Hello my beauties!
Boy has it been a long time since I’ve blogged. That’s a good thing, it means I’ve been busy. But I’ve missed it. I’ve missed opportunities to get my thoughts, learning, and experiences down on paper, and I’ve missed how it made me connect all with you. I may not get back to the frequency that I used to (I’m looking at you, weekly Sunday blog spot) but consider this my hearty return to the web.
Part of why I wanted to write to you today was to tell you about an incredible new service available in our community! Anyone that knows me knows – if I could only leave the house having done one makeup step, it would be mascara. My natural lashes are SO short and hardly hold a curl. Mascara helps me feel awake and like I even have eyelashes (even if they’re short ones). If I could wear false lashes every day, I would. But alas, I’m far too low maintenance for that ish. For years I’ve been interested in getting lash extensions because they look incredible and would speed up my daily routine, but for various reasons I just haven’t been able to pull the trigger. Partly because of the upkeep, partly because of the cost, and partly because over time they can damage your natural lash, which I don’t have too much of to start with. I probably will try them at some point still, but it just hasn’t been the right time.
Enter the newest lash craze that I had to try instead: the lash lift and tint. I saw this trend circulating around social media and was both intrigued and scared. But when my girl Brooke Becnel, owner of Spruced Hair and Brow Studio started offering this service and I saw her results, I knew I had to try it. So I called her up and the rest is history. I’m officially HOOKED.
Here’s a video that shows a quick version of what the lash lift does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EN3vVS6VNA
I have to be honest, unsure of the specifics, I was nervous. This looks like it could hurt, or at least be a bit uncomfortable! But since Brooke has a reputation as THE best (maybe even just the) brow girl of Bellingham, I knew I was in good hands. First, she chose which size curl would be most appropriate for my lashes (the smallest one for these little babies, by the way). She then put in place the rubber barrier and adhered my lashes to them. The perming solution went on first, and then after it sat and was removed, she repeated the process with a setting lotion to condition them. Lastly, she gave them a tint to give a faux-mascara effect and enhance the look of their length. All-in-all, I planned to be there an hour but the appointment took less than 40 minutes!
I’ve attached some photos because I’m a sucker for before and afters. These are all just selfie’s I took on my iphone, so forgive me for the lack of quality.
This is a before and after of the lash lift and tint (side note: before pic = no makeup, after pic = foundation/brows but NO mascara). I took these pics in the same place/lighting to compare, but I felt squinty being outside in my after pic and so here is another after pic that I took in my car later – again wearing NO mascara.
So for the next few days, I proceeded to do something I haven’t done in….ever??? Go to work/everywhere without mascara on! I’ll run to the store/do basic errands here and there without mascara, but have never gone through a whole professional day without it. But these results just had me obsessed! And because I love saving time in the morning, it made me happy to skip the extra step because I didn’t need it.
BUT THEN. This weekend I had a wedding, and so I decided to put mascara on for the first time and HOLY CRAP. It felt like I had falsies on, but I didn’t! The perm will last longer with the less mascara you use, so I plan to only do it every few days, but I was amazed. I still can’t believe these were my natural lashes! Here’s a before and after including pre-lash lift, post lash-lift with no mascara, and the post-lash lift with mascara. I can’t even believe it!
For one more reference, here’s is a “before and after” where the before is a photo of me wearing 2 coats of mascara AND using a lash curler a week before my lash lift, and then the bottom is me with 1 coat of mascara after my lash lift.
CAN I GET AN AMEN!?!?!? Lash lift/tints last approximately 6-8 weeks, about the same as lash extensions do. Ladies, if you’re looking for a way to enhance your natural lashes without getting extensions (for half the cost), this is it. If you get yours done, send me a before and after! I want to see how it changes your lash game!