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In Focus | Cindy Staines of Luscious Lashes Inc.

Cindy Staines is happy to live in Kelowna or as she calls it “Canada's Playground.” She is a pioneer at heart, forging a new path in her field to offer quality, affordable beauty treatments. Cindy's business is called Luscious Lashes Inc. and they seek to help Okanagan women discover their natural beauty through the use of non-invasive aesthetic treatments. Luscious Lashes Inc. utilizes a unique technique with their application that allows them to apply extensions in a way that looks completely natural. They also give extensive training and quality control to guarantee consistency in the final product. Today Cindy and Luscious Lashes Inc. are In Focus.

What do you always find yourself saying?
Make sense? I like to make sure that I’m being understood.

If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?
Best New Employer

Who inspires you?
My mother… her life was very difficult but she was always able to find the humour in challenging situations.

What are 3 things on your bucket list?
To see Luscious Lashes grow right across Canada, from coast to coast.

To see my ‘Forever’ home finally get finished. We’ve been in renovations for the last 3 years.

Travel to Australia and explore the outback.

If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it?
Luscious Lola. It’s the name I gave the mannequin head that our technicians use when they first start training..

If you could foresee a single day of your future in its entirety, what date would you select?
The date of my death. I would want to see if there was any way I could change/affect it.

What are you passionate about?
Helping women realize their natural beauty and self-confidence.

What has been your favourite day of your life, up to this point?
The day my husband, Doug, asked me to marry him. I had no idea that he was going to ask. We spent a wonderful day spring skiing at Lake Louise. He asked me during dinner that evening while at The Cannery in Calgary. A fabulous Blues & Jazz band was playing at the time. I’ll never forget how loved he made me feel.

What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Opening the doors of my store, on April 11, 2011

Where is your favourite place to dine in Kelowna? What do you like about it?
The Twisted Tomato, I’m missing their food.

What is your favourite activity or event in Kelowna? Why?
Enjoying the beautiful sunshine and mild weather. It doesn’t matter if I’m relaxing & reading, golfing or doing yard work. It’s why we all live here.

What is the name of your business/organization?
Luscious Lashes Inc. We’re located on the corner of Ellis and Cawston Streets in the Cannery Lofts.

What does your business/organization do?
Specifically, we provide the application of high-quality eyelash extensions along with makeup application & facial waxing. In reality, we help Okanagan women discover their natural beauty through the use of non-invasive aesthetic treatments. We are known for the highest quality products & services. We utilize a unique technique with our application that allows us to apply extensions in a way that looks completely natural … only better! We are able to do this for a price that the average woman can afford. We are also the only supplier of these services that can claim not only a formalized training program for all of our technicians, we also have quality-control procedures in place to make sure your eyes and natural eyelashes are not harmed in any way.

Where can people find you or your business online?
www.lusciouslashes.ca

How do people connect with you on Linkedin?
Cindy Staines

Where can people find your business on Facebook?
Luscious Lashes Inc.

What is your Twitter account?
Luscious Lashes Inc.

What is your mission?
Luscious Lashes Inc. is committed to providing all clients with a unique and affordable beauty experience. We are also committed to providing our technicians with the training and experience to further their skills and career objectives.

If you could achieve one thing within your field, what would it be?
I would like to establish a nation-wide standard, including formalized training, for the application of eyelash extensions along with follow-up procedures to ensure that all women have access to a high-quality and safe service.

Where do you want your business/organization to be in 5 years?
We expect to be expanding across Canada. Our next store will be located in Calgary, Alberta where we already have a strong following.

Who do you consider to be a forerunner within your field?
Luscious Lashes Inc. is the forerunner in this field. Until we opened our doors, women had to pay anywhere from $350.00 - $500.00 for a high-quality set of Eyelash Extensions that were custom designed. Although, there was no guarantee that there was any consistency in the quality of the final product. This service is now available for the average women at a price she can afford without sacrificing any quality. Due to our commitment to quality, we train all of our technicians on site.

What 3 qualities do you feel that your business/organization exemplifies?
Affordability

Standardization of training and application

Team Building

What would you like to say to your employees/volunteers?
I would like to say how impressed I am with my employees. They are all smart, artistic and dedicated individuals who take great pride in the finished product. They work together as a team and help each other when needed.

How does your business/organization impact the community?
With women, much of our self-confidence is based on our perception of how we look. Our services allow all women to realize their natural beauty, thereby raising their self-image and allowing them to soar.

If you were trapped in an elevator with several wealthy investors from any field, which field would you want them to be experts in? What would say to them/talk about?
Why… Beauty, of course! I would discuss the lack of oversight, quality-control and appropriate training in the eyelash extension industry and how Luscious Lashes Inc. is trying to change this situation.

If I could change 1 thing about Kelowna, it would be:
It’s tough to think of anything that I would change. It would be nice if there wasn’t so much wind! I know you’re thinking of something man-made but there just isn’t anything.

What do you think makes Kelowna great?
What can I say? It’s Canada’s Playground for good reasons. Fabulous weather, unlimited activities to enjoy, and, if you make the effort to meet people, you’re always greeted with a big smile and a friendly attitude!

My choice for the Kelowna In Focus spotlight is:
Sopija Crescenzo, Nailz Avenue

In Focus is our gift to the community. A way for us to help show our recognition for the people, businesses and organizations that help make our city great. The team at KelownaNow.com is passionate about this community and the people that make it amazing. We want to show our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues that we notice them and the fabulous things that they do. We encourage you to leave your comments and words of support below, and submit your own nomination by clicking HERE. You are also welcome to submit a form of your own by clicking HERE. Thank you, Kelowna!


 
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