Monday, February 9, 2015

Make-down Monday: Lash Extensions

(Pictures taken 4 days after lashes were applied)

I wanted to use this week's make-down Monday to review permanent lash extensions.  I have read so many great things about permanent lash extensions I couldn't wait to try them for myself.  I felt that an upcoming bachelorette weekend for my future sister in law was the perfect excuse (the fact that I found a Groupon for it was just an added bonus).

Main Purpose of the Product: Obviously to give the look of exaggerated and voluminous lashes

Price Point: Typically the price ranges from $50 to $75.  I lucked out and found a Groupon for half price so I only paid $35

Key Ingredients: I made sure that the lashes that were going to be applied were real human hair simply because they look the most natural despite the obvious intent to have fuller longer lashes. Real hair is also supposed to blend better with your natural lashes

5 Senses Description: The lashes come in small clusters of no more than 4 to 5 lashes.  She applied these clusters with a professional grade adhesive to the inner lid of my upper lashes.  This was where it got uncomfortable.  I have pretty sensitive eyes so this part was very unpleasant for me.  It was around a 20 minute process for both eyes.  I loved the end results and the best part was, you don't have to apply mascara for the duration the lashes stay on (that's how great they look).  I was told the best way to ensure they last is to not let them get wet. I tried my best not to get them wet during showers and avoided getting my makeup remover close to them as much as possible.

Best Attribute: The lashes are gorgeous and I love that for weeks I had the look of full lashes without the hassle of applying fake lashes daily.

Drawbacks: This is where I want y'all to pay close gorgeous as these lashes were at first I am still fighting the battle of getting them off.  The adhesive is no joke.  Once they started coming off where they were first applied (inside the lid of my upper lashes) they gradually moved outward and attached to my real lashes.  I thought surely if the adhesive had given enough to move off the inner lid, I could just gently pull them off...OUCH! Unfortunately I don't have an answer just yet as to the best way to get them off from here, but let's just say it's not pretty or painless.

Overall, I will probably never get lash extensions again.  As much of a pain it is sometimes to apply false lashes, at least you can control them coming off and there is no real danger of damaging your natural lashes.  This is one of those 'you live and learn beauty lessons', hopefully I can spare y'all the ordeal I have gone through.  How is that for an honest review!?  All that being said I thought I would link some of my favorite temporary false lashes to shop below!