You've probably heard of eyelash extensions, which are pretty popular because... well, who doesn't want longer eyelashes? But eyelash extensions can sometimes be dangerous and have some pretty gnarly side effects if not performed correctly and taken care of! Not to mention that they can cost upwards of $200.
So when we heard about Lash Lifts, a treatment for natural lashes that can add curl and definition for 8-10 weeks, we wanted to try it out.
The process is pretty simple, and the whole thing takes about an hour.
So three of us — Farrah, Nina, and Lara — decided to try out this Lash Lift thing and see what we thought.
Going into this, none of us had ever received eyelash extensions before, so we were going into it blindly hoping to come out of it not blind!
It's worth noting that we tried to have our co-worker Sheridan, who has had many extensions, get this procedure as well to compare — but her eyelashes were too curly for the lift to work, as we found out right before!
Farrah (thick and stubby lashes)
Farrah's thoughts on the process: This was honestly a pretty relaxing experience given that I just had to lie there and do nothing for half an hour. It wasn't painful, but my stubby lashes did have trouble wanting to curl at first. I've never done anything "professional" with my eyelashes before now. Part of my makeup routine includes curling them and slapping on some mascara for volume, but because they're so thick and heavy they usually will lose that curl by mid-day. I was actually super impressed by how curled my eyelashes stayed weeks after doing this.
Nina (long, thick, and droopy lashes)
Nina's thoughts on the process: Going into this, I didn't know what to expect, but it ended up being way less awkward and uncomfortable than I thought it was gonna be. Usually when things happen around my eyes, I tear up. Even if it doesn't hurt, the waterfall starts for no reason because my eyes are extra-sensitive. But this was a completely painless and easy process. I almost fell asleep! Before getting this done, I curled my lashes on a day-to-day basis to give them some lift. I only wear mascara if I'm going out or something, because my lashes are pretty long naturally. At the end of this, I loved loved LOVED how much lift they gave my lashes. I was impressed.
Lara (inconsistent, short-ish, and clumpy lashes)
Lara's thoughts on the process: I was definitely nervous going into this because I didn't want to end up with no eyelashes after a couple of months. But the process was super easy — honestly like taking a nap — and when it was done and I looked in a mirror I was ecstatic. I was even more ecstatic the next day when the initial clump wore off and my lashes looked like they were completely, 100% naturally long.
Overall, we would all probably do this treatment again, if the occasion was right.
Farrah's final thoughts: I was actually super impressed how curled my eyelashes stayed weeks after doing this. It gave them the appearance of being longer without extensions. Even though I still made curling part of my daily routine, I noticed that the curl now lasted throughout the whole day PLUS after removing all my makeup. I'd do this again ONLY if it was for a special occasion, but it's not a beauty habit I see myself continually keeping up with.
Nina's final thoughts: I would definitely consider doing this again. I loved my lashes after the treatment. And the lift lasted for a such a long time. The only annoying part is that when I would put eyeliner on, my lashes would get in the way because they're so high up and near my lids now. But I'll take that minor inconvenience if it means my lashes are almost touching my brows.
Lara's final thoughts: I would do this again, but only for special occasions! I'd be worried that if I did it too often I would get addicted and hate the way my normal lashes look. Which pretty much already happened. I loved it, and it was so painless, but I don't have that much extra cash so my lashes will just have to deal until I get married or something.
Lash Lifts were provided to BuzzFeed free of charge.