The less time I have to spend in the bathroom getting ready each morning, the happier I am, as this gives me more time to do much more exciting things, like playing Pacman.
So I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to find Jen at J.O. Beauty Secrets. She is a lovely lady who has made my life a little easier with her skilful, and pleasant application of eyelash extensions.
I know, I know. Is there anything these days women don't get extended? Hair extensions, longer nails, longer lashes. But for me at the end of the day, having lash extensions means less maintenance every morning. I scratch a good ten minutes off my getting ready routine by leaving out my eyes, because extensions give your eyes definition, making it look like you've spent time on them - really I've used that ten minutes to watch a little more of season five of The Wonder Years before heading to work. Awesome.
I first came across J.O. Beauty Secrets in an online deal of all places. So I was a little nervous heading in, thinking that a discounted price can only mean my treatment wouldn't end up being as pleasant as I would like. But how wrong I was.
I've had eyelash extensions before this experience, and I can honestly say this is the best I have ever had.
Jen from J.O. Beauty Secrets operates her business from her home. At home businesses are becoming very popular these days, mostly for convenience, but don't be put off. She has her own professional set up at the front of her home, in a private and clean area with curtains drawn across.
And let me just say, it is a nice thing to 'feel at home' when you are having a treatment. Most salons are all white and scary, a little like a hospital. Not at Jen's place. It's cosy, comfortable, and everything you would want when receiving this relaxing treatment.
Now a few people I have spoken to have said they don't often enjoy other people poking around their eyes, but you really don't feel much at all.
To begin, tape is placed on your bottom lashes so they stay out of the way of your top lashes. All that is then asked of you is that you close your eyes, and relax.
All lashes are customised to suit you, and your lifestyle. If it's a subtle flick on the outer edges you are after, then you can get that. If you want a more dramatic look, then just let Jen know.
The lashes are synthetic single or flare strands, in different curves, thickness and length. Natural to glamour, your lash extensions can last up to 8 weeks.
I also purchased a special mascara from Jen, for certain occasions when I really want them to stand out.
The whole process takes around an hour, sometimes a little less depending on what you would like done. Prices are as follows:
Full Set $95
Lash Refill $45
Glitter Lash $20 Extra
Most places I have been to charge over $100 for a full set. So not only are they cheap, you are getting what I believe to be the best.
Lastly, if you want to give your lashes that final extra 'pop', a semi permanent mascara can be applied to the bottom lashes. I had this done, and mine lasted around 10 weeks. Just another step I skip when getting ready.
Check out their website for the other treatments on offer.