Let’s talk beauty! Because… clearly, that’s all I am really good at. If you want to read about traveling or Pokemon, you should probably head to Alex’s section of the blog.
We all want beautiful, effortless lashes but what is the best way to achieve that? Hi, hello, and welcome to the world of eyelash extensions.
After having eyelash extensions for almost a year, (yikes, I know), I’m breaking down some beauty do’s and the don’ts and whether I think they are worth the splurge.
If you’re anything like me… you hate putting on mascara. It takes forever, it clumps, and it usually ends with me screaming in the mirror, questioning why I have to be such a perfectionist and why I am now an hour late for dinner.
I ain’t jokin’. I avoid mascara at all costs.
When I discovered eyelash extensions, I was instantly hooked. For those who don’t know what exactly they are: extensions are individual lashes that are applied one at a time using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate the eye nor damage the natural lash. Basically, you are lying down for two hours, taking a little snooze and waking up with gorgeous lashes. Sounds great, right?
Here is a before and after photo of my lashes when I first got them done. My lash technician (hello Norma!) used mink lashes but there are a range of different kinds you can use depending on what look you want. Mink lashes tend to be a little more expensive, but after doing my research, I found that mink lashes are fluffier and more natural looking.
Now, I’m going to be honest and tell you the pro’s and con’s of eyelash extensions.
- No more mascara! You wake up, brush your lashes and are good to go!
- It is a major time saver. Having lash extensions shaved a good ten minutes off my makeup routine.
- Each set lasts around 2-3 weeks before you need a fill.
- You can workout and sweat in them, they’re even SoulCycle proof.
- Instant gratification. No more waiting for mascara to dry or running to the store for false lashes, you look fabulous as soon as your appointment is done.
- They’re expensive and you have to pay to maintain them.
- If you aren’t careful with washing your face and taking off your makeup, they can fall out easily.
- Showering is a pain because you can’t directly get your face wet.
- No working out, sweating or getting them wet for 24 hours post lash application.
- Once you remove them, your normal lashes are shorter and weaker.
Now, with that being said… would I say this is a beauty do or don’t?
DEFINITE BEAUTY DO.
I absolutely loved my eyelash extensions and they are definitely worth the splurge if you have an upcoming event or vacation. Plus a total time saver! My one piece of advice if you do choose to get them: don’t continually refill them for long periods of time. Give your poor, innocent natural lashes a break!
I kept mine on for months and months, 12 to be exact, and when I finally took them off, I was shocked at how uncurly my natural lashes were! I remember looking at Alex and saying, “WHY DO I HAVE NUBS FOR EYELASHES NOW?” I am dramatic, clearly. And I definitely think this can be avoided if you take breaks from month to month.
Note: I still do have lashes! Extensions didn’t affect my natural lashes falling out, like most people think. I just noticed they were not nearly as long and curly as before. Which *sigh* is low key annoying.
But if you are struggling with the same problem, or you just don’t feel like paying the money for lash extensions… I have found the best brand of false strip lashes.
I like the “Miami” type and as you can see in this photo they’re BOLD. I love them for a good night out or a dramatic daytime look. While they’re a little pricey at 30 bucks, they’re a lot cheaper than spending hundreds on extensions and trust me, they are worth the money. I’ve gotten a good ten uses out of this set (see above at the old glue stuck on there) and they’re still going strong. Holla for your dolla.
Hopefully this helped you decide if lash extensions are right for you and if not, toss on a pair of falsies and live your best, beautiful, mascara free life. Because seriously, I hate mascara.