Sunday, 29 October 2017

Nouveau Lashes SVS Lash Treatment Review - Before & After

It's no secret, I love a Nouveau Lash treatment. I've waxed lyrical about my love for the incredible, 'LVL Lash Treatment' which you can read a similar Before & After style review of here. So when I was invited to Doll House Dubai to try Nouveau Lashes' latest, revolutionary lash treatment, SVS Lashes, I was absolutely thrilled!

Nouveau Lashes SVS Lash Treatment Review - Before & After

What are SVS Lashes?

SVS stands for Speed, Volume and Style and is Nouveau Lashes' latest, customisable eyelash extension treatment. It's designed to give you thicker, fuller lashes in less time than their traditional lash extension treatments. 

What does the treatment entail?

Before the treatment starts, your lash technician will sit with you and discuss what style of lash extensions you wish to go for. There's lots of different 'looks' to choose from, from full 'cat-eye' glam to a more natural, softer finish. With the advice from my technician, I decided to go for an 'open eye look' which consists of applying the longest lashes in the centre portion of my eye and tapering outwards to the inner and outer corners, with the smallest lashes being right on the inner and outer sections. This technique is designed to really lift and open up the eyes, making them appear larger. 

The lash extensions come in a variety of different lengths and curls and your technician will be able to decide which ones to use depending on the look you want. (For reference, we chose D curl lashes with the lengths tapering from a 12 in the centre portion of my eye, through to an 8 on the inner and outer corners.) 

Once we had decided upon the style of lashes that would suit me best, it was time to lie back on the bed and close my eyes ready for the treatment. 

Note: It's best to arrive without any eye makeup on so that your technician can get started right away and doesn't have to waste time removing any stubborn mascara. 

My lower lashes were covered and pinned down out of the way - this isn't painful or uncomfortable, it just feels a little strange at first. The technician then set about applying the extensions to each of my individual, natural lashes using a specially designed glue. What's different about the SVS lash extensions is that each 'lash' is a superfine, lightweight cluster of three varying length lashes - so rather than the traditional method of applying a single lash extension to each natural lash, the SVS style lashes add more volume per lash, giving a much fluffier and more natural-looking finish. 

I had to keep my eyes closed throughout the treatment, which took about 2 hours to complete. I have a lot of lashes and wanted a really fluffy effect so it took quite a bit of time to get the exact look that I wanted; however SVS treatments can take as little as 45 minutes, depending on each individuals lashes and needs. 

Once the lashes are done, you're good to go. You'll need to avoid getting them wet for the first 24 hours but then after that you can shower and clean your face as normal, although you should stick to an oil-free eye makeup remover because this can break down the lash glue and damage the extensions. 

Before & After

Nouveau Lashes SVS Lash Treatment Review - Before & After
Nouveau Lashes SVS Lash Treatment Review - Before & After

As you can see, the difference between my natural lashes and the finished look is absolutely astounding. These photos were taken right before and right after my SVS Lash treatment so you can really see the impact that the extensions have. 

SVS Lashes are designed to last 3-4 weeks, depending on your natural lash cycle and how well you take care of your new lashes. As each natural lash sheds, you'll lose that extension; however due to the nature of the SVS extensions and their fluffier, cluster style, lost lashes don't leave huge unsightly gaps. In fact, I'm almost 3 weeks in and whilst I have lost quite a few of my extensions, I still really love the effect that they give. 

If you want to maintain your lash extensions, you'll need to get them filled in every 2-3 weeks, replacing the lost extensions by applying fresh extensions to each new natural lash. 

So final thoughts...

I absolutely LOVED my experience with SVS Lashes. They made getting ready so much easier because with the extensions, I didn't feel like I needed to do an awful lot with my makeup. There's no need to apply mascara and I often forewent eye shadow and eye liner because my lashes gave me all the glam I really wanted and needed. My only criticism is that when I did wear heavy eye makeup, it was a little harder to remove than normal because you have to be careful not to scrub your eyes. As I didn't wear heavy makeup often, this wasn't a huge problem for me but it did mean that there were moments when I felt like I couldn't really get in and clean my lashes as much as I would have been able to do previously. That aside, it absolutely would not stop me from getting SVS Lashes again. They make such a huge difference to my appearance and I love the freedom of not having to worry about applying mascara or strip lashes when I want to look glam. 

To learn more about SVS Lashes or to find out where you can get yours done, visit the Nouveau Lashes website. 

Have you ever tried lash extensions? What are your thoughts? 


Monday, 9 October 2017

The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge - The UAE's First Completely Green Ladies Salon

If organic, cruelty-free and vegan beauty treatments are your thing then you're going to want to stick around and learn about The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge - The UAE's first completely green ladies salon. 

The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge - The UAE's First Completely Green Ladies Salon

Founded in 2010 by  Leena Al Abbas, an Emirati business woman whose passion for living a green lifestyle and her love of beauty led her to open up The Organic beauty Lounge and through it, educate women about the benefits of using toxic-free, eco-friendly and cruelty-free products that are safe for everybody to use. 

Located in Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) in Oudah Tower, The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge offers a wide range of treatments, from ammonia-free hair care and sugar hair removal, right through to relaxing massages, fresh facials and toxic-free nail services. There really is something to suit everyone, with the salon also boasting packages and treatments for pregnant ladies and 'Eco Angels' (children) too. 

The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge - The UAE's First Completely Green Ladies Salon

The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge - The UAE's First Completely Green Ladies Salon

The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge - The UAE's First Completely Green Ladies Salon

The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge - The UAE's First Completely Green Ladies Salon

I went along last week to try out their bestselling Organic Glow Fresh Date Facial - A facial centered around the 'Wonder Fruit of Arabia!' Dates are synonymous with Arab culture and are rich in natural fibres, vitamins and minerals, all of which create a luxurious facial treatment. Plus, they also smell incredible!

The Date Facial started with a rose water cleansing and was followed by an exfoliating brown sugar scrub. A facial steamer was used to gently open up my pores and allow for a deeper cleansing, which whilst having benefits for the skin, also felt super relaxing. 

After the steam and an additional cleansing, it was time for an aloe vera, anti-aging cream which was carefully massaged into my skin. Whilst that was working its magic, Meseret, my therapist, gave me a relaxing scalp, arm and hand massage and was brilliant at answering my questions and explaining how The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge make many of their products in-house and fresh for each client on the morning of their treatment. It was clear to see that she was knowledgeable and passionate about organic, green skincare and I truly felt like I was in good hands. 

Next it was time for the date face mask to be applied - it was sweet and sticky and I had to resist the temptation to sneak a taste with my tongue. The lights were dimmed and Meseret left the room so that I could relax whilst the mask sat on my skin for 10 to 15 minutes. I was also given a cooling cucumber eye mask to revive my tired eyes, reducing puffiness and basically making me look like I hadn't stayed up all night scrolling Instagram. Result. 

After the mask was removed and a final cleanse of my skin done, a hydrating moisturiser was applied to my skin and I was good to go. The entire treatment took around 60 minutes. 

The big reveal was when I stepped out of the dimly lit treatment room and immediately rushed over to the salon's huge, floor mirrors to check out my face - I expected it to be red and blotchy as my skin is quite sensitive and that's usually the case whenever I have a facial; however I was gobsmacked - my skin was glowing! 

For the rest of the day I was told to leave my face and not apply any makeup or products if I could help it, to ensure that I got the best possible results from my treatment. It was hard to not keep touching my face as it felt incredibly smooth and soft, and I just couldn't believe how clean and clear my skin looked. That evening I did lightly cleanse my skin and apply a little bit of my usual moisturiser and it's safe to say my skin was still looking radiant the following day. I was thoroughly impressed. 

If you're looking for a bells and whistles salon in Dubai, this probably isn't for you as it isn't crammed with gadgets and fancy products, however, what The Organic Glow Lounge really makes a name for itself on is its admirable approach to caring for the environment and providing its customers with a wholesome, natural approach to beauty. The staff are warm and friendly and are keen to make you feel welcome, the decor is fun and quirky, full of reclaimed and recycled materials, and from the minute you step through the door, there's a genuinely positive atmosphere that is hard to beat. 

In addition to their huge list of organic and eco-friendly spa treatments, The Organic Beauty Lounge also give you the chance to continue your spa experience at home by offering you the opportunity to purchase some of their handmade products and organic gift hampers - For more information visit their product page on the Organic Glow Beauty Lounge website or email or to view their treatment list and to book an appointment visit or call 800 6425

The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge - The UAE's First Completely Green Ladies Salon

Thank you very much to The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge for having me and no doubt you'll be seeing me again very soon! 
I was invited to The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge to sample their Organic Date Facial; however all words and opinions are my own. 

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