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Yes, My Eyelashes Are Mine…

Yes, My Eyelashes Are Mine…

Eyelash extension application

Eyelash extension application

I bought them, therefore, I own them, therefore they are my lashes. Did I grow these gorgeous lashes naturally, no…no I didn’t. I am addicted for life to eyelash extensions. I’m never going to wake up in the morning and think that ridding them from my life will improve my well-being. I suppose if at some point  I’m on the verge of bankruptcy, I’ll reconsider their importance.

This now beauty-must began last April for me. My sister and I concluded that a small part of Kylie Jenner’s transformation was due to lash extensions and I booked my appointment minutes within that study and analysis. I bought a Groupon for a full set and went into the experience blind (absolutely no pun intended.) The lash tech taped down my lower lashes to separate them from the ones she’d be working with on the top. Then she went to work, separating and singling out lashes with a tweezer- like tool and gluing the extension directly to the lash.

Selfie before lash extensions <<<

Selfie before lash extensions <<<

Lashes come in all different lengths, qualities, styles, and densities. I tell my lash girls to make me look Kardashian (shocker!), but you can get yours much more subtle if you prefer. A good salon will ask you about the specific look you’re going for.

Getting a fresh, new set will take about 1.5 hours and cost you about $65-$150 WITH A GROUPON (depending on where you live). You will loose lashes with your natural shedding cycle. Lash places claim that the extension will not affect when an eyelash is destine to fall out. You will notice after approx. 10-12 days your lashes don’t look as lush as they once did. This is when you’ll start thinking about booking your refill appointment. Prices will vary depending on salon, but 2-3 week refills, which is what I do, will cost normally between $60 to $75. Yes, it’s an expensive habit to form. I tried not getting my nails done to compensate for the lash costs for a while. Now, I get my nails done every 3 weeks, because, well I can be a high maintenance diva, but mostly because I will bite the crap out of my nails without tips.

Pretty princess lashes

Princess lashes

While I suggest getting your first set at a salon that works with Groupon, make sure you’re going to a reputable place with highly reviewed, experienced techs. I’ve turned quite a number of friends onto lash extensions, however some have had bad experiences with the salon they went to and came out with eye irritation. If you do have sensitive eyes, some lash salons offer organic lashes that are supposed to cut down lash line itch. If you live in the D.C. or New York tristate area, I recommend going to Lashful, iLash, or Pretty Girls Make Faces.

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Profile with lash extensions and pup pup

There are so many beautiful things about eyelash extensions. The most beautiful thing is that with extensions it’s pretty much impossible to have a bad-look day. You know those days where you go through your whole routine and do everything right, but the final product is still a “meh” face. Personally, I’ve felt pretty good about my made-up face every day since getting lash extensions. In addition, you wake up looking wide-eyed! It’s nice waking up and looking in the mirror feeling decent.


  • amalialoves
    Posted at 04:46h, 16 December Reply

    Great lashes!! Love them so much they really simplify make up routine and life in general!

  • Lynne
    Posted at 02:59h, 13 January Reply

    I love lash extensions and I’m obsessed with them. My lashes are silk 13-14mm C-curls and I still feel they look too natural. What size and curl type are your extensions?

  • Melissa
    Posted at 02:06h, 20 January Reply

    I live in Hoboken but work by Wayne. I currently go to iLash! What’s your favorite around here and what lashes do you get? I do 90 10-12mm C curls with .25 thickness, but they are no where near as lush as yours! Would love feedback!

    • ashleyiaconetti
      Posted at 05:42h, 26 January Reply

      I actually think that’s what I got when I went to iLash…I would say go to Lashful and ask for a Kardashian fill.

  • Elisabeth
    Posted at 16:54h, 27 January Reply

    What kind of mascara do you use? I’m currently looking for a waterproof one that will last through my wedding day which will involve some tears. Any suggestions?

  • Lucia
    Posted at 08:09h, 10 February Reply

    I want to to know you are really beautiful. You were a gorgeous woman before the eyelashes and the nose job dear. Make-up is fun, but don’t hide your beautiful self behind it.

    • ashleyiaconetti
      Posted at 01:02h, 11 February Reply

      I never had a nose job. I would admit to it if I had it. I’m pro plastic surgery if it’ll make someone happy and wouldn’t be ashamed if I had.

  • Anna
    Posted at 01:28h, 21 February Reply

    Does having lash extensions eliminate the need for mascara and eyeliner?

    • ashleyiaconetti
      Posted at 06:29h, 01 March Reply

      Pretty much all eye makeup on a casual day. But yes, definitely mascara.

  • Laura
    Posted at 18:51h, 11 March Reply

    Hey! Did you get minx or synthetic?! Love them, need them, getting them!

    • ashleyiaconetti
      Posted at 03:28h, 15 March Reply

      It’s usually mixed, bc one of my places does mink and my other does synthetic.

  • Shannon
    Posted at 23:49h, 17 September Reply

    i bought your paradise lashes and i am INLOVE like girl you are my beauty icon! p.s. i am gonna review your lashes on youtube in a few weeks and recommend!

  • Sarah Smith
    Posted at 17:45h, 14 June Reply

    With my sister’s wedding coming up in a few weeks, we are turning our attention to hair and makeup for the ceremony. Your information that eyelash extensions will remain lush for about 10-12 days is wonderful. I think I will suggest she book an appointment to get her extensions within a few days of the wedding so they’ll continue to look perfect through her honeymoon.

  • Bob
    Posted at 00:13h, 24 August Reply

    My wife has such short lashes. I’ll have to get her some extensions before we go out into public. That way she can feel confident about her looks like you said.

  • LALash Academy
    Posted at 08:33h, 29 November Reply

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this website needs much more consideration. I’ll probably be again to read much more, thanks for that info.

  • Igbudu Blessing
    Posted at 16:53h, 10 January Reply

    Your eyelashes natural or fixed are ver important a lot of people do not really know the function of the eyelashes to them. Your article has been tremendously helpful and I am grateful so thank you for sharing. Check this out .

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