Last week, I had the pleasure of having eyelash extensions by the lovely Asma - owner of Boudoir Lashes.
Asma is a fully trained beauty therapist, who works for 3 half days in a spa in Muswell Hill, and spends the rest of her time dealing with London lash-mania within the Becca Cosmetics flagship store in Kensington.
As she spends most of her time doing lash extensions, she is what I'd refer to as a bit of an expert in her field. She knows what she's doing, she knows what works and she is a pro at graduating differing lengths of lashes in layers, which I believe is a very tricky skill to master!
When I arrived at Becca, I was greeted by Asma and we discussed what type of lashes I'd like. I told her that I wanted my lashes to look longer and fuller, but not ridiculous - I still have a job to do and the school run to go on! I had images of me walking out like Chloe Sims from TOWIE, which I needed to make sure didn't happen.
Asma examined my natural lashes, which are quite short and stumpy - and told me I have very long outer corner lashes, but short middle lashes - if we created longer lashes in the middle it would help to make my eye look more raised. She knows what she's talking about, so I just agreed with what she suggested!
We also went through a health form - if you are allergic to latex or any products found in glue you have to have a patch test at least 24 hours prior to your treatment. There was a list of things you can't do once you have your lashes on - like rub your eyes or wear your usual mascara (arghh, how will I cope!?)
I had heard that you have to have your bottom lashes taped down for this treatment and was slightly worried that I'd feel claustrophobic, but I had nothing to worry about - this was two hours of relaxation, I even felt myself drifting off at various points!
Once I laid down, Asma put a lovely snuggly blanket over me, and then she began. My bottom lashes were taped down with a micro-pore type tape, then a spongey tape was put over the top of that - that's to ensure my lashes don't get glued together - then she started the magic.
She used three different lengths of individual lashes and placed them carefully onto my lash line, over and over again - to create the look you see above. She has a lot more patience than me!
Once the two hours were over, I was told to open my eyes very slowly, and voila - I was left with a gorgeous new set of fluttery lashes!
They do look very natural - but are a lot fuller and longer. I can definitely see and feel the difference. I've attached a pic my friend took of me at the weekend - this is without mascara, curling or anything. It's a bit of a ridiculous pic, but you get to see their lashes at their full wowness.
It's taken some getting used to not wearing mascara (you can wear mascara but it has to be a special kind), and being extra careful when taking off my make up. If you're careful, lashes can last for 4-6 weeks, so I'm being as careful I can! They shed naturally as would your own eyelashes... if you want to keep them up you should have them infilled every 3 to 4 weeks, if not your eyelashes will return to normal once the lashes have dropped off!
What do you think of the lashes? Would you have this treatment done?
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