10 of the Best Reasons to get Eyelash Extensions!

WHY SHOULD YOU GET LASH EXTENSIONS? It should even be a question but since it is, I have laid out TEN of the BEST REASONS to get EYELASH EXTENSIONS! #1 is a Big Bonus if your already in the San Diego Area!

10. Refresh Re-Energize and Re-Vamp with some ME time! You DESERVE to experience the feeling of opening your eyes looking amazing & feeling great with out having to lift a finger.

9. New Look in an Hour! Painless application you can sleep through. Just lay your head back & be done in as fast as an hour or if you need it i can work slower and give you a 2 hour nap! No Extra Charge! hahaha

8. Look fresh and awake all the time. It’s our little secret, and we won’t tell!

7. So natural looking you will have people guessing! Have everyone wondering & asking…What did you do, you look so great!

6. Ready, Set, Run out the door! Wake up looking ready to go, take that extra hour of beauty sleep even if you don’t need it!

5. LASH-ESTEEM! I have it and am giving it out with every service! A new Confidence and Self Esteem you can feel and see in your eyes!

4. Bring out and see Natural Beauty. You will find yourself wearing less makeup. Just look in the mirror and say Damn, i look pretty good, I just need some gloss!

3. Kim Does It!  The same process used by a-list celebrities like the Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, and Lindsey Lohan all use to look red carpet ready is used by Valerie & Lust Lash Studio.

2. LUSTFUL LASHES…. Who doesn’t LOVE sultry eyes! You’ll have that come hither stare for weeks on end.

1. ME! Certified Lash Extension and Makeup Artist! Self proclaimed lashed obsessed Artist has been Certified in 8 different lash courses. “I just want to know how everyone else does it, so i can come up with the best procedure  technique and products to use!” Creates Exclusive & Custom looks every time! Uses multiple styles & application techniques to achieve the desired and most flattering look for each INDIVIDUAL!

TODAY IM GONNA CREATE SOME THING BEAUTIFUL! Is it going to be you?!

Lash You Later!

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CLEAN FACE OBSESSION!

MY FACE DOESN’T FEEL CLEAN!

Yes, I’ve heard it time and time again from clients. Not because their faces are not cleaned but in our brains we have trained and taught ourselves that a good face scrubbing equals a fresh clean face. I felt this way too! Even though i am sure you all know washing your lashes is a very important step in their care but the gentle wash just sometimes leaves the face feeling incomplete. Of course i found my solution!

If your a client of mine you may have heard me rave and rave about how i love the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads! They are amazing! Well i have hit my HOLY MOLY i am in love with this new product i’ve been using, Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads! They are very similar and both do an amazing job one of course is a bit steeper in price so let me tell you all about them and you decide what is best for your needs…. i must admit i am spoiling my face and use both daily! I believe my face thanks me!

Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads   60 pads

Now at $5 to$7.50 in any CVS, WAL MART, TARGET, RITE-AID and so on they are a great deal and easy to come by! Recently CVS had a buy 1 get 1 50% off so i couldn’t resist and i took advantage and stocked up!

On the Ulta website they are described as

“Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads are pre-moistened, self-foaming cleansing pads that contain salicylic acid, a blemish fighting ingredient, to help clear and prevent breakouts and moisture-rich soy to improve skin’s clarity and help even out tone and texture. The pads are textured on one side to gently exfoliate, and smooth on the other side to lift way dirt, oil and makeup that can clog pores and cause breakouts. These oil-free, alcohol-free pads are gentle enough for everyday use and will not over-dry your skin. Soap-free and hypoallergenic, the pads are safe for even those with sensitive skin.”

My favorite part about these is the exfoliating texture on the pad. It really gets to working and lifts all the dirt , makeup and oils without making your face feel dry or stripped. They are soaked in the cleanser which causes the pad to drip all over the place really foam up. I’m not a fan of the mess so i use them in the shower everyday instead of at my sink. I have seen a improvement in my skin since i started using them, its definitely living up to its name and clearing my complexion. It contains 0.5% salicylic acid which is a good amount to get the job done. it isn’t anything impressive that a norm for a drugstore brand. I have never been pleased or impressed with any drugstore cleanser, wipe or pad but these changed all that. It is a great product and a awesome deal!

PETER THOMAS ROTH  Max Complexion Correction Pads 60 Pads

Ok at $36 a container i would say these are more a  very necessary luxury item! I do plan to buy them again thankfully i have access to a good discount at Sephora.

On the Peter Thomas Roth website it says

“Cleansing pads exclusively formulated to cleanse skin, remove blackheads, refine pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Regulates healthy cell turnover and delivers proven anti-aging benefits that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Deluxe, generously thick, double-sided pads deliver gentle cleansing action on one side and superior pore-refining exfoliation on the textured side. Pads contain a potent blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Glycolic Acid Complex10%), Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid 2%) and Alcohol (46%) in an advanced botanical formulation. Fresh peach bellini scent replaces traditional medicinal antiseptic pads.”

Now first off let me say “DAMMMMM” Look at the amounts in those ingredients! As soon as you open this container you know this stuff is no joke. It has a strong smell of alcohol and chemical that can make the nose want to run away. I am picky when it comes to smells, i want everything to smell amazing so this was a turn off for me but as soon as i let that pad touch my face i was done fallen head over heels! You can feel how clean your face is on the first wipe. It leaves this nice cool sensation all over. After the first couple days i noticed all these new friends popping out to visit but by day 5 or 6 my face looked amazing. I wish i had taken some pictures but i had no idea of the improvement id see so fast! The other plus for me is that unlike the Aveeno Pads i can use these anytime anywhere because they don’t create any foam or residue that needs to be rinsed off. They are amazing to use to get the face fresh and clean before applying makeup on clients.

BOTTOMLINE

They both are great products, Im going to continue using both for as long as i can or until i find my next obsession.  If you go into Sephora they let you test the Roth pads and at $6 for the Aveeno Pads it won’t break the bank to try it out. Oh and guess what both are totally safe and great to use with EYELASH EXTENSIONS! OH YEAH!!

Let me know if you try them and what you thought!

OFF TO CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

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Invisible Illness Week (this blog is not about lashes)

Hey Peoples

So for a few years I have been toying with the idea of starting a non-profit to help and do things for the people and causes that I really care about. My reason for wanting to do my own rather then link up with these larger non-profits that are raising millions and millions already is simply because I don’t trust them. With non-profit there is too much room to pocket donations and id like to know that 85% to 90% of what I either donated or raised is actually helping someone and 10% to 15% is covering cost rather than only having the mandatory 15% that is required to be a non-profit. My percentages might not be 100% realistic but bottom line I want to see that my money, gifts or time goes to real people and really making a difference in someone’s life.  So little by little ive been researching the idea and will hope to have one up and running in the next year.

I came across this organization that is just spreading education through word of mouth and social media Invisible Illness Week, what is an invisible illness basically everything and anything you may be dealing with from Cancer, to Mental Disorders to Arthritis its all one in the same and sometimes misunderstood.. I love the idea of educating people and think this is a great way to help make a small difference. So im going to see what its all about and participate. Its seems like a great way to spread some strength and education all for free. So here is my 1st task that im participating in.  This is what I came across on WWW.INVISABLEILLNESSWEEK.COM. Oh and P.S. I guess this org is local here in San Diego! BONUS!

Last year hundreds of people participated in our “30 Things” Meme. We’d love to hear from you again (even if you filled out the 30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know last year, you may have some new answers this year… it will be interesting to see which ones!).

This is a great way to blog about your invisible illness too. We may say, “no one understands!” but have we really given them the chance to? Fill this out, post it on your blog or on Facebook, etc. and then let your friends and family know. You may even be surprised to find out who you know who is living silently with his or her own invisible illness.

30 THINGS ABOUT MY INVISIBLE ILLNESS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

1. The illness I live with is:

Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura TTP

It is a rare disorder of the blood-coagulation system, causing extensive microscopic clots to form in the small blood vessels throughout the body.These small blood clots, called thromboses, can damage many organs including the kidneys, heart and brain. In the era before effective treatment with plasma exchange, the fatality rate was about 90%. With plasma exchange, survival at six months is around 80%. Immunosuppressants, such as glucocorticoids, rituximab, cyclophosphamide, vincristine, or cyclosporine may also be used if there is relapse or recurrence following plasma exchange.

 2. I was diagnosed with it in the year:

October 2007

 3. But I had symptoms since:

July 2007

4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is:

Being aware of my body and how it feels. The 3 times I was hospitalize because my platlet counts were at dangerous levels 13, 4 and I think I was at 6 the last time. If I hadn’t tried to shake it off and take my fatigue, weakness or body aches as hangovers, colds, or just feeling tired I could have gotten to the hospital days before and not have put myself and my family in such scary situations.  (FYI Platlets should be 340 to 140 in a person anything lower is cause for concern and at 10 your bodies organs start to fail or shut down completely.) The 2nd biggest adjustment is getting my blood check every 2 weeks. Its annoying especially when you feel great but its when you put your guard down it like to creep up.

 5. Most people assume:

That I am cured. I am completely healthy however there is no cure for TTP, I am considered in remission and have been given a 50% chance of never being sick again. Of course they said that the 1st time and I manage to get sick 2 more times. I have tons of faith that it’s not coming back this time.

 6. The hardest part about mornings are:

Some days it’s hard to get out of bed, being tired is just part of the territory. It doesn’t happen as often anymore. Most days are great but every once in while I just can’t find the energy to move.

 7. My favorite medical TV show is:

Dr. Oz, I have the biggest crush on that man.

 8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is:

Literally, if it wasn’t for the Plasmapheresis treatments and that big robot looking machine that they hook me up to in order to pull out blood from my heart into this machine that separates through only medical magic is how I can describe it, my blood and plasma so this new donated plasma can be mixed with my blood and given back to me. (Special I LOVE YOU to all my friends and family that donated so much to make sure I got plasma from people who loved me and prayed for me. It took 2 people to donate for 1 treatment. I did 3 months of this treatment and every day we would guess which bag was whose. And yes I could tell if you drank before you donated or ate too much greasy food in your diet! lol)

 9. The hardest part about nights are:

My nights have never been hard not here at home anyways.  In the hospital its mostly an emotional difficulty.  Being in the hospital for so long and so many times it was hard to see my momma sleeping on a chair next to my bed.

 10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins.

2 Multi Vitamins, 1 Iron, 4 Calcium, 2 Omegas, 6 Catalyst, 1 Folic Acid, 6 Biotins.

 11. Regarding alternative treatments I:

I never really looked into them.

 12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose:

I wouldn’t choose, I am happy with my life. I see it as a blessing. Its changed my life, my way of thinking, my passion and finally a friendship that on my own I could never achieve with my brothers.  I would never give up or want to change what my disorder has given me.

 13. Regarding working and career:

Ughh ok well I had dreams of taking over my Dads business. Yes I LOVE TILE, CONSTUCTION, REMODELS, DESIGN, ANY NATURAL STONE FABRICATION! Once I got sick I decided I want to go back to my original plan after high school and that was to become a Research Psychologist so I could study behaviorism and write books. After being forced to drop classes 3 times because I had to be hospitalized, I gave up. I didn’t think id ever stay healthy enough long enough to finish a semester. I was put on disability since being tired and having so many bad days I wasn’t a dependable and reliable employee option. Fast forward 4 years my past time hobby has now turned into a full time career and brand that I am building. And if I have a bad day I just turn off my business phone or schedule myself 2 days off and rest.

 14. People would be surprised to know:

I gained 80lbs on a steroid treatment I was given in 2009 when I did chemo. Already a big girl I almost hit that 300 mark. People that meet me now could never imagine I could have been so big. I have since changed my eating habits, vitamin intake and took up boxing and gave up those stupid hit the wind kickboxing classes and did what doctors told me I couldn’t do. since steroids turn in fat sockets like rubber lining. I tried it all and after my last attempt had me at a standstill the dr said no diet change or exercise or gastric surgery was able to change that my body was now lined with this rubber fat. I cried for a month and ate takis everyday. Lol but yes I snapped out of it and have lost 150lbs in total, 110 I credit to my lifestyle change with Advocare.

 15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been:

I will have a drs appointment every 6 weeks for the rest of my life and blood work done every 2 weeks. Accepting chemo and steroids as a treatment and then dealing with hair issues and weight gain that came with it. I refused the 1st 2 times because I thought 50% chance that I would be ok without it looked like good odds.

16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was:

I had to accept that having kids even though I could it would not be something I wanted to do anymore. Thank God, they are now, with proper care I can have kids and not worry about them inheriting my bad gene.

 17. The commercials about my illness:

The first time I heard my disorder on TV I jumped with excitement. Lol I felt famous haha. Maybe you have heard the commercial it say blah blah blah may cause blah blah blah but see a dr cause this could be symptoms of a rare disease known as TTP. I don’t even remember what the commercial was for.

 18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is:

NOT CARING, Sometimes I think its made me a lil too nice, sympathetic and emotional. Sometimes!

 19. It was really hard to have to give up:

My old selfish lifestyle. It was so easy having fun not having a care or a responsibility except myself.

20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is:

Eyelash Extensions, fundraising and Boxing

 21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would:

I Like this normal a lot better than my old normal.

 22. My illness has taught me:

So much, about health, friendships, relationships, faith, trust, passion, compassion, goals I could go on and on. I really believe its lead me to define the person im meant to be.

 23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is:

The lack of education available to teach kids and adults about health, food, vitamins, living with diseases. Some people need to hear it bluntly 1 time to understand it if we took 10 minutes ainstead of 5 to teach things different we might save ourselves lots of unnecessary illnesses, troubles or headaches.

24. But I love it when people:

Want to make a difference and either get educated or donate their time or money to help.

 25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is:

I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH HE WHO STRENGTHENS ME. Philippians 4:13… It’s the tatt on my back!

 26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them:

To see the blessings and good that is coming with it. And remind them that the reason they are sick and not someone else is because they were the strongest person to handle it to be able to bless them and their families with what is to be the outcome.

 27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is:

That I could live and just be sick or scared or take advantage and milk it cause you know I love to be spoiled. So im surprised I am so strong even on bad days I just take it, try not to call my mom crying cause I know she freaks out so I call Angelica instead and then we decide if it’s a need to know situation for my mom… sorry mom you had to find out this way hahaha.

 28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was:

Be by myside, even if it was through the phone, in person, in a card. Those meant so much to me. The people you least expect to be there are and vice versa. I remember every call and visit except for the weeks I was in ICU L but my mom made sure to tell me who had came and when she could only describe them as the guy with the zip code on his head or the Asian guy Gio would translate that to a name for me. Lol

 29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because:

It seems like an awesome chance to educate people, inspire and help.

 30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel:

FORTUNATE

Feel free to copy and paste your own answers as a comment, ill read them for sure!

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BAD LASHES?! What Now?

ARE THEY FIXABLE? YES!

IS  THIS WHAT EXTENSIONS DO/FEEL OR LOOK LIKE? NO

More then likely if your asking your self either of the 2 questions you’ve had a bad lash application. With a number of places offering eyelash extensions without training and a number of places that claim to offer eyelash extensions, but are really applying flares or other shortcuts instead, bad lash applications do happen everyday. Sometimes you can get them removed and have absolutely amazing lashes applied the same day, but, depending on the damage, that’s not always the best idea. If there are gaps or the lash line is especially sparse, adding extensions will only draw more attention to the emptiness – not conceal it. If the lashes have been severely damaged and broken, they need some time to heal. I have even had clients come to me hours after having bad lashes applied from a bad “lash artist” with eye so irritated and red hat all I could do was help them clean and soothe their eyes with an eyewash and send them on their way to Urgent Care to care for the infection growing.

A professionally trained lash artist that cares about their clients and industry won’t do an application if it may cause further harm to your lashes. If your lash stylist recommends some time off for your lashes to restore, please listen to them! They’re looking out for the best interest of your lash health.

To speed up recovery of damaged lashes:

Immediately start using a good lash fortifier, like LiLash available from http://www.LiLash.com or myself if your in the San Diego Area.

  • Biotin Vitamins are a great source of amino acids to help with hair growth.
  • Give your lashes a break, no mascara, no strips, no clusters. I know it seems impossible for some of you Lash Lovers but your end results will be worth it.
  • Use the product nightly for at least 4-6 weeks until your natural eyelashes appear healthy and long enough to receive extensions.
  • Schedule a lash assessment with your artist at the 4-6 weeks mark to check the progress of your lash recovery.
  • In most cases, you may be able to have lashes after 4-6 weeks of conditioning.
  • In severe cases of lash damage, you may need to allow up to 12 weeks for a complete growth cycle of the natural lashes. Your lash stylist will advise you if this is the case.

Lash damage is unfortunate, but largely preventable. By doing a bit of research and selecting a trained professional for the application of your eyelash extensions, you’ll save yourself from the pain and distress of poor work.

If a lash mishap does happen to you, though, remember – it’s not the end of the world. They will ALMOST ALWAYS grow back from damage that happens just once. But, please don’t return to the scene of the lash. There are plenty of specialist out there. If cost is your main reason for going to one of these “nail shops, hair shops or swap meets” to have your lashes done just be cautious and do your research cause you may save yourself $20 or $40 now but what will it cost to fix them?

STAY EDUCATED, Lash Lovers

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STRONGER, FULLER, HEALTHY LASHES… IS IT JUST A DREAM?

Wow I hadn’t even realized how much time had passed since I last wrote! What a horrible person I am. I left you with a warning to stay away from RapidLash and never gave you an alternative. I AM SO SORRY it will not happen again!

Well here is my Number one option for Lash strength, conditioning, growth and my number 1 reason i am such a fan….. If used while wearing lash extensions it helps to increase the life of them! YES IT WORKS! Yes you can have stronger, fuller, healthier lashes!

I have clients who were coming every 2 to 3 weeks for fills that have now started scheduling appointments as far as 6 weeks out! NO JOKE i promise.

Introducing Lilash

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Lilash Eyelash Stimulator is being distributed by manufacturer Cosmetic Alchemy as an eyelash growth enhancer, which not only promises to lengthen eyelashes but also to increase the volume and strengthen each lash.

For those women who have heard about Lilash but want to learn more, the big question on their minds is “How does it work?”

HOW DOES IT WORK?

To answer this question, we need to take a closer look at the ingredients of Lilash. One of its main ingredients is Lupinus albus (commonly known as white lupin) seed extract.

This extract contains the factor that stimulates eyelash growth. Lilash also contains Prunus amygdalus (or almond) seed extract, which accords protection to each eyelash thereby giving it protection. Another key ingredient is panthenol, a moisturizing agent that keeps eyelashes supple and glossy and less prone to breakage. Silica prevents the eyelashes from breaking.

Other listed ingredients in Lilash, such as chlorphenesin, 18,19,20-Trinorprosta-5Z and 15S-trihydroxy-17Phenyl just to name a few, act in concert to stimulate growth and volume increase in each eyelash strand.

HOW TO USE LiLash

Application of Lilash is very simple, just like when you use liquid eyeliner. Carefully apply it to the upper eyelash line daily, making sure that the solution does not get into the eyes. The manufacturers guarantee eyelash growth in 4 to 6 weeks of continuous use.

PROS

It works!

90 DAY MONEY BACK GUARENTEE

Increases life of lash extensions.

Gives you a stronger, fuller healthier lash!

One main advantage to using Lilash is that it does not contain sodium chloride, so it is not too irritating to the eyes.

Another advantage is that it comes in a large tube that can last for 5 to 6 months.

Many who have tried Lilash have reported their eyelashes to be fuller and suppler because of its added conditioning effect.

I have yet to find a review that claims LiLash does not work!

CONS

It is pricey at $140 a tube.

Counterfeits are being sold all over Ebay and Amazon.

Even though it does say hypo-allergenic it can cause itchiness and red eyes to extremely sensitive people.

If you can not reach me to purchase make sure your buying direct from http://www.lilash.com

Here are the FAQ’S on their website to give you some insight on their claims.

Q: How do I apply LiLash™?
Apply LiLash™ to the skin of the eyelid as you would apply liquid eyeliner. Do not apply to the lower lashes. Please look at the Application Instructions for further information.

Q: How do I maintain my long lashes?
Use LiLash™ once daily for eight to twelve weeks. Once you are satisfied with your lashes, reduce use to two times a week.

Q: How long does a tube of LiLash™ last?
Your tube of LiLash™ will last for up to six months if used daily as recommended. Once opened, the formula will remain active for 9 months. Unopened, a tube of LiLash™ is good for 24 months.

Q: Will LiLash™ change my eye color?
The shades of green and blue that make your eye color unique to you will remain the same with correct application of LiLash™. Cosmetic Alchemy has never received any reports from our customers of a change in their eye color with proper application of LiLash™. Application Instructions

Q: My eyes are irritated, itchy, or red from the product, what should I do?
The skin surrounding your eyes is highly sensitive. Certain individuals may be sensitive to one or more of the ingredients in LiLash™. If mild or moderate redness or irritation occur, discontinue use of the product at least temporarily until symptoms resolve. Mild irritation can occur with incorrect application of LiLash™. Application Instructions

Q: I noticed some skin discoloration where I apply LiLash™, should I be concerned?
Some customers have noted a slight darkening of the skin on the eyelid where they have applied LiLash™ over a prolonged period of time. In most situations this will naturally fade with discontinued use of the product.

Q: Is LiLash™ safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding?
LiLash™ has not been tested in all situations; therefore we do not recommend using LiLash™ during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Q: Can you use LiLash™ on your brows?
LiBrow™ works best to enhance your brows. Specifically formulated to thicken, fill-out, and darken the hair for bold, enchanting arches.

Q: What are the ingredients in LiLash™?
Water/Agua/Eau, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Extract, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Panthenol, Isopropanol Phenylhydroxypentene Dihydroxycyclopentylheptenate, Silica, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol.

**We at Cosmetic Alchemy do not believe in animal testing. LiLash™ has never been tested on animals.

Ill have before and after pictures up in the next few weeks so you can see my progress!

Hope this info helps!

NOW IM OFF TO CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AS ALWAYS!

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RAPID LASH Beware Be Careful & Be Smart

Lash Serums are taking over!

This is what i am questioning, i haven’t yet formed a solid stance either way but i love to share, educated and hear your opinion. Consider this… its hypothetical, facts came from the top of my imaginative head…

7 out 10 people use some product could be diet pills, hair growth serum, even lipstick and had great results. However lets say this product contains something that is or maybe even isn’t labeled and the other 3 have horrible side effects. Is it fair to still offer this product and allow it to be sold and not need to be regulated by FDA.

When products are not regulated they can claim what they want and label package with misinformation?

I love and support products that go through volunteered testing by M.D.’s or Informed Choice! Now that is just great quality service, shows the level of pride a company has and can put your mind at ease.

It wasn’t that long ago that Jan Marini received an FDA wrist slap that reverberated throughout the skincare industry for selling an eyelash conditioner with unapproved ingredient bimatoprost. Eyelash growth products are taking it on the chin again, this time the FDA has sent a warning letter to LifeTech Resources, manufacturer of RapidLash Eyelash Renewal SerumNeuLash Active Eyelash Technology andNeuveauBrow Active Eyebrow Technology.

These particular eyelash extenders and eyelash regrowth serums contain Isopropyl Cloprostenate – a synthetic prostaglandin analog very similar to bimatoprost. (Bimatoprost is the active ingredients in FDA-approved drugs used to lower intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients.)

Adverse events associated with prostaglandin analogs for ophthalmic use include ocular irritation, hyperemia, iris color change, macular edema, ocular inflammation, and interference with glaucoma therapy – all things best avoided for our clients. In addition, prostaglandin analogs for ophthalmic use are currently classified as Pregnancy Class C. (This classification means that there have been no human studies of the drug, but that animal studies have revealed some potential abnormalities.)

You can read more on the FDA Website The FDA also says ” If you currently distribute or use lash or brow conditioner, we urge you to carefully review your brand’s ingredient list to avoid possible regulatory and consumer issues.” It’s worth looking at your eyelash growth products to determine the active ingredient. Here’s the ingredient list for Rapid Lash:

Water (Aqua), Rhizobian Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Biotin (Vitamin H), Panthenol, Pantethine, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Cucurbita Pepo Seed Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Root), Sea Water, Octapeptide 2, Copper Tripeptide 1 Alcohol Denatured, Isopropyl Cloprostenate, Polypeptide 23, Glycine Soja (Soybean Oil), Glycerin, Phosphatidylcholine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenisen, Sorbic Acid (A Preservative)

If your are carrying Rapid Lash, or any other product with Isopropyl Cloprostenate you should call your rep and find out what your next steps should be. It’s logical to assume that you should not have the product on your shelves. You’ll also want to find out from your Rep how to deal with any clients that return their lash growth product.

Tomorrow i will have info on which Lash Serums are people safe and friendly!

Well now wasnt that some education for you Lash Lovers!

 

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Know YOUR Curl Style!

What’s YOUR Curl Style? WAIT… What is a Curl Style?

 

It amazes me when new clients come in and tell me they have been getting their lashes done for… let’s say 6 months, a year or even 3 years… and I proceed to ask what style, look, curl or length do you usually prefer and can you believe it 99 times out of 100 no one ever knows!

Well if you haven’t read my older blogs, I do have a breakdown of different types of eyelash extensions. A curl style is determined usually by the letter (some brands choose to rename these but they are standard and any Trained Lash Artist will know exactly what you are referring to.) Most common are J’s, B’s and C’s. Rising in popularity are D’s, L’s, and O’s.

 

Of course many different things go into the decision of choosing the RIGHT eyelash extensions for your application. From physical traits like eye shape and natural lash properties to lifestyle indicators like maintenance routine and activity choices, a number of items are evaluated by your stylist to select the best eyelash extension lengths, thicknesses and curls for your application.

BUT… all other things being equal, there’s a definite “look” that comes with each different eyelash curl.

While you can modify that look to emphasize different features and tone down or turn up the curl quotient through creative length choices and placements, if you were to do a side by side comparison of curls using a basic frame of eyelash extensions in the exact same lengths, a certain “style” would emerge for each.

 

So what’s YOUR Lustful Lashes curl style?

 

J LASH – THE NATURAL BEAUTY

Eye-deal Style: You prefer an au natural appearance and may frequently brave the world bare-faced, with eyelash extensions being your only cosmetic addition.

 

Eye-deal Use: J’s have the least amount of curl, making them the least dramatic of all the Lustful Lashes extensions. Unsure if eyelash extensions are for you? These may be the ones to start with! Happy with the curve of your straight to slightly curled natural lashes? These are an excellent addition! J’s will add length and thickness without upgrading your curl.

 

NOT Eye-deal For: Those with downward pointing lashes – these lashes can further emphasize a downward slope.

 

B LASH – THE FLIRTY GIRL NEXT DOOR

Eye-deal Style: You like to be a little done up, but not too much; a touch of gloss on the lips, a little liner on the eyes and you’re good to go on most days!

 

Eye-deal Use: Get a soft, flirty and feminine curl with the B eyelashes. This is the lash that probably comes closest to the curve of the average person’s natural lash and it’s an excellent option for all lash types and eye shapes.

 

NOT Eye-deal For: N/A – When in doubt, this is probably your “go to” lash!

 

C LASH – THE GIRLY GIRL

Eye-deal Style: You like to dress up, flaunt your fashionable side and even get a bit flashy from time to time. All-out glamour isn’t a necessity for you, but it is a frequently exercised option. You rarely head out of the house without a bit of color on your lids, a dusting of blush and a sweep of mascara on your eyelashes.

 

Eye-deal Use: The C eyelashes are the most universally popular extensions in the Lustful Lashes line. If you want a noticeable increase in curl, one that compares to your hand-held lash curler, the Cs are going to give you that look. They’re dramatic and different from your natural lashes without being over the top.

 

NOT Eye-deal For: Heavy lidded or deep set eyes – the increased upward slope on Cs may cause them to touch the skin above eyes that are hooded or deeply set. J’s reach outward a bit more before swooping up, making them a better option for some.

 

D LASH – THE DRAMA QUEEN

Eye-deal Style: You are a scene-stealer and a showstopper. Ultra-glam is your everyday aspiration! You like to be fully “made-up” more often than not, with dramatic eyes, and may even include false lashes in your daily routine.

 

Eye-deal Use: D’s are the vixen lashes of the Lustful line. If you’re after a high drama appearance and want doll-like, doe-eyed lashes, these are the extensions for you! WARNING – not for the weak or faint-hearted! These eyelashes are for full-blown, flirtatious flutters!

 

NOT Eye-deal For: Protruding, round eyes or those with downward pointing lashes – the dramatic upturn of the D’s creates a noticeable separation (split end-like affect) when applied to downward pointing lashes since they’re headed in opposite directions.

 

 

Please be sure to always fully discuss your options with your eyelash extension stylist. They’re trained to ensure you get the right look for you, after evaluating ALL the factors involved! Every eye is different no two looks are ever the same. So it is important to get the right lash for YOU and not the Lash that looked amazing on your friend. You and your Lash Artist should be making these decisions together. Remember your eyes are pretty important part of your face so shouldn’t you know what is on them?!

STAY EDUCATED LASH LOVERS!

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What are you putting on your eyes?! Krazy Glue?!

Myths about “Lash Glue”

 

Eyelash Extensions FDA APPROVED?

There is not a single eyelash extension “glue” or adhesive that is FDA approved. Some manufactures lead you to believe that their glue is FDA approved when really their glue is simply with in FDA guidelines for not having more than 2% formaldehyde as a preservative. It is simple, most cosmetics in the USA contain preservatives and many use formaldehydes. This includes your shampoos, makeup and various other products. Many dry cleaners use formaldehyde. Some people have an allergy to formaldehyde and it could cause a reaction to the eyelash extension adhesive. So, many extension companies manufacture adhesives that do not contain it but not a single eyelash extension glue has an FDA approval.

Is the lash extension adhesive “surgical grade”?

Eyelash extension adhesives are not used in surgery or used to glue soft tissue on humans. This is another silly marketing tactic. Please ask what medical facility or organization is using the eyelash glue in a medical procedure if you are told this rubbish. Adhesive produced for medical applications has some similarities and may share an ingredient or two with eyelash extension adhesives but it is doubtful that if the local hospital runs out of surgical glue that they will reach for some eyelash glue.

The fact is, eyelash extension adhesive is supposed to be applied to eyelash hair. It is not to be applied to the skin like surgical glue. Any time a technician uses too much glue or poorly applies the extensions so the glue contacts the skin, there are going to be issues. This stuff is strong. It has to be to use so very little of it and still have the holding strength to last as long as it does.  It is supposed to be expertly applied by a licensed, experienced technician so no glue comes in contact with the skin.

Safe, quality glue is important but no matter how safe the manufacturer claims the glue is, it is the skill of the lash artist that ensures ultimate safety, quality and comfort. Adhesive is important but the best adhesive doesn’t ensure an excellent eyelash experience, that experience is in the hands of the technician.

Do not wash your lashes for 24 hours.

For those with sensitivities to the various products in the procedure this is AMAZING! Think about it – if you go to a picnic, and you get itchy from the grass every time you go on one, what do you do? You take a shower when you get home! You wash off the traces of the allergen!

While our eyelash extension adhesive is a similar animal to “Krazy Glue”, it is not actually the same thing. for instance, crazy glue emits heat when it cures – completely inappropriate for contact anywhere near the eyes. It actually isn’t even a glue its an adhesive more similar to a rubber then a glue. The active ingredient is Cyanoacrylates. Cyanoacrylates do not dry, but instead “cure” as they are met with a catalyst like water or alcohol. Water is by far the simplest activator to use around the eyes. We also know that when cured (thorough cure is achieved in 24 hours *if* left to cure naturally, drawing moisture from the ambient air), this adhesive is an inert plastic. Once it is cured, it is harmless – inert. It no longer is capable of being an irritant. AND-It is waterproof to a reasonable extent. If soaked (submerged) in water for a long period of time, it will degrade and lose its strength of bond. If just subjected to washing, showering, etc; no problem. We can force a cure (using hydrogen as the accelerator – in the form of a cool mist from a compression nebulizer or a dampened disposable applicator or our primers or sealers!). That way, as long as the lashes are separated and cured, the client can wash their lashes in 2-4 hours. WOW-WOW-WOW!

Smarty Pants Tip** Ask your Lash Artist if she has cured your lashes if at the end of application a sealer, nebulizer, or a hydro mist has not been applied.

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Now That You have Beautiful Lashes…….

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Don’t forget to frame your face with amazing EYEBROWS! Do them just right to make your lashes really stand out! Here are some steps for how to create eyebrows with makeup.

1. You will need :—

1 eyebrow pencil
1 highlighter pencil
3 cotton swabs
1 brow gel

2. A Clean Start :—

Start with tweezed and trimmed brows. Also, keep your eyebrow shape in mind-round, soft angled, straight, or angled land use that as a guide for drawing on your brow.

3. Filling in the Blanks :—

Since we’re not all blessed with Brooke Shields brows, we regular folk, and even some star folk, with sparse and uneven growth patterns can use some help from a brow pencil.
Although brow shadows are equally good, the pencil is a little easier to use. It’s important we don’t press hard. It’s a shadow behind the hair. Not a line so we know it’s a pencil.
When picking the right shade, choose a color as close to your natural brow. If it’s a close call, opt for the lighter shade if you’re a brunette. If you’re fair-haired, go for the darker pencil.
Starting at the head of your eyebrow, recognize the empty or sparse areas and fill in the gaps with your brow pencil.

4. The Arch :—

Gently follow your natural arch line. An easy way to see your arch, is to simply lift your brow.

5. The Tail :—

Don’t draw the tail downwards but outwards. Avoid creating tadpoles where the brow is thick at the head and has a thin tail attached. Make sure there is a gradual or minimal ascension from thick to thin.

6. Lighten Up :—

Using your highlighter pencil, gently draw a single line directly under the brow line but not into it.
Gently blend side to side with a cotton swab. Be careful not to blend into the brow.
This step will enforce the arch, the overall shape and adds an instant highlighting effect.

7. Clean it up :—

With a cotton swab, wipe the areas around your brow removing any excess brow pencil outside of your brow shape.

8. Brush it up :—

Finish by brushing up your brow hairs with brow gel. The effect, along with a good tweeze, will help lift your eye upwards.

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