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    I Tried A DIY Lash Lift Kit On Myself For The First Time And Here’s What Happened

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    Hi! I’m Valeza, and I love pampering myself with the occasional beauty treatment. In an effort to practise social distancing, I’ve been avoiding the salons and have branched out to the ~DIY~ approach instead – to varying degrees of success.

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    I’ve really gotten into doing my own at-home manis and pedis, and even tried cutting a fringe*! However, one thing I always avoided was anything to do with my eyes and lashes.

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    *We don’t speak of this dark period of lockdown which, needless to say, I have no photographic evidence of.

    It’s not that I don’t trust myself exactly, I just know that it’s a particularly delicate area! I’ve had a lash lift done professionally a few times and loved the results, so when I heard there was a lash lift kit with almost 5,000 reviews and a 4.2-star average rating on Amazon, I figured I ought to give it a try.

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    Price: £20.99 for the kit that includes: one lash glue, one cleanser solution, one perm solution, one fixation solution, one nutrition solution, five lift pads, and one cleaning tool.

    Let's talk about my lashes – they’re quite long but they only have the *slightest* natural curl, unless I use an eyelash curler.

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    This combined with the fact that they’re quite fair (pretty much the same colour as my hair) means that their decent length is just wasted potential, TBH.

    ✨ Preparation ✨

    Needless to say I was *very* excited to get started! So here’s the lash lift kit IRL:

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    Each of the components were clearly labelled inside the box, and it came with a helpful step-by-step instruction guide. Side note: how pretty is the packaging?!

    I made sure to do a patch test of each of the liquids in the kit before going ahead and using them around my eyes.

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    The kit recommends testing a small amount of the liquids on an inconspicuous area near your face (I put them behind my ear) at least 24 hours before you try it on your eyelashes.

    This step is *crucial* – even if you’ve had your lashes lifted professionally before – as each formula is different, and you definitely don’t want to cause an allergic reaction to the sensitive area around your eyes!

    I also watched a couple of YouTube tutorials to make sure I knew what to expect before getting started – here’s a list of the extra bits you’ll need that aren’t included in the kit:

    ✨ Cotton buds – around five.

    ✨ A small amount of cling film.

    ✨ A clean mascara wand if you have one – this one's not totally essential (I used cotton buds myself) but customers recommended this for brushing through the product more easily.

    🚨 NB: please, please, do not attempt to do both of your eyes at the same time – you will not be able to see very well, which kind of defeats the purpose.

    ✨ Using The Kit ✨

    First thing's first, here's how my lashes looked before using any product. I dipped a cotton bud into the 'cleanser' solution and used it to wipe away any oil, dust, and makeup residue from my eyelids and lashes.

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    RE: my lashes – please note the general absence of curl.

    I then fixed one of the lift pads to my eyelid – I found the easiest method was to paint the glue directly onto the back of the pad, wait about 30 seconds for it go tacky, and then hold it to my eyelid until it stuck.

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    There are five different sizes of lift pad to choose from, depending on the size of your eyelid and the height of curl you want to achieve – I went for M.

    I painted the length of the lift pad with the same glue, waited a few seconds, and then started fixing my lashes onto the curve of the pad. I used the 'cleaning tool' to sort of scrape my lashes into the right shape, making sure they were evenly spaced out with no clumps!

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    Some of the small, stubborn lashes were harder to fix to the pad, but with hard work, perseverance, and waiting for the glue to get tacky enough to actually let them stick – justice prevailed.

    After letting the glue dry properly for one minute, I applied the 'perm' solution to my lashes using a cotton bud (you can use a clean mascara wand if you have one), then covered it with a bit of cling film to help keep everything in place for three to four minutes.

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    I removed the cling film, scraped off the excess 'perm' solution, and then applied the 'fixation' solution in exactly the same way, covering with cling film again for three to four minutes.

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    Top tip: it's a good idea to set an alarm on your phone for the timed steps – don't try to guess!

    To remove the lift pad safely, I dipped a cotton bud into the 'cleanser' solution and used it to gently ease the lashes away from the pad and remove any excess solution and glue.

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    This made it easy to lift the pad away without accidentally pulling out any of my freshly-curled lashes!

    Finally, I dipped a cotton bud into the 'nutrition' solution (a sort of nourishing oil) and applied it to the lengths of my lashes.

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    This step is important to keep your lashes healthy, as the 'perm' and 'fixation' solutions can weaken the hairs.

    ✨ Results ✨

    Now, as you can probably tell from the picture above, this DIY kit made a HUGE difference to the appearance of my lashes! I did one eye at a time, so here's a lil' comparison:

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    The lifted side looks more ~alive~ somehow!

    And here's a direct before and after comparison:

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    I mean, come on!!

    If you're still not convinced, just look at the effect when combined with mascara – can you say "perfectly lifted and separated"?!

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    This video was taken about eight hours after I put on my mascara, BTW (way past the time my lashes usually decide to droop).

    FYI, it's important to note that you shouldn't wet your lashes (or apply any eye makeup) for at least 24 hours after perming them!

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    This lil' lash lift kit went above and beyond my expectations – it was surprisingly quick and easy to use, gave me salon-style results, and still has a good eight to ten uses left! Needless to say, my eyelash curlers will be taking an early retirement.

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    Price: £20.99

    So why not try it out for yourself if you want to enjoy perfectly lifted lashes for up to six weeks?!

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    You can get the lash lift kit here!