12 November, 2010

Sassy Review: Lash in Bloom Treatment at Browhaus

12 November, 2010

I’ve always been pretty low-maintenance when it comes to grooming… Sure, I have my hair highlighted, and since moving to Hong Kong can’t do without my manicures and pedicures, but other than that, I lack the patience for sitting still or the tolerance for pain that is needed to achieve the polished look. Something about being English too makes me always a little bit inherently scruffy – even when I’ve made a real effort I’ll have a loose thread on my hem, or a wavy piece of hair right at the back of my head that I missed with the straighteners. Despite what my husband might tell you, my whole makeup routine takes less than five minutes! I wasn’t too sure then when Maura and I were invited to try out the  Lash in Bloom treatment at Browhaus in Central. After all, aren’t lash extensions a bit of an unnecessary faff when you can just pop on a bit of mascara? The fact that we’ve loved previous treatments at Strip and Browhaus though made me eager to try – after all, these are the personal grooming professionals who have taken body hair maintenance of all kinds to the next level.

We arrived and settled ourselves into the comfy treatment chairs, and I struggled to fight the waves of sleep that came over me (my 4 week old baby is a total party animal and keeps me up all night long). My therapist asked me about the kind of look I was after, and I told her that I needed something  natural as my uniform these days is sweatpants and spit-up-stained t-shirts. I made sure that I told them to give Maura a more dramatic look though – I need to live vicariously through her! First they showed us the length of lashes that they suggested for us by placing a single lash and showing us in the mirror for our approval. Then they placed long stickers over our lower lashes so as to avoid everything getting tangled up, and began to place the lashes all individually on our eyelids. The process is a little bit uncomfortable if you’re sensitive about someone touching your eyes, but it helps that you can keep your eyes closed throughout. I would recommend if you wear contact lenses that you bring your saline solution with you so that you can take them out during the treatment.

After roughly an hour (I got a little bit squirmy!), our new looks were revealed to us and we eagerly checked out our new more glam selves. It takes a little bit of getting used to how you look if you’ve never tried out anything similar (apart from some amateur DIY false eyelashes on Halloween), and I found myself feeling a little bit self-conscious as I stepped out onto the street. Maura and I promised to call each other later to give our more considered verdicts, and to tell each other our husbands’ reactions. When we spoke later that day we had both decided we totally loved them! My husband (without remembering what I had got done) told me that I looked nice as soon as he walked in the door from work even though I didn’t have any other makeup on and had just endured a major crying marathon from Elodie.

So am I converted to a more high-maintenance look now? And would I have the Lash in Bloom treatment again? Absolutely! The beauty of this treatment is that actually it lets you be MORE low-maintenance, as you can get away without using mascara or eyeliner, and in general without makeup you look more polished and pretty. Our recommendation is to choose fullness over length for a more subtle look, and you will find that you will love feeling a bit like a Disney princess when you bat your lashes. You’ll need to avoid oil-based makeup removers and steamy saunas (no hot yoga for Maura), but with care the extensions should last a month. Browhaus include a free “tune-up” on your lashes within a week of the treatment to help with maintenance.

The Lash in Bloom treatment is available at Browhaus for HK700 and for the upcoming party season Browhaus are offering a special “Happy Hour” deal where you can get a discount of HK150 off the regular price if you make an appointment for between 5-7pm on weekdays.

BROWHAUS is at 1/F, 17 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central   Tel: 2845 0886

4 thoughts on “Sassy Review: Lash in Bloom Treatment at Browhaus

  1. Would like to know what is down side of Lash n Bloom?.Any reaction for sensitive skin?.
    I heard from some friends they have eyes skin irritation.
    Please could you advise if I decided to go.
    Thxs n Regards

  2. Hi Alice,
    My skin is crazy sensitive at times and so far I have had absolutely no issues with my lash extensions. If you decide to go make sure you let us know if you like it!

  3. Their front-desk staff are not too well trained. Last time, I took my mum there as her brows are kinda fading away so I asked the girl at the shop for advice. She couldn’t quite explain herself and I had to keep on asking questions to guide her along….but my mum and I eventually gave up and left ‘cos we couldn’t find a satisfactory answer and confidence to try out the place.

    I later went to get my brows reshaped. My appointment was at 7:45pm and I arrived a little early and got asked to fill out a form. I got told to wait for awhile….I waited and waited and it was already 8pm. No one during that time bothered to come to reassure me that they have not forgotten about me. There were alot of staff lingering around the shop doing nothing but chit-chat and dragging their feet along while walking in their flip-flops. It was 8:10pm and I was loosing my patience so I went to their front desk and asked if it’s my turn yet. And within two minutes, I finally got served!

  4. Having had lash extensions done in Sydney many times and being a total convert, when I moved to HK I was hopeful that I would be able to get a similar service if not better, considering Asia is the home of where extensions were born.

    I asked a colleague at work where she recommended going for extensions and she told me, Browhaus is the best and they are used to expats.

    So, having made the appointment – weeks in advance mind you, they didn’t seem to have any slots available after work for weeks, I trotted along, optimistic and excited to get my treatment.

    I waited about 20 mins before I asked if there was some problem, to which I was told, “no, just busy” I was thinking “this better be worth the wait, they must be so popular and therefore good”

    When my time came, I asked for the length that I used to get in Sydney, but sadly, they did not have the 13 size length that I used to get on the outer lashes. This was my first disappointment. I opted for a dramatic look and chose the clusters – I had not had these ones before. After an inordinate amount of time in the chair – far, far longer than my therapist takes in Sydney, I opened my eyes to the most fake looking, scratchy, stiff lashes I had ever seen. I was bitterly disappointed. I don’t know what lashes they use, but they are not natural looking at all and the technique is shoddy.

    You know that saying, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me? Well, Shame on me… I went back to Browhaus 4 weeks later (the lashes came off in clumbs after 3 weeks… In sydney my lashes last 7-8 weeks before I need to get a retouch). I opted for a ‘more natural look’ rather than the cluster lashes but again, was bitterly disappointed.

    Firstly, the lashes were glued too close to the eyelid, meaning that the effect was to make my lashes not actually look that much longer and also, it was itchy. Secondly, the technique was awful in that she glued multiples of my own lashes to one of the false lashes!!! I don’t know why, obviously, this is just poor technique and as a result, when one lash falls out, it encourages multiples of your own lashes to fall out too! I was apaulled.

    Anyway, I told them I thought it was a sh1t job and vowed not to go back… I honestly wonder if there is a descent place to go here in HK for extensions that measure up to the service I get in Australia.

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