*A New Series* The Beauty Tester: Eyelash Extensions

Tuesday, January 20, 2015








I am starting a new series on my blog called the Beauty Tester.  Over the course of the series I will be testing the latest beauty products, trends and treatments and coming back here to report and give it a grade, A-F.  Nothing is off limits when it comes to this series and I will be stepping out of my comfort zone to try new things.  With each post I will include my expectations before I tried it, cost, the prep and directions for the product/treatment, my end result and finally my beauty grade.

Consider me your beauty guinea pig.  I am starting off this series with something that I have been wanting to try out forever, eyelash extensions.

Here is me with no makeup on right before I went in for my appointment...


So ya as you can see my eyelashes look pretty non existent ha!

My Expectations Before I Tried it:  I would say that my eyelashes are average in length and nothing special.  With extensions, I wanted my eyes to pop and have that va va voomy feeling that you have when you have your makeup is on point.  So my expectations were pretty much that I wanted to walk out feeling like Kim Kardashian. Ha!  So maybe I set my expectations a little high... but for the price  I wanted to see and feel something drastic.

Cost: Eyelash extensions can range from $99-$200+ for first time clients.  If you decide to keep them up you will need fills every 2-4 weeks which range from $30-$70 dollars. Not a cheap beauty treatment by any means so make sure you REALLY explain what you want on your first visit.

Prep or Directions:  I was told to come to my appointment with no eye makeup on and to limit caffeine consumption since it can make you jittery and harder for you to keep your eyelids still and closed.  I arrived with zero makeup whatsoever but I am not gonna lie I did have my usual 2 cups of coffee because I NEED IT. Plus I figured I am a total pro at acting calm under mass amounts of caffeine consumption so I had that under control.  The technician was super sweet and had me lay down on a facial bed.  She asked me what "look" I was going for and that is where my original plan went array.  I told her I wanted them to look "natural and like I am not wearing crazy extensions."  Okay it is true I wear minimal makeup on a daily basis and I tend to lean more towards the natural look when it comes to things but...WHO AM I?!.. I am a confused lady thats who!!  So my plan of looking va va voomy and all Kim K went out the window when I gave that description.  So I remained there for the next hour with my eyes closed while we chatted about all kinds of things as she applied natural looking "J Shaped" lashes to each existing lash.  The whole process was completely painless and easy.

The Results:  After she was finished she handed me the mirror....drumroll please! Okay so I LOVED them, I had dark beautiful lashes that looked oh so natural just like I had explained.  BUT... at that very moment I realized I had been too conservative (like usual UGHHHH) with my original explanation and my result was exactly what I had asked for.  This is a pretty pricy treatment to keep up with so I think I will only do this again if I have a special occasion planned.

My Rating: I give my eyelash extensions an A because my technician gave me exactly what I asked for to a T.  But next time I would go a little more drastic and be a little more brave with the length and volume.


I would love to hear your feedback on this series and if there is any crazy (non crazy is totally cool too ha) beauty treatments or products that you have been curious about and would like me to test out I would love to hear about it in the comment section below.


19 comments:

Dawn Moore said...

Ok...I totally want to see them in person. Come over this week for some wine, the kids can play and we can talk lashes.lol

Anonymous said...

They look great! This is all the rage right now. I know a couple people who have done it. One of them got super long ones, and they looked AMAZING. She kept up with it but had to stop because she had a reaction to the glue. Another of the girls gets it done somewhere else and I'm not a huge fan, they're long but not straight and kind of just go everywhere-weird. So it depends where you go, I think. I would love to do it if it wasn't an ongoing expense.
Yours look fabulous. Definitely go longer next time;) if there is a next time, but they do look beautiful and natural. It seems with these extensions, even if you go loooooong, you look good - no tarantula eyes or anything.
Felicia

Anonymous said...

OH also wanted to say - your hair is getting long again! :) I recently cut mine short, and you were my inspiration!
Felicia

Anonymous said...

What a fun series! Excited!

Leica said...

Looks great! How well do they hold up? Any negative effects on the lashes/lids/eyes? Also, I think you should try threading! My first appointment is next month and I'm not sure what to expect.

Jen said...

I would love to see you do a deep-ish skin peel!

Elaine said...

They look great! Would love to see a front shot though to see a side-by-side comparison? They do look absolutely lovely though from what I can see. Thanks for the run down. I've always wanted to try this too! Love this new series!

Studio Pillows said...

Those are so cool! I do the occasional fake eye lashes from Target for special occasions and love it. Eeeks!

- Do they bother you at when you sleep or feel like they will fall out?
- How long realistically do you think they will last?
- Beauty question: Depending on your age, how often should you exfoliate your skin and mask each week?

Jasmine Chaumont said...

The eye lashes look fab!

I'd love to see eyebrow & narural eyelash tinting!!!

Could be fun for you ;)

jolene said...

Excited about the new series! I wear minimal make up and recently wanted to try some new things but I'm afraid lol, thanks for being our Guinea pig!

Ashlie said...

They look gorgeous and natural on you! I got them applied back in October and it was LOVE at first site!! I loved the simplicity of them in the fact I could go without makeup more often...which for a mom is HUGE! Lol! The only downside for me, I love to wash my face (eyes included) and you can't do that with these. Although, I'm sure I will get them again in the future because they're just so pretty!

Anonymous said...

In the recent past I had eyelash extensions for exactly one year. They are very nice and convenient. I loved waking up looking refreshed and ready for my day. I felt better about myself. I didn't like the upkeep, having to brush them, fixing them when the glue started wearing off, not being able to rub my eyes. After a year I decided to take a break. My lashes were thinner and much shorter. I have naturally long lashes and was a little nervous they wouldn't be the same, but after a few months they grew back longer and thicker.

Meghan Silva said...

I have always wanted to try this thanks for walking us step by step through the process.

Meg | Meghan Silva's Blog
@MeghanSSilva on Instagram

Mindy said...

So fun! They look really great. What a fun series!

Danielle said...

I think they look awesome! Anything more may have been too much, especially with your fair completion and light hair.

I have seen people who have gone a little bit overboard with the eyelash extensions, and although they are not my thing, I enjoyed your post and am excited to see what else you have in store for this series. I am interested in more natural beauty products :)

Lulu said...

I have been getting lash extension for close to a year now. If you don't get it wet, they last longer, mine can last as much as 6 weeks. They cost $50 ( Sacramento area) and takes an hour to two. I am Asian, I ask for a shorter lash since I feel it's more natural, I tell my lash lady the same thing every visit: use size 10 and less glue. I miss showering with my face up, but its all worth it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lindsay. Love this post about the eyelash ext. The major downside is the upkeep..I mean really every two weeks if you want to keep that same fresh look, with ALL lashes the same. How are you finding it.? I think they are expensive but worth every penny. I have started using an eyelash serum and am seeing amazing results after about 8 weeks and they are my own lashes and work out cheaper in the long run. Just a thought. Maueen

Anonymous said...

to anonymous who said she started to use an eyelash serum that worked - wish she had said what the product was :(

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