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Lockdown baby,  thoughts of a covid preggo- Snippet 2

Lockdown baby, thoughts of a covid preggo- Snippet 2

As I approach the end of my pregnancy journey I wanted to share another snippet of LOCKDOWN baby ! I got my first vaccination and I must say I do feel relieved having gotten it. You can’t fight science lads!

Lockdown Baby

Lockdown Baby

Hello lash lovers! Well ! …… Lockdown has been in place since March 2020 and it has been a very worrying and financially stressful time for everyone, particularly the beauty and hospitality industries! As a lot of you may or may not know I actually 

Why do I need a patch test?

Why do I need a patch test?

Patch testing is required for certain beauty treatments. Getting a patch test is an important precaution for your health and safety. Many different products have ingredients to which you may have a sensitivity or allergy without you knowing. A patch test is a simple procedure that reassures clients of their safety and comfort before a treatment is performed.

Patch testing for treatments may differ for example for a lash or brow tint a little of each product to be used is applied to the clients skin, usually behind the ear or inside he elbow. Lash lifting has the same procedure.

Microblading or shading requires a patch test using the handheld tool with a little pigment on it to scratch into the skin gently.

Eyelash extensions however require 3-5 lashes to be applied to each eye – (the glue does not touch the skin )and also the use of the cleansing, priming and any other bonding products to be used. It is still inconclusive as to whether a client will react from having the full set of lashes on even if they didn’t react to the patch testing application but it is required.

A person can react to any of the above. If you have taken a break for over 6 months it is important to get your patch test done ahead of time. It is recommended that you have a patch test for eyelash extensions. Patch testing can be done 24-48 hours before your appointment.

How will I know if I’ve had a reaction?

Usually swelling & redness on the eyelid and itchiness indicate an allergic reaction or sensitivity and if this is the case we recommend seeing your GP.

Jacques Tange – Dutch Artist

Jacques Tange – Dutch Artist

Jacques Tange An incredibly talented and well known Dutch artist, Jacques was born in 1960 in Vlissingen, The Netherlands. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be an artist and was educated at the Academy of Arts in Rotterdam. Recognisable themes regularly 

Exclusive, Unique, Mexican design in your home

Exclusive, Unique, Mexican design in your home

Newlookfx is taking things in a New Direction, in collaboration with Volupt Art we’re bringing exclusive products to your home. After these strange times of the passed few months it has come to mind that its time to make a change! Newlookfx is changing, we 

Want long, luscious eyelashes? Here are some tips on how to encourage eyelash growth

Want long, luscious eyelashes? Here are some tips on how to encourage eyelash growth

When it comes to hair, nail and lash growth there are many factors which come into play. Our eyelashes have 3 growth stages, Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. Our eyelashes grow at different rates, this is why some weeks you’ll feel your lashes are very full or very long and at other stages they may seem to be appear more sparse.

The lash growth cycle

Anagen – ( Growth phase) Nourishment of the hair follicle via blood supply enables hair growth , this is the beginning and the ”baby lash” phase lasting 30-45 days

Catagen – ( Transition phase) Hair follicle detaches from nourishing blood supply a teenage lash phase lasting 2-3 weeks

Telogen – (Resting phase) Without nourishment the hair dies and falls out, this is the adult lash phase lasting 3-4 months

It’s difficult to tell what at which stage your lashes are unless you are a lash tech who can examine them close up. This is also the reason some lash refills can be done using longer eyelash extensions than at other stages in the cycle. For instance a baby lash cannot hold a very long eyelash extension as it will simply snap under the pressure, ( imagine a baby trying to lift a 1kg weight!) therefore your eyelash tech will only place an extension on the ones that are able to take it.

There ARE things we can do in our everyday lives to improve our natural lash strength and length!

  1. Diet – Eat foods rich in B vitamins such as salmon, almonds, spinach, sweet potato, mushrooms, cheeses. The active ingredients in most lash serums are Biotin and Peptides The conditioning ingredients hydrate and plump the lashes while peptides stimulate growth.You can also take biotin supplements – ideally in the morning time to aid energy levels throughout the day.

2. Exercise – Good circulation increases blood flow to our cells which in turn promotes waste removal, speeds up metabolism and renews our cells – i.e helps your hair, nails and lashes grow! You don’t have to be a gym bunny to incorporate movement into your day, there are loads of free youtube videos you can follow and one of my personal favourites is https://www.sanfranfitness.co.uk/

They have a wide range of classes available, short and longer videos . I love their bounce fit videos as the trampoline is so much fun and doesn’t put pressure on your joints! I also love to do the step classes to mix it up. An added bonus of exercise of course is weight loss, toning and of course a confidence boost!

3. Lash serums- you can buy eyelash growth serums online ( newlookfx.com) or make your own using:

1/4 part alcohol free aloe vera gel

1/4 part castor oil

1/2 part vitamin E oil – combine the ingredients in an empty bottle and brush through your lashes at night using a clean mascara wand. Wash this wand thoroughly after each use. Only use this particularly oily mixture when taking a break from eyelash extensions.

Handbag Essentials

Handbag Essentials

We all have those little bits and bobs we just cannot go without! What are yours? I for one always need : Lip Balm Cover stick *Perfume Mascara/ Lash brush Blusher We have at least one of these covered and that is PERFUME because who 

How to apply magnetic full strip lashes

How to apply magnetic full strip lashes

These lashes are available in different styles in our online shop. Whether you’re between lash refill appointments or just want a little extra oomph for the weekend. Perfect for weddings, parties, special occasions or to perk up your day to day make up look. Step 

Why choose Newlookfx?

Why choose Newlookfx?

The world is flooded with lash artists/techs so why choose newlookfx?

I am reliable – I will not let my clients down, if you book an appointment with me, that time has now been set aside for you and only you. I am punctual, organised and have excellent time management.

I am professional – I have a mobile lash set up which includes a comfortable beauty bed, a mobile headlamp, a carry case for my lash products, hygiene supplies and consultation cards. I will explain the process to you beforehand and as we are working on your lashes and make you feel as comfortable as possible. To create a relaxing atmosphere I bring soft music so you can listen and enjoy as we chat or simply drift off sleep.

I use high quality products – As with everything there are many different products from low price point to high available on the lash market. I myself use high end products such as expensive glues and primers which are less likely to cause an allergic reaction ( although in some cases this is unavoidable for some clients) .

As an animal lover I of course use cruelty free synthetic mink eyelash extensions this means they are made from a synthetic silk or pbt fibre. This gives a natural feel to the lashes unlike the old fashioned hard acrylic type.

What is PBT ?

Polybutylene terephthalate material, or PBT, is a texturized yarn fiber material. Plastics can be made into a variety of materials today, and PBT is a kind of plastic fiber with a natural stretch and recovery properties, similar to that of spandex. PBT is a member of the polyester family of plastic fibers.

I style your eyes to suit YOUR needs and personal preferences – Just as the same haircut or style does not suit everyone, the same can be said for lash styling! It’s not ”one size fits all”, there are many different types of styling from which to choose. You can see more info on lash styling here – https://newlookfx.com/how-to-choose-your-lash-style/

There are multiple curls such as J, B,C,CC,D,L and lengths from 7mm right up 16mm ( although on average most people’s natural lashes do not go any longer than 12mm) available. These curls can be mixed and placed in different areas of the eye to create different looks for each client. We will go through your wants and needs during the consultation process.

I care – I am a perfectionist, and have always had a keen interest in everything art and beauty related. Having worked in the creative and fast paced world of professional cookery for many years I really enjoy flexing my creative muscle when I work on my lash clients. The eyes are the windows to your soul and they deserve a beautiful set of curtains! I want you to leave your lash appointment feeling gorgeous and ready to take on the world. Your lash health is important and I will not apply lashes that are too heavy for your natural lashes or lashes that wouldn’t suit your eyes. I will not apply eyelash extensions if all you really need is a lash lift treatment ( This entails perming/ curling and tinting your already thick natural eyelashes)

I have heard stories of clients having had harrowing experiences that caused them discomfort and it put them off having eyelash extensions. This will not be the case with Newlookfx, I am gentle and application of lashes does not and never should cause pain!

So if you’d like to give lashes a first time try or another go contact me and we can organise your mobile appointment today!

How to Choose your Lash Style

How to Choose your Lash Style

There are so many different options out there when it comes to eyelash extensions: Firstly choose your full set type: Classic – One lash attached to each natural lash you have Hybrid – A more textured look using a mixture of 0.15 mm and handmade