Sunglass trends for 2018

Summer is officially here which means less clothes, more beach days and all the cute sunglasses!!

If you’ve gotta protect your eyes and cover your beautiful lashes you might as well find the best shades for the job. Here are some of Lash and Beauty Lab’s favorite 2018 sunglass trends!

 

Tortoiseshell Acetate

This finish is a great look for so many types of lashes. It adds more to a look and creates flair and fun on rims that are simple and thick or elaborate and dainty.

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Extreme and oversized Cat eye

We love this look. It's a funky take one an old classic and works for so many face shapes with such a great feminine touch.

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Mirrored Shades

 

Mirrored sunglasses are perfect for some added drama to your look. This sense finish comes in all styles of sunglasses making it easy for anyone to try.

 

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Bridge Sunglasses

Here in Portland we are all about bridges and our sunglasses should be no exception! These type of glasses are so stylish and a bit aggressive in a charismatic way, making them a great choice for a pair of shades.

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Small Shades

The 90's called, they want their sunglasses back!! Small sunglasses are making a comeback making old photos of Britney and NYSNC look less hilarious more relative.

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Round Frames

Round glasses have been trending but now with different takes on the classic shape, makes it difficult for everyone not to want a pair. Certain faces pull this look off better than others but try it out and let us know if they work for you, worst comes to worst you’ll look like John Lennon for a day.

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Oversized Aviators

Aviators are an American tradition but this year things are getting a bit more spicy. Different sizes and shapes of Aviators are being paired with colored lenses  including the ombré effect.

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Microblading: What is it!?

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Microblading is all anyone is talking about in the beauty industry and here at Lash and Beauty Lab we are so excited about this trend that’s here to stay.

Penciling on eyebrows has become a daily routine for many women and microblading eliminates that daily hassle, making it a crowd pleaser!

Microblading is a form of semi-Permanent Makeup that partially or fully camouflages missing eyebrow hairs. This procedure places fine pigments throughout your brows using stroking or shading techniques, giving the appearance of fuller eyebrows. This is prefect for those of us who want to change our brow look or perhaps have over tweezed in years past. With Microblading you’re able to redefine and reshape your eyebrows, the curtains to your soul!

Pricing for Microblading at Lash and Beauty Lab starts at $550 for your initial service and touchups range from $150 to $300 depending on how soon you return for your touch up. After your first appointment we ask that you come back within four to eight weeks for your first touch up. This one is the most important because the pigment naturally dissipates, depending on your skin type and this appointment allows for the color to truly be set. Sometimes certain skin type requires two or three of these follow up appointments while others only need one initial touch up. After that you can come in as often as you’d like, anywhere from eight weeks to two years.  Microblading requires so little maintenance and if done properly, looks so natural that it’s popularity is soaring. 

This service is semi-permanent which just means it lasts for a while but not quite permanently. Color is deposited in a layer of the skin leaving traces of pigment for a one to two years. Skin naturally sheds and renews so to keep the look fresh and full, touch ups are required.

 

This service is perfect for everyone!

 

If you have light hairs for brows:

I know a lot of people who are naturally blond or redheads love microblading! You’re able to add and enhance your shape and add pigments to your brows so they appear full and visible. 

If you struggle to grow eyebrow hair:

Microblading was designed for you! Its especially good to add to existing thin eyebrows for people who have over tweezed or took the thin brow look from 20 years ago and ran with it.

Its also a need to do for anyone who struggle with hair lose you have alopecia or anyone going through chemo, this procedure can be done in a way where strokes imitate brows, giving you an option more natural then penciling them each day without the fear of them sweating or washing off. Its especially good to add to existing thin eyebrows for people who have over tweezed or took the thin brow look from 20 years ago and ran with it!

If you have full brows: 

Full thick brows are trending and people are getting microblading done to achieve the thick untamed brow look seen on the catwalk of New York and Paris. So if your eyebrows aren’t as thick or as burly as you’d like them or you want brows that are obvious in a fabulous way, microblading is the best natural looking option. 

Everyone else:

For me, I just want to look as fabulous I can with as little effort! I have naturally thick and dark lashes but I still spend about 5 minutes each day meticulously placing brow pencil and brow pomades in a way that looks natural to enhance the shape of my brows. With Microblading adding even a few strokes and shading can make such a big difference and it truly allows the “I woke up like this” look without any regrets! 

Our Favorite Beauty Articles

The internet has become a platform for all things including beauty. With beauty bloggers, YouTubers, Instagram and Pinterest, it can be a bit overwhelming. Us ladies at Lash & Beauty Lab have a few favorites, here are some helpful blogs and articles to upgrade your look!


A list of all the trends happening now with visuals, I like to looks at articles like this incase I’m convinced to try something a little different…

https://www.elle.com/uk/beauty/articles/g32445/top-pinterest-beauty-trends-2018/

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credit: Elle.com

Most of us have had a bad haircut and some of us just want Disney Princess hair. Either way, everyone wants to know how to grow their hair faster, heres how…

https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/hair/how-to/a90/grow-your-hair-faster/

 

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photo credit: marieclaire.com

There are so many little tips and tricks that make a big difference when it comes to your beauty regime, heres a list to help ya out..

https://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/makeovers-tips/how-to-correct-8-common-beauty-mistakes#when-to-apply-perfume

 

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photo credit: realsimple.com

Who doesn’t want beach waves, a dewy face and magical skin…everyone wants to be a Mermaid, here are some tricks on how to give you the sexy Summer look.

https://laurenconrad.com/blog/2016/08/beauty-note-mermaid-beauty-tips/

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credit: laurenconrad.com

 

This is one of my favorite websites for all things beauty..

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credit: byrdie.com

Exfoliating is so underrated and is crucial for skin rejuvenation this is a detailed article about how, when and what to exfoliate.

http://stylecaster.com/beauty/exfoliation-guide/

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credit: stylecaster.com

Nail Art is so hot right now…here is some inspiration..

https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/g4532/spring-nail-designs/

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credit: marieclarie.com

If you haven’t had enough, this is a list of all the best bloggers to follow in 2018.

http://www.thefashionspot.com/beauty/579885-best-beauty-blogs/#/slide/1

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credit: thefasionspot.com

What's in my Makeup Bag?!

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Here are some of Lash and Beauty Lab's makeup must-haves...

 

Stila Kitten Allover Shimmer

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This is one of my most favorites!! I bought it before the dewy look was in and even now with all the highlighting products out on the market, it the best I’ve found! Its two toned so its a perfect for all skin tones and has a perfect consistency. I find some powdered highlighters can be a bit dry for my skin but this one has a soft, velvety feel. Its also has multiple uses, its perfect for highlighting, eyeshadow or just a bit of shimmer for a finished look.

$22.00 Sephora

 

 

 

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Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longer Foundation

I was a bit of a skeptic when Rihanna first introduced Fenty Beauty. I don’t think I wanted to like it because of all the hype surrounding it but I’m gonna have to agree with everyone on this one, the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longer Foundation is simply amazing. This foundation comes in 40 shades for all types of skin tones, its sweat resistance and has a soft matte finish. It's water-based which allows your skin to breath but it has a medium to full coverage depending on how much you build.

$34.00 Sephora

 

 

kELLLEY bAKER'S Highlighter Pencil

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This cream pencil highlighter for your brow bone is a game changer. This product highlights the brow bone in a subtle way which lifts and defines the brow and brightens the eyes. You apply this cream pencil right under your brow line,  then use the flat brush to sway back and forth, smudging and smoothing the product out, giving you a crips and finished look. This simple product gives your set of brows that celebrity factor.

 

$48.00 (with brush) kelleybakerbrows.com

 

 

 

Urban Decay Naked3 Pallet

 

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Rose gold is the hot color right now making this eyeshadow pallet a must. Urban Decay is known for their high pigmented eyeshadows and their #3 is Lash & Beauty Lab’s favorite! From pale, shimmery pinks and bronzes to deep black matte with micro-glitter, these colors are perfect for all skin tones and compliments any set of eyelash extension.

 

$54.00 Ulta

 

 

Xtreme Lash Liquid Eyeliner

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This is a new product by Xtreme and we have all fallen in love. This product is a double-sided, felt tip liquid eyeliner enriched with a lash-nourishing peptide. There’s an easy to control precision tip for filling in gaps along the lash line or for a thin liner look and theres a thick slated tip for creating a more dramatic look. This eyeliner stays on and doesn’t smudge until you take it off and its specifically formulated for eyelash extensions!

 

$32.00 Lash & Beauty Lab

 

PCA’s Sheer Tint SPF

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This tinted SPF is a product that just keeps on giving. PCA is Lash and Beauty Lab’s favorite skincare line and they have created this Sheer Tint SPF that’s formatted to improve the heath and appearance of your unique skin. It literally fixes your skin while protecting it and making it look polished! You can use this with your foundation, as a primer and it's perfect by itself for a soft day look. If you haven’t tried a tinted SPF, this Summer is the time to try it out.

 

$50.00 Lash & Beauty Lab

 

 

 

Tarte's Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer

 

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The world of bronzers can be overwhelming! There’s matte ones, glittery ones, creams and powdered but this one takes the cake. I have personally found that I like matte bronzers. There are so many products that have glitter added  in to them so when I’m contouring I prefer a matte finish so I can then go in with highlighters to add shimmer where I want. This bronzer is waterproof so it lasts all day and there are several colors to compliment your skin tone. Plus Tarte is known for its lack of chemicals and parabens so if you prefer the natural route, try out this bronzer!

                                                              $30.00   Sephora

 

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Xtreme Length & Volume Mascara

Eyelash extensions create a look that makes mascara unnecessary but for nights when I'm feeling extra saucy, I go for this mascara. This product is great for more drama for an evening out or to spruce your lashes the week before your next fill. Xtreme Length & Volume Mascara is specifically formulated to enhance and protect eyelash extensions! The brush on this mascara is lush perfect for coating your lashes with product without giving you clumpy lashes and ensuring your extensions are protected at the same time.  At Lash and Beauty Lab we carry this mascara for our clients with lash extensions but its also carried at Nordstrom due to it’s popularity!

 

$28.00 Lash & Beauty Lab

 

 

MAC Powder Blush

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MAC is a household name and they have a lot of great products but I refuse to buy blush anywhere else. They have over 40 shades so you’re able to find your desired color. I have two, one for the pale months and one for the precious sunny months in Portland. MAC powder blush has a perfect consistency that is buildable and comes in several finishes like matte, satin or shimmer. Plus this is one of the only blushes I’ve found that stays in place all day!

 

$23.00  MAC

 

 

The Best Lipstick Trends For 2018

Here at Lash & Beauty Lab lipstick we love to love beauty products, especially lipstick! Here are some lipstick trends that everyone is talking about for 2018.

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Ultra Violet

Pantone called it, Ultra Violet is the color of 2018 and lipstick shades have been no exception. Ultra Violet is one of those colors you might be unsure whether you can pull off but I say try it…you might surprise yourself. This shade of lipstick looks great on all skin tones, adding it to any look will show you’re confident as well as fashion forward.

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Nude

Nude tones are perfect way to add a simplistic yet sophisticated touch to any look. Nude lips look best when the color is one shade darker or lighter than your complexion, instead of an exact match.  Pair a nude or natural lip color with a brown or black smokey eye and you’ll have the ultimate date-night look.

 

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Berry

Berry colors like plum, deep pinks and burgundy are perfect for all types of skin tones. Colors in this shade pairs well with a simple day look or is a great choice of color for a bronze eyeshadow. Colors in this hue makes you look put together in an effortless way. The right shade can bring out the pigments in your skin, perfect for these sunless months.

 

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Natural

Skin is in for 2018 so lipsticks that are similar to natural lip colors are making their way to the top of the popularity list. Some of us aren’t blessed with naturally pigmented lips but adding a deeper blush pink or mauve lipstick to enhance your lip pigment is a great choice for those of us wanting a more natural look. My favorite shades are just a shade dark and pinker than my lip and your an go matte or glossy for this one.

 

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Orangy Red

Everyone knows red is a classic lipstick color and its here to stay but taking an old classic and adding a twist of pizazz is always more fun. An orange red hue is perfect with a doe-eyed, long lash look, a bit of a throw back to the seventies and perfect for eyelash extensions with no need for any other makeup. A pop of color on a natural look is so in… making this lip color a no brainer.

 

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Glossy

Look out matte lips…shiny ooey gooey lips are in and making a comeback. High gloss lips used to be the go to look for the younger crowd but now lip gloss has been seen all over the runways late last year is here to stay in 2018. I love pairing my favorite lip color, bold or muted with it a sheer or clear lip gloss to give it that bit of drama.

HOW TO: Make Your Lashes Last Longer

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1. Brush and clean them at least once a day

Its important to brush them and clean them to remove debris and it also helps to keep them from crossing or tangling. When cleansing use a lint-free cotton and oil-free makeup remover that is formulated for eyelash extensions. Whether you’re brushing or cleansing your eyelash extensions, use a downward stroke from base of your lash line to the tip of your lashes.

2. Be Gentle

This is a big one! Make sure to treat your eye area extra careful so no rubbing, picking or pulling. Try to avoid rubbing your eyes with your fingers all together if you can. Not being careful with your lash extensions can pull at your natural lash hairs and cause loosening of the bonds in the adhesive.

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3. Sleep on your back

Stomach sleepers, I’ve got some bad news… sleeping with your face pushed into your pillow can cause your extensions to fall out rapidly. Instead, try to sleep on your back, so your lashes can stay untouched while you snooze. At Lash and Beauty Lab we sell sleeping masks in store that are risen, 3D shaped around the lash area to help protect your lashes.

 

 

 

4. Use a coating product

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A coating or sealing product used once or twice a week helps to protect the bond that holds a synthetic lash to your natural lash. Using this product will make your lash extensions last longer because of the protective barrier created between your lashes and oils, perspiration, dust and debris.

5. Don't use products not formulated for lash extensions

When it comes to most makeup, any kind is just fine for your lashes with a few exceptions. Eyeliner in a pot or applied with a brush tends to coat the lashes, causing them to fall our prematurely so we recommend using a eyeliner formulated specifically for lash extensions. Another product that is horrible for lashes is waterproof mascara. We carry a mascara in store that was developed for lash extensions.

6. Get a touchup every 2-4 weeks

No matter how careful you are with your eyelash extensions, you will naturally loose them over time due to your natural lash cycle and lifestyle. We recommend coming in every few weeks to fill your lash extensions. 

FAQ: our answers to your common lash extension questions

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What are lash extensions?

Eyelash extensions are individual strands of synthetic or mink fibers that are replicated to look like a natural lash. The extension is applied individually to each single strand of your natural lashes, one by one. When applied properly, lash extensions feel and look completely natural because of the accuracy and placement of each lash.

Are eyelash extensions safe?

Yes. When applied correctly eyelash extensions are completely safe. The procedure is pain free and the extensions are feather light, so they will not disturb your natural lashes. We also use a medical grade adhesive that is applied to your natural lash about 1mm to 2mm away from your eyelid and use only the needed amount to ensure multiple lashes aren’t stuck together. You can definitely find horror stories online about lash extensions but like many things, this is why it’s so important to go to a professional with a good reputation.

How long do lash extensions last?

It varies but with proper care lash extensions can last 4-6 weeks. Everyone has a different lash growth cycle and over time oils and your day-to-day routine will cause lashes to fall out. We recommend getting a touch up every 2-4 weeks to ensure that your lashes continue to look as full. If it’s a one time thing or you choose to no longer have them, they do look a bit uneven toward the end of their timeline.

Can I exercise, swim, shower or get a facial while wearing my eyelash extensions?

Of course! You can live life normally with lash extensions but we do ask that during the first 24 hours after they’re applied you keep them as dry as possible to ensure that the adhesive dries properly. However, oils break down the bond so avoiding those around the eye area is important. In addition, continual use of saunas or certain types of facials or hot yoga may shorten the longevity of your lash extensions. Clients that do this regularly usually choose to come in more frequently for a fill.

How often do I need a touch up?

Every 2-4 weeks is what we recommend but it truly depends on the person. Each person’s lifestyle and natural lash cycle are different which will determine how often a fill is needed to achieve a full lash look.

How long does the application take?

Your first visit will take 1-2 hours to ensure a full consultation but varies depending on the amount of lashes you’ve made your appointment for. Your lash fill appointments will be about an hour but may vary depending on which style of lashes you have. Volume lashes take more time.

Do I have to do anything to prepare for my first appointment?

No. Although it does help to have no eye makeup on when you arrive, we can always remove it before we begin. We do ask that you avoid any oil treatments around your eyes a few days prior to your appointment.

Can I wear makeup with my lash extensions?

Yes, definitely. As far as makeup you are free to use whatever you’re used to with a few exceptions. When it comes to anything that might touch the lash line like eyeliner, we suggest to products without oils that are formulated for eyelash extensions.  We carry several types of award winning eyeliners and a fabulous mascara that is created specifically for lash extensions which some people like for a night out or to help fluff their lashes when a fill is needed. 

What is the difference between Volume lashes and Classic lashes?

Classic lashes are when one synthetic lash is attached to one of your natural lashes for a 1:1 ratio. This look is very natural and comfortable and for many people achieves a dolled up or mascara look, adding length and thickness. Classic lashes come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Volume lashes involve taking 2 or more thinner and lighter lashes and applying it to one of your individual natural lashes. This style of eyelash extensions can create a more dramatic and full look. This method is great for people with very few natural lashes or have bald spots on their lash line. We also recommend this look for those of you used to wearing false lash strips.

Here in Portland, at Lash and Beauty Lab we also offer a Hybrid set which is a combination of both the Volume and Classic set of eyelash extensions. This look is for those who don’t want an extreme look but might need a little more volume than the Classic style offers.

 

 

 

The Experience: What Is It Like to Get Lash Extensions

Lashes, lashes, lashes, we all want them but how does getting lash extensions work? This is for anyone considering getting eyelash extensions or even if you’re just curious about them.

For first timers at the Beauty Lab we ask you to come in a few minutes before your appointment so we can get all the boring stuff out the way. We have you sign a simple intake sheet where we ask a few questions about you and if/when you’ve had lashes before. We want to make sure you don’t have any allergies and give you information about how our pricing works for touch ups. Most places that do lash extensions in Portland, Oregon will require the same in some fashion. Once we have you signed in, your lash technical awaits..now the fun begins.

One of our lovely ladies will greet you and bring you back to their lash room where a consultation will begin. This is where you want to tell your lash artist the look you’re hoping for. Do you want Cat eyes? Do you want a more modest mascara look? Would you prefer enjoy a fluffy feathery look or maybe you just want us to make your lashes more fabulous than Kim K’s… It’s really up to you! The best part is that you’re not committed to that look, on your next visit for a lash fill…we can always change it up.

Sometimes we have people ask us to make sure they look natural… if applied correctly your lashes should always present as natural, even if they’re an extreme difference. Lash and Beauty Lab really prides itself in making sure your eyelash extensions look natural and like an extension of your own lashes, pun intended.

After your consultation, you’ll lay down on an esthetician's bed where the process will begin. Your technician will assure that you’re comfortable and will begin to prepare your eye area. We cleanse the area, removing any make up or oils and will put a protective layer under your eye. 

For my first time, I remember being a little uncomfortable for a couple minutes because I wasn't used to having someone touch my eye area. I mean besides your Optometrist, who really gets up in there? Once you get used to that initial anxiety most people find it to be so relaxing they fall asleep while others say it’s their therapy session, we don’t mind…tell us all your goodies.

Your lash technician will examine your lashes and take in to consideration your desired look when they pick out which types of lashes to apply and where. You might have heard there are different lash curls, Js, Ls, Cs and D’s but choosing which one is right for you is part of your lash technician's job. They will decide what will achieve the look you want with your existing eyelashes.

Just like any part of your body, your lashes are unique. Some people have crossed hairs, blonde hairs, tons of lashes or not very many and it all depends on genetics, ethnicity and age. For some people a set of 50 lashes is a lot because they have little light hairs for lashes while others have naturally dark and thick hair so a set of 90 lashes in a long length might be necessary to achieve a noticeable difference. Man will book a set of 50 or 70 to see what it looks like and then add more on your next visit if they desire a more dramatic look.

For your first time it will take about one hour to two hours depending on set of eyelash extensions you’re receiving, more lashes takes more time. Applying lash extensions is a very delicate and persist job. During the application we use a very small amount of medical grade adhesive similar to ones used in a dentist office, it’s completely safe to have close to your eyes and to breath in…so not to worry! The process involves placing one artificial lash to one of your existing lashes with a very small amount of adhesive, this is what makes them look and feel so natural.

Once she is done, your lash artist will reveal the new you which is the most exciting part for everyone. We get to see how much love them and you’re also able to let us know if theres something you don’t like, which is the rarity but we guarantee our work so you can rest easy. After checking them out, we’ll go over aftercare with you. This step is  pretty important because with proper care, you’re lashes will last longer.

Main things… no oils around the eyes and no excessive rubbing. We also show you all of our favorite aftercare products, no sales gimmicks but we do find that most cleansers, eyeliners and mascaras have some form of oils in them so we offer great alternative options. 

So you're lashed up and ready to go! You’ve joined the club of eyelash extension haver….Welcome! We’ll ask if you’d like to rebook but feel free to schedule online, we recommend coming in every 2-4 weeks to have them filled in.  Your first time getting them, takes a couple of days to get use to  since you have to be a little more delicate with your eye area than you might be used to…but we’ll teach you the best ways to handle them. 

Eyelash extensions are completely okay for the heath of your natural lashes. They are one with your natural lash so if applied properly, no harm is done. I’ve had mine consistently for several years and we have clients that have had them for a decade with no damage.

At the Beauty Lab we price our fills depending on the week you come in but we will always fill your lashes to the original look unless you’d prefer something different. Once you’ve paid for a set of 70 lashes, you’ll always receive that. A lot of places who do eyelash extensions in Portland, Oregon will ask you what intervals of time you’d like…a half an hour or a full hour fill your lashes but we don’t do it like that. It’s important to us to make sure no matter who you see, you’re guaranteed a complete and full look. Every technician goes at a different speed so we feel its more fair to you, ensuring you have consistency with each visit. Here at Lash and Beauty Lab we keep detailed notes on each one of our clients to ensure that whomever you see will create the look you loved. Want to try something different? Just let us know! We want to make sure you’re happy and your lashes are fabulous, thats our mission.

After your visit, we’re available for any questions or concerns…don’t hesitate! Lashes are exciting for any event but also perfect for a day to day look. Whether you’re a new Mother who doesn't have time for make up or glam queen that is sick of wearing strip lashes, whoever you are…lashes are addictive and sometimes life changing and in opinion, SO worth it.