Some people have really good luck…I’m not one of those people. I think people who find good deals on Groupon have really good luck. I have never found a deal on Groupon that was actually worth it. I have a friend (who shall remain nameless) who gets a lot of different spa treatments and beauty treatments through Groupon all the time and she always has a good experience. After hearing she had good luck with Groupon as a way to get discounted services, I decided to give it a try.
Any sort of self care/beauty service, from a hair cut to a manicure, is drastically overpriced in New York City. I understand that these services take skill and expensive products, but the prices in the city are insane. I usually try to find good deals for things like nails and hair. But, I wanted to look into getting my eyebrows tinted and my eyelashes “lifted” and tinted.
I had heard of a few friends getting their eyelashes “lifted” and it sounded like a good alternative to eyelash extensions. And, because my eyelashes and eyebrows are naturally very blonde, I wanted to get them tinted darker so I could spend less time each morning doing my makeup. I had heard people throw around prices like $180 for an eyelash lift. I don’t know about everyone else, but I do not have $180 to have my eyelashes lifted for a few weeks.
So, I decided to search Groupon for a deal. I found a eyelash lift and tint service for only $60 and a eyebrow shaping and tinting service for $32. Both, seemed like good deals and had good reviews.
The eyelash lift and tint was my first appointment. And, it was fine. Nothing special. It was somewhat relaxing to just lay down and not be able to open my eyes. But, the results were not as drastic as I had hoped for. Paying $60 instantly felt like too much for what I had gotten. My eyelashes looked no longer or “lifted” and didn’t even look that tinted.
When I had my eyebrow appointment just a few days later, I was already a little unhappy with how my eyelash appointment had gone and didn’t have my hopes too high for the eyebrow appointment.
As I was coming out of the elevator, the woman who my appointment was with was running through the hall frantically and stopped me to ask me if it was ok if I waited 30-45 minutes…she then seemed to think I was going to go somewhere to wait…it was freezing outside and I had taken the subway to the Flatiron district for this appointment. I had nowhere else to wait. So, for over an hour I waited in the world’s hottest waiting room.
When I finally was taken back for my appointment, she apologized profusely and said that she had to take care of that client because she had messed up her eyelashes…not exactly what you want to hear when you’re about to have that person work on your face. To make a long story short, it was the most stressful eyebrow session I’ve ever experienced. The whole time she was so stressed and disorganized and frustrated, that I felt stressed and frustrated. And, my eyebrows came out looking crazy.
Lesson learned: don’t discount self care.
(Disclaimer: I consider self-care any time you take time to do something for yourself; whether that is tinting your eyebrows or going to the gym. Self-care is whatever makes you stop worrying about the everyday stresses of life and take time to do what makes you feel good.)
For me, I love taking time to get pampered. But, getting pampered in New York City is insanely expensive. I have had to learn to do a lot of things for myself. And, I may now be adding eyelash and eyebrow tinting to my list of skills. But, when you find something you enjoy, don’t discount it. Save up and pamper yourself. Discounting your self-care is rarely worth it. The idea is to treat yo’ self.