It’s not a secret that I love to be pampered. I love getting new things done to my hair, I love getting my nails done, and getting a massage is so wonderful. But my absolute favourite beauty service is getting eyelash extensions. I am obsessed.
When the trend first got popular, I was really weirded out. I didn’t know how it was done, but to have some random person work that closely to my eyeballs was not something I was in a hurry to sign myself up for. I let the fad gain momentum so that the kinks could be worked out. Then one day, I decided to try and find someone in my area. The girl I found was pricing a full set of lashes for 200 USD. Like wut. At the time, I just thought it was an expensive commodity and I was making good money so I figured “why not” and made an appointment.
I loved them. And became addicted. I’d go back every 2 to 3 weeks for refills. Then it got to the point that I needed a fill every week. And as the fills were about 60 USD, it was costing way too much to keep up with it. So I asked her to take them off. And that’s when I realised how damaged my real lashes had become. I let them all grow back and get strong on their own (castor oil, people). I decided I was going to save money and put the lash extensions on hold for awhile as it wasn’t imperative that I had them on at all times.
Then, I moved to the UK. We were invited to a wedding and I thought that it would be fun to try to get lash extensions for the wedding so I started googling places near me. And what the heck! Salons were charging from £35-60 pounds for a full set and like £10-20 for refills. Which is crazy affordable. To put this into perspective for my US friends, $200 is about £144. I went to this salon that charged £60 ($83!) for a full set. I’ve used them quite a few times, and the girl does a great job. My lashes stay on for a good 4 weeks before needing a refill.
It has been a long time since I’ve had the lashes. And I got the itch to get them back on again. I have been wearing barely any makeup lately and I thought it would be nice to get the lashes on so that I wouldn’t have to worry about makeup as much.
I do find that I look much more done up without having to put any effort in when I have the lash extensions, and that is an ideal situation on a work day.
It turns out, the only girl who did the lashes at the salon I go to was leaving, but was going private. So she gave me her number and I found out she’s only charging £35 ($49!) for a full set, and she would come over to my flat to do them. Guys, this is what you would call a perfect scenario.
I decided to take before and after pictures for those of you who may be interested in eyelash extensions to see how how much of a difference it makes. I’ve included a before picture with no mascara, a before picture with mascara, and then an after with the extensions without makeup, and with makeup.
*Side note: excuse the messy eyebrows. I had been waiting for my wax machine to arrive so had abandoned the upkeep on my brows.
Before – No Makeup
Before – With Mascara
After – With Extensions, No Makeup
After – With Extensions and Makeup
The main reason I like having them done is because I have always been obsessed with long and voluminous eyelashes. Eyelashes and eyebrows are what really make a face (relative to makeup, guys… I realise that eyes, nose, and the mouth is actually what makes up a face).
But girls who have short lashes, or blond lashes, or even older women who are left with really brittle lashes, it’s such a nice way to make your days that much easier so that you don’t have to apply mascara every day. Or for a night out, you’re one step closer to having a glammed up look as you don’t have to use the glued on false lashes anymore. I know for a fact I will have these done for all special occasions in the future.
What do you think about the before and after pictures? Have you ever had eyelash extensions? If not, have I convinced you to try them out? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.