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

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Hair Raise

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This is definitely for those of us who spend a small fortune (and are happy to do so) on their beauty routine. This will be a trifle for you types but for a mere $605, Guerlain’s Serenissima Absolute Skincare Concentrate is the word on ultra, ultra skin care. This product is a high-performance moisturiser that contains their famed blue/gold essence. This product will apparently suit anyone who wants to prevent or even deter any signs of ageing. Put simply it replenishes the moisture content in the skin by smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. We reckon anything that slows the ageing process is well worth it!

Issey perfect

If you are a committed Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey devotee then you are going to love his long-awaited bodycare line. Check out his Soothing Night Fragrance ($100). Rub this all over your body before you crawl into bed and you are promised a restful and sweet scented sleep. Can’t ask for more than that can you?

The eyes have it

Haven’t you always been told that your eyes are the windows to your soul? If this is the truth, then why not splurge a little on eye care. You’d better hurry and grab Olay’s brand new Revitalizing Eye Gel, ($16.99). This little jar of magic contains provitamin B5, cucumber and witch hazel extracts, which will leave the skin around your eyes looking smooth and wrinkle free.

Get Scrubbing

The golden rule in when it comes to applying fake tan is to scrub beforehand. Scrubbing leaves the skin clean and will ensure its suppleness and softness stays even after the fake tan is applied. We suggest Crabtree & Evelyn’s Reviv Salt & Honey Scrub, ($19.95). It literally leaves your skin smooth as silk and smelling exactly like honeycomb. Almost good enough to eat!