Friday, August 29, 2014

LASH EXTENSIONS: My Experience & Tips


Full, fluttery, voluminous, sexy eyelashes are something that I have never had and probably will never naturally have without the help of some medicinal glaucoma eye potions and other similar witchcraftery. Maybe it's because of the monolids, maybe it's sub-par lash genetics, but I've faced the fact that no amount of curling and plumping will make them the fluttery beauties I wish they were.

Enter eyelash extensions. While applying eyeshadow on my friend Amy, I noticed how poppin' her lashes were! No mascara, no eyeliner, no glues or strips or mascara to speak of. At that moment I decided I must  test it out for myself.

Eyelash extensions are something that I've been curious about for a really long time, so I wanted to make sure I shared my experience as well as the tips I've gathered to get the most bang for your butterfly kisses.

In this video I'm not wearing any eye makeup whatsoever so you can get the best idea of what it looks like on me alone:


I want to start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. Here are my cute baby lashes au naturale. As you can see, they are short and on the thinner side but not totally sparse.


This is actually after my first failed set (which I talked more about in the video). I only had a few sparse, sad extensions hanging on for dear life. The good thing is you can see how each lash extension is glued onto each real lash one-by-one. It's a long 2-hour long process so be prepared to possibly fall asleep.


And.... TADA! Here's the final set. So much fuller and fluffier!


My whole lash experience was overall a positive experience but I would say that due to the upkeep, I'm not sure I would do them more then a couple times a year, refilling once or twice. It's so nice to have gorgeous lashes as soon as you wake up but I definitely missed using waterproof products.

As I mentioned before, I went much more in depth in the video including care tips so if you are thinking of getting extensions yourself, definitely check it out!

Readers, have you had extensions done? What was your experience? Do you have any favorite products to use with extensions? Let me know in the comments!



20 comments:

  1. I love the lashes, the look great! I've heard some say that they recommend not doing it so often because they'll fall off with your real lashes :\

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  2. Hi Jen, love the extensions. Any tip on how to remove eye make up with the extensions on? Do you use a Q tip?

    Thanks

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  3. I tried lash extensions one time. It was only pretty for over 1 month then it starts to fall out. I tried to remove after 2 months but some of my natural eye lashes are gone too. My natural eye lashes were quick long and thick. I regret doing that. Now I only use mascaras or wear fake lashes sometimes.

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  4. Hi Jen!
    Do you know the Lash Lift Treatment? (Lisa Eldridge did it)
    It seems more feasible than this.. :)
    I'd like to hear your opinion about this! I have your same problem about lash (short and very straight) and I'm looking for something not too complicate to upkeep! I also have not a good relationship with false lashes 'cause I feel them over the time on the eyes, but It's probably because I'm not accustomed to use them.
    Thank you very much!
    From your Italy fan!

    (ps: can you review the new MUFE Artist Palette?? :D)

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  5. Hi Jen! What curling iron did you use in the video? Your hair is fab!

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  6. I have had (permanent) false lashes before and the result is amazing. But when the pieces are falling out, it looks weird with the gaps. Also my real lashes started to fall out very quickly so I won't be doing this again.

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  7. Hi Jen! I notice in your other videos you're wearing false lashes after you got lash extensions. Did you find another lash glue that doesn't irritate your eyes like the Revlon glue? Thanks!

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  8. I've been wanting lash extensions for such a long time, I just don't know if it's worth the money...

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  9. I'm so glad you did this post! It answered a lot of my questions. I am a huge oil person though so I don't know if this will work for me :(

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  10. I've followed your youtube for years but this is my first time commenting ^^;.. I tried eyelash extension once when I was in Korea and I liked it for about a week but then it started to look a bit fake =/ I don't think I will ever do it again but I would love to try eyelash perm again sometime!

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  11. A good friend of mine introduced me to your blog. She met you at a recent retreat and said you're just as lovely in person.

    Love the way your hair looks in the video - is that a perm or did you curl it yourself?

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    1. Aww that's really sweet of her! :) I used a wave iron... Bedhead Wave Artist. :)

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  12. Girls around where I live get the bomb lash extensions and they only cost $25. I am one of those lucky people who have long and thick lashes, plus I treat my lashes with castor oil now so it makes them even more lovely. I still love the look of the lash extensions that girls in my area get. $75 is too high cost. You need to move to Florida girl!

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  13. these look so good on you!! :) hmm now that you say upkeep.. i'm not sure it's for me. i thought it would be easy and low maintenance like my eyeliner tattoo.. was ben taking these photos for you? :P

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  14. So I have a REAL question - Has anyone found wearing 'lash extensions to be very irritating? I have tried them on 2 separate special occasions and have not been able to stand them for more than a week. I love the look, but the tips of the lashes can be seen in my line of vision! I am constantly aware of them and they feel stiff. The second time I had them applied, the woman told me they were the shortest lashes they carried and that they would soften up the longer I had them. Do asian women need specific "minky" lashes of a certain length? do they truly get softer? I LOVE the look, since my lashes are hardly visible and mascara does NOTHING. What to do?

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  15. Hi Jen, I just came across your post and I couldn't believe that you seem to had the same problem as me with false lashes. I also used to wear falsies pretty regularly using the Ardell glue and one morning I woke up with swollen and crusty eyelids which freaked me out! I thought my glue was tainted so I went out and bought a new tube but still no good. I then bought another type (latex free) and whilst the issue has lessened a bit (i.e. no crusty eyelids), I still wake up the next morning with swollen eyelids. It's a shame because now I'm not able to wear my falsies everyday (in fear of making the problem worse) and I miss the wide eyed and alert effect of the false lashes. Did you ever find out the reason for your issues because I never got to the root cause of mine..

    P.s. I really enjoy your blog and your posts/videos. Very honest and informative reviews of your experiences :)

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    1. Thank you so much! :) Honestly, I never found an exact cause for mine and the allergy comes and goes. I am guessing I have a sensitivity to some adhesive ingredient, but the irritation of the physical lash on my lids causes it to be even more swollen and itchy. When this happens I lay off wearing lashes for anywhere from 2 days to a week and I usually no longer have the problem when I begin wearing lashes again. I give my lids frequent breaks now!

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  16. Hi Jen, would you mind sharing where you went? I recently moved to LA and am looking for an affordable but reputable salon for lash extensions. Thanks :)

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