Lashes and Lashes and Lashes, Oh My!

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Hello all! I’m sure you all know me by now but in case you don’t, my name is Lauren and I am a licensed Esthetician and newly licensed NovaLash artist here at Citrus Skin Studio. I specialize in eyebrow & eyelash tinting as well as eyelash extensions. I’m writing this to help answer any questions you may have about eyelash extensions!

NovaLash lash extensions are a gorgeous new way to extend the length, darken and thicken natural eyelashes. They are a practical and beautiful alternative to the daily use of mascara. Unlike the old traditional strip or tab lashes, lash extensions are the first innovation in lash lengthening that can be worn daily, without nightly removal. They are immediately waterproof, oil-proof and sweat-proof right after the application! Because each tapered, synthetic lash adheres to a single natural lash, the end result is glamorous and natural! There are two different types of NovaLash extensions called extreme/volume and classic. Here at Citrus Skin Studio, we offer the classic eyelash extension; they look more natural and have an easier upkeep.

NovaLash lash extensions are applied while lying down. A full set takes about 120-150 minutes and a touch-up takes about 60-90 minutes, it really depends on the growth and shedding cycle of each person. It is a painless process and a perfect time to take a nap or just relax!

NovaLash extensions can be worn throughout the year with light monthly maintenance. Touch-ups are recommended after the initial full set application to refill any lashes that have cycled out. To maintain the full, thick appearance of a new set of lashes, a touch-up visit is recommended every 2-4 weeks based on your own natural lash growth cycle.

Classic eyelash extensions are the type we offer. Classic lashes are applied one to one, meaning one natural eyelash to one eyelash extension. Volume lashes are applied in clusters, meaning there is a small bunch of about 3 or 4 lashes adhered to one single eyelash. Volume lashes are a little more maintenance and it is more noticeable when a fill is needed because a cluster of eyelash extensions falls out rather than one single eyelash extension. It is a bolder, more dramatic look.

Lash extensions will not harm natural lashes. The NovaLash application technique allows natural lashes to grow and thrive with extensions. This technique requires several different “separation” steps during the application process so each extension adheres to a single natural lash in order to prevent interruption of the lash growth cycle.

Mascara is typically not needed with lash extensions. Mascara should only be used when a touch-up is drawing near. Water-soluble mascara can be worn; however, constant use of mascara may shorten the lifespan of lashes. Waterproof mascara is not recommended for use, as it will dissolve the bond with the lashes. Glycol and carbonate free mascara will help your lashes last longer.

Nightly cleansing is necessary to maximize the life of the extensions. Using a lash wand with a drop of baby shampoo to comb the lashes free of tangles is recommended. This helps to cleanse the lashes of any makeup or debris while moisturizing to maintain flexibility.

For a limited time, a classic full-set of lashes is $100.00 and a fill is $50.00.That being said, if several weeks have passed since you were due for your fill, the price will be $75.00 considering more lashes will have fallen out and more time and labor is required to fill those lashes back in.

To schedule a lash service please visit

or call 717-534-100

I look forward to meeting you !!



When All Else Fails, Take A Bath !

My appreciation for baths began last fall when  I started running. Friday evenings were my long runs and after a busy week at work followed by a long hard run, a bath was perfect. Bath bombs with epsom salts and essential oils helped heal my muscles and start their recovery. Quiet alone time, aside from my dog Sophie trying to stick her face in the bubbles, was a great way to unwind. I have gotten good at taking a bath. I bring in my music, a candle, and wine. Trying to unravel tight muscles and slow my racing mind became a weekly ritual that I still practice.

Recognizing the therapeutic benefits of baths on the mind and body, I started searching for quality bath products that would also hydrate and nourish my skin. Of course, I loved testing products and I have brought in the best to Citrus Skin Studio.

We now carry bath and body products from the well-known lines of Beekman and Cottage Greenhouse. These products were chosen for their quality ingredients, high company standards, feel, scent and benefits for the skin.


Sound tempting? Here are more great reasons to indulge in a bath ritual


It Helps Your Mood

It’s a proven fact. A bath, especially at the end of the day, significantly improved the mood and optimism of the participants of a research study, which was attributed to a combination of bodily comfort, warmth, isolation, and body position

Baths Can Help Relieve Skin Conditions

Baths with essential oils, or oatmeal baths, will moisturize your skin sloughing off dead cells, reduce itching, and calm irritation.

Bath Heat And Salts Can Help With Muscle Pain 

Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate. Baths are an easy and ideal way to enjoy the associated health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including:

  • regulating enzymes
  • reducing inflammation
  • assisting muscle and nerve function
  •  helping to prevent artery hardening

Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches


Baths Before Bed Produce Better Sleep

A relaxed mind, warm water, soothed muscles, dim lights…add some lavender oils and you are setting the stage for a deeper and more restful sleep.


Baths Can Alleviate Cold Symptoms and Calm Aches and Pains

Inhaling steam can help clear out nasal passages. try some eucalyptus in a bath bomb or oils to also relieve cough and chest congestion.

Baths are excellent for quiet time and part of a self-care ritual.  Stop into Citrus Skin Studio to check out our latest collection of bath bombs, salts, scrubs and body whips. 




I know of at least 5 places within a 5 mile radius of us that offer lash extension services, yet so many of our clients are unfamiliar with this service. There are  different kinds of extensions and it can be confusing. I am not a lash artist but I can share with you my personal experience with extensions and hopefully guide you in the right direction if you choose to have them done and tell you the difference between what we do at Citrus and what our friend’s offer at their salons.

I tell our clients that extensions are like getting acrylic nails since many people are familiar with this. Let’s say you have weak nails that split easily or you want to have great looking nails for a couple of weeks at a time. Acrylics attach to your natural nail and enhance them and you can make them longer and stronger. BUT, as your nail grows you need to have them filled in every 2 to 3 weeks.

Lash extensions are a synthetic lash that is bonded to each of your natural lashes to add volume and length.  You do not have to wear mascara and you are maintenance free for a couple of weeks at a time. BUT, as your natural lash falls out the extension goes along with it and you need to have them filled in every 2 to 3 weeks.

Last year I decided to have my own done. I knew the basics as I described above but did not really understand different types of lashes. When I went to the salon I said I wanted long, full, thick lashes. I mean, who doesn’t ? I have oily skin and even the best waterproof mascara smudges on me and as I get older my lashes are thinner and shorter so I was really excited. What I did not know is that I was getting VOLUME lashes . I was really taken a back when I looked in the mirror. I asked for them and I got them but I was not happy. I felt ridiculous. I felt like I was too old to pull off this look and it just wasn’t me. I DO NOT BLAME THE SALON, to be clear. I asked for long, thick and full lashes and that is what I got. I paid a lot for them and I started to get use to them but as my natural lashes fell out it was very obvious that I needed a fill even less than 10 days after they were applied. I had to go for fills every 10 to 14 days to keep them looking nice and it was too costly.

I went to another salon that does a different lash extension service to help get a more natural look. The lash artist told me that I had 5 -6 lashes bonded to each of my lashes from the other salon and that her practice there is to do a 1:1 ratio. That is what I went with for the past year. It does not have that wow factor that the other lashes did but they looked great, long and thick but not over the top. I never needed mascara and I could go 3 weeks before I needed a fill.

For those reasons that is why I chose Nova Lash to bring into Citrus Skin Studio. Our clients are getting these lashes for a variety of reasons  – they have thinning lashes, light colored lashes or want to ditch the mascara. I still like the look of the volume lashes but personally it is not for me and for most of the clients we serve. If that is the look you want we would be more than happy to send you to a lash artist we know and trust in the area.

When deciding to get lashes you need to consider : volume, length and maintenance.

Ask your lash artist how long they have been doing the service. I went for a fill at my regular salon but saw a different person. I did not feel I had as many lashes in the inside of my eyes as I usually do. When I went back to see my regular girl she explained that the girl who did them last was new and had not yet developed her skills to do the inside corners of my eyes. I was not happy as I was still charged the same ! Ask if you will get a full set !

I can not tell you the all the differences between lash brands. We chose Nova lash because of their history as a solid company, reputation , training and support.  Other salons use their own criteria in selecting their brand but in the end it is what lashes do we want to offer to the clients we serve.

Please feel free to contact Lauren at Citrus Skin Studio for any questions. She is our certified lash artist and very enthusiastic about her services.

Happy Lashing !

Donna Eicherly , RN, LE owner at Citrus Skin Studio