Last year I had the courage to try out a fad - eyelash extensions. Sadly, I only had short lashes and my search for my "wonder" mascara is still on (well, maybe over already but that will be on another post). The only time I was able to wear falsies was during the boudoir session a deux with my BFF
and my wedding
. I love the effect of having full, long lashes on my chinita
lids. Yes, I've bought fake falsies and would want to try wearing it to work but I was too lazy to practice putting it on. I was also apprehensive that wearing falsies to work might be a bit too much. Baka mapagkamalan akong
drag queen. I know that there are some falsies that look natural and complementing makeup would make it more "acceptable" pero tamad talaga ako
! I've been late going to work on several occassions trying to catch some more Zzzz'sss in the morning and thus I have a 5 minute make up routine that I usually do especially for mornings such as these. So an added step of putting on falsies will probably mean that I have to spend more moolah for riding taxi cabs going to work. And anyway, I'm not really a makeup junkie. Late bloomer is what you'd call me when it comes to make up but that is another story all together.
Going back to the topic, some girls in my FB group
have discussed about having eyelash extensions and how they're loving it because it accentuates their eyes. I'd even looked up how long does the procedure take and what salons (?) offer this service. Sa totoo lang, ayaw ko talaga nung una kasi nanghihinayang ako na malalagas lang unti-unti sa mga mata ko yung perang pinambayad ko.
BUT wanting to compensate for my flabs, I decided to give it a try. At least maganda ako kahit na mataba
. (Gosh. Where the heck is my self-esteem?)
Anyway, when I did have my extensions, gluing the individual lashes took only less than an hour. It wasn't painful, kinda itchy lang when the ends of the extensions were pricking my waterline as the assistant was applying it. A tape of sorts was put along my lower lids, probably to avoid having the hairs getting tangled with the lower lashes while it's not yet dry. After effect? Blooming eyes :)
There were some glue clumps near my upper lashline and I'm not sure kung ganon ba talaga dapat. It didnt bother me much cos it added a bit of color to my eyes - think eyeliners. You have to be careful though when washing your face. Ako pa naman yung tipong nag-i-scrub ng maigi ng buong mukha so my face would feel "clean". So unless I want my few hundred bucks washing off, I avoided scrubbing near my new lashes and also rubbing my eyes often.
Clumps of glue (please pardon the ungroomed brows)
Long and flirty eyelashes
I'm not really sure how long in average do these extensions stay but mine was looking sparse by the third week. But I did have a major bawling session during those weeks and I had mine done in our neighborhood salon (kuripot!). It was first (and last, as of this writing) time to have eyelash extensions so I really couldn't say anything about the quality. I thought it won't be noticeable but some colleagues remarked on my "mapilantik" lashes. It didn't really fell heavy on my lids and I often forget I have them except when I would be poising to rub my eyes.
Would I try it again? For now, no. Though I loved the way my eyes looked when I had them, medyo nakakainis na when they started to fall off and manipis na siya. Not flattering to look at, I must say. When my extensions fell of, there was one stubborn strand that remained in the center (yes, center) of my right eyelid. Imagine that! So I had to snip off its long ends to align it with my natural lashes. Some also said that their natural eyelashes also came off with their extensions but that didn't happen to me thankfully.
I am still frustrated with my eyelashes BUT I am now testing a method on growing out my eyelashes :) I've read this in a beauty forum (wala na akong kadala-dala) and even read about its effectiveness over the net. I'm still monitoring the progress and I can only say there's none (if any minimal progress) but its probably because I don't do it diligently. (Hay! Katamaran talaga!). I did, however, find a mascara that does it job of lengthening my lashes :) You'll read about it in my upcoming posts. Stay tuned!