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False lashes: Synthetic, faux mink or authentic mink?

False lashes as a beauty tool

Did you know that the use of false lashes as a beauty tool dates back to the early 1900s? It’s no surprise that with the advent of motion pictures and the wider use of photographs, that false lashes would also become more popular. Long, dark eyelashes go a long way in accentuating the eyes and making them stand out, especially in photographs. In fact, it was the filmmaker D.W. Griffith who decided in 1916, that the actress in his film Intolerance needed to have “eyelashes brushing [her] cheeks.” Unfortunately, they did not have all the beauty tools (or knowledge) that Fancy Face artists have now, and the poor actress had her false lashes glued on with spirit gum by Mr. Griffith’s wigmaker. Spirit gum is definitely not what one should be using on one’s eyelids, and it was reported that the poor actress came to the studio one morning “with her eyes swollen nearly shut.” It is not clear what happened to her, but it certainly did not prevent the use of false eyelashes, and by 1921, all manner of actresses were using them regularly.

Ouch! Aren’t you glad that we have the amazing Fancy Face team to do this now?

One lucky actress who likely did not need to wear false lashes was the incomparable Elizabeth Taylor. She was born with a rare genetic mutation that gave her two rows of eyelashes, which only enhanced her already stunning violet-blue eyes. Unfortunately not all of us are Elizabeth Taylors, but fortunately, we can rest easy knowing that false lashes have come a long way from spirit gum in 1916.

The lashes that are available to us now are much lighter, easier to wear and more natural-looking. Here we will look at the types of false lashes that the Fancy Face makeup team uses.  


Synthetic, faux mink or authentic mink?

No I am not talking about your next fall coat. These are some of the different types of false lashes that are in use right now. They differ in quality and price, but authentic mink is generally thought of as the best choice if you want the most sensuous, natural look.


These are the least expensive kind and the lowest quality out of the three. They are made with plastic fibres, have stubbier ends and are much thicker than normal human lashes, making them look more unnatural. They are also quite heavy and thus slightly uncomfortable to wear.

Faux mink

These are man-made poly-fiber lashes that are meant to imitate real, authentic mink hair. They are quite popular because they are lighter than the first option, hence more comfortable and natural-looking than synthetic lashes, and generally less expensive than authentic mink lashes.

Authentic mink

Made from the mink tail of the Siberian or Chinese mink. The advantages are that they last longer and are very light, allowing you to apply several extensions on your natural lash. Authentic mink hair simply achieves that natural look that synthetic and faux mink lashes just cannot create. The disadvantages of authentic mink lashes are that they do not come naturally curled, therefore they must be continually curled by the wearer. They also tend to be more expensive, some can cost up to $300 for a really high-end pair.


Authentic mink lashes from Lady Lash Club

Lady Lash Club is Fancy Face Inc.’s mink lash supplier, and also a Canadian-based company that uses only cruelty-free mink lashes. Even though they are an excellent beauty tool, mink lashes still come from a living creature, and as such, it is important to ensure that the production of these lashes is done in as humane a way as possible. Cruelty-free animal products are of high importance to Fancy Face Inc., which is why we chose Lady Lash Club. They have sourced manufacturers who guarantee that their mink hair fibres are collected when brushing the minks’ fur during shedding seasons, thus the removal of these hairs do not harm the animals. The manufacturers also only use minks from local free-range zoos.

The Seductive lash style

The usual disadvantages of authentic mink lashes also do not apply to Lady Lash Club lashes. The Club offers a unique monthly subscription service that delivers four pairs of lashes directly to your door for the very reasonable price of $24.99 CDN a month. There are many different styles of lashes to choose from, including Seductive (pictured above), Mischievous and Allure. For those who enjoy variety, the styles may be changed up to 10 days before the next delivery date. There is also an option to cancel anytime in case you decide to take a break from looking glamourous.  

To change the naturally straight nature of the authentic mink hair, the lashes are given a perm that creates a long-lasting curl. At the moment, Lady Lash Club only offers strip lashes, which aren’t normally worn to bed, and thus aren’t as likely to lose their shape compared to individual lashes. The lifespan of these authentic mink strip lashes depends on how well one takes care of them. With proper care they can easily last up to 10 to 20 wears!

Mink lashes

What are you waiting for? Book your appointment with one of our amazing Fancy Face artists to get your own set of luscious mink lashes now!


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Give the Gift of “Fancy” this Holiday Season!!


‘Tis the season to get glam!! Christmas and New Year’s is right around the corner which means holiday parties and gift giving! Give the gift of “fancy” this holiday season and pamper the ones you love with a custom Fancy Face Inc. gift certificate – a unique alternative to a traditional gift that is perfect for your friends, family, colleagues, bosses or any one who you want to treat to something fancy! 

Purchasing and giving the certificate is quick and easy. The certificate is available in any denomination. We offer digital versions that will be custom designed and emailed to you. You can then email it to your recipient, or print it off and give it to them in a card. The certificate can be redeemed for a makeup lesson, a makeup application, a hairstyle or if you are gifting a bride-to-be, she can put it towards her upcoming wedding! It can also be used for a date night, a special event, graduation, prom, birthdays or an upcoming party this holiday season. 

Every gift certificate purchased by December 21 2016 will come with a free pair of mink lashes. 

Giving Back: By giving a Fancy Face Inc. gift certificate, you are also giving back to the community! 10% of all proceeds from our gift certificates purchased will be donated to Hope Totes, a charity we work closely with.

We are also booking for holiday party hair and makeup! If you have an upcoming event to attend and need to look fancy, send us an email at to schedule your appointment! Here is a collection of our favourite party looks, all hair and makeup by Fancy Face Inc. 

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Amazing Skincare Hacks Every ‘Bride-To-Be’ Should Know


Weddings are major societal events. Everybody — from the bride and the groom, the families, members of the entourage, guests and even the wedding planners and suppliers treat weddings like they’ve always never been to one before. It is this anticipation and buildup of excitement that make every wedding special.

Talk about weddings and expectations, it’s a surefire combination that spikes up stress. With stress comes brides with quivering nerves and breaking out skin — and then, even more stress and even more stressed out skin! The cycle never ends.

If you’re saying “I do” anytime soon, below are 10 beauty hacks you need to know. The sooner you can learn them, the better chances you and your skin will survive the impending onslaught that will try to damage you both but, not if you can help it.

1. Use less makeup. Commit yourself to the 9 other hacks below this one and you’ll love to see more of your real skin. Practice your wedding day makeup once or twice with your makeup artist or, once weekly if you’ll be doing your makeup yourself. The less you wear makeup counting down to your wedding day, the lesser the chances of you brewing up an irritation.

2. Keep your face clean and clear of impurities. You don’t have to do more then twice daily cleansing and toning. You just have to make it a point to start and end your day with a cleanse and tone routine.

3. Exfoliate. Not giving your skin this treatment will be a great disservice. Sign up for a derma package or, if you can’t afford one, just do it yourself. When you do it on your own, at least you have a better idea of what you’re putting on your skin rather than have a non-professional give you a treatment using products that may irritate your skin.

4. Use only skincare products that meet your skin’s needs. Your age, skin type and skin issues will help determine what kinds of products you’ll need in your skincare routine and what they need to be made of. There are, however, three particular antioxidants any skin at any age will benefit from: Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide). These ingredients penetrate skin deeply to protect it, nourish it, and rejuvenate your skin cells all at the same time.

5. Have a separate daytime and nighttime regimen. Both should prioritize keeping your skin’s moisture locked in. Your daytime routine must ensure that your skin is amply protected. That’s where antioxidants and sunscreen become helpful. Your nighttime routine, on the other hand, must augment your skin’s natural repair and rejuvenation abilities.

6. Be meticulous of the products you are using. Whatever you do or put on your skin, make sure these are non-toxic and won’t cause your skin to become inflamed. Fragrance and colorants, which almost any product contains, are among the most notorious irritants.

7. Treat photodamaged skin. If this is your major skin problem, then the longer you can get your skin treated, the more noticeable improvements you’ll see. Ask your skincare specialist about treatment options, specifically, stem cell rejuvenation, photorejuvenation, Fraxel Re: Store Dual and Radiofrequency Energy Treatment.

8. Deep moisturize whenever you can. Take advantage of products that boost your skin’s hydration levels. Ask your beauty bar about sheet masks, sleep packs, ampoules and essences. Each brand will be differently formulated. Ask for help about finding the most suitable variety to address your skin issues.

9. Make better lifestyle choices. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Get more fresh veggies and fruits into your daily diet. Make room for exercise — both cardio and strength training. There’s no other way that you can cut down your waist and firm up your arms — it does take hardwork, Honey!

10. Sleep. Add up all the 9 items above and it still wouldn’t add up to the power of sleep to recover, repair and rejuvenate your skin. Stop stressing over your wedding. The dresses, the rites, the flowers, the photographers —heck, even the table napkins — are going to be great. Not everything may be just the way you like it everything will fall into place. Give yourself peace and 7 hours of sleep.

Even if you do all 10 as long as a year before your wedding, if you keep stressing out then your skin won’t see improvements! You know why? It’s physiological. That’s what your body does when you worry too much. But, you know what? You can make it right and it’s all just in your mind.


Sara Biston, who lives in New York City, USA is a freelance article writer by profession. She is an experienced writer who loves writing about beauty, skin care & lifestyle. She believes in spreading a word of happiness through her writings. Sara’s passion for beauty & skincare became the catalyst for a major career change. She also writes for Solvaderm. Find her on twitter @sbiston.