So sweetie, imagine you've just spent $300 on salon lash extensions, which have taken almost 3 hours to fit ... then find out you need to fork out more time (up to 1.5hours) and money for touch ups every 2-3 weeks ... on top of that they need to be permed or heat curled at home - How would you feel? Then .... (as if this isn't bad enough) you discover the TRUE HORROR that you are wearing real animal fur and it's permanently attached to your eyelids (for a few weeks anyway). Am I right, you might feel a touch p****d off and wonder if it was all really worth it?!
Lash Lover, if this is you and you've come across our Beauty Setting site, perhaps by accident or maybe one of your best friends has recommended us, then you are in the right place - Our magnetic lashes are easier to apply, simpler and definitely fuss free and low maintenance, plus they can be snapped off when you take your face off, come bedtime - so they last for absolutely ages!
So, if you want to look even more glamorous, than you already do (and mega gorgeous) and of course not damage your own lashes ... simply head over to our collection of Lash Sets - we promise there is no toxic glue in sight!
So by now you've probably realised that yes, mink eyelash extensions ARE high maintenance and that you are quite literally, stuck with them (looking good for not even 3 whole weeks)! Just like a fur coat, they need to be looked after and treated carefully. Read on to find out the true extent of their maintenance and what you should be doing to ensure they last longer.
If however you are contemplating salon lash extensions, then it's important to understand there are potential risks that you need to be aware of!
1) Eye infections (from tools that have not been sanitized properly)
2) Infected hair follicles which can be caused when two lashes are glued together or from the glue itself which causes the hair follicle to become blocked, resulting in an infection.
3) The most common of all - allergic reactions to the glue itself!
Caring for Your Mink Lash Extensions
1) You'll need to sleep on your back. "What!" I hear you say - Yes that's right, because sleeping on your side or front is harmful for the lashes as the glue takes a while to dry. Unlike magnetic lashes, mink extensions cannot be removed to go to bed, so it's vital they are cared for. Without the proper care you will have patchy lashes which means expensive salon trips even sooner.
2) You'll need to hold off on the cotton wool and makeup remover ... Really!? Yes, cotton fibers, from cotton wool, can loosen the lashes and mess with them. Makeup remover is not good for mink lashes either.
3) It's best you oil your mink lashes. So, apparently, baby oil helps with both the strength of the lashes and their flexibility. (But remember you shouldn't use cotton wool!) Plus, if you get oil onto the glue, this could mean the bond may break. Spelling eventual disaster, not to mention an even bigger hole in your pocket.
4) It goes without saying, try to avoid touching your lashes to prevent damage, especially when they have just been applied. Damage can also be caused by using a towel to dry your face or when you sleep face down on a pillow or move about in the night.
5) Eyelash technicians recommend combing your eyelashes twice daily to maintain them, especially after sleeping and getting them wet - this avoids them getting twisted and looking slightly odd. So now it's not just your hair you have to look after!!
6) Avoid oil-based eye creams, concealers and greasy eyeliners or anything that is tricky to remove, such as mascara, as the tugging motion can twist or loosen the lashes.
7) Think you can go "out out" with your new longer lashes?! Think again .... Avoid getting your mink lashes wet in the shower within the first 48hours (and hope you don't break out in spotty skin in the meantime). Water reacts with the glue, causing a flash cure which can cause the lash bond to break and become brittle. This is because the moisture causes the glue to dry immediately before it has formed a tight bond with your natural lashes.
8) Take care when removing lashes. This can be the painful bit! The toxic glue may damage your own lashes and cause them to fall out, leaving you with patchy and short natural lashes that look not half as nice as they did, before you messed around with them!
9) Mink Lashes will need heat curling or perming too, as animal and human hair doesn't keep its shape, unlike our magnetic mink-free lashes.
10) Avoid shower water falling directly onto your face and take care when washing your face too. Both actions can cause the lashes to twist or loosen.
So babe, if you would now like to shop beautiful affordable and long lasting lashes made easier, head over to our Lash Boudoir or to read more about the true horror of mink lashes click here. With mink eyelash extensions costing you $1000-$5000 a year (including refills), I know which option I would choose!! How about you?
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