DIY Lash Extensions : my thoughts and experience!
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The same moment I started wearing makeup, I also became obsessed with trying to create the longest, softest eyelashes with every and any possible combination of products under the sun.
I don’t have the biggest eyes and curled lashes that were opened up and layered with mascara helped my eyes look bigger and more awake! My lashes in their most natural, organic state are naturally very straight, thin, short, and weak.
My sister, somehow, got all the good eyelash genes and she has the prettiest, longest most fanned out lashes I’ve ever seen.
Really makes me hate her guts, but she’s family so I had to work through it.
(these are my natural lashes with a few coats of mascara)
Given my years of eyelash focus, you would think that I’d be the first one to jump at the chance to get eyelash extensions. I’ve seen them done really well where it simply looks like a step up from your natural lashes but they stay dark, curled, and look thicker than your natural lashes. I’ve also seen it done terribly where they are way too heavy and end up making the eyes look smaller because your eyelids are holding up way too many lashes for their size or shape.
Overall, I generally love to experiment with mascara and once I discovered how well lash lifts work on me, I was set!
I’ve written about my lash lifts here, and would highly recommend finding a professional in your area to do it who comes with great reviews or is personally referred. It can be done WRONG so you want to be sure you go to someone who will do your lash lift perfectly and safely.
Since I’m a professional, I decided to live on the edge and do my own lash lift. It works perfectly 99% of the time. But about 2 months ago I used a rod that was too small and ran into the lashes being too curled so I needed to let them fully grow out, shed, and start with a new set.
In the meantime, I decided to try Lashify to buy me some time while I gave my natural lashes a break. I had purchased and tried Lashify lashes a long time ago and liked them, but I don’t think I got to experience much of the longevity that you can achieve with these lashes. So, when I tried it again, I prepped by watching several of the application videos from their Instagram so I could have the most success.
Lashify are DIY lash extensions that are applied to the bottom of your upper lashes, glued directly onto your lashes (instead of your eyelid, for example), and can last several days if applied correctly and well maintained. I’d recommend reading this if you have more questions about Lashify.
Overall I found Lashify extremely easy to apply, and profoundly comfortable to wear. They were more comfortable on my eyes than mascara. They are truly lightweight, and since they are attached to the bottom of the lashes, it is not obvious where the lashes start. If you are looking for a natural, comfortable lash option, I would highly recommend these.
The longest wear I got out of them was 4 days. I found that I could gently clean them and reapply them for the second round of wear but that was about their max. They weren’t terribly fussy to deal with, but I did make sure not to put my face directly into the water spray from the showerhead, and I also didn’t soak my face when I washed my face at the sink. I used washcloths and makeup remover wipes to clean my skin when necessary.
I wore Lashify when I worked out, slept, applied makeup, etc. They really are kind of amazing.
Ultimately, while I really loved having them and they made my daily makeup application so much faster, I found them to be something I’d wear for a special event or a time when I didn’t want to wear much makeup and just wanted to have lashes “on”. I didn’t feel like I needed them for every single day, but I’m certainly glad to have this option in my back pocket for when I want more dramatic but still comfortable lashes.
Whenever I discussed Lashify online, many people told me to try FlutterHabit. This is a similar concept to Lashify but the lash segments are larger and heavier than the lighter-than-air Gossamers from Lashify. FlutterHabit also doesn’t come with some of the helpful tools that Lashify has as well.
I bought FlutterHabit, to try and compare, and couldn’t get a single lash segment to stick to my lashes. I have no idea what was happening, but it was kind of frustrating. There are many people who love FlutterHabit but it just didn’t work for me for the first few attempts!
(Natural lashes after using lash conditioner for about 4 weeks!)
At this point, my lashes are in a healthy place and I’ve done an updated lash lift. The medium rods are a better fit for my lash length and thickness, and it makes such an impact to have a fresh curl in the lashes that lasts over a month. I’ve been using GrandeRepair Leave-in Lash Conditioner and it has made my lashes NOTICEABLY stronger and thicker-looking. I’m truly impressed. I’ve just added in Neulash to my nightly routine as well.
While I’m at it, below are a few of my very favorite mascaras at the moment. These are constantly changing except for the Benefit one!
Benefit Roller Lash: such a great clean mascara that adds thickness in one swipe. A few layers and you’ve got length and definition. Doesn’t flake, doesn’t smudge. Truly a great classic mascara.
Urban Decay Lash Freak: If you want serious drama, this mascara is for you! The applicator is really cool too and the product is dark black so your lashes will certainly be the star of the show.
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes: don’t think I’ve used a mascara that fans my lashes out as well as this one does. It adds thickness, is slightly on the clumpy side so you must work quickly, but also adds a nice fullness to the lashes as well!
Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara: This is a tubing mascara and wears like a dream. I’m blown away by how dark, inky, and long my lashes look when I use this.
And of course, the primer that makes a big impact on the final result of any mascara, the GrandePRIMER Pre-Mascara Thickener and Lengthener.