My favorite writers and bloggers are those who are transparent, genuine, and relatable — without desperately trying to be those things. I like people who can generally be self-deprecating and self-aware to a point where I’m like, “Yeah, you’re human, just like me. I appreciate you showing me that,” because most of the time, it’s a lot easier to hide behind a public, social media facade.
I think it exudes a certain amount of humility to lay it all out there, and humble is what I strive for, so I thought I’d offer up a few facts about yours truly today that aren’t common knowledge. This post might stem from the over-sharer in me — okay, fine, it definitely does (I once told a complete stranger in the line at Starbucks how I had just failed a Spanish test when he asked me how my day was… over-sharer problems) — but you know what? I want Freckles and Figs to be a place of raw honestly, so raw honesty is what you shall get.
(I know probably you didn’t sign up for any kind of raw anything by typing my website URL into your search browser, but stick with me and maybe you’ll like it around here? One can hope!)
Fun fact: when I wore this dress to work at my first job out of college, an older coworker of mine asked if there were miniature burritos all over it. He was our graphic designer and, as you can imagine, a little kooky, and I crack up thinking about a dress covered in burritos any time I wear this dress. Maybe I should just save this dress to wear when I go eat burritos? That story has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of this post, but I love it. So there you go.
Anyway! The sky began falling in Dallas today. Can you tell from these photos? The weather is supposed to keep up the madness — thunder, lighting, wind, and lots and lots of rain — for the next EIGHT DAYS. April showers and all that, I guess. But I’m pretty happy today nonetheless because a) I love overcast weather and rain (even when it’s windy as all get out), and b) I’m giving a new beauty fad a little test run. And so far, I’m pretty obsessed.
I stopped in to Flirty Girl Lash Studio on Saturday and met with Crystal, the owner, to get some eyelash extensions! I love me some long and luscious eyelashes, and I have since I started wearing makeup, like, ten years ago (and now I feel old). If I had to bring one beauty product with me to a deserted island, I’d definitely choose sunscreen. But my second choice would absolutely be mascara.
I’m constantly on the hunt for the best mascara out there that’s lengthening, but not clumpy, and my girlfriends can tell you I am the first to jump on any occasion where false lashes might be of good use. So the thought of not even needing to use mascara, yet getting the look of long, beautiful eyelashes, was pret-ty appealing.
The other perfect part about eyelash extensions is that I’m sort of the laziest when it comes to my day-to-day makeup. I use about, oh, five products, and it takes about five minutes for me to apply them. But now I don’t have to use ANY eye makeup (unless I want to throw on eye shadow or eyeliner, which I don’t typically do on a normal day). So literally, y’all, my makeup routine now is a three-minute process. In this post, I’m wearing concealer, face powder, and bronzer. I’m in lazy-girl heaven.
Plus, getting the extensions applied was relaxing and painless, so much so that I fell fast asleep during the process. It took about an hour, and laying there with my eyes closed for that amount of time is bound to end with me nodding off once or twice. Every once in a while, I’d feel Crystal re-align my head, which had literally nodded to the side as I dozed off to sleep. Whoops.
Before starting, she showed me a few different looks to choose from, from minimalistic extensions (a more natural look) to super-diva (thick, voluminous, dramatic). I chose the simpler ones, and Crystal adapted the style some to make my eyes look larger per my request. I loved that she tailored it to exactly what I wanted.
If you’re on the fence with this fad like I was (I wasn’t sure if I would like the finished look as much as I do), I’d say absolutely give it a shot. And if you’re in the Dallas or North Texas area, I 100-percent recommend Flirty Girl in Plano (at The Shops at Legacy)! Crystal and her girls will take great care of you. Pinky promise.