Ever since the 7th grade, I have been a slave to my mascara and eyeliner. Once I realized how open my eyes looked, how pretty I felt, and how much more polished my whole look was with eye makeup, I was hooked! The problem is that it’s kind of a hassle. And it makes me feel pretty high maintenance to always have eye makeup on.
About a year ago, a lot of my friends started getting lash extensions. I just didn’t see the point of it. Plus, I was a little scared! I mean, these are my eyes, and I have heard plenty of horror stories about women losing their eyelashes or suffering from lash damage from the extensions.
A few weeks ago, my friend Sam, who owns The Lash House here in Denver, CO and is trained in Xtreme Lashes, one of the most respected brands in lash extensions, reached out to me about trying the famed lashes for myself. I decided to go for it, and I am so glad I did! These babies have survived camping, concerts, hot yoga, and many makeup applications. I mean, I have definitely put them to the test, and I am so happy with the results.
Probably the best thing about the lashes is that I barely have to wear makeup! I mean, obviously I don’t have to wear makeup ever if I don’t want to, but I can’t stand the way my eyes look without eye makeup. They just look beady and I look tired, and it just sucks. I love that I can still show up to work and look polished and professional without having to spend too much time on my makeup in the morning.
So what is the process like?
Well, at The Lash House, Sam welcomes you into this lovely spa room and gives you an overview of the process. What I loved most about working with Sam was that she takes the time to look at your eye/face shape and recommends the best style of lashes for you. That customization makes all the difference, because not all lashes are the same! For me, Sam recommended the cat eye style since my eyes are a little on the small side. She also recommended the thinner lashes so they would look more natural with my blonde hair. She also let me know that when I come in for “fills” or “relashes,” we can adjust the shape if we want to.
Next, she puts these amazing little eye patches under your eyes that moisturize your skin while the whole process takes place. I think this was also helpful in making the next step more comfortable: taping your bottom lashes down. Seems weird, but the reason why is that she uses medical-grade adhesive that dries instantly, so you definitely don’t want your bottom lashes sticking to the top! Yikes! I have friends who have told me that other places tape your lashes directly to your skin, which seems so painful to me! I love that Sam takes the time to put the pads on. I couldn’t even tell mine were taped at all! Just felt like a spa treatment or something.
So, the whole process of getting a full set of lashes can take about 1.5 – 2 hours (less for relashes), which may seem like a lot, but as you can tell in the photo above, a lot of women fall asleep! I can definitely see why. It was so relaxing. I rarely disconnect from all of my electronics, so it was really nice to zone out and close my eyes and just let the music take me away (she plays rad music btw).
Ok now here are the before and afters!
Those close ups look scary, but I really wanted you guys to see them up close! I’ve naturally been getting a lot of questions about these, so here are some answers!
Do they feel weird?
No! One of the first things I said was that I was so surprised how natural they felt. I thought they might feel like when you wear fake eyelashes, but no way. They are a million times more comfortable.
Can you wear makeup?
Yes, you can, but you really don’t need it! I have worn a little mascara on the ends (recommended to reshape them as needed), and I have worn some eyeshadow, but the only caveat is that you HAVE TO TAKE YOUR MAKEUP OFF. Sleeping in your makeup will ruin the lashes, so you have to be sure you don’t pass out face down in your pillow after a night of partying 😉
How do you take care of them?
Sam will give you all the tools you need. She has special cleaner/makeup remover that is safe to use with the lashes, but if you don’t want to buy the Xtreme Lashes products, she can also recommend other products that will work. I use oil-free makeup remover and clean them morning and night with a little brush. She will go over the care of your lashes at your appointment, but trust me it’s super easy.
How long do they last?
As long as you want them to! Take good care of them and you can go 2-3 weeks in between fills. Kind of like getting acrylic nails in the sense that you get a full set, then you get fills to maintain them. Since Sam does every single eyelash, you get the maximum amount of lashes so they don’t look sparse in between relashes, which I definitely appreciate!
Doesn’t that damage your eyelashes?
I can’t stress this enough – DO YOUR RESEARCH. Don’t just go to any ole person you find on Groupon. Go to someone who is certified in Xtreme Lashes or another reputable brand, and ask around to find out who has the best reputation. Don’t just trust your beautiful eyes to anyone! That being said, if you go to a trained, reputable professional, and care for them the way they tell you, your natural lashes will not be damaged.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.
Oh and the best part? Sam from The Lash House is offering all My Boring Closet readers 15% off their first full set! Yay! Just mention you heard about her from me, and she’ll apply the discount. To book, call 720-369-7787.
Full set of eyelashes provided c/o The Lash House
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