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25 May

my guilty beauty pleasure: eyelash extensions

I don’t get facials (I’ve only had one in my life). I’ve never had my eyebrows waxed. I barely wear makeup (just concealer under my eyes, blush on my cheeks, and Glossier’s boy brow each day). I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to beauty.

EXCEPT for one guilty pleasure: eyelash extensions.

I actually wrote a blog post on eyelash extensions when I first got them in – about why I took them out early and why I’ll get them again, actually. you can read that here.

it’s a guilty pleasure for a few reasons:

  • it’s expensive (depending on if I’m getting a 2 week refill or a fresh new set of lashes, it can range from $60-$100)
  • it’s addicting! seeing yourself with gorgeous, fluttery eyelashes everyday fills you with confidence and makes you feel glam even when you’re just fresh out of the shower. it’s hard to go without them, you don’t feel your “prettiest” and no amount of mascara will ever compare with eyelash extensions.
  • they’re NOT non-toxic. it’s my one beauty regimen that isn’t non-toxic, so I don’t feel so bad about it! plus, it makes me happy 🙂

I actually wish I had known about eyelash extensions before I got married – I wish I had them for the wedding and our honeymoon. unlike false lashes, you can’t FEEL eyelash extensions and you don’t have to worry about them falling out. they’re just there, they’re glued onto your regular lashes. they fall out naturally, within 2-3 weeks, but even as they’re falling out, they still look great! I kind of like them when they’re a week or so old.

I go to a place in New York City for the lashes and it takes 45 minutes for a full set of lashes. it’s the most relaxing part of my month. I literally fall asleep! I started listening to music or podcasts my first few times, but then I realize that it’s rare that you get 45 minutes in the middle of the day to do absolutely nothing and just lay down. it zens me out and I wake up feeling refreshed – and glamorous! it’s a little treat for me.

so how does it work?

basically, you lay down on your back and close your eyes. the technician individually glues lashes on your natural eyelashes. these lashes vary in length and curl. I go for a very natural look, but you can definitely go Kim K if you want – you just need to talk with your technician and tell her what you’re looking for. I personally want it to look like I just have naturally full lashes, not like I’m ready to go to the club, so I opt for something natural.

after about 45 minutes, you’re done! you come back in 2 to 3 weeks to get them refilled and that’s the only maintenance you have to do, except brushing them with a spoolie after the shower.

you can’t get them wet (so no sweaty workouts or showering) for at least 6 hours (they recommend 12 hours), so just keep that in mind when you schedule your appointment!

and I know a lot of people that say “eyelash extensions didn’t work for me” – well, they didn’t work for me at first either, because it was such an adjustment at first (washing your face in general is a task, because you can’t just rub your face/eyes), but once you figure out how to care for them as you wash your face or itch your eyes, it’s like they’re a part of you!

also, if you aren’t satisfied, I’d recommend asking for a different style of lashes OR going to a  new place. just like with a haircut or a mani, it’s not always going to be like you want it to be, but you’re not going to stop getting your haircut or get your nails painted just because of one bad experience?

let me know if you have any questions!

  • Ashley | the Pike Place Kitchen

    Hi Ali! I live in NYC and was wondering if you could share the place you go to? I’m getting married in September and based on what you said about wishing you had them for your wedding I’m interested in trying them out! xoxo

    Thu May 25 at 12:26 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      Yes, It’s called G LASH. If you go ask for Alicia (she’s the best and does mine) and tell her Ali Cerda sent you!

      Thu May 25 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • Gwen

    If you can’t rub or wash them, how do you remove eye make up, like eyeshadow or eyeliner?

    Thu May 25 at 4:28 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      You shouldn’t rub your eyes anyway – it’s bad for the skin around your eyes and prematurely ages the sensitive skin in that area. I love makeup remover wipes or using qtips and makeup remover. Hope that helps!

      Thu May 25 at 4:30 pm Reply
  • Mandi

    I’m so tempted to get this done. I love how subtle they can be compared to other types of false eye lashes.

    Thu May 25 at 5:13 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      I can never go back to falsies!

      Thu May 25 at 7:31 pm Reply
  • Meg

    Thank you for this post, Ali! It’s very informative. I had them done for my wedding and honeymoon 4 years ago, but not since then. Although I miss them every day. lol I didn’t need to wear any other make-up while I had them and my skin looked better than it ever has! I think it’s so important for every woman to have at least one guilty pleasure. Just as you said, it’s relaxing and makes you feel glam without a lot of work.
    I have been concerned lately because I’ve seen a few people develop allergies or infections from them? I don’t know much about that. Do you?

    Thu May 25 at 6:27 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      No, I have not!

      Thu May 25 at 7:31 pm Reply
  • Rose

    You should try rodan + fields Lashboost. It grows your own eyelashes to where they look almost like you have extensions in with mascara on. Pro: they are you own lashes, just longer and thicker. Con: you still have to wear mascara (I never did with extensions).

    Thu May 25 at 7:26 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      I know people have had luck with that, but I don’t like the idea of applying something chemical-filled on my lashes every single day. I rather just have a one-time application that makes me feel flawless! Thanks for the note anyway!

      Thu May 25 at 7:31 pm Reply
  • Tracy

    I’ve been wondering about these. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Thu May 25 at 8:34 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Marquez

    I love my eyelash extensions too! Given a choice between mani/pedi and eyelash extensions, I would pick the extensions every time and paint my own nails.

    Fri May 26 at 3:15 am Reply
    • Ali Maffucci


      Fri May 26 at 3:03 pm Reply
  • Amanda

    Hi Ali! Would you mind telling me what type of set you got? I’ve been looking at their website and can’t decide – I’ve been wanting to get eyelash extensions done for a while, but wasn’t sure what place to trust. I’m happy that you posted about your positive experience!

    Fri May 26 at 3:01 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      I think it’s the natural set! If you do go, tell them Ali Cerda sent you and they’ll tell you what I get (if you’re in NYC – G Lash). Good luck!

      Fri May 26 at 3:03 pm Reply
  • Denise

    Does you technician tape your eye shut? I tried lash extensions once and loved how they looked but felt so weird w my eyes taped shut that I haven’t been back. Thanks!

    Sat May 27 at 12:40 am Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      No – that sounds scary!!

      Wed May 31 at 7:59 pm Reply
  • Aida

    I love eyelash extensions..I stopped wearing make up after I started getting mine. It’s been 7 months now. You are spot on when it comes to describing how they make you feel! I wear contacts, and I do take them off before I go. I also get the natural look..mine are size 10, 11 & some 12 to make it look natural.

    Wed May 31 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Heather

    This boy brow product looks amazing! What color to do you use – brown or black?

    Wed May 31 at 7:45 pm Reply
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