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Regina Fox

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In my morning routine, the choice between a few extra minutes of sleep and putting on makeup is easy: Zzz. But, as someone who strives to achieve Alicia Keys-level makeup-free beauty, I’ve developed a curiosity about emerging beauty services that help enhance your looks in a more natural and sustainable way. And so, that curiosity lead me to Lacquer Gallery Clintonville’s flamingo-covered foyer for a lash lift and tint appointment.

Scroll down for my “Before” and “After”

For those who don’t lay in bed in the wee hours of the morning, scrolling through the “Beauty” tab in their Instagram Explore, lash lifts are essentially a perm for your natural eyelash. The semi-permanent process gives your lashes an upward curl, similar to what an eyelash curler does, except it lasts 12 weeks rather than 12 hours. This, paired with a tint, makes your lashes look longer, fuller, and darker.

My esthetician Shyloh Casteel led me back through Lacquer Gallery Clintonville’s new digs at 3284 N High St. (which, by the way, are absolutely gorgeous. It’s the ideal hangout for an edgy girly girl) into her cozy wood and foliage-covered studio. She did a quick 1-2 on my “before” face to assess my natural lashes, laid me back, and began waving her magic wand.

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The process is really quite quick and simple. Shyloh placed a silicon rod on my upper eyelid, combed my eyelashes upward, and lightly adhered them to the rod. Once all my lashes were fanned out and secured, Shyloh applied the perming solution. This sits for six minutes. Next, Shyloh applied the setting lotion which processes for five minutes. The combination of these formulas is strong enough to give your lashes the flirty curl of your dreams and lock it into place for up to three months, but not nearly as harsh as what your mom and all your aunts used on their hair in the 80s.

Lastly, Shyloh painted on the black/blue dye. This add-on service gives lashes depth and darkness—perfect for someone like me who doesn’t wear mascara every day. (However, it is normal for clients to simply get a lash lift.) The tint sets in for eight minutes.

During the application of both the perming solution and the tint, I had to keep my eyes closed. Though I didn’t experience discomfort, Shyloh explained that it is possible for the products to seep into customers’ eyes, in which case she instructs them to sit up and blink rapidly until it passes. While the solutions are capable of causing irritation, they are not dangerous. In fact, lash lift and tints have additional benefits of getting rid of potentially bacteria-laden mascara wands and the pulling and scrubbing involved in daily mascara removal.

After clearing away the tint, Shyloh loosened my lashes from the silicon rod and handed me a mirror. As my girl Fergi would say, my lashes were G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S. Each tiny, dark hair stretched towards the heavens with the cutest curl. And my set was so full, it looked like a damn Chinese hand fan! All I had to do was keep them dry for the next 24 hours.

I walked into Lacquer Gallery with the most painfully average natural lashes and walked out 50 minutes later feeling like Cindy Lou—a lunch break makeover. Eyelashes may be small, but they now make me feel oh so mighty.

Lacquer Gallery Clintonville is located at 3284 N High St. Lash lift and tints cost $75. Visit lacquergallery.com or call (614) 725-3838 for more information.

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Cedar Point, Kings Island are suing to get you back

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It just doesn’t seem fair, does it? Columbus Zoo & Aquarium are allowed to re-open but Cedar Point and Kings Island have been snubbed in Gov. Mike DeWine’s most recent announcement that Ohio’s entertainment venues were allowed to re-open.

After being left out of the party, Cedar Point, Kalahari Resort and Kings Island sued the director of the Ohio Department of Health Thursday, arguing that Dr. Amy Acton doesn’t have the authority to keep the state’s amusement parks and waterparks shut down and in doing so is violating the park’s rights.

The lawsuit was brought by attorney Maurice Thompson, executive director of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law. The county health departments for both parks were also named in the lawsuit.

No word yet from the Ohio Department of Health as to when, or if, either amusement park will be allowed to open in June.

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Updated hours for North Market as first Farmers’ Market of the season opens Saturday

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Get excited Columbus foodies - this Saturday marks the beginning of North Market’s Farmers’ Market season! The Farmers’ Market will tantalize your taste buds every Saturday this summer through October, from 8 a.m. until noon at the North Market outdoor plaza at 59 Spruce Street.

During the coronavirus pandemic, North Market provided customers with fresh pick-up bundles. Now they’ve updated their operating hours to give consumers who want to shop again a chance to pick their own culinary delights.

"The hope is that a gradual reopening will strike a balance between the desire to serve the public and still respect the very real health concerns still shared by merchants, public, and staff," said Rick Harrison Wolfe, North Market's executive director, in a press release Thursday.

The updated hours, which will go into effect this Sat., June 6, are as follows:

  • Monday - Tuesday: closed
  • Wednesday - Friday, Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

All of those in attendance will have to observe the following guidelines as outlined in a press release by North Market:

  • North Market's mask requirement that applies to indoor merchants and guests will also apply to all outdoor vendors and guests.
  • Access to each farmers' market booth will be limited. Markings on ground will indicate this requirement and will show the distance required between people. Only one person/group traveling together may be in each box at a time.
  • Several farms and vendors will offer contact-free shopping and pre-orders. North Market asks that guests pre-order and plan out shopping trips when possible. This helps keep crowds to a minimum and lines moving smoothly.
  • Farms and vendors will provide hand sanitizer for guest use.
  • North Market farms and vendors are committed to helping prevent the spread of illness by washing hands frequently, covering coughs/sneezes, staying home when sick, and avoiding exposure to others who are sick. We ask that all guests follow the same protocols and do not visit North Market or the Farmers' Market if feeling ill.
  • North Market farms and vendors will continue to strictly follow all local public health guidelines, safety protocols, and best practices.

If you’re interested in which merchants will be open on what days, North Market has been dedicated to providing you with that information during the pandemic. You can find the list, which is updated daily, here.

Although there are still limitations on indoor seating, outdoor seating on the porch and the farmers’ market plaza are currently available.

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Weekend Getaway: Ohio State Park lodges reopen

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Cooped up inside of our homes for the past few months, everyone could use a change of scenery. Luckily for those that love the great outdoors of Ohio, the perfect getaway is now possible once again.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced on May 28 that all nine Ohio State Park lodges would be reopened by June 5.

The places where you can escape to are listed below in order of closest proximity to Columbus to furthest:

  • Deer Creek
  • Burr Oak
  • Mohican Lodge
  • Salt Fork Lodge
  • Shawnee 
  • Hueston Woods
  • Maumee Bay
  • Punderson Manor

Director of State Park Lodges Tom Arvan had this to say in the May 28 press release:

“Our staff has been working diligently to ensure that guests return to a safe and sanitized environment following the CDC safety guidelines. Our goal is for our guests to feel comfortable as they enjoy the fun activities and relax in the natural beauty of the lodges and all the state parks have to offer this summer.”

Visit https://www.greatohiolodges.com/ to secure your much-needed wilderness adventure today.

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