I tried… Lash Extensions!

If you are not familiar with lash extensions, extensions are synthetic lashes applied (glued) alongside your own lashes, they are placed near the root but not at the root as I understood they should not touch the skin. They last approx 2 to 3 weeks before needing a “refill” but this will vary on how long they last on you. Unlike false lashes that you can buy and apply yourself, the extensions are applied by a professional and are worn overnight. There are several types and materials but I only tried the most common and cheap ones. The finished style will depend on what you ask for and your eye shape. They should actually ask you what you want and eventually what your daily relation with make-up is, just for a better adoption.

Why ? 

Mascara is the most important yet frustrating step in my make-up routine, my lashes are short, sparse, when you can see them it’s because I have spent a while trying to make that happen. I occasionally use fake lashes but when I do, I prefer to use flares. Very rarely use full length because I don’t often go to events where these would be appropriate and because with my very round eyes I find them a pain to apply.

I went for synthetic lash extensions because :

  1. I wanted to try this technique for over a year but did not take the time to look for a place.
  2. I was going on holiday, best time!
  3. I found a fantastic offer.
  4. I wanted to report back to you, on behalf of all the 40+ community who have hooded lids :) I am convinced it’s much easier on younger eyes to walk around wearing extensions or false lashes but what about more mature eyes ?

Here I am today reporting back on this experience with all the pros and cons I encountered!

BEFORE the lash extensions

Since my lashes require a lot of effort, I was using either the RMK Extra Deep W mascara (with the fibers), or the RMK curl, or also the Chanel Le Volume.

In the past and for a very long time I used Chanel Inimitable Intense. I repurchased that mascara probably 6 times -every 4 months approx- until I got two in a row that were of inferior quality or maybe they were not performing as good on my lashes… our eyes and lashes may change as time goes by so maybe that’s what happen.

Part of my lash “bar”:lashes10

The RMK Extra Deep W adds volume and length and the RMK focuses on curl and length. Curl on my lashes is way more important than volume but I love and use both types, not at the same time. If I am wearing a very dramatic smokey eye, I will pick the RMK that adds volume (thickness) so that the lashes stand out and frame the eyes. If I go for a more elegant look that has a light shade on the mobile lid (or a graduation), I will pick the curling one, this will open the eyes as you will be able to actually see the shadow behind the curl of the lashes and bring light to the eyes.

False eye lashes

Since this topic is rarely discussed when it concerns more mature eyes, I’ll share my experience maybe this can help someone :)

The full length false lashes are not something I love to use because they are a pain to apply and if something goes wrong and they partially unglue you will have part of it sticking  out… yep been there… :D –  using half ones or flares is not only easier to apply but also more natural and less risky if any accident occurs.

There is a video on Youtube from Loriover40 that I love and follow, link here, she is very funny and she talks about the issues you may encounter if you are not used to apply them and she addresses some questions you may have if you are… over 40 and are considering false lashes :) If you are not used to it and if you start with full length ones, you may find that difficult at the beginning, you may also find that too fake looking.

I will just quickly show you an example with two different type of flares, the Ardell Duralash on the left, and my favs Shu Uemura on the right. You will see in the pics why I prefer the Shu.

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The left column is my lashes totally bare, no mascara at all. In the middle column just one layer of mascara, this is just to prep them for the flares, I usually wear 3 or 4 coats of mascara. On the right column the flares, on my right eye the Shu Uemura on my left eye (to your right…) the Ardell.

flares

If you have a closer look to the base of the Shu flares, you do not see the roots, they look gorgeous and natural. There are 10 in the Shu compact, I am wearing two of them side by side near the outer corner of the eye. I am not wearing any eyeliner at all so that you can see them on their own with nothing to hide their base. You can zoom on the pic if you click on it.

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I start from the outer corner but I do not go all the way to the outer corner, just stop a few lashes before the end so that it lifts the eye. These Shu pair nicely with my own lashes and you don’t see when they start and when they end. Unlike the half ones I have from Mac for example, they are too long, maybe I will just cut them one day and still use them :)

flaresshu I use the long Shu Uemura tool but only after I have placed them with a smaller one, I don’t mix the one I place them with and the one I  “marry” them, working this way makes it easy for me and it takes me 30 seconds per eye… tools

With the Ardell, I use 3 or 4 flares in the outer corner, they don’t look as natural, they are too long for me and it’s not easy to have them look in the same direction… I only placed 2 of them here (approx 8 lashes per flare)  to show you the roots because even though they look weird on me, you can see that the root is not obvious which is great. Ardell are on my left eye (to your right) :

flaresardellI think wearing flares still makes a statement without being over the top. It is a good comprise if you don’t want to try lash extensions to start with and if you don’t want to struggle with full length false ones, so just give these type of flares a go and let me know :)

I know it’s not something you would do everyday, you may not have the time and energy to apply them often but, occasionally, it’s super fun to do so. After 40 (or even before!) and if you are in a relationship, you may face obstacles during the application, I mean, you need to be left alone to do that and the husband quiz may also trouble you… (are you going on a date??? or…  do you think you are 20 again???)  Hmmmm not easy to do that while someone is staring at you and not always fun to have to explain that you are actually wearing false lashes just for fun… BUT as I said before it’s worth it, it’s not a surgery operation and yet it changes the whole face quite a lot!

That’s why I wanted to try the “semi-permanent” lash extension option because I love how so little can do so much :)

Lash extensions : My fears

I have very hooded lids, specially recently, they got scarily heavy -now it’s getting a bit better- but I was considering chopping them off at some point… That was really bothering me and not only for cosmetic reasons.

I was scared that extensions was a stupid thing to do on my eyes at my age. You know, the fear of being “judged” at a beauty saloon when trying to do things that you have the feeling are more appropriate for younger women…

I was also scared to look like Betty Boop because I am not the most feminine woman, I admit I have big issues walking on heels, actually walking at all is something I don’t even know how to do with grace… Also I have very masculine taste, I prefer to purchase a motorbike jacket over a handbag for example, anyway, the lashes had to enhance my eyes but not be something that would look fake and embarrass me.

I was scared that they would fall as I was in the middle of a conversation. This may sound stupid but I was really picturing me with the lashes falling down like tree leaves in autumn…

Lash extensions : the process

The application method or prices changes depending on where you live.  The price I paid is 129chf instead of 200chf (129chf=120usd) for the full row on the top lashes, which on me resulted in approx. 70 lashes on each eye, she decided to use same length from the inner to the outer corner (10mm) since she said that would suit me better due to the round shape of my eyes. That was a temporary offer, usually you cannot get them under 200chf.

The application process lasted 2 hours. It was long but very relaxing, when you are running all the time and suddenly you have no choice other than stay there and wait for it, without even talk, it’s weird at the beginning then it becomes pleasant and you want to sleep…. I think that at some point she even lost me and I fell asleep…  She did 1 little layer on one eye, then 1 on the other, then when I thought she had finished she started again and did the same routine 3 times on each eye!

During the application the only thing that was painful was when she put some tape on the bottom lashes to isolate them from the top ones. Mine are very short and sparse and to actually see them and get them together it took some effort.  At the end when she took the tape off that was unpleasant, I thought I had lost all my bottom lashes in the process but they were there, shy as always but still there.

I advise you to watch videos on how the process is done and gather more information on the lashes, the glue and the risks.

Her method was very silent, she never told me what she was going to do to me, how or when and since I arrived to the appointment a few minutes late I didn’t want to waste time asking questions (she later told me she thought it wasn’t my first time!). The only thing she asked is if I wanted to go full glamor or natural and I replied something in between.

She took all my eye make-up off and when she had finished she handed me the mirror.

My reaction 

I was disappointed… I thought “is that ALL?” I did not find them so dramatic, actually I started looking for them… where are they ?? but it’s probably because I was expecting to be scared and since I wasn’t, I thought they weren’t visible enough.

But they were.  Longer, thicker, blacker but they were kind of facing downwards as opposed to Betty style. The lashes did not touch my eyebrows at all which is great. They did not bother my hoods but instead hide them quite nicely. The result was more natural and subtle than I had anticipated.

I was rushing to go back to work after the appointment and not worrying too much about it but after 2 minutes, a man tried to chat me up, waw, that hadn’t happen for a while!! No make-up on, just lashes and that actually was looking pretty on its own…

I didn’t feel like my colleagues or relatives were looking at my lashes, even my boyfriend didn’t notice, he just thought I had loads of mascara on.

I didn’t take that many pics I am afraid.. but I will show the ones I have. YES, these are the extensions AFTER application so imagine how short and sparse my own lashes are… You can see some glue when you zoom in but not when the eyes are open.

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I think they look natural and I don’t think you can tell at all that these are actually synthetic!

BEFOREAFTERlashes

 

I even think they could have gone more dramatic and thick, as you see in the inner part of the eyes there isn’t much and I find them too sparse and too long. Somebody kindly told me on Instagram to try mixed lengths and next time I do it, I will ask for that. You can also see that with my eyes open wide they still don’t touch the brows and I don’t look like Betty Boop :D

Sorry it’s the only pic I took at the time of the whole face..

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 The precautions

  • Just after the lash extension you cannot wet your eyes, no crying, no rain (bring an umbrella just in case), and no showers for the rest of that day.
  • Do not rub your eyes!
  • Don’t take very hot baths (I took baths at normal bath temperature and that did not alter my lashes)
  • If you are taking your shower and the water runs down the eyes, well.. don’t take the towel and rub your eyes (been there!!!) remember you have the lashes!!
  • You cannot wear eyeliner during 24 hours but then you can, just remove it with a cotton bud and oil free make-up remover (good luck).
  • You cannot curl your lashes anymore nor apply mascara! But you won’t need to.
  • Apply them at least 48 hours before your trip if you are going somewhere, you need 48 hours to see if you will react to the glue and if you do, you have to be able to contact them so that you can remove them asap. Maybe some institutes will have special glues so discuss that matter with them if you are worried.
  • When you sleep, try to sleep on your back, that will avoid messing with them.
  • To remove your make-up, do not use oil based products this will react with the glue and they will fall. I asked her how would I know for sure, she said if you shake the bottle and it makes bubbles it’s because it contains oil… Near the lashes, use a cotton bud. But good luck with oil free make-up remover, it drives me insane as I feel my lids are not clean enough afterwards. I normally use Bobbi Brown Long-lasting make-up remover and that one contains oil and works really well but I could not use that one so I felt frustrated to not feel “clean” enough… I used that and even though I did not like it, it is oil free and did not mess with the lashes:

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How they feel

It’s like wearing contacts, those of you who wear them will know how it feels: you know you are wearing lash extensions, you can feel them but they don’t bother you.

If one lash moves and gets into your eye, beware, that is painful!!! It’s like having a stick inside the eye, you have to remove it asap! When you have a natural lash inside your eye it’s no good, when you have a synthetic lash inside your eye, it’s very very bad! That happened to me several times and I was happy I wasn’t driving!

Maintenance

Every person will react and live with them differently. They told me I had to go back after 2 to 3 weeks. I waited 4 before I went and they could not believe how good they had hold on.

I starting loosing 1 or 2 after a week, then just very few, nothing alarming. They had told me they would fall with my natural lashes, as my natural lashes were “recycling”… Every time they would fall, I could see also my natural lash still glued with it. Got a pic with my phone at some point… :)

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They will tell you the rhythm of the refills… for me at the beginning I didn’t need to go for 4 weeks, then I had to go every 2 weeks as they would fall more on one eye than the other so she had to calculate the refills on the eye that was needing it the most, even if the other didn’t require any at all…

The refill method will take 30mn or so.

No curling, so the only maintenance was done with this fantastic brush that I love, it’s the Dior N° 26 to push them upwards a little and organize them gently.

lashesbrush

 

Pros and Cons 

I didn’t need much make-up at all, you apply a little shadow and that’s it!  You will be ready super fast! But then, when you have to remove your make-up, depending on what you applied, it will take much longer as you have to be careful not to mess with them. Using a non-oil based product was driving me crazy.

I could not do eye-washes any more, I tend to do this to clean the eyes properly once in a while, it’s not something I really needed as I was not using mascara anymore but still… I sometimes like to clean any particles that could have entered the eyes during the day.

I always had to carry a mirror with me, specially at the end between refills to check if some was looking the wrong direction… when they get more sparse, you will see some “antennas” and you have to keep on eye on them…

I felt happy to not have to use mascara any more! but sad because I missed wearing heavy looks that I wasn’t doing any more -because the removal process was so painful.

The application of eyeliner is so easy, because you just follow the lash till the outside corner, even their length did not bother me because the curl starts further down in the lash and does not get in your way. It’s just the removal that was a pain and I never felt like my eyes were completely “free from make-up”.

Overall it’s wonderful to see long lashes but when you get them removed, it’s a shock!! I did not get an appointment for mine, I waited until they all naturally fell, honestly just the last 3 days it looked really weird but since I did not had the possibility to go to the institute I had no choice other than wait..  Once they were all gone, my natural lashes looked terrible, so fine, so short, even shorter than usual. I was left with baby lashes, not that different from before but I think some of them recycled a bit too much or maybe not because you get used to see your long beautiful lashes and when they aren’t there anymore, believe me that is cruel :D

It has been 3 weeks since they are all gone and my natural lashes got a bit better but you have to be ready for the removal (even more than for the application!), when your extensions will be gone, even if your own lashes did not suffer, you will be extremely sad!!

Bottom line

I was super happy with them, not at all embarrassed, if I could choose, I would do the refills every time and keep them but I can’t. I just don’t have time at this moment to go to town and do it every two weeks. For my next big trip I will probably do it again as I did enjoy it a lot, the feeling of waking up and feeling a bit glamorous in your pyjamas is fantastic, no, it’s freaking amazing  :D

Since I know how they are glued and exactly what they look like, I can detect extensions on somebody easily, if you haven’t seen them before it’s not easy to detect them. While I was in Japan, the amount of girls who were wearing them was insane but if I hadn’t experience the method myself, I wouldn’t have detected them at all!

I would like to find a serum or mascara that helps natural lashes grow, if you know one, please kindly share in the comments! If you have an experience with extensions, please also share, I am very curious to know what others have liked or disliked and I hope my experience will help you somehow.

Karima shared her experience with us link here and I recommend you to watch some Youtube tutorials if you are interested so that you can have a more balanced opinion on the topic.

Thank you for reading  :)

 

 

 

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46 thoughts on “I tried… Lash Extensions!

  1. Raglo

    “I am not the most feminine woman, I admit I have big issues walking on heels, actually walking at all is something I don’t even know how to do with grace… ” Awww bless you =)

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    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations Post author

      “although my mother said at least on three occasions that she hates the pink and thinks it looks ill” yep been there too with my BF recently with the YSL recent palette that contains a vivid pink :D
      he said “we are lucky that we don’t need to cross the borders today or they will arrest you!” :D muahahaha
      missing you Olga <3

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      • Raglo

        LOL – next time you try something funky and he makes a snooty remark, you should tell him “you sound just like Olga’s mom” to add to the confusion ;).

        Miss you too, but you should try writing an email then! I don’t think I’ve had a reply from you in like a year!

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          • Raglo

            I’m not much of a reader, but I’d read your book if you ever wrote one :)

            Btw, totally off topic and it’s not a huge deal, but recently (couple of months ago?) something has changed in this website and it’s driving me a little nuts. A little, not a huge deal. And it could be entirely my fault! I use Safari and for some reason every few seconds a horizontal scroll bar (blue bar) appears at the bottom of the window, about a third away from the right corner of the page, and runs until it meets the right edge and disappears. Few seconds later, it appears again and starts over (and over and over).

            It’s probably my browser or stupid computer, but I don’t have this on any other page. It gets rather distracting when reading, but my method now is to hold up my arm at the height of my nose and cover the bottom of the page :D .

            I thought maybe if you know what this may be and it’s something I could change in my settings (???) you could tell me how, hmm….

          • Sweet Make-Up Temptations Post author

            Hi Olga, yes I know, I will change it when I have a moment :) thank you for letting me know, I also noticed that but when it was too late… :) actually it’s linked to the top slider, and it moves as the slider moves… I tried to slow the slider so that it wouldn’t be so fast. It’s also driving me nuts, so I am going to move the menu up and the slider down in the page so that hopefully the slider will not influence it…

            you are touching my heart, I would love to write a book :) at this moment I can’t even write a proper email but it would be so much fun!

  2. Kay

    Sonia, your eyes are very pretty, so to me, they look good even without embellishment. But, I must admit, the extensions and falsies add glamour! My hoods have gotten heavier with age so I don’t even bother with mascara anymore as it smears. Thank goodness, my hair is black so I’m okay with just curling them.

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    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations Post author

      Hello Kay … gosh thank you!! ;)
      I also have to be careful when applying mascara but without it I feel very naked :(
      Funny because part of my family have very black hair and just like you, curling them is ok and enough for them.

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  3. Ann C.

    Thanks for sharing Sonia.

    Unfortunately for me, I don’t think that will work for me.. :(
    I had undergone lasik surgery for both eyes and since then I don’t rub my eyes anymore. But I do drop artificial tears a few times a day though so I think it will be bad for the lash extensions.
    I also don’t know how to put false lashes :)
    So, I’ll have to settle for lash curlers & mascara.

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  4. Cristina

    Ja ja! Nunca hubiera imaginado q la reina de las brochas no es femenina!! Qué curioso!! Del tema de los hooded eyes ….. Been there. Mis ojos han sido así toda mi vida porque son ligeramente rasgados, pero ahora con la edad van pesando más sobretodo por las mañanas… Yo no me veo usando pestañas postizas, nunca he visto nadie aquí en BCN ni en Madrid q las lleve, salvo mi hermana q tiene los ojos enooormes y las pestañas muy espesas ( que mal reparto, las mías son rubias e invisibles) Así q yo tb he pensado en las extensiones… Y de momento sigo pensando, me preocupa q no t puedas casi tocar los ojos. Will see! Gracias por la explicación, muy instructiva!

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    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations Post author

      eso dices que reparto! mi prima tiene unas pestañas que asustan, que envidia! :D
      pues no me gusta que se “vean” pero para ocasiones es also que cambia mucho, por cierto me ayuda a sentirme mas feminina y por lo mismo a actuar mas feminina …
      por aqui hay gente que si las pone pero me parecen exageradas… :D

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  5. Alysse

    Hello Sonia!

    I really like that you’re starting to branch out more to other areas besides brushes. You have such a detailed and impeccable way of reviewing items that I always feel like I know 100% more about an item through you than anything I could have researched on my own.

    Also, I may not know how you are in your daily life but you appear absolutely feminine on this blog. You’re gracious, kind, patient, thoughtful, and elegant. I really like the way everything you do is very well thought out and meant to put images and certainties in our mind since we can’t hold the items ourselves. Well, till we purchase the items after your amazing reviews that is!

    I was wondering if I could ask you a question? I’m interested in purchasing an eyebrow brush similar to the MAC 263 (synthetic and draws a very thin fine line) but something from the Hakuhodo line. I’ve emailed them requesting their opinion (though I must admit I was a little iffy about their recommendation) but frankly, I think you probably have a better idea of what I’m requesting and could speak from your vast knowledge of brushes.

    The 263 would be perfect but the width of the brush is just too wide. In spite of this fault it draws a smooth line and flows with my eyebrow gel. I bought the Sonia Kashuk #27 and it’s the perfect size but the hairs are made of nylon and God do they become stiff and clunky after a few swipes of the gel.

    Any ideas Sonia? Any advice you have is absolutely appreciated :)

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    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations Post author

      Hello Alysse!

      I know I am not targeting the majority since my reviews are often only based on a very personal experience with them, often mostly targeting 40+ and I mention products that are not always easily available but gosh I am so happy that someone finds them useful! Makes my day when someone reads and comments :)
      :D you crack me up! I admit that since I entered the make-up world I look more feminine but I had to work on it, that did not happen in a day, my personality did not change though, only my appearance :) oh and I love creativity, probably this is what brought me into this beauty world, the “before” and “after” captured my interest in how it can change people’s attitude (including mine), not who we are but how we appear and since that makes us happier, it makes everyone around happier, it’s like magic, I love it!
      About the brush.. I don’t own that one from Mac but heard great things about it, the one I use is the Rae Morris 16, but it’s very soft and if your powder is like a stain (some brow powders are quite hard) then it may not work very well, with the gels I have it works nicely. How thin has to be the line ? 1mm ?
      I have this pic here (I just noticed I did not put the names correctly!! sorry!!)
      http://sweetmakeuptemptations.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/kiwamibrows.jpg
      When I use gel and need precision I use the Hakuhodo 264 but it’s not as tapered as the Mac (or at least it doesn’t appear…) and I am not sure how thin you want the result but it works with powder and gel even with hard ones.
      I’ll have a look and let you know if I find something, I don’t even know that SK 27…
      My brows are quite thick so it’s rare that I buy thin brow brushes and with the Rae I cover most of my needs.. :)

      Not sure if that is too big for you at the surface, the Mac seems very thin, but for me the Rae is very thin too, I can do anything with it since it’s very soft (not at all like rough brow brushes), it can do tightline, brows, lips, it’s never too rough and it has just enough thickness at the surface to pick up the product.

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  6. ifmakeupcouldtalk

    Hello Sonia,

    I completely understand how you feel about wanting fuller lashes. Personally, I have always had full long lashes (thanks to my Italian heritage), however, after hitting my late thirties, I started to experience lash breakage and lash loss (possibly due to stress, diet and age). After researching possible solutions, I found that a combination of castor oil and coconut oil messaged around the lash line proved to not only condition lashes, but help with breakage and hair loss. After doing this, every night for almost two years, I have seen my one-upon-a-time lengthy lashes return to their full glory.
    Another possible and faster solution would be to use a lash enhancer serum. I recently started to use Rapidlash for research purposes (so I could let my mother try it to regrow her eyebrows) and found this guy really works (without any discoloration of the eye or skin). I think I could have achieved the same results, in a shorter time with Rapidlash as I did with my castor oil/coconut oil mixture. So depending on which route you want to take, these methods have worked to improve and regrow lashes. If you want to try Rapidlash and cannot get it were you live, message me and I will more than happy to send you a tube. I hope this helps. The very best to you Sonia.
    -Maria

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  7. Jacqueline

    Great article! Years ago I had lashes applied before a trip to Miami (read: sun, sweat, pool, beach). I had them applied cheaply (maybe $20) in nyc. (One layer). I think because of the heat/sweat and not knowing how to care for them, they started to slide down my natural lashes and stick out in funny ways. After returning from my trip I got frustrated and started to pluck them out… Taking my natural lashes with them. I was left nearly bare lidded. I freaked out. I found rapidlash, which helps lashes grow and was using dior extase mascara, which was also supposed to treat lashes. Over time, they grew back and were better than before. You might want to check out rapidlash if you can find it. I loved the way the false lashes looked… But the experience after left me never wanting to try them again.

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  8. Bonnie

    Someone tried to chat you up! – I’d chat you up ANY DAY ;p You’re too adorable and you look beautiful – so radiant! I was out with false lashes the other day and I swear my eyes looked like they were digitally enhanced (in a creepy way)!

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  9. 212kiki

    hahahaa you made me laugh at some points ;) who told you that only young girls can do these lashes extensions ? your BF ? He should go back to his car cleaning corner ! :P
    Werent Jeanette and Carlyn writing about these lash serum in the smuty forum ?! I wish my lashes would be thick and curled they are not that long too but normal and i can live with that…
    Is it only me who feel too tall for heels ? (I’m not THAT tall only 1,73m :D )

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    • Ann C.

      Sarah, I’m 1.55 so yeah.. For me you are tall.. Lol Not that I like wearing heels myself. I embrace my shorty-ness lol

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      • gatos

        Ann, we are exactly the same height! My best friend is 1.80 and she’s the shortest in her family. When I hang out with them I totally feel like a hobbit. But I am ok with it, hobbits are cool I guess :)

        I do wear stupidly high heels on occasion though. I love shoes.

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        • 212kiki

          Hopefully you dont have these hairy feets like hobbits than its ok LOLLLLL
          My father is quite tall thats why i’m not that small like my mother i think… I sometimes said to my small friend look you’re so small i can spit on your head muhahaha , but seriously to be small is better i always felt clumsy near my friend…

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  10. gatos

    “I was scared that they would fall as I was in the middle of a conversation. This may sound stupid but I was really picturing me with the lashes falling down like tree leaves in autumn…”
    Whahahahahaha Sonia! I totally understand this fear because I HAVE IT TOO. I’ve haven’t tried the extensions (yet) but I fear this every time I wear falsies. I am not as poetic as you, with leaves and autumn… I fear that there will be a crazy caterpillar crawling all over my face and a horrified bystander too embarrassed to say anything.

    This was a great post, so smart of you to try this before a trip, it must be such a relief to get up in the morning and barely have to do anything to look so glamorous! Mind you if I had your eyes… it would be a different story. Agree with Kay, they are just hypnotizing on their own. But you know I always love your eye makeup, and today is no different. What are you wearing?! I am sorry I always ask, but it always looks so damn good :)

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    • Sweet Make-Up Temptations Post author

      be assured, they do not fall like that :D at least that fear is gone! Oh the caterpillar crawling hmmmm muahahaha yes I can imagine that! scary!! dont even talk to me about those!!

      Thank you, so sweet of you!! well, that’s the Burberry palette Nude Blush on the eyes (love it so much), on the cheeks one of the Ipsa palettes (one of the coral ones, that did not match the make-up well but I am struggling to find things at the moment.. big news to come related to the “Brushroom” by the way), on the lips it’s Mac Marquise D, with By Terry Diamond Dream on top, and once the lips are done with those 2, I apply Burberry Dusty Rose around the lips (not on top but just subtle and in the border), this is to marry the gloss with the lipstick, I know it’s weird but it defines the lips without leaving a line behind and it’s more flattering…
      IT Cosmetics CC cream too, not covering much but enough to my liking :)

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  11. midnitedesire

    These are stunning , super natural and you’ve very pretty eyes,hun! I had never had eyelash extensions done before idk i was a bit dubious about it you know but i usually wear false lashes a couple times a week ,i tend to wear ardell and mac lashes i’ve always wanted to wear shu and velour mink lashes tho but for some reason haven’t tried it . shu lashes they really do look gorgeous on you :)

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  12. Jeanette

    Sonia,

    I use M2Lashes eyelashes serum. It really works! I had to wait about 6 weeks with daily application, before the difference was truly visible. After 8 weeks I didn’t want them any longer, so now I just apply two times a week to maintain the length. I use 1-2 serums a year.
    My teenage daughter uses it too, and it was visible on her already after 3 weeks. Maybe they grow faster on young people. Hers became much too long at a time, but she has now found out when to start maintaining instead of growing.

    I read a test of lash serums that only two brands were very effective, and one of them, M2Lashes serum was the most sensitive of them all.

    I never had long lashes before and felt rather sad about it. At the end of the day, when the mascara had faded, they looked very sparse. And I feel much better with longer lashes, so I won’t be without it anymore.

    Because they no longer fall out, the lashes become a bit thicker, because I have more at the same time. But it still doesn’t replace mascara that thickens them and puts colour on the ends. (My lash ends are fair).

    So I can highly recommend it.

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  13. Lyanna Stark

    Hey Sonia,
    I’ve been wanting to try the lash extensions, but not using an oil-based cleanser would drive me nuts too. Thanks for a thorough and informative review, as usual.
    Those lashes did look super beautiful on you, though!

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  14. Jeanette

    Sonia, you have stunning eyes with or without extensions. But I like the look of the flares better than the extensions, I think.
    At first I didn’t notice your lashes though, as I couldn’t help focusing on those killer cheekbones of yours in the first couple of pictures. And I am so jealous of your gorgeous hair :-)

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  15. Melissa

    Yr hair is soooo PRETTY on those pics!!! So SEXY! Just like yr lashes :)

    Well, as for me I have accepted my flaws including my forever short lashes :( So my HG lash product these days is the Shizens Eye Charm. I used the Divaderme at first but like the Shizens even better. Its a PITA to get it though since its being sold only in Korea, Malaysia and Singapore! But it works wonders for my lashes. It requires practice to apply it at first but Im a pro with it now :)

    I also apply Castor Oil on my lashes every night before bed. It helps my lashes grow thicker (not longer though) and they seem to be stronger to handle the eyelash curler. I notice the diff when applying mascara.

    I have considered extensions at first but as u said I wont have time to have the touch ups done! And falsies wont work in my daily routine either. So I stick to my fibers in a bottle!

    Oh and I have pics of hubby when the MUA applied the Shizens Eye Charm on his lashes. So hilarious but you really see the huge diff. Will post it sometime on the Forum. LOL

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  16. Margaret

    you look so So SO sexyyy and fab!!!your lashes and hair are just wow..and i need to know what lipstick did you wear?!
    Latisse works really well for lashes(and brows),totally recommend it.it works wonders for me and i don`t found any good alternatives to it.

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