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GLOSS Lash & Makeup Studio is BACK!

Gloss Lash and Makeup Studio is back in full force with a new location in the Reading Bridal District! Formerly known as Advanced Permanent Cosmetics, Gloss has completely rebranded their image and their location. They are now located at 118 W. Benson Street in Cincinnati, Ohio 45215. Former clients will receive a special offer, a 1 hour start-up set for $50 when you enter the promotional code, ‘Miss My Lashes’ at www.eyezloveit.com. Check them out today! 

Meet the Expert: Mi Salon Spa’s Sherry

Every day for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to introduce you to a new team member at Mi Salon Spa in Florence Kentucky! Why? Well, a few months ago, we held our “School’s Back, Mom Relax” event there and I learned so many fun tips and tricks from  the experts I met that night that I decided to go back and interview them, see what inspires them, what they specialize in, and learn some helpful tips along the way! You can click here to follow along with all the posts in this series, and check back often for these daily posts so you can meet the whole team!!

Today’s interview is with esthetician Sherry. She’s been at Mi Salon Spa for 10 years now, and specializes in chemical exfoliations and enzyme facials. According to Sherry, enzyme facials are the perfect day time treatments because they take  about 40 minutes to do, and have no downtime. This fab treatment targets many skin conditions including acne, irritating spots, dull and tired skin, greasy areas, blackheads and irritable or dry skin!

Sherry also does eyelash extensions! She says these eyelash extensions are lashes applied with a stronger adhesive than temporary lashes. Generally, a single lash is applied to each natural lash. The bond is designed to last until the lashes naturally fall out. Sherry said a tip to make the extensions last longer is to not used oil-based eye makeup remover and to let your face air dry after washing it or taking a shower because oil and touching the lashes will weaken the bond between the lash and the adhesive! What a great tip!

To learn more about Sherry and/or Mi Salon Spa, or to book an appointment, check out www.misalonspa.com or call 859.647.2566. Check out my interview with Sherry below!

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Pre-Product Review: Latisse

On my lifelong quest for amazing lashes, I decided to enlist the help of Latisse. I’ve tried just about everything… I’ve tried the mascara that claims to make your lashes grow longer, the Beauty Society Enormous Lash serum and even eyelash extensions.

The mascara didn’t work, the Enormous Lash kind of worked, and the eyelash extensions definitely worked (you just had to be really careful with them, and the application/upkeep was a too time-consuming for me to stay committed). I had tried Latisse before – I was given a small sample to try by a client – but stopped after a week because I got scared by the “possible brown spot side effect” warning.

But I happened to be talking with one of my other clients – Face and Eye Aesthetic Center – and Latisse came up. I mentioned that I was surprised that Claire Danes replaced Brooke Shields as the spokeswoman for Latisse because she has blue eyes. The doc in the meeting, Dr. Nerad, explained that the brown spot side effect is actually really uncommon and it occurs when people use it for a super extended amount of time.

Apparently Latisse was discovered as a lash-growing wonder-drug from its days as a prescription for glaucoma patients. They started to come back with super long lashes on the eye that was being treated. So, researchers looked into it, found that it did have this randomly desirable side effect, and rebranded it as “Latisse.”

Long story short – when patients use it for glaucoma, which can be for years or even decades, they’re applying this product on the same spot every single day. Some people get some pigmentation after a while, but the doc said it’s a very long while and I truly most likely have nothing to worry about … unless I get super addicted to Latisse and decide to use it for the rest of my life. Which actually might happen because I’m loving it.

I’m about a month in and this week is when I started to see some results. I had a bit of a rough start – dealt with a little dry eye in the beginning, but I think that was also due to winter finally kicking in and us using the heat in our house more. I did see on this site (which I really like because it’s an objective site that gives you the low-down on any eye-related product/procedure) that about 4% experience some dry eye when using Latisse, so maybe I’m part of that group… if so, I’m playing the lottery STAT! haha!

The process is pretty simple to get started on Latisse. I like going to Face & Eye, not only because I know and trust them, but also because they have Dr. Nerad there who is an ophthalmologist. You can get a prescription for Latisse from just about any doctor (most plastic surgeons … actually, my dentist was just telling me he’s thinking about offering Botox and Latisse too! Crazy!). But there’s something about getting it from an doctor who specializes in eyes. It was much more comforting to start this process through him. He even did an eye exam to make sure my eyes were in good health prior to letting me start Latisse!

I will be posting before and afters in about a month once you can see some more dramatic results! But for now, things are going well! I should be looking like Claire Danes and Brooke Shields in no time! haha!

Getting my eye exam with Dr. Nerad

Getting my Latisse prescription from Dr. Nerad

Product Review: Eyelash Extensions

Ok, I admit it, I’m envious of Kim Kardashian. Not because of her new $2M engagement ring or the “asset” that made her famous. I long for her lashes.

So, for the past year, I’ve been on a personal quest to make my lashes longer and fuller. I’ve tried Latisse, but you have to get it through a doctor, it’s about $120 a bottle (which lasts a month), and the warnings about “possible brown spots” appearing (and permanently staying) on my eyes scared me. Also, you have to apply it daily for it to work right, and of course, I always forgot.

Then I tried Beauty Society’s knock-off version of Latisse called Enormous Lash, and it worked pretty well. You can get at Nordstrom and it’s about $100 a bottle (month’s supply). But it stung a little when I applied it (which scared me), and again, I kept forgetting to apply it every day.

I eventually decided chemically altering my lashes wasn’t for me. So, I sought out the best mascara (ended up being DiorShow) to wear everyday. And, for fancy affairs, I go to Nancy at Brideface/FACEing for her to apply individual false lashes, which look dramatic but natural.

Before eyelash extensions (click to enlarge)

But then, Nancy made a new friend, Tracey Wells, who does permanent makeup and eyelash extensions. They now share space at the Bridal Studio in Mainstrasse. I had heard of eyelash extensions before, but didn’t know that anyone offered them here locally. So, as part of the quest for Kim’s luscious lashes, I gave it a whirl.

She asked me how I normally wear my makeup and which lashes I wanted. I could do just the long lashes on the outer edge, a dome effect so the longer lashes are on the inside, shorter lashes overall just to add some thickness or long dramatic lashes with a natural curl overall. Guess what this drama mama chose? Go big or go home! Give me long dramatic lashes, baby!

After eyelash extensions (click to enlarge)

She laid me down, turned on the tunes, had me close my eyes and she went to work! It took about 90 minutes for her to put a full set on (it’s only about 30min for a refill), but I have to tell you it was the most relaxing 90 minutes of my life! It didn’t hurt at all… I was comfortable… enjoying the music… clearing my mind… and then she was done and voila I was the blonde Kim! Seriously, so amazing.

I’m so thrilled with the result. And I didn’t realize this before I got them done, but you don’t have to wear mascara (they actually suggest you don’t wear mascara because it breaks down the glue) when you have these lash extensions in. So, it’s great for vacations when you’ll be swimming, or if you’re a bride-to-be and you don’t want mascara smearing when the water works start on your happy tears.

Me with eyelash extensions...and no mascara! (click to enlarge)

How does it work? Well, Tracey told me she put a special polymer-based “super glue” on individual fake lashes to adhere to my individual real lashes. The life of a real lash is about 30 days, so when a lash falls out, so does the fake lash. So, she recommends coming in every three weeks for a refill. Your initial set is about $200, and refills are about $50. FYI – I’m definitely going back for a refill before my 4th of July beach getaway! Yay for not looking like a drowned raccoon when I get out of the ocean this year! haha! : )

A friend of mine, Alison Wenstrup, told me her initial set lasted 5 weeks. Tracey said that’s possible, and it’s all in how well you take care of the lashes. Rubbing/touching the lashes, or using products with oils/emollients will break down the glue. So stay away from that and they’ll last longer. Also, she recommended using baby shampoo to wash around the eye, and not using eye makeup remover.

Eyelash extensions closeup...remember this is with no mascara or eyeliner (click to enlarge)

I was super happy with the experience and with my new lovely long lashes. I think the buck stopped at Tracey on my quest for Kim’s lashes!

Here’s her info:
Tracey Wells
advancedpmu@gmail.com

513-720-3296
http://www.eyezloveit.com

Check out the webcast below where I chat with Tracey about lash extensions and also Cry Baby mascara, which she’s now doing to enhance the extensions!

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