Sorry I’m trying to catch up to some old pix, but I’ve always loved the Nutcracker ballet that it’s become a tradition over the past few years. Despite seeing the same performance every year around Christmas, each time it’s still such a delight to rejoice around your family and loved ones. It really brings back childhood memories of adventure, love, and dreams of fantasy. It’s a real Winter Wonderland told in its most artistic form that I have to share with everyone about this awesome day!
I started the day early in the morning to get my hair done. I’ve been going to Aveda Institute for more than 5 years now because I really love their service where I can get everything done in one place: hair, makeup, and spa. The Academy is also a learning school so they have junior stylists which I prefer more than senior stylists. I’ve been to all sorts of salons and consistently the attentive service and end result of my haircut are better here. Not only so, I really enjoy their herbal tea. I think I was pretty sick one time with a cold, and this tea was just felt amazing against my sore throat.
Outfit of the day reference:
Elie Tahari jacket
7 For All Mankind jeans
Hermès CDC belt
Céline Trapèze bag
Manolo Blahnik BB heels
Then I headed to another salon to get a manicure, pedicure, and eyelash extensions. I could’ve stayed at Aveda for the mani and pedi, but I got a promotion to try their lash extensions which was something new that I had discovered last year. I’ve always wondered how some Asian girls had beautiful long lashes that did not look fake. I actually have pretty long lashes, but they’re very sparse as with my eyebrows. One day a friend revealed to me that she recently discovered them as well and I was really impressed! “Naturally,” I had to try them as well 🙂 Here’s a pic of my eyes looking in all directions right after the aesthetician applied them. If you’re interested in trying them, here’s the scoop of the nitty gritty details:
How long does it take for application? 1.5 – 2 hours depending on the aesthetician
How long do they last? 1 month or so if you only want them for a one time deal, and not long term
Longterm maintenance? Every 2-3 weeks for fill-ins, brushings, detangling…etc.
Downsides? Cost, cannot touch water for the first 24 hours, no oil-based eye makeup or skincare products, I had to change my skincare regimen and be careful when washing my face.
Can you see the glue? No, the glue is clear.
What kind of glue is used? Various types, but I prefer the medical grade.
What kind of lashes are used? I tried a few and Faux Mynx is the best and most natural for me. You can also specify the length and curvature of lashes. I use a variety for a more custom look – speak to your aesthetician for what works best with your eye shape.
Cost: Initial application is $100-150, and maintenance is about $60-80 for me.
So after 2-3 months I kinda get fed up with the high maintenance. It’s also recommended to give your lashes a break every 3 months. I personally have not found any damages done to my own natural lashes, but while I had the fake ones on, I did have to pull out a few that became twisted with the extensions. It’s hard to explain, but sometimes the extensions will criss-cross, become tangled, or turn upside down, that no matter how I brushed them, they’d still be a mess. So that’s when I’ll go see my aesthetician, or if I can’t make it in time, then I’ll have to resort to pulling them out >___<
Finally, I’m all made up and ready to go see the Nutcracker in Roland Mouret’s Angel dress, Iro fur jacket, Christian Louboutin Altadama water snake heels and lipstick in Miss Clichy. Accessories in Chanel, Rolex, and Cartier.
Of course after the show, I had to check out our city’s famous holiday display for 2015. Another childhood tradition that I’ve always loved to watch all the little puppets and dolls dance in preparation for the season. There’s always a cute theme that children adore and bring families together.
Thanks for letting me share my belated post!