As always it is my new years resolution to update my site a bit more – it won’t be hard to beat last years TWO posts!
I have just completely redesigned my logo, and I am finally happy that my branding reflects me. <3
You are maybe not aware, but I initially started out just doing nails. I did Gelish on natural nails and was a mobile nail technician, I dabbled a bit in nail enhancements but I never really enjoyed doing them so I stuck to just Gelish. Then one day I got it in my head that I wanted to learn to do Lash Extensions! I had a conversation with Chris (my husband), and he did some research and told me I’d be silly to do the training as most people seem to find doing lash extensions very difficult. In the end I managed to persuade him, and honestly, the rest is history! I LOVE doing lash extensions. I trained in Semi-Permanent Lash Extensions in May 2013 and then went on to do my Russian Volume Lash Training in November 2015. I will do a separate post on the different types of Lash Enhancements, but I will say that I love the Russian Volume Lashes so much that I don’t offer Classic sets anymore. To me there is just no comparison, the Russian Volume ones are just so much nicer. I stopped doing Mobile services when my lash appointments started taking off due to time, if I was booked for one mobile nail appointment that would block out a whole night for me and I am too busy with Lashes to be able to do that anymore. I do still do Gelish appointments in my work room at home though. D xx
Well, that time has finally come, and I will be sending my youngest off to School next week. I can’t believe he’ll be in p1 and I’ll get my days to myself! I’m going to miss my wee sidekick.
Did I just say I’ll get my days to myself? Ooops, what I actually meant to say is that I will now be taking appointments through the day. I am going to be trialling the following times (term-time only)
Tuesday: 10am-2:30pm & 7-9:30pm
Thursday: 10am-2:30pm & 7-9:30pm
These times may be subject to change, but I’ll see how they go.
It is of utmost importance to me that I protect the health of your natural lashes. Semi-Permanent Lash Extensions are Enhancements. They are to enhance your natural lashes and your eyes. NOT damage them.
Sometimes at your first appointment you wont get the results that you (think you) want. I listen to what look you want, and I assess the health of your natural lashes and apply what I think is safest. In time if you really want them longer then I am happy to work up to that length providing it does not do any damage to your natural lashes, and I can also go a bit longer as a one off for a special event.
Most people don’t need a break from “my” lashes, but if there is ever a time I think you need to stop coming for a while I will tell you. I also welcome feedback on any aspect of my work.
Here is a picture showing one of my clients. The first of the photos is her lashes in 2014 when she started coming to me, and the second is January 2017. If you look closely you can see that the 2014 picture has a few longer lashes, but if you look at the base of the lashes the 2017 picture is more dense with healthier lashes. I would go as far to say there has been an improvement in this clients natural lashes. The after pictures are very different, the 2014 is Classic lashes – 1 extension to 1 natural lash – and this was very early on in my lash career. The 2017 shows the client with Russian Volume Lashes. These are really the only extensions I offer as they are so light and fluffy. They stay on better and look better as they grow/fall out. The price of these reflects the extra products I have to use, more than double the amount of lashes! And also the skill involved.
Healthy Natural Lashes
It’s been a while since I posted, so I thought I would pop up a review I had recently.
“•Russian Volume Lashes
I’ve been so fed up of battling with false eyelashes. I could write a post on my false eyelashes faux pases but that can wait for another time. I decided after thinking about it for quite a while to try semi-permanent lashes and got booked in with Donna Adore Kirk.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect and when asked what effect I would like, in true Deborah fashion I said quite dramatic 😁😁😂😂
Donna was excellent, I lay on her treatment bed and she got to work on my dramatic eyelashes , as you can see from my before photos my own lashes are non-existent 😂😂.
Donna is fab you can’t feel her working away on your eyes and it really is a comfortable, relaxing experience.
Thinking to myself I wasn’t convinced that you would get away without wearing mascara but I was about to be proved wrong….
Once the eye masks came off and I was handed the mirror it was time to see my lashes!!!!
WOW what a difference straight away, I could see why I would never need mascara as they are really, really black… They were so perfect but also very dramatic. It was then I realised I’m more of a natural effect girl and Donna was great and offered to take some out for me. I can now say I love my lashes they are really comfortable and make such a difference. Please excuse the before photo it’s a bit yuck but this was the photo I sent to Donna when I was discussing getting booked in. The close up photo is also me but this was taken by Donna.
If you’re looking to getting semi-permanent lashes I recommend Russian volume lashes – I’m in love
I have been qualified in Volume Lashing for 6 months now and I still absolutely love doing volume lashes.
I have taken Classic Lashes off my pricelist, I have done this for several reasons: I get volume lashes myself and I know how much better the feel when they’re on, they look so much nicer, different looks can be created – natural, dramatic, they stay fuller looking for longer. However, if you really want Classic lashes I will still do them.
Here are some recent pictures:
I am almost fully booked with appointments next week. I hope you have all managed to get fitted back in. I thought I would take this opportunity to answer some common questions:
Q: How long will my lashes last?
A: The answer to this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Everyones lashes go through a 6-8 week cycle. At the end of the cycle the lash falls out. I am attaching 1 extension (or 1 handmade fan) to 1 natural lash. The glue I use will normally hold until the lash falls out, so the extensions last as long as is possible on your lashes. As each lash is at a different stage of it’s cycle they all fall out at different times, therefore after a couple of weeks you may start to see gaps. This is normal. Most of my clients come to me every 2-3 weeks for top-ups to keep their lashes looking full, but some come 4 weeks or more (If it is over 4 weeks I charge a full set).
Q: Can I wear mascara with my extensions?
A: I once asked this (years ago before I trained), and the answer I got was why would you want to? This is a very valid question, if you are someone who has always worn mascara it can be very difficult not to. If you have Classic Semi-Permanent Lash Extensions and you want to make them a bit more dramatic for a night out, you can use Flirties Mascara on the tips of the extensions (I retail this for £12) – but stay away from the base where the glue is. If you have Russian Volume Semi-Permanent Lash Extensions the answer is NO! Mascara will close up your fans and make them look clumpy and like you have used a fibre-lash mascara.
Q: Why do I need to clean my lashes?
A: You need to clean your extensions (with baby shampoo and a nose pore brush) to stop a build up of make-up, sleep, bacteria etc. It is quite difficult to keep extensions clean and you want to make sure you don’t end up with an infection like Blepharitis. I stock a lash cleanser called Chrissanthie with is fab for cleaning your extensions. I have it on sale for £20 at the moment.
Q: Can I remove my lashes with baby oil?
A: NO! I tell you not to use oily products on your lashes as it can affect retention, but oil does not break down the glue like my remover does. Please don’t buy remover and try it yourself either – it stings like crazy if you get it in your eyes. I offer FREE removal. It doesn’t matter if you are a client of mine or not I will remove lashes for free. I tell everyone that lash extensions do not damage your natural lashes, which they don’t if they are applied and removed correctly. I want to stop the bad press they get, as they don’t deserve it!
I have just entered an artistic lash photograph competition. I’m not particularly artistic when it comes to make-up etc, so I took one of my best pictures and photoshopped it. I never altered the lashes in any way I just added a reflection to the photo.
Oh my gosh! I am just getting ready to go to the Scentsy World Tour in Glasgow. It will be my first Scentsy event since joining and I can’t wait. Then I’m off to Smiths at Gretna for a Scentsy Team Meal tonight. Way too exciting!!!! I will be back posting some pics tomorrow.
I hope everyone had a lovely Valentines weekend.
Chris and I decided no cards or presents this year but that we would just go out for a nice meal. We booked a table at Lockards Farm. I have heard mixed reviews about it, but we had a lovely evening. The service was a bit slow, but the girl who was serving us was lovely so we couldn’t complain.
Now I’m looking forward to a busy week at work. Loads of lash top-ups this week, but there’s still space if you want to book in. Either Classic Semi-Permanent Lash Extensions or Russian Volume Semi-Permanent Eyelash Extensions. If you’re undecided why not head over to my facebook page for some more information: https://www.facebook.com/AdoreNailsandLashes