What better way to scare a grandparent at Christmas than showing up with tarantulas for lashes and a scouse brow… that was partly my thinking (if it all went horribly wrong) before I went to try out the HD brows and Blink and Go lash extensions.
Of course I didn’t end up looking quite like a drag queen with a mono brow, but the look was fairly dramatic. After just about an hour of waxing/threading/plucking/tinting/gluing I left the treatment room feeling pretty darn groomed.
I loved the lashes instantly, I mean what girl doesn’t want amazing lashes?? They didn’t feel too heavy or alien. After a couple of hours I was used to feeling them just touch my eyelid and the whole issue of not being able to rub your eyes didn’t bother me – as soon as I would get close you could feel how different the lashes felt and that would remind me not to rub.
I had oodles of compliments on the lashes, how much of a difference they made to my eyes. I really did love them. For a week that is. Then the impatient part of me decided I didn’t want them any more because I missed using eye-makeup remover and cleansing my face with oil based cleansers that are normally part of my routine but banned with lash extensions as it can weaken the glue.
So after a week (yes, they would have lasted much longer) I decided to start using oil cleansers to remove the lashes quicker. Within two days of returning to oil cleansers I would say I managed to remove about 90% of the lashes with no pulling or dramatic bald patches in my natural lashes. Now just to get the other two or three to fall out and I’ll be back to my non-amazing lashes.
In the pictures below, my eyes are a bit blood shot – that will be thanks to a combination of a late night and the chemicals from the lash adhesive making my eyes water.
I will miss them and would definitely get them done again for a special occasion, but I do like to have a bit more control over being able to remove something when I want – I don’t like the hassle of having to go back somewhere two weeks after a treatment to get them taken off. I would much rather (although never going to be as good for me as the professional) take them off myself.
The HD brows on the other hand, a fairly easy way to summarise – I’m glad I tried, but don’t think I would bother again. I think these are absolutely amazing for people with darker brows, but on me it just looked too much. I’d rather just get them lightly tinted and threaded/waxed rather than the whole HD package. But this did remind me how much better my brows look when groomed and I have discovered a lovely HD brows product called the Brow Beater – not some sort of strange brow torture device, it’s basically just a strong gel to hold unruly brows where they should be.
|The lashes and brows after a couple of days.|
If anyone has any questions about the HD brows procedure let me know – but as a basic description. The therapist tints, then waxes, then threads (the fluffy hairs) and plucks any rogue strays and then fills in the brows and tames them so you leave with the brow equivalent of a perfectly manicured hedgerow.
Ah, looking at the after picture makes me want my long lashes back again!
My Blink and Go lash extensions and HD brows treatments were at the Karen Betts Clinic at 1 Harley Street.
Both treatments were courtesy of Glossy Box.