I woke up like this, flawless.
I feel every bit of Queen B when I wake up now and it’s all thanks to @blushedbeautyla.
Fun fact about me, if you don’t already know, I rarely ever wear makeup. When I do, it’s only to put mascara and lipstick on to help give me that little extra *pop*….. not sure if it’s just me being lazy or I truly don’t like having stuff on my face. Don’t get me wrong, when I do wear makeup I feel unstoppable. Then I realized, the only thing I truly like about wearing makeup is the mascara, because it makes my eyes look sultry and super glam.
Well, a few weeks back I was hanging out with some friends of mine one day and each of them had the most gorgeous lashes. I asked them how they were able to get such long beautiful ones and they started telling me about lash extensions. Obviously I had so many questions for them. Do they hurt? How long does it take to apply lash extensions? Will it ruin my natural lashes? Will they fall out over time? How often do I need to get them redone? After getting my answers (see below), I decided it was time for me to try them out.
I contacted @blushedbeautyla and made an appointment right away. Here are the before and after photos (FYI, also got my eyebrows done from this magical genius):
I mean, let’s just take a second to appreciate how on point she made my eyebrows and lashes. I felt like a whole different person when I first saw myself. I’ve had them for about two months now (went in for fills in between) and I’m obsessed 😍!
Which leads me to my point:
5 Things you Should Know About Eyelash Extensions
- It’s a truly enjoyable process. ~ I promise it is. You get to lie down and close your eyes for around two hours while your lash technician goes to work. If you’re lucky, you’ll have an amazing one like me who has great music playing, an awesome sense of humor and just makes you feel comfortable the entire time. She even told me I could nap for those two hours. If you’re not sold now, I’m questioning your priorities in life….#naptime #adultingishard
- Every lash extension experience is different. ~ Everyone has a different set of eyes, that’s how we were made. Which means everyone will have a different lash look/experience, the whole shebang. Once mine were on, I’m not going to lie, the first few seconds of opening my eyes was a little weird. I mean, they had been closed for 2.5 hours, which was like just coming out of a nap and having to blink a cajillion times before I got my bearings. However, after I finally made my adjustments I didn’t feel my new lashes at all! They’re practically featherless.
- Eyelash extensions can last longer than you think. ~ Most lash extension locations recommend going in every 2 – 3 weeks for a fill to keep the fluff up. Your lash technician makes sure to apply each lash individually in order to not ruin your natural growing lashes, but enhance them. However, I know sometimes that just won’t fit into everyone’s busy schedules. So as long as you’re taking care of them, extensions can last you up to a month and will not ruin your natural lashes.
You need to make sure to not use oily products near your eyes, brush the lashes out at least twice a day (morning and night is what I do) and wash your eyelids about two – three times a week to remove build up around lashes. I personally use Garnier – Skin active – The Gentle Sulfate Free Cleanser. I wash my face twice a day with it and about every other day, I’ll put the tiniest amount of foam from the cleanser on my eyelids, gently touch the lash line and splash with water to remove all impurities.
Keyword is gentle. The first time I went back for a fill was two weeks after the initial set and I had lost a majority of the lashes. I couldn’t figure out why. I recently went in again, this fill was three and a half weeks in between cycles, and still had around 75% of the lashes left. During those three weeks I made sure I was so gentle with them and gave them the attention needed (i.e. didn’t rub the lashes when washing my face, didn’t sleep on them, etc.) and was able to keep them in great shape until my next fill! This made my lash technician so excited (and me as well obviously lol).
- Note, they will fall out over time. ~ This kinda freaked me out at first. I was brushing my lashes maybe a week after I had first gotten them on and when I was done there were a few lashes on the spoolie. I had no clue what was going on and was so concerned. I texted my friend and asked if this was normal and she calmed me down immediately. IT IS NORMAL.
Something we don’t realize is that our natural lashes, like all hair on our bodies, follows a growth cycle. We’re just not paying attention to when our natural lashes fall out, but as soon as we have these extensions in and we’re taking extreme care of them, we notice EVERYTHING!! It really depends on how you take care of your lashes (see above). This could determine how many fall out and how regularly.
- Oh, so you want to look even more glam? ~ If leaving the house without makeup on is an issue for you, don’t worry! You can still wear makeup even with lash extensions…. I just don’t like to haha. Liquid based eye products can be harmful to the extensions, so I’d make sure that if you are doing a wing tip with liquid liner, you’re not dragging it along the actual lash line. Of course shadows are still fine as well. Make sure to remove all makeup thoroughly and carefully with OIL FREE makeup remover at the end of the day.
Probably the most important note, DO NOT wear mascara at all while having the lash extensions on. It leaves them crispy and damaged and takes away from the beauty and effort you put in to get those luscious lashes.
Overall, I’m V HAPPY with my decision to test out eyelash extensions. They’ve made me feel a lot more confident in my no makeup lifestyle and just better about my appearance in general. Of course I realize that it’s not for everyone, and that’s ok. However, if you are like me and want to look glam without the time commitment, this is for sure worth a try.
Wishing you a fabuLASH day! Ok, ok I’m done!