Behold the phenomenon of eyelash extensions which have spiked in popularity in recent years. For anyone who’s always on the go, eyelash extensions provide the convenience of wearing minimal makeup as you always wake up looking fresh. I’ve had my eyelashes done previously once and it wasn’t the best experience as they were heavy, uncomfortable and irritated my eyes. However when Natural Solutions (Eaton Centre) approached us with the opportunity to try their services, I decided it was time to try and give it another go to see if they would be able to change my mind.
I was introduced to the lovely Hana at Natural Solutions who’s been an Esthetician for 10 years and has been featured in LOULOU Magazine, and on Breakfast Television as well. An expert in a number of areas, she specializes in a multitude of services ranging from eyebrow threading and shaping, eyelash extensions, hair removal, skin tightening and more. Hana has trained a number of salons including L’attitudes Georgian Mall, Natural Solutions Scarborough Town Centre and L’attitudes Eaton Centre and is a teacher at the Aesthetics school of Canada and at the Universal Spa Solutions. On top of her credentials, Hana was an absolute delight and made me feel uber comfortable while walking me through the entire process at the same time.
Click through to see the before and after, and my top five maintenance tips on how to keep them looking full and lush.
With fall upon us there’s no need to mourn the loss of your favourite bronzer or the neon nails that you cherished so much over the past few summer months. A new season means a chance to invest in some new beauty products (yay!). From dark lips to bright shadows, these are some of the beauty trends I’ve been experimenting with this fall:
Are your painted nails wearing out too quickly? Seems we’ve all been there, done that messy fix no matter how many top coats we’ve applied. Ladies, does there exist a durable beautiful polish that defies time? Apparently so, as CND’s technology vows to strengthen resistance to chipping the longer you wear it. No way.
I put CND’s new line of Vinylux nail polish to the ultimate test. If they promised a week of chip-free nails, how well would they fend through frosh week? A week filled with boat building (yes we are science students and damn proud), scavenger hunts, unhealthy grubbin’ and enough cheering and clapping to make your ears ring for the following month. Let’s find out!
My bare nails ready to go, no base coat needed!
The first coat is a very thin layer. Colours used: Cityscape #107 and Vexed Violette#156
The instructions say two coats will do but I found that 3 or 4 coats were needed for best opaque colour.
Left hand looking not too shabby after 9 days. While the right hand (bottom) has seen better days.
Final verdict? Not bad Vinylux, not bad. Though there was some visible chipping after one week, this polish proved to last much longer than other brands would. It’s self-adhering colour coat technology made my nails more rigid and strong, perfect for resisting the brutality of my obsessive hand washing. Vinylux comes in 62 colours and though a bit on the pricey end, they do cut down on the amount of touch ups needed.
Maybe grab a bottle and try it out for yourself, definitely wouldn’t hurt!
HAPPY PAINTING !
Red lipstick is the definition of sophistication, sexiness and Old Hollywood glamour beauty. If fears of looking like a clown or getting red stains all over your teeth are shying you away from trying out this iconic look, this tutorial is for you.
You will need:
Lucky me! Not too long ago I got my hands on the TRIA Beauty Skin Perfecting Blue Light device. While I haven’t often ventured into device-based acne fighting products, I was pleasantly surprised at the results and the ease of use. A description lifted from their site:
As the weather changes, so does your skin. Thankfully the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light is here to keep blemishes at bay. The Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light clears acne quickly and helps prevent future breakouts. Results are comparable to the leading acne prescription. The Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light delivers the same levels of blue light therapy found in the doctor’s office and is FDA-cleared. Unlike other at-home acne treatments, The Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light treats the very source of acne: bacteria. By targeting acne-causing bacteria, the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light eliminates clogged pores, pimples and breakouts.
The device operates using cartridges that provide time – each one lasting approximately two months with consistent usage (5 minutes a day). It’s gentle, has a warming sensation (which it claims means it’s working) and is fairly effortless.
Here’s the breakdown: