The holiday preparations continued in earnest until my day of departure, (there is a LOT of body to prep, believe me!) – yet another covering of those pesky and persistent greys at the glorious Daniel Galvin Salon and a quick trim too, all followed my Shellac Manicure and Pedicure at the beginning of the week.
And then my favourite beauty treat (for treat, read addiction) Eyelash Extensions – I am all about the eyes, and will happily forego lippie, blush etc for mascara. For the last seven years I have been having eyelash extensions with the gorgeous Liana of Lashes by Liana. I honestly cannot live without my falsies. A middle of the night loo visit isn’t nearly so terrifying when a doe eyed reflection of me stares back from the bathroom mirror instead of my (almost) lashless self.
I have tried other lash extensions at in-store concessions (to feed my lash obsession, on the rare occasion that I have not been able to see Liana), but have always been disappointed with the results. The High Street offers up the Good, The Bad and the downright Ugly …. in my mind lash enhancement should be subtle. Horror stories on the internet and in magazines is down to poor practice rather than the lash extensions themselves. Good lashes should feel weightless, add a little length and volume without making you look like Widow Twankie and be soft and natural to the touch. The BAD/UGLY are the lashes weigh the eyes down and are stiff and unmalleable and in some cases can result in eyelash loss and traction alopecia (bald bits). A good lash extension therapist will take into consideration the health and strength of your own lashes and apply extensions accordingly. As much as I would like to dolly up, Liana has advised me that my lashes (short and curlies) are just not up to taking the fringe brushing lengths I so desire …. which is how I have been able to keep having the lashes for so long without any damage.
They take maintenance and care, but they are worth it ….. you can’t scrub at them with oily eye make up remover and the best thing is to simply stand under a shower and allow mascara to wash away (though you only really need mascara when you are going out otherwise they are fine left natural). You can’t use liquid eyeliners as the oils dissolve the lash adhesive and for the first 24 hours the lashes must not come into contact with any water – however after three weeks on holiday and putting my face in water every day and putting on and taking off a snorkel and mask my lashes are still looking great. The lash extensions are adhered to your own lash at the base and will fall out when your own lash falls out, lashes last up to 8-12 weeks but lash infill maintenance is recommended in between to keep lashes looking full and ‘tangle’ free.
Liana is the leading light in lash enhancement, with an impressive clientele of actors, models and celebs. Find her in a secret hideaway in the heart of London’s Marylebone, (details are revealed when you book your consultation), everything about the experience is just lovely. This is not a speedy treatment and will take about 90-120 minutes. but you are lying down under a cosy blanket on a very comfortable beauty bed …. you can even have a snooze and awaken looking transformed. I am too busy chatting to sleep but the entire experience is very relaxing. This may not be for you as a regular treatment but I would urge you to try this for a special occasion and is an absolute MUST for Brides and Mother of the Bride because you really don’t need to wear mascara and I tend to use my Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara in Black only when I am going out.
In my opinion this is one of the most flattering, anti-ageing beauty treatments you can have, soft fluttery lashes really do knock years off you and avoiding having to take off make up every day surely must help preserve the eyes too?
What experiences have you had with Lash Extensions?
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