My first experience with eyelash extensions wasn’t the best. But like most things, eyelash extensions have come a long way so I was really interested in giving it another go. And I specifically wanted eyelash extensions for labor and delivery.
You see, when you’ve got a newborn in the house and visitors coming in and out, being “ready” without any effort is really appealing. So when Beautif-EYE in Old Town Scottsdale invited me to come in and try out Borboleta eyelash extensions, I was game.
I am lash obsessed. Mascara is the one product I cannot live without! (I swear by this one.)
But when you’re pregnant, you have to forgo all lash growth serums. I tried using Castor Oil (this one, which did help), but I was still lusting after lustrous lashes. I really, really wanted to perk up my peepers!
Borboleta Eyelash Extensions
Beautif-EYE Studios does Borboleta eyelash extensions where one lash is glued on to each individual lash for a classic, natural look. They’re currently training to roll out volume lashes which would be 2-3 lashes glued on to each individual lash for a thicker, more glamorous look.
My lash tech, Allix, told me the reason eyelash extensions sometimes get a bad rep is inexperienced technicians. Not everyone is a candidate for crazy-long butterfly lashes. And what I mean by that is the length of your lash extensions will depend on your natural lashes.
Applying lashes that are too long and heavy will result in damage. Just think: There is only so much length and fullness one little lash can handle! Weigh it down and of course it will break.
This is why it’s SO important to find someone who is trained and certified in eyelash extension application.
For me, Allix decided on 10mm lashes. The process takes about two hours so be ready for a lash nap or lots of conversation.
It’s recommended to get fills every 2-3 weeks, and luckily those appointments are around 45 minutes.
Eyelash Extensions Care
It’s pretty easy to care for eyelash extensions, just be sure to:
- Brush them daily
- Shampoo your lashes
- Avoid oil-based products
- Don’t use mascara
- Avoid getting them wet the first 24 hours
If you care for them well, you can go 2-3 weeks before needing a fill.
My first set didn’t last very long, but I didn’t realize I was using an eyeshadow primer with oil so be sure to read your labels!
Now they’ve lasted a good three weeks. I also sleep with this sleep mask to avoid crushing them on my pillow overnight.
Are Eyelash Extensions Worth It?
At this stage in my life where I’m at home with a newborn and need to be ready in a flash, eyelash extensions are perfect. I don’t really have time to get ready these days and would rather wash my hair (or sleep!) than spend a ton of time on mascara.
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Waking up and looking “ready” has been awesome for my self-esteem and I love that I can leave the house without any makeup on and still feel like I look good. I would definitely recommend eyelash extensions for labor and delivery or for anyone wanting to save time on their makeup routine!
Eyelash Extension Cons
While I absolutely love my lashes for an everyday natural look, I find myself wanting to apply mascara or falsies for a more dramatic evening look.
Eyelash extensions are also pricey when it comes to both time and money and it’s another maintenance “thing” to add to the list of keeping pretty.
Have you tried eyelash extensions? Do you like them?