The Eyes Have It

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Eight years ago I had back surgery.  Needless to say,  I’m extremely cautious about who I’ll let touch my back. In fact, there is only one woman with credentials; I trust her completely.  Her name is Camelia Clum.

Camelia has been working at the La Jolla Sporting Club, my gym, on and off for twelve years.  She is a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician—a one-woman, full-service spa oasis.

Camelia is very gentle and compassionate. Every so often, I wake up with a  stiff neck and she is my savior.   She is trained in a variety of massage modalities; sports massage, aromatherapy, deep tissue and reflexology.

Five years ago, Camelia began a new venture, NaturaLash. 

NaturaLashes are semi-permanent eyelash extensions.  When Camelia told me about them, my initial reaction was sort of negative.  The idea of putting some kind of fake material near your eyes seemed silly and vain. She challenged me to try them and see what I thought. 

The whole procedure was supposed to take about two hours.  As it turns out I was busy all week at my son’s school, so I asked for an abbreviated version.  She placed the extensions on the top of my upper eyelashes with a specially formulated lash adhesive.  It didn’t hurt.  I couldn’t even tell they were there. The whole thing only took one hour. When she was done, I was  amazed. If I had not told people they were there, no one would have noticed.  Long and gently curled at the ends like little children’s, my NutraLashes subtly framed and dressed my eyes making them appear bigger and brighter.  I observed that people looked at me just a moment longer…it must have been the lashes. It was empowering and flattering. 

NaturaLashes are not cheap. It’s a financial commitment of at least $150.00 for the full lash line and then an additional $50.00 for removal after 3-4 weeks.  I recommend having Camelia remove them for you. I did it myself and in my heavy-handed way, pulled out a couple of my own lashes with the fake ones. 

If you’ve got a big event coming up, or a beachy vacation and you don’t want to have your mascara leave you with “racoon” eyes after you swim, then eyelash extensions are worth it.  They do make your eyes stand out in a crowd.


Quick update:  A product was brought to my attention through this blog.  It’s called Mixed Chicks—A Curly Hair Revolution.  I checked out the website and watched the “how-to use” training video on the product.  I ordered the leave-in conditioner.  I was absolutely shocked at how well it worked.  It doesn’t smell, it isn’t heavy or greasy, and it dries crunchy but quickly turns soft as soon as you style your hair.  This product is the bomb.  There is no doubt in my mind that I have found the cure for my curly hair issue. 


  • RonDonSD
    May 20, 2009

    Eye carumba!

  • Yvonne Negron
    May 20, 2009

    I’ve known Camelia Clum for many years!
    Great lady!

  • Valerie
    May 20, 2009

    I love Camelia, too! She is a miracle worker!