Review: Esqido Mink Lashes are here!

esqido-mink-lashesMink. Sounds luxurious, right? Visions of getting ready for the day in your fabulous mansion in Bel Air, dripping in diamonds as you powder your nose while sitting at your marble vanity come to mind.

Okay, back to reality.

You don’t have to be a makeup guru to have heard of the hottest new trend in the beauty world. In fact, if you’ve picked up a magazine, been on social media, or even seen a celebrity in the past six months, then chances are you’ve seen Mink lashes or heard the buzz around these falsies. So much buzz in fact, that we had to get our hands on some. And boy oh boy, two words come to mind: GAME CHANGER.

Every woman wants thicker, fuller lashes. As a makeup artist, I talk to women every single day about insecurities, and much like eyebrows and hormonal acne (argh!), eyelashes are constantly a source of contention. Maybe it’s just the perfectionists in us, but we always want more. And why not? Darn it, we deserve it.

Mink lashes promise to be everything we want out of a falsie. Super soft and comfortable, easy to apply, and oh yeah, made by hand to mirror the appearance of real lashes. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect though, you can reuse them up to 25 times! Which is actually is super smart and convenient. More on that in a minute.

With all the fuss on Mink lashes, are they really worth it? I’ve been trying them out for the past week, and here’s my takeaway so far.

1. Mink lashes are extremely comfortable and natural looking.

False strip lashes you’ve worn in the past were likely synthetic, meaning they were made by a machine, aren’t the most flexible, can be heavy, and don’t always look like real lashes. But ESQIDO Mink lashes are handcrafted and made by ethically sourced mink hair, and they are so soft and comfortable you won’t believe how much they look like real lashes. Even just holding them in my hand, I was shocked at how lightweight they were. After I put them on, I didn’t feel like I was wearing false lashes at all, which is great because I’m kind of sensitive when it comes to my eyes.

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2. Available in different styles

I was also really excited that ESQIDO has several different types of mink lashes, specifically made for different eye shapes. I have almond shaped, almost hooded eyes, so a lot of times I’ve felt like my false lashes overwhelmed me. I love the “Oh So Sweet” and “Lash Named Desire” styles; they compliment my smaller eyes so perfectly and feel like they were made for me!

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3. Easy to use

At first, I was a little intimidated. They’re mink, right? Sounds pretty fancy. When you get your Mink lashes at Camellia, we’ll help you trim the lashes to fit perfect and teach you how to apply them. If the idea of applying them yourself freaks you out — don’t sweat it — you can have them reapplied at Camellia anytime. I’ve worked with synthetic lashes a lot, and I could not believe how much easier these were to apply than other lashes. I was shocked. Two minutes, boom, and they were on. And they came off nicely when I was finished with them — just pop them back in their box until next time.

4. Reusable up to 25 times

HERE IS THE BEST PART: You can wear each pair of mink lashes up to 25 times. Yep, that’s right: wear them when and where you want to! I find this a great alternative to lash extensions, which require expensive and time consuming “fill” services every 2-3 weeks to keep up. Some people will want to wear their minks every day, and you certainly can! Even on your busiest morning you can throw on some lashes and lipstick and look ready for the day. Or keep them on hand for date night, family pictures, a big day at work, a wedding, baby shower, etc.

The fact that one pair of mink lashes can not only be super comfortable, but also easy to apply and last through 25 uses makes these an instant favorite. I expected these to be too good to be true, but honestly, they are just too good. I challenge everyone reading this, whether you’re a beauty junkie or just curious, to stop into Camellia and check these out. Besides, how cool is it that something so Hollywood is within your reach in your little hometown? Shop local, y’all.

-Andrea

10 years ago Camellia Cosmetics brought the Hollywood Brow to Michiana, and now Mink Lashes are about to be the next big thing. We can’t wait to rock your world. See you soon!

Learn more about Mink Lashes at Camellia Cosmetics here.

Get this Look: Girls’ Night Out

get-this-look-girls-night-outEver look at Facebook or Instagram pics after a girls’ night out and wonder where your makeup went? Guilty! Everyone wants to feel sexy, cool, and confident when they’re out on the town, and sometimes all it takes is having a signature, simple girls’-night-out look. See our look breakdown below.

Top Picks for a Summer Girls’ Night Out

Eyes

A smoky eye and pink lip go together like champagne and bubbles! Summer humidity and shimmer never mix, so always opt for matte shades. Matte, warm highlight and a smokey rose and charcoal give sultry, skin-flattering look.

Camellia Shadow Trio: Bisque (highlight), Roselle (lid), Charcoal (crease)

Camellia False Lashes

Camellia Precision Pen: Black

Lips

There’s something so flirty and fun about about a pink lip — you really can’t go wrong for a night out. Don’t make the mistake of going too neutral on your lips — you’ll want the pop of color for pics. Make sure to use a long-wear color for a smudge-free night. (Drink proof!)

Camellia Lipstick: “Kiss N’ Tell”

See how these products (and more!) look on you before your next big night out. Stop in and let one of our Camellia artists help you lock down your look.

3 Products You Need for a Sweat-Free Summer

sweat-free-summer-makeupYou still want to look good even when it’s 90 degrees outside. So what do you do to fight the hot-and-sweaty summer blues?

Essential for a day by the pool or sideline at the kids’ softball game, we’ve got your must-have products for a sweat-free summer.

3 Products You Need for a Sweat-Free Summer

Use a Setting Spray

Model in a Bottle seals your makeup so it stays in place all day. How good is it? We use it for all of our special events, photos, and bridal makeup applications!

Use a Tubing Mascara

Blinc Mascara & Primer is the best ever! It seals over lashes for EXTRA smudge resistance, without the hassle of special eye makeup removers. After use, tubes glide off with warm water.

What’s #3? There’s even more where that came from! Get the rest of our tips (and more!) this summer at Camellia.

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4 Days of Flash Sales!

A different flash sale for every day of the week! April 26-29th, only at Camellia.
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Tuesday: Brows, Baby!
All Camellia eyebrow products 20% off
$5 brow wax with new talent Rachel
(by appointment book here!)

Wednesday: Go for the Glow!
All Camellia Bronzers and Highlighters 20% off

Thursday: Kick up your color!
All Camellia Lipstick and Blush 20% off

Friday: All about the eyes!
All Camellia Eye Shadows and Eyeliners 20% off
Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is May 8
Treat Mom to something new from Camellia!

Model Alisia showing off flash sale finds!

Model Alisia showing off flash sale finds!

In-store only.  Mention flash sale to receive discount. Valid on item for day of sale only.  No combined offers. Appointment required for any brow waxing services. Flash sale not valid toward services.

How to take better selfies

Andrea loves dropping by the U93 Morning Show every Monday to share all our favorite beauty tips and tricks!

This week, Andrea enlisted the the help of AMAZING photographer Meagan Gilbert (www.meagangilbert.com) to share her advice on how to look better in selfies and pictures in general.

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1. Lighting, lighting, lighting!

The best way to flatter your makeup, hair, and skin? Lighting! Don’t choose lighting that is too harsh or too dark. Meagan’s advice? Go outside! Car selfies and photos taken with natural light are always a sure way to get a good look.

how-to-take-better-selfies-022. All about the angles

Sometimes learning how to take your best picture is as easy as finding the right angle. Meagan says, “Avoid taking photos from underneath the chin. No one wants to see up your nose! The most flattering angle is always going to be slightly raised above your head.” Practice smiling in the mirror so that you look natural. Avoid those  forced, cheesy smiles!

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3. Check your background

Look for solid colored walls, textured curtains, or any clean space. Avoid taking pictures in a messy room.

4. Look your best

There are certain tips and tricks to make your makeup look its best in photos. For starters, you always want to use a primer so the texture of your skin looks smooth and flawless. Opt for more matte colors, limit the shimmer because it can make your skin look oily. Check your makeup in natural light before taking a photo. We’ve all seen pictures of ourselves where we thought our makeup looked good before we left the house, and then were surprised to see a not-so-good look in pictures. Don’t be afraid of a little color on your cheeks and lips — without the added color, you run the risk of looking dull and washed out in pictures. A Camellia artist can help you find the right colors.

Check out our Headshot Event with Meagan Gilbert Photography on 4/9: Click here to join our event page and for more info!

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Headshot Happy Hour 4/19

  • SIPS * SNACKS * FREE PHOTO-READY MAKEUP TUTORIALS * ALL DAY *

Everyone needs at least one great photo. No more failed selfie attempts – get the perfect pic you’ve always wanted, and learn how to take better pictures for the rest of your life!

For $30 You Get:

  • One headshot taken by Meagan Gilbert Photography, including professional lighting and posing with makeup touch-up and styling by Camellia Cosmetics.
  • One High Resolution Digital File.
  • Professional Makeup artist to freshen up your Makeup.

(add false lashes for $15, add full makeup application for $40)

Get all the details by joining our Facebook event page here!

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Spring Revival at Camellia Cosmetics

It’s time to go from winter gloom to springy, sassy, and confident!

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Brow Highlighter, available in 2 shades

Give your makeup routine the jolt you’ve been waiting for all winter at Camellia with your custom FREE 15-minute spring makeup tutorial featuring brand-new spring arrivals, must-haves, & more!

FEATURED SPRING LOOK:

Smokey lilac/lavender eye shadow tips & tricks, natural hues on eyes and lips. Soft, subtle touches of soft purple hues to brighten you look while keeping it wearable for work and warming weather. As seen on the Fox28 Morning Show!

prcision brow pencil. 3 shades

Precision Brow Pencil, 3 shades

No appointment necessary, tag a friend and “Like” us on Facebook. You’ll both receive 20% off one item when you shop our new arrivals this week!

*Minimum 3 products to receive 20% off discount.
*Walk-ins welcome for FREE 15 look, appointment encouraged
*Come as you are, leave like a star 😉

See you this week!

5 new lavender shades

5 new lavender shades

#MOTD: Get This Look

Don’t you wish there was a way to make your eyes pop? Well, my fellow blue-eyed friends, this week we’re accenting your dreamy blues.

The Look: Enhance your blue eyes
                   + Glowy, natural complexion

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Eyes: Camellia Natural False Lashes, $15

Cheeks: The Balm Highlight, “Mary Lou-Manizer,” $24
Camellia Baked Blush, “Orchid,” $16

Lips: Palladio Lip Stain, “Berry,” $6
Camellia Lip Gloss, “Calla Lily,” $14

Get this look, customized just for you, only at Camellia!
To schedule a lesson with one of our makeup experts, book online here,
Just select *Best Look!*

Makeup, Mimosas, and 20% off? Happy Galentine’s Day!

Thanks towithcaitlin.blogspot.com for the graphic!

Thanks towithcaitlin.blogspot.com for the graphic!

Sure February 14th gets plenty of hype, but too often we forget about the importance of celebrating our gal pals; you know, your BFF, other soulmate, partner in crime.

So grab your fabulous, clever, strong, supportive bestie and SHOP TIL YOU DROP at Camellia Feb. 10-14, ’cause we’ve got 3 things every woman loves:

Mimosas, Makeup, and 20% off EVERYTHING!!! (*See details)

Sip mimosas and build your makeup and skincare haul with your BFF, all while enjoying 20% off in honor of healthy female relationships everywhere! Plus get a free gift with any purchase just for bringin’ your bestie. #noboysallowed #girlpower

**Offer Expires 2/14/16. Minimum 5 products in each haul to qualify for 20% off. Services not valid toward discount. Sale cannot be combined with rewards or other discounts.

For a chance to win a free makeup lesson with your bestie, Like us on Facebook and comment on our Galentine’s Day post by tagging your BFF! We’ll randomly select one pair of gal-pals as our big winners at the end of the week!

Real People, Really Perfect Brows.

How’s your brow game?

The Hollywood Brow + 5 Minute Fill lesson at Camellia Cosmetics: it’s the game-changer your eyebrows have been waiting for.

How good are we? Here’s a sneak preview:

Book your Hollywood Brow wax online here.  Stop into our store in Heritage Square Granger Monday – Saturday from 10-7, Sunday 12-5 for your custom 5-minute fill lesson.