Two months ago, I was able to take a weekend trip to the city of Houston, Texas. Not only was I going to see a close friend who had recently moved from California, but I was also going to take a NovaLash advanced training course with world-renowned lash guru, Sophia Navarro!
It was a busy weekend sight-seeing and indulging in tasty BBQ and queso dip. We experienced a little bit of the Texas hot weather, but overall it was such a wonderful time seeing the different neighborhoods and tasting delicious flavors.
After all the fun, it was time to learn. My Monday class involved 8-hours of one-on-one training, paying special attention to lash extension techniques and application. For this, I needed a model to practice and asked my friend – a lash extension newbie – to participate. She gladly took the offer because who doesn’t want a flirty set of full lashes but as a lash extension newbie, I was interested in her questions and experience. Check out what she had to say!
“When I think of lash extensions, I think of some luxurious beauty treatment that only celebrities get like J.Lo’s mink lashes. I remember Girl’s Night Out events and fake eyelashes were always such a hassle to put on and they always felt like I had glued them on my eyelids so I didn’t think lash extensions were going to be any different. During the process, I kept imagining I was going to look too exaggerated for an everyday look but when I looked in the mirror, I was so surprised to see how natural and beautiful they appeared! They were light, soft to the touch and as if they were a part of me already.”
NovaLash Extension Selfie Day 1
“My favorite thing about the lashes was how they stood out when I had no makeup on! I dabbed a little bit of concealer and some blush and I was ready to go! It definitely shortened my makeup routine time because the lashes really stood out, I didn’t have to bother with piling on everything else. Adriana also added NovaLash Candied Lashes to the end, it really created a slight, fun sparkle to my look. Adriana would say I already had beautiful, long lashes but that was really with the help of about 20 coats of mascara. With the NovaLash extensions, that wasn’t necessary and I loved it!”
NovaLash Extensions Week 2
“Because this my first time with lash extensions, I was afraid to wash my face. I didn’t want to accidentally take them all off. But since I wasn’t wearing any mascara, it was easy to carefully clean around my eye area. The lashes didn’t fall out easily and it took a while to notice when it was time for fillers. I liked how natural lash extensions looked and my favorite part was obviously the inexpensive face lift it provided. Here are a few tips I put together if you are thinking about lash extensions but haven’t made your appointment:
1. Make sure you go to a trained professional. Not only will they properly and beautifully place the lashes, but they have also been trained in proper sanitation and disinfection techniques and use professional products to properly apply lashes. Depending on your area, lash extensions should be done by a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist.
2. Free your schedule for up 2 hours. Applying a full set of lashes can take up to 2 hours. I had imagined this to be a quick process but learned that because I was getting individual lashes versus a full lash strip, it took time. If you don’t have too much time to spare, consider doing a half set and you can always add on after.
3. If a must, use water-based mascara. This was a main concern of mine since again, I was used to applying about 20 coats of mascara for a full look. I was tempted to use mascara one day to make my lashes even more dramatic but only added to the tips of the lashes so when I cleaned them, I wouldn’t have to rub the lashes to remove any makeup.
4. Lash extensions will last between 4-8 weeks. This is different for everyone and you’ll notice lashes falling out here and there. You can always make an appointment to fill your lashes and feel free to contact your lash specialist if you have any other questions for maintaining these bountiful extensions.
-NovaLash Extensions “Newbie “Nancy Mora