Last week I had the privilege of having some beautiful eyelash extensions applied by fabulous extensions expert Kelly Hanys. I was so excited as I had heard such good things about the lady herself, having worked on numorous celebrity client's hair and eyelash extensions, including the girls from The Only Way Is Essex no less! I've never had eyelash extensions before, but have always wanted to give them a go, and I'm pleased to say I haven't been disappointed.
The application took roughly 2 and a half hours, with each individual lash being painstakingly applied to one of your natural lashes (that takes some patience!) kelly first asked me how I wanted my lashes to look, so I decided to go for naturally glamorous! as I didn't want them to look 'fake' but I have to admit I wanted a noticeable difference! You can really go as natural or as dramatic as you would like though. I was worried at first how I was going to lie still for that length of time, especially with my eyes closed, But Kelly creates a rather calming atmosphere and It felt like they were finished in no time! I think I might have even fallen asleep at one point!
When the lashes were finished I was absolutely thrilled to bits with them, I walked in feeling quite self conscious, as I never go anywhere without mascara or a bit of eyeliner, but I walked out feeling confident enough to go out without the need for any extra eye makeup.
The photo above was taken just after the lash extensions were applied, They're so thick and add amazing volume and colour to my naturally fair eyelashes, no need for layers of mascara!
|After 1 week|
It's been over a week since I had the lashes applied, and they're still going strong! The lashes I have are mink lashes, which are the softest, natural looking lashes you can get, costing £100 a set. The great thing about them is that they are cruelty free, as the fur is collected by brushing the animal, which is then sterilised and is hypo-allergenic. They last from 3-4 weeks, but they are surprisingly hard wearing, I was scared to touch them at first but as I have gotten used to them I have become more confident with applying makeup around them and removing it gently with a facial wipe. (The lashes shouldn't be allowed to get wet otherwise they will begin to lose they're curl). Another thing I was worried about was feeling as though I had a big, heavy set of falsies on constantly, as when I have applied a set of fake lashes in the past, my eyes lids have felt rather weighed down all evening! (not a pleasant feeling!) These on the other hand are totally opposite, I forget I have them on until I walk past a mirror and do a double take to admire them!
Overall the whole process was a very enjoyable experience and I would have no hesitation in getting them done again! I think i'll be so sad to see them go that I'll be running back to Kelly for a top up! She is a total perfectionist and wouldn't let me leave until they were just right! which I think shows just how much pride she takes in her work.
For more information on the Mink Lash Extensions, or for examples and a price guide for all of Kelly's treatments please visit: http://www.extensions-expert.co.uk or follow and tweet @KellyHanys.
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