Lash Love


Left: Alcinda Walters. Right: Christa Martin wearing "The Flirt" eyelash extensions.

Recently, I had a chance to try out lash extensions for my second time, and again, I was thrilled. For out-of-towners, you can probably find a local spa in your area that does this service, and for Santa Cruzans, L'Atelier Day Spa is the place to discover "green," beautiful lashes by way of stylist Alcinda Walters who carefully applies lashes over the course of an hour or so, inserting each lash to your current lashes (not the lash line). The result is remarkable, lasts several weeks, requires no mascara, and completely opens up your eyes. I'm hooked. 

For those who are able to handle the financial upkeep of "fills" (around $50-$108 every two to three weeks), it's worth the investment. 

"I love the customization of creating the perfect 'look' for each of my clients," says Walters. "The Tease adds length and curl to the outside corner and light abundance to your natural length throughout. The Flirt adds length, medium abundance and curl to your entire lash line. The Classic Beauty is a favorite because it adds length, full abundance and curl to your entire upper lash area. For extravagant beauties, The Bombshell includes extra long, curly lashes with extreme abundance."

Discover the beauty of long eyelash extensions with Alcinda Walters at L'Atelier Day Spa, 304 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, (831) 469-7546. Tell her The Penny Rose sent you.  

Lash Extensions

Unfortunately, I was born with average eyelashes. Every morning I pile on mascara to darken and thicken them, then punch up my eye makeup with a thin smudge of dark eyeliner and a neutral shadow. The look? Just fine, but my eyes could use some oomph. Recently, I heard about lash extensions and throught they might be the beauty secret that I was after. So, I tried them out at L'Atelier Spa, an organic, green, vegan, gorgeous spa in Santa Cruz. L'Atelier's version of lashes are PETA-approved and applied with a non-toxic, medical-grade adhesive.

There are four levels of lashes, going from a very natural look to a full blown bombshell look. Usually one for understatement, I decided to try something new and went for the third tier of lashes, "The Classic Beauty." My cosmetologist spent about an hour applying the lashes (with my eyes closed during the entire time). After the application, I opened up my eyes and I was instantly impressed, so much so that I have to admit I had a major shot of self-esteem that's continued to last during the two weeks following my appointment. The above clockwise images document my before and after lashes.

Since then, I've gone without mascara or eye makeup and have felt completely confident. The lash extensions have simply accentuated my eyes in a natural way, while doing away with the time spent on jazzing up my eyes every morning. Maintain the look with lash fills every few weeks. (Eyelashes naturally shed.) There aren't many beauty treatments that I get fully behind, but having lash extensions has been truly eye-opening. 

Lash Extensions, L'Atelier Spa, 304 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz,, (831) 469-7546. The spa also offers myriad green beauty treatments including an express manicure which I recently tried out, too. The perks—a non-toxic, clean, safe manicure for the speedy woman-on-the-go in a classy, sweet space.