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This 90 Minute Beauty Treatment Completely Changed My Life

Tue, June 28, 2016 4:47pm EDT by Dory Larrabee 3 Comments
Eyelash Extensions
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For many years, I fought the urge to do one simple and painless beauty procedure loved by many of my beauty editor friends. I resisted for so long, until I finally gave in on June 13, and it has literally changed my life.

Eyelash extensions are nothing new. Celebrities and editors have been getting them for a decade, but as a girl with naturally great lashes, I always thought I didn’t need them. Boy, was I wrong.

Now, let me tell you. I’m a beauty junkie — it’s literally my job — and I wear a full face of makeup almost every single day. Even on the weekends, it’s rare for me to be seen without mascara, eyeliner, a BB cream, concealer, blush and lip gloss.

Eyelash Extensions — Best In New York: Where I Went

But eyelash extensions have changed my routine — dramatically, and for the better. I went to Envious Lashes, on 5th Avenue in New York City, on June 13. I saw Clementina Richardson, the owner and founder of the salon. Clemmy is a celeb favorite — her clients include Mary J. Blige and Naomi Campbell, so I knew I was in good hands.

When I saw Clemmy, she explained that the lashes she would be applying have a natural curvature, so I could part with my beloved eyelash curler. I wanted a bit more of a dramatic effect and since my natural lashes were long and strong, she was able to give me a sexy cat eye. (If your lashes are very short or weak, she will have to gradually build up your lash tolerance.)

It takes about 90 minutes for a first time, full application, but Clemmy is hysterical, and had me laughing and chatting the entire time. The session went by so fast. Plus, I’ve made up that time and more. Since my lashes are so full and gorgeous, I haven’t been wearing any eye makeup — which saves time getting ready in the morning, and even more time at night because there is nothing to take off.

Lash Extensions — What To Expect

The moment I saw myself in the mirror with my extensions, I was instantly hooked and amazed. Without any eyeliner, mascara or an eyelash curler, my eyes looked dark, defined and effortlessly sexy. It’s even better than wearing mascara because the lashes are full and even and no mascara means no flaking or smudging.

I thought I had great lashes before, but as I’ve been telling friends, when I look at my “before” pictures now, I’m horrified! (That’s a joke!) But I’m not joking when I tell you the after is seriously life changing — at least for a beauty girl like me!

Clemmy recommends getting a lash touch up every 2 to 3 weeks. I’m going in for mine 17 days after the initial application. As of day 14, people were still commenting on my amazingly long lashes.

Of course, the lashes do fall out as time passes — that’s natural. As they do, you can patch with individual falsies or mascara. I know friends who only go for touch-ups every 6 to 8 weeks or when they have a special event. (I did mine right before I met Britney Spears — hello!)

The touch ups are kind of like highlights. You could go every 6 to 8 weeks if you have the time and money, or you can make them last with care — color safe shampoos, for a hair example.

I haven’t been applying mascara, because every time you take it off, you risk pulling out a lash. And I’ve been using Micellar Water cleansers and Aveeno makeup removing wipes on my face, paying very special care while cleaning around my eyes. Gone are my Neutrogena “face splashing” days.

I’m not sure if my husband has noticed — he did ask in a mumble one night if I was “sleeping in lashes” but you’d have to cut off 12 inches of hair for most men to pinpoint an exact change in your appearance. I feel better knowing that I “woke up like this — flawless.”

After application, you can’t get your lashes wet for the first 48 hours — which is the hardest part, because you’ll want to cry tears of joy over how good you look.

Check out my pics and tell me, would you try eyelash extensions?