I got lash extensions a few weeks ago.
I’m a big fan of quick beauty fixes and I’m generally willing to pay for them, IF AND ONLY IF the result is significantly better and faster than anything I could achieve using standard products or techniques. I don’t really have the patience for wrinkle creams, 45 minute blow-dries, or Latisse. Hence the shortcuts: Botox, Keratin, and now – semi-permanent lash extensions.
The idea of getting them has been percolating for awhile now (thanks a lot, Gorgeous Mormon Moms of Instagram) but the D.C. salons that offer this service charge a freaking fortune.
Ultimately, what pushed me over the edge was seeing my girlfriend – who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup – wearing them on her wedding day without looking like a Vegas cocktail waitress. When she told me she hadn’t been daylight robbed to pay for them, I thought, hmm… I gotta get me some of those.
After the wedding we headed to Vegas, where lash extensions are arguably more “in demand” than they are in D.C. Google confirmed my suspicion that they are also considerably cheaper. Which is how I ended up at the Cherry Lash Lounge (don’t worry, the prices more than made up for the awful name).
After a lengthy consultation with a Lash Technician, we agreed to go for subtle fullness. Something natural-looking. Discreet.
Not sure what I was thinking because really, discretion? in Vegas? Not happening.
But on some fundamental level I knew this going into the appointment. So when she handed me a mirror two hours later and I saw my eyes struggling under the weight of my new Minnie Mouse fringe, I was only slightly shocked.
Jake couldn’t tell they were there.
My girlfriends were not fooled.
One friend caught a glimpse of my bare face at the gym and said, “Whoa, your eyes!”
A few days later I met a girlfriend for dinner and after exchanging hellos, she burst out, “ARE YOU WEARING FALSIES?”
Or in the words of my blunt sister Ala: “uhhhh, what’s up with the super long eyelashes??”
So the verdict is in: there is nothing subtle, discreet, or natural, about the current state of my lash line.
The only question is whether I’ll do it again.
Let’s break it down.
It took forever to get them on.
It’s not particularly cheap.
BUT it’s easy to look cheap, if you aren’t careful about what you ask for, or where you get it done…
It cuts out two steps of the getting ready process: curling eyelashes and applying mascara.
They’ve stayed on for longer than I expected. So far my natural eyelashes haven’t fallen off, broken, or otherwise rebelled.
Just as everyone looks better with a swipe of mascara, everyone’s eyes are enhanced by more eyelashes. It’s just about finding the perfect combination of curl, abundance, and color.
What are your thoughts? Do you know of any cheaper alternatives? Or are lash extensions just too cheesy??