I’m very proud to say that my friend Lisa Telo of Urban Lash & Tan is one of the best eyelash extension artists in town. (Yes, she’s an artist. Her lashwork is freakin’ masterful.)
For ages now, she’s been trying to get me to try them and I’ve been hesitant as way back in the day I used to do eyelash extensions myself but was utterly kak at it. In fact, I even managed to glue my poor, far too trusting Aunt Rosie’s eye shut. Eeek!
Obviously, during my brief time as an eyelash extentionist, I had all the lash goodies in the house so I’d occasionally stick a few in the corners of my eyes before big nights out but I never liked the way they felt. Still, Lisa managed to convince me to come visit her at her salon where her new extensionist, Janine, would sort me out. She said the lashes I’d been using were horrible plastic crap and that hers were ‘mink’, a super soft, natural-looking type that would totally change my mind.
So, off I went to Urban Lash & Tan in Wembley Square, where friendly Janine (who’s very experienced) gave me a full set of natural-looking extensions in less than two hours during which, for the most part, I was fast asleep. (For the record, a full set with Janine is R550 while a half set is R450).
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As my own lashes are pretty long already, I was terrified I’d end up walking out looking like a drag queen but Janine made a point of using medium lashes with a few longer ones at each corner to create a lash line that was full, fluttery and believable. And yes, they definitely felt a lot softer than the lashes I’d worn in the past. In fact, after wearing them for a day, you pretty much forget they’re on your face and become completely unaware of their presence.
I loved not having to wear mascara and found that caring for my lashes was pretty easy. All I had to do after a bath or shower was to give them a little brush with a dry mascara wand (it comes free with your treatment) that sorted out any tangles in a flash. You can, however, apply mascara on top of them for an even more eye popping look but I didn’t find it necessary. I also liked that they looked so natural (yet gorgeous!) that all my friends asked me what mascara I was wearing as opposed to ‘who did your lashes?’
Alas, my lovely lashes didn’t last for long. I had to trial a laser facial that involved having to rub a serious amount of oil on my face and this corrupted the glue and caused them to fall out. Sob, sob, wail. Now I actually miss them and would definitely get them done for big occasions and what not if I wasn’t always having to trial new mascaras and expose my face to a zillion different products, many of which are oily which isn’t glue-friendly.
Anyway, if you’ve been thinking about getting your lashes done I can’t recommend Janine enough; she’s awesome and totally gets the ‘gorgeous but very natural’ look. You’re not going to climb off her bed with bloody tarantulas popping off your lids (unless of course that’s your thing and you ask for it).
Now for the best bit: If you call Urban Lash & Tan before 10 August and make a booking with Janine (021-465-5999) quoting the promo code ‘lipglossgirl’, YOU’LL SCORE 40-PERCENT OFF!
That’s a full set for R280! Like, OMG! If this is something you’ve been curious to try, now is most definitely the time.
Love, love (and a little bit of flutter),
To find out more about Urban Lash & Tan’s lash extentions as well as get the answers to any FAQ’s you might have, pop on over to their website. They do a mean spray tan too.