Living in the lash of luxury!
Want to wake up looking beautiful? What about spending less time on your makeup routine every morning? Um, who wouldn't say yes to those questions?!
Semi permanent eyelash extensions are my answer. I have never liked the look of cosmetic tattoos (tattooing on the eyeliner and eyebrows), but I LOVE the look of last extensions! I first heard about it from hair stylist and beauty guru Ryan Sales of Salon 808.
He has the lowdown on ALL the beauty secrets. If you don't have a gay hairdresser, you gotta get you one. They're the must-have accessory for any self-respecting fruit fly.
He says he only sees Kristin Wood of Couture Lashes. That's in Kapahulu, in Kilohana Square. Therefore, I now only see Kristin Wood.
Booking her is hard. Despite her prices (around $300 for a full set of lashes), this woman is booked solid. Call her way in advance and set a date. She does not do e mail. Don't even try.
Lash extensions are individual eyelashes glued onto your own eyelashes. They are glued on one at a time. That is why it takes up to four hours per set. They fall off after three weeks, because they're glued to your own natural lashes, and your eyelashes are constantly growing and falling off. You have to re-lash every three weeks.
She can do colors, glitter, crystals - it's amazing! I love it! I had pink crystals put on, and people kept helpfully telling me I had something near my eye. I totally want to try color lashes, but I'm in a commercial now, and I didn't want to shoot it with any kind of non-conservative look. Next time.
It takes a lot of time, but while I was on the morning show, it was worth it. It reduced my makeup time by precious minutes when I would otherwise be gluing on a strip of false eyelashes.
Maintenance is pretty easy. You don't get it wet for the first day, but after that, they're quite durable. You can swim with it, but don't use oil based creams around the eye. You also should apply some kind of sealant every few days to help maintain it. You can use it in conjunction with Latisse.
The only drawback is that I had to buy new sunglasses with a nose bridge, because the lashes are SO long (9-11 mm) they kept brushing up against the old sunglasses. Wearing goggles to swim was also not ideal. You might get around it with a snorkel mask?
I'm definitely going to make sure I get lashed before I take any kind of trip because it's SO easy.
And if you get lashes, make sure you go to someone good. Examples of what not to get:
There are ways it can go wrong (if they glue the lashes to your skin and not the lash, etc) so you want to invest in a good lash stylist.
I bumped into Paul Drewes at work one day. "Look at my new lashes!" I gushed. He looked at me like I was nuts. "What are you talking about???" he said. I closed my eyes and pushed my face into his. "These! Aren't the awesome?!"
He paused to look at it. "Uh. I hate to tell you, Di, but that's not what we're looking at."
Oh, forget it, Paul. I think it's fabulous. So do all my girlfriends.
I love living in the lash of luxury!! 🙂 <blink blink>
Kristin Wood Couture Lashes
1016 Kapahulu Avenue, Suite 260
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
(808) 738-7386 - best with text or voice mail