My name is Thea Darricotte and I am a beauty treatment addict. I have tried everything from caffeine body wraps to microdermabrasion, I have been buffed, polished and massaged countless times and I would go without a meal before I gave up my weekly manicure, yet I have remained hungry for the holy grail of beauty. That is until now. I have found the ultimate treatment which will guarantee compliments from men and women alike, but will remain illusive so that whilst your adoring fiancé says how stunning you look, only you will know the cause.
So it is with great care that I pass on to you my most beloved discovery of all time; (whisper it) eyelash extensions. Yes I know you've seen the monster spider leg version on Cheryl Cole but please do not tar all eyelashes with the same mascara wand. I too have had my experience of bad extensions - the glue is gloopy or they fall out unevenly or they just look fake. So it was with a little apprehension that I arranged to meet Kathryn Popplestone, founder of Flutter the Eyelash Artists. Her team of unspeakably talented eyelash artists will come to your home or office - anywhere within London and the M25 - and, as of last week, are now also available at The Urban Retreat in Harrods.
The appointment began with Kathryn setting up her portable beauty bed in my front room and asking what sort of effect I would like - volume, length, glamour or jaw-droppingly fabulous. I opted for volume imagining Marilyn Monroe's sweep of raven lashes and so with that thought I lay down and waited patiently whilst Kathryn applied one false lash to each of my natural eyelashes. The secret with Flutter is that the lashes are available in several types of volume and length and are also pre-curled meaning you wake up in the morning looking just as glamorous as when you went to bed and your fiancé will never know your secret!
90 minutes later, and deeply in conversation with the lovely Kathryn, I was finally allowed to look at the finished effect, and girls, even if it had taken a whole day the result would have been worth it! The lashes were thick, black and deeply seductive and I fell in love instantly. Kathryn gave me a Sealant which looks very much like a mascara to apply every other day to extend their life (the will only fall out when your natural lash fall out as part of your lash cycle so can last up to six weeks) and a maintenance guide with my easy-to-follow instructions.
Since that moment I have had countless compliments, so much so that I swear it's the best beauty boost I've ever had and in the land of eyelash extensions, Kathryn is by far the most talented Artist I have ever met; even in Bergdorf's in New York the make-up team adored them and gushed that they were the highest quality lashes they have seen!
Such was the storm of praise since that life changing moment that I've quickly snapped up two In-fill appointments (one every three weeks as recommended to balance them out mid lash cycle) as I have a feeling Kathryn will be booked up very quickly. And the litmus test? My man can't stop complimenting me... but I'll never tell him what I've done!
From £140 if you book direct,
From £180 at the Urban Retreat, Harrods www.urbanretreat.co.uk