I asked friends, makeup artists, and sometimes even strangers at the store about their lashes and the experience that they had for a couple of years before I was ever willing to try them myself. I heard how much everyone loved them, but I also heard a few horror stories.
Over a year ago, I finally tried eyelash extensions, and I LOVE them. If it hadn't been for a whirlwind summer that prevented me from being able to get in to Lash-Me to see Michelle for 3 months, I wouldn't be able to write this post. I haven't been eyelash extension free for over a year...until this summer.
I have a lot of lashes, but they are short and fine. As you can see, my Natural Lashes aren't much to write about.
Let's talk about mascara. Even pre-lash-extensions, I didn't like to leave the house without lipgloss and mascara. But if I'm completely honest, even the waterproof (which is what I am wearing in the "mascara" pictures) smudges and "runs" if I am outside in Texas humidity. You can try a million mascaras, and you may like one aspect, but it's rare that you find one that:
lengthens, volumizes, doesn't smear/smudge, has a great brush, and doesn't clump. It doesn't seem like it would be too much to ask, but apparently it is. Even the "new" mascara that is supposed to be like having eyelash extensions is still a serious process!
Now, I get that not everyone wants lash extensions as long as the ones I have here. You can get lash extensions that are shorter, and you can choose where you want your longest lashes (center of your eye or outside corner.) I actually have thinner lash extensions near my inner eye. I wanted the really long lashes this time, because I have a wedding tomorrow. I love that I don't have the hassle of mascara (or smudges.) I love that I can roll out of bed even when we're camping with the family and still feel feminine without actually having to put on makeup (the lipgloss is still a must.)
Are they expensive? They don't have to be. Many places, including Lash-Me, offer a membership program. Ultimately, I go in every 3-4 weeks to have 30 lashes added to each eye (30/30), and it takes Michelle less than an hour to do them. In the image above, I have approximately 75 lashes on each eye. If you properly care for your lashes, then they last longer. Your lash specialist should teach you how to care for them in your first appointment.
I also love that Michelle and her husband, Sam, own the business. Sam calls me the day before my appointment just to remind me, and I love what this husband-wife team do to take care of their clients. I met Michelle because she did my lashes, but now, I consider her a friend.
*I was not paid in any way to write this blog post. This post is simply to share MY experience.