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But we all know that the number one purpose of eyelashes is simple. To make our eyes look beautiful! It is a bit strange though isn't it? That hairy eyes should be considered a sign of beauty. This came to my attention recently when my Son said to me "Mum, you look gorgeous today, your eyes are nice and hairy." I know right, what a sweetie! Kids have such a fantastically honest way of communicating. But it also made me think. How strange that even a young child considered my 'hairy eyes' to be a thing of beauty. Is it innate? Well yes! According to Michael Cunniham, a psychologist who studies physical attractiveness at the University of Louisville, people consider long full eyelashes to be a sign of youth and good health. This makes sense, because while we may have nice thick lashes when we're young, as we age our eyelashes begin to thin out. Also, eyelash loss is a symptom of many illnesses and diseases. And as youth often signifies fertility, men are innately more attracted to women with long full eyelashes.
So, with this in mind (and a discount voucher in hand) I decided to try some eyelash extensions! I'd always been so curious about all these lash extending products. I mean there really are heaps now! You can DIY it with some falsies for a night out. You can choose to add just a few extra strands. You can even have surgery to add eyelashes to your lids! There is also Lashem, a topical eyelash serum that is said to make your eyelashes grow darker and thicker. Actress Clare Daines is said to be a fan and supposedly, it made her lashes grow so thick and long that her makeup artist has to trim them!
Personally, I was happy just to give these extensions a go. My lashes are already dark and relatively long but what the heck. They can always be longer!
So off I went to Classique beauty therapy for my fantastic new lashes!
After I told my therapist what 'Lash look' I was after (Taylor Swift - though hers are fake too) I was asked to lie down on a very comfy bed. My therapist then explained that she would have to tape down my bottom row of lashes to prevent the top ones from sticking to them. This was a bit of an odd sensation. It is strange trying to look upwards while someone applies tape to your eye area. Everything inside you is telling you to close those eyes! Somehow we made it past this step and it was time for lash application! This bit is nice. I found it quite relaxing just lying there listing to music while my therapist worked her magic, sticking the individual lash extensions to my existing lashes. If anything I actually felt sorry for her. What a tedious task!
After about 40 minutes, I did start to get a little restless. This is definitely not a treatment for impatient people who can't sit still, because while my therapist worked quickly (and neatly), good things do take time.
I was told that they would last about two weeks and that using mascara would reduce the amount of time they stayed on. To be honest you really don't need to put any mascara over them and it isn't recommended.
Price wise you'd be looking at around $80.00 for a full set of eyelash extensions and $30.00 for a three weekly maintenance session to keep them up.
I loved my new lashes. That was until I went swimming. I am an avid swimmer and like to do so a few times a week, but eyelash extensions and goggles are not a good team! I found that because my lovely lashes were so long they would jam up against the goggle lens making it hard to blink and making my eyes uncomfortable.
I also found them a bit irritating in general. It felt a bit like when you've put on a ridiculous amount of old crap mascara and your lashes feel heavy and gunked. I think if you committed to lash extensions on a regular basis, you'd probably get used to this sensation. Another thing I noticed was that after a while some of the ends closer to my eye lid had come away and were sticking up at funny angles tickling my other lashes. It eventually pissed me off so much I had to yank the trouble making lash out.
I must say it was great to wake up and not have to apply mascara (or remove it at the end of the day). And it was quite good after swimming to not have said mascara trailing down my face! These lashes really did look amazing and that did make me feel quite amazing too. Perhaps if I kept them up permanently I'd get used to them. I will definitely get lash extensions again one day. Maybe for a special occasion or something, but for now I might just stick to mascara and falsies!