So… most of you are familiar with my approach to writing – I often share stories about how imperfect I am. Well, I have a doozy of a confession.
Part of me wants to keep my faux pas a secret because I’m opening myself up for criticism from extremists, by sharing it. But my desire to prevent other people making the same mistake compels me to confess.
I love my children and I always seek opportunities to bond with them. My teen daughter in year 12 was preparing to attend her school formal. This was a big deal for her as it’s the first and last one she will attend. To mark the occasion, she decided to get eyelash extensions. If you live in Sydney, you can’t help but notice that eyelash extensions and bad lip injections are all the rage. I have snobbishly turned my nose up at the over the top puffy lips. I haven’t died my hair for 8 months, and I often go out with no make-up, hair scruffily tied in a bun with a cap hiding my lame attempt to look tidy.
If you live in Sydney, you can’t help but notice that eyelash extensions and bad lip injections are all the rage.
But when my daughter needed me to drive her to the beauty specialist to get eyelash extensions, I thought it might be a nice opportunity for us to share a mother-daughter bonding session, something ‘girly’ together. I did not do any research I imagined the extensions were like false lashes, which I have never had. My daughter had asked around and chose someone her friend recommended. On the big extension day, she was up first, and all seemed to be fine, her eyes looked a little red when the specialist had finished with her, but my daughter’s lashes looked amazing. She is a gorgeous girl and the lashes totally suited the shape of her eyes and had lovely fine fair ends to suit her hair and made her look even more beautiful.
When it was my turn, I lay down and the specialist painted the glue onto my lashes. Immediately glue ran straight into my eyes and burnt like acid. I have a high pain tolerance and am not one to make a scene unnecessarily. We didn’t have time for me to make a fuss, to wash it out and start over as we were on a tight schedule and I had to rush to work immediately after the appointment. For the entire hour it felt like I had acid in one eye, and I thought I was going to be blind. When I had the chance to finally open my eyes an hour later, I was surprised I could still see.
For the entire hour it felt like I had acid in one eye, and I thought I was going to be blind.
I requested the lashes to look like they were mine, not too long or fake looking. The specialist did a pretty good job, but my eyes were red raw and stung for ages afterwards.
The good thing is that for the next few weeks, I looked great even without any make up on. It was amazing what a difference, just having long lashes did for my looks, most days I didn’t wear any make up and still looked glamorous.
But everything else with my experience was negative. Every time I had a shower or my eyes watered, the glue ran into my eyes again and stung. The lashes would get tangled on each other and go the wrong way and look weird. After a few weeks they looked way too fake because they grow longer as your own lashes grow; because of my age, hair colour and shape of my eyes, the longer they got, the more ridiculous they looked.
Every time I had a shower or my eyes watered, the glue ran into my eyes again and stung.
To ‘tame’ them, I trimmed them with scissors, but then they lost the nice narrow end and became blunt and looked bad, but you can’t get rid of them! Often, I felt intense pain and it felt like needles sticking into me and the pain would not stop until I pulled my natural lash out. Yes, that’s right, you can’t pull the fake lash off, when you pull it, it pulls your own lash out because the glue is so strong. It’s been about 2 months now and finally they are all gone, and I have never appreciated the softness of my own lashes so much, but they are very short as they are all new lashes coming through.
My daughter’s lashes continued to look amazing, and then fell out gracefully with no problem. Even the remaining few looked nice because they were so fair and fine on the ends. My experience was vastly different to hers. I will never get eyelash extensions again, and recommend you learn from my mistake. Go zero waste eyelashes and save your vision and your lashes.
Have you made a beauty mistake you regret?