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Living in the lash of luxury!

November 6th, 2009

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?!

Blue with glitter lashes

Blue with glitter lashes

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.

Kristin Wood

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:

Bad lashes. Not Kristin's work.

Bad lashes. Not Kristin's work.

Bad lashes. Not Kristin's work.

Bad lashes. Not Kristin's work.

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

Kilohana Square
1016 Kapahulu Avenue, Suite 260
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

(808) 738-7386 - best with text or voice mail

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6 Responses to “Living in the lash of luxury!”

  1. maxcat:

    As for me personally, I'm not so sure about the lashes, but am wondering how the red accents would look in my gray hair. Nah, think I better go with green or blue. The red suits Kristen though. Oh and btw, I am (sorta) male and I do look at lashes and eyes. And, I usually look at eyes first. Not that I don't look other places, I do. I like all these lashes. BTW, great photography.

  2. Rosette:

    yes watch out the false lashes fall into your eyes wow....with glitter it migth scratch your eyes ouch! hurt to be beautiful my father in law said.

  3. Rosette:

    yes one time I got this fals lashes thingy next thing it was on top of my eye lid it was funny...yes so much for that...and the mechanic guy keep laughing so I just yank them all off...

  4. Rosette:

    my neice she has beautiful lashes ..long so long ....!

  5. Rosette:

    yes imagine you go home arrgh one bead on my lashes is gone stuck in yoru eyesballs ...oh dear !! then you add purple contacts with that eyes...omg funny!

  6. Rosette:

    my mom has eyeliner and eyebrow tatoo..when the darn color change ..omg I yes

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