Eyelash Extensions - my experience!
Hi guys! Happy Tuesday. First things first - I want to fill you in on a little posting update. I know I've been posting for twice a week (even three times a week!) over here on MBM for a long time now...but with everything going on between work, the podcast, balancing my marriage/friendships, and trying to take some time to chill every now and then, I decided that it's time to post one time per week for this season of life. I'm really excited about this switch, and I think that it will only improve my content pouring my heart into one post each week. When life calms down a little bit, I'll get back to a couple posts per week...but this really feels like the right thing (for now :)).
ANYWAYS. Back to regularly scheduled programming. About a month ago...I did a thing, and got eyelash extensions. Let me back up and give you a little background - my eyelashes are pretty long/full but SO BLONDE that if I don't wear mascara, you literally can't see them. I truly despise wearing mascara (and taking it off, ugh, THE WORST), and my fellow bestie podcaster Beck (find her over @bestfriendbeck!) has beautiful eyelash extensions, so needless to say that I asked her a ton of questions and was immediately interested. I wanted to give you guys the scoop, in case you were interested too!
What are eyelash extensions? Before I went, I of course wanted to scope out what to expect during my appointment and also what eyelash extensions are made of. I found this super-helpful info from an article in the Huffington Post. There are three types of lash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. Size availability ranges from 6mm to 17mm. Once selected, the lashes are applied one at a time by a lash technician, using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate the eye nor damage the natural lash. At Rise Lash Studio, where I decided to book an apointment, the lashes are all vegan.
How long does it take? I was going for a super natural look, so my appointment was only 45 minutes. It's basically nap-time, since you need to keep your eyes closed during the appointment, and you are lying on a comfortable bed (see pic below!).
What is the process like? I made an appointment at Rise Lash Studio on Newbury street, and I chose the "The Classic Quickie" option (which is the lightest set that you can get). I arrived about ten minutes before my appointment to this walk-up on Newbury, signed a waiver form (which honestly, freaked me out a little bit until I remembered HOW many people get lash extensions on the regular) and then was all set for the appointment. My lash-expert Gladys applied gel pads under each eye (pretty darn close to your lower lash line) and then got started! She meticulously applied the lashes on both eyes, and I basically took a nap on their super comfortable tables. The whole appointment took 45 minutes. She did a great job letting me know about the aftercare (specifically avoiding getting the eyelashes wet for 12-24 hours after applying), and how to clean the extensions properly.
How much does it cost? How frequently do you need to go back? The whole experience was $90 + tip, and I also purchased some eyelash cleaner. Rise Lash Studio recommends going back every 3-4 weeks, depending on what look you are trying to maintain. I went back about three weeks after, and most of my lashes had fallen out by that point. A lash fill was $75.
Would I go back? You bet I would! I loved the whole experience, and how much time having the lash extensions has saved me in the morning between not needing to curl my lashes and apply mascara.
I hope you found this post helpful! I absolutely love the look of eyelash extensions and not having to put on mascara every day. I'd love to help if you have any questions - let me know in the comments!