Come on. LASH extensions? I'm 45 years old, I don't think anyone would even notice if I fluttered, never mind fluttering with extra length. Plus, I've never been a high maintenance girl - a wax, a pedi and a good cut and colour are about as far as I go.
However, a good friend reps Blink Boutique and knew I was writing an article about lash accoutrements - when she invited me to try the service out for free, it would have seemed churlish to say no. So, on a lazy Saturday afternoon I reluctantly jumped in the car and drove across town to meet Blink owner Jess. She startled me somewhat by asking what length and degree of curl I required (Good Lord, there's more than one?!) I told her I felt I was better to veer towards the more natural.
From there I merely had to lie on a salon bed for a rather blissful 90 odd minutes while she applied the silk/synthetic lashes, one at a time.
They are attached to your existing lashes using a specialist glue. I had been mildly concerned that my hard contact lenses would be an issue, but they were no problem at all - and yes, I did go to sleep.
You know what? The lashes are super-cute. I kept catching my reflection in the mirror, and being amazed by how pretty they were.
It was fascinating who noticed them - my best friend (immediately), my partner (scared to say anything), my trainer. And then I went on a very rare tropical holiday, wore no makeup the whole week, and was complimented on them. I had heard that they are ideal for when you wear no makeup, and it's true. Also, the one time I did make myself up, they were great and really made my look standout.
You are supposed to avoid water when you have extensions and timing wise I wasn't able, but they detached themselves very elegantly. I wasn't left looking weird and when I finally did decide to remove them, I just gently pulled the last few off (you are supposed to get them professionally removed, ideally).
Would I do it again? Not sure. Would I recommend to others as a fun pick-me-up, change is as good as a rest endeavour? Definitely.
Full set of lash extensions: $150 (half sets are available at $90)
Infill at intervals starting at 1-2 weeks, from $30 (well maintained lashes will last up to six weeks with infill).
Removal $10-20, or free with a new set.
Check out the gallery at the top of this article, for other lash-enhancers you may want to consider.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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