Jun 8, 2010

Review: Eyelash Extensions

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Okay, finally my review of the eyelash extensions! It's been a few weeks now and I can honestly say that they are so worth it. I absolutely love that I can wake up, put on a little powder, blush and lipgloss and I'm ready to go. On the days that I do my eye makeup (which realistically is almost every day) my eyes are that much more dramatic without having to deal with all the eyelash maintenance that I used to do. (Curling lashes, putting on false lashes, million coats of mascara) It is such a time saver and they seriously look so real that I've gotten so many "wow, your eyelashes are so long!" compliments that I should probably start making a commission on how many people I've convinced to get lash extensions :)

Here's my makeup free eyes before the extensions. (see those freckles creeping up on my face from the sun? Ugh. I need freckle remover, stat.) My lashes have always have a good bit of length to them but the problem was that they were never full enough. With the lash extensions it definitely filled them out and added a good amount of length.
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And here is an "after" shot! Obviously, full make up on here but as you can see it makes my eyes that much more dramatic.

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With the eyes closed you can see how full and pretty they are. The process of the lash extensions is that they attach each lash individually to one of my own lashes. Because of that, it's a very long and tedious process but obviously well worth it in the end. Mine took about 2 hours total but it was a pretty easy 2 hours for me as I was asleep for most of it. My esthetician had the hard job of applying them while I snored in her face! :)

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The cons of the extensions is that it's impossible to rub your eyes so if you are an eye rubber like me, you will be going through some eye rubbing withdrawal. For the first week I was super careful about getting my eyes wet and avoiding direct splashing of water by my eyes. I used a lot of eye makeup remover but not directly washing them. BTW, you must use oil-free eye makeup remover as anything with oil is bad for the glue that the extensions use. After the 2nd week or so, I was washing my face like normal and being careful just not as careful as before and they still look great. You will see the lashes fall out sometimes but that's a normal eyelash cycle. I'm ready for my refill now (4 weeks later) and my lashes are still pretty full, but there are some sparse parts that need filling.
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The lash extensions are not cheap and it's certainly not something you want to cheap out on as you need a very experienced and licensed professional to apply them as it's a very tedious process, but to me the cost is definitely worth the results. It's something that I recommend for special occasions, especially for brides or if you have a photo session coming up (engagement session or budoir session, is a great excuse to get them!) I got mine because of my crazy travel schedule and knowing that I needed to cut down on the time I get ready in the morning and also not having to pack extra things in my make up bag just for my eyelashes.

Oh one thing to know, one of the first steps was that my esthetician had to tape down my bottom lashes so that the glue wouldn't stick to them and at the end of the process when she pulled off that tape - OUCH! I wanted to cry. I did actually tear up a bit. It hurt! But that's the only part of the process that was painful.

I went to Lady Lam on a recommendation from a friend. She is absolutely fantastic and very professional. We had a consultation about how I wanted my lashes to look. I told her that I wanted long and full but still wanted them to look real. She showed me examples of her clients with long, dramatic lashes and other clients with shorter but still full lashes. I definitely wanted the long lashes as I'm used to wearing false lashes so didn't mind the dramatic look. It's great that she takes your tastes into consideration so she knows what lashes to apply on you. I highly recommend that you check out her website for more examples of lash extensions and she also has a great FAQ on them.

I'm going to get my refill this week and will probably keep them on for at least another month or so. I know many of you have been waiting for this review so thanks for your patience! I hope that this helps you decide if you'd like to get them for yourself.
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29 comments:

  1. Fabulous post...lovely blog! Great style...

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  2. Wow, this is really interesting. I didn't really know these services existed. If anyone asks me where to go I will send them to this post. It's nice to have this option.

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  3. SO FUNN! And they look great!

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  5. I did a post on lash extensions back in November (http://beautifulthingsdiary.blogspot.com/2009/11/extreme-lashes.html); I've had them on since then but I'm now in the process of removing them and it has been HELL. My real lashes are destroyed but I was told it will take about 2 months for them to come back like they did before the extensions. I, like you, got compliments almost every day and love the convenience of them but after 7 months my lashes needed to breathe. I'm still considering having them for my wedding next year, they just look so much more natural than falsies!

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  6. Ooh! Very nice Tiffany! I did get them a couple years ago, but they never told me about the oil-free make-up remover or getting them wet the first week. Honestly they didn't last very long on me, and I think because she didn't tape down the bottom lashes, they would get stuck to each other. In the mornings, I'd wake up to find a few more twisted into weird directions. I think it was a bad application combined with case of twisting and turning in bed. I wish I could keep extensions, but I think I'm not careful enough with them. I love how long yours are. Very natural looking indeed!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  7. I love it!! I have such trouble with false lashes! These look great!!

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  8. Can I recommend Latisse? I am Asian and used to have the shortest, thinnest eyelashes on the planet. I have been using Latisse since February and I will never go back! My eyelashes are now naturally as long as your "after" pics with the extensions and I still can't stop admiring my lashes whenever I pass a mirror. LOL. No pain when you pull off the falsies and you can rub your lashes as much as you want! There are potentional side effects (turning your irises brown, but we already have brown eyes), redness and irritation, but neither I nor anyone I know suffer from any of those. Just mile-long natural lashes! I can't recommend Latisse enough!

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  9. They look amazing! I've been curious about eyelash extension. Would definitely give them a try now if I had something special coming up :)

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  10. Wow, they look great! I've been using Latisse and I've gotten the length but the not volume. This is a great alternative.

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  11. So do you still wear mascara on top of them, or just rock them on their own? Since I have lighter lashes, I get them dyed a few times a year, but still wear mascara on top of them. I'd LOVE to try out some kind of extensions!

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  12. i really wanna try these. i've heard great things about li lash

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  13. Lynn- good to know! I don't plan on keeping them any longer than after my next refill so hopefully my lashes will be a little better off.

    Spicy Mama - I have contemplated using Latisse next. Thanks for your recommendation, it does seem to be a great product.

    Hannah - no mascara is needed. The extensions themselves are very dark so you don't really need to do anything to them.

    D&D - my sister uses Li Lash and her lashes are super long! I was looking for more volume than length so that's why I went with the extensions but Li Lash is definitely good for length.

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  14. I was thinking of getting some...my lashes are fairly long but I want them longer. Thanks for your feedback on your experience...check out my blog
    www.styldbychoice.blogspot.com

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  15. They look great and so natural! Like you, I have length, but not volume and have been pondering extensions. How much did yours cost? I'm afraid that the cost + potential damage to my natural lashes will deter me forever.

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  16. What a helpful review, Tiffany! I have been thinking about lashes for my upcoming wedding. Definitely something to think about now. :)

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  17. They look so great and natural! My gf gets them done every 3 weeks or so and I am always admiring how gorgeous her eyes are!

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  18. my friend did it and her eyes looked so good. she only said she had to wash face more carefully with these extension.

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  19. They look fabulous ..I've often thought of them as well ...but can you not use mascara at all? My eyelashes are light so I wonder if you would see the difference? Or maybe they dye them? I dunno ..I love it though. YOu look fabulous! ...especially in that purple!

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  20. Maegan - you can still wear mascara. I just choose not to because I don't want to deal with taking the mascara off at night. The extensions are black though, so when attached to your real lashes, I'm not sure how much of your real lashes you'd be able to see.

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  21. Wow, these look great, very natural and I'm impressed that they lasted as long! I am an eye rubber due to bad allergies (Austin is famous for bad allergies,) so they may not be for me, but I think I'd go for it I were going to travel back home...thanks for the review!

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  22. Love this post! I posted on my blog not too long ago about my extensions and I'm honestly hooked! Such effortless beauty :)

    http://chicfiles.com/advice/eyelash-extensions/

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  24. Tiffany you should scrap the extensions and try Revitalash. I've been using it for 3 years now and the results are amazing!! Your eyelashes grow at least 1/3 longer and fuller as well. When you put on mascara it looks like you have extensions on. It's less expensive and its ezy pezy to apply.
    http://www.revitalash.com/

    **Then you get an eyelash tint and eyelash perm.. and POW! you have some sexy make up free 24-7 lashes to die for..**

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  25. My friends know me for whipping out the false lashes every now and then! I've always died for lash extensions, but can't rationalize the cost. Aren't they around 200 some dollars? Your lashes look so glamorous! I'm jealous!

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  26. I just got false lashes and they look great but they are super uncomfortable and itchy!

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  27. Hi. thanks a lot for this review. I have thin eyelashes and I really want to make my eyes more attractive without using cosmetics that contain harmful chemicals. I also don't want to wear false eyelashes. thanks! this helps.. :)

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  28. Hey! I'm about to get my very first eyelash extentions in two weeks and I found your blog when googling on eyelash extention styles. Can I ask you what "curl style" they used on you; J, B, C or D curl? How about the length? I really like how yours come out! I'm sooo excited!! Thanx!

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  29. Your eyelashes look amazing

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