Luxe lashes: Getting the lash lift treatment at Theodora's Beauty Boutique
After my last experience at Theodora's Beauty Boutique I was officially converted from the type of person who will go to any old waxer so long as I can be in and out in under 15 minutes to an eyebrow enthusiast. It was just like a lightbulb went off in my head and I realised that I can actually have nice brows — just so long as they're in the capable hands of the right person (you can read all about my eyebrow conversion right here). Since my laziness set back in and my brows had started to take over my entire face I thought it was time to give another treatment a little try while I was already lying down and ready for it. So this time I also booked in for a lash lift.
For those not down with the lingo of the beauty world, a lash lift is basically like a perm for your eyelashes so that you can have gorgeous, fluttery lashes without the need for any mascara. It's a three step process where your lashes are tinted so that they're nice and dark, then a perming solution is added and your lashes are gently curled around a little rod for about 10 minutes.
I have always wanted to try out lash extensions but I'm the type of person who is always rubbing my eyes (I generally look like I've been punched if my mascara runs as well) and didn't want to end up with no lashes because I was too rough with them, so a lash lift that essentially works with what I've got was the best option for me.
The tint was probably the least noticeable part of the whole process for me because my lashes are pretty close to black anyway, so the most noticeable difference was the smaller, lighter lashes that were suddenly visible. I have pretty sensitive eyes (not from rubbing, but if a speck of dust gets in my eyes it is the end of the world) but since your eyes are closed the whole time and are thoroughly — and gently — washed your eyes are okay.
Apart from the fact that it is a little unnerving to carry on a conversation with someone for half an hour with your eyes closed, the entire process was relatively quick and entirely painless. It was full of some pretty strange sensations, though, such as having Vaseline applied around your eyes with a cotton bud so the tint doesn't stain your skin and having your lower lashes taped down so they don't get curled up by accident.
All in all I'm a little bit obsessed with my new lashes. I haven't worn mascara since I had this treatment and my lashes have never looked so full and curvy. The treatment costs $110 which seems like a steep price to pay, but the results lasts for 12 weeks which means it will be the end of Autumn before I need to do anything about it again, at which point I'll promptly book back in to get it done!
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