But there is no reason for them to be enemies!!

The simple after care instructions for eyelash extensions become a little bit harder to navigate when you're considering the scheduling of other beauty treatments.  For example, you can't have a spray tan directly before your lashes are applied because the under eye pad used during the application of eyelash extensions will leave you looking particularly panda-esk plus the tanning solution leaves a residue that prevents the lash glue from adhering properly.  Now you can have a spray tan directly after your extensions are applied, but as your tan will be due to be rinsed off 2-8 hours later, that is 14-22 hours short of how long you have to keep your lashes dry for... confused yet?  I told you it was hard to navigate!!

The one treatment that I indulged in over the weekend that has the potential to go really wrong for extension wearers is a facial, so I have some tips on how you can still relax into a relaxing and beneficial facial without worrying about your lashes falling off:

1. Communicate with your therapist:  If you are having your lashes applied by a good technician, your therapist may not even know you have extensions, so don't assume they have noticed or that they know how to care for your extensions during your facial.

2. Oil:  Chances are the skin care range the salon uses will contain oils of some kind, so simply ask your therapist to avoid your eye area (brow bone to the top of your cheek bone) when using these formulations.

3. Steam:  Many facials use a facial steamer as part of the treatment, this opens the pores to give a deep cleansing action.  Generally it is not recommended if you have sensitive skin or skin that is prone to broken capiliaries and definitely a big no no when you have eyelash extensions.

4. Excessive heat:  During my facial on Saturday, I had thought to mention the steam and the oil, but it wasn't until that hot towel was being wrapped around my face to remove my mask that I had a mini heart attack... NOOOO, NO HEAT ON MY LASHES!!!  So just one more thing to mention to your therapist, 'wrap me up, but avoid my eyes please'

5. Skin care: While we will look after your lash health, your beauty therapist is the best person to discuss your individual skin care needs, just make sure that the skin care they recommend for your eye area is oil free and avoid using cleansers containing oil in the shower (as they will wash the oil based product through through lashes).  If you wear eye makeup and want to be completely sure your skin care range is oil and aha free, check out The LASH CARE Co. range in our salons.

So you can have your cake and eat it too, just remember these five simple rules and you will have glowing skin, gorgeous lashes and almost no need to apply a lick of makeup.

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Saturday, 28 April 2012 16:19

St Kilda, I'll have my heart back thanks...

I write to you today from Melbourne, surprisingly sunny and just a little on the chilly side, I just can't express what an amazing few days I've had down here chatting with the locals, discovering the best little finds while I'm suppose to just be slipping out for a bottle of water and chatting to local business owners around our new St Kilda store.

I have to admit, I thought I was a Sydney girl (although Brisbane born and bred), but upon my seventh trip to Melbourne, I am open to being converted.  The culture is just incredible and diverse, the food is out of this world and I want to adopt every client who walks through the door as my new mum/sister/bestie... Melbourne, you're playing with my heart!

Our St Kilda store is bustling, bursting at the seams some might say, we're booked approx 3 weeks in advance, with the odd availability here and there.  Clients wander in after finding that illusive carpark heading up the hill on Barkley street or in the very 'colourful' Greaves street and walk into our warm little salon to wait for their turn.  They're greeted by a lashette who is a mix between Jessica Rabbit and Poison Ivy, I'm not kidding, this girl is gorgeous... it is only topped by her energy, and I thought I was bubbly!!  Hannah is the salon manager in St Kilda and between her and Melbourne's natural charm, I can't help but LOVE this little salon, can't wait to come back soon, thanks for having me

Kiss kiss, Kat x

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