straight lashes

Picking the correct curl for dead straight natural eyelashes

For straight natural eyelashes, I would recommend using a curl very similar to the client's natural lash. The J curl is normally the best match for straight lashes and needed when applying eyelash extensions to dead straight lashes as more of the natural lash will be in contact with the false extension.

If you have been using an extension with a strong curl it's very tempting to use more glue. However, in my opinion, this never works. Less is always more when it comes to glue!

It's important to pick a fake lash which resembles the natural straight lash as much as possible, so they last longer. Having said this the modern glues are very good, so still get OK retention. I have laid out the three most popular curls below and hand drawn on a straight lash to show you the retention. The yellow highlight on the drawing is how much natural lash is in contact with the fake extension. It's near impossible to get all of C curl to attach all the way up the natural lash meaning it's only attached at the base.

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The three most popular curls are C, B and J.

 

An alternative to eyelash extensions is having a lash lift. This is great if you are allergic to the glue or simply just find you don't get on with eyelash extensions. A lash lift doesn't add thickness, so most clients still prefer wearing mascara with it. A tint can be done alongside a lash lift to darken the natural lashes. Ideal for holidays where you are in the water a lot.

Any additional comments or tips please tell free to add them to the bottom of this blog post. I welcome all comments.

Straight eyelashes


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How to do Russian volume lashes

The idea of volume lashes is to use four to six 0.07 thickness lashes and get them to hug the natural lash. This leaves them looking even fuller, as each natural lash holds multiple extensions. Please don't use a heavier weight or more than six lashes with these type of eyelash extensions, or it can lead to damage to the natural lash.

volume lashes

Ideally place the hand made fan on top of the natural lash with the natural lash in the middle. Please don't buy pre-made fans. In my opinion they are too heavy as they already have glue on them, and you need to add additional glue to stick them to the lash. If you are making your own fans, you can use the same spot of glue to both stick the fan together, and to the natural lash. Once you have mastered the art of creating hand made fans you will truly understand why it's a form of art and why you need to charge more for them.

volume fan lash
My clip art skills aren't great, but you can see from this image of a volume fan that the brown natural eyelash is in the middle with the six 0.07mm fake extensions evenly spaced on top around it.

It's extremely difficult to pick up four to six really fine lashes when you start out! I personally pull/ lift the four to six lashes slightly apart keeping the base together on the sticky strip before releasing them completely from the strip. As demonstrated on the image below. This does take time, don't rush. I use Noir volume tweezers available from Amazon.

creating volume eyelash fan

Once you have started to master picking them up without dropping them it's time to concentrate on getting the perfect fan.

Here are some tips:

  • Gentle grip. If you press tweezers together too tight the fine lashes will fly everywhere!
  • Even gaps between the six 0.07 eyelash extensions and keep the gaps the same for all the fans you make. Consistency will make the final look perfect.
  • Deep V shape between each false lash
  • Hug the natural lash. I place mine on top of natural lash, but some people do under.
  • Symmetric - three 0.07 on each side of natural lash.
  • Tiny amount of glue, if not too much glue is drawn up the fan and closes it!
  • Thin base hugging the natural lash.

 

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Thin base hugging the natural lash.

Please feel free to comment on this blog post with your own suggestions and recommendations.

Tips for doing volume eyelash extensions


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How to sterilise beauty tools at home

Glass bead sterilisers are perfect for eyelash extensions and manicures. They reach temperature in 12 minutes and only take another 3 minutes to sterilise. As you can see from the photos it's only one third of the tweezers, which is getting sterilised, so personally my tweezers go into barbicide first for disinfecting. Please don't get sterilising and disinfecting in a muddle, they are very different things. You need to sterilise tools to destroy bacteria and viruses. Disinfecting isn't enough on it's own.

This machine has it's limitations though. I personally use the temperature probe to check before using. The machine is filled with glass beads. The temperature is lower at the top of the machine, so don't over fill and make sure tweezers go all the way to the bottom of the chamber. These table top sterilisers are very affordable at around £25 on Amazon. They are a must for hair dressers and beauty salons.

As a client it's really important to ask how your eyelash technician cleans their tools. Lot's of infections such as pink eye AKA conjunctivitis can very easily be passed from client to client. Sadly beauty salons aren't regulated, so you need to trust your beautician knows and has a cross-infection policy in place.

Other forms of sterilising are autoclaves. These heat up to 120 'c under pressure. These are the best form of sterilising tools for beauty salon and foot clinics. Ideal for foot files as the machines are much larger. However they are priced at around £2000. These machines are typically used in hospitals and dentists.

After your beauty tools are clean please remember to store them in a dry sealed container. No point in cleaning your tools and then leaving them laying about.

glass bead steriliser

 

glass bead steriliser

Sterilise beauty tools


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What's going on over at Imagine Spa in Blofield this June

The lovely Kelly-Anne from Imagine Spa in Blofield has asked me to share their latest offer and news.  I love Imagine Spa. It's a great very personal spa in the middle of the Norfolk countryside. I always come away feeling refreshed and truly relaxed.

The new cocktail created through a staff competition looks great, and I am looking forward to trying it!

ImaGINe

  • Pink Gin
  • Splash of Fizz
  • Lemonade
  • Fresh Berries
  • Mint Garnish

£6.00 per glass or £15.95 for a jug!

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Our June Offer

Join us this Month for our ‘Saint or Sinner Spa Experience’

Treat yourself or a loved one for some June Pampering!

Your Spa Experience includes:

  • Half Day Fire & Ice
  • A Robe, Towel and Slippers to use
  • A Welcome Drink
  • Main Meal
  • 45-Minute Treatment - choose from either:
    • Saint = Green Tea Detox Scrub and Full Body Application with Green Tea Infused Lotion (includes fruit skewer), OR
    • Sinner = Chocolate Drench Full Body Wrap and Coconut Scalp Massage (includes Gooey Brownie)

All for £70pp Weekdays & £80pp Weekends

(Can be used throughout July as we are having a refurbishment of the Spa from Monday 18th June – Friday 29th June)

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5 Spring Beauty Trends Models Love

5 Spring Beauty Trends Models Love

Spring is officially here and, with it a new sense of clearing everything out and starting fresh. This mindset certainly should extend to your makeup bag, as the start of a new season is the ideal time to renew your beauty look.

That’s because changing up your look doesn’t simply mean exploring new ways to rock your outfits. Sometimes, the most transformative looks emerge from exploring all the hair and makeup styling possibilities out there.

Whether you are looking for something innovative to do with your hair, your blush palette, or your lips, and whether you want something subtle or a distinct new image, you can always count on models to inspire you.

Seen on favorite models on the runways at New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, here are five spring beauty trends models love that you can try out now.

1. Glitter Here, There and Everywhere

Seen on the runways of all four fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan and Paris), sparkly, shimmery and shiny accents are the look of the moment.

Different from a festive party look, the makeup looks were more ethereal, with pale pastel colors delicately sprinkled over eyelids and cheekbones.

From glittery eyeshadows at Topshop to stick-on gems and jewels at Dries Van Noten and Givenchy, and even glittery lips at Shrimps, this is the season to embrace your inner glitter girl.

2. Blunt Fringes

While beachy waves have been the preferred model look for a few seasons, the times have changed, and now a blunt fringe is the hairstyle du jour. These straightforward cuts with clean lines and minimal layers look incredibly refreshing and are perfect for those who want a seasonal change.

There are enough looks to go around. At Prada, you saw choppy, blunt fringes. At Tom Ford and Fendi, sweeping side fringes. You may prefer a chic bob or just a thorough trim to clean up any old layers.

One of the benefits of this hair trend is that these cuts are incredibly easy to style — giving you more time to focus on other things, such as your model- inspired body. If you have ever wondered how to become a model in Dubai, this is a good starting point.

Book yourself a hair appointment with the trusted hair team at your location and see if the new ‘do will suit you.

3. Exaggerated Blush

Thanks to its magic ability to brighten one’s complexion and awaken tired eyes, blush has always been a much-loved product for models. However, this spring, the love is being taken to another level as models are increasing its placement from just on the apple-of-the-cheek to also going up to the eyes and along the cheekbones.

In addition to the exaggerated shape, makeup artists in Dubai are doubling the intensity of the look with colors such as poppy fuchsia and electric neon pink.

4. Neon Eyes

One of the most "out there" makeup trends for spring, neon eyes have become mainstream. Shown on the runways of House of Holland, Missoni and Marni (to name a few), models' eyelids were decorated with neon colors such as acid blues, greens, orange and pink.

However, if you don't feel brave enough to go all out at the moment, then start by updating your eyeliner to a neon color and merely swipe a thin slick of it at your lash line.

To combine several trends, take inspiration from the Chanel show, where models had a glossy red lip, exaggerated blush and turquoise eyes.

5. Long Eyelashes

Always ahead of the trends, models have donned eyelash extensions for a few seasons now — both on and off the catwalk. Eyelash extensions not only enhance the look of your natural lashes, but they are also more dramatic than mascara.

Imagine waking up in the morning and having your lashes look stunning, without doing anything.

It is a beauty game changer.

Long eyelashes are perfect for girls with sensitive eyes, those who wear contacts or glasses, and also travelers and gym rats. You can try them out for a special occasion, but there is no doubt you will be just as hooked as the fashion photographers in Dubai are.

After all, they save you time and money, and you will never again have to worry about panda eyes, clumpy mascara, or getting mascara on your nose, eyelid or any of the other random places it always seems to end up.

What trends are you excited to don this season? Have you already tried any of these? Let us know what products and looks you are enthusiastic about in the comments below!

 

AUTHOR BIO

Jessicka Bell co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives and photographers.


Skincare tip - bags under your eyes

Dark shadows under your eyes is such a common problem. It can really dent peoples confidence and can often result in people wearing too much make-up to cover it.

I am a strong believer in beauty is more about what you eat then what you apply to your skin. I know we all want the easy answer - take this one pill or apply this cream, but mostly it's about how much nutrients our bodies are getting from the foods we eat. I am educating my daughter everyday that you need to "eat a rainbow" of coloured vegetables and drink enough water for her body to stay healthy. 

 

  1. It can often be a sign of low iron in your diet. If you are feeling unusually tired I would recommend booking an appointment with your GP to take a blood test. Iron plays an important part in carrying oxygen around your body hence why you feel tired when you are low on it. I personally do not get on with the tablets GPs often give you, so instead use liquid iron as it's far gentler on my stomach. It's very important with skincare to really look at your diet and make sure you are eating a well balanced diet. Make sure you have protein, carbs and veg in every meal. I take mulit-vits as well as a balanced diet and have personally seen a great improvement in my skin's condition. I would go as far as to say it's worth booking an appointment with a nutritional adviser.
  2. Another common cause is dehydration. I would say very few of us actually drink enough drink each day. My tip would be always carry a water bottle with you. I personally don't recommend adding lemon or citrus fruits to your water as it messes the ph in your mouth making you prone to tooth decay. It takes the mouth around 20 mins for the ph to re-balance after eating food or drinking citrus drinks.
  3. Always remove your make-up at night and follow a daily facial routine.

I am always wanting to learn new things, so please feel free to comment on this blog with your own ideas.

Dark bags under eyes


box of fake lashes

What are eyelash extensions made of?

The fake/false eyelash extensions I use in my beauty salon are made of Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) which is a type of synthetic polyester. It's properties include that it is a very stable material and unlikely to shrink. Also it's strong and very mould-able. They are heated and moulded into a tapered natural looking lash with different thicknesses and curls available to create individual looks to suit the client. It's also a very stable product, low water absorbent and holds colour pigment well.

So even though many eyelash extensions are referred to as "mink" it's the shape of the tapered lash not the material they are referencing to.

box of fake lashes

Can you get real mink eyelash extensions?

Yes you can. I personally don't use them and never have. The mink are kept in small cages and I worry about animal cruelty. Also people are more likely to have allergic reactions to the fur. Even if the company/mink farm promises that the animals are kept well and looked after it's very hard to know for sure, so I personally wouldn't recommend them. They are available at some beauty salons though.

Is the eyelash extension glue safe?

It's the same ingredients as they use in medical grade hospital glue to stick wounds together - Read more on eyelash glue on this blog post - eyelash extensions glue. People can have allergic reactions to this glue, so you should always have a test patch if you are going to have eyelash extensions professionally applied, if you are not offered one, demand one. Beauty insurance companies often don't cover you for carrying out the treatment if you haven't performed a test patch prior to applying fake lashes.

Over the last few years I have noticed more and more people are becoming conscious of what things are made of and asking more questions. This is great we should question things more and demand higher standards.

If you have anything to add on this subject or questions please feel free to comment below. I love getting feed back.


saddle chair for bad back

How do I prevent back pain while doing eyelash extensions?

Having a bad back while applying eyelash extensions is awful. Not only is it bad for your health, but it can also heavily affect the client's treatment, the last thing you want is to keep stopping and stretching. And I would say most of the people I know who apply eyelash extensions as a living suffer with a bad back on occasion.

About 5 years ago I purchased this saddle chair off ebay for around £30 and it improved things no end for me while applying lashes or any other beauty treatment. When I asked on eyelash forums there were basically two types recommend, the saddle type chair, and the Ergonomic Kneeling Chairs. With the ergonomic kneeling chair people often said it improved their back, but if used for long periods of time it actually caused their knees to hurt. So therefore I picked the saddle seat for when I apply eyelash extensions. The saddle chair has been amazing and I have noticed that I rarely notice my back getting sore mid treatment now.

 

saddle chair for bad back

 

Another thing I do is I wear a support belt around my waist, which keeps me sitting upright. It's really easy to slouch after a while and this belt reminds me to keep my posture while applying eyelash extensions.

Other tips:

  • To prevent RSI I make sure my lower arms are horizontal with the beauty couch.
  • See an osteopath or have massages regularly.
  • Standing and using a support mat.
  • Yoga and keeping your back muscles strong is also a must. Carrying extra weight puts a lot of strain on our bodies.
  • Stretching in between appointments. I personally work back to back with clients, but I make sure I see each client out to the door to give my back a quick stretch! I book 60 minute appointments with 50 mins hands on of eyelash application.

Please feel free to comment on this blog with your own suggestions on prevents back pain while doing lashes.

Back pain while doing eyelash extensions


5 Tips for Saving When You Have A Baby

5 Tips for Saving When You Have A Baby

Having a healthy child is a huge blessing, and as a parent, you deserve to be celebrated. The only detriment
is that with the vast numbers of baby products in the market today, it can take a toll on your bank account.
It can be amazing to see how much it costs when you start buying all of the items your infant needs!
There are lots of different ways that will assist you to save money when you have a baby.
By implementing
a couple of strategic money saving strategies you will feel better about your financial situation, more
comfortable with the responsibility of having a child, and your bank account will reflect the positive choices
that you’ve made
#01. Avoid Formula and Breastfeed
One of the most heated discussions amongst parents is one the preference of breastfeeding vs. formula
feeding. While there might be lots of different opinions concerning the more nutritious option, it goes
without saying:
Breastfeeding is the most natural, organic and cheapest option.
Later on, after a while, some parents result in pumping, a convenient system that allows them to get back
to work without worrying about their kid’s lack milk. While pumping might sound expensive, and therefore
resulting in more spending, you will still come out ahead. Formula prices range depending on whether you
want powder, liquid, organic, or formulated for the babies with allergies. The point is, when you calculate
your costs at the end of the month, you will have spent more than 100 pounds a month.
#02. Make Your Own Baby Food
It can cost you more than 8 pounds a day if you are purchasing either regular or organic baby food from the
store. Instead of spending too much cash on these foods, you can try preparing your infant food. All you
have to do is get a standard blender to help you whip up a host of cheap and healthy meals. Some of the
most natural things to start with are nutrient-rich vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and peas. Just
cook and
purée them until they reach a soft, smooth consistency. You will have not only a healthy baby but
also a fuller pocket.
#03. Get Double-Duty Items
Does your child need a crib and a Pack ‘n’ play? Does he require that stroller and a classic pram? It feels
good to give your child everything that you think they need, but you need to prioritise. According to Sam
from MovingBabies, choosing one of the best convertible car seats offers flexibility and peace of mind.
Rather than buying a one purpose item, it’s best to look for items that will
serve multiple purpose especially when it comes to larger ticket items. In addition to a convertible car seat that fulfils different
needs, instead of purchasing that classic crib, get yourself a Pack ‘n’ Play system, which gives you the
convenience of a bed when at home and also while traveling.
#04. Let Your Mom Friends and Family Help You Out
All around the world, moms are the most enthusiastic persons when it comes to babies and baby products.
They love to pay it forward, and they are usually excited to give you, their dearest newbie mom, the clothes
their baby wore for only two minutes. Hand-me-downs not only cement your friendship with these ladies
but it saves you up to $500 which you would have spent at
Gymboree.
#05. Save When You Shop
Some people are better at this than others. However, there is no denying that budgeting and shopping
according to the specials can help you save over the years.
You might also want to set up a new email
address and sign up for newsletters from your favourite stores, thus allowing you access to their daily
emails with discounts and sale notifications. It will help you not flood your email inbox as well as make it
easier to find the deals you want.
How you manage your money as a new parent can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Simple
steps like buying cloth diapers instead of disposable ones, breastfeeding rather than using baby formula,
and shopping smart can save you a lot of money every year.
It does not take much effort to save. You just
have to cut down on some of the fancy items you buy. Remember, being a great mom does not mean you
have to drain your bank account.
Inspired by James, from MyBestWorkBoots.com

budget kitchen

Post 4 on Victorian house renovation – kitchen extensions and finishing off

Previous posts are :

Our new house

Victorian house renovation – living rooms and starting hallway

Post 3 on Victorian house renovation – Hallway and bedrooms

Two and a half years later we have "finished" our main changes to the house. The kitchen extension is completed and I am loving it! We knocked the outside coal shed, and outside toilet down, removed the back wall of the house, then re-built it into our new kitchen / family room. We also built the salon on the side of the house.

I have been thinking a lot about storage recently, but read a brilliant quote online- "If you think you need more storage, then you probably need less stuff". So I have been having a massive de-clutter and in fact don't need any extra storage now.

The kitchen itself was done on a budget for a couple of reasons. 1. being I wasn't really sure what units I actually wanted and where. 2. I prefer my money to be spent on holidays and not stuff 3. Very important I have a young child that I wanted to enjoy the kitchen and not be shouted at her cutting on the solid wooden tops I liked haha!

budget kitchen

budget kitchen
Dining area
budget kitchen
wood burner
budget kitchen
Kitchen area
velux in kitchen
Velux in kitchen
cheap wooden floor
Wooden floor from Cushions in Norwich
dated kitchen
Our old kitchen - pic off Zoopla,

So the budget for kitchen was set low! I found second hand bits on Gumtree and spent hours trying to figure out where I wanted all the units. In the end we estimated it costed £300 (three hundred) for our budget kitchen. The kitchen doors are mostly solid oak doors I got for free off Gumtree. I sanded and painted them up. We got a few flatpack units and built them ourselves. This is extremely easy to do! The kitchen carcass for our sink was less than £40. If you are willing to purchase bits separately and do the bases yourself you can save a lot of money. We paid a local carpenter to fit the worktop for us, but put units together and designed it ourselves.

Wooden floor is planks from Cushions in Norwich. Worked out £400 for kitchen floor for materials. It's 25mm thick, so can be sanded and restored a lot before needing to be replaced.

I wanted a full cermanic sink, so found one secondhand off Gumtree for £30.

My husband wanted a Range master. This was extra at £250 including hood on ebay.

Kitchen tiles were £40 in sale at B&Q. I did this job. It's extremely easy to do. Only tricky part is cutting them around electric sockets. I used black grout in hope it would look cleaner for longer.

Middle room got finished with office under the stairs for Andy.

office understairsmiddle room in Victorian house

White floor didn't work in Jessica's room, so we sanded it back to wood. I am really pleased with the simple look of white walls and wooden floor. I aim to do this throughout now. Every 6 months I go through the house and touch up the areas which get dirty.

wooden floor white walls

My work room on side of building: Only 2 metres wide, but perfect for me. Toilet and utility room at the back.

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Driveway done too ! Secondhand slabs used making it around £400 with materials and labour.

Overall I am really pleased. If I had done things different I would have project managed the extension myself getting specialised trade men in for each job.

Next project is to make the garden feel like a tiny oasis in Norwich city centre. Not an easy job when my daughter loves her ugly trampoline. The de-cluttering is helping loads as we are now going to downgrade the size of our shed.