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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.

Synthetic

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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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! We know that all moms can do with a bit of extra (well-deserved) pampering. We’ve rounded up our top favourite beauty products of the moment, perfect for your mom on her special day. 

  • Tom Ford White Patchouli: This modern retro-classic fragrance embodies a sophisticated bohemian chic. It has a sensuous core of patchouli, topped with citrus and coriander with hints of jasmine, muguet and rose absolute all housed in a sleek beautiful bottle. Your mother would love to have this as her new signature scent. 

  • Dyson Supersonic Blow Dryer: This Mother’s Day edition is as beautiful as it is powerful. The hair dryer is presented in a beautiful pale rose box, cushioned with soft fabric and secured by a magnetic clasp. With the help of Dyson engineering, your mother will have luscious, salon-styled hair every day. 

  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow: The perfect “miracle fix” face primer for dull, dehydrated, tired looking skin. The primer was formulated to give your skin an instant “spotlight” effect. It is a cross between an anti-aging elixer and a complexion-enhancer. 

  • YSL Touche Eclat: A must-have for every makeup bag. This radiance boosting pen can instantly brighten, smooth and perfect your complexion with a natural-looking, radiant finish. 

  • Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Cream Bronzer: This light, cream-gel bronzer provides a smooth velvety finish and a beautiful sun-kissed look. Application is effortless and will provide a lasting, mattifying effect. 

  • Sunday Riley Luna Oil: This next-generation retinol oil will boost the look and feel of skin plumpness, while improving the appearance of wrinkles, redness and pores for visibly younger looking skin. When applied before bed, the oil will work through the night to deliver more youthful, luminous and even-toned skin in the morning. 

  • GLAMGLOW Gravitymud Firming Treatment: This innovative face mask will help to tighten and lift skin for a youthful-looking complexion. Perfect for fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and loss of firmness and elasticity.

  • Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist: Give your skin a boost of moisture – anytime, anywhere. This silky liquid spray on moisturizer of squalane and red algae is infused with their angi-aging HADASEI-3™ Complex. 
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Fancy Face Bride Feature – Julia and Mike

Julia was one of our beautiful brides from summer 2016! She hired Brittany Gray and Allyssa of Fancy Face Inc. to glam her and her bridal party up for the big day. We truly enjoyed working with her and look forward to seeing her again this summer for her best friend’s wedding! 

Scroll down to read more about her big day and to see some of our favourite shots! 

How did you and your husband meet?

I met my husband in grade 11 of high school. We started off as just
friends with a common interest in the dramatic arts. Academically and
socially, we were and are, totally opposites. Mike was into math and
science and is somewhat introverted, while I excelled in the arts and
was very much a social person. I guess what they say about opposites
attracting is true! To this day, he still has a very calm, more
laid-back demeanor, whereas my personality is of a person who is
always on the go. We went to York University together and then once I
became a teacher for the York Catholic District School Board, Mike
carried on in his education at the University of Toronto, where he
graduated as a Pharmacist. After almost 8 years of dating, Mike asked
me to marry him on May 3, 2014 and we got married two years later on
July 9, 2016. We are currently awaiting the next very exciting chapter
of our journey together, which is fast approaching: we will be moving
into our new home in about a months time.

How did you choose your wedding day hair and makeup look?

My vision of my wedding and how I would look, very much changed over
the years from when I was a little girl. I think we all start off
wanting to look like the princess brides that we saw in our Disney
films when we were little. But as I started to plan our wedding with
Mike, I realized that that look did not fit me exactly. More than
anything else, I did not want my hair and make-up to transform me into
a version of me that was unrecognizable. I wanted my makeup and hair
to yes, make a statement, but I wanted it to compliment me as a person
and the feel of our wedding. Knowing soft colours and pinks look the
best with me I sought something in that palette. Ironically, I came
across my wedding makeup from the FancyFace Instagram. After looking
at dozens of pictures, magazines and Pinterest accounts, I decided on
a soft, dusty-rose for lip and soft colours on my eyes, with dramatic
lashes for a bit of flare. Brittany Gray was AMAZING at my makeup
trial. We talked about different colours that would compliment my skin
tone, any concerns I had about my skin and put together a
comprehensive palette that gave me an amazing overall look. Brittany’s
knowledge of makeup is out of this world and she’s a great girl to
work with. For my hair, again, I didn’t want anything that was too
overdone or over the top. I wanted something soft, but a little bit
more on the classic side. The soft, more structured wave was perfect
as I was worried about the July weather interacting with my natural
crazy curly hair. For the night, throwing my hair up in a large low
bun was great! It allowed me to still have a beautiful hair style
without having my hair get messy from partying! Maurizio and David
from Mink Hair Lounge did an amazing job, working with me both in the
morning and at the reception hall to give me two, very different,
flawless looks!

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

Ahh! So many memorable parts. As I bride, I really wanted to be
present in my day. It is so easy to get caught up in the schedules,
the time constraints and let the day pass you by. I tried very hard to
be present throughout the whole day so that I was actually AT my own
wedding. But, I guess one of the MOST memorable parts of the day was
after leaving the wedding ceremony, Mike and I took a car, just us
two, without our family or bridal party, and had some pictures taken.
But in the transition of leaving our Church and arriving at the photo
shoot location, it was just us two. We had the opportunity to talk, to
soak it all in, to share what our mornings had been like—mine having
started very early at 3am and a little more hectic than his—it gave
us time to celebrate us on our own and realize that finally…after so
many years of being together, we were finally husband and wife. It
definitely hit us and we were so excited that it finally was here! I
loved seeing him at the Church, interacting with my niece and nephew,
I loved our reception, but I loved being with just him more. At the
end of the day, our wedding was about us in the past, present and the
future…and that day made the future possible and exciting!
As a side note, my second most favourite part of the day….the car
ride to the hotel, The Park Hyatt on Avenue Road, after the
reception…the day was done, and everything was so beautiful and went
off without a problem! We loved our day, but were happy that the
planning was over…and who wouldn’t be when we were leaving for
London, France and Italy the next day for almost a month!!!

How was your experience with Fancy Face Inc.?

I first heard about Fancy Face Inc. at the Wedluxe show in 2014. I met
Brittany there and we immediately started chatting and from that
moment I knew that I could trust her to do my bridal makeup and was
excited to learn more about the services offered by Fancy Face. From
there I contacted Tiffany at Fancy Face and she was great! She helped
me to book Brittany G. and Alyssa for makeup for myself, my girls, my
mother and my mother-in-law. Tiffany was prompt, explained everything
in detail, helped me book my make-up trial and helped me to arrange my
morning and budget time to ensure everyone would have their make-up
done in time for pictures.
On the actually day of my wedding, a very pregnant Brittany G and
Alyssa were at my house at an early 6am. The girls were super
organized and ready to go. Everybody in my party felt at ease with
them and we all just had a fun time, despite having been up for hours
already for hair. Brittany G and Alyssa were constant professionals,
but made it also feel like it was just a bunch of the girls getting
together and preparing for an awesome day! They were efficient and
time conscious having to do 7 people within a 2 hour span and even
though that may sound like a short amount of time, ALL of our make-up
was done to perfection! I received so many compliments on all our
make-up, that not only looked beautiful and flawless in the morning,
but looked beautiful and flawless at 1 am the next day! I couldn’t
have asked to work with better people, to have had a better experience
nor would have looked any better with another company. I would and
have recommend Fancy Face to anyone looking for reputable make-up
artists—I’ll be seeing the girls at Fancy Face Inc. this June for my
best friends wedding, who was in my wedding party and is now using
them for her own wedding. Further, whenever I need my make-up done
again in the future, the girls at Fancy Face Inc. will be the girls I
will call!! A heartfelt thank you to Brittany G and Alyssa—you girls
made my morning great and made me and my girls look absolutely
beautiful! There are no words to say to thank you…you are amazing
artists and truly at the top of your trade! Looking back at my
pictures, I am so thankful to you both–I’ll be able to look at this
pictures for years to come, and maybe show them to my kids, and show
them how beautiful we all looked and that was because of the two of
you! Much love to you fab girls!