Private Class with Vicky Martin

I am thankful to have had the opportunity to experience a two day class with the incredible Vicky Martin at the Nouveau Contour USA location in Orlando, FL.  She is the Owner of the creator of the Vicky Martin Method(tm) and the great practice breast molds.  I wanted to take this particular class for a few reasons…

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As some may know, my Beautiful Mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2009.  She had a unilateral mastectomy and like many undergoing chemotherapy she lost majority of her hair.  In an effort to help my Mother and to possibly help others, I became trained and licensed in permanent cosmetics.  This allowed me to provide eyebrows to those who had none, this included more than just cancer warriors.  What fascinated me more was that after a mastectomy, some opted for areola and 3D nipple repigmentation.  Although I was able to give my Beautiful Mother her eyebrows, we were not able to do her areola.  She fought extremely hard while loving life until June 2016.

Since her passing, I have been even more determined to assist those who chose to have their areola and nipples recreated.  With further education, I have learned that this service helps cancer warriors, major weight loss heroes and many others who are in need of added pigment to recreate or enhance their areola and/or nipples.

I chose to take a class with Vicky Martin after looking into her product and message.  The practice breast mold is ideal for creating a 3D tattoo on a round skin-like surface.  With the removable skins you can create several areolas and nipples.  Since we had extra time at the end of the second day, some of us tattooed at least 3 areolas on one skin just by shifting it slightly.  Vicky’s class message is more than just about tattooing, it is about empowerment for yourself and your client on many levels.

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Upon completing the class, I feel even more confident in my own goals and purpose.  I am thankful to be able to be in a position of not only providing this service to my community, but to someday soon provide the art of creating the areola and 3D nipples to the classroom and to the rest of the world!  For some reason when I searched for pictures of this art I found very few of darker melanin.  Part of my goals is to bring awareness to the entire community that this IS an option, be it they are of a lighter or darker complexion, man or woman!
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Allergies & Allergic Reactions: Part 3

Part 3 of Eyelash Enhancements, Allergies and Allergic Reactions

Eyelash Lid Irritation

Extensions themselves can cause irritation of the eyelid skin because they sometimes rub against the eyelid skin while the client is sleeping.  The thicker the extensions, the more irritation they can cause in sensitive individuals.  To rule out mechanical (i.e. non chemical) irritation, try switching to the thinner extensions (.15 mm).  If the symptoms are reduces or eliminated, you can conclude that the adhesive is not the cause.  People with sensitive skin are more likely to suffer eyelid irritation from the friction of thick lash extensions rubbing against the lid.  Make sure the extensions are placed perfectly at the lash line.  If they are too close, they will rub against the lid and cause itching, redness and swelling.  If they are too far away, they’re able to move around too much, which causes more friction and irritation when sleeping.

Eyelash extensions should NOT touch the skin, the extensions should be applied about 1 mm away from the lid.  During a ReLash/Fill appointment, the extensions that have grown beyond 2 mm should be removed and a new extension is applied.  Within the last year there have been more options for thinner lashes, such as .07 and .05.  At EyeDeux, we use a variety of diameters to customize the look and feel for each person.  For a free consultation and to schedule an appointment, click HERE or call us at 757.742.3389.

Eyelash Enhancements, Allergies and Allergic Reactions…

While reading posts from fellow lash stylists around the world on Facebook I decided to share this important post. Those who are not part of that private online group, fellow lash stylists and anyone who is currently and/or thinking about wearing eyelash enhancements, this should be read:

Allergic reactions are very complex because they can be caused by many different factors relating to the eyelash extensions and they can manifest themselves at any time and in many different ways. Some people experience redness and swelling of the eyelid close to the lash line. Some people have diffused redness and swelling all around the general eye area. Most of the time the redness and swelling is accompanied by itching.

There are several different causes of reactions and it is important to be able to distinguish a true allergic reaction from simple irritation. Irritation also has several different causes and differs from a true allergy in that it does not cause the body to produce histamine. Sometimes the only way to distinguish between an allergy and irritation is to see if the symptoms respond to anti-histamine medications such as Benedryl. Because we cannot give medical advice to our clients, we sometimes have to refer them to their family doctor if we suspect that they may be having a true allergic reaction. So how can an eyelash specialist recognize the causes and symptoms of a true allergic reaction? The following is a list of variables that must be considered:

1. Medical tape
2. Cyanoacrylate
3. Eyelash lid irritation
4. Seasonal allergies
5. Eye irritation
6. Inflammatory skin conditions

Please check back to this blog on further explanations of each point. At EyeDeux we take the profession of certified and licensed lash stylists seriously and want to assure or clients new and seasoned that we have their best interest at heart.

Lower Lash Extensions

You’ve read that correctly! Yes you can get eyelash extensions on your lower lashes that will last 2-3 weeks. These extensions can be applied one extension to one natural lash or by using the Volume Technique
by adding 2-4 extensions per natural lash. (The Volume Technique is a special lash application by certified technicians)

These extensions can come in different lengths, diameters AND colors! They are for those who are used to wearing mascara on the lower lashes and want to avoid mascara smudged under the eyes and/or to avoid the raccoon look. These extensions also can add balance to the eyes…if you are already having extensions applied to the upper lashes, ask your trained technician about having some applied to the bottom lashes.

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How many extensions can be applied to the lower lashes? Like the extensions on the upper lashes, this all depends on the quality of your lower lashes. Some may have 12-20 extensions while others may have 50+ extensions applied (the max number using the Volume Technique).

How to care for the lower lashes? Again this is the same as the extensions applied to the top….it is best to avoid oil based products, avoid touching them with your fingers and to remove makeup daily.

If you are in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, you may contact the EyeDeux Studios to schedule an appointment for lower lash extensions. We have a location on the Peninsula and the Southside to service you.