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Stay glam! Caroline’s Lash Boutique locations offer all kinds of beauty services to get and keep you looking lovely! In these posts, we’ll share more about our fabulous beauty services and how they boost your look to the next level of gorgeous.

Why Colored Lashes Are the Perfect Special Occasion Accessory

We love festive holidays and special occasions, and the more color and sparkle involved, the better. Now that we’re all partied out after Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day is our next reason to celebrate. We’ll already be donning our favorite green attire, but what about a unique pair of themed lashes to match?

No need to get pinched on March 17! Caroline’s Lash Boutique is offering green tinted lash extensions just in time for the festivities. We’re proud to offer a wide variety of lash options year-round, including seasonal and custom colors. Now is the time to get into the Irish spirit!

Each colored lash set is made of synthetic, cruelty-free fibers that maintain a natural and comfortable feel. Because our lash extensions are applied individually to each existing lash, you decide whether you want to blend subtle style into a natural-toned set or go all out with a full set of bold color. You can even up the ante with sparkled or jeweled lashes, which add flirty flair when applied to the outer corners of the eyes.

Our clients often find themselves approached by people who want to know what kind of mascara they use… but no additional makeup is needed to achieve a beautifully curled and colored lashline! Colored lashes typically last as long as standard extensions (as long as your natural lash life cycle), while sparkled tips last for 3-4 days. You can simply follow the same care tips you would after a standard appointment, though we don’t recommend vigorous combing for sparkled lashes.

Pencil us in on your 2017 calendar! We’ve got all your favorite colors for every holiday or themed special occasion: jewel tones for Easter and springtime; red, gold, and silver for Christmas and New Year’s; pink and purple for Valentine’s Day; and we’ve even got Seahawks blue and green so you can show your team spirit when NFL season rolls around.

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5 Highlights of Mink Lashes

Are you tired of wrestling with false eyelashes in the morning? Do you wish you could have longer yet natural-looking lashes? For many who desire dramatic lashes, lash extensions are the best one-stop solution. When carefully applied in a professional salon, individual lash extensions are adhered to your natural lashes in a manner that won’t damage your actual lashes. As long as you go back in for touch ups every three to four weeks, these extensions can be maintained for up to three months. When it comes time to choose the right extensions for you, mink lashes are one of the most luxurious and natural-looking options.

1. Mink lashes are all-natural. Mink lashes are completely natural, soft, dark, and lightly curled. Because mink is a naturally occurring fur, it blends beautifully with natural lashes. Mink extensions are pre-treated before arrival to ensure cleanliness and curl. Real mink lashes give a more natural look to your extensions, as each lash is a different length.  

2. Mink lashes offer a glamorous, full look. Between the way they are styled and their careful application, mink lashes can give your lashes a sultry, glamorous look. Because of minor variations in length and color, they look as natural as your real lashes. When they are professionally applied, people generally will not be able to tell they are false. Even the nicest home lash extensions can be quickly spotted as fake by untrained eyes, but mink extensions give you full lashes easily.

3. Synthetic mink lashes are also available. Of course, not everyone likes the idea of using real mink fur. There are also synthetic mink lashes available, which seek to duplicate the color, texture, and curve of mink lashes without supporting the fur trade or aggravating those with fur allergies. There are several exceptional options, as mink has become the gold standard to imitate.

4. Mink lashes are lightweight. Because they are such light, natural hairs, mink lashes don’t weigh down your natural lashes when applied. This makes them feel and look light, feathery, and more natural.

5. Mink lashes are naturally dark. When these beauties are applied to your lashes, you won’t need to slather on the mascara to get that dark, voluminous, feathery look. There’s a reason they’re popping up on celebrities and beauty icons.

If you are looking for a local, professional lash extension application expert, make Caroline’s Lash Boutique your destination! We offer real mink and synthetic mink extensions, along with volume lashes and other top trends. Book your lash extension appointment today!

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Why Eyelash Extensions Are the Perfect Rainy Season Beauty Solution

If you have short, thin, or pale eyelashes, trying to darken and bulk them up can be a time-consuming, expensive, and overall frustrating process. Especially in the notoriously rainy Pacific Northwest, attempts to darken and lengthen your lashes can fall flat, or worse, end up staining your cheeks and your shirt with runoff mascara.

Even the most expensive waterproof mascara may run when soaked by a torrential downpour, making it hard to justify the expense involved. Thankfully, semi-permanent eyelash extensions are an effective, simple, and moisture-proof alternative that can last a full month or longer without the wet weather risk.

Temporary False Lashes Can Be Frustrating

You only have to accidentally glue an expensive designer set of temporary false eyelashes to your fingertip, the back of your hand, or your bathroom counter one time to know how aggravating trying to put on your own false lashes can be.

Many people don’t have the patience or the manual dexterity to get them perfectly situated, which can also be embarrassing if someone else notices a gap between your natural lash line and your false lashes, or, heaven forbid, one of your temporary false lashes comes loose while you are out and about.

Eyelash Extensions Have Staying Power

Because they are semi-permanent instead of temporary, eyelash extensions can continue to look as beautiful as the day they were professionally attached to your lash lines. Instead of a large, bulky line of attached lashes, professionally placed lash extensions are installed individually onto your existing lashes. This allows them to blend more naturally with your existing lashes and ensures good coverage in areas where your natural lashes are missing or thinner.

Once they are in place, you can basically forget about them for several weeks, as you won’t even need mascara to make your lashes the star of the show!

Eyelash Extensions Are a Low Maintenance Beauty Option

Once you have eyelash extensions, you can forget about that mascara and eyelash curler. In fact, you should avoid both, as they can damage or tug off your eyelash extensions. Water-based mascara is okay, but waterproof mascara and heavy-duty removers can compromise the adhesive used. Lash extensions are also surprisingly affordable, especially compared to the expense involved in purchasing designer temporary false lashes and designer mascara. If you’re tired of running mascara and disappointing false lashes, it’s time to upgrade to eyelash extensions!

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Caroline’s Complete Guide to Eyelash Extensions

Lash extensions are at the center of the lives of the ladies at Caroline’s Lash Boutique, and that kind of day-to-day interaction with something leads to a lot of knowledge! This is our complete guide to eyelash extensions, which we’re sharing so that you can become an expert about this  beauty treatment, too.

History of False Eyelashes

For centuries, women have been augmenting their looks with makeup, hair removal, wigs, and a variety of beauty treatments and techniques. Eyes have been a particular focus, as the windows to the soul and one of the most expressive and personality-rich feature of a woman’s appearance. In Ancient Egypt, women would darken the area around their eyes with a black cosmetic called kohl, and today, women use all kinds of eye makeup products to bring more color, depth, texture and attitude to their eyes.

False eyelashes have their own history in the world of beauty products, since long, thick eyelashes have been considered beautiful and feminine for centuries. As far back as the 1800s, women’s fashion magazines and books would advise on methods to lengthen one’s eyelashes, from trimming in order to encourage growth to recipes for pomade treatments. Parisian beauties in the 1880s went so far as to sew hair into their eyelids!

Seena Owen in "Intolerance".

Seena Owen in “Intolerance”. Photo source: Wikipedia Commons.

Luckily, painless false eyelashes were invented in the early 1900s when stylist Karl Nessler came up with a method of weaving fake eyelashes and eyebrows. He patented his idea in the U.K. and sold the cosmetics from his London salon. A woman named Anna Taylor patented her version of false eyelashes in the United States in 1911, and five years later, false eyelashes became a popular beauty trend when they were worn by actress Seena Owen in D.W. Griffith’s film Intolerance (a neat side note, Seena was born and raised in Spokane, WA!).

Methods for making and applying false eyelashes continued to develop through the 20th century, with advanced design styles for more variety. Early in the 21st century, the method of applying eyelash extensions one-by-one was invented in Japan or Korea (no one is really sure). These eyelash extensions felt and looked more natural and lasted longer, so they became really popular with celebrities like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lopez and Madonna. Then everyone else wanted lash extensions so that they could look like the stars, and since the beauty treatment was an accessible price, they got them!

Caroline of Caroline’s Lash Boutique was one of the very first (if not the first) beauty business owners to bring eyelash extension services to Seattle. Today, eyelash extensions are a common beauty service on the menus at salons and spas. But Caroline’s Lash Boutique focuses on eyelash extensions, alone.  

About Modern Eyelash Extensions

Although you can still find panels of temporary false eyelashes at the drugstore and costume shops, the lashes we use to enhance our day-to-day beauty or special occasion look are applied individually in a salon/spa setting by an experienced professional.

Eyelash extensions are made from a variety of materials including synthetic silk, polyester, human hair, and Siberian mink fur. At Caroline’s Lash Boutique, we only use synthetic mink and real mink. All of these materials are lightweight, which means they are comfortable and feel natural.

You can get eyelash extensions in almost any style, color, or amount of curl. Salons like Caroline’s will often allow you to purchase additional sets of extensions to make your look even more bold. We offer three different sets of lash extensions, from Flirty to Glamorous.


The Application Process

Drugstore false lashes are applied with a tiny strip of tape or sticky material that usually won’t last more than a few hours. These are fun and inexpensive accessories for a costume party or outlandish event, but they are not designed for the long term or everyday as you sweat, shower, swim, etc. Alternatively, eyelash extensions are individually attached to your natural eyelashes using a medical grade adhesive, so that they stay on until your eyelashes fall out naturally.

After selecting your lash extension set, your professional lash extension stylist will have you recline on a chair or cushioned table so that she can easily access your eye area. There will be small pads to be placed beneath your eyes to facilitate the application process. The stylist will then apply each extension hair-by-hair to your existing natural eyelashes. As you probably expect, this takes awhile to complete!


Why Should You Get Eyelash Extensions?

Aside from the obvious reason to get eyelash extensions (they enhance your beauty), there are several benefits of eyelash extensions:

  • Save time. Your typical daily beauty regimen probably includes a few mandatory items that you must apply before leaving the house, such as mascara. But what if you could roll out of bed and go after spending only a few short minutes in front of the mirror? Eyelash extensions eliminate the need for mascara, so that you can save a ton of time.
  • Cost-effective beauty. Women spend an average of $15,000 on beauty products throughout their lives, with almost $4,000 spent on mascara alone. With eyelash extensions, you can save on that cost as well as other beauty products, since your all-natural (plus lashes) look is effortlessly beautiful.
  • Customizable look. With so many styles, colors, and levels of glamour with eyelash extension options, your lashes can be totally tailored to the look and style you want.
  • Long-lasting advantages. You can enjoy all of the above benefits of lash extensions for several weeks


Now that you know the general advantages of eyelash extensions, here are some of the best reasons to get eyelash extensions:

  • Everyday luxe. Eyelash extensions are most commonly worn by women who want to augment their natural beauty. The result is definitely longer, thicker eyelashes that look like they might be your natural ones.
  • Special occasions. Lots of ladies come to us for lash extensions ahead of a special event where they want to look their absolute best. Common events are prom and weddings, but a special night out is just as good an excuse!
  • Costumes. Halloween is a busy time for eyelash extensions, since they add so much to that Marilyn Monroe or cat costume. For themed parties or holiday glam, don’t skip the eyelash extensions!
  • Pampering. We all deserve a little bit of this, and it’s important to feel good about how you look! Eyelash extensions can give you that extra confidence boost to be your beautiful self.


Tips for Caring for Lash Extensions

Although they definitely save you a ton of time getting ready in the morning, you do need to follow some special methods of caring for your lash extensions and tweak your skincare regimen a little bit so that they last as long as possible. First and foremost, avoid getting your new lash extensions wet for 24 hours after application, and avoid swimming and saunas for 48 hours.

For ongoing care, make sure your makeup remover is not oil-based or creamy, as these substances can weaken the bond of the adhesive holding your extensions onto your lashes. Never use an eyelash curler, and don’t perm or tint your lash extensions. If you want to glam up your look with mascara, only use a water-based type and stay away from regular and waterproof mascara. Try not to rub your eyes too hard and don’t attempt to pull your extensions off, because you’ll probably pull your natural lash out too, and it’s painful!

Are you ready for your eyelash extensions? Click here to contact us at our University District or Ballard locations!

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Romantic Lashes for Valentine’s Day

Look out for cupid’s arrow! Love is in the air this time of year with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Whether you have a long-term sweetheart or will be flying solo on the day of love, there’s no better time than now to bat those lashes. Caroline’s Lash Boutique provides flirty eyelash extensions perfect for your date night. The following styles are our favorites for Valentine’s Day:

Flirt Sets

Obviously we recommend this style for Valentine’s Day. These natural-looking extensions will add subtle length and thickness to your lashes to enhance those beautiful eyes. Our flirt volume set includes 30 fans and 60-120 lashes per eye. The mixed flirt set includes 15 fans and 30 classic lashes. Both options will make you feel flirty and confident for your hot date!

The Glamour

Looking for a bold, daring style this Valentine’s Day? Our glamour sets will take your lashes to a whole new level. This style works best for people with naturally dark or thick lashes to really make your eyes stand out. Choose between our glamour volume set with 200-400 lashes per eye or our mixed glamour set with 60 classic lashes and 50 fans. Look out, boys!

Signature Sets

You can never go wrong with Caroline’s specialty signature set. This look is a happy medium between the glam and flirt, with slightly fuller extensions that create great length and volume. Our mixed signature set includes 40 classic lashes and 30 fans, or choose the signature volume set with 120-240 lashes per eye.

We’re so excited to now be offering volume eyelash extensions just in time for Valentine’s Day! All of our sets can be upgraded to volume sets if you want the same style with more “oomph.” Come get romance-ready at Caroline’s before your big date night!

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