Parasol information for the summer

I got sunburned today which sucks, I was too lazy to carry a sunscreen to reapply, or a parasol and went from rehearsal to a picnic without thinking. I’ve been on a retinoid for 6 months already so it’s probably not that. If you are buying or have bought a typical parasol this summer, like the ones found in East Asia, remember that the silver-lined ones around SPF30 (from the packaging) and the black-lined ones are SPF50+.

The black ones have higher UVA ratings as well. I have a heavy black-lined one that sucks to carry in my bag, but may become necessary as we get closer to solstice.

Care and Feeding of Fake Eyelashes

After some deliberation I decided to get fake eyelashes which are easier than mascara at times. I see tons of people wearing them around here. No more oily mascara remover. I like to use ‘Duo’ glue, which is available in both light and dark for various complexions.

Types and Application 

First, if you have hooded eyes, try to get some eyelid tape, a product from Southeast Asia, to lift your crease in order to anchor the eyelash more strongly. You can order a pack of 100 on Ebay from overseas for just a few dollars. It’s suitable for all ethnicities particularly women of color, and is often made with Micropore tape, an all-American product. If you wear eyelid tape overnight for a few months, it could help to lift your crease line permanently to prevent sagging.

As for types of fake lashes, I haven’t used the mini groups before but I’ve used regular band, Remy, and ‘wispies’. Regular band usually have a solid band that the lashes are attached to. Some famous brands are Ardell and ELF. I’ve found that regular band lashes are the sturdiest, and plus the dark band makes it look like you’re wearing eyeliner. They’re also the best for those of us with hooded eyes because they create a lifted effect.

Remy lashes are made of the same premium hair that is found in wigs and weaves, that is manufactured in India and Malaysia. I find that these are also very sturdy and create a realistic look. However, I find that the human hair vs artificial hair debate is a bit overrated and artificial is just as good as real, when it comes to lashes. In fact I find that artificial hair is better, for me, because head hair on your lashes feels weird (to me).

Wispies have an invisible band and are made with artificial fiber. I have a pack of Moon Princess wispies from Ebay and they last about 10 wears, which is less than the other types of lashes. The reason they don’t live very long is because the band is super thin like a super skinny fiber optic fiber and sometimes lashes slide off from it. You have to go really easy on cleaning them.

About mink: I do not support the use of non-food animal hides, even if it is a pest. Mink and other fur-bearing carnivores are inedible due to uric acid (pee flavor) and musk. Moreover, I feel there may be a disease (prion, rabies) risk from putting fur too close to mucous membranes. I think invasive mink ought to be managed through neutering rather than hunting. Formulas similar to human birth control, sprinkled in feed, have been successfully used to manage free ranging rodents.

How To Clean Lashes 

Now what you have to do every night is try to pick the glue off your lashes, then put them back in their case. When you’ve gone through all the lashes for the week, or two weeks, depending on how many you have in your rotation, take a cotton swab and daub waterproof mascara remover on the bands. I use the biphasic waterproof mascara remover from Target, which is superior to mineral oil in that it does not leave lashes oily. I think it has both ionic and nonionic surfactants. Really filthy ones might need to be dunked in the cleanser. Soak them for a little while and then pick the rest of the glue off, using a lash comb to comb bits of it off if they have gotten in the strands.

When they feel clean, dry them off with paper towel or a tea towel and then wash them in a dedicated Tupperware with warm water and a little simple facial cleanser or tearless baby shampoo. Dry them off with the other side of the self-same paper towel or tea towel, give them a final rinse in plain warm water and then, when they are almost fully dry, wipe off lash cases and put them back in their cases.