Kiss My Lash: Lash Extensions

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Recently, a local photographer put out a request for someone to do a fun shoot with her and I volunteered. More on that later, but one of the things that I wanted to try was getting lash extensions. I rarely wear makeup but I do love the way I look with mascara or when I have on strip lashes.

Lash extensions hadn't really been on my radar until recently. I have two friends, both licensed cosmetologists who apply lash extensions but I didn't really understand the process or the cost behind it. Then Krys from Kiss My Lash contacted me about her new location and special for first time lashes.

Kiss My Lash is located in Kingsville, Texas inside the Legends Cuts Barber Shop. She takes appointments through Acuity Scheduling which is great for someone who's busy like me AND you can even pay in advance which is awesome. The promotion at press time is $100 for your first set of lashes, which is about a 2 hour process.

The Process

Here is my before. As you can see, I have pretty decent lashes - nothing super good or bad about them. They are normal length, pretty decently spaced, and a decent color. When you get lash extensions, you have to arrive with zero makeup on so here I am in all my glory. You also have to make sure you take out any contact lenses you're wearing so be prepared for that. Krys thankfully had a clean case with solution available for me. She additionally puts on this lip mask - it was refreshing and didn't have any kind of taste or tingling.


So I've seen people in this set up before and it has always scared me to death. Like - how are your eyes covered? Where does that pad under your eyes go? What's up with the tape on the eyebrows? OMG. Trust me, it just looks scary. So the first set up pads that Krys used was a bit too slippery on my skin so we switched to this set. The pads don't touch your eyes, and you don't feel them on your lower lashes - it's really awesome. The medical tape on top holds the lids up, which is great for those with hooded lids. It's a very gentle tape that didn't hurt at all.

The process did take the full two hours (and a little more). So first, your lashes are gently cleaned, and then Krys gets to work. She mentioned "Don't be surprised if you fall asleep." Well, I fell asleep. A few times. It really is relaxing. Each individual lash is separated and a lash extension is lined up and glued on top of the existing lash. You do have to have patience, as you are there for a couple of hours without being able to look at your phone or move around. Krys did offer for me to take a break several times, but I'm stubborn and just wanted to keep going. After the last lash is in place, Krys uses a special mister that allows the glue to dry and fully bond to the lash.

The After

Look at that length!


Can you see the difference? I was shocked at how natural it looked - like I was just wearing mascara. Krys also give you an after care bag that has a wand, cleansing solution, and a couple of doe foot applicators to help remove eye makeup if you choose to wear it. You have to avoid oily eye make up remover so you don't loosen up the adhesive bond.


Overall, I really enjoy the way they look. The first shower was a little difficult because I didn't realize how much I normally rub my eyes in the shower. You have to be careful not to tug, rub, or mess with your eyes to keep the lashes intact. It's best to sleep on a silk pillowcase and not sleep on your stomach to keep your lashes as long as possible. We normally shed our lashes every 2-3 weeks but you don't realize it because they just come off and aren't long and bold. The first morning I noticed I lost a couple of lashes but it's been several days now and I haven't noticed much shedding.

Upkeep and removal
It's recommended that you go in every 2 to 3 weeks for an eyelash fill which can take about an hour. Kiss My Lash charges $70 for a fill and you can book in advance to make sure you're able to get in on a time that works for you. If for some reason, lashes aren't your gig, you can either let them fall out on their own or Krys offers a lash removal appointment which uses a special gel to remove the remaining extensions.

I originally didn't tell people that I got lash extensions to see what the reactions would be. Since I rarely wear makeup to the office, I figured everyone would be on it immediately. It took a couple of days for most people to notice and they just thought I was wearing mascara which is exactly the result I wanted. I didn't want someone to automatically look at me and say "Oh, she's wearing fake lashes." Overall, I'm very happy with how they are and how they are wearing.

Follow Kiss My Lash on Instagram or Facebook and you can schedule at your convenience.

Have you ever had lash extensions before? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company at a discount for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

PolishGalore at Indie Expo Canada!

Well it seems (feels) like I just got back from PolishCon NYC, but this weekend I'm taking the show on the "international" road and heading up to Indie Expo Canada in Toronto! The show, hosted by Girly Bits Cosmetics, is Canada's premier event for small businesses in the beauty industry. 

In addition to attending (oh yes, I got a VIP bag early!) I also am proud to announce that I am one of the Official Press members for the event!


Make sure you check out my Instagram and IG Stories the day of the event. As of right now, I am only blogging on my personal social media but if that changes, you'll be the first to know. :)

Are you heading to IEC this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

The Polish Convention NYC Spring 2017

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Hey everyone! Sorry it's been so quiet on my end. I had been focusing more of my attention to social media, especially Instagram because last month, I went to NYC for PolishCon! While there, I got to watch over 34 brands do their hustle to sell beautiful multichrome, holo, creme, and glittery polishes to over 650 people who walked through the doors of the Grand Prospect Hall.

Not only was I able to be listed as an Official Blogger for the convention, but I also got to run an IG Story takeover for Nail It! magazine!






Sadly, I "broke" IG Story by posting TOO much and wasn't able to save a video of everything but if you checked it out, I had my picks from every vendor, some crowd shots, and my favorite, photos of people's nails both standing in line outside and inside the venue. There were some super awesome people there! I met a 12 year old who does her own nails, a couple of millenials with hundreds of thousands of IG followers, a Simply Nailogical super fan, and several bloggers whom I've only see online - including Becky from Naked Without Polish who promptly gave me a hug. By the way, I love hugs. They are pretty much the best way to say hi.

If you'd like to read my write up on Nail It Magazine's online site, it's available here.

Because I road in early with a brand, I got to watch PolishCon from the set up. As with any event, there were behind the scenes hiccups with tables, electricity and the big one was the lighting. While this venue was great for weddings or maybe even prom, the lighting scene for nail polish wasn't ideal. Most brands brought their own OTT lamps or other lights to be able to illuminate their polishes but some were literally left in the dark. The organizers tried to be as accommodating as possible and people figured it out.

Before VIP was let in the door at noon, I was able to get shots of nearly every table. While I focused on the polish, I really do need to commend the brands for their overall set ups. Packaging, display racks and even banners were just really an awesome added touch that I really enjoyed. Despite my careful planning, I did miss a few brand photos and I apologize in advance for that.


Anchor and Heart


Bluebird Lacquer


Bohemian Polish


Colors by Llarowe


Contrary Polish


Cupcake Polish


Different Dimension


Fair Maiden


Fleur de Lis


Flirtin Cosmetics


Girly Bits


Glisten & Glow


Great Lakes Lacquer


JulieG by Jesse's Girl Cosmetics


KBShimmer


Lavish Polish


LE Polish


Leesha's Lacquer


Native War Paints


Nine Zero


Noodles Nail Polish


Octopus Party Nail Lacquer


Pahlish


Painted Polish


Polish My Life


Pretty and Polished


The Subway Series featuring Polish my Life & Dollish Polish


Turtle Tootsie Polish
I think the only ones I missed were Ever After (and how on earth did I miss them! They were in the front!), The Don Deeva, Sassy Pants, Drip Drop Polish, Blush, and Anonymous Lacquer. Again, I do apologize but I did get everyone on the Nail It IG Story!

I did buy a VIP ticket for this convention which is always worth it. The items in the bag is well worth the cost of the bag, and the convenience of buying early is helpful. I didn't take advantage of my time as well as I should, and did miss out on a few polishes that I had my eye on.

However, overall, I only purchased 29 additional polishes and one coffee mug which shows great constraint compared to PolishCon Chicago where I came home with... well, a lot more than that (I think nearly double). Also at PolishCon NYC, I didn't mule (buy on behalf of someone else), but I did get a couple of gifts which I'm excited about.

Overall, I feel the event really was a success. People were polish-happy and new friendships were made. Before the event was over, it was announced that PolishCon Chicago was going to be held at the Festival Hall at the Navy Pier on September 23rd so start booking your tickets! I already have my flight - just need to get my hotel now.

ALSO the rumor is that there will be another "Road to PolishCon" series. This was new to NYC, where each week, the participating brands would release a NEW limited edition polish that was only available for one week on the Polish Convention website. If overpours were available, they were sold the day of the convention. It was a sweet twist on the convention house for those who aren't able to travel.



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Morgan Taylor The Last Petal

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Well I don't know about you, but my Facebook News Feed is FILLED with comment after comment about HOW GOOD the new live action Beauty and the Beast is. Last month, an Alamo Drafthouse opened in a nearby city, and since it's pretty much the best theater ever, I rounded up some friends and we're having a Friends Night Out tomorrow to go see the movie in 3D.

Now, I've had a rough week (I was due in October but we lost the child on Tuesday due to placenta accreta) so I really needed a pick me up and this beauty has been sitting on my desk for a bit and I knew it would be perfect. If you hadn't heard, Beauty and The Beast teamed up with Gelish and Morgan Taylor for a special collection that collaborates with the movie. The Morgan Taylor side is a 3 creme, 3 shimmer collection with a special overlay coat in a pink/gold patina that doubles as easy nail art. However for today, I chose to go simply with The Last Petal, a wine colored shimmer.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat. I could have easily used one coat of polish because this is a highly pigmented lacquer, but I went with two just to be safe. My nails are still very thin and short during this recovery from acrylics in December but I think by this time next month, they may be all better and I can start growing them out again. Although I must say, it is SO much easier to type with nubby nails. Love live the nubs!

This color practically glows on its own. It does tend to lean a little more purple in person but I am not complaining because I love wine purple. While not totally unique, I think it flatters all people. I'm also super impressed with the opacity of the polish and hope to make it a few days with this nicely on my nails.

Morgan Taylor [Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube] is available at CosmoProf for $8.50 a bottle. Online, non-professionals can purchase Morgan Taylor at Loxa Beauty

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration. For more information, please read this post.

China Glaze Warm Wishes


This past winter, China Glaze came out with the Seas and Greetings collection - a different take on the typical reds and greens holiday collection. The motivation was the warm winters in California where China Glaze is located. I was mixed on it because while I definitely wear polishes all year long, I feel like I was longing for my typical reds and greens during December so this collection just sat at my desk.

Today, however, I felt like wearing something bright and cheery. I'm on a bowling league (and I'm terrible) but there's something about painted nails that just make me feel happy. I pulled out Warm Wishes, a watermelon creme. I used a base of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat. The formula on this polish was a bit runny so I had to wipe my brush an extra time to catch the lacquer from the top of the brush. With careful thin coats, I didn't flood my cuticles and had little clean up required.

Also, my nails are STILL trashed from my acrylic experience. I hope that within the next 4 weeks, it will all be grown out and I can start growing my nails out again. Right now, I'm have to cut them off as soon as the distal (also called the free) edge appears because it's so paper thin. Additionally, I now have a hard "bump" on my left thumb which may be injury to the nail where the acrylic was drilled down. Regardless, I miss my sturdy nails and can't wait to see them again soon.


I do love that China Glaze has a lot of "staple" colors in their collections - things that go well with anyone but are also good starting points for nail art. I tend to wear straight cremes to work with the occasional shimmer and keep my holos and glitter to the weekends, so I find this polish a good one to have in my stash. I'm still working to move all my polishes into my guest room and now I have guests coming in May so I need to get myself moving! Overall, I do enjoy this color - as I mentioned before, thin coats and extra wiping of the brush and you'll have no issues.

China Glaze [Website] [Facebook] [Twitter] [Instagramcan be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe BeautySally's Beauty Supply as well as TransDesign.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.