About a month ago I was whining to a friend about my lashes and how I had been using this to grow them but always had to wear mascara because my natural lashes are so blonde. It's not a real life problem - I'm completely aware.
A few days after my initial whine, she texted me about something called a, 'Lash Lift and Tint.' Of course, I immediately looked it up. A lash tint is basically a temporary coloring of your lashes. It only last a couple of weeks and can cost $20-40 depending on where you live. A lash life is like a perm for your lashes. Your lashes are held back, there is a 'perm gel' applied and once it's done your lashes look like they are curled. A lash lift will last between 2-3 months.
I googled, "Lash Lift and Tint in Little Rock" and Beauty Geek popped up! Beauty Geek is a lash and skincare lounge located in the Heights area of Little Rock. The lash lift is $100, the lash lift is $40 and if you combine services it's $130. Not cheap, but I wanted to try it so badly that I figured it was worth the splurge.
So here are my lashes with one coat of this mascara. I did not curl them, I did not do anything but add one coat of mascara to show a better before/after of the lift.
So this looks weird, but let me explain. First, your lash expert, I went to Jai at Beauty Geek, will apply an under eye pad that holds down your bottom lashes. You don't really 'feel' anything because your eyes are closed the entire time.
Here's a closer look at what it looks like.
Next, a curved silicone pad is glued to your eyelids. This part feels a little funny because there is a little warming feeling of the glue from the pad to your lid, but it's not painful. These silicone lash pads come in different sizes of S, M, or L depending on your lid size and lash length. My lid/lash size is a medium.
OK - Now this is the part that is strange to see in photos but feels surprisingly relaxing while it's happening. Basically, your lashes are gently being placed on the gel pad that holds them down.
All this feels like is someone is massaging your lashes. Again, no discomfort. Jai was playing some really easy going music so the entire atmosphere is pretty comfortable.
Once your lashes are gently placed on the gel pad, it's time to apply the magic perm potion that curls them.
There *might* be a slight smell to this part, but only if you breathe deeply. To be honest, at this point I was a little concerned if my eyes would start to water from having a pad holding down my bottom lashes, my top lashes on the gel pad and then adding the perm solution.
Jai at Beauty Geek in Little Rock assured me that everything was fine and kept me updated on the timing of everything. The gel solution is left on your lashes while you relax with your eyes closed.
Doesn't this look so weird?
The perm solution is left on for around 10 min, then the tint was applied and left on for 5-7 minutes. I went for the blue-black tint color because it is the darkest.
Next, a nourishing treatment is applied and left for a few minutes to make sure it's all set.
The entire process is maybe around an hour.
Once you're done the solutions are gently removed and again, this might be the best feeling because 1) it feels like another massage and 2) you know it's almost time to see what it looks like!
Jai calls this the 'lash blowout' which felt really bougie and I loved every minute of it.
I love bougie moments.
After all the eye pads are removed it's time to open your eyes! The light will feel really bright but I couldn't get to a mirror quickly enough.
I look awake and like I am wearing a coat of mascara!! I WAS SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS! My lashes look longer, are darker and no need for an eyelash curler!
Now, remember the cardinal rule of getting a perm from Legally Blonde. You cannot wet your perm for 24 hours after getting one in risk of deactivating the solution.
Yes, spending $130 might seem like a lot, but honestly, considering how happy it makes me ... it's totally worth it.