I'm going to assume that y'all read my Luna Nectar Moon Boost review so you all know I love long lashes. (JK, JK - I assume that only my hype bae, Lydia is the only person that reads my blog.) I used to wear false lashes on the daily but now that I'm a fitness bitch I wear them less often because I am a sweaty human and I don't think any lash glue can survive a spin class.
The other thing about wearing false lashes is that even after all these years I feel like I haven't quite mastered the application process. I find that the inner corners end up lifting near the end of the day plus I can't apply them close to my lash line to save my fucking life. I usually end up doing a thick cat liner to help hide the lash band.
A former classmate of mine, Sophie, is a bomb lash tech that is damn near impossible to book in with but prior to my trip to NYC trip I wanted to make sure I looked as fresh as possible while being low maintenance. From what I understand NYC is humid AF in September and I wanted to be Yonce this face and wake up #FLAWLESS and looking like a Victorian doll all the time.
WHAT ARE LASH EXTENSIONS?
The lashes are tiny fibres that are glued to each individual lash. They are a variety of styles you can get, such as a natural cat eye (outer lashes longer), classic (longer in the centre), or hybrid and Sophie does a great job at letting you know what type of shape, curl and length are best suited for your eye shape. If applied correctly they should not lead to any excess shedding of your lashes but shed as a part of your natural lash growth cycle. It might feel like your lashes are shedding faster because the lash is so much more defined but rest assured the lash shedding is normal.
While every lash tech works differently and I can only speak to Sophie's set up, I do think her set-up is well thought out and ideal. Sophie has a proper massage table set up so you can lay on your back with ease as she works on turning you into a real-life Instagram filter. She has a ring light overhead for visibility plus a humidifier on during the appointment which makes the glue the optimal tackiness.
During the appointment the first step is to secure your lower lashes to avoid gluing your eyes shut so you get to do this fun thing where you keep your eyes open while a sticky pad is laid over your lower lash line. If your eyes are as sensitive as mine you'll blink and tear up a bit but once this part is done, the rest is a lot easier. From there you close your eyes and let the lash tech do the rest! They will prep your lashes and glue on the extensions. In about an hour (maybe an hour and a half) you get to open your eyes to lush lashes.
PRE & POST APPOINTMENT
Pre appointment. Your lashes have and eyelids have to be makeup free during the appointment so I opted to go without makeup the day of my appointment so I wouldn't have to deal with the hassle of trying to get every little bit of makeup removed prior to my appointment. Another thing to keep in mind is that once your lashes are applied it is advised that you do not get them wet and stay out of hot showers for at least 24 hours to give the glue time to adhere so try and shower before your appointment!
Post appointment. There is really not a whole lot the you need to do right after your appointment. Sophie gave me a lash brush to keep my lashes from being unruly suggesting that I brush them morning and night, avoid rubbing my eyes and not using oil based makeup removers. The not "rubbing my eyes" portion has probably the most challenging thing for me because is there anything better than aggressively wiping makeup off your eyes at the end of the day? I have a girlfriend who wears swimming googles in the shower to keep her lashes fresh and I simply can't live that life.
Also, this is only a helpful hint if you have bangs: clip your bangs back or wear a hat. My bangs got fucked up laying there because Sophie had to clip them out of the way and I looked like Dwight.
Would I get lash extensions again? I would and I have. They were great while I was travelling because it was one less thing I had to worry about however since it was so humid in NYC they shed much faster than they normally do while I am here in Vancouver. They looked so lush and with the combination of having my brows microbladed I did feel more confident with less makeup on because lashes seem to brighten up my eyes more. For me the only downside was maintenance (Sophie books up quick!) and not being able to rub my eyes. I wake up with a lot of eye goop and not being able to wipe it off drove me nuts.
If you've been considering getting lash extensions for a while and you're based in Vancouver I cannot recommend Sophie enough. Here's her Instagram and her classic set starts at $60 with fills costing up to $40, a hybrid set priced $70 (fills up to $45) - I promise you that you will not find another lash tech that is this affordable AND this good.
The fine print: Sophie is a friend of mine and because of that I paid full price for this service and tipped. For real though, support your friends and their small businesses by not prompting them for discounts or freebies. I want my friends to be successful and I want them to be able to make their ventures profitable. Sophie works a full-time job plus does this lash thing on the side but is often booked weeks in advance. It would be shitty of me to demand a discount when she could book a regular full-priced appointment. Also her rates are super affordable as is. Lash extensions are a luxury not a necessity and if it's out of your budget, no shame in that, you just do without.
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