Eyelash Extensions – First Time Experience

Beauty & Fashion

Eyelash Extensions are trending right now. I mean, who doesn’t want longer, fuller lashes without spending time putting on messy fake eyelashes or applying coats and coats of mascara. I’ve been thinking about getting eyelash extention for awhile now. Some of my favorite YouTube bloggers swear by them, so why not try them out.

I used to wear fake eyelashes for special occasions, they were beautiful and made my eyes pop. The only problem I had was they were so heavy on my eyes and quite uncomfortable. I figured this was my opportunity to get that effect with them being super comfortable and semi-permanent.

Before doing anything, I did my research. A few friends had been to a place called Sass. I luckily found a groupon for this place (eyelashes can run up to $250). The only downside is that I booked an appointment in early December but couldn’t get an appointment until mid-January since I do not have a flexible schedule.

Sass, is a one woman show. Her name is Chanel Baring and she has been creating magic since 2009. She was very warm and welcoming, when I arrived for my appointment. I filled out a release form and laid on a message type table as Chanel examined my eyes. There are two ways to go with extensions, the natural look or the glamour look. Since I have dark features, love makeup and already have somewhat long lashes, I went with the glamour look. Chanel agreed that I could go for the glam lashes and picked from a wide variety of individual lashes that would look good on me.

The whole process took about a hour and a half. Thankfully, it didn’t hurt and it was actually pretty relaxing. Once she was all done, I was nervous to open my eyes because I though they might be heavy (like fake lashes) but it wasn’t! Chanel explained that I couldn’t get my lashes wet for 2 days, since the glue had to dry on the inside. She also went over the care instructions and what not to do.

Chanel’s Aftercare Advice

-Do not get the lashes wet, use a spa, sauna, pool or any strenuous activity for the first 48 hours. The extensions need that amount of time to properly bond.
-Avoid pulling or rubbing your eyes.
-Do not use eyelash curlers with your extensions. With proper application you will not need them.
-ONLY use oil-free makeup remover. If your eyelashes are tangled or crossed over, use the two spoolies given to you after your appointment to gently brush them straight and put them in place.
-Proper hygiene is very important. Please keep lash line clean by regular washing. You can use a gentle oil free foaming cleanser or baby shampoo.
-After showering avoid rubbing lashes, it best to air dry them.
-Dry the lashes by using a hair dryer on the cool setting and blowing them dry from the bottom up. It makes them curlier and fluffy.
-Use care when applying facial and eye creams to avoid the lash line. Too many oil-based products can break down the adhesive.
-SASS recommends touch-up appointments every two to four weeks to maintain your new eyelash extensions.

With Extension:

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Last words: I love them! I get compliments all the time and I already booked my next appointment. The hardest thing for me was not sleeping on my face/washing them/getting them wet. I also take full advance of fluffy them with my hairdryer on cool.

They even look good in pictures!

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Golden Goddess – Self Tanner

Beauty & Fashion

If you live in San Francisco, you are either pale, naturally tan or you spray tan. I look pretty ghostly all year long. It’s not a bad thing, but I love having some color. It makes me more confidant and I feel more attractive.

So how do I fake a tan? Back in the day, for special occasions, I would go to a spa and have a spray tan done. It was quick and easy, but it gets pretty pricey for $20-$30 a pop. Several months ago I received a recommendation from a friend. She told me the best product she tried was the Victoria’s Secert Self Tan. She swore by it, so I decided to try it for myself. I bought my first bottle and decided to give it a go. It retails for $15 and is 3.72 oz. It also has a 360° continuous application and smells like sweet/salty coconut. In my experience, I could spray my body 3-4 times with one bottle. I would also recommend buying a tanning Mitt from Ulta or Sephora. I bought the St.Tropez tanning mitt, which retails for $6.50. The mitt will make sure you apply evenly, and will protect your hands from discoloring.

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I’ve been using this spray since February and have bought many bottles but I’ve only ever owned one mitt.

Description on website:
Surround yourself in the sexiest all-over glow. Superfine airbrush mist kisses skin with golden color that develops into a lasting, natural-looking tan within hours. The instant bronze tint lets you see where you apply, and the continuous spray works at any angle for an easy all-over, streak-free application.

I feel like the first time you use self tanning, it can be messy because you do not know what to expect. The first time I did it, I made my hands too dark. It’s really easy though, once you get the hang of it. It only takes me about 5-7 minutes to apply now. Follow my tips and it will make tanning a breeze.
*I recommend showering/applying at night, because you want the product to dry overnight (8 hours or so).

Before Applying

If nothing else, at least exfoliate. It’s probably the most important thing you can do before self tanning. I use a loofah and a body wash. A good scrubbing exfoliator would probably be better though. I would also shave your legs, armpits, and whatever other body hair you want to get rid of. I also wash my hair during this time because the less you shower once you have the self tanner on, the longer it will stay on. I then dry off, dry my hair or wrap it in a towel and apply.

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Applying the Self Tanner

Once I am all dry, it’s time to apply. I usually put an old towel under me, so I don’t have to worry about staining or cleaning up. You should then wear a bathing suit or underwear/bra. Be aware of tanning lines. The next step is to spray the product on your skin. I start from my feet and work my way up. Once you start spraying, you will notice a watery foam coming out. Once it is out, have your mitt ready and rub the product in evenly. You can reapply areas if you want to be darker, but remember it will naturally become darker the longer you leave it on. I usually only use one coat. As you work your way up your body make sure you get all the small spots that you might not notice, especially when it comes to your arms and hands. I usually go up as far as the bottom of my neck and stop because I can match my face/neck with makeup but I suggest applying to your face/neck if you aren’t planning on applying foundation/bronzer. Don’t forget about the back of your neck, especially if you plan on wearing your hair up.

Once you have evenly applied all over your body, it’s time to dry. I suggest 5-10 minutes of drying in front of a fan before you put on clothes. Once you do, put on old, loose-fitting clothing. I never had a problem with staining but the smell tends to lingers. Then it’s time for bed and to let the tanning spray set in. I own white sheets and once in awhile the spray will slightly rub off on the sheets but once washed, it comes right out. When I wake up the next morning, I am naturally tan with a light golden bronze. I then shower to get the top layer off and I’m done.

*Helpful hint: the less you shower, the longer it will stay on. Usually it stays on two-weeks, if you shower quickly and every other day.

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Now get a bright manicure and enjoy being a golden goddess this summer!

Beauty Hack – Longer & Fuller Eyelashes

Beauty & Fashion

One of my favorite beauty hacks for the last 6 months or so is conditioning my eyelashes. You might think this sounds really bizarre, but I swear by it. Just like the hair on your head gets dry and dull, so does your eyelashes. Trust me, your eyelashes will look longer, fuller, and all around healthier after just a few weeks. After six months of doing this every night, my eyelashes have never looked as good.

What I use and how I apply it-

I personally use Aquaphor. This is a brand I highly recommend. The product itself is a little pricey, but it has great quality and is very versatile. I bought the 1.75 oz tube over a year ago and I easily have half of the tube left. I take a generous dab and gentle message my eyelashes. I then leave it on overnight and in the morning wash my face. This routine is so simple and quick, I have no excuse not to apply it every night.

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Alternatives & Prices-

Aquaphor, $4.99 for 1.75 oz

Vaseline, $3.69 for 7.5 oz

Coconut Oil (organic),$6.99 for 14 oz

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Try it for yourself and see the magic happen!