Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Review: Mink Eyelash Extensions

I've had short straight blonde eyelashes for all of my life. After using black mascara for lots and lots of years, the bottoms ended up black, but the tips are still blonde. My lashes don't really curl, so from a distance, you don't really notice my lashes at all. Even with mascara and an eyelashcurler, my lashes tend to get straight and pointing down again. So with my more extreme/colourfull EOTD's it always looks a bit unfinished to me. That's why I tend to use fake lashes at parties or events.

Old pics of my eyes without makeup(, and with a brown eyebrownpencil applied)

Lately Ive been seeing blogs and clips about people having eyelash extenions. Ofcourse, that really got my attention, and after having read a lot about them, and having a bit of extra money this month, I decided to get them myself. Problem was, I couldn't find anyone who did the eyelashextensions, anywhere near me. After searching for quite some time and emailing some beautysalons, I finally found one who could help me.

Last saturday, I had an appointment at 9:30 in the morning at Coco Beauty in Alkmaar.
They didn't have a choice in length or curl, like other salons I read about, but she showed me the mink lashes an they didn't look that long to me (boy was I wrong! hahah). She also showed me cheaper and darker ones, but they just didn't feel that good to me. Much sturdier and not as soft as the mink ones. She also stated that these were fox hairs, which to me sounded like they didn't want people to know ít's acually mink......or they didn't know what a mink was...could be both ;)

The procedure is simple in itself, but it takes a lot of time and concentration, and you have to be handy with both of your hands.
At first, she put tape over my bottom lashes, to make sure nothing stuck together and nothing got stuck on the bottom lashes.

 Then she took two tweezers and use one to seperate my lashes and use the other one to put one mink hair to one of my own lashes.

 The hairs are all in a little box, and are in different lengths like your own lashes, so it will look more natural. They are dipped in a special glue/rubber to make them stick to your lashes.

 Right after I opened my eyes. It felt really weird, not because of the lashes, but because the skin below my eyes felt tight. That's because the tape had been there for quite a while.

 First time with makeup on. I felt like I had puppet eyes, the lashes were so long!
Right after I came out of the salon(without any makeup on) I came across a stranger who told me I looked beautifull. Lashes really change your whole appareance!

 You can't really tell that they are fake, if you look at the bottom.

I also bought a special makeup remover at the salon, because I can't use any remover on an oil base with these extensions. I lost 2 lashes on one eye, the first time I cleaned them, but none since.

I'm still not really sure how I feel about them. I love the way it looks when I don't have any makeup on, and you can still see lashes. It also looks really great with makeup. I don't use any mascara now either. I could, if i wanted to, but it's not needed anymore.
But it also has downsides.
You have to clean them with a special remover and don't rub your eyes. Which sometimes is needed with certain eyeliner or pigments. The remover I bought, is quite good though, it just takes more time.
I also have to comb them after using remover, because they tend to stick together like real lashes, and then you get spiderleg lashes. Same thing in the morning, when you sleep, your lashes get all tangled up, so in the morning you have to untangle them again. I use an old empty mascara roller for now, which works perfectly.

And I think they are a bit too long, I have to watch myself when I apply makeup, so I won't end up with pink lashes or something. If they had different lenths, I probably would have gone for shorter ones. Also, the hairs are mink, and I'm not totally sure if they are 'harvested' by just brushing the animals (like people say), and where/how they keep those animals. I'm an animal lover (but a meat eater, deal with it), and I wouldn't want an animal to get hurt, just so I could get longer/more lashes.

Also, these extensions are attched to your own lashes, so if you don't have a lot of lashes, don't expect a lot of volume when you get long extensions. I also would have loved more shorter ones on the inner eye corner for an even more natural look. The shorter ones on my other eyes inner corner tend to point a bit downward like my own aswell, and that way you can't really see them.

And ofcourse, the money.....they prefer to fill up the missing lashes that fall out naturally every three weeks orso, which can cost you about 50 euro. Which is a LOT of money.

This set cost me 100 euro excl the remover, and it took her 1,5 hours. I also got to pick a little present from a bowl filled with stuff, because it was christmas. Sidney picked out a beautifull OPI mini polish for me.

All in all it was a nice experience, never having been to a beautysalon before. But I'm not sure yet if I will keep them. Sometimes I think Yes! because they look so great, and my makeup looks more finished. And other times, they look too fake and long to me, even though noone has noticed they are fake at all. It's also quite a lot of money to keep them looking good, which is a big downside. I'll probably see how long it takes to seriously need a refill, and how that will look, and if I think it's really worth it by then.

So what do you think?


  1. ik vind het er echt scary uit zien xd

  2. Do you know that those lashes are from the same animal that will be killed for its fur in a couple of months :S I've seen it on other girls too, but to me it's just weird! This mink eyelash industry is keeping the fur industry alive by purchasing its by product. I know not every woman cares about this, but I thought I'd mention it since you didn't in your post. I guess they look nice, but I'd never get them myself knowing what they put these animals through just to make us humans feel "prettier"..

  3. @Allie, Obviously you havent read my blog at all, because I HAVE mentioned that, so before you come with critisim, please read it first.

    @Linda, je voelt er niets van. :)

  4. Thank u. I was debating getting them. They are very pretty.

  5. They really look natural, my problem is i don't like glue anywere near my eyes,but after seeing your results i may. Thank You for your reviews it was very helpful

  6. Love them! They arent toO loNg they loOk just fine.

  7. I highly doubt that people kill mink for fur all the time, when they can keep mink and comb& harvest again and again. No brainer.

  8. Looks great! I'm going to get mine done next week and I have little blonde eyelashes just like yours. I can't wait to see what these eyes will look like with some lashes! lol

  9. I think the eyelash extensions looked great on you! They definitely added depth and character to your eyes. I suggest you opt for eyelash extensions whenever there’s a big occasion. That way, you won’t have to spend for it regularly, and you won’t have to worry about them every day. =)

  10. The lash tech didn't put that many on you, they just don't look full :(

  11. Eyelash extension is a good solution for immediate result, but be aware that no matter what type of extension you get they will thin out your natural eyelashes. Other thing to keep in mind is the maintenance and restriction of having eyelash extension.

  12. Wow, So great to read this, im getting mine done on Saturday. At the moment i apply mascara everyday because my lashes are short and blonde i cant wait to get mine so my eyes can stand out more im so sick of applying mascara on a day to day basis


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