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Eyelash Extensions: The Pros and Cons

By Brokebutbeautiful @never2broke4bea
A look at some of the positives and negatives of lash extensions

Eyelash Extensions: The Pros and Cons

Left: Natural lashes   Right: Lash extensions

I recently treated myself to lash extensions, I paid £60 for them but didn't have the best experience of them as they mostly fell out after just over a week. The spa were very apologetic and offered to replace them for free. In the end I didn't take them up on this offer as I wasn't very well on the day of the appointment, plus as a beauty blogger I enjoy wearing and testing new mascaras and couldn't do this with my false lashes. However, this experience has made me think it may be a good idea just to do a little post about the positives and negatives of lash extensions, as I wish I had been a little better informed before I parted with my hard earned cash.
Positives:
  • They look amazing! They really do look natural, make you look more awake and give your eyes and lashes impact.
  • Lash extensions save you loads of time in the morning. I didn't ever wear mascara on top of mine so my morning makeup routine just consisted of foundation and blush. The extra 10 minutes in bed was much appreciated!
  • You can still wear mascara on top of lash extensions. You just need to make sure that both the mascara and remover are oil free.
  • You can wear lash extensions with contact lenses. I wear contacts every day and I had no problems at all.
Negatives
  • They take ages to apply, I was shocked when I turned up at the spa and they said I would have to be there for 2 hours.
  • They are super expensive. I paid £60 for mine but I've read blog posts where people have paid up to £150 for them. If you want to keep them up you'll need both the time and money to maintain them. They need replacing about once every 3 to 4 weeks and mine would have been £21 for infills but elsewhere may be a lot more expensive. You can expect to be there anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and a half for infills.
  • I personally really didn't enjoy the process of having them applied.I had to keep my eyes closed for 2 hours while a woman leaned over my face.I found it a little claustrophobic. 
  • Lash extensions can be irritating. When I woke up in the morning my eyes were a bit red and felt a little itchy but this wore off quite quickly as the morning progressed.
  • When they are removed you do lose a few natural lashes. I think I only lost three or four but if you have very sparse lashes this could be a problem.
  • Lash extensions aren't always applied well. This was the case with mine but the spa were great and offered to replace them for free but I can't imagine that everyone would be as apologetic and willing to correct them.
So there you are, I hope you found that helpful. I do actually miss my lash extensions but I just didn't enjoy having them applied and I find it difficult to find the time to get them replaced regularly. I definitely miss the extra 10 minutes in bed though!

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