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Lift & lengthen – check out my LVL lashes!


There is seemingly no end to the new beauty treatments, plumps and pampers that beauticians offer us, but I think if I had to choose one that I considered to be really excellent value it would be an eyelash tint and curl. It’s brilliant for summer holidays if you want to jump in pools, perspire gently while you’re playing sport, and giving your eyes a lift without the faff of putting on mascara every day.

I went to Monera in Thame for the treatment before my hols, and four weeks later they’re still doing the job, looking dark and curled. That’s a whole month of no-make up joy for a princely £55, and depending how much rubbing, swimming and faffing around you with them they can last up to six weeks. Looky! I have a bit of sparkly eyeshadow on but those lashes are 100% doing their own thing – no curlers, no mascara.

Like most enhancing treatments, it’s not wildly relaxing, and involves having your eyelashes to a template and then lashing dye on them, but it’s not unpleasant either, you get a hand massage thrown in while the dye is doing its magic, and it’s all over in half an hour.

On a different note, it’s the first time I’ve used Monera and I liked the salon a lot. Finalists in the Muddy Awards this year, it’s kind of what you’d expect on the ground floor with nail stations, products on shelves and all that jazz.


Upstairs is more interesting, with more individuality and different styling in each room – think pop-art paintings, large mirrors, wallpapers, and empowering aphorisms a plenty.

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The salon is well established, and runs the full gamut of treatments from head to toe. It’s also just been given top salon status for Guinot, Clarins and Bare minerals, so if you’re near to Thame or passing through and need some beauty TLC, they’re a good option.  Start with the eyes, and work your way down the list!

LVL Lashes £55. Monera, 62-63 North Street, Thame OX9 3BH. Tel: 01844 260454.



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