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As a former pageant girl, I looove me some long lashes. Though I’ve used Latisse mostly consistently and with pretty good results for the last year, that’s still not enough lashage for me. So I wear false eyelashes pretty much whenever I’m getting “done up.” Nights out, celebratory dinners, and occasions where photos are taken are all reasons enough to bust out a pair of falsies.

Photo Sep 24, 2012, 9_03 PM

Like this engagement picture by Black Dog Photography—look at them lashes!

So for my wedding-day look (more on that soon), some kind of lash enhancements were definitely happening for this girlie girl. I’m comfy with the strips I often use on myself and others, but wanted to experiment. I had liked the individual lashes I got during my trial, but was eyeing (teehee) fancy-pants lash extensions. So when an offer came across Lifebooker, I snagged it, thinking I would give them a pre-wedding test run to see how I liked them and how they looked.

Um, so glad I did that. These lashes were a freaking shit show. I’m mortified to be posting all these makeup-less phone pics on the internet (I promise I’m not cross-eyed in real life), but needed to be real with y’all about how ridiculous I looked.

Photo Sep 20, 2012, 9_10 PM


At my lash appointment, I told the aesthetician that I was comfortable wearing fake lashes, but wanted to focus on thickness, not adding lots of length. I closed my eyes and laid back, and reopened to find some lashes that were doing a LOT. I felt a little bit like a Kardashian wannabe, but decided to see how they felt in the real world.

Photo Sep 20, 2012, 9_12 PM

All lashed out

I felt they looked a little less fake when I had makeup and such on, but in general was not the hugest fan. A large part of that is because they were seriously uncomfy. I have a high beauty-is-pain tolerance—waxing, threading, laser are all A-OK—but these lashes maxed me out. I’m not sure if it was an application issue, but the base of the lashes was poking me in the tender bit of my lash line and, though my eyes were horrendously itchy, I wasn’t supposed to rub them. Face washing was hard—soapy water ran into my eyes, but leftover eye makeup still collected on the lashes, making them look grimy. And my habit of sleeping in eye masks was not conducive to lash extensions—they got caught or tangled, and I woke up yelping.

I maybeeeee could have made my peace with all this had I had some really amazing lashes in return—I’m shallow like that—but that was not to be. Despite the aesthetician’s suggestions to make an appointment four weeks later for a refill, my lashes were looking janky within a week.

Photo Aug 10, 2012, 6_12 PM

Day six—after I even tried to comb them out post-shower

They quickly deteriorated over the next few days, so much so that I had to have them removed on day 11. Removal was as pricy as application, and unveiled some seriously anemic lashes—there had been as many as six extensions clumped onto single lashes, and there was definitely damage. While the issue may have been the quality of a discount service, I’m not willing to chance it for round two on my wedding day to risk discomfort and the rest of my lashes. So though I would have loved to have great looking lashes for all the wedding events, I’ll be returning to my trusted falsies for the wedding day and events.

Anyone else do a pre-wedding test run of something that totally failed? If you tried out eyelash extensions, what was your experience like?


Mrs. Archer

Los Angeles/New Orleans
Wedding Date:
October 2012
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    MrsPeachMartini 679 posts, Busy bee @ 12:26 pm

    I love extensions!!! I think you had some really bad application, though, because they’re never supposed to be poking you. I’ve had one do that before, and I told the girl and she removed it. Mine last for a good month… I gently run a finger covered in oil-free neutrogena face wash up the lash in the shower to remove makeup, and then I use toilet paper dabbed in oil free makeup remover to gently run up the lash to get last remaining bits out, then brush them out with a lash brush. Some get funky if they turn or as the lashes naturally fall, but I’d try going to a different salon or asking for someone with more experience. I love love them!!

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    moderndaisy 6691 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:26 pm

    Wow, I had this done as well and it wasn’t nearly as bad! They did look wonky when they started to fall out after almost two weeks, but not bad enough to compell me to have them removed. And after I got used to not sleeping on my side and learning to be gentle with them in general it wasn’t an issue.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:29 pm

    I’m so glad you did a trial run, that would’ve been awful to be so uncomfortable! Stick with what you’re comfortable with for the big day, for sure.

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    jamie.ellrod 10 posts, Newbee @ 12:35 pm

    I had eyelash extensions done for my engagement pictures. I had the same results as you! They were terrible! Luckily mine weren’t poking me, but they deteriorated after 3 days! They started poking out in every which way and they were way too long. I’m glad I had them done the night before my pictures, otherwise I would have had some seriously messed up looking pics. Like you I was going to have them removed but the price wasn’t worth it to me. I ended up pulling them off myself. Which was painful and left me with patchy eyelashes. I’ll be sticking with fake eyelashes too.

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    Future-Mrs.C 53 posts, Worker bee @ 12:46 pm

    I’ve had eyelash extensions before and hated them as well! Not a good experience. I too am a former pageant winner and love the look of full, long lashes but I plan to stick to individuals on my day.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:13 pm

    Ugh that’s awful! I’ve never tried false lashes but I think I might be willing to give them a chance on the wedding day.

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    StL.Ashley 1768 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:27 pm

    Crazy! As a fellow false lash fan, I’ve toyed with the idea of extensions, but haven’t had the chance. This is the first time I’ve heard of bad extension experiences.

    A friend from HS got fake lashes (not extensions) glued on at a nail salon (a cheap nail salon), and they GLUED HER EYES SHUT. She spent the night before her wedding in the ER while they tried to de-glue her eyelids. Her eyes were super red and…icky…for her wedding, unfortunately.

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 4:35 pm

    i’m not an expert but it definitely sounds like some sort of bad application – it shouldn’t hurt! do you typically do the full lashes or individual ones? the beauty department (lauren conrad’s blog) had a good tutorial on the individual falsies recently but it seems like so much work.

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    royalpurplebride 511 posts, Busy bee @ 5:32 am

    Oh my gosh… similar experience here! I went to a shope that focuses on eyelashes and had some put on. They use glue and apply them under the real eyelashes in little clusters. My eyes were so incredibly itchy for 2 days and I was very uncomfortable after the first night I wore them. I went to the shop the next day to have them removed. It was totally NOT worth the pain and it sucked to have them removed. That removal glue was worse than the real glue. I dont see how people endure that for up to two weeks. I decided to only use the kind that last for a day. No permant or semi permant ones for me. Just strips if I must. Will see how it goes for bridals this wknd. NEVER again with the other kind. Leason learned!

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 6:02 am

    Wow, that’s great that you had them done ahead of time for a test run, it would have been horrible if you had waited and hated them on your wedding day. I thought they looked great in the first pic, but can see how annoying it would be to have them itch/hurt and loose their look after a few days. Luckily fake lashes are much cheaper (even though they only stay for a little while).

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    Crindy 319 posts, Helper bee @ 7:09 am

    I have an appointment for extensions the Wednesday before our weddding…now you have me scared!

    I’m only going for “party lashes” though. I have no idea what the difference is, other than being half as expensive!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:37 am

    I considered getting lash extensions for my wedding day, but it was one of those things that fell to the wayside. Your experience completely scared me off ever wanting to give it a try!

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    Anesya 53 posts, Worker bee @ 9:22 am

    I love my lash extensions . . . now. They started out basically as a trial run for my engagement photos, but the place I had them done at made them look horrible. Thankfully I had them done 3 days before so I had them removed at a different place and redone the day before our photos. I have had so many compliments with the new ones that I decided to keep them on a while. The moral of my story, it might just be the place. Don’t swear them off yet :) If you are ever in Seattle I will send you to my girl, she’s awesome!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:10 am

    @StL.Ashley: That is TERRIFYING. Your poor friend!

    SO glad you had a trial, Miss A! I agree with others that the picture looked gorgeous, but I vote so not worth it.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:53 pm

    My last make up appointment convinced me though I thought I wanted falsies, I don’t need them! i have fairly full long lashes, the only thing is that they are straight, but thats what a curler is for!

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    Nicky, Guest @ 3:06 am

    I really hated the lash extension trial I had about 6 months before our wedding – the application was fine but they were just TOO MUCH for me. I had to have them taken off the next day. Luckily the girl wo did them (who is lovely) was very sympathetic and didn’t charge for removal. She’s great – tints my lashes and eyebrows all the time. I went with strip lashes on the day and loved them. My sister had them too and the mum and mum-in-law had individual false lashes applied. All brilliant.

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    coyote 1960 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:12 am

    Oh yuck… Thank goodness for the trial Miss Archer, but I’m sorry you had such an awful experience!

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