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Review: Mimi’s Beauty Room, Sandymount

I’ll make a confession: I love having false lashes. This may make this review slightly biased; any kind of false lash application was always going to be in the good books, because I LOVE LOVE LOVE having thick lashes. It’s …

Wed, Jun 1, 2011, 10:30

   

I’ll make a confession: I love having false lashes. This may make this review slightly biased; any kind of false lash application was always going to be in the good books, because I LOVE LOVE LOVE having thick lashes. It’s a rarity for me. An ex of mine turned to me one day and went, “Wow, your eyelashes are really thin, aren’t they?” (Men, wha?!) So that might explain my obsession with long lashes – and I love to hate people who are naturally gifted with them.

Which brings me to Mimi’s! I got an email a few weeks ago asking if I’d like to come in and try out one of their treatments, seeing as the salon has only been open a couple of months and they’re keen to get the word out about their facility. On that note, I will tell you that they do a variety of treatments, from Shellac nail polish (€30) to Brazilian waxing (€50), full body Rockstar Tan (€35) and semi-permanent lash extensions by Novalash (€100 for a full set). [I'm also noticing now, looking at the price list, that they do eyebrow shapes for €12; I'm sorry I didn't ask for a tidy while I was there!]

Anyway I headed in this morning after an early-morning boxing session, starving and with shaking hands, munching on a croissant and apologising for my wet hair, full mouth, dishevelled appearance . . . The girls couldn’t have been nicer. I got a cup of coffee, I filled out a wee form (the people who have my doctor’s number at this stage of my life – poor her!) and I followed my therapist into the back room to get the ball rolling.

The salon itself is really nice. All slick, new fittings – lovely display cabinets in the front that made me want to buy Rockstar tan, fake eyelashes and Shellac polish, and that was all before I took a look at the menu. In the back is a very relaxing room where I lay down, covered my little feet with a towel and spent an hour and a half having my lashes applied.

Okay, that’s a bare-faced lie. I spent an hour and a half sleeping while my lashes were applied, and then I woke up, Sleeping Beauty style, and saw the new, improved, doe-eyed me in the mirror. That’s also a bit of a lie, because my eyelashes don’t look insane. Or particularly doe-y. They look really, really natural – which is what I wanted – and I look a little like a totally normal person, blessed with long eyelashes. Which is what I wanted all along!

The lashes are meant to last up to nine weeks or so, depending on your natural lash growth, and you can go back every four weeks for a top-up – which I really am considering already – at a cost of €40. I’ll let you know how I get on with them, and whether I go back for more.

If I had one tiny gripe – because, let’s face it, I do far too many positive reviews – it would be that the treatment room was a tiny bit on the cold side. But when I pointed this out, I was given a blanket and told that the room just takes ages to heat up, so I’d imagine it’s something that will be sorted out, along with any other teething problems. (I also overheard someone try to make an appointment and be told they were booked up for a Friday afternoon, so I don’t think Mimi’s is having popularity problems – catch them on 01-2071916.)

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