'Tis the Season for Beautiful Lashes

Fa-la-la-lashes! The holidays are here and you know what that means: office parties, family gatherings, and New Year's Eve. Make your eyes show stopping in-person (and in photos) with lash extensions. And unlike a party dress that you'll only wear once, your lash extensions will carry you through the holidays and beyond. 

If you've been on the fence about trying lash extensions, or it's been a while since your last set, there's no better time than now for lush fringe. Ready to deck your lashes? Here's what you need to know. 

Choosing a Lash Set 

Lash extensions add length and volume to your natural lashes, making you appear more youthful and wide-eyed. They give clients the option to have full, fluffy, fresh fringe without a swipe of mascara (unless they want to apply).

La Belle offers three types of lash sets: Classic Lashes, Volume Lashes, and Classic/Volume Mixed Sets.  

Classic Lash Full Set: Lashes are applied to your natural lashes in a 1:1 ratio, with one lash extension per natural lash. Depending on the artist level (Apprentice, Junior, Senior, Master) La Belle's Classic Lashes range from $150-$240 for a full set. 

Here's a La Belle client with a Classic Lash Full Set.

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Volume Lash Full Set: Gives a fluffy full look. It consists of 3-6 individual lashes that create a fan that's applied to one natural lash. The lash thickness is typically between .05-.07 in diameter. Volume lashes can give weaker natural lashes a fuller, fluffier look that's fully customizable. A Volume Full Set is $340.

Here's a La Belle client with a Volume Lash Full Set.

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A Mixed Classic and Volume Set is the best of both worlds ($300). Here's a La Belle client with a Mixed Classic and Volume Full Set. 

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Maintaining Your Lashes

Keep your lashes looking beautiful during the holidays and in the coming year, by staying on top of your lash maintenance.

For every day cleansing, use a gentle cleanser to keep your lashes clean. Fresh Faced Skincare makes a great Gentle Cleanser and Foam Pump Bottle that we love. And here's a handy lash tip: to dry wet lashes, gently blow dry on a LOW COOL SETTING. 

If you use oil-based products, avoid them around the eyes; Oil breaks down the lash bond. Also avoid direct heat. Contact with extreme heat can singe your lashes, so skip roasting chestnuts over an open fire, or anything else that brings you in direct contact with an open flame. 

And if you'll be traveling to a warmer climate during the holidays (LUCKY YOU!) check out our helpful tips from our Summer Lash Care post, which addresses warm weather (and beach) lash care concerns.

Staying on Top of Relashes  

Lash extensions can last anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks. To maintain a fuller appearance, make sure you book your Relash as soon as possible since our spots fill up fast.

To maintain your Classic Lashes, choose between a Three-Week Relash (60 minutes) $65, or a Four-Week Relash (75 minutes) $85. For Volume Lashes, there's the 75 minutes for $110, and 90 minutes for $130. And for a Mixed Classic and Volume Full Set, there's a 60 Minute Relash for $85, or 75 Minute Relash for $105.  

Ready to Get Your Lashes Holiday Ready?

Give us a call at 302-656-0555, 302-378-8880 to book your lashes in time for holiday events. And if you want to give the gift of beautiful lashes, gift certificates are available in-store and online, too!  

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5 Reasons Why You're Experiencing a Skincare Regime Plateau

Hair growth and weight loss plateaus are real. But can your skincare regime plateau, too? If you've been using a skincare product line with measurable results only to find it stops working after a while, all signs point to yes.  

However, why you're experiencing a plateau depends on a variety of factors. And just because a product plateaus for you, doesn't necessarily mean it will plateau for your friend. Here are 5 reasons why some clients experience a plateau and how they can move past it. 

1. You Stop Using Before the Recommended Time 

It's only normal to get frustrated and bored when a product line isn't delivering results. But before you ditch it for a shiny new line, make sure you've given the product line a decent chance. Read the label (and ask your trusted expert), for how long you should expect before you see results. 

Perhaps, it's normal to experience a boost in hydration the first week, but it may take a couple more weeks before you notice fine lines diminishing. The reality is some products can take anywhere from a few weeks to up to three months WITH CONSISTENT USE before you see significant results. If you ditch the products after just a week, you've never given them a chance to actually work to their full potential. 

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How to Get Over the Plateau: We're an instant gratification society, so we know it's hard. But don't prematurely stop a regime before giving it a chance to fully take effect. Not only is it a disservice to your skin, but it's wasted money down the drain. 

2. You Aren't Exfoliating Often Enough 

Perhaps you got a peel and started a Vitamin C serum at the same time. At first, your results were great. But slowly you start to notice your skin is becoming less radiant and hydrated. You're still consistently applying your Vitamin C serum every day and seeing no improvement. You're ready to toss the product in the trash, but wait! When was the last time you exfoliated? Was it when you got your peel a couple months ago? Uh oh. 

Skincare 101: exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Dead skin cells make it difficult for serums and moisturizers to penetrate the skin. And if your skin is in a constant state of shedding (e.g. acne), it's even more imperative that you remove the layers of dead skin first. By revealing the fresh new skin below, it clears the path for absorption. Proper absorption is the key to maximum skincare results. 

How to Get Over the Plateau: Make sure you're staying on top of your exfoliation by getting regular peels. La Belle offers AHA/BHA exfoliation by chemical peel. And to maximize the effect, we recommend adding dermaplaning first.  

3. You Aren't Layering in the Right Order

Like dead skin cells, layering out of order can also create a barrier that prevents absorption, which will affect your results. Thicker consistencies applied first, make it harder for thinner consistencies to penetrate. And since thinner consistencies are the most concentrated type of product, it's no wonder you aren't seeing the results you expect. They're not reaching your skin. 

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Let's say some weeks you apply your serum first, other weeks your moisturizer goes on first. Here, your results are inconsistent. It feels like to you, for every two steps forward you go three steps back. What's going on? Your moisturizer (a thicker consistency) is creating a barrier that's preventing the serum (a thinner consistency) from penetrating, which diminishes the effectiveness.

How to Get Over the Plateau: Make sure you're always applying your skincare products in the proper order, following the rule of thumb: from thin to thick. Check out our article "How to Layer Your Skincare Products for Max Results" for other great tips, too. 

4. Your Product Is Only Meant to Do X (Not Y and Z, Too)

Now if you are keeping up on your exfoliation and applying in the correct order, it's possible the product line you're using isn't designed to go beyond what it is intended for. Let's say you're using a moisturizer with humectants and you're pleased with how hydrated your skin is. But you're still noticing fine lines and deep wrinkles. In this case, the product you're using isn't meant to do more than hydrate your skin. 

How to Get Over the Plateau: Use a product line that addresses ALL OF YOUR TARGETED CONCERNS. In the example above, you may need to use a serum, moisturizer, and Retinol to achieve both hydration and anti-aging results. But before you invest in a product line (and USE IT), we strongly recommend that you consult an expert to find out which line is the best for your skin type and targeted concerns.

5. Your Lifestyle Habits Are Undermining Progress

Even if you exfoliate, layer products correctly, and use the correct products, your lifestyle habits can undermine your skin's progress. Poor nutrition, lack of exercise, not using sunscreen, etc. will negate the work you're putting into your skin. Think of it this way: it's like working out at the gym, only to overindulge in carbs later; the same concept applies to your skincare regime. Even if you use the best skincare products on the market, apply them religiously in the proper order, it doesn't matter if your lifestyle habits are poor.

How to Get Over the Plateau: Decrease stress, get enough sleep, incorporate exercise, focus on good nutrition, use sunscreen, etc. By keeping yourself healthy, in turn, it will help your skin stay healthy, which will give the skincare products a strong foundation to work from. 

Ready to avoid the dreaded skincare regime plateau by staying on top of your skin's health? Give us a call at 302-656-0555, 302-378-8880 to book your next facial service.