Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Lash Extensions

A few months ago, I met one of my girlfriends for lunch and noticed that she looked especially beautiful even though she was bare-faced and makeup-free, but I couldn't place what had changed. She told me that she just got lash extensions and ever since that day I have been dying to try them for myself. I heard so many rumors though about how they can damage your own natural lashes among other things, so I always put it off. After going back and forth, I finally decided to learn more about it and give it a shot!

I went to Beautyful Lashes in Beverly Hills and asked Mydygma all of my burning questions so I could share the scoop with all of you. She is a lash specialist and certified trainer who specializes in the Russian Volume Technique and man, does this girl know what she's doing! She is planning on opening up her own school to train in both classic extensions and the Russian Volume Technique in Beverly Hills. Mydygma was so knowledgable about lashes and beauty in general, not to mention super sweet and fun to hang out with.

My first question was whether or not the extensions damage your own natural lashes. She emphasized how important it was to do your research and make sure you are going to a technician who is credible and certified. If you go to someone experienced who really knows what they're doing, this won't be an issue at all. 

Next, I wanted to know how long these babies would last. She told me on average about 3-6 weeks before you would need a touchup, but this really depends on a few factors. One is the type of glue used. For example, if you have sensitive skin or this is your first time trying out extensions, she usually recommends a clear glue which is gentler but  has a bit of a weaker hold. Care is also a huge factor. If you wear a ton of makeup and don't cleanse it off properly, the lashes can clump and come out sooner. (She recommends Tom Ford and Stilla liquid eyeliners because they glide on smoothly and don't tug at the lashes. Make sure to avoid pencil liners which can pull your extensions.) Furthermore, she sends her clients home with a small lash brush to gently brush their lashes through every day. Sleeping face down on your lashes is a no-no, as is rubbing your eyes. Mydygma also noticed that some of her clients who go to hot yoga regularly have shorter retention periods, because the heat and humidity can weaken the bond of the glue. (Once a week at hot yoga, should be fine though.)

What happens if I get the lashes and for one reason or another, I don't want them anymore? Removal is a super easy process taking 5 to 15 minutes where a special gel is used to dissolve the glue. Mydygma always offers free removal to her clients but check with your technician to see what their policy is. Most places seem to offer the same.

Now that summer is coming up, people want to know whether they can go in the pool and ocean with their new lashes. This is not a problem at all and you can totally go swimming. In fact, most people opt to get lashes before their beach vacations so that they can have a lower maintenance beauty routine while still looking awake and beautiful. 

What is the difference between Classic Basic Lashing and the Russian Volume Technique? Russian Volume uses less glue, which is a big plus for girls who are more sensitive to it, and also feels much lighter on the eye. Furthermore, she recommends that girls with very sparse lashes go with Russian Volume because it gives immediate volume (whereas with the classic technique the amount of lashes you get depends on how many natural ones you have.) Lastly she says that lashes placed with the Russian Volume Technique tend to last longer. 


THE PROCESS


THE RESULTS


TIPS
1. Don't wear any eye makeup whatsoever when arriving for your appointment.
2. It's a great idea to bring in photos of lashes you love for inspiration. This takes out all the guesswork for your lash technician and this way she can make sure to give you the beautiful results you are looking for.


Let me know if you have any questions at all about my experience.
I'd be happy to answer them!

Asymmetrical Top

Hi everyone! Hope you're all having a great week so far. I had fun styling this outfit and loved how the shoes pick up the color pops in my shirt. I think picking an asymmetrical piece is a great way to mix things up when you're feeling a bit funky! I love skirts with an asymmetrical hem as well and hopefully I can do another outfit like that soon. The one think I haven't seen is asymmetrical pants. Have you? I wonder how that would look! Would love to see if you have any examples to show me. 

Father's Day Gift Guide

Everyone knows that finding that perfect gift for Dads can be really tricky, so I thought I'd try to help you guys out. Below are some of my fun favorite gifts for Father's Day at all price points, and you're bound to find something great whether you're looking to splurge or save.

Business-Chic Attire

I bought this dress a few months back and thought it was such a beautiful piece that I could wear to work meetings as well as to daytime events. To me, a shirt dress should be a staple in every woman's wardrobe. It's so easy to throw on and automatically look put together! I paired this one with my Gucci studded heels, Celine trapeze bag and a pair of glasses I bought at Forever 21 a few years back. 

Tricks to Staying Comfortable in Heels

We all know how rough a night (or day) on the town can be when you're wearing high heels. Here are some of my favorite tricks on how to save your feet from the suffering.

  1. Go shopping a the end of the day. Your feet will be a bit more swollen from all the walking etc. and you can make sure that you're getting a pair that will fit well even when your feet are at their biggest / you can have a better idea of their true comfort level. 
  2. At-home shoe stretch. When you first buy a pair of shoes, try wearing them around the house with a pair of socks on. Although you will look ridiculous, this will help you break them in faster- and you are in the comfort of your own home anyways, so no one has to know! 
  3. Tape your toes. This trick works wonders to alleviate pressure on the balls of your feet. This has to do with a nerve that runs between your third and fourth toe and can cause a ton of pain when there is pressure on it. All you have to do is tape your middle toe to your "ring finger" toe using medical tape. I like to use a nude one if my shoes are see open or see-through (like my mesh Louboutins pictured above.)
  4. Cushion for comfort. Try using gel insoles on the balls of your feet like Dr. Scholl's DreamWalk For Her High Heel Insoles.
  5. Numb them up. I just discovered a product called Sole Serum. OMG. Why did I not know about this stuff earlier? It's a blend of lidocaine and natural ingredients that works for about two hours and kills the pain. You just rub a couple pumps on your feet and wait for it to dry (about a minute) then you're good to go!

I really hope these tips help you out! Are there any I missed? Would love to hear more if you guys know of any. Please let me know!

Overalls!

I love that 90's fashion is coming back in! I'm so happy I get to wear chokers again and of course, overalls. They look super cute with a white tee, striped tee or even a white button down. They are also versatile enough to style with sandals, chucks or bright pumps, like I did here. The possibilities are endless!


GET THE LOOK!

Overalls

Graphic Tees

Colorful Pumps

Summer Trend : Pom-Poms

With summer approaching, think of adding a a fun new addition to your wardrobe - pom-poms! They are so fun and youthful and perfect for the season. You can even wear them in the evening, like with the Sophia Webster sandals and Cara earrings below. If you have any of your own favorites not on here, I'd love to check them out! Share with me in the comments!

DIY Lip Scrub

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A good lip scrub has become an essential element of my beauty routine and makes all the difference! There are a ton of awesome packaged ones out there, some of which I've put at the end of the post for you to check out, but for those of you who want to make your own keep reading! This DIY is so simple and you likely already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen! 


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What you'll need:
- 2 teaspoons honey (Antiseptic with healing properties. Better to use raw honey if you have!)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (Nourishing moisturizer with antioxidants.)
- 3 tablespoons sugar (Exfoliator. I used cane sugar, but it's totally up to you, depending on what you have on hand and how gentle or heavily exfoliating you want the scrub to be)
- Small drop of vanilla extract (optional)
- Dash of lemon juice (optional)
- A teaspoon of olive oil (optional)


  1. Blend the coconut oil and honey well until smooth.
  2. If you want a sweeter flavor, add a tiny drop of vanilla extract and blend in. At this point you can also add in a dash of lemon juice if you like as a brightener. (I would avoid adding lemon in the summer time as it acts as a sort of natural bleach when exposed to the sun.)
  3. Mix in the sugar until evenly distributed throughout the mix.
  4. For a silkier scrub, add in a few drops of olive oil
  5. Transfer the scrub to a small glass jar of your choice
  6. Make sure to label with the date. The scrub should keep well for about 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

To use: take a little bit of the scrub with your clean finger and rub it over your lips in a circular motion. No worries if you happen to get a bit in your mouth, it is natural (and also tastes ridiculously good :) Remove with a warm washcloth and your lips are perfectly prepped for a natural look or for your favorite lip color!

Tip: If you've got extra scrub or want to make some more, you can definitely use this as a face and body scrub as well. You will absolutely love it.


Not a DIYer? No worries! Here are some of my favorite store-bought scrubs for you to try out:

Mattify Your Lipstick

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I have so many beautiful lipstick shades at home, but now with the new matte lip trend I sometimes find myself wishing they weren't so glossy. Then I found out about the Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer and instantly fell in love. This saved me from buying a whole new set of lip colors, and allows me to go back and forth between glossier and matte finishes while still hanging on to the shades I love.

Another option is to gently pat on any translucent powder (like the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder) over your lipstick and voila! Instantly turned matte. 

Both these tricks also save you from the annoying lip drying effects that come with most liquid lipstick formulas. So many pros to trying it out! You've got nothing to lose! Let me know how it goes for you in the comments below.

Want to skip the steps and just buy a new matte color? Check out some of my favorites:

Shades of Red

The weather really heated up in LA this past weekend so I was really excited to shoot an outfit in my cutoffs. I decided to pair the shorts with everything red and I thought the result was really fun! Using multiple shades of a single color throughout your outfit can be a great way to keep it cohesive yet also far from boring. Give it a try and tag your instagrams with #melronnie so I can see all of the beautiful outfits you've styled!


Sunnies - Toms Traveler Florentin Matte

Top - Zara Boatneck Blouse.

Shorts - No longer available. Similar herehere and here.

Clutch - Prada.

Heels - Topshop Rocco Embroidered Sandals.  (I bought mine in-store and I only see the black ones online. I'll keep you posted if I find the white on their website, but in the meanwhile check at the store!)

 

Color Correcting Dark Circles

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Hi everyone! I was getting ready to shoot a color correcting video for you all, but then I came across this one and thought it was awesome. I'm sharing this Sephora video instead because it really shows you how to fix dark circles on all skin tones- something I couldn't demonstrate on myself. I hope you love it as much as I did. This color correcting stuff really works!

I personally use the LA Girl Pro Conceal in Orange as my corrector and have found it to be better than some of the more expensive products. For the normal concealer on top, I use either Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer or Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

Have you tried color correcting yet? Do you love it? Let me know in the comments below!

Dressing Up Destroyed Denim

Ripped jeans are super casual on their own, but it's easy to dress them up as long as you pair them with the right top and accessories! For this outfit, I went with a lace slip top, light leather jacket and patent leather pumps. This look is something you can wear with flats and no jacket during the day. Just leave your heels and bag in the car for a quick change into a night-time look before heading out of the office for dinner or drinks.


Shoes - Gucci Ursula Ankle Strap Pumps (my color is no longer available, the link is for black leather)

Jeans - No longer available. Similar here, here, and here

Top - No longer Available. Similar here

Bag - Celine. 

Jacket - No longer available. Similar here and here

 

Neutrals & Faux Fur

The weather has been so up and down but I'm glad I had a chilly day this past weekend to wear this outfit before it starts to really get warm over here! I decided to go with all white as a base and top off my outfit with my neutral faux fur coat, and neutral bag and gold studded pumps. 


Jacket - I bought this one abroad. Similar here and here.

Tank - Forever 21 (I just bought this one at the store last week, but I can't find it online yet. I'll keep checking and keep you posted with a link as soon I see it on their website.)

Jeans - Zara

Heels - Gucci

Spring Trend - Denim Pumps

I really love the denim pumps that I've been seeing everywhere and thought I would share some of my favorite options with you! I made sure to include pairs that would fit any budget from small to big. Which ones are your favorites? (See below for links!)