My First Time: Lash Extensions

All my life I’ve struggled with beauty’s stereotype of long, full, luxuriously jet-black eyelashes. Mine come in the short, stubby, so-blonde-you-can’t-see-them variety. I’m pretty sure the first bit of makeup I ever wore was mascara. These days, I can’t go out of the house unless I’m wearing mascara. I feel like I look like a 10 year old boy without it.

Now, you know that I’m always on the hunt for the perfect mascara. I’ve also tried Latisse — and loved it (no eye color changes or anything) — but it is expensive, and takes months to see results. I had heard about Lash Extensions but also assumed that they were bad for one’s lashes and that they made them fall out quicker. What I’ve found in my research is…you have to do your research.

There are chop shops out there (*cough* Amazing Lash *cough*) that experts have told me horror stories about. Using nail glue on people’s eyes, incorrectly gluing lashes together instead of individually (since each lash has its own cycle, lash extensions should always be one-to-one)…the nightmarish list goes on. But I’ve found one lash salon in Houston (my hometown) that does it right. So right, in fact, that the lady who did my lash extensions was named the Lashista of the Year for 2013. It’s a national honor given to one lash stylist in the world by the leading lash extension brand, Xtreme Lashes.

Click to watch the video of the whole procedure, including before and afters, below!

So for the details: I got the faux Mink lashes, which are even more lightweight, silkier, and feel more natural on the lashes. They cost a bit more, but you could just as easily go with the regular lashes. In fact, I had a few regular lashes in lighter shades of brown thrown in there (Trishia’s idea) for more of a natural, highlighted effect. I couldn’t get them wet for 12 hours afterwards, so I made sure to shower that morning. No eye makeup to the salon (which was definitely weird). The process took about 2 1/2 hours. It was easy for me, because I just talked Trishia’s ear off while my eyes were closed. You get used to the tickling senesation very quickly, as she gets to work. I never felt tweezers or anything on my skin. She was a true professional, and my ahem–surgeon husband remarked to me afterwards how impressed he was at the steadiness of her hands.

Bonus! I don’t have to wear mascara anymore, true…but I also don’t have to wear eyeliner anymore either! Yes, it’s a pain not being allowed to rub my eyes with my hands and babying them when I wash my face (I also miss my cleansing balm/oils!) but it’s the price you have to pay.

Double Bonus! If you live in Houston and decide to get your lash extensions done at Winx Lash & Makeup Studio, mention my blog, Pretty Shiny Sparkly, and receive 40% off your first full set of lash extensions. Wowzers!

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  1. ellen ross
    12.13.2013 / 1:12 pm

    Wow they look great! I’ve always wondered how they work!! Glad I found this post!XO,

  2. Chelsa
    12.13.2013 / 2:42 pm

    Excellent video yet again! You look fabulous. I also loved my mink lashes but I ultimately decided against having them done again. I noticed that they start to look not so hot after two weeks. I did the math and it’s like $5000 a year if you include tips. I’d rather buy cute shoes.

    • 12.16.2013 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you for the kind words about my video! I appreciate it so much!

    • 12.16.2013 / 9:18 pm

      They last 3-4 weeks with care. A reputable salon will cost about $350 but if you mention Pretty Shiny Sparkly at the time of booking you’ll get 40% off your first full set. Refills are less expensive.

  3. 12.13.2013 / 4:58 pm

    WOW! They look great, and so natural, i never knew how good they could be, makes your eyes really pop.

  4. Julz Yang
    12.13.2013 / 8:22 pm

    Oh, WOW, now I’m even more tempted to try lash extension — they are gorgeous!

  5. 12.13.2013 / 8:38 pm

    They look really natural! I’ve considered getting them too. How do you know if a shop does them right? Is Xtreme Lashes really that reputable? Thanks!

    • 12.16.2013 / 9:19 pm

      I would go on Xtreme’s website and use their salon locator. It’s the only way to guarantee you can find a certified lash extension artist.

  6. Alex Gens
    12.14.2013 / 12:37 am

    I love yours they are gorgeous! I had a horrible experience with lash extensions. The were done in pieces and looked so fake and were terribly heavy. I went back a few days later to have them removed and she decided to attempt to pull them off and when that didn’t work, she tried nail polish remover!! I will have to do research to find a place in Florida.

    • 12.16.2013 / 9:20 pm

      That sounds HORRIBLE! I’m so sorry. Unfortunately your story isn’t that uncommon. There are a lot of horrific places out there purporting to be lash artists!

  7. Raven Locks
    12.14.2013 / 4:35 am

    This was awesome. You always have the best videos 🙂 Your eye lashes look amazing. Even though I have super thick dark hair on my head, my eyelashes are light colored. How weird is that? They’re super long, but really light.

    I’ve wanted to try lash extensions for the past 2 years. I’ve been looking around at different places here in the Bay Area. Wish they had a Winx here! I’m going to keep doing research until I find the perfect place. You just inspired me to keep looking. Especially because of some horrific stories I’ve heard.

    But seriously…I can’t wait to NOT have to wear mascara or eyeliner! Thanks for the video <3

    xo Azu

  8. Celina
    12.16.2013 / 12:53 am

    Wow! What a difference! You look amazing 🙂

  9. Kelly B
    01.01.2014 / 7:06 pm

    They look fantastic on you, and the video was really well done. Thank you for sharing your experience! I want to get them done but my lashes are so blonde, they’re white. I don’t think extensions would blend in well, as my natural lashes would appear to be bald patches. I’d still need mascara.
    I wonder if these are recommended for people who wear contacts? They touch their eyes more often than normal.

    • 01.01.2014 / 8:53 pm

      I wear contacts and have no issues with them. Also, FYI, my lashes are super blonde as well but since the individual lashes are on each lash it makes your blonde lashes actually look black. So no worrying! Hope that helps.

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