Late yesterday afternoon I nervously headed to one of the local beauty salons to get eye lash extensions applied. If I’m honest I always thought it was a bit silly to pay upward of $100 every 2-3 weeks just for long lashes but after having what felt like permanent panda eyes during FFFWeek last year I started to reconsider.
As much as I liked the look of false lashes (and I have gotten better at applying them) they’re time consuming and tedious when you’re in a rush. Peeling them off and getting rid of the gunk was another thing I hated. When I do it occasionally for events, that’s fine but all day and all night and every single day for a week was killer. Sure, no one was holding a gun to my head but the US ladies were on their game and I loved the way their full thick lashes looked.
Olivia looooves hers as does Jo and after asking them what felt like a million questions, I finally decided to do it… the only problem was finding the right beautician. I tried countless places and most didn’t offer the service or just seemed shonky.
So I did what I recommend everyone should do, I called the fanciest most expensive spa and asked the receptionist if they did eye lash extensions (knowing full well that they didn’t) and then asking for a personal recommendation of someone who does as all the beauty girls seem to have them done these days. She’ll have to whisper it into the phone of course so she doesn’t get in trouble from the boss so write the number down quickly.
If you live in the Hawkesbury I recommend you eavesdrop on my whisper and head over to Ron Day Vu, Studio 206 in Windsor. Admittedly I took a gamble but they seemed the most switched on and could answer all my questions without hesitation. My set cost $120 and they should see me through New York with no dramas. I can choose to have them infilled when I return at a lesser price but I’ll see how I go.
When I arrived I explained I wanted to mirror my natural shape and density but with added length, anything thicker or heavier than that and I feared I would get irritated. I laid down and she got started at 3:45pm and she was done by 5:15pm so by no means was it a rushed job.
After some research I knew “cluster” lashes weren’t for me, individual lash application was the way to go as there is less risk of damaging additional healthy lashes when old ones fall out but this took time. That was ok because it gave me plenty of time to explain what blogging is and what I do and my trip and about cameras… it was nice!
Tape was applied under each eye, covering my lower lashes to protect them from the glue. It felt odd at first but I was all for protective measures. Sometimes the fumes from the glue got a little too much and the beautician used a hand held fan which helped. My eyes didn’t feel sore or sting at all really. Now lets get to the good stuff, the before + after photos…
SIDE BY SIDE
I didn’t get to take a photo from the side but you can see how curved the flicks are at the corner of my eyes, so pretty and natural looking. I haven’t got any make up on in these photos so you can imagine how fierce they’ll look with mascara and eyeliner applied which I’ll probably only do for the fancier events so I don’t stress the lashes out.
As far as caring for my beautiful new lashes go, I have to keep them dry for the first 24-48 hours so my facial cleansing wipes have come in handy to keep my skin feeling fresh without risking my lashes. I don’t like touching my eyes and so far I’ve had no inclination to pull or play with them, which makes them fall out faster. I have a clean little disposable mascara wand and I use that to brush them just as I would my eyebrows. I’ve never had lashes so long that they would tangle before, so weird.
There you have it, I got eye lash extensions… TaDa!