I am way late jumping on this lash train. I’ve actually been interested for a while and have gone as far as to make a few appointments for lash extensions in the past but chickened out at the last minute. I love the idea of lash extensions but to be honest they freak me out a little bit and I’m scared that they’d irreparably damage my real lashes or that I’d love them and never be able to live without them. To me, it’s hard to justify the cost of upkeep and if I did get them it would be for a special event.
I finally talked myself into getting a lash lift which seemed like it was more my style than extensions. I’m kind of a low maintenance type of girl, not to say that I don’t love beauty products and my beauty routine but comfort and ease are more important to me than anything. Instead of adding additional lashes they curl your existing lashes at the base so they point upwards instead of pointing straight out. It’s the eyelash perm perfected but looks so natural.
As a busy mom, if theres a way to make my life easier I am all about that. I was told the lash lift would curl my lashes for 6-8 weeks which sounded amazing to me. My lashes are stick straight so my eyelash curler is a big part of my beauty routine whether or not I use mascara. My eyelashes disappear, they aren’t visible if you look at my face straight on so I was hoping to get some kind of definition. The price was $65 for the lift or $75 for the lift and tint every 6-8 weeks which is a steep comparison to the $250 with $75 refills every 2-4 weeks for lash extensions.
The actual process took about an hour and my girl, Angela, walked me through every step of the process as she went. It was reassuring to know what was going on since my eyes were closed the whole time. At no point in time was I uncomfortable or anxious, she made it really relaxing for me and it went by so quickly. I have long bottom lashes so she placed a gel pad over them to keep them out of the way which was the only time my eyes felt funny. She was very meticulous making sure my lashes were perfectly positioned and adhered to the silicone pad before setting them. The actual perm was so fast and was followed by a tint. Honestly, the tint didn’t really show up on my dark lashes but for lighter lashes its a must-have.
The upkeep is so simple. Don’t get them wet for 24 hours after the perm, Elle Woods taught me that in Legally Blonde. Avoid rubbing your eyes, waterproof mascara, and oil based products as those all can cause the perm to fade faster. Easy peasy. I don’t use waterproof mascara or oil based products as it is so having virtually no disruption to my daily routine was great. She sent the cutest hand written card in the mail with an aftercare instruction insert.
My initial results were amazing. As soon as I opened my eyes I could tell how much longer they looked. I could actually see my lashes which is a big change for me and I couldn’t stop brushing them. I went for the medium silicone pad this time but next time I would go for the small to make them look even longer. The photo above is a before and after of my lashes makeup free (whoa, hello dark circles) and one with mascara.
My overall thoughts on them are they are absolutely worth it. If you are on the fence about eyelash extensions or if you use an eyelash curler on a daily basis this is the beauty solution for you. I’ve been wearing mascara less often because I haven’t felt like I needed to and even when I do one coat is plenty. Excuse me now while I go brush my eyelashes and stare at them some more.
For any of my local Portland ladies, if you see Angela mention my blog for a discount! She has generously offered any of my readers $45 for a lift and $55 for a lift tint, that’s $20 off! Could she be any sweeter?