The only way is…lashes

Last Thursday I delved into a beauty treatment that I actually laughed at when I first heard of it – Eyelash Lifting – a new treatment inspired by Eyelash perming.

My initial presumptions of the perming was that one would have a set of very fuzzy and crimped lashes, which is unattractive to say the least! However, when I went in to my usual salon to get my HD brows, (which is literally my religion) I asked my beautician what this treatment was. It is a long lasting semi-permanent method of making your eyelashes appear longer and fuller due to the lift, and the tint. The lift lasts up to 2-3 months and the tint has to be repeated twice in that three month period.

My salon doesn’t actually do eyelash perming as it creates more of a curl on the lash, and is better suited for people with short lashes, so instead I received the eyelash lift treatment  The process of the two is the exact same, however just done with a different eye ‘sticker’ – one is rounded, and one is flat with a little bump. I’m going to tell you the process of it, and show you the results!

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This is a picture of my lashes before hand, with no makeup.

Firstly, the eye is cleansed of any oils and makeup residue that may conflict with the perm and tints. The bottom lashes are taped down to your bottom lid to help stop them being permed upwards with the rest. I’m not sure of the correct terminology but then a sticker – which my beautician described as a ‘speed bump’ – is placed over the lid as close to your lash line as possible.

Then using a small stick, your lashes are pushed back on to the sticky edge upwards, which is where they stay for the whole of the treatment. The first perm solution is then coated onto your lashes and left for ten minutes. This bit isn’t that enjoyable as the perm smells and even with your eyes shut, little bits of the solution can seep through your lash line and into your eyes – and it hurts like HELL.

After the ten minutes is up the perm solution is wiped off with a wet pad and then the setting solution is fixed onto the lash line again. The smell of that solution is even worse, a bit like rotten eggs, but luckily once again it is only placed on your eyes for ten minutes, and you get used to it quite quickly.

Once time is up that solution is wiped off and the lash tint is set onto the lash line. This part of the process is optional – but I would say that it is necessary. If you don’t have naturally dark lashes then you won’t notice that the eyelashes have been lifted unless they are of a dark colour. I had the darkest colour – blue/black – put onto my top and bottom lash line as it saves me spending five minutes on my mascara on a daily basis. This time the tint stays on the lashes for only five minutes which whizzes by – and at this point I was extremely excited to see my new lashes!

The tint and the sticker is then slid off and you have to wipe the eyes with a cloth as hard as you would when taking makeup and mascara off to ensure that all residue was gone. Then after a quick brush I was able to see the bad boys!

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This picture is taken after the process without any makeup on – yet! Unfortunately the photo I took was quite bad quality as it was taken in a bright room so I changed it into black and white so you can really see the lash line. 

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I was extremely happy with this whole experience and I definitely think it’s worth doing. A week in, the lashes are just as pert as they were when they were first done. To be honest for the first day they may look a little odd such as some higher than others, however, it takes a day or so for them to settle.

What I love about this treatment is that it is inexpensive compared to getting lash extensions. It’s quicker, there is not as much maintenance that comes along unlike extensions and ultimately, they last longer than them too. When mascara is placed over the top of the lashes, they look exactly like you’re wearing false eyelashes anyway!

I paid £32 for both the lift and the tint which is around the average price for this treatment.

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Lashes with mascara.

If you fancy getting this done for summer then ask around at your local salons to see whether they do this treatment or not. Please be careful and don’t always go for the cheapest option. Make sure the salon do the patch test on you first to make sure you are not allergic to either the tint or perm solutions – and make sure they know what they’re doing. Do your research! It’s better than having an allergic reaction and puffy eyes for a while!

Let me know your thoughts whether you think it looks good or not, or if you decide to get it done!

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Spring Tag!

Seeing as Spring is really in the air, I’ve decided to do another beauty and fashion tag – dedicated to this season! Feel free to use this tag, and reply with a link to yours, would like to hear your answers!

Favourite spring nail polish?

As you may know from my previous tag that I 90% of the time wear shellac nail polish, just because it keeps my nails stronger, and lasts longer. I’m absolutely loving pale colours on the nails at the moment (makes my hands look more tanned!) and the one I’m currently using is a mix. I’m using the Bluesky 40526, which is the white from the French Manicure set, mixed with the Bluesky Pastel Blossom. You’re probably wondering why I mixed these colours but I accidentally ordered 2 French Manicure sets of Amazon, so instead of wasting one, I decided to make a pink/white to use during the Spring/Summer months. Ta-da!

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What is your must-have lip color this spring?

I’ve got two favourites that I purchased quite recently but cant stop wearing.

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First of all is the gorgeous burnt orange colour from Topshop and it’s called Hedonist and it was £7. Unfortunately, it is not on the Topshop website but they may have it in store. If not they have plenty of other beautiful orange colours in lip paints, tints, bullets and crayons, such as the Lip Bullet in Heartbeat.

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The second is an Accessorize lipstick in Love Struck. This is a very bright colour, I don’t think the pictures do it justice! But it’s a bluey pink, therefore teeth appear whiter! I think this will be absolutely amazing in summer for both the day and nights out. This was only £4.50. This has been around for quite some time now, so it’s not online. I have seen it in Superdrug and Accessorize stores, so it is a case of searching. If not there is a similar lipstick which is the Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Loved Up.

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What’s your favorite flower?

At this time of year my favourite flowers are daffodils. It just reminds me that its Spring and the heat is on its way! Also I love the fact they come out of nowhere, and they’re just so colourful and pretty!

Favorite spring scarf/accessory?

I don’t actually own any spring scarfs at the moment, mainly because I haven’t found one that I like enough. But I am absolutely obsessed with 2 accessories at the moment. The first is my black and white bow from Topshop. I have worn it pretty much every day I’ve had it, and cone be worn in so many different ways. It’s so cute and girly.

Secondly, is my new Prada sunglasses. I’ve been wanting a pair of cat eye sunglasses for ages. And I really wanted to treat myself to a nice pair for summer, seeing as in the house fire that happened last year (you may know this if you’ve seen my other blog), all my nice sunglasses were binned – and I had a lot! Hopefully these ones will last a lot longer.

They both make an appearance in this fashion feature:

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What spring trend(s) are you most excited about this year? (Makeup, fashion or both!)

Kimono’s. Especially floral one’s! I have recently just bought a Zara one which looks amazing with jeans and a coloured camisole underneath. I’m going to keep it a secret though as I think I’m going to be using it for my next fashion feature!

Favorite spring candle?

I’ve recently purchased loads of Spring/Summer candle ‘tarts’ from Yankee Candle to replace my winter ones. I’m currently burning Waikiki Melon which smells amazing. I tend to alternate to keep my room smelling different so that I can actually smell it, otherwise I’d get used to it! The melted pink one at the bottom is Pink Dragon Fruit, and then I have Fluffy Towels, Strawberry Buttercream and Sandalwood Vanilla. 

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Favorite body spray/perfume for spring?

Always has and always will be Armani Diamonds for Spring. It smells very sweet and fresh, just like this beautiful season. I also use Ghost Anticipation which is now discontinued! In winter I love using Dolce & Gobanna Light Blue.

What is spring like where you live?

I live in Bournemouth in the UK which is a lovely seaside town. The first sneak of sunlight we see is my favourite time of year. Everyone is suddenly out of their winter clothes and into some shorts and sandals, all in a good mood and smiling – it’s great! Plus we have the beach which is perfect for BBQ’s and walks.

What’s your favorite thing about spring?

The fact that it’s a reminder that Summer is just around the corner. Also my birthday is in May, which I think technically counts as Spring – so what other reason do I need to have!

Any plans for spring break or an upcoming vacation?

No vacay’s on the card at the moment, just revision, revision, revision. I need to pass my first year at University! I’m going back to work soon so hopefully I can save some up and get away.

Hope you all enjoy your Spring, and let me know what your thoughts are!!

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4 looks.. One pair of treggings!

Ever since I bought these two weeks ago, I have become completely obsessed with these ‘leggings’ from Topshop. I’ve always been a lover of patterned leggings, and I especially love the aztec tribal design on this pair. They just seem to match everything, and they look great; either dressed up for a night out, smartly for a job interview, casual for day to day wear and as a casual/smart look.

They retail at £28 and what’s great about this product is that Topshop stock them in all the ranges, including tall, petite and maternity, so anyone can get away with wearing them. They are just as comfy as leggings due to the Elastane, but because of the Ponte material and the side zip, look more like a pair of skinny leg trousers.

I understand that they are quite bold for some people’s tastes but here are four different ways I’ve styled these for various different occasions..

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Style One.. The job interview

These trousers add a bit of vibrance compared to a normal interview look. I paired them with a pink pasha camisole, a simple black blazer, white pointed toe stiletto’s, a black and white handbag and cat-eye sunglasses. The pink camisole makes a bit of a statement and adds a hint of colour amongst this otherwise monochrome look. Apologies for the football in the background, a tad un-classy!

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Pink Pasha Camisole @ Topshop, H&M Black Boyfriend Blazer, White Pointed Toe Stiletto’s – Boohoo.com, Handbag – Fiorelli for TK Maxx, Sunglasses – Prada at Sunglasses Hut.

Style Two.. Casual day to day look

For this style, I kept it really simple with a plain black t-shirt, Primark sunglasses and a black pair of Converse. Jazzed it up with a leather jacket!

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River Island Black T Shirt, Black Converse – Office, Sunglasses – Primark and Leather Jacket @ Topshop

Style Three.. A night on the town

I pulled the trousers up a bit in order to make them high waisted, and tucked in a simple white boob tube. I paired it with a studded belt, black leather waistcoat and suede black wedges for a night out. I also added the black and white bow to the hair to make the look more girly. Definitely 80’s inspired!

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White boob tube – Primark, H&M Studded Belt, Waistcoat – River Island, Black Wedges – Missguided.co.uk and Hair Bow @ Topshop

Style Four.. Out and about smart/casual

This time I paired the trousers with a green pasha camisole to add colour once again to the look. I added studded accessories to this look to rock it up a bit, such as the studded bracelet, over the shoulder bag and Kurt Geiger sandals.

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Green Pasha Camisole @ Topshop, Studded Bag – Primark, Studded Bracelet – Topshop and Kurt Geiger Sandals

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These are definitely my four favourite looks, but the possibilities are endless. I could easily mix and match the accessories, shoes and tops in each style to make a numerous amount of other outfits. It’s all about trial and error!

I definitely think it would be a great idea to invest in a pair of bold print trousers/leggings for summer. Here are some of Topshop’s greatest S/S13 styles:

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Websites of clothing mentioned:

http://www.topshop.com

http://www.boohoo.com

http://www.hm.com/gb/

http://www.sunglasshut.com/uk

http://www.tkmaxx.com/

http://www.riverisland.com/

http://www.office.co.uk

http://www.missguided.co.uk

http://www.primark.co.uk/

http://www.kurtgeiger.com/

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