How to Lash Out: The Guide to Beautiful Eyes

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Lianne Stokes


Over the last few years a few of my girlfriends had gotten eyelash extensions and looked like the hot human equivalent of Bambi. I once stopped a complete stranger in Grand Central Station to ask, “Did you get lashes?” She, holding her Venti green tea from the ‘Bucks, beamed like a lighthouse through my fog, “Yes!” she gushed.

Oh how I wanted lash extensions. But I’m a writer. And they’re crazy expensive. The cheapest lashes you can find in New York City cost $150..

Here are a few things you need to know about lash extensions and/or DIY falsies.

Don’t cheap out.

Your eyes are essentially holes in your skull (ew!!) it’s easy for bacteria to enter, for you to get sick, or worse look like an oozing cyclops. Just like you wouldn’t order sushi from a place called, “Crabs R Us” in a gas station, you shouldn’t get lashes unless you get the premium ones. Go to a spa that you can verify thinks sanitary conditions are the best thing ever.

When I finally had the opportunity to get lash extensions, I went to Jumana Sahadi at The Green Spa, a wellness center in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I had a friend who was going to a pricy salon in downtown Manhattan. She recommended them to so many of her friends, she could no longer get an appointment. After switching to the Jumana she got twice the compliments. People felt they looked more natural. Plus, they lasted her way longer. At my appointment, Jumana, a certified Extreme Lash Stylist, used the newly upgraded Minx Extreme Lashes along with top-notch surgical glue to build extensions onto the tips of my natural lashes. The procedure took two hours and I walked out yelling, “I’m the brunette Cinderella.” I will be seeing her again in two weeks for my fill-in.

Make sure they look natural. 

You know when you can spy a nose job from a helecopter? Fake looking lashes are not as tragic, but close. If you’re paying for lashes, the esthetician should know what you need, but if you (and I know you free spirits out there!) are applying them yourselves, here’s the key to your eye-shape:

Round Eyes: People notice you. They call you “doe-eyes” and it’s a compliment. You shouldn’t be afraid of drawing even more attention to your eyes with lash extensions. Round eye people can have some fun with dramatic lashes.

Hooded Eyes: Lash extensions will make you pop, Hoods. You can play with upper and lower lashes, specifically the outer bottom corners. You want your lash extensions to give the appearance of having bigger eyes without looking buggy or fake.

Almond Eyes: You make people’s radars for wise-looking yet mysterious peepers. Accentuate your uniqueness with extensions of different lengths, the longest should be in the center of your eyes. You, like the round eyes can play with length as long as it looks natural.

I highly recommend MINX LASHES, especially if you’re going to attempt to do it on your own.

Here’s what I look like now. I have erased all photographic evidence of my lashes before seeing Jumana. (Sorry Mom.) The best part is I no longer need mascara. I do miss my purple MAC eyeliner and shadow, which have become useless layabouts in my makeup

case, that I refuse to abandon.



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Colours of Fruits and Vegetables

Apples aren’t red by accident. Plant-eating animals use color to identify edible materials and the intensity of the color signifies ripeness. Colored foods encourage animals and humans to eat them (and spread their seeds). The colored pigments are created by a group of highly beneficial antioxidants called carotenoids that mop up harmful free radicals in the body. Red and yellow hues signify the presence of carotenoids. They are nature’s advertisement for immune-boosting, cancer fighting properties. Colors also indicate the unique jobs that various carotenoids perform in the body. You need a variety, including each of these color groups daily: red, orange, green, yellow, blue/purple and white. Mix as many hues as possible with every meal. The deeper the color, the higher the nutrient value. Never go without green and orange food and try a new type each week to increase variety! You’ll be ensuring your body has what it needs. You can’t achieve these levels of protection with vitamin supplements alone, although supplements taken in conjunction with beneficial foods are greatly enhanced.

Found in Tomatoes, persimmon, watermelon and pink grapefruit.

This carotenoid is a fierce cancer fighter and can also help prevent heart disease by inhibiting the formation of harmful LDL cholesterol. The deeper the red or pink color, the higher the lycopene content. Studies have shown that a high intake of tomatoes, which are rich in lycopene, can significantly reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Found in Oranges, carrots, mangoes, pumpkin, sweet potato, apricots, squash, rock melon and pawpaw (papaya).

Beta-carotene is a major antioxidant that lowers cholesterol and converts it to vitamin A. Fruit and vegetable skins are nearly always packed with nutrients. Beta-carotene is an immune booster that helps fight off colds, flu, cystitis and skin problems. A study of smokers showed that those who ate more beta-carotene had a lower incidence of lung cancer, but this was true only when the beta-carotene was acquired from food, not a supplement. Like lycopene, it is fat soluble. These orange fruits and vegetables are also high in the immune- booster, vitamin C.

GREEN INDICATES: Isothiocyanates, folic acid
Found in Cruciferous vegetables (the cabbage family), spinach, bok choy, kale, peas, artichokes, and asparagus.

Sulphur-based sinigrin, a substance unique to the cabbage family (which includes brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower), converts into antioxidant isothiocynates, which cause pre-cancerous cells to destroy themselves. Isothiocyanates give broccoli and brussels sprouts their distinctive smell but the more pungent and strongly flavored they are, the better. Folic acid is in its highest quantity in chlorophyll-rich, dark green, leafy vegetables. Folate works to prevent birth defects, such as spina bifida, and is a dietary essential for women who are (or are trying to become) pregnant.

YELLOW INDICATES: Lutein, zeaxanthin
Found in Yellow corn, bananas, yellow peppers and honeydew melon.

These two carotenoids work together to help maintain sharp, healthy eyesight. They are used in the area of the retina called the macula, which is the centre for sharp, focused vision. They protect the eyes from long-term light damage.

Found in Blueberries, dark cherries, prunes, blackcurrants, cranberries, red wine, red apples, black grape juice, blackberries, strawberries, beetroot and figs.

The blueberry contains more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. Anthocyanins have remarkable antioxidant properties. Purple or blue fruits help prevent nerve cells in the brain from deteriorating, and possibly help guard against the effects of ageing in general. Anthocyanins may also have a beneficial effect on heart disease by inhibiting blood clots. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which are known to protect the brain. Scientists believe other factors, including chemicals called flavonoids, also seem to have anti-inflammatory effects. Of fruits under study, blueberries seem to have the most powerful effect on cognitive behavior, which is processed in the hippocampus. The substance that gives the fruit its vibrant color, called anthocyanin, has been shown to cross the brain’s protective barrier.

WHITE INDICATES: Flavonoids, allicin
Found in Onions, garlic, celery, leeks, pears, shallots, white wine & chives.

Allicin has been shown to inhibit abnormal cell growth and flavonoids are important antioxidants. The sulphur compounds in these types of produce can help raise levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol and lower dangerous levels of blood fats called triglycerides, as well as easing the inflammatory response of asthma and breaking up catarrh secretions caused by colds and flu.

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