Before & Afters

May Your Holiday Style Be Merry & Bright!

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'Tis the season to eat, drink & be beautiful! The holidays are here, and Christmas is so close, you can almost smell the mistletoe you are going to get kissed under. So it's time to make sure your holiday hair and makeup are both party and mistletoe ready!

If you are still looking for just the right style to get in the holiday spirit, then check out some of our favorite beauty trends that will be sure to jingle your belles!

1. Shimmery Smokey Eye Shadow - Creating bold eyes that stand out are a great way to spruce up your holiday look. Using bronze, copper, or colored shimmer eye shadows, will certainly add a unique shine to your festive style.

2. A Rich, Red Pout - You better watch out, you better not cry because when Santa sees that red lipstick pout, he's definitely coming to town. Scarlet, crimson, blush, or ruby; make sure to choose a red matte or shimmer lip color to complete your style.

3. Winged Eye Liner - Give them something to pine over with a set of bold dramatic eyes looking up over a cup of spiked eggnog. Select a black liquid liner to create that smooth flawless line around your eyes and along the crease.  

4. Hair Braids & Bows - Oh come let us adore.. hair! Your makeup won't be the only style turning heads this season when you choose a unique style to wrap up your look! Turn an average half or full up-do into a gift to on-lookers by adding a bow or braid with your hair. 

5. Stylish & Sparkling Hair Accessories - 'Tis the season to sparkle & look merry & bright with accessories from head to toe! Choose a bold or subtle design that will accent your fashion style and make your look dazzle!

In this video we feature our makeup artist, Natalie, and she is styling some of this years' holiday beauty trends you'll love!

Compliments to our artists : Haydee (top single hair style) | 
Gallery of images from left to right : Sam (top left hair) | Kat (top middle & right makeup) | Rachel V.  (bottom left makeup) | Dannielle (bottom middle hair) | Diane (bottom right makeup) |
Photographer : @jonathanbangwang (top bow  hair style)
Model : @missmisschelle (top bow hair style)



Life is good when your lashes are On Point.

Ever wish you could toss your eye lash curler and wake up every day with your lashes looking beautifully and naturally curled? Or maybe you are feeling like you're in a lash lull? Well then get ready to have your lash love lifted!  A lash lift is one of the hottest trends in the beauty industry right now!  Beauty Perks; they are affordable, require low maintenance and the service only takes about 30-45 minutes. Want to know the best part?? They also last 6 - 8 weeks! 

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The above photo is a before and after of my lash lift from our lash stylist Haydee. She used Ellebana Lash Lift. Make sure to book Haydee for your lash lift appointment! 

What is a Lash Lift? 
A Lash Lift is a treatment performed on the natural lashes to enhance thickness and length. No extensions are used and they look great even without wearing mascara.  Certified technicians use a unique technique combining a lifting lotion and silicone rods to lift your natural lashes.

Whether you're a lash addict or new to the beauty bar community, you will LOVE your lash lift look! Lash lifts are great for creating that "I woke up like this" look. That envied flawless look that everyone desires. "Lash lifts can help you get natural big lashes without the need for extensions or mascara, says experts at Skinworks, in their article 'Fall Makeup Trends To Make Your Lash Lift Pop.'

Make sure to book your appointment today with Haydee to receive your Lash Lift!  We have a November Special you won't want to miss! 

Live, Love, and Lashes! My Makeover Experience.

Set down your glass of champagne and raise your hand if you would like an instant makeover? .....Um, yes please! Well, in case you missed it, this month we are ALL about makeovers!! We're bringing out all the Belles and Whistles!  

I am excited to share my lash makeover with all of you, tell you a little about what I learned and provide you with some tips on what to expect if you are considering lashes for yourself. 

Like we mentioned in our post, Lash Extensions, the Instant Makeover, lashes are a quick and easy way to add something new to your look, and yet immediately they have a way of making you feel even more beautiful. Whether you are simply tired of your current makeup routine, or if you are a busy woman with limited time in the morning to spend getting ready in front of a mirror, then semi-permanent lashes might be the answer to your prayers. 

Lash Extension

My Before

& After

I was definitely one of those women that I just described, maybe even combination of the two. However, for me, in order to feel ready, I had to at least be wearing mascara. Without it I felt naked, which sounds silly, but I have light brown lashes, shown in the middle photo on the right, so without mascara, to me, my face looks sort of washed out and tired. 

Going into to the experience, I was excited to have eyes that POP and look ready all throughout the day.  Also, to have a quick routine in the morning when getting ready. All I can say is after my first set,  I was instantly hooked! 

The Experience

  • The application process is more enjoyable than expected and even quit relaxing. I have pretty sensitive eyes and thought there might be some discomfort with the tape for the lower lashes, but to my surprise I could hardly notice it was there, especially as I lay cozy under the soft plush blanket. 

  • It's important to keep your eyes closed, as the glue could irritate your eyes if you open them while the technician is applying it to your lashes. Made that mistake. Once I quickly learned my lesson, I have to admit, as a busy working mom living out most days on minimal sleep, I did not mind being told to lay down with my eyes closed for next two hours. 

Post Emotions

  • That first look in the mirror is unforgettable because the results are pretty darn amazing! I used the Le' Hybrid (Naturale/Voluminous) set, which means they are silk, or a "hybrid" between synthetic and mink lashes. I loved this option because they allow the lash technician to combine different sizes across the eye lash, and thus creating a very natural yet voluminous look. 

  • The win-win, I have to share is that not only do lashes cut down the time it takes to get ready in the morning, honestly, you can even ask my husband, but they are also very easy to maintain. At fist they felt a little heavy, but after an hour or so, I could hardly even notice that they were there. Prior to leaving, I received a small mascara wand to be able to brush my lashes throughout the day and especially after showers.  

Make sure to watch my experience below and as you can see, just like the saying "lashes speak louder than words," the results speak for themselves.

I've had my makeover, are you ready for yours?

The Blonde Bombshell Makeover

Do Blonde's really have more fun?  Kaity, our Costa Mesa Manager & Hair Stylist. She specializing in working with blonde hair, whether it be just for brightening or going from brunette to a full blonde makeover!

Check out her Blonderage...

Blonde Before & After Photos

Lash Extensions, the Instant Makeover.

If you're like most women, you are busy, busy, busy. From the moment you get up, until the moment you rest your pretty head at night, you are going, going, going! Putting on a full face of makeup every day can be extremely tiring and timely. Especially eye liner! Ugh, eye liner. The struggle. 

Getting lash extensions can be a true miracle for the gal who struggles with that perfectly straight, winged liner. Or, for the gal on the go who just doesn't have the time to fuss with it. Wouldn't it be great to roll out of bed, put some face makeup on (no eyes) and call it a day? Or, better yet, skip the face makeup all together! 

Yes, yes! Check out some of our latest lash extension clients to see what we're talking about.

Instant Makeover!

Lash Extensions Before & After Photos

Lash Artists - Haydee and Sam A.