I have been more into trying out different beauty procedures this year, as you guys know some have gone better than others but overall I like experimenting. CLICK HERE to read my original post on lash extensions and my experience and CLICK HERE if you missed my post on my microblading experience. I am now a lot more careful about what I decide to do and take my research very seriously but I will be doing more of them in the near future and sharing my experiences!
My original lash extension post was about my experience when getting them done for the first time and the steps my esthetician went through as well as aftercare. So, after that post I got the lash extensions three more times, I really wanted to get a feel for them over time in terms of upkeep, cost, and aftercare. Before I get into that I just want to say I am obsessed with the look of the lashes, they are so beautiful and natural looking. Waking up and having long, thick lashes makes getting ready so easy and I just felt prettier with them on! I had a great experience getting them on and filled in and the experience as a whole was fabulous. Okay, now on to the details…(and outfit details are linked below too!)
As much as I loved the look of them I was not loving the cost, if I could get the fill-ins in every 6 weeks it would have been fine but over $100 every 4 weeks is just too much for me right now. My husband and I are on the path of being debt free and adding in another cost to my monthly expenses is just not in the cards for me right now. Originally I had gift cards from my sister and husband so I didn’t pay much but then I started paying out of pocket for the fill-ins. I was hoping every 6 weeks would be fine because I would have been more comfortable with the price but as I talked more with my esthetician and did them I realized that by 6 weeks so many fell out that it was like reapplying all new ones again instead of filling in the places where there were gaps, she even suggested every 3 weeks to really stay on top of it. Once we had this conversation and I understood more about why I should be going once I month I decided to do just that, each time I paid over $100 for them so I can only imagine how much it would have been if I waited longer to get them filled in. I believe the original cost was a little over $200 just for reference.
Besides the cost and the upkeep, once I had them off completely I realized how much of a lifestyle change it really was to have them on, I forgot how nice it was to be able to rub my eyes! Washing my face or showering was very difficult because I couldn’t put water directly on them which meant carefully scooping water in my hands and splashing it in my face. It was also difficult to get all of my makeup off, I had to work around the lashes and no matter what a few would fall out every time! Lastly, sleeping was so hard, I tried to be so careful and not let my lashes hit the pillow but it never really worked out like that. I would wake up with lashes on my bed no matter what I did and that was frustrating!
But, one day when I have the discretionary income I would definitely get back to getting lash extensions! Like I said, I really love the look of them and all of the upkeep stuff are things that I can live with to have gorgeous lashes at all times! If you are reading this and you do have around $100 a month to spend and you have been thinking about getting the procedure done I would go for it! Also, make sure you read my microblading experience because there is a big lesson in it — what you pay for is what you get. The price of lash extensions is what it is for a reason and I wouldn’t seek out an establishment that costs less.
Since I stopped getting lash extensions I have been searching for alternatives and the things I have been doing is putting castor oil on them every night along with my eyebrows (again check out my microblading post for details on why) and wearing falsies. The castor oil has been working overtime but falsies are perfect for when I really want that dramatic look – I can glue them on and then take them off at the end of the night! A lot of my friends have been using different lash enhancing serums and they have seen amazing results but for me personally, I am trying to stay away from putting a chemical on my skin every night (I am aware the glue to the false lashes have chemicals but I am doing that once a week max) but seeing how their lashes are growing makes me want to use them!
I hope this post was helpful and answered any questions you have about the procedure! If not let me know in the comments below and I will answer them for you! I would love to hear about your experience with lash extensions or what you do to grow your lashes! Are you a fan of falsies like me?!