I can honestly say, I have an obsession. Yes, this may sound trivial to some but I have always loved having good looking lashes.
Remember those days, when your mom finally let you wear make up? It felt like such a game changer.
Yes, there were still plenty of trial and errors that occurred during this timeframe. However, there was one item that I quickly fell in love with and it was so easy to use; mascara.
With a quick swipe, my lashes were instantly transformed from iridescent and non-existent to outstanding and oh so full.
As simple of a task as it seemed back then, as years went on and life got busier, I found that I didn’t have much time for myself in the mornings and that included makeup.
It wasn’t until about two years ago I found out about lash extensions. While I knew it would be an investment, I am all about saving time and looking good while doing it.
It was so funny because as soon as I got my first set of lashes, other women quickly noticed, and were stopping me at the grocery store and even the doctors office. They all wanted to know what I was using on my lashes.
What seemed to be a simple question would easily turn into a full on conversation. So it was no surprise when I recently started blogging, you all quickly wanted to know more about my lash extensions.
I think the biggest question I get is, “how do I know where to go and who is safe?” I recommend going to a licensed professional for extensions. This is so important, as you need to assure they know what they are doing and are recognized by the state. Always ask for someone that has been doing it for a while or even ask for recommendations.
I get individual strands of lashes, it’s just a personal preference. I get them in lengths 12’s and 13’s with what is called a C curl.
There are two widths of lashes and I alternate between both. There are many styles you can choose from but I always go for a more dramatic but natural look. This is just something you and your artist will work together to figure out your eye shape and face frame.
My lash extensions are applied to my original lashes and not to my skin. They should never be applied to your skin and this is a sure way of knowing if you have a good artist working on you.
My lash extensions last around 2-3 weeks. This doesn’t mean they all fall out, but when I start to see them fall out and need areas replaced.
Two weeks after application + prior to a refill.
Obviously at your first visit you will need a full application. This normally takes a little over an hour. As for refills, these take around 45 minutes. Which for me, I love. I use this as my meditation/me time.
As for mascara, it’s not recommended to use and you won’t need to. However you will find me wearing it closer to my refill appoints to fill in areas and use it on my bottom lashes daily.
After full refill.
The day of application, I shower and wash my face completely. They want no make up around the eye area. This helps with proper attachment to the lash line. Also, you will not want to get the new lashes wet for 48 hours after for the same purpose.
After the 48 hours and in between appointments, you are able to wash your face as normal but you want to use a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil. A soft cleanser will allow them to stay attached longer.
Just like anything, you want to take care of your lashes so be sure to brush them daily with a mascara wand to insure proper placement and to maintain them.
In the end, I cannot recommend them more. As a busy woman on the run, they take one less item off my plate and help me feel confident all day long.
It truly has been a gift + a treat for me and I hope it is for you, too!