and makeup trials, make sure that you try your eyelash extensions, too. It’s ideal to try them about a month before your wedding. That way you can tell your last stylist exactly what look you’d like – with NO surprises before the big day. Check out our pro tips…
6 Pro Tips For Brides:
1. Come in for a set of lashes well in advance of your wedding. As with anything new to your beauty routine it’s best to get to know how eyelash extensions work for your face. This way you can get used to the look of them, and assess the set of lashes that is right for you.
2. Practice posing in pictures before and after, with and without eyelash extensions. Notice the difference!
3. Make sure you get your tan/spray tan/airbrush before you get your lashes done. After you get a new set of lashes (or a lash fill) the adhesive needs 24 hours to properly set. Excessive heat, moisture, steam, water, and exposure to oils and creams can break down the bond of the glue.
4.Use a mascara that is specially formulated for a dramatic look. You’ll want full length and volume on the big day so your eyes pop! Also make sure that your mascara is formulated for eyelash extensions. Regular mascaras can interfere with the adhesive.
5. Find photos of eyelash looks that you love. Bring them in, and our technicians can adapt your favorite look to suit you face.
6. Smile and enjoy yourself!
photos via weheartit.com
Did you know that Lash Boutique has a referral program?
By asking our existing clients to recommend us to potential new clients, we bring more people like you into our “family” of clients, and we love that idea!
For each new client you refer, we will give you 20% off your next lash fill. The discount can only be applied after the new client has attended (and paid for) their first set of lashes.
Thank you for being a loyal client of Lash Boutique!
Keeping up with a beauty routine in the summer has its challenges. The heat and humidity can make it nearly impossible for makeup to stay on your face, making your perfectly applied makeup look like an impressionist painting. Fortunately, Xtreme Lash Glideliner has you covered. It’s an eye pencil that you will love if you want a long-wearing liner that is easy to apply, easy to smudge but stays put once it’s set.
This pencil has the sleekness and rich pigment of liquid or gel eyeliner without the difficult application process. Not everyone is adept at creating a perfect cat-eye with liquid liner, but luckily this pencil will give you the same look with a fraction of the effort. It glides on super smoothly and easily without tugging or pulling at your eyelids, leaving a precise line and perfectly defined eye. After applying, you have about 20 seconds of working time before the liner sets, so you can leave it defined or smudge away. The innovative gel technology of the liner is also infused with skin-soothing vitamin E. Best of all, it is formulated to be compatible with eyelash extensions. Some products contain ingredients that can break down eyelash extension adhesive. With the Xtreme lash line of products you can rest assured that your makeup will play nicely with your extensions.
Lash Boutique carries Glideliner in:
• Black Pearl
• Xtreme Black
• Golden Olive
• Midnight Blue
For the entire month of July at Lash Boutique, Xtreme Lash Glideliner is on sale for 15% off. Also receive a free sharpener with your purchase! Just mention this blog post.
Regular Price: $29
Special Price $25 + FREE Sharpener ($3) Value
Summer is here!
Welcome to the June Newsletter for Lash Boutique. If you choose to continue receiving this newsletter, we will keep you up to date with the latest information and specials. Also, remember to stay in touch with us on our facebook page, twitter, and instagram as we sometimes offer flash deals for limited amounts.
Our Payment methods have changed
In order to keep prices competitive, Lash Boutique is now using a new system to process payment. We are sorry for any inconvenience. As of May 20, 2014 Lash Boutique accepts the following forms of payment: Visa Debit, MasterCard Debit, Cash, and Personal and Business Checks made out to Lash Boutique.
For the Entire month of June receive 20% off our Xtreme Lash Eye Makeup Remover.
Large Makeup Remover 120mL
$32 special price: $28
Small Makeup Remover 15mL
$16 special price: $13
This soothing Aloe Vera-based eye makeup remover gently cleanses and moisturizes the delicate eye area. Formulated for use on eyelash extensions and natural lashes, it contains no artificial colors, fragrances or oils, which can damage and even dissolve the lash adhesive. Ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
*This offer is available for all clients – Just mention this newsletter! Stay tuned all summer, as we will offer new specials every month!