Happy Thursday, everyone! So thankful that the weekend is near. We’re going to be spending it in New Mexico with family and it’s honestly much needed. It’s always good to go “home” for the holidays, even if it’s just for the weekend.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get on my IG feed as well as in real life, is if I have extremely long eyelashes or if they are indeed, lash extensions. I wish mine were naturally as thick and full! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard of wonderful products that so many of my fellow bloggers and even dearest friends have used and swear by and it’s so great to find something you love and stick to it. BUT, I’m just doing what works for me, and that is my lash extensions.
(Image above is before my fill)
So, I’m getting ready to age myself but I’ve been getting lash extensions done since right before my 21st birthday. My best friend had them done, and it was before they were a cool thing to do so I was curious and figured, I’d give them a try. Needless to say, it was love at first sight, literally. ADDICTED is really the right term! I have been going ever since and will only allow the best in town, my friend, Toni Alvarez to do them. With twenty years of experience in permanent make up, she knows her stuff. She has also become such a precious friend and has been a part of every big event in our lives since twenty-one. From attending our wedding, to watching my belly grow during pregnancy, as she saw me every three weeks; she is like family and in my opinion the most gifted and skilled at what she does.
With that, there are many pro’s to getting lash extensions. One of them for me being the ease of getting ready in the morning. I am someone who rolls out of bed, throws on my lulus and is out the door. Therefore, on most days I tend to wear minimal make up, except for hiding the sunspot I have on my cheek (sometimes) and my lashes make me feel like I’ve made a small effort, even on the busiest of days. It’s amazing how much more put together I feel when I have them versus when I don’t. I think they are perfect for brides, new moms, and honestly every day life. They just make a statement and ex out the hassle of trying. Haha! Does that even make sense? We’ve all been at a point in our lives where even putting mascara on can be challenging. Am I right?!
(Redness goes away after an hour or so)
Another question I get asked is “do your natural eyelashes fall out”? They do in fact, fall out, regardless of having extensions or not. This is because your natural lashes replenish every couple of weeks so you may notice even without having lash extensions some of your own lashes here and there. My suggestion for minimal damage to your natural lashes is to have your extensions professionally taken off, if you so choose.
Next is price. Are they expensive and difficult to maintain? Since I’ve been going to Toni for nearly 11 years, my price hasn’t gone up much, if at all. I’ve also probably only had maybe 15 full sets in my entire time of going to her as well. Price for extensions differs at each salon as well as in each city by popular demand. Some salons can cost upwards of $400-$500 for a full set, others are around the $275 mark and even under. For instance, a full set for me is around $150. Also, fills can be costly. Some salons in Lubbock charge around $75 while others are closer to the same price as getting your nails done. Sometimes price can depend on how full you want your lashes to look and what you expect your outcome to be. Glam vs. more natural will make a difference. Definitely, do research in your area to ensure reputability and then ask for a price list once you’ve found the perfect match for your needs. Make sure you’ve researched as no one wants to be over charged or get pink eye, for goodness sake! These are your eyes were talking about!! 🙂
Secondly, maintenance. I get fills every 3-4 weeks. Some go every 2-3 depending on your needs. I like to explain maintenance like getting your nails done. Every couple of weeks it’s time for a new color, just like your nails, lashes should be touched up between 2 and 4 weeks. Toni only takes around 45 minutes to an hour to fill my lashes. She is quick and its a painless process. When washing my face morning and night, I just use witch hazel or a mild cleanser in an upward motion to remove any excess makeup that may still exist. They are easy to maintain and easy to get used to, in my opinion.
(All done. )
Lastly, if you’re in the Lubbock area, and are thinking eyelash extensions are the best option for you in this season of life or want a set for your upcoming Christmas party or event, contact Toni Alvarez at 806-535-3080. She is the sweetest and I promise she doesn’t disappoint. 11 years of this faithful addiction and if you know me, you know how much I love my lash extensions and Toni! You will love her too and will be amazed by the finished product! Cheers to your newest addiction!
Stay beautiful, friends!
Message me in the comments if you have questions!