Yeah, that’s right. I just put photos of myself sans makeup on the internet. What’s next? Writing a haiku about getting a brazilian? Going to a scientology church?Now, I’m not a particularly high-maintenence lady (I slept in a barn in Bolivia once. And can pack for a weekend away using only my purse) but I’m oddly attached to my makeup. I’m quite fair with blond eyelashes and eyebrows, with little to no natural color to my lips or cheeks. Without some mascara or lipstick, I look ill. For real. A professor once stopped class to ask me if I was sick, or going to faint. No, no Professor Gremmels. I just didn’t have time to put on eyeliner for your 8 am class.
But when I travel, I usually can’t be bothered to do anything other than apply sunscreen and put my hair in a ponytail. Which is super comfortable but results in photos that should have captions like “Zombie in front of the Berlin Wall.” “Undead girl at Angkor Wat.”
What’s a girl to do? Get her eyebrows and eyelashes dyed, that’s what!
I decided that for something involving chemicals in the vacinity of my eyes, I’d forgo my usual super cheap salon and head to someplace a bit more upscale. Enter Phresh Spa Salon. So cute! So lovely! Staffed by kind, non-intimidating women who don’t make you feel ridiculous for coming to a spa appointment in flip flops!
The actual process took all of fifteen minutes and was completely painless. I wear contacts, so I’m contantly sticking things in my eyes and I wasn’t phased by a q-tip with vaseline rubbed around my eyelids. We let everything sit for a few minutes, chatted about the merits of sundresses with built in bras and then wiped all the dye off. The wiping bit was slightly stingy, but nothing that a drop of Visine didn’t fix.
I’m totally thrilled with the results – I feel like I want to grab strangers and be all “Do you think I’m wearing make up? Do you? Huh? Because I’m not! But it looks like I am!” The dye is supposed to last for 4 – 6 weeks – how awesome is that? A month+ of not wearing makeup while simultaneously not looking like the undead! For $40? Hellz yes.
Would you ever dye your eyelashes or eyebrows? How do you feel about going without makeup?
* Phresh was nice enough to comp my services, but I’d recommend them (and this service) regardless. I wouldn’t steer you wrong, yo!