I've been thinking about starting this feature for a while now.
It's not new news that make up is no forte of mine. However, with a little inspiration from catwalk looks, I'm slowly becoming more adventurous and practice makes perfect, right?
I mentioned my reluctance towards mascara a little while back; it runs in the gym and takes bloody ages to get off. What is there to like about that.
Cue eyelash extensions. I've already written about my obsession too. What I failed to mention were tried and tested, brilliant places you may want to get your eyelashes extended. It's very London-centric and for that I apologise. I've visited around ten salons now to get my eyelashes extended as every place seems to offer something different.
While some were just downright awful and ruined my lashes, I've had some incredible experiences too. These I recommend these places above and beyond the rest.
Boutique Lashes and Brows
8 Harrow Place, E1 7DB
Firstly, Tia, who runs BLAB is hysterical. We had such a laugh during the two hour eyelash extensions treatment. At just £88 for Russian volume lashes, there isn't any better value for money out there. These are some of the fullest eyelashes I've had to date. They were a less natural look than I'd usually have gone for but the compliments I got just kept coming.
I also had my eyebrows microbladed with Tia. Microblading is where small strokes of dye are tattooed into your eyebrows. It's bloody painful but I'd still recommend it - good brows transform your face.
The London Dolls
1 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RL
The London Dolls salon is everything you'd imagine from a trendy east London salon. It's small but cosy. I instantly felt really welcome. Having your lashes done is quite intimate - getting used to someone within a few inches of your face for a couple of hours is something that takes some getting used to but when you feel at ease with your therapist, it makes it that much easier.
These lashes had a lovely natural finish. You'd never of known they weren't real.
A full set here will set you back just £70.
Beaute Bar, 57 Fashion Street, E1 6PX
Lash Lab is located just off of Brick Lane. Like a few salons I've been to, the beauty rooms are downstairs in a hairdressers - a while ago these may have put me off booking somewhere but these days, I'm aware it makes absolutely on difference in the quality of treatment received.
I opted for a set of Russian volume lashes once again. At £120, these were on the higher end of the price scale. The technician discussed that my lashes looked a little damaged so, we'd have to go a little shorter than I would have liked but nevertheless, the result was still great.
The staying power of these lashes makes them worth the money. Mine easily lasted for a whole month, which is honestly usually promised but also unheard of.
Agnes Dos Santos
46 Blythe Road, London, W14 0HA
With a clientele list including Lindsey Lohan and Lily Allen, I had to try it out Agnes Dos Santos' eyelash extensions.
There's a huge variety of options for your lashes too. There are mink, diamond, natural hair and feather lashes to pick from and all of which are vegan.
From start to finish, the experience was wonderful. After a couple of hours, I opened my eyes to long luscious lashes. They were quite obviously extensions but I had clarified beforehand that I wanted a longer look than I'd previously tried before so, this was to be expected.
Prices range from £70-£150 so a consultation for what your after beforehand is recommended.