If I could only keep one makeup item it had to be mascara, simply because my natural lashes are almost invisible and I look like an alien without it, lol! If I need to run some errands in the morning and don't want to bother with any makeup I still probably would apply a coat of mascara to my lashes just to feel more human-like :)
So when Nouveau Lashes sent me an invitation for a complimentary LVL Lash Treatment* as a Mother's Day treat (thank you!!) I couldn't wait to have it done.
I was booked at the The Beauty Boss Salon in Swindon, which is local to me, on last Saturday and today I want to share with you my experience and thoughts on the treatment.
The technician Sarah was so nice and chatty and made me feel welcomed and comfortable throughout the whole treatment. Her little beauty salon looks very bright, clean and cosy which adds to the overall positive experience.
LVL stands for lift, volume and length, this treatment, created exclusively by Nouveau Lashes, boosts your natural lashes without the need for extensions.
So how does it work?
It usually takes 45 minutes and lasts for about 4-6 weeks. Your lashes will be gently pulled back over a curved pad and coated in a lifting balm for 12 minutes. This is closely followed by a volume-boosting fix, left on for a few minutes and finally a tint.
LVL straightens your natural eyelashes at the root, so unlike a traditional lash perm it creates the effect of longer, lifted lashes. They’ll stay that way for 6-8 weeks, depending on the nature of your lashes. The results are immediate, plus the added lash tint creates a mascara-type effect. The price of the treatment is around £45.
The first 48 hours after you had your treatment are essential; it’s important that you take extra care as your lashes are still getting used to their new shape. It’s also vital to follow aftercare advice as failure to do so could lead to an adverse reaction. For the first 24 hours after your LVL treatment, you must not get the lashes wet. Then, over the next 48 hours is highly recommended to avoid visiting a steam room, sauna or swimming, as this could manipulate your lashes into different positons or affect the lift.
After 48 hours you can wet your lashes and wear mascara if you wish to but still need to try to avoid touching or rubbing your lashes and you must not perm your lashes or use lash curlers.
It's also advisable to use gentle cleansing products on the eyes like Nouveau Lashes Eye Makeup Remover* and Lash Conditioning Serum* to ensure the lashes stay healthy and grow stronger.
I'm not gonna lie, the shields on my eye lids freaked me out a bit but I got used to them after the first couple of minutes and the constant chat with Sarah put me at ease. The treatment is not painful or uncomfortable though so don't be alarmed by my initial reaction.
Because the LVL treatment is done on your natural lashes, without any extensions, the final effect will greatly depend on how thick, long and curled your lashes are. My lashes are not the best and I never had any good results from tinting them so I was a bit apprehensive but I think there still is a visible difference in my lashes after the treatment.
1 - lashes without any mascara before the LVL treatment.
2 - right after the treatment has been done.
3 - 48 hours after the treatment and cleansing my face, including eyes.
As you can see the effect is very natural and actually better on one of my eyes (my left eye) which I think is caused by the fact that I sleep mostly on my right side (for absolutely years) and my lashes are affected by it (the long stretches of time of pressing them against the pillow) and are harder to get a lift which I also noticed when using my regular eyelash curlers. Despite this my lashes are lifted and look like with a coat of mascara which makes my eyes look instantly more awake.
Although very subtle I'm still happy with the results as my lashes are actually visible even without any mascara.
1 - my lashes with a coat of mascara before the LVL treatment.
2 - my lashes 48 hours after the treatment with a coat of mascara.
3 - my lashes 72 hours after the treatment with a coat of mascara and some eye makeup.
Although the LVL treatment had very subtle effect on my lashes it added some boost to them so they look much better with mascara on, longer, more voluminous and definitely lifted. I don't have to use eyelash curlers anymore which didn't give me such a good curl which lasts all day anyway.
I think this is a perfect lash treatment for anyone who wants their lashes to look better, even without any mascara on but is not keen on lash extensions. Great for those of you who don't wear makeup every day, busy mums or new mums who have barely any time in the morning to even think about applying mascara. Fantastic for holidays when most of the time you spend on the beach/in the pool and don't want to bother with any makeup but still want your eyes to look more awake and just nicer.
If you're looking for a dramatic effect then the LVL lash treatment won't be for you but if you want natural definition and lift to your own lashes then it's definitely worth giving it a go.
As I said the effect will depend on your own lashes but I think anyone will benefit from the treatment. As you can see my natural lashes are very pathetic but they still look much nicer after the LVL. I feel now confident enough not to wear mascara for the morning school run or running some errands and anytime I just want to be makeup free.
Have you had LVL lash treatment?
*Complimentary treatment, all opinions are my own.