My Lash Lift Experience – All You Need To Know 1x Order of Daisy Duck lashes, please.

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Last year I discovered the lovely life of long lashes, with the help of eyelash extensions. This year, I discovered the ‘lash lift’.

So, we all know about extensions but a ‘lash lift’ was fairly new terminology to me. Although I’m not the most gifted in the eyelash department, I love them fluttering Daisy Duck lashes – and naturally loved the idea of longer looking lashes without glue and maintenance. So, I paid eyelash guru and ex-Beauty Editor at Elle, Sarah Chasteau, a visit and this is what I discovered.

What is a ‘lash lift’?

In A Nutshell: A ‘lash lift’ is a treatment done to the top lashes to lift and curl them so that they look longer and fuller. It’s basically like curling your lashes, except the effect lasts up to eight weeks (and you don’t loose any lashes in the process). If you are not one for extensions and maintenance, the lash lift is for you.

The Process:

While I struggle keeping my eyes shut for two hours during the lash extension process, the ‘lash lift’ process is quicker (takes about 45 min), gentler and you don’t feel much at all.

#1 The bottom lashes are secured down with tape or eye pads and silicone shields are gently glued over the closed lids.

#2 The lashes are then curled back and secured on the shields and are set in that shape. 

#3 After applying and removing the treatment lotions to the lashes, the lashes are washed and set into a beautiful lifted curl.

#4 The end result? You’re left with a beautiful wide eyed look with (natural) longer and fuller looking lashes. 

Maintenance:

No mascara, oily type creams or beauty products allowed on the eyes and lashes for 24 hours after the treatment. After that, life goes on as usual!

Details:

It last for 6-8 weeks and costs R400. For enhanced effect Sarah recommends a lash tint a day before the treatment.

Healing:

There are no long term or damaging effects as long as you use a trained therapist who uses the correct products. 

Advantages:

I would% recommend this treatment – especially for those girl who have long lashes. Although it worked on me, I think it would look even better on someone like my sister who naturally has longer lashes. This I find a pro compared to extensions that left my lashes sightly less full and you also won’t need to tackle the eyelash curler every day!

Follow Sarah on Insta here or contact her on 079 729 5244.

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My Microblading Experience – Here’s All You Need To Know Brows on fleek.

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I first heard about microblading while on set with the lovely make up artist Renee de Wit – shoutout to you Ren😜. She whipped out her phone and showed me this YouTube video of a girl having her eyebrows bladed. It looked scary. Interesting but scary. I’m squeamish at my best. It took a little research and COSMO’s beauty editor, Juana, getting the procedure done to convince me. Hers look so good… I decided to go for it! For someone who is lazy AF when it comes to grooming my eyebrows, I though it would be perfect for me. After all, there’s nothing better than low maintenance grooming.

So, last Friday I paid a visit to Nicol Frank of Blush Cape Town. She had microbladed both Juana and Rene, so I knew I was in good hands! Being a normally fussy client (I’m a perfectionist, what can I say) I was super impressed when I left Nicol’s place feeling like I had the brows on fleek we always hear about.

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So Here’s The Lowdown:

In A Nutshell: The first thing you need to know is that mircoblading isn’t “permanent tattooing” (that sounds waay too scary) but rather a technique to creating the semi-permanent drawing of eyebrows in the form of hairlike strokes which lasts 3-5 years (yearly colour refreshers can be done if needed).

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Method:

#1 When I got to Nicol’s she first numbed my forehead for twenty minutes. See the above pic of me rocking cling wrap after the numbing cream is applied.

#2 Then we mixed the colour. This we chatted about, and we decided on a medium to dark brown to suit the natural colour of my eyebrows and hair.

#3 She then drew the shape of my eyebrows with eye pencil which is determined by the shape I wanted (not rounded and rather arched) and then also by the morphology of the face.

#4 After checking my forehead was numb enough, Nicol started with the blading to create natural looking hair like strokes.

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#5 The end result? Fuller, more structured, beautifully arched and perfectly filled in eyebrows.

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Does It Hurt?

Nope, if you do come across an area that’s a little sensitive, a little more numbing cream is applied.

Healing:

Healing takes about 3-5 days. You need to apply either coconut oil or vaseline straight after your procedure, three times a day for a week. This will ease the scabbing (you start scabbing after about 5 days but it’s not really noticeable).

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Advantages:

To me the main advantage was the fact that you don’t need to pencil in your eyebrows for 3-5 years after the procedure. It also opens up the eyes as the brows look like they’re lifted! Nicol also mentioned that because the stimulation of the blade produces collagen, it makes the skin more elastic which means you, more often than not, start growing hair in the areas that are bladed.

Overall I’m super happy I decided to go for this! It’s been ten days and my eyebrows have healed perfectly! Not to mention I haven’t needed to fill them in since the procedure. #Winning

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For more info, feel free to ask me questions, head to Blush Cape Town or email Nicol: nicolfrank01@gmail.com

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