MUST HAVE APPS FOR BUSINESS BABES
Nowadays there is an app for EVERYTHING. I am sharing 5 tried and true apps that have made my business life easier! From spreadsheets to organizing photos I have hit all the bases with these apps.
This might be my favorite app yet! Ditto lets you create “keyboard shortcuts” and saves them right on your keyboard. I use this for my pricing, my new client message, and hashtags that I always use. It saves me so much time and allows me to reply to clients quick!
This app is exactly what it sounds like, a to do list! Is it just me, or is physically checking something off a to-do list so satisfying? You can create lists, set reminders, and stop forgetting things! I use this app in my personal life and business. A great example is to “Buy new adhesive” and repeat every 4 weeks.
My camera roll is a messy collection of eyelash photos and pictures of my puppy sleeping, but Collect lets me organize them into separate albums. You can add dates and notes which is perfect for remembering your lash maps for each photo plus you can add tags for easy searching. This app is advertised as a journal collection, but I love using it to keep my business organized.
4. Google Sheets
This might be an obvious one, but ever since I incorporated Google sheets into my business organizing things like inventory and income have become much more simple. I’m talking about hitting print when it comes to tax season! My favorite thing about this app is that it’s online and can be accessed from my phone or computer and automatically saves new information.
I have shared about this app before, but it applies here too! UNUM helps your plan your Instagram posts ahead of time. I like to set aside time to plan my posts and captions so that I’m staying consistent. If your feed has an “aesthetic” you can see how your pictures will look all together before committing to a post. Planning apps are a game changer!
HOW TO USE LUX LASH WASH
Cleansing eyelash extensions is the key to long-lasting healthy eyelashes. Cleansing is extra important during the summer months with extra sweating, swimming, and outdoor activities. There are a few options when it comes to using a lash wash. You can retail the wash and brush to your clients for take home use, you can have the wash available for your client at a “washing station” or you can perform a wash as a service for your clients. I recommend retailing the wash so your clients can keep up on cleansing in between appointments. However you slice it, the basic application of our Lux Lash wash is the same.
1. Apply a pump on the back of your hand or a half pump directly on the eyelids. If your clients are doing this themselves they will need to do one eye at a time.
2. Using a new brush for each client, work the foam cleanser into the lash line and all around the eyelid. Use gentle back and forth motions and small circular movements to get a deep clean!
3. If you are performing this as a service on your clients, have your client tilt their head to the side with a tissue to catch the run off and rinse each eye with mineral free water. If your clients are doing it themselves, leaning over a sink rinse the lashes or clean the brush of any foam and brush water through the lashes until all the cleanser is rinsed.
4. Pat and fan dry! Pat the eye to absorb excess water and fan dry to ensure those lashes are dry.
We have officially passed the “first day of summer!” Summer is my busiest season all around—work, traveling, social activities, and just life in general. I especially like to keep my beauty routine simple so I have gathered a few of my favorite summer beauty items + an extra must have. I hope you enjoy! Let us know what you can’t live without this summer.
1. Dry shampoo! I cannot live without dry shampoo and I never want to. Who has time to wash their hair? I have used a lot of dry shampoos and have accumulated quite the collection. My current favorite is the Design.Me Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo comes in a light and dark formula to better blend into your hair color. This. Stuff. Works.
2. Rihanna can do no wrong in my book and her Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick (say that 5x fast) is no exception. This is exactly what I meant when I said simple beauty routine. This comes in so many great colors—my favorite being chili mango. It’s perfect on the cheeks, lips, or even the eyes and it is so easy to use and so easy to travel with.
3. Whenever I travel, my skin care regimen gets forgotten. I have found a simple solution that doesn’t make my skin react. The Philosophy Cleansing Cloths are my go-to! I take these everywhere and I love feeling like I’m not totally neglecting my skin.
4. I religiously get my nails done, but I have to draw the line somewhere so I do my own pedicure and toenails at home! Any good polish job needs the right top coat and I have found the holy grail of top coats AND it’s fast drying. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat is the only top coat I need to make my toenails look shiny and complete.
5. Accessories are all the rage right now and I have fallen in love with the perfect summer accessory to make you feel like the beach babe of your dreams. Puravida makes the cutest summer jewelry and I especially love their ankle bracelets. I was gifted one of these and have been obsessed ever since.
6. The bonus “must have” is my favorite water bottle to date. Hydro Flask bottles and tumblers live up to the hype. I own a couple of these because that’s how much I love them. Anything that makes drinking water easier is a win to me!
If you’re a new artist, a seasoned artist wanting to try new products, or just restocking your inventory a kit is a great option! Our kits are bundled to give you a great price and makes getting everything you need easy. There are 3 kit options including Classic, Volume, and Essential. I am going to breakdown each kit so you know exactly what you’ll get.
The Classic Kit
Everything you need to do classic lashes is in this kit. Everything comes in a storage kit that is great for transportation or storage. If you are also attending our classic training a manual is included.
6 mixed length eyelash trays including C & D curls and .15,.18, and .20 diameters.
One set of tweezers for isolating and placing.
5 pairs of gel pads
10ml Premium adhesive
The Volume Kit
Everything you need to take the leap from classic to volume is in this kit. The volume kit also comes in a portable storage kit and comes with a manual if your attending a training.
4 mixed length eyelash trays including C & D curls and .07 and .10 diameter.
5 pairs of gel pads
10ml Pro adhesive
The Essentials Kit
This kit is great for first time Lash Essential users or someone needing a good restock. This kit is awesome because it is $95.00 worth of product for only $80.00. You can tailor the kit for classic or volume AND you get to choose between 3 different adhesives. The best part? This kit comes in the cutest carrying bag!
1 mixed length tray in C curl in .07 or .18 diameter
A choice between Premium, Pro, or Elite adhesive
5 packs of gel pads
1 set of tweezers either volume or classic
Buying your products in a kit will give you a good taste of our products and you’ll waste no time wondering what you do or don’t need!
GET TO KNOW YOUR LASH DIAMETERS
What is a lash diameter and why is it important? The diameter of a lash extension is the width or thickness of a single lash. The diameter is measured in millimeters and here at Lash Essential our thicknesses range from .03-.20. Understanding lash diameters will allow you to keep your client’s lashes healthy by not weighing down their natural lash and it will teach you how many lashes to put in one fan. Thinner diameters weigh less than thicker diameters. When it comes to volume lashing, the lighter the lash--the bigger the fan possibilities.
It’s important to know the weight of lashes by their thicknesses. It can be easy to think that two .10 lashes would have the same weight as one .20 lash but that is not how weight works. Below I have listed the weight of each lash thickness. I love referencing this information when considering my client’s lash health and comparing different fan dimensions.
these weights are from a 12mm length eyelash extension
.03 diameter.0003 mg.05 diameter.0006 mg.07 diameter.0010 mg.10 diameter.0015 mg.15 diameter.0029 mg.20 diameter.0051 mg2D .10 diameter.0030 mg3D .10 diameter.0045 mg3D .07 diameter.0030 mg4D .07 diameter.0040 mg5D .07 diameter.0050 mg4D .03 diameter.0012 mg4D .05 diameter.0200 mg5D .03 diameter.0015 mg5D .05 diameter.0025 mg6D .03 diameter.0018 mg6D .05 diameter.0030 mg
In this “why you will love” post I am talking about the DOE FOOT TWEEZER. I have been a fan of this style tweezer since the beginning of my volume lashing days and Lash Essential’s gold doe foot never lets me down!
This tweezer is beautiful and I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t a selling point for me. The shiny gold color is what tweezer dreams are made of. I’ve been using the gold tweezer collection for years and they still look as beautiful as they did when I bought them.
Besides the tweezer being aesthetically pleasing, the doe foot tweezer WORKS. It fans beautifully and has a reliable sweet spot. I love the tension I get when picking up a fan. It’s also lightweight which is what I look for in my placing tweezer.
When I first learned volume lashing, it did not come easy for me and I quickly learned that finding the right tweezer makes a world of a difference. Once I went doe foot I never went back!
Although these can be used for both classic and volume, if you are doing volume lashes you need this pair in your collection.
Beautiful, lightweight, hand tested for the best tension, and reliable. What more could you want in a tweezer? I use this tweezer every. single. day. And these are the reasons I know you’ll love the doe foot tweezer too.
As a full time lash artist AND a paying lash client, I know all the tips and tricks to being the “perfect client.” It’s always important to educate our clients on aftercare and how they should treat their lashes after they leave their appointment, but I have picked up a few extra habits that I not only do personally, but I also recommend to clients that are looking to go the extra mile.
Having a proper aftercare routine is something that every client should be doing and not just the “extra” clients. My favorite way to clean my lashes is with our Lux Lash wash because it’s simple and it works! My favorite lashes to work on our clean lashes!
If your anything like me, and only wash your hair every few days then you’ll understand when I say I like to schedule a “wash day” directly before a lash appointment. This is by no means necessary, but I know that if I shower and wash my hair the day of my appointment then I can easily go the full 24 hours without getting my eyelashes wet. clean hair and full lashes in one day, that is a win!
I always tell my clients to come to their appointment without eye-make up on, but it’s even better to be 100% makeup free. I prefer a makeup free face so that the eye pads and tape adhere properly and I don’t have to worry about my hands wiping away their makeup. As a client, I either plan to wear zero makeup on lash appointment days or I bring my makeup remover and clean my face before my appointment. Call me over the top, but I know my lash artist appreciates it!
This can be a tough one, but I don’t drink any caffeine on the day of my lash appointment. This one probably depends on the client, but I can tell when a client has just had their morning coffee. If you struggle with a client being jittery—recommend that they go without caffeine until after their appointment. A bonus tip would be to have less liquids in general directly before an appointment to avoid a mid-appointment potty break!
I can’t help but love a client that pre-books their appointments and even better if they schedule out more than one appointment. As a lash-obsessed client I know that I need freshly filled eyelashes before vacations or events so I will always pre-book!
And there you go, a few simple habits that make a big difference! What are some habits that you love to see your clients doing?
GET TO KNOW YOUR LASH PHASES
It’s finally spring! But what does that mean for our lashes/our client’s lashes? Shed cycles are faster in the summer months and it’s possible that you are already noticing your client’s shedding lashes more frequently. It is common to go through a heavier shed during the change of seasons. Knowing the different phases of lashes will help us better understand our natural lash cycles. By identifying which phase an eyelash is in we are able to apply the correct extensions for keeping lashes healthy.
Every lash is on its own cycle. There are three phases in the growth cycle, Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. Lets break it down:
Anagen Stage AKA the growth phase. In the anagen phase lashes are actively growing. Lashes continue to grow until they reach a specific length where they stop growing. At any given time, about 40% of lashes are in the anagen stage.
Catagen Stage is the transition phase of an eyelash. This is after the eyelash has reached it’s full length and is no longer growing. The eyelash is not actively growing, but the follicle is beginning to shrink. If a natural eyelash is removed or falls out during the catagen stage it will not start to re-grow until the phase is complete.
Telogen or resting stage is when the eyelash stays attached but does not grow. When an eyelash completes the telogen phase it will be pushed out by a new lash. Typically an eyelash in the telogen phase has a thinner and lighter base at the lash line.
As I mentioned above, changes in season can cause a lash shed and the warmer months create shorter lash cycles. Our lashes are constantly going through these three phases creating a lash cycle but other things such as hormones, age, and medication can cause a change in our lash cycles. Pay attention to your client’s lash phases!
SPRING BEAUTY FAVS
Spring has sprung (finally)! This week I am talking about all the things you need this spring. I know, I know it’s been spring around here for like 2 minutes but I’ve been pretending for weeks now and I already know what I won’t be living without this season.
1. Foot File
Every year I am the last person to start wearing sandals because my feet are never spring ready! Winter is so hard on my heels so I always procrastinate giving my feet the attention they deserve. Last year I discovered the Pedi Perfect Foot File and it was a game changer. It is so easy, quick, and effective in smoothing out dry heels. No procrastinating this spring because my feet are ready to go.
By the time winter finally ends, I am well out of the habit of wearing sunscreen everyday. Well, it only took one sunny day and one painful sunburn to remind me of the sun’s strength. Saving my skin is so important to me so I stock up on all the sunscreen I can. My fav sunscreen because it’s cute, it smells good, and it works is Sun Bum.
3. Hair Accessories
I have previously written about hair accessories being one of my beauty must haves, but the trend is still here! Right now it’s all about barrettes, clips, and pins. My 90’s heart is kind of loving everything about these. These accessories are blowing up and can be found all over, but I have linked some of my favorites here, here, and of course here.
4. Cuticle Oil
I have been religiously getting my nails done for years now and my favorite part is when they use this rose cuticle oil. I love it so much I had to get my own bottle for extra at-home use. Whether its from yard work, swimming, or just being outside more my hands and nails take a beating this time of year. I can’t recommend using a cuticle oil enough!
5. Brow Definer
I have loved this brow definer for a long time now and trust me when I say, I’ve tried a lot! This is a favorite through every season, but in the spring and warmer months I wear less makeup in general so a quick brow routine makes me feel complete. (Well, brows plus my eyelashes obviously).