July 17, 2018: I got eyelash extensions for the first time! Thanks to Stephanie of Cateye Lash Studio who reached out to me, I was able to try this beauty treatment for the first time.
I’ve always been into beautiful lashes and regularly searched out good mascaras and used a high quality eyelash curler in order to achieve the volume and length that a beautiful set of lashes requires (but sometimes a lack of time or dedication to it results in less time and effort on them) — in fact, eyes are the window to the soul so you better make sure that you have some good curtains! ;D However, I actually had not thought of getting eyelash extensions until most recently. Stephanie’s invitation came at the perfect time!
I really didn’t know what to expect for this first eyelash extension appointment. I was able to arrive to her residence where I spent the next 2.5 hours getting some extra fluffy lashes added to my own. When I got there, Stephanie outlined the difference between the “cat eye” lashes and the “doll eye” lashes as well as some other preliminary details. I decided to go with the cat eye type of classic lash extensions. (Arrive at the appointment with clean lashes and no eye make-up on.)
I had been informed prior to the appointment about what type of lash glue she uses and had seen the portfolio of clients that S had done work on, so I had some faint idea of what her work was like. I was really taking a leap of faith. Eyelashes are very important, but I was willing to trust S to do the work and deliver something good. (Stephanie is a certified and accredited lash artist.)
The lash appointment is really only supposed to last around 2 hours, but S actually told me that my natural lashes were very healthy and dense and so she was able to apply more than usual to achieve the cat eye look that I wanted. The lashes were a type of faux mink.
The process itself is very painless and effortless on your part. You just have to lay back and let S do her thing. The only uncomfortable part was sitting beyond the 2.5 hours where my bum was getting sore from not moving around. XD
The results were incredible! I loved the idea of not having to do my lashes as part of my morning routine for the next 6 to 8 weeks. The cat eye effect was gorgeous — as far as I could see from photos and my reflection in the mirror. I had asked for a more dramatic look (because why not? YOLO) and Stephanie definitely delivered.
Over the next two weeks of getting this done, I got a lot of compliments on my lashes! The eyelash extensions were definitely obvious as the shape and look I had asked for gave a very enhanced look.
Now, currently writing this at Day 24 after getting the lashes, they’re still intact for the most part. Eyelash extensions, if you didn’t know already, fall out gradually in 6 to 8 weeks as your natural eyelashes grow out and the glue weakens. I definitely saw several lashes fall out within the first two days, but it didn’t make a difference to the appearance. Now, at Day 24, enough lashes have fallen out gradually that it’s become a softer less dramatic look. The curl of the lashes are still there and I am so impressed that the lashes have held on for so long! It can definitely last the full month and a bit more. I shall see in 8 weeks’ time what the look is like.
Aftercare instructions for getting these eyelash extensions is using a simple spoolie brush that is provided to you. Brush the eyelashes carefully every day to separate any lashes that may have gotten stuck together and refrain from rubbing your eyes or using an oil-based cleanser or cream near the eyes. Otherwise, that’s it! 😀 Also, no mascara on the actual lashes (or any type of eye make-up for that matter — I assume it’ll be so difficult to clean the make-up off without rubbing the eyes anyway).
Before all of the the lashes fall out gradually, you can actually go back to the studio to get refills. The sooner you get refills, the more cost effective it is. The recommendation time to go back for refills is within 3 to 4 weeks.
To completely remove the lashes, use baby oil to gently soak and remove the lashes.
I’m really glad that the results were so great! I only had to pay for the materials as Stephanie provided the treatment on a complimentary basis. Thank you to Stephanie for doing such a careful and devoted treatment for my lashes! 🙂
FTC Disclaimer: Although Cateye Lash Studio reached out and invited me to a complimentary treatment, opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the studio.