Say what! Well, I recently got to try out the Flutter Lash Extensions at Urban Retreat in Harrods.
Founded by Kathryn, who has 6 years of experience with lashes, Flutter Lash Extensions are for those like some oomph to the eyes.
Situated on the top floor of Harrods, I was a little discombobulated when I first met Kathryn – she looked so much younger (not that I was expecting an old hag) than I thought she would for someone running a thriving, successful business.
So I turn up on time (didn’t get lost for once) and the treatment was similar to other experiences I had. Lying on a comfy table, the process takes as long as other lash extensions and perms I’ve had – at least 2 hours.
Two hours actually didn’t sound too bad to me as I spent about four hours with Sue Marsh and her absolutely gorgeous lash extensions last year.
I asked for a ‘mascara finish’ which is a dark and curly look, which would mean I wouldn’t need to apply mascara. The lashes are stuck individually to the lashes with super strong glue – since my lashes are very straight I was concerned they would get weighed down.
Kathryn assured me rather than make my lashes limp, the curl would be enhanced.
So I sayz…bring it baby!
The process involves painstakingly sticking the fake lash onto your own lashes one by one. Needless to say, you really need someone who knows what they are doing because they glue they use for this process is very strong.
It wasn’t uncomfortable as Kathryn is very gentle. The only part that made me squint a little was then the lashes were being brushed through (which was done quite a lot to make sure the lashes were separated) as on some lashes the glue dried quite quickly.
In true slob style, I kept falling asleep and waking myself up with little snores….so embarrassing. But if you don’t snore, its a great time to have a cat nap – makes the whole process fly by….Here are the lashes closed.
My lashes do indeed, look curly as Kathryn promised:
The biggest difference for me between these lashes and the last set I had is that these feel and look different. These are thicker and feel a little coarser. This gives the full volume, glam look which doesn’t need any mascara (although you can wear water based mascara with it).
In terms of comfort, I must admit I struggled a little for a few days after. I am not used to such thick lashes so I found myself wiggling them about, wondering if this and that was poking me in the eye etc.
But now, I’ve grown used to them and they aren’t cumbersome at all – infact they’d work well for women like me with straight, short lashes because they pull them up.
The longevity is excellent. In a week I’ve only lost 2 lashes, so these have really stuck down well. I’ve not had any desire to reach for the mascara either and no need for curlers so its giving my eyes a break!
I don’t miss not applying mascara….so bloomin’ time consuming!
If you want hawt, glam lashes, Flutter Lashes is your place! The whole process was pretty quick and easy, my lashes look all…well, fluttery.
A full set of lashes with Kathryn costs £200, and £100-£120 for Maintenance. Other prices here. Its expensive, but if you are going to do it, you need to go with someone good with a track record, and it saves a lot of trouble!
You can book for a session with Kathryn of one of her team – they offer a mobile service if you live in the Surrey/Kent/London areas (phone to check if the cover your address – 01372 386 312) or you can book through Urban Retreat (0207 893 8333) for treatment on a Friday.
The website is here if you want to look at the amazing transformations!