Hey beauties!!! So I have heard a lot about eyelash extensions.. good and bad. I really want to get them because I wouldn't have to wear mascara anymore and even when you wake up in the morning, you already look like you are wearing mascara. I just wanted to ask you lovely ladies what you thought about them? If you've tried them out or get them done all the time, do you think they are worth it? What are the pros and cons to having them?
Thanks so much in advance!!
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Hi Lexikaye - I don't know, the whole thing scares me a bit. The Glue...that scares me too. What happens if they start coming off and/ or loose? You'd have to get to a pro to get them removed properly. You don't want to pull out your own lashes trying to get them off on your own. A friend of a friend had them and won't get them again, it can make putting eye make up and liner on more difficult too.
I also wonder what happens if you have a reaction to the 'adhesive' that they use. Sometimes you can be okay with a product for an hour, a day, a week or longer and then suddenly your body decides...'oh no you didn't !!' You just never know, and I'm especially nervous about anything that goes near the eye area.
Maybe you could put a clear mascara on at night if you're wanting that "I just wake up this gorgeous every day" kinda-thing Then pinch your cheeks to get them rosey looking and get a little breath freshener and give a little spritz or a barely there lip balm that gives next to no color and not a lot of shine, (then i't's a bit too obvious and desperate. If your lip product is minty that's even better, You could even use a minty Blistex and put it on b4 bed and again in the AM if that's part of why you want to get the extensions. If not......sorry, my bad, my really, really bad, sorry (wish we had an embarassed red faced emoticon)
I say, save the $$ and spend it at Sephora. Hope this helped you out.
I've gotten to try them before when my aesthetician friend was training for her job which began offering the service.
Now granted the practice space and lighting wasn't the best and she was just learning, but my experience wasn't a good one. There were other girls training with her and they seemed to be doing fine, and their models/practice partners did fine with the extensions.
The brand they used was called NovaLash, which you can Google and find out more about that company. There are now more companies on the market that offer extensions.
I do know that with the glue that is used it makes using eye make up remover or mascara a bit tricky as most formulas on the market aren't made to pair up super great with the glue used, so make up removers and mascaras and break down the glue faster and cause the results to be for a shortened period of time. I do know that Nova Lash made a "lash extension friendly" mascara and make up remover, but my friends that got it done didn't bother with picking it up as they already had make up remover and mascara and didn't want to spend more money on products catering specifically to the lashes.
I've seen them look wonderful on my friends, but I've also seen some botched jobs. I think it's all dependant on where you go and how much experience/training the specialist has. For me, as my girl was just starting off, I ended up with extensions that didn't lay straight, so I had some extensions that were bent or crooked, I also had extensions that didn't sit at the base of my lash so they were uneven in length and some were even stuck to each other so I had a clumped area.
To remove them you need a lash extension specialist to do so, you do NOT want to remove these on your own! You'll end up ripping out your own lashes. Luckily for me the glue didn't seem to bond very well so I was fortunate enough to have mine removed quickly after the trial.
Do your research and find a reputable salon that offers the service, ask the specialist for example photos from clients and how much experience they've had. I know my experience shouldn't deter you as again, the circumstances were what they were. Weigh your options and see if you're willing to invest in not only the lashes, but also the care and after.
Great post LexiKaye,
A former coworker of ours here at Sephora just recently had some done and they looked SO amazing I'd love to try them myself! I'm not sure if I need the extension but the fullness would be awesome!
Thanks lylysa for the info you shared!
I was actually just looking at eyelash extension places near me about a week ago. my lashes are a tad bit sparse so I would love a fuller lash look. I hear that some of the pros are the fact that your lashes are fuller, you don't have to worry about mascara, and they last a while. The only con that I've really heard of is the fact that you have to lay on your back when you sleep/can't ley with your eyes on your pillow because it can make them fall out.
Personally, I L-O-V-E them. I don't wear makeup when I have them and can just get up and go. And I ALWAYS wear makeup, so that is saying something. Obviously, they are quite expensive and I would not cheap out on it because you need to ensure whoever you choose is using products that are safe for the eye area. They are definitely worth it but I can't justify getting them all the time because it is excessive. I pay $175 for synthetic mink full set (the only kind to get), and $40-75 for fills every two to four weeks, depending on how quickly your lashes fall out (this is a natural process). (I live in Canada, so this is likely more expensive than quality work south of the border.) I only get them during the summer, when I am traveling, or over the holidays. They are so convenient and pretty. The only cons for me were price and the cautiousness necessary to maintain them. While you have them, you cannot use oily products on your eyes, normal mascara, or tug at the eye area, which can be good and bad. For me, the veiny look of my eyelids and undereye circles diminish when I have extensions, I think because I am wearing less makeup, so less to remove, meaning less stress on the aye area. On that same note, you can't really wear heavy eye makeup every day, because removing it frequently would speed up the lash shedding process meaning you will need fills more frequently. I purchased the extension safe mascara ($30) for nighttime looks for when I am getting close to fill to fix sparseness. I stopped getting mine just to see how my lashes grew back in (and believe me, they are short when you lose all the extensions) and they grew back thick and healthy, so I know no permanent damage is being done. The regrowth period wasnt too bad, nothing a little mascara couldnt fix. Do lots of research on where to go; we've all heard the horror stories. For me, I just used Neutrogena Oil Free Makeup Remover on a q-tip to remove shadow and liner, didn't leave my lashes wet, slept with an eye mask that allows you to open and close your eyes (thereby preventing any overnight smushing), and combed them when I woke up, and they were phenomenal. Obviously, it all depends on your maintenance level and budget. I am getting mine again in a month for a girls trip and them keeping them through the holidays : )
I wanted to add in some info about the actual process. There are natural and synthetic options out there, most of the brands/companies I've come across use synthetic as there's more control over using lashes of thicker consistency and control of length.
You are basically laying down or reclined back during the process. Normally a sticky undereye pad/sticker is applied right under your eye over your bottom lashes so glue doesn't drip or get applied to your bottom lashes to make the top application stick to your own bottom lashes.
The specialist then uses a variety of tweezers to separate and single out individual lashes. These tweezers generally have curved, hook ends so lashes that aren't worked on can be kept separate from the invididual hair that is. A single extension is run through some glue and placed on the individual lash with another set of tweezers, normally with a super fine point, and lined up so it matches the curvature of your natural lash to lay the best. This process is repeated until a full set is applied or the desired look is achieved.
Please see this rudimentary Paint drawing below
That's what the "separtation" process looks likes. It all sounds creepy and dangerous, but it's safe as long as you're in the hands of a professional. The sound of a hooked set of tweezers by your eye may sound iffy, but again, specialists are trained to use the tools.
Depending on the cost and how long they last, I think I'd stick with falsies or lots of mascara and liner...I can't afford to have it done probably and there are other things I'd rather have cosmetically done, like a little Botox....
I don't think they are worth it, you can get Latisse like I did and now my almost touch my eyebrows with no masacara and they are very thick too. I love it and can't live without it now.
There are both pros and cons for the cons:
1. They have to be just right or they are going to come off and at first they are a constant worry
3. Up keep