A discussion with Amanda, Founder of MAKEUP MANDY
To start off, can you please introduce yourself briefly? And I'd also like to know what inspired you to start your current business.
My name is Amanda Jacobellis, and I founded MAKEUP MANDY in 2006. I began my career as a celebrity makeup artist and stumbled upon eyelash extensions at a convention. It was a relatively new concept back then. I remember there was a DVD with instructions, all in Korean with subtitles, which is how I learned.
However, I saw the potential in this technique to transform someone's appearance without makeup, and it gained immense popularity. I already had a celebrity clientele, so the transition was smooth. The key difference with eyelash extensions compared to makeup is that it's a recurring service, allowing me to quickly build and maintain a loyal client base. Eventually, I opened my first salon and realized the need for better and safer products, which led me to create my own.
That's fascinating. So, you were running your own offline salon and working with celebrities. But at the same time, I noticed you also have online store, right, on Shopify?
For the first time ever there is an FDA approved tint kit. Its made by Reflectocils and called Intense Browns. This kit uses colloidal silver, instead of an Oxidant like standard hair dyes, as an activator.
2022 Black Friday Makeup Mandy Salon Specials
Offers good until 11/29/22
8 Lash touchups and a free Proliner lash treatment ($120 value) for $999
Guide to Your Ideal Lash Extensions
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While the odds of you being announced a princess or a beauty queen tomorrow are on the lower end of the possibility chart, there’s nothing stopping you from
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Here are my top tips to keeping your skin as fit as your body.
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Spring cleaning is more fun when you are not allowed to do anything else. Some states are letting people open back up businesses etc. but for those of us who are still on lockdown, and looking to be productive, I have the perfect project for you: Quarantine Beauty Haul Cleanout! Why not clean out your beauty stash! Here is a helpful guide of when to toss those beauty products!
Studies show 70% of women are using contaminated products. Yuck!
Step 1. Take all of your products out. For me this is several spots. Empty your clutch, vanity, travel bags so that you can assess what you have and put only the good products back. You may find your favorite lipstick was hidden away and that you have 27 of the same blushes.
Learn how to remove your own eyelash extensions, the way professionals do. You DO NOT want to use coconut oil! Here is how the pros do it and you can do it the same at home to prevent lash damage.
Normally when people ask me how to remove their own lash extensions I explain how they should NEVER take their own lashes off because in most cases people get impatient and end up ripping off their own eyelashes in the process. As this quarantine goes on, however I understand that some of us just won't be able to keep blending those left over lashes. So here are the instructions on how to professionally remove them.
have been in the beauty industry ...well for a long time. I started working in beauty at the age of 15. It is so rare when a new beauty service comes about that is really truly great. I never fully jumped on the microblading bandwagon because I have a fear of commitment and pain. Brow lamination however has rocked my world. It is such a simple service, no pain, no down time. It lasts 3 months, which is long enough to be low maintenance but not so long that you can never change your look. Best of you will wake up looking so groomed and put together.
An Active lifestyle doesn’t have to mean more lash maintenance.
Working out keeps me feeling sane. I have been addicted to cycling lately and I also dable in barre method and yoga. So I understand the real struggle of wanting to get a good workout on but being afraid of loosing your lash extensions quicker.
There are steps you can take to eliminate the very real fear of sweating and ruining your lashes.
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Cleaning your lash extensions properly is the key to keeping them looking great longer! So many people I speak to say they don't clean their lashes because they are afraid of ruining them, or that their lash pro just told them to use water or any oil free cleanser.
So here is the deal. We can't use just any old products on our lash extensions. In order to keep these babies on as long as possible we need to clean them to ...
With so many lash options out there how do you know which is right for you? The options are endless and include lash conditioners, falsies, magnetic lashes, extensions, party lashes and lash lifts. What are all these options and which is best for you? Here we will guide you through all of the lash options, who they are best for and the pros and cons of each.
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As an avid eyelash extension wearer, a seasoned lash artist and an ingredient investigator, I wanted to share why using baby shampoo as an eyelash extension cleanser will not only lower your lash extension retention, it can also be unhealthy and lead to more sensitivity. So, here are my top ten reasons for not using baby shampoo to clean your lash extensions.
2017 Lash Lover's Holiday Gift Guide
- The Lash Snob
So here is the 2017 Lash Lover's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide. Find the best gifts for all of the lash lovers in your life. Your lash artist, your bff, your GF, your mom, and your sister. Christmas may only be a few weeks away but with a few clicks you can finish your holiday shopping today.
Without further ado, here are my top picks for the lash obsessed:
3 Easy Steps to long lasting, clean, healthy lash extensions!
We all know cleaning oils and bacteria off of our eyelash extensions can help them to last weeks longer, yet so many people are afraid just the opposite will happen. Every day I have lash clients tell me that they are afraid to clean their lashes, or that they feel cleaning the lashes actually makes the extensions fall off sooner.
Wedding Day Lash Extensions - Are They An Eye Do?
Sorry couldn't resist. After a recent interview with The Knot Magazine, I thought I should blog in detail about what you need to know if you are going to try lash extensions for your big day!
To be clear, I feel that lash extensions should be an essential part of everyone's pre wedding beauty prep.
The more beauty prep is done before the day-of the less stress and more beautiful you will feel.
There are a few things to know when getting Eyelash Extensions for the first time, here is your guide to getting great lashes the first time!
Not all eyelash extensions are equal.
I explain it by comparing going to a good hair salon verses a discount chain. Both hair cuts involve scissors, but your result is most likely going to be vastly different. There are many variables when it comes to Lash extensions so here are the questions to ask: