One Thousand Lashes

I’d like to start this post off by saying- don’t judge me. Okay, now that we all have open minds here… I’m an eyelash fanatic (I’ve mentioned this before).  I compliment people on thick, full lashes about twice a month. One day when I gave a coworker that good ol’ compliment, she told me that she had eyelash extensions on.

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I questioned her like rapid fire- Where did she go? How much did they cost? How long do they last?

Well, I broke down and got em’ so I’m here to enlighten you, if you’re lost and short eyelashed like me. Well, how I used to be ;)

Where:

I went to the Lash Spot in Costa Mesa, but there are tons of places that pop up if you Google it! Although, Lash Spot was really great- super cute spa with sweet staff.

How Much:

This is where I’m a little embarrassed. I can’t help but ask myself if this splurge is a necessary one, but then I stare in the mirror and bat my long eyelashes and think “Why yes, yes it is!” and then I kiss my reflection (totally kidding).

Anyways, down to the nitty-gritty. I became a beauty club member for $29 a month. Yes, for less than $1 a month I can feed brittle eyelashes, but wait, there’s more- joining reduced the initial application to $99 instead of the standard $179! No, I’m not majoring in advertising, nor am I working for the Lash Spot. I’m just trying to convince myself it was a good buy. Bat, bat, bat (making eyes at myself aaaaand I’m confident again! I love myself and my impulse buys!

Touch ups cost $30-$45. It’s recommended that you go every 2-3 weeks depending on lash growth and how well they’ve stayed.

How Long Do They Last:

Touch ups suggested every 2-3 weeks. I’ve had them on for two weeks and have lost about five,   I would estimate but it’s not obvious. Your real lashes do not come off with them, just the extensions. As imagined, the better care you take of them, the longer they last.

Upkeep:

You can wear mascara with the eyelashes, as long as it’s not water-proof. They suggest removing make-up with a water-based remover rather than oil-based because the oils will eat away at the lash adhesive. Dabbing eyes dry instead of rubbing them is also suggested.

I was nervous at first and didn’t want to be too rough with them, but these babies are tough! For the first 24 hours after getting them done you aren’t supposed to get them wet. I went into the salon barefaced and after getting them, I felt like a million bucks without any makeup on.

I just put mascara on for the first time today (my second week) to test it out and add some extra length, but I added a minimal amount. It revitalized the lashes and separated them as well.  (Third picture below). The spa also gives a complimentary mascara brush to separate eyelashes, so up until today I’ve been using that instead of mascara. (Yipee!)

Application: 

It takes about an hour for the initial application and 30 to 40 minutes for touch ups. I found it pretty relaxing, as strange as it sounds, just laying down with calming music playing while a technician put the lashes on. You can’t feel anything during application, it is very gentle and does not pull at your real lashes. You can choose the level of curl that you want your lashes to have- the technician was spot on with my strange description. Long but not weird looking, full and curled… Despite that Amber (the angelic technician) nailed it!

I’ve attached some pictures below, don’t judge solely off of those cause they don’t do them justice! I may get them touched up this week or next, depending on how my wallet is lookin’! Let me know if you have any questions about the eyelash extensions!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita & @ashley_sita)

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Song of the Day: Osodopeo – Phantom Eyes for Terran Lies

Song of the Day: Traff the Wiz – Hey

DIY Sequin Pillow

Check out this super cute sequin pillow tutorial from Lulus.com!

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Materials:
Pencil
Sequin ribbon
Pillow(s)
Tacky Glue

Instructions:
1. Use the pencil to trace the design you want on the pillow
2. Trace the pencil drawing with glue
3. Gently lay the ribbon on the glue
4. Glue the ends of the ribbon down
5. Let the glue dry (of course!)

Enjoy! ♡

National Compliment Day

Today is National Compliment Day, so take the time to sincerely compliment someone and brighten their day. It’ll make you feel better, too!

Thank you for reading my posts. It means a lot that you take the time out of your day to read them. I truly am grateful for you reading them!

National Compliment Day was created to remind people that through giving of compliments, a positive connection with anyone will be quickly and easily achieved. Thank you Debby Hoffman and Kathy Chamberlin from New Hampshire for creating this unofficial holiday in 1998!

The Christian Broadcasting Network tells us that a great way to give a compliment is to be sincere, acknowledge their character, be authentic, and express your appreciation.

Danica Trebel from Lifehack.org lists seven reasons why you should give a compliment to someone: it takes the focus off of you, smiling burns calories, compliments spark creativity, kindness doesn’t actually kill, sincere compliments build trust, what goes around comes around, and compliments are FREE!

Saturday Styles in LA 1/24

Today is going to be a WARM 80 degrees!

Check out this super cute outfit from the amazing Steffy, who lives in New York.

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Overalls + cat shirt + glasses + hat = super adorable!

Follow her blog and peep her super adorable fashion on steffysprosandcons.com!

Song of the Day: Husman- Exodus