I bought them, therefore, I own them, therefore they are my lashes. Did I grow these gorgeous lashes naturally, no…no I didn’t. I am addicted for life to eyelash extensions. I’m never going to wake up in the morning and think that ridding them from my life will improve my well-being. I suppose if at some point I’m on the verge of bankruptcy, I’ll reconsider their importance.
This now beauty-must began last April for me. My sister and I concluded that a small part of Kylie Jenner’s transformation was due to lash extensions and I booked my appointment minutes within that study and analysis. I bought a Groupon for a full set and went into the experience blind (absolutely no pun intended.) The lash tech taped down my lower lashes to separate them from the ones she’d be working with on the top. Then she went to work, separating and singling out lashes with a tweezer- like tool and gluing the extension directly to the lash.
Lashes come in all different lengths, qualities, styles, and densities. I tell my lash girls to make me look Kardashian (shocker!), but you can get yours much more subtle if you prefer. A good salon will ask you about the specific look you’re going for.
Getting a fresh, new set will take about 1.5 hours and cost you about $65-$150 WITH A GROUPON (depending on where you live). You will loose lashes with your natural shedding cycle. Lash places claim that the extension will not affect when an eyelash is destine to fall out. You will notice after approx. 10-12 days your lashes don’t look as lush as they once did. This is when you’ll start thinking about booking your refill appointment. Prices will vary depending on salon, but 2-3 week refills, which is what I do, will cost normally between $60 to $75. Yes, it’s an expensive habit to form. I tried not getting my nails done to compensate for the lash costs for a while. Now, I get my nails done every 3 weeks, because, well I can be a high maintenance diva, but mostly because I will bite the crap out of my nails without tips.
While I suggest getting your first set at a salon that works with Groupon, make sure you’re going to a reputable place with highly reviewed, experienced techs. I’ve turned quite a number of friends onto lash extensions, however some have had bad experiences with the salon they went to and came out with eye irritation. If you do have sensitive eyes, some lash salons offer organic lashes that are supposed to cut down lash line itch. If you live in the D.C. or New York tristate area, I recommend going to Lashful, iLash, or Pretty Girls Make Faces.
There are so many beautiful things about eyelash extensions. The most beautiful thing is that with extensions it’s pretty much impossible to have a bad-look day. You know those days where you go through your whole routine and do everything right, but the final product is still a “meh” face. Personally, I’ve felt pretty good about my made-up face every day since getting lash extensions. In addition, you wake up looking wide-eyed! It’s nice waking up and looking in the mirror feeling decent.
As a true pisces, I live in a magical and delusional land in my head. In this world romances unfold the way they do in romantic comedies, everything at Sephora is free, Shake Shake burgers are a diet food, and we have the capability to clone Harry Styles.
In real life (what's that?), I spend my days pondering how Kylie Jenner's face changed so much. I'm a beauty junkie and pop culture-loving wedding videographer and freelance journalist. I have a Princess Jasmine complex. I am a Fanson (die hard Hanson fan). I enjoy belting old Celine Dion songs.
Please take everything I say seriously (I have my Masters in journalism from Syracuse University), but not too seriously (Cosmo is my favorite publication.)