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Want big natural lashes? Flutter your way to NBR

Long, lustrous lashes ahoy! If your'e looking for natural additions that will last up to three weeks, read my review on Nouveaux at Norfolk Beauty Rooms.

THE LOWDOWN

The beauty industry has been hit hard by Covid-19 so it’s all the more important to get those treatments booked in now and support our friends in the trade. For Norfolk Beauty Rooms, who opened in August 2019 in the Norwich Lanes, it’s been a steep journey, but one that the team are now embracing.

The salon has a steady stream of bookings from loyal customers as well as new and NBR are running all treatments as normal, apart from sauna and steam. I decided to venture out and try some lashes because, frankly, it’s been way too long since I felt even slightly glam.

THE VIBE

The perfect little hideaway in the Lanes for a bit of self-love, Norfolk Beauty Rooms is set over three tranquil floors, offering a range of treatments from leading brands Dermalogica, Jessica, Shellac Bio-Sculpture Gel, Nouveau Lashes and St. Tropez. All the massages are carried out with Organic Aromatherapy Oils – all of which you can choose your treatment from. Luxurious royal blue studded armchairs are set against a gorgeous feature wall depicting birds of paradise.

Owner Sarah is extremely welcoming and the necessary Covid checks (temperature / sanitiser / Q&A) are all done with a gentle swiftness, ensuring I felt immediately at ease. Upstairs, Sarah tells me all about how the salon started out – all the therapists having previously worked together and decided to form their own new team at NBR. Bookings are staggered so there’s a real sense of order and attention to detail. After getting the low-down and some shared excitement over new puppies, I’m ushered up another floor to have my treatment with Helen.

THE TREATMENT

I love a good show of lashes as much as the next but tend to prefer a ‘natural’ look rather than the full-on thick-set. I’ve never been any good at putting the strip lashes on myself and end up prodding myself in the eye and looking like I’ve been (unsuccessfully) auditioning for a drag queen show. These days we have access to super-real gorgeous looking extensions to transform stubby no-grows that will impress and seduce (okay, maybe just the cat). Nouveaux Lashes are perfect for a more natural, soft look.

Being cowardly, I went for a half-set of individual lash extensions as I wanted a subtle fluttery look without being OTT. The half set is also great for those wanting to dip their toe / eyes into lash extensions, as it’s not too dramatic.

My half-set treatment lasted about an hour (1 hr 15 to be precise) and it hadn’t crossed my mind how relaxing it would be – the heated treatment couch was a massive Muddy tick. The lovely Helen (who has been doing lashes for over six years) gently and expertly attached my lashes, one by one, while I drifted off to the dulcet twinkle of world music. I could have stayed for hours, in fact. Helen gave me an adorable little comb to artfully brush my new lashes with every morning – which I immediately lost – soz, Helen!

I didn’t feel that weird weighed down feeling with my new lashes and, crucially, I felt immediately more glamorous – result! What’s more I’ve saved at least ten minutes every morning when I’m usually battling with the dregs of my mascara wand. Nouvaux are so impressive I’ve already booked in to have the full-set next time.

VERDICT

Gorgeous lashes can transform the way you feel as well as the way you look. The perfect little pick me up for tough times. Helen is a true expert at lashes, so for me NBR is now my go-to for lustrous lashes – and possibly a facial next time!

Half set (1.1215hr), £40; xxx

  • Half Set: (1.15 hr) £40
  • Full Set: (1.30 / 2 hr) £65
  • Infill: (1.15 hr) £30
  • Removal £10

Norfolk Beauty Rooms, 18a Lower Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EL, tel: 01603 981176.

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