Hi, my name is Mai. I’d like to share with you a bit of background about Blink Lashes. Not to show off or tell you how great I am, but so you can get a better idea of what we’re all about. At Blink Lashes our mission is to enhance women’s beauty through the art of eyelash extensions.
During my career as a flight attendant, I had to follow strict rules about grooming. I wasn’t allowed to wear strip lashes which bugged me because I wanted to look good (I was single at the time 🙂 ). I did some research and found out about these things called ‘eyelash extensions’, I’d never heard of them before. I decided to give it a try and found a place that did them. I fell in love with them right away because they looked natural and were still noticeable. The best part was I was able to get away with them at work! I got them done religiously.
When I moved back to Australia after my flight attendant career to start a family, I had no idea what to do with myself. I had always been interested in beauty but had never thought to make a career out of it before. I studied I.T. at uni, don’t ask : |. I enrolled myself into the Australian National College of Beauty’s Diploma of Beauty Therapy.
While completing the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) and CIDESCO qualifications, I learnt about eyelash extensions. I’d gotten my lashes done plenty of times before but I’d never thought about being the person to actually do it for other people until then!
After completing the diploma, I just practiced doing eyelash extensions at home and searching online to learn more. My husband used to laugh at me because I would sit at a desk and put eyelash extensions onto the edges of round makeup pads to practice! There was just something about it that I got addicted to. Some people would rather eat grass then sit there for hours applying hundreds of intricate lashes. But I loved it!
After devouring all the free online content, I decided to take it further and find a good eyelash extensions course. That’s when I did the Xtreme Lashes course which is a leading US eyelash educator. I used to practice on friends, family and find people who wanted to be models to get free lashes. After a lot of ‘tweezer time’ and persistence I got pretty good.
I started Blink Lashes from a tiny spare room at home in 2010. What really made me realise that this was my calling was when one of my clients got diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of the medical treatments she lost a lot of hair both on her head and eyes. She had always been very pretty so she was devastated. Luckily she still had some natural lashes but they were very thin. By giving her a full set of lashes and filling the gaps, she was able to regain some confidence in the way she looked. The joy and appreciation she got from the lashes made a big impact on me.
I never realised I could affect people’s feelings so much just with lashes. That’s when I realised that this is what I want to do. I started to take it super seriously and wanted to learn from the best. I did a lot of research and came across Nelly Soimina of Bordeaux Academy. She was one of the best in the international lash industry. She pioneered a technique that enabled more than 10 extensions to be put onto just one natural lash to create a super full and fluffy look. The only problem was, she lived in Kazakhstan! Most people would have just left it, but I went anyway! I flew to Kazakhstan and studied with her one on one for 5 full days straight. It was mind blowing and I came back a completely different technician. The great thing about continually learning is to pass all the knowledge onto my staff to help them maintain a high standard. I never hold back any knowledge and teach my staff everything I know.
Since then I’ve done heaps of other courses like:
- Phi Lashes – Russian Volume Training
- Brisbane Lashes – Volume Lash Mastery Course
- Flawless Lashes – Advanced Volume Training
- Maven Artistry- Volume Mastery
- Starlash Academy & Diamond Lashes – Advanced Volume Masterclass
- L.A Lash Box – Mega Volume Advanced Program
I was getting more and more clients every week. I had to try to take care of my 1 and 2 year old kids while helping all my clients. I would have to schedule appointments during the kid’s nap time! It was a crazy period. Thankfully now things have settled. The hard work and sacrifice paid off because now it’s allowed me to do what I love full-time. In addition to Wetherill Park, I’ve been fortunate to open a second salon in Bowral in the Southern Highlands. My clients kept bugging me to enter my work in some competitions so I recently did for the first time. I entered into the Master Lash Empress competition and won 1st Place for Textured Eyelash Extensions, 3rd Place for Classic Eyelash Extensions and 3rd Place for Lash Art categories. I was surprised I actually won!
There are three main values that I have that’s brought to life through everything at Blink Lashes. Helping people, striving for excellence and meaningful relationships. I love helping people to look good and feel good about themselves. When people look good they are often more happy and confident which has a positive impact on other areas of their life. It’s my way of bringing a bit of joy into people’s lives! Another value we have at Blink Lashes is striving for excellence. We always try to do the absolute best in everything we do. We put in 100%. We’re always looking for ways and things to improve for our clients. Why we care so much is because we value meaningful relationships. One of the most rewarding and enjoyable things is to get to know our clients. Not only do our clients love our lashes but they enjoy having an outlet to talk about anything and everything!
We exist for women who don’t settle for anything less than the best. We cater to women that appreciate quality and aren’t just after something cheap because they know that you get what you pay for. We have clients from all walks of life, from highschool students to mature aged women. They come to us because we specialise in eyelash extensions. If you do the one thing all day, every day you get very good at it! Here’s some of our clients that wanted to share their thoughts:
So that’s a bit of background about us. You can check out some of the different styles of lashes you can get here. Any questions just give me a call or SMS on 0459 546 556. I look forward to meeting you!
Lots of love and lashes,
Mai (Owner of Blink lashes)