From Brazilian blowouts to waxing to hair extensions, I’m pretty much up for trying any beauty trend. I realize this is either a result of trying to fashion myself to fit in with the vain SoCal culture, or I have way too much time on my hands. Both are probably true.
My latest beauty try? Eyelash extensions ($140).
I started wearing false lashes from Mac two years ago, taking about 20 extra minutes when I get ready to go out on the town to put them on. Annoyed by the process of trying to get the flash lashes on to begin with and that we were about to spend three weeks in Vegas, I thought this summer would be a great time to try lash extensions, semi-permanent false lashes that last about four to six weeks, through sweat, showers and sun.
I had looked for someone to apply the lashes in LA, but after a little research, I found that either not that any people do it or it’s not widely publicized. I called a few places, including my dermatologist and a local spa, but had no luck finding someone to do the service.
But on my latest visit to get my hair cut, my hairstylist, Crystal, who recently moved to a new salon called Blossom in Redondo Beach, Calif., told me that they have someone who will apply them. Crystal even tried it and swore by the results. Shes already talked me into the Brazilian blowout and hair extensions, both which I became obsessed with, so I thought I’d love the extensions just as much.
I made the appointment the day before we left for Vegas, and found out shortly after laying on the massage table that it’s not an easy process to put the things on. My eyes burned the entire hour the esthetician glued the individual lashes to each of my upper eyelashes (Crystal later told me to next time ask to use the glue for sensitive eyes).
After the hour during which I had to keep my eyes closed the entire time, I woke up with fabulous long lashes, this coming after the burning, watery eyes subsided. I’ve had the lash extensions on for a week, and so far so good. I was told that I have to go back in four to six weeks to get a fill in ($50) because as my natural lashes shed, the extensions will fall out.
My daily beauty routine has simplified to wearing only foundation during the day plus blush and eye shadow at night. My right eye is still a little irritated from the fumes from the glue, which can NOT be good for you, but at least I look fabulous day and night with little to no effort!