SHESAID Roadtests Cherry Blooms Fibre Lash Extensions

If you’ve ever wished you were a natural blonde, this may cause a rethink: whenever I don’t tint my eyelashes darker or wear black/brown mascara, people think I’m sick.

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Yep, the hair on my head may be naturally fair (although I’ve had to lighten it over the years, too), but I look like an albino without eye makeup. “OMG what is that thing!?” people have been known to cry upon seeing (or not seeing, to be accurate) my naked, blonde eyelashes and eyebrows (OK, not quite).

As a result, I became obsessed with trying the latest and greatest mascaras and now, the wonderful invention of eyelash extensions. And so it was that I agreed to test-run the Cherry Blooms Australia Brush On Fibre Lash Extensions In 60 Seconds, $69 (pictured), at fab, new beauty etailer Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

This baby promises to thicken and extend your natural lashes by up to 300 per cent. Even better, there’s no yucky industrial-grade glue, no mess, no fuss and no irritation – just two products to apply in three steps. The result: instant eyelash extensions in 60 seconds!

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So, how does it work? You first apply a generous coating of Transplanting Mascara Gel to clean, dry eyelashes.

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Next, you quickly apply the Fibres before the gel dries, brushing your eyelashes to the ends just as you would a normal mascara, but taking extra care not to get the fibres to close to your eyeball.

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And finally, step three is to seal the lashes with another coat of the Transplanting Mascara Gel to lock them into place. Voila!

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It’s all about the product’s high-potency beeswax, which helps the fibres stick to the lashes to make them stay put all day. The beeswax also has high moisturising properties, acting as a leave-in conditioner for your lashes, and is said to even stimulate lash growth, so you can wear it on its own.
And if Beyonce-style showgirl lasses are your bag, you can even repeat the three-step process for a more dramatic look.

The result? I was pleasantly surprised by my new, more voluptuous, longer and thicker eyelashes (NB: that’s not me in the model pictures, above) – it’s not too OTT either, a more natural, lightweight look you could easily try to pull off as your own peepers. “Yes, I woke up looking like this”.

Another thing that impressed me about the Cherry Blooms eyelash extensions is that they’re very easy to remove – all you need is warm water, which causes the lashes to soften and melt without hideous panda eyes. They’re also all natural and non-toxic and so suitable for those with sensitive eyes and contact lenses.

Cherry Blooms also claims the lashes are water-resistant, so won’t smudge or run and are cry-proof, laugh-proof and sweat-proof too. Not that I was about to sweat on them – I took mine straight out for a night on the town, batting my pretty, new eyelashes at anyone within sight.

Purchase them via www.luluandlipstick.com. And for more information, visit www.CherryBlooms.com.au.

Eyelash images via cherryblooms.com

Beauty Tips For Party Season

Party girl glamour

Keeping things simple is the key to going swiftly from desk slave to dancefloor diva. Here?s our recommendations for looking and feeling great this holiday season!

Body language

Party princesses need perfect skin all over, especially if you’re flashing a lot of flesh in a sexy backless number. Apply Bloom’s Aloha Shimmer Body Cream ($20) on shoulders, arms, legs and d?colletage for luxurious moisture and a glamorous, all over glow.

Being a dancing queen all night can be hard work on your feet, so make sure you pay special attention to your tootsies this party season. Summer shoes mean feet on display, so give cracked heels and rough edges the flick. Soak your feet in David Jones Foot Soak ($12.95) and your feet will feel like they?ve just had a half hour massage. Essential for high heel loving chicks like the SheSaid beauty team.

Give tired, less than fresh smelling feet a treat with David Jones Foot Talc ($14.95). Looks like a moisturiser but turns to powder once applied, cool huh? But what?s really cool is the menthol and essential oils that refresh and deodorise this often neglected body part! From David Jones nationally.

Lip service

Want juicy lips and enough cash left in your wallet to by a round of Lychee martinis? Choose Face of Australia cosmetics for top quality, value for money lip gloss in a sensational range of colours. Lipglaze is easy to apply, is packed with vitamin E and jojobo oil and comes in 11 delectable colours. Our picks for summer South Yarra – Warm Apricot, Kings Cross – Blackberry with Sparkle, Darling Harbour – Strawberry Shimmer. $8.95 from Big W, Priceline, K-Mart and Coles stores nationally.

Nutrimetics Endless Shimmer Lip Gloss ($15.95) gives your lips a freshly licked sheen that will work a treat with your golden summer glow ? faked, of course! Available in pink and white, a quick slick of this glossy wand is all you need for pearly shine and moisture this summer. For more info call 1800 732 233.

Seeing eye to eye

Light and compact in size, Lash Wand from Aussie co ModelCo, is a must-have for every beauty junkie?s handbag. Celebrities love it and it?s no wonder ? perfectly curled, glamour-puss lashes can be yours in seconds. Stockists 02 8354 6700 or www.modelco.com.au

Get a whole new look this summer with cosmetic contact lenses from FreshLook. Your friends will be green with envy! Available in three exotic shades – Pacific Blue, Sea Green and Caribbean Aqua. For more info ask your optometrist or visit www.freshlook.com.au.