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Treatments to Try: Lash lift at Lacquer Gallery

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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Travel to NYC for under $30? Flixbus bringing service to Columbus

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A new service launching in Columbus wants to get you to destinations such as Pittsburgh and New York City at a fraction of the cost of traveling by air.

FlixBus will begin offering a route connecting Columbus and New York City, with stops in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, on March 5. The cost to travel from Columbus to NYC will be around $29.99, and just $9.99 will get you to Pittsburgh.

Aside from its low prices, FlixBus sets itself apart with amenities such as free on-board wifi, power outlets at every seat, free on-board entertainment through an app, and free carry-on and checked luggage.

For information on FlixBus' rates, routes and more, check out their website.

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2 new cheetah cubs are “huge accomplishment” for Columbus Zoo

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In a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough, two cheetah cubs have been born through in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer into a surrogate mother at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

While the cubs’ biological mother is Kibibi, the cubs—one male, one female—were delivered on Wednesday, February 19 by Isabelle (Izzy).

Izzy, a first-time mom, has been providing great care to her cubs at this time, reported the Columbus Zoo in a release.

“These two cubs may be tiny but they represent a huge accomplishment, with expert biologists and zoologists working together to create this scientific marvel,” said Dr. Randy Junge, the Columbus Zoo’s Vice President of Animal Health. “This achievement expands scientific knowledge of cheetah reproduction, and may become an important part of the species’ population management in the future.”

According to the release, attempts to artificially inseminate cheetahs often have not been successful, with the last one occurring in 2003. The achievement at the Columbus Zoo brings the potential to help ensure the survival of cheetahs in their native range.

“I am very proud of the team for this accomplishment,” said Jason Ahistus, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Carnivore Curator. “It gives the cheetah conservation community another tool to use in cheetah management, both in situ and ex situ. It really opens the door to many new opportunities that can help the global cheetah population. This is a big win for the cheetah.”

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New comedy club bringing laughs downtown this summer

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Started as a small improv group around the fall of 2012, Hashtag Comedy Co. has since grown into a full-fledged improv comedy company offering shows, classes, and training to comedy fans in Central Ohio. 

Now, Hashtag has announced a new downtown headquarters to help keep the laughs coming. Opening Summer 2020 at 346 E Long St. at the corner of Long and Grant in downtown Columbus, the venue will focus on improv comedy but also provide audiences with standup, sketch, and variety shows.

“Opening a space for people to be creative and showcase their comedy has been a dream of ours for nearly our entire time together,” Sarah J Storer, founding member, co-owner and Artistic Director at The Hashtag Comedy Company says on their website. “When this opportunity came to us to open a venue in the heart of the city we love, we knew it was the right time and place to make it happen.”

The venue will hold 45-55 patrons on most nights, but can open to accommodate up to 90 for specialty shows and engagements. Stocked with a bar in the theater space and right next door to gourmet to-go kitchen Cluster Truck, patrons will be able to enjoy a great meal and a drink while taking in a show. Classes and corporate workshops will occupy the space during weekends and non-show nights as well as working hours during the day. 

To learn more about how you can get involved with The Hashtag Comedy Company, visit hashtagcomedy.com

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