Eyelash Extensions – What I’ve Learned

Today I want to give you all the info on eyelash extensions and what I’ve learned in the 3 short months since getting my first set.

I’ve had extensions now consistently for the last 3+ months! I’m not a lash tech/specialist, but I’ve learned works and what doesn’t for me. I have received a few questions about my eyelash extensions and my best advice is that they aren’t actually for a lazy beauty routine. Let me explain! Before getting lashes, I *thought* it would cut my makeup routine in half in the morning. While they definitely make my makeup routine in the AM a bit quicker, I learned really quickly that overall you really have to take care of your lashes to make them last! If you keep reading, below I’m sharing how to take care of your lash extensions along with a pros and cons list. Let me know if you have any other questions in the comments below and I’ll try to answer them!

I go to @KristineManzie here in Lakeland and she does an amazing job!

Pros:

Makeup Routine Time Saver

Like I mentioned above, cutting out the mascara and maybe even top eyeliner if you get volume lashes will definitely save you time during the AM.

Always Have the Barely Any Makeup Look

I love this one. Days when I’m running errands, taking the dogs to the dog park, heading to the beach/ pool or even just working at home, I feel somewhat put together even with no other makeup on. On average work days, I’ll just throw on foundation, powder, blush, neutral eyeshadow and eyeliner on the bottom with just my lashes and again, it’s an easy and quick no-fuss makeup look.

Perfect for Vacations/Major Life Events

So tell me, is there anything better than when your lashes are looking amazing during vacation when you’re living in a swimsuit?! I think not! Note that you just can’t dunk your head under any water.

If you get them for a special occasion, such as engagement photos, vacation, or the holiday, you can wait for them all to fall out if you don’t want a fill-in. Or you can get them removed for a small fee after they start falling out a bit. Just check with your technician.

Down Time

I’m on my phone and computer a lot between work and blogging. A lash appointment is such a great way and time to unwind because you’re forced to have your eyes closed for an hour to an hour and a half. It’s super relaxing and you can almost fall asleep!

Photo Ready

The main reason I love lashes is that I love how they look in photos! Since we travel quite a bit and I’ve started blogging, we take a ton of photos. Your lashes and eyes look amazing in almost all photos! That’s one of the major reasons why I keep getting them and love them so much. I feel photo ready with them on!



Cons:

Can Damage Your Real Lashes

I get asked this all the time. Yes, lash extensions can and will damage your natural lashes to some degree. If you have a really great lash technician, she will know how much weight your natural lashes can hold. She won’t put on too many extensions that could make your actual lash break. It’s all about communication with your technician, too. Ask her if your natural lashes are looking healthy or if they need a break.

If you’re concerned about potential damage, you can also use a lash serum [like this]. The serum will help strengthen your natural lashes while you’re wearing extensions. The stronger your natural lashes are, the longer your extensions will last! So always take care of your natural lashes, too! I personally take a biotin supplement [like this], to help keep my own lashes, hair and nails are all healthy. Even with the special care that I take, I’ve noticed that my natural lashes are shorter than they used to be. I’m told that this is natural and that it will continue the longer I wear them, but I’m okay with it since 1) I plan to always have extensions on and 2) my lash technician has told me that my natural lashes are healthy.

Care of Your Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions aren’t for the lazy beauty routine. You can’t just dunk your head in the shower/pool/jacuzzi and you have to carefully clean them, too. Normally, I don’t get my entire face wet in the shower because I prefer to wash my face using skincare products. I gently cleanse around my eyes and use oil-free [important!!!!] makeup remover wipes for any eye makeup. I also use a lash bath which is a foaming make-up cleanser specifically made for eyelash extensions. It’s safe, easy to use, perfect for cleaning extensions as a part of your aftercare routine and for normal eye make-up removal. If you want your lashes to last, you have to take good care of them.

Cost

This is probably the biggest con for most people! Lash extensions are not cheap, especially if you go every two weeks [I go every three… four weeks would definitely be stretching it]. The biggest cost will be the first time. Your lash technician will be putting on a brand new set and that takes a ton of time [normally an hour and a half]. After that, a filling fee totally depends on how often you go. The longer you wait to get a fill, the more pricey it can be [but not more than a full set!]. That’s strictly because it’ll take longer to put on more lashes. I typically pay about $50 for a fill. If you’re going every 2-3 weeks and can’t live without your lashes, it’s just another beauty item/product to budget for! Some girls like spray tans, some like waxes, and some girls like lashes.

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