Lash Lift: No Makeup. No Problem.

I’m a low maintenance person. My daily make up routine typically consists of washing my face, using my Tula regimen, and calling it a day.

If I have a meeting or something else, I might swipe on some liquid eyeliner, mascara and a pop of red lipstick.

While I was getting ready for my wedding, I went and got eyelash extensions and LOVED how they made me look. It was like waking up with my face ready to go. The downside? They required a LOT of upkeep – not only did you need to get them filled every couple of weeks, but if you work out/sweat a lot (i.e. me), they fall out even faster.

So, when we were honeymooning in St. Lucia, and the eyelash extensions started to fall, I figured that would be the end of glamorous long lashes for me.

I WAS WRONG.

I was at Rise Beauty Studio on Newbury Street, and they mentioned to me me that they specify in lashes, both extensions and lash lifts.

Lash lift? Tell me more.

So, in the simplest terms.

It’s a perm.

For your lashes.

In just 30 minutes, my straight as sticks eyelashes became these curled wonders.

Who doesn’t want a 30 minute nap in the middle of the day?

After climbing the four flights of stairs up to Rise, you’re greeted with this bright, light space that wills you to relax and revel in the time you carved out for yourself. You’ll find yourself on a comfy bed, and in good hands.

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The prep process is quick if you listen to their ask of coming in with no makeup (which is the easiest thing in the world for me to do). So, within a couple minutes, the under-eye cooling patches were put on, and my eyelashes were combed back over these pink rollers.

Once they curled back, the perming solution was put on.

After 10ish minutes, a setting solution was put on for another 10 minutes.

Once that passed, my lashes were gently wiped with some water and just like that, I had volume to my lashes.

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Fresh lashes – no mascara!

For 24 hours, you can’t sweat or shower, but after that, it’s game on. No need to worry about water running over your face in the shower. No need to worry about how much you’re sweating.

Literally, 30 minutes and now I look like I’m awake.

With mascara, my lashes are OUT OF CONTROL.

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With mascara – nothin can stop me now!

 

So, a week later, my lashes look better than ever.  They told me that they’ll last up to 8 weeks! WHAT? CRAZY!

While I won’t rush to get any makeup any time soon, I’m looking forward to rocking my own lashes with a lil perm for the near future.

No makeup. No problem.

Bruno Mars says it best:

“Throw some perm on your attitude
Girl, you gotta relax “

2018: Looking Forward

It’s the first Friday of 2018, and as I’m staring down below freezing temps, I figured it would be the perfect time to chat about what I’m excited about in this new year.

Wait – no reflection on 2017?

2017 was one of the most action packed years I’ve had – I got married, I started working at Sweat Fixx,  I was reposted by SELF magazine, and rebranded my blog (just to name a few of the things). I don’t think I have enough time or space to accurately give a reflection on the year.

If I were to sum up 2017 in a couple words, it would be “Hell Yes.”

Looking forward to 2018 – I would say that the words that will drive this year are going to be “Let’s Do This.”

Let’s throw away that fear, those excuses, and self doubt.

“Let’s Do This”.

I have some big plans for this year, personally & professionally. I took some time this weekend to sit with my husband and we wrote out what we want to accomplish this year on little slips of paper, folded them up, and placed them in a covered mason jar next to our coffee maker. Where we can see them every single day.

To remind ourselves of what we want to accomplish.

What we are working towards.

To start every day with a cup of coffee and a healthy does of “Let’s Do This.”

I’m looking forward to the challenges that will help me grow, learn and become stronger.

I’m looking forward to getting out of my comfort zone and being more active in the community – leading more workouts, hosting more yoga workshops and moderating more talks.

Taking that leap.

Going for it.

So, 2018: Let’s. Do. This.

 

Be. Real.

I guess you can kinda say that this topic is my lane.

My first public speaking gig centered around the idea of being “Authentic” on social media.

A photo of my butt was reposted by SELF.

If you know me, you know that I wear my heart on my sleeve and that a toddler has a better poker face than I do.

Authenticity is now a buzz word – with everyone and anyone claiming that they can lead you to down the path of discovering your most authentic self.

I’m here to tell you, that it’s bullshit.

You don’t need anyone to tell you how to live YOUR most authentic life. You don’t need someone with 18K Instagram followers telling you what to do, buy, and how to live your life.

You just need to listen to you.

What works for some people doesn’t work for others, and that’s where the beauty  of it all is.

There is no easy way to do it. Sometimes it’s really freaking hard. When people want you be everything. When they look to you for advice and you then center your life around trying to please your followers, that’s when you start to lose your magic.

So, my advice?

Be nice. Respect others. Don’t make plans and cancel them. Do what makes you happy, and get rid of those things that no longer serve you any more.

And don’t forget –

Stay real.