Sunday, 31 August 2014

Mink Lash Extensions (My Review)

Yesterday I got mink lash extensions applied in Lana's Hair and Beauty Salon Athlone, Ireland. I had read online that the procedure takes around 1.5 hours but my friend who is a beauty therapist said that it could take longer if the technician was new to the practise.

When I arrived I was asked had I had this done before and when I said no she replied "Well, just so you know it takes around 2 hours". Ok. I had expected this. She asked how long I wanted my lashes to be and I answered that I wanted them really long and dramatic... "Oh! Like a drag queen?!" she said. "No. Not like a drag queen". Duh!!!

Here's what my eye lashes looked like before...
I lay down on the bed and she took a look at my lashes to see how many milimetres she could add to them (You can only get a certain length as your natural lashes need to be able to support the false lashes.). This is when she exclaimed at how long my natural lashes were anyway... She was so suprised! I've always had nice long lashes however- just like my hair- they are extremely thin. She told me that the extensions would thicken them up. Great!

Then she said that my lashes are around 12mm naturally, so she was going to apply 14mm extensions and some 12mm ones. It ends up that 14mm were the longest she had in stock- Looks like I'm getting drag queen eyes afterall!!

So we settle down to work: She tapes down my lower lashes so that they don't stick to the glue on the top ones- Ouch! Next she starts applying the extensions one by one, lash by lash.This is meant to be really relaxing- I've read online that most clients fall asleep. I did not fall asleep. It was not relaxing. I lay on that bed/table thing for so long!! I was covered in a blanked and it was cosy for maybe the first half an hour. By the time she finished the first eye I needed a break so I went to use the bathroom- one eye done, the other with tape all around it :)

The second eye seemed to take even longer, I swear. Coming up to the end I was so sore from lying still for so long. She must have noticed my getting agitated and fidgeting as she started to assure me that she was almost finished.

Finally it was done so I slowly sat up and she spent the next five or ten minutes cleaning excess glue and un-sticking my lower lashes. Next she took protos for her portfolio and the salon's facebook page- At this point she realised that she'd forgotten to take a before picture, oops! I had taken some that morning so I promised to send them to her.

Here's how my lash extensions look!

So I left the salon after paying €45 for my extensions (refills are around €25) and I checked my watch. I was4.11pm! My appointment had been for 1pm! I couldn't believe how long it took! She said that it took so long because she didn't want to ruin the way my natural lashes looked or something, she said it was harder because they were longer. I was getting miffed at this point and wondering whether it was all worth it at all, until I got home and got to spend some time checking them out in the mirror- They are amazing!!! I'm not sure if I'd sit for 3 hours again but I definitely think they are worth going getting the refills done every three or four weeks (She said these sessions would be less than half an hour).

Before and After :)

All in all, I'm so happy with the way they look! At the moment I have no makeup on, but the lashes make it look like I do! I'm all set for my trip to Las Vegas, leaving on Wednesday.

Binary Pixie xx


  1. Well I think they look super. And now the hard work is over maybe the refills will be okay.

    BUT!!!!!!!!!! If your lashes are long, just thin I reckon that mascara I recommended for you will do the best job ever and you won't be paying 25-30 for refill every couple of weeks.

    Enjoy Vegas!!!!!!

  2. They are really nice! I'd think of getting mine done for a special occasion.