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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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Your Beauty Bucket List

8 Jun

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So today I was looking over my list of beauty services I wanted to get and it dawned on me- I haven’t told anyone about my beauty bucket list! A beauty bucket list is exactly what it sounds like- a To-Do list of all the beauty services you would love to have. Think of all the areas you would want improvement on, or something you have been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to. It can be professionally whitening your teeth, getting laser hair removal, eyelash extensions (just checked that one off my list), permanent makeup, etc. The list goes on and on!

My friend and I each made our own lists, and shared it with each other. It’s nice to share your goals with someone else, as that makes them more realistic, and they can also remind you of them periodically. It also feels really good to cross off each goal, and it makes you feel like you’re one step closer to looking the way you desire. So what are you waiting for? Get out a notepad and start writing!

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!