TO LASH OR NOT TO LASH

I'm probably the least makeup consistent person you will ever meet. 

I can go days without using blush or making my eyebrows on "Fleek," and please don't ask me where my concealer disappeared to after lunch because I couldn't tell you if I actually put it on this morning. I definitely try and fit that "natural beauty" stereotype, not because I don't like makeup, but because its soooooo much easier. Forget the foundation and packing on the powder; let that skin breath is my motto. With that said, there’s one feature that I consistently try to play up, and those are my eyes.

And I have pretty big eyes.

Now don't ask me to do a winged liner or a cut crease (I'll leave that to my beauty professional friends). To dramatize my eyes, I go for the first item of makeup I ever bought when I was 16, Mascara. If there's one thing that I don't leave the house without, it's at the very least that. But, it's always good to try something new. I've tried doing lash strips, but that time I almost glued my eye shut, I knew that wasn't going to be for my everyday. So, after talking to some of my more glamorous co-workers, I decided to try lash extensions. 

My natural lashes just with mascara

My natural lashes just with mascara

Before I decided to go through with this, I did my research. Being in New York, there's literally HUNDREDS of places that claim to do the best lashes, And I've bought bad Groupons before (never ever do a Brazilian Groupon that looks too good to be true--trust me). My biggest concern with getting my lashes done is the fear of having them all fall off and I end up looking like a naked mole rat (SOOOOOO NOT CUTE). So making sure I'm going to a well reviewed place with excellent service is way more important to me than getting a great price. 

I decided on LashWonderland located in midtown Manhattan. 3 of my coworkers have been going to them religiously and I loved how their extensions looked. I made my appointment last minute, but thankfully they were able to fit me in that same day (which is amazing since they are full pretty much all day long). 

Being that this was my first time, I wanted to go a little more subtle. I chose a more natural cat-eye look as my eyelashes are already pretty long and I was looking for more fullness than dramatics. I chose length 13 with a J curl. Surprisingly, I originally just wanted to do a 12 length but my lashes were longer and the 13 gave just enough fullness. My lash-ist, recommended for my next visit to try a mix of 13 and 15 to give a little more length and fullness to really mimic bombshell mascara.

2 hours and 80 lashes per eye later, i was done!

Day 2 of Lashes with my best friend

Day 2 of Lashes with my best friend

And I have to say the result, although subtle are AMAZING! At first, I felt that my eyes were a little heavy, but I think it was more of my subconscious than the actual lashes. The first week, I maybe had 3-4 extensions in total fall out, which was my biggest concern. I’m now on week 3 week and they are just now falling out in larger quantities. 

My lashes after 2.5 weeks. 

My lashes after 2.5 weeks. 

My only concern with the upkeep of getting my lashes down on a regular basis is the price. While I can wear a pair of $35 lashes about 30 times, these individually placed lashes will need to be replaced every 2 to 3 weeks, meaning dishing our $50 to $75 per application. That’s more expensive than my gym membership, bi-weekly eyebrow threading and monthly Starbucks allowance combined! 

So yes, I love the look and feel that these give me with little maintenance required on my end, but I’m not too sure its worth the price. Luckily, I just received a gift certificate that I can use towards 2 additional sessions. This will give me the chance to at least continue trying them out through February. After that, I'll probably just go this route for really special occasions.