Never too old for “the pretty”
Murle came to see us at the Burlington location last week, this lady knew where it was at when it came to eyelash extensions. From the phone call booking, Murle knew all the right questions: are these single strand? are they silks? how much are relashes (she even used the word “relash”), she had the date she wanted in mind and booked 2 weeks in advance. She wasn’t messing around….
In she came, right on time, no mascara on, had already gone to washroom and turned her phone on silent. Basically the perfect client already, she left it in our hands in respects to design. She said:
” I know it’s silly, I’m 70 years old but I still like to look pretty. When I have dark lashes and my red lipstick on I still feel pretty. I can’t see to put my mascara on and my hand shakes a bit so it’s really hard”.
She thought eyelash extensions might be the answer and she was right! Most women after the menopause notice a thinning of their natural hair, not only does the hair thin, it also becomes much lighter in colour making it even harder to see. Lash extensions take all the work out of making your eyes pretty, come in…take a nap and wake-up pretty. Repeat in 3 weeks… it’s that easy.
And Murle: You’re never too old for the pretty…Amen to that!!!!
Love & Lashes xo
Doll if you’re like us you have TONS on the go and getting GLAM can be stressful ! We totally get it and because we love you, we want to make this easier for you. Flirt Custom Lash Studio in Burlington in now open 7 DAYS A WEEK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s right doll, we are now open Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. If Sundays don’t work for you then there’s 6 more days too.
Glamour just doesn’t stop . . . So why would we ?? Still located on the lower level of Julie’s Spa 520 Guelph Line in Burlington. Wake up looking made-up 905.333.0880 . . . Stay FIERCE honey.
If you haven’t been to Julie’s Spa in Burlington for your beauty services then you are missing out ! It’s located South of the QEW and has tons of parking . . . let’s face it Burlington beauties should not be climbing over snow banks in the middle of winter whilst wearing heels. You name it Julie’s Spa has it :Waxing, facials, mai/pedi’s ( of course you only deserve the best so only OPI polish and OPI gel is used ). Making sure to stay current, there is a dermal therapist on site offering Microdermabrasion etc. A doctor operates out of the spa providing Botox and fillers ( Shhhhhh . . . your fresh new face is our little secret ). And then there’s LASHES ! Flirt Custom Lash Studio has been operating out of the lower level of Julie’s Spa for ages and the combination of the 2 businesses is FABULOUS !!!! Check out Julie’s new website – you’ll be so glad you did . . . FYI ladies the prices at the spa are the best in Burlington.
Saturday Sept 22 nd I hosted the 2 nd annual Flirt Custom Lash Studio client appreciation party at Brass Bombshells in Burlington. The shin dig was all about GLAMOUR so of course I needed to look my very best. I typically clean up well but this was a whole new ball game and I needed to pull out the big guns. Like any entrepreneur, I try to surround myself with other like minded professionals who are the top of their game in their respective fields. In the world of styling TAMIKA AUWAI the founder of Shop Socials , is the best in the biz, she is a bounty hunter of style. Meeting on a Sunday at Yorkdale Mall, I brought my BFF Nykki for support. I know that you are going to find this shocking but I hate shopping at the mall, I find the selections overwhelming and the sizing upsetting. I’m late ( which means, I’m sweating and pissed at myself for taking the Q.E.W ). Tamika is cool as a cucumber and waiting for us with a big smile and an armful of dresses that I would have NEVER picked out for myself. The look on my face must have said it all as both Tamika and Nykki insisted I tried things on before I decided I hated it. We take one more whirlwind around the store, Tamika has grabbed a white sparkly number with a peplum skirt . . . I am certain at this point that she has lost her mind. I want to crawl right back into my comfort zone of a black designer wrap dress and accent shoes. Now I’m standing in the change room and decide I am going to try the sparkly number first to prove that this lady has lost her ever loving mind – did I mention she grabbed a size SMALLER than I would have dreamed of wearing. All of this is sizing up to be a messy tear filled endeavor, on the dress goes . . . and the zipper goes up. I fling the door open to show them that this looks like hell, both ladies gasp ” OMG ! I love it ” What ? I turn around around and look in the mirror, surprise surprise there I stand white sparkly and peplumed and I look great !!!!!!. My confidence in this process continues to build as everything Tamika has selected fits, looks great and is totally out of my comfort zone. Each styling has a different feel as Tamika explains and requires different support garment. I didn’t expect to have a hard time deciding which one I wanted, I expected to have to settle on something I kind of liked.
( Dress BCBG The Bay $348, Shoes Sam Edelman Ebay NWB $48, Earrings Bansri Rose Quartz Hautelook.com $37 )
I decided to go with an “investment piece” as Tamika explained to me that this dress can be paired with a blazer for one kind of feel, a jean jacket for another kind of feel. I was suddenly excited about this party because I was “balling” with my ” Six Figure Style”. The greatest part of all of this other than my FAB dress etc, is the self confidence that seeing myself outside of my comfort zone and loving it – Thank-you Tamika for that – it’s the lift I needed. Ever said ” I know what looks good on me so I’m sticking with it “, sister you might be wrong, holla at Tamika and hang on for the ” Six Figure Style” ride of your glamour life.
Here’s an interesting fact: A lot of my current regular clients started as vacationers looking to pull together their look while taking it easy in the tropics or shooting down the hills. There seems to be a misconception that salt water will eat away at the bond of the extension. The answer to that question is pure and simple – NOPE . . . your extensions are just fine in the salt water. Tons of my clients dive and snorkel with these babies and emerge from the sea like beautiful streak free mermaids (I could be pushing it here). However the fact remains that lashes are suited for vacations and really after sun block extensions should be next on your vacation “To Do” list.
Most of us are familiar with deal sites, and don’t get me wrong I have purchased from these sites and got a GREAT deal on a beer tour of downtown, a helicopter tour of the city and tickets to a show. I would never have thought to try one of these tours and the fact that I paid very little for them tickles me pink !. That being said it doesn’t mean that all things should be purchased from deal sites and trust me honey lash extensions are one of them. You have to ask yourself why the lash studio or stylist is selling the lash services for next to nothing. This is how it works – the deal is offered for usually less than 85 % of what is typically valued to be. The deal is offered for say $40, the deal is split 50/50 between the site offering the deal and the lash studio. So that means that they will receive $20 for providing an 1.5 hr service ? The product per customer costs more than that, something isn’t making sense here. And this is what isn’t making sense . . . . first of all when you read the fine print they are often offering 30 to 35 lashes per eye. That in fact is a 1/2 set – not a full set and I think it would be safe to say that most are not even applying that many if the lashes were counted. Another point is that, if they are offering a deal of that kind, it begs the question what type of product are they using ? If they are using a harmful glue that is cheap to buy then they aren’t worried about the overall product cost. The last thing to consider is how long has the lash stylist been working ? or how many people are doing the application ? If they have been in business for over a year they shouldn’t have the need to bring in large amounts of new clients all in one swoop because they are steadily booked with RETURNING clients and referrals from their current client base.
I’m speaking from experience, I did a lash deal with Web Piggy in my first 2 months of business. I did it for the exposure but to be honest I used it as an opportunity to practice, I had lashed everyone I knew and I wanted to perfect my craft. Also, from experience I can tell you that I spend much more time removing “deals gone bad” as they have been described. Most times a deal is sweet but sometimes you get what you pay for and then look for someone to fix it.
A new year brings new resolutions, most of us will resolve to better ourselves in one way or another. If your goal is to lose weight that will likely involve the gym, cardio and weights are going to melt your make-up. Get lashes and stay pretty will improving the rest of you. With lash extensions you can sweat, swim, wink at the hot guy on the treadmill next to you. For those that have decided to engage in more “Self Care” lashes are where its at. I had no idea what self care meant and decided to find out what it is, self care is doing anything that makes you feel good and lifts your spirits. Lashes are mini Dr.Feelgoods, every time you look in the mirror there they are ! Many ladies will decide that 2012 is the year to get out there and find Mr.Right. In this case lash extensions serve a multitude of purposes. Lashes are instant self confidence, never worry about the lifting of strip lashes or be concerned about running eye make-up. It’s a fact that most men prefer a more natural look and the Jersey Shore look is not hot. There is the strong possibility that the date goes well, leading to possible sleep over (just sayin’ !). Look as good in the morning as you did the night before. This is sooooooo important for many reasons, now you can stay have a cup of coffee or accept a brunch invite without trying to hide under the table.
Don’t worry doll, we’ve got you back and making pretty a priority is our job !
It’s no secret that the reason I started Flirt Custom Lash Studio is because I have a love affair going with my eyelash extensions. I’ve had my lashes on for going on 2 years and have had them with me on a few vacations. Of course I loved having my lashes and it made the everyday process of getting ready a breeze. Well . . . then I went to an all inclusive resort with them a few weeks ago. And I’m not just saying this because I own a lash business, I say this because I mean it when I say ” Why doesn’t every woman going away to the sun and sand have eyelash extensions ?”. Up in the morning and right down to the beach without a lick of make-up. No longer was I doing the sunglass shuffle at breakfast and lunch. Come one ladies, you know what I’m talking about – sunglasses on while out in the sun and then keeping them right up until you get to the table. Removing them to order a drink and hoping no one looks directly at you as you circle around the buffet. Scooting to the bathroom before you enter the restaurant to make sure that your waterproof mascara actually is waterproof. Heading out for the evening couldn’t be any easier. By that time of the day you’ve been out on the sun all day, maybe had a few cocktails and are very likely sun brunt. The last thing you want to do is apply make-up and do yourself up. None of that with your gorgeous lashes, comb them through, a little lip gloss and bronzer if you like and you are GORGEOUS honey.
Swim, suntan, party like a rock star and generally misbehave and look fab while doing it. These babies last a few weeks so don’t be scared to stay on the resort a few more days . . . . . you deserve it !
I know your super busy and a man on the move so I’ll keep it short, all I want for Christmas is Glamour. I understand this might be a tall order and if you’re unsure about glam actually is consult Mrs.Clause cause she’s FABULOUS ! I would like to sleep in an extra 20 mins, swim and tan on my upcoming vaca without having runny eye make-up, look as good getting up as I did going to bed (this one is super important for numerous reasons – again consult with Mrs.Clause ). I want to look pulled together with just a little blush and lip gloss, look alert even when I’ve had a long night and receive tons of compliments on how great I look. I know your rolling your eyes Santa ! all of this is alot easier than it appears – all I want for Christmas is eyelash extensions. Can you find someone certified to do it ? Oh and one more thing . . . can you make sure they are located in Mississauga, Brampton, Burlington and Toronto. I’m a lady on the move and I’d like to have options for my relashing. Don’t worry Santa, you just have to spring for the first set of lashes – I’ll take care of the rest. I want nothing else for Christmas and Santa you better deliver, I know where you live !
Miss Soon To Be Gorgeous Lashes
What’s hair tinsel you ask ? It’s bling braided right into you locks – wash it, curl it, blow dry and yes you can even have your hair coloured with it in. Without using any kind of adhesive, the tinsel is braided with a few strands of hair for a little shimmer that has ALOT of impact. It will work it’s way out of the hair over a few weeks without causing any damage. A party ain’t a party unless your hair is blinging !!!!!!!!
An appt for hair tinsel can be made at the Brampton, Burlington and Toronto locations – it only takes about 15 mins – no time at all to become the talk of the Christmas party scene.
If you’ve ever thought about lash extensions and looked into it, you have come across all kinds pricing. Listen doll, I’m all for a good deal but some things are worth paying for and lash extensions are one of them. The cost of the lash extension is a sure fire way to tell if you are getting the good stuff or not. In the interest of saving a few bucks many ladies have chosen to get their lashes done at the local nail shop. Here’s the truth . . . these are not extensions at all. Usually they are clusters of lashes or sometimes even strip lashes cut into pieces. These are applied with a type of crazy glue or sometimes even NAIL GLUE ! Yup, that’s right . . . . the same product that’s used to glue nails tips is bring used on your skin and eyelash hair. I have been into so many nail shops claiming to do lash extensions by asking to see their certification. Of course they claim to have one but “it’s at home”, no problem “can I see the lashes you would be using on me ?” they present me with clusters everytime . . . BUSTED !. No Xtreme Lashes certified lash stylist will ever use a cluster, it’s against our ethics to damage the hair and clusters do just that. Once I asked to see the glue they would be using and was presented with a tube of CRAZY GLUE . . . again BUSTED. I have been into every nail shop in my local area and not one of them is doing actual “eyelash extensions”.
How can you tell if the person is certified ? An easy way is price . . . if a full set starts at $150 then you usually dealing with someone that is certified. Another resource to check if the person doing the application has taken the time to learn the process is to check the Xtreme Lashes websitewww.xtremelashes.ca.
Instant glamour as a gift idea ? . . . Perfect ! For the women that has everything, lash extensions are genius. Its the gift that keeps on giving, every time she looks in the mirror she’ll think of you. Let me walk you through how to become someones fav person. Give Flirt Custom Lash a call, let us know if you would like to purchase a full set, 1/2 set or a certain amount towards a service. We will take your address and fill out the gift certificate for you. Pop it into the mail with the address you would like it to go to and all you have to do is send an email money transfer. Yup, could we have made being an awesome gift giver an easier?. Once the best gift ever has been opened, all that needs to be done is the booking – and because we’re wonderful we’ve made that easy too. With a location in Brampton/Mississauga, Burlington and our newest location in Toronto (Queen St W and John) your special someone can find a location that works best for them ! With online booking, the lucky lady doesn’t even have to pick up the phone to book – she’s a click away from putting a little Flirt in her wink.
Like most free thinking ladies I like to think that most rules are meant to be broken or if not broken than at least skirted or bent to my advantage. However ! the rules that apply to eyelash extensions are not meant to be broken and really from one renegade to another I’m very sorry about that. Before every new appt and even during relashes with current customers I still go over the rules:
1. Do not get them wet for 24 hrs at the minimum – meaning no showering. The look of horror on ladies faces makes me feel like a monster when I say that. You don’t have to be a dirty kid. You an still have a BATH and wash your face, just don’t splash water on your face or stand under the shower head.
2. Wash your hair before you come . . . this goes back to make being able to get them wet for 24 hrs.
3. Stay away from steam for 36 hrs at the minimum, this one seems to stump people. So steam meaning: sauna’s, hot tubs, hot yoga, jacuzzi’s, facials, standing in front of a steaming pot of pasta etc. I have had many clients that couldn’t understand why their lashes were gone within a few days – steam is usually the problem.
4. Oil is bad . . . . very bad ! NEVER use anything oil based on the extensions, oil is what is used to remove the extensions so it stands to reason that if you use anything oil based on them they will come off. And boy do they come off fast ! Almost right away they will start to drop like flies. Most mascaras are oil based so if you would like to use mascara on these babies always use a mascara meant for eyelash extensions. Anything water proof is the enemy . . . water proof means oil based. Most liquid liners are oil based as are most make-up removers. Read the label on the make-up remover, it will say “oil free” on the front.
5. Put the eyelash curler down and walk away. Eyelash curlers will snap the bond between the extension and the natural lash, not to mention make you look very strange. The extensions come in all different kinds of curls to chances are your lashes are already curly enough.
There you have it . . . the most important rules to follow. Even though you are as cute as button these rules will apply to you and there are no exceptions . . . ever. You can try and break the rules – Flirt is only a phone call away to fix the mess.
The weather outside is NO good but don’t worry doll your lashes will keep you warm ! Party season is just around the corner and soon your nights and weekends will be a flurry of cocktails and cookies.Because a party ain’t a party unless your in attendance you better be looking your best for the grand entrance. I’m not pointing fingers here but it’s possible you might have more than one champagne cocktail. Please doll, don’t pull a Snooki and have 1/2 your false eyelashes hanging off whilst chatting to the hottest Christmas elf ever. Do your self a favour and invest in your best accessory – Lash Extensions. Spend more time on your hair cause your eyes won’t need it – you already have instant glam. Late nights are part of the deal for a lady in demand, wake up looking as good as you did going to bed (This could be good news for many reasons . . . just sayin’). Party prep is as simple as this : Lashes On, Brows Strong – Lip Gloss On and You’re Gone !
Just in case you were wondering weddings are not the only time of the year to appear flawless. I had a MAJOR need of flawless in August when Flirt Custom Lash Studio celebrated it’s one year anniversary. There was only one person to call . . . Lindsay Daw from Dawlface Makeup Artistry. In she came ON TIME and PREPARED for a total overhaul – I felt bad for her. After asking some important questions I didn’t even think about like : what are you wearing ? What colour are your shoes ? (GAWD I love this lady !), are we going for glam or subtle ? After mixing, testing and double checking in the light – I was HOT !!!! if I do say so myself. I received a TON of compliments that night and really Lindsay was the one that deserved them. Because sharing is caring I now present to you Dawlface MakeUp Artistry – don’t say I never gave you anything !
Most brides are looking for even 20 more valuable minutes in their day. Wedding preparation is hectic! There’s so much to accomplish and there never seems to be enough time for the bride to get to everything done. Eyelash extensions are a great time saver! Brides can skip the morning makeup routine and make it to all their errands that much faster all while still looking fabulous.
There is nothing sexy about melting eye make-up on your wedding day. Sail through the day and look as fresh as you did that morning. No one has to know that you just found the best kept beauty secret for brides to be . . . . eyelash extensions from Flirt Custom Lash Studio.
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