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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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    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 2051 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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