Thursday, 15 September 2016

LVL LASHES REVIEW: Before And Afters and My Thoughts!

LVL Lashes are finally becoming a bigger thing. I remember watching Lisa Elridge's video a while ago about them and realised how old it was! This treatment has been around for a long while, but (shock) it has just come under the spotlight since larger bloggers such as In The Frow have vlogged about their experiences, prompting people to go out and seek it! (YAY) I was really excited to be offered the treatment from Nouveau, as I love the brand. They are kind of like the standard you expect at all times from a technician and a great way to vet whether or not someone is worth going to. Their salon finder is a brilliant way to make sure whoever you want to visit for your treatments is actually registered with them (as LVL was created by Nouveau) and has had relevant training: which is very important if someone is going near your eyes.
LVL LASHES REVIEW, BEFORE AND AFTER MASCARA
Left: Before LVL
Right: After LVL, 2/3 weeks later wearing mascara - what a difference! 

The Treatment
Obviously as with any lash treatment, I went for a patch test first, around a week or so before my appointment. On the day of my appointment I went make-up free to the salon. You can wear make-up (not eye make-up) but it was just easier for me to go with nothing on and it makes it easier and fuss-free for whoever is doing it too. I was really excited as I have the most boring straight and stubby lashes ever.. or so I thought. You basically lie down on a bed for 45 minutes with your eyes shut as the technician applies the product. (Honestly, I have no idea what they do as my eyes were closed the entire time (obvs) but Nishi has a really good video of getting hers done.) It's quite a quick process, but feels like a long time as you're sitting there unable to scroll through Twitter or read a magazine!

It's not painful at all. It just feels a bit weird as your bottom eyelashes are stuck down with a pad, similar to when you get eyelash extensions. The top lashes are brushed over this little soft plastic shield with different solutions throughout the treatment. You're matched to the little shield, which is what your lashes are combed onto to apply the solutions and they hold that shape. There are three sizes of 'lift' and I went for the smallest shield, which gives the biggest curl/lift and most volume in the lashes. Your technician will discuss with you which would look best for you though, so you're not left in the dark while choosing! Your lashes also get tinted which is amazing as it really allows you to see the ends of your lashes and enhances the treatment by miles (I'm pretty sure I thought my lashes were super short, but they had just been bleached by the sun at the ends!)

During the 45 minutes (give or take) your technician will:

1. Cleanse the eyes/surrounding area.
2. Apply protective pads and the shield.
3. Brush eyelashes back onto the guard and apply the lifting balm. The balm breaks down the bonds of the lashes, enabling them to be restructured into a new shape.
4. Apply the 'volumising fix'. This repairs the broken bonds to fix and secures the lashes.
5. Tint your lashes.
6. Apply a moisturising serum to cleanse the lashes of any sticky residue left from the lifting balm, volumising fix or tint. It also nourishes the lashes with natural oils and essential moisture.

Straight after your treatment you may feel as though your lashes look kind of like you've stepped out the shower (all stuck together and 'wet' looking) as a lot of pictures do look like when they have been taken straight after. This doesn't last long and once you have showered, this goes away and your eyelashes return to a 'normal' looking state! The aftercare is quite simple, you can't get your lashes wet for 24 hours and then you're good to go... For 2 days after LVL, they recommend not to steam your face, use a steam room, swim or wash your face with hot water. Pretty simple really! I left my lashes for longer than 24 hours as I had washed my hair the morning before getting it done and that night just had a cool shower so no steam rose up onto my lashes and affected them. The longer you can leave your lashes un-touched after the treatment, the better!

I was sent home with a lash serum to apply each morning/evening (I added this to my after shower evening routine) It's a conditioner that keeps your lashes moisturised, pretty much. I have definitely noticed a difference in how many of my lashes fall out since using this, however that could just be because I'm being more careful with my lashes to make the LVL treatment last. Either way, it's never a bad thing to add it to your routine and it keeps the lashes separated and moisturised, especially as you want to make such an expensive treatment last as long as possible.

Do they last? 
LVL lashes are your natural lashes, so there aren't any extensions to gradually fall out or need removal, therefore it's a pretty low maintenance treatment. LVL gradually 'fades away' along with our natural lash cycle. So as we naturally loose eyelashes, the treatment goes along with it and the new lashes grow through as your normal, pre-treatment lashes. Our natural cycles can differ, but it's generally anywhere between a month and three months for some people. I don't scrub at my eyes at all so my lashes might last longer than someone that uses a baby wipe to remove their mascara (hopefully that makes sense!)

Pricing
I've seen beauty therapists advertise this treatment at around £25-35, which is an affordable treat. Here in Cambridge, and many of the smaller towns and cities where LVL isn't as accessible or popular, it is upwards of around £50. This really frustrates me, as that is pretty much the same price as eyelash extensions. I mean even Mink lashes are around £70-80. Why is LVL so much? I love the subtle look in comparison to extensions, but is the result too subtle for the price you pay? At around £35-40 or so, this could be a nice treat like acrylic nails or shellac, but for the steep fee it's currently at in many cities, It's one of those things that can put people off.

So..
Other than that point about price, I adore the treatment and I would most likely have it done again! I did really love the end result as I don't think eyelash extensions are for me (they are very expensive to upkeep with all the removal in the salon etc) This is also such a fuss-free treatment and amazing way of giving your natural lashes a boost. If you don't fancy the upkeep and potential damage of extensions, give LVL a shot!

Have you ever had LVL? Let me know your thoughts on the B&A photo! 


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52 comments

  1. I love how these look natural but really add length. I don't like how the price is more depending if you live in a small city as that is a bit unfair.



    EmmysBeautyCave | Bloglovin

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    1. I have found through researching on Instagram that prices vary wildly. I am happy to support my local salon in Cambridge, but knowing it's way cheaper elsewhere is confusing. Xx

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  2. How have I just discovered your blog Natasha? This is such an incredible review. I had this done around 3months ago and they still have a little lift, love this treatment.

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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    1. Thank you Elle!!

      I do love the treatment, it's so long lasting too :) x

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  3. Thanks for such a great review Natasha. We're unsure where the information on pricing has come from though as we never approve pricing of less than £30 (covering offers) our average across the country is £30-£55 which is what we advise all new technicians to aim for. Of course some local competition can change prices slightly but if a client is ever concerned about a low or high price, we encourage them to report (anonymously) to our brand protection team for investigation. We love LVL and want it to be reasonably priced and accessible for as many people as possible while still being a premium trustworthy brand

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    1. Thanks for the information!

      I'm sure this will be really helpful for people wondering and I've added clarification in my post :)

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  4. These look amazing! I used the finder and found loads of places that do this in my city so think a treat is needed when I head back there this weekend! Your lashes look amazing.

    Sarah | http://www.scarletstate.co.uk

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    1. It's 1000% worth getting it done! More and more places have started to do it now too! X

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  5. Oh wow, these look amazing! Would be the perfect treatment for me, I struggle with the curve in my lashes quite a lot :/

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    1. I struggled with that too, my lashes never EVER held a curl! xo

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  6. wow what a difference! Your lashes are beautiful to begin with but this really adds to them.

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    1. It's amazing right! Aw thanks, I feel more awake when I look at myself now though :) haha. XO

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  7. Wow! Natasha your eyes look amazing! And the effect is so natural too, you must be so pleased with it! I am impressed that such a high quality treatment doesn't have a £100+ price tag as well - I may look into getting some LVL lashes of my own! Thank you for sharing your experience in such detail!

    Abbey ✨ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! It's great for the price as it lasts 6-8 weeks!! xo

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  8. Really pretty! I don't think I could do it because it would feel odd to me. I don't like a lot of stuff going on around my eyes. I rarely even put mascara on. But you look great!

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    1. Yeah it does feel a little strange at first :) xx

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  9. Wow your lashes look great! I love seeing real reviews like this because I always think those products don't work. Did you feel your eyelashes getting longer? Or did you just see the difference in the mirror?

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    1. You can see the difference from the moment your technician passes you the mirror! I was sitting there like, 'THEY'RE MY REAL LASHES?!' it really, really enhances and lifts your lashes. You see the difference.

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  10. I feel like it'd feel pretty strange.
    I've worn fake eyelashes twice before (to two of my best friends weddings) and it just felt weird having something in my eye area.

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    1. This is just like a perm on your natural eyelashes so it doesn't feel funny at all, it's all your natural lashes, no added extensions or anything. X

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  11. This is awesome! I've heard of LVL but never had it done; I did get lash extensions a while ago and wear individual fake lashes on a fairly regular basis - but this looks absolutely amazing and it looks so beautiful on you! Thanks for sharing!

    xo
    AH

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    1. Thanks so much! Extensions are quite high upkeep! These are so fuss free. Thank you for reading :) xx

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  12. They look fantastic! I have THE shortest lashes ever- somehow both of my kids have long lashes, must get them from their daddy. I'll have to look into this over here across the pond!

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    1. Men always have the best lashes!! Thanks for reading :) xo

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  13. So beautiful!! I would love to try this! I spend so much money on a variety of mascaras trying to get my lashes to look longer so this would be great! Awesome review.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, mascara woes are a thing of the past now :) Xx

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  14. How interesting. I've found that my lashes aren't as full as when I was younger. I'll have to check this product out!

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    1. Me too. I think it may be from wearing mascara every single day!!

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  15. This was a great review! I've had lash extensions before but never heard of LVL. Yours came out great!

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  16. Your lashes look incredible!! I love seeing before & after pictures of LVL! Thanks so much for linking to my video - it's so interesting to see what happens while you have your eyes closed ha! It's crazy how much the prices vary, I always assume London is more expensive but I've found that most beauty treatments are more expensive elsewhere.. It kind of makes sense though. Unfortunately because my lashes are so stubborn and this is the only thing that works, I probably would pay £60 for it. Eek!
    - Nishi xx
    www.nishiv.com

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    1. Yeah I'm still happy to pay £50, it lasts so long anyway that it's not like nails which need doing every 2-3 weeks at £18-30 a time!!! X

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  17. Wow, what a difference this makes. So pretty.

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  18. I've been thinking about getting lash extensions for a while now but this sounds like a much better option. Wish I lived in London so it was more affordable though!

    Gemma Louise

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  19. Such a great in-depth post! I would love to have this treatment but not sure if any of my local salons do it as I live in such a tiny area.
    Lucie xo | lucieleannexo.wordpress.com

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    1. Hopefully they come to your local salon soon! xo

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  20. Your lashes look fabulous!! I was blessed with long and full lashes but will sometimes add some fake lashes for special occasions. This is a great alternative.

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  21. Omg your lashes look fab girl!!!! I have no lashes so my lashes need this lol

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  22. Oh this is so exciting to read as I'm getting mine done on Tuesday! My lashes look really really similar to your before pics so I'm hoping I have the same amazing results! I'm slightly worried that I'm going to blink loads as I have fluttery eyes!

    The Makeup Directory

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  23. Wow! It looks amazing! It would be a perfect treat for my eyes!

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  24. It looks great. I have long lashes and need to try this.

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  25. I've had it done once before and really liked the results, but again the price was just a little too much for what it was... :(


    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. I agree. Mine seem to have worn off quite quickly, which deters me from paying £40+ again.

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  26. Really enjoyed your review on the process/results? But now that its been a while since the treatment did you feel like your natural eyelashes were affected by the treatment after the 6-8 weeks? Thank you :)

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  27. Hi i'm having this done tonight and am just worried about keeping my eyes closed for so long ..... are you able to open them a fraction if you get anxious?

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  28. No you can't open them. I found the process a bit uncomfortable but bearable. Then I had a bad reaction after having it done. My eyes swelled up, went red and puffy and my eyeballs were bloodshot. My eyes were very sore and weeping. Three days later they are still puffy and sore. The dye didn't take at all on my lower lashes and has completely gone from my upper lashes. I really wish I'd not had it done. It looks fantastic on other people but just didn't work at all for me.

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  29. BTW I did have the patch test and had no reaction at all.

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  30. I just found out about this and regret not knowing sooner! Sounds amazing keep up the good work! visit this site

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