Here comes the bride and her fuss free awesome silk lash extensions! Weddings are no joke, days filled with events and just about everyone you know will be there. Sleep is at a minimum and stress at a maximum. More and more brides are turning to eyelash extensions as a solution for appearing bright eyed and pulled together for the days leading to the big day and to kick off the honeymoon.
(Henna, one of FCL’s stunning brides)
Here’s the big question: Should you get your first set of lash extensions right before the wedding day and if so how many days before your trip down the aisle? The best advice and something we pretty much insist on is having your first set done 3 weeks or so BEFORE the wedding day. Why? If lash extensions are a new service for you, then you have no idea what to expect or how to care for them. Some brides are a ball of stress before the wedding, things may not be according to plan and/or just a straight up case of nerves.
(Tara, one of FCL’s beautiful brides)
Rather than adding more anxiety, it makes more sense to come and have the full set done 3 weeks before the wedding and book a relash a few days before your set to work your goodies up the aisle. Congratulations on your upcoming and with your extensions…you are FIERCE honey!
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We’re just not all the same in the lash game, there used to be a time when price would indicate who was a professional within the craft. No longer is that the case, people with no experience using SCARY products are charging the same as professional lash artists who have been trained under a Master (like the owner of FCL). This poor cookie came into FCL Brampton this week, usually we won’t accept the work of other lash studios but as you can see here we had to help. After taking a look I was certain that this was the work of a chop shop. I just about fell off my chair when I found out this was the work of a self professed “lash professional” in Mississauga. After I recovered from shock, I found out that no only was the work HORRIBLE. The client paid $80 for a relash, $30 more than a relash at FCL, AAANNNDDD the “lash professional” insisted on removals. So, the client every 3 rd relash would have the set removed and then pay to have a full set reapplied at full price – $150. There ain’t no shame in the FCL Lash game but others should be down right embarassed!
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Hot fun in the summer time! Well almost, anything above zero is considered balmy after the winter we’ve had. Warmer weather means longer days and even longer nights in Toronto, from the office to the closest patio. After 8 hours on the grind a cocktail is in order, dab on a little lip gloss and off you to go! Only if you have lash extensions dollface…more coats of mascara on your peepers will only make you look clumpy. The mascara from the morning has settled into the creases under your eyes making you feel like Rocky The Raccoon. So you use the pad of your finger to wipe along the bottom of your eye…blackness still there. Out comes the make-up compact and a careful application of powder…now you have make-up and mascara settled in the creases. There’s only one solution to feeling fresh to death on the Toronto summer patio scene – Lash Extensions..Straight Up! After work fluff and gloss consists of just the gloss, you are FIERCE honey. Now work that patio like a runway, maybe wear a pair of flats to avoid a face plant.
Love & Lashes, xo
Ladies in Toronto know how to work it! And know its all about the eyes, perfect brows can make the difference between looking like a million dollars and the hot mess express. Our friends at the The Brow House have paved the way to creating a beautiful frame for the eyes. So now that we have boombastic brows to frame the eyes, let’s create some wake up made up hotness.
Eyelash extensions at our Toronto studio, shower with them, swim, dance like no one is watching with them. Silk extensions applied one by one after a chatty chat with one of our Toronto Lashette’s about design.
(FCL Toronto Lashette Ashley)
FCL is different from other studios in that each application is catered to what is suited to your eye shape much like you’re professionally designed brows from The Brow House.
(FCL Toronto Lashette Lynda)
Located at the corner of Richmond and Niagara, 777 Richmond St West in the heart of Queen West…frame it up girls and then wake up made up.
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So you call a phone number to book an appt at one of the FCL locations, the phone is answered by Vicky. Then you arrive at one of the locations and someone else is doing your lashes, while doing your lashes the name Sommer is mentioned. Confusing much ???!!!… here’s the deal:
Flirt Custom Lash has 3 operating locations as of right now, Brampton (on the border of Mississauga), Burlington (south of the QEW) and Toronto (Queen West). In December when the Toronto location opened we installed a toll free phone number 1.855.721.7108 to ensure that the clients wouldn’t pay long distance to book. Vicky is FCL’s business manager, located out of the Burlington location. Vic is the lady that holds it all together, booking appointments, managing the calendars at all locations, trouble shooting and generally keeping us sane.
(Sommer (me) the owner of FCL sitting holding the GIANT FCL lips)
Sommer (me) is the owner of Flirt Custom, I started the business out of my home studio in Brampton in 2009. The Burlington location followed 1.5 years later and at end of 2013 the Toronto location opened. With the addition of the lashette’s, it only made sense to hand over the daily organization of the business to someone who could manage it full-time (Vicky) while I was with clients.
(The Lashette’s left to right: Shanelle, Lynda, Kayla and Ashley)
The Lashette’s work out of either the Burlington or Toronto shops, while I spend most of my time working out of my home studio in Brampton so I can hang with this guy!! :
(Porkchop – Photo Cred Buzzdog Studio’s)
So there you have it, the Who’s Who in the FCL Zoo….
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Close your eyes and open for a BIG surprise! How many times have you fallen for that one, and let’s face it…the surprise sucked. At FCL, you close your eyes and the only surprise is a good one. Unless you’re a fly on the wall, there’s no way you would be able to see what the lash stylist is doing and how we apply the single strand extensions. Take a looky here to see how we doooooooozzzzzzzzzz it, Lynda at FCL Toronto 777 Richmond St West is lashing Shanelle from FCL Brampton:
FCL in Action from Justin Borja on Vimeo.
So we know that FCL is all about the ladies, looking good and feeling FIERCE is the name of our game. Last week, I told you about the reason behind ROAR…being held March 9 th at FCL Toronto 777 Richmond St West. We’re bringing together the best in the business for styling – Tamika Auwai, hair/make-up – The Blush Pretty Team, photography – Natasha Barrett and project coordination – Elaine Atkins. But who are we styling makeup-ing (yes we know that isn’t a word) and photographing?? Woodgreen Warriors that’s who.
Woodgreen Homeward Bound is a program developed to help single mothers pull THEMSELVES out of poverty. They are supported with affordable housing, child care and education. Does that mean they were given a free ride? Hecks no!. These ladies busted ace taking care of their kids, going to school and mastering skills that were unknown to them. Each year, a handful of Woodgreen Warriors graduate from college and ROAR is going to dress them to impress rewarding them for their hard work and determination. These beautiful single mothers have come through the fire….now hear them ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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So….I live a pretty great life ( Hi Haters!). I own a biz, a home, an emotionally dependent French Bulldog ( or maybe he owns me – who knows) and for the most part if there is something I would like to buy, I can or somewhere I would like to go, I can. However, this wasn’t always the case and I can remember clearly what living in your car and wondering “what’s next” was the question of the day. My good fortune is always in the back of my mind as I work through my day. Sometimes, I’m overwhelmed with all the good stuff in my life and I get a little teary – don’t worry I have extensions. Anyway, if I keep taking all the wonderful opportunities/things I have been given without giving back (a) it makes me a selfish cow and (b) it upsets the balance of the universe.
I needed to find a way to give back and of course it had to FIERCE in true FCL style, the event would be to help women in some way ( I have a soft spot for women’s events, I think because I am one). In going with the theme of awesomeness, I also had a network of AMAZING female business owners and I knew I could count on all of them for support. I wanted to bring them together to create a fun stylish event that would reward women for overcoming obstacles put in front of them. And this is where the idea for ROAR came from….because she has come through the fire, now hear her ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you follow FCL anywhere online, you’ll often see that we shout out for lash models. After receiving some feedback saying that one lash model “expected” a full set we thought we should clarify the training process and what exactly a lash model is. We don’t offer training to any other aspiring lash artists other than employees of Flirt Custom Lash Studio. All artists are trained by Sommer, certified with Xtreme Lashes as a beginner and an advanced artist. Most recently, another certification was completed with in Volume Lashing through The Lash Bible. We don’t just hire anyone, customer service is #1, a client oriented mindset and a commitment to excellence what we need to see. After the L.I.T ( lashette in training) is hired, hours are spent with senior lash artists within FCL understanding cleanliness, infection control and the process in general. Training is like a slow moving train, we build on skills as they are understood and applied. By the time an L.I.T. is taking lash models he/she has the basics and has practiced on family and friends.
( Lynda as an L.I.T. after practicing she is now one of best lash artists in Toronto )
A lash model should never expect a full set of lashes unless they are spending time with a senior artist learning a new skill. A beginner lash model is given 2 hours to apply as many lashes as they can HOWEVER, the focus is on correct application. Clean lines without stickies, moving in the direction of the intended design and away from the lid. As the L.I.T. has more practice the level of comfortability grows and it’s very possible the model will leave with a full set. A model never pays for the application or materials used, and if they decide they really like the extensions but want a fuller look we are happy to complete the set with a senior artist for $50. So in short, the model will receive a complete full set of single strand silk extensions for $50 regular cost is $150.00. We offer this as a thank-you to our lash models for helping our L.I.T.’s learn a new skill. Feedback is always always welcome but we ask that is done warmly as our lash ego’s can be fragile 😉
Love & Lashes xo
FCL has worked hard to become the best in the West ( Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington). But like most businesses we are striving for world domination, for now however we’re thrilled to hear ladies are saying FCL gives the best “lash job” in Toronto. Since opening at our newest location – 777 Richmond St West, we’ve only received positive feedback. Lynda never disappoints, she listens to what her clients are asking for and delivers.
( Beautiful cascade..clean application with ZERO clumping )
(Showstoppers! Seamless application and no there is no filter used)
( Even from the side, these are hella gorgeous)
With most lashes from other salons costing $250 or more for a full set, FCL delivers GORGEOUS without a crazy price tag…$150 for a full set and $50 for relashes. Lookin’ good and not feeling guilty about it – that’s the name of our lash game.
Love & Lashes xo
Every business has it’s own language, and if we’re working in that biz everyday we can take for granted that everyone around us knows what the heck we’re talking about. Lash language is the same, the most confusing pieces of language are Half Set or Full Set. We’re going to break it down for you:
Half Set: A half set is a great option for people who have never tried eyelash extensions before. This is the only time in application we ever count the amount of lashes applied during the service. 35 to 40 lashes are applied across the lid evenly from side to side, each eye is even in the amount of lashes used. The look is very natural and in some cases depending on age etc a half set can look like like a full set. A half set is not as full as a full set ( pretty sure that wasn’t proper grammar ) but gives a pulled together appearance and can always be added to if you don’t think they are FIERCE enough.
( Half Set )
Full Set: This set is FIERCE, meant for ladies that wear mascara everyday and are looking to ditch the wand. We never count lashes in this design, EVERY adult natural eyelash receives a silk extension. The amount of lashes used varies from person to person and depends on the amount of hair available to lash. Remember, lash extensions are the enhancement of what is already there and not the creation of what isn’t. Most clients, even those that start with a half set graduate to a full set…they always want more a great thing. With a full set there is no need for mascara and you wake up looking as FAB as you did going to bed ( we get it, there are times when that is super important ).
( Full Set )
Love & Lashes!! xoxo
So Flirt Custom Lash Studio has settled right into our new location at 777 Richmond St West. I’m always running around like a lunatic, not to mention I’m not the hippest creature that ever lived. Lovely Lynda keeps me in the know and was sooooo excited when she saw that Bitstrips was our neighbour across the hall. Of course I had no idea what she was talking about and had to Google to find out that they create instant comic strips starring you and your friends.
Lynda must be finding inspiration from our creative neighbours, her quality of work has always been good. However since the move into the Toronto market, her work has been OUTSTANDING. Creating texture in her designs using single strand silk extensions has become unique to her as a lash artist. With a natural eye for scale, she is using a mixture of curls, thicknesses and lengths.
Ladies all over Toronto are putting down they’re mascara, rolling out of bed in the morning 20 mins later and heading out the door looking like a million dollars!!!
If it’s convenient (meaning you don’t need an appt) and it’s inexpensive then is must be the best thing ever right? Well, not in this case and thank heavens for Lynda at our FCL Toronto location at 777 Richmond St West, these clumps were painful and it wouldn’t have been a very Merry Christmas by any stretch. Here’s what Lynda’s client had to say about her experience with nail salon lashes:
“Notice that the BEFORE picture has clumps of lashes glued together… initial picture was taken after glue had already been removed, so is not a true representation of how bad they actually were.
When the lashes are clumped together, as they grow out at different levels (with different thicknesses/different strengths), the ones farthest from the “clump” become strays and are pulled sideways – horrible. The clumps also grow out and with their weight, grow downwards and poke your eyes; strays break or are pulled out by the glue clump and fall out – bald spots.
I did not realize there is such a science behind the application of lashes.
Lynda did my lashes Thursday. She painstakingly took time to remove the glue, while re-gluing individual silk lashes to each of my own. No clumping, no breakage. They will just naturally fall out with no harm to my own.
Moral of the story: Do your research before going to a lash technician. Don’t get caught with a person or place that wants only money — and won’t even fix a stray lash after one single week because she is afraid you will not go back the following week and pay her the $50 she charges for the “re-lash”.
Our moral of the story? If you want the job done right, you have to pay the right price to have a professional take care of you.
On my first site visit to our new location in the Queen West area, I drove past this adorable little white shop on the corner of Queen St West. I wasn’t sure but I thought I saw giant Macaron’s hanging in the window. I know my pastries and can spot them at 100 yards – just ask my trainer. Anyway, I parked my car and hustled my bustle right over…I opened the front door and my nostrils were flaring like a horse (super attractive). I was standing in Nadege Patisserie at 780 Queen St West, I had heard of this glorious place but here it was less than 1 street from FCL Toronto. The place was buzzing and as it should be, the quality of the offerings are outstanding. The staff is warm and sooooooo patient, I couldn’t decide what I wanted and was overwhelmed with all the things I wanted to try. I settled on a macaron ( ok really it was more than one but sometimes my trainer reads my blog – Hi Kevin!! xoxo). These little suckers had a little bit of a crunch and then the sweetness ( just the right amount) melted on my tongue. A love affair was born, now everything I’m at the 777 Richmond St location – I leave myself just enough time to walk over to greet my new lova lova.
Last Wednesday we were on and poppin’ at our new Toronto location in Trinity Bellwoods, we’re one block south of the HOTTEST area’s of the city. When Steph from BlushPretty suggested we needed a larger location we quickly (like in seconds) totally agreed with her. She and Elaine searched the city for an addy deserving of our beautiful client base, there were a few losers to say the least. But then the email came through with a Trinity Bellwoods address – 777 Richmond St West. We share the GORGEOUS space with The BlushPretty team, with 2 entrance doors both businesses can operate within the studio.
Lovely Lashing Lynda originally trained and working out of the FCL Burlington location at 520 Guelph Line will be working her magic out of the FCL Toronto space. We’re super proud of Lynda, she has grown into a true lash professional and decided that this shop is just the right location to showcase her talent.
If you’re looking to get lashy with it, give us a holler 1.855.721.7108 or book online.
If you’re plugged into what’s happening with FCL (and really why wouldn’t you be?) then you’ve seen a shout out for a “Lash Mob” going up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you have no idea what the heck we’re talking about, let us explain. We’ve teamed up with the BlushPretty to provide the GTA with a One Stop Glam Shop at our new Queen West location – 777 Richmond Street West. Flirt Custom Lash is new to the neighbourhood and DYING to make friends and fit in. Whats the best way to fit in?? give presents!!!!!!!. Following that way of thinking, we’re offering FREE FULL SETS OF LASHES…How? Where? What? Why?
How: Stay in touch with FCL via social media and you’ll see the graphic go up for a Lash Mob. There will be a few hours notice and the first person to call the toll free number – 1.855.721.7108 gets the appt. We’ll ask you to use your social media to tell others in your network that you’re about to receive some FREE awesomeness in the Trinity Bellwoods location.
Where: The Lash Mob will always be at the Trinity Bellwoods location shared with BlushPretty – 777 Richmond St West.
Whats The Catch: There really isn’t a catch other you’ll be asked to use your social media to tell others that your at our Toronto location and what you think about your new lashes. If you’re using Twitter and/or Instagram we’ll ask you (very nicely) to use #777beauty and #fclstyle
Why: Because we want to like us! And we want to fit in with our new neighbours!
We’re not at all very good at keeping secrets but we’re celebrating something this weekend. This a been a CHORE keeping it under wraps but bear with us cause we’re about to totally spill the beans. To celebrate this thing happening that we can’t tell you about, we’re offering FULL SETS of FAB LASHES for 50 % off this week Nov 28, 29 and 30 only at our Toronto location 313 Queen St West Suite 204. Yes, you heard us correctly : $75 for a FULL SET of FAB SILK Lashes applied by the best professionals in the biz right before Christmas in the heart of Toronto. If ya didn’t love us before you might as well now cause this deal is hella awesome !!!!!
” I want my lashes to be thick like yours ” and “Is all that hair yours ?”, two of the statements I hear all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE compliments so keep’em coming. However, because I think that there really shouldn’t be beauty secrets. I’m going to share with you ONE of my hair growth secrets . . . Leafy Green Vegetables – Straight Up. I know what your thinking, your lash extensions look super thick because you like spinach ?. Well kinda, leafy green vegetables are packed with B Vitamins and are an excellent source of iron. Are they my absolute fav ?? hecks no !! if Champagne was going to make my hair and lashes thicker I would be a much happier bitch. Instead, my daily routine includes almost an entire container of spinach a day. Most mornings I make a shake with 4 cups of baby spinach included with a whole bunch of other goodness.
Kale is also part of my day, I can’t think about eating Kale that has been cooked – gross doesn’t even begin to describe it. I always eat it raw after softening it with some walnut oil, lemon and sea salt. Again, it isn’t a bottle of bubbly but it keeps the lashes growing so I keep eating it. I had 2 clients last month who have been with me since the beginning. Both of them had thinning lashes and little regrowth. I pointed it out and busted them for not eating their veggies, both agreed to bump up their eating habits in the name of lash extensions. Last week when they came for their relashes, their hair was replenished and healthy. Increasing their greens, drinking more water and taking a GOOD multi vitamin had worked its magic in 3 weeks. When the family doctor tells us to eat our green veggies, it goes in one ear and out the other. When your lash lady tells you to eat your veggies or you’ll need to take a break until the hair is healthy . . . Now that’s serious business and that ain’t no lie.
With locations in Brampton/Mississauga, Burlington and Toronto, we wanted to make sure that you could call us from anywhere anytime. You are too fierce to be spending money on long distance charges, those funds can be spent on much more important things – like eyelash extensions ! So we went ahead and got us a new toll free phone number . . . we’ve said it before, you only deserve the best honey. Looking for safe eyelash extensions ? Give us a call for a good time :
After all the turkey’ing and pumpkin pie’ing ( I’m aware that these are not really words ) this long weekend is all about giving thanks. Sitting back with a cocktail ( or 5 ) and thinking about what we are truly grateful for. For some it’s their health, for others their family and each person’s reason for feeling grateful is as important as the next. For me as the owner of FCL I am truly grateful for you . . . my clients. It is without a doubt, I have the most wonderful client base out there regardless of the service being offered. How I became lucky enough to attract such an amazing group of women I’ll never know. Each of you brings giggles and knowledge, the best days are when there is an overlap of clients at the studio I’m working out of that day and it turns into a circus. I’m often asked how I work 16 to 18 hrs a day, it’s simple . . . it just doesn’t feel like work.
On the way out, you always say Thank-you ( because in addition to being the best looking client base, you are also very polite ). In truth, I should be thanking you – everything I have in this life is because of you. My grateful heart is warmed by your stories, giggles and support.
Smooches ! xo
Eyelash extensions have EXPLODED in popularity over the past 2 years, lashes are becoming just as mainstream as getting your nails did. FCL was in the professional lash game a little before the trend popped off. We wanted to make sure we kept our services affordable and allow our lash junkies to maintain their habit without feeling guilty about it. Full sets at $150 for professional safe silk lash extensions is reasonable within the industry, relashing costs at $50 every 3 weeks is affordable to those who are committed to these babies. Like any good consumer, most people price check to see how much each studio is charging. Time and time again we hear, when booking-people wonder what the catch is ?? If FCL really is as good as the internet is saying then why are their prices lower than the rest ?? Because we want you to have the best professional lash extensions in the GTA and we don’t want you to have to sell an organ to pay for them. Hey . . . . we get it, times can get tough and when they do it’s easier to deal with it while looking FIERCE. So when the going gets tough you won’t have to chop your beauty secret from the budget.
To sweeten the deal for our soon to be lash addicts, we are offering full sets for 50 % off for our opening weekend Oct 17th 18th and 19th in Toronto at 313 Queen St W Suite 204. And nope there isn’t a catch, you can get lashy with safe professionally designed silk extensions for a great deal and then maintain them without feeling guilty . . . let’s be real, we’re sure you have much much more INTERESTING things to feel guilty about.
Flirt Custom Lash Studio is coming to Toronto – finally, we’ve been getting lashy with it in Brampton for 3 years and in Burlington for 2 years. It only makes sense to open up in such a concentrated area of the GTA. In fact, FCL made a brief appearance at the Blush Pretty studio a little over 2 years ago. At the time, I was working out of Brampton 5 days a week, Burlington 1 day a week and then Toronto 1 day a week. This totally wasn’t working, I was exhausted and driving all over like a looney. It was time to expand, I hired Tanis in Burlington over a year ago. We had known each other for a few years because Tanis is a self professed lash junkie. Burlington became busier and so we needed another Lashette, I hollered on Facebook, spoke to all my clients, prayed to the heavens and finally posted an ad on Kiiji. It must have been the combination of prayers and a timely placed ad that encouraged the Lovely Lynda to respond with her resume.
I liked her the moment we met, I got the sense that she truly understand my brand and how important it was to me. It is often suggested that I should “franchise”, after I explain that isn’t my business model and that is met with more pressure to franchise. I simply say ” would you leave your child with a babysitter you didn’t know ?? ” Well, that’s how I feel about leaving my brand with someone I don’t know or trust. When Lynda approached me about opening the Toronto location at 313 Queen St West, I knew right away that this totally made sense. I trust her with my baby and it’s new location, I saw one of her regular clients yesterday and this is what she had to say :
” I have been a client of Linda’s at Flirt, since June of 2013. Not only is she personable, and friendly, she is amazing at her job as a lash artist. I never could have imagined having gorgeous naturally curled, long lashes. As crazy as it sounds, its like a dream come true. Working in the styling industry, I have seen a fair share of lash extensions, and am fully confident that Linda does the finest work. If you are an eyelash fanatic like I once was, look no further, you wont find anything better then Flirt. Nothing but the highest recommendation! My lashes are amazing, and I am a client for life! ” – Lindsay
So there’s so much to be grateful for with the launch of the 313 Queen St W little glam shop. And because we wanted you have something to be grateful for we’re offering full sets for 50 % off ( reg $150) is now $75 for Oct 17 th, 18 th and 19 th . . . don’t thank me, Lynda wanted you to have the gift of Instant Glam cause she knows you deserve it.
Smooches !! xxoo
If you’ve booked with FCL before, we go through the whole conversation ( mostly one sided ) about pre-appointment instructions. Everything is fine until we would say ” and it’s best to wash your hair before you come because you won’t be able to get them wet for 24 hours “. Usually this is met with dead silence, sometimes a small gasp escapes, often the booked appointment is then changed to a different day or time and finally ladies have cancelled their booking. We get it, washing your hair daily is a biggy for a lot of women and really if given the choice between a date with Instant Glam with the potential of a greasy scalp OR fresh clean hair . . . we don’t blame you for choosing shiny locks.
How much would you love us if we told you that you no longer have to choose and can have both shiny hair AND instant Glam ??? Well you must love us lots cause Brampton, Burlington and Toronto beauties can wash their hair right away !!!! Wake up made up and clean hair ASAP . . . that’s the best.
I received a VERY upset phone call from a client last week . . . she needed to come in for an emergency removal right away. Removals are rare but with all the recent “deals” that are being offered on various collective buying sites, frantic phone calls about removals that need to happen NOW are becoming more and more frequent. Back to the lash junkie in need . . . not only did her lashes need to come off, her friend had gone and also had these little monsters applied. She sounded so upset, of course I told her to come in later on in the evening (9 pm was the earliest I could get them in) and I would remove both her lashes and her friends. While I was in the process of the removing the hot mess that this poor girl had on her eyes, she told me about her experience with the lash company that applied them. As a professional I was mortified, not only from what I saw and then removed from her eyes but the horror story I was hearing. After leaving, my new client sent me an email with the details in the hopes that no one else goes through what she (and her friend did). Here are all the deets (the name of the business has been take out), good lawd honey what a nightmare :
Deal junkies beware – eyelashes are not meant to be cheap. I am all for a great deal. Obviously, that’s what got me here! But eyelashes… Well…
$39 got me a “full set” from an eyelash extension business. I am into glam and glitz, and everything that being female stands for – so I was so much looking forward to this. I convinced my best friend to join in on the fun too. I called the business several times, either the phones were not being answered or a shady-like man would answer named kam(kem?). He said he was not allowed to book the appointments. What a terrible way to do business! Finally I convinced him I would like them done ASAP, he booked us in together and we were both stoked. We arrived to an area of Scarborough that was making us feel a tad unsure. The location was in a strip mall, next to a barber shop where several shady looking men were standing outside making derogatory comments to a woman who was smoking outside of the nail salon labeled “nails, lashes” or something similar. It sure looked like a nail salon to me. As we went inside kam greeted us. The girl outside smoking was one of the girls doing the lashes. He told her to wash her hands before she started and she gave him a funny look. I’m not sure if she ever did, I didn’t see it happen. My friend went into the “back room” so she actually got to lay in the bed where they do waxing. I had to sit in a chair. Where people get fake nails. My neck was SO sore. The lady who did them stood overtop of me and applied the lashes. The two women shared glue. Running in and out of each others rooms every time they needed more. Our eyes mere taped with masking tape, which was also shared. The glue was put on top of a rock that was also taped (easier to access ? I have no idea). My friend was finished in about 20 minutes. My appointment went about an hour or so. When I opened my eyes I looked like miss piggy. All the lashes were the same length which was in itself far too long. My friend didn’t even look like she had them. During the process I was interrupted so she could do a Brazilian on another lady.
In a nutshell – it was traumatizing. I came home and trimmed my lashes down in the hopes I would look less like miss piggy. There was slight improvement but it was all downhill from there. They hurt, they were itchy, and I was over it. The lashes were dreadlocked in with the glue, 3 or 4 lashes for each extension. It was becoming unbearable. I immediately googled legit lash places to have these removed – enter sommer. She is literally my hero! Although I was so Traumatized and told myself I would never do it again, I know now that may not be the case. Sommer restored my faith in lash extensions and I hope she will take me in as one of her own someday soon <3.
BOYCOTT EYELASH DEALS! In the name of beauty
This question comes up a lot . . . and for good reason, what the heck is the difference between at full set or a half set ?. I always explain it like this: a half set is a good place to start if eyelash extensions make you a little nervous. The application includes about 35 to 40 lashes per eye and the design goes from the outer corners all the way along the lash line to the inner corner closest to the nose. A half set is also a great option for ladies that just want a little “kick” to their lashes. Maybe they wear little to no make-up and mascara only on special occasions. A full set is a whole lotta FABULOUS and is meant for those that want to look like they are wearing crazy fantastic mascara all of the time. So how many lashes is that exactly ? That includes as many ADULT eyelashes as the client has . . . that could be any where from 80 to 120 lashes per eye. That is as many as most people have and it’s rare to find someone who has more adult lashes than that. Each ADULT lash receives an extension and the design is created based on the shape of the eye along with a few other factors.
In the end, almost all of the lashy ladies that start with a half set end up adding a few more each time they come for a relash. Like anything wonderful . . . you always want MORE !
If you’ve spent any time around me during an event for Flirt Custom Lash Studio, you can also answer this question. I’m laughing here thinking about Lindsay Daw from Dawlface Make-Up Artistry. We did a Pretty Committee event at LA Fitness Oakville last week and after spending a few hours around me, she was answering this questions for emerging lash addicts. And here is the answer, there is in fact two answers to that question depending on how you end of feeling about your extensions. If you choose to maintain the extensions (relashing) every few weeks, the extensions will last indefinitely. As long as you return for regular maintenance your look will remain lush. How the heck does all this goodness happen ? Because the integrity of the hair is important to me, I only lash adult lashes leaving the immature alone and giving them a chance to grow into adults. On the other hand, if you decide that you no longer want to maintain them they will grow out in about 5 weeks or so. Anytime you hear the words “growing out” it leads to visions of bad hair cuts, perms gone bad or maybe lash extensions that were a horror show. Not this time ! this is a single strand system so as they grow out they look less and less full until one day you look in the mirror and they’re gone. Worst case scenario there might be one or two left in place and simply putting mascara on them will lift them right off. Remember honey . . . these babies require TLC and how long they last is directly related to how you take of them. Think of them like your fav purse or shoes, love them and they will love you back.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet TONS of lovely ladies that are just on the verge of falling in love with lash extensions. The same few questions keep popping up so I thought I would do a series of blogs answering those questions . . . smart ladies asking smart questions !! One of the first questions that comes up is . . . does this hurt ? The answer to that is a flat no, in fact that is a HECKS NO. Your eyes are closed through the entire process after the under eye patches are applied. The extension is applied next to your natural lash using medical grade adhesive. I think there might be the impression that the eyelash is plucked out and then replaced with an extension. Not at all, all your lashes remain intact and the extension is “wiggled” next to it while the adhesive wraps both the natural lash and the extension. A lot of my clients use the time they are getting their lashes done to nap, others are total lash junkies so I see them every few weeks and we chat about what’s changed in their lives since I saw them last.
I’m sure we’ve all heard “there is no beauty without pain”, not in this case lashes are all about the GLAMOUR and NONE of the pain.
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.
Lashes come in a variety of different curls . . . . insert confused look of a new client here. Sometimes I take for granted that new clients understand what the heck I’m talking about when I discuss the design of their look. Because each of my clients are fantastic in their own unique way I make sure that each person’s lashes are designed to suit them. The design of lashy look is based on the shape of the eye, length of the natural lash, lifestyle of the individual, density of the hair and finally the expectation of the client. In order to ensure that all of these things are taken into account a design has to be created. The design usually involves 5 to 6 different lengths, thicknesses of 2 to 3 types and then the cherry on top . . . THE CURLS. Single strand eyelash extensions come in 4 types of curls, that’s another one of the many advantages of using a single strand system. Clusters in addition to being damaging do not come in different curls. It’s a one size fits all design with the lengths and curls being the same for everyone.
Let’s get curly with it !, here is breakdown of the different curls:
J Curl: Just as it sounds it’s shaped like the letter “J” with the long shaft and a slight swoop at the end.
B Curl: Little curlier than the “J” curl, this is called the universal curl. It’s a fav of most lash stylists. It’s shaped like the round part of the letter “B” and packs a little more punch than the “J” curl
C Curl: This one is my favourite, I use this curl along the bridge of the lash design and it pops right up to attention making the eye appear larger and giving the overall design the impact that most clients are looking for. Because the shaft is short these guys tend to be the first to come off.
D Curl: The newest of all the curls, it’s just been released and I think it already has a fan club created in it’s honour. This is the curliest of all lashes on the market and stands right up along the lash line. I use D Curls to create drama along the bridge for events like weddings and parties. The shaft is super short so it isn’t suited for long term wear and after the event, I’ll return to the original design used on the client for everyday wear.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the curl baby !!
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
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.