Fashionista.com posted an article about 10 Bridal Beauty Splurges That Are Worth The Extra Cash, and wouldn't you know what is listed:
Eyelash extensions: "I suggest road-testing lashes about six weeks before your wedding (touch up the set every three weeks, so a bride will have fresh lashes for her wedding day). Price varies from about $150 to $400 for initial service and $60 to $200 for touch-ups. Why risk a potential Britney moment with lash strips that don’t stick, and you certainly don’t want to worry about smears or dry waterproof mascara formulas which can make lashes look brittle. A bonus with lash extensions -- you’ll have them for your honeymoon, when you’ll want to look gorgeous in bed and first thing in the morning, or in waterfalls in Hawaii where you may be frolicking, or whatever." —Gwen Flamberg, beauty director, US Weekly.
Here is an article found on Latina.com that discusses the dos and don'ts of eyelash extensions:
Latina entrepreneurs (and besties) Ramona Azcona and Julie Mella know good lashes. After 11 years of friendship, this beauty (Ramona is a renowned hairstylist) and brains (Julie has a business background) duo finally opened their dream salon — She Winks Lash Studio. Not only is the studio the girliest, prettiest place you could envision getting pampered in, but it's the hottest place to go in NYC for serious custom fringe. We're talking 3D, ombre, mink, and bejeweled lashes here, chicas. When you want your eyes enhanced, there's no greater glam squad to turn to than the She Winks pros. Here are their DOs and DON'Ts for making the most of your extensions...
DO: Gently Comb Your Lashes At Least Twice a Day
She Winks Lash Stylist Stacy Dimopoulos recommends gently brushing lashes with a clear, oil-free mascara or growth serum (like GrandeLash) to keep them from clumping together, to add shine, and to help your own lashes grow.
DON’T: Use an Eyelash Curler
"At She Winks Lash Studio, we have customized curl options to choose from, so there's on need to perm or manually curl your lashes — we've got it covered", says co-owner Ramona Azcona.
DO: Use Oil-Free Everything!
Use oil-free eye makeup, eye makeup remover, and eye creams to avoid loosening the bond of your lash extensions.
DON'T: Get Your Lashes Wet Within 24 Hours
That means no hot yoga, saunas, or steamy showers for about a day. Sweat and water can prevent the glue from fully adhering, or on the flip side, re-activate the adhesive and make your lashes look clumpy and messy.
DO: Re-lash Every 3 Weeks
"We want your lashes to always look full and voluminous, so re-lashing every 3-4 weeks is a must", says co-owner Julissa Mella. "This avoids any noticeable gaps and length differences between your own lash and the extension."
DON'T: Remove at Home
Ok so you want to take a lash a break, we get it, but please let a pro handle it. By pulling, tucking and tweezing your extensions, you're putting your natural lashes at risk.
I found this great article about Eyelash Extensions and how they can affect your self esteem.
Pacific Daily News
by Sheila Baker Shedd
Appearances count -- and for a lot more than we think. Putting our best face forward is probably one of the easiest ways to help motivate and manufacture self-esteem for most women.
Lately, I've noticed a lot of Internet debate over makeup. Even the New York Times got into the fray last year, as did Reddit users. Some people declared makeup is a "betrayal" because it hides a woman's true self. Others argue that makeup empowers women and helps them with their self-esteem.
Makeup has become status quo in the public realm. Wearing makeup increases a woman's likability and perception of competence in the workplace. We can run around the house all day without a lick of makeup, but run to the store for bread or milk and before we descend from the car, most of us girls will be pulling out the lipstick, if nothing else.
Makeup is a fashion necessity. While some may consider it prissy, it all boils down to taking care of yourself -- feeling good about yourself and loving yourself. It's not just for the way you look, but how you feel about being able to control how you project yourself to the world -- especially a male-dominated world.
Makeup and time management are important for the busy woman. One of the latest timesavers I recently discovered are eyelash extensions in lieu of mascara. My best friend convinced me to try them after she had them done, and I must say, I was impressed. I called for an appointment immediately.
Eyelash extensions are no longer for the red carpet and celebrities. Right away, I loved how the extensions provided by my long-time friend, Skye, owner of Entre Nous Salon, gave my eyes an instant lift, with no needles or injections. And that's not to mention how they cut down on the time it took to complete my daily beauty regimen.
If applied correctly, the extensions shouldn't hurt. They last two to five weeks. They do take some getting used to. If you're going to take the plunge -- it does take considerable time and financial investment -- here's what you should know:
• Shower before your appointment, or at least cleanse your lashes to remove any dirt, makeup and oil.
• Extensions should be bonded with a medical-grade adhesive formulated to be applied to lashes, not skin, and should only be applied and removed by a certified lash professional.
• Don't shower, work out, go in a sauna or otherwise get your extensions wet for at least 24 hours after the service is done.
• Don't use an eyelash curler on extensions. If you want a curlier lash, ask the professional.
• Be careful of the type of mascara you use.
• And definitely do not try to pull the lashes off yourself. Go back to the salon and have it done right.
I don't think that makeup and beauty treatments are about vanity, nor do I think that makeup diminishes the power of women. On the contrary, I firmly believe in the power of looking good. Cleopatra's legacy is proof enough.
Cleopatra, who hailed from the very country that invented the eyeliner, ruled a kingdom. Many consider her to be the first feminist, and her legacy is testimony to the fact that a woman can be beautiful, smart, empowered -- and wear a ton of eye makeup.
But unless you rule a kingdom, don't overdo it. Keep it simple and you will feel great about yourself, and ready for the world!
Yes, there's pressure placed on women -- and all of us -- to look a certain way. But, that's the world we live in. Beauty is more than skin deep and it's truly in the eye of the beholder.
Feel empowered ladies. Look good and be happy!
Sheila Baker Shedd is a mom, wife, daughter, friend, professional, island girl and everywoman.
I love reading articles like this that feature how much celebrities pay to maintain their appearance.
The article was featured on www.mirror.co.uk and details what Jessica Simpson spends on her beauty routine.
Here is the bit about extensions specificially:
"She loves eyelash extensions and has them touched up twice a week. A girl comes to her house and she pays her $500 each time."
What you should take from this article:
1) YES celebrities look good, but so would pretty much anyone who spent $1 million a year to get there.
2) eyelash extensions are IMPORTANT! There is a definite reason why celebs are getting touch ups every few days and paying ridiculous amounts to do so!
Don't waste anytime, Let Salt City Lashes give you a celebrity look and quality service without the crazy price! Our world class service is available conveniently in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. No need to go elsewhere!
Salt City Lashes always seeks out the most informative and up to date information about eyelash extensions each day. Today it's an article by www.dailymakeover.com
Eyelash Extensions 101: How to Achieve and Maintain the Lashes of Your Dreams
by Aly Walansky
If you’re the type of lash-obsessed girl who must load on the mascara or perfect your falsie situation before you leave the house, it may be time to consider investing in eyelash extensions. Like hair extensions, they’re not for the faint of heart, or the non-committal, but they are a great way to get a gorgeous lash look without the day-to-day fuss. Before you take the leap, educate yourself with this basic primer on just what to expect from your eyelash extensions.
Know what you’re getting into.
There’s no way around the fact that lash extensions are, indeed, a commitment. Can you see yourself actually following through on the promise to head back to the salon for regular refills? Can you stop yourself from rubbing, touching, or playing with your lashes? Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge Lash Extension Expert Desiree Chapman says that it’s important to ask yourself these questions before you even think about booking your first appointment.
Above all, make sure you see a well-trained professional with good recommendations, says lash expert Kim Jaynes, who recommends finding a lash technician through a referral of someone who actually goes to them. Also, check to ensure that the professional does only individual eyelash extensions and charges the correct market value. This is not a service that you want to get at a discounted rate—these are your eyes you’re dealing with. When you get to your appointment, always make sure that your technician has clean tools, uses hand sanitizer, and wears a mask and gloves.
Be aware of the potential dangers.
Long, thick eyelashes are beautiful, but you may not realize that overuse of glued-on eyelash extensions and false eyelashes can lead to permanent eyelash damage, says Alan J. Bauman, M.D, a board-certified hair restoration physician and member of Pantene’s Hair Research Institute. There are two primary causes of this: the artificial weight of the fake lashes, which can strain or pull on the eyelash hairs, and the removal process, which involves pulling and tugging at the lashes and can directly damage the follicles. “Using false lashes once or twice is unlikely to cause lasting damage, but if they are used routinely and if the eyelashes aren’t properly applied or removed or if a woman already has weak or damaged eyelash follicles, this can cause scarring in the follicle which will prevent it from growing new lashes. In medical terminology, this condition is known as ‘traction alopecia,’ a type of baldness that is permanent and can only be reversed by hair transplantation surgery,” says Bauman.
Determine the look you’re trying to achieve.
Some people prefer shorter, but with plenty of fullness, others love them long and glamorous, and some people just want to achieve a natural-but-better look. Some lash experts are more skilled with one look versus the other. “I like to read reviews and check photos online or on third party sites, like Yelp, to help me find a great technician. You can get a good sense for how someone works, how long lashes will last, and what style your tech is best at from reviews and recommendations. I was sold on my favorite lash girl because of her Facebook page. I could tell she did the style that I was looking for,” says self-proclaimed lash junkie Becca Bijoch, a Minneapolis-based publicist.
Don’t skimp on maintenance.
Less is more when caring for your lashes, says Tianna Seo of Icon Lashes in Minnesota. ”Don’t over-wash your lashes, over-comb them, or over-think them. Just be conscious and try to develop good hands-off habits!,” Seo says. She recommends avoiding falling asleep face down, which can crush and crimp the lashes. Below, Seo shares 9 of her best tips:
1. Don’t sleep face down. Sleeping face down can crush and crimp the lashes.
2. Do not cake on heavy liners. Too much liner can cause unsightly and unhealthy build up around the extension bases—you’ll want to keep the lashes clean and free of debris to extend their life.
3. Use a lash approved cleanser. ”I prefer a brand called Sterilid ($15, walgreens.com). It keeps any yuckies at bay and helps the extensions last to their full potential,” says Seo.
4. Say no to cotton on the lashes. Fibers like those in cotton balls and q-tips can create tangles, says Seo.
5. Comb daily with a clean silicone or bristle spoolie wand. It helps to keep the lashes separated after being wet.
6. Don’t pull, pluck, twist, or fuss with the extensions.
7. No lash curlers should ever be used on extensions.
8. Listen to your technician. Length, weight, style, and design all are individual specific, if you lash stylists say NO to a specific length or look then that is for your own good.
9. Have realistic expectations. This is a fiber connected artificially to your natural eyelashes, they are durable, not indestructible. Be mindful with your activities when wearing lashes and you will love your results long term, Seo says.
Read more: http://www.dailymakeover.com/trends/makeup/eyelash-extensions-101/#ixzz3FTFzAumA
I love this look for work. I always try to look my best when showing up for work at Salt City Lashes in Salt Lake City, Utah. No one wants to get eyelash extensions from someone who is not put together. No one wants to get eyelash extensions from someone who goes crazy on their daytime makeup as well... am I right?
I love this tutorial for that:
Makeup How-To: Subtle Smoky Eye
For the nights you don't want to go full-on gunmetal.
Tools you'll need:
1. Prime. Prep your eyes with a silicone-based primer, so the look you create doesn't budge while you're out and about. Model Chantal Jones used Urban Decay Primer Potion here.
2. Sweep a white powder shadow over your eyelid. Using a wide shadow brush, apply a white powder shadow from your lashline to directly underneath your brow bone. Chantal used MAC Eye Shadow in "Gesso."
3. Create an ombrè effect at the inner corner of your eyes with a white cream shadow. With a flat synthetic shadow brush, bump up the intensity of the white shade at the inner "V" of your eyes, from lashline to crease, to the halfway point on your eyelid. Chantal used Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream shadow in "Snow."
4. Add some smoke with a brownish-gray shadow. Using a regular eye shadow brush, blend the dark shadow at the outer corner of your eye only, making sure to diffuse it so it isn't too intense. Then, dust the same shade along your lower lashline two-thirds of the way in from the outer corner of your eye. Chantal used MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in "Embark."
5. Wing it out. Line your top lashline with black gel liner and slightly wing it out at the outer corner of your eye. Chantal used Lorac PRO Cream Eyeliner in "Black" here.
6. Line the upper and lower inner rim of your eyes with black eye pencil. Chantal used L'Oréal Paris Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in "Black."
Finally, coat your top and bottom lashes with mascara and swipe on a nude lip color. Voilà, your very own subtle smoky eye to pin, tweet, and Instagram!
I hate mascara... this is why I get my eyelash extensions at Salt City Lashes in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you need a reminder why eyelash extensions are worth the time saved, read this article:
11 Mascara and Eyeliner Secrets That Will Change Your Beauty Routine
SEPTEMBER 29 11:45 AM
VICTORIA HOFF | BEAUTY NEWS
Every Monday we tap an industry expert for tips that only insiders know. This week, Nina Leykind, creative director and founder of cult-fave makeup brand Eyeko reveals her eyeliner and mascara secrets for perfect eyes, every time—including the look she and her team created for super stylish brand collaborator, Alexa Chung.
1. Pale pink liner is the secret to looking doe-eyed.
"For a wide-eyed, youthful look, use a pale pink-toned eyeliner to perk up your waterline. This will subtly create the illusion of bigger eyes far better than white or beige. Dot and blend along the brow bone and inner corners of the eye for a further brightening effect."
2. For cat eye beginners, play connect the dots.
"Starting midway along your lid, draw dots close to your lash line. Then simply join them together to create the perfect cat eye. Looking straight into the mirror, mark where you want the end of your flick to sit—that way, you can judge the symmetry to create perfectly even wings. Use a Q-tip to create a finer flick and clean up any mistakes."
3. Build a mascara wardrobe for the lushest lashes possible.
"To make the most of your lashes, it takes more than one mascara! Call it mascara wardrobing or cocktailing, but it’s the only way to create a bespoke lash look. I have shortish, straight lashes so I always start with a lengthening mascara on my top and bottom lashes before going in with a curling formula to lift and tease out lashes for extra volume and curl. Believe it or not, one mascara doesn’t do it all—and any make-up artist will tell you that using two or three different mascaras makes all the difference to your look."
4. Avoid annoying mascara marks on your eyelids.
"As mascara is often our last makeup step, one of the biggest eye blunders is getting mascara marks on your lids—especially annoying when you’ve just created the perfect smoky eye! Our mascaras include the Eyeko shield, which you just pop behind your lashes as you apply for smudge free lids. Looking down into a compact mirror as you apply works too."
5. Not all black mascaras are created equal.
"Be sure to buy one with a carbon black finish for extra definition and an intense sooty stare—perfect for after dark!"
6. Blue mascara is the secret to hiding a late night.
"Blue was a strong catwalk look so don’t dismiss the power of navy as a great daytime alternative to black. You get all the definition of black but softer—great for the morning after, as blue really brightens the whites of your eyes, belying lack of sleep."
7. Size matters.
"Different mascara wands do different things. Skinny brushes are ideal for shorter lashes as you can get right into the roots, allowing for a better grip to not only lengthen lashes, but to get even root to tip coverage as well. Curved wands—especially ones with nylon bristles—act as Velcro curlers to lift and curl your lashes. This is great if you have straight lashes or are irritated by your lashes hitting your glasses. If you have a medium length lashes, then any brush size will work for you—especially a bigger, bolder brush to give volume to your flutter."
8. Know how to fake it. .
"Fake lashes can be fiddly, which is why it’s much easier to use sections to add a little oomph to your natural lash look. Apply mascara first, then lashes. Put the glue across the band and just below it for extra staying power. Look down, and push the lash up on to the lash line. One eye is always easier to do then the other. Make sure you get the position just so before pushing and pressing into place. Add a little bit more mascara to blend lashes with your own, and fill in the seam and the gaps with liquid eyeliner."
9. Curling your lashes is a must if you want to make the most of your mascara.
"Check your curler before use to ensure the pad is in place and the cage lines up. Gently ease the curler over your lashes, getting as close to your lid as possible, then squeeze and HOLD. Don’t pump the curler, which can cause breakage. Simply hold for at least 15 seconds, then gently open, removing the curler with care. It’s not generally recommended to use curlers after mascara application, but as my lashes are well conditioned I always do a two-second squeeze when my mascara has dried as it really holds the curl all day and beyond!"
10. However partied out or tired you are, removing your eye make-up before bed is a must.
"If you are wearing waterproof eye make-up be sure to use a specifically oil-based or bi-phase cleanser for gentle and efficient removal. Soak a cotton pad and hold it over your eye for 20 seconds to loosen up eye makeup before wiping away. Make every effort to minimize rubbing, which can cause premature aging by tugging at the delicate eye area."
11. Try a mod throwback look.
"The ‘60s are my favorite source of inspiration for eyes: Twiggy lashes, a Francoise Hardy flick, Sophia Loren’s exaggerated cat eye, Penelope Tree’s ‘banane ouverte.’ I’m so happy that the mod look is back in. Cat eyes and kitten flicks are classics, and it’s fun, quick ,and easy to update the look for fall. Use a fine brush tip liquid liner to paint on bottom lashes—Lisa Eldridge did this on Alexa at our shoot. Give a ‘banane ouverte’ a go if you have a steady hand by expanding on a basic cat eye: Try taking the wing up into the inner socket. Instead of a smoky eye, use pencil or shadow to create an exaggerated wing a la Edie Sedgwick for intense drama. It’s foolproof and looks even better worn in as the night goes on!"
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