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Attention All Fake Eyelash Lovers!

28 Jul

This is a MUST-READ for all false eyelash lovers out there, and is a huge problem that cannot be ignored. In the past I’ve posted a lot about false eyelashes and even had glue reviews but I also want to let out a huge disclaimer about lashes: the eyelash glue you’re using probably isn’t safe. In short, most glues contain formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen and causes cancer.

Upon reading this, I was surprised but it does make sense. After all, when I remove my falsies my eyes are still itchy and I spend the remainder of the day rubbing at my eyes. I guess I am allergic to the glue, as I should be. But before you start reaching for the mascara wand and good ol’ eyelash curler, keep in mind that there are organic lash glues out there that can solve this problem for us die-hard lash fans.

There aren’t many great lash glues that are formaldehyde-free on the market, but here are two approved ones that are definitely safe:

1. Georgie Beauty Winks Adhesive

Georgie Beauty Winks Adhesive is the first botanically-infused lash adhesive. It is dermatologist-tested, PETA-certified, and vegan-certified. Their formaldehyde-free glue is made from a combination of water, natural rubber latex, cellulose gum, and flower extracts. Winks Adhesive does NOT include formaldehyde, parabens, or sythetic fragrance. They also have their own lash collection, which includes plenty of different styles to choose from.

Here’s a cheat sheet of where to get Georgie Beauty products, and of course AmazonNordstrom has free shipping for those who like to shop online. The Georgie Beauty lash glue costs around $8, which is about the same price as the typical drugstore glue but is waaaaay safer.

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2. EcoTools

EcoTools does not have their own separate glue, but an hypo-allergenic glue comes with an existing pair of stunning lashes. Made from synthetic taklon and applied with a glue that is free of formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, and latex, EcoTools is definitely worth the low price of $5.99 for one kit. You can purchase them directly here or on Amazon.

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I have yet to try either so I won’t personally comment on how great it works (I’m sure you’re also dying to know about the quality, as am I) but I am definitely going to try them out next week. Stay tuned for a future review!

 

***UPDATE: So my Georgie Winks Adhesive arrived in the mail and I have to say, at first I wasn’t completely thrilled with the product. The glue didn’t seem to stick very well and seemed very watery. However, I patiently tried again and let it dry for a longer time. Not only did it stay on all day, but it was also incredibly easy to peel off when removing them. I have definitely replaced my other lash glues for now with this one, and am so happy I found an easy solution!

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DIY: Fake Eyelash Holder

13 Jul

Has there ever been a part of your beauty routine that you disliked doing, but was so necessary? I must have my fake eyelashes, but have always HATED holding them after applying the glue and waiting for it to dry. I know you only have to wait 30 seconds or so for the glue to become “tacky”, but realistically, it takes so much longer than that! For me, it takes almost a full minute. Any girl on the go knows that a full minute is very valuable when it comes to getting ready (fast!) in the morning, so I always wished that I could somehow put the eyelash down while I worked on other parts of my face.

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A couple of days ago I was holding the lash and noticed a desk clip that I’ve had for a loong time but never found any use for. I quickly grabbed it and- lo and behold- the eyelash stayed up! Now I can apply makeup or get dressed while the lash dries on the clip. Perfect huh? Now if only I can buy another similar device so I can dry both lashes at the same time. That would take multitasking to a whole other level, but I’m up for the challenge!

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The lesson today is: don’t be afraid to be a little creative in your makeup routine. It will make getting ready more fun and possibly even save precious time.

Eyelash Stacking

4 Jul

Today is definitely a very informative post- I will teach you how to get the fake eyelash look you’ve always wanted. It’s all about picking out the right lashes and knowing which pairs to stack (yes, I mean wearing two pairs of eyelashes at once!) if you have trouble finding the right kind. So let’s get right down to it.

I personally think cat-eyes look best on any girl, as they are natural (to guys anyway) yet can still enhance your look dramatically. You see, an eye is supposed to get more dramatic from the inside to out, and you should always look for lashes that are shorter on the inside and longer on the outside. It’s simple right? Unfortunately, it’s very rare to find lashes that are shaped like this. Usually falsies are made where they are longer in the middle, or just the same length throughout. That cannot possibly look natural, and does not do much to enhance the eye. Here is an example of a cat-eye lash:

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Not only do falsies have to be in the cat-eye shape, but they need volume. If the lashes are spread far apart, they won’t give you that full look, which is the whole point of fake lashes anyway.

Lastly, falsies need to be long and voluminous. Always reach for the stars and buy the longer pair, because I’ve never had a problem with lashes being too long; they’re usually too short. After awhile, you will develop an intuition where you just KNOW how the lash will look on you. Trust me. Here’s an example of perfect length, also from Forever 21’s collection:

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Now onto the fun part: eyelash stacking! I have seen all types of falsies and I’m still searching for the perfect pair (it’s similar to looking for a husband). Until then, I’ll just have to wear two. So for that glamorous night look, I like to put two strips of falsies on my eyes. I recommend putting the volumed lashes on the bottom, then the lengthy ones on top. It will look better if you literally stick the first pair onto your eye, then glue the second pair on top. This way, you will know how to guide the second pair rather than putting two pairs of ready-made lashes onto your eye. Here’s the two pairs above, stacked:

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So now that you know the secrets to getting the perfect pairs of lashes, get out there and start experimenting!

Eyelash Extensions!

2 Jun

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So about a month ago I wrote about eyelash extensions and how I wanted to try them, since I’ve heard mostly good things. Well, today I finally sucked it up and went! I was very excited to try it, and the excitement overcame any first-time jitters. As a disclaimer, I would like to note that I am extremely sensitive about my eyes (I don’t like people touching them) so this is a huge step for me. But anything for beautiful eyelashes, right?

Once I stepped in, I was immediately asked what I wanted and I thought of the three most important things: curl, length, thickness. I had a choice between the J-Curl (straight) or the C-Curl (curly). I went with the C-Curl, because I wanted something more dramatic. I was given the 10s, 11s, and 12s. The 10 is for the inner eye, the 11 is for the middle, and 12 is for the outer part of the eye. I wasn’t given a choice for thickness, so that was easy.

Now onto the fun part: the service itself! I laid down on a bed and the esthetician got to work. First, she taped my lower eyelashes down, which is the hardest part of the job. It wasn’t as uncomfortable as I thought it would be. I closed my eyes immediately after, and as she started working on my top lashes I didn’t feel a thing! It’s true that you really can fall asleep during the process, as it just feels like someone is playing with your eyelashes.

After an hour and a half, I woke up with a beautiful natural curl to my lashes. To be honest, I would’ve liked them to be a bit more dramatic, but I’ve been told that extensions can’t be as dramatic as the strip lashes. But I’m very satisfied with the results, and they will last two weeks. I will definitely have updates so you will know how they held up!

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Even if you think the process is costly (an average price for a first-timer can range anywhere from $100-$600), this is something every girl should try at least once. Who doesn’t want to wake up with full lashes? I think for the next two weeks I will go completely makeup-free and take advantage of waking up beautiful!

**Update: So it’s now been almost a full week (6 days) and my eyelash extensions have held up. On the second day, about two lashes fell out, and on the third three fell out. Thankfully it’s been pretty consistent everyday, with a couple lashes falling out, but it still looks fresh. I would also like to be honest and admit that I played with my lashes a couple of times, which makes them fall out faster. But even with all my touching and fussing they still look great, and nothing is poking out or annoying me. Stay tuned for Update 2!

Product Review: DUO Eyelash Adhesive

29 May

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Today I want to tell you guys about the best eyelash glue that I have ever stumbled across. Well, not stumbled, since this glue is practically everywhere and used by make-up artists all around the world, but you get my drift. The DUO Eyelash Adhesive (in clear-white) is so great because:

1. It keeps my eyelashes put until I take them off. 

2. It’s waterproof.

3. It comes off easily. I literally just peel my lash strip off, and it’s like I’ve lightly glued it even though it is firmly stuck on.

4. It squeezes out in a tube so there’s so mess. Brushes annoy me because the brush starts to become unruly after some uses, and I have trouble twisting the bottle closed. 

5. They don’t make my eyes itchy before or after.

But my favorite part? A lot of lash glues don’t stay on too long, and if they do, they’re impossible to scrape off. Well, the DUO eyelash glue somehow manages to come off easily, which is great because that preserves the eyelashes for more uses. I’ve destroyed many lashes by trying to peel them off my eyes. This glue is definitely a winner!

The DUO eyelash adhesive can be found at all drugstores, Sephora, and Amazon.  

Eyelash Extensions

8 May

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I came across a very interesting article today that discusses a growing trend among women- eyelash extensions!  I have always pondered getting extensions but fear that they may be uncomfortable or may fall out in clumps in my food (God forbid).  However, the payoff is irresistible, as you can always wear minimal to no makeup and still look awake and refreshed.  Don’t get me wrong, I love doing my own makeup (getting ready is half the fun!) but this procedure would definitely save me a lot of precious time.  The one downfall is that you can get addicted to them (it’s quite an expensive habit), but is that such a bad thing?

Lash Attack

15 Oct

One trend that will never go out of style for celebrities are fake eyelashes, which are a must on the red carpet.  If you are going for a night out and want the same effect, read on for my personal (and simple!) tips on how to achieve lush lashes:

Kim Kardashian is rarely spotted without her false lashes.

Note: Be sure to have your makeup applied beforehand, as false lashes may get in the way later.

1.  Trim the lash strip, if necessary, to fit the size of your eye.

2.  Apply glue to the lash band and let dry for about 30 seconds, or until glue is tacky.

3.  Using tweezers or your fingers, place the strip directly on your lash line.  It may help to start from the outer corners first.

4.  Once dry, apply liquid liner over lash line to hide any glue residue.  Mascara may also be added if you want a more dramatic look.

*To remove, simply dip a Q-tip into eye makeup remover solution and trace over your lash line.  Allow the solution to soak in for 5-7 seconds, then gently pull off lashes starting from the outer corner.  Wash carefully and return to box.  Lashes may be re-used for up to three weeks.

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Some of my favorite lashes and where to get ’em?  I personally think MAC Cosmetics makes great lashes, but if you’re looking for something a little cheaper, drugstore brands are fine too!  I really like ModLash and Ardell, they have a variety of lash shapes to choose from and the lash band is thin so they are flexible as well.  The only thing I don’t like about drugstore brands is that they don’t last as long after a couple of uses, but when you consider the price difference, it makes sense.  I have also found amazing lashes at Macy’s once (the last place I would ever look for eyelashes), and they lasted quite a long time and never lost shape.  It’s really not about where you get them, but how you put them on and and how they look on your eyes. ;]

Good luck with putting on your lashes!