This treatment from Strokes Eye Beauty Studio's giving me an Instagram filter, but IRL
Do-it-yourself treatments have become all the rage in quarantine, with limited access to professional beauty services. But with everything slowly opening up, there's more reason to get back out there and indulge yourself with a pamper day—from a signature facial and a hair color transformation to bespoke lash extensions. Granted that the past two years have been challenging for everyone, “treat yourself” carries new meaning. And there's no need to worry because safety protocols are still followed to make your experience worry-free!
Enter Strokes Eye Beauty Studio, known as the pioneer in eye beauty in the Philippines and home of Premium Eyebrow Sculpting. It's beloved by celebrities and beauty queens! The brand is spearheaded by leading brow artists, Momoi Supe and Keighty Wong, who were trained by great masters overseas. Celebrating five successful years in the industry, they offer premium services like Photolite Therapy, Eyebrow Tinting, Keralift, K-Lashes and more. What started as an eye beauty studio in a 25sqm condo unit has now grown to four upscale locations in the metro.
This time around, I tried the sought-after Strokes Bespoke Vegan Lash Extensions service, the ultra-lightweight option for day-to-day. Made with hypo-allergenic polysynthetic fiber, it looks and feels the same as natural lashes, which has always been my gripe with faux lashes—they always feels heavy.
The Classic Natural Bespoke (P2,000) gives me that Instagram filter, but IRL. After an eyelash bath to remove excess oil and mascara I placed prior to the appointment, then an hour-long process—a midday snooze is inevitable—to strategically place the lashes, I had the natural-looking, lightweight lashes of my dreams.
The brand highlights the important role of eye beauty in everyday confidence, and I have to concur. Lash extensions simply give that boost without going the extra mile to get camera-ready, especially for early Zoom meetings from home. There is that dilemma of maintaining the last extensions, but a quick touch-up in-store (within 14 days after the procedure) remedies it.
Choose from their other Bespoke Lash Extensions services like the Classic Volume Bespoke (P2,500), which feels lightweight but glamorous; perfect for a special event like a wedding to attend over the weekend. Go textured but ultralight with a Wispy Bespoke (P3,500), or try a Wing Bespoke (P3,500) for a light winged eye look.
For newbies like myself, lash extensions treatment after-care is simple, no water and oil after the procedure for 24 hours. A spoolie freebie will also be given so you can brush your lashes daily for 10 to 15 seconds, to make it look lush.
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It's been a few days since my visit to Strokes Eye Beauty Studios' prestige location at Shangri-la Plaza, and my Bespoke Lash Extensions still look good as new. Petition to look like this *forever*!
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Book an appointment for an at-home service (Strokes At Home) or at their Eye Beauty Studios in Ayala Vertis North, Greenbelt 1, Molito Lifestyle Center or Shangri-la Plaza here. For beauty on the go, know more about their beauty line here.
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver