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Welcome beautiful people! I am Laura, a beauty lover and chocolate addict. I love to share my thoughts on the best (and of course the worst) of all things beauty related.

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Renaissance Nails and Beauty : One of a Kind Experience

I absolutely love supporting local, Canberra businesses, so when Renee asked me to come into her salon last week, I was super excited!

I've known Renee for a while now and went in a few years ago to get my nails done and absolutely loved her work, so I was super excited to head back to try out one of her new services that she's just started to offer.

Renee completed her Diploma of Beauty Therapy at Canberra Beauty Academy whilst gaining extensive experience in a local beauty salon. During this time, she underwent training with Bio Sculpture Gel & discovered her true passion within the industry. She now works from her private and professional home studio, Renaissance Nails and Beauty, specialising in Bio Sculpture Gel nails/nail art (which are amazing by the way). She also offers a number of other services including: Relaxation Massage, Pure Fiji Pedicures, Techno Tan spray tans, and facial waxing and tinting. 

She has, however, just started to offer a really exciting new service, which is what I went in to check out. After undergoing training recently with Nouveau Lashes Australia, Renee is now offering their LVL Lash Lifts* in her salon. I went in to her beautiful salon and had my first ever lash lift last week with Renee and let's just say (before I get into all the details), I am absolutely loving it. 

LVL treatment is a stunning alternative to eyelash extensions and has been designed to dramatically enhance the client’s natural lashes giving Length, Volume and Lift for up to 6-8 weeks without the risk of damage. I have previously had lash extensions, which I loved, but also got a little sick of after a while. With lash extensions, there is a lot of up keep to keep them looking luscious and full at all times. I live a busy life and honestly, I just did not have time to continually go in and get infills, and I struggled with the feeling that my eyes were just never quite clean. Lash lifts, particularly the Nouveau LVL Lash Lift, is designed to enhance, nourish and protect your natural lashes - essentially making them look as good as they possibly can. 

Now let's talk about the treatment itself. So the lash lift takes about an hour total (unless you have stubborn, watery eyes like mine, in which case it might take a little longer just to ensure your lashes hold in the place they should) and are designed to last for up to 6-8 weeks. You simply head into Renee's salon, close your eyes and then she works her magic. 

The treatment itself was pain free and honestly felt super quick. Renee talked me through the steps as we went, so I knew exactly what was happening each step of the way, which I really appreciate - when your eyes are closed and you can't see what's happening, it's still nice to know. While the treatments were working their magic on my lashes (for about 12 minutes), she even gave me a BEAUTIFUL hand and arm massage, that honestly...I didn't want to end. Once she had finished doing the actual lash lift, she tinted my lashes and then away I went. It's literally as simple as that. 

I was a little bit shocked when I first sat up and saw the finished product. It looked like I had just had a simple lash extension - my lashes looked thick, full and like I'd just put on a beautiful lengthening mascara. But the best part...they were just my natural lashes. Below you can see a little before and after, now my lashes do look a little spidery at the time, but bear in mind when I finally opened up my eyes again it was like a waterfall (again - stubborn, watery eyes). 

As for the after care,'s pretty simple - basically you want to avoid getting them wet for the first 24 hours, then just try not to rub them or move them out of shape. The Lash and Brow Conditioning Serum, which you can pick up in Renee's Salon, can also help to nourish your lashes and keep them looking healthy and feeling strong as well. Otherwise it's all pretty low maintenance. You can still wear mascara (I haven't for about the first week - I just honestly haven't felt like I needed it) and do eye make up as usual, so not much has to change in your routine once you have them done.

A little bit of real talk - I was a little bit unsure of them when I got home. They sat up super high and were quite stiff when I got home - poking into my eyelids kind of stiff. I went to bed reminding myself that once I'd showered after the 24 hours that they would soften a little and would be perfect, and they did exactly that. They now just look long and full, but also fluffy and super natural. It's basically the dream - the beautiful 'fake lashes' look, but without having to apply mascara, get extensions or wear falsies.  I am honestly converted and am already considering getting this done regularly, just to make life easier on work days.

Now if you need a little bit more convincing, check out the five reasons from Nouveau Lashes about why you should try the LVL Lash Lift:
  1. They're fuss free (Fact! No maintenance, you don't have to back every couple of weeks to fix them up)
  2. They're long lasting (will get back to you on this one, but after the first week they are still looking amazing!)
  3. You'll save time getting ready in the morning (I never realise how long mascara takes me until I don't have to wear it....)
  4. It's perfect for holidays (less fuss, more time for exploring!)
  5. You can still wear mascara (but honestly, you won't need to!)

Anyway, a massive thank you to Renee for letting me come in and try out her new Lash Lift and also get a manicure (LOOK HOW PRETTY MY NAILS ARE!!!!) If you are in Canberra and looking for somewhere to get a lash lift, or any of the other services that Renee offers, then I cannot recommend checking out her salon enough! Her work speaks for herself, but she is also just one of the loveliest people and her salon is just beautiful and peaceful (also will get to hang out with George!!!!)

You can more about Renaissance Beauty over on:

Instagram | Facebook | or for more information and pricings, check out her website.

*DISCLAIMER – Products with * have been sent for trial/review purposes. Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.



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