I've been tempted by eyelash extensions for some time now, the urge to chuck aside the false lashes becoming ever stronger. I've heard all kinds of stories from other bloggers and friends who've undergone the treatment - everything from the best experience they've ever had, to losing all their eyelashes after a few days. One of the most common questions I get asked from readers is about eyelash extensions, so when I was offered the chance to go and get them done at Boudoir Lashes I skipped all the way there. The salon is based a few minutes from South Kensington tube within the Beca makeup store and is the baby of Asma who does all the lash treatments herself. I opted for a full set of voluminous lashes to add a little length and oomph to my piddly flutter.
The treatment starts by taping down your lower lids and protecting your eye area, which although a little uncomfortable, soon feels normal as you drift off into a snooze. The lashes are applied individually with tweezers and vary in length and curl, providing you with a really personalised and natural result. It's not painful or uncomfortable; it just feels like someone is applying something to your lashes really delicately (which is exactly what it is!) The lashes are applied to the hair itself rather than the skin, meaning you can't feel anything at all and the false lashes behave really naturally.
The whole process takes around 90mins before you're left with an amazingly full lash line. The curl is really natural and the length not too obvious, meaning you don't look like someone from Desperate Scousewives or TOWIE. Because the lashes are black they naturally open your eyes and create a striking result, making me feel comfortable without mascara for the first time since I was about 14. While you have the lashes on you have to be really careful and look after them well, avoiding oil-based products, liquid liners and forgoing mascara altogether. Sleeping on your front is a no-no, as is fiddling with your eyes or rubbing after a heavy day. The lashes will naturally start falling out after 3-4 weeks when you can either have them removed or infilled to refresh the lash line.
This is what my lashes looked like straight after application - ignore the puffy eyes and tired skin! (Also ignore the brows... I'm so desperately in need of a threading session.) I'm so pleased with them as it not only cuts out ten minutes every morning applying mascara, it also removes the need to scrub it off at the end of the day when all I want to do is fall into bed. The treatment isn't cheap (£135 for a full set and £35 for infills) but it does provide a fab look, confidence and time saved on a daily basis. I'm going to keep these on for the foreseeable future and see what they're like in a few weeks time; at this stage I can totally see myself going back for a new set, but I'll keep you informed!
For more info on Boudoir Lashes see their website: www.boudoirlashes.co.uk