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.
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!
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?