Corona Virus: Lash Studios are SUPER Safe

FCL Queen West

FCL Queen West

What did we talk about before we were talking about Corona Virus? It's here in Ontario and it's top of mind. Businesses are scrambling to to train staff in proper hygiene and disinfection practices. For lash studios, frequent hand washing and disinfection of every surface is business as usual for us. We live in constant fear of Conjunctivitis (pink eye), highly contagious, can live on any surface and can jump from surface to hands. So....if one person brings Pink Eye into the studio it can affect anyone in that day and the lash artist. To avoid a pink eye out break in our studios, we have always practiced the following
  • hand washing, we go through more hand soap than you can imagine
  • disposable hand towels to dry
  • disinfection of application tools in medical grade disinfectant
  • hourly spraying and wiping of surfaces
  • everything used around the eye is disposable, used once and then tossed
  • recliners are sprayed with 99% rubbing alcohol in between clients
  • if something is dropped on the ground, it's picked up - item disinfected and hands washed again before resuming the service
  • we are a LICENSED business so the Health Board inspects the studio very regularly
We are NOT a public place....we do not take or have ever taken walk in clients. We are by appointment only and have been in business for 12 years so we know most of our clients - all of our clients that have been out of Canada have reached out to cancel their appt and we can't express how much we appreciate that! Have we upped our game during this time....yes. Door knobs, hard surfaces etc are being wiped down frequently, we are no longer shaking hands with new clients, cups/water bottles are no longer allowed on the lash cart. Let's keep it cute during this crisis, there's no reason to emerge from our homes a few weeks from now stuffed with pasta, looking like you'd lived in a tree with an outrageous amount of toilet paper. xo, Love & Lashes  

Classics? Hybrids? Volumes?

You've decided to you want Eyelash Extensions so you pop on the internet and Google "Eyelash Extensions" and suddenly there's a TON of information on the screen. There's so many options, different price points and different types of material. Which type is for you? Here's the coles notes on where to begin: Classic Lashes: are called "Classics" because years ago these were the only option available. Singles, individuals or one by one are also names for Classic Lashes. They are applied to the natural lash one by one to create a very natural look meant to replace the need for mascara but without being obvious as eyelash extensions. The cost of a Full Set of Classic Lashes = $75
Classic Eyelash Extensions

Classic Eyelash Extensions

Hybrid Lashes: Hybrid lashes are a mix of classic lashes and volume lashes. They are fluffier and fuller than Classics for those that want something darker and has more impact than Classic Lashes. Both types of lashes (classic and volume) are mixed together to create an individual look for each person. The goal of the design is to open up the eye and frame it beautifully. Hybrid Lashes = $110 and is the client favourite of the 3 options.
Hybrid Eyelash Extensions

Hybrid Eyelash Extensions

Volume Lashes: Volume lashes also known as 3D Lashes, Russian Lashes or Russian Volume. Volume Lashes are not mixed with classic lashes and the whole lash line is filled with hand made "fans" to create a Fluffy Full Fantastic look. These are for those that want a look like strip lashes without taking them off every day. Volume Lashes = $140
Volume Eyelash Extensions

Volume Eyelash Extensions

 Love & Lashes xo 

Lashes and Glasses??

eyeglasses and extensions Can you have have lashes when you wear glasses? You sure can!! many clients wear eyeglasses on a daily basis while others wear glasses only sometimes. Either way you can totally have eyelash extensions when you wear eyeglasses. It's simply a matter of informing the last artist that you do wear glasses prior to the start of the application of lashes. All FCL artists will consult with you about expectations and design at the time of service. If you wear glasses everyday you will likely be wearing them when you get there, if you only wear them sometimes it's a great idea to bring them with you. The artist will ask you to put them on so she can judge the distance between you face and the glasses. Nothing is more annoying then having your lash extensions rub on your lenses every time you blink. Just tell us you love lashes but wear glasses and we'll take it from there!

Queen West Gorgeous


Pelle Beauty – Skin Ninja’s

As much as I'm a lash junkie, I am equally a skin junkie. I started caring for my skin before I could reach the sink without a stool - no really I did. I think your skin is a reflection of what is going on in your life. A few months ago, my life began to unravel with the illness and then death of my mother. There was no way I was going to allow what was going on in my life to reflect on my face. My current skin routine, although complete needed an upgrade without inflation. Then I was introduced to Pelle Beauty, vegan beauty oils perfected by beautiful Marnie Cipriani (I swear she drinks her products with her glowing dermis). Focused on giving the client a fantastic complexion naturally and with such affordable pricing it leaves you wondering if you read that right.

"We liken our face oil blends to a lush garden. All of the stunning plants and beautiful aromas can make for some amazing skin care. At Pelle Beauty™ we've captured this – plant based goodness and aromatherapy all wrapped up into one beautiful treatment. They're a vacation for your skin."

If affordable skin awesomeness wasn't enough of a draw to try out Pelle Beauty, then maybe the idea of a Toronto based female owned business with customer service out of this world might be of interest?. I placed an order from the skin ninja's and with everything going on I didn't double check to ensure that my shipping address didn't default. Well, it defaulted and my package ended up at the wrong address...I sent an email to Marnie asking about the order. Bing bang boom - another order arrived no questions asked AND with a gift inside.

It's without a doubt, Pelle Beauty are skin Ninja's and if you didn't know now ya do...you're welcome!

Love & Lashes


Much Love to 2013

Today is the first day of 2014, I've been scrolling through Instagram and trolling peoples Flipgram ( I think that's what its called) anyway the pics flipped so fast it made me crossed eyed and didn't allow me to creep as effectively as I would have liked. After uncrossing my eyes, I sat back to reflect on my year. Woooooo Weeeeeee it was some duzzy, the year started with a broken engagement after finding out he had cheated and had been having an affair. I was DEVASTATED and thought that event was going to set the tone for the rest of 2013. I couldn't have been more wrong, 2013 offered one amazing opportunity after the other. The business had always been busy but all of a sudden it just exploded, the Brampton location became booked weeks in advance and Burlington became so busy we had to open 7 days a week in order to lash Burlington/Hamilton/Oakville beauties. Who was going to apply the extensions??? I needed lashettes and quick time, the first member of the FCL Burlington team was Tanis.

( Couple of babes...FCL 2 nd Anniversary Party)

Tanis was one of my first clients when I started the biz, she is as sweet as she is beautiful. Bringing her on board as part of FCL I think was more exciting for me then it was for her. Here we were, Tanis and I tag teaming at both the Brampton studio and the Burlington studio. We weren't even putting a dent in the flow of business coming through, now what!! Lovely lashing Lynda...that's what.

Lynda as an L.I.T ( Lashette in Training at the Burlington Studio)

I posted an ad on Kiiji and Lynda responded, having recently relocated from downtown Toronto to Burlington. She had a background in hair dressing and a natural eye for design and texture. All we needed to do was train her in the FCL way of doing things and she was off! creating simple beauty one silk strand at a time.

Right after Lynda was hired, I purchased my first house. It was actually the house I had been living in with my now ex-fiancee. The owners wanted to sell fast and gave me the opportunity to purchase the home at a great price. I was a business owner and now a home owner, shit just got real.

(My Living Room)

Cruising right along, Vicky (my business manager) came to me and said "Uhhhhhh I have no where to put people". No worries!! bringing on more lashettes was the solution, along came Shanelle and Krissy. Shanelle had also been a client for as long as Tanis and I trusted her in my home with my Piggy ( no, I don't have a pig). She wasn't so sure about this whole lashing thing but I knew that she would be great and clients would fall in love with her soft spoken nature.

(Shanelle as an L.I.T. at the Brampton Studio)

Krissy was the last member for the FCL team, I think she saw a "Help Wanted" ad on the Facebook page. Just the tiniest little thing and cute as a button, she was eager to learn and remembered the lashing steps right away.

(Krissy as an L.I.T. at the Burlington Studio)

The FCL team was complete, 1 business manager we would be lost without, 4 lashettes who all operated in the best interest of the business and their clients.

(Left to Right- Vicky, Shanelle, Krissy, Me, Lynda and Tanis)

With a team ready to rock, I felt it was time to open another location. FCL dominated in the West with locations serving from Mississauga to Ancaster. So when Steph Daga of BlushPretty approached me about coming back into the Toronto market - the timing was right.

I had been working out the Queen St location 2 years prior and had failed (let me tell you that still had a sting to it). At that time I was stretched too thin and just couldn't focus on Toronto. Steph knew FCL Toronto needed to happen and like everything she does, she MADE it happen. She and Elaine looked for locations while I gave a thumbs up or down from my Lash Lair. They found the PERFECT location 777 Richmond St West, in the heart of Queen West - Trinity Bellwoods. The studio was urban, in a great area and had parking.

The 777 Richmond St location is still a work in progress, because we're the new kids on the block and have only made an impact in the West. Our clients have rallied as they always do and have offered ways to help spread the word that FCL Toronto is open and ready to make Wake Up Made Up beauty happen. So here's to you: current lash junkies, new lash addicts, lashettes, biz partners and biz managers. If 2014 is going to be as good to me and FCL as 2013 was...We are blessed.

(Cheers to Love & Lashes)