Grab a snack because this is a long one. Lol
I’ve been debating this post.. I’m not sure why really? As you can see I decided to.
I’m sure that there’s women everywhere who are curious and let me just say this is entirely just my opinion and experience.
Have you ever wondered? Or have you already made your decision? Can I just add that either or are not for everyone, it depends on the person, what look you’re going for and the amount of maintenance you’re willing to deal with.
For years I would wake up early to do two things: attempt that perfect winged liner and apply my falsies, in hopes I applied the adhesive evenly so my lashes won’t separate during the day. Oh.. and mothers can totally understand when I say it’s hard to have a steady hand when your kids are running in and out of your bathroom asking you questions or your toddler has a kung fu grip around your legs. It was always a struggle, but we can’t deny how put together we look when you’ve nailed it! Lol
I was looking for a way to cut out time from my hectic mornings.. I wanted that “I woke up like this” look. I did research on eyelash extensions and thought that would be my saving grace.
Apparently, my research was not as thorough as I thought. Let me get right into that..
Falsies come in all styles, whether you’re looking for a natural look or full blown glamour.. and then there’s those in betweens. There’s a ton of brands to choose from ranging from low cost to twenty something dollars (I’m sure theres more expensive ones out there). Then, there’s the most important part in my opinion.. the adhesive. Come on, we all know we need a fail proof adhesive and one that doesn’t break the bank. If you clean and care for your falsies, you can reuse them up to 20 times. So, if you buy a Red Cherry brand at $4 you’re getting a bang for your buck.
Now, on to lash extensions.. they come in all styles, lengths, curves and volume depending on the state of your natural lashes. Price point, you’re looking to pay anywhere from $99-$250. Yup, it’s a pretty penny alright! Here’s the thing.. I paid $172 for mine and don’t get me wrong I was absolutely in love with them, but then here’s the part I was blinded by. “Maintaining” these beauties, I mean you want to get your monies worth. If you wear makeup or skincare; ONLY oil free products can be used!! After every face wash and shower, lashes need to be dried with a hair dryer and gently brushed with a spoolie that your lash extension salon usually supplies you with. This is the part I personally don’t think is worth all the hype. Every 2-3 weeks your lashes need to be “retouched.” Retouched meaning going in and filling the gaps where your extensions have fallen out or have become twisted, I will definitely cover more of that. For those of you who don’t know, lash extensions are glued to our natural lashes and our lashes go through a growing cycle that causes the old ones to fall out. This can cost from $70 to $100 depending on how much “retouching” needs to be done. Forgot to mention removal fee is $15 or you could just use baby oil. lol
Here’s my conclusion: My decision is based on cost, maintenance, freedom to wear any makeup or use any skincare products that are not only oil free.
I’m sticking with my falsies!! They are more cost efficient and reusable at that, but you can also change up your looks on a daily from natural to glam lashes depending on your mood. So, you don’t need to wear the same look for a month. Don’t get me wrong, lash extensions are beautiful, but for me I’ll only be getting them for special occasions or when going on vacation. Not as an everyday thing!
Here’s my stand point on what the cons were for me: when my natural lashes would grow out the extensions would lose stability because when they are applied they are applied as close to the lash line as possible. I would end up with twisted wispy lashes when they grow out and have to constantly brush them to get them in order. After awhile, like a windy day.. my extensions were a hot mess! Lastly, in the long run I’m paying $300 a month for extensions??!! Ugh! Let’s compare that to falsies that cost about $10-20 a month.. money saved!
Hope you enjoyed this long blog.. hope that it’s given those of you out there who have been on the fence about it an understanding that extensions aren’t as peachy as we thought, there is careful maintenance required.
Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are.