If you were to ask me what beauty product I would bring with me if I were stranded on a desert island, I would have most definitely said it was mascara — but not anymore. Now I’d be learning more towards wanting to bring my eyelash technician with me.
I’ve been having a love-hate relationship with my lashes. I started getting lash extensions back in May before a girls’ trip to Cancun. I don’t have them refilled every two weeks as suggested, though. Instead, I find myself heading back about every 8 weeks when the last of the lashes are shed. They stay pretty full up until about week 6 or 7 when they start to thin out. It takes longer to get a whole new set, but I’ve found they start to pinch (for lack of a better word) when they start to grow out so when I have regular refills I rub my eyes and cause the “good” lashes to fall out sooner.
I always liked my lashes well enough. They’re blonde so they’re not prominent without a little mascara, but they’ve always been fairly long and a few coats were all it took to make them stand out. I read beforehand that lash extensions can mess with your real lashes, though, so that’s the another part of why I wait so long between refills. I’m scared of ruining the lashes that are my own, and it’s hard to tell after looking at thick black lashes for weeks if your real lashes are being affected or if it’s just in your head.
My eyes are sensitive. They tear when the lashes are being applied, and now I’ve realized, when I need to start wearing mascara again, just how sensitive my eyes are to mascara too. I’ve come to loathe putting it on and even washing it off. I’m not even a fan of how mascara looks on me anymore.
I keep telling myself I can quit them. I can’t. They make life so much easier. My time getting ready is cut way down, I can roll out of bed and somehow feel put together just enough to leave the house with some confidence, it’s so hard to walk away. I’m currently trying to give my real lashes a longer-term break, though. We’ll see how long I’ll last.
So, I’m having a love-hate relationship with my lashes. Anyone else?