I’d like to start this post off by saying- don’t judge me. Okay, now that we all have open minds here… I’m an eyelash fanatic (I’ve mentioned this before). I compliment people on thick, full lashes about twice a month. One day when I gave a coworker that good ol’ compliment, she told me that she had eyelash extensions on.
I questioned her like rapid fire- Where did she go? How much did they cost? How long do they last?
Well, I broke down and got em’ so I’m here to enlighten you, if you’re lost and short eyelashed like me. Well, how I used to be ;)
I went to the Lash Spot in Costa Mesa, but there are tons of places that pop up if you Google it! Although, Lash Spot was really great- super cute spa with sweet staff.
This is where I’m a little embarrassed. I can’t help but ask myself if this splurge is a necessary one, but then I stare in the mirror and bat my long eyelashes and think “Why yes, yes it is!” and then I kiss my reflection (totally kidding).
Anyways, down to the nitty-gritty. I became a beauty club member for $29 a month. Yes, for less than $1 a month I can feed brittle eyelashes, but wait, there’s more- joining reduced the initial application to $99 instead of the standard $179! No, I’m not majoring in advertising, nor am I working for the Lash Spot. I’m just trying to convince myself it was a good buy. Bat, bat, bat (making eyes at myself aaaaand I’m confident again! I love myself and my impulse buys!
Touch ups cost $30-$45. It’s recommended that you go every 2-3 weeks depending on lash growth and how well they’ve stayed.
How Long Do They Last:
Touch ups suggested every 2-3 weeks. I’ve had them on for two weeks and have lost about five, I would estimate but it’s not obvious. Your real lashes do not come off with them, just the extensions. As imagined, the better care you take of them, the longer they last.
You can wear mascara with the eyelashes, as long as it’s not water-proof. They suggest removing make-up with a water-based remover rather than oil-based because the oils will eat away at the lash adhesive. Dabbing eyes dry instead of rubbing them is also suggested.
I was nervous at first and didn’t want to be too rough with them, but these babies are tough! For the first 24 hours after getting them done you aren’t supposed to get them wet. I went into the salon barefaced and after getting them, I felt like a million bucks without any makeup on.
I just put mascara on for the first time today (my second week) to test it out and add some extra length, but I added a minimal amount. It revitalized the lashes and separated them as well. (Third picture below). The spa also gives a complimentary mascara brush to separate eyelashes, so up until today I’ve been using that instead of mascara. (Yipee!)
It takes about an hour for the initial application and 30 to 40 minutes for touch ups. I found it pretty relaxing, as strange as it sounds, just laying down with calming music playing while a technician put the lashes on. You can’t feel anything during application, it is very gentle and does not pull at your real lashes. You can choose the level of curl that you want your lashes to have- the technician was spot on with my strange description. Long but not weird looking, full and curled… Despite that Amber (the angelic technician) nailed it!
I’ve attached some pictures below, don’t judge solely off of those cause they don’t do them justice! I may get them touched up this week or next, depending on how my wallet is lookin’! Let me know if you have any questions about the eyelash extensions!