Celebrity Lash Icon: Marilyn Monroe

 

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 2.27.40 PMWhen you think lash icon, you think Marilyn Monroe. Classic beauty’s like Marilyn showed the world how far lashes can take beauty.
It’s no wonder with this lash icon winking her lashes around, that “eye fluttering” became the ultimate flirting of her generation!
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Marlyn’s lashes are long… but also being very straight, and not overly curled. These long, mildly curled lashes create an almost “sleepy” look to Marilyn’s eyes, giving a “come hither” gaze 24/7 (which undoubtedly the men went crazy for!).
The outer corners of her eyes are ‘winged’ with her sexy lashes, making her eyes appear larger, and more defined.
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Love Marilyn’s sultry lash line?
This lash look can be achieved in-lounge today, using lash extensions that are less curly than our traditional extensions, and by using more of a cat-eyed shaping to your lash styling!
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Lash Shampoo: Your at home remedy for clean, comfortable lash extensions!

If there’s one thing we hear a lot from lash wearers it’s “I absolutely love my lashes and could never live without them!”
but a close second is “I’m so scared to get them wet! I don’t want them to fall out!”

There is such a MYTH about lash extensions being fragile, or unable to hold up through a cleanse, swim, or hot yoga session. Ladies, the absolute BEST part about having lash extensions is that you should never need to alter your daily routine because of them! Lash extensions compliment each and every activity you could throw at them! Lash extensions aren’t scared of water, showers, or a swim! Lashes love to be combed through, and pampered! The ONLY thing lash extensions are scared of is… OIL.

Oil on our lash extensions breaks down the bond of our adhesive prematurely, and causes lashes to “slip” off! Definitely something we need to be avoiding!

Oil can get onto your lashes from a number of things:
-oil based eyeliners
-oily foundation
-oily make-up removers

but most importantly… oil can get onto your lashes from you… living! (gasp! what’s a lash lover to do?!)

Sebum (natural oil) is produced by the sebaceous glands in your hair follicles (ooo.. back to high school biology, right?!).
It is sebum that keeps our body hair from drying out, and it’s also what causes our hair to get oily after a day or two without washing.

So how do we keep our lash extensions free of oil (sebum)? By DAILY washes with your lash shampoo!
Lash Shampoo keeps your eyelid skin, and lash extensions: free of any dirt or debris, clean of bacteria, and most importantly… free of any oil!

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Here’s our RECIPE for the perfect eye/lash wash for your at home care of your Lash Affair lash extensions!

Recipe:
2 tablespoons baby shampoo (tear-free!)
12 tablespoons water
1 tsp baking soda

Mix the ingredients together in a bottle and store.

To apply: using your fingertips, gently work the shampoo into your lashes, and right down to your eyelid. Thoroughly rinse with water, and pat dry. Comb lashes with a mascara wand or lash precision comb ($17 at Lash Affair)
Tip: For ultra fluffy lashes, apply your sealant for a protective barrier coating (sold at Lash Affair for $60), and then blow dry your lashes completely dry for a fully “fluffy” effect!

Washing your lash extensions plays an integral part in how your lash extensions last, and how comfortable they are for you. If you have ever experienced any itching at the eyelid (with lash extensions or not) it is likely due to a bacteria build up at the eyelid base. Simply taking the time to daily washing of the eyelashes and eyelid keeps bacteria at bay, and ensures each woman has comfortable, gorgeous, and LONG-LASTING lash extensions between fills!

Enjoy, lash lovers!

1D Classic, 3D Lush, and 6D Volume – which is right for me?

With the launch of our new lash menu, our clients are now able to choose the volume they would like for their lashes! With traditional lashes, we could only safely attach one thicker extension to each of your natural lashes – so the fuller that natural lashes, the fuller the extensions. While that’s still somewhat true (the more natural lashes you have the more extensions we can apply) our new 3D and 6D Volume sets now give even lash challenged clients the option for volume they have never had before!

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So how does volume work?

Classis lash extensions (1D): one extension that is thicker, darker, and curled attached to each natural lash
LUSH extensions (3D): using the thinnest extensions to create a very full, voluminous set of lashes!
VOLUME extensions (6D): using the thinnest extensions to create a mega-full lash line applying up to 6 feather-light lashes to one natural lash!

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So which set is right for you?

Our 3D Lush extensions will be our universal best choice for those with both great natural lashes, and those with sparse natural lashes.

Sparse natural lashes: a very sparse set of natural lashes would be considered around 50 lashes per eye. With traditional lash extensions, that would mean you would also get around 50 extensions per eye (minus the natural lashes that are too weak/just growing in that we can’t extend). With 3D extensions, lash-challenged clients with 50 lashes per eye, can now have around 150 lashes per eye! By using thinner extensions we are able to put 3 tiny extensions to each lash! The result? Fluffy, soft extensions that are full and tender!
3D extensions will also be easier to maintain than classic single extensions as the weight is distributed differently, and you will have more lashes to spare between fills… so as they shed, you won’t notice the extensions thinning nearly as much!
Side note: When we say 3D it doesn’t mean that every single lash will have 3 extensions on. We always keep our client’s lash health at the top of our priority list. Meaning, that (in a 3D set) stronger, longer lashes will have up to 4 lash extensions, and weaker finer lashes will have 2. We call the set 3D as it all balances out to around 3 per natural lash with some having more extensions and some less.

Full natural lashes: If you’re a client with full natural lashes (100-130 lashes per eye), 3D Lush extensions you will fall absolutely in love with this new lashing method. Instead of 100-130 extensions per eye before, with 3D you are going to have over 300+ fluffy, rich extensions per eye! Can you say va-voom?

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6D VOLUME lashes are that “wow factor” that many women have been looking for for years! These are the show-stoppers! Between 400-750 tiny, fluffy extensions on the average woman’s lash line! These are our most stunning, full, striking lash extensions for the ultimate lash lovers!! These lashes are super fun for everyone for special events! Women with strong, more coarse natural lashes will be able to maintain this volume long-term. Our clients with finer, short lashes should keep 6D to a special occasion treat so your natural lashes aren’t stressed at all! Of course your Lash Affair technician will always do what is best for your lash health, and we will never put the health of your natural lashes in jeopardy! If you want a consult on which volume is right for you – stop by the lounge anytime in person! Or even text us with photos/questions at 780.966.7470!

The good news? With our new menu you aren’t stuck with 3D or 6D! As long as you are getting one of our new volume sets, you can swap between fills. So come get a LUSH 3D set, and fill over the months… when that special event is coming up (birthday, Christmas, wedding) – vamp those lashes up with a 6D fill if you want over the moon volume!

We will be coming out with more and more photos of our new volume lashes over the next few weeks! For the time being – stay tuned to our facebook page to see live updates!
For more information and pricing information visit: http://www.lashaffairlounge.com

Global News Troubleshooter & Lash Affair: Lash Extension Safety!

 

Global Troubleshooter Julie Matthews gets complaints from customers with damaged lashes far too often. Groupons gone bad, poor products… or bargain extensions gone wrong! The results from inexperienced technicians, poor training (or no training), and cheap product are some seriously shudder worthy damaged lashes that we unfortunately see far too often at Lash Affair from women who want us to “fix” what they had elsewhere.

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Julie Matthews went to a couple of the most trusted lash providers in Edmonton to see what red flags to watch out for! I was so thankful to be a part of this piece, as there just isn’t enough information out there for consumers when looking into lash extensions! The main thing to take away from this article is: not all lash extensions are created equally! If you or a girlfriend has had a bad experience… don’t give up on lash extensions completely! Find a lash lounge that does amazing lashes, has a great portfolio, and good customer reviews!

Julie dove deeper into what to look for in a lash lounge, and how to find a reputable lash provider! See the full story, complete with video (and an amazingly informative video) here:

http://globalnews.ca/news/602845/eyelash-extensions-what-you-need-to-know/

If lash extensions are non-damaging, why am I hearing horror stories left and right of damaged natural lashes?

It’s with a heavy heart that this post is being written. Over the last few weeks we have had hysterical phone calls to the lounge, had women come in freaking out about their poorly applied lashes they had done elsewhere.. and have had some client’s come for full sets with such badly damaged lashes from previously (improperly) done extensions that there were bald spots we couldn’t lash!

So the question is… If lash extensions are “non-damaging” then why do so many women have damaged lashes after trying them out?

The answer is simple: untrained technicians, improper applications, and poor quality product.

You can get lash extensions everywhere these days. It’s a beauty trend literally sweeping the entire globe, and lashes are here to stay. With the rise in popularity, many women have dedicated themselves to the career of doing safe, proper lash extension services and truly setting the standard for safe and long-lasting lashes. On the other hand, countless other businesses have begun offering lash extensions just because they are “hot” right now… not knowing anything about lash health, application techniques, or even bothering to carry the proper adhesives that are safe for the procedure. You’ve all seen the signs roadside: Your local nail salon: “Now offering lash extensions ONLY $50”– or heard from a friend “my friend’s girlfriend does lashes. Her sets are WAY cheaper than the local salons!”.
Now, we certainly aren’t saying that if you go to a home based business or a nail salon, that you are going to get terrible lash extensions. However, the price of a full set is usually indicative of the quality you will be receiving. There are exceptions to this (some spas charging $300+ dollars for a set, and their staff only do 1-2 sets/month).
bad_lashes_3seen above: improper application of individual lash extensions. way too much adhesive used, and the extension is adhered to multiple natural lashes which will cause discomfort and damage.
seen below: improper isolation of natural lashes once again (natural lashes cannot freely shed). This causes twisting, flipping, and a stye as you can see along her eye lid.
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Here are the RED FLAGS of eyelash extensions. Do not even PONDER these lash extensions, as they WILL damage your natural lashes. Have you had lash extensions before that were itchy, uncomfortable, or gave you eye issues like styes? Read below to find out why!

1. “clusters, flares, and semi’s” – RUN away!!!
Cluster lashes are not applied individually to your natural lashes. They are glued to a bunch of your natural lashes, and use a ton of thick adhesive to hold them on. The problem with this is that your natural lash shed cycle is completely disrupted. All the lashes that are glued together will keep growing at different speeds. As they grow, the lashes growing faster will pull on the follicles of the slower growing lashes, causing such issues as: a burning/itching sensation, twisted flipped lash extensions, styes, eye infections, and the most common side effect: follicle damage/trauma resulting in thinned out lashes, and bald spots where natural lashes will stop growing.
Our natural lashes need to be able to shed independently of each other. When cluster lashes are applied (slathered in adhesive and pressed to multiple lashes), damage and discomfort are GUARANTEED.
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seen below: A set of cluster lashes after a few weeks of wear. Can you see how much adhesive is used and how natural lashes are literally smothered, unable to grow, or be washed properly, or even move? These lashes are the worst culprit of lash damage and a reputable lash lounge will not offer them!16753402. Do they have a large variety of lash extension types? Lash extensions are not a “one size fits all” service… at ALL. When choosing individual extensions for our clients at Lash Affair we have over 250 different extension types to be able to custom create a lash extension set that will be non-damaging and easy to maintain by our clients. We have 5 different curl types, lengths ranging from 7mm-15mm, and 5 different thicknesses.
Why is this important? Because each woman comes to us with a unique set of natural lashes! A woman with paper thin, brittle natural lashes will not be able to support a thick, dense extension on her little natural lash. If an extension too heavy is used, damage will occur (breakage, follicle damage etc). Using a thinner extension on these clients ensures they maintain their extensions well and that their natural lashes stay healthy.
Many lash lounges these days are slapping on the thickest, heaviest lash extensions onto every client… “super thick” individual lashes are all they carry! This is where individual lash extensions can become just as dangerous as clusters or flare lashes.
Your lash lounge should carry a variety of thicknesses, and lengths to keep your lashes healthy!

There are some golden rules to follow when choosing a lash lounge that will help you avoid a lash disaster, and if you follow them, you should be okay finding a lash lounge wherever you live!
1. Do they show photos of their actual everyday work? Professional photos (or Iphone photos put on FB or instagram) are great, and a nice website is an awesome way to get a feel for a business! Look at their gallery and on their facebook/twitter page. Do they have lash photos of real clients? Do the sets you see on their page look full, and soft? Are the lash extensions shaped well?
If they don’t have photos of their actual work – and can’t show the real quality they provide, chances are they will not be able to give you the quality you are after.
2. Do they carry a large variety of lash extension types? Each client has different natural lashes and will need different lengths, curls, and extension thickness used to keep client’s lash health thriving. Find a lash lounge with a wide variety of individual lash extensions.
3. Do they offer a guarantee with their lash work? A reputable company set to raising the standard of lash extensions will make sure clients love their lashes! Lash Affair’s guarantee can be found here.

We understand that lash extensions are all the rage, and some women can’t always afford  top quality prices. At Lash Affair we work hard to bring women the lowest available price for the quality we provide. There are NO costs spared within our lash extension sets, as we believe each woman’s eyes should be pampered, and should have only the top quality products used on them including: conditioning gel pads during the procedure to hold lashes down (no tape used), the softest, bounciest lash extensions available on the market, and the safest, strongest lash adhesive available to ensure long lasting wear, and safety to our clients.
Our technicians are constantly trained, and pushed in their lash skills. Attending master courses when available, and under-going ongoing educational guidance through Lash Affair Academy. Lash Affair believes our technicians skills are to be sharp, and innovative as the lash industry grows, and that we are to be the best of the best with lash shaping techniques, application, and speed of our sets!
We also don’t charge “per lash” like a lot of lounges, but believe each woman should get the fullest lash extensions that her natural lashes can support!
vslashaffairSo whenever you’re in the mood to take your lashes from drab… to FAB! Do your research, ladies! Ensuring your lash lounge is knowledgeable, and has your lash health in mind is beyond important to your happiness with your results! We hope the points above will help you all find fabulous lash lounges wherever you live, and we can help educate others on “good” vs “bad” lash extensions!

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In closing, if you’ve had a bad experience elsewhere… do your research, find a reputable lounge, and let them give you the lashes you’ve always dreamed of! Don’t give up on lash extensions in general… not all lash lounges are created equally, and one bad experience does not mean that all lash extensions will be the same result. We help rehabilitate women’s lashes everyday at Lash Affair — and would love to give you the top of the line lash service you deserve! For more information about our services visit: www.lashaffairlounge.com
www.facebook.com/lashaffair
or call 780.966.7470

Have you had a bad lash experience? We would love to answer any questions you have and help educate you on proper lash application! Comment below!

May Giveaway! Lashes and Lollia… Ooh la la!

 

Are you all feeling the love in the spring-time air? We sure are!

This warmer weather has many women blissfully enjoying the outdoors… whether that be swimming, biking, boot camp workouts, outdoor yoga, or GLAMPING!
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This is also the season where lash extensions REALLY shine, and get to show how resilient they are in comparison to traditional gunky mascara!

Warm weather = raccoon eyes for most women. Traditional mascara doesn’t hold up well in the summer and does everything from falling flat, flaking, smearing, and smudging oh-so perfectly under your eyes making you look like you have a summer shiner! Pretty, no?
Not really.

Lash extensions, if you haven’t heard yet – are your all in one lash solution!
They provide the ultimate fullness, curl, darkness, and length… more so than mascara could ever do! The best part? No matter what activity you’re doing the lash extensions remain sweat-proof, water-proof, and heat-proof, providing you with lasting curl, definition, and volume!
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Say goodbye to mascara that fails you by the middle of a hot day, and hello to lashes that are divinely fabulous. Oh, and did we mention you wake up with them every morning? No fuss, no fiddling, no nothing!
IMG_3563janisclosedMay’s Lash Giveaway is for a FULL SET of Silk Eyelash Extensions ($150 value).
Oh wait… there’s more! We also want to pamper May’s lucky winner with some Lollia goodies! Lollia products are some of Oprah’s favorites, and are a luxurious bath line intended to make you feel girly, sweet, and pampered!
May’s winner will also win a “Relax” gift set – one of our best sellers! $35 value @ Lash Affair.
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This gift set includes:
Shower Gel
Handcreme
Perfumed Soap

How to enter:
1. Click “SHARE” under the post that brought you to this page on facebook. (this will be verified so make sure when you share it, you make it a public post!). Every *share* = 1 entry!
2. Comment under the post with why you would LOVE to have a set of silk lash extensions and Lollia product!
3. Fill out the form below!
BONUS Entry: Follow us on Twitter and RT the contest link!

Winner will be announced May 31st!

April Giveaway: Enter HERE to win a free Full Set of Silk Lash Extensions!

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Do you love the idea of waking up with full, beautiful lashes every morning? Do you love even more-so the idea of them being free?! Well then we’ve got you covered!

April’s Giveaway is simple! A full set of our extremely popular silk lash extensions!
Silk lash extensions are the deepest, darkest black available on the market. They provide the fullest, most rich finish compared to our other extension types.
Silk are also known for being:
-extremely flexible and bouncy
-soft, and easy to maintain
-rich, and dense looking
-fluttery

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With any lash extension service at Lash Affair, we customize our lash extension sets to compliment your unique eye shape, and desired look! Silk lash extensions come in a variety of lengths, curls, and thicknesses, so any look is achievable! We also pride ourselves on ALWAYS keeping our client’s lash health and comfort in mind. If you have had lash extensions somewhere before that hurt, or damaged your natural lashes… they were NOT done properly! Come to Edmonton’s Best in Luxury Lashes!

How to enter:
1. Click “SHARE” under the post that brought you to this page on facebook. (this will be verified so make sure when you share it, you make it a public post!)
2. Comment under the post with why you would LOVE to have a set of silk lash extensions!
3. Fill out the form below!

BONUS Entry: Follow us on Twitter and RT the contest link!

Winner drawn April 30th! Good luck, lash lovers!