Courtney, a reformed mascara user and now Lash Junkie was so excited about her new silk lash extensions done by Paddy a Lash Fairy at FCL Toronto, that she just can’t hide it. She had always wanted to try extensions but was nervous about where to go after hearing horror stories.
After reading about Flirt Custom Lash Studio on different review sites and following us on social media and seeing the work at the Toronto studio…she decided to give us a shot. Wanting some length and curl for an everyday fabulous mascara look but without the fuss of putting it on every morning. She’s now “batting her lashes like it’s her job”, waking up and ready to rock adds more zzz’s to her routine and really that’s sweeeeeeeeet!
Love & Lashes xo
You’re getting married and we’re so excited for you !!!! Lash extensions have become so popular among brides for numerous reasons. Many of which being that once they have been applied they are fuss free, a lifting strip lash caught on camera is just not hot. For brides choosing a destination wedding, eyelash extensions are a MUST have. The bride is hanging around the pool in the heat with her nearest and dearest, she wants to look pulled together but not over done. Most destination brides use a little eyeliner, lip gloss and cultivated tan as their wedding day look. Our Brampton and Burlington brides that are staying local have TONS of events prior to the wedding and the lash extensions are an investment in Bridal Glam AND efficiency.
We’re soooooooooooooo excited for you doll and as our gift we are offering brides 15 % off a full set at both our Brampton and Burlington locations ( $125.00 reg $150.00 ). You can book for Brampton at 647.402.8894 and Burlington at 905.333.0880, we’re still located on the lower level of Julies Spa on Guelph Line.
We can’t wait to be part of your perfect day !!!!!!!!!! XXOO
“Am I going to lose my own lashes ?”, I get this question TONS !!!!!! and when I answer this I always give the good news, the bad news and the simple facts. Here is goes :
The Good News: If you have your extensions done by a CERTIFIED lash stylist then NO NO NO . . . you will not experience any damage to your natural lashes. Only the adult lash receives an extension and the others are left alone. Eyelashes grow in different stages, think of them like baby hair, teenage hair and adult hair. If the baby and teenager hair is left alone it gives them a opportunity to mature into adult hair. If you choose to relash the extensions to maintain them then again adult hair is used. If you decide that you no longer want to the extensions then they will grow out and your hair remains intact.
The Bad News : To have an application done correctly you are not going to be able to cut corners and save a couple bucks. A CERTIFIED lash stylist has gone through extensive training and is always upgrading his/her skills. We always use the best products on the market and trust me – they don’t come cheap. This is why you are paying more to have the service done by a professional. More bad news, most times if the service is super cheap then it’s safe to say the person doing the application is not a true lash stylist and might be using a toxic product around your eyes.
The Facts: Lash extensions are not for everyone, it’s one of those services that you love or hate. This has nothing to do with pain and allergy but more to do with personal preference. The idea that your habits when around the eyes has to change in order to avoid damaging the extensions doesn’t work for everyone. Also, these suckers require maintenance and some people just don’t have time to keep them up. Because eyelashes grow at the speed of light compared to the rest of your hair on the body ( a cycle is complete within 35 to 40 days ) your new lashy look will need to be kept up if you love them to look like they did the first time you had them done.
One of my beautiful brides sent me some of her wedding pics . . . check out her lashes – GORGEOUS !
Bridal season is HERE !!!!!!!!!!!! this is the time of the year that those of us in the bridal services industry (make-up artist, hair artist, lash stylists ect) go into “lock down”. My friends at Blush Pretty have been in bridal “lock down” for weeks. Gone are running errands in between appointments or having lunch with your fav person. Eyelash extensions have become a great option for many brides and after the bride gets them done it’s only a matter of time before I hear from a member of the bridal party. There isn’t a bride on the planet that wants to pull a “Snooki” on the big day. On a hot day filled with stress and activity there’s a chance strip lashes can lift and this little upset has nothing to do with the make up artist that applies them. There you are as the bride in front of everyone that is important to you and your lashes are waving at the crowd . . . .NIGHTMARE !!!!!!!!!!!!
I try not to apply a full set of lashes on a bride the day before the wedding especially if this is the first time they have tried extensions. It has nothing to do with the extensions lasting or the overall look. Instead, trying a new beauty service the day before the wedding is stressful for everyone involved. I’m stressed as the stylist because I want to make sure that the lashes are everything my client was hoping for. The client is stressed because she has never had these in most cases and doesn’t know what to expect. I always advise that the bride come to get her first full set 3 to 4 weeks before the ceremony and then return for a “relash” a few days before the wedding day. In this way the lashes will be lush and fresh for the wedding day. Let’s face it “Snooki” has no place at anyone’s wedding ceremony unless she’s coming with Pauly D or maybe that’s just me.
WARNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! these pics are the real deal taken by me of a lash stylist that said she was certified and using a single strand “non-damaging” system.
It’s a sad day when you realise you can no longer trust the work by others in your industry and trust me the eyelash extension industry in the GTA is a small one. Up until recently, I have never minded relashing the work of other stylists as long as the work is single strand and done by another Xtreme Lashes stylist it should never be a problem. After all,we are all trained in the same way, use the same product and are held to the same standard right ?. Nope, I guess I was wrong . . . .and this makes me so sad for many reasons. We are all trained under a single strand principle meaning: 1 natural eyelash receives 1 extension. I’ve said this hundreds of times, I will never apply a semi, cluster or multiple as we are taught to maintain the integrity of the hair. It seems that too many lash stylists that SAY they are certified and SAY they are using a single strand system must have fallen asleep in class. What is happening to unsuspecting clients thinking they got lucky by paying less but getting a lash professional sickens me. Why am I making a big deal about this ? because if you had next to no eyelashes left due to someone else’s carelessness you would be upset too. Here’s the scenerio that has become all too frequent in my studio: a client calls and wants a relash done on an exisiting set of lashes. First I ask “is this a single strand system?”. If the client answers “Yes” I will usually follow that question by asking if the stylist was Xtreme Lashes and if the answer to that is also yes I will book the relash. So the client arrives and as soon as I see them I know without having to have them lie down – there is no way that is a single strand system. So I have the job of breaking the news to them and most times I also now have the job of telling them their lashes are very badly damaged. So of course now this situation has become awkward . . . even though it wasn’t my work to begin with, I am the bearer of bad news. To keep it polite, let’s just say after delivering that tidbit I am no longer on their Christmas card list.
Here’s the part I REALLY don’t like . . . . . I will now no longer be lashing the work of other stylists unless I am very familiar with the quality and will not have to upset some poor person because a job wasn’t done correctly. Here’s the deal, if you don’t like using a single strand system because it’s tedious or the product is too expensive then don’t use it. BBBBBBUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTT !!!!!!!!!!!! don’t tell your client that is what your using and then continue to apply terrible product over and over again until they are almost bald. Just please don’t . . . it’s devastating to people to know that the hair is beyond repair and might have to resort to strip lashes everyday until their hair grows back.
Like most beauty based small businesses, a lot of my new clients come from referrals from current clients. 95 % of the time this is AWESOME and I love meeting friends and family of my client base. Sometimes my current client has lots of natural hair to work with leading to a really full outcome. This can lead to my new client being disappointed with their results after the application is complete if they do not have the same amount of hair growth as their friend or family member. It is important to remember that with a SINGLE STRAND system we can only enhance what is already existing. Meaning, that if you have lots of natural eyelash hair, you will have lots of extensions added to the available adult hair. On the flip side . . . if you do not have much hair to work with from the beginning than your look will not be as full as someone who has more hair than you. Either way, the result will be exactly as promised – it will look like you are wearing fabulous mascara that doesn’t wash off or run. Any certified lash stylist will only lash the available adult hair, leaving the immature hair growth alone. Our primary concern is the long term health of the eyelash hair and we will not do anything to harm it. Clusters, semi’s or multiples provide a fuller look for those with sparse lash growth but at what cost ?. The cost is damage to the natural hair and the heartache of waiting for it to grow back.
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.
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 !!
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.
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.
I’m not going to front, my skin in my 30’s is like an alien on my face. It feels different, looks like someone I used to know and has become difficult to get along with. I’ve been pretty lucky in skin department and although I use good products – I’ve never really thought much about skin treatments. Then I turned 30 and skin treatments went from the back to the front of my mind. This is where Stephanie Daga skin guru and founder of Fresh Beautiful – The Skin Studio comes in . . . or rather comes to the rescue. My skin was SUPER dry and not so nice to the touch so we went with the Preserve + Nurture combination. First the skin was cleansed and then we got to the good stuff – CRYSTAL MICRODERMABRASION. Sloughing away the dry layer of skin first – we did 2 passes over the skin. I was expecting it to feel like sand paper but it didn’t feel like that at all. Next step was a cooling hydrating mask that felt like it was sent from heaven. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better – the cold therapy part started. I swear my skin opened right up to let the goodness in – my face was tingling and if I didn’t know better I think I was already producing much needed collagen.
Making sure to follow instructions – leave your face make-up free until tomorrow, stay away from sunlight unless wearing a good block and don’t touch your face ( this one was not my fav . . . my skin was so glowy I wanted to run my fingers all over it !). The next day I woke up and stumbled over to the mirror – my fiancee looks over at me and says “wow you must have had a great sleep, you look so rested”. After biting my tongue and NOT saying “So every other morning I look like a hag ?”, I thought he was right my skin looked plump and the red around my nose and chin were gone. I sat down to start the daily application of foundation etc and after reviewing my face I decided a little bronzer and blush was all that was needed. Thats right people – I left my house without concealer or foundation, call the papers and hire the marching band.
Here’s the straight good ladies – there’s no point in spending a bundle on expensive creams if it isn’t getting to the layers of skin that need it. Also give this a whirl before drilling and filling – frozen faces are not hot. Fresh Beautiful – The Skin Studio will deliver . . . hands down, ask my gorgeous skin !
For more info take a lookie at the website and give Stephanie a call : Fresh Beautiful -The Skin Studio
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.