Yep, my business email was hacked a month ago and it is gone forever. So I had to create a new business email account.
All was good, but then I realized that my YouTube channel was no longer accessible. So I had to start a new YouTube channel. The bad part was that I my videos are all on my old computer that also had an untimely fate and crashed.
But the good news is I now back up my videos and started a new YouTube Channel that I will publish my videos to.
Good News, Bad News, all old news. Now onto making some new videos.
Mink Vs. Silk Lashes
I get asked all the time- Do you use real mink lashes?? Well the answer is No. Yes I do have real mink lashes in the shop, that would cost over $500 for a set and they do not hold their curl and they come from the tail or rear end of an actual mink. But I don't use them because my shop is cruelty-free. So unless you are Jennifer Lopez and want red carpet real mink lashes for one night, we all use faux-mink lashes.
But back to the question. Mink vs. Silk. All the lashes made today are made from a mono-filament man-made fiber. Mink lashes are matte in finish and will give a soft black finish like velvet. This is my favorite lash and I stock them in all lengths and widths. I use mink for both my classic and volume sets.
Silk lashes tend to come in lighter gram weight and have a shiny finish. I personally believe that your hair should be shiny and not your eyelashes.
So to recap-
Mink lashes –matte & velvety
Silk Lashes- shiny & glossy
Now to get one step further.
Years ago lashes come only in a thick diameter and there was one look and that wast to look like mascara. So extensions come in the thickest - .25 gram weight to .20 and .15 gram weight. If you had a really thick natural lash maybe you could hold a .25 thick lash. But most woman cannot and soon found themselves with lash damage from too much weight. Enter the Russian Volume lashes- it really changed the game and it started in about 2013 with lashes that come as light at .05 grams and you can put on as many as 5 layers of lash (to equal .20 max) The trend in the industry is going to more fullness and softness and curl and since the lashes are now lighter you can avoid lash damage.
So once again, mink vs. silk- either one is fine, just make sure that your lash artist is trained and certified and knows to not layer 2 classic lashes (.15 grams x2= 30 grams too heavy and will damage your lash) and invests in good quality lashes and glue.
Then of course there is a whole other topic about curl. J curl was the original curl- it looked like a sideways letter J. Then came B, C, D. which my favorite is C and D. Curl. If you lash artist is using J curl well, all I can say is why?
When a client comes in for a facial I always ask, “So, tell me about your skin? “ And without hesitation the first reply is always the same “I have sensitive skin, so please don’t use anything to irritate it”. My next question is “Tell me what products are you using on your skin?” to have the reply being a long list of products that are filled with known skin irritants.
Even though I will do a thorough skin analysis of your skin, what I look for as a professional and what the client thinks about their skin, are usually very different.
But back to the main question, is your skin sensitive, sensitized or allergic?
Sensitive skin is like your eye color, you are born with it. People with sensitive skin tend to blush
easily, burn easily, and have a fair complexion. They are also people who tend to get red and blotchy for no apparent reason. Most people with sensitive skin are fair haired and fair skin. Think Nicole Kidman or the little red-headed girl that always has a bit of pink on her cheeks.
Sensitized skin is what most people have. Many times this is caused by the environment, (sun, wind,
air-conditioning), over-exfoliation from scrubs and acids in cleansers, medications, aging, wine, or certain foods. Almost every drugstore and department store brand of skincare product has a known skin irritant (fragrances, dyes, preservatives, etc…) in its list of ingredients that causes a reaction. Stop using the product the reaction goes away. Your skin is reacting to something it is near too or has contact with. It is temporary. Think about when you have spicy food or wine and your skin gets flushed. Most people who tell me that they have rosacea actually have sensitized skin. Almost all my clients that tell me that when they used product X the skin did Y. That is sensitized skin.
Allergic skin involves pain and discomfort. Think hives, welts, and rashes. Think of a bee sting, mold, animal dander or pollen. This type of skin triggers the defense system in your body to react usually with pain, itching, swelling or inflammation. This may require an immediate treatment of anti-histamines or a cortisone cream. This also happens fairly immediate. People who have this type of skin tend to suffer from asthma and seasonal allergies, contact dermatitis and just don’t have a strong immune system. I have this type of skin, it is no fun.
All of the above skin types may be oily, combination or dry skin. That only refers to the oil production of the skin, not the “sensitivity” level of the skin.
So next time you go for a facial, let the esthetician know all the products that you use on your skin. Just snap a picture of the product with your cellphone so you have it with you. Most likely if you say that your skin is sensitive, it is really sensitized skin and maybe reacting to an ingredient in your skincare product.
And remember the more information you give to your skin care professional the better she can provide your skin with the treatment it needs.