Have you ever wanted to walk the red carpet? Does the idea of having your own personal ‘glam squad’ send you into daydreams of the beautiful life from the confines of your cubicle? Well, I’m here to tell ya- Hollywood glamour is right around the corner…
I recently had the pleasure of spending a few bliss-inducing hours with Kimberly McCabe at Bangs Salon in Centerville. Kimberly is an Xtreme Lash Stylist. Yes, Lash Stylist. I always thought I was blessed with pretty darn great lashes. I loved trying out new mascaras, and prided myself on being the go-to girl for my friends smokey eye technique troubles and lash definition dilemmas. Little did I know that Kimberly was about to open my eyes (pun intended) to a new world of lash-liciousness.
Being a 16 year vet of the beauty industry and successful salon owner, Kimberly was always on the lookout for new ways to help clients take beauty to the next level. She stumbled upon Xtreme Lash Extensions and, with a little skepticism, decided to learn more. In doing so, she was instantly smitten and became so passionate about lashes that she decided to sell her salon to her business partner and take the lash world by storm! Since that time, she was chosen by the founder of Xtreme Lashes, Jo Mousselli, to accompany her to the 2010 Academy Awards to provide the starlets with their lash extensions, as well as becoming a National Certified Xtreme Lash Trainer.
Admittedly, although I was impressed with her experience, I just wasn’t sure if I really needed lash extensions. Always up for an adventure, I decided to give it a go. I met Kimberly at Bangs and got settled in on the comfy table. I was instructed to come with a clean face (no makeup?!?!?) so I was relieved that I made it there without the trauma that leaving the house “undone” could cause. She placed cool, moisturizing gel pads over my bottom lashes and let them work wonders on my under-eye area while I was relaxing and my upper lashes were prepped for the extensions. I couldn’t see what was going on (mostly because I was on my way to catching some zzzzz’s) but Kimberly did a great job of telling me step by stop what she was doing. Using tweezers, she singled out individual lashes, then chose an appropriate length extension and adhered it to my natural lash. Fast forward an hour- I woke up from a relaxing nap, almost forgetting that I was having a beauty treatment done. One look in the mirror and WOW!!!!!!! I was literally taken aback at what a difference the lash extensions made. The fact that I had on NO makeup was not even noticeable. My eyes were defined by long, luxurious lashes that really made my golden-brown eyes pop. Kimberly pried me away from the mirror and sent me on my way with makeup remover and mascara that were safe to use on the extensions and wouldn’t break down the adhesive. Behold- a lash addict was born.
I knew I was amazed by my new obsession, but was curious if friends and family would notice. Let me tell you, the compliments just started rolling in. “Your eyes look great”, “do you know how lucky you are to have such long eyelashes?”, even the ‘guys’ commented on how great they looked. What guy do you know that notices eyelashes? That’s how awesome they are. Since I have had them, I have had fun playing with a more natural eyeshadow look, the smokey eye has become less of a need and more of a special occasion look. I never thought that would happen. Ever. EVER.
I would recommended going to Kimberly for Xtreme Lash Extensions to anyone I know. Though lash extensions are starting to become more popular in this area, if you have the opportunity to go to the best right here in Dayton, go for it! She really did a fantastic job.
If you have any specific questions about the lash extensions or girly girl questions about the Dayton area, comment below or come find me on twitter @Nikkisayswhat
Til next time, lovelies…