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{falsies for me} + an interview with esthetician, Cayla Williams

Well, falsies don’t do them quite the justice they deserve (it just sounded good in the title).

And by falsies, I actually mean mink eyelash extensions. Yes, mink.

Luxurious. Beautiful. Eye-catching {pun intended}. 

I’m totally using this wedding as an opportunity to pamper myself and I’ve had my eye on these lashes since I got engaged. In fact, they were first thing I had planned. No joke. I need ‘um.

I also recently learned that the esthetician that introduced me to these beauties, is the only one  in the Yakima Valley that offers the mink version.  Her name is Cayla Williams of the Hair Cafe Studios (Tieton). 

I couldn’t resist the interview. 🙂

Mink eyelash extensions | eyelash extensions...before and after | Cayla Williams, Esthetician at Hair Cafe Studios

First, a little about Cayla:

I graduated from the Euro Institute of Skin Care in Renton, WA in July 2008. I have been a working at Hair Cafe Studios since October 2008. I have always had a passion for skin care, beauty, and making people feel good. I love going to work everyday and enjoy making women feel good about themselves.

Can you tell us a little about this mink eyelash extension process?

The mink eyelash extensions are applied individually to each individual eyelash. The process for a full-set takes about 2 hours during which you are laying down with your eyes closed listening to relaxing music, or if you’d like you can being headphones to listen to. The process is painless and relaxing, in fact most people fall asleep. They are available in a variety of different lengths and thicknesses – from natural to dramatic. They eliminate the need to wear mascara and eliminate the need to use an eyelash curler.

Can they get wet?

They are waterproof, sweat-proof, and tear-proof.  They are great for brides because they stand out in photos and are great if you’re going on a honeymoon because they’ll last all the way through.

How long do they last?

They fall out naturally with your own eyelashes, so depending on your natural lash cycle, you come in for a fill about every 2 – 4 weeks. The procedure of the fill is to replace extensions that have fallen off with a new eyelash extension on your new lash growth. The process for a fill is about 1 hour.

What if you don’t want a fill and only prefer them as a one-time-thing?

If you choose to just wear the lashes for your wedding and not keep them up they would last up to 6 weeks. If you did choose not to keep them up you have 2 options; either let them all fall off naturally or I have a solution I can put on the lashes to remove them in a short, painless visit.

When is the best time for a bride to get the last extensions?

I recommend coming in about a month and a half before your wedding to get the lashes. That way you can play around with different lengths and looks to see what you like best and what look you want for your big day. The lashes also get thicker with each fill. Although it’s not necessary to come in a month and a half before the wedding, I recommend at least making your appointment even if it’s only a couple of days before the wedding in advance because I do get booked out a few weeks in advance.

What are some other procedures you do for brides?

I also do European facials, facial and body waxing (including Brazilian), eyelash/eyebrow tinting, peels, and body treatments.

What would you recommend for a bride to get her face glowing for the big day?

I recommend a series of glycolic acid peels about 2 months before the wedding to remove that top layer of dull, dead skin to reveal radiant skin. Peels are also good for acne scarring, reducing pore size, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and pigmentation issues.

Do facials help?

A European facial is not only a great way to un-wind and relax, but is a great deep cleansing, massage, hydrating mask, and extraction of impurities if necessary.

How can we book an appointment with you?

I offer appointments evenings and weekends to accommodate to all of your skin care and beauty needs. You can look at actual client before and after pictures of eyelash extensions on my Myspace page. To schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 509-961-1699.

Cayla was also sweet enough to offer 20% off of the last extensions for the bride, bridal party, mother of the bride, and sisters of bride!

Thank you, Cayla!

Get booking,



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Makeup Tutorial from a Pro

I know I have yet to really broach this subject, but I found this wonderful little makeup tutorial for DIY’ing your own wedding, shower or rehearsal dinner makeup.  It’s never too early to start practicing. Plus, I wanted to share before it gets forever lost in my heaping inbox . . . ahh the beauty of YouTube 🙂


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Tidbit Tuesday


After the ceremony and photos, the bridal party’s bouquets often get plunked down and forgotten. Grouped on a side table in vases personalized with charming name tags, they’re showcased for all to enjoy.


Local Gift Resources


Take a snapshot of your look after the makeup trial. The camera picks up what the mirror might not. Looking at your reflection, you may think, “This is beautiful.” But, once the picture is taken, you may think the foundation is too white or something is off. A photo will help you correct that.

Local Hair and Makeup Resources


When you are posing for pictures, cross your legs at your ankles for a more flattering look. Also, to avoid a double-chin effect, turn your neck slightly and lower your chin to create a bit of a camouflaging shadow.



To make sure your engagement ring is at its sparkliest for your big day, clean it with a mixture of six parts water and one part ammonia. Use a soft-bristle brush to make it really shine.



Don’ts the Week Before the Wedding

1. Try a new food (hello allergic reaction)
2. Wax anything you have never waxed before (bumpy red irritated skin… and itching)
3. Cook in the middle of the night (hello second degree burns – on my face!)
4. Overeat (it is a tight white dress after all)
5. Starve (it can be a loose white dress if you are not careful – and you can faint)
6. Do anything too sporty (although the cast is white too – it just doesn’t look so good with the dress)
7. Try new makeup (see number 1 and number 3)
8. Get a hair cut from a new beautician (I think this one is a no brainer)
9. Stay awake and worry (no makeup can hide truly dark circles)
10. Forget that it is just a party (down Brideziila! – down girl!)

The Green Bride Guide


The last thing you want to pack on your honeymoon is a bunch of guide books! Take advantage of free travel podcasts available online, and your MP3 player can become your own personal tour guide.


A list of FREE travel podcasts

Lazaro 3607


Don’t go overboard on your wedding day jewelry. If you are wearing a statement necklace, don’t wear large earrings as well. Making one piece the focal point of your look creates a subtle, sophisticated effect.


Bridal Jewelry


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Deals Around the Valley #5

Deals Around the Valley #5: 20% off spa services

Cayla Williams, of Hair Cafe Studios, is generously offering a 20% discount on all of her services for brides, the bridal party, moms and sisters . . . and that adds up!

Hair Cafe Studios’ {make me beautiful} menu includes European facials; waxing; peels; eyelash and eyebrow tinting; lash extensions; body treatments and more!

If you’re planning on {pampering} yourself – and your BM’s – for the big day, Hair Cafe should be a must-visit-place on your list!

mink eyelashes

Mink Eyelash Extensions – {oh, so pretty!}

I can’t wait to try her studio out for my own pre-wedding pamper rituals 🙂

For more information on your skin care needs, or to make an appointment (available days, evenings and weekends), please call 509.961.1699

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Deals Around the Valley #3

Deals Around the Valley #3: Tan for $1

selah tan office

Selah Sun Tanning Salon is beginning their 3rd Annual Dollar Days! For just $1 per tan, brides, grooms, BM’s, MOB’s {everyone}, can get that sun-kissed glow for the big day!  Tans expire Nov. 10, 2009.

In order to help protect the skin and accelerate the process, SST is also offering 20% off any lotion to our readers . . . just mention this post!

{SPECIAL NOTE} If you book a massage by the end of September, receive one hour of relaxing bliss for just $45 ! Brides — take note, you may need help getting back into a peaceful state when it gets closer to the big day J 

 selah tan bed

{I just want to add that stand-up beds – pictured above – are the best b/c they don’t leave those annoying tanning lines!}

Selah Sun – “The Friendly Place to Tan” – offers three levels of indoor tanning, body massage and professional tanning products from top brands such as: Designer Skin, Swedish Beauty, Aussie Gold, Supre, Figi, Three Wishes and many more.  In addition, this stylish salon carries a line of designer handbags & cosmetics for the savvy, multi-tasking shopper in you 😉


Go get your tan on!

Selah Sun Tanning Salon

304 South 1st Street

Selah, WA




Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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