DIY mink eyelash extensions INFILLS

October 18, 2013 | 16 comments so far - join the discussion!

So, I remember when I used to be so obsessed with mink eyelashes! For those who haven’t followed me from there… probably around.. one and a half years ago? I wore my eyelash extensions for 4 months!!!

 

But the problem with having mink eyelash extensions is that it’s so freaking expensive to maintain! Cost of maintenance is even more than a gym membership! Probably double a gym membership actually :S

 

Typically, it would be about:

 

Full set of mink lashes – $150 at any decent salon

Infills – $50-$80 every 2-3 weeks.

 

Well, here’s the good news. Recently, I have been researching on how to DIY mink eyelash extensions. It’s super hard because it requires steady hands, patience and attention to detail. I guess it’s the same as every other set of eyelash extensions, but I’ve found that mink/silk is more difficult because the strands are finer and individual.

 

Okay, bad news is that I couldn’t actually do it myself because it’s so freaking hard, but I’m starting to do infills myself!!! Just here and there!! It’s saved me lots of money by doing this!!

 

Here is what it actually looks like from the top. (Excuse my dirty looking eyebrows because I did them in a rush) embarrassedface.jpg

 

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As you can see, it’s single strand by strand!!!! One full set of lashes can range from 60 lashes to about 150 depending on how thick you want your eyelash extensions to look and how thick your original lashes are!!

 

For a more glamorous set, you can put two single lashes OVER each other (especially if you are asian and do not have many natural lashes yourself).

 

In this set, I got about 100 lashes for each eye!!

 

If you are quite impatient like me, try to do your infills at least once a week!! If you do this, then you will not need to spend so much on infills each time!! Maybe 20-3omins max will be sufficient if you do your infills every week as only a few strands will fall out (if you’re super careful UNlike me!! Haha)

 

Okay, first step is to actually find which stands are missing!! Usually I use a tweezer to look for the ones that are shorter than the rest!!

 

Make sure your tweezer is sharp (but don’t poke your eye) because eyelashes are quite fine and hard to grasp.

 

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Now, find the lashes and then determine the length of the lash! I’m using lashes 9mm-13mm for my full set. Which means, 9mm in the inner corners and 13 in the most outer corners.

 

I’m demonstrating on a pair of falsies because it’s much easier than taking pictures of my own eye!! Hehe.

 

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Make sure you dip your approx 1/2 of your single lash into the glue!! It’s important because the lash itself is meant to “stick”! If you don’t use enough glue, it will not stick! I made this mistake hundreds of times when I was trial & erroring!! >.<

I also use 2 strands of lashes sometimes instead of 1. I find that this still works perfectly fine and saves time!

 

 

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 Now, place the lash firmly ontop of your natural lash or if you are layering, the false one, and continue!! Make sure you don’t stick the lash too close to your eyelid or else it’ll sting!!

 

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And ofcourse, the result? You always get a full set of glam lashes!!!

 

 

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Let me know if you do try, and if you do please please please be careful as the use of glue may sting your lashes!! Please research and purchase QUALITY products!!

 

Hope this tutorial helped some of you and see you next time!

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Garnier Olia Review

July 5, 2013 | 20 comments so far - join the discussion!

Advertorial

 

I’ve finally had the time to dye my hair with the new Garnier Olia hair colour I had previously blogged about! I’ve read some mixed reviews so I’m glad I finally tried it out to share my opinion!

 

Hmm, there’s quite a bit to cover, so let’s start with packaging. I love the packaging of the box dye. It’s very fresh and different to all the other hair dyes you find in the Supermarket! Kinda.. stands out.

 

The best thing about it is that it markets exactly what it is. Let me recap for my newer readers, or those who missed my last Garnier post.

 

Garnier Olia uses ODS technology by using four flower oils – camellia, sunflower, passionflower and limnanthes alba to propel colour deep into the hair fibre! In simplier words, it is boxed hair dye powered by oil, INSTEAD of ammonia!!

 

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Meaning what?

 

Less split ends (dry ends) and less damaged hair!

 

The process is just like any other boxed hair dye.

 

 

3 SIMPLE STEPS!

 

 

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Results

 

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Before

 

 

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After

 

 

My overall opinion on the product

Application:

I found that the application of the dye was much smoother than the average box hair dye. I’m assuming this is thanks to the oils added in the colour mixture. I found that combing my hair during application was a lot easier. Usually, I would be tugging onto my hair and pulling off lots of hair during application!

One thing I must mention though, is that I found my bathroom didn’t smell like poison during application! My mum was pleasantly surprised too!

 

Colour:

I ordered a “4.0 Brown” for myself because box hair dyes normally come out a lot darker than expected. However, I was pleasantly surprised as I stared at myself in the mirror when drying my hair.

I love that the results could almost pull off as a “salon” job!! I dyed the back of my hair myself and it almost seems perfect! Last time I used a box hair dye (by myself), I left a huge spot at the back of my head!

 

Feel:

I expected “hands will slide off my hair” finish, to which.. I was obviously disappointed. But that being said, I suppose my hair feels a lot softer than after using an “Ammonia” box hair dye. Also knowing I didn’t put my hair through all the chemicals makes me feel a lot better.

I don’t think you should expect your hair to feel like you just had a Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment done, but in the long run, if you continue using Garnier Olia, I feel like it will make a difference :)

 

If you want to dye your hair a lighter colour perhaps, but you’re too scared to damage your hair with Ammonia and bleach, make sure you try this product!!

 

Now, if you didn’t win the last Garnier prize pack, here is another chance! (sorry, Aussie residents only!)

 

This second prize pack includes:

  • 1 x Garnier Olia hair colour
  • 1 x Garnier Colour Last Shampoo & Conditioner
  • 1 x Garnier Fructis Style Blow Dry Balm

 

How to enter the giveaway?

 

Answer the below question in my comment box/facebook/twitter. Remember to leave your email address or I won’t be able to contact you to let you know you’ve won!

 

 

“What colour would you like to dye your hair next?”

 

 

The Promotion will be open from 12:01 am Australian Eastern Standard Time (“AEST”) on Tuesday 2 July 2013 and will continue until 5:00 pm AEST on Tuesday 9 July 2013 (“Promotion Period”).

More terms and conditions here.

 

 

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Keep your hair colour vibrant for longer

July 2, 2013 | 10 comments so far - join the discussion!

Advertorial

 

Surprise!

 

Dove has launched a new hair range – Dove Colour Radiance – specifically for targeted at coloured hair!!

I quite like Dove as a brand because of the amazing “real beauty” campaigns they run. I’m sure many of you would have come across their “Sketching” campaign which is an extremely popular video (viewed over 52,000,000 times).

 

You can watch the video here.

 

 

I love the way Dove markets their products because they do not focus on just outer beauty, but rather inner beauty as well.

Many of us tend to be so caught up with the way we look that we forget about our inner beauty. We portray ourselves in a certain way just by the way we see ourselves in the mirror (or photos).

 

I’m going to take you on an imaginary journey – just as Dove had taken me on mine.

 

Close your eyes.. and.. breathe in.. breathe out.. (wait, can you still read this?)

Now… visualize yourself.. the way you see yourself. Think about your hair colour, think about the colour of your eyes, think about the colour of your clothing, think about where you are..

Then tell me.. what colour evolved around you the most?

What colour was your hair?

 

Colours you wear on you can show a lot about your personality. Here are a few key points I’ve learnt from the Dove colour specialists.

 

Red: You are passionate and fiery

Yellow/Blonde – You are full of laughter, bubbly and fun!

Green/Ash – You are fresh and natural

Dark – You are sophiscated and professional

Brunette – You are down to earth, but have a fun side to you

Black – You like to play “hard to get”

 

Like me, I think most of us like to keep a “fresh” colour in our hair after we dye it. My biggest pet peeve is not only regrowths, but “dull” hair.

The new Dove Colour Radiance Range will help to keep the feeling of coloured hair for longer! Dove Colour Radiance helps to keep your hair looking and feeling as beautiful and healthy and vibrant as it did when you “just dyed it”. So now.. your perfect “just got out of the salon” feel won’t only last for a week, it will last as long as eight weeks!!!

Most women believe that they should “spend more on their hair dye job” but I think it’s more necessary to “spend more on maintenance”. Maintaining your colour is more important as it will save you money in the long run!

 

Okay, now that I’m finishing raving about the new line, let me… be generous and give away a Dove hamper to one special reader!!! (Ofcourse sponsored by Dove haha)

Hamper will include the following:

  • Dove Colour Radiance Lower Sulphate Shampoo
  • Dove Colour Radiance Lower Sulphate Conditioner
  • Dove Colour Radiance Daily Treatment Conditioner
  • Dove Colour Radiance Leave In Conditioning & Care Spray
  • Dove Summer Glow
  • Dove Original Anti-Perspirant
  • Dove Purely pampering Body Wash
  • Dove Indulgent Nourishment Body Lotion
  • Dove Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Cream Bar

 

How to enter the giveaway?

 

Answer the below question in my comment box/facebook/twitter. Remember to leave your email address or I won’t be able to contact you to let you know you’ve won!

 

“What appeals to you most about the new Dove Colour Radiance range?”

 

e.g for answers could be “the pink packaging!” or “the fact that my hair colour will last longer!” or “I love Dove as a brand” or “I love the smell of Dove products!”. Be creative!

 

 

Dove hamper will include the new Dove Colour Radiance shampoo and conditioner,  leave-in conditioning spray and express treatment– each of which contains Vibrant Colour Lock specially developed to deeply nourish your hair and keep it feeling healthy and with colour full of vibrancy and luminosity!

 

My favourite product is the “leave-in conditioning spray” because it smells amazing and really unlike the traditional “Dove” scent!

 

Try it to believe it!

 

 

 

Join me in obtaining amazingly soft, smooth and healthy coloured hair

 

 Please see Terms & Conditions for the giveaway here

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DIY: Volumising your old false lashes

April 2, 2013 | 9 comments so far - join the discussion!

I’m finally back. I’m actually a little embarrassed that I haven’t blogged for such a long time. I want to have the perfect reason, but I don’t.. so I have come back with a Do-it-Yourself tutorial!!

Since purchasing hundreds of false lashes from Taiwan, I’ve realised that most of the ones I purchased are quite natural! I’m not a big fan of “thick thick” lashes because I feel like it drops my eyes down or looks really “fake”, but on occasions where you want to bring a little more attention to your eyes, the typical natural lash just isn’t enough.

This technique will also work for volumising your old false lashes which you’ve probably worn for about a week or two, and really need some freshening up!

 

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It’s really a simple idea really, and I’ve definitely talked about it in my videos or posts before. The “doubling” technique.

 

By using this technique, you can upgrade the most simplest lashes to look more perky.

 

Lots of us spend hundreds on our favourite “style” of eyelashes, but we do not realise that these could be easily made ourselves with the hundreds of lashes we do not use.

 

Let me show you what I mean.

 

I’m taking the below two types of lashes.

The first box is a box I purchased from Taiwan. These lashes are extremely nice as they are long and really bring out the eyes, but after a few wears, I realised they didn’t have any volume in them. It was just long. I wanted to make a pair of lashes that would help my eyes stand out with miminal eyeliner and eyeshadow.

The second box is a box I purchased from Ebay. I’ve had a few of these sets of lashes for a long time. They were cheap but the band is stiff and really hard to wear. They would keep poking my eyes and I really did not find much use for them.

 

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Our first step is to take the cheap ebay lashes and snip it in 3. I use a nail clipper because I find that it’s easier to cut. Ofcourse you can choose to use anything from a pair of kitchen scissors to a pair of nose hair clippers. ^O^

 

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The step is to choose your piece. I like more volume in the centre because I feel like that creates more of a dolly (larger looking) eye. I know many of you may like more volume on the outer corner to create more of a sultry (sexy looking) eye so feel free to use the outer third of the lash.

I chose the middle piece.

 

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Although this is a very simple technique, many people do not actually remember to “bend” the two lashes together. This will help to blend the lashes to help the lashes look more realistic and less “chunky”. It is almost to do so whilst it’s drying because once the lashes are dry, they will be stuck and will be hard to alter.

 

The result is subtle, but definitely noticable. I’ll let you judge. Excuse my eyes as I am not wearing contacts. I’ve cut down on wearing contacts now. :)

 

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If you analyse the two lashes below, you can see exactly where I stuck the extra piece of lash. Be creative, you can add smaller pieces to different areas of the lash. Experiment with it and you will find which style of lashes suit you best!

 

Stop wasting money on purchasing lashes which do not suit you! Utilise what you’ve got. ;)

 

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If you’ve also done this, show me your creations!

 

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Review: G&G Shinny Aqua

March 10, 2013 | 5 comments so far - join the discussion!

I’ve never been a huge fan of blue lenses.. mainly because they stand out so much – especially in flash photography!

For some reason, I’ve never liked the light eyes look because I’ve found it so hard to match it with my eye makeup. But, I’m trying these circle lenses because I think it’s one of Xiaxue’s favourite circle lenses!

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I love the design on them because it is so bright – It’s hard to find bright circle lenses that stand out on dark eyes.

 

With or without flash, the lenses appear amazing in photography! Lighting used here is just a ring light with my SLR!

 

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Although these lenses are not large – only 14.5mm in diameter, they are still not very comfortable. I can’t say I can wear these for over 5 hours.. which is disappointing because I love the effect of the lenses so much!

I don’t know if it’s just me, but for some reason, I feel like the lighter the colour of my lenses, the more uncomfortable it becomes. My Shinny greys were alot more comfortable than these Shinny aquas! You can see my review on the G&G Shinny Greys here.

 

Comfort: ✰✰✰
Enlarging effect: ✰
Design: ✰✰✰✰✰

 

Overall: ✰✰✰✰

 

Anyhow, overall, I would still give it a high rating just because of the amazing colour!!

 

Without flash, it obviously does not look as bright, but it still sort of reminds me of husky eyes!

 

 

 

Anyhow, last camwhore photo because I recently wore this top out and got laughed at by a few restaurant staff.

 

It is supposed to read “I (heart) Angry Birds” but because I wore a high waisted skirt, it only showed as “I (heart) Angry”. Just a little laugh!

 

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Until next time! <3

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