Lash Lab Eyelash Extensions

There are often days when I just can't be bothered with my make up and it's mascara which is cast aside. Some mornings I just can't be bothered to sit in front of the mirror applying it, only for me to smudge my right eye with the last stroke or make a clumpy mess. Urgh.

If I had luscious, long natural lashes, then wearing mascara would probably be a lot more fun than it currently is, so when I was offered a complimentary full set of lash extensions, I didn't need to think twice about accepting.. Mainly because it meant I wouldn't have to bother with the monotonous task of applying mascara for a few weeks and also because I was curious to see how they'd look on me.

Tucked away on bustling Brick Lane, hidden amongst the vintage clothing and record stores and situated uncannily on top of a estate agents, is a hidden gem. Lash Labs, a beauty studio offering an oasis of calm and tranquillity away from its animated, high-profile location.

Image courtesy of Zara

Kym, the owner is an exhuberant character, who instantly made me feel welcome and at ease with her friendly smile and warm persona. Ten minutes in and we were chatting away like old friends and I almost forgot the purpose of my visit!


Did you spot Brick Lane's infamous Beigel Shop through the window?



Sweeties!


I can't apply false eye lashes to save my life and have always liked the idea of eyelash extensions. I had a positive experience with RapidLash and was excited to see the outcome of my eyelashes after experiencing lash growth after eight weeks. Kym talked me through the process, inspecting my lashes and asked what type of look I wanted. I requested full, yet still natural. Definitely not OTT or drag queen-esque. I wanted to be able to bat my lashes but not literally look like I had a bat flapping off my eyeballs!

On average, application usually takes an hour, but Kym applied double the amount of lashes so that each  viable eyelash had an extension attached to give me a fuller look. It all, the treatment took two hours, but it flew by as we were yapping non-stop. I couldn't help but think, had Kym not been so easy to talk to that those two hours could have been the longest of my life!

Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera with me (I'm still kicking myself for that blogging faux pas almost six months later - yes I had the lashes applied back in February!!), so the first three photos were taken by Kim using her IPhone which was acting up - apologies for my varying skin tones, it's me in the pics, I promise!

My natural eyelashes -  Before



My lashes were cleaned with "primer" before the lash application began. I also had "micropore tape" which is pre-moistened in pad form, placed under my eyes too,


Two hours later ...


If only my natural lashes looked like this!


Oh how I miss my faux lashes!

My lashes were completely transformed, yet still looked natural, but had some much needed extra oomph to them.

Typically last extensions (if applied properly) last between 4-6 weeks, with infills. Mine lasted around four weeks before a considerable amount began to fall out over the following fortnight. There was no need for mascara, but if you must wear it, make sure it's not oil-based as you'll only damage and pull them the extensions out when you attempt to remove it. The only thing I had trouble adhering to avoiding contact with water. I don't wash my face with a flannel (unless you count my occasional use of a muslin cloth), so this I found a real challenge. All I wanted to do was chuck water over my face!

It was also one of the reasons why I didn't wear eye shdaow for the duration I had my lashes in. I didn't own a water-based make up remover and didn't have the time to seek one out, and was worried I'd ruin them, so I steered clear.


I'd certainly recommend eyelash extensions for a special occasion i.e wedding, birthday or a holiday - saves you faffing about with mascara each morning, when all you want to do is hotfoot it to the beach! By the time my extensions had all fallen out, I noticed my natural lashes had all but reverted back to the original length they were prior to using RapidLash which was annoying as I instantly missed the premature length gained from the extentions.


The full set of lash extensions Kym applied would normally cost £85, but prices vary, so do check.


Visit the Lash Lab - http://www.lashlab.co.uk/call 07807 421 345 or email info@lashlab.co.uk

ETA: In particular, have a read of the FAQs on the site, which answer the most popular queries http://www.lashlab.co.uk/faq.html





*I was invited for a complimentary treatment, for review purposes.

12 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

LaaLaa Monroe said...

Yinka, they looked amazing. Really complimented your eyes. I've been pondering about the eyelash extensions myself.

Doris said...

Wow, that looks amazing! Lashes are so, so important for a beautiful expression...

Lots of love from Germany,

Doris

Victoria said...

They look amazing. How do you remove eye make up? Do you have to use a specific one that will not disolve the glue?

Jamilla Camel said...

TOTALLY AMAZING! I'm sold.

VexintheCity said...

@LaaLaa Monroe - Yeah, they really did. I loved them!

@Doris - Thank you, they really made a difference.

@Victoria - TBH I steered clear of e/s the entire time I had them in as it was too much as I didn;t want to disturb them. I can't remember what I was advised to do. I'll find out and update the post later today for you!

Madame Gourmand said...

They look amazing! I was expecting them to cost a lot more, it's seems a very good price for the time taken to apply and longevity of the lashes.

Beauty's Bad Habit said...

They look fantastic! I had lash extensions applied at college, but they started dropping off practically as soon as they were on. They looked good at first but I'm 90% sure my college bought the cheapest kits they possibly could. Would definitely get them done properly at some point :)

Dye-A-Graham said...

My mouth completely dropped open when I saw the lash extensions!!! They look amazing on you and very natural. Thanks for sharing :)

Victoria said...

Thank you, I'll check back :)
I can imagine if water is a no no, then eye makeup remover would probably damage them x

VexintheCity said...

@Madam Gourmand - Thank you. Yeah I personally don't think they're as expensive as they COULD be for silk extensions! I'd never pay over £100 for them though.No way!

@Beauty's Bad Habit - Aww that's a shame. Yeah they probably bought the cheap sets to practise with.

@Dye-A-Graham - LOL Glad you like them! You're welcome :-)

@Victoria - I updated the post for you hon. You need to use a water based make up remover to take your make up off AND you can use mascara on top of them if you want - again using a water based removed. Personally I wouldn't put mascara on top. Read the FAQs I linked to at the bottom of the post x

SilhouetteScreams said...

THEY.LOOK.AWESOME!

Victoria said...

Thank you so much for the update x

 

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